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Four Letters Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on March 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY ADDICTIVE
Simple yet addictive is what works so well for Four Letters.
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Rival Stars Basketball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE BUT FUN
Rival Stars Basketball is a fun mixture of basketball and card collecting but its energy system will annoy.
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Flick Kick Football Legends Update Brings Balances and Optimization for the iPhone 6

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING :: Read Review »

A new update has arrived for PikPok's Flick Kick Football Legends, optimizing the game for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and bringing slight balance tweaks.

These tweaks mean that training players to get XP and fusing duplicate cards to unlock special cards now cost less than before. Alongside this, players can help out friends playing the game by sending them stamina - allowing them to play for a little longer.

Flick Kick Football Legends is available to downloaded now from the App Store for free.

The Maze Runner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on October 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A NICE CHANGE OF PACE
The Maze Runner is a surprisingly enjoyable movie tie-in that will succeed in keeping players guessing.
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Flick Kick Football Legends Takes on the World with the International Cup

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 6th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING :: Read Review »

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.

PikPok Updates Flick Kick Football Legends and Turbo FAST with a Bunch of New Features

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING :: Read Review »

PikPok is doing it up, and is doing it up in a dual-pronged way with major updates for two of its popular games.

First up is PikPok's comic-inspired soccer sim Flick Kick Football Legend. It gets the Infinity Cup, social leaderboards, a practice mode, Player Training, refined UI, a new story and cutscenes, and more.

Also getting some update love is the movie and Netflix series tie-in Turbo FAST. Right in time for the second season of the Netflix exclusive, the game is getting both the movie and series, as well as a new track.

We had an opportunity to check out Flick Kick Football Legends last year. Both apps are free (with optional in app purchases) on the App Store.

Flick Kick Football Legends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING
There's a fun, casual soccer game here, but it's hampered by some slow timers wrecking the momentum.
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Who Let the Dogs Out? Into the Dead Adds Canine Companions in Latest Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 6th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As Pocket Gamer knows, games are no longer complete without a dog by your side. This is especially true with the new "Collar of Duty." I love my Call of Duty pup! I even have pictures of him! Who wants to see?

Anyway, new canine companions have also made their way to iOS in the latest update for Into the Dead, adding five brave dogs by the name of Prince, Blitz, Cairo, Titan, and Ghost [Editor's Note: I see what you did there, PikPok]. Prince is free, while the rest can be purchased individually or in a $5.99 pack through an in-app purchase. Now go get your pups!

Giant Boulder of Death Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on September 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ON A ROLL
Ready to crush everything? That's what Giant Boulder of Death offers.
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Turbo Racing League Is Now Available, Provides Players A Chance To Win Cash Prizes

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 17th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Turbo Racing League is now available on the App Store, letting players race, drift, slide, and jump their way to the top of the leaderboards, as well as customizing their own vehicles to show off on 9 unique race tracks. There is also $1,000,000 dollars worth of prize money on offer. Players can qualify in a weekly contest during the first 8 weeks, with the 10 fastest racers earning cash prizes from a pool of $500,000. 1st place winners from each week will win a trip to Los Angeles to compete for $500,000 in total cash prizes in the grand finale race.

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This Week at 148Apps: April 22-26, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on April 29th, 2013

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Having trouble making sense out of the overwhelming number of apps released each week? Have no fear! Just look to 148Apps for the best app reviews on the web. Our reviewers sift 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.

LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes


The Caped Crusader is back in brick form for a new adventure, this time on iOS. As someone who’s had an on-again off-again relationship with LEGO games in the past I was curious to see how a mobile release might hold up. Turns out it holds up very well. Like, ridiculously well. In fact, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is hands-down the best LEGO game I’ve ever played. Yes, including ones on consoles. All the wacky villains that should be stuck in Arkham have gotten loose. Again. Now they’re terrorizing Gotham. Again. And this time Joker has managed to team up with Lex Luthor. The two are such a handful that Batman has to enlist the help of other heroes, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and a whole lot more. There’s a conventional virtual stick and buttons setup and a surprisingly intuitive touch interface to pick from. No matter their preference, players will be bashing everything in sight to collect studs (the world’s currency), reconfiguring piles of bricks into new contraptions, finding tons of secrets, and doing just about everything else they could expect to find in a big screen LEGO game. --Rob Rich


