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SimplePlanes, from the Makers of SimpleRockets, is Now Available on the App Store

Posted by on December 11th, 2014
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Do you have fond memories of playing SimpleRockets? Well, maybe “fond” is the wrong word. I mean those things are awfully prone to blowing up. But anyway, if you have a special place in your heart set aside for the madcap rocket-building sim, you should probably make room for the follow-up that just released on the App Store: SimplePlanes.

Much like SimpleRockets, SimplePlanes tasks you with engineering a very complex piece of machinery, then trying to keep it in one piece. This time you’ll be snapping various parts together to make all sorts of aircraft – even some with VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) abilities. Where it gets ridiculous (in a good way) is in how pieces of your craft can break off as you crash into things or get shot at, which can have a pretty big impact on performance.

If you’re in the mood to fly seemingly impossible aircraft that you’ve cobbled together yourself, you can grab SimplePlanes off the App Store now for $1.99.

Things Get Magical in The Sims FreePlay with a New Halloween Update

Posted by on October 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Witchcraft has come to The Sims FreePlay in its newest update, adding Spell Casting and Broomstick hobbies to the free-to-play title.

The Spell Casting Hobby allows players to conjure up collectibles and hatch their own Pet Dragon, whilst the Broomstick Hobby lets players to rocket up into the clouds. Players will also find themselves owners of some free gifts to celebrate this, the spookiest part of the year.

The Sims FreePlay is free to magically appear download from the App Store now.

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Skater Review

Skater Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Skater feels like the next bug contender, but it's not quite there yet.

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Interstellar Review

Interstellar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Interstellar game is a curious, if cold, tie-in to Christopher Nolan's upcoming film.

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Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though a bit repetitive at times, Kitty Powers' Matchmaker has enough depth and charm to carry it through its grey spots.

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If you go to a casino, you might make a lot of money. If you run a casino, you’re guaranteed to make a lot of money. The choice seems pretty obvious. So while waiting for your shady real estate deals to move forward, get prepared with Tiny Tower Vegas, the latest follow-up to the smash hit sim Tiny Tower. We become mini casino moguls in this latest edition of It Came From Canada!

Tiny Tower Vegas will feel instantly familiar to fans of the original. Players build their gambling empire floor by floor while keeping customers happy and business flowing. New floors need new employees, and players can choose between who the best person for the job is and who is the most affordable. Customize the tower by putting pyramids or Greek statues on the roof, changing interior décor, and even sprucing up the elevator design. Players can also upgrade the elevator’s speed since they’ll be operating it by hand quite often to get guests where they want to go. And it’s all presented in the same great, low-key pixel art style.

tiny tower vegas 1tiny tower vegas 2But of course, the Las Vegas setting comes with its own demands – even if this seems based on new, classy, family friendly Vegas instead of old, seedy, good Vegas. While some new floors will be the occasional taco bar in need of restocking, the gambling is where the real action lives. Players can try their luck on slot machines and earn extra cash alongside customer revenue. Once the hot streak ends, would-be pit bosses can check up on how their “bitizen” guests are doing by reading the “BitBook” social network, or just sit back and watch the fireworks – the only things brighter than the massive glowing signs.

tiny tower vegas 3tiny tower vegas 4Current Tiny Tower players shouldn’t expect Tiny Tower Vegas to completely reinvent the wheel after its soft launch phase. It’s got some new ideas, so it’s not just a reskin, but it’s so close to the original it’s more spin-off or expansion pack than sequel. But you can decide for yourself once it fully launches.

School Driving 3D is the Hardcore Student Driving Simulator You Didn’t Know You Needed

Posted by on May 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Is Real Racing not real enough for you? How about a game where you can drive cars, buses, and trucks in accordance with local statutes to try and get your license? Then that’s what School Driving 3D will offer for you. Stop at train crossings! Wait for pedestrians! Safely overtake other cars! Use your blinker and obey all the rules! Awwwwwwwww yyyyyyyyeeeeahhhhh.

School Driving 3D‘s only unrealistic aspect? It’s free, unlike real driving school.

PixelMogul Review

PixelMogul Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
PixelMogul isn't the most exciting tenant, but it pays its rent on time.

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Strike Wing: Raptor Rising to Get a Huge Update That Adds New Mode, Improved Graphics and More.

Posted by on April 16th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising, the space combat game from Dream Builder Studios and Crescent Moon Games, will soon be getting its biggest update yet.

Version 1.3 adds in a host of improvements, including a completely rewritten graphics engine, a new Story Mode, redone ship models, tweaked controls, improved enemy AI, and more.

Strike Wing: Raptor Rising is available for $0.99 on the App Store. The new update will be available later this week.

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Evergreen Studios has announced that its upcoming game, Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet, will be available for iOS devices via the App Store on April 24.

Timed to match the time period of the recently released ‘Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station’ comics, the game follows the action of a newly minted naval academy cadet looking to save the day. For fans of David Weber’s Honor Harrington, it should be a real treat.

