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More Stubies Are Coming Your Way in a New Update

Posted by on July 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The adorable puzzle game Stubies, by Creatiu Lab, has been updated with a bunch more content. Players can now see where they stand with the GameCenter leaderboards integration and compete against their friends in timed matches.

The update also includes the new Red World with 15 extra levels and new hidden blocks that pop up from the ground blocking the stubies movement. Players can enjoy the game in either portrait and landscape mode. Lastly, the game now includes more Stubies with new powers!

You can pick up Stubies for $1.99 on the App Store.

via: Our Review

Set for release on the App Store in September is Beatbuddy, previously a success story for the PC, Mac, and Linux.

Beatbuddy combines puzzle solving, enemy vanquishing, and plenty of exploration. Even better, it offers a fascinating story contributed to by Rhianna Pratchett of Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge fame. There’ll be six hand-drawn worlds to explore, each offering their own original soundtrack.

That’s not all, though! Beatbuddy is also set to allow you to buy the game’s tracks from iTunes without leaving the game. A feature that hasn’t been available in a game for iOS before.

Developer, THREAKS, promise that there will be numerous free updates post-launch, ensuring that Beatbuddy sounds pretty cool to us.

Check out the gameplay trailer below for a sneak peek at what to expect, come September.

Another Week of Expert App Reviews

 

At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you’ll like and the ones you’ll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. 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.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

 
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Gameloft is responsible for bringing us some of the most polished and frenetic mobile shooters for the iOS platform in the form of Modern Combat. The latest entry, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, raises the bar even higher, despite still having some of its own setbacks. This fifth entry is certainly an improvement that demonstrates what can be done within the mobile genre. Players take up the role of Caydan Phoenix, an ex-marine who was deployed into Venice to tackle an uprising sweeping the area. After Phoenix is inevitably set up, he finds out that the international security agency who sent him in is up to no good – in fact, it’s acting as a front for an international terror organization. That’s where you come in: righting all these wrongs and clearing his name; with guns. –Brittany Vincent

The Order of Souls

 
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The Order of Souls is a turn-based, free-to-play role playing game set in a fantastical world that melds science fiction and fantasy elements. Throughout the course of the game players can expect a surprising amount of interactive story elements, but most of that requires them to grind through a middling series of combat scenarios that really drag the whole game down. The Order of Souls‘ various elements include head-to-head multiplayer, crafting, singleplayer combat, party management, etc. Most of these systems and mechanics seem familiar to those that have played RPGs before, but the game does very little to do unique things with them. It’s almost like the developers were more concerned with checking features off a list than they were thinking about how they might add a unique dimension or dynamic to the game. This is not to say that it has any seriously flawed mechanics, but they just aren’t as interesting as they could’ve been. –Campbell Bird

Revolution 60

 
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Revolution 60 has a lot of influences. It wants to be a sprawling sci-fi action RPG full of choices like Mass Effect. It spices up its numerous cutscenes with quick time events like Heavy Rain. Parts of its plot recall Metal Gear Solid, and its stylish 60s espionage vibe is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to another No One Lives Forever. However, instead of being derivative, Revolution 60 emerges as a fantastically fresh original vision and a great debut for developer Giant Spacekat. Starting Revolution 60 feels like stepping into a wholly realized sci-fi world. In fact, the lore can get so dense at times it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on, but players will pick up enough. Plus they can purchase a separate guidebook explaining the universe, which fortunately seems interesting enough to warrant such a cost. Besides, the characters are what really matters, and Revolution 60’s cast is definitely worth getting invested in. –Jordan Minor

Secret Files Tunguska

 
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Previously a PC, Wii, and DS release, point-and-click adventure Secret Files Tunguska has made its way to iOS, and it’s quite enjoyable despite its dour tone. Veering away from the casual nature of many other titles in the genre, Secret Files Tunguska sticks to the traditional scenario of plenty of asking questions and combining items to create further useful tools. Set around the Tunguska event, a mysterious large explosion that occurred in 1908, the game delves into conspiracy theories that would make Mulder and Scully proud. You play a woman whose father, a scientist investigating the event, has gone missing, and soon enough various intelligence agencies are out to get you. –Jennifer Allen

MTN

 
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MTN is not a game. It is not highly interactive app. What it is, is a serene part of your day that will bring you a few minutes of amusement. The MTN app, by David O’Reilly, opens by asking you to draw things based on 1-word prompts. According to David O’Reilly, “The drawings influence things like the shape of the mountain, the type of vegetation, the amount of vegetation, the length of your summers, the amount of snow you’re going to get, all sorts of different things.” After the prompts are answered the app generates a small, free-floating mountain in the middle of space. –Jessica Fisher

