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148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Gamers

Posted by Rob Rich on December 11th, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

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Today’s guide centers around iOS gamers. These are the folks who love their portable games and spend most of their morning commute matching pieces of candy or fighting immortal titans. If you’d like to make the gamer(s) in your life have an overall more pleasant and convenient gaming experience, or simply get them some really cool stuff to play, check out our list below for some ideas.

Audio Defence: Zombie Arena

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DRAGS ITS FEET
From the makers of Papa Sangre comes a defense game that forces players to listen carefully; unless they want to hear the sound of zombies feasting on their flesh, that is.
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Audio-Only Thriller Papa Sangre II Wins IMGA Award, Celebrates by Going Free for Today Only

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RETURN TO THE AFTERLIFE :: Read Review »

Somethin' Else, the crew behind the chillingly popular Halloween-themed voice thriller voiced by Sean Bean Papa Sangre 2, is happy to announce that the game - which takes players on a sound-controlled adventure - has won a prestigious International Mobile Gaming Award for (drum-roll, please) Excellence In Sound Design.

To celebrate, the game is being offered for free on Thursday, March 27, 2014 (today!). We had an opportunity to review Papa Sangre II for Halloween last year. It's currently available on the App Store for its discounted price, but you'd better hurry.

Papa Sangre 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on October 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RETURN TO THE AFTERLIFE
From the creators of the original, Papa Sangre 2 delivers another exceptionally chilling experience like never before.
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Papa Sangre II Returns This Halloween as Sean Bean Guides Players Through the Darkness

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 30th, 2013

I'm sorry to bring this news to you all, but apparently we are all dead this Halloween. Sucks, I know! However, it appears as if there may be a way to return to back to the other side as Sean Bean will guide us all through the darkness in Papa Sangre II!

Sean Bean will guide us through the darkness? Whatever, 006! I don't trust you! You want the ring for yourself!

Put on your headphones and check out the trailer below!

Favorite 4: Scary Games for Halloween

Posted by Eli Cymet on October 23rd, 2012

It’s hard to say exactly when it happened, but Halloween has undisputedly crept up on us to become a big league holiday. The kind where preparations begin over a month in advance, with horror movie marathons, costume discussions, and decorations. With that in mind, it would be a grave mistake to go in ill-prepared, so we’re here to do our part to help ring in the festivities. Here are four spooky games that will have horror-lovers shambling on over to the App Store and coffin’ up their dough.

The Room
Perhaps not the most obvious pick at first, The Room makes up for a lack of blood and gore with an ample amount of atmospheric tension. What starts off as Myst-like series of interlocking, symbol-filled puzzles soon emerges as an implied storyline filled with spine-tingling mystery. Much goes unsaid, but plumbing the depths of the unknown backed by eerie music box chimes is a meticulous thrill all its own.

Papa Sangre
From one nontypical experience to the next, Papa Sangre is a video game with no...video? Tasked with saving the soul of a loved one, players will take a frequently terrifying first-person audio journey through the palace of the titular demon. With an elegant interface and gripping story, Papa Sangre is a truly unique title that speaks to the power of sensory deprivation. The horrifying, horrifying power.

The Walking Dead
For a game filled with zombies, The Walking Dead’s horror derives almost entirely from the heart-breaking failings of humankind. Telltell Games has earned a mausoleum full of critical praise for its serialized interpretation of Robert Kirman’s graphic graphic novel, which uses the point and click adventure genre to force players to make tough, lasting decisions about life, death, and the brainless hereafter. All episodes can be purchased from within the app, so start this gripping tale right now.

Dead Space
As far as mobile horror goes, this one may be an oldie, but it’s most definitely a goodie. One of the best, in fact. Not only is it a faithful translation of Visceral Games’ flagship survival horror series to the small screen, but this version may just be scarier. In a dark room, with headphones in, the game’s brilliant tension between all-out action and edge-of-the-seat inaction is brought to the forefront, all backed by a methodical, shriek-worthy soundtrack. Player beware: Necromorphs may induce device dropping. (iPhone version also available.)

Publishers Talk of Profits and Pigs for BAFTA

Posted by Rob Rich on March 15th, 2012

A number of iOS developers decided to talk numbers at BAFTA's recent What's App event in London. The Guardian's article is full of all manner of interesting tidbits and discussion. Taking the stage to talk about storytelling, profit margins, and children's content were Peter Sleeman (co-director, P2 Games), Paul Bennun (chief creative officer of content design and creation, Somethin' Else), and Tom Bonnick (digital project and marketing manager, Nosy Crow). The trio divulged some interesting numbers, as well as their perspectives on various app models.

P2 Games' bread and butter has been largely based around children's brands, including Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam, and have sold just under 600 thousand apps in less than a year and a half. Somethin' Else, responsible for the indisputably different Papa Sangre, also did quite well with their $4.99 interactive experiment. The audio-only horror game sold a respectable 70K copies since its release back in 2010. Nosy Crow opted out of the numbers game at the event, but they did put out a couple of critically acclaimed book apps (Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs) so they're probably doing just fine.

The general consensus revolved around knowing one's audience. According to Sleeman, Preschoolers are a very different market than the typical demographic so it's important to bring in people who know what the young-uns like and what keeps them coming back. Bennun championed the Premium model; keeping prices high and letting the quality of the product do most of the selling. Bonnick echoed the sentiment of quality, and mentioned Nosy Crow's strict adherence to in-house development.

I'm curious to see if anyone agrees or disagrees with these ideas. They certainly seem sound to me. Especially the one about refusing to use in-app purchases in apps meant for children. Thoughts?

[Via: theguardian.com]

Papa Sangre Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on January 4th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: SO SCARY
Papa Sangre puts you in a world of darkness on a mission to save a lost soul. There are no graphics at all, only horrifying sounds to guide you. Play in the dark.
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