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Fruit Ninja, Colossatron, and Age of Zombies are Only a Few of the Games Halfbrick has Discounted to Free

Posted by Rob Rich on June 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Halfbrick makes some pretty great games. Games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. In fact, I'm betting there's a pretty good chance you've already played many (if not all) of their games. But if you haven't, now is the best possible time to fix that.

At the moment, just about every single game in Halfbrick's library is on sale for free. This includes the aforementioned Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja HD, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots HD, Fish Out of Water!, Colossatron: Massive World Threat, Age of Zombies, and Monster Dash.

Whew!

So if any or even all of those titles sound interesting, get yourself to the App Store and start downloading!

The Portable Podcast, Episode 213

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 31st, 2013

Sending out 2013 with a roll of the dice!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss two of the last big releases of 2013, Republique and Colossatron.

  • Carter talks with some of the braintrust behind Quarriors about the effort in bringing the game to mobile.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guests: Alexis Mueller & Justin Ziran, Wizkids/NECA
  • Music:

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    Apps From This Episode:



    This Week at 148Apps: December 16-20, 2013

    Posted by Chris Kirby on December 22nd, 2013

    Happy Holidays from 148Apps!


    With less than a week to go before Christmas, the rush is on to find the perfect gift. Why wade through endless streams of furious shoppers when the perfect app is right here? Take a look at what we've reviewed this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Remastered

    Sure, the Sonic the Hedgehog series is known as a classic now, but for me, the moment when the series jumped from being about “blast processing” and Not-Mario to being a classic in its own right was Sonic 2. It was a rather comprehensive game, laying the groundwork for much of the series’ conventions. So when Christian Whitehead got his chance to helm a remastering as he did with Sonic CD and the original Sonic, there wasn’t too much he could add. But what has been added preserves what made the original game great, modernizes just what needs to be done, and adds one very cool easter egg for die-hard fans. --Carter Dotson


    Star Trek: Trexels

    For some unknown reason, no one seems to be able to make a decent Star Trek game. Some argue the last time a good Star Trek game came out, it was for the Sega Genesis. Some would even go farther back, saying it was on the NES. Regardless, every Star Trek related game from older PC games up to the most recent one based on the J. J. Abrams adaptation of the series have not received high praise from critics. So, does a simulation/management style mobile game fare any better? --Mike Deneen


    Jam Fusion Wireless Stereo Headphones

    The Jam Fusion Wireless Headphones are on the budget end of the spectrum for wireless headphones, coming in at just $63 on Amazon currently ($99 list). The headphones offer a modest 6 hour playback time, so make sure they are charged before that long flight. The headphones do have a decent sound, though they’re lacking a bit in the low end. I must admit that I have a big head but I can only judge comfort by the head I have, and these are too tight to use for any length of time. There is not enough give in the arm to allow the on-ear pads to sit comfortably on my ears. --Jeff Scott


    Cut the Rope 2

    Om Nom just can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet candy. Seriously, I think he has a problem. The lengths he would go to were pretty intense before, but in Cut the Rope 2 things are even crazier. He’s got more worlds to snack in, more obstacles to overcome, new creatures to help him, and unfortunately a few unwelcome monetization methods. Spiders have stolen Om Nom’s candy stash using a hot air balloon (naturally), and the little addict is dragged along with them as they make their escape. Literally: his adorable little foot gets tangled in the anchor line and he goes for a ride. Once free, players must stuff him with sweets as they work their way through 120 all-new levels. Cut the Rope 2 is in many ways similar to the original – what with the rope cutting and all – but a number of new elements have also been introduced that change the formula up quite a bit. --Rob Rich


    Ridge Racer Slipstream

    I’m confident I wasn’t alone in being mildly worried about Ridge Racer Slipstream when a teaser trailer was released for it. Looking like it was going to pursue a freemium route, it made me twitchy. Fortunately, there was little need to worry. Ridge Racer Slipstream is a premium title that’s backed up by the availability of in-app purchases rather than reliant upon them. They’ll speed things along a fair bit, but a lack of an energy bar system is quite reassuring. --Jennifer Allen


