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The top 10 most frightening Halloween updates of 2015

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 31st, 2015

Halloween is upon us, which means spooky costumes, a sickening amount of candy, and frighteningly good updates to your favorite games.

We at 148Appshavescoured the App Store to give you this list of top 10 absolute best updates on offer this Halloween.

Angry Birds Seasons Gets New NBA All-Star Levels

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 6th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

People have been loving the Ham Dunk update for Angry Birds Seasons. And with over 375 million plays, Rovio Entertainment wants to celebrate. They're giving us a new update, called NBA All-Star. Its jam-packed 15 all new NBA All-Star levels and an extra challenging Golden Egg level. You can also use the Shockwave power-up once per stage and try the new Pig Days levels.

To catch all the birdy basketball fun, you can download Angry Birds Seasons for free on the App Store.

Angry Birds Seasons Invades Finland

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 1st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Rovio Entertainment's latest update to Angry Birds Seasons has those crazy birds flying in the wrong direction for winter. This time they head north to Finland.

The new holiday episode, On Finn Ice, gives us 25 new levels, Tony (Terence’s Finnish cousin), and a new theme song performed by Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica. Professor Pig will illuminate you on the finer details about Finland while you knock down those pigs and enjoy the wintery weather.

You can pick up Angry Birds Seasons for $0.99 on the App Store.

Hit the Court with Angry Birds Seasons and the NBA

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 9th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

After conquering Rio and Space, where could those Angry Birds go next? The NBA, apparently. In the next episode of Angry Birds Seasons, NBA Ham Dunk!, Rovio Entertainment sends the birds to take the pigs to the court. The update will have 15 free NBA-themed levels and 30 NBA team levels available for purchase.

“Get ready to hit the court with your favorite NBA team, and start dunking birds and bashing piggies for extra points,” said Pekka Rantala Chief Commercial Officer of Rovio Entertainment. “We are really pumped to offer this fun mash-up to Angry Birds and NBA fans.”

You can grab Angry Birds Seasons on the rebound for $0.99.

Angry Birds Seasons Adds Portals In Abra-Ca-Bacon Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 16th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad

The Abra-Ca-Bacon update is now available for Rovio's Angry Birds Seasons, bringing portals and 30 new levels of gaming to your devices. Pocket Gamer reports that the levels are carnival themed and feature magic hats and secrets to uncover. There is also a magic box that explodes whenever you hit it, a new power up that's called AllakaBAM. Now, go fling your birds through portals!

Angry Birds Seasons Introduces Portals In Upcoming Abra-Ca-Bacon Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 10th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Birds will fly through portals in the upcoming Angry Birds Seasons update, scheduled to release next week on May 16th. Pocket Gamer reports that the update, named Abra-Ca-Bacon, will feature 30 new levels with an additional 6 stages for players to unlock. The new stages take full advantage of the portals as players will fling their birds into one end and watch them come flying out from another.

Check out the video below to get an idea of just how awesome this could be. Also, bacon.

Me, My Mum And Our Mutual Love Of Apps And Games

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 8th, 2013

When I was growing up, my friends' parents never really got gaming. Some might have appreciated that their kids loved playing games, and would still buy them the relevant equipment, but they never really understood why it excited us so much. I happened to be part of a, then, very select group. I had parents who figured it out perfectly. My Dad was never any good at playing any games but he enjoyed talking about them because he was forever fascinated by the progression of technology. It was my Mum, however, that turned into a major rival. In the good sense, of course.

As a kid, we would have battles to beat each other's Tetris scores. We'd compete at games of Columns too, meeting up to work together to progress through Bubble Bobble (we never did beat it).

One of the most important things I believe I've ever been given is a set of parents that were constantly supportive and encouraging of what I set out to achieve. That's continued right up until today.

With my father sadly no longer with us, my relationship with my mother is even stronger than it was before. Having pursued a potentially risky path of freelance writing, she's always been there fully supportive. Whether it be by accepting that money is a little tight this month, or by making sure I've got a sandwich by my side while I struggle to meet a tight deadline. Of course, I do the same for her, but Sunday isn't about me, it's about her!

Crucially, she's quite the solo gamer and tech enthusiast now. In recent years, she spent a few hundred hours playing through Dragon Quest VIII on the Playstation 2. Something that I'm rather proud of telling other gamers. More relevantly for readers of 148apps, perhaps, she's unlocked and at least two-starred every single level of Angry Birds imaginable, and I don't mean just standard Angry Birds. I'm talking standard, Space, Star Wars, Seasons and Rio. She's a machine when it comes to flicking birds towards pigs.

