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So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.

Overcast: Podcast Player

 
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For a long time, I have been using Downcast to manage all of the podcasts I listen to. Its ability to create customized playlists and tweak settings for each individual show gave me a complete sense of control over the way I listened to my favorite shows. That being said, I was never 100% satisfied with Downcast for a variety of reasons that I couldn’t quite put my finger on for a long time. Now, I can safely say that my main issue with Downcast is that it isn’t Overcast: Podcast Player. Although this new podcast app isn’t perfect for every podcast listener’s needs, Overcast: Podcast Player has a very impressive suite of features that are smart, elegant, and super useful, provided you pay to unlock all of its features. –Campbell Bird

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

 
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Much like its namesake team of ragtag misfits, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is kind of weird and quirky. You see, while the game’s release date is clearly set to build hype for the upcoming feature film (which hits theaters in just about about two weeks) it’s not solely tied to the movie’s feel or continuity. Instead, it’s a rather strange mash-up of elements, sporting both movie-based character designs and story beats, as well as numerous nods to the team’s greater history and place in the comic-based side of the Marvel Universe. But does playing to both sides dilute the overall experience? And is it even a worthwhile game to begin with? Read on, True Believers! Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon straddles a few different genres as well. It’s a little bit action-RPG, a touch of arena combat, and a dash of side-scrolling beat-’em-up (minus the scrolling). Players assemble a team of characters from their roster of unlocked Guardians, Guardians-adjacent affiliates, and even antagonists in some cases (though they can only be used in the wave-clearing Arena mode), and smash their way through screen after screen of bad guys. Characters are controlled by drawing lines from them to their destination (when moving) or target (when attacking enemies or aiding allies). –Rob Thomas

Cascade

 
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Match-3 games are nothing new and to an extent, Cascade is very familiar indeed. It manages to offer a few twists and turns that ensure that fans should be quite appreciative of its efforts, even if it isn’t as revolutionary as it would like to be. The layout of Cascade is very familiar. You work your way through individual levels of gems that must be cleared in some way, in order to pass onto the next stage. Each stage has a slightly different objective, such as reaching a particular score, clearing a set number of boulders, or vanquishing lighter colored squares. Ultimately though, the principle remains the same – match those gems. Jennifer Allen

Magic 2015

 
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Another year, another updated iteration of Magic: The Gathering’s digital form. Fans of Wizards of the Coast’s long-standing, collectible card game juggernaut know exactly what they’re getting into here. But does Magic 2015 serve as a good introduction for new players into what can be a rather daunting new world? Well, it’s kind of a yes and no at the same time. As someone who already has a fair bit of past history with the game, I still felt the need to trudge my way through the tutorial in order to see how well it presents the game to newbies and, for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. The tutorial is relatively in-depth, with a fully-voiced narrator guiding new players step-by-step through the basics of the game, though I do feel that it may have dragged on for a bit too long and that some of these lessons could have been combined or condensed. However, that could well have just been my urge to get through the stuff I already knew and into the meat of Magic 2015 proper. –Rob Thomas

Hellraid: The Escape

 
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In Hellraid: The Escape, you will find yourself awoken from a stone tomb and trapped in a violent prison, patrolled by disfigured, demonic guards and decorated with all of kinds of vicious traps. Sounds fun, right? You must then find your way out by solving puzzles, dispatching enemies and collecting items to help pass through each area unscathed. Along the way you’ll find notes with some background information, hints and harrowing tales on them, further fleshing out the gameworld one piece at a time. Controls are simple, with a floating joystick for movement, a swipe to survey the surroundings and a tap to pick up objects or interact with mechanisms. However, these interactions are often more intricate than a mere tap, usually involving multiple gestures, proving how much attention to detail was paid to the environment. Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, the game looks undeniably excellent. From flickering lighting effects to the incredible level of detail throughout, Hellraid: The Escape is one of the best-looking iOS titles to date, and succeeds in creating a real sense of foreboding. –Lee Hamlet

