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Dragon Hills 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 16th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAP AND DRAGON
This arcade game feels great, but there are times when it's a little uncomfortable.


+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TICKET TO RUN
This infinite runner puts enough of a spin on the genre to feel worth your time.

Dragon Project review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 12th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOBILE MONSTER HUNTER
Dragon Project presents some great co-op monster hunting in a nice mobile package.

Flame Versus Blaze review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 11th, 2017
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAME VS BLASÉ
This colorful MOBA just isn't as slick as the competition.

Stranger Things: The Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 6th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STRANGE AND AWESOME THING
The Stranger Things tie-in game ditches ads and monetization in favor of making a more traditional (and delightful) retro game.

REKT! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 5th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ONE TRACK MIND
This score attack game shows promise but lacks variety.

Flower review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 3rd, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A FLOWERING ACHIEVEMENT
Flower is a great game that has aged well despite one, deep-seeded problem.

Art of War: Red Tides review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 2nd, 2017
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: CRASH ROYALE
There's a lot going on in this strategy game, which makes it both confusing and unstable.

Be the last person standing in Legacy of Discord’s intense new survival mode

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 17th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Yoozoo Games’ popular action MMO Legacy of Discord is getting a huge new update to celebrate its first anniversary. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of an exciting survival mode titled Last Guardian. This new survival mode will pit you against other players, offering all new ways to approach combat in Legacy of Discord.

Each match in Last Guardian lasts for 20 minutes, where you’ll be placed on a map and forced to survive. That means killing off other players while seeking out weapons, equipment, potions, and other items to help you level up and survive for as long as possible. You’ll get points throughout the match for number of kills, assists, and the equipment and chests you discover.

Last Guardian features two different formats to accommodate different playstyles. If you’re looking for something a little less cut-throat, Entertainment Format will suit nicely. Players can resurrect after they die, though they’ll lose all of the equipment they found prior. At the end of the match, the player with the most points wins. Death Format, however, takes the Battle Royale approach, with a gradually shrinking player region. If you’re caught outside of the boundaries, you’ll gradually lose HP. If you die, you’re immediately disqualified. The last person standing wins.

If you’re worried about keeping up with the competition, it’s worth noting that all players start with the same attributes at the start of a Last Guardian match. That’s where all of those items hiding in wait come in. Gathering items and equipment is key to becoming stronger than your opponents, while opening chests will grant you some much needed experience points. Potions are also incredibly valuable in Last Guardian, with three different types -- Attack potion, Defense potion, and Special potion. They’ll grant you helpful, temporary buffs. Some special potions may even turn an opposing player into a chest for a short time.

Do you think you have what it takes to survive in Last Guardian? Find out for yourself, as the update goes live today.

Thisi article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Home Street guide - how to make friends and build your dream house

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 16th, 2017

From the creators of Food Street comes Home Street, a new simulation game that tasks you with building a social network and designing a beautiful home. It's a bit like The Sims, but you won't have to worry about the daily chores involved (feeding, exercise, etc.).

In Home Street, you'll largely be concerned with earning money and crafting rare items. There are a few key beginner strategies to help you out with this process.

Color Ballz guide - how to bounce to the top of the leader boards

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 16th, 2017

Color Ballz
is an addictive new arcade title from Ketchapp Studios. It takes old school mechanics from games like Brickles and puts a fun twist on it. Your job? To catch balls with a paddle and send them back into a chute to be carried back to the top of the screen, where they can be thrown at you again. You want to make sure you miss as few balls as possible to get a high score.

There are a few strategies to keep in mind if you want to see your name at the top of those leaderboards.

Q&A: A-33 Studio explains why Combat Squad is different from other mobile FPS games

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 16th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

When it comes to mobile FPS, it’s often tricky to get the fundamentals right on a platform lacking a physical controller, large display and hefty RAM. With Combat Squad: Project Wednesday, A-33 Studio bravely took on the challenge of making a decent shooter that plays to the strengths of mobile gaming, rather than its weaknesses. The game was released earlier this year, and places you in charge of a five-person team of customisable soldiers, battling against other players online.

