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Loop! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 24th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LOOPER
This minimalist arcade game is sleek, fast, fun, and oh-so-slightly flawed.

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SEAWORTHY SUCCESSOR
This survival game mixes up its original formula a bit, but is still very much familiar territory.


WarFriends review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 20th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JUST MISSED THE MARK
This free-to-play multiplayer shooter is really fun, but it has a few dumb design choices that keep it from being truly amazing.

Star Wars: Force Arena review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 19th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE
A Star Wars MOBA is a great idea, but this game feels pretty sloppy compared to other entries in the genre.


Agent A: A puzzle in disguise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 17th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUZZLE AGENT
This super spy-themed adventure game presents players with a series of really clever puzzle rooms.

Turbo League review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 13th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCCAR
This game is a pretty naked attempt to bring Rocket League to mobile. It's not perfect by any stretch, but it's still pretty dang fun.


Barbaric: The Golden Hero review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 11th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOLDEN GAMEPLAY
Bounce between enemies and execute slo-mo dodges in this stylish, arcade dungeon-crawler.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 9th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A NEW FRONTIER
This new season of Telltale's breakout series shows a lot of promise in its first episode despite some performance issues.


Clash Royale gets some serious balance updates

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 24th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Collectible card juggernaut Clash Royale received an update today, shifting some of the cards in the pecking order. Most notably, Elite Barbarians' health and damage have been nerfed by 4%, while their DPS has gotten a whopping 10.5% decrease. Zap, too, is getting a damage reduction. It was once able to OHKO goblins, but this latest patch should make other spells and ranged moves viable options once more. Meanwhile, the Electro Wizard got a 9% HP increase to prevent Fireball from taking the unit out in one fell swoop. Supercell has a full list of changes over on their site if you fancy a peek.

Ironhide Game Studio prepares for a busy year; announces a new Kingdom Rush game

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 24th, 2017
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad


Kingdom Rush breathed fresh life into the tired tower defense genre way back in 2012. The game was a robust challenge that somehow managed to lift you up, rather than leaving you feeling crushed and hopeless. The rich array of unit types and towers made it one of the most elaborate mobile games of its time. Naturally with its quick rise to fame, many follow-ups would be made, the last of which, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, launched in summer 2016.

Collect pets and sling arrows in Arcane Online’s latest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 23rd, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mobile gaming is a crowded market, but regular updates are a good way to keep us attention-short players keen. The brand new content in Arcane Online is a prime example.

Published by Japanese developer Gala, Arcane Online is a fantasy MMO that tasks you with saving the land of Eldine from monsters (and humans, too). All the hallmarks of the modern mobile RPG are here to keep you entertained – quests to complete, guilds to join, characters to customise and loot to win.

The update features a fun new buddy system, making battle more nuanced. You can collect and raise 28 different familiars, from roosters to mimics, and summon them during combat. Buddies have active and passive skills to aid you. You can even name them – take on the forces of darkness with Fido and Snowball at your side.

There’s an additional character class, too. You can fight alongside mages, warriors and shamans as usual, but also as a formidable archer, slinging arrows at anything in your way.

Plus there’s a new guild vs. guild event called Dominion Wars. Up to twenty players on each side battle for control of six different territories in Eldine, with the winners reaping the rewards.

Sound like fun? If you’d like to give it a try you can download Arcane Online for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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

Super Mario Run dashes onto Android in March

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 20th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOBILE MARIO :: Read Review »


Super Mario Run was one of the biggest mobile launches in 2016 before it was met with a lukewarm response by many. While the game itself plays a treat, it's pretty hard to swallow the steep price for the full game. With that said, Android users are still itching to have their own turn at the game, and Nintendo's finally revealed when we might be seeing Super Mario Run on the Play Store.

WarFriends Beginner's Guide: How to guide your tiny soldiers to victory

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 20th, 2017



Chillingo's new game, WarFriends, is finally available world wide, and so far it's a refreshing change from common mobile game trends. The game's a mix of tower defense, third person shooter, and collectible card game. There's a lot to unpack here, but overall it's a fun experience that allows for a lot of player creativity and experimentation. Because WarFriends is such a hybrid, there are quite a few unique strategies that will help you get the most out of the game.

Turbo League Guide: How to tame the controls and go pro

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 19th, 2017


Turbo League brings Rocket League's popular auto-soccer formula to mobile devices, but this quirky new genre handles a bit differently with touch controls. You may want to throw yourself in headfirst in multiplayer mode, pulling sweet stunts as the in-game camera records every move. You'll be surprised to find that getting ahead in the game is a bit trickier than that, though. The controls are touchier, and there are a few things that set Turbo League apart from its obvious inspiration. Use this guide to ease yourself in, frustration-free.

Fire Emblem: Heroes coming to Google Play in February

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 18th, 2017

Nintendo gave us our first look at Fire Emblem: Heroes, the upcoming mobile Fire Emblem game the company hinted at last year. Revealed at the Fire Emblem Direct event held today, the game will condense the series' tactical RPG combat into bite-sized battles that you can play on the go.

