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You Could Design Your Own Card for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night

Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MORE IS BETTER :: Read Review »

If you've ever wanted to create your own item, weapon, trap, or even monster for Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, this is your chance. Auroch Digital is currently holding a contest so that fans can fight to the death (not really) to see which design will make the cut (no pun intended).

Make a Pitch Perfect 2 Music Video and Win With MatchCut

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 20th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VIDEO SHARING DONE SIMPLY :: Read Review »

MatchCut, byM2CATALYST, is a music video editing app that lets you make 15 or 30-second mash up videos - and it'spartnered with Universal Pictures to make the Pitch Perfect 2 Instagram contest.

Calling All... Android Users? Right, Well, Here's How You Can Win a $25 Google Play Gift Card

Posted by Rob Rich on April 2nd, 2015

It's true that we don't normally touch upon anything Android related here at 148Apps but our sister site, Android Rundown, is currently taking part in a giveawaywith NetEase Games that could get you a free $25 Google Play gift card. How could we not share the opportunity?

You can read up on all the specifics over on Android Rundown's announcement page, but the abbreviated version is thus according to the post:

  • Sign up for the Speedy Ninja beta at the Google sign-up sheet.
  • Answer the question “What color best befits a Ninja”? Put the answer as a comment to this post.
  • Wait with fingers crossed; we’ll have a drawing and announce the winners.

For accuracy, make sure that your signup name and email match the name and email you sue to answer the questions in the comments.

The rules: one word (color) answers are fine. No profanity. Single entries. Boom.

Win Sennheiser Momentum headphones with Ingress

Posted by Rob Rich on January 22nd, 2015

Ingress is a free GPS-based game where you find portals in the real world via your iOS or Android device. These portals tend to be landmarks, and the aim of the game is to hack and take over as many as possible for your team - either the Resistance or the Enlightened.

Both headphones we have to give away are blue, the color of the Resistance, so your team has already been chosen!

With these fancy headphones you're bound to get even more involved in your urban exploring. Just watch out for traffic!

How to enter

All you need to do to enter is follow @148Apps on Twitter, and retweet the following tweet:

To find out more about Ingress check out the official site.

Good luck!

Competition Rules
The competition ends on January 23rd, 2015, at 6pm EST, and no entries will be accepted after this date.
The winners will be contacted via Twitter for address details - make sure your account can receive direct messages.
The competition is open to to readers worldwide.
148Apps parent company Steel Media's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners of the competition.
By entering, you agree to the official rules and Steel Media's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Oceanhorn Gets an "Ultra" Graphics Update for Metal-Using Devices

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SET ADRIFT :: Read Review »

FDG Entertainment has released the Oceanhorn "V2.5 Ultra Graphics Update" for the holidays. Now fans can enjoy super-refined graphics with ambient occlusion (really fine shading), improved lighting effects, and 60fps performance on their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or iPad Air 2.

FDG is also holding an Oceanhorn Screenshot and Fan Art Competition where you can win an iPad Air 2. All you have to do to participate is take a cool screenshot and tweet it with the hashtag #oceanhorn before January 10, 2015. The development team will select the best entry. For more details check out their blog.

You can check out this sleek new Oceanhorn for $8.99 on the App Store.

Skylanders, Show Off How You Fight Kaos to Win Cool Prizes

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 24th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: :: Read Review »

Activision has announced their #TrapAndPlaySweeps photo and video sharing sweepstakes. Skylanders fans can take photos and videos of their favorite moments as they play Skylanders Trap Team and share them on twitter for a chance to win prizes.

You can post your stuff to the official Skylanders Twitter channel (@SkylandersGame) using #TrapAndPlaySweeps #Skylanders from now through December 11.

You can download Skylanders Trap Team for free on the App Store to get started.

Todoist Gets a Much Anticipated Update for iOS 8, iPhone 6/6 Plus and Celebrates With a Giveaway

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 19th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Today Todoist, the popular To Do list app by Doist, has updated to version 9.5, which will give you a new UI with adaptive layouts to support iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The update also adds support for Safari Action Extension and Interactive Push Notifications. You'll be able to add text and images directly from your Safari app to Todoist tasks and task notes. Once your task is done you can use the "complete" action, or if you're not quite ready to finish, hit the "Snooze" action.

To celebrate the update, Doist is giving away a brand new iPhone 6. To enter go to their blog and use their contest widget. The contest will last until November 26 at 9:00PM ET. The winner will be randomly drawn from all proper entries and will be announced in this post on November 27. You must currently be a Todoist user to be eligible to win.

You can download Todoist for free on the App Store.