Hoopa City

 
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As readers may know, my son and I are big Dr. Panda fans as many of their apps allow children to role-play their way through differently themed apps such as Dr. Panda’s Restaurant, Dr. Panda’s Veggie Farm, or Dr. Panda’s Beauty Salon. Recently, a new app, Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars, changed things up a bit, allowing young children to drive cars around town, free of the mini-games popular within this series. I would also like to introduce readers to another new app from TribePlay, the developers of Dr. Panda, Hoopa City, a city building application for older children that my son simply adores. Hoopa City allows users to build their own urban landscape as they tap areas of the screen, adding roads, buildings or green spaces as they choose from eight different city building elements, combining them to create other details that my son really fancies such as pools or skate-boarding ramps. Hoopa City stars Hoopa the Hippo, famous from other Dr. Panda applications, as well as other familiar Dr. Panda characters who can be seen wandering around town – a nice touch. –Amy Solomon

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Glowgrid

 
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Some puzzle games can be really relaxing, while other games of the same genre can be brutal as heck. The ambient puzzle game Glowgrid is a little bit of both, thanks to his two game modes. If one would see the title ‘Glowgrid’ and fires the game up, he would instantly see that the title of the game matches with the aesthetics of it. Like anyone could predict, in Glowgrid players get to fill up a glowing grid with some well know and lesser known shaped blocks, where they need to combine four or more blocks of the same color. The goal is to fill up the bar at the top of the screen, with a total worth of one hundred points. If players get to that point, the bar immediately empties itself. The next goal is to fill it up once again, only now while players need to figure out a way in their own mess, because the grid still contains like ninety pro cent of the blocks one previously placed there. –Wesley Akkerman

RBI Baseball 14

 
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After two straight days of no baseball whatsoever, you may finally be ready to accept it back into your life. And between the many games, you may find yourself wanting to play a game. Well, RBI Baseball 14, the MLB-published revival of the classic series, is finally on Android. This is old-school baseball, for better or worse. Seriously, this game isn’t just RBI Baseball in name only, it replicates the original game to a T. Pitchers can throw fastballs, mid-speed breaking balls, and knuckleballs that move erratically and slowly. Hitters can move around the box to try and hit the myriad pitches coming their way with just swing and bunt commands. Each team has 4 pitchers, with the starter tiring midway through the game. David Price relieving Alex Cobb a day after he started? Dr. James Andrews shrieked in horror. This game eschews realism, and any real gameplay advances of the past couple decades or so, in the name of replicating this classic. –Carter Dotson

Hopeless: Football Cup

 
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In Hopeless: Football Cup, players get to experience a different kind of football videogame. If I have to put a game next to it that closely resembles it, it should be Orange Pixel’s Tapkick Football. In the good and the bad way. Hopeless: Football Cup is a game where players need to tap on the touch screen, in order to make the blob on-screen head the ball away. If they don’t, the ball will simply demolish the little bugger and than it is game over for the player. It is a hard concept, similiar to games like Flappy Bird; players just need to keep on tapping at the right moment to succeed in the game. Hopeless: Football Cup perhaps stands even more closely to Orange Pixel’s Tapkick Football, a game that featured the studio’s own vision on the simple tap mechanic of Flappy Bird. –Wesley Akkerman

And, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed games like Battle Fleet 2 and Ingress, provided handy tips for Minecraft and Hellraid: The Escape, found some hot new indie games in Brighton, and gabbed to Luca Redwood about his absurdly ambitious new game. All this and more right here.

Overcast: Podcast Player Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Overcast compiles an impressive set of features and a super simple transfer process that makes it a very attractive proposition for most podcast enthusiasts.

