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Dog Sled Saga review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HUSKIE HUSTLE
Live out a career as the greatest dog sled racer ever in this adorable management game.

Vulture Island review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TROPICAL DEPRESSION
This puzzle-platformer draws inspiration from all of the right places, but they don't fit together as well as you'd think.


SKYHILL review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SKY'S THE LIMIT
Mobile roguelikes aren't always a good time, but this one removes bloated mechanics with expert precision, leaving a fast, fun, and endlessly repeatable zombie survival game.

Primordia review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DYSTOPIAN DRIODS
Wadjet Eye's latest is unapologetically dystopian and conventional, but a good time nonetheless.


Atomic Super Lander review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OUT OF THIS WORLD
This lunar-lander roguelike is a wonderful bundle of action, challenge, character, and explosions.

Heroes of Normandie review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: D-DANG NAZIS
Use your wits and tactical mind to overcome your enemies in this charming turn-based strategy game set in WWII.


Gordon Ramsay DASH review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 17th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DASHING DINER
Cook up the greatest meals of your life or get the *%$@ out of the kitchen in this free-to-play cooking game starring Gordon Ramsay.

Road Not Taken review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ROAD RAGE
Puzzle games have to find their method of being challenging. This bizarre game finds a few too many ways to frustrate players.


Our 5 Favorite iMessage Sticker Packs

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 27th, 2016

At long last, iMessage joins the ranks of messaging apps the likes of LINE and Whatsapp, adding an impressive collection of stickers. They’re a great way to add a little something extra to your daily conversations.

Naturally everyone is jumping in with their own branded sticker packs, from Disney to Dunkin Donuts, to independently made packs featuring cute characters. We picked out some of our favorites to help feed your sticker addiction.

How to get past Vulture Island's tricky, tricky puzzles

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 26th, 2016

Vulture Island is a colorful and quirky mish-mash of platforming and puzzles. It’s creative and fresh, but sometimes the game can throw a curveball at you, leaving you stuck as to how you should progress. These tips will help you explore smoothly should you have any trouble.

The new Clash of Kings is just for Western players

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 26th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve played the original Clash of Kings, you’ll probably recognise the city building, alliance forging and strategic battles in Clash of Kings: The West.

What sets this version apart is that it’s tailor made for a Western audience and the majority of players are from Europe and the US.

There are some specific tweaks to the gameplay to make it more appealing, such as reducing the advantage in-game purchases give players and cracking down on cheaters.

The Western world is a little more forgiving, too. If enemies destroy your castle, the King will step in and offer you re-enforcements, and if you’re stuck in a bind with low defenses and power, you’ll receive an essential resource boost to get you fighting fit again.

There are also a number of exclusive events and features the Elex Tech team has introduced. Defend your city from pirates during Viking Invasion and you can nab yourself a chest of gold. Or catch a dragon in West Go and command it to sort out your rivals for you. Plus an upcoming Explorer’s Guild feature will allow you to explore dungeons in search of treasure.

So for all you aspiring monarchs out there, Clash of Kings: The West is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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

How to build and care for your team in Dog Sled Saga

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 24th, 2016

Before you hit the trail and become a dog sledding legend, there’s actually a fair bit of prep work to be done. In Dog Sled Saga, you’re not only racing, you’re also building and caring for a team of furry friends. There’s a lot to consider—personalities, physical strengths and weaknesses, and even breed preferences.

When you start your first game, you can choose up to three dogs to join your crew. Here are a few tips to help you create the best dog sled team right out of the gate.

How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging.

Behind that cute, pixelated facade is a racer and pet management sim that’s actually quite deep. There’s a lot to consider both off and on the trail. Use these tips to help you conquer the dog sled racing circuit.

Let the war games commence in Gunship Battle: Second War

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2016

Buzz Lightyear famously said, “This isn’t flying, this is falling – with style!” In the case of Gunship Battle: Second War, though, this really is flying - with style!

The flight simulator app from Joycity puts you in control of 20 faithfully reconstructed World War 2 gunships including the Spitfire, Warhawk, Saetta and more. You’re a member of the Jade Mercenaries, tasked with fighting through missions during the post-war 1950s. With the money gleaned from your heroic exploits, you can customise and upgrade your war machine to improve your chances in combat.

This month (09/21 – 10/20) you’ll have the opportunity to take part in three different in-game events. Pick up gold, dollars and special items by logging in on consecutive days in the ‘Daily Login Event’. You can also earn rewards by clearing every episode in the ‘Episode Clear Event’ with better prizes on offer for the harder difficulties. But if you’re new to the game and feel like earning an easy buck then you’re in luck - there's 1,000 gold on offer completing the first episode with a coupon code that you’ll receive upon downloading the game.

If you’ve already played the first Gunship Battle: Helicopter 3D, you’ll be familiar with the gyroscopic controls and the style of gameplay. This time round, you get more vehicles to play with, improved graphics and a more modest app size. There’s also a brand new cockpit mode, so fans of FPS can watch their bullets rain down on pitiful tanks below first-hand.

Oh and if you complete all 30 missions, don’t worry about suffering from flight fatigue - there are Special Missions for the battle-hardened veterans to tackle, as well as regular updates and events to keep the experience fresh.

Gunship Battle: Second War is available for free from the App Store and Google Play, so get on that digital runway and show ‘em what you’re made of.

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

How to get a high score in Fired Up

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

Fired Up is Noodlecake Games’ high score chasing, firefighting adventure. You take control of a wayward firefighter who propels himself up the side of a highrise with blasts of water. Sound silly? It is. It’s also pretty difficult.

You can’t control the angle at which you climb the building, sending you flying willy-nilly, oftentimes into the flames. You’ll die many, many times, but there are ways to reach high scores. Here are a few tips to help you survive for as long as possible.

Building the perfect Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards deck

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

Animation Throwdown is a casual card game full of plenty of inside jokes from some of your favorite cartoons. It’s accessible as far as card games go, but that’s not to say that it hands your victories to you easily.

There’s quite a bit that goes into building the perfect deck, and it’s best if you start curating the ultimate deck from the start. Use this guide to help you clear out the competition.

3 money saving apps for lazy people

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 21st, 2016
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVEST WISELY :: Read Review »

Saving money is super important, but it can also be time-consuming, frustrating, and you’ll need a bit of discipline to keep your goals on track.

Thankfully there are quite a few apps out there that do all of the dirty work for you, helping you to save up for that well-deserved vacation or build up a simple rainy day fund with ease. Here are our top three picks.

MU Origin has just received its first ever update for Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Great news for the world of multiplayer role play gaming – Webzen have released its first ever update for MU Origin, and it’s available right now from the App Store and Google Play.

Released on the 20th of September, the brand new update introduces a multitude of exciting features that pay special attention to the idea of community spirit.

With features such as the all new party dungeon “Labyrinth of Dimensions” - allowing you to slay the “death beholder” with your peers, and the real time “Loren Castle Siege” guild v guild battle - letting you take on your guild rivals and reap the rewards of your success, it’s pretty clear that Webzen have successfully transferred the world of 3D MMRPG to that of mobile gaming.

But that’s not all. The newest update also sees the inclusion of a brand new pet system – giving you the power to summon your pets and use their power to strengthen your character. The update also offers an increased game level cap (now to 8), an enlarged maximum rebirth level (now 100), and loads more guild activities including access to the guild shop and guild bosses.

And with Webzen’s 1 week long, special promotional event, the fun just keeps on coming. In honour of their very first update, the apps’ developers have kindly decided to give every player a free epic pet ticket during the first week of the updates launch.

With so many great new features jammed into the game, it could definitely be your new go-to app if you’ve got love for role play mobile gaming.

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

How to rack up the miles in Vertigo Racing

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chillingo’s endless racer, Vertigo Racing, cruised its way onto the App Store this month and is staying strong in the top charts. Have you jumped in on the action, yet? It’s easy enough to get started, but you’ll quickly find there are a few nuances you’ll need to pay attention to.

We have a few tips and tricks to keep you from speeding off of a cliff and falling to a fiery end. You’ll be driving around with finesse in no time.

How to keep the gems flowing and make your escape in Stretch Dungeon

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016

Stretch Dungeon, Nitrome’s latest, is an endless faller in a pretty pixelated package. While there are tons like it on the App Store these days, Stretch Dungeon's slick mastery of physics controls makes for great fun.

It is a bit of a challenge getting started, though. The game throws all sorts of spiky traps at your bearded protagonist, trying its best to keep you from escaping the oubliette. So what to do? Well, we here at 148Apps have a few tricks up our sleeve to make sure that you keep the high scores rolling. Let’s begin, shall we?

New Game of Dice event throws King of Fighters into the ring

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

Game of Dice takes the best bits of board game classic Monopoly - but swaps the board for the mobile platform. It also swaps the metal top hat and terrier for some colourful characters in a manga style, and includes a whole raft of skill cards to make gameplay more strategic.

The game, from South Korean publisher Joycity, has already had over 7.5 million downloads, proving a hit with players around the world.

The latest in-game event from the Game of Dice team features a surprise crossover with arcade franchise King of Fighters. Characters Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami from King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match are available to use in your deck, with skills that boost your property and city tolls for multiple turns.

The KoF pack can be bought from the Game of Dice store for a limited time only, so snap them up whilst you can. Oh, and if you need a reason other than having a couple of badass brawlers on hand to help you monopolise the board – every player who buys the pack is entered into a draw to win one of only five download codes for KoF XIV on the PS4.

There’s also a new KoF board map to get to grips with, and in celebration of the update, players that acquire two new ‘5 Diamond’ characters before October 5 could be rolling in it with 1 million in-game gold coins up for grabs.

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match pack is in store until September 21, so you better be quick. Game of Dice is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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

5 games you can play while you wait for Sorcery! 4

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTICAL EXPLORATION :: Read Review »

It’s a difficult time for fans of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series, as Part 4 has been officially delayed until this Thursday. Developer Inkle decided it would be best to push the game back so as not to be overshadowed by last week’s iOS 10 release. That’s actually pretty smart, if you think about it! We want the best for Sorcery!, so we can stand to wait a bit longer, but it will be tough. What do we do in the meantime?

Why not explore some of the other fine storytelling adventures on mobile? There’s a lot of great interactive fiction out there—here are our recommendations!

Win an iPad Air 2 thanks to Independence Day: Extinction and publisher Linekong!

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016

How do you fancy grabbing yourself a shiny new iPad Air 2 (16GB)? Well we're giving one away, in association with Independence Day: Extinction and its publisher Linekong.

Independence Day: Extinction sees you pick a side (human race or the invading aliens), team up with your favourite characters from this summer's movie Independence Day: Resurgence, then fight some alien / human fools with your ever growing army and base.

The latest updates for Extinction include special, in-game events, ranking and gifting systems, and support for 11 languages:English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Russian.

You can download Independence Day Extinction for free right now on both the App Store and Google play now by following this link.

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning the iPad Air 2, just follow @PocketGamer on Twitter, and RT the following tweet:



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You've got until 2pm BST on Tuesday, 20th September to enter the competition, which is open to readers worldwide. Good luck!


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