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Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores Review

Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores is rife with plenty of prehistoric game to hunt, but when they don't always fight back it becomes just a bit of a weird hunting trip.

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Sonic Jump Fever’s New Launch Trailer Sprints into View

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Sonic Jump Fever, SEGA’s competitive high-score follow-up to their vertical platformer Sonic Jump, is now available on the App Store. To celebrate this a launch a new trailer has been unveiled, showing off the kind of combo jumping Sonic and his pals can pull off in-game now.

You can grab Sonic Jump Fever off the App Store for free.

FFFFF2P Review

FFFFF2P Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FFFFF2P makes an amusing statement, but the game itself isn't a whole lot of fun to play thanks to repetition and control issues.

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Age of Booty: Tactics Review

Age of Booty: Tactics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fight for booty in this turn-based, multiplayer, and pirate-themed strategy game.

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Tales of Phantasia is Set to be Pulled from the App Store and Become Unusable August 28

Posted by on July 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

After just under six months since the launch of the game, Bandai Namco has announced that Tales of Phantasia is going to be pulled from the App Store and made “unusable” in the near future. The statement given on the App Store page for the game is as follows:

We regret to inform you that we will cease distribution of this app on 08/28/2014 (Thursday). On this date, the app and all associated services will become unusable. This includes In-App Purchase items already purchased and save data. Furthermore, sale of In-App Purchase items will conclude on 07/29/2014 (Tuesday). We apologize sincerely to all of our customers for this inconvenience, and hope you continue to enjoy our products and services in the future.

For the time being, Tales of Phantasia is available now and is free to download. Past August 28, the game will become unplayable, which is certainly something to keep in mind if you intend on buying any in-app purchases before they’re removed on July 29th.

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AERENA – Clash of Champions Review

AERENA – Clash of Champions Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take down enemy airships in this area-combat, turn-based, and steampunk-themed strategy title.

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A few weeks ago I was led into a room to see something new from Fuero Games and The Witcher developers CD Projekt. Something that involved The Witcher. I had hopes and fears much like you’d expect. Would it be a port? A spin-off? Maybe a town-building sim?

Turns out it was The Witcher Battle Arena – a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game set in the same universe as the popular titles from consoles and PC. It’s also looking pretty freaking great at the moment, to be honest.

The_Witcher_Battle_Arena_Eithne_Dagger_of_Thorns_logoThe Witcher Battle Arena has been designed for mobile from the ground up. It uses a fairly straightforward control system that allows you to tap to move to a specific location, drag the camera around, or tap and hold/drag to guide your hero more directly. Tapping on an opponent will attack, and you can tap on different skill buttons to trigger them.

Most of the expected MOBA bits are present and accounted for as well. Each hero starts at level 1 and will gain experience throughout the match, skills may be upgraded with each level, money earned automatically and by fighting rival heroes can be used to purchase better and better hero-specific gear, and so on. About the only major changes to the basic formula are the lack of endlessly spawning minions on either side and smaller arenas that encourage direct player-on-player interaction. In other words everything has been streamlined so that matches are fast and brutal.

The_Witcher_Battle_Arena_Saskia_Dragonsoul_logoI imagine the whole “free” thing might still be making you a tad nervous but the developers are adamant that The Witcher Battle Arena will not be a pay-to-win game. There are no wait timers, no hard currencies, and absolutely everything from new characters to vanity items can be earned simply by playing.

The Witcher Battle Arena doesn’t have a set release date yet, but it will launch with a decent selection of playable characters (eight in total – Eithne of Brokilon, Ioverth, Letho of Gulet, Zoltan Chivay, Saskia of Aedrin, Philippa Eilhart, The Operator, and a Golem). And it’ll be free, of course.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Review

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Work your way up in terms of stardom with the help of Kim Kardashian and a series of energy bars.

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Enigma Express Review

Enigma Express Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hidden Object fans will enjoy what's here, but they won't enjoy the restrictive energy bar.

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Plants vs Zombies 2 Update Brings First Part of the Dark Ages Expansion

Posted by on June 26th, 2014
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An update has arrived for Plants vs Zombies 2, adding the first part of the Dark Ages campaign previously announced at E3. This latest update brings new levels into the game alongside the return of fan-favorite ‘Shroom’ plants – and a new plant, the Sun Beam. The Knight Zombie and Jester Zombie also make their début alongside Medieval Zombies and more, with these new zombies aiming for your brains as always.