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TPPTwitter_WebYou’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and a couple of regulars to the show discuss their top 3 games of the past year that they thought were must-plays.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Co-Host: Rob Rich, 148Apps
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    Released: 2013-11-14 :: Category: Games

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    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2013-06-06 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
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    Released: 2013-03-14 :: Category: Games

    $1.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-03-07 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-03-14 :: Category: Games

    $1.99
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    Released: 2013-08-08 :: Category: Games

    $9.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-05-30 :: Category: Games

    $3.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-10-17 :: Category: Games

    $3.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-02-21 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-02-21 :: Category: Reference

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 213

    TPPTwitter_WebSending out 2013 with a roll of the dice!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss two of the last big releases of 2013, Republique and Colossatron.
  • Carter talks with some of the braintrust behind Quarriors about the effort in bringing the game to mobile.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guests: Alexis Mueller & Justin Ziran, Wizkids/NECA
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    Released: 2013-12-19 :: Category: Games

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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-12-19 :: Category: Games

    Castro – High Fidelity Podcasts Review

    Castro – High Fidelity Podcasts Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Castro is an elegant-looking podcast app, but does it have what it takes to dethrone de facto standards like Downcast and Instacast?

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 212

    TPPTwitter_WebAround the world, around the world, tic-tac-toe!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to one of the developers of Tic Tactics about how they managed to take a very simple game and add a layer of chess-like complexity to it.
  • One of Darklings‘ developers and one of the publishers discuss what it was like to collaborate on the game from across the world, and how they’re trying to get the word out about the game.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Nick Ahrens, Hidden Variable Studio
  • Guest: Ajay Chadha, B27
  • Guest: Burkay Ozdemir, MildMania
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    Released: 2013-11-20 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-11-27 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 211

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    Skating on thin ice!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett Nolan discuss their recent iPad purchases, what they think about the first wave of MFi gamepads, and recent releases Touchgrind Skate 2 and Icycle: On Thin Ice
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    Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
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    Released: 2013-11-21 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
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    Released: 2013-11-27 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 210

    TPPTwitter_WebAlone in the stars!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to Orian and Felix from Liv Games about the conclusion of the Wars trilogy, Stellar Wars, how they think this is the best one yet, the struggles of trying to succeed in the current market, and the struggles of working as a remote team.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Orian Livnat and Felix Embree, Liv Games
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    Released: 2013-11-14 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 209

    TPPTwitter_WebDream a little dream of a helicopter.

    On This Episode:

  • Adam and Alex of One Man Left come back on the podcast to discuss Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous. Find out how long the title had existed, why the powerup selection in the sequel is so different, and why Classic mode is actually good now!
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Adam Stewart and Alex Okafor, One Man Left
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    Released: 2013-11-14 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 208

    TPPTwitter_WebA son’s tale of vengeance.

    On This Episode:

  • JJ Williams tells the story of the inspiration behind his new game Pirate Blitz, about his father’s boat that was captured by pirates, and how that both did and did not serve as an influence on the final game.
  • Paul Johnson of Rubicon talks about the ins and outs of Combat Monsters and its multiplatform, free-to-play launch.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: JJ Williams, 12 Gauge Studio
  • Guest: Paul Johnson, Rubicon Developments
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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-10-24 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-10-23 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 207

    Boo Cardinals of all kinds!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss the iPad announcements, and what may have been lacking from them.
  • The co-hosts discuss why they like Pocket Titans.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
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    Released: 2013-10-17 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 206

    TPPTwitter_Web…in 3D!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Barn Cleave of Niffler

    discuss Chuck’s Challenge 3D, why the game came out on Android before iOS, the challenges and benefits of developing on one platform versus another, the difference between games that are critical successes and financial successes, and the future of the industry – including if the industry may crash again in the future.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Barn Cleave, Niffler
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    Released: 2012-11-15 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 205

    TPPTwitter_WebUse the Force, Captain America!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks with Mel Kirk of Zen Studios about the new tables for Star Wars Pinball. 148Apps’ resident pinball aficionado Blake Grundman tags along for the ride to ask the really nerdy questions.
  • Two of the fine folks from Demiurge Studios talk about their recent release of Marvel Puzzle Quest, and how they plan for the game to continue evolving over time.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson, 148Apps
  • Guest Co-Host: Blake Grundman, 148Apps
  • Guest: Mel Kirk, Zen Studios
  • Guests: Josh Glavine and Albert Reed, Demiurge Studios
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    Released: 2013-03-19 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-11-30 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-10-03 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 204

    TPPTwitter_WebHead, shoulders, knees, and toes!

