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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

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.

The best music creation app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 2nd, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own music? It’s not as hard as you think, thanks to a variety of different apps out there to help you do exactly that.

You don’t even need to use a PC or Mac, with your trusty iPhone and iPad filling that role admirably.

Here’s a look at the best on mobile.

Genies and Gems guide - How to clear those gems fast

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

So, you’re bored of crushing candies and rescuing farm animals. How about combining gems and paw prints in order to help a genie’s pet fox traverse a magical world?

That’s the quirky setting for the rather charming Genies and Gems and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Blade: Sword of Elysion guide - How to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

Blade: Sword of Elysion is the kind of action RPG you can dip into at any time of day, achieve something in the space of a few minutes, then marvel at how mindless yet entertaining it all was.

While its tutorial does a good job of helping you through the basics, there’s more to it than just that. We’re here with some helpful advice on how best to succeed at hacking and slashing everything in sight.

Top Gear: Drift Legends guide - How to slide your way onto the leaderboard

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2016

Do you want to be the drift king? Top Gear: Drift Legends lets you do just that and we've got some advice to help you slide your way on top of the competition.

PolyBlast guide - How to shoot your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 31st, 2016

In the mood for a retro arcade experience? Well, look no further thanPolyBlast, a simple yet quite compelling arcade puzzle shooter.

Simple doesn't mean easy though - andPolyBlastposes quite the challenge. With that in mind, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you shoot all of the targets.

Dungelot: Shattered Lands guide - Tips and tricks to survive the dungeon

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2016

Dungelot is a series of games that will test your patience, and the latest installment, Dungelot: Shattered Lands, is no different.

Here are some important tips for Dungelot vets and beginners alike to go far in Shattered Lands: