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Kill the Plumber World review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: GIVE ME MARIO OR GIVE ME DEATH
This puzzle game has a cute premise that it doesn't quite execute on

Dungelot: Shattered Lands review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DEVIOUS DUNGEON CRAWLING
The latest installment in the Dungelot series is nicer looking and harder than its predecessors

Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jessica Famularo on January 25th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LOST IN SPACE
Momoka: An Interplanatary Adventure is a fine tribute to old school action games

Punch Club review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KNOCKOUT SIM
Punch Club is a hard-hitting management sim with a great retro aesthetic

Crashlands review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 22nd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MASTER CRAFT
Crashlands is an open world survival game that sets the bar for games in the genre moving forward

Buried review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 7th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING
Buried is an atmospheric tale of science gone very badly wrong

Squareface review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Brittany Vincent on December 25th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: NOT TOO SQUARE
Squareface is a gorgeous and inventive third-person action game that rivals console titles

Devouring Stars review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Brittany Vincent on December 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BECOME CHAOS
Devouring Chaos places you in the shoes of dueling gods, and the result is an explosive adventure

Check out the new Pirate Attack update in Game of Dice

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 8th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Love pirates and board games? Well, you'll love the new Pirate Attack themed update that just launched in Game of Dice.

It adds a bunch of new content themed around pirates, like an all new event map based on a pirate ship which revamps the toll system to better suit the rogueish nature of the seafarers.

There's also a selection of new island spots which trigger special skills when you land on them. These are based on famous locations like Treasure Island.

This wouldn't be a Game of Dice update without a brand new character - and Pirate Attack doesn't disappoint. This one's a female pirate who specialises in Spot Tolls.

As you'd expect, there's also a selection of new themed skill cards and a Monkey Dice, which specialises in Vacation Spots and Toll Increases.

Feature-wise, there's a new ability to chat with your friends and guild members during a match, a level cap increase from 30 to 35, and a ton of new events based on Valentine's day, the Pirate Attack update, and Chinese New Year. All of these reward you with gold, gems, and holograms for completing them.

Not played Game of Dice yet? Well, it's a mobile board game that challenges you to throw a dice and travel around a multi-tiled board, taking real estate you land on.

Each time you perform a lap of the board, the value of your real estate increases, which helps you bankrupt opposing players.

If this all sounds like Monopoly, you're not far off. The difference here are the skill cards which help swing the balance in your favour, and the characters and dice which have their own abilities.

Game of Dice is out right now in the App Store or Google Play.

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

Splash Cars guide - How to paint the town red

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2016

Splash Cars is an arcade driving game that feels like a hybrid between Dawn of the Plow and Splatoon.

In it, you'll need to drive a car around to repaint areas of a town that have lost all of their color. Check out these tips to help you perform with flying colors:

Painting all cars

There will be other vehicles present in Splash Cars, but if they're driving around in their dull, monochrome colors, they'll also be spitting out dull exhaust that will ruin any color you've brought back to the world.

You could run these cars off the road and make them disappear, but an even better strategy is to pass them closely to paint them.

When these cars are painted, their cars will also spit out paint, which will help you cover a lot more ground on any given level.

How to maximize fuel efficiency

The primary challenge in Splash Cars is managing your car's fuel so that it doesn't run out before you've painted a good percentage of any given level. Because of this, you might feel tempted or compelled to pick up every gas can you see as soon as you see it.

Avoid this temptation! In most cases, you're better off driving around a stage and making note of gas cans while widely avoiding them. If you do this, you can be a more efficient painter when you do replenish gas and you'll likely never waste one by topping off too early.

Find the right powerup

As you play Splash Cars, you'll continually unlock new powerups that will litter themselves around stages. This sounds great and all, but not every powerup is the most beneficial. For example, you wouldn't want to pick up a powerup that makes your car much larger on a level with lots of walls and other debris, because you'll probably crash everywhere.

Even though you can't choose which powerups will appear in a stage, you can be selective about which ones you actually need. If you do that, you'll have a much easier time continuing to paint and rack up a good score.

Have experience painting the town red? Did we miss something? Fill in the gaps in the comments below!

The best video player on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL :: Read Review »

We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix.

Unfortunately, Netflix and other streaming services also have their own set of setbacks, namely their recurring cost and need for a data connection. That's where third-party video players come in.

Check out our picks for the most flexible and best video players on iOS.

