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Garruk Gets His Revenge in a New Magic 2015 Expansion, Coming This November

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 23rd, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAPPING MY PATIENCE :: Read Review »

Wizards of the Coast has announced that this November they'll be releasing Garruk's Revenge, a brand new expansion for Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers. The expansion will add four new campaign levels and a Garruk Wildspeaker deck from the Alara block.

Crushing your foes will earn you more cards from the Alara series, and in exciting news all of the original Magic 2015 campaign cards (as well as Hunt Bigger Game and the Expansion cards) will be earnable through gameplay. Also, if you've already played the heck out of the game and unlocked the previous five chapters (Innistrad, Theros, Ravnica, Zendikar, and Shandalar), you'll be able to win Battle Boosters in multiplayer matches.

Garruk's Revenge for Magic 2015 will be available for $4.99 on the App Store in early November.

Magic 2015 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Thomas on July 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAPPING MY PATIENCE
Don't let the price tag fool you. If you're not willing to pony up a ten spot, your time in Magic 2015 is going to be short-lived indeed.
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Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is Out Now for iPad

Posted by Rob Rich on July 9th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAPPING MY PATIENCE :: Read Review »

Magic fans rejoice! Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers has officially released for the iPad!

This new digital installment of one of the world's most popular collectible card games touts an improved tutorial that makes it easier than ever for new players to learn the ropes, epic battles against a number of Planeswalkers, multiplayer, card collecting, and more. This year's release is also placing a heavy emphasis on deck management by allowing you to organize and customize numerous decks like never before.

You can download Magic 2015 right now for free; it'll run on the iPad 2 and up.

PAX East 2014 - Magic 2015: Duels of the Plainswalkers is All About the Deck Building

Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014

Wizards of the Coast’s latest (and by association, also the greatest) digital CCG, Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is just around the corner. Singleplayer is back in this latest edition, as well as full multiplayer support across all versions (iPad, PC, etc). So no more staring longingly at PC features! There’s also an improved tutorial that should make it a bit easier for new players to figure out what they’re doing.

However the biggest change, and perhaps the one that will please and excite fans the most, is the new and vastly-improved deck manager. Now players will be able to build, customize, and otherwise manage a total of up to 30 different decks. The management itself has also been heavily tweaked, with a heck of a lot more sorting options, automatic suggestions based on your current deck’s strengths, and the ability to customize your land cards if you so desire. It even analyzes and displays your deck’s “stats,” so new players can get a better idea of its overall power, speed, and so on.

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers will be releasing on iOS soon for free.

Wizards of the Coast Announces Summer Release Upcoming Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 11th, 2014

Developer Wizards of the Coast has announced that its new game for iPads, Magic 2015 — Duels of the Planeswalkers, should be available in summer of 2014.

The game is the latest installment in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise, and puts the player at the center of the mythical Magic Multiverse.

Fans attending PAX East in Boston this weekend will have the chance to be the first to demo Magic 2015 — Duels of the Planeswalkers in the Magic: The Gathering booth, #462. Additionally, visitors to the show will have the opportunity to earn an exclusive Garruk Wildspeaker Pinny Arcade pin (while supplies last) by demoing the new game or participating in other in-booth activities.

Magic 2014 Gets a Second Deck Pack With Two Decks of 60 Cards Each, Available for $2.99 Through In-App Purchase

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 6th, 2013
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RESHUFFLING THE DECK :: Read Review »

Magic 2014 has received its second deck pack, which can be purchased through in-app purchase for $2.99. It features two new 60 card decks known as "Enchanter's Arsenal" and "Up to Mischief."

•Enchanter's Arsenal
Stack your powers and smash your foes with the brute force of green and white. Your countless enchantments will frustrate your opponents and infuse your creatures with overwhelming might!

•Up to Mischief
Confuse, disrupt, and annoy your enemies with blue faeries! Your spells and creature abilities will allow you to control the flow of the game before releasing a devastating cloud of tiny-winged fury!

This Week at 148Apps: June 24-28, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 29th, 2013

Expert App Reviews


Every week, the 148Apps reviewers comb through the vast numbers of new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. 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. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.


Magic 2014

Fantasy based card games are very much an acquired taste. Some have been drawn to the genre since grade school, while others join later in life, but one thing remains the same: Magic the Gathering is by far the most popular example of the genre. On the heels of last year’s Magic 2013, it would only make sense for Wizards of the Coast to follow up their smash hit, for a new year. Can Magic 2014 manage to meet the same bar of excellence raised by the original installment, or is this essentially a glorified re-skin? Fans of last year’s Magic installment have a very similar experience awaiting them when opening Magic 2014. Most of the game’s core interface has remained fairly unchanged, but it really was never broken to begin with, so there was no need for a fix. Newcomers and veterans alike will find more than enough card based shenanigans to keep them busy for countless rounds. --Blake Grundman


JetScanner

The App Store is loaded with many apps that scan documents, but most of them seem to take an eternity to process files. Additionally, they aren’t always accurate. I’ve scanned business cards and manuals, only to go back and enter additional information in manually. There’s a new app that promises users that they will no longer have to wait and it boasts that it can produce PDF documents from any photo at a very high speed and at the highest image enhancement quality. It’s easy to get started with JetScanner as a quick start guide helps users learn the ropes. There are two ways to create documents. Users can either tap the camera icon or tap the album icon. Once a document is created, users can make adjustments by tapping on the wizard icon to adjust the smart crop or edit additional processing options like adjusting color, making the image black and white or quickly reverting back to the original. Additionally, users can tap the information button in the upper right corner to change the paper size of the PDF. --Angela LaFollette