Draw Stuff, Win Prizes. Glorkian Warrior is Having a Fan Art Contest

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHOOT EM UP DELIGHTS :: Read Review »

To celebrate the sale of their popular shoot-em-up, Glorkian Warrior, Pixeljam is holding an art contest. For first prize they'll be giving away one original James Kochalka Glorkian Warrior painting and a copy of the first Glorkian graphic novel: Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. Two additional winners will receive a copy of the graphic novel.

If you share their contest on on social media with a link to the App Store or to their Facebook contest post, you'll be entered to win an Octology Key that unlocks other Pixeljam games and music. Each post will net you an additional entry for a chance to win a Key.

You can send your Glorkian Warrior fan art to [email protected] or post it on this page by September 4.

Chainsaw Warrior Goes on Sale & There's a Chance to Win a Copy of the Original Board Game

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I’M ATTACKING THE DARKNESS! :: Read Review »

Editor's Choice winning board game adaptation, Chainsaw Warrior, is currently on sale for a mere $1.99 and it's for a very good reason.

Players are being given the opportunity to enter a competition to win a rare and original copy of the 1980s board game of the same name, plus the expansion cards from White Dwarf issue 88. It's quite the special piece of gaming history for fans of the game, both young and old.

All you have to do to win a copy is to record a play session and submit a video link to the developers at [email protected], and the best submitted run-through of the game will win the prize. It's as simple as that! The developers promise that they'll be marking on score, style, and aggression, and are excited to see how you defeat the Darkness.

Entries need to be submitted by August 17 to be considered, so get cracking.

Do you not have a copy of Chainsaw Warrior? Simply, snag it from the App Store while it's on sale for $1.99 and enjoy!

Leo's Fortune Celebrates App Store Success with Hardcore Challenge

Posted by Tre Lawrence on May 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FORTUNATE SON :: Read Review »

Leo's Fortune, a fun, creative platform game we had the opportunity to review recently, is celebrating its topping of the App Store with a contest.

Called the Hardcore Challenge, the contest invites players to beat the game in hardcore mode, and then submit a pic of the prize unlock and their Gamecenter ID to the contest email address.

Per information from the developer, everyone who completes Hardcore Mode and enters will be added to the "Hardcore Players Club" and given an in-game credit. A grand prize winner will be randomly selected from eligible entrants to receive an iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi and a $100 iTunes Gift Card; two runners-up will each receive a $100 iTunes Gift Card as well.

The contest will run through June 15, 2014, and only US entrants are eligible for prizes. The contest rules are available at the contest site.

Leo's Fortune is available for $4.99 on the App Store.

Want a Chance to Win an iPad Mini? Just Take a Moment to Fill Out This 148Apps/Android Rundown Survey!

Posted by Rob Rich on February 24th, 2014

148Apps and Android Rundown (both via Steel Media) are holding a 2014 reader survey for the week, and taking a couple of minuted to answer some basic questions will give you a shot at winning an iPad Mini! Just go here and fill out the necessary info.

You can also check out the terms and conditions here if you're so inclined. If you're interested in entering I'd suggest hopping to it sooner rather than later as the survey will only be going until March 4, 2014. Telling us we're awesome isn't a requirement of course, but we love compliments all the same.

Real Racing 3 Recap and a Contest with Prizes!

Posted by Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Wow, what a month it’s been for racing fans. Specifically Real Racing fans! You might recall how we kicked things off with our three-part series documenting the history of the Real Racing series, Firemint’s (now Firemonkeys’) approach to designing the first two games, and a peek at Real Racing 3’s Time Shifted Multiplayer that everyone’s been talking about. If you don’t recall you should give them a read. You know, for science or something. Not because I wrote them and am proud of my work or anything.

Of course that was just the beginning. There was also our look at Real Racing 3’s first true hands-on demo. And of course that whole free-to-play business that turned into something of a debacle. Let’s not forget the seething jealousy that was undoubtedly felt when we all found out both New Zealand and Australia were getting the game a couple weeks earlier than the rest of the world!

Before we knew it, Real Racing 3 was only a week away. Our lord and master, Jeff Scott, really dug into the mathematics at play and analyzed the in-game economic structure, for better or for worse. Blake Grundman followed with a look at the top 5 drool-inducing rides players can get their hands on (thus far), and soon after that Carter Dotson stepped up with a look at the 5 most alluring real-world racetracks on offer. Finally, the week was capped off with Carter’s in-depth look at Time Shifted Multiplayer while Jeff hopped back in the driver’s seat (sorry, I’m only human) one last time to bestow his Real Racing wisdom with an impressive number of tips and tricks. We also reviewed it, of course.