The best

Infuse 3 works so well it seems like magic. Once installed, you can sync video to your device through any number of ways, including apps like Plex, FTP, or even AirDrop.

You can also stream or download video file URLs from the Internet, use gesture controls, track your viewing history through integrated Trakt support, and more. To top it all off, it is a gorgeous app with a really great UI.

As a free app, Infuse 3only does most of these things, but upgrading to the pro version of the software adds extra bonuses like mobile surround sound support and even more video playback compatibility, making it the ultimate video player on the platform.

The rest

OPlayer HD is a solid alternative to Infuse 3. Although it doesn't look quite as nice, this video player can handle most video formats thrown at it just as well.

OPlayer HD also supports a variety of ways for you to import your videos onto your mobile device, but it's not always clear how to do so, so it's a little harder to manage.

If you want to save a few bucks while compromising in the aesthetics department, OPlayer HD is a great pick as a video player.

VLC is probably the best free option for video playback on iOS. It might not have as many convenience features for importing, but this player is still elegantly designed and can handle anything from MKVs to AVIs without much problem.

If you want some powerful playback options for the nice price of free, VLC is probably your best bet.

Do you have other suggestions for video playback on iOS? Let us know in the comments!

Four apps to help improve your Super Bowl experience

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 7th, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it.

You’ve got your snacks, right? Well, How about downloading some apps to improve your viewing experience? Here are some recommendations.

Unsurprisingly, the official NFL app is the perfect place to start. You can read up on all the latest stories about your favorite teams, track league and team leaders across multiple statistical categories, as well as watch various clips.

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can even watch the Super Bowl live from your phone.

theScore is not only a great way to follow the NFL, but it’s ideal for numerous other sporting leagues too, such as NCAA Football, MLB, NBA, and NHL.

The app offers real time coverage, with push notifications keeping you in the loop all the time, and you can set up individual player alerts too.

For those after another official source, ESPN is a pretty good place to go. The app offers you up to the minute scores, the latest news, live video, as well as audio streaming from across ESPN’s networks.

You’ll need to be with a relevant cable provider for some of these services, but if you are, you’ll never be far from the action. There are over 100 podcasts to listen to as well.

Fancred is a social networking app that’s ideal for sports fans. Besides offering live streaming and instant scores, you can easily connect and chat with other fans.

You can hang out in Team Feed sections, deconstructing each play, or you can watch a live stream and chip in with a comment as and when you feel like it. It’s the ideal way of feeling like you’re in a Sports bar, while still in the comfort of your own home.

Space Grunts guide - How to survive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things.

We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible.

Pick a class that suits you

You’ve got three different classes to choose from which each suit different play styles.

The Captain is who you’ll probably gravitate to first. He’s reasonably tough at dishing out damage, but more importantly, he’s great at finding items. Using them isn’t his strong point, though.

The Strong-arm is the toughest of the bunch, but he’s pretty lousy at finding items, meaning he’s going to have to go it alone a lot.

The Techjunky is weak when it comes to firepower, but an expert at using items and finding them. Use her when you want to take a more tactical approach.

Taking your turns

Space Grunts is turn-based, so don't rush as your enemies will only move when you move. React accordingly. Before you take a step, take a look at the most likely options for your foes and make sure they don’t get too close.

Switch up your weapons

Don’t forget to change weapons from time to time. You have a typical all-rounder gun, a close up crowbar type attack, a laser beam, and an area effect attack.

The laser beam means you can strike at a bunch of enemies in a row, which is great when you’re stuck in a corridor with monsters ahead of you.

The frag grenade is perfect for groups of enemies, but it can hurt you, as well as blow up other things in the room. Use this sparingly. If you ignite a radiation pod, you’ll eventually succumb to it, and curse your bad fortune.

Keeping healthy

Keep an eye on your health and make it a priority that you head to a health pack any time you see one - but be careful!

How are you faring in Space Grunts? Got some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Dreii guide - How to play well with others

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey.

If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too!


Dreii throws you in without much guidance but that’s because you don’t really need it.

You simply tap where you want to go. A tap on an object causes it to change color, meaning you’re attached to it and can move it around.

Your objective is to cover up the glowing dot on the screen. It’s easy at first, so don’t stress too much, as it all soon makes sense.

Fun with others

After the first few levels, you’ll see another creature on screen. Guess what? That’s another player!