We've got the one iPad between us which luckily isn't too much of an issue, although it never stops either of us flocking to the Apple Store together to gaze at the new specimens. Sure, we both know that the iPad 2 is a very fine device in its own right but that doesn't stop either of us eyeing up the size of the iPad Mini or pondering just how much faster the iPad 4 might seem. She's got her own iPhone now too, having been given my "old" iPhone 4. It's the perfect tool for her to play SpellTower while on the move, her language skills being far superior to mine.

She hasn't quite delved into the apps world as much yet. She reckons it's because she's too busy. I reckon it's because there's always "just one more" level of Angry Birds to conquer.

I'm an extremely lucky person to have not only such a supportive mother, but one that is just as excited as me about new technology, gadgets and the wonders of the App Store.

Happy Mother's Day, Mum. :) [And from all of us at 148Apps, too, Jen's mum! --Ed.]

Angry Birds Seasons Shows Piggies Being A Bunch Of Clowns

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 26th, 2013

Angry Birds Seasons looks to be visiting the circus in the nearing update, reports Pocket Gamer. An image has released (below) that shows one of the new levels, including piggies dressed up as magicians and clowns.

Ham'O'Ween Celebrated By Angry Birds Seasons

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 27th, 2011

Everybody's favorite iOS game, Angry Birds has taken note that it's Halloween (or Ham'O'Ween as they like to call it) this coming Monday and in honor of such a great ocassion, Angry Birds Seasons has been updated to include 30 new levels, a bunch of new achievements and an all new orange bird! Very exciting stuff indeed.

The new levels need no introduction really. We all know and love the tried and tested formula of what to expect from the game. This time round, they're Halloween themed with pumpkin patches, creepy skeletons and jack-o-lanterns out to heighten the mood. How about the new bird though? Well, he's orange and unfortunately he doesn't appear to have a name. Poor little bird. However, he does have the ability to blow up to several times his original size. That has to be useful for something.

Rovio has decided to introduce the cute yet dangerous bird via a really quite funny cartoon. Check it out below while downloading the update that's available now.

Angry Birds Seasons Goes Moony

Posted by Lisa Caplan on September 6th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Angry Birds Seasons now answers the question - what becomes of these games after they’ve done all the major annual Western holidays? Answer - they go global.

In this season's update, the birds take their egg-avenging pig-killing quest to China to celebrate the Moon Festival. To commemorate the 3000-year-old harvest fete, Rovio added 30 new levels with the pigs hiding in thematically appropriate settings, all lit by the harvest moon. This update has eight pieces of Mooncake hiding for players to collect, and a special Mooncake level as well.

Rovio also unleashed the Mighty Eagle into Seasons. For those who haven’t met him, he’s like a super-bird that can be purchased in-app and used periodically to blast through the trickier levels. With all three Angry Bird titles getting recent updates, the franchise continues to be both a good bargain and a best seller. Now the question remains - what will they do for Halloween?

Angry Birds Updates Aplenty!

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 16th, 2011

Just when you think that Angry Birds may finally be ready to slink away from the top of the iOS sales charts and make way for some new hotshot developers, another update hits for the most successful portable game franchise in the history of the platform.  That's right folks, it is time to fire up your iPhones and get ready for the long awaited and eagerly anticipated May update for Angry Birds Rio to land on your iOS device of choice.

After facing a barrage of emails, tweets, and Facebook messages when the first of May came and went without new stages being added to their beloved Angry Birds, Rovio decided to head speculation off at the pass, and released the following trailer:

Finally landing last Friday, the expansion pack nicknamed "Beach Volley",  features thirty new stages to add to the initial sixty included in Rio's original release.  This time you will take the primate assaulting to the surf and turf, in search of more birds that desperately need to be freed.

But that is not all folks, because it looks like the original Angry Birds may be getting some downloadable love as well.  According to Rovio's official twitter feed, late this month will also see brand new content come to roost on the first game that just kept on giving.  Honestly, the concept of continuing to update the first title when the sequel is already selling like gangbusters baffles me slightly, but who am I to sneeze at new, not to mention free, content.

In one last revelation to sneak out over Rovio's twitter account, they seem to be targeting June to release another update to Angry Birds Seasons.  Given that June 21st officially marks the start of summer, it would seem appropriate to see how everyone's favorite swine embrace the sweltering heat.  Oh, and just a note, in case you couldn't see the theme of this article, if you are a fan of Angry Birds, you should really be following Rovio on twitter.  It is a veritable news bonanza!

