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Critical Ops review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MISSED OPS
This free-to-play shooter looks nice and has a reasonable monetization scheme, but is otherwise kind of lacking.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A FAIR DEAL
Plants vs. Zombies takes on Hearthstone in a way that is endearing and surprisingly fun.

Mini Metro review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVENTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
This transit-based puzzle game is a zen-like experience with a minimal aesthetic.

Pirates War - The Dice King review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BOARD GAME BOOTY
This pirate-themed board game combines deck-building and Monopoly.

Twisty Board review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COMPETENT COPY
In the tradition of mobile games named like Crossy Road, Twisty Board is an endless arcade game with voxel graphics where you ride a hoverboard.

Shuffle Cats review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CARDY CRUSH
King's latest is a multiplayer rummy game featuring cats. Who knew?

Invisible, Inc. review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCELLENT ESPIONAGE
Klei's excellent tactical espionage game snuck onto mobile without being too compromised.

Mafia III: Rivals review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2016
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NEW BORED-AUX
Tie-in mobile games can be great, but this one is conceptually flawed and otherwise pretty rough around the edges.

5 apps for the budding mixologist

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 21st, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Creating your own cocktails is something of an art form, requiring a knack for unique tastes and devising interesting combinations. It's easy to get started right in your own kitchen, though, even if you're a complete beginner. Try using one of these fine apps to get you started. They cover thousands of different drinks for you to test out, and some even feature bartending tips and tricks.

5 mobile strategy games to try when you can't play Civilization VI

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE REDUX THAN REVOLUTION :: Read Review »

Strategy enthusiasts everywhere are celebrating the release of Civilization VI this week, and so far everyone seems pretty satisfied with the first full release in the series since 2010. The series has always been about ultra-addictive gameplay that has you begging for just one more turn.

Sadly, though, real life is bound to interrupt, and we might at some point have to venture away from our computers or, even worse, outside. There's a compromise, though. There are actually a few excellent games quite similar to Civilization in terms of both thematics and gameplay. Here are a few fine examples.

Popclaire talk to us about why The Virus: Cry For Help offers such a unique twist on the Zombie genre

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 21st, 2016

Humanity has succumbed to a virus that’s spread throughout the world. Now the dead have risen with a hunger for human flesh, and all that remain are a few survivors. One of those survivors has just called you for help.

That’s the plot in POPCLAIRE’s latest title The Virus: Cry for Help - and if you might be thinking that this is just another zombie apocalypse splatter fest then you’re (un)dead wrong.

The Virus is a real time adventure where you must communicate with Hanna (a survivor trapped in a city infested with the undead) and attempt to guide her to safety.

Your decisions will constantly shape the course of the game, with even the most trivial of decisions having startling consequences on how the story unfolds. Hanna will frequently send messages for you to respond to at anytime either within the app or via push notifications as well.

One of the developers from POPCLAIRE talked to us about how this title separates itself from other zombie related apps.

What do you think your game offers that you can’t get from any other title on the App Store?

Players will find themselves engaged right from the start with The Virus’ cinematic intro and soundtrack. The atmospheric mood and story is what makes the game really stand out, and Hanna’s pulse and mood monitor will keep suspense high.

There are other apps which boast this mechanic, but none of them with such a high impact on a user’s decision. The additional military channel is also another nice feature that helps to give users more background information.

What challenges did you face during development, and how did you overcome them?

We had to do a lot of work on syncing the soundtrack and graphical atmosphere with Hanna’s mood - but the end result is really cool.

Which part of the game are you personally the most proud of and why?

I like the different moods which give you a perfect idea of Hanna’s current situation.

Who would you say is the general audience of the app?

The Virus: Cry for Help isn’t just for zombie fans or casual gamers. We’ve found our audience to be really varied actually, with men and women both young and old enjoying the game. We’ve even found non-gamers have really enjoyed the experience the title offers.

Do you have anything planned in terms of future updates for the game and, if so, can you give us any details of what these might include?

We don’t want to give too much away right now so all we can say is that Hanna will definitely be back…soon.

Do you have any tips or advice to users on how to play the game?

I would recommend checking the military-channel as soon as “new messages” arrive.

How is The Virus performing so far, and has it been meeting expectations?

The Virus got a worldwide feature on the Apple App Store, and so far the performance has been great. The game is free to play and if you like the story, you can support our work and purchase the full story for €1.99.

You can download The Virus: Cry for Help on iOS and Android for free now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Oceans & Empires preview build sets sail on Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 21st, 2016

Hugely ambitious sea battler Oceans & Empires is available to play in preview form now on Google Play - but download it quickly, as it’s setting sail away in just a few days.

Asking you to build up your own oceanic empire via a fleet of ships and an island base, you must battle, trade, and build alliances in a fully featured PvP environment.

Boasting a level of depth unseen in most mobile titles, Oceans & Empires allows you to visit 60 unique cities where you can trade a range of items that affect a fully functioning economy. You must then battle either other players or a range of underwater beasties through a real-time battle system.

