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Warbits review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 29th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WAR NEVER CHANGES
Warbits offers some high-quality, albeit familiar, turn-based strategy

Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle / Fighting Action Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nick Tylwalk on April 6th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUGAR AND SPICE
Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls has innovative mechanics and the high production values shine through.


Clash Royale review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN
This competitive, card-based tower defense game crams a lot of depth and satisfying gameplay into small, bite-sized bursts of fun

Assassin's Creed Identity review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 29th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN IDENTITY
Assassin's Creed Identity is a significant departure from the structure of the core series, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing


Epic of Kings review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SAMEY SLASHING
Fun for five minutes isn't enough for Epic of Kings

Stellar Wanderer review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 18th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOULLESSLY HUGE
Ambition is important, but Stellar Wanderer forgets the personality


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


A beginner's guide to Spellbinders

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 6th, 2016

Spellbinderslooks a heck of a lot like Clash Royale, but has an entirely different pace to it. As such, it can be difficult to adjust to.

Just in case you've been playing way too much Clash Royale (and who hasn't), we've put together a bunch of tips and tricks to help get you up to speed with Spellbinders.

Contest the cannons

The key to winning a match inSpellbindersis to take control of the cannons in the centre of the arena as quickly as possible.

To do so, make sure you regularly send units down lanes to contest your opponent's control of the cannons instead of trying to sneak a unit down an unguarded lane.

If you don't try to retake cannons your enemy has already captured, you'll just take a bunch of free hits to your hit point bar.

How decks work

Unlike Clash Royale, there is no deck customisation in Spellbinders. Instead, each player has access to all of a particular character's cards. Another important difference is that your hand always has an equal composition of two unit cards and two spell cards.

With these two key points in mind, you want to make sure you throw down cards that cycle through both units and spells so that you can line up compositions that compliment each other. You have to play a balance of cards to get your ideal hand.

Quick tips

  • Try using the Claim spell right after a single enemy unit captures a cannon. You'll take it right back.
  • Special purchased units cannot be the target of spells, so don't waste mana on them.
  • Sandstorms can slow down units for archers to pick off.
  • Save Boulder spells for when players spawn a bunch of units in one lane.
  • The Freeze spell can be useful for a weak unit to take out a huge one, or to delay a cannon capture long enough to charge a powerful, three-cannon attack.

Have other tips for players new to Spellbinders? Share them in the comments!

How to maximise your profits in Bakery Blitz

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 4th, 2016

Running a bakery can be an expensive venture. You’ll need to continuously upgrade your oven, your kitchen supplies, and even your ingredients to keep customers happy.

Most of these renovations in Bakery Blitz cost a pretty penny, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you rake in the virtual wealth.

Build up chains for maximum profit

Customers pay you with sparkly, enticing gold coins that they leave on the counter. Don’t let this tempt you, though. Let the gold pile up and then collect it all in one fell swoop (make sure you get to it before the game automatically gathers it for you).

Collecting your money this way creates chains, giving you a gold bonus that will quickly fill up your bank.

Complete goals

Each area in Bakery Blitz has a running list of optional goals for you to complete. These can be anything from selling a certain amount of lemonade, to completing a few levels without burning any of your food.

They’re easy to attain (especially if you follow our Bakery Blitz time management guide) and will reward you handsomely with gold and tickets. You can check the goals available to you by tapping the clipboard icon in the lower right corner of your screen.

Keep your customers happy

It probably goes without saying that the happier the customer, the healthier the tip. This is easier said than done, though, so make sure that, above all else, orders are completed correctly.

Look ahead to see what needs done next, and don’t take on too many orders at the same time. It’s best to keep things simple rather than overwhelming yourself. This is an easy way to keep your kitchen orderly, which makes for fewer angry customers.

The baking industry is a competitive one, and you’ll need lots of gold to stay ahead. If you want to become the true cake boss, be sure to follow these tricks.

