Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 21st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Seven Dwarfs: The Queen’s Return takes players on a journey to return peace to the Enchanted Forest, which has been cursed by the evil queen. Players must help the dwarfs lift the curse as they craft new items and buildings to restore the village, explore new locations, and go mining for hidden treasures.
Check out the video below, and then go save the Enchanted Forest from the evil queen!
Disney today announced Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for release very soon. It’s a version of Tiny Tower based in the Star Wars universe. It’s about time Disney started putting out Star Wars games! Though I don’t think this is the first one I would have thought of. What do you think, is this a good first release for Disney and Star Wars?
The Empire needs your help! In collaboration with LucasArts and Tiny Tower creators NimbleBit, Disney Mobile introduces Star Wars™: Tiny Death Star™, a new game for mobile devices. Live life on the dark side and join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to attract Galactic bitizens, run intergalactic businesses, and build an all-new Death Star. Construct unique Star Wars themed locations to attract iconic characters and species to your space station in this 8-bit style game. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star will soon be available worldwide.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 30th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Disney Animated is celebrating the upcoming release of Disney’s new film, “Frozen.” The app features lots of chilling content which includes concept art, extended film clips, animation tests, and visual effects. It’s available to purchase for the reduced price $9.99 and will continue to be updated with more Frozen images, clips, and interactive material once the film releases this November.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 19th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
La Luna: The Story Project brings Pixar’s short film to iOS, allowing users to explore its story interactively. The app features the full theatrical release of the film and lets users swipe, tap, and drag their way through it to gather an entirely new experience.
• Enjoy the digital picture book with original artwork from the director
• Explore the creation process from storyboard to layout to final animation
• See all angles of the characters using interactive turntab
Posted by Jeff Scott on September 18th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Disney Infinity is the most ambitious video gaming project undertaken by Disney in it’s history. This multi-platform open world gaming environment that crosses all Disney and Pixar properties has now come to the iPad. While we can’t play the story mode of the console versions (yet), the Toy Box mode lets users play with worlds created in the game and use characters and items gathered while playing the story mode.
Posted by Rob Rich on September 16th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Muppets Show has been an enjoyably goofy, Muppet-filled music box for the past month and a half but after so much time it was starting to run out of tricks. Granted I’m still missing a few Muppets in the kitchen (seriously, no matter what I do I can’t get Rizzo and it’s driving me nuts!), but I’ve been missing the simple pleasures of cleaning up a venue and buying decorations. Well not anymore!
Disney just released an update that adds a new stage, The Roof, complete with a totally new tune, some redesigned characters, and a few new ones. Namely Dr. Teeth and Janice. Before you get too excited about getting Electric Mayhem together you should know that Floyd is suspiciously absent, but that’s no reason to avoid nabbing this totally free (and from what I can tell, totally awesome) update.
Posted by Rob Rich on September 11th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
MacRumors reports that Disney’s special theatrical re-release of “The Little Mermaid” – which is being called “The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live” – is adding new interactive elements by way of a companion iPad app. The Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid iPad app will sync to these special screenings and allow users to sing along with their favorite musical numbers, interact with various characters including Ariel and Sebastian, play a series of mini-games, and even compete with the rest of the audience for the high score.
These special screenings will begin September 20 in a limited number of theaters.
Posted by Rob Rich on September 11th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Looks like Disney isn’t done with Where’s My Water? just yet! The very, very positively-received water physics puzzle game has gotten yet another update. This time with 40 additional music levels (complete with unlockable music), more collectibles, and extra challenges in “Allie’s Curtain Call.”
On the odd chance that you haven’t bothered to pick up this award-winning, critically-acclaimed physics puzzler with over five hundred puzzles to solve (seriously!), now is as good a time as any.
The App Store can be a daunting place. What to try? What to buy? How do you know? Thank goodness the review team at 148Apps is here to save the day. 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.
