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148Apps Live: Demystifying the Upcoming Threes with Creators Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 4th, 2014

148Apps aims to bring you the most interesting iOS games and talks with the most interesting developers, all streamed live on our Twitch channel. This is 148Apps Live!

Threes is kind of a hard game to explain in words, and it’s even harder to explain why it’s a game worth playing in words. However, with its pedigree - from creators Asher Vollmer (Puzzlejuice) and Greg Wohlwend (Solipskier, Hundreds, Ridiculous Fishing) - and some pre-release hype thanks to an a mention as IGF honorable mention, and just general ‘buzz’ around the game from those in the indie community and in the know, it looks promising. But for those who aren’t in the know, just why Threes is so anticipated is still a mystery.

Until now.

Greg and Asher got on the 148Apps Twitch channel to discuss the game, how the idea and design evolved over time, and just where the game’s great voices (unfortunately not heard on the video due to a bug) came from. Plus, they give plenty of great tips and help on the way to setting a new high score.

Watch the entire archived broadcast:

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As well, watch the highlight of the high score run from the video:

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Follow us on Twitch to find out when we go live next! Threes releases on iOS on Thursday, February 6th.

Puzzlejuice Spells Out A New Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 7th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A new update is now available for Puzzlejuice, a puzzle game with falling blocks and letters to spell words. The new update adds iPhone 5 support, achievements, a new power-up menu, and purchasable power-ups through in-app purchase. The stability of the game has also been improved for better performance.

Dabble Review

By Sinan Kubba on April 3rd, 2012
Fun but ultimately fleeting letter rearrangement game.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 122

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 31st, 2012

Accept no impostors.

On This Episode:

  • Carter discusses the new puzzle game PuzzleJuice with developer Asher Vollmer. They discuss how the game's frantic multi-faceted gameplay works, its connection to SpellTower, and the difference between how this game utilizes existing gameplay concepts versus what a 'clone' does.
  • Carter discusses the new cooperative iPad game Fingle with Game Oven Studios, and talk about how the game was designed to try and bring people together.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Asher Vollmer, independent developer
  • Guest: Bojan Endrovski, Game Oven Studios
  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

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    Puzzlejuice Review

    By Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2012
    A challenging combination of word games and block busting.
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    Five For Friday: Week of January 20

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2012

    Another Friday, another week drawing to a close and that means one very important part of the day: the Five For Friday! Here's our roundup of five of the best apps and games that have been released on the App Store in the past 7 days.

    iTunes U

    Lauded as a great way of providing education right to an iOS device, iTunes U gives access to complete courses from many leading universities and other schools. More than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books and other resources are accessible from within this app with the ability to browse collections from institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Oxford and the New York Public Library. Notes and highlighting functionality makes everything easy to review through this informative app.


    We've all seen puzzle games that involve colored blocks falling from the top of the screen, in need of arranging to clear them. We've all seen games that provide a similar experience but with letters and words needing to be created. How about a game that combines both? Puzzlejuice is exactly that, making for a very potent mix of fun and brainteasing.

    Timelapse Video Recorder

    Ideal for those with a creative eye, Timelapse Video Recorder enables users to create time lapse videos quickly and simply. One tap of the screen records the video with similarly easy to use buttons available for adjusting video length and speed up relevant sections. It's smooth and set to produce some great results, all at 60 frames per seconds for maximum smoothness.

    OnLive Desktop

    Harnessing the power of cloud computing with remote PC desktop utilization is how OnLive explains this app and that's pretty much exactly it. OnLive Desktop enables iPad users to view, edit and create documents using Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint all through this form of PC virtualization. Users can easily transfer files between the app and other devices and the experience is lag-free and simple to use.

    Smash Cops

    Fun should always be had on the weekend and Smash Cops should supply bucketloads of it. Reminiscient of classic game, Chase HQ, Smash Cops is all about taking out runaway felons in races spread over 20 missions and 4 different mini games. Fast and furious, Smash Cops will be great for Burnout and Need For Speed fans.