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Monkey Sling Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE SLINGING
Monkey Sling is a simple if shallow game all about dodging mud.
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Rejoice - Twitch Finally gets Videos on Demand

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's been a long time coming, and apparently something users have been asking for (for an equally long time) - now you can finally access Twitch VODs (videos on demand) on your iOS device.

Want Some Free Games? Then Join AppSpy and Pocket Gamer for #FreeGameFriday

Posted by Rob Rich on May 20th, 2015

This Friday (and every other Friday for as long as they're able), both AppSpy and Pocket Gamer will be doling out the latest and greatest premium games over on their Twitch channel. Here’s how you get your free stuff...

Super Evil Megacorp Teams Up with ESL for the First Official Vainglory eSports Tournament

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 8th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VAIN EVENT :: Read Review »

Super Evil Megacorp, in partnership with ESL (the world's largest esports company), is holding the first ever official Vainglory Cup Series in Europe.

AppSpy and Pocket Gamer are streaming the best mobile games ever, for charity, for 12 hours

Posted by Peter Willington on February 20th, 2015

Join AppSpy on Twitch as They Play Warhammer 40K: Space Wolf and Give Away Codes Today at 9am PDT, 12pm EST

Posted by Rob Rich on October 21st, 2014

Do you like Warhammer? Are you looking forward to, or even just curious about, the upcoming Space Wolf mobile game from Herocraft? Then you should head on over to AppSpy because they're going to be giving away codes for both the game itself and free booster packs as they stream everything on Twitch in a couple of hours. Or, you know, you could hang out here and watch the stream down below. That works, too.

The fun will start at 9am PDT, 12pm EST, 5pm BST. Watch, have fun, maybe get a free prerelease game out of it. What's not to like?

Heroes of Order & Chaos Add Twitch Integration, New Heroes, and More

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: OWNING THE ARENA :: Read Review »

An update has arrived for Gameloft's mobile MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos, adding three new heroes, a solo league, and Twitch streaming support.

The three new heroes are: Marithus (Fighter), Donovac (Guardian) and Skale (Support). Meanwhile the addition of the Solo League will allow players to climb up an individual leaderboard and claim the rewards that come with it.

Twitch integration will allow players to stream their battles live, with support for camera, microphone, and chat built in. Also in this update, matchmaking has also been improved, balances to characters have been made, and an option to reconnect to matches has been added.

Heroes of Order & Chaos is available on the App Store now and is free to download.

Tiny Rebel Games Reveals The Hunt for Greayhound One Expansion for Doctor Who: Legacy

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RUN OF THE MILL :: Read Review »

The Doctor is returning for season 8 this weekend, and Tiny Rebel Games has announced that their game, Doctor Who: Legacy, will be receiving a major update. Version 2.3 brings together different incarnations of The Doctor together to fight the insidious Master. Each week the game will receive new content that includes new enemies, allies, costumes, and set backgrounds. Fans will be excited to see the inclusion of some favorites such as the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Rose Tyler, and the Whomobile.

Lee Cummings, Creative Director at Tiny Rebel Games said, "When we launched Doctor Who: Legacy back in November, we couldn’t have imagined the amazingly engaged and supportive fan community that it would inspire”

Twitch will be holding a special livestream on Sunday August 24 at 12pm where viewers will receive a new costume for Jenny. You can watch it here: http://www.twitch.tv/theadiposetv.

You can download Doctor Who: Legacy for free on the App Store.

(R)evolve Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWITCHY PLANET MANIPULATION
It's not revolutionary (hohoho), but (R)evolve is a fun game for twitchy players.
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This Week at 148Apps: April 21-25, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on April 28th, 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.

Wayward Souls

The roguelike-inspired genre hasn’t really taken off on mobile like I expected it to quite yet, but Wayward Souls sets the bar so high for any other developer that tries to jump in that I do not envy them. Wayward Souls is a darn fine roguelike action-RPG. The game, which is a spiritual successor of Mage Gauntlet, thrusts players into three dungeons where they have one life, a limited amount of health, the character’s special abilities, and occasional power-ups, upgrades, and coins that can be collected. The coins are the only permanent thing that is carried between games, which can be spent on upgrades. Otherwise, the game features permadeath: any upgrades and items collected don’t carry over. So choose wisely and don’t be afraid to actually use the items. As well, the game features random levels in each dungeon, so no run is ever the same. There are common elements each time through, but expect the unexpected. --Carter Dotson