Evergreen senior executives Scott Kroopf and Richard Browne are eager to the game hit the App Store. “Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet is the next phase in the expansion of the Tales of Honor story world,” says Kroopf. “Now gamers can discover the unique battle tactics and enjoy the military authenticity of the Honorverse. The game, like the recently released comic, is intended to function as a standalone experience, yet we’re designing them to be complementary. Our goal is to make it easy for fans of all types to explore the rich universe that David Weber has created.”

Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet will be available for free. The second comic issue of Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station will be available in comic stores and digitally on Comixology.com on April 30.

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SomaSim‘s 1849 is a sim about the California Gold Rush in the same vein as older objective-driven simulations and city builders. It’s also got a surprising amount of puzzle-like elements as you’ll quickly find yourself trying to figure out the best way to make use of the limited space you’re given.

The core idea behind 1849 is balance. You need to mine gold and other precious metals to earn money. You also need food and lodgings for your citizens and workers or else they’ll abandon ship in a heartbeat. But in order to do that, you’ll also have to make sure to provide other amenities such as schools and access to a saloon to keep the citizens of your ever-growing city happy. The catch is that every city (of which there are 20, each with their own overarching goals to complete) has a limit to how far it can expand. So in order to create a successful self-sustaining city you’ll have to pay close attention to where you place what buildings and how many you construct.

SomaSim is aiming for an early May release. A specific price point hasn’t been locked-in yet, but 1849 will be priced at a premium and offer additional content packs in the future.

SomaSim Games has recently announced 1849; a city management sim set during the California Gold Rush.

You’ll have to make good use of an area’s topography as you attempt to expand several real cities from the time period – or fail miserably, of course. 1849 will feature a total of 20 different scenarios, most likely involving different cities and events, as well as a sandbox mode for those of you who just want to build and rake in the dough.

1849 is due out in May for the iPad.

I recently discovered something interesting. Checking out Aio Wireless, I discovered I could add data-only service to an old iPhone for as low as $15 per month all-in and no contract.

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Aio Wireless is the new LTE pre-paid service from AT&T. It’s not listed anywhere that it’s run by and uses the AT&T network, but this is mentioned in press releases about the service. They offer both recurring and single month services.

Aio Wireless offers a set limit 250MB tablet rate for just $15/month. With additional GB available to add for $10/month. Not a bad deal. To use the Aio service a SIM card will need to be ordered from the site for $9.99 (make sure to order the correct size for the phone or tablet to use). In my test it got to me in just a day.

Once the account is set up and the SIM is registered for the $15/month tablet plan, the SIM will then work in any iOS device that is unlocked and compatible with the AT&T network. Even an iPhone. Voice and SMS won’t work, and don’t expect it to since this is just a data service. But iMessage will work as well as any other feature that uses the data connection.

The downside, and it’s not a big one, is that the service provided for pre-paid cell phone services like this is never first-tier. Meaning it isn’t prioritized on the host network like contract services. Aio Wireless specifies that the LTE service is capped at 8MB. Still a great speed, but well below the 30-40Mbps I have seen on AT&T LTE. So data rates will be slower, but still very usable. Especially considering the price.

I’m guessing this little loophole will be closed eventually, but until then it’s a great way to give access to an old iPhone or iPad for an extra device for a relative, to use as a hotspot, or to have a device on another network.

Transport Tycoon Review

Transport Tycoon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The classic PC sim makes its way to iOS, complete with rewarding gameplay and a convoluted interface.

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The Island: Castaway 2 HD Review

The Island: Castaway 2 HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Distinctly laid back, The Island: Castaway 2 won't challenge but it should entertain most players looking for a casual sim.

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rymdkapsel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's hard to tell just what rymdkapsel is with nothing but screen shots to go on, but rest assured that whatever it is, it's awesome.

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Smooth Operators! Review

Smooth Operators! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ever wanted to run a call center? Probably not, but Smooth Operators! makes the experience a lot more interesting than the real thing!

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Aviation Empire Review

Aviation Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ever wanted to control an airline? This might be just what you wanted.

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War of the Zombie Review

War of the Zombie Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This zombie apocalypse sim would be fantastic if it weren't for all the rough edges.

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Total Domination: Reborn Review

Total Domination: Reborn Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Total Domination: Reborn does a lot of things right but the PvP elements feel a bit too extreme.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not only is XCOM: Enemy Unknown one of 2012s best strategy games, it's also one of the most faithful iOS ports I've ever seen.

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Galaxy At War Online Review

Galaxy At War Online Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galaxy At War Online has all the familiar trappings of many compelling freemium games. The problem is that it's a very familiar formula. And it's not actually free at the moment.

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vvalleytitleSometimes it seems like the majority of free-to-play games focus more on arbitrary time limits and less on actually making a compelling experience. Dave Calabrese, President and CEO of Cerulean Games, feels pretty much the same way. Not content with many of the current freemium sim-style games out there, he and his team set out to create something more akin to one of those meticulous “tycoon” style games that were all the rage back in the 90s. It’s a tall order, but it looks like Vineyard Valley is coming along quite nicely.

