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Kingdom Conquest LogoWhen games like Temple Run II make a splash so big in the App Store over their opening weekend, it is hard to remember other big-time launches that happened at the same time. Last week, SEGA also released the

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follow up sequel to their epic Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), Kingdom Conquest II. This epic adventure may not have made number one on the free app list in less than eight hours, but it is no slouch when it comes to serious gaming.



I’ve never played Kingdom Conquest, so I’ll be reviewing this game as its own entity. I won’t be making comparisons between the original and its sequel. This is from the point of view of a reviewer who comes to the game fresh and with no previous experience with the franchise.


Kingdom Conquest II is a triple threat when it comes to game play. First, it is a simulation town management game where players are tasked with building structures to support a growing village. Then, it is a dungeon crawl MMO where players team up with up to four others to fight against enemies and collect loot using a virtual joystick. Lastly, it is a trading card game (TCG) where players conquer other lands by using monsters they have won in random card packs.


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Let’s talk about the simulation aspect of the game first, since this is where much of the early game takes place. Players build Sawmills, Stoneworks, and Ironworks in order to generate materials that are used to build more structures. As you build more, you increase your reputation as being a strong and benevolent lord. The more people who move to your growing kingdom, the more your stats increase, making it easier for you to conquer neighboring land, successfully complete dungeon crawls, and expand your land to make room for more construction.


Almost everything you must do to expand is laid out for you in the quest log. For example, you will be tasked with building additional Sawmills, and then upgrading them. You’ll have to clear away worn fields and build monster barracks. Each quest requires a certain amount of materials or other items. The reward is always greater than the cost.


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Some quests involve conquering nearby lands. To overthrow land, construct a unit that includes one commander and at least one monster.  The commanders are purchased through earned command points. The monsters are won as random card draws in dungeons. Send your unit to fight against neighbors and bring home the spoils of war. Once you’ve defeated your foes, you can turn the new land into part of your kingdom. This part of the game works like a TCG because monsters are won randomly, like the way you find a monster in a pack of Magic cards, and then players build units, similar to building the perfect Magic deck. The battle that takes place on the field is solely based on the stats of the player’s unit versus the stats of the enemy unit. If you’ve got a better monster deck, you’ll win the battle.


You can purchase card packs with gems, Charge Points, and special tickets, like Gold or Event Tickets. Charge Points are earned by completing quests. Tickets are earned by fighting your way through a dungeon. To enter a dungeon, tap the Dungeon icon at the bottom of the screen. You can choose from seven different areas, but can only enter what your level will allow.


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Each dungeon has different levels of difficulty that generate different rewards. The best way to find an open dungeon at your level is to tap the search button and select easy, normal or hard.


Dungeons are difficult to find. Groups are usually already in battle or unavailable. If you are lucky enough to get into a group, you can run through each room of the dungeon with your new cohorts, killing enemies and looting chests.


Once you’ve successfully completed a dungeon crawl, you’ll earn tickets that can be used to buy new cards with random monsters. The monsters are then used to battle the TCG style portion of the game mentioned above.


I’ve only touched the surface of the level of complexity this game has to offer. There is so much I’ve yet to explore, but I can promise that this game will stay in my “Awesome Games” folder for a long, long time.


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What I Liked: I loved being able to play three different types of games in one. The simulation portion is fun for developing a kingdom, the TCG portion is fun for the monster collecting aspect, and the dungeon crawl portion is great for the loot you win. The whole game is tied together with quests that keep you moving forward.


What I Didn’t Like: The user interface is pretty busy. It is not easy to figure out where things are. There is actually too much to do in a single game. It takes a long time to find your way around the game. The dungeons are always too full to join. It takes forever to find one that is available.


To Buy or Not to Buy: If you like complex, quest-heavy RPGs with elements of cooperative MMO, then you’ll be drooling by the time you get through the first five levels of this game.