Whether the developer’s aspirations for Combat Squad have been achieved is for you to decide. The proof is in the shrapnel-laden, gunpowder pudding, after all. But we caught up with the people at A-33 Studio to find out what the process of making the game was like, and what they hope gamers will experience playing it.

148 Apps: What do you feel distinguishes Combat Squad from other mobile shooters?

A-33 Studio: One distinguishing factor is how the effectiveness of your tactical and strategic decisions depends on the combination of agents you select for your squad. Each agent has unique characteristics and players can recruit and customise them with Perks to fit their style of gaming. For example, a player may pick an agent that specialises in close-range combat, equipping them with the Suicide Bombing Perk causing them to detonate upon death. That turns the character into an effective assault unit.

In Combat Squad, you have the freedom to customise and experiment with different tactics to find out what works for you.

Q: What challenges did you face during the development of Combat Squad, and how did you overcome them?

A: To make battle between squads possible, much of our effort went into the development of the AI system. In the one-versus-one PVP mode, AI controls all of the agents except for the ones controlled by the players. This requires AI that can work tactically to complete the mission, even if the players wander off to fight alone.
One of the key challenges was finding the right balance for the AI’s ability. If the AI is too good, it makes the player feel like a sidekick. If the AI isn’t good enough, it gets in the way of the player carrying out the mission. To find the solution, we conducted countless experiments to reach the point in Combat Squad we’re at today. But we’re still making improvements and will continue to do so.

Q: Which part of the game are you personally most proud of and why?
A: There are many FPS games, each with different paces of battle, many of which we found to be on the slow side. What we really wanted for Combat Squad was to create fast-paced FPS battles that deliver the tension of the battlefield. We also wanted the game to feel dynamic, precise and feature high quality graphics.

In order to fully utilise the graphical potential of the Unreal Engine 4, along with achieving the other goals mentioned, we have worked very hard. We’re proud to say we fulfilled much of what we envisioned for Combat Squad. From now onwards, the feedback from players will help us discover what the game is lacking, and how to improve it into the future.

Q: What do you feel players will enjoy most about the game?
A: The DIVE system is a feature unique to Combat Squad, and we expect many players will find this interesting. DIVE was developed to give players tactical influence over the battlefield, swapping between agents in their squad at will. For example, imagine an enemy sniper positioned in the distance confronts a player charging in with a submachine gun. In other FPS games, the player would typically either attempt to find a different route, or rush headlong into the sniper’s path. With the DIVE system, however, there are more options. The player could dive into an agent in a different location to flank the sniper, attacking from a different angle. Diving in and out of the right agents at the right time and place is a great tactic and enables you to control the battlefield.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter guide - tips for starting a new character

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 16th, 2017

Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter launched this week to players all over the world. It's a beautiful mobile MMORPG that blends elements of Eastern and Western fantasy. It reminds us of a mix between World of Warcraft and Jade Empire.

MMO's can have a bit of a learning curve when you're starting out, so let's go over a few tips to help you get started in the first few levels of the game. You'll be out and about slaying dragons with your guild members in no time.

The best new games we played this week - October 13

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 13th, 2017

Phew. It has been a week, but now it's time to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy some brand new mobile games. It was a bit of slow week, but there's still plenty of new titles to add to your collection. Here are four of our favorites.

Into the Dead 2 guide - how to survive the zombie apocalypse

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 12th, 2017

Into the Dead 2 is an endless gunner, of sorts, with a lot of grit and satisfying gunplay behind it. The game looks amazing, and tells an effective story to boot. Plus, it has some quality voice acting behind it to really bring the story to life.

Though it's an endless runner-esque game, things can get tough out there when hundreds of zombies are ganging up on you. Here are a few tips to help you survive every level.

