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Ariana Grande is now a Final Fantasy character

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 6th, 2017
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Square Enix has been mixing up its approach to music lately, featuring the likes of Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" in a Final Fantasy XV launch trailer and incorporating a Florence and the Machine rendition of "Stand by Me" on the official soundtrack. Now they'll be including a Final Fantasy-fied version of Ariana Grande's hit "Touch it" in Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, and the pop star herself will appear in the game as a brand new character, Dangerous Ariana.

Hi-Rez announces its latest game, SMITE Rivals

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 6th, 2017


With the 2016 Hi-Rez Expo well under way, it was the ideal opportunity for the company to announce their newest game, SMITE Rivals. Rather than a MOBA like classic SMITE, Rivals aims to give Clash Royale a run for its money. It's a free-to-play collectible card arena (CCA) coming to both PC and mobile, and it supports cross-platform play.

The best Diablo-inspired games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 5th, 2017
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Diablo celebrated its 20th anniversary on December 31, and Blizzard has gone all out to celebrate the event over the next few days. We here at 148Apps are celebrating in our own way, reflecting on some of the great mobile games Diablo has inspired over the past few years. Let's take a look at five of the best.

The best translation apps for travelers

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 5th, 2017
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Traveling to far off lands is an amazing experience -- well worth the money spent and long plane rides. Once you get on the ground, expressing yourself can be a bit of a challenge if you're unfamiliar with the native language, though. In this day in age, our phones are almost as good as the mythical Babel Fish, however, and there are a number of apps to help you figure out menus and get directions if need be. We've compiled a list of our favorite translation apps to serve as your personal interpretor on your next trip.

The 5 best apps for skiers

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 4th, 2017
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Now is the time to hit the slopes, as the temperatures plummet just enough to let fresh powder linger on the ground. A lot goes into a ski trip -- travel arrangements, trail planning, weather tracking, and much more. It can be a bit of a chore, but there are a number of apps that can help you streamline the process. Let's take a look at the five best apps that will help you get up to the mountains faster.

Reigns getting new cards in February; Sequel announced

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 3rd, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWIPEY SUCCESSORS :: Read Review »


Reigns was easily one of our favorite games of the year, and we won't soon forget it. In fact, Devolver Digital will see to that as they launch a fresh batch of cards that give us a few more story options and maps to flesh out the original experience. We loved Reigns for its clever, multi-layered storytelling and endless wit, and we're excited to see more of it with this free expansion.

However, developer Nerial didn't stop there with the announcements. In an interview with JeuxVideo, Reigns creator François Alliot announced Reigns 2.

The best winter sports games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 2nd, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIPPERY SLALOM :: Read Review »


Now that the holidays are pretty much all wrapped up, the rest of winter looms before us, a daunting expanse. It's not all bad, though. We have a few mobile games that will help you appreciate this chilliest of seasons and keep you plenty entertained until spring returns. Here are the best of the best mobile winter sports games.

148Apps New Years review roundup

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 31st, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: STAR JOURNEY :: Read Review »

It’s been a busy year here at 148Apps as we’ve been typing away reviewing the dozens of mobile games that launched this year. Our reviews editor is a discerning fellow critiquing each game thrown his way with a meticulous eye. Don’t believe me? A mere four games received the coveted five star rating. You may have already read our Game of the Year lists, but now let’s take a look at the games we rated the highest.

Hearthstone celebrates Diablo's 20th anniversary

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 29th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »


Diablo celebrates its 20th anniversary on December 31, and Blizzard is planning on going all out to commemorate the occassion with a series of events in a number of Blizzard games. Diablo, over its long lifespan, has cemented itself as one of the most iconic games in industry history. Fans will be treated to special content and limited-time items in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo II, and, of course, Hearthstone to commemorate the event.

148Apps's best games of 2016 - Jessica's list

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 29th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: STYLISH SLASHING :: Read Review »


Say what you will about 2016 in general, you can't deny it was a great year for mobile games. 2016 welcomed a host of creative games across many genres. We saw the explosion of CCGs explode even more, we were treated to a few indie darlings, and, of course, lost our minds over Pokémon GO. It's been a long ride, but a rich one, and now Campbell and I have the very difficult task of picking out the best of the bunch. Here are my top mobile game picks (in no particular order) for 2016.


Legend of the Skyfish manages to borrow quite heavily from The Legend of Zeldawhile still bringing its own unique flair. Stunning artwork reminiscent of northern European fables draws you at every turn, and the mechanics present fresh challenges that are perfectly suited to touch controls.


