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148Apps Live: Streaming Toast Time at 2:00pm Eastern on Twitch: Watch and Chat!

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE TOAST IS READY! :: Read Review »

Continuing our quest to bring you the most interesting new and upcoming releases on our Twitch channel, the developers of Toast Time, the Android-to-iOS action game with lots of bread, will be joining to provide commentary and perhaps some helpful tips on how to be lord of the bread. Catch the broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Pacific, 7:00pm GMT on our Twitch channel, or watch below when the feed goes live. If you miss the broadcast, don't fret: we'll post video of the whole thing with highlights after the show.

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If you missed the broadcast, watch the whole archived one below:

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Or if you want just a smaller taste, watch me play the survival mode and learn how to use the powerful quasi-hidden technique, the belly flop:

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148Apps Live at 4:00pm Eastern Streaming Galcon Legends, Eliss Infinity, and More

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 6th, 2014

It’s one of the biggest release weeks on iOS in 2014 yet, and 148Apps Live is here to run down some of the big games of the week on our Twitch channel.

Carter Dotson and Rob Rich will be going live at 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific, covering releases like Galcon Legends (with special guest Phil Hassey), Eliss Infinity, Platforms Unlimited, and more.

Join us on our Twitch channel, or watch the broadcast when it goes live below:

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Missed the show? Watch the highlights below:

Galcon Legends: Phil Hassey chats about why he decided to resurrect this little-known entry in the Galcon series.

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Eliss Infinity: Continuing the theme of App Store hits being resurrected, Carter goes through this resurrection of Eliss, with discussion of other topics like premium games and the fallout of controversial free-to-play games.

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Platforms Unlimited: XperimentalZ Games' new ultra-challenging, procedurally-generated platformer works out a bit better with some tips and tricks from the developer who joined in the chat while Carter played.

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As well, catch the whole show below!

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148Apps Live: Demystifying the Upcoming Threes with Creators Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 4th, 2014

148Apps aims to bring you the most interesting iOS games and talks with the most interesting developers, all streamed live on our Twitch channel. This is 148Apps Live!

Threes is kind of a hard game to explain in words, and it’s even harder to explain why it’s a game worth playing in words. However, with its pedigree - from creators Asher Vollmer (Puzzlejuice) and Greg Wohlwend (Solipskier, Hundreds, Ridiculous Fishing) - and some pre-release hype thanks to an a mention as IGF honorable mention, and just general ‘buzz’ around the game from those in the indie community and in the know, it looks promising. But for those who aren’t in the know, just why Threes is so anticipated is still a mystery.

Until now.

Greg and Asher got on the 148Apps Twitch channel to discuss the game, how the idea and design evolved over time, and just where the game’s great voices (unfortunately not heard on the video due to a bug) came from. Plus, they give plenty of great tips and help on the way to setting a new high score.

Watch the entire archived broadcast:

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As well, watch the highlight of the high score run from the video:

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Follow us on Twitch to find out when we go live next! Threes releases on iOS on Thursday, February 6th.

148Apps Live: Featuring New Releases Bloodstroke, Rocket ROBO, and Trambo

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 31st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THE FINNISH DEATHRAY :: Read Review »

148Apps aims to bring you the most interesting iOS games and talks with the most interesting developers, all streamed live on our Twitch channel. This is 148Apps Live!

This week Rob Rich and myself, Carter Dotson, decided to play and discuss three games that released this week: Bloodstroke, Rocket ROBO, and Trambo. Watch the recorded version of the whole show below:

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As well, watch the footage of individual games below:

Bloodstroke: Chillingo published this stylish action game with involvement from John Woo. We discuss just where the Woo influences come in to this game, along with why the protected characters could be doing more work:

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Rocket ROBO: This game was an Editor's Choice winner, and it looks mighty polished, but what helps make it worthy of high praise?

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Trambo: This platformer looked intriguing, and its unique quirks, along with some help from a member in the chat helped convince of us of one thing: don't mess with the Finnish people, because they have giant deathrays and space bootcamps.

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As always, follow us on Twitch to find out when we go live next!

148Apps Live: The Secrets of TowerMadness 2 With Arash Keshmirian of Limbic Software

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ALIENS VS SHEEP :: Read Review »

148Apps aims to bring you the most interesting iOS games and talks with the most interesting developers, all streamed live on our Twitch channel. This is 148Apps Live!

Arash Keshmirian of Limbic Software joined me, Carter Dotson, to chat about TowerMadness 2 while I played. He discussed the surprise release, how the rise of free-to-play monetization has affected the way that players see challenges in games now, and he gives plenty of helpful tips to beat the game's harder levels.

Watch the recap of the entire show here:

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As well, you can watch highlights from the show below:

The first level that proved to be a real hindrance was 1-7, Double Cross. After a few attempts, I got some helpful attempts from Arash to try and topple the alien menace:

After beating a few challenging levels in a row, I was feeling confident, so Arash challenged me to tackle Invasion mode on level 1-9, Serpentine:

Follow us on Twitch to be notified of when we go live next!

Carter vs. the Developer: Sonic 2 with Christian Whitehead

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: :: Read Review »

I have a reputation for being able to go toe-to-toe with developers at their own games, beating their best times and high scores. This is Carter vs. the Developer.