Stickman Surfer rides in with the tide this Thursday

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 18th, 2017

Stickson is back and this time he's taken up yet another extreme sport - surfing. Stickman Surfer is out this Thursday on both iOS and Android, so if you've been following the other Stickman adventures, you might be interested in picking this one up as well.

5 dastardly difficult roguelikes like the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 16th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac, attempt to escape from your mother who's set on sacrificing you.

The game shines in its vast replayability and the immense range of powerups you can use to grow stronger and face the game's ever-shifting challenges. But perhaps you've already played the game on another platform, or you've already gotten your fill of the new mobile version. In that case, we have a few other addictive games of a similar nature to recommend.


A great choice if you're looking to really buckle down and learn every nuance of a game, 868-HACK is a strategic roguelike that sees you moving through a cyber-grid to, well, hack siphons. Every move you make requires careful forethought. You'll spend hours trying to master this game, promising yourself just one more turn, as the hours drop away.


Wayward Souls requires rapid reflexes to make it out of each of its beautifully illustrated, but terribly deadly dungeons. It combines the finest dungeon crawling mechanics for mobile devices around with a carefully wrought story and characters that will give your struggles purpose.


Tallowmere is soul-crushing in its difficulty, but once it sinks its claws into you, you'll be coming back again and again for extra helpings of punishment. The game places you in a dungeon with a sorry excuse for a sword and a shield, leaving you to venture forth to see how far you can get. The rooms have an impressive variety of challenges to keep things fresh.


With an endless dungeon to explore and a bunch of different classes to master, along with plenty of crafting, enchantments and potions, you'll never run out of things to do in Pixel Dungeon. The game doesn't tell you what spells or potions do, so you'll have to try them to find out, often to hilarious and disastrous effect.


Crypt of the NecroDancer can be brutal, but you'll quickly forgive it once you immerse yourself in its one-of-a-kind mix of dungeon crawling and rhythm game mechanics. Plus it's set to a stellar soundtrack that will have you tapping your feet long after you set your phone down.

Which mobile roguelikes have you been hooked on lately? Share in the comments below!

Last week on PocketGamer

Posted by TPG Staff on January 16th, 2017


Welcome to a weekly feature looking back on the past seven days of coverage on our sister website, PocketGamer.

It’s taken a while for 2017 to really get going, at least when it comes to the world of portable gaming. Thank goodness, then, for Nintendo.

The house of Mario recently held a glitzy event to fill in the blanks on its forthcoming Switch console. Suffice to say, the response was rather mixed.

Elsewhere the iPhone turned ten, the mobile MOBA genre received a famous new member, and an indie darling made a belated appearance on iOS. Here’s what’s been occupying the PG team over the past week.

ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion set to conquer iPads in March

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 14th, 2017
iPad App - Designed for iPad

To the delight of mobile strategy fans, Feral Interactive released ROME: Total War just a few months ago. Now the game's expansion, Barbarian Invasion is marching onto iPads as a standalone release.

Space schmup Xenoraid launches on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 13th, 2017

10Tons Xenoraid is out today on the App Store, bringing some high-speed space action to your mobile gadgets just in time for the weekend. The company's last premium title, another sci-fi game titled Neon Chrome, did quite well for itself, so hopefully Xenoraid will be following in its predecessor's footsteps.

Star Wars: Force Arena Beginner's Guide: How to embrace the Force

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 13th, 2017

Star Wars: Force Arena joined the populous ranks of Star Wars games on mobile today. It's a two-lane MOBA starring many familiar faces from George Lucas's famed sci-fi franchise. As with most games of this nature, Force Arena can be a little obtuse at times. Fear not, though, young padawan. You have a lot to learn, but soon you'll be sweeping through the lanes and destroying enemy turrets like the true Jedi master you were born to be. We here at 148Apps are here to help with a few beginner's tips to set you on your way.

Bubble Witch 3 Saga Guide: How to get three stars in a row

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 12th, 2017


King's bringing its fairytale bubble-popping puzzler back for its 3rd outing in Bubble Witch 3 Saga. If you're familiar with the series, not much has changed here on the surface level, though you'll likely be pleased with the improvements. If you're coming to the game for the first time, though, there are some things you should take into account if you want to get a three-star rating every time. We have a few tips to help you out.

Sunless Sea sails onto iPad this spring

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 12th, 2017


Failbetter Games, the folks who brought you Fallen London, are celebrating their 7th birthday today. To commemorate the event, the team revealed that Sunless Sea is coming to iPad this spring.

If you missed the game when it originally launched on PC, it's a delightfully gloomy RPG-esque sailing game set in the Fallen London universe. You sail the Unterzee in search of treasure and more, all while ensuring your crew doesn't turn against you, starve to death, or go insane. While it sounds a bit dark, it's full of Failbetter's signature wit and spectacular writing.