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The Robot Factory Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 21st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL SPARKS
The Robot Factory is a fun way to keep your kids fascinated in construction and science.
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Mecha Showdown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on February 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: IN A SPIN
Mecha Showdown replaces traditional buttons with a slot machine mechanic in this robot fighting game, but the thrill of the gamble just isn't there.
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RPG Rusted Emeth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RUSTY MECHANICS
This role playing game does a good job of looking like its old school ancestors, but some technical flaws keep it from capturing the same magic.
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Walking War Robots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Tre Lawrence on February 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROBOT MMO
A mechanized MMO battler with some teeth.
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Dreeps Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on January 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FAR AWAY
The world of Dreeps is imaginative and adorable - which makes it all the more frustrating that you can't interact with it more.
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Ultimate Robot Fighting, a Tag-Team Gladiatorial Fighter, is Tapping-In Later This Month

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 2nd, 2014

Reliance Games has announced that their new single-player, 3v3 tag-team fight-fest, Ultimate Robot Fighting, is coming soon.

Robots with artificial intelligence have freed themselves from their human masters and have dominated the world’s most popular sport: robotic arena combat. You can control 45 different battle machines with a variety of fighting styles across nearly 250 challenges. The game uses cel-shaded animation and real-world-inspired environments to make you feel like you're right in middle of the the action.

You'll be able to battle it out in Ultimate Robot Fighting this Thursday, December 4.

This Week at 148Apps: November 17-21, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 24th, 2014

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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.

SteelSeries Stratus XL

Pairing the Stratus XL is as easy as it is with pretty much any other MFi controller. You just turn it on, get your iOS device to find it, and you should be good to go. Then you start up one of the hundreds of compatible games and start playing. And it does play them all quite nicely. The controls are responsive, the button placement feels right, and it’s got a nice heft to it. The build quality is also rather impressive. Whereas other MFi controllers I’ve recently played around with felt sort of hollow and fragile, the Stratus XL feel dense and sturdy. You could probably hurt someone if you threw it at them, actually. [Note: 148Apps does not condone throwing your MFi controllers at anyone, for any reason. That’s bad form.] --Rob Rich


Fantasy Solitaire

That’s the main beauty behind Fantasy Solitaire. It uses artwork from fantasy illustrator Ian Schofield, and it shows. Each card looks impressive, with the artwork relating to fantasy characters being really quite delightful. Fantasy Solitaire rewards your success with more cards too, so it soon looks quite gorgeous. Otherwise, Fantasy Solitaire is a fairly typical game of Klondike Solitaire. Each turn involves you drawing three cards before figuring out the best place to put them. The trick, as always, is to try to get the Ace cards pulled out first for any chance of success. Controls are simple enough with taps and drags to place cards, plus an auto-complete button when you’re right near the end of a game. There’s no hints button though, so make sure you’re up to speed with this game type. --Jennifer Allen


Reckless Racing 3

Reckless Racing 3 is here, with driving dynamics that are as satisfying and addictive as ever as spot-on traction physics meets fun-fueled racing. There are 6 new and diverse locations that spawn 6 courses each, ensuring that players will still be kept guessing even though the backdrop might often remain the same. Combine that with the new Gymkhana event (specially laid-out courses that test driving skills), the same wealth of tweaks for controls and settings to enhance player experience, plus the recent addition of 4 reversible classic Reckless tracks, and what’s left is a driving game packed with features. --Lee Hamlet


Click Cam

Click Cam is an interesting new way of sharing photos in that it’s entirely random how it does it. It’s more of a curiosity than an app you’d spend great amounts of time with given its many limitations, but hey, it’s free, so that kind of works. All you need to do is enter a few simple sign up details before taking a photo and uploading it to Click Cam. The actual photo taking interface is pretty basic when it comes to options, but you can choose from a few filters once the image has been snapped. Once you’re happy with what you’ve snapped you can name it, then simply hit the red button so it goes off to some other user somewhere. You’ll never know where or really what the person thought of it. The recipient can rate it but you don’t get to find out how you fared. --Jennifer Allen


AffordIt

A simple interface is both a blessing and a curse for AffordIt. It means it’s very easy to use, but it also means that it lacks some important features that would make it really stand out from the crowd. One such pivotal feature is that AffordIt only allows for one format of budgeting at any one time. For instance, you can set things up to plan out your Christmas shopping, but you can’t then have a separate section for your regular outgoings. That immediately restricts AffordIt to one project at any one time. It does that one project pretty well, luckily. You can easily set a budget for whatever it is, before adding additional credits based on whatever comes your way. Have a Christmas budget organized but then you get a bonus at work that you want to set aside for that occasion? AffordIt makes it easy to adjust accordingly. Adding cases of expenditure is just as easy, with the app keeping it simple and focused on what the item is and its value. --Jennifer Allen


Toca Nature

Rightfully named Toca Nature, the app opens up with a fertile land ready to be transformed into the landscape of players’ imagination as they transform this area into different regions of their choice – be it hills created with a tap that can easily be built up into snow capped mountains, valleys, and even bodies of water, all of which will soon be inhabited by different animals. The effect is quite magical as one watches fish swimming and beavers climbing out onto dry land for the first time as life is brought to their personalized ecosystem. Trees can be planted that will attract a variety of creatures, be it bears, foxes, rabbits, deer or woodpeckers. An axe is also included as a clever way of arbor clearing and of having a chance to change the topography again and again – a helpful tool to be sure. --Amy Solomon


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

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Tank Invaders: Shmup Evolved

Despite its name, Tank Invaders: Shmup Evolved is neither a shmup, nor is it particularly evolved. It’s still pretty good though. The story and characters put McBane to shame with their corniness. The player becomes a missile commander for allied forces that are fighting against the Terror – as in, an organization that literally calls itself Terror. They employ lunatics and fanatics to their side, lacking but a swastika and the actual Devil as their commander to complete the image of a perfect enemy for the forces of democracy and everything that is good. Anyway, the player has to endure endless waves of enemies as they try to destroy the thingy that the player is trying to protect (what is that that we’re trying to protect, by the way?) by shooting a barrage of missiles onto advancing enemies. --Tony Kuzmin


Joinz

Joinz is a puzzle game with deceptively simple gameplay, starting out easy, but very quickly becoming a test for your brain, particularly that part that is responsible for not throwing violent tantrums when you fail to beat a high-score. The gameplay of Joinz is somewhat similar to Lines. There is a square field that has a single building block. The player can slide this block in four directions, making it travel until it hits an object or a border. Every time the player moves a block, another block appears on a random position on the field. Unlike lines, where the player has to create lines from the blocks of the same color to remove them from the field, Joinz requires the player to create one of the three shapes that pop up on the top of the screen. When the shape is complete, the player gets another one to make. As the player progresses, the shapes get gradually more complex, starting from simple tetris-like forms, to the complexities that fill up half of the game board. Also, appearing blocks start to get additional colors, making the field even more difficult to navigate. The player has to “jump” off of the existing blocks in order to create the required shapes. Don’t forget that once two or more blocks are connected to each other, it’s almost impossible to break them apart, so they’ll behave like a singular shape. --Tony Kuzmin


Ironkill: Robot Fighting Game

Ironkill: Robot Fighting Game wants you to fight; it might be the easiest directive to follow in handheld gaming. The gameplay boils down to combat. The initial run is a tutorial of sorts, and the gameplay is laid out with the help of an appropriately named intro robot. The fighting is works as player against a CPU opponent, and is a war of attrition: whoever depletes the other’s life bar first wins, and doing a damage is performed with the help of the control buttons at the bottom. One initiates a quick attack, one does a harder type of attack, and there is a defense button. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, what do you get for spending $3000 in Clash of Clans? What does the new Need For Speed game look like? Which punk rocker is a massive fan of F2P games? We answer all these questions and many more besides, over at AppSpy.

EPOCH.2 Goes Free for a Limited Time as Apple's App of the Week

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Currently on sale for the grand price of nothing is third-person shooter, EPOCH.2.

The game has you trekking across a post-apocalyptic landscape as you battle robot against robot. Using an intuitive finger swiping control method you'll be able to select targets, dodge incoming fire, make split-second tactical decisions, take cover, and launch various special abilities. Wave upon wave of enemy robots are against you in arena-style combat, so it should be a pretty frantic but satisfying affair.

EPOCH.2 is on sale in honor of it being Apple's pick for App of the Week this week, so expect it to be a pretty limited offer.

Transformers: Age of Extinction - The Official Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on June 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE ROBOTS
Get your motor running. Head out on the highway. Then slaughter endless hordes of robots with your giant robot axe, if you can stay awake.
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CLARC Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on April 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOVE AND ROCKETS
Romance. Kidnapping. Heroics. Inebriated robots? Trust me, it works. CLARC is an action-puzzle game not to be missed.
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Astro Golf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MINI GOLF GOODNESS!
Astro Golf is futuristic miniature golf for all fans of traditional mini golf gaming.
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Mech Battle Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: BASIC MECH BATTLES
Mech battles should be very cool and epic, Mech Battle Arena is unfortunately neither.
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Hot Mess Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BIZARRELY FUN
It has its flaws but Hot Mess is still a charming tale of a robot's urge to stop couples from getting together.
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Mech Conquest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO AUTOMATIC
Mech Conquest's approach to intergalactic warfare will see many sci-fi fans go weak at the knees. It's just a shame the use of completely automated battles may put a dampener on the action.
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Real Steel: World Robot Boxing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANOTHER CYBERNETIC HIT
The movie may not have been a hit, but it did create a fantastic mobile game. Its follow up is a knockout as well.
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