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Rovio Celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Big Series of Updates

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 23rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BIRDTASTIC :: Read Review »

A series of updates have arrived for Rovio games over the past few days, honoring the Chinese New Year. 

Angry Birds Epic and Rovio Stars title Jolly Jam have events paying homage to the Year of the Goat, while Angry Birds Go! and Angry Birds Stella are following the goat theme by adding in a new kart and a new set of levels in the Island Map, respectively. Plunder Pirates is avoiding the goat theme but instead honors the celebrations by decorating the island and adding in a new character, Ching Shih.

All of the previously mentioned games are available to download from the App Store now, for free.

Swap Heroes 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWAP AGAIN
This role-playing/puzzle hybrid series ditched a bunch of its roguelike/random elements this time around and is much better for it.
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Calcbot Learns iOS 8 and Goes Free in a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 20th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PRECISE :: Read Review »

Calcbot, by Tapbots, is an easy to use calculator and unit converter. Recently, Tapbots updated the app and is now offering it for free.

The Calcbot 2 update includes style themes to customize your calculator, as well as a new favorites system, the ability to sync your history tape and constants across iOS devices, and an in-app purchase that lets you convert with over 500 units across 22 categories. The app has also been upgraded to work with iOS 8 to make for a smoother experience.

There are a bunch more additions (haha calculator jokes), so check out the newly free Calcbot on the App Store.

Trello Gets a New Look and a Lot of Functions in its Latest Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 20th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Fog Creek Software has updated their organizational notice board, Trello with a ton of new stuff. Trello can now share photos, videos, URLs, and more without having to actually open the app. The update also comes with a newly designed home screen, the Today widget that lets you create Trello cards from your calendar, and a whole lot more.

You can download Trello for free and start organizing your life today.

Don your Cape and Save Springfield in a New Update for The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 20th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SOULLESS CASH-IN :: Read Review »

The Simpsons: Tapped Out, by Electronic Arts, is back in action. Super-heroic action!

Heroes and villains have invaded Springfield and once again you must save the town from certain destruction. You'll meet classic Simpsons characters as their alter-egos, and fight against the forces of evil. The update comes with new characters, buildings, decorations, and more.

As always, you can download the super sized update for The Simpsons: Tapped Out for free on the App Store.

Now Bitstrips Puts Your Comic Character into Real World Photos

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 17th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bitstrips, the app that turns you into a cartoon character, has been updated to include a new feature that lets you add your avatar to photos.

With the Bitphoto update you can take a photo or use one already in your camera roll as a background for your Bitstrips comics. The app lets you choose a variety of poses and give you the option to add a speech bubble so you can say what is on your mind. And when your masterpiece is complete you can show it to your friends and family using the sharing functions.

Bitstrips is free on the App Store, so download it today and start your own comic strip.

A New LEX Update Adds a Daily Challenge, Trophy Room, and More

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET LEXICAL :: Read Review »

Simple Machine has released a new update for LEX, the game that has you combining letters to form words before time runs out. This update adds a daily letter challenge using a different letter each day. For those of you that excel at spelling, there's a trophy room to display your feats. The game now also includes a dictionary and a new end game screen that will display your top ten scores.

You can download the new and improved LEX for $1.99 on the App Store.

New Update for The Firm Adds a Colorblind Mode and a Happy Ending

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FREE FALLING FRUSTRATION :: Read Review »

The Firm is an arcade-style video game where you are a small paper-pushing cog in the big machine of a corporation, and Sunnyside has released a new update that adds a ton of new stuff.

Now the game has all new music and sounds, a ranking system, new cards and game mechanics, social functions, and new options like a colorblind mode and "happy" ending (i.e. less... final). Sunnyside has also done away with the old in-app purchases so you can enjoy the game in full.

The Firm is available for download on the App Store for $0.99.

2K’s WWE SuperCard Adds a Fusion Chamber and New Card Packs

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PICK A CARD :: Read Review »

2K has released new content for WWE SuperCard. The update adds the Fusion Chamber, which allows players to merge lower-ranking cards to create 48 new super-powerful Fusion cards.

There will be eight rarity levels of recipes for merging, from Common to Survivor. You'll also be able to purchase new card packs, Ultra Rare, Epic, and Legendary WWE Divas to expand your lineup.

You can download WWE SuperCard for free on the App Store.

The ESPN SportsCenter App Gets a New Look, a New Name, and Additional Device Support

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

An update has arrived for ESPN's iOS app (Formerly 'ESPN SportsCenter'), bringing in further device support, a redesign, and the introduction of ESPN Now.

The app now takes advantage of the bigger iPad screen, with scores and news displayed at the same time. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will also be happy to hear that the app has been adapted to make full use of their bigger displays. The addition of ESPN Now, meanwhile, allows users to swipe to the right to access photos, videos, and social media content from ESPN. The cricket fans out there (insert obligatory 'C'mon England!' comment here) will also find that support for the upcoming Cricket World Cup has been added, bringing in video clips and scores from the 50 over contest to the app.

The updated ESPN app is available to download now for free.

Bruce Lee Sprints his Way into Temple Run 2

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STILL RUNNING :: Read Review »

Imangi Studios and Bruce Lee, LLC (they own the image rights for the martial arts legend), have announced that the late film star will make an appearance in the popular endless runner Temple Run 2. Players will be able to control the creator of Jeet Kune Do as they escape from the Demon Monkey, all the while receiving encouragement via inspiring quotes when they need it most.

Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee and CEO of Bruce Lee, LLC, had this to say on her father's introduction to the game:

I’m very excited to have my father become part of the Temple Run family. It’s apropos the character will launch in 2015, which just happens to be his 75th birthday year! Not only is this a great and fun way to celebrate my father’s birthday, but I’m grateful that my father’s legacy will continue to live on for fans of all ages via our partnership with Imangi.

Temple Run 2 is available to download from the App Store now for free.

Baldur's Gate II: EE Has Gone Universal

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO RETRO :: Read Review »

Fans of Baldur's Gate II:EE are no longer shackled to their iPads. Overhaul Games has added iPhone support in a new update, so now it's even easier to take Baldur's Gate with you wherever you go. They've also fixed a ton of bugs, improved pathfinding, added German and Spanish translations, and stabilized multiplayer support.

You can download the new and improved Baldur's Gate II:EE for $9.99.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Fighting a Zombie Horde - Plants vs. Zombies 2 Gets Valenbrainz.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASTIC FREEMIUM FUN :: Read Review »

The newest update to Popcap's super popular Plants vs. Zombies 2 is here, and it has brought with it a special holiday surprise. From now until February 14 you can join in on a special “Valenbrainz Hug-a-thon” event. The zombies will be donning their valentine's best to impress the... plants? Everything will be all lovey dovey; rose petals will be strewn about and your lawn mowers will be painted red.

Download Plants vs. Zombies 2 for free and get bitten by the love bug before time runs out.

Valentine's Candy Beware! Candy Crush Saga's Valentine's Day Event Will Have You Crushing Like Crazy

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TASTY CHALLENGE :: Read Review »

In celebration of Valentines day on February 14, King is releasing it's first player challenge for Candy Crush Saga. You'll have to crush candies against opponents all over the world, but if you manage to decimate 1000 red candies you'll get a reward of 10 gold bars and a lollipop hammer. To help players achieve this, anyone who buys gold bars during the contest will also be granted unlimited lives for 24 hours. It is going to be a 'smashing good time' for fans of Candy Crush Saga.

"At King we’re always looking for new ways to entertain our players and continually add new content to our games,” said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer at King. "And this Valentine’s Day is no exception. For the first time we’ll be offering all the Candy Crush Saga players around the  world the chance to compete in a live in-game challenge. Players will have 24 hours to match 1000 red candies on any level and those that reach the target will receive some sweet in-game rewards."

You can download Candy Crush Saga for free on the App Store now, and the special event kicks off tomorrow, 2/14.

A New Look and Better Performance Comes to VPN Unlimited

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 12th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

VPN Unlimited, by Simplex Solutions, is a virtual private network app that has no limits on the bandwidth or connection speed and provides you with a secure connection.

Simplex Soultions has just released version 3.0, which has strengthened encryption methods, added a fully downloadable global server list, included the ability to use VPN on up to 5 devices through one account, and gives hands-on statistics for each device. They have also redesigned the user interface, making it sleeker and easier to use. The app now has new servers in Romania, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ukraine, Japan, Texas, and Florida as well.

You can download VPN Unlimited for free on the App Store. It gives you ten days of free service, after which you can opt in to one of their time-limited subscriptions.