Christian Whitehead, aka "Taxman," did not work on the original version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but through years of research as a die-hard Sonic fan and from his work on the remastered edition of Sonic 2, he might know the game better than anybody. I, however, spent some of my formative years behind the wheel of the Sonic series, so I decided to challenge Christian to a couple matches of Sonic 2 through the online multiplayer he added to the mobile port. Who will win? Watch and find out.

SayVideo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE VIDEO DECORATING
SayVideo makes it easy to add decorative elements and filters to videos.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Gets the Remastering Treatment, With the Long-Lost Hidden Palace Level Restored

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 13th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: :: Read Review »

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has been given the remastering treatment by Sega and Christian Whitehead, who presided over the Sonic CD remake and original Sonic the Hedgehog remake that released earlier this year. Available as a free update to the previously-emulated version on the App Store, Sonic 2 contains some cool new goodies along with widescreen and iPad support.

Unlike Sonic CD and the original Sonic the Hedgehog, which were both games that only let players control Sonic in their original versions, Sonic 2 was much more comprehensive with its characters. Tails made his first appearance in Sonic 2. Knuckles showed up later, but was patched in to the game for people who locked-on Sonic 2 to Sonic & Knuckles. However, Tails has been given the ability to fly where users couldn’t control it in the Genesis original.

Thus, the big addition to this game is Hidden Palace. Sonic 2 is pretty well-known for having had a few levels left on the cutting room floor, discovered through leaked betas. One of the most intriguing pieces that was abandoned was a level called Hidden Palace. While the name and perhaps its giant emeralds were reused in Sonic 3, how it would fit into Sonic 2 was never quite known and this level in particular has only been found in an unfinished form. But now Christian Whitehead has gotten to add the level to the game, finished it up, and given it a proper conclusion - including a brand-new boss fight.

Finding the level isn’t too difficult: one particular quasi-bottomless pit near the middle of the game that would just kill players with spikes has become the entrance to Hidden Palace. You’ll probably discover it accidentally. Or, just watch the video below!

There’s still a good selection of secrets to be had. To access level select, go into No Save Mode, and tap on the letters S-E-G-A in order. Then, tap and hold with two fingers on the title screen to access the level select. Here you can select any level, including Hidden Palace.

You can use the Sound Test to put in cheats. Playing 4–1–2–6 will give you all 7 Chaos Emeralds. Playing 1–9–9–2–1–1–2–4 will unlock debug mode; tap in the upper left corner to turn into an item. Use the + and - icons that appear to cycle between icons. There’s some unused item boxes that can be placed, and ones that only appear in the two-player mode.

And oh, that’s been preserved too - and now the two-player race mode supports Game Center online multiplayer. There’s no iCade support, but MFi gamepads are supported.

Even beyond the new additions, considering that Sonic 2 is a game that holds up incredibly well to this day even without any additions, this is a must-have for fans and anyone who has yet to play this classic. The game is a free update to those who owned the previous original emulated version, and is available now.

TouchCast Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
TouchCast's obvious want to blur the line between creating and sharing interactive, presentation-quality video is great - for the most part. However, some elements could do with a visual update.
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Carter vs. the Developer: Pivvot

Posted by Carter Dotson on November 8th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWING AROUND! :: Read Review »

I have a reputation for being able to go toe-to-toe with developers at their own games, beating their best times and high scores. This is Carter vs. the Developer.

This episode does things a little backwards. It turns out Whitaker Trebella, creator of Pivvot, isn't the best at Berserk mode in his own game. I have a higher time than he does! So, after trying to beat his score on video almost instantaneously, we decided to flip the script. Trebella takes the helm and tries to beat my record time in what should be rightfully called Developer vs. the Carter.


Dropcam Pro Lets Users Monitor Their Homes Through Streaming and Cloud Recording

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 28th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: :: Read Review »

Dropcam Pro is now available in Apple stores and on Apple.com, letting users monitor their homes, kids, and pets straight from their iPhone or iPad. Users can purchase Dropcam Pro for $199 to begin live streaming in the area the wish to keep an eye on. They can also use the camera to record and save to the cloud through cloud recording.

Check out the video below!

Cameo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT
While Vine and Instragram are the hot video apps, there are other apps that give users way more options. Cameo is one of them.
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Mindie Lets Users Choose Songs From Their iTunes Library and Create Jammin' New Music Videos

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 21st, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Mindie gives users the ability to create their own music videos. The app provides users access to their iTunes library, allowing them to easily pick a song and then start recording a video while the music is playing. Once complete, users can share their creations with friends on Facebook and Twitter! Yay!

Go grab the app and begin creating 7 second music video loops!

Spark Camera Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTER
Spark Camera is beautifully designed but its lack of creative control is disappointing.
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Carter vs. the Developer: Impossible Road

Posted by Carter Dotson on October 11th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DOWN THIS ROAD AGAIN :: Read Review »

I have a reputation for being able to go toe-to-toe with developers at their own games, beating their best times and high scores. This is Carter vs. the Developer.

Kevin Ng is the madman behind the high-flying Impossible Road, featuring a rolling ball on a difficult-to-survive course. I try to beat a pre-determined score of his, and then try to tackle his record for most gates jumped. Along the way there’s plenty of helpful tips, and a trick for experts that even I didn’t know going in to the game. Watch!