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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 10/14/2017

October 14, 2017 by RSS Feed

Battle Cats! Word Search , Battleship Lonewolf - Space TD , Sago Mini Monsters and more

iPhone:

Flow - tames your mobile inbox ( $4.99 → Free ) Mera Inc. It happens to all of us. Over time our inboxes become a cluttered mess of terrifying text that, at some point, you know you’re going to need to handle. Flow will help you get the job done. Flow supports Gmail, iCloud, Outlook, Yahoo, 163 mail, QQ mail, and all other IMAP services. When adding multiple accounts, you’re able to determine which is your primary one. Then Flow will pipe in all of your emails as one big stream. As you scroll through them, you’ll be able to see snippets of text that can be expanded. Swipe right to left over an email to reveal additional options like forward, star, snooze, and delete.

Notable Quotes ( $0.99 → Free ) Hand Carved Code, LLC Notable Quotes will bring a little fun and positivity to your day. Its collection of hand-selected quotes can be broken down by category or author, or you can view them at random. Quotes are presented with stunning backgrounds, and they can be shared with friends via text, email, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You’re also able to view a daily quote via a lock screen widget. The app includes the ability to create and share your own custom quotes as well.

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Battle Cats! Word Search ( $2.99 → Free ) AppA11y, Inc. Cats plus word search. What’s not to like? Battle Cats pits you against AI opponents, random strangers, or your friends in word search battles. You’re able to compete in live battles where you and your opponent search for words within the same puzzle at the same time, or you can take turns and see who completes the puzzle the fastest. Deploy cat litter bombs to slow down your opponent, or fire cat eye lasers to remove letters and get an advantage over them. An in-game chat systems allows you to taunt your opponent while laying waste to their puzzle. The game includes more than 150 categories to enjoy.

Battleship Lonewolf - Space TD ( $0.99 → Free ) tabasco game Battleship Lonewolf puts you in the middle of an epic space war. As commander of the battleship Lonewolf, every major decision is up to you and its a matter of life and death. Tap to steer your ship around the battlefield and engage enemies. Collect the resources dropped from your fallen enemies in order to upgrade your current weapons and add new turrets. When all else fails, risk your resources on powerful auxiliary attacks and defenses. The game includes a wide variety of missions and the ability to replay levels in survival mode.

Sago Mini Monsters ( $2.99 → Free ) Sago Mini Sago Mini Monsters allows your child’s creative side to shine. They get to start off by painting the face of a colorful monster. It will then grow horns, eyes, and a mouth. Just tap and drag each piece to switch it out with another. The monster can be fed with the food that floats to the top of the goo from which it came. Once the monster has had its fill it will need its teeth brushed. Other objects will also randomly float to the top of the goo, which can be applied to the monster before it gets its photo taken.

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Ancient History and Technology Merge in The Talos Principle

October 13, 2017 by RSS Feed

The Talos Principle ($4.99) by Croteam and published by Devolver Digital is the mobile port of the original game released in 2014. If you enjoyed other recent games like The Witness and classics like Portal, then you'll like The Talos Principle.

These days, thanks to the computing power of the devices in our pockets, we're able to have more console games as mobile ports. We've been getting some great ones lately, including The Witness, Thimbleweed Park, OXENFREE, Danmaku Unlimited 3, Steredenn, The Binding of Isaac, Geometry Wars 3, and more. The trend doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon either, and I'm grateful. There are plenty of games that I haven't been able to try, because I'd prefer having them on my iPhone or even Nintendo Switch. And now that I have The Talos Principle on-the-go, I'm not disappointed.

$9.99

The Witness

Thekla, inc.

$9.99

Thimbleweed Park

Terrible Toybox, Inc.

$4.99

OXENFREE

Night School Studio, LLC

$4.99

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Sunny Tam

$3.99

Steredenn

Pixelnest Studio

$14.99

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Nicalis, Inc.

$9.99

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Visually, The Talos Principle is gorgeous and stunning, especially on the Retina HD screen of my iPhone 8 Plus. It reminds me of the graphics in The Witness, except it's much more realistic and less dreamlike. The game's fully rendered in 3D and it's incredibly immersive, pulling you into the tranquil island life. It shifts between first-person and third-person perspective, depending on the puzzle you're solving. The entire world is full of fine details and textures, giving everything a bit of life. Honestly, it's rather impressive that this is just on my iPhone.