Name: Kingdom Conquest II
Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Category: Games
Developer: SEGA
Price: Free
Score:


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Dungeon Story 1.4.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: Free, Version: 1.3.2 -> 1.4.0 (iTunes)

Description:
*** FREE FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME AS OUR NEW YEARS GIFT FOR YOU!! ***Are you ready for an epic fast-paced monster killing experience? Challenge hordes of powerful monsters and bosses, defeat them, level up to 999 and become the most powerful and rich hero of all times! But be careful... The enemies will also use their own special abilities to destroy you!Match 3 or more of the same tiles in any direction to attack with yo
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ur sword, cast spells, heal or gather coins! Use special battle items such as a shield, a healing potion and an explosive bomb that can alter the battlefield! Upgrade your gear and learn tons of skills! Unlock 9 powerful classes and exploit their unique powers!Can you create the most powerful character of all time?✔ Level up to 999✔ Conquer 6 levels of progressing difficulty✔ Defeat more than 70 monsters and bosses with special abilities✔ 9 unique hero classes with awesome powers✔ Use 7 awesome battle-items with unique abilities✔ Gather coins and upgrade your items and skills✔ Visit the tavern, complete quests and earn reputation to unlock amazing rewardsChallenge your friends in Game Center✔ Arena PvP matches✔ 80 achievements (up to 1000 GC points)✔ 12 leaderboards to compete✔ customisable leaderboardClassic gameplay with lots of innovative features✔ iCloud game saving support✔ Optimised for Retina displays✔ Universal app - buy once and play in all devices✔ iPhone 5 screen support✔ Game includes original music score✔ You can listen to your own music during the game*** MANY NEW AWESOME FEATURES COMING SOON ***Dungeon Story is inspired by some awesome games such as Dungeon Raid and Dragon Quest. The game is developed by an independent developer, passionate about games, with the help of some really great friends! :)What's NewHappy new year! Here is what the latest 2.4.0 update brings:--- Major GamePlay Features ---✔ A lot of in-game graphics are updated to new ones! (more on the way)✔ Remaining experience from monsters carries over if you level up✔ 4 of the Battle-items were redesigned: You can now take immediate action after using Shield, Ale, Rune or Mirror, which makes them much more desirable to use during combat (currently works only for single player)✔ Monster enrage effect is toned down (starts slower and it is less powerful)--- In-App Purchases ---✔ Many new purchase options in the Dungeon Story Store✔ You can now buy gold through completely OPTIONAL in-app purchases to make your progress easier if you want✔ Double Coin now gives you double the coins only after a dungeon run and not during the dungeon run to help preserve the gameplay balance of the in-battle merchant--- Bug Fixes ---✔ Bug fix: You can now again play your own music in-game✔ Many other bug fixes & optimisations
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PaperKarma Review
By Angela LaFollette on January 10th, 2013
Our Rating: :: GO GREENiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad

PaperKarma tracks down junk mail distributors and removes names and addresses from mailing lists all with the snap of a photo.

 
Publisher: Readabl, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
iPhone integration Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
User Interface Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Re-use Value Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Over
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all Rating: 3.58 out of 5 stars

Every afternoon I stroll out to my mailbox hoping that someone sent me a letter or fancy package only to discover that my mailbox is packed full with junk mail. There are enough credit card offers, insurance letters and catalogs in one week to potentially save a whole tree. Trying to get rid of the junk mail and contact the senders would take hours out of my day, so thankfully there’s an app for that.
PaperKarma sets out to help save the planet from junk mail by automatically contacting the mailer and removing the recipient’s email from the distribution list. It works to stop most of the junk mail, but it won’t exactly stop all junk mail.
Here’s how it works. Users can create an account or link PaperKarma to their Facebook profile. This means that there is some personal information required. I elected to not provide my phone number and was still able to register. It’s then necessary to accept a user license agreement. After a few minutes of time, it’s then possible to begin scanning mail or choosing an existing photo. It’s important to capture both address windows so companies can locate the proper records.
PaperKarma takes care of all the rest. There is a request status window where users can view their pending, successful and failed junk mail requests. My initial request was successful within 10 minutes, which I thought was pretty darn fast. Of course, it will take a few weeks for the company to process the request but at least I didn’t have to type out the email or call them myself.
The app isn’t completely perfect as it can’t remove users from all mailing lists. It’s up to companies to comply with the proper laws to expunge individuals from their distribution list when requested. Dealing with solicited mail is where things can get tricky because it isn’t exactly addressed to the user. Mail that says “to our friends” or “our neighbors at” won’t always be handled. Recipients will have to just deal with sacrificing a tree and placing this mail in their recycling bin.
There’s also the issue of the company not being in PaperKarma’s database. They do have an extensive list, but PaperKarma tries hard to track a company down when it isn’t on the distribution list by using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
Overall, It’s a great concept, but who knows if it truly works since it can take up to a month or longer to see results. Since PaperKarma is completely free to try, it’s easily recommendable to anyone looking to rid their mailbox of clutter. It doesn’t hurt to take a few seconds out of the day to stop all the junk mail, and users will help save trees along the way.

PaperKarmaiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-21 :: Category: LifestyleApps mentioned in this post: PaperKarma

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Boomlagoon is sure to be a name that will be mentioned a lot in tech news over the next few days. Three former Rovio employees founded Boomlagoon, which is the creative team behind the most popular game in the App Store, Angry Birds. Why is this new game company going to be the new hotness, you ask? Because they’ve just launched their own mobile video game and it is just as cute as the bird-flinging physics-based phenomenon. Don’t worry. Noble Nutlings is not an Angry Birds rip off. It is more like a Tiny Wings rip off, but whose paying attention.

The free game features three
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chubby squirrels who are on a mission to gather as many nuts as possible. Your job is to control their wobbly cart across a mountainous landscape.
The game lets players upgrade their cart with coins that they’ve collected or bought through in-app purchases. You’ll be collecting acorns, using hot-pepper boosts, and trying to get to the finish line as fast as possible.
“Noble Nutlings is the game I’ve wanted to make for years,” said Tuomas Erikoinen, co-founder and lead designer at Boomlagoon. “Behind the lighthearted style is a challenging racing title that should keep players coming back for ‘just one more level.’”
Even though the basics of the game are a lot like Tiny Wings, this game offers much more. For example, players use tilt controls to make the jumps and dips more interesting and accelerate by tapping a virtual game controller. It is not an endless runner, so you actually have levels to complete. The cart upgrades are amazing. Really, the cart upgrades are what make this game so fun. You can do stuff like add puffer fish as wheels and turn the cart into a frying pan.
Noble Nutlings is free to download and is available in the App Store today.
Check out the game trailer below to see the plump rodents in action as they race across the hills.


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The Haunt 2 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:
The Haunt 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the wildly popular point and tap adventure game The Haunt – one of the top selling (and rated) apps on Amazon and Google. This too is sure to make your toes curl and keep your device on edge! This stunningly beautiful and creepily crafted adventure takes you on an escape to a possessed battlefield of long ago where ghosts have overrun the creepy town of Crimson Hill. Mini-games are scat
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tered throughout the dark and mysterious village with many unique and engaging places to visit. Ghosts of the historic battles long gone stand guard over the many places of curiosity as you search for the clues and tools to unlock the mystery and put those pesky spirits to rest. Known around the world for your first rate paranormal investigation skills, you are tasked once again to rid the town of its other worldly beings. Can you put all the pieces together and restore peace to the town folk of Crimson Hill?Rich and colorful, the photo-real graphics are sure to make this one just as popular as the original smash hit. Another round of unique and original puzzles and well hidden clues again provide a great deal of depth in this sequel that is makes this too standout in the genre. Get your trill on in the mysterious landscape including: The Spooky Crimson Motel, Crimson Hill Manor, The Old Empire House, and other secret underground lairs the locals have yet discovered.Start your adventure today and get your creep on in The Haunt 2.******************************Features: Stunning HD Graphics Tons of original puzzles and mini-games Hidden clues, tools and objects Excellent depth and length Engaging storyline Lots of spooks and ghosts Original music score Fun for all ages (spooky without the bloody gore) A Fan FavoriteVisit us at www.furiousApps.comGet 1-on-1 help on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/thehaunt2******************************
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App Update: Checkmark 1.1 Adds Recurring Reminders, Plus Snooze!
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 17th, 2012 [ permalink ]
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Reminders replacement app, Checkmark, has updated to version 1.1, bringing iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support, recurring reminders, and snooze-able reminders to an already great list of features.
What’s New in Checkmark 1.1
- Recurring reminders (new feature)
- Snooze reminders (new feature)
- “Add from Map” improvements for adding new locations
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(Satellite/Hybrid views, Drop a pin, etc.)
- Improved radius control for locations (larger radius options, new
slider UI to choose radius)
- Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5
via: Our Review    source: Checkmark Developer Blog    
Apps mentioned in this post: Checkmark

[ App Update: Checkmark 1.1 Adds Recurring Reminders, Plus Snooze! is a post from 148Apps ]