Bio Inc

 
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Mama, just killed a man. Pinched a vein inside his head. Pressed “OK” and now he’s dead. Bio Inc is a “biomedical simulator” from DryGin studios. While there are dozens of medical/surgical simulators available on PC, mobile platforms, and consoles, Bio Inc is a little different. Other medical-based games ask players to save patients in peril (even if said players may wind up removing the patient’s brain during a routine appendectomy, either accidentally or on purpose). Bio Inc, on the other hand, requires players to drag the Hippocratic Oath behind the hospital and shoot it. –Nadia Oxford

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Ruzzle Adventure

 
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What does a developer do when a game around forming words and multiplayer becomes a succes? It takes out fifty procent of that golden formula and turns it to a list of chores. Ruzzle Adventure is a game where players need to form words on a grid full of letters. In the past, we’ve seen dozens of iterations of this concept in the form of Boggle, Wordfeud or even an earlier published version of Ruzzle. In all those games the goal is the same: make as many words as possible, to get the highest score. By making bigger words and combining tougher letters to make words with, the score multiplier raises and so does one’s score. Remember Scrabble? –Wesley Akkerman

Shurican

 
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Man, developers still make flappy games? I thought that that hype was over, but judging by the game Shurican, there still were some… I don’t know what to call it… Innovations..? …left in the subgenre. Yeah, I was surprised as well. How much can different people do with one mechanic? And especially the flappy mechanic? By looking at the flappy games in Google’s Play Store, not very much. Many of the flappy games are direct and shameless clones of the original and unintended successful original one, but sometimes a good one pops up and offers the same, but somewhat a different challenge. Shurican is one of those game, and not only because the game is played in widescreen mode. –Wesley Akkerman

Super Tank Arena Battles

 
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In Super Tank Arena Battles, we get the to see our favorite weapons (tanks) go head to head in our favorite fight environment (an arena). It just gets even more hyper from there. It’s a simple looking game, but still manages to impress graphically, with the opening menu made up of cheery animations and pastels guiding the text. Here, amongst other options, we are presented with 5 game modes: Survival, Catch The Flag, One On One, Mines Rush and Hardcore Survival.The first is open, while the others need a threshold of some sort needed to unlock successive modes. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Modern Combat 5, created an expert guide for Hearthstone’s Naxxramas DLC, picked some awesome seeds for Minecraft: Pocket Edition, found 5 games like Monument Valley, and asked Double Stallion whether turning Big Action Mega Fight into a paid game was a success or a huge mistake. Read all of this and more, at Pocket Gamer.

Poptile Review

Poptile Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the 'one more go' factor.

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Meerkatz Challenge Review

Meerkatz Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute and challenging, Meerkatz Challenge is a fun puzzle game, particularly for fans of Lemmings.

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Line-Drawing Puzzler Mole Smash Saga Announced by Zing Games, Developers of Mr. Runner

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zing Games, developers of the multi-million downloaded Mr. Runner series on iOS, have today announced Mole Smash Saga, a line-drawing puzzle game. In the game you run Old McDonald’s farm, which has been infested with annoying moles. In order to save the farm, players will need to grab a hammer and smash them away. The game features six different modes, with the smashing of moles done by connecting lines over them.

Mole Smash Saga is available now and is free to download.

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Coming soon to the App Store is Light in the Dark, a physics and color-blending puzzle game that boasts a cool gaming pedigree. The resumes of team behind it cite such great series as X-Com, BioShock, and Fallout – meaning that hopefully Light in the Dark will be something rather special.

The game will have you leading a cartoon species called totems on a rescue mission to find their babies who have become lost in a maze of old tombs. Mummies and other creatures will get in your way as well as some good old-fashioned puzzles.

Set for release in September, Light in the Dark will be priced at $1.99. Check out the trailer in the meantime for a taster of what to expect.

Zombie Puzzle Panic Review

Zombie Puzzle Panic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zombie Puzzle Panic puts some pretty neat undead twists on Match-3 puzzling.

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Cascade Review

Cascade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cascade is a fairly typical Match-3 game but it offers a minor twist in the form of what gems are at your disposal.

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CalQ Review

CalQ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Solve simple sums quickly in this fast-paced game of numbers.

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Hellraid: The Escape Review

Hellraid: The Escape Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's a case of brains over brawn in puzzler Hellraid: The Escape, as players take down demonic foes using only their ingenuity and the environment itself.

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Gamers from the 1990s should fondly remember Lemmings. Adorable yet dimwitted, they were a little too keen to jump off cliffs meaning it was down to you to figure out how to stop them doing exactly that. It was a fun puzzle game full of different tools to persuade the lemmings not to jump.

Kind of like that but with Meerkats, comes Meerkatz Challenge – a game set for release in a little over a week’s time. The game will be immediately familiar to fans of Lemmings and in a very positive kind of way.
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This time round, it’s the meerkats that have a death wish and there’s a different bevy of tools to keep them safe. There’s the typical blocker tool but there’s also the ability to use a mushroom as a giant trampoline, propelling the other meerkats skyward. A trainer meerkat encourages the others to run at speed, making it possible to get across huge gaps when combined with a mushroom spring. A blower type will keep meerkats in the air, safe from danger.

