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148Apps Goes Hands-On with Dead Effect 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2015

Due for release on October 22, Dead Effect 2 is a first person shooter that’s clearly been influenced by the likes of BioShock and System Shock 2. Somewhat predictably for anyone who’s spent some time with those games, that means that Dead Effect 2 is at its strongest when it’s taxing your brain rather than your reactions.

It’s clearly still a work in progress, given that thetutorial is littered with references pertaining to keyboard controls, but it’s still looking rather delightful. As you’d expect with any sci-fi horror game, Dead Effect 2 is pretty dark and moody as you navigate your way around a spaceship full of puzzles to complete and zombies to annihilate.

A virtual joypad dictates your direction while the right hand side of the screen is littered with buttons for your weaponry, as well as interacting with objects. That’s one of the main issues for Dead Effect 2: on the iPhone 5’s screen, it can be too easy to tap on the wrong button, activating the wrong ability at the worst time. By default, auto-fire is switched on, meaning you can just hover the reticule over an enemy to shoot at it, but that ends up feeling a little weightless.

This becomes an issue when up against numerous zombies at once, meaning you feel like you’re fighting against the controls as much as the enemies. That’s in harsh juxtaposition to the slow but measured approach taken to figuring things out while away from combat. During those moments you’re expected to crack codes and use a bit of lateral thinking, which is immensely more satisfying and much easier to deal with on a smaller phone screen.

There’s time yet to see how this manifests in the full release and whether compensations are made for those with small screens and large fingers. In its current form, Dead Effect 2 is shaping up to be an appealing - but flawed- game.

Slender Man Origins 3: Abandoned School Review

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By Rob Rich on May 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KEEP MOVING
Slender Man Origins 3 has a few hiccups, but it’s an enjoyable bite-sized horror game.
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Forgotten Memories Review

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By Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATMOSPHERIC EXPLORATION
Forgotten Memories is an atmospheric tale of horror, but one that doesn't lend itself well to mobile gaming.
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Lost Within Review

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By Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ATMOSPHERIC EXPLORATION
Lost Within isn't as spooky as it'd like to be, but it is an interesting horror story.
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Lost Within - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Surviving the Asylum

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015

[Still deciding whether or not Lost Within is something you want to play? Have a look at our review]

Have you just downloaded Lost Within and are you in need of a guiding hand? While it’s not the toughest of games out there you might still want some helpful tips to get you started.

Forgotten Memories : Alternate Realities Will Be Haunting Your Dreams Soon

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 31st, 2015

Forgotten Memories : Alternate Realities, from Psychoz Interactive, is planned for release on April 23. The Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Alone in the Dark inspired horror game puts you in the shoes of Rose Hawkins as she searches for a missing young girl named Eden.

The game cosists of exploring creepy locales, solving puzzles, and fighting horrifying enemies that lurch at you from the darkness. The game is short, only taking about 3.5 hours, but is part of a series. Each game released will be a self-contained story, but will be closely tied to the others.

Forgotten Memories : Alternate Realities is lurking just around the corner. Watch the trailer and build the suspense.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 Review

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By Rob Rich on March 13th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HE WILL COME BACK
Whether or not Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is scarier than its predecessors is debatable, but it’s plenty good regardless.
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Better Buy a Night Light - Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is Here to Ruin Sleep Forever

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 12th, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HE WILL COME BACK :: Read Review »

There's "Only 1 Animatronic" in Five Nights at Freddy's 3. How bad can it be?

The nopefest that is Five Nights at Freddy's is back in its third installment. Scott Cawthon brings us back to Freddy's thirty years after the horrors of the first two games. In that time the horrifying tale has become nothing more than legend and someone is looking to make a profit. They've created a horror attraction out of found pieces of the cursed restaurant to let daring visitors relive the experience of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. They've even found the old fan to keep you company. Your first night there won't be so bad until the owners find an old animatronic tucked away in a hidden room inside the attraction.

The gameplay is significantly different from the last two titles. There are now two maps and multiple computer systems that will fail quite often. You must bring them back online before the alarm sounds because your new animatronic friend is attracted to loud noises. It will take some clever planning and quick fingers to survive all five nights.

If you're ready to give up sleep for a week, you can download Five Nights at Freddy's 3 for $2.99.

Have a First Look at Slashing Demons, by Studio Batkin

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 18th, 2015

From Studio Batkin,the creators of Dark Guardians, comes a dark, Lovecraftian game called Slashing Demons.

The game faces you off against a many eyed, betentacled horror from beyond the pale. You must slash your way through its seemingly endless trunk to save all of humanity from destruction. The game offers a bunch of characters to unlock, rocking music, and the ability to share your high scores with friends in Game Center.

We'll find out more soon when Slashing Demons is officially released.

Dark Echo Review

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By Jordan Minor on February 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MIND YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Dark Echo is one of the creepiest and most creative horror games on the App Store.
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Five Nights at Freddy's 2 Review

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By Lee Hamlet on December 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NERVE-WRACKING
Five Nights at Freddy's is back with a sequel that will once again make players wonder what they ever liked about animatronic animals.
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Dark Hearts, The Sequel to Haunting Melissa, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014
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As if Haunting Melissa wasn't creepy enough, her story continues in Hooked Digital Media's Dark Hearts. The horror of Melissa's disappearance comes as a chaptered story that you unlock piece by piece. The Haunting Melissa series was conceived, directed, and produced by Neal Edelstein, who produced movies such as The Ring 2 and Mulholland Drive, and the story was written by Andrew Klavan of True Crime and Don’t Say A Word, so you know you're getting some pretty quality horror here.

If you haven't played Haunting Melissa yet, check it out so you can get the full story of where the series started. Then creep yourself out all over again with Dark Hearts.

You can download both Dark Hearts and Haunting Melissa for free on the App Store.

Strap On Your Nope Hat - Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is Now Available for iOS.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 20th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NERVE-WRACKING :: Read Review »

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is a blisteringly hard nope-fest that will have you stocking extra underwear as you play. The game is a sequel to the popular Five Nights at Freddy's, and once again you have accepted a meager wage for a terrifying job: night guard at a children's character restaurant.

The old night guard has since moved to the day shift after some strong words with his manager about the characters trying to get into the office to do... things. But hey, the characters have all been upgraded with the latest facial recognition technology, tied into local criminal databases. So what are you complaining about? It's not like they're going to try to dismember you, right? Just stick your Freddy Mask over your face, wave your flash light around, and pray they go away.

You can download Five Nights at Freddy's 2 for $2.99 on the App Store, and you can huddle in a corner instead of sleeping ever again for free.

Horror Adventure, The Last Door: Collector's Edition, Out Now for iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 14th, 2014
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Phoenix Online Publishing has released a Collector's Edition for their bestselling point-and-click horror adventure, The Last Door. The game has been favorably compared to a H.P. Lovecraft style tale with its creepy retro visuals and otherworldly horror.

The Collectors Edition compiles all four chapters into one set and adds new puzzles, scenes, and stories. Phoenix Online has also enhanced the graphics and remastered the sound.

You can download the first chapter of The Last Door: Collector's Edition for free now, with chapters two through four available for just $2.99 as an in-app purchase.

Blight's Decay Review

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By Andrew Fisher on November 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT SOLID
Blight's Decay is a filler game, neither deep nor complex. However, it is still quite fun and excellently presented.
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