Rovio Channels The Easter Bunny in ANOTHER Angry Bird Seasons Update

Posted by Blake Grundman on April 19th, 2011

Despite the fact that they are hard at work on the upcoming update to Angry Bird Rio, Rovio managed to squeeze a little time into their development schedule to release a new Easter themed expansion to Angry Birds Seasons, complete with bunny ears aplenty.  Featuring fifteen new levels of swine assaulting fun, the addition also includes a few new GameCenter achievements, as well as several new and very seasonally appropriate golden eggs.

So now that we have seen St. Paddy's Day and now Easter updates, what would be next on the hitlist for a fowl fighting frenzy?  Let us know what your prediction is in the comments, but my money is on Cinco De Mayo.  After all, they have already tackled one alcohol bathed holiday, why not embrace a similar flavor south of the border?  Here is to many more nights spent destroying the dreams of maniacal pigs everywhere!

Angry Birds Seasons Land a Heartwarming Update

Posted by Blake Grundman on February 14th, 2011

I don't know if you are beginning to feel the same as me, but I am starting to wonder if the development team over a Rovio has something against sleeping.  Between a Super Bowl update to the first installment in the Angry Birds series and a Rio themed sequel on the way, you would think that they would have their hands full.  But with their third headline grabbing piece of news in as many weeks, there is more love coming to Angry Birds fans everywhere.

This time around, it is Angry Birds Seasons that is getting some love in the form of a Valentines Day themed update.  Though it is significantly smaller than the Christmas update that brought an additional twenty-five stages, on top of the initial Halloween offering of forty-five levels, these additional eighteen challenges are sure to continue to whet your whistle for more disgruntled fowl fun.

As always, these updates come to you at no charge, as long as you have purchased the base Angry Birds Seasons application.  Now this raises the next obvious question: what will be the next holiday that we get to explore through the eyes of these swine hating birdbrains?  I certainly don't think we will be seeing a President's Day update and Ash Wednesday may be a bit too morbid, not to mention non-secular.  If I were a betting man, I would be putting my money on a St. Patrick's Day themed pack.  That said, drowning the pigs in steins of beer might be a tad culturally insensitive.

What do you think will be the next holiday celebrated in Angry Birds Seasons?  Now that I think aboutit , Mardi Gras seems just ripe for the picking - just remember you heard it here first. Let us know what you think in the comments.

A Furious Flock of Fowl Take Flight Again in Angry Birds Rio

Posted by Blake Grundman on February 2nd, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Have you finally managed to conquer all of the holiday goodness that was Angry Birds: Seasons?  If you are anything like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the next proper entry in the series since completing the last festivus themed stage on Christmas morning.  While the game was a present in and of itself, I have been left with a month long void, where everyone's favorite bombadeering birds have been absent from my iPhone.  It has been a dark time, indeed.

This is why I was thrilled to hear official confirmation from Angry Birds developer Rovio, by way of IntoMobile, that a proper sequel to the original phenomenon is not only in the works, but tentatively (not to mention vaguely) scheduled to crash land onto the iOS platform sometime in March.  In another first for the series, the game will be simultaneously launching on not only iOS, but also Android and Symbian.  It is hard not to have mixed feeling about this, given that the franchise was birthed on our gaming platform of choice, but if it helps funding expansions our favorite gaming addiction, who are we to really complain?

[caption id="attachment_64030" align="alignright" width="245" caption="Now THOSE are some angry birds!"]


Though it is encouraging to hear that the game will be getting a newly christened graphical upgrade, forty-five new stages with the promise for more via update, and several new wrinkles to the game mechanics, it was surprising to learn that the developers have pared up with 20th Century Fox to help complement the launch of their upcoming animated film, Rio.  Entitled the very original, Angry Birds Rio, the game will focus on melding the two worlds together in a way that will hopefully pass along little bit of Rovio's secret sauce onto the cinematic release.

"In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, Rio.  Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the highly-anticipated film." -- VIA Rovio Mobile BlogPost

I can't help but feel like this is a slight betrayal of some of Angry Bird's early "indie cred", but that said, anyone else in Rovio's position would be insane to not try to even partially cash in on the goodwill associated with the brand.  If nothing else, the immense amount of free content patched into the original game has earned them a free pass in my eyes and honestly, even if I was offended, it wouldn't stop me from gobbling this up the moment it becomes available.

We will leave you with a sneak peak of what we can all be looking forward to in March.  Please attempt to keep your gleeful squealing to a minimum.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 66

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 4th, 2010

You're the best around, nothing's gonna ever keep you down!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and guest hosts Blake Grundman and Brett Nolan discuss the year 2010 for iOS gaming, and talk about some of their favorite games from the past 12 months.

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  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Blake Grundman, 148Apps and The EvilCast Recap
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
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  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

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