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Game of Dragons Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CASUAL THRILLS
Game of Dragons is a laid back casual adventure game, and it's quite relaxing.

Dragon Quest VI Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING ADVENTURE
Dragon Quest VI is a great example of the RPG genre.


Siegefall Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY CONQUEST
Siegefall is a medieval-themed game that's a lot like Clash of Clans.

Fatal Fight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KICKIN' IT
This free-to-play beat-em-up isn't exactly traditional, but it's rock solid and looks great.


Tales from Deep Space Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHARMING
Tales from Deep Space is a fun if familiar puzzle adventure game.

Space Galaga International Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUDDILY BUT FUN
Space Galaga International Edition is a messier take on Galaga.


Teamchat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRACTICAL TALKING
Team communication just got simpler and easier, thanks to TeamChat.

Her Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jessica Fisher on June 25th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A CHILLING STORY
Step into the shoes of a researcher delving into a twisted tale.


Vector 2 is Officially a Thing and it's Coming Later This Year

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2015

Vector is a pretty cool parkour-driven runner that's gotten a pretty decent following since it first came out - although personally I think more people could stand to show it some love. Anyway, Nekki has announced that a sequel isofficially on its way and will be coming to the App Store later this year.

Get Ready to Trucksform and Roll Out (and Drill, and Fly, and Shoot) Later This Month

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2015

It looks like NuOxygen is bringing the truck-transforming racer Trucksform (get it?) to iOS in a couple of weeks. Although really it's more of an auto-driver than a racer. But still, transforming trucks!

11 Out of 10 Rockstars Agree: SongPop 2 is Coming to the App Store Next Week

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2015

The original SongPop was a decent place to get your music trivia groove on. But soon we'll be able to get our hands on the more robust sequel, so out with the old!

This Week at 148Apps:June 22-26, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 29th, 2015

June's Summer Journey Continues With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


LightRunner Armband

The LightRunner armband is about what you’d expect from a typical armband meant for running - at least I think, but I’m hardly an expert on running equipment - but it does offer a couple of useful features that could give it an edge. Mostly because of how it uses a protective layer to guard your iPhone or iPod from scratches while still letting you use the touch screen, and because it can light up to make nighttime jogs a bit safer. It’s a pretty well-constructed band that keeps your device secure while also allowing access to the headphone jack if you need it. I feel it’s a bit on the bulky side, but seeing as it’s meant to fit 11 different kinds of smartphones (from the iPhone 5 to the Moto X) I’m not sure there’s much they could’ve trimmed off. It might take some getting used to, but it works. --Rob Rich


Fallout Shelter

In preparation for Fallout 4's release this fall, Bethesda announced thatr they had also been working on a mobile title named Fallout Shelter. It's largely a management tapper like Tiny Tower, though it feels distinctly more like a Fallout wasteland scenario and less like a knockoff free-to-play experience. Fallout Shelter may not be for everyone, and it may seem like it misses a few opportunities, but it's a very interesting experience.Fallout Shelter lets players see what it would be like to be the overseer of a vault in the Fallout universe. Essentially this just means they're in charge of building a vault that provides safety and happiness for the dwellers within it. Much like Tiny Tower, players can expect to build additional rooms, match dwellers with jobs that make them happy, and collect resources.--Campbell Bird


Papaly Bookmark Manager

On the surface, Papaly Bookmark Manager sounds like something that isn’t really needed in a world of Instapaper and Pocket. In reality, it’s a very different kind of thing.It’s a way of organizing your links, but it also means that you can easily share them, according to subject, with other users. In that respect, it’s almost like a community. You can opt to simply import your links from social media and keep them safe, but you can also view many other selections. There’s a category devoted to gaming sites, for instance, as well as news sources.--Jennifer Allen


