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Once Upon A Time: Man Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL BOARD GAMING
Historical trivia can be fun thanks to this simple yet fun board game.
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Tip Tap Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MONSTER MAHJONG
Match up monsters in this Mahjong-esque game for the whole family.
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This Week at 148Apps: November 11-15, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 16th, 2013

Apps Are Us


How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. 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.


Tilt 2 Live 2: Redonkulus

Tilt to Live 2 wakes up in a world where the tilt-based game feels almost dead. Free-to-play Skinner boxes rule the landscape, and here’s a $2.99 game that dares to toss things back to 2010 by having us tilt to survive? Well, great gameplay is timeless, and One Man Left has made Tilt to Live 2 feel both fresh and familiar. The core concept of “tilting to live” is the same, but nothing else is. Visually, the game has been given a detailed and fluid overhaul. It looks and feels incredibly lively. But all the power-ups from the original have been replaced with new ones. Now, there’s a brimstone ball that can be bounced around the screen, a dual-bladed energy sword, a shield that can collect dots to destroy them, a dot disguise that makes the player briefly invulnerable, and more. This was a fantastic decision by One Man Left – what it does is that it makes the game feel new. The game is innately familiar, but the ways that the problems are approached and solved are completely different. It’s the perfect approach for a sequel; one that other developers need to consider. --Carter Dotson


Stealth Inc

Stealth Inc., originally released for Mac and PC under the name Stealth Bastard and then later for the PlayStation 3 and Vita under its more family-friendly name, has been well-loved from the start. And rightly so as it mixes stealth and brutal platforming challenges so effectively. So how does everything hold up on iOS? Ridiculously well, actually. The basic premise of Stealth Inc. is to escape. Players control a very unfortunate clone (several, really, since there will be lots and lots of dying) whose only purpose is to sneak out of a facility that’s absolutely packed with death traps. Now that I think about it, all the place seems to do is make and kill clones. In order to guide their little fellas to figurative safety, players will need to solve a series of challenging environmental puzzles and make a bunch of intricate jumps while also trying to avoid detection at all costs. The game uses a simple left/right slider for movement along with jump and duck buttons to great effect, while a contextual button for interacting with computers and the like pops when needed. --Rob Rich


Hunter Island

Monster Hunter? Pokemon? No, this is Hunter Island from ZigZaGame Inc. A game that incorporates both catching monsters and fulfilling side quests in RPG style. Fans of the Pokemon games will feel right at home here, as Hunter Island manages to capture the tone and enjoyment of just what makes this style so engrossing. Anyone familiar with the rules of Pokemon will not find it difficult to work through. Players start off with the option of three different monsters – each with different elemental attributes. It is then the player’s job to decide whether they will be a male or female protagonist, but it doesn’t really make a difference because whichever one is chosen the other will still join them on their journey. --Lucy Ingram


Todo 7

Appigo’s Todo apps have been keeping many people organized for as long as the App Store has existed. After a major OS update in the form of iOS 7, it only seems right to come across Todo 7. The app fits into the aesthetics of iOS 7 extremely well, retaining its position as both powerful and visually appealing. Some people looking for a simpler solution might be disappointed to note that Todo 7 isn’t as minimalist as other To Do list apps, but once taken through the tooltips it offers, it proves to be quite effective. The main screen of Todo 7 offers the bulk of the information. A list of all tasks is offered along with a focus list which prioritizes overdue tasks and those needing to be done today, while a personalized list option offers more control over how content is arranged. Personalization options such as changing the color of each category, and even the list icon and background image, further adds to the control. --Jennifer Allen


Millie's Crazy Dinosaur Adventure-Millie Was Here, Book 3

Millie’s Crazy Dinosaur Adventure is an interactive title in a series of Millie Was Here – charming multimedia experiences children and their adults will really appreciate. Here Millie, a cute little dog, builds a space ship to hopefully transport her back in time to earlier that day – because after having arrived at her friend’s birthday party, she realized that she had forgotten her present. Things go awry though and Millie actually travels back into the time of the dinosaurs where she goes on an adventure, then safety arrives back in present time. --Amy Solomon


SnapinboxHD

Email is quickly becoming one of the most time-consuming daily tasks. Since most folks are mobile now, it’s necessary to have an email app that is speedy and efficient. SnapinboxHD does its best to make this chore as simple and seamless as possible. Combine all accounts into one inbox, and swipe left or right to organize it without even opening the message. Yes, this may save seconds, but seconds add up to minutes, which add up to hours. --Stacy Barnes


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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:


AndroidRundown

Move

Gotta love Move. Its main draw is its simplicity. The game developer does a good job of ensuring that it is accessible enough to almost not even need a tutorial. The basic objective is to move colored, 2D circles to matching squares in the least number of moves. Every level starts out with a suggested number of moves, and not surpassing that is what is the key to earning the most stars. --Tre Lawrence


Pocket Harvest

Pocket Harvest’s premise will be familiar to anyone who’s played Harvest Moon. Players are given control of a small, struggling farm, with few staff and next to no resources. Before long though, the farm will be bustling with a huge variety of crops, animals, attractions and even tourists. Building the farm couldn’t be easier. Fields are placed one by one depending on what kind of crop they grow. Worker houses are placed nearby and if they are close enough the worker will tend the fields, sell the crops and earn cash. Of course there are many things that affect how much money they’ll make, such as the moisture of the field, the worker’s skill at harvesting, how well cultivated the crop is and so on. --Allan Curtis


Combat Monsters

Combat Monsters is a turn-based strategy game that involves the use of extras to win. It has one of the most thorough tutorials I’ve come across, and it does do a great job of ensuring that the 8-step learner gives the right pointers with regards to how the game works. What the tutorials do reveal are some nice media elements. The whimsical characterization work within this type of fantasy warfare, with simple animations that are fun without being too distracting. The playing area is a battle stage that is set in a circle with chess-like squares that afford movement of the pieces. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Oceanhorn, Epoch 2, and Stealth Inc, started its new First Look video series, and welcomed in the new generation of consoles with a round-up of second screen apps. Check it out in the Pocket Gamer Weekly Round-Up.

Ancestry Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Angela LaFollette on September 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILY HISTORY
Discover ancestry roots anytime and virtually anywhere by building a family tree and uncovering secrets and connections with Ancestry’s redesigned app.
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iOS Is Falling Behind For Family Users

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 5th, 2013

With the announcement of iOS 7 came plenty of expectations and hopes. While some were realized (hello better multitasking and improved notification center), I think one very important area has been overlooked: the family market.

I don't have kids of my own but I've heard the woes of many friends of mine that do. Apple just isn't cutting it for them. This is an area where Android is currently ahead and it's something that I was really hoping that iOS 7 would catch up on.

Take a look at the latest Android update, Jelly Bean. In one deft move known as restricted profiles, it's covered a lot of ground for the family user. Owners of Android tablets can now set up profiles for everyone in the household. Want to keep the kids away from using specific apps or viewing mature content? Just want to split up everyone's high scores? It's possible through setting up their own profile, without leaving everyone else using the tablet to suffer from such restrictions. It's not perfect, given that developers have to allow their users to be able to restrict such things, but it is a major step forward.

iOS does have one significant advantage here in that users have total control over app-related permissions, but its restrictions tab is really pretty, well, restricted. Without the option for multiple profiles, users can hand over their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad but they need to turn restrictions on or off each time. Multiple profiles are just so much simpler and require less maintenance, plus there's the advantage that everyone has their own workspace to deal with rather than the clutter that comes from using one device across an entire family. I know a few families that struggle with the finer details of things like restrictions. If it was just a matter of setting up profiles, I could easily do it for them and they'd be set up for the future. Even better, such profiles would ensure that each member of the family felt like they had some kind of ownership over the device. Something in particular that kids get a real kick out of from technology.

While we prefer to not cover rumors at 148apps, there is an significant one that could relate to this issue: the prospect of a fingerprint sensor built into the iPhone 5S. There's no guaranteed proof as of yet, and we'll have to see what's fully announced in September, but this could pave the way to multiple profiles.

For now though, parents are stuck with the option of using separate apps such as Disconnect Kids rather than a simpler, more comprehensive, built-in solution. However, the potential is great if the fingerprint reader comes to fruition. And if it doesn't? Well, families may find themselves even more tempted towards an Android tablet purchase, and who can blame them.

