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2K is Letting You 2K Drive for Free

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 2nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

2K DRIVE, the racing game by 2K, is currently free to download. The game offers daily challenges, real licensed cars, authentic locations, and a unique feature, RaceFace, which lets you take a selfie and put yourself behind the wheel. If you can't get enough of cars after the race, it also gives you a live news feed on everything in the automotive world.

Take 2K DRIVE out for a test drive for free today.

Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creative Director Opens Up on the New Licensed Racer

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 29th, 2015

The Fast and the Furious is an action film series full of fast cars, hard-ass characters, and illegal shenanigans that first came out in 2001. The upcoming film, Furious 7, continues the storyline of the third film - The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Kabam has done a lot of movie tie-in games like The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth, Marvel Contest of Champions, and even Fast and the Furious 6, so it was no surprise to find out that they've developedFast & Furious: Legacy, which proposes to cover all of the F&F movies so far.

Cuz Parry, Creative Director for Fast & Furious: Legacy,took some time to talk with 148Apps about the upcoming game.

Kabam and Universal Debut Fast & Furious: Legacy for iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 16th, 2015

To get you revved up for the upcoming film featuring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, Kabam and Universal are bringing the heart-thumping action of the Fast & Furious movies to iOS in Fast & Furious: Legacy.

The storyline spans the entire length of all 7 movies and brings you your favorite characters such as Letty, Hobbs, Carter Verone, and Arturo Braga. It's going to be a high octane adventure across several locales for the films; including Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Fast & Furious: Legacy is racing to the App Store on March 26.

Burn Rubber on the Ice With a New Cars: Fast as Lightning Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH RIDE :: Read Review »

Cars: Fast as Lightning, by Gameloft, is speeding to a new venue: Russia. You'll get to meet the newest member of Cars - Pyotr Racinov, the Russian Racer - in this new frosty update. The game will be getting new racer customers, new Russian themed decorations, and the new ICE track. And of course there will be plenty to do, including the Moscow ICE events.

You can download Cars: Fast as Lightning for free to join in the wintry fun.

Endless Driver PAKO to Get More Maps and Vehicles in a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 8th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SPEED THRILLS :: Read Review »

PAKO, the car chase simulator from Tree Men Games, will be receiving a big update soon.

Now you'll be able to race around 3 new maps as you avoid being caught in one of the 5 new vehicles. You'll also be able to update the look of your car at the new printshop, which will let you change its color. And if you have a particularly awesome chase you'll be able to post it for your friends to see via the Everyplay video sharing function.

The update has already been submitted to Apple and should be available very soon. Meanwhile, PAKO is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time, so download it and start running.

Reckless Racing 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on November 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH OPERATOR
The drifting king returns as Reckless Racing 3 leaves the competition (but also multiplayer) in the dust.
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Car Breakers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 11th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLINGING FUN
Flinging a crash test dummy is kind of fun, as Car Breakers demonstrates.
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Cars: Fast as Lightning - Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats For an Easy Ride

Posted by Nadia Oxford on October 23rd, 2014

Hey there, Stickers:
Want to know all about how impressed we were with Radiator Springs? Check out our Cars: Fast as Lightning review!

Cars: Fast as Lightning is a cute and fun app that combines racing and town-building with the charisma and marketability of Disney Pixar's Cars franchise. It's a friendly game, but that doesn't mean you can't use a few tips to help you make Radiator Springs shine again.


Starting Out


  • Complete quests to earn rewards - Quests queue up on the left side of the screen when you're not racing. Quests offer rewards like experience and coins, and they're a good way to get back on track if you've been meandering from task to task.
  • Pay attention to the difficulty meter before you race - Each car you engage in a race has a difficulty measuring from one to four. Make sure to race within your rank if you don't want to waste gas on a loss.
  • Place attractions on the track to earn more experience with races - Don't neglect putting attractions on race tracks. They earn you a bit of extra experience with every race, plus they make the joint look classy.

Cars: Fast as Lightning Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on October 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH RIDE
Cars: Fast as Lightning is a good city-building/racing game, though it's probably too simplistic for anyone except youngsters.
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Major New Update for CSR Racing Adds Ferrari and Multiplaye​r

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MONEY FOCUSED :: Read Review »

CSR Racing, by NaturalMotion Games, has recently received a big update. Players who have completed Tier 5 can open the new World Tour Multiplayer feature, allowing them to race against all-new international crews to earn RP and prizes.

