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Have a Special Dead Trigger 2 Easter Basket Full of Goodies, Courtesy of Madfinger Games

Posted by Rob Rich on April 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GOOD GETS BETTER :: Read Review »

Dead Trigger 2 has been a go-to zombie shooter for many ever since it was released, which means that a lot of people would probably like to know about the special Easter promo Madfinger Games is having right now.

Just start up Dead Trigger 2 (newest version required), log in, go to the Options menu, and tap on "Redeem Voucher." Then enter the code 2tam-hud9-xvo4 to get your free Easter-kill pack. What's in the Easter-kill pack? One 24-hour speed booster to make catching (and running from) zombies loads easier, ten grenades, ten painkillers, ten Second Chance revive kits, and ten rocket chickens. Because what says "Easter" better than rocket chickens?

You can download Dead Trigger 2 for free right now, and the Easter-kill pack will be available from now through April 25.

Easter Comes to Junk Jack X - Bringing New Crafts, Chemistry, and More

Posted by Rob Rich on April 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: :: Read Review »

Junk Jack X has just been updated in time for Easter, but it's not just pastel colors and bunny ears. The list of additions is actually rather obscene, but you can check it out below if you're really interested in reading all of that.

The bigger changes include a chemistry lab for creating potions with almost 100 different effects, tamable dogs/cats/birds/rabbits, new mobs like deer and ducks, new trees, new flowers, and a craftable beer mug. Cheers!

You can grab Junk Jack X off the App Store now for $4.99.

- New craftable Chemistry Lab block
- You can now create potions by mixing reagents with the Chemistry Lab
- Roughly 100 different potion effects (with a supported maximum of 1024 effect for the future)
- Almost all potion effects can have different duration and effect strength for a total amount of ~6000 potions
- Potions combinations will be discovered and saved in your craftbook
- New craftable Cottage Bricks and the relative half block and sloped blocks
-Added a life leech effect (base 0.0) which heals the player when delivering damage to a mob
- Added both melee and ranged critical chance to player attacks (with a base of 5% chance)
- Added an option (enabled by default) which skips saving world when battery is <= 1% to avoid potential data corruption
- Added an option which enables an extended player stats panel that shows more information
- 4 new iaps
- 5 new tamable dog breeds
- 5 new tamable cat breeds
- 5 new tamable bird breeds
- 3 new tamable rabbit breeds
- All new pet breeds are spreaded around the planets, collect and breed them
- You can now summon a pocket animal by placing its item in the trinket slot: it will follow you around!
- 16 new rare pocket companions that will follow you in your adventure if put in the trinket slot
- New cat house block
- New kennel block
- New bird perch block
- New rabbit hutch block
- New terra mobs including: deer, ground hog, duck.
- New cork oak tree which grows acorns
- New white wood type and crafts, make new cool creations with it!
- Cork oak drops bark material
- New craftable cork chunk block
- Terra is now spring and Easter themed
- New apricot spring tree with its relative fruit
- New plum tree with its relative fruit
- New vimini basket that drops Easter goodies
- Easter block ribbons, place it on blocks
- New recraftable beehives can now be found in spring biomes, craft honey recipes with them
- New replantable tulip and daisy flower
- New craftable beer mug
- 20 new fresh cooking crafts
- 12 new rare paintings have been added
- Added a rare toy as a tribute to Flappy Bird

Temple Run 2 Updated with Clouds, Wheels, and Easter Eggs

Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE OF THE SAME :: Read Review »

Looks like Temple Run 2 has just been updated for Easter, which means you can expect lots of brightly-colored eggs in your future.

No really, there are special Easter artifacts in the game now that turn gems into eggs, as well as some goofy bunny-themed gear to purchase for your characters. But it's not all about eggs and chocolate - the new update also adds a prize wheel that will pop-up whenever you use a Save Me, and you can now earn a free Save Me by watching a video at the end of your run. Also there was mention about iCloud support.

You can grab the updated version of Temple Run 2 off the App Store right now for free.

This Week at 148Apps: April 2-6

Posted by Chris Kirby on April 9th, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, everything was hopping in celebration of Easter weekend. We started with Jennifer Allen's Five for Friday feature, showcasing an array of Easter-themed apps. Allen writes, "Happy Easter folks. No matter how you may celebrate it, and whether you do or not, we’ve got some fun Easter themed apps and games to cover in this week’s Five For Friday. Much like the event itself, the apps are a little geared towards families but there’s still fun to be had for all."

Read the overview of all five apps on 148Apps.com.

Jennifer Allen has also compiled a comprehensive list of apps on sale this Easter weekend. Grab 'em while they are cheap! Read the full list at 148Apps.com.

Meanwhile, Amy Solomon from GiggleApps reviewed a new interactive children's book - Nedi the Yeti. Solomon says, "Nedi the Yeti would make a great first app for babies and toddlers as the animals are friendly looking and engaging as well as not so well hidden that children of all ages could not find these creatures with ease, as a drag of a finger will coax these animals from their hiding places and a tap will trigger a speech bubble and a fun animal sound, be it either cartoony or realistic as is the case of the included bird or owl sounds found within."