    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    If anyone were to take a generic straw poll of journalists who reviewed games during the PlayStation 2 era, asking what their “Game of the Generation” was, there is a very good possibility that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would top at least a few lists. Not only was it well received critically, it went on to smash top sales records all over the place. But the question remains: have the last nine years been kind to this storied classic? In the legendary words of Dr. Dre, “HELL YEAH.” --Blake Grundman


    Other 148Apps Network Sites

    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:


    AndroidRundown

    Sticky Password Manager & Safe

    Digital password safes are almost necessities for the productively mobile in this day. There are several options available to Android users, and this is a god thing, as this means only worthy candidates will step into the ring. Enter Sticky Password Manager and Safe from Lamantine Software. Sticky packs AES encryption, and boldly looks to be the consummate password solution; off the bat, I like having the choice if either using the app as a standalone option, or getting in on cloud sync on one or more devices for $20 a year. Signup is a breeze and can be done on mobile device or the web. --Tre Lawrence


    Snow Spin: Snowboard Adventure

    A disintegrating plane. Scattered luggage. Iced up animals. A snowboard. Such is the world of Snow Spin: Snowboard Adventure from Android development vet Ezone.com. To understand the gameplay, one must understand the backstory. It revolves around a successful explorer (Professor Headwind), who, in his travels to exotic locations, has accumulated a veritable horde of exciting items. On the way home, an ill-fated shortcut has dire consequences; his plane breaks apart, strewing his property and plane parts on snow covered mountains. --Tre Lawrence


    Castle Raid 2

    To say the truth, I’ve only played original Castle Raid for a little while, so my experiences with this sequel aren’t really comparable. I’ve seen enough to suggest that the games aren’t wholly different. Castle Raid 2 is just as fun, has a bit better graphics, more units, and a larger campaign – but the gameplay only differs in details. It’s still a hellish time-sinker, regardless of whether you play it with a friend, or against an AI. Story in Castle Raid 2 spins in a surprising direction from the original. While human armies are fighting against each other, the whole kingdom and nearby lands get overrun by orcs that drive the humans off their own land. This forces the old enemies to band together, and claim their lands back. This means that the blue units are now people, and the red – orcs, both having distinct armies with different looks – although they’re still completely identical in powers, abilities and costs. Honestly, my biggest – and probably, only – peeve with Castle Raid 2 is that I really wanted to see at least two sides with unique units and abilities. That would turn this fine strategy into an amazing one. --Tony Kuzmin

    And finally, Pocket Gamer reviewed Walking Dead: Season 2, Republique, Colossatron, Cut the Rope 2, and Ridge Racer Slipstream. The guys chatted to Republique creator Ryan Payton about moving from Kojima to Kickstarter, and picked out the best tablets you can buy. All that, and loads more, here. And, in AppSpy's latest video wrap-up, you can watch reviews of games like The Walking Dead: Season 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. They also went hands-on with new releases like Cut the Rope 2, Ridge Racer Slipstream, and Colossatron: Massive World Threat. Click here to see all these games in action.

    Colossatron Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on December 19th, 2013
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TOO BIG TO FAIL?
    Colossatron comes ready to destroy everything, but it is just a bit too chaotic, and players are given too little control.
    Read The Full Review »

    Colossatron: Massive World Threat Gets a New Live Report from Action News 6 Explaining Some of its Features

    Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 20th, 2013

    Halfbrick has released a new live report from Action News 6 as lead anchor Rick Dalton provides more breaking news on the Colossatron. The gigantic robot snake is blowing up everything in sight as it makes its way across the planet, causing major problems for general Moustache. Apparently, the Colossatron can use the damage it creates to its advantage by repairing and upgrading itself. The report also talks about General Moustache's newest toys that are being used in the battle, including high-tech gunships and super tanks.

    Colossatron: Massive World Threat is scheduled to be available before the end of the year.

    Colossatron: Massive World Threat Gets a Live Update from Action News 6, Courtesy of Halfbrick

    Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 6th, 2013

    Colossatron: Massive World Threat continues to get closer to its chaotic and destructive release, which is still set at sometime in 2013. For now, lets turn it over to the reporters at Action News 6 who are covering the havoc up-close. Field reporter Katie Hazard is catching up with General Moustache, discussing the capture of one of the Colossatron's Power Cores. Tune in now by clicking the video below!