Are you a master Bakery Blitz patissier? Let us know how you best manage your kitchen in the comments.

How to manage your time in Bakery Blitz

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 4th, 2016

It can be tricky, especially when you risk burning your kitchen to the ground if you forget a cake in the oven, so make sure to use these time management tricks to keep your bakery running smoothly.

Don’t collect the money right away

In exchange for your tasty, tasty baked goods, customers will leave you with a nice sum of cash. Resist the urge to pocket it right away, though, as it’s best to focus on any active orders and make sure they get delivered to your hungry neighbors before gathering your earnings.

If you fail to claim the money on time, it’ll automatically be added to your coffers. As an added bonus, new customers can’t come into the restaurant if there’s money left unclaimed.

Make good use of the cake plate

Early on you’ll get access to a handy cake plate. You can use this to display extra cakes, possibly enticing customers to buy it. This will save you from having to bake an entire cake again from scratch.

You can also use the cake plate to juggle different cakes and drinks while you’re preparing them. You only have two hands, so if you’re handling two cakes and suddenly need to serve someone a drink, place one of the cakes on the plate for some temporary relief.

Memorize the orders

Certain characters consistently order the same things. For example, the elderly gentleman usually orders a two-layer square chocolate cake.

Taking note of different characters’ favorite sweets will give you a few extra seconds to prepare, which can make all of the difference when you have four different people pushing for your service.

Things can get a little crazy when starting up your own fledgling bakery, but these tips will ensure that you restore sweetness to the world with ease.

Have your own tips for beginner bakers? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

How to deal with wind in Angry Birds Action!

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2016

Angry Birds Action! is a physics-based puzzler in which you're tasked with dragging and launching birds around an obstacle-littered field to achieve a set objective.

It's simple enough at first, but when wind gets introduced things can get pretty tricky. Here are some tips to deal with wind-based obstacles.

Go with the flow

The biggest mistake you can make on a windy level is to try and fight the wind. Going against the wind slows your momentum, and prevents you from being able to move, score, and win.

Whenever possible, use the wind to your advantage instead, and only try to fight the wind by moving across or through it, not against it.

Saxophone birds

Another wind element in Angry Birds Action! are saxophone-playing toucans that can kill your progress on a level unless you know how to deal with them.

These birds are a huge nuisance at first, as they put up a wall of sound that can completely halt you in your tracks when you approach it. However, you'll quickly learn that they have a limited lung capacity, so you can get by them no problem if you time things just right.

And that's easy if you remember that everything on the board freezes in place when you go to launch your bird. If you do this right when a toucan is taking a breath, you should be able to launch right by them without getting blown away by a wall of sound.

Patiently clear a path

When faced with a level that has ever-present winds that blow your character toward one side of the screen or the other, the best thing you can really do is try to take out as many obstacles as possible until a path opens up.

Be careful though, as trying to angle your way to your objectives when the wind is blowing will likely get you trapped in a corner wasting turns.

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How to get three stars in every level of Angry Birds Action!

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2016

Angry Birds Action! is, essentially, a pinball-style take on the pull-and-fling action of the original games. When you first boot it up, you'll likely be wondering exactly what it is you have to do to get a good score.

Well, never fear as 148Apps is here to walk you through it, and provide a few tips and tricks to help you get three stars in every level.

Destroy everything

To get a good score in Angry Birds Action!, you need tobump into things and take them out. Crates, stones, blocks of ice, boxes of TNT - basically everything is vulnerable to your bird's dashes, and all of them have a point value.

So, even though the objective of a level may be to recover a certain amount of eggs or collect candies, destroying stuff along the way is key to getting a good score and rating.

Use your birds wisely

As you progress in Angry Birds Action!, you'll unlock new birds, each of which has their own special uses to exploit.

As an example, Bomb the blackbird sets off an explosion when he first collides with an object. You want to use this when there are a lot of obstacles clustered around.

