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I’ve been living with my iPhone 4S for the past two years or so, and if I was living in a world where I wasn’t bombarded with new phone announcements and people of the general public caring enough to upgrade constantly, I wouldn’t think my phone was obsolete. It’s a great feeling phone that does everything I want it to – plus a lot of stuff I don’t care to do. It’s not perfect, but neither are iOS 8, the iPhone 6, or the iPhone 6 Plus, so why spend the hundreds of dollars every year or two?

I’m not even going to attempt to answer that question. I’m merely using it as a rhetorical device to illustrate that the past two years of announcements of Apple hardware and services have not moved me to throw money at them, and here are a few reasons why.

Continue reading Why I Don’t Want to Upgrade to the iPhone 6 – or iOS 8 for That Matter »

Fans of Glyph Quest, by Alex Trowers and Leanne Bayley, will be thrilled to hear that the sequel, Super Glyph Quest, is coming out soon. The match-3 role playing puzzler uses elemental glyphs to cast powerful spells and fight monsters.

The development team has been bustling to bring you an enormous amount of new stuff. Just check out this list of improvements:

• New Glyphs! The elements of Primal and Metal join Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Light and Dark.
• New Spells! Over 70 spells to master.
• Character Customization! Create your very own caster.
• More Quests! All new map with a host of new questing locations.
• New Story! Character interactions and conversations.
• More Monsters! All new fiends to save the world from.
• Crafting! Create new gear out of all those pelts and icky stuff.
• Leveling Up! Customize your play with new abilities and power ups.
• Multiple Enemy Encounters! More than one critter can show up in battle at once.

There is no official date for Super Glyph Quest‘s release, but in the mean time we will congratulate Alex and Leanne on their newest addition to the team: Willow Trowers. Good Job, folks.

via: Our Glyph Quest Review

applewatch09At long last, a brand new Apple product category is almost here. In 2015, five years after rewriting the whole tablet rulebook with the iPad, Apple looks to do the same to wearable technology with the Apple Watch. However, while watching its debut during the most recent Apple press conference, I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend amidst all the talk of fitness integration, luxury gold bands, revolutionary payment systems, and elegant digital crowns: when it comes to how we actually communicate with each other, Apple Watch seems like a big step back.


Continue reading Use Your Words – The Apple Watch and the Devolution of Language »

Pangea Software Unveil Bundles and iOS 8 Updates

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: IT'S WAR :: Read Review »

A whole host of updates have arrived for a bunch of Pangea Software‘s titles, allowing them to natively support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Titles that were given an update include Air Wings, Air Wings Intergalactic, Billy Frontier, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo, Enigmo 2, Monkey Bongo, Nanosaur 2, Nucleus, Otto Matic, and Warheads.

Whew!

Alongside updating many of their titles, Pangea Software has also released four game bundles, which are:

Pangea Super Pack (Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo, Otto Matic, Nanosaur 2, Warheads, Monkey Bongo, Enigmo 2, Billy Frontier and Nucleus) – $12.99

Pangea Adventure Pack (Bugdom 2, Nanosaur 2, Otto Matic and Billy Frontier) – $6.99

Pangea Action Pack (Warheads, Nucleus, Cro-Mag Rally, Antimatter, Billy Frontier and Nanosaur 2) – $7.99

Pangea Puzzle Pack (Enigmo, Leaf on the Wind, Monkey Bongo and Enigmo 2) – $6.99

All of the previously mentioned bundles, and the games contained within, can be found on Pangea Software’s iTunes page.

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Kobojo has announced details for their newest game, Zodiac – a 2D persistent online RPG.

Kobojo has put together a crack team of developers including composer Hitoshi Sakimoto and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, whose work includes many of the Final Fantasy games and the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as Basiscape who have done audio work for RPG’s such as Dragon’s Crown, Muramasa: the Demon Blade, and Valkyria Chronicles.

“Working with iconic developers such as Sakimoto-san and Nojima-san has pushed us to perfect every element of the RPG experience for mobile and handheld devices,” said Mario Rizzo, CEO, Kobojo, “The combination of their deep knowledge and history along with our company’s experience and artistic style is leading to the creation of Zodiac, our dream cross-platform RPG.”

You can check out the  gorgeous graphics in the trailer video below and whet your appetite for when Zodiac is released in 2015.

WWE SuperCard has Been Updated With a New Gameplay Mode and Ultra Rare Packs

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: PICK A CARD, BROTHER! :: Read Review »

2K has updated their wrestling card battling title, WWE SuperCard, with new modes and card packs headlining the update.

The People’s Champion Challenge allows players to pick between two WWE Superstars in a match corresponding to a real-life live event. Through playing exhibition matches, players can gather points for themselves and their chosen Superstar, and receive rewards based on the winning wrestler at the end of the week-long battle.