What's an update for a racing game without new cars? Players will alsohave access to five awesome new Ferraris: the F430, 458 Speciale, F12berlinetta, F40, and LaFerrari.

You can pick up your new Ferrari in CSR Racing for free on the App Store.

Racing Rivals' 2.0 Update Introduces the Chevrolet C7.R

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Glu and Cie Games have launched Racing Rivals' 2.0 update on the App Store. The update includes the introduction of the Chevrolet C7.R5, new race tracks, a new world map, and the Garage Organizer that allows you to sort, search, and organize your car collection.

They have also updated NPCs in the Campaign mode, added a News Bulletin Board, updated the Friend view, added an “Ignore” button to the Friends list, and created a new in-game FAQ.

You can pick up the newly updated Racing Rivals on the App Store for free.

Ultra Drift Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on August 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ULTRA DULL
Ultra Drift is fine in concept, but the execution runs head-first into the wall. And so will you. Over and over again.
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Road Testing Anki Drive - Our Impressions on Anki’s Hybrid of Virtual and Remote Control Racing

Posted by Rob Rich on May 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I’ll confess that I’d heard of Anki Drive before, but it was really only in passing. So when I was given the opportunity to check everything out first-hand, I was definitely curious. There were some surprises and a few disappointments, but after some time spent tearing around the track I couldn’t help but be impressed. Is this the next step in remote control racing? That’s not for me to say, but it’s definitely in interesting experiment.

Imagine a semi-futuristic racing game in which you can compete with your friends or AI opponents on various tracks in an attempt to upgrade existing cars and possibly gain access to new ones. Picture all of the vehicles in each race have weapons and shields. Now imagine that the cars are actually physical electronic toys you can carry around with you. Now you’ve got a good idea of what Anki Drive is.

Each starter set comes with two cars and the necessary cables, as well as a track printed on something akin to vellum. You’ll also need to download the free Anki Drive app to control everything, of course. Once you do, simply turn on your cars, place them on the track, then use the app to find them and add them to your “garage” where you can spend points won through races to upgrade their stats. When you’re ready to start, you just set up a race and select your vehicle. If you want to invite a friend they can simply select the other car, or you can scan it in yourself and race against the AI. Yes, the physical car is controlled by AI. In fact, one of the newest additions to the lineup, Corax (pictured below), can only be used as a player vehicle if it’s beaten in an AI race first.

Weapons are also important, and will allow you to incapacitate your opponents temporarily during a heated race. Or you can simply battle each other to see who scores the most hits. The interesting thing is, again, that this is all happening with real remote controlled cars via your iPhone. When a car takes too much damage or runs out of juice, it will actually grind to a halt for a few moments while it recharges itself. Heck, these things can even recognize when they’re driving the wrong way and turn themselves around automatically.

The thing is, I’m not entirely sure who the target audience is. The cars seem fairly durable and were able to shrug off the occasional collision easily, but at almost $70 apiece they’re a bit outside the realm of a children’s toy. $199.99 for the starter kit is nothing to sneeze at, either. And yet, the underlying tech is pretty darn cool. I guess you could say your mileage may vary.

*rimshot*

Route Z Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ZOMBIE CHASING
Rather frugal with the unlocks, Route Z is a fun if predictable Endless game centered around squashing zombies.
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This Week at 148Apps: July 15-19, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 22nd, 2013

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Week-in and week-out, the 148Apps reviewers search through the new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.


Gentlemen!

Occasionally frantic, Gentlemen! is never short of gloriously great fun. Lone gamers won’t be so keen given that it’s exclusively for two players, but it’s the perfect reason to get a friend involved. The idea is simple enough: players must defeat each other in a duel to the death. Just like in the old days of honor and explosive birds, ok, maybe not so much. Presented in portrait mode, each player’s controls are set on opposite sides of the screen. In a nice move, menu buttons and other descriptions are similarly laid out, for either player to easily interact with. Controls are simple with left and right, alongside a gravity flip button and the use of a weapon. Weapons vary, mostly thanks to a switch in the middle of each game enabling players to change around. Knives, bombs, dynamite, electric shields and explosive birds all play a role, each offering their own advantages and disadvantages. It’s as zany as it sounds, while adding a surprising tactical edge to proceedings. --Jennifer Allen


PhotoNova 2

I have a handful of photo apps on my iPhone 5 that I keep handy when I feel like making my pictures look fancy. Each app has its own perks like frames, filters and adjustments. I tend to rotate between them until I find the one that transforms my picture into a work of art. I’m always on the lookout for new photo apps because I’m really looking for that one that will replace all my other go to camera apps. I reviewed PhotoNova+ 2 a few months ago, which is a free version of their paid app. PhotoNova 2 offers users more advanced features like a variety of selection tools, an option to switch out the background of photos that have a green background and an impressive effects selection. --Angela LaFollette