We got the chance to briefly check out Meerkatz Challenge and it’s looking pretty entertaining. It offers the same vibe as Lemmings but with its own bunch of tools to keep things original. Controls are tight and effective with the option to speed things along as and when needed. Simple taps cause you to choose which tool to use and it takes seconds to master. Even in the early stages though, some careful thinking is required to get past the stage. Up to three stars can be gained depending on how successfully you completed the stage and how many meerkats you managed to save in the process.
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Graphically, Meerkatz Challenge isn’t going to wow audiences but it certainly offers a pleasant charm, ensuring you’ll be attached to these cuddly critters.

With 4 different areas to explore and plenty of levels to negotiate, Meerkatz Challenge is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

We’ll talk more about it next week, when it’s released on July 24.

Minimalistic Puzzler Bicolor Adds New Levels in Latest Update

Posted by on July 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bicolorthe minimalistic two color puzzle game from 1Button which we gave four stars back in May, has received sixty new hand-crafted levels in its latest update, bringing the level total in the game up to 240.

Bicolor is available on the App Store now for $0.99.

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via: Our Review
G.O.A.T. Review

G.O.A.T. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
G.O.A.T. is pretty good, but it's not the greatest puzzle game of all time.

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Miniverse Review

Miniverse Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Miniverse's biggest treats are unfortunately out of reach.

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Danish developers Bedtime Digital Games have announced that their surreal 3D puzzle game Back to Bed will arrive on iOS this August.

A Kickstarter success and multiple award winner back when it was a student project, the game is influenced by Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, and David Lynch. It stars a man named Bob, who suffers from narcolepsy that gives him hallucinations and excessive daytime sleepiness and causing him to take surprise naps in dangerous places. You play as Bob’s subconscious protector, moving him around and manipulating illusion-filled levels to journey him back under his duvet, avoiding living man-holes, steep falls, and alarm clocks along the way.

Back to Bed will rub the sleep from its eyes and arrive on the App Store sometime this August.

Bubble Rival Review

Bubble Rival Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bubble Rival emphasizes speed over strategy, making for a fast and fun bubble-popping puzzle game.

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Munin Review

Munin Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Munin looks pretty and offers some interesting puzzling mechanics, but its unforgiving nature will infuriate soon enough.

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Bricks Review

Bricks Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This twisted take on Breakout deftly avoids being too minimal for its own good.

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Circix Review

Circix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might not look like much, but there's an enjoyable set of logic-based puzzles within Circix.

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Check Your Baggage with Hitman GO’s New Airport Box Update

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Square Enix has released the Airport Box Update for Hitman Go today. It’s the first content update for the game since it’s release and it includes 15 new levels, new game-play mechanics (civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns), and new enemies. You can access the Airport levels either by unlocking them through regular play or by paying $0.99 to unlock them early.

Hitman Go is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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via: Our Review

Sometimes You Die, Sometimes You Get Updated – the Brutal Platformer gets New Levels and a Price Drop

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Philipp Stollenmayer, maker of the platforming puzzler Sometimes You Die, has just released a major update! The update includes 7 all new levels that are harder than the original story mode, a German translation, and players will have to find a code that unlocks a secret new feature of the game.

To celebrate the update Sometimes You Die will be going on sale on from today (7/3) through Saturday (7/5) for $0.99!

via: Our Review
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Monsters Ate My Birthday cake is an exemplary puzzler that represents the genre well.

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A New Update Brings Achievements and More to Eliss Infinity

Posted by on June 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A massive update for innovative puzzle game, Eliss Infinity, has just been released.

The game now offers Game Center achievements, an in-game counterpart to such achievements called Gems, immediate visual feedback to demonstrate when planets should be bigger or smaller, as well as visualization of recent supernovas.

Elsewhere, the difficulty curve has been smoothed out meaning things should start out a little easier for Eliss Infinity novices, plus the tutorial has been touched up and improved upon so things make more sense.

Already garnering 4.5 stars from us, Eliss Infinity just got even better. It’s out now and it’s priced at $2.99.

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via: Our Review
Digits Review

Digits Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Clear the numbered tiles in an orderly fashion in this sometimes tricky but always satisfying puzzle game.

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Farting Felix Review

Farting Felix Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
With plenty to do here, Farting Felix is a rather enjoyable experience.

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Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest Review

Nun Attack Origins: Yuki’s Silent Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nuns are tougher than you think, as we learn in this action puzzle game that's quite fun.

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99 Bricks Wizard Academy Review

99 Bricks Wizard Academy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This puzzle game combines Tetris with physics, magic, and a healthy dose of charm.

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Moshling Rescue! Review

Moshling Rescue! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Moshling Rescue! offers a few twists to the Match-3 format, but it's still fairly familiar yet fun stuff.

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Uppercup Football Review

Uppercup Football Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Minefields, pinball bumpers, bowling balls, and pumpkins are all fair game in the weird and wacky soccer puzzle game.

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