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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


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


_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!

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.

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.

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.

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.