Tangent

Many photography apps tend to do quite similar things to imagery, mostly involving applying filters to photographs. Tangent doesn’t quite do that. It might involve applying new effects to an image, but through a vector art style overlay, improvements are being added to the image, rather than replacing anything. There’s a fairly simple process to follow throughout the app. Users can either import or take a photo directly from within, before opting for a specific style. Tangent offers both straight-forward and quick applications, as well as plenty of choice for those who want to adjust things individually. Shapes form the first set of choices, with circles, rectangles, triangles and plenty more, available to apply to an image. It sounds gimmicky, but it can really set off a photo nicely, giving focus to the important part of a photo. There are plenty of shapes available too, with in-app purchases provided for those who want even more choice. That’s a trend that continues throughout, with plenty of additional blends and colors available at a price. Fortunately, it’s always possible to preview them first. --Jennifer Allen


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

ABC Aquarium

Peapod Labs has developed a favorite series of educational ABC apps and has recently added two new titles – ABC Aquarium and ABC Bugs, each terrifically educational and including exceptional photography to allow children to view these different creatures in a way that highlights all of their unique attributes. Each of these apps, now eleven and counting, features a wide amount of content, including terrific, detailed photos of each subject as well as narrated fun facts, curated videos gathered from the Internet and simple, intuitive interactions which young children will enjoy a great deal. --Amy Solomon

Gro Recycling

Gro Recycling is a cute and fun interactive universal app that allows children to sort recycling into different receptacles, totaling six in all, including a unique choice of recycling batteries as well as a compost container. Game play is charming and intuitive as one simply drags a piece of recycling to be recycled to the correct container, as these bins happily and hungrily eat what they are being served, while a mistake will result in the spitting out of the wrong material. This app is lovingly styled with the delightful humanizing of these recycling bins as cartoony faces, which are included with fun, witty noises that each of these characters makes, hungry to eat recycled materials. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Attack of the Spooklings

Mobile games that offer their players to smash the opponents using nothing but their very fingers were at the very start of the touch-screen revolution, but lately it seems that somewhat counter-intuitive habit of putting buttons on touch-screen has largely rendered the “clean” touch-screen games mostly obsolete. Someone should analyze this trend to some revealing, but ultimately unnecessary results. Regardless, we’re here to talk about Attack of the Spooklings. It’s a fine, but incredibly simple game. How simple? It takes longer to read this sentence than to see the whole game. It’s not surprising, considering that it consists of an astonishing single screen, and single enemy. While I’m all for the games with minimalistic design, they should also be complemented with really incredible gameplay. Attack of the Spooklings is quite exciting for some time, sure, but it simply lacks any sort of complexity to be interesting. --Tony Kuzmin

GP Retro

GP Retro is a racing game that isn’t scared to rock looks of old, and I suspect it is aware of my abject weakness for titles that bring back the wonderful things of days gone by. The game comes at us in glorious 2D, and in this one, retro is no misnomer. The chunky pixels underscore the jittery unsure animations that make these type of games fun to look at. The purposely un-sharp colors were done well, and even the intro pages for the drivers were nicely formatted to fit with the retro look. As for gameplay, it is basically top-down view simulated Grand Prix open-wheel (to start) racing over mostly asymmetrical raceways. Sharp turns characterize the racing; losing control and ending up on grass slows down the race car considerably. There are valuables and power-ups to be collected, as well as hazards to be avoided. --Tre Lawrence

Cross Horizon

Yes, I know: there are a LOT of RPG titles for Android. Can Cross Horizon be one that is worth checking out? The dialogue cutscenes were okay, but where the game really excels is in the “live” action sequences. These graphical representations highlight the fantasy world in rich three dimensional form, with perspectives done quite well. The greenery is not too green, and while the shrubbery won’t be confused for a live wallpaper, they work in the context of the game. The mythical creatures look suitably gruesome, and the animations (especially attacks) are relatively life-like. The entire art presentation makes the game stand out in a positive way. I liked the customization options. At the beginning of the game, I got the opportunity to create a character. Face, skin color, hair type… even the shape of the eye can be tweaked. In a post-racial world (stop and dream with me), options like this signal, to me, the work of a developer that has an eye on details. --Tre Lawrence