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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.

Treasure Buster review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 7th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BUSTIN MAKES ME FEEL GOOD
This dungeon crawler is a fantastic blend of Monster Strike-style gameplay and 90s-era arcade aesthetics.

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.

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!

Shuffle Cats and 4 other great mobile card games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CARDY CRUSH :: Read Review »

Sure, video games are exciting and new, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like an old fashioned card game. King’s Shuffle Cats, which hit your assorted mobile gadgets this week, is a great example of that with its fun take on classic rummy. But this game of doey-eyed, card dealing cats isn’t the only option on mobile. Let’s take a look at four other great card games for iOS and Android.

5 quick mobile workouts to motivate you

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Beginning an exercise routine, or getting back into fitness after a slump can be daunting with the overwhelming amount of experts out there telling you which way is right, and which way is wrong, and which exercises are the best. Forget about all of that for now and start out small to get motivated and inspired. These five apps will get you moving in just a few minutes a day.

Put your empire on top in our guide to Clash of Kings: The West

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 14th, 2016

Western gamers are in for a treat with the new RTS game Clash of Kings: The West. This is because it’s been designed specifically for the western market, so you’ll no longer have to put up with players from mainland China dominating the game as a result of cheaper IAP’s.

Developer Elex Tech has also included several new features, as well as refining elements of its popular franchise.

New additions range from exclusive events like castle lucky day and Vikings invasion, right up to resource collecting combos and much more.

One of the best changes made with this latest instalment in the franchise lies in its fairer challenge to players who don’t want to pay extra for progression. Elsewhere, PVP and PVE events have been moved towards well thought out strategies and gameplay, making the overall experience far more fair.

But invading kingdoms and destroying whole armies is still no easy task, so allow us to guide you through some of the game’s main features. Here are some of the key points to get you on your conquering way…

Getting started

A really convenient feature for all you newbie’s at the beginning of the game is a two-minute guide to get you on your merry way. If you’re still stuck you can always ask other players for help later on.
Early on in the game you will also receive a number of tantalising items that will help speed-up game progression - completely free of charge.

As cool as that is items will only get you so far of course, so your main focus will need to be earning experience points to progress as fast as you can. Making sure your VIP status is active, slaying monsters, and completing tasks are a great way for getting EXP early in the game.

Another tip is to invest in the extra builder from the start, as it will halve the time taken to upgrade buildings.

Kingdom conqueror

Once you start getting a taste for battles, resources and effort should then be focused in dominating the games various cities and towns.

Careful though – don’t forget that your own towns and cities will come under attack, so make sure to invest in defensive measures by upgrading castles, fortresses, hospitals, and more.

A different kind of clash

There’s also a new focus on several upgradeable buildings - a feature where you will need to prioritize what’s most important. A good tip is to focus on upgrading your college as soon as possible to give your kingdom a technological edge over your opponents.

Military hospital

Every kingdom needs an army of course, and if you want to build a kingdom that lasts you’re going to need to keep that army safe. Upgrading military buildings and hospitals will lessen the damage from battle and improve troop abilities.

A good tip early on in the game is to upgrade your military to the level of legion before focusing on improving your troop’s abilities.

Achievements worthy of a king

All of this feeds back into the game’s unlockables, with rewards for castle upgrades coming in the form of achievements.

The Wall of Honour will showcase your greatest feats on the battlefield - giving players extra incentive when it comes to showing off to friends.

When achievement requirements are met, players will earn a star and gold rewards. Stars can then be used to unlock stamps if you have three in your arsenal.

Even deeper than that, every few minutes you will get a free reward pack which can be found on the left side of the interface. If you still have a hankering for free gifts, you can visit the princess too.

And for those willing to splash out some cash, the game rewards them with free daily gifts. Which is nice.

You can find Clash of Kings: The West on iOS and Androidfor free.

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

Get a hole in one in Flappy Golf 2

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016

Flappy Golfis back with a new sequel featuring dastardly physics puzzles in a charming and colorful little package. The aim of this game is to get the lowest score possible, which can be tricky when you have to make your way through each course's unique traps and obstacles. We have a few tips to help you get the best score possible. Read on!