The Ladder mode, meanwhile, challenges novice and seasoned players alike with climbing up a ladder as they play. As players climb higher, new rewards will unlock, with statistics such as victories and prizes accumulated tracked throughout.

Finally, there’s the new Ultra Rare Card Pack, which 2K claims has been made available due to popular demand. This pack allows players to acquire Ultra Rare or higher cards for their rosters and is available for $9.99.

WWE SuperCard is available to smash through a table download from the App Store for free now.

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via: Our Review source: Take-Two Interactive

New E*TRADE Update Includes Touch ID and Home Screen Widget for iOS 8

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

In an effort to increase security, the  E*TRADE stocks management app has integrated Touch ID fingerprint authentication. With a touch of a finger you can ensure that your private financial information stays private. The app now also offers a home screen widget in iOS 8, containing market and watch list information and making it super easy to check up on how your investments are doing.

“Investors want secure access to their investments and trades, anytime, anyplace,” said Navtej S. Nandra, President of E*TRADE Financial, “By keeping our technology fresh, we ensure that we keep pace with our customers – being where they want us to be.”

You can check out the new E*TRADE app for free on the App Store.

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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.

Goat Simulator

 
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Looking for a serious goat simulation game involving a bit of grazing, some goats screaming like humans (YouTube it), and a bit of mild milking chucked in for good measure? First of all, what’s wrong with you? Secondly, there’s none of that to be found in Goat Simulator. Rather, it’s about what would happen if an invincible and inexplicably angry billy goat went on a rampage through a countryside village. Players are free to explore the small but largely destructible environment with its challenges, collectibles, and quirks at their leisure. There’s a lot here, from goat slingshots, to goat sumo wrestling, to a sacrificial offering (that last one was unexpected, right?), and it’s great fun to discover what the world has to offer. –Lee Hamlet

Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker

 
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Cheers, loves. Looking for snuggles, cuddles, and beyond? Miss Kitty Powers is ready to hook the lovelorn up with the good stuff in Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker. Well, to clarify, Miss Kitty Powers will be on the sidelines offering advice – and snark. It’s the player that needs to get their hands dirty by digging up clients’ interests, matching up personalities, and finding them ideal mates. Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker is a dating/matchmaking sim, which isn’t a rare species on mobile platforms. What makes it special is its fast pace, its payoffs, and above all else, its wildly weird sense of humor. –Nadia Oxford

Dragon Quest I

 
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There are legends that are told time and again; the sort of elemental tales that, in one form or another, define an entire genre. These stories are copied, referenced, and remade endlessly, all because they represent a fundamental part of our shared culture. For RPG fans of any age, one such tale is Dragon Quest. If you loved Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire, the Mana series, or any of the hundreds of other awesome old-school RPGs out there, you owe at least a little to Dragon Quest. Originally released in 1986 for the Famicom/NES as Dragon Warrior, Dragon Quest for iOS is an updated remake of a truly classic game. The visuals strike a great balance between looking like something from an early-era RPG (palate-swapped enemies FTW!), but are still cartoony and fun. The music is good, though you will get sick of the horn trill that sounds at the beginning of every random encounter. The script, written in a faux-Shakespearian tongue, is charmingly full of ‘thees’ and ‘thous’, making for a fun, campy experience. –Andrew Fisher

Plunder Pirates

 
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Another week, another Clash of Clans style game, right? That’s what you’re probably thinking when looking at Plunder Pirates, and who could blame you. It does look a lot like yet another one of those kind of games. Fortunately, Rovio Stars has a few tricks up its sleeves, ensuring that Plunder Pirates has more going for it than you’d expect. Starting out, it’s a lot like any base building game. You have an island with the basic structures already in place, and it’s down to you to develop it and become the greatest pirate out there. Or something like that. This is done through a number of different methods. Developing each building and upgrading them while also placing new things is vital. –Jennifer Allen

Kunin

 
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There are no frills or microtransactions in Kunin. It lives or dies by the sharpness of its steel and the strength of its twitch arcade gameplay. But from that trial it emerges a nervous yet nice test of ninja reflexes. In Kunin, players try to keep their little ninja alive as long as possible by deflecting oncoming knives and throwing stars. Tapping each side of the screen causes him not only to jump but also face that direction. Turning the right way is crucial because threats come on all sides and strikes from behind are lethal. –Jordan Minor