It’s ridiculously simple to check out this recently released preview build too - you just have to search for “Oceans & Empires” on Google Play and it’ll appear. If you download this version of the game you’ll even get your own special in-game item package.

You’d better download it quickly though, as the preview is only available until midnight PDT on the 28th of October (that’s 8am on the 29th for those in the UK).

You can also visit the official Oceans & Empires Facebook page here for more information on the game, which is launching worldwide on iOS and Android soon.

You can download the preview version of Oceans & Empires on Android right here.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Flippy Bottle Extreme! and 3 other physics games to drive you crazy

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Flippy Bottle Extreme! takes on the bottle flipping craze with a bunch of increasingly tricky physics platforming puzzles. It's difficult and highly frustrating, but also addictive. When you begin to master the game, the sense of achievement is a feeling you'll want to chase again and again.

It's not the only game of its kind though--there are plenty of other fun physics-based games to get sucked into. Let's take a look at three solid examples.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes guide: How to sweep through the early missions

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A FAIR DEAL :: Read Review »

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes surprised us all, presenting a deep deck building experience. It's a great CCG that stands up well to the competition. There are a lot of CCGs vying for players' attention at the moment, but PvZ Heroes is definitely one of the keepers. Yet despite its colorful, charming appearance, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes has a lot going down underneath, so you'll need to know what you're doing when the game finally sets you lose. Here are our basic tips for playing Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

Arcane Online takes Online RPG’s to another level on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you think that you need a desktop to enjoy high quality MMO gaming then Arcane Online hopes to prove you emphatically wrong.

An epic fantasy Online RPG set in the land of Eldine, Arcane Online offers an abundance of features and content that will look to constantly surprise and entertain you.

After humans disturbed the balance of power between themselves and the spirits, dark forces are now threatening the land - and it’s down to you to be the saviour of Eldine.

To take on these forces of evil on your journey to restore the peace you can either go solo – or join a team of up to three other players.

If you ever feel like taking a break from your quest and challenging your fellow players you can join a guild and fight your way to the top though - or even take on your friend’s one on one in the PVP Battlegrounds.

Regardless of whether you choose to fight other players or work your way through on the games sprawling storyline you can gain experience for your character though – with this being one of the defining elements of Arcane Online.

Starting out as a Warrior, Mage, or Shaman, you can craft unique items and train pets to aid you in battle. There’s also 30 Avatar Cards to collect which allow you to shape your character to your taste.

With over a 1,000 quests to take part in, as well as a whole heap of events and rewards on offer- Arcane Online is the perfect way to indulge your adventurous side.

So get in on the adventure with your pals and join the battle on Android and iOS right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

It’s time to step up and start your spooky adventure with our guide to Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 20th, 2016

So you’ve just downloaded Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery, and you obviously want to hit the ground running. Well you’re in luck because you just so happen to be reading our very useful guide to playing.

First released in July last year, the game has been revamped to include an all new “dark square” setting to explore, and a shiny new rewards chest to win – not to mention now being available on loads more platforms including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Amazon, and in the near future even Facebook.

So if you’re new to the game and want a heads up on what to expect, or you’re a veteran player in need of a little refresher – we’ve got everything you’ll need to help you start off strong.

General Game Play

Taking place in Darkwood – a mysterious city that’s shrouded in secrets and plagued by a terrible evil, you’ll have to step up to the mark and be the saviour they so desperately need.

Exploring over 28 creepy locations, you’ll have to hunt for hidden objects that’ll get you closer to unearthing the secrets of the city, and free the townsfolk from the horrible curse that’s trapped them within the city walls.

In your quest to save the town, you’ll have to befriend the locals to trade and receive useful items, and battle the terrifying monsters that terrorise the city, to progress in the game.

Banishing Monsters

While the city was already in the midst of a monstrous epidemic, the night of Halloween eve grands the ghouls even more power, but luckily for you there are ways of vanquishing them.

Although every monster you banish will earn you rewards and points that’ll help you progress, the higher the level of monster, the more you’ll get out of vanquishing them. Just remember that every monster has a unique banishing item, so be on the look-out for any you might find.

With the level one banishing items being fairly common place, you’re sure to collect a few lying around on your travels, but if need be you can still trade with the locals. However the higher the level monster, the harder you’ll have to search for the banishing items – with level 3 objects only being attained through trading with specific people.

While the lower level monsters will only earn you 100 -300 coins and a maximum of 3 energy points each, those on level 3 will get you 600 coins and at least 6 energy points.

To get the items you need to banish these monsters, you’ll need to speak to the Blacksmith, (who will craft the Neptune’s Horn and Silver Fang items to banish the Fire Elemental and Werewolf Leader), the Fortune Teller (who’ll give you the Greek Fire needed to get rid of the Clot of Dark) and the Inventer (they’ll help you dispose of the Gremlin Leader and Medusa by giving you the Electrical Net and Mirror Shield items).

The Fortune Teller will help you dispose of the Clot of Dark monster by crafting Greek Fire.

