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Real Racing 3 Recap and a Contest with Prizes!

Posted by Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Wow, what a month it’s been for racing fans. Specifically Real Racing fans! You might recall how we kicked things off with our three-part series documenting the history of the Real Racing series, Firemint’s (now Firemonkeys’) approach to designing the first two games, and a peek at Real Racing 3’s Time Shifted Multiplayer that everyone’s been talking about. If you don’t recall you should give them a read. You know, for science or something. Not because I wrote them and am proud of my work or anything.

Of course that was just the beginning. There was also our look at Real Racing 3’s first true hands-on demo. And of course that whole free-to-play business that turned into something of a debacle. Let’s not forget the seething jealousy that was undoubtedly felt when we all found out both New Zealand and Australia were getting the game a couple weeks earlier than the rest of the world!

Before we knew it, Real Racing 3 was only a week away. Our lord and master, Jeff Scott, really dug into the mathematics at play and analyzed the in-game economic structure, for better or for worse. Blake Grundman followed with a look at the top 5 drool-inducing rides players can get their hands on (thus far), and soon after that Carter Dotson stepped up with a look at the 5 most alluring real-world racetracks on offer. Finally, the week was capped off with Carter’s in-depth look at Time Shifted Multiplayer while Jeff hopped back in the driver’s seat (sorry, I’m only human) one last time to bestow his Real Racing wisdom with an impressive number of tips and tricks. We also reviewed it, of course.


Get Racing - we've got prizes!

Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.

All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.

The prizes? We'll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?

Update: We'll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.

Digisocial Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED AUDIO SHARING
Digisocial is a quick and easy way of sharing voice clips and pictures with the world, but it lacks some all-important privacy options for the more wary of us out there.
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Pixplit Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCIAL COLLAGES
Encouraging users to join together to create thematic collages is an original and fun idea from Pixplit.
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Cooklet Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By David Rabinowitz on January 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COOKING MADE EASY
Cooklet is a great app that any chef in the kitchen should have. It has recipes, tools, and much more.
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Wink! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HALFWAY THERE
Being able to share pictures with specific people is great and all, but why does finding a specific image have to be so difficult?
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Knightly Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on November 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HEAD IN THE CLOUD
Knightly Adventure's individual social and action-RPG components may not be all that remarkable when apart, but put together with cloud-based saving? It's a solid package.
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Completely Redesigned Pulse Social News Reader Now Universal

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on November 8th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: UNIQUE :: Read Review »

Social newsreader Pulse updates its iPhone app to include iPad in this new update, adding a fully redesigned interface and other great features. Will it replace Editor's Choice recipient, Flipboard, as the king of the hill? Check it out and let us know in the comments below.


★ Unlimited Pages: Add as many sources as you want to follow via Pulse!
★ Improved Navigation: Access any page, settings, catalog and your saved stories effortlessly via a brand new sidebar!
★ Comprehensive Search: Search for any website, person, brand or topic and find results from Tumblr, Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Blekko, and more!
★ Simpler Customization: Edit button on every page to quickly personalize your Pulse.
★ Infinite Scrolling: Keep swiping horizontally to read as many stories as you want from any source in Pulse.

Path Updated to Support iPad

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 1st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL SOCIALIZING :: Read Review »

Path the semi-private social networking app has gotten a Universal update to include a very well designed support for the iPad.

Monster Warlord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SEEMS FAMILIAR
Monster Warlord looks cute and colorful, and offers up a decent amount of free-to-play goodness, but it feels a little too familiar at times.
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New App: High Limit Sports - Like Betting with Friends

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 26th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

High Limit Sports is a free to play social game all based on sports betting. I liken it to a Betting with Friends type game. The game allows you to bet on NFL, College Football, MLB, NBA, NHL, College Basketball and they are adding more sports regularly.

New App: Timehop - Like Your Personalized "This Day In History"

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 23rd, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Timehop is an interesting idea. It goes through your social history, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Foursquare, and even the photos on your phone and looks for events. It will then show you what you were doing on this date a year ago, or more. It's your own personal "This day in history" app.

SongPop Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on August 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NAME THAT TUNE
SongPop has a good music trivia hook but it's too light on content for repeat listenings.
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Monster Life Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PAPERMON
Manage a ranch, raise and train adorable monsters, then make them fight each other in a vibrant papercraft world.
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Socialvest: Adding A Social Conscience To Mobile Purchases

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 2nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Socialvest is the latest app that hopes to give something back to worthy causes.

Previously a desktop based product, the app lets users shop with their iPhones, before receiving money back from each purchase that can be used to donate to over 1.5M different non-profit organisations.

Hundreds of different stores are available through the app, covering a wide range of different wants and needs. Major stores such as Amazon and Best Buy are available, as well as other more niche examples.

Each store offers a different percentage of spend that will go to a charity, making it clear to see what money is going where. It's then similarly easy to decide on a charity or cause and watch the money go towards helping someone or something less fortunate.

It's a neat idea and it'll be fascinating to see how much Socialvest raises for good causes in the long term.

Socialvest is available now for the iPhone, and it's free to download.

Knightly Adventure Wants to Make Social Gaming a Bit More Interactive

Posted by Rob Rich on July 23rd, 2012

Freemium social games are all well and good, but a number of them are decidedly lacking in certain places. Namely in action. That’s probably why it’s so easy to take notice when companies like Pangalore announce a game like Knightly Adventure.

Knightly Adventure is indeed a social game, and it does indeed possess a bunch of typical fantasy RPG elements; stuff like medieval kingdoms, quests, hostile monsters, colorful storybook-like graphics, and so on. But while it adheres to many freemium norms, it also attempts to deviate in that one key area. Amidst all the kingdom building, character customizing, friend gathering, and so on is a much more interactive action RPG approach to the quests. With the option of choosing between four character classes (swordsman, wizard, bowman, or knight) available to further sweeten the deal.

This free-to-play cross-platform (mobile, tablet, or Facebook) super-hyphenated fantasy adventure will be setting up shop in the App Store sometime next month. Presumably and preferably soon.