    On This Episode:
    Carter talks to Colin and Sarah Northway, the married traveling independent developers. They discuss their development process, how Incredipede was Colin’s idea produced with Sarah’s assistance, and how Rebuild is Sarah’s idea and project with some assistance from Colin. The mobile version of Incredipede is discussed, as well as the Kickstarter for the upcoming Rebuild: Gangs of Deadsville.

    Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Colin and Sarah Northway, Northway Games
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    $3.99
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    Released: 2013-09-18 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-11-17 :: Category: Games

    Pocket Casts Review

    Pocket Casts Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Browse, subscribe, and play podcasts in style with the feature-packed Pocket Casts.

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 203

    Dragons and disagreement!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and first-time podcast guest Christine Chan discuss Boson X, in particular why she liked it and why he did not. Other recent releases are also discussed.
  • Carter talks to the Creative Director of Team Chaos about his studio’s new match-3 RPG game with dragons, Dragon Academy.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Christine Chan, AppAdvice
  • Guest: Trent Polack, Team Chaos
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    Released: 2013-09-26 :: Category: Games

    $6.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-09-18 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-09-25 :: Category: Games

    TPPTwitter_WebOne person likes iOS 7′s new design…and one doesn’t. Will either leave the podcast alive?

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett Nolan discuss their thoughts on iOS 7, and talk about recent releases such as Infinity Blade III.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
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    $6.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-09-18 :: Category: Games

    iOS 7: Pocket Casts 4.0 Released to Help Tame Your Podcasts

    Posted by on September 18th, 2013
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Pocket Casts 4.0 adds a host of features and utilizes iOS 7. Podcasts can now be downloaded in the background (it’s like we’re living in the future!) and the app is also Universal. Progress listening to a podcast is now synced so that listeners can pick up right where left off from one device to another.

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 201

    TPPTwitter_WebFree in-game taco!

    On This Episode:

  • Graveck talks about its new game Strata, goes back in time to talk about the games that put them on the map, 10 Balls 7 Cups and Skee-Ball, and the future for the series, along with if they can live up to the greatest iOS trailer of all time.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Matt Gravelle and Ty Burks, >Graveck
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    Released: 2013-09-12 :: Category: Games

    $0.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2009-03-09 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 200

    TPPTwitter_WebPlanning our own birthday party…

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Tom Eastman sit down, like actually in person sit down, and discuss his studio’s first two games, Color Sheep and Orion’s Forge, and why the former may have succeeded where the latter did not. As well, the third of their planned launch trilogy and why it didn’t work out is discussed.
  • Does a game need narrative justification to be good? As Tom mentions that he’s playing Where’s My Perry? Carter counters with why he thought Where’s My Mickey? was the much better game because its concept was actually justified.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Tom Eastman, Trinket Studios
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    Released: 2013-02-21 :: Category: Games

    $0.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-03-14 :: Category: Games

    $1.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2013-06-20 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 199

    TPPTwitter_WebBring me the head of Sasquatch!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to one of the creators of Tiny Tycoons about the recent developments in the world of their real-world location game, and Sasquatch hunting.
  • The MMORPG LCD demake Game of Watchcraft is discussed with one of its creators.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Dave Bisceglia, The Tap Lab
  • Guest: Shaun Britton, Clicker
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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-03-20 :: Category: Games

    $0.99
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2013-08-13 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 198

    TPPTwitter_WebDude, you’re gonna be on a podcast!