You can communicate with them by tapping on the talk button in the bottom left hand corner. A few options for what to say pop up, so say hello. It’s only friendly.

They’ll probably start doing their own thing, so try to help them. Take your time though, and consider how best to approach the problem. It’s all pretty logical.

Teamwork is crucial but trickier as you can’t directly speak to them. Take it slowly and experiment.

One early level has you building a tower of squares, and it’s really easy to topple the tower by mistake. Be slow about it and hope that your ally does the same.

The best part, though? Each level doesn’t take long to complete (if you know how) so don’t worry too much if you screw up. It won’t take long to get back where you were.

What advice have you got to give new Dreii players? Let us know in the comments!

Kill the Plumber World guide - How to outwit that pesky plumber

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2016

You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started.

This is not a seasoned platform player

The AI in Kill the Plumber is remarkably predictable if you study its behavior closely. March up to the protagonist as a goomba-like creature and he'll instinctively jump over you. If he's nearing a Thwomp that's raised and waiting, he'll pause before going under it.

Obviously, the plumber will do everything in his power to stay alive, but he eventually gets so predictable that you can exploit him.

If you're having trouble beating a time record for a stage, maybe try getting the plumber to make an inopportune jump over you.

The key to invincibility

At a certain point in Kill the Plumber, the plumber will start the stage with invincibility. Unlike in Mario games, this isn't the kind of invincibility that ends after a certain period of time, and the game doesn't do a particularly good job of explaining that.

Here's how it actually works: In every stage with invincibility, there's always going to be some green coins. Those green coins - once completely gathered - will deactivate the invincibility.

In a sense, this makes invincibility stages more like a locked door puzzle. You have to guide the plumber to the green coins (without getting hit!) before you make your strike.

Use the background to your advantage

It's likely you'll die repeatedly on any given stage in Kill the Plumber, and sometimes that's because of poor spacing.

Luckily for you, every stage also has a static background. If you find yourself struggling to dodge fireballs or positioning yourself just under the plumber, make a note of the background to make adjustments for next time.

Hold down buttons between rounds

In a lot of cases in Kill the Plumber, there's a very tight time window you, the player, need to hit. If you want to give yourself a slight advantage on execution, try holding the button you initially want to press before the end of the previous round to start the next one immediately in motion.

Have you thwarted the plumber more quickly than us? Have some tips? Share them in the comments!

We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plans for Piano Tiles 3 [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 5th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Piano Tiles 2 is a fast-paced rhythm action high score chaser out now on iOS and Android.

You have to tap a series of black tiles that appear on the screen in time to the music, being careful not to accidentally hit anywhere else. Do that and it's game over.

As your score increases, so too will the pace. You really will need all of your reflexes if you plan on getting the higher scores.

To learn more about Piano Tiles 2, we spoke to Cheetah Mobile about its biggest inspirations, the community's favourite songs, and whether or not we can expect a Piano Tiles 3.

What have you learned from other mobile piano games that helped to improve Piano Tiles 2?

"Before developing Piano Tiles 2, our team tried a ton of similar mobile games on the market but walked away unimpressed.

"It did inspire us though, and we realised that the core of a game - and how well it performs - is in how it plays over anything else.

"With that in mind, we worked hard to provide the best user experience possible and to ensure that our players would have fun before anything else."

Which games is it most inspired by and how is this inspiration represented in the game?

"A game devoid of creativity or emotional connection won't impress players.

"We weren't really inspired by any other games. Instead, we decided to make something truly unique and try and make it the best game possible.

"You can feel this as soon as you open Piano Tiles 2."

Which song is most played by the community of players and why do you think this is?

"Surprisingly, it's Qing Shi Xiang (Bluestone Alley). Some of our overseas players uploaded a video of them playing this song on our fan page.

"Other hits were classic songs like Canon, For Elise, and more challenging songs like Flight of the Bumblebee."

Will there be a Piano Tiles 3? And, if not, what are you working on right now?

"We are looking forward to bringing Piano Tiles 3 to you with a few surprises.

"We would love to become a bridge between China and abroad, letting people know more wonderful games."

Piano Tiles 2 is out right now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge the bombs

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2016

Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now.

Take it easy

There are bombs raining down from the sky so you'll want to run around in a panic stricken state. I understand that, but don’t do it!