Pizo Animals

 
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Recently I came across some puzzles that are now too young for my six year old son – jigsaws that fit into wooden-backed frames instead of being boxed like the larger puzzles he now enjoys. Much to my chagrin, I realized that many of these puzzles were missing a piece or two, making them unacceptable for charity donations. I still remember the frustration of trying to keep all of these puzzle pieces together that even when completed did not sit well enough in their frames to keep these puzzles intact. Because of this, during his time at preschool we began to work on a lot of puzzles for the iPad and iPhone where the loss of pieces was no longer a concern, allowing them to be enjoyed while laying in bed or on the go. Even better was that, typically, different levels of difficulty were included within these puzzle apps that would grow with my son. Because of this I am always happy to test new puzzle applications, and I am eager to let parents know of a new puzzle app, Pizo Animals. –Amy Solomon

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Soccer Fitness Gols

 
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Sometimes, we get apps to review that are so natural to use. As a licensed soccer coach who has played and coached The Beautiful Game most of my life, I have an intimate understanding of how seriously fitness impacts the sport. It’s an important, and there are quite a number of wearables aimed at this segment. In any case, checking out apps like Soccer Fitness Gols not only feels natural, it feels like its my duty. So there. The app itself is simple in design, with bright green, turf-like graphics making up the main background. The developer uses different shades of green in places to contrast the mostly white main screen text. The UI, as noted, is simple, and uses mostly uses taps and some gestures as the main modes of navigation. –Tre Lawrence

Agenday Smart Calendar

 
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Making everyday business activities easier is a worthy goal that definitely earns developers a spot in heaven. With Agenday Smart Calendar, PGi might have a chance to go up yonder. The use interface is appropriately businesslike, with the default soft hues and flashes of orange. The welcome screen is tastefully crafted, with weather, date and meetings that are planned for the current day. The date bar is scrollable, and there is a calendar button nestled to the top right, along with the familiar Android-standard three-button menu access. Tapping on a specific part of the weather information leads to Weather Underground, from which more specific weather information can be procured. Altogether, the UI feels clean and intuitive, and avoids the pitfall of being too cluttered. –Tre Lawrence

Super Monkey Ball Bounce

 
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Super Monkey Ball Bounce has a lot of problems, and being a cash cow is just one of them. It is a shame to see what Sega has done to the once beloved series of challenging games. When you love Peggle or games like Peggle, you will clearly enjoy Super Monkey Ball Bounce. That game doesn’t just take inspiration from Peggle, it rips it off completely. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing; one can better steal something good, than make up something bad. It is all in the details; and with details, I mean stuff like themes, power ups and level design. And that’s the part Super Monkey Ball Bounce doesn’t fail to be enjoyed by gamers. Because the base is pretty good. –Wesley Akkerman

And finally, this week the chaps at Pocket Gamer went big on iOS 8, with loads of tips and an investigation into Apple’s new Metal tech. Plus, the guys across the pond looked into iPad virtual reality, the future of Minecraft, and asked if 2014 was the year mobile gaming grew up… Read all about it right here.

Hey There, Kittens:
How did we rank on Kitty Powers’ scale of success? Check out our Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker review to find out!

Finding your own true love is never easy, let alone finding it for other people. Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker makes matchmaking fun, though. You get to send couples out on dates, coach them through small talk, and mark them with Cupid’s arrow – sometimes literally. If everything goes well, you’ll get a wedding invite. If things go badly – well, there are other fishies in the sea, right?

Here are a few tips that will help you help others get lucky in love.


Starting Out

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  • When you unlock the salon, tap on the question mark to get Kitty’s opinion on outfits, etc – Once you learn a bit about the art of matchmaking, you unlock the salon. Here you can change your clients’ clothes, hairstyle, and other features to make them more desirable. Tap the question mark block to get Kitty to tell you what personality types are attracted to a particular set of clothing or a certain hairstyle.
  • Use profile tabs to shuffle between general info, likes, and personality – When a lovelorn client shows up on your doorstep, make sure to read their profile thoroughly. That means combing through all the tabs on file: their general information, what they like, and their personality traits.
  • As you level-up, you learn more about clients’ personalities – Occasionally, leveling-up rewards you with the ability to perceive clients’ personality traits. In other words, the more you play, the easier it becomes to match up lovebirds.


Continue reading Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Lonely Heart »

Major New Update for CSR Racing Adds Ferrari and Multiplaye​r

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: MONEY FOCUSED :: Read Review »

CSR Racing, by NaturalMotion Games, has recently received a big update. Players who have completed Tier 5 can open the new World Tour Multiplayer feature, allowing them to race against all-new international crews to earn RP and prizes.

What’s an update for a racing game without new cars? Players will alsohave access to five awesome new Ferraris: the F430, 458 Speciale, F12berlinetta, F40, and LaFerrari.

You can pick up your new Ferrari in CSR Racing for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

A few months ago, I took a look at 1849 from SomaSim. This Gold Rush-themed city builder for iPad had a fair bit going for it, but lacked in a few crucial areas to make it a true stand-out on the App Store. SomaSim has since added in a sandbox mode, and just last week the first content expansion, entitled Nevada Silver, went live.