Read the rest of the review at GiggleApps.

Finally, 148Apps.biz writer Kevin Stout explored ways for developers to acquire new users for their apps. Stout says, "Getting recognition and acquiring new users for mobile apps has gotten harder and harder as the app ecosystem has grown. This week, at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit 2012, strategy was discussed about the rising cost of user acquisition by three people close to the issue: Gabriel Leydon, chief executive of Machine Zone (free MMO developer of iMob and Original Gangstaz), Maria Alegre, CEO of Chartboost (app promotion solution), and Chris Akhavan, VP and GM of Strategic Partnerships at Tapjoy (app discovery and sharing platform)."

Read more about the VentureBeat Mobile Summit at 148Apps.biz.

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Your One Stop Guide To The Easter App Store Sale

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 6th, 2012

The App Store never likes to miss an opportunity to have a big old sale, and that's exactly what's happened this Easter. All manners of apps and games are on offer this time round. As always, we'll be tracking the best of the sale apps and games across the weekend so remember to check in regularly for new updates. Prices change fast so download it while you see it. It might not be on offer later!

And don't forget, you can keep track of the latest and greatest app price drops on the Price Drops page and RSS feed.

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Five For Friday: Week Of April 6

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 6th, 2012

Happy Easter folks. No matter how you may celebrate it, and whether you do or not, we've got some fun Easter themed apps and games to cover in this week's Five For Friday. Much like the event itself, the apps are a little geared towards families but there's still fun to be had for all.

Easter Candy Recipes
Particularly for the non-religious, Easter has become all about eating plenty of chocolate and other good food with the family. Easter Candy Recipes offers plenty of Easter themed recipes to satisfy people's urge for candy and other treats. Cakes and candies are available here, all through well laid out recipes and some tantalizing photos of the results.

What would happen if the Easter Bunny got sick?
An app for the little ones in the family, What would happen if the Easter Bunny got sick? deals with the terrifying proposition of if the Easter Bunny got sick and couldn't deliver all the Easter Eggs! Fortunately, Lucy Goosey comes to the rescue and the story is cute and charming. There's a coloring book included within the app, too.

Easter Bunny Scanner
The Easter Bunny is smart, much like Santa Claus, so he knows how to figure out if a kid has been naughty or nice. This app helps parents keep a check on things by providing a "magic" way of scanning their kids. Parents can, of course, choose what result they want but it's a neat idea to encourage kids.

Color Me !!! Easter Edition
One more app that's ideal for kids and adults in need of regressing - Color Me is a digital coloring book with an Easter theme. There are Easter eggs and bunnies to color in, as well as other Easter based things like smiling eggs. Simple yet cute. Adults might find it quite calming to color in and relax, too!

Easter Egg Invaders
One for older children and adults, Easter Egg Invaders is an example of what happens when good eggs go bad. It's an action packed shoot em up that's a little reminiscent of arcade shoot em ups of old. Easter Eggs from space have come down and need to be defeated across 30 levels of explosions. It's as crazy as it sounds!

New Story in the PopOut! Series, The Tale of Benjamin Button

Posted by Kevin Stout on March 28th, 2012

Loud Crow Interactive just released its fourth installment of the PopOut! series, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. Just in time for Easter, this story follows Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Benjamin Bunny, as they get into all kinds of trouble. For this story, they take off on a quest through Mr. McGregor’s dangerous garden to get back Peter’s lost clothes. Peter and his cousin, Benjamin, need to constantly look out for the dangerous pet cat that Mr. McGregor roams his garden with.

The PopOut! series is a series of interactive “pop-out” books for iOS. Touching and dragging objects in the storybooks make them come to life and perform various actions. The books are accompanied by music and sound effects, this one with a classical piano soundtrack. The even feature a “Read to Me” function that narrates the book while highlighting the words for children just learning to read.

Other storybooks in the PopOut! series include The Night Before Christmas, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Hunt for Easter Eggs with Pat the Bunny Update Coming Soon

Posted by Lisa Caplan on March 27th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

First published in 1940 by Dorothy Kunhardt the touch-and-feel board book, Pat the Bunny is a nursery library staple. On April first Random House, publishers of the Pat the Bunny book app, are releasing an update to the beloved classic. It will be free for those who own the app, and a seasonal incentive for parents to get the award-winner for their kids as their parents may have shared the classic print version with them.

Aimed at toddlers through pre-schoolers the universal digibook already features 14 interactive pages with tons to touch and swipe as little ones play hide and seek with the bunny. There is a fun paint mode, and on devices with front facing cameras kids can see their own reflection, like in a book with a tinfoil mirror. The app has everything except the soft patches of fur.

Soon kids will see an Easter themed design and be able to join an Easter egg hunt. Once located, the eggs will yield surprises that should delight the youngest iOS users. The update will be available for a limited time only, so if there is a household with cute and chubby fingers that is without a copy this would be a good time to get it, and if it's already a favorite don't forget to watch for the update on the App Store to enjoy the holiday treat.

