It's almost two years since Pokemon GO went out and the world went crazy for it. I still remember watching groups of players stumbling around the harbour near where I live to collect some rare water-based monsters. That was always the wonderful thing about Pokemon GO, it brings people together.
And with the new updates announced recently, that appears to be something that Niantic understands. But the upcoming anniversary has got me thinking - what does the game need to do to keep going strong for another two years?
That's what we're going to think about in this article. But feel free to share your own suggestions, we'd love to hear what could keep you playing, or start you playing, the game that defined AR on mobile.
Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.
You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!
I'm eight years into my soccer management career. There have been dizzying highs (two cup wins, back to back promotions, last second winners) and there have been shocking lows (a season where I was one game away from relegation, and an ongoing battle with the board to prove I'm worthy of the big leagues), but I've loved every single second. And that's what New Star Soccer Manager does, it makes every second count.
The game is currently in soft launch around the world, and I've been playing it for a couple of weeks. And when I say playing, I mean playing religiously. I've played until my eyes hurt, until my fully charged battery has died, I've charged it up, and it's died again. So the compulsion is definitely there, but even in this pre-release stage, there's a lot more to the game than that.
Well, if this week's new releases were a little underwhelming, it's fair to say that the current crop of sales on the App Store is following a similar pattern. But that's not going to stop us from rounding up the very best games for iPhone and iPad that are going cheaper than usual at the moment.
And while we say it isn't the best crop, one of the games on the list is acknowledged by many to be the finest experience you can get on mobile, so it's not all doom and gloom. And there are a few other decent games too. So settle in and let's get this show somewhere close to the road.
Well would you look at that, it's Thursday again. And that means it's time for us to roundup the best games that have come out for iOS over the past seven days. And, I'll be honest with you, it's not the most impressive week we've ever seen. But, there are a few gems among the E3-avoiding derth.
There's an impressive port of a console game, an interesting use of AI, and a puzzler that's actually all about testing your reactions. There's loads more too, and I've stuck in download links so you can grab whichever of them tickles your fancy.
The idea of the “forever game” is a compelling one in general, but especially so on mobile. Being able to fire up the same game over and over again on your phone or tablet and be treated to new experiences and things to do each time is close to—if not the pinnacle—of mobile gaming. So, without further ado, see below for some of the best forever games on mobile:
What is it?
This management game puts you in control of a Formula 1-style racing franchise. You manage almost everything involved in this process, including the drivers you hire, the sponsorship deals you take, the R&D of your cars, and even when drivers should take a pit stop mid-race.
What makes it a forever game?
The beauty of Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 is that it contains just enough variables to ensure the racing landscape is always changing. Even if you’re many years deep into the game’s career mode, you have to contend with different drivers, unexpected financial predicaments, and, of course, all of the other race teams that are trying to beat you.
Who’s it for?
Anyone who like management sims. Even if you aren’t into racing, Motorsport Manager 2 has a great set of mechanics under its hood that almost guarantees you’ll be playing it for a long time.
It's E3 season, which means it's the time of year that mobile games get basically ignored in favor of super-budget AAA titles and people screaming out reactions to things they're going to be disappointed in when they actually come out in a few months time.
That said, there have been a few interesting looking iOS games announced over the past couple of days, so we thought it was a good idea to round them up to give you a flavor of what you might be playing in the next few months on your phones. Or, in some cases, what you'll probably be ignoring.
BlazeFury is a unique take on the shmup genre, so it’s pretty easy to be confused about how you should play it. Fear not though, dear reader. These tips below will make you a dogfighting champion in no time.
Missiles are the best
The best way to start progressing quickly in BlazeFury is to invest in the right weapons. Since enemies get harder and harder, and there’s no real way to fight back without upgrading your own arsenal, you want to be sure you’re making the best investments possible.
From my experience, the missiles are the best weapon for you to unlock and continuously upgrade. Not only do they pack a punch against enemies, but they also do a great deal of splash damage, which can help you take down enemies that you aren’t even targeting.
It's a question you might have asked yourself a few times. Why isn't there a brilliant Game of Thrones game for mobile? After all, it's one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena of recent times, not just commercially but critically.
So how come we've only got three GoT games on the App Store, and how come only one of them could even be called “pretty good”? Well, that's the question we're going to be asking in this here article. Mainly because I'm re-watching Game of Thrones and I've been wondering it myself.
While yesterday's post might have been a bit out of the ordinary, we're trying to keep things stable for the last day of the week. So we've gone right ahead and rounded up the very best games that are on sale for iPhone and iPad right now.
There are some really great games on the list, for fans of strategy, board games, puzzlers, and even running a mall. It's by no means an exhaustive list though, so if you've got your own suggestions feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. After all, sharing a deal might make you some lovely new friends.
In a bit of a change from the usual programming here at 148Apps, due to holidays and absences. So rather than going through the best games that have come out this Thursday, we're going to have a look at something altogether different. Don't worry though, things will get back to normal next week.
Today we're checking out all of the Jurassic World games that are currently available on the App Store. There's some good ones, there's some bad ones, but once you're read our article you're going to know exactly which ones are worth getting and which are best avoiding like a Raptor in a food court.