    On This Episode:

  • It’s all about Plants vs. Zombies 2 as Carter Dotson lets Blake Grundman and Brett Nolan gab away about PopCap’s hotly-anticipated sequel, and if it’s something that can truly be enjoyed for free. Mercifully not recorded and included on the program: talk about babies.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Co-Host: Blake Grundman, 148Apps & The Power Button Podcast
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    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-08-15 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 197

    TPPTwitter_WebWe’ll get our hooks into you!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Mike Meade of BeaverTap Games talk about the speedrun sequel Mikey Hooks, and the work that went into making the hooking mechanic feel just right.
  • Carter and two of the members of Ironhide Games discuss the work that went in to crafting the sequel to the hit game Kingdom Rush.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Mike Meade, BeaverTap Games
  • Guests: Alvaro Azofra and Gonzalo Sande, Ironhide Games
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    $1.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-08-08 :: Category: Games

    $4.99
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2013-06-06 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 196

    TPPTwitter_WebBusted for using podcast-enhancing drugs! The penalty? More podcasts!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss recent releases Pivvot, Brick Roll, and The Drowning. One is naughty; two are nice.
  • Carter talks to Juicy Beast about its release of Knightmare Tower for iOS, and why the team decided to eschew IAP for the mobile version.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guests: Dominique Nault and Yowan Langlais, Juicy Beast
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    Released: 2013-08-01 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-08-01 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-08-01 :: Category: Games

    $2.99
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2013-08-01 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 195

    Robot-on-robot crime!

    On This Episode:

  • One of the developers of Blastron, talks about the making of the fast-paced online battler, and gives some tips for success for players.
  • One of Delta-V’s developers discusses how Wipeout and Gradius were both influences on this 2D racing game.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Cuz Parry, Kabam
  • Guest: Chi Dire, Spacehopper Studios
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    Released: 2013-07-10 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-07-25 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 194

    TPPTwitter_WebDon’t tell me what to do!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss why they have a problem with Chillingo’s recent move to take Kamikaze Pigs from paid to free after four days, and why they appear to be faltering as publisher as compared to others on iOS. As well, discussion of Futuridium EP is carried out, and why the way it teaches players to play is the superior method to the handholding that other games commonly use.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
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    Released: 2013-07-18 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-06-20 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-07-11 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-07-18 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 193

    TPPTwitter_WebA podcast for a more refined generation.

    On This Episode:

    • Carter talks to Phil Gaskell of Ripstone about the digital publisher’s mission, their diverse library of titles so far, and his thoughts on the future of gaming.

    Episode Cast:

    • Host: Carter Dotson
    • Guest: Phil Gaskell, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Ripstone

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    Released: 2013-04-07 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-06-27 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-04-25 :: Category: Games

    TPPTwitter_WebRIP Ryan Davis.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to Chris Jeffrey, creator of the Flash game series turned maddening iOS game Space is Key, about the title’s transition to mobile, and why making money on mobile is so much different from the Flash game space.
  • Carter talks to Jeff Fal, creator of Dungeonism, about why his game is designed for iPhone – and only for iPhone.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Chris Jeffrey, Chris Jeff Games
  • Guest: Jeff Fal, independent developer
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    Released: 2011-07-19 :: Category: Games

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    Released: 2013-07-08 :: Category: Games

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 191

    TPPTwitter_WebAll my XCOMs live in Texas.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and the gang discuss the biggest new release of the past week, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and what its impact on the market will be. Other titles from across the iOS spectrum are discussed as well.
  • Carter talks to Coatsink’s Tom Beardsmore about his studio’s new game Fatty, and how it evolved from a larger project they’re still working on. As well, there’s discussion of why informing the player of what they can and can’t do in a game is so difficult.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Co-Host: Rob Rich, 148Apps
  • Guest: Tom Beardsmore, Coatsink
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 190

    TPPTwitter_WebFlatter than ever!

    In This Episode:

    Carter and co-host Brett Nolan talk about the big announcements from WWDC, including iOS 7. Will it be a huge change to iOS? As well, the announcement of MFi gamepad support in iOS is discussed – will it herald major things for iOS gaming in the near future?

     
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