As far as music and sound goes, The Talos Principle nails it as well. There's an ambient, atmospheric soundtrack that helps you relax and focus on solving the puzzles on the island. As far as sound effects go, it's rather sensible, with the calming sounds of nature and your own robotic footsteps. The sound design is the other layer of the game that truly draws you into the game world, as it's so well done.

In The Talos Principle, players wake up from a deep sleep and find themselves on an island that's filled with ancient ruins and technology. It's a bit similar to The Witness, but you're a robot here, rather than a human, though you have a human-like consciousness. There's a voice that speaks to you as you wander around, providing guidance, but the question remains: who are you and what is your purpose? The answers to these questions reveal themselves as you make progress on the island by solving puzzles.

The controls in The Talos Principle on mobile are simple and intuitive, though it does take time to get used to. Just tap where you want to move to, and you'll walk over. Swiping your finger horizontally lets you pan the camera around so you can view the surroundings. A two-finger swipe lets you strafe in that direction (left, right, or backward). You can also double tap a spot to run towards it, rather than walk.

When there are objects in the environment that you can interact with, there's an indicator on the screen — just tap it and you interact with it. The game contains over 100 puzzles all across the island, and they involve multiple interactions. These range from picking up portable jammer units to disable turrets and walls, to diverting drones and manipulating laser beams. The puzzles are all different and range from simple to complex. The game also gives players the freedom to complete puzzles in their own way, as it's non-linear.

As you complete puzzles, you'll earn a "sigil" at the end of each one. These sigils are shaped like tetrominos and are the key to unlocking security gates (also puzzles themselves) in order to move on to the next area. There's also some exploration that you can do in the open environments to uncover more puzzles and narrative.

For the most part, the touch screen controls work well enough. However, if you have a MFi controller, The Talos Principle fully supports them. This means a more console-like experience if you have a controller, but it's still playable without.

A beautiful 3D puzzle adventure reminiscent of The Witness.

The Good

The Talos Principle is an excellent open-world puzzle adventure that is just jaw-dropping beautiful on your iOS device. If you have a newer device, you'll be glad to know that this game utilizes the power of the Metal API and Serious Engine. The sounds are realistic and immersive, making you feel like you're really there.

Even if you've never played The Talos Principle on other platforms, the game does a bit of handholding in the beginning to help newbies. The tutorial explains the intuitive controls so you don't feel lost, and interacting with the environment is a simple affair. Having support for MFi controllers is just a bonus.

For what it's worth, The Talos Principle is an excellent value on iOS. The game is only $5 and provides at least 20 hours of gameplay (the console versions run about $40). The puzzles are challenging and make you think. And the narrative is excellent, as it explores various aspects of humanity, technology, and civilization.

The Bad

While The Talos Principle looks fantastic on my iPhone 8 Plus, I did experience some frame rate issues while playing. When I'm trying to pan the camera around quickly or run, there would be some stuttering in the frame rate. It's not a huge dealbreaker, but it is noticeable.

And while the touch controls work alright for the most part, they can get a bit clunky when dealing with time-critical puzzles. A bit more optimization could be used.

It should be noted that the recent update has caused some issues for people, as reflected in the iTunes reviews. Aside from some visual stuttering, I haven't had crashing issues as others are reporting.

The verdict

As someone who's never played The Talos Principle before, I'm in love with the game. It looks amazing and has great sound design. The controls work okay, but could be better optimized, but at least there is controller support. The story is intriguing from the get-go, and I do love a good existential crisis kind of plot. The puzzles are challenging and there's just a ton of content for the money.

I recommend giving The Talos Principle a try if you've never played it before and enjoy open-world puzzle adventures. The Talos Principle is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $4.99.

