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Word Dance Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
Add a word to describe a place. It's a neat idea, if not fully realized.
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Good.co Uses a Personality Test to Help You Find Your Happiness

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 28th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

If you are looking for guidance about how to navigate the minefield of socializing at work or in your personal life, Good.Co is here to help. The app uses a personality test, based on a Myers Briggs Test (MBTI), to unearth your strengths and weaknesses. It will give you advice on how to interact better with other people and give you insight into why others react to you the way they do.

Good.Co also works as a social network. You can search for jobs and companies that will fit your personality. You can share with your friends and family and also discover new friends that will match your style.

You can download Good.Co for free on the App Store and start discovering yourself right away!

Rowl Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on January 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MISSING MORE THAN A G
Do we really need another social network? Does the question even need to be asked anymore?
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Wag Your Tail - Pets are Here in the New Update for The Sims FreePlay

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-TASTIC :: Read Review »

Is your sim lonely? Never fear, The Sims FreePlay by EA Games, has been updated to include pets! Now you can adopt an adorable cat or dog and explore the majesty of Barkshire Pet Park, or take them shopping at the new Pet Salon.

There is now a hobby called Dog Agility, which lets you train your dog to roll, balance, and jump. With the Cat Show Hobby, you can enter your favorite feline into shows and win prizes. Your sims can also be given a new personality trait - Animal Fanatic - and go crazy for their pets.

You can download The Sims FreePlay on the App Store now.

This Week at 148Apps: June 2-6, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 9th, 2014

Expert App Reviewers


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.

Panzer Tactics HD

It feels like this battle has been going on for weeks. Reports come pouring in across the command table – scouts have spotted enemy troops deploying along a ridge to the east of our main base, obviously trying to gain a flanking position. My own infantry is entrenched in the forests surrounding our target, waiting for tank reinforcements that have been suppressed by enemy air forces since they were deployed. But as the weather shifts and the rain begins to fall, suddenly those enemy planes can’t engage. And as my tanks roll forward, I give the order to end this battle once and for all. --Andrew Fisher


Tales of the Adventure Company

Tales of the Adventure Company is a lite role-playing game that sets up dungeon-crawling as a minesweeper-like grid. Although the game feels very familiar because of its borrowed mechanics, Tales of the Adventure Company prevents itself from feeling like an also-ran with its unique party system, turn limits, and combat system. In every play session of Tales of the Adventure Company, players must advance their party of heroes through a series of gridded levels in their quest to defeat a specific boss-like enemy type. This is done by tapping on a 5×5 grid to explore the dungeon, find enemies, and befriend new party members. Players must not be too thorough in their searches though, as every session of the game has a turn limit that produces a fail state if hit. This time pressure is largely what makes Tales of the Adventure Company stick out from other dungeon-crawlers, as players must be extremely strategic about how they choose to explore. --Campbell Bird


Habbo

My initial response to the mobile version of Habbo Hotel being released was, “is that thing still going?” Well apparently yes, it is, and it’s just as popular as it ever was. My last encounter with it was back in my early teens, when I thought nothing of joining an open chat room and spouting rubbish for everyone to hear. For those who don’t know, Habbo Hotel is a hugely popular online community with a near-infinite number of fully customizable, user-built rooms for people to explore and chat in. From mock Starbucks and popular game shows, to luxury pads and swimming pools, users are free to let their imaginations run wild. --Lee Hamlet


Outernauts: Monster Battle

When Insomniac Games, developers of PlayStation classics like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, and Resistance, release a game on iOS it’s pretty hard not to get excited. The developer’s strong pedigree even overpowers the seemingly cynical nature of Outernauts: Monster Battle‘s design and premise. While the game may ultimately just be a freemium take on Pokémon, its harmonious balance of systems at least makes it a very good freemium take on Pokémon. There are lots of things for players to do in Outernauts, a simplified port of a two-year-old Facebook game, but they all revolve around the cast of collectible creatures. Insomniac can create sci-fi infused Saturday morning cartoon universes in its sleep, and it turns out that’s a useful skill when designing a bunch of colorful elemental monsters. While some of the basic ideas might be a little generic, such as Equifoal the grass horse or Molto the fire pig, the characters themselves are full of personality. Meanwhile, the world is slick, vibrant, and uses sounds like ambient space tones or powerful lightning blasts to great effect. --Jordan Minor


Wren V5AP Wireless Speaker

We live in a world where most everything is getting smaller all the time. Computers, spacecraft, even the world itself when you stop and think about it. But while smaller isn’t always better, it can still be difficult to shake preconceptions that are burned into our brains all the time. Which is probably why my first impression of the Wren V5AP wireless speaker wasn’t an incredibly positive one. When I unboxed the V5AP for the first time it struck me as kind of large and bit weighty; I also had trouble figuring out where in the apartment to put it. Once a spot was found, I still had to wrestle with it. My first attempt at connecting it to my wifi network via a direct connection between my iPhone 5 and the speaker was a bust – the included cables aren’t Lightning compatible, and when I tried to use my own cables they just didn’t work. --Rob Rich