Plants vs Zombies 2 is available now and is free-to-play.

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via: Our Review
Supernauts Review

Supernauts Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Craft a world and save some innocent people in this varied and highly enjoyable freemium world building game.

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Big Action Mega Fight! Ditches Free to Play, Set to Relaunch as Premium Title

Posted by on June 25th, 2014
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Big Action Mega Fight! developers Double Stallion Games have announced that their previously free-to-play brawler is set to relaunch as a premium title on June 25. In this new version of the game, ads, in-app purchases, and two sets of currencies will be no more, with gameplay progression adjusted to avoid any tedium or grinding. The game will also feature the new levels, enemies, and features added since the launch of the free-to-play version.

This change is being made after players commented to the developers that the free-to-play model did not feel right. As such, the developers decided to experiment with a paid version of the game on the Amazon App Store back in March, which generated a positive reaction from players. As a result, this new premium version is now set to become available to iOS players as well.

The new version of Big Action Mega Fight! is available on the App Store for $1.99, with the price set to increase to $2.99 after a week.

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via: Our Review
Uppercup Football Review

Uppercup Football Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Minefields, pinball bumpers, bowling balls, and pumpkins are all fair game in the weird and wacky soccer puzzle game.

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PlunderNauts Review

PlunderNauts Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
PlunderNauts is a very flashy, neon-saturated space pirate game, but what else does it have to offer?

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Make New Allies in the Latest Heroes of Dragon Age Update

Posted by on June 19th, 2014
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Wardens, rejoice! Heroes of Dragon Age, the visually stunning squad-based battle game that Electronic Arts released last year, has received a big update. Now players have access to the Fortify feature, which binds characters or creatures to heroes in your squad and in-turn ups their stats. EA has also improved the Consume ability to add new fortify slots to upgrade your units.

Best of all, now Heroes of Dragon Age offers ally codes. Now you no longer have to wait to battle someone before asking them to join you. Players can send a unique code to their friends to find them in the game. So grab your buddies, fortify some beasts, and battle your way to infamy.

Heroes of Dragon Age is available on the App Store for free.

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via: Our Review
Angry Birds Epic Review

Angry Birds Epic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Providing a basic introduction to the humble RPG, Angry Birds Epic is sometimes fun but often a little too keen for your money.

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Crash Yourself Silly with a Major Update for Trials Frontier

Posted by on June 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ubisoft has announced that Trials Frontier is receiving a huge update. You will be able to crash in style with the ability to earn outfits in-game. Also, you can customize your bike to match your snazzy new duds with the new paint jobs feature!

As if that wasn’t enough, Ubisoft has added the Home Shack, which functions as your home base and changing room, and 11 new tracks to ride, jump, fall, tumble, and explode on.

Trials Frontier is free in the App Store.

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Update Includes:
- THE HOME SHACK: A place to finally call your own in the village. Also doubles as a changing room to manage all the amazing new threads you’ll be winning!
- BANANA TIME! Butch, Leroy, or Cassidy getting the best of you? Sabotage them with a slippery banana peel and you’ll be sure to win!
- NEW PAINT JOBS: The Flaming Tango was a huge hit, so we’ve added WAY MORE paintjobs for all the bikes!
- LOOT WHEEL LEVEL UP: Win massive amounts of coins, new tracks, outfits, bike skins, and OTHER THINGS on the loot wheel now when you complete a race!
- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS: Love defeating your friends? Want to rub it in even more? Well now you can with push notifications alerting your friends when you pass them on the leaderboard.
- MORE TRACKS BABY! 11 new tracks from our track building experts, they just keep getting better!

via: Our Review
Once Upon A Time: Man Review

Once Upon A Time: Man Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Historical trivia can be fun thanks to this simple yet fun board game.

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Order Up!! Fast Food Review

Order Up!! Fast Food Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Matching colored food might be very familiar, but Order Up!! Fast Food is a quite fun example of the genre.

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Star Admiral is unlike other collectible card games on the app store. With gorgeous 3D space ships replacing cards, players can feel more a part of the epic space struggle that is Hardscore Games ‘ upcoming release.