Leo's Fortune

When a game starts with a gentle and vaguely ethnic voice talking about “good mornings” and “purple light,” players know that they’re in for something unique. But lavish production values and lovingly realized characters are just the beginning of the greatness that is Leo’s Fortune. Tilting Point and 1337 & Senri set out to make a mobile game as fun and fantastic as something on consoles. Fortunately, they succeeded. Players take control of Leo, a brilliant inventor and adorable elderly fuzzball, as he attempts to reclaim his stolen treasure. It’s impossible to oversell how delightful his design is. Imagine a grandpa’s beard that suddenly came to life. That’s just the start of Leo’s Fortune‘s amazing aesthetics. The game’s graphics have an old-world whimsy full of wartime, turn of the 20th century, Eastern European influences. Also, with its stage motif, the game draws from the early world of cinema that Martin Scorsese sought to recreate in the movie ‘Hugo.’ On a technical level, the naturalistic environments like desert ruins and ocean floors, or more industrial ones like a fiery underground furnace, have exquisite lighting and immaculate textures. However, the art style is so strong that the impressiveness of the visuals just adds to the wonder instead of being boringly photorealistic. With all that eye candy to take in, the fact that the feature film-level soundtrack and professional voice-acting equally amaze just speaks to their quality. --Jordan Minor


Strongarm Universal Mount

The Strongarm falls into that special category of hardware I like to call “Simple but Effective.” Really it’s just a couple of suction cups that can pivot around each other, but if you’ve got a flat enough surface handy it can make for a pretty effective stand for your iOS device. With a few caveats. Using the Strongarm is super-simple: just place the larger end on a smooth, flat surface and push down five times. This creates a vacuum that will keep it solidly in place for quite some time – depending on the angle and the weight of the device at the other end, of course. Then do the same for the smaller end (place on surface and push five times), only use the back of your iOS device instead of a table or wall. And viola! You now have a stand for your iPhone or iPad that can swivel around if you need it. Want to remove your phone or move everything to a new spot? Just push down on one end to disrupt the vacuum and the Strongarm pops right off. --Rob Rich


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

The twofold attack of complexity and cost have always been the biggest barriers to entry for newcomers interested in collectible card games. Arcane layers of terminology and elaborate multi-stage turn structures can prove daunting to the uninitiated and indeed were almost my own undoing during my teenage introduction to Magic: The Gathering. Even if newbies can handle absorbing the rules, there’s still the financial bite of dropping $4 for a single booster pack of around a dozen cards. But with the release of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard has managed to execute a truly impressive feat of plate-spinning. They have not only created a CCG that is both quick and easy for newbies to pick up (while still challenging for veteran card slingers), but have simultaneously crafted what may well be one of the best free-to-play experiences on any platform EVER. --Rob Thomas


Boxer

Boxer is a mailbox app for iOS that seems to be able to do almost anything one could ask of it. Where many mail apps I’ve tried tend to lean either more toward user-friendliness or high customization, Boxer does a great job of balancing both – making it my new favorite mail client for mobile devices. When users boot up Boxer they are greeted with their inbox view, which merges all of the incoming email from all connected accounts in a column view that is similar to most mail apps on the iPhone. From here users can open messages, swipe to archive or delete them, or assign other labels or actions to them such as putting them on a to-do list, liking them, or sending quick replies. While I found this layout relatively intuitive, Boxer accounts for the fact that this may not be the desired way to use email for everyone and have included customization options for users that want to boot into a different screen on startup, or change what the swiping actions do. --Campbell Bird


Petites Choses

Sometimes it is hard not to become jaded as an app reviewer because there are times that it may seem as if many apps are rather familiar – making me wish for something unique, interesting or simply beautiful. Because of this, I am happy to have had the chance to review Petites Choses: an interactive app for young children that has a wonderfully crafted style, setting it apart from other apps seen in iTunes. Petites Choses is an app for small children that includes simple, unique mini-games that one discovers inside the included beautifully-illustrated cityscape that employs a serene use of color and a watercolor style that I greatly appreciate. As one scrolls though this city, children will be lead to the areas of this app that are to be explored – be it scenes found within the windows of a building as well as within the trees, taxis, flowers or umbrellas also seen within this urban landscape. I do love the look of this app – the hazy use of color and the clouds that hang over this city as well as the buildings that include a layered look that gives this city depth when scrolling through this landscape. --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

Voxel Rush: Free Racing

Every now and then, I get, well, got. I do try to be a beacon of impartiality, mostly immune to the wiles of software titles, but every so often, a game throws it on me, and I get weak. That what Voxel Rush: Free Racing Games from HyperBees continually does to me. With regards to gameplay, it is as straightforward as it gets: it’s a first-person endless runner set as a race through an artsy, creatively minimalist environment that is built to challenge and stimulate the senses. The game depends on this ever-changing backdrop to deliver the excitement that it intends to, and it mostly delivers. --Tre Lawrence


Letters from Nowhere: Mystery

G5 is practically the authority when it comes to hidden mystery games, and one can be fairly certain that a game from the venerable development house will be better than decent. With Letters From Nowhere: Mystery, we do get what we expect, and a bit more. The gameplay goes a bit beyond Murray finding miscellaneous objects in different environments; this game has a few palpable elements that add to the overall gameplay in quite positive ways. --Tre Lawrence


