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This Week at 148Apps: August 27-31

Posted by Chris Kirby on September 2nd, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, we got ready for some much-deserved rest with a comprehensive overview of all major Labor Day app sales. Site founder Jeff Scott writes, "It’s another holiday weekend here in the USA. Burning Man, end of summer, Labor day — pick your favorite. And that means it’s time for another huge sale on iPhone and iPad apps. These apps are on sale and they have to go!"

See the complete list at 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps.com, reviewer Amy Solomon dug deep into the earth and discovered Auracle-Fossil. She writes, "Fossil tells the story of a girl finding a fossil on the beach, and the story of where her mind goes as she imagines this dinosaur alive long ago, as well as the process that this bone must have taken to be transformed into a fossil.

Fossil is beautifully illustrated with striking water colors, as these original illustrations found in the published book work quite well in terms of translating these paintings. Here, the double page spreads from the book are formatted to fit the screens without losing much real-estate, allows readers to see both these pages together without the need to pan and scan, a feature that works in other apps, yet is simply not necessary here."

Want to know more? Read on at GiggleApps.

Finally, 148Apps.biz writer Carter Dotson reported on an unusual trend in the world of free apps: "Fiksu has released its latest Indexes tracking how much it costs for brands to acquire loyal users, and how many downloads the top free iPhone apps are getting.

The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index tracks the average combined volume of the top 200 free iPhone apps. For July, the Index indicates that daily downloads decreased month-over-month by 5.6%, down to 4.37 million downloads from 4.63 million in June. The number has remained relatively stable after a drop from 6.35 million in February. This may be due to a residual after-effect of the holiday season, which saw steady increases after the launch of the iPhone 4S."

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US Warfare: First Encounter Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Briggs on January 23rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RETREAD
Essentially a re-skin of 2012 Zombies vs. Aliens with a couple of new tricks up its sleeve. Still, US Warfare is playable and fun.
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Avatar of War: The Dark Lord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on January 17th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIFFERENT
There is definitely room for improvement, but Avatar of War: The Dark Lord's gesture system does make for an interesting experience.
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Stenches: A Zombie Tale of Trenches Now Available

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 15th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SLIGHTLY FRUSTRATING :: Read Review »

Did you find yourself greatly enjoying Thunder Game Works' Trenches but thought to yourself, "This game needs more zombies"? If so then you're in luck, as the developer has just released Stenches: A Zombie Tale of Trenches into the App Store.

While the undead were present in Trenches' Zombie Horde mode, this new app builds an entire game around the concept of re-killing the dead, because zombies are so tenacious they can't be contained to a single mode within another game. Stenches features over 200 levels of horde-thinning action spread across 4 maps, several nasty zombie bosses and "more cowbell than legally allowed in seven countries." With so much cowbell how could the game possibly go wrong?

Thunder Game Works is also promising competitive and cooperative multiplayer in a future update, as well as new modes and bosses designed to give you nightmares. Definitely not a bad package if I do say so myself.

The original Trenches was highly entertaining, so there's no reason to think Stenches will be any less endearing. The new title is keeping core mechanics intact, so players will still be beating back waves of enemies, buying weapon upgrades and swapping firearms in an attempt to keep the horde at bay. Stenches also supports Game Center, so you can spend plenty of time gunning for Achievements and trying to prove that when it comes to zombie World War I, you are truly the greatest general to ever live. Also, the game will only run you $1.99, so the price is definitely right on this one.

In spite of all it has to offer I won't personally be picking up Stenches, but that's just because I'm utterly burned out on zombies in gaming. The zombie horde mode in Call of Duty: World at War was novel, and the Left 4 Dead series was truly entertaining, but now I'm just done with the brain-munching shufflers. Can we start fixating on other mythical creatures now? How about games featuring a succubus mode? I'm all about trying to prevent my character from being sexed to death because even when you lose, you win.

[via TouchArcade]

2012 Zombies vs. Aliens

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on January 22nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRAINS!! AND PLANETARY DOMINATION?
Everyone likes a good zombie/alien game, so Infinidy Corp. appealed to all of us by pitting the two against each other. It's like the Aliens vs. Predator movie... only it doesn't suck.
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