Cling Thing

Cling Thing starts off with some great, but little, moments. They feel fleeting. However, then another great little moment appears and another and another. Eventually, these seemingly small yet neat tricks cling together to form a superb whole. In Cling Thing, players guide wacky Madballs-esque creatures to the end of each stage by using their slimy, stretchy, sticky tendrils to move around. The action resembles World of Goo but with just one ball to manage instead of dozens. Those two games also share a similar creative drive to get the most out of their deceptively simple yet deep mechanics. Early levels are pretty straightforward where all the creatures have to do is slime-swing to the end of the stage Spider-Man style. However, later stages introduce doors that need keys, blocks that need moving, wheels that need to be spun, and underwater areas with new physics that need new approaches. --Jordan Minor


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

Talking ABC

Talking ABC… is a delightful alphabet app which includes charming and impressive claymation animals that will engage adults and children alike. I do love this kind of animation, so I was eager to see the claymation included within, and I can say that these bright and quirky animal creatures do not disappoint, as an estimated 770 pounds of clay was used to create the animals and letters – impressive to say the least. As one may expect, there is a main section of this app which includes 26 letters, each with its own corresponding animal seen to the left of the screen. --Amy Solomon

Pango Imaginary Car

Pango Imaginary Car is an app that allows children to create cars and other vehicles by combining various parts together. I enjoy this app. It is a concept that is not exactly unique, yet this is an app that is of very high quality and utterly appealing. The first thing one will notice when opening this app is color. A bright, sophisticated lime-green color makes up the background of the center screen where one builds his creation, dragging vehicle elements from the tabs seen left of the page. Eight tabs are included, with details that will create the body of the car, such as the front ends of a few differently shaped cars, trucks and a train as well as basic shapes that can be used to create a larger vehicle as well. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Cubed Rally Redline

Most endless runners inspired by Temple Run take the standard behind-the-back perspective. Sure, Pitfall had a more dynamic camera angle, but that’s the exception. Cubed Rally Redline steps things up and does it from an isometric perspective, similar to developer Jared Bailey’s original version of Cubed Rally Racer that Android gamers sadly don’t have. However, where the game also differs from most 3D endless runners is in the number of lanes: there’s five to deal with here. Good luck. --Carter Dotson


Bombcats Special Edition

Bombcats Special Edition is Radiangames’ entry into the casual physics-puzzler genre after an assortment of action-oriented titles and block-based puzzle games, and it stands out as a fun and addictive title. The gameplay can be best described as a hybrid between Angry Birds and iBlast Moki. The goal is to free all the bombkittens from their electric cages by launching the bombcats around the levels, eventually using their ability to “tele-splode” (so they don’t actually die) to free them from the cages. However, there’s a fuse on the bombcats, so getting them from point A to point B in a timely fashion is key! --Carter Dotson

Spelling Monster

Spelling Monster is a gift from heaven to parents with kids in the early school years. it incorporates several learning tools and exercises into the gameplay, which is wrapped in the pleasing veneer of an Android game. The main menu breaks the game into an adjustable word list and a bunch of mini games. The word list allows for the addition of just about any words, which is great for accounting for, say, vocabulary or multiple kids of different abilities using the app. The game list had five different games: Letter Pop, Missing Letter, Letter Catch, Word Traffic and Word Jumble. --Tre Lawrence

Magic 2014 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Blake Grundman on June 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RESHUFFLING THE DECK
Sometimes more of the same is more than enough.
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Cabals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on April 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT MAGICAL
Cabals is an interesting hybrid of collectible card game and abstract strategy board game, and is worth exploring for those looking for something a little different on the App Store.
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Magic 2013 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on June 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HEED THE SUMMONS
Forget the free option. Plunk down $9.99 and buy a great translation of Magic: The Gathering to the iPad.
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Magic: The Gathering Coming to the iPad Later This Month

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 13th, 2012

An exciting release for iOS fantasy gamers and Magic: The Gathering fans alike is slated to come later this month. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, an installment of Magic: The Gathering games, will be available for the iPad (and other platforms) starting on June 20th. This is the first iPad release for a Magic: The Gathering game.

Within the game, players fight against Magic's evil mastermind, Planeswalker Nicol Bolas with ten new decks added to the game, new puzzle challenges, and an integration between the digital and paper product (cards and the video game). There's even a muliplayer mode in the game on all platforms. Although, multiplayer for the iPad version is slightly limited in the iPad version compared to other platforms (according to Touch Arcade's hands-on with the game at E3). iPad, Game Center-powered multiplayer is limited to two players while other platforms get up to four (four player multiplayer available vs. AI).

We look forward to the release of the game later this month. Imagine looking at those detailed cards on the new iPad's retina display! Check out the gallery below with the game's first screenshots.

Magic has an estimated 12 million players around the world in over 70 countries. It was released by Wizards of the Coast in 1993. Since then, over 12,000 cards have been created (around 500 per expansion pack).

Orions 2: Deckmasters Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Kirby on June 1st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A Gathering of Magic
Until Wizards of the Coast finally creates an official Magic the Gathering adaptation for iOS, Orions 2 is likely as close as it gets.
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