Gentle, slow movements are better. Just tap to the left or right to subtly dodge the bombs - that way, you’re less likely to run into the path of another one.

Know your bomb types

Most bombs are small and relatively easy to dodge. There are big bombs too though, which take out a wider space. Keep away from those!

Blue bombs explode and provide you with energy, which goes towards unleashing your special Briefcase move. Collect up the energy when you can, but be careful. The same goes for yellow bombs, but you'll collect coins instead.

Cluster bombs are particularly nasty, as they unleash numerous bombs in a small area. Keep an eye on their pattern so that you stand between a couple of them.

Fire bombs unleash a small fire where they land. It lasts a while and, more importantly, can trap you for a time. Give these a wide berth.

Focus on something

Do you want to survive as long as possible or collect a bunch of coins? Decide what you want to do, and focus on that aim.

Usually, by going after coins, you’ll die faster but those coins are useful.

Money means…

Better power-ups! Save them wisely, and buy new power-ups such as the slowdown move.

Don’t waste your coins on a continue. They’re expensive and counter-intuitive.

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the option to watch an ad for an extra continue though. You might as well do this.

Got some tips of your own? Share them with us via the comments

Pre-register now for hack and slasher Angel Stone's massive 3.0 update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 4th, 2016

Fincon, which won Facebook's Studio to Watch award in 2015, has announced that pre-registration is now open for the massive 3.0 update for its award-winning hack and slasher Angel Stone.

Angel Stone is a post-apocalyptic action RPG in which the angels have fallen and you have to join The Resistance and face-off against hordes of demons trying to wipe out humanity.

There are three classes to choose from: Gunslinger, Berserker, and Shadow Mage. Once you've selected, you can start hack and slashing your way through the numerous game modes.

There's a few different PvE modes for those who prefer to go it alone, and cross-platform co-op and PvP modes if you'd like to join your friends.

The massive 3.0 update features virtual pad support, whole new modes, a redesigned skill system, and all new equipment. There's more but Fincon is keeping it a secret for now.

If you'd like to pre-register, grab Angel Stone right now from the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook Canvas, and create an in-game account. Then, head on over to the official website and input your username into the relevant field.

Angel Stone has found good success since launch, and has been featured as an Editor's Choice and was awarded Best of 2015 in the App Store, has amassed seven million downloads, and has ranked as a top five downloaded RPG in more than 70 countries.

Head on over to the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook Canvas right now to check out Angel Stone.

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

Google has named Piano Tiles 2 as its Best Game of 2015

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 4th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Google has named Piano Tiles 2, which launched back in August last year, as its Best Game of 2015. If you're yet to play it, now's a good time to do so.

It's a sequel to the hugely successful viral hit Piano Tiles (Don't Tap the White Tile) but includes all new gameplay, enhanced visuals, a huge variety of new songs, and improved sound quality.

There's also a new global competition in which you compete with players across the world to see who has the fastest reflexes.

How does Piano Tiles 2 work? Well, you have to tap on the black tiles rhythmically in time to the beat of the music. Think Guitar Hero but with a piano instead.

You have to be careful not to hit any other parts though, or it's game over. The difficulty ramps up as your score gets higher as well, as the black tiles will appear faster and faster.

Back in December, Google awarded Piano Tiles 2 as the Best Game of 2015 in 13 different countries, including Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Why not give your reflexes a good work out now by downloading Piano Tiles 2 from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download].

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

Sandstorm: Pirate Wars guide - How to keep your rusty bucket airborne

Posted by Glen Fox on February 3rd, 2016

Have you ever longed for the day that you could experience Bethesda's world of Fallout but as a pirate? No, I didn't think so. But, if the idea does intrigue you, you might want to check out Ubisoft'sSandstorm: Pirate Wars.

It's set in a post apocalyptic future and has you riding around the world in your very own customisable airship, completing quests, taking on attacking pirates, and upgrading your ship.

While it's a lot of fun, it quickly becomes challenging if you don't pay attention to your ship. Well, we've got you covered with this guide to keeping that rusty bucket airborne.

Preparation is key

Before you even take off, you should check on the status of your ship. If it needs repairing, pay however many bolts it costs to do so - it's a small price to pay to make it to your desination safely.

Then, you should take a look at which weapons and support systems you have equipped. The trick here is to make sure you're prepared for any eventuality - and yes, that doesn't mean just equipping your most powerful weapons.