Robot Unicorn Attack 2


Is it possible to make something great even better? When it comes to Robot Unicorn Attack 2, the sequel to the popular endless runner where a unicorn jumps and dashes through multi-tiered levels, collecting fairies and smashing stars, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” First off, Adult Swim Games enlisted PikPok on the title, and as a studio well-known for their fun games and high production values, it was a perfect choice. It’s immediately apparent that this game is absolutely gorgeous. The level of detail in the animated backgrounds, the galloping unicorns, and just everything is absolutely astounding. New elements like Giants that can kill the player if their solar beam attacks aren’t avoided add a splash to the familiar experience. --Carter Dotson


The Thirty-Nine Steps


Impressively nearing its 100th anniversary, The Thirty-Nine Steps is still a tremendously gripping thriller courtesy of John Buchan. With various cinematic adaptations, it’s easily accessible, too. Now, we have this iPad adaptation, part interactive story, part simple game, to enjoy. It’s quite good too, although slow-paced and not without its problems. Following the story of Richard Hannay, a man framed for murder in 1914, it’s a great mystery full of intrigue and riddles. Readers don’t get to change the outcome or events within the book but they do get to interact with objects, start up conversations and open doors. The latter is a little gimmicky, invoking gestures to perform the required action, but the rest feels like an enhancement to getting into the story. --Jennifer Allen


GoComics


It’s almost wrong to fault GoComics. As a free app, it does mostly anything could want from it, in terms of content. As a paid app (via an in-app purchase subscription), it eliminates one of its main irritants: the adverts. For a comic fan, it’s an ideal addition to their collection, even despite its issues. GoComics is, essentially, a portal of many of the most popular comic strips out there, as well some great up-and-coming artists. There’s plenty of space for political cartoons, too, sensibly categorized according to their political leanings. It’s immediately easy to dive straight in and find one’s favorites, with the likes of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Garfield playing a prominent part in the appeal. Just tap on their name and the latest strip comes up, along with a calendar that enables users to go back to any date they so choose. It’s fast to browse and easy to lose plenty of time to. --Jennifer Allen


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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

Escape from Tokeru


It will come as no surprise to readers that I am often asked to recommend apps to family and friends, especially for those in grade school, as iTunes seems filled with apps for toddlers and those in preschool, but it can be harder to find apps for older children. Parents looking for an interesting, thought-provoking app for this age set should take note of Escape From Tokeru, a puzzle game that includes an interesting back story, beautiful illustrations and moody, ambient background music. --Amy Solomon

Gappy's First Words


Gappy’s First Words is a new interactive universal app that re-enforces early spelling and reading comprehension from the developers at Spinlight Studio, a favorite developer of mine these apps are consistently rich with details and nuances at a level of quality making these application stands out from others. Meet Gappy, an interesting bunny-like character with large ears and big teeth, and help Gappy hop her way home, filling in the gaps of word puzzles along the way – stylized as a bridge of sorts where pieces of this crossing are missing and need to be completed with correct letter tiles. Success will earn users new details that can be added to Gappy’s house such as new windows, fence or chimney. --Amy Solomon

Cheesy Chess


Cheesy Chess is a creative and fun mouse-themed logic game with heavy chess elements. This app reminds me a lot of the slider puzzles I had as a kid where plastic tiles will ultimately make up an image but needed to be slid within this puzzle, keeping in mind that only one piece can be moved at once. Here, imagine a mouse king who needs to progress through this slider puzzle at the top center to leave this board, but the other puzzle pieces need to be moved out of his way to do so. --Amy Solomon

AndroidRundown

Ice Rage


Mountain Sheep’s arcade hockey game Ice Rage has finally made its way to Android thanks to Herocraft – is this game a slap shot goal or power play where the team with the advantage does not score? I’m not too well-versed in hockey. There are no power plays or penalties or icing here, as it’s all about one-on-one hockey action. It’s really more akin to air hockey instead of ‘actual’ hockey in any way. Players can check the opponent to get the puck, and when they have it, it’s possible to hold down on the one virtual button on screen to charge up and aim a shot. Matches last one just minute in most modes, so it’s perfect for fast sessions. There’s plenty of crazy action that goes on here, with arrow angles and tough shots to make. Just because it’s arcade hockey doesn’t mean that some degree of precision is unnecessary! The arcade ladder made with temporary character upgrades is a fun diversion, and the later difficulties with things like manual goalie control help out as well. There’s a crazy set of characters to play as, including Enviro-Bear. Bear is playing hockey, how can this be? --Carter Dotson

