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7 reasons to play TerraGenesis, the terrific terraforming sim

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 1st, 2018
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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.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

Artful Balancer is back with some big new challenges

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 1st, 2018
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Artful Balancer, the clever and colorful puzzler turned arcade game from developer MM347 is back with a big new update making some pretty dramatic changes. Gameplay that rewards clever strategy will be playing a larger role from here on out and Artful Balancer is getting iPhone X optimisation.

Now that the big update is here, you’ll find that the game is a good deal more difficult. Artful Balancer will make you work for your success, and it will make you feel pretty brilliant in the process. Rather than simply coasting along collecting gold, you’ll need to expertly pull-off every strategy you can muster to beat each level.

Pixel Starships fires new update into orbit

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 25th, 2018
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Pixel Starships players now have a wider array of strategic options at their disposal thanks to the game’s latest update on iOS and Android.

Developer SavySoda has deployed the Advanced Tactics add-on to the spaceship-building MMORPG, hot on the heels of February’s eSports update, and this one promises to be even more content-rich than its predecessor.

Hit the 5! Casino slots onto Android devices

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 25th, 2018

Hit the 5! Casino, the social slots sim from Webzen, has arrived on Android devices following a successful soft launch in Australia, with players in North American and Australasian markets now able to enjoy the game for free. European players won't have to wait long either with the game set to release on European shores very soon.

The free-to-play title lets users try their luck on a series of themed digital slot machines, each with their own unique style, features and storylines. Here’s the best part: you can give them a spin without the risk of losing any actual money. In-app purchases are entirely optional, as progression can be achieved through gameplay.

Slots on offer at launch include the Ancient Greece-inspired Hera the Greek Goddess, the mystical-themed Moon Wolf, and Coin Fever, a traditional Vegas-style experience free of narrative components.

Hit the 5! Casino also boasts extensive social features, including the option to take part in global tournaments and the ability to exchange the rewards you earn with your friends.

Aimed at players aged 21 and over, the social casino game is a follow-up to the Facebook social title of the same name, which racked up a user base of more than 500,000 players.

Hit the 5! Casino is available from Google Play as a free download. Want more information? Head on over to the game’s official website and Facebook page.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

TerraGenesis is a space sim that lets you build worlds using science and NASA data

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 24th, 2018
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TerraGenesis successfully made its mark on the App Store, drawing over 1 million players, and now it’s coming to Android to captivate new legions of players to transform and explore distant planets. The winner of last year’s Very Big Indie Pitch in San Francisco, TerraGenesis is a space sim that elegantly melds real-life biology and physics with sci-fi to give players the freedom to terraform planets and build functioning colonies.

Stickman Soccer 2018 kicks off on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 24th, 2018
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The Premier League season is over and the World Cup is yet to begin, but there’s a new way to get your football fix in the meantime. Stickman Soccer 2018 has just kicked off on mobile devices and it promises to be the most feature-packed edition to date.

Developed by Djinnworks, this season’s version of the award-winning arcade soccer title comes with a host of new gameplay features, including red and yellow cards, a sprint button, slow motion replays, and a wide range of customisation options.

5 reasons why you need to play TapTap Heroes!

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 20th, 2018
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TapTap Heroes is an all-new idle RPG for iOS and Android that will take you on a breathtaking, colorful adventure. With endless battles and bountiful rewards, there’s a lot to uncover in this action-packed title from Ajoy Lab. There’s quite a bit to TapTap Heroes, so we figured we’d give you a rundown of the top reasons to give the game a try. Off we go!

It’s easy to get started, but there are a lot of layers hidden inside

TapTap Heroes is an idle game, which means the mechanics are pretty easy to dive into from the get-go. You can get started by simply tapping your way through battles, but as you grow more familiar with the game’s mechanics, you’ll find that there’s actually a good deal of strategy in there, too. You’ll need to build a balance team from over 200 heroes, learning which characters work together best. Plus there’s hundreds of weapons, skills, and equipment to discover and pair together. The possibilities are nigh endless.

The art is fantastic

While many mobile games suffer from cluttered UIs and information overload, TapTap Heroes features a streamlined interface that doesn’t skimp on color or design. The character designs are unique and showcase each hero’s distinct personality. Rather than more of the same, TapTap Heroes stands out on its own.

An endless stream of events and quests keeps things interesting

Developer Ajoy Lab is committed to providing a continuing stream of content for TapTap Heroes beyond the game’s debut this week. Expect to find weekly events and daily quests that offer exciting, limited-time chances to earn rare rewards and high-rank heroes.