Dive in to Combat Squad if you’re looking for fresh FPS fun

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 12th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Earlier this year, A-33 Studio made the leap from developing Counter Strike Online to launching its very own FPS for the mobile. Combat Squad: Project Wednesday pits your team of mercs against the world in multiplayer death matches, so if you’re on the hunt for a new shooter this might be worth a shot.

Gameplay involves assembling a team of five mercenaries, each with distinct specialties ranging from clandestine sniping to close-range combat. You can customise your band of brawlers further by equipping different perks, with forty to choose from in total. Controlling a member of your plucky paramilitary is done using the onscreen sticks – left to move and right to look. There’s a button in the centre for manual shooting, or an auto-fire option if you want to make life a little easier. Pretty standard for mobile shooters, so if you’re au fait with this fare then you’ll fare OK.

During one-versus-one battle, Combat Squad’s Dive system allows you to switch control between soldiers, with AI taking over to guide the rest of your team against combatants. If you’re a more sociable kind of soldier, you can also play five-versus-five, joining arms with other online players to take on rival teams in an all-out slaughter fest. There are seven multiplayer modes to get stuck into, including Deathmatch, Zombie and Demolition, taking place across maps spanning Europe and Central Asia. You won’t have much time to admire the exotic locales, though, what with all the bullet dodging.

If Combat Squad’s launch passed you by, don’t worry - you haven’t missed the boat. In fact you and your mercs can scuba your way to the boat, commandeer it and show these other pretenders who’s boss. But first you’ve got to download it for free from the App Store or Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media preferred partners.

The Talos Principle comes to mobile -- here are 7 other Devolver Digital games you should play

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 12th, 2017

Sci-fi puzzler The Talos Principle arrived on the App Store this week. The game, which tells the tale of a newly awokened robot, is a philosophical story of what it means to be human, while the player explores over 100 different areas in a beautiful 3D space.

The game is published by Devolver Digital, who has a bounty of other fine indie titles on iOS. Here are seven of the best.

The best mobile tycoon games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2017

Games are meant to be an escape from real world drudgery, but we sure love games that put us to work. Tycoon games often have us up into the wee hours of the morning clicking away. There's just something about running an imaginary business. If you're looking for some fun tycoon games to play on your mobile device, here are a few of our favorites.

The best virtual pet apps on mobile

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2017

Virtual pets have become a mainstay in the modern gaming world, though newer titles have added on new bells and whistles to keep things exciting. Virtual pets are no longer just about feeding and cleaning up poop before your 8-bit blob withers away. Now there are all sorts of things you can do with virtual pets, especially on mobile, where you're free to take your companions with you on the go. Here are five of our favorites.

Color 6 guide - how to score high

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2017

Color 6
is a well, colorful puzzle game in which you fit geometric shapes on a 2D board to score points. It can get tricky when you can only match shapes of the same color, and the hexagonal board starts to fill up. We have a few tips to help you get a high score while using the fewest moves possible.

The best deals on the App Store this week - October 10

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 10th, 2017

In this ever-changing world of mobile news, few things are guaranteed. Few things, that is, save for the always dependable deals going up on the App Store each week.

Our friendly ritual continues this week with more games fresh from the App Store bargain bin. It's an especially good week for fans of board and card games. Let's take a look.

The best mobile MMORPGs

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 10th, 2017

MMORPGs still have quite a bit of growing to do in the mobile space, but we're starting to see these large scale multiplayer games more and more. With the promise of games like Lineage II and EVE Online hitting iOS and Android, it's clear to see that MMORPG developers are setting their eyes on mobile.

There are already a few great MMORPGs on mobile if you're looking to do some questing on the go. Here are four of our favorites.

Dunk Hit guide -- how to score high and get perfect shots

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 10th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Dunk Hit
is a new high score chaser from Voodoo, purveyors of breezy, addictive arcade games. Players try to make sweet dunks using the fewest dribbles possible. It's easy to jump right in and start scoring, but harder to chain dunks together for super high scores.

We've gathered a few tips and tricks for reaching high scores and getting perfect shots. Let's take a look.