Fortnite, PUBG, and Shadowgun Legends - What have been the big changes in mobile gaming in the first half of 2018?
This month, we're looking back at the first half of 2018, looking at the good, the bad, and everything in between. In this piece we're having a think about the big changes that have happened in mobile gaming over the past six months, and what they might mean for mobile gamers moving forwards.
It's our job to keep an eye on the trends, new ideas, and new concepts that are happening in mobile, and we've had a good long think and decided that these five were the biggest changes in 2018. If you've spotted any that you think are worth mentining, then make sure you toss them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
The best thing about Knights Chronicle is how friendly it is to players that don’t want to spend any money on it. Although it’s surface structure looks like a ton of stingy moves trying to squeeze money out of players, there are a ton of free perks Netmarble grants to players just for sticking with the game.
One of these perks is the Knight Selector Ticket, which grants players the option to choose any white or dark knight SSR units if they log into Knights Chronicle daily for 28 days. This provides an awesome opportunity for all players to fill key gaps in their current rosters with some really quality units, provided they make their choice carefully. If you’re wondering what units are best to pick for your 28 day Knight Selector Ticket, keep reading to learn how to best up your game with this sweet perk.
Who to avoid
Of the White and Dark Knights to select in Knights Chronicle, there isn’t one that stands head and shoulders above the rest as the best pick for all players. That said, there are a couple heroes that generally don’t provide a ton of utility that you should probably avoid.
Namely, Marduk, Damian, and Nemesis are pretty weak picks at the moment. Marduk struggles mostly because he only offers tons of defense without much damage output, prolonged taunting abilities, or useful hero talents. Damian, on the other hand, can become pretty great at deleting other characters, but getting him there takes a lot of investment in maxing him out, whereas Dark Knights like Ashley or Mary are pretty effective attackers almost immediately. Lastly, there’s Nemesis, who can be useful to counter teams that have a lot of reviving characters, but a lot of her damage output is dependent on generating Dark Orbs, which is a process that takes way too long at the moment.
Who to pick and why
If you pick any knights besides the three listed above, you’ll likely be a pretty happy camper, but let’s delve a little deeper into what each of these remaining characters have to offer:
- Ramu - Despite being listed as a Hybrid-type fighter, Ramu is one of the best support characters in Knights Chroncile. This is mostly because she restores 10% of her party’s HP every turn and has the ability to revive two heroes at once with her ultimate ability. Her weakness is that she doesn’t really put out much damage at all, but all of her skills have utility outside of that that make Ramu one of the best picks you can make from this selector, both for PvP and PvE.
- Mary - Mary is an offensive powerhouse. She has an extremely powerful ultimate ability that attacks all enemies at once and a chance to make three of her targets unable to revive. Mary is also interesting in that she gets more powerful as enemies die, making her a bigger threat the further into a fight you get. Out of all the knights available, Mary is a great pick, particularly if you want a great damage dealer for PvE missions.
- Deimos - If Ramu sounds interesting, but you want a more traditional support character to add to your roster, Deimos is your best bet. Deimos not only provides healing, but also can remove buffs from enemies and grant Veil of Phantasm to your entire team, allowing you to avoid hard-hitting attacks right when you need to. Simply put, if you need a support hero and already have Ramu, or want someone more specialized for keeping your team alive, choose Deimos.
- Ashley - The king of damage over time, Ashley is a great attacker to add to your party if you’re looking to build a team that excels at longer combat encounters. His kit involves an ability called Ebony Wound, which deals damage to heroes with it every turn and cannot be removed. On top of this, Ashley’s ultimate ability can do some amazing burst damage to a single target with the possibility to stunning for two turns as well. Of everyone in the selector, Ashley is probably best suited for people looking for a PvP damage dealer.
Make the best choice for your team
Ramu and Ashley are probably the best heroes to pick from this selector, but that doesn’t meant you should just blindly choose one of them. As mentioned in previous guides, Knights Chronicle is much more about having a team that works well together rather than just having a collection of powerful heroes.
At the end of the day, Mary might be just what you need to make your Dark/Water team be even more destructive, or you may want to take a chance on Marduk because you don’t have any defensive heroes at all and want to see if a future update buffs him a bit. No matter who you pick, just make sure it makes sense for your current hero box, and you can’t go wrong.
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Now that the year is half over, we decided to take a look back at the first half of the year’s best games and highlight them. So far, our reviews have only hit the five-star mark five times, but there are other game’s worth celebrating here too.
Specifically, the games I’m revisiting are titles that have stuck with me after playing them for review. Whether it’s just because they were so memorable when I finished them or I’m still playing them today, here are some of the best releases from this year so far.
One of these new goodies is a new multiplayer dungeon known as Haspiel Assault. Although it’s a low-ranking mission, it can be pretty hard to take down at first, but with these few tips you’ll be able to ace this new dungeon easily. We’ll also go over why you should take on this new dungeon at all.
