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Things Get Magical in The Sims FreePlay with a New Halloween Update

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 22nd, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

Witchcraft has come to The Sims FreePlay in its newest update, adding Spell Casting and Broomstick hobbies to the free-to-play title.

The Spell Casting Hobby allows players to conjure up collectibles and hatch their own Pet Dragon, whilst the Broomstick Hobby lets players to rocket up into the clouds. Players will also find themselves owners of some free gifts to celebrate this, the spookiest part of the year.

The Sims FreePlay is free to magically appear download from the App Store now.

Magic 2015 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get You Planeswalking in No Time

Posted by Joseph Bertolini on August 14th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAPPING MY PATIENCE :: Read Review »

Delving headfirst into Magic: The Gathering can be a daunting task, and the the physical card game is limited by the lack of any true single player option. That lack of a practice mode is precisely why the Magic iPad and XBox Live Arcade games have been so poplar: they are simply one of the best ways for new players to get their feet underneath them, establishing the confidence to challenge their more experienced peers.

Of course that's not to say that they're useless for more experienced players. I for one enjoy these apps immensely because they introduce cards and playing styles that I'm unfamiliar with and the difficulty can be ramped up to the point where the slightest miscalculation can mean the sudden conclusion of a match that just moments before had been under my total control.

Because of the frustration and complexity of these battles, we here at 148Apps decided to create a fairly thorough walkthrough of not simply basic Magic strategy, but how it specifically applies to the single player campaign in Magic 2015.

-Innistrad-

Assuming you've completed the tutorial, the first world you come across is Innistrad: the dark and seedy plane in which this journey begins. I played with a red and white mixed deck, which is one of the default configurations from the end of the tutorial, because it's one of the more solid and flexible configurations as it doesn’t necessarily depend on specific combinations or a large amount of luck to win a match. Unless you're really knowledgeable about Magic I'd highly recommend choosing one of the pre-built decks.

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Living Death
The first battle is against a black zombie deck that starts fairly slow but does become quite large late-game, and by “large” I am referring to the power of the creatures. The general rule for large, slow decks is to deal as much damage as early as you can - because if they can get their most powerful creatures out the game can be over in a matter of a few turns.

This Living Death deck contains little to no spells and just one flying creature, which means that if you can get a creature with flying on the field they basically become unblockable and can deal consistent damage each turn. A good tactic, if you can manage it, is to get a flying creature out early and try and add to its attack while using ground forces as sacrificial walls. The Living Death deck can get out of hand very quickly thanks to it’s enormous amount of lands, ability to resurrect defeated zombies, and Maalfeld Twins creature, which brings in two 2/2 zombie tokens upon death.

Nevertheless, you should be able to fairly easily navigate through this with a good start, and this is mostly predicated on the starting hand. The biggest tip for choosing a good starting hand is to pay attention to which player is starting off. If you're the first to play you can get by with having 4 lands in your hand, because you get the first play and do not get a draw initially. Whoever plays second gets to draw a card first, and because of this it is common for these players to choose a starting hand with 3 or even 2 lands. Be careful of being too picky, however, as you only get one mulligan before your hand size decreases by one card on each consecutive re-draw.

Ready Your Wands - Spellfall, a New Puzzle RPG from Backflip Studios, is Arriving August 14

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 7th, 2014

Backflip Studios will be releasing their new match-3 puzzler, Spellfall, next Thursday, August 14.

Spellfall puts players in the role of a powerful wizard who uses their elemental spells to fight monsters and save the world from destruction. As with many match-3 games, in order to cast spells players must match up 3 tiles of the same element. Matching four or more increases the power of the spell being cast.

Spellfall will be available for free on the App Store, with optional in-app purchases.

Zap! Pow! Become a Badass Wizard in Phantom Rift this September

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 30th, 2014

Phantom Rift by Foursaken Media, is an adventure/RPG where players control a powerful wizard who has become lost in the Phantom Rift: a dark place full of man-eating monsters. Wizards will be tasked with side quests as they explore the world and meet NPCs.

A player's wizard is fully customizable with a full array of equipment. The five levels of rarity with passive abilities and different stats mean plenty of different combinations for collectors.

The innovation of Phantom Rift is its battle system. Similar to a card-based battle, players have a spell pouch that can hold up to 30 of the 120 unique spells that can be found in the game. Players can equip their wizard with different spells to form different strategies, focusing on things like elemental magic or summoning.

The game also has multiplayer integration. Wizards can fight in PvP battles and win spells from their enemies' pouch as trophies.

Foursaken Media is shooting for a September release for Phantom Rift.

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is Out Now for iPad

Posted by Rob Rich on July 9th, 2014
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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.

Elementalist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on January 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FINGER PAINTING MAGIC CASTER
Casting magic from our finger tips has never been so close. But then again, it isn't always what it's cracked up to be either.
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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!

Runic Sorcerer Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Arron Hirst on November 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WORTHY SORCERY
Runic Sorcerer is a mystical adventure that will take players back to the dark ages with its immersive 3D environments.
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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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Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: UNLIMITED POWER
Torching goblins, crushing trolls, and making harpies explode is just as much fun as it sounds.
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SoulCraft Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Sinan Kubba on July 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEVILISH
Unfussy and uncomplicated quick-fire Action-RPG
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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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Catapult King Review

By Jason Wadsworth on June 16th, 2012
Take down castles full of enemy soldiers serving the evil dragon that has kidnapped the princess in this 3D physics game.
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