148Apps: What inspired you all to create a virtual free-to-play rendition of that “build a vineyard” dream most world-travelers seem to develop?
Dave Calabrese (DC): This entire venture actually started because a friend of mine from school contacted me one evening. She informed me about a large community who used to play a game called My Vineyard. That game went offline over a year ago, however the community has been dying for something new, and nobody would listen. So I did the research, and felt it was a viable business direction! We spent 3 months just having fun and planning out something awesome. So we took all our notes – everything from the community, all of our own ideas, and ideas of what the general public wants and nobody is giving them – and assembled it into the Vineyard Valley that you see planned today!

148Apps: I see in your Kickstarter description that Vineyard Valley won’t be using typical free-to-play “pay to win” models or rely on energy. So how *are* you making use of the freemium model? Is it primarily through Vinos? And what exactly are Vinos, anyway?
DC: We have a pretty cool system that we are using to monetize the game. We call it the Five Point monetization system. The concept is – as you may have guessed – something where we monetize on 5 separate levels. Only one of those actually has the players spending real money – and that is where Vinos come into play. You earn them by running your business properly, and you can purchase them using real money. Aside from that one and only currency exchange, the player won’t have to spend physical money – which allows us to keep it freemium. The other four methods incorporate partners, advertising and more.

vvalley01148Apps: I’m intrigued by the more classic approach to a business sim you’re using for Vineyard Valley, especially the idea of trading wine between players. But why exactly would players want to buy and sell wine from each other? Is there some sort of added incentive to exchanging with someone else aside from simply seeing what other players have created?
DC: Good question – and I think you are going to really dig the reason. Part of your vineyard is you have a shopping village. This shopping village is something you design and build just like anything else in the game. You start from essentially a wooden stand on the side of the road, and build it into a full blown village with shops, cafes and more. This is where some of that classic business sim comes into play. Your vineyard in the game – just like when you go to a real life vineyard – sells bottles of wine. This wine shop is located in your shopping village. You choose what is sold there. Now, each wine will have a type of rating which denotes its quality, uniqueness and more. Say you create a wine that has a very high rating. You can choose to put a bunch of its bottles in your shopping village, however you could also sell a bunch of bottles to your friends. Just like in classic business sims such as Theme Park, NPC visitors come and tour your vineyard, and shop in the shopping village. The higher rated wine you have, the more it will attract more visitors. Not just rating, but also the proper time for the right wine – a pumpkin wine might attract more visitors around Halloween, while a refreshing Ice Wine might attract more visitors in the middle of summer.

148Apps: Since you’re obviously trying to avoid making Vineyard Valley too much like the majority of other freemium sims, what other games might you be using for inspiration? My guess is older PC business/tycoon titles, which I’m all kinds of okay with.
DC: Exactly, older business sims. Specifically, the original Theme Park from the mid-90s. Today’s business sims are nothing more than seeing how well you can follow the leader while mindless clicking things. See, that’s also what made My Vineyard different – there was a lot more you could do than just mindlessly click and follow the leader. We’re of course staying as far away from cloning My Vineyard as possible, however the base inspiration is still there – design and build in a sandbox environment, and have fun with your friends.

vvalley02148Apps: Are there any pointers you’d like to share with prospective winery managers eager to jump in to Vineyard Valley once it’s released?
DC: Once you finish watching the game introduction (yes, the game has an ongoing story), think through the base options and decide on the initial kinds of fruit crops and wines you want to develop. Just like the wine, you can also sell and trade the raw ingredients with your friends. Maybe your vineyard will specialize in grapes along with citrus fruits, while your friend’s vineyard specializes in grapes and stone fruits. That’s a great opportunity to trade with each other. Maybe you will also become an expert in citrus fruits and have very special fruit types available that others won’t so easily get…

Thanks to Dave for setting aside a few minutes to discuss digital wine with us. Anyone interested in backing Vineyard Valley’s multiplatform development can do so on its Kickstarter page, and the sooner it gets funded the sooner we can all presumably start with the fruit fermentation.

Greedy Grub Review

Greedy Grub Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Greedy Grub is certainly adorable, but it's not particularly ground-breaking.

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Space Agency Review

Space Agency Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This unassuming little space program sim has all the right stuff.

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Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is a solid digitization of a compelling board game marred by an insanely steep learning curve and very little help for new players.

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Relativity Wars Review

Relativity Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Wow. Real time strategy meets 4X meets Einstein is a lot more awesome than most people might expected.

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Fantasy Quest Review

Fantasy Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It takes a while for this kingdom to get its act together, but once it does it's worth ruling.

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The Croods Review

The Croods Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's tough not to be cynical when confronted by such an uninspired freemium town building sim such as this. It hardly uses the movie license well.

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Tiny Kingdom Review

Tiny Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tiny Kingdom's contributions to the genre might be small and few, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth checking out.

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