Pre-register for Era of Celestials and join 300,000 others in getting a head start before the upcoming launch
Era of Celestials has already taken China by storm, and judging by the 300,000 players that have already pre-registered for its global release, it’s set to do the same across the world after its launch later this year. Now it’s your chance to get in on the action, gain access to exclusive in-game rewards, and get a head start in this already-thriving fantasy MMOARPG.
Set in a world where Celestials and their enemies are battling for the preservation of humanity, Era of Celestials places you in the role of an appointed champion with a class of your choosing. After becoming either a warrior, mage, or archer, the Celestials call upon you to help push back the onslaught of an invading force with the fate of the whole world at stake. Celestial City is under siege and only you can help.
Alright, alright, so you saw what I was most looking forward to this year on the gaming scene, but what about what's already been? We're almost halfway through July, over halfway through 2018, and there's plenty that's happened.
If any of you follow me over on Pocket Gamer you know I've got a fondness for great stories, pretty things, and puzzles, so you may not agree with my choices but, hey, that's the beauty of opinion.
Bricks n Balls is one of those games that might feel like you're not in control. But that's not the case, there's plenty you can do here to get an edge and watch your scores soar through the stratosphere. It's going to take a lot of practice though.
Or, you're going to have to ask someone who's already put a lot of time into the game. Which is good, because we have put a lot of time into the game, and now we're going share our secrets with you to make sure you're playing the best game of Bricks n Balls that you can.
Just when we thought Knights Chronicle couldn’t get any better, Netmarble released yet another content update, coming just six days after the huge 1.1 patch. While this update isn’t quite as significant as the one that came before it, there are still some neat things to dig into here.
The main focus of this update is heroes, but there’s also a new event that’s been added. Check out details on all of these things below.
Mobile gamers can’t get enough of Battle Royale contests these days, so the launch of Creative Destruction’s open beta test has come at the perfect time.
Titan Studio’s new addition to the genre is as much about building bases as it is blowing them up. The game takes place against a fully-destructible environment where virtually anything can be reduced to rubble and recycled as a customisable stronghold.
99 Arrows is a new game from tastypill, where your goal is to shoot the required number of arrows onto a spinning disc without the arrows ever touching each other. It's a concept that's simple enough, but pretty challenging in practice. We've got the tips to help you shoot your way through all the levels though.
And you're going to need them, since there are lots of them! Don't worry though. By the time you've finished reading this you're going to be firing out arrows like a modern-day, digital Robin Hood. Now that does sound awesome.
Life is experienced in colour, so why wouldn’t you want the same visual excitement and experimentation from your puzzle games? Indie developer Farawla Games had this thought, and so sought to create a game that features a seamless mixture of colour, challenge, and skill. Color Tracks Go is that game and it’s free to download now on iOSand Android.
Color Tracks Go offers players various ways to get their colour-filled fix with three modes: Curves, Reflections, and Choice. Each tasks players to use all their fingers to tap the required colours in its tracks as fast as possible, albeit with their slight twists. Curves, for instance, features various curving colour paths to contend with, while Reflections sees two lines of moving tracks reflect each other as colour alternate every 10 taps.
There’s no predicting the ways colours will move and change in Color Tracks Go, and the track countthemselves will even change during gameplay, meaning you’ll always need to stay focussed and primed in any mode you play. Ranking high on the leaderboard against friends might be a challenge, but seamless Twitter and Facebook integration means that shouting about your skills on social media is easy!
There’s plenty of colourful levels to get tapping to in Color Tracks Go, so why not give it a go and download the game today?
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It's time to choose which of these 5 mobile games is going to be the 148Apps game of the week - July 12th
Well, it's Thursday again. Time moves pretty fast, right? Or slow. Whatever time does, Thursday is when we announce which 5 iOS games are up for our game of the week award. And I tell you what, we've got some right crackers for you this week.
If you want to get involved, leave a comment at the bottom of the article, post on our Facebook page, or send out a tweet using the hashtag #148GOW. It really couldn't be simpler. We'll be announcing the winner next week, so make sure you keep your eyes on 148Apps to see if the game you backed has won.
There’s a lot of stuff going on in Knights Chronicle, and perhaps the most out of place element in it is its town management layer. Here, instead of training heroes or fighting monsters, you’re just upgrading buildings, most of which can help you earn or purchase new materials.
Upgrading your town can be a long road, but it’s well worth investing in. See below for some more info about the town and how to upgrade it.
Last week, a huge new update dropped for Knights Chronicle that shook just about everything up. There’s new heroes, new missions, and all sorts of other goodies to sink your teeth into.
With all of these changes, it might be kind of difficult to know exactly what is better or worse just by looking at things on the surface, so let’s take a deep dive into the 1.1 update for Knights Chronicle, shall we?
2018 has been a bit of a mix in mobile gaming. We've had some real gems like Oddmar, Candleman, and Dandara, and we've had some disappointments, but what about the future?
These upcoming games have me excited for a number of different reasons, and some of them are a little – er – weird. Though it's easy to just focus on what we know is coming and what we know we're going to get, it's much more fun to look forward and speculate on what we don't know, eh?
No? Just me? Well, we'd best get to it then.