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Greedy Grub Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A CUTE CRAWL
Greedy Grub is certainly adorable, but it's not particularly ground-breaking.
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Arcane Empires Review

By Rob Rich on August 30th, 2012
Kabam's latest free-to-play is every bit as fantastic as their last one, but that's kind of the problem.
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Crash Mayhem Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FENDER BENDER
Guide a car around an open city in an effort to rack up as much destruction as possible.
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Burnout CRASH! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on April 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION DERBY
Rack up the most costly destruction possible in this over the top game of motorized mayhem.
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Mole Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BURY IT
Credit where it's due for attempting to capitalize on a popular market without blatant copying, but Mole Kingdom kind of misses the point.
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Sky Settlers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Greg Dawson on March 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LOOK UP
Its unique sim-style gameplay and interesting robots have potential, but slow gameplay will frustrate most.
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Rebuild Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEVOURS FREE TIME
The gritty, almost awkward presentation in this zombie apocalypse strategy game might cause some hesitation. Make no mistake, however, it's one heck of a Must-Own for genre fans.
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Batman Arkham City Lockdown Review

By Jason Wadsworth on December 9th, 2011
Dole out some bone-jarring justice in this action combat game.
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MyTown 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 27th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OWN IT
MyTown 2 throws players back into the world of location-based real estate gaming, with little hope of escape.
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Dig Deep Into City Life Using Urban Dig

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on September 12th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Most of those living in big cities know that it can be tough branching out from the tried and true, regional way of life. Living or working in a specific section of a big city usually influences dwellers to play in those areas as well. How do folks find the cool new places to go? Word of mouth, usually.

Urban Dig aims to provide even more of this kind of recommendation, via experts on local culture and places, called Curators. These experts create lists like Best Dive Bars, Art in the Streets, Vintage Shopping, Food Trucks, and the like, then pass them along to users of the Urban Dig app. In addition to lists of cool places to go and things to experience, Urban Dig provides Curator Notes, to give users a richer understanding of the places and things they're being directed to.

Urban Dig is available for free now in the App Store. The cities included are Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver for now, and will add New York, Chicago, Austin, Portland and DC by the end of 2011, with more cities promised in 2012.


Burn the City Review

By Jason Wadsworth on July 13th, 2011
The gameplay might see familiar, but the experience is literally on fire.
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Hipster City Cycle Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on May 20th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMOOTH RIDE
You don't have to be a hipster to enjoy this game, but players may develop an affinity for mustaches and tight jeans after playing this retro ode to hipster cycling.
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Favorite Four: City Builders

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 18th, 2011

With our recent review of Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt HD, listing some city builders that we believe are the best of the best on iOS seemed like a good idea. And iPhone owners rejoice, because for once we didn’t include any iPad only games!

I grew up playing SimCity games and absolutely love them. The iPhone and iPad versions of SimCity hold true to the original games. Excepting scenario modes, SimCity is a city builder with a great free play mode. It truly is free play more than almost any other iOS city builder. There’s a grid and things to build on that grid completely at the will of the player. SimCity is probably my favorite city builder on iOS.

Civilization Revolution
The Civilization Games aren’t really “city” builders so much as they are war strategy games; but the basic gameplay has similarities enough for me to include this game (with the exception of battling other empires). The Civilization games include building up an empire on a grid. Maintaining that empire and each of its cities are an important part of the games and what makes it similar to maintaining the various parts of an individual city in SimCity. Civilization Revolution isn’t as feature-filled as its desktop equivalent but neither is its price as high. I love Civilization games and I’m hoping that they port an older favorite of mine to iOS eventually as well, Alpha Centauri.

The Settlers
The Settlers is a rare gem. Normally games ported over from consoles or PCs don’t feel quite as good as games made specifically for touch-screen devices. The gameplay for the Settlers has a unique polish that only seems to be possessed by games that were created originally for a touch screen. The game is more focused on gathering resources than many other city builders. Also, unlike many city builders, the player is directing actually people in the city (or village) instead of just building and maintaining. The Settlers is one of the better city builders I’ve played.

Virtual City
I stumbled on Virtual City in the last few days when I was looking around for a new city builder to play (it’s one of my favorite genres). I believe fellow 148apps writer, Jennifer Allen, made a great point about Virtual City in her review, “It’s a much friendlier version of SimCity and one that feels more enjoyable and less spreadsheet management- ish than other behemoth city management games.”

mTrip Offers A Fresh Take On The Traditional Travel App

Posted by Ben Harvell on June 23rd, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

While there are hundreds of travel and city guide apps for iPhone, it looks like mTrip will blow them away with its unique spin on the traditional tour guide app.

While mTrip offers users the default sightseeing tips and direction tools for a location, it goes one step further helping users plan their trip itinerary. Better than that, the app can even create an itinerary for you based on your preferences, trip duration and accommodations. Daily schedules can be edited at the user’s discretion and the app is even intelligent enough to list attractions based on their opening hours and proximity to the user.

Once you arrive at your destination you can make use of augmented reality to see where sites are in relation to your current location as well as point out restaurants, bars, hotels and other points of interest. Travelers can also swap tips on locations via the app by adding notes and viewing those of others.

All of these features make mTrip a very useful and fully featured tool but its ability to function offline is the real jewel in its crown. Your itinerary can be customized and reworked without an internet connection and augmented reality also functions in the absence of a network. Pretty much the only feature that requires the internet is the fun little postcard tool that allows users to send messages to friends from their vacation via email or Facebook.

mTrip travel guides are currently available for London, Paris, Amsterdan, Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco and Chicago in a choice of five languages. Many more locations are also planned with more information available here.

If you’re heading to one of the above locations, tack another $5.99 on to the cost of your trip for the ultimate travel experience and do it quickly before the app returns to its regular price of $9.99

Car Mania

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Christine Morris on July 24th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AWESOME FUN
This is a pick up and play that you won't be able to put down. I liked it, then I liked it even more! The game starts fantastic and gets better the more you play it! Thanks Origin8!
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