Keep those birds alive

Most levels in Angry Birds Action! have pinball-style bumpers that grant some points and a speed boost when they're hit. Later levels will also include things like poles and cannons that grant you the ability to re-launch your birds at additional obstacles or objectives.

Using these tools is key to nailing a high score since they grant you the ability to keep taking out other parts of the environment without slowing you down or using up a turn. Try to angle shots from cannons or poles so that you rebound into the same or other cannons and poles.

Also, if you're near the end of a level, try angling your bird into a tight space between a wall and a bumper to score a ton of points before closing out the stage.

Have any other tips on how to fly through levels with three stars? Share them in the comments!

The beginner's guide to Warbits

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2016

Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning.

Positioning is crucial

Positioning is incredibly important in Warbits, as you gain bonuses or advantages against enemies just for standing in the right place, at the right time.

Obvious uses of this are standing in outposts and forests, but less obvious are, say, standing on top of a factory. All of a sudden, you've prevented your enemy from producing any more units!

Plan moves carefully

Think carefully before you move a unit, as you can't take moves back.

You can tap and hold over your and enemy units to examine movement and firing ranges, which can help you determine the safest and most advantageous moves you can make.

Don't spread yourself too thin

Warbits does demand that you expand in order to secure additional resources, but doing so too quickly can leave you very vulnerable to attack.

This game operates using rock-paper-scissors mechanics between all of its units. If you go too far into enemy territory without a well-balanced force, your opponent can easily counter you and set you back.

Infantry and APCs are ALWAYS important

As you get later into any given round in Warbits, it's tempting to solely invest in expensive, powerful units to crush your enemy. While this is a viable strategy, never forget the importance of infantry units and APCs.

Infantry units are the only units that can capture outposts, so their value cannot be overstated. Infantry can also be super useful, as they're the only ground units that can go over mountains and other rocky terrain.

APCs are equally important not only because they can help protect your precious infantry, but also because they are the key to supplying your army of mech and air units. Without APCs, it's very difficult to keep your army loaded up with fuel and ammunition.

Have you commanded and conquered all there is in Warbits? Have some strategic advice? Share it in the comments!

How to upgrade your character in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 30th, 2016

So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next?

Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to guide you through ensuring your little wizard is as strong as he can possibly be.

Go back for the stars

There are two ways to unlock new pieces of gear to buy - stars and floors. You need to replay levels to get the stars. It’s also a good way to get more cash if you get stuck on tough levels higher up the tower. The levels you replay add new challenges, so you’re not just retreading the same ground.

To buy or enhance?

If you’re struggling with a level, but you don’t have enough cash to buy the next piece of gear, it’s worth upgrading what you’ve got already. It won’t cost as much, and toughening up what you’ve already got should set you in good stead for defeating the next set of challenges.

Extra coins

Check back in every day and you’ll find a chest that gives you either an extra life or some more gold. It’s better to focus on filling up your coffers rather than adding to your stock of chances. Especially early on in the game, the extra coins are going to give you an edge when it comes to getting stronger.

HP and damage

You might not notice it but there are options in the shop menu to increase your base damage and base HP. The first few upgrades are reasonably priced, and while they don’t give you as much of a boost as a new hat, robe, or wand, it’s still worth stocking up on them if you’ve got some cash spare.

New items

Sometimes it might look like the new items you’re buying aren’t as strong as the ones you’ve already got equipped, but make sure you check them out properly. Some add boosts and buffs to your character that can make them more worthwhile than what you’ve already got.

5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to see happen

Posted by Ric Cowley on April 29th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun.

It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.io's book.

Katamar.io

A fairly straightforward one to start off with. After all, what is Agar.io if not simply a Katamari game from a top-down perspective?

Replace the circles with Katamaris and the dots with household objects and the game has basically made itself.

All you need to do is put a tiny green Prince behind the Katamari and you've got the next big mobile hit.

