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Calvino Noir Review

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By Campbell Bird on September 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FEMME FATALEY FLAWED
This noir-inspired stealth game looks fantastic, but its gameplay is more frustratingly boilerplate than it is hardboiled.
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Winter Fugitives Review

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By Campbell Bird on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THIN ICE
This stealth game mixes Crossy Road with a wintery prison escape.
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Enter the World of a Psychopathic Neighbor in Party Hard

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 11th, 2015

Next door a party rages on through the night, and you just can't take it anymore.

Party Hard, by tinyBuild, is a pixelated murderfest. You play as a psycho neighbor that only wants some peace and quiet. You enter the party and start picking everybody off one by one while trying to blend in and not get caught. The game is set to release this year, but tinybuild has not announced a firm date as of yet.

Until then you can wet your sadistic appetite with Party Hard's trailer.


Sneaky Sneaky Review

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By Campbell Bird on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM
This stealth game combines real-time and turn-based action into a winning formula.
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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Review

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By Lee Hamlet on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BOUNTY-FUL
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an excellent example of how to meld gaming styles into one great experience, all while crafting a fascinating universe.
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This Week at 148Apps: November 10-14, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 17th, 2014

Apps Are Us


How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


GoatPunks

GoatPunks is kind of a hard game to wrap your mind around, but let’s try anyway. Players control a goat (naturally) competing for domination on a mountain full of other player-controlled goats. They can earn a few points by knocking opponents off of their perch or collecting rabbits that pop up and grant various abilities. But the real jackpot comes from making it to the top and staying there until the end. However, heavy are the horns that wear the crown, and although top players can try to defend their position by raining thunder and fire on their foes below, get usurped and they’ll tumble all the way back to the bottom where they started. With all of that nonsense, GoatPunks has the potential to be a silly fun multiplayer party game, but the execution is lacking – or maybe it’s just on the wrong platform. The game encourages the quick tactical thinking and local good-natured trash talk of something like Super Smash Bros. but dragging around the goat from block to block feels sluggish and indirect, while silent online matches against strangers are alien and lifeless since it’s hard to tell if anyone even knows what’s going on. Reaching the top of the mountain only to get bumped off at the last minute should be this huge, dramatic reversal, but instead it just becomes an endless series of anticlimaxes set to music that sounds suspiciously “borrowed.” --Jordan Minor


XCOM: Enemy Within

Enemy Unknown was (and still is) a fantastic reimagining of one of the greatest PC strategy games of all time. But Enemy Within is better. This new iteration isn’t a sequel, but rather a kind of rerelease with extra content. However, it’s not simply a few new maps and some new hair styles. Enemy Within boasts a lot more additions than just maps – although it does have those, too. There’s a new human faction to fight against that goes by the name of Exalt, and they exist purely to muck-up your operation. In order to deal with them, you’ll need to send one of your agents to infiltrate several of their numerous cells – then send an extraction squad in after them to collect vital information. Once you’ve completed enough of these missions, you should be able to narrow down the location of the radical faction’s HQ and can shut them down for good. But be warned: Exalt has access to many the same goodies that your own soldiers do, which means you’ll need to change up your tactics. --Rob Rich


Candy Crush Soda Saga

Had your fix of Candy Crush Saga and you’re still desperate for more? Well, Candy Crush Soda Saga will be perfect for you then, as it’s a lot like the previous game. It offers up a few new game modes to try out, but ultimately it’s more match-3 gaming done well – albeit with plenty of opportunities for monetization. As before, you’ll be matching candies to gain points and work towards the next stage. There are bottles of fizzy drinks, too. Hence the name, and the new mode: Soda. Soda involves matching up bottles with candies in order to release purple soda up the screen, eventually freeing some candy bears. The same method of playing might apply, but the fact you have a slightly different aim does make a difference. --Jennifer Allen


Super Secret Service

Super Secret Service makes a great candidate. From its first speech to election night it says and does all the right things. But like most politicians, it can’t keep every fantastic promise it makes, and by the time the next voting day comes around it probably won’t deserve a second term. If all of those metaphors didn’t make it obvious enough, Super Secret Service is rather political. Specifically, the game is about protecting the President of the United States using an endless supply of expendable secret service agents, each with their own names and birthdays. Reactionary radicals and hoodlums in hockey masks are trying to throw things at the POTUS and ruin his big speech, so by tapping the screen, agents will leap in to take the bullet. --Jordan Minor