As for the Gremlin Leader and Medusa, you’ll need something a tad more scientific. Speak to the Inventor to obtain an Electrical net and Mirror to drive these evil beings out of Darkwood.

Almost everybody in Seekers Notes will have something useful to trade for, so always make sure to stay on everyone’s good side to find those all important banishing items.

You can download Seekers Notes: Hidden Mysteries for free from the App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, and Amazon Appstore.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Diggy’s Adventure launches on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Diggy’s Adventure is the exciting new mobile app brought to you by Pixel Federation.

Transporting you all the way to Egypt, you’ll join Diggy and his mates in their quest to find Diggy’s dear old dad – completing challenges put to you by the gods (and other characters) and earning rewards and points to do so.

Get ready to dig through mines and look for objects that’ll aid you in your journey and replenish your health and energy capacity, by finishing in-game quests to get you ever closer to tracking down Diggy’s father.

But if you’re thinking that the excitement ends at camp, then you can think again buddy. As well as putting your wits to the test in the various quests you’ll undertake, you’ll also have to practice your basic survival skills -crafting useful objects and cooking mysterious ingredients to ensure your survival, and become the greatest adventurers in the online world.

Drawing the inspiration for its general concept from great games like the early 90’s hit Minerva, and Facebook game Treasure Isle, Diggy’s Adventure looks great for all you adventure buffs with its winning combination of interesting characters, an exciting premise, and a gripping storyline.

And with special events and offers to enjoy, not to mention being able to decorate and alter the theme of your campsite, Diggy’s Adventure could be right up your street if you’ve got itchy (virtual) feet.

Diggy's Adventure is availble to download from the App Store and Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and 3 other ultra-addictive CCGs

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A FAIR DEAL :: Read Review »

CCGs, or collectible trading card games, have pretty much taken over mobile games at this point. Everyone's jumping on the bandwagon, and who could blame them? CCGs are fun for players and hugely profitable for developers and publishers. There's a wide array of CCGs devoted to beloved pop culture franchises, so of course a Plants vs. Zombies iteration was bound to pop up.Plants vs. Zombies Heroes isn't just another marketing ploy, though. Underneath the fun PvZ illustrations you're used to is a heavy duty card game that actually requires quite a bit of strategy to master.

But maybe you've already mastered it, and are looking for the next challenge. Look no further--we've drawn up a list of four other excellent CCGs to kill your time.

3 apps to feed your online shopping addiction

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 20th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

The internet has changed the way we shop, ensuring that we basically have no need to leave our homes to go shopping if we so desire. That process has been streamlined with the sheer variety of apps on the market to make online shopping even more convenient. Whether you're looking to buy some groceries or upgrade your wardrobe, these apps will ensure that you never have to leave the couch in the process.

Happy anniversary Game of Dice

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s been a great year for JoyCity, as its hit game Game of Dice has just celebrated its one year anniversary in spectacular style.

First released in October 2015, the game has been an enormous success - ranking in the top five of the highest grossing mobiles games in Hong Kong for the majority of last year, including achieving first place for two months on Google Play.

Now one year on, the games success in Asia has made it a one of a kind brand – and to celebrate its success JoyCity is releasing loads of brand new content for the title’s many fans.

The game asks you to make your way around a virtual board, buying as much real estate as you can while you do so. If you want to be crowned as the most powerful in the game you’ll have to be both ruthless and cunning though – completing the circuit as many times as possible in order to increase your worth and bankrupt the other players.

And if that didn’t sound exciting enough, the newest update promises to add even more fun to the game.

Now including the new 1v1 “Genius Showdown” map (which contains a “superplay” feature that hikes up the tolls in your chosen cities), and shortened match times to help with dynamic game play – it’s no wonder Game of Dice was such a massive hit the first time around, with the update adding to what was an already hugely successful formula.

Game of Dice is available to download on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Flippy Bottle Extreme! Guide: How to master the art of the flip

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 18th, 2016

Flipping plastic bottles is apparently a big thing right now, so naturally that has spawned a variety of bottle flipping apps trying to bank on that trend. Flippy Bottle Extreme!is just one of them, but this game offers a nice selection of variety and a bunch of fun bottles (it's much more exciting than it sounds) to unlock. It's also pretty difficult at first. Flipping bottles in real life isn't easy, and it might even be tougher in a video game. Follow these beginner tips to help you get started.

3 meal planning apps to help you prep food faster and eat better

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Whether you're cooking for one or an entire troupe of people, meal preparation is time consuming and can often eat into your precious post-work hours. Thankfully in this modern-age there are ways around that. You'll find plenty of apps out there that help you plan meals, organize recipes, and even find groceries. Let's take a look at a few of our favorites.

The top 5 games set in the wild west

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 17th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE :: Read Review »

It's a great time to be a western enthusiast, what with the success ofWestworldand hints that a newRed Dead Redemptionfollow up is on its way. If you're thirsting for more, look no further than your smart phone or tablet--there are plenty of western themed games to be had. Here are our favorite picks!