The Barman


For the over-21 crowd there are not many things that spice up a good night with friends than sitting back and mixing up a few bar favorites. The obvious caveat is that not everyone is a trained bar tender and a poorly mixed drink can put a damper on a good night. Amazingly there are machines that will mix drinks automatically, but those have a large footprint and, besides being expensive, are cumbersome and hard to clean. Besides, what is the fun of making a good lemon drop if some machine pumps one out automatically. So, get a glass that has all those recipes on the side measured out by volume. Well, the problem here is that there can only be 6-7 mixtures tops, and there are hundreds of drink recipes in the world. Also, those do a poor job at measuring solids like sugar or salt. The answer is The Barman, an ingenious KickStarter project by John Gallagher of Sewell, New Jersey. --Joseph Bertolini

Jones On Fire



Jones on Fire is a fun little runner that will probably have folks doing a double take due to the unique look of the playing characters. It looked very, uh, Lego-ey. And somehow, that wasn’t even the best part. Folks like me who grew up as fans of the iconic chiidren’s building blocks, or have played console games based on their form (like Stars Wars or Batman) will understand. The simplistic block figures were endearing, and I thought they blended well with the unique background. The sharp colors added to the overall experience, with walls of fire retaining a menacing look even while contrasting with localized burns on the ground. I liked the little graphical things, like the look of the game store, decked out with green text and fireman’s pole. The entire atmosphere was almost as enjoyable as the game action itself. --Tre Lawrence

Robot Unicorn Attack 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on April 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A DREAM
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 takes everything that was great about the original and just adds more depth to it to make it a tremendous experience.
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Into the Dead Review

Posted by Rob Rich on December 7th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: PikPok
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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When the entire world is overrun with flesh-eating corpses, fighting doesn’t seem like the best choice. If the odds are that stacked, it’s much better to run. That’s pretty much the entire premise behind Into the Dead; run, don’t look back, and only fight if it’s absolutely necessary. Dead might be an inevitability in this first-person endless runner, but thankfully so is fun.

After a helicopter crash in the middle of zed territory players are immediately put in control of a lone survivor as he wisely takes to his heels. There are far too many zombies about to take a stand, so instead they’ll be running for their lives. Luckily these are the slow, shambling zombies. A number of control options are available that let players tilt, tap, or drag in order to guide their survivor around obstacles and hopefully out of all those grasping hands. And once weapons are unlocked (and a crate is snatched during a run) tapping the screen is used to attack. Longer runs and the completion of various tasks (i.e. kill X number of zombies in one run, etc) earn coins, which can then be used to unlock new weapons early or to equip special one-time use modifiers such as starting with a weapon equipped.

First thing’s first: Into the Dead is a great-looking game. Even on my old 3GS. The environments are oppressive, the zombies are numerous, and everything is just gloomy enough to make the entire thing feel utterly hopeless. The presentation deserves a special mention as well thanks to little details such as major screen bobbing when jumping over fences or narrowly avoiding a zombie go a long way to creating an absorbing experience. The satisfaction of grabbing a weapon and blasting a few zombies out of the way, and even simply making it farther than the last time are reasons enough to play for hours on end. But then there are the missions and unlockable weapons that make it even harder to stop.

Playing on an older device does have its drawbacks, however. I certainly appreciate the effort in making Into the Dead accessible even on my old 3GS, but it does create some slight performance issues. The framerate dips aren’t enough to ruin the experience, but they do screw with the atmosphere a bit. I’m also curious to see how PikPok addresses future updates as I could see things becoming a bit repetitive over time. But who knows? Perhaps some new zombie types are in the works or something.

I wasn’t expecting Into the Dead to be an endless runner, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to have as much fun with it as I have, but it is and I did. I’d recommend it as an automatic buy regardless, but the fact that it’s free makes it a (I’m sorry but I have to) no-brainer.

Super Monsters Ate My Condo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on October 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUPERB
While it comes with new in-app purchases, Super Monsters Ate My Condo's structural changes make it an improved experience compared to the original.
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Twang The Fox Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOX FLINGING FUN
Offering variations on a familiar genre can go a long way towards distinguishing a game from the rest of the pack. Developers thought outside the box and paved the way for further innovation.
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