Smash and Dash

Smash and Dash is a game title that delivers: in the game, you smash up guns that fire blue bullets at you, while you dash away to not get hit by those bullets. Smash and Dash is played on a grid, and strongly reminds us of another great game: Geometry Wars, only now on a smaller scale.The little flying machine you control can smash every enemy on screen, but is extremely vulnerable when it comes to bullets. Only one of those is needed to knock you out, what makes the game really challenging to experience arcade gamers. It’s really fast-paced and it suits the game very well. And the controls are very smooth, too. On screen, there is an analog stick that directly controls your flying vehicle and the response of that stick is utterly fast. It has to be: a fast-paced game where you need to rely on your own skill, won’t benefit from anything other than that. --Wesley Akkerman

Finally, this installment of AppSpy's Week in Video, reviews troubled web-wanging sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, noir sneak-'em-up Third Eye Crime: Act 1, and neon endless-runner Unpossible. AppSpy also takes a sneak peek at new releases like fluffy platformer Leo's Fortune, and the impressive-looking roguelike Wayward Souls in our live Twitch show Eye on the App Store. Watch it all on AppSpy now.

And, this week Pocket Gamer gave a rare Platinum Award to Wayward Souls, shared some tips for Blizzard card battler Hearthstone, picked out the best puzzle games on Android, and weeped over 10 franchises that have been spoiled by the intrusion of in-app purchases. All this and more over at Pocket Gamer.

148Apps Live on Twitch: Roguelikes Stream with Wayward Souls, FTL: Faster Than Light, and More

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 28th, 2014

Like roguelikes? Well, today on 148Apps' Twitch channel at 4:15pm EDT (3:15pm CDT, 1:15pm PDT, 9:15pm BST), we'll be getting our permadeath on with roguelike games this afternoon. We'll be streaming Wayward Souls, FTL: Faster Than Light, Power Grounds (from the creator of Amber Halls) and more as we see fit. Have any requests? Let us know in the comments below or when we chat.

You can click here to watch the stream on Twitch and chat with us, or watch the embedded live viewer below. Be sure to follow us to find out whenever we go live.

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148Apps Live on Twitch: Soccer Rally 2 with David Deacon of IceFlame Games at 4:15 PM EDT

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2014

Soccer Rally 2 from IceFlame Games officially releases on Thursday, bringing perhaps the most realistic car soccer action to the App Store since the original released. David Deacon of IceFlame Games will join us on our Twitch channel to talk about the game, how they tried to improve it over the original, and perhaps playing their game in real life with actual cars and giant soccer balls.

Join us at 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT, 1:15 PM PDT, 9:15 PM BST) for the live stream. Feel free to watch the embedded live viewer below, or watch on our Twitch page to chat with us and the developers. Be sure to hit that follow button to know when we go live, and to also gain our undying affection.

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Missed the live broadcast? Catch the recap with highlights after the show right here.

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Intake from Cipher Prime Coming to iPad May 1: Catch the Recap of Our Exclusive Premiere Twitch Stream

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2014

Cipher Prime's Inake is coming to iPad on May 1, as exclusively revealed yesterday on our Twitch channel.

This dubstep-fueled action-puzzle game is, according to William Stallwood of Cipher Prime, who joined up for the stream, pretty much a straight-up port of the PC version - in a sense. Some tweaks have been made to the game that will come to the PC version on May 1 as well, but ultimately it's the same game with the same content. The difference is in the way it's played: the game supports full multitouch controls on the iPad, so it's a new approach to a familiar game.

Check out the video below of me going through the first 25 levels, which took some practice to get that far:

Watch some of the special levels, available in Challenge Modes:

Watch the whole broadcast here:

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148Apps Live: Breakfinity Live High Score Showdown with Our Own Carter Dotson vs. Developer Phil Hassey

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENDLESS BRICK BUSTING :: Read Review »

Today on our Twitch channel at 3:15PM CDT (1:15 PM PDT, 4:15PM EDT, 9:15 PM BST), Breakfinity from Phil Hassey will be the featured game. But not only will it be played with commentary, but I and Phil will be competing for high scores live against each other. Watch the embedded viewer below, or click here to watch and chat with us. If you miss the live broadcast, the archive will be embedded below after the show. May the best brick-breaker win!

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Need something to watch in the meantime? Catch up on our Wayward Souls preview streams.

148Apps Live on Twitch: Pivvot's Looper and Daily Modes with Whitaker Trebella, and 15 Coins with Engaging Games

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 15th, 2014

On our latest Twitch stream, we'll be playing a pair of minimalist arcade games, one that just got a big content update in Pivvot, and another that was inspired by it in 15 Coins. Whitaker Trebella, creator of Pivvot, will discuss the new modes added to the game and the challenges of designing them. As well, Engaging Games' Blake Johnson will discuss his studio's own 15 Coins, and how games like Pivvot helped inspire it.

Watch the embedded stream below when it goes live at 7:15 PM CDT or click here to watch on Twitch and chat with the developers. Highlights will be available after the show.

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