Game development is a fickle business. One day a studio is the talk of the industry and the next it’s scrambling to save face. Rarely is a team able to attain success and remain a darling of both the press and gamers alike. PopCap is one of the exceptions to the rule that somehow manage to impress, no matter what the obstacle. Their newest offering, Plants vs. Zombies 2, could put all of their hard-earned credibility on the chopping block by opting to implement a free-to-play monetization structure. Does the freemium model suit the franchise, or is this an unnecessary stir of the pot? –Blake Grundman
A new app has landed that is simple yet amazing. Notograph is essentially a way to take notes with photographs. It allows users to capture photos of things that they need to remember, and it stores them in a separate location so users don’t fill up their Camera Roll or Photo Stream with pictures that get in the way of their memories. Every time Notograph is opened, it takes users straight to the live camera. It’s designed for quick captures so there’s no messing around with features that aren’t needed. Just tap on the big yellow button to capture. Next to the capture button, users can turn the flash on or off, alternate between the front and back cameras, and view a list of captured pictures. –Angela LaFollette
There are a lot of good TV shows out there nowadays to keep track of. Sure, there are a lot of terrible TV to keep track of too, and TeeVee 2 doesn’t discriminate. It just wants to serve as a quick way to track TV shows and see when they’re coming on next. Just search for a show in a widely-available database, and it will be added to the list left under three categories: “upcoming” for shows that have scheduled upcoming episodes, “announced” for shows that are still airing but don’t have future episodes scheduled yet, and the “dead” section serves as a painful reminder that America rejected the witty antics of Happy Endings. America, for shame. –Carter Dotson
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint and Play HD is a unique and fun coloring book app that helps children explore 2D and 3D animation. An iPhone version of this app is also available. This application consists of the classic Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse who star in three separate areas of this app, each including various objects which can be painted. When this app opens up for the first time, children will notice three rooms from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – starkly white and without color yet nicely decorated with many props and other objects that one would expect from fully furnished rooms as well as an outdoor scene. These areas – the living room, kitchen, and garden – each include many details that one would expect; be it easy chair or shelf, counter or cupboard, trees and flowers – all in need of some creative color. One can even add personal touches to Mickey and Minnie as well – a nice feature that I really enjoy. –Amy Solomon
Taking plenty of inspiration from last year’s social gaming phenomenon, Draw Something, ScribbleMix is a fun re-imagining of the popular format with just enough to make it seem different. This time round, players must draw an entire phrase rather than one word. It makes a significant difference, too, both in terms of challenge and in terms of entertainment value. Rather than simply drawing a cheerleader, one might have to draw a cheerleader dancing in the sea for instance. As the Disney name is strongly attached here, there are Disney themed moments, too, such as my favorite: Iron Man bouncing in a desert. Plenty of categories are available so it’s convenient to be able to use some of the in-app currency to either re-spin for another shot, or choose a different category. –Jennifer Allen
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Sometimes you’ll come across a game that deserves and needs to be looked at differently. To give After the Gods a score out of ten would be missing the point and would stop discussion before it even began. Why is this? Because, quite simply, After the Gods isn’t a particularly good game. It consists of a fairly basic premise that’s easy to achieve. You have to tap on different statues to activate them and then move your camera around to call upon the selected God’s power. Rain, wind and the power over light are all combined to complete a couple of different objectives. For to get flowers to grow, you need it to be raining and sunny. After a couple of these ‘objectives’, the game’s over. 6 out of ten. –Matt Parker
I wanted to start this review by saying how Gurk was an old-school RPG from the olden days, but quick Googling turned up the fact that there was no such thing, and my memory is playing tricks on me. Well, how about that. It’s actually quite a modern-day RPG that was simply made to look like it’s a clone of an old-school game. Still, it doesn’t mean that the game is in any way bad. Conversely, it’s one of the most absorbing role-playing games on the mobiles, and it manages to be like that with only a handful of pixels and colors to spare. In Gurk III, three heroes, a mage, a warrior, and an archer, have to travel across lands and dungeons, eradicating all enemies that are all too eager to munch on their squishy human faces. They are represented by a single icon on the global map, but when encountering an enemy, the map will zoom up on them, and they will fight the enemies in a turn-based battle mode. As in all the other RPGs, there are tons of items to find, and tons of gold to collect. –Tony Kuzmin
There’s a problem with QbQbQb, and so many other puzzle games, from a reviewer’s perspective: they are impossible to describe. They look fine and simple, when I play them, but when I have to put them on paper – it was easier to describe my feelings to a girl I liked in fifth grade, and get a lifetime of shame, than to explain this stuff. Although QbQbQb is difficult to understand from the screenshots, or my ramblings, it’s actually very simple to play. That said, it’s not easy – and it’s a great combination. Simple to learn, impossible to master. The challenge comes from the twisted way the game looks. It’s a Tetris-esque match-something arcade, but instead of giving a traditional flat surface to throw the incoming bricks on, QbQbQb opts for a circular one. To put it simply: there are various shapes, falling onto a planet from all angles, and the player needs to rotate the planet around its axis, to put them in the required places on top of it. The planet only rotates by 30-degree angles, so there are 12 possible positions the pieces are coming from, and can be placed on, which makes it a bit more manageable. But still difficult to wrap the head around, in the heat of the action. –Tony Kuzmin
Yesterday, Disney announced the official support for mobile platforms for their ambitious open world / sandbox game Infinity. And that includes the iPhone and iPad. Two apps were announced, one a creative video app, the other the mobile version of the sandbox mode from the larger Infinity product.
