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This Week at 148Apps: September 14-18, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on September 23rd, 2015

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How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption is a rather gorgeous looking MMORPG. Building upon what worked well for the original, it’s a substantial MMO that doesn’t push you into in-app purchases (although the option is always there). There’s a plethora of content to sink your teeth into. One thing to note very early on is that if, like me, you’re still lumbered with an iPhone 5, Order & Chaos 2: Redemption is going to seem a little creaky. A bit of stuttering and a little lag is a sharp reminder that the iPhone 5 isn’t as powerful as it once was. Given how fancy Order & Chaos 2: Redemption looks, that makes sense but it might infuriate after a time. It also made my iPhone impressively hot to the touch which was unusual. --Jennifer Allen


There’s never been a laid back twin-stick shooter, has there? They’re consistently frantic affairs, requiring you to have fantastic reflexes and to be able to keep an eye on many things at once. Devastator continues that trend by being impressively difficult but really rather well made, too. Those of us who are prone to throwing things when we screw up might feel a little despondent after a time, however. Learning Devastator is very simple. Your left side is used for changing direction while your right side affects the trajectory of the constantly firing weaponry. There’s a virtual button for activating a special attack too, something that you should only ever do when you’re in dire need. The button isn’t far from the right stick so it’s relatively easily activated. --Jennifer Allen

Puzzle Craft 2

Bigger and better is precisely what you want from any sequel and that’s exactly what you’re getting from Puzzle Craft 2. It’s a little trickier than before but its potent mix of settlement developing and line drawing based match-3 ensures it’s compelling stuff for fans of well made freemium experiences. As before, your time is evenly split between your settlement and collecting resources. There’s a steady supply of missions to complete, in order to give you some structure in your development. It’s a reasonably cheery affair with cartoon style characters wandering around once you’ve hired them. --Jennifer Allen

Alien Robot Monsters

Deeply entrenched in the traditional tower-defense genre, Alien Robot Monsters might not offer anything exceptionally original but it’s a solidly dependable entry to the popular genre. In a predictable twist, aliens are out to get us. To be fair to them, it’s our fault this time round. Humans have landed on an earth-like planet and it’s inhabited by a bunch of hostile robotic life forms keen to wipe out humanity. Fortunately, they pursue our bases by following deliberate lanes that happen to go alongside various tower placements. --Jennifer Allen

Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

On the surface, Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is immediately appealing and cute. It’s hard not to be cute when you’re dealing with cuddly looking tigers. While the app promises to be an open-ended and imaginative game, it’s actually a little restrictive. That won’t bother some children but the more adventurous user is going to wish that they could do more. It’s all based around the layout of a regular town street. You can visit the grocery store, music shop, bakery, and doctor’s office. Each place is quite cute. You can interact with certain objects too, such as ringing the cash register in the store or playing different musical instruments in the music shop. It’s a little basic because you can’t do too much here, but it’s a fun way to explore. --Jennifer Allen

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No matter where we go in mobile gaming, there will always be a place for the undead.UNKILLED highlights this, and helps underscore the civic responsibility of ridding the world of zombies.Yes, it’s another zombie apocalypse trip, but this one puts the player in the professor’s seat as part of an elite team that takes the undead out. Completely, that is. If feels a bit like Dead Trigger, which isn’t too unexpected, given its pedigree. --Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides, and even more reviews than we can share here.

Sprinkle Islands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WATER YOU WAITING FOR?
All of that previous dousing of alien fires was just a prelude to this.
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Up In Flames Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLINGING FIRE FUN
Taking the physics puzzle genre and twisting it just a teensy bit proves quite successful for this challenging, fire-based title.
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Jones on Fire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on March 7th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WARMING UP
Rescue adorable kitties and outrun a giant wall of flame in this free-to-play endless runner.
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Little Inferno Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BURN ALL THE THINGS
The only thing more alarming than the sick and twisted world of Little Inferno is just how much fun it is to play in.
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FireJumpers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on September 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: HOT ON CONCEPT
Players must act quickly to save buildings and wayward hikers as a forest quickly burns to ash in this exciting real-time strategy game.
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SOS to Friends in Case of Emergencies With HELP MY FRIEND

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 1st, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Sometimes it's easy to forget the functions our smartphones can provide past entertainment. But I remember my first cellphone. The reason I received it when I was younger was for emergency situations. HELP MY FRIEND is an app that helps expand that emergency aid that an iPhone can provide.

HELP MY FRIEND has users create an "SOS" of sorts for various situation (being attacked, car accident, diabetes situation, etc. Users setup those messages ahead of time and if an emergency occurs, users can easily send their prerecorded messages to as many friends and family as they'd like to receive emergency help. The messages send location data as well so close ones can get quick directions to wherever the person in danger is. The app also has one-tap calling for emergency services (police, fire, etc).

Group E. F. C. is a three man team consisting of two accountants who came up with the idea for this emergency app and a programmer. The app is available for $0.99. It can't hurt to have an app like this just in case.

Fireball SE Review

By Jason Wadsworth on March 20th, 2012
This fireball has some slick moves and it will need them to get away from the hordes of enemies out to get it.
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Sprinkle Junior Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A LITTLE SHALLOW
Sprinkle Junior is a hyper-accessible follow-up to Mediocre's supremely awesome water physics firefighting title. This could be good or bad, depending on who's playing it.
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Gutterball: Goldenpin Bowling Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on November 10th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOCIAL STRIKING
This app brings the social experience of bowling to the iOS platform with some twists.
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Arch Fiery Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 28th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE PLATFORMING
Take control of a fiery ball and guide it through maze-like levels to the goal.
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Fara Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 21st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MAGICAL QUESTING
A beautifully rendered action RPG with an ironic sense of humor.
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Powder Monkeys Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 18th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SWEET SWASHBUCKLING
Sail the high seas in this primate vs. insect pirate adventure.
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Elemites Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on September 19th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MAGICAL
This real-time strategy game pits Relph, a cast off wizard, against the towsfolk who ran him out of town. This time, he has some help.
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4Towers Onslaught Review

By Jason Wadsworth on September 8th, 2011
This neon glowing tower defense game has a retro feel but includes some interesting combo options that vary the gameplay.
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