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Multicross Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 14th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PIECE IT TOGETHER
Multicross is a fairly strategic tetromino puzzle game from the creator of Tetris.
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Terra Chroma Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUZZLING CHOICES
This unique puzzle game has a great premise and concept, but there are a few too many things holding it back.
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Polyform Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLY PUZZLING
Polyform is an easily-digestible puzzle game that has few surprises, but is enjoyable nonetheless.
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Iris Synthesis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on December 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RIGHT ROUND
Iris Synthesis stands out as a cool puzzle game, though it's definitely recommended for play on larger screens.
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Cubama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on July 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TETRIIIIIS IIIIIN SPAAAAACE!
With its addictive challenge and interesting premise, Cubama is frantic screen-tapping fun.
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Puzzix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NICE IDEA
A little like Tetris, Puzzix is all about piecing together blocks and watching them vanish. It could do with more structure, though.
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Crobble Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WORDY FUN
Create words from tiles that fall from the sky in this simple to learn but fun to play word game.
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New Free-to-Play Peggle Soft-Launches in New Zealand, with Original Paid Version Removed

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PRICEY FAMILIARITY :: Read Review »

EA has soft-launched a free-to-play version of Peggle in the New Zealand App Store, our sister site Pocket Gamer reports. But this appears to be a similar situation as to Tetris a few years ago: EA has removed the original Peggle from the App Store in that territory, making this quite likely the one version of Peggle that will be available in the future. This version features boosts, a level progression similar to Candy Crush Saga, and is optimized for portrait displays.

Time will tell if this is a portent of things to come, but it might be a good idea to keep a backup with the original version of the game and of the game's IPA file in iTunes handy.

Bicolor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on May 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COLOR YOUR WORLD
Bicolor is an original but devious puzzle game that gradually becomes trickier and trickier. Think of that metaphor involving the frog in the boiling pot of water.
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Hazumino Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on May 5th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUN THE BLOCK
Hazumino skillfully combines endless running with endless block stacking.
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Fiasco! Free Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STRATEGICAL WORDPLAY
Create words out of tiles in under 2 minutes in this competitive and enjoyable multiplayer word game.
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ALPHA 9 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on January 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WORDS OF FUN
A word game that’s not like all the rest. Take a little bit of Tetris, a dash of a word search, and blend it together to get this addicting word game known as ALPHA 9.
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Sirtet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC
Sirtet may initially look like that familiar tile-matching arcade title we're all likely familiar with, but it has a unique twist up its sleeve.
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Dwice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAST-PACED ACTION
Drag matching shapes together and watch the points come flying in.
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This Week at 148Apps: June 17-21, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 22nd, 2013

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Every week, the 148Apps reviewers comb through the vast numbers of new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. 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. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

We also went deep in our coverage of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, with a review, strategy guides, and a Commander's diary. Be sure to check that all out.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

The original X-Com: UFO Defense has been one of my all time favorite games for almost 20 years. There’s something about the combination of naming soldiers after friends and family members, carefully trying to manage finances and tech trees, and the tense search for hostile aliens in unfamiliar terrain that still excites me to this day. So when it was announced that Firaxis, the developers behind the latest entries in the Civilization series, were going to release a modern update of the 1994 classic I was both supremely excited and ridiculously nervous. Of course I was worried about XCOM: Enemy Unknown for nothing. It turned out to be a fantastic re-imagining of my favorite strategy game that trimmed away a lot of the unnecessary fat and added a few more contemporary elements to create an incredibly compelling experience. Then it was announced that Firaxis and 2K China were going to take that same experience and somehow cram it on to iOS devices. Again I found myself excited and worried at the same time. And again I was worried for nothing. --Rob Rich


Where's My Mickey XL

Disney’s Where’s My Water series has been both a success both financially as well as creatively, with its original incarnation bringing unique physics gameplay and an original character to the table. Now, Disney has expanded the series in part by integrating their known characters into the gameplay. The problem has been that they just haven’t fit all that well: Perry from Phineas & Ferb in Where’s My Perry felt like Disney just slapping a character into the formula, and to me at least, it fell flat. So now, we have Where’s My Mickey, which ramps up the character integration from “secondary character on a Disney Channel animated series” to“ the very face of Disney.” Thankfully, the Disney folks decided that with their superstar, they had to bring their A-game to Where’s My Mickey and by gosh golly, they nailed it. --Carter Dotson


Videon

It’s quite difficult to fault Videon. It’s a video recording app that offers mostly everything anyone could want from such a tool. Something that’s bound to be welcomed amongst those planning on recording plenty of videos this summer. Aligning towards many different needs, users can go straight into recording something or choose to change some settings around first. The former is ideal for when the opportunity arises, such as when a child or pet is doing something cute. The latter is great, when planning ahead. --Jennifer Allen


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

Mini U: Zoo Abracadabra

Mini-U: Zoo Abracadabra for iPad is a charmingly different puzzle app that kids and their parents will both enjoy. This app includes a circus theme where animals create towers holding each other up, creating wondrous shadow-animal shapes. Children are then asked to choose what animal is making up this grand tower from the animal tiles one can select, seen at the bottom of the screen. There are three different levels of difficulty within this app that include an increase in the number both of the animal tiles to choose from as well as the number of the animals balancing together, creating most interesting shapes. --Amy Solomon

Dr. Panda Handyman

My family and I are always excited when a new role-playing app becomes available as these types of apps allow children to imagine themselves performing various occupations as well as to engage in pretend play, making these apps favorites in our house. This new app, Dr. Panda Handyman, is such an app, as children work alongside Dr. Panda helping to fix damaged objects of animal friends and neighbors seen within five separate scenes. I enjoy how the different animal connected to each scene may vary as do some of the details found in these scenes. It makes me smile to see some old faces from other apps such as the polar bears or elephants or monkeys, as well as new characters to meet along the way. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Little Nick: The Great Escape

Little Nick is a running game game that is based on the popular Nicolas TV and books character. It’s a running game, and the abbreviated top-down view is quite reminiscent of endless runners like Temple Run. In this adventure, we ditch jungle temples and crazed monkey-ish beasts for somewhat suburban streets and Mr Goodman in pursuit. And, we get a bike! For background, Nick is framed for the dastardly destruction of a window, and takes off out the property gates on his two-wheeler to escape the vengeful Goodman after him. But these city streets are littered with obstacles, making escape especially hard. The graphics were more than decent, with good animations. --Tre Lawrence


Warmly

Warmly is an atypical productivity offering from The Chaos Collective that seemingly wants to make the descriptive term “alarm” a misnomer by changing the way we do alarms and wake patterns in the first place. The opening user interface is a clear cut celebration of simplicity, and hints at the design elements that govern the entire app. It gives a scroll-through window for setting the time (with an AM/PM toggle), and nine (9) big square buttons. After a scheduling check-off and an off and ok button, THAT’S IT. Laid against the soothing yellow backdrop, the relatively minimalist viewers are hard not to like. --Tre Lawrence

Neon Snap

Neon Snap is one of those games that soothes the mine just by looking it. With the tetrominoes and gridded space, it is practically impossible to not think of Tetris, if just a little. It’s advisable to avoid getting too caught up in the similarities, as Neon Snap sorta turns the gameplay over on its head. The developer uses simple graphics to frame the game. With a mostly dark backgrounds, the play pieces are brightly colored, and the color of the pieces depends on their respective shapes. The animations are decent; rotations are handled in a utilitarian manner, and everything comes together with a minimalist feel. --Tre Lawrence