Silly Family

I would like to let readers know about a new app for iPad that I find to be a refreshingly new idea in puzzle apps. Silly Family is an app where players need to grasp the concept of a family tree – a game that demands focus as they label members of a family based on their understanding of roundabout information they are given about their familial relationships. The heart of this application will ask players to identify a member of the family, answering questions such as “Ivar is Sven’s mother’s husband’s brother” or “Ponk is Gloop’s brother’s sister’s mother’s sister” – complicated ways of identifying family members as “uncle” or “auntie” as players work through the tree, labeling characters after they have been identified. --Amy Solomon


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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:

AndroidRundown

Colossus Escape

Colossus Escape is at its heart a very standard runner. The player strides along, jumping over pits, killing enemies and avoiding other hazards. The basic run and jump gameplay is mixed up with Quick time events where the player must swipe a pattern on the screen quickly or die. Unlike most runners there is a hit points system in colossus escape and it’s possible to take a few hits without dying instantly. This is very uncommon in the endless runner genre. --Allan Curtis


Push Panic

Four years ago, Dutch developer Barry Kostjens and Dutch art designer Ricardo de Zoete brought Push Panic on to iOS. Now, four years later, the duo brings the classic fast-paced puzzle game to Android. Did it stand the test of time? In Push Panic, players have to tap falling blocks of the same color. That’s the base of the game – to spice things up a bit, Kostjens and De Zoete thought of some neat gameplay mechanics to make sure players will not get bored real fast with the concept. One of those concepts is that the game offers realistic physics. It sounds more uncommon than it actually is and it works in favor of the game. Blocks can fall on top or stumble next to each other, making it hard to predict where to blocks will fall and what players can do with them afterwards. --Wesley Akkerman


Mini Dodge Ninja

Unless you’ve been under a rock in a wireless dead zone for the past few months, you’ve probably heard of Flappy Bird. The simple screen-tapping game took the world by storm and caused its creator so much stress that he decided to take down the game. Since then, a plethora of similar apps have invaded the Google Play Store in attempts to recreate the worldwide frenzy that was Flappy Bird, including Mini Dodge Ninja. Mini Dodge Ninja takes some elements and makes them its own, but it is an obvious duplication of the Flappy Bird formula, right down to the bird main character. While gameplay is similar to Flappy Bird, Mini Dodge Ninja offers a significantly greater challenge in a less vibrant setting. --Ryan Bloom


And finally, this week Pocket Gamer picked the best games of May and most anticipated games of June. The guys also went hands-on with Modern Combat 5, found 12 hidden features in iOS 8, and produced an exhaustive guide to skills in iOS role-player Battleheart Legacy. All that and loads more, here.

4 Snaps Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on May 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SNAP HAPPY
Could 4 Snaps be the next big thing in social gaming? Most definitely.
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Zeebox is Now Beamly TV - Still Offers the Same Social Networking TV Fun, Plus a New Look

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

Zeebox used to be an app about following your favorite TV shows and stars, chatting with like-minded fans, and enjoying the benefits of having a personalized guide to help you discover new shows. Now, well, it's still all of that. It's just that now we're calling it Beamly TV.

Beamly TV is the new name and look for the older app. 24/7 updates for TV shows and actors, chatrooms you can visit to gush about your favorites (and sometimes even chat with the celebrities themselves), and so on.

You can download Beamly TV off the App Store for free.

Word Cubes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on April 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SQUARESVILLE
Word Cubes is fine, but it is barely any different from any other word game.
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Ace Fishing: Wild Catch Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Cata Modorcea on April 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FAST-PACED FISHING FUN
Ace Fishing: Wild Catch is an arcade game that makes the sport seem fun even to an audience who wouldn’t actually like the real thing.
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Keyword VS. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on April 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WORDS WITH ACQUAINTANCES
Keyword VS. is a pleasant way to test vocabulary with friends, strangers, and anyone in-between.
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Prisonhood Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Cata Modorcea on March 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
For people who like social RPG/Task Management games, Prisonhood has arrived with a unique and interesting approach.
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Notewalk Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NEARBY CHATTER
Notewalk is a geo-social playground where iOS users can create and read notes on a nearby map, and collaborate with local neighbors with ease.
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One.vu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on December 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT FOR TWEETERS
One.vu combines Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds with breaking news; delivering a social networking experience that's too light on features to be genuinely useful.
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Wurdy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TRUE SOCIAL GAMING
Gather around the Christmas tree with some friends and enjoy playing this charades-style game together.
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Game Of War - Fire Age Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTRE TAPPING
Building an empire should really be more exciting than this.
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