For a start, you need at least one weapon which can pierce shields so you can take out the enemy's support systems quickly and efficiently. Then, with your remaining slots, you'll want to vary it up for different eventualities.

For example, a heavy weapon may take ages to recharge but will deal insane damage to an enemy ship. You don't want to take only those though, as sometimes you'll only need to deal a tad of damage to finish them off - and that's where light weapons come in.

Battle strategically

Preparation is half of the battle - the other half is the battle itself.

The first thing you'll want to do is take down their support systems - focusing first on those that mess with your best attacks. Shields are a good place to start but don't neglect systems that shut down your favourite weapons or automatically repair the ship - those can be deadly.

Be organic in your approach though. For example, if the enemy is intent on shutting down your most powerful weapon, try and shut down their system that allows them to do that as quickly as possible.

Get earning

You're a pirate so get with the program and start earning those big bucks - or bolts, in this case.

The best place to start is to complete the main story quests as these tend to be the easiest to complete yet reward the highest.

Don't neglect those tavern missions though. In fact, as soon as they become available you should pick them up. They're usually pretty easy to complete, and require you to perform tasks you would have done anyway.

Got any tips on how to be a top pirate for us? Let us know in the comments below!

An impressive 12,500 new players have joined Clash for Dawn each day since launch

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 3rd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Since launching just over three months ago, Clash for Dawn has been downloaded an impressive 1.5 million times across iOS and Android. That's a whopping 12,500 new players per day.

And those players have stuck around too. Over 800 years worth of gameplay time has been recorded in 100 days since the launch.

What have the players been up to? Well, the proof is in the statistics. 21 million mercenaries were hired, 144 million quests completed, and 45 million weapons enhanced.

They've also gathered an absolute fortune in gold - 4.5 trillion to be exact - and killed 22 million players in PvP. However, PvE hasn't been ignored, as 1.8 million team dungeons have been defeated and 745,000 bosses taken down.

They're a talkative bunch as well, with 30 million messages being sent to each other - with the total word count totalling the same as 750 normal-sized novels.

It's unlikely that you haven't played Clash for Dawn yet but, if not, it's an action RPG that challenges you to defeat thousands of foes as a Warrior, Archer, Mage, or Priest.

As you level up, you'll increase your stats, skills, and gear until you're mighty enough to tackle the more difficult content like the epic dungeons. If you manage to make it to the end, you'll find an enormous boss waiting for you.

You can fight your way through these on your own or as a group. In fact, there's a ton of content to play through with your friends, like group raids, Protect the Goddess mode, PvP, and game-wide tournaments.

Clash for Dawn is available right now from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download].

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

Have a statue built in your honour in the action-packed Sword of Chaos

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 3rd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The most action-packed MMORPG on mobile ever is out right now on iOS and Android.

Sword of Chaos has you create your very own character from a variety of different classes and then working your way through a challenging dungeon which includes twenty different levels.

Along the way you'll encounter tons of foes like werewolves, goatmen, and centaurs, and you'll have to unleash a few different combos to defeat them.

Defeating enemies is the fastest way to level up your character, at which point you'll unlock new skills, outfits, and boost your skills. Eventually, you'll be powerful enough to take on more difficult content like the team dungeons and PvP.

PvP is the most impressive aspect of Sword of Chaos, and features a 20 versus 20 as well as previously unseen 100 player battles. That's a first for mobile MMORPGs.

If PvP is more your cup of tea, then you'll want to start a guild and invite your friends. That way you can all fight together and discuss tactics in the live messenger.

There are also plenty of ways to make some new friends. The World Boss, for example, requires server-wide teamwork from the playerbase, so you may well walk away with some new comrades or guild members.

Rounding out this content-rich MMORPG are the tough God Challenges and the Arena. Excelling at all of these modes will lead to a statue being built in your character's honour for all players to see in the Central Square.

If that sounds tempting, you can get Sword of Chaos right now [download.]

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

The best automation app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO WITH THE FLOW :: Read Review »

Have you ever found yourself getting frustrated at the amount of navigation or tapping you have to do when doing some tasks on your mobile device? If so, you've probably looked into getting an automator.

These apps are specifically designed to reduce the overall amount of navigation that comes with an app-centric ecosystem by executing strings of tasks or specific functions that you do regularly in a single tap.

We've scoured through the mobile app stores to bring you these best automation apps out there.