It will have 3 Main Races (Moxxu, Radiant Empire, and the Shadow Network), 11 mercenary factions, and over 100 unique units to keep players involved in creating their favorite fleets. The game will be free, and players won’t be able to buy units that others can’t, thus removing some of the frustrations that come with the free-to-play genre.

Star Admiral will be hitting the App Store next month on July 10.

Flick Kick Football Legends Takes on the World with the International Cup

Posted by on June 6th, 2014
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The World Cup is only a short six days away, and to celebrate, PikPok has added the International Cup to Flick Kick Football Legends – bringing in over 200 new international player cards to collect. Alongside this, players can now customize their team and country kits, collect captain cards to boost their teams, and take games all the way to sudden death and penalty shoot-outs.

Flick Kick Football Legends is available now and is free-to-play.

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via: Our Review

The Overkill games have been pretty darn popular, so a third official release (not counting Overkill Mafia because it’s not really a part of the main series) isn’t too much of a shock. What is a bit of a shock is the fact that Craneballs is dropping the first-person perspective in favor of an all-new third-person approach.

A new perspective isn’t the only big change, either. It’s also going to be a cover shooter with interactive cutscenes and “a greater level of variability.” With ten environments, 50+ levels, and all those guns it certainly seems possible.

Overkill 3 will be releasing in the Summer/Fall of this year and will be free-to-play.

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First bits of game info:

* Change to TPS to showcase the character and armor/gun upgrades directly in the game
* Boss battles – against drones, robots & vehicles
* Machine gun nest missions for pure “letting of steam”
* Night missions – they look great thanks to Unity with its lighting possibilites
* Plenty of guns and sophisticated gun upgrading (not entirely unexpected from an Overkill title)

source: Overkill 3 website

Wind-Up Knight 2′s Brimstone Keep Update Arrives, Bringing New Levels and Features

Posted by on June 5th, 2014
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Last month, we brought you the news that Robot Invader’s Wind-Up Knight 2 would receive an update entitled ‘Brimstone Keep,’ which would add 13 new levels, a new enemy, and a reward for collecting all of the gnome hats in the game.

This update is now available to all who’ve unlocked the full version of the game. Alongside the addition of the lava-filled levels, tons of small bugs have been fixed and full support for Japanese has been added.

Wind-Up Knight 2 is now available for free on the App Store. A one time in-app purchase of $4.99 ($2.99 as an introductory special offer) will need to be made in order to upgrade to the full version.

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via: Our Review

Following on from the mobile MMO Arcane LegendsSpacetime Studios has announced Arcane Battlegrounds: a free-to-play online strategy spin-off for the franchise. Arcane Battlegrounds will let players take control of Warriors, Trolls, and Dragons in real-time battles as they attempt to defend Arlor from a tyrannical ruler. Through use of strategy and cunning, players will build a kingdom and its army, and hopefully bring peace to the region once more.

Gary Gattis, CEO of Spacetime Games, gave this statement on the game:

This new title mixes the compelling storyline and rich fantasy world of Arcane Legends with the explosive and strategic gameplay found in Battle Command. Arcane Battlegrounds will add another pillar to the growing foundation of games we develop and support.

Arcane Battlegrounds is set to become available for iOS within the next few weeks.

MLB Perfect Inning Review

MLB Perfect Inning Review

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MLB Perfect Inning has a few good ideas, but the implementation is severely flawed.

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After Phil Hassey’s release of BREAKFINITY, the fast-paced endless Breakout game, he’s taking another stab at the world of free games: by releasing a free version of Dynamite Jack, his explosive 2012 action game – creatively entitled Dynamite Jack Free. While plenty of developers are starting to release free ad-supported games thanks to Flappy Bird‘s success, this is one of the bigger attempts at such a release. As such, I spoke to Phil Hassey about what he’s doing with Dynamite Jack Free.

148Apps: Many of the games that have gone with the free-with-ads route are simpler games: ones like Flappy Bird, and your own BREAKFINITY. Why take this route with a deeper game like Dynamite Jack? Was BREAKFINITY‘s performance a motivator in this regard?

