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The best entertainment discovery apps on mobile

Posted by Gordon Siu on January 29th, 2016

Although 2016 may bring about new responsibilities and resolutions to fulfil, the new year also means more entertainment to be excited about!

Whether it be books, movies, or music, we’ve selected three apps that will help you discover entertainment tailored to your tastes.

Top 9 Apps for the Summer Blockbuster Season

Posted by Rob Rich on May 14th, 2015

’Tis the season for movies with obscenely large budgets, and often obscenely larger explosions. There are a lot of big films that have just come out, are coming out, or will be out soon - to the point where it can be difficult to keep up. But don’t fret! 148Apps has got you covered with our list of nine apps to make your moviegoing experiences easier.

Cinderella Joins the Ranks of Disney's Free Fall Series

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cinderella Free Fall, by Disney, is the newest of the Free Fall match-3 games. You'll get to be the slipper-misplacing princess herself, Cinderella, as her story unfolds over 100 challenging levels.

To win you'll have to match luminous butterfly jewels in long strings, but don't fret as you'll have powerful wish magic and your lovable animal friends Gus and Jacqueline to help you along the way.

Cinderella Free Fall was inspired by Disney’s upcoming live-action film, Cinderella, and you can download the game today for free on the App Store.

The Maze Runner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on October 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A NICE CHANGE OF PACE
The Maze Runner is a surprisingly enjoyable movie tie-in that will succeed in keeping players guessing.
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Rogue Play and Warner Bros Announce May Release for a New Mobile Game Based on the Upcoming Godzilla Movie

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 18th, 2014

Rogue Play has announced that it is partnering with Warner Bros to create a game based on the upcoming Godzilla movie, titled Godzilla - Smash3.

The game will feature RPG and puzzle elements combined with a 3-D environment with rich graphics. Warner Bros Chief Digital Officer Thomas Gewecke likes the partnership. “As the film stomps into theaters, Godzilla - Smash3 captures a monster-sized experience on the small screen in a great new way,” he says. “We’re lucky to work with a group like Rogue Play who understands what makes ‘Godzilla’ special and can channel that into a great-looking and fun game for our fans.”

Godzilla - Smash 3 is due out at the same time the movie, in May 2014.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Announced for iOS - Coming in April Courtesy of Gameloft

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 13th, 2014

Gameloft has announced that it will be the development studio bringing the official The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game to iOS this April when the movie is released. The game will be similar in many ways to Gameloft's original offering, but this sequel is going to be more graphically rich and more detailed in appearance compared to its predecessor. The overall size of the game's open world of Manhattan will be increased as well, giving you more room to sling your web and get the bad guys.

The game is a "premium title," meaning there is almost no chance that it will be a free offering (especially considering it's launching with a movie). But maybe that's for the better; tons of in-app purchases to keep a game sustainable are never fun. Be on the lookout for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iOS this April, but for now, check out the teaser trailer below.

Disney Movies Anywhere Released - Every Disney Movie Ever, Anywhere and Deep Ties into iTunes

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Disney has released Disney Movies Anywhere app that gives access to any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel digital movie purchased via Disney or iTunes, all in one place. This app introduces something we haven't yet seen, deep ties and content license sharing with iTunes. Here's how it works.

Two logins are needed, a Disney ID and an iTunes ID. Once signed into the Disney ID, the app will prompt the user to tie a Disney ID to an iTunes account by launching iTunes on the iOS device and asking for permission. See the screenshots below.

Once the two accounts are linked, the magic happens. Any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel movie purchased in iTunes now shows up in the app. In addition, any Disney digital movie purchased (usually as part of a DVD & digital copy bundle) that is associated with the Disney account now appears as purchased in the iTunes account. That's something we haven't seen before. A deep integration and cross license system between iTunes purchases and a content owner's own system.

And beyond that, there is every single Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movie ever made available for purchase in the app. That's pretty magical. All of my childhood favorites are here, even the non-animated ones like Old Yeller and The Love Bug. The prices are high, as is common for Disney, but they are all there.

In addition, the app also includes special features, shorts, etc. all of the content associated with each release is included with a purchase. As a special offer, anyone who downloads the app and sets up the connection between Disney and iTunes will be gifted a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles.

Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios comments on the release.

“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come. The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”

I hope we see a lot more of this type of integration in the future with content rights holders integrating with iOS and iTunes. It's a loosening of digital rights, just a tiny bit. And does so in a way that's refreshingly logical and customer friendlier than most services launched these days.

I have a suspicion that this is an example of what we may see once the Apple TV strategy is finally revealed.

Here's a short intro for the service.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on August 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: MINDLESS SMITING
Another uninspired movie tie-in to add to the pile, Mortal Instruments is as soulless as the monsters that players are forced to hunt. Even fans will have a hard time enjoying this one.
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Disney Animated Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ENCYCLOPEDIA FANTASIA
Disney Animated is a chronicle of all of Disney's animated features that's incredibly detailed, extensive, and even a little magical.
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Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on June 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOVIE MAGIC
Despicable Me: Minion Rush does the movie justice and is one of the best infinite-runners in the app store because of its great visuals and fun gameplay.
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Epic Video Game To Be Released By Gameloft

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 10th, 2013

Gameloft and Fox Digital Entertainment team up to release the official video game for the upcoming animated movie, Epic. The gameplay will have players building their own forest kingdom and fighting in action-packed battles filled with acrobatic combat. Epic will be released in time for the film's debut this May.

Record The Moments That Matter In 1 Second Everyday

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on January 14th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VIDEO JOURNAL :: Read Review »

What a cool way to remind yourself to make every day count: 1 Second Everyday has you take a short video once per day, and then builds a compilation video with them.

For almost 2 years now, I've been recording 1 second every day, so I'll never forget another day ever again. This project has had such a profoundly positive impact on my life, that I've passionately developed an App that will make it extraordinarily easy for anyone to do this too.

Reliving every single day of my life at age 30 in 6 minutes has provided me with a treasured perspective on life. It holds me accountable for making each day count.

Badly Drawn Movies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on January 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOVIE TIME
Badly Drawn movies is a plain and simple movie guessing game.
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Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film - Discover the Story iBook Review

By Angela LaFollette on November 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
This interactive book is not only a movie tie-in, but it also is packed with important historical information about Lincoln’s time as President of the United States.
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The Hunger Games Adventures Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 4th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Based on the popular adventure game on Facebook, The Hunger Games Adventures has everything loyal fans of the book and movie desire, as long as they have the patience to play it.
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