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This Week at 148Apps: July 6-10, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 14th, 2015

July is Heating Up With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. 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. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

It didn’t take long to confirm the rumors of an iOS version of Don’t Starve, and it didn’t take long after that for the game to pop up on the App Store. But pop up it did, and now you can play the stylish and brutal survival game on your iPad. You start out in control of Wilson: a well-meaning inventor who gets in over his head and is tricked into creating a sort of inter-dimensional gateway that pulls him into another world. Now he’s trapped in a bizarre wilderness with nothing to show for it. What’s worse is he’ll probably die horribly if you can’t keep him sane, healthy, and (obviously) full. --Rob Rich


LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham

LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham is the latest LEGO game to come to iOS, and of course it has a quirky humor and easy to learn play style that mean fun for all ages. This time around, Brainiac (one of Superman’s super-intelligent villains) has decided to shrink the entire earth into a collectible plaything. So Batman, Robin, and a plethora of other Justice League characters join forces with their nemesis to fight the alien threat. There are 45 missions packed with puzzles and, despite what Batman might say, he needs some help to take down Brainiac. Good thing there are over 100 characters to play with and unlock like Black Canary, Solomon Grundy, Cyborg, and The Joker. Each character comes with different suits that provide them with powers, such as Robin's elite hacker Techno Suit for hacking computers. --Jessica Fisher


Fews

Consolidating your news, Fews is a handy app for when you want to quickly see what’s going on in the world.Loading it up, you’re immediately taken to a screen that offers all the news in your country. You can choose to divide things up according to news, sport, economy, technology, or lifestyle, or you can view everything at once. Filtering options are also available for news sources, meaning you can dodge certain outlets. You can also view things, depending on what’s trending around the world, as well as set up notifications for specific subjects, further enhancing your ability to keep on top of things. --Jennifer Allen


Formula Cartoon All-Stars

With its cart racing rather than ‘kart’ racing, Formula Cartoon All-Stars seems a little like it’s trying to be a top-down version of Mario Kart. While it doesn’t have that title’s level of depth, it’s still quite fun to play, assuming you don’t expect too much of it. Formula Cartoon All-Stars offers up two different game modes in the form of adventure and tournament. Tournament is a matter of racing in specific tracks, aiming for a faster time than anyone else, while adventure takes you through a kind of story mode, unlocking new tracks as you gain stars in earlier ones. Ultimately though, the idea is the same - outrace the competition. --Jennifer Allen


Stick Tennis Tour

It’s Wimbledon season, which means it’s the ideal time to lose yourself in a Tennis game. Stick Tennis Tour is a casual interpretation of the sport that'sreminiscent of its predecessor, Stick Tennis, but with a few extra features.This time around, you can create and customize your own character, before heading off on tour. An extensive training system, as well as a series of Challenges, which change frequently, ensure there’s always something for you to do. That’s considerable content for a game that’s free to download too, with in-app purchases that are far from obtrusive.--Jennifer Allen


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Deliveries Package Tracker

I love me some Google Now.It’s one of those anchor apps I use on a daily basis, almost without thinking. Multitasking, hands-free operations, news… you name it. Still, one of the key ways I rely on it is to track packages. This is key in this line of work; we get review items in and out almost every day, going and coming from literally all parts of the globe. Google Now is a (sometimes) seamless bridge between information and access. Since we handle expensive equipment and devices, it really helps to when what arrives where.--Tre Lawrence


TMNT: Rooftop Run

TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN brings us our favorite mutant amphibians… running. At the risk of name-dropping, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is worth having a look at in almost any form.After picking a particular turtle to unlock, one gets to start the game; it starts off as a sidescrolling platformer. The selected character runs from right or left, and, as to be expected, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. A major one is makes sense, based on the location of this initial challenge (rooftops); there are gaps in the running area, and to navigate these, one has to tap to invoke a jump, while double-tapping creates a double jumping move that helps with greater height and distance.--Tre Lawrence


Xenowerk

Here’s to Pixelbite’s Xenowerks.Well, it feels a bit like hit game Space Marshals, that’s okay and very much allowed; sharing DNA with that game ensures that at the very least, we should get of sprinkling of good stuff. And we do, starting from the top-down nature of the view that allows the player to survey and control the action from “above.” The developer uses virtual light as an in-game tool quite effectively, and the overall sense of foreboding is well rendered. The sounds are also sufficiently creepy, seesawing from the eerie to the straight dangerous.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides and even more reviews than we can share here!

Card Wars, the Freemium Game with the Premium Price, is Currently Free

Posted by Rob Rich on July 9th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COOL DWEEB :: Read Review »

I might be alone in my contempt of Card Wars, but I can't help finding it to be an insult. Charging a premium for what is basically a free-to-play game is just gross. And it's not even "basically," it is a free-to-play game. They just decided to charge money for it. Or at least they did, but now it's free so I'm not quite as mad.

Formula Cartoon All-Stars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHALLOW BUT FUN
Formula Cartoon All-Stars is a fun if shallow racing game.
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Formula Cartoon All-Stars - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Becoming the Fastest Racer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2015

[Deciding whether or not Formula Cartoon All-Stars is worth a look? Check out our review.]

Just bought Formula Cartoon All-Stars and not quite sure where to begin? We have some handy tips on what to expect and how to get started in your bid to be some kind of amazing cartoon-based racing star.


The Basics

  • Controls are pretty simple if a little limited. You have a virtual wheel to dictate where you go, plus a choice of two places to put it - either on the left or right side of the screen, depending on if you’re left or right handed. It might b worth experimenting here.
  • You’ve got the choice of two modes - Adventure or Tournament. It doesn’t really matter what you start with but I found Adventure a little gentler early on. The first few races, in particular, are easy enough that you can take the time to master the controls, as well as gain some easy coins.
  • Tournament is mostly there for you to compete with others. There’s always a new tournament to participate in and you can win a trophy for doing so. Of course, there are rewards involved too!
  • Adventure is the game’s form of story mode - unlocking new sections as you progress. In both cases, upgrades unlock across the modes, so you don’t have to worry about levelling anything up separately.

Formula Cartoon All-Stars Lets You Race As and Against Your Cartoon Network Favorites

Posted by Rob Rich on June 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHALLOW BUT FUN :: Read Review »

Ever want to pit your favorite characters from shows like Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Regular Show against each other in a not quite death race? Well once upon a time you could, but Formula All Stars Touch N' Go doesn't exist anymore. Hope is not lost, however. Now you can do the same thing, arguably better, with Formula Cartoon All-Stars.

Attack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A LIGHT RPG
This charming game is a near-perfect mobile RPG experience, even if you aren't familiar with Steven Universe.
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Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MUSCLE MEN
Regular Show gets an above average game.
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Adventure Time Game Wizard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CREATIVELY FLAWED
The control issues are annoying but Adventure Time Game Wizard offers plenty of charm, along with a way to make your own levels.
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Card Wars - Adventure Time and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Are Getting the Holiday Treatment

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COOL DWEEB :: Read Review »

Card Wars – Adventure Time and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, by Cartoon Network, are donning their holiday best in their latest updates.

In Card Wars, you'll get new Holiday Sweater Hero Cards, a holiday-themed tree house with loot chests, special creature, spell, and building cards (limited availability), and the Adventure Calendar - sort of a super mathematical (awesome) Advent calendar with daily gifts for logging in.

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, on the other hand, is getting Codger the Elf - a weird old guy in Powder Peaks who needs Niko's help in a new island-spanning quest. You'll also be able to play new levels where you must find missing presents and you can earn a brand-new costume for Niko if you finish Codger's quest.

You can grab a copy of Card Wars – Adventure Time and/or Monsters for $3.99 and $4.99, respectively.

Cartoon Network Anything Looks Like Total Activity Overload for Your Brain

Posted by Rob Rich on October 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

These days most network sites (especially those with cartoons like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network) are jam-packed with what could be interpreted as "way too much content." Games, video clips, quizzes, etc. And now we have Cartoon Network Anything to bring that same glut of content to your iPhone.

Anything is a sort of potluck of bite-sized Cartoon Network goodies. Think of it as a sort of digital activity book. One moment you might be drawing a mustache on one of the Teen Titans, and the next you'll have a dance-off with Adventure Time's Banana Guy. Because, you know (I'm sorry in advance), "Anything Goes."

You can download Cartoon Network Anything right now for free.

Time Tangle - Adventure Time Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHARMING BUT SAMEY
Colorful and charming it might be, but Time Tangle - Adventure Time is a bit shallow in the end.
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The Great Prank War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on July 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRANKING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
Though short, The Great Prank War offers an interesting and fun mix of action and tower defense. Get your fish out.
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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Brittany Vincent on July 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A SWEET CONFECTION
Monsters Ate My Birthday cake is an exemplary puzzler that represents the genre well.
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Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on June 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKING POWER
Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville is an average shooting/action game. Problem is you don't ever want to hear the word "average" alongside "Powerpuff Girls."
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PAX East 2014 - Adventure Time Presents: Time Tangle Fixes Time Paradoxes with Fists

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2014

Oh Finn, when will you learn not to punch random things? Probably never, which is why Adventure Time Presents: Time Tangle is happening.

Time Tangle puts Finn in the awkward position of having to fix time after unwittingly screwing everything up by punching something he shouldn't have. So he sets out to repair time by punching more stuff. I suppose a hero's work is never done.

The game plays similarly to other third-person runners, however levels aren't endless. Rather, they have specific goals such as carrying familiar characters around or chasing down banana guards as they carry off Lumpy Space Princess (as seen in the video below). You'll be able to control Finn by tilting the screen to move side-to-side, tapping the left side to jump, and tapping the right side to punch. Or you could use the touch control options if you'd prefer to avoid tilting. Either way, it looks (and plays) quite well.

Adventure Time Presents: Time Tangle will be coming to the App Store "soon" as a premium release.