Get Racing - we've got prizes!

Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.

All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.

The prizes? We'll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?

Update: We'll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.

This Week at 148Apps: Dec 3-7

Posted by Chris Kirby on December 9th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, site founder Jeff Scott took a closer look at the new studio and game from Aurora Feint co-founder Danielle Cassley: "It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Danielle Cassley. Please indulge me in this short trip down memory lane. Ms. Cassley is one of the co-founders of Aurora Feint. Aurora Feint was our first app review way way back in 2008 here at 148Apps. Sadly, the Aurora Feint games have been removed from the App Store probably due to their reliance on the soon to be shutters OpenFeint. They were and interesting part of the App Store history and will be missed. Aurora Feint the games company eventually became OpenFeint the social game network service as the demand for the social backend built into Aurora Feint became the focus. A couple years later, in April 2011, after great success, OpenFeint the company was purchased by GREE.

Ms. Cassley has always struck me as a superstar seemingly held back by other forces like corporate structure. Much like her co-founder of Aurora Feint, Jason Citron who started his own company recently, she has now started a new game studio to help build the games she wants to see made. The first game from her new company, Red Bird Studios is a joint venture with Velvet Architects and is titled Avengees.

Want to know more? Read the full article on 148Apps.

GiggleApps.com got revolutionary this week, with a review of Ansel & Claire: Paul Revere's Ride. Amy Solomon writes, "Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride is a splendid educational app for iPad 2 and beyond that does a thorough job of explaining the American Revolution and the details of Paul Revere’s ride.

Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride is a new app in a series of Ansel & Clair apps that revolves around intergalactic travelers Ansel, a travel photographer from planet Virtoos and Clair, the Virtoosian robot who accompanies Ansel to Boston at the start of the American Revolution to take historical photographs used to teach other Virtoosians distant history."

Read the full review at GiggleApps.

And finally, AndroidRundown's KickStarter Spotlight this week was for iGloLED. Joseph Bertolini says, "While it may not be the cheapest, probably the fastest and easiest way to spice up any basement or outside area is to add colored lights. We’ve looked at KickStarter projects in the past that are WiFi enabled smart LED lightbulbs, but these are very expensive per light and only illuminate a small circular area. The other solution is to use LED strips, those long single row ropes of LED’s that can easily be hidden under a bar or inside an entertainment system. Now, I have looked around the internet before for these and buying one is actually a lot more expensive then it initially seems because they have to include their own power adapter and most of them cannot be wirelessly controlled or change color. As you can probably guess, this is exactly what this weeks project, iGloLED does. Like most of our KickStarter projects this operates via WiFi and includes a host of options for customizing the color. If that is not enough there will also be an available SDK which means that this bad boy is open to the public and all of their programming brilliance."

Find out more about this potential product at AndroindRundown.

Another week down, and only 15 shopping days remain this holiday season. Before you give the gift of apps, check all of our sites for the latest news, reviews and more - and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates right when they happen. See you next week!

Gameloft Releases Texas Poker for Prizes - Win Real Prizes Playing Poker

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 1st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREE POKER FUN :: Read Review »

Gameloft has release a new poker game, Texas Poker for Prizes. This free to play game has one huge interesting twist. Just by playing the game, you have the chance to win some real world prizes -- TVs, trips to Las Vegas, and more.

While that's the hook, the game does have other things going for it. For one, when playing online you can play up to four tables at once. Very useful when you are waiting on 8 other slow players to decide their move. It also has the ability to support Airplay where the poker table can be displayed on your TV (via Apple TV) while each players hands are shown on their handheld devices in a local multiplayer game.

Appsfire App Awards Finalists Revealed

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 4th, 2012

In late April, we posted on 148Apps.biz (the 148Apps site for the development community) about the third edition of the Appsfire App Awards. The contest is a way to highlight great upcoming apps before they're released. And 148Apps Founder and Editor in Chief, Jeff Scott, is one of the mobile expert judges who are narrowing down the submissions. Just a few days ago, the finalists for the contest have been revealed.

There are currently 16 finalists for the awards, three of them will receive a free ad campaign for their app and a new iPad. The finalists have apps ranging from a guitar app that takes no guitar skills to a kid's game about eating dinner to a Clear-like to-do app.

Check out the finalists on Appsfire. The post includes video demonstrations of all of the finalists' apps. The winner will be announced on June 5th. One of my favorites after seeing all of the demonstrations is QuizBoard a multiplayer trivia game. Which app is your favorite?