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Heroes of Incredible Tales review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 26th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DIABLO CLICKER
Do you like grinding out gear to make some numbers go up? This flashy, free-to-play action rpg offers up plenty of that, but little else.

Tiny Archers review

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By Campbell Bird on July 25th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIGHTLY OFF TARGET
This arcade archery game offers up some casual fun, though some of its design cheapens the experience.


Rooms of Doom review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CROSSY WARIO
This endless arcade game tries to combine Crossy Road and WarioWare, and the result is fun, although a little forgettable.

Pokémon GO review

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By Campbell Bird on July 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER
This location-based Pokémon game does the bare minimum in the Pokémon and game departments, but somehow creates some appeal nonetheless.


The Slaughter: Act One review

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By Campbell Bird on July 8th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SURREAL ADVENTURE
With a decent amount of charm and interesting storytelling, this buggy, old school adventure game still manages to stand out.

Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition review

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By Campbell Bird on July 8th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROGUE BEAT
A rhythm-based roguelike sounds super hard and bad, but this one manages to be the former without being the latter.


CSR Racing 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 5th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL DRAG
This racing game sure looks great, but its lack of substance and free-to-play mechanics make it a bit of a drag.

Neo Turf Masters review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 30th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STROKES OF NOSTALGIA
This classic arcade golf game has made its way to mobile with some nice usability tweaks, but is that enough to make it hold up?


Win every gym battle in Pokemon GO

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 26th, 2016

Let me know if this scenario sounds familiar. You've got a Pokemon GO gym battle within easy walking distance, and you've visited it many times. Maybe you've even dropped one of your Pokemon there to help defend the place and reap the benefits.

Inevitably though, one of the other teams always comes and beats up your squad, flying its colors proudly. And since the Pokemon they leave there are impossibly tough, there's not a darn thing you can do about it.

Can PokeMatch help you find love with Pokemon Go players?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 26th, 2016

The unofficial Pokemon GO companion app space has exploded almost as fast as the game itself over the last few weeks. Aspiring app developers, many of them working solo, have given us apps that locate Pokemon, keep track of the server status, and perhaps inevitably, have now cross-pollinated Pokemon GO and a dating app.

The result is called PokeMatch, and it's currently available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets. As its official write-up suggests, it "allows you to meet new people who are also interested in Pokemon Go." Of course, that could be just about anyone these days, even though Niantic and Nintendo's sensation has slipped ever so slightly from its top spot on the App Store download charts (it's still king of the top-grossing ranks, however).

So can PokeMatch actually help you make a love connection while playing your favorite augmented reality game? We took a look for you to get the lay of the land.

How to get started with Prisma

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016

If there's one thing people like to do more than taking pictures with their smartphones, it's tinkering with those photos in some way. Numerous apps have sprung up over the last several years that allow you to use filters and special effects to transform your pictures, and it doesn't seem like the appetite for those tricks has been satisfied for all smartphone users just yet.

As evidence, consider the rise of Prisma. Originally released in June, the app has been steadily climbing the App Store charts since then, and is on the verge of breaking into the top 10 as of the time of this post. Prisma's calling card is turning regular photos into pseudo works of art, complete with effects that make it appear your images were painted.

6 Pokemon GO updates you can expect, according to Comic-Con

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Pokemon GO had a scheduled appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con for a while, but it was only relatively close to the show that it was upgraded to a spot in Hall H. That's the biggest venue at SDCC, one usually reserved for the largest movie and television panels.

Such is the runaway success of Pokemon GO that no one really batted an eye when the game's panel, which featured folks from the game's developer, Niantic, including studio chief John Hanke. While he and his team spoke this weekend about when has happened with the game so far, the big draw was everything they hinted at that is yet to come.

How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon GO

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 22nd, 2016

By now, almost everyone should be hip to how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon GO (and if not, there's a guide for that). Just gather enough candy of the appropriate type, feed them all to the Pokemon, and evolution happens. It's a miracle that would astound Darwin.

For every rule, though, an exception lurks in the shadows. And when it comes to Pokemon evolution, that exception has a name: Eevee.

CSR Racing 2: Guide to all game modes

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL DRAG :: Read Review »

It might not seem like there are all that many ways to go fast in a straight line, but CSR Racing 2 begs to differ.

The follow-up to CSR Racing has proven to be a hit for NaturalMotion and Zynga, bringing high production values and a few gameplay wrinkles to a winning drag racing formula. As players work their way up through five tiers of increasingly difficult competition in search of fame, fortune, and more expensive cars, their skills are put to the test in several different ways.

5 top free emoji keyboard apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 21st, 2016

If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has taken it and just kept running over the past few years.

(Whereas the Japanese now have apparently disowned them.)

There's money in them there emojis though, especially when it comes to emoji apps. People just can't seem to get enough of them, and while a series of those apps have rotated through the top of the App Store charts over time, the latest one to create a buzz means it's a fine time to consider five that are popular right now.

How to unlock more characters in Disney Emoji Blitz

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 21st, 2016

One of the big charms of Disney Emoji Blitz is seeing a wide variety of beloved Disney and Pixar characters transformed into smiling emojis. Even someone like the sneaky Randall from Monsters Inc., who probably never cracked a smile on film, is happy as can be until your time is running out.

But while seeing them on the playing field is one thing, the real draw is using your favorite as the avatar representing you. When you first start playing Disney Emoji Blitz, you'll have just a single Disney character at your disposal. Playing through all of the tutorials will grant you a second.

How can you unlock more of them? That's the question we're here to answer for you.

Disney Emoji Blitz: tips and tricks to get higher scores

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 20th, 2016

Here's a formula that sounds like it was made for success: Disney plus cute emojis plus match-3 gameplay.

You can stop coding now though, because someone has already beaten you to it. Disney recently released Disney Emoji Blitz on the App Store to enthusiastic response, which is no surprise considering how it combines some very accessible (and adorable) elements.

Nothing in the game is particularly revolutionary, as it features a number of mechanics seen in other match-3 games. Still, if this is your first time playing one, or it's just been a while, we've got some tips and tricks to help you get higher scores than you might venturing into this colorful world of emojis on your own.

Pokemon GO: How to hatch Pokemon Eggs without walking

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 20th, 2016

Playing Pokemon GO without walking is sort of defeating the purpose. Nintendo wanted Niantic to help it create a game that would get people up and moving about, and darned if that isn't exactly what they got.

Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to hatching Pokemon Eggs. As we've told you previously, there are three kinds of eggs, each of which takes a different amount of walking to hatch. Or maybe we should say "walking" in quotes, because despite the developers' best intentions, there are ways around doing 10 km on the shoe leather express.

Do Pokemon GO server status apps really work?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 19th, 2016

One of the more frustrating aspects of Pokemon GO in its first few weeks of release is that it's unquestionably been a victim of its own success. The vast number of people scrambling to catch 'em all right off the bat has made server outages and lag a regular thing, and that's even without hackers trying to take the servers down.

Naturally, where there's a service to be given, there's an app developer or two ready to jump into the fray to assist. With that in mind, we check out two unofficial Pokemon GO companion apps to see if they can really help you determine if the game's servers are down in your area.

7 things we want to see in Pokemon GO updates

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Clearly, Niantic and Nintendo don't need any advice on how to create a popular mobile game. Pokemon GO fever has swept not just the nation, but the entire world. Except Japan, ironically, where it's not out yet.

On the other hand, even the developers would have to admit that there are ways that the game can be improved. It's not the deepest Pokemon game ever, and since it's on mobile, content updates will be not just hoped for, but absolutely essential to keep it relevant for the long haul.

Poke Radar vs PokeFinder: Which unofficial Pokemon GO app is better?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Nothing is as hot on the App Store as Pokemon GO. Its unparalleled speed of adoption is like nothing ever seen before, a tale that we don't need to rehash here.

But if anything can come close, it's the unofficial Pokemon GO companion apps that have sprung up, aiming to take advantage of the frenzy by helping assist all those new Trainers out there. We introduced one of them, PokeFinder, to you last week.

A similar app has raced toward the top of the free app charts since then, and it works in a similar manner. Called Poke Radar for Pokemon GO, the idea behind the app is similar, in that it uses crowdsourced data to help players pinpoint where certain Pokemon can be found.

The one Pokemon GO trick you need to know to level up faster

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 18th, 2016

There's no real rush to get ahead in Pokemon GO. Even if it starts to fade a little after its ludicrously fantastic launch, there are millions of people who will be just getting into the game over the weeks to come. Maybe you're one of them -- after all, the game just launched in Canada, and Japan is still waiting for it.

But while others may proceed at a leisurely pace to catch 'em all, let's assume that's not for you. If the thought of having other teams control the Gym near your house makes your blood boil, or you simply have dreams of becoming the very best (like no one ever was), you're going to need to level up faster.

JoyCity's epic RPG Eldrian Legacy has been released for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pre-registered for JoyCity's new RPG, Eldrian Legacy? Well listen up. Not only is the game out right this second on Android and iOS, but you should grab it right away. You've only got 7 days to claim your free 600 diamonds, 20,000 gold and 50 energy, so get the game and jump in right now!

For everyone else, here's what it's all about. Eldrian Legacy is a huge fantasy RPG, which has you putting together a team of heroes from a pool of 37 characters, and sending them out to battle. Each character has one of 6 elemental classes, and each comes with its own special abilities, powers, weakness and strengths, so you'll need to work out which work best together.