Disney Infinity: Toy Box App
The Toy Box app is a full blown, console-like experience for the toy box feature of Disney Infinity. In the Toy Box app players can create, download, and play various games within the Infinity world. Think of it as a super Minecraft for the Disney universe. The game is tied to the player’s Disney ID to share both owned characters and created worlds with all connected platforms like XBox, PS/3, and Wii U — and now the iPad.
The Toy Box app will allow players to create virtual worlds, from cities to play fields, even race tracks all with a Disney flair. Players can then take to the Toy Box and play in the virtual worlds with the included characters.
No release date is yet known for the Toy Box app, just that it’s coming soon. It will be available free and use any characters or toys purchased or earned in the Infinity universe for consoles. This is one to watch for.
Disney Infinity: Action! App
The second app announced is one that allows the user to film themselves with overlays of Infinity characters Sully, Mr. Incredible, and Jack Sparrow. It’s a fun little app that lets players interact with the characters and film them in various short movies. Those movies can then be shared to Facebook, YouTube, or saved to the camera roll. Take a look at the video below for an idea of what can be achieved with the Action app.
While Disney Infinity: Action isn’t really tied into the Infinity world, it uses characters from the Infinity world, and it’s a fun little free app. The Action app will be available this Thursday on the App Store.
Posted by Rob Rich on August 8th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Disney’s animated films will always have a special place in movie history. And a special place in many a heart as well. It’s is probably why Disney Interactive, in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Touch Press, got together and created Disney Animated.
This isn’t just a big eBook about Disney movies; it’s an interactive chronicle of all 53 (fifty three!) of their feature length animations, from “Snow White” to “Wreck-it-Ralph.” In other words it’s something no iPad-toting Disney fan should be without.
• Read about Disney animation in a way you never could before, and work with Disney characters and technologies via sophisticated interactives.
• Reveal work-in-progress animation steps and visual effects layers beneath animated scenes.
• Zoom in on concept art, painted backgrounds, and storyboards to see intricate details as never before possible.
• Rotate treasured artifacts from the locked vaults of The Walt Disney Animation Research Library as if they were in the palm of your hand.
• Swipe through a complete timeline of every Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film, with animated clips from your favorite characters and recently uncovered trailers.
Posted by Jeff Scott on August 1st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Muppet Show has been released by Disney. It’s a casual builder type game where the player builds and then controls the Muppet Band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. It’s an interesting way to use the Muppet property. Full features are listed below:
• Reunite the Muppets gang in this original game that’s full of irresistible music, humor and familiar performers.
• Unlock and collect over 20 well-known Muppets including Kermit, Animal, Fozzie Bear, and many new Muppets as well.
• Complete different songs across unique stages like the Muppet Theater, Swedish Chef’s Kitchen, and more.
• Use Bunson & Beaker’s inventions to send Muppets on special missions to recruit star Muppets for the stage.
• Visit friends’ stages to rate their performances and collect special gifts.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 19th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mickey Video offers you all your favorite new and classic cartoons of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto, all in one place.
The app gives you access to view all the new Micky Mouse cartoons and find seasonal updates through the app. You’ll also be able to watch Disney Classics, remixed cartoons, YouTube favorites, and more.
Inspired by the Disney film, The Lone Ranger is a mobile game that takes players on an adventure to save a town by fighting against corruption and bringing outlaws to justice. The role-playing adventure title is a free-to-play game that has players leveling up and unlocking new weapons, tools, and horses throughout the quest. Get ready to join the best, the Texas Rangers, and duel it out against different outlaws and bandits!