1849: Nevada SilverSet in the wake of the discovery of major silver deposits that came to be known as the Comstock Lode, the expansion shifts focus eastward into the mountains and hills of Nevada. Available via in-app purchase for $1.99, a campaign of six new cities awaits returning prospectors, as well as a sandbox mode for the Nevada mapset.

The core of 1849 hasn’t changed with the coming of Nevada Silver, but it has thrown a few small tweaks into the mix. The trading interface, for instance, is now governed by the comings and goings of the railroad. Trains arrive in the player’s town on a regular schedule from nearby settlements, each of which is looking to buy and sell specific goods. Each train has a set number of cargo slots and while they can be switched up at any time, only a set amount of goods can flow in or out during each visit. It adds a pacing to the buildup of resources that can make seemingly innocuous tasks like “Sell 300 silver to Carson City” take forever when you can only send out three 15 unit loads per visit. And since almost all of the mission objectives in 1849: Nevada Silver require some degree of buying or selling goods, players will need to get familiar and comfortable with the rail trading system pretty quickly.

1849: Nevada SilverWhile it isn’t a part of the expansion per se, the sandbox mode bears mention as it is one of the issues I touched on the game needing during my initial review. Players pick a location for their settlement on the map, which generates size, resources, and the like based on data of the geography of the region they picked. The plot sizes run from “Large” to “Huge” to “Boundless,” which is, contrary to the name, quite bounded. Admittedly, the boundary is fully to the edges of the game’s visual layout, which is a fair sight larger than the maps one encounters in the missions, but it’s still constrained – I would assume due to some sort of technical limitations.

And speaking of technical issues, why on Earth are the tree textures still super-blurry when I zoom in to the game’s tightest camera setting? I know it’s not early onset glaucoma on my part, as everything else is still crisp and clean. It just seems very odd to leave something like this unfixed for a game that’s iPad only, where you know players are going to notice every flaw in your visuals.

1849: Nevada SilverThe new content in Nevada Silver will take a few hours to get through (mainly due to the whims of the train-based trade economy mentioned above) and if you truly enjoyed the gameplay of the original 1849 then you’ll clearly have a good time with it. I felt the iteration and additions, while welcome, were too minor to substantially change my feelings on the product as a whole. It continues, as before, to teeter on the edge of being truly compelling, without ever fully making the plunge.

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Released: 2014-05-07 :: Category: Games

Halfbrick Studios is rebuilding Fruit Ninja from the ground up, with the next update including a streamlined experience, as well as a new menu and UI. Players will be able to equip different Blades and Dojos, each of which will have different effects on gameplay. As each player slices and dices their way to the top of the leader boards, their score will list what combination of items they used .

To accompany this new look for Fruit Ninja, Halfbrick is also releasing a five part Origins webisode series on their new official Fruit Ninja Youtube channel. The series will expand the Fruit Ninja lore and introduce the new hero, Katsuro. You can watch the first episode, “Ninjas in Training”, today.

The Fruit Ninja update will be available across all platforms early this October.

via: Our Review of Fruit Ninja

CloudMagic Updated for iOS 8 – Adds Interactive Notifications, Share Extension, and More

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★½☆ :: GREAT, BUT NOT MAGICAL :: Read Review »

CloudMagic has been updated to build support for iOS 8. Now users can receive interactive notifications that let them mark an email as read, or delete an email directly from the notification.

You can also attach any files from your iCloud Drive, Box, or any other storage provider extension. The Share Extension feature lets you add email content from one app to another, making it easy to add events to your schedule or send your friends your favorite photos.

You can check out all of the improvements to CloudMagic for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Buzzfeed Has Been Updated with a Bunch of New Features for iOS 8 and iPhone 6

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The BuzzFeed app, which brings you all the latest news, lists, and humorous articles, has been updated to be compatible with iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The update includes the new Today Screen widget/extension that lets Buzzfeed fans view and bookmark buzzes in their main feed so they never miss any exciting news.

The app now also has interactive push notifications that allow the user to check out the article immediately or bookmark it to read later and. For Safari on Yosemite users, the Handoff feature allows them to start an article in the app in continue reading in their browser. For iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, the screen size and type adjusts to expand to the correct size based their preferences.

The new and improved Buzzfeed app is available now for free on the App Store.

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BADLAND Update Brings Better Visuals to iPhone 6 Owners

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

An update has arrived for Frogmind’s BADLAND, bringing enhanced visuals for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, which the developers claim bring “even more beauty and atmosphere” to the side-scrolling title. For those without one of the newest iPhones, you haven’t been forgotten – fixes for bugs, including issues with replay sync, as well as support for the Czech language also coming in this update.

BADLAND is available to download from the App Store now for $3.99.

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via: Our Review


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