Pinball has been done over time and time again, and yet PinOut! still found a way to make this arcade classic fresh, fun, and surprisingly addictive. PinOut! combines your typical pinball mechanics with the endless runner genre. Timed runs and clever board design give the game a frenetic feel that keeps you coming back for more.


Burly Men at Sea is more of a storybook experience than anything else, and we're perfectly fine with that. The tale unfurls around you, but you'll have a say in crucial decisions that control the direction of the story. There are many ways that the story can progress, giving the game a good deal of replay value, too. Burly Men at Sea hearkens back to romance tales in the original sense of the word -- world weary travelers heading out into the unknown to seek adventure.


Leave it to Devolver Digital to combine Tinder's swipe mechanics with a political stat balancing act. With its mixture of Monty Python inspired wit and off the rails fantasy wackiness, you never feel too bad when the peasantry revolts and sticks your head on a pike, or the multitude other ways your reign can come to a gruesome end. The game reveals its layers slowly as you assume the throne again and again in a satisfying progression that makes Reigns well worth the price.


This pretty little platformer is more about exploring and completing quests than it is jumping around bopping cartoon monsters on the head. Its nonlinear levels are a refreshing change to this tried and true genre, and its diverse cast of characters all have different ways of interacting with the world, allowing you to solve puzzles with creativity.


Mini Metro's simplicity belies its elegant design. Choose from one of 13 maps and get to work creating a metro system for a real city. As the city expands, so, too, does your rail network. You'll need to take burgeoning populations and geographic obstacles into account as you grow. It requires a good deal of forward thinking and adaptability to succeed.


Sorcery! 4 brings this fantasy gamebook adventure to a satisfying conclusion. Inkle's ability to transform a classic gamebook into an innovative, animated mobile experience is truly admirable, and the writing is some of the best you'll find anywhere.


This strategic, team-based shooter finally made its way to mobile, and we're so glad it did. You control a charming bunch of robot pirates, each with their distinct personality. If the characters don't win you over, though, the tactical combat will. There's a fun range of weapons and accessories to collect, and each crew member brings their own unique set of skills, allowing for a lot of mixing and managing to keep things interesting.


Essentially Neko Atsume meets Super Mario Bros., Super Cat Tales is a beautiful platformer in every sense. Its colorful landscapes are easy on the eye, and the game handles with grace -- there are no control issues to be found here. Super Cat Tales has a smooth difficulty curve and is just forgiving enough to encourage you to keep going. It's everything a classic platformer should be.


Severed is an ambitious dungeon crawler, full of nightmarish scenery and revolting body horror. At the same time, it's a poignant story of loss and love. You play as Sasha, a girl tasked with roaming an eerie purgatory in search of her lost family members. The story is told through powerful cutscenes and various emphemera you uncover on your journey. The battle system is perfectly suited for touch screens, as you slash and tap monsters in a timed dance that requires coordination and keen strategy. It's one of the most memorable experiences on any platform this year.

What are your favorite games of the year? Tell us about it in the comments below!

6 amazing mobile game deals to ring in the New Year

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 28th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLASSIC RPGING :: Read Review »


The downtime between Christmas and New Years is the perfect time to dedicate to some solid gaming. The App Store is making that even easier with a wide range of steep discounts on popular games. Here's an overview of just a few of the discounts available over the next week.

Hot Wheels: Race Off Guide - How to keep those wheels a-spinnin'

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 27th, 2016

Hot Wheels is back with a new physics-based racing challenge that has you pulling some tough stunts before you achieve victory. Race along the iconic orange track gathering coins and doing tricks to earn higher scores. It can be tricky, but we have some advice to help you on your way.

5 apps to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 27th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: QUIT TODAY :: Read Review »


We all have big dreams for the new year, but more often than not we fail to make good on our plans to make a fresh start. 2017 is coming, and it's the perfect time to make important changes in your life. No matter what your goal may be, these apps will help you see your resolutions through to their successful ends.

The best mobile VR apps

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 27th, 2016
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If you were lucky enough to receive the gift of VR in the form of Google Cardboard or Gear VR this holiday, you're probably itching to test out your new gadget with the best the platform has to offer. While we still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to VR, there are quite a few excellent VR games and apps already ripe to download. Here are our favorites.

Get competitive with these 3 mobile esports

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 24th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VAIN EVENT :: Read Review »

Esports is very likely the way of the future, with events for games like League of Legends and CS:GO drawing massive crowds, while millions of others sit at home streaming tournaments or playing on their own. It may seem like all of that excitement is only happening on PC and consoles, but you would be surprised to find that there are a few popular esports on mobile, too, and the field is growing.