9.0

OVERALL

Sound/Music 10

Graphics 9.5

Gameplay 9

Replayability 8.5

Game Controls 8

$4.99

The Talos Principle

Devolver Digital

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 10/13/2017

October 13, 2017 by RSS Feed

Achtung , Tangle Patterns Mega Pack , Word War Word Search Battle and more

iPhone:

Grabbd- Social Foodie & Travel ( $0.99 → Free ) Grabbd Inc Grabbd is a foodie’s dream come true. It allows you to save all of your favorite places to grab a drink or some grub, and share them with the world. Whenever you come across a place you want to check out or that you really enjoy, simply “Grabb” it by choosing a category, adding a comment, and adding a photo. All of your places will be collected and organized for you, and when the time comes you can publish them as a list. You’re also able to follow your friends in order to discover new places.

iPad:

Achtung ( $1.99 → Free ) iSignz Achtung requires you to wipe out your opponent by cutting off their path. You're able to maneuver your neon line using two on-screen arrows. Each consecutive round you win will earn you more points as will defeating your opponent as fast as possible. The game includes a single player mode, local same-device multiplayer, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Universal:

Tangle Patterns Mega Pack ( $3.99 → Free ) Andre Diamand Tangle is both relaxing and engaging. It includes 275 stunning tangle patterns with step-by-step instructions. You’re able to make your way through the catalog with a swipe, search for something specific, or have a pattern randomly chosen for you. Tangle patterns can also be bookmarked for later. Each pattern includes step-by-step instructions, the ability to lock the screen, and the option to print it.

Word War Word Search Battle ( $2.99 → Free ) AppA11y, Inc. Who knew searching for words could be so much fun? Word War pits you against AI opponents, random strangers, or your friends in word search battles. You’re able to compete in live battles where you and your opponent search for words within the same puzzle at the same time, or you can take turns and see who completes the puzzle the fastest. Deploy smoke bombs to obscure the board for a brief period of time and get an advantage over your opponent. The game includes more than 150 categories to enjoy.

Avoid It ( $0.99 → Free ) sungchul kim As the lone survivor of your people, it’s your duty to take your family’s ethereal light energy to the top of the mystic hill. But your task won’t be easy thanks to a nightmarish horror that wants you exterminated. Tap to jump off the walls in order to climb to the top. Release to slide down walls and avoid certain death. The game includes 30 stages.

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Blow Up Zombies With a Mechanical Dragon in Dragon Hills 2

October 12, 2017 by RSS Feed

Dragon Hills 2 ($2.99) by Cezary Rajkowski is the sequel to the original Dragon Hills that came out in 2015. If you enjoy fast paced arcade games like Grapple Gum and Pigeon Wings, then you'll love what Dragon Hills 2 offers.

With all that's going on in the world lately, I find solace in video games. Though my usual go-tos are relaxing puzzles or Stardew Valley on my Nintendo Switch, sometimes I'm just craving chaos and destruction on my screen. For those moments, I find arcade games like Kick Ass Commandos to be perfect. I remember playing Dragon Hills a few years ago, and I'm glad to see it return on the App Store in a new package.

$1.99

Grapple Gum

Ali Mehrez

$1.99

Pigeon Wings

Ignacio Schiefelbein

$1.99

Dragon Hills

Cezary Rajkowski

In terms of visuals, Dragon Hills 2 supersedes the original game. While the first Dragon Hills did not look bad, the sequel brings in even more polished graphics that are gorgeous to behold. Dragon Hills 2 retains the cartoonish art style and humor, which is great for fans.

Everything's rendered in 2D, but with the city skylines and other environmental backgrounds, there's some nice depth to the layering. The world is fairly detailed and full of realistic textures, and character sprites are lively. The colors are bright and vibrant, with danger zones easy to spot from a distance so you have time to get ready. Animations are smooth and fluid so there's no lag on my iPhone 8 Plus. There's a quirky soundtrack that's fun to listen to during the action, and the sound effects are sure to bring a smile to your face.

While Dragon Hills 2 looks like an infinite runner style game at first glance, it's not. It's level-based with three unique worlds, and players must get through each stage with a challenging boss fight at the end in order to conquer all of the zombie towers. If you played the first game, you'll remember the protagonist, because she makes her appearance once more. But rather than fighting knights, you'll be taking out hungry zombies.

Controls in Dragon Hills 2 is as intuitive as the original game. The former princess takes control of the mech dragon and it goes forward automatically. When you touch anywhere on the screen, that causes the dragon to dive down, digging through buildings, the ground, and even enemies. As you release your finger, the dragon goes upwards, eventually jumping out of the ground. The dragon can only be underground for so long (progress bar at bottom indicates how long until you need to surface), so a combination of burrowing and jumping is key.

As you set out with your robotic dragon friend, you'll see zombies hiding out in buildings, vehicles, and other objects in the environment. You'll want to aim for them, because the more zombies you eliminate, the better. Everything in the environment is destructible as well, so you'll see entire buildings crumble and fall once you rip through them.

