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Ys Chronicles II review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRAIGHTFORWARD SLASHING
Fancy an easy going, not overly complicated JRPG? This should suit you

_PRISM review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ZEN-LIKE
_PRISM is a fairly relaxing puzzling experience, even if it is quite short


Final Fantasy IX review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Glen Fox on February 10th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT YOUR PORT OF CALL
Final Fantasy IX is not a particularly great iOS port but it's good enough for die hard fans to enjoy on the go

Adventures of Mana review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 9th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IF IT AIN'T BROKE, REMAKE IT
A fresh coat of paint and some playability tweaks breathe new life into this 25 year old Game Boy gem


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


Shadow Blade: Reload guide - How to hack and slash with the best of them

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 12th, 2016

Shadow Blade: Reload is the kind of action-platformer that would have happily sucked up hours of your time on a console a few years back.Now, you can take it with you wherever you go, and its mobile conversion is not too shabby at all.

To help you out, we’ve got some great tips and tricks on how to get the edge in battle.

Get into the rhythm

Shadow Blade: Reload’s controls are pretty simple. A virtual d-pad lets you move left and right, while three buttons dictate slashing, jumping, and throwing a shuriken at your foes.

The key here is to get into the rhythm - find a good pace and stick to it. A combination of running and jumping, while slicing and dicing at just the right moment, makes all the difference.

Gaining those all-important high ranks often comes down to speed, so keep, well, speedy.

Look out!

Just because you move fast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look out for obstacles. Keep an eye out for spikes in particular, as they’ll instantly kill you, which is obviously pretty bad news. At least the checkpoints aren’t too far apart.

Know your foe

The basic enemies are pretty easy to take down but early on, you’ll come across Shadow Hunters and their heat seeking variants.

One type shoots at you, immediately killing you if they hit you, but the heat seeking variants are even trickier. If you dodge the heat seeking missile long enough, it’ll explode, but it’s not easy!

Focus on taking these guys out first, above all others.

Find the collectibles

Look out for special collectibles which are usually off the beaten track in each level. They go towards your final score, which means a better ranking for you.

Don’t die

Ok, no one wants to die anyway, but dying negatively affects your ranking so try extra hard not to!

Have tips of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

Tomb of the Mask guide - How to increase your high score potential

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 12th, 2016

Tomb of the Mask is a great endless arcade game from Happymagenta in which quick reflexes and a persistent attitude can go a long way toward earning a top score.

Check out these tips to see if you can give yourself an edge on the leaderboards.

Keep playing

I know, I know, this sounds like obvious advice, but there are multiple reasons why banging your head against Tomb of the Mask is a good idea.

Playing the game over and over will not only get your reflexes up to snuff, but repeat play sessions can also make you level up and earn new "masks" - both of which can grant you score bonuses.

So, if there's an impossible-looking score on the leaderboard you want to chase, you might want to try leveling up a bunch and unlocking a score-modifying mask to help you get there.

Take your time

There isn't much time to waste in Tomb of the Mask(as you're being chased by a flashing wall of doom throughout every level) but it is important to try and take as much time as possible through stages in the game to help you max out your score.

The reason for this is because getting further in the game doesn't guarantee a high score, but picking up pellets and coins does.

In fact, each level in Tomb of the Mask gets significantly more difficult to navigate, so see if you can earn a bunch of points at the beginning stages when things are a bit easier.

Go into star rooms

Every once in a while, a glowing box with a star on it will appear on the side of the screen. If you want to score big, make sure you try to get to this box.

Going through the star box will take you to a bonus room full of coins that's easier to navigate than the normal levels. Make sure you try to get into these rooms every time they appear to max out your score.

Are you sitting atop the Tomb of the Mask leaderboards? Have some additional expertise? Let us know in the comments!

_PRISM Guide - How to solve those puzzles

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2016

_PRISM is a rather delightful puzzle game that’s been tailor made for touch screens. While part of the fun is figuring things out as you go along, we thought we’d offer you a helping hand at getting in the right mindset.

Don’t worry about messing up

Did you load up the game then wonder what the heck you were meant to be doing next? If in doubt, touch a few things on screen and see what happens. It’ll work out, promise!

Experiment

Moving around the screen and seeing the full picture is key. Use your fingers to rotate around and see where the other lines are. That’s generally where you need to start.

Line up the lines

Starting out, it’s easy to see where to drag the lines so that the colored circles line up. A few screens in though, and it gets a little trickier.

See the red circles? You can move those with your finger separately from how you’re moving the line. Obviously, you need to do this often.

Some lines can be rotated. Some can’t. If there’s a large orange circle on the outside, you can rotate the line.

Take it one sequence at a time

If you’re confronted by lots of different options, it can be intimidating. Don’t worry about it. Focus on just one line and it’ll soon make sense.

Stuck and not sure what’s required of you? Odds are you need to drag out some shapes. Just use your finger to do this. It’s pretty simple. _PRISM will happily take you to the next stage that way.

You don’t need to be perfect

Lining up the circles doesn’t require pinpoint accuracy. As long as you’re close enough, the game will do the rest for you.

Want to share your own advice on _PRISM? Let us know in the comments!

Set off on an adventure through the Candy Kingdom in Jelly Blast

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Like match three puzzlers? If so, Jelly Blast, the innovative iOS and Android game which launched last year, is worth a look.

Jelly Blast sees you head off on an epic adventure through the Candy Kingdom with your friends Lily, Mr. Hare, and Mr. Rabbit, as you visit a variety of sweet treat-inspired locations.

On the way, you'll play through hundreds of match three puzzling levels, and new ones are added each month so it's unlikely you'll run out of content any time soon.

Juggernaut Wars guide - How to use skills and level up your team

Posted by Glen Fox on February 9th, 2016

Juggernaut Warsis a brand new auto-RPG on iOS and Android that challenges you to build a team of heroes, send them out into various different missions to defeat waves of heroes, and level them up to increase their power.

The actual combat itself isn't overly challenging - it's automatic after all. No, the real challenge stems from getting your heroes battle ready.

Well, that's where148Appscomes in. We've spent a little time with the game to bring you these few tips and tricks.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.