This Is My Car: Mechanics for Kids

This is My Car – Mechanics for Kids allows children a chance to peak under the hood of a car as they scroll their vehicle through different stations, allowing them to peel back the exterior and interior layers of their car that include technical information delivered in a well thought-out manner that they will appreciate. As my son – now six years old – becomes older, his questions about the way things work such as the engine of a car or its brakes become more and more complex. Although my husband and I feel capable of explaining such concepts, I appreciate being able to use this app as a tool to explain in detail the inner workings of vehicles – now with visuals that my son can easily follow. --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:

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Dragon Quest

If you’re in to old school RPGs and you haven’t played the first Dragon Quest, then you’re in for a treat. Ah, the first Dragon Quest. Although I did not play it when I was young, I did manage to pick the game up later on. And as a RPG lover (especially turn-based ones), I loved what I saw and played. Now I that game is out on Android (for a very cheap price, I might add), I is time for everyone to relieve one of the classic and leading RPGs of all time. Well, if you’ve got the time, that is. --Wesley Akkerman


Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Earpiece

I really, really wanna get down to the nitty-gritty with this one: what’s up with the Jabra Stealth Bluetooth Earpiece? Yes… it’s sleek, as the retail unit Jabra sent us shows: different shades of grey with orange accents, gently-sized at 2.57 x 0.61 x 0.95 inches and 0.28 ounces. Coverable micro-USB port, bluetooth 4.0, NFC and A2DP support, plus retail packaging that also contains micro-USB, earhooks and eargels. There is a dedicated button for Google Now, as well as an answer/redial button incorporated towards the rear and LED. Pairing it with a device is easy and intuitive after the requisite pre-charge. --Tre Lawrence


Circle

If you still can’t get enough of Flappy Bird clones, then here’s another one for ya. When it comes to games that look and feel like Flappy Bird… Well, you got a lot of choice. When you look back at the game, it is actually quite unbelievable what that game did. It did not only make one guy very rich (by mistake?), but it also gave life to a new genre, we’ve called the ‘one button gameplay’ here on Android Rundown. If you can’t can enough of those games, here is another one. --Wesley Akkerman

This week was all about the guides, as Pocket Gamer laid out the steps to complete sci-fi adventure Space Age, comic book puzzler Framed, and those awesome new levels for Monument Valley. All that, plus XCOM, Anki Drive, and iPhone 6 vs Nexus 6, right here.

And finally: What is AppSpy? Is it a website about video games? Is it a state of mind? Is it an energy beverage? It's all those things (except that last one), and we'd love for you to come pay us a visit. This week we've been talking about playable Angry Birds cakes, that new Borderlands game, and endless amounts of golf.

Republique: Episode 3 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SNEAKY SNEAKY
Providing more storyline and more intrigue, Republique: Episode 3 is a fun journey if a little repetitive in places.
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Great Hitman GO Goes on Sale and Gets New Update - Say That Three Times Fast

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 24th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GO HITMAN :: Read Review »

Square Enix's Hitman GO has received 8 new levels based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

You be able to sneak around the snow-draped landscape of Varosnij Square while you line up your next kill. Players will be able to unlock the new content by either completing missions or by skipping all that and purchasing everything for $0.99. The update also adds cloud-saving functionality, so you can sync your completed levels between devices.

This update comes alongside a limited-time sale where fans can buy Hitman GO for just $1.99. The price will go back up after a week so if you want to check it out, now is the time.

CounterSpy Review

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By Lee Hamlet on September 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AN EXCELLENT PORT
Shaken or stirred, CounterSpy is simply the best stealth action game to sneak its way onto the App Store.
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Little Big Adventure Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SNEAK DOWN MEMORY LANE
A charming classic brought to iOS, Little Big Adventure maintains its charm but that control system is awkward.
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Midnight Bite Review

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By Nadia Oxford on February 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: METAL GEAR VAMPIRE
Midnight Bite is a savory snack for fans of stealth action games.
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APB Retribution Review

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By Lee Hamlet on January 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: REVENGE IS SWEET
Looking for some old-school sneaking action mixed with some brutal gang-fighting? Look no further.
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Republique Episode 1: Exordium Review

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By Carter Dotson on December 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SNEAKY SNEAKY
Republique was a promising Kickstarter project, and with the launch of the first episode of the finished game it remains just that: a promise.
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Tale Tapper: Paddy's Quest Review

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By Stacy Barnes on December 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GO FOR THE GOLD!
A maddeningly addictive little game that requires more than the luck o’ the Irish to steal the pot of gold back.
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Level 22: Gary's Misadventures Review

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By Lucy Ingram on October 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COMEDIC STEALTH FUN!
A stealth game with a unique difference, Level 22 is a funny, smart, and enjoyable experience let down slightly by the smallest of flaws.
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