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The original X-Com: UFO Defense has been one of my all time favorite games for almost 20 years. There’s something about the combination of naming soldiers after friends and family members, carefully trying to manage finances and tech trees, and the tense search for hostile aliens in unfamiliar terrain that still excites me to this day. So when it was announced that Firaxis, the developers behind the latest entries in the Civilization series, were going to release a modern update of the 1994 classic I was both supremely excited and ridiculously nervous. Of course I was worried about XCOM: Enemy Unknown for nothing. It turned out to be a fantastic re-imagining of my favorite strategy game that trimmed away a lot of the unnecessary fat and added a few more contemporary elements to create an incredibly compelling experience. Then it was announced that Firaxis and 2K China were going to take that same experience and somehow cram it on to iOS devices. Again I found myself excited and worried at the same time. And again I was worried for nothing. –Rob Rich
Disney’s Where’s My Water series has been both a success both financially as well as creatively, with its original incarnation bringing unique physics gameplay and an original character to the table. Now, Disney has expanded the series in part by integrating their known characters into the gameplay. The problem has been that they just haven’t fit all that well: Perry from Phineas & Ferb in Where’s My Perry felt like Disney just slapping a character into the formula, and to me at least, it fell flat. So now, we have Where’s My Mickey, which ramps up the character integration from “secondary character on a Disney Channel animated series” to“ the very face of Disney.” Thankfully, the Disney folks decided that with their superstar, they had to bring their A-game to Where’s My Mickey and by gosh golly, they nailed it. –Carter Dotson
It’s quite difficult to fault Videon. It’s a video recording app that offers mostly everything anyone could want from such a tool. Something that’s bound to be welcomed amongst those planning on recording plenty of videos this summer. Aligning towards many different needs, users can go straight into recording something or choose to change some settings around first. The former is ideal for when the opportunity arises, such as when a child or pet is doing something cute. The latter is great, when planning ahead. –Jennifer Allen
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Mini-U: Zoo Abracadabra for iPad is a charmingly different puzzle app that kids and their parents will both enjoy. This app includes a circus theme where animals create towers holding each other up, creating wondrous shadow-animal shapes. Children are then asked to choose what animal is making up this grand tower from the animal tiles one can select, seen at the bottom of the screen. There are three different levels of difficulty within this app that include an increase in the number both of the animal tiles to choose from as well as the number of the animals balancing together, creating most interesting shapes. –Amy Solomon
My family and I are always excited when a new role-playing app becomes available as these types of apps allow children to imagine themselves performing various occupations as well as to engage in pretend play, making these apps favorites in our house. This new app, Dr. Panda Handyman, is such an app, as children work alongside Dr. Panda helping to fix damaged objects of animal friends and neighbors seen within five separate scenes. I enjoy how the different animal connected to each scene may vary as do some of the details found in these scenes. It makes me smile to see some old faces from other apps such as the polar bears or elephants or monkeys, as well as new characters to meet along the way. –Amy Solomon
Little Nick is a running game game that is based on the popular Nicolas TV and books character. It’s a running game, and the abbreviated top-down view is quite reminiscent of endless runners like Temple Run. In this adventure, we ditch jungle temples and crazed monkey-ish beasts for somewhat suburban streets and Mr Goodman in pursuit. And, we get a bike! For background, Nick is framed for the dastardly destruction of a window, and takes off out the property gates on his two-wheeler to escape the vengeful Goodman after him. But these city streets are littered with obstacles, making escape especially hard. The graphics were more than decent, with good animations. –Tre Lawrence
Warmly is an atypical productivity offering from The Chaos Collective that seemingly wants to make the descriptive term “alarm” a misnomer by changing the way we do alarms and wake patterns in the first place. The opening user interface is a clear cut celebration of simplicity, and hints at the design elements that govern the entire app. It gives a scroll-through window for setting the time (with an AM/PM toggle), and nine (9) big square buttons. After a scheduling check-off and an off and ok button, THAT’S IT. Laid against the soothing yellow backdrop, the relatively minimalist viewers are hard not to like. –Tre Lawrence
Neon Snap is one of those games that soothes the mine just by looking it. With the tetrominoes and gridded space, it is practically impossible to not think of Tetris, if just a little. It’s advisable to avoid getting too caught up in the similarities, as Neon Snap sorta turns the gameplay over on its head. The developer uses simple graphics to frame the game. With a mostly dark backgrounds, the play pieces are brightly colored, and the color of the pieces depends on their respective shapes. The animations are decent; rotations are handled in a utilitarian manner, and everything comes together with a minimalist feel. –Tre Lawrence
Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 21st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Disney released Monsters University to the App Store, a mobile game based on the upcoming movie. You can play as Mike, Sulley, or Squishy and take part in two mini-games, showing off your best scare tactics. Prepare to level up and unlock special power-ups to use during gameplay, all the while finding and collecting scare cards featuring famous monsters.
Now stay focused, students, and study the release trailer below!