There are rich multiplayer options

When you’ve had your fill of the game’s single-player game, TapTap Heroes has plenty of multiplayer activities to keep you busy. Compete against other players in the Arena to make your way through the rankings, or cooperate with your fellow adventures and join a Guild to take down Raid Bosses in epic battles.

There are no free-to-play hijinks

Perhaps most importantly, TapTap HeroesIs not pay to win. VIP features are set behind a premium paywall, but you can access them for free by levelling up your account if you don’t feel like investing cash in the game. Other than that, you won’t be limited to timers or any other free-to-play frustrations.

Ready to get started? You can find TapTap Heroes on the App Store and Google Play right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Dragon Nest is coming to mobile and we’re telling you exactly what to expect

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 18th, 2018

One of the East’s largest MMOJRPGs on PC, Dragon Nest is getting set to launch in North America on mobile as Dragon Nest M. The game has been specifically optimised and built from the ground up for the new platform, and if you’re curious to dive in be sure to pre-register for the game ahead of its launch this May.

Dragon Nest M is set to feature the same 3D adventuring actions series veterans have come to expect, with a story set against a familiar world and familiar gameplay. There are a few slight differences however. The mobile version will feature a no-lock battle system, for instance, letting you combine your skills freely during fights as in the PC version.

An MMORPG is no good without any multiplayer features, and Dragon Nest M is set to have people covered. Dungeons are the best example, allowing you to fight side-by-side with others before battling the big boss in a way that works for you. You can also build or join a Guild, fighting as one with your Guild members to conquer and save the continent of Altera once more.

Can’t wait to see what’s new for yourself? Pre-registration for Dragon Nest M is now open for those who want to get set for the game’s launch this May. Doing so means you’ll receive exclusive rewards and gifts unavailable anywhere else. Rewards that provide a little boost for those craving a slight advantage when first starting out.

Stay ahead of the pack when Dragon Nest M launches later this month, pre-register for the game today.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Craving a soccer fix before the World Cup? Here are 5 reasons why you might just find it in Champion Eleven

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 17th, 2018

In case you're looking for something to keep you occupied before the World Cup arrives, Champion Eleven might just be the game for you. The new FIFPro licensed football management sim comes to you courtesy of MeoGames, and is officially endorsed by football legend Pep Guardiola. There's certainly plenty of anticipation building up around the game, so we've come up with 5 reasons why you should check it out. To kick things off...

You get to pick your perfect team

Every fantasy football enthusiast knows the joy of being able to pick and match the best players from their home league - and then mercilessly drop the ones that don't perform. Well, now you can do it on a World scale with all of the best players at your disposal. Over 60,000 players feature in the game, including Messi, Ronaldo, Coutinho, and Pogba. Best of all the combination of a very clever AI system and motion capture technology, gives an authentic feel to how they actually perform on the pitch in reality.

Claim the crown in Netmarble's MMO strategy game Iron Throne, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 16th, 2018
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The folks who brought you Marvel: Future Fight and Star Wars: Force Arena are hitting appstore shelves once again with their latest strategy MMO release, Iron Throne.

In Iron Throne, classic role playing hooks like questing, real-time battles, and character upgrading merges with tactical warfare via large-scale strategic wars against other players. All in the aid of vanquishing evil and working your way up to the kingship, the more your army levels up, the more your citadel will evolve into an empire to be proud of.

Joining you in your pursuit of the crown are a host of travellers just wondering around Iron Throne’s ambitious open world. All of which can be acquired and levelled up, before being rolled out to act as captain or officer in any of your respective castles. It’s by strengthening and growing these heroes that you’ll be able to increase your reign over the kingdom in the hope of succeeding.

Those wishing to experience Iron Throne’s high quality 3D visuals in a multiplayer, rather than solo, fashion can dip into any of the game’s PVP modes. Leading the pack is the ever-popular Battle Royale mode which sees you duke it out with 20 other players. A classic-style Team Deathmatch is also on-hand, where communication is pivotal to winning.

Do you have what it takes to stake a claim to the Iron Throne against the millions already playing? Find out by downloading it for free today from the App Store or Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Claim the crown in Iron Throne, Netmarble's upcoming MMO Strategy game

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 11th, 2018
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If you’ve got what it takes to rise to the top amidst a thriving fantasy land, prove it and pre-register for Netmarble’s latest MMO strategy title Iron Throne. Launching on iOS and Android devices on May 16th, now’s the time to show interest early and gain some exclusive rewards.