Phil Hassey: Dynamite Jack came out almost two years ago, so it’s sales have run down pretty thin at this point. Since I did all the work to set up ads in BREAKFINITY it was pretty trivial to set up Dynamite Jack with the same thing.

I am really curious how well it will do. It’s definitely totally different from your typical ad supported game. I guess we’ll find out soon enough if the free crowd is ready for this kind of experience or not!

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148Apps: Why did you go with the continues-as-monetization IAP system?

Phil Hassey: I’m not really an ad monetization guru or anything, since BREAKFINITY is my first ad supported game, and it’s only been out for over a month. Over the past year I had given thought to doing a F2P version of Dynamite Jack, with various ideas like “buying bombs” or whatever. However, changes like that would have seriously impacted the gameplay in ways I wasn’t too excited about.

So doing the continues is nice, because it doesn’t change the gameplay at all. If anything it makes the death experience sightly more intense because the penalty for death is greater than in the paid version of the game. I think the monetization will actually make the game have a slightly greater emphasis on stealth than the paid version.

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148Apps: You have an IAP for unlimited continues for $4.99. Was there any thought given to making this a higher price than what the main game is available for?

Phil Hassey: About 6 months ago I changed the iOS price to $4.99 for the paid version. So the IAP for unlimited continues just matches that. I upped the price on Dynamite Jack because I think it’s a solid game and people definitely get their $4.99 of entertainment out of it. Some of the players who have gotten into the game have played for hundreds of hours thanks to the community maps.

148Apps: Is there a particular threshold where you see this being worth the time and effort put into it?

Phil Hassey: I really only spent a couple days putting this together, so it doesn’t need to do a whole lot to break even on my time. But really, in terms of being an experiment with how well a hard-core iOS game works in the ad supported market, the answer to the question “Will this work at all?” is going to be worth finding out.

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If it’s found that you can make more heavy games and support them through ads, we might see more games going that route. Or maybe we’ll find out that this sort of game just works best as a paid-only title.

148Apps: If this is successful, do you fear that perhaps it could be part of a movement where players expect more free games, monetized primarily with ads? And if so, do you think that it is good for the App Store market?

Phil Hassey: I think anything that helps indies find new ways to support their art is great! The more avenues there are to being able to make games full-time the more chances there are that great games are going to be made. Another great thing about ad supported games is how they can reach a wider audience. People who don’t have the means to purchase paid games can play free ad supported games.

148Apps: Depending on how this does, would you ever consider releasing a future game initially with a free version like this? Perhaps even one of the Galcon games?

Phil Hassey: I’m still working on Galcon 2, which is going to be F2P. I’m still working out the details, but my experiences with BREAKFINITY and Dynamite Jack FREE are certainly giving me more insight into how to make it work out. I expect Galcon 2 will contain “earn more Galcoins by watching videos” options for those who want more in game currency but don’t have the means to pay for it.

Thanks to Phil Hassey for his time.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-05-22 :: Category: Games

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

F1 Race Stars Drifts onto App Stores Worldwide

Posted by on May 22nd, 2014
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Today marks the release of F1 Race Stars for iOS, the drift-happy kart racer from Codemasters. The game supports the use of iOS game controllers and is the first to utilize the studio’s EGO technology, which is also used to power their console releases.

F1 Race Stars is available now and is free to download. For those looking to see what the game is like, look no further than our ‘It Came From Canada Singapore‘ preview.

via: It Came From Canada Preview

EA has soft-launched a free-to-play version of Peggle in the New Zealand App Store, our sister site Pocket Gamer reports. But this appears to be a similar situation as to Tetris a few years ago: EA has removed the original Peggle from the App Store in that territory, making this quite likely the one version of Peggle that will be available in the future. This version features boosts, a level progression similar to Candy Crush Saga, and is optimized for portrait displays.

Time will tell if this is a portent of things to come, but it might be a good idea to keep a backup with the original version of the game and of the game’s IPA file in iTunes handy.

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source: Pocket Gamer
I Dig It: Journey to the Core Review

I Dig It: Journey to the Core Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
I Dig It: Journey to the Core is a free-to-play spin on the classic iOS digging game, and it's not the best expedition for the series.

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League Of War Review

League Of War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pit tank against tank in this strategy game that's a little on the shallow side, but not a bad way to spend a few minutes.

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