There's gold coins to collect along the way, if you manage to time and aim your jumps for them. The coins are for you to spend on upgrades for your dragon, such as increased health, more speed, or more potent burrowing capabilities. Additionally, in case your dragon needs more firepower, there are weapons that you can purchase and upgrade too. And like many games, there are power-up items that you can unlock, making things like collecting coins easier.

While you may start out in the game thinking you're invincible (you're in a mech dragon fighting zombies after all), it's much harder than you think. There are dangerous obstacles that you'll have to watch out for, such as laser beams, deadly acid pools, and even projectiles fired by enemy zombies.

Plus, the boss battles are a test of your ability to jump and burrow while dodging attacks. You start with one heart, which equates to one hit, but more upgrades means you can withstand more damage before you go down. Bosses also need more hits to defeat, so it becomes rather challenging.

Ride a dragon to cause as much destruction as possible.

The Good

Dragon Hills 2 is beautiful auto-runner arcade game that will keep anyone entertained. The graphics are stunning and crisp on Retina screens, and the sound design is fantastic. The one-touch controls mean this game is simple enough for everyone, but also challenging and gives you a sense of progression. There's also a dash of humor mixed in, which I love.

And if the game concept itself is not enough to keep you coming back, then perhaps the abundance of upgrades, weapons, and power-ups for your dragon will. After all, who doesn't want to see what a mechanized dragon can do after getting souped up for battle against an undead horde?

The Bad

There's a lot of good going on for Dragon Hills 2, but I can't help but feel that this is just more of the same. I played the original game for a while, and this is just the same thing, but with zombies. It's great fun for those who haven't played the first one, though.

There's also a slight learning curve for those who haven't played before, and they may find the first boss fight more difficult than it should be.

The verdict

Even though it feels mostly like a rehash, I'm still enjoying Dragon Hills 2. The graphics look improved over the first game, and the sounds are fun. Even though the game is fairly difficult, it's a welcome challenge and keeps you coming back for more in hopes of making progress. There's a plethora of upgrades to work your way towards, and I can't wait to blow up some zombies with a super dragon mech.

I recommend giving Dragon Hills 2 a try if you're looking for a fun arcade auto-runner game. You can find Dragon Hills 2 on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

9.0

OVERALL

Game Controls 10

Replayability 9

Graphics 9

Sound/Music 8.5

Gameplay 8.5

$2.99

Dragon Hills 2

Cezary Rajkowski

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 10/12/2017

October 12, 2017 by RSS Feed

Infectonator , Time Manager - Daily Time Tracker , ISS Real-Time Tracker and more

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Infectonator ( $0.99 → Free ) Armor Games Inc Infectonator turns the tables. Instead of destroying zombies, you’re asked to spread the virus. Summon and unleash zombies upon the unsuspecting citizens of the world just by tapping a point on the map. Watch as they battle it out with the citizens and begin to spread their infection. Gather the coins dropped from infected citizens to upgrade your zombies, and deploy different items to support your army. The game includes 50 cities to infect, 10 unique zombies, pixel art graphics, and leaderboards via Game Center.

Time Manager - Daily Time Tracker ( $1.99 → Free ) Kurtis Pritchard Time Manager provides quick access to all of your common tasks. Simply create recurring subjects and projects, and when it’s time to work on a task you’re able to categorize it with just a couple of taps. Each task must include a start and end time, which allows you to keep track of the time spent. Time Manager will break down recent trends and present them as graphs. You’re also able to create reports and export them for record keeping.

ISS Real-Time Tracker ( $2.99 → Free ) Michael Stebel The ISS orbits the Earth about 16 times each day, and ISS Real-Time Tracker helps you keep track of its movements. The app tracks the current position of the ISS on an interactive map. An information overlay provides detailed data like position in degrees, altitude, and velocity. You’re also able to view a live stream from the HDEV when available, download Landsat 8 images, and predict the best possible viewing times.

Essential Oils Reference Guide ( $6.99 → Free ) helder lourenzi Essential Oils aims to be your definitive guide for essential oils. It includes three different sections: Oils, Ailments, and Uses. Each section can be browsed alphabetically, or you can search for something specific. The listings within the categories include tons of detailed information along with the ability to add notes and save them for later.

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