Tasking your lowly adventurer to win the kingship of a distant land, Iron Throne seeks to better immerse you when doing so thanks to the game’s fully-realised 3D graphics and visuals. If you’ve ever struggled to engross yourself in a world of swords and sorcery this could be the experience you’ve been waiting for. Complete with classic RPG quests, crafting and more, do you have what it takes to become king?

Mini Golf King update tees up solo mode

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 27th, 2018
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Arcade favourite Mini Golf King is no longer just an online multiplayer offering, as the game’s latest update invites solo golfers to join the fun.

Developer Bluehole PNIX has introduced Tour Challenge mode to the quirky golf sim, to pit players against a series of courses they can tackle alone. Golfers can monitor each other’s progress as they advance through the stages, comparing scorecards as they go.

The new update is designed to complement Mini Golf King’s core multiplayer mode, which includes more than 30 PvP courses laden with traps, wacky obstacles and power-ups. Here, players have the chance to unlock various bonus items, including improved clubs, balls and gloves as they climb the leaderboards.

Available for iOS and Android devices, Mini Golf King is free to download and play and has been built with accessibility in mind. Getting your swing on is a simple matter of performing drag-and-drop gestures on the device’s touchscreen.

The Tour Challenge update follows last month’s content-drop, which ushered in a new gameplay mode dubbed Hole-In-One Challenge, as well as a bonus power-up called the Golf Pin.

Mini Golf King is available to download from Google Play and the App Store, and the latest update is ready to install right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

Galaxy.io Space Arena soars onto mobile

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 26th, 2018
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Online shooter Galaxy.io Space Arena has blasted off on mobile devices, bringing intergalactic PvP to a universe near you.

Available on iOS, and Android, the space blaster places players inside a heavily-armed spacecraft and pits them against one another in deep-space arenas littered with asteroids and other cosmic debris.

Galaxy.io pilots fire upon each other with futuristic laser canons and the more opponents you take down, the more upgrade points you’ll earn for customising your craft or buying a new one.

On their way to the upper reaches of the leaderboard, players will also accumulate Crystals, an in-game currency which can be used for levelling up and unlocking new abilities. Skills on offer include extra damage resistance and faster movement, and pilots can mix and match these to suit their playing style.

Developed by GameSpire, Galaxy.io Space Arena is available as a free download on Google Play, and the App Store now.

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PAPER Anne is set to charm players all over again with the release of a new fourth chapter

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 6th, 2018
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If you’ve ever found yourself needing the perfect mash-up of Paper Mario and LittleBigPlanet, mobile developer UsFun Games might have the answer in theircharming puzzle-platformer PAPER Anne.

Placing you in a papercraft world that’s distraught and in tatters at the hands of the Queen of Hearts, as the titular Anne you’ll work your way through various storybook levels which each present their own mysteries to solve. Most work by having you slide and shift the pieces of the world around you, resulting in a storybook adventure that emphasises puzzles as well as straight platforming.

PAPER Anne’s touch controls make it a breeze to guide Anne safely through the many hazards set in place by the Queen of Hearts which stand in her way. It’s simply a matter of tapping, swiping, and sliding while solving the puzzles and platforming sections in time.

The game recently recently introduced its fourth chapter as part of a recent update, giving those eager to explore more fairy-tale puzzles in PAPER Anne the ability to do so. Don’t be surprised if you come across a cast of completely new characters in addition to those from like The Nutcracker, The Ugly Duckling, and of course, Alice in Wonderland.

If you’ve not yet jumped into PAPER Anne and are considering taking a page out of the game’s book, hop on over to the App Store today.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Mini Golf King update hits the green with new features in tow

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 30th, 2018
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Having swung its way onto iOS and Android devices over a year ago, arcade multiplayer title Mini Golf King has returned from the clubhouse with all-new content in tow.

Bluehole PNIX’s free-to-play offering already provided a quirky twist on the popular sport by pitting players against more than 30 trap-filled, bonus-packed courses, and the game’s latest update has added an all-new gameplay mode and an additional power-up to the equation.

Hole-in-one Challenge, a new way to play Mini Golf King, is the update’s headline feature. In this mode, players are pitted against a series of courses where the ball must be sunk in one shot. Racking up a hole in one will fire them through to the next level and rewards will be dished out each time.

The Golf Pin power-up, which can be purchased from the store or found in select chests, is another new addition and it will help players improve their game by adding extra wind resistance, distance and other enhancements to every shot they take.

Ready to conquer the greens and the fairways? Mini Golf King is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play, and the new update is ready to install now.

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