Her Story

At first glance, Her Story doesn't seem like much. It emulates the look and feel of seaching a police database from 1994 on an old Windows desktop - down to the horror of that teal background and ugly interface. There are only six things to click on and no real action to speak of. And yet, there is something strikingly compelling about it all. Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, has brought his storytelling expertise to this interactive narrative. The entire game revolves around searching through clips of several videos of the police speaking with someone named Hannah Smith. --Jessica Fisher


Piloteer

I had my first experience with Whitaker Trebella’s Piloteer several months ago during GDC, and my opinion hasn’t changed much (read: at all) since then. It’s still super-awkward to control, it’s still incredibly difficult, and it’s still ridiculously fun.You control a nameless (but you get to name her so I guess she’s technically not nameless) inventor who’s just made the world’s first jetpack. Since she presumably doesn’t have the same knack for PR as she does for tinkering, she’s going to have to pull off some impressive stunts in order to convince the rest of the world that she’s on to something. This is, of course, much easier said than done. --Rob Rich


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EA Sports UFC

If anyone should try to tackle a sports sim, it should be EA Sports. And tackle fighting it did with EA SPORTS UFC.Somehow, the tutorial is quite enjoyable on it’s own. It’s of the hands-on variety, so one is able to learn while doing with visual cues that help folks to understand the control system — which incorporates gestures and swipes to control the basics. With said tutorial we see attacks and special attacks, defensive maneuvers, take-downs and even submissions. The controls require dexterity and a keen eye, as there are times a very precise tap is needed. The teaching tool also doesn’t clear until one is able to execute the moves proficiently.--Tre Lawrence


Spider Square

We did wonder just what Spider Square is all about. What better way to find out than to, well, play it?Graphically, it looks like a basic affair; the game uses bright splotches of pastels, and is presented in 2D form. The animations are crisp, and as we see when we get into the action, the colors do frame the gameplay quite well.When we say “simple” with regards to the gameplay, we mean just that. The idea is so easy to grasp, the game barely needs a formal tutorial. It’s an arcade game that is delightfully cloaked as a platformer. The action “moves” from left to right, and the main concept is to get a square, uh, spider(?) to keep moving rightwards (forward) for as long as possible. The main tool is a rope, and the cube moves by swinging from said rope attached to the roof of the playing area. The kicker is that the cube can’t touch the floor or ceiling.--Tre Lawrence


Alphabetty Saga

Yes, Alphabetty Saga is a word game, but clearly wants folks to know it is more than simply that; it packs in elements across the board, from Scrabble, word search, matching, and even a lit bit of Tetris-y gravity play… and then some. It does a lot, which helps it come out the gate strong.At first glance, it’s easy to see developer King’s handprint on the visuals. The game employs bright colors and graphics that lean towards the whimsical without necessarily stumbling into the cartoonish. As a word game, it relies heavily on tiles, but the developer isn’t so jaded as to forget splashing character into the background. It’s a vivid presentation, and it mostly works in the plying area, which usually consists of random word tiles.--Tre Lawrence

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World of Tanks Blitz celebrates its first anniversary with special in-game events

Posted by Glen Fox on June 26th, 2015

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the PC tank battler, World of Tanks.

World of Tanks Blitz launched on iOS and Android on June 26th last year and to celebrate, Wargaming is giving all players a special tank as a gift.

There'll also be daily challenges that players can compete in for prizes as well as a livestream on Twitch complete with giveaways to those who turn up.

World of Tanks Blitz is a free-to-play tank battler in which players take control of swift light tanks, jack-of-all-trades medium tanks, or almighty heavy tanks and head out into battle against opposing players.

The controls have been completely redesigned for touch and the whole game can be played with just two thumbs. That doesn't mean the core game has been simplified though - all the depth of the PC original remains.

You can also play using the same account on both iOS and Android with all of your in-game progress and achievements intact as well as play against players on all platforms with cross-platform support.

World of Tanks Blitz is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Heroes and Castles 2 Has its Own Standalone Free Version

Posted by Rob Rich on June 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Heroes and Castles 2 is a third-person castle defense game from the same team behind Block Fortress and Bug Heroes. It's cool, it's fun, and now it has its very own free version.