PicStory Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VIRTUAL PHOTO ALBUM
It lacks integration with some popular photography tools, but PicStory is still a very appealing way to organize photographs and create personalized photo albums for any occasions.
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Intelligent Grocery List Organization With Buy Me A Pie

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There's a plentiful supply of grocery list apps out there but new app, Grocery List - Buy Me A Pie! is hoping to stand out from the crowd with some very useful features.

Predominantly is the ability to sync lists between all the family's iOS devices so that each person can add items on the go. This should save users plenty of time as they attempt to consolidate numerous lists, instead the app does it all.

Grocery List - Buy Me A Pie! works through not just iOS devices but also the buymeapie.com site to ensure that it's always possible to add something to the grocery list for consultation at a later date.

Other features include a word prompting tool which suggests words, items that are automatically grouped within a list and color coded accordingly, plus the ability to create multiple lists for different situations.

Together, Grocery List - Buy Me A Pie! should prove the ideal app for those who need to save time and be more organized in their grocery shopping.

It's out now, priced at $2.99.

Book Creation For Friends And Family With Book Writer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's been said that everyone has a good novel inside them. It's just a matter of finding the time to write it all down! Book Writer might not be able to add extra hours to the day, but it can make creating a book that's possible to read through iBooks or send to friends, much easier.

The app makes it simple to produce all kinds of books from photo books to cookbooks, manuals or even children's stories, all through the wealth of options within. It's simple to add photos or videos to a book, as well as resizes such images and move them around easily. It's the kind of thing that would be great for collating memories from a special event.

Once created, it's just as simple to share the book via iTunes, email or by printing the document, making it a great way to share creations with friends and family.

Book Writer is out now, priced at $3.99, and it's an Universal app.

Private Social Networking With Burst

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 25th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Many people have privacy concerns when it comes to social networks such as Facebook, understandably so, especially when dealing with images of family members such as children.

Burst is the latest app hoping to encourage users away from bigger networks, with a focus on sharing just with close friends and family. The app requires just one touch to capture then store and organize mobile videos and photos. It's then simple to share such moments with the special people in one's life.

Burst can tag and title those moments along with information from the user's calendar with everything securely stored in the cloud.

Users can restrict who views the content and be notified via Push notifications, email or SMS when a family member comments on the images.

For those looking for a more secure social networking app, Burst will prove invaluable.

Burst is out now and it's an Universal app.

DreamWorks Dragons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILY FRIENDLY
A slightly easy yet enjoyable puzzle game.
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WIZARDRY FUN
The final slice of Harry Potter life for LEGO fans.
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AbraWORDabrA Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 4th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WORDY
A word game that's like nothing else out there.
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Skyfire HotSwap Makes Sharing Your iPad Painless

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 15th, 2012
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Passing one iPad around an entire family can be frustrating, as everyone likely logs in to check their email and social networks without logging back out, and many folks will leave tabs open or clutter up the browser history with sites you could care less about. Rather than constantly log in and out and start to secretly resent those you love why not download Skyfire HotSwap instead?

The new service, which integrates directly into the Skyfire browser, allows users to set up to four separate profiles on an iPad, each with its own social and email settings and browser preferences. Not only is it more convenient, it's also a boon to user privacy, as now brothers and sisters don't have to worry about the other spying on their email. Of course, by the same token parents may find it harder to keep tabs on their kids, but parents always find a way.

HotSwap has been integrated into the latest update of Skyfire which is available right now. All you have to do is download (or update) the app and you'll be ready to put those family fights about the iPad behind you!

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iPad Accessory Enhances Family Game Night

Posted by Kevin Stout on February 29th, 2012

My friends and I already use the iPad for our game nights. We play Bleep Word Guessing Game and Jeopardy! HD on occasion. Well a new iPad accessory called Duo Pop has set out to enhance iPad game nights with their popper system.

Duo Pop basically turns the iPad into a game show with four “Poppers” and a transmitted that’s placed near the iPad’s speaker. Similar to Jeopardy, each player’s popper is used to ‘buzz-in’ to answer questions.

There are multiple apps supported by Duo Pop including Guesstimation, a guessing-based trivia game, In The Know, a progressive clue game similar to what you might see in a bar, Highlights Hidden Picture Countdown, based on the popular kid’s magazine, and Saturday Night Live - The Game, based on the show.

Duo Pop is available for $39.99 on Amazon.




BlinkMaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILY FUN
Say what you see in this visual clue based trivia game.
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