Chicken & Egg Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 27th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EGGSCELLENT
Chicken & Egg is a cute yet challenging puzzle game
Read The Full Review »

Enjoy The Easter Break With Hot Cross Bunnies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 21st, 2011

There's something a little sinister about receiving an email that starts with the line "What do you get when you pour boiling water down rabbit holes?" Fortunately, the answer is Hot Cross Bunnies, a really rather sweet Easter themed game that's just been launched on the App Store.

Someone's been stealing the Easter Bunny's treats and he's not happy by any means. So starts the war of the Hot Cross Bunnies against the Yellow chicks. Very Eastery indeed. Gameplay consists of firing hot cross buns at the chicks' balloons using an improvised catapult. Pop the balloons to retrieve the treats and gain points.

It's a simple little game but ideal, cutesy fun for the Easter season. The iPhone and iPad versions are now available at $0.99 each. While you make up your mind, take a look at the footage below and the image gallery. Also, do go munch a hot cross bun, they're delicious.

Sega Puts 4 Games On Sale For Easter

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 21st, 2011

In the world of the App Store, any kind of holiday is a great reason for developers and publishers to hold a sale, and Easter is no exception. Sega's taking part in the festivities with an Easter sale of their own, with four titles taking part in the festivities.

Chu Chu Rocket! HD: The iPad version of this revival of the Dreamcast classic is on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99. If you're spending time with the family this Easter, you'll enjoy the single-device multiplayer for up to 4 players on 1 iPad. It sure beats having awkward family conversations. If you're alone this Easter, then online multiplayer is available as well.

Super Monkey Ball: One of the very first iPhone games, released back in August 2008, it's still a leader in the "rolling around monkeys encased in plastic balls" genre, and is on sale for $0.99.

Super Monkey Ball 2: Have you mastered the art of the monkey ball in the first Super Monkey Ball? Do you not play games that aren't sequels? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you'll be glad to know that Super Monkey Ball 2 is also on sale for $0.99!

Altered Beast: All I'm gonna say about this original Sega Genesis beat 'em up going on sale for $0.99 is that someone at Sega has a sense of humor. [To find out what he means, bug the author on Twitter: @wondroushippo -- Ed.]

All these games are only on sale until April 25th, when they will rise back up to their original prices, so act quick to take advantage of this sale while you can.

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!

Egg vs. Chicken Hatches An Easter Update

Posted by Blake Grundman on April 11th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASTIC :: Read Review »

With a game name like Egg vs. Chicken, it is hard to pinpoint what kind of game you should be expecting.  Then, after taking a look at the 148Apps review archive, it was brought to my attention that not only is the game good, but it has also landed our highly coveted Editor's Choice Award.  This match three/tower defense hybrid was strong enough to stand on its own two feet, but the developer PlayFirst Inc. isn't just content to rest on a high rating.  They have a new update in the pipeline for the rapidly approaching Easter holiday.

A new Easter egg hunting mechanic has been added to the game's 36 stages, which upon completion unlock a dozen new levels.  As an added incentive for those that complete these new stages, players will get another special surprise with Egg vs. Chicken next updates.  There is no word when this post holiday update will be landing, but in the meantime this additional carton of egg themed updates should keep you more than occupied.

Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart Living Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 11th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASTER FUN
101 eggs to inspire you in this handy Martha Stewart app. Get ready for Easter by breaking out the food dye and turning those eggs into some fun crafts!
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Doodle Jump Partners with Universal to Create Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on March 29th, 2011

Doodle Jump used to be one of the App Store's juggernauts, and still has over 2 million players on its Game Center leaderboards. A simple, captivating game, Doodle Jump featured an alien-like "doodle" in his quest to jump from platform to platform unto infinity. Now, Doodle Jump developers Lima Sky have partnered with Universal Studios to promote the upcoming movie, HOP.

The new amalgamation is named "Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie" and stars E.B., the Easter Bunny's son, who needs to hone his jumping skills before he can take over his father's job. This new game concludes that the best tutor is, naturally, "Doodle the Doodler" from Doodle Jump. I didn't know that our green, long-nosed friend had a name, but there you go. Doodle Jump: HOP plays out much like the original Doodle Jump, with tilt-based controls and ever-ascending platforms. However, unlike Doodle Jump, HOP is divided into levels, which increase in difficulty as you go:

Hop your way through the Easter Bunny’s top-secret candy factory. Save Easter from a chick revolt led by Carlos and his fellow fluffy workers and earn the privilege of becoming a true Easter Bunny by completing all 25 levels. Unlock a new level every day leading up to the film release as you spring up to towering heights and gather different Easter eggs.

Unsurprisingly, the game has also received an Easter-themed graphical skin to match the new theme.

Doodle Jump's partnership with HOP comes almost concurrently with Angry Birds Rio, another famous iPhone app / new movie promo game. The difference is that Angry Birds Rio seems to have added some significant changes, whereas other than the graphical update and addition of levels, Doodle Jump: HOP remains faithful to its original. Whether or not that's a plus is entirely subjective, but I think it's an interesting decision.

On the other hand, since Doodle Jump: HOP is a promotional game, it's also free—so there's no reason for fans of the original not to try this new version out. Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie is available in the App Store now.