Formula Cartoon All-Stars Lets You Race As and Against Your Cartoon Network Favorites

Posted by Rob Rich on June 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ever want to pit your favorite characters from shows like Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Regular Show against each other in a not quite death race? Well once upon a time you could, but Formula All Stars Touch N' Go doesn't exist anymore. Hope is not lost, however. Now you can do the same thing, arguably better, with Formula Cartoon All-Stars.

Hungry Shark Evolution Celebrates Shark Week and Findependence Day a New Update

Posted by Rob Rich on June 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TASTY :: Read Review »

Shark Week is almost here, as is Independence Day, so naturally Hungry Shark Evolution is going to get in on the action. Yes, even the fireworks.

The New Trivia Crack Will Feature a Music Trivia Channel from iHeartRadio

Posted by Rob Rich on June 25th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SOCIAL IQ TEST :: Read Review »

It's official: iHeartMedia (you may know them from iHeartRadio) will be in charge of providing music-related questions for Trivia Crack's upcoming sequel. Also Trivia Crack is getting a sequel.

Ironkill's Big New Update is Big and New and Updatey

Posted by Rob Rich on June 25th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTER PUNCHING :: Read Review »

The other popular robot fighting game on the App Store, Ironkill, has received a pretty substantial update today. We're talking new bots, new rewards, graphical tweaks; the works.

iOS Users, Say Hello to Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

Posted by Rob Rich on June 25th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING ADVENTURE :: Read Review »

The App Store is no stranger to the Dragon Quest series, and has had its fair share of ports for quite some time. That tradition is staying pretty much exactly the same with the release of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation.

Now is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders

Posted by Simon Reed on June 25th, 2015

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is the mobile sequel to the hit Facebook MMORPG League of Angels and is out now on iOS and Android.

There are over a hundred beautifully hand-drawn heroes and angels to collect that each possess their own unique special effects when using skills.

You'll need to figure out the best combination of these and level them up, teach them new skills, and upgrade their equipment to create an all-conquering team of angels and heroes.

Sometimes, even the best team won't suffice though. Different enemies require different strategies so you'll need to switch up your approach and use the best team for that current situation if you find yourself stuck.

Battling comes in many different forms. The PvE modes include a single player plot to follow, team dungeons, and mini-games while PvP offers cross-server arena battles and Island Raid.

Island Raid is a guild versus guild mode that assigns each guild a resource-producing island that you and your guild must protect. Of course, you can also become raiders yourselves and take the fight to opposing guild's islands.

Also, twice a week a World Boss appears somewhere on the vast ocean and all players must cease fighting for a moment to team up and bring it down. The more damage you deal, the greater the rewards.

Download League of Angels - Fire Raiders right now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to receive a free beginner's pack worth $15 as part of an exciting temporary event in which players must race to level up, earning gift packs at levels 15, 35, and 45.

With exciting events like this every week and a constant stream of updates, now really is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders.

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

Heeeeeey Sexy App Store - Crossy Road has Added Gangnam Style's Psy to its Roster

Posted by Rob Rich on June 25th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDICTIVELY FROGGER LIKE :: Read Review »

Crossy Road has had its fair share of odd characters and crossovers, and it's gotten even more interesting now that ten new characters have been added - including Korean pop star Psy (Gangnam Style - yes, that Gangnam Style).

DataMan Next for the Apple Watch Ditches Squares and Adopts Circles

Posted by Rob Rich on June 24th, 2015
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

DataMan Next has just received a design overhaul for the Apple Watch in order to better compliment all those little circular app icons.

Beaches and Boardwalks Have Made Their Way to SimCity BuidIt

Posted by Rob Rich on June 24th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BUILDING AN OK TOMORROW :: Read Review »

It looks like SimCity BuildIt is finally getting a break from all those disasters. The mini-sim has recently been updated with a new Beach Boardwalk for you to develop and expand.