It's time to do another roundup of the best mobile games in a specific genre. And this time we're going to be looking at the very best action games you can grab on the App Store. It's a bit of a nebulous term, so there are some different styles of game in the list. But variety is the spice of life.
As ever, if you think that we've missed something out, or you think that your favorite games deserve a mention here, make sure you chuck a comment in the appropriate place at the bottom of the article. And go mad clicking those download and review links. Slammin'.
Sometime around the start of the new month, here at 148Apps we like to take a look back at the games that came out over the past four weeks and let you know which of them we think you should definitely have played. And this month is no difference.
There's at least one great game in the list, and everything else here is skirting the top echelons of good. And we reckon there's going to be something here for everyone, especially if you love puzzles, shooting, or weird games set in the surreal inner-workings of the human body. And who doesn't love those things?
Friday has rolled around again, and while the week is drawing to a close, we've still got one hot slice of content for you. And, like very week, we're going to finish things off with a roundup of all the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad.
It's a solid week when it comes to sales, and we had a bit of a hard time cutting down the list ti make it an easily digestible size. So there's a good chance you might think we've missed something. If that's the case, make sure you let us know in the comments all the way at the bottom of the article.
For you sci-fi buffs, terraforming won’t be an alien concept. The basic idea is making a planet more Earth-like and therefore habitable, often by tinkering with factors such as the atmosphere.
You’ll find terraforming in everything from the scribblings of genre heavyweight H.G. Wells to sandbox sims like Spore. There are a handful of terraforming games already on mobile, but few have the level of detail TerraGenesis boasts. Here are 7 reasons you should start shaping worlds with this ingenious indie sim.
Explore the Solar System
Whilst there are fictional planets to play god with, as well as a random planet generator, the draw of TerraGenesis lies in the way it depicts real planets. The likes of Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus are all playable worlds, as are many moons of the Solar System. They aren’t just slapdash approximations, either; developer Edgeworks Entertainment used NASA’s own satellite data to create pixel-perfect renditions of these galactic bodies. Whether you’re building a colony on Olympus Mons, flooding the Valles Marineris or melting the ice on the surface of Europa, you’ll be exploring real landscapes, as they exist in our universe.
Tackle harsh realities
Mars is a freezing desert with almost no air, while Venus’s atmosphere is thicker than seawater and hot enough to melt lead. The true challenge of terraforming a world isn’t creating colonies, it’s fighting the elements. TerraGenesis uses detailed simulations and realistic physics to bring your worlds to life, and presents them through a clean, minimalist interface. This allows the game to feel authentic and challenging, but in a way that’s still approachable for people who don’t come from a scientific background.
Create utopia – or dystopia
As you transform the surface of your new world, you’ll transform the culture of your new colonists. Will you build a capitalist boomtown or an eco-friendly, space-age eden? The values, traditions, hopes, dreams, and fates of millions of colonists are in your hands. In TerraGenesis, you can create a promised land for all of humanity, or a nightmare to last millennia.
Support the indie spirit
TerraGenesis is a rare indie success story. Developed by Alexander Winn in his spare time, it managed 1 million downloads in its first year on the App Store, and is following suit since its April launch on Android, creating an enthusiastic player base around the world. If you’re keen to support indie developers, or just curious what can be done by one person with a passion for space exploration, this is the game for you.
Freemium done right
Developer Edgeworks Entertainment didn’t want TerraGenesis to become a money trap, so has carefully eschewed the ‘pay-to-win’ experience. The game comes with five playable worlds completely free, which is about a month’s worth of gameplay, whilst other worlds cost a small fee to unlock. The ads are optional, with in-game rewards as incentives, and everything available through in-app purchases can be obtained through normal gameplay without paying a penny. So players can terraform ‘til their hearts content, without being pressurised into parting with cash. That sounds like a pretty good deal to us.
Dig deeper, learn more
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to play TerraGenesis, but if you want to dig a little deeper into the ideas behind terraforming, there are The Archives. It’s a treasure trove of information explaining the science and ethics behind this hypothetical approach to space colonisation, as well as its influence on popular culture. It isn’t an essential part of gameplay, just a bonus for those curious cosmonauts.
Life finds a way
A fairly new addition to the game, Biospheres give you even more god-like power over the life that springs forth from your world. You can genetically engineer customised organisms and release them into the wild. Start with microbes, then plants, then herbivores and carnivores, splicing individual genes to ensure that each species is adapted for your world’s environment. With literally millions of possible organisms, you can build an entire ecosystem. But be careful – the addition or removal of the wrong species could bring the whole house of cards collapsing down on itself.
If you want to terraform your way around galaxies both real and imagined, TerraGenesis offers a challenging and engaging simulation to do just that. Having won over fans on iOS, it’s just received a release on Android too. The latest update, ‘Historical Earths’, even lets you play with time. Engage with everything from cavemen to dinosaurs across a bundle of new planets. Be wary of WorldKillers, though; this host of disasters, ranging from meteoroids to rare diseases, might just throw a fatal spanner in the works.
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