Kirb.io

Nintendo has already announced its next couple of mobile games, but there's still room for everyone's favourite little pink ball to make an appearance.

Instead of simply absorbing the dots, you'd need to tap Kirby to suck up any nearby, as well as eat up any other players in the vicinity. It's a troll's paradise!

You could even have the various Kirbies spitting their opponents out across the board, and sell a Meta Knight skin for those who want to look a little cooler.

Mar.io

OK, so this might be a bit of a stretch, but bear with me. After all, attaching the Mario name to a mobile game is guaranteed to draw people in.

It would essentially be the same as slither.io, except you replace the snakes with classic Mario monster Wiggler.

He moves about in a cumbersome fashion, like the snakes in slither.io, and you could even have him turn into his angry red state while dashing.

Raptur.io

Remember those weird floating orbs in the award-winning Everybody's Gone to The Rapture? Well now you're one of them!

You float around the board, leaving a trail of holy spirit behind you, and occasionally absorbing souls that won't stop talking in dodgy rural British accents. Emotional? No. Fun? Definitely.

Spyr.io

It's been a while since we've heard from the tiny purple dragon Spyro, and what better way to make his comeback than this?

The twist is that the dots are actually sheep from the original game, so you need to set fire to them before you can eat them up. And probably set your fellow players on fire while you're at it.

Want more slither.io stuff? Then check out our best games like slither.io feature andthe following guides!

Have any of Ric's ideas excited you? Do you have any ideas for your own slither.io mash ups? Let us know in the comments below!

How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 29th, 2016

Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty.

You'll really have to give your brain a decent workout in order to solve many of these puzzles, but ultimately, overcoming these tricky challenges can be incredibly rewarding.

One of the best ways to do this is to really think about the way the game uses its terrain to trip up players. We’ve come up with some of the best ways to navigate Sky Charms’ tests of mental might.

How to get a high score in every level of Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 28th, 2016

Sky Charms is an adorable match three puzzler that provides a decent challenge thanks to its creative level design. It regularly presents something new, forcing you to think on your feet.

This might throw you for a loop, but we’ve got you covered with these tips to help you get three stars and sky-high scores every time.

How to create bigger words in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 28th, 2016

Words have power. At least they do in Spellspire,a game about blasting out magical attacks by making words out of a jumble of letters.

And it's a lot of fun. But if you want to be the best, you're going to have to think tactically when you start chucking letters around.

Don't worry though, we're here to help. With these clever strategies you'll soon be slaughtering demons with seven letter words in no time flat.

Steel Media and DeePoon have partnered for the Global VR Gaming Challenge

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 28th, 2016

Virtual reality is the next big thing, and 148Apps's publisher,Steel Media, wants to know what the hottest upcoming games are.

To achieve this, Steel Media has partnered with the massive VR developer DeePoon to set up the highly exciting Global VR Gaming Challenge.

The 5 best mobile games like Game of Thrones

Posted by Matt Suckley on April 27th, 2016

Everyone's favourite weekly dosage of medieval depression, Game of Thrones, is back for its sixth season. An excellent time for the bloodthirsty!

But we know what you're thinking: what iOS and Android games should I use to fill the time between episodes?

Firstly, that's an oddly specific request. But as you're clearly insistent, we'll indulge you - here are the five best ways to get your Game of Thrones-flavoured kicks on mobile.

How to approach quests in Fallen London

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 27th, 2016

Sitting at over 1.5 million words, Fallen London is filled to the brim with intriguing tales and mysterious characters. From the start, you’ll find a slew of quests ripe for the taking.

Even the most basic missions can branch in unexpected ways, so we’ve gathered a few tips to help you get the most out of Fallen London’s exceptional storytelling.

How to survive in LOUD on Planet X

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2016

LOUD on Planet X is a hybrid of a tower defense and rhythm game that pits famous indie acts against invading aliens.

You need timing and strategy in this game in order to succeed, things can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Here are some tips to keep yourself from being overrun: