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Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures Review

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By Jennifer Allen on December 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: STOP/START OBJECT SEEKING
Seek out objects in this overly easy and far too cynical hidden object game, loosely based on the forthcoming movie.
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Roller Polar Review

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By Campbell Bird on December 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAPPY BEAR
Jump over all kinds of wintery hazards in this endless casual game reminiscent of Flappy Bird.
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Peggle Blast Review

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By Jennifer Allen on December 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PRICEY FAMILIARITY
It's everyone's favorite, Peggle, but with a few too many freemium elements for comfort.
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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove HD Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar ::
A decent new installment for the popular Mystery Case Files series.
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Rescue Quest Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PATH BASED MATCH-3
Guide a wizard to safety by matching gems. Rescue Quest might not be an entirely original match-3 game, but it is quite fun.
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Ironkill Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTER PUNCHING
Ironkill is a freemium focused fighting game that doesn't offer particularly thrilling fights.
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Fantasy Solitaire Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLASSY CARD PLAYING
Fantasy Solitaire doesn't deviate from the standard Klondike Solitaire path, but it looks darn stylish.
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Cato and Macro Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PEOPLE DEFENSE
Although it looks like a mobile version of real-time strategy game, Cato and Macro is actually a bizarre form of a tower defense featuring characters from Simon Scarrow's book series.
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Chain Breaker Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BREAK FREE
Control a knight's fate by cutting chains, dropping weights, and defeating enemies in this novel twist on the runner genre.
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This Week at 148Apps: October 13-17, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on October 20th, 2014

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So little time and so very many apps. What's a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we've ever written.

Pokemon TCG

I’ve been playing and enjoying collectable card games for 20 years, now – yeah, I’m old, shut up. While Magic: the Gathering has always been my main game, I’ve tried and enjoyed several others over the years. One of my favorites was always Pokémon, but at my age (I said shut up!) almost none of my peers play. The only way I could enjoy a game was to go to a tournament and play almost entirely against children. Since that’s as awkward as it sounds, I haven’t played in years. Now there’s a solution to that problem. And unlike Magic’s foray into iPad, Pokémon TCG allows a great deal of freedom. --Jade Walker


Diner Dash

Almost a decade after its launch, the classic time management franchise Diner Dash has returned once again to cause stress headaches in a whole new generation of mobile gamers. It’s been about four years since the last entry in the series – Diner Dash 5: BOOM! – and PlayFirst has revamped the venerable workhorse into a mash-up of classic and all-new styles. And, for the first time ever, the series has embraced the free-to-play model. How well do Flo and the crew make the transition to freemium? Well, let’s take a look, shall we? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who isn’t at least passingly familiar with the basic concept of Diner Dash. Players are in charge of Flo, a good-natured (but doubtlessly exhausted) waitress whose job is to seat, serve, and generally keep happy all of the customers of her restaurant – many of whom have specific quirks and needs. Unfortunately, as Flo is only one person with two hands, she can only do so much at a time. This leaves her sprinting about madly to take orders, make coffee, clean up dirty tables, and more, all before customers lose their patience and leave. You really have to wonder why this place doesn’t hire at least a busboy, right? --Rob Thomas


Air Supply-SOS

Sheep aren’t loaded with natural defenses. They’re great at standing around, chewing their cud, and waiting to be sheared. That’s about it. That’s why Air Supply – SOS calls on players to foil the Time Travel Company: a greedy organization that kidnaps sheep, robs their fluffy down, and makes clothing. Though these distressed sheep are quantum sheep, they’re still incapable of defending themselves. Do the right thing. Save Our Sheep (“SOS” – get it?). Air Supply is a shooter inspired by the classic ZX Spectrum game Jetpac. Players endure waves of aliens while catching the quantum sheep that fall from the sky. The sheep need to be returned to the rocket ship waiting at the bottom of the screen. Once the requisite number is loaded, the player gets to progress to the next level (often accompanied by a “sheepy hug” of thanksgiving). --Nadia Oxford


Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

Like in the original, players control Rockford: a scrappy young spelunker exploring a series of caves. But these aren’t just ordinary caves; they’re full of gems, and to open up the exit Rockford must collect a certain number of gems before time runs off. From that description, one might think that gem-collecting would be, if not a difficult process, then at least one that took some thinking. But in Boulder Dash, most of the initial free levels can be beaten by tracing the most straightforward route through the dirt and collecting the obvious gems in plain sight. Players spend the majority of the game performing this deeply uninteresting act again and again. Sure there are a few enemies, but with Rockford’s ability to move basically anywhere and survive anything short of a falling rock, there’s far too little in the player’s way. It almost makes one wish the controls weren’t as smooth and forgiving as they are. Later worlds do ramp up the challenge, but the dull and lengthy introduction discourages players from grinding and earning the stars necessary to unlock the more interesting content for free. --Jordan Minor


Bug Mazing-Adventures in Learning

Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning' is a new title from Little Bit Studio, the developers known for their series of apps such as Bugs and Buttons, Bugs and Numbers, and a recent favorite, Bug Art. As the name may suggest, Bug Mazing is a maze app with a bug theme that includes activities such as working with numbers, letters, colors and tracing in ways that children will find engaging and adults will appreciate for their educational value. Nature is a big part of these apps and the landscape may either be beautiful and pristine with flowers and insects like bees and ladybugs or include worn details that are possibly less beautiful, but I find these details quite interesting. It also includes a fantasy adventure theme as well as bugs that are styled with different adventure elements, such as Indiana Jones’ hat and other details. A narrator gives encouragement while on each exploration and valuable coins and precious gems are collected as rewards. Each area of this app includes different levels of difficulty and unique bugs select. Do note the selection of languages that is also included within this app – always a nice touch. Multiple children can also keep their own games separate, which is good for at home or the classroom. --Amy Solomon


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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Entwined Challenge

Twitch games are an addiction of mine now, so checking out Entwined Challenge was destined to be. The visuals rely on simulated distance perspective; to start, the two flying beings are colored red and blue. In the distance is a circle with colored segments; the colors of the segments are generally red, blue and green. the flying beings can be controlled by thumb gestures on either side to move along the axis of the circle, so that each flying being is guided through a matching color segment. As progress is made, the game adjusts too; for example, where the color segments were stationary, they begin to move, forcing the player to make adjustments and quicker decisions on the fly. While the concept remains simple, the developer does a good job of delicately layering levels of difficulty upon the easy-to-understand premise, and it flows well, with no major deviations to distract from the chase of excellence. --Tre Lawrence


Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger

Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up. Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore. --Tre Lawrence


Withings Smart Body Analyzer

Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale. The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs. --Tre Lawrence


And finally, this week Pocket Gamer covered Apple and Google's big announcements, wrote a massive guide for The Silent Age: Episode Two, tackled GamerGate, and picked 11 iOS games that you may never get to play. All that and loads more, right here.

Hay Ewe Review

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By Campbell Bird on October 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAVE YOUR SHEEPLE
Pave the way for your flock in this line drawing puzzle game from the creators of Worms.
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Faraway Kingdom - Dragon Raiders Review

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By Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TINY TOWER MEETS LOOT
Build a kingdom and go questing in this fantasy-themed questing game that borrows from successful titles like Tiny Tower.
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Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PIRATE-THEMED ADVENTURING
It's business as usual for the last installment in the Nightmares from the Deep series, but it's a fun ride.
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Cursed Treasure 2 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY TOWER DEFENSE
It's a dependable and fun Tower Defense game, but Cursed Treasure 2 lacks a certain original spark that would have truly made it special.
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Epic Island Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: STOP START ACTION
Colorful and not without potential, Epic Island is too slow going when it comes to offering up its wonders.
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