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Last week on PocketGamer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 16th, 2017


Welcome to a weekly feature looking back on the past seven days of coverage on our sister website, PocketGamer.

It’s taken a while for 2017 to really get going, at least when it comes to the world of portable gaming. Thank goodness, then, for Nintendo.

The house of Mario recently held a glitzy event to fill in the blanks on its forthcoming Switch console. Suffice to say, the response was rather mixed.

Elsewhere the iPhone turned ten, the mobile MOBA genre received a famous new member, and an indie darling made a belated appearance on iOS. Here’s what’s been occupying the PG team over the past week.

ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion set to conquer iPads in March

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 14th, 2017
iPad App - Designed for iPad

To the delight of mobile strategy fans, Feral Interactive released ROME: Total War just a few months ago. Now the game's expansion, Barbarian Invasion is marching onto iPads as a standalone release.

Space schmup Xenoraid launches on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 13th, 2017

10Tons Xenoraid is out today on the App Store, bringing some high-speed space action to your mobile gadgets just in time for the weekend. The company's last premium title, another sci-fi game titled Neon Chrome, did quite well for itself, so hopefully Xenoraid will be following in its predecessor's footsteps.

Star Wars: Force Arena Beginner's Guide: How to embrace the Force

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 13th, 2017

Star Wars: Force Arena joined the populous ranks of Star Wars games on mobile today. It's a two-lane MOBA starring many familiar faces from George Lucas's famed sci-fi franchise. As with most games of this nature, Force Arena can be a little obtuse at times. Fear not, though, young padawan. You have a lot to learn, but soon you'll be sweeping through the lanes and destroying enemy turrets like the true Jedi master you were born to be. We here at 148Apps are here to help with a few beginner's tips to set you on your way.

Bubble Witch 3 Saga Guide: How to get three stars in a row

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 12th, 2017


King's bringing its fairytale bubble-popping puzzler back for its 3rd outing in Bubble Witch 3 Saga. If you're familiar with the series, not much has changed here on the surface level, though you'll likely be pleased with the improvements. If you're coming to the game for the first time, though, there are some things you should take into account if you want to get a three-star rating every time. We have a few tips to help you out.

Sunless Sea sails onto iPad this spring

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 12th, 2017


Failbetter Games, the folks who brought you Fallen London, are celebrating their 7th birthday today. To commemorate the event, the team revealed that Sunless Sea is coming to iPad this spring.

If you missed the game when it originally launched on PC, it's a delightfully gloomy RPG-esque sailing game set in the Fallen London universe. You sail the Unterzee in search of treasure and more, all while ensuring your crew doesn't turn against you, starve to death, or go insane. While it sounds a bit dark, it's full of Failbetter's signature wit and spectacular writing.

Mysterium creeps onto the App Store this Thursday

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 11th, 2017


Mysterium
, the spectral tabletop caper by Asmodee, finally has a new release date. The game was delayed late in 2016 to work out some last minute kinks to ensure the digital version was just as polished as the printed Mysterium we already know and love. Luckily fans didn't have to wait too long on this side of the New Year as the game officially launches on Thursday.

Breakout Ninja Guide: Kick and flip your way to victory

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 10th, 2017


Breakout Ninja smashed its way onto the App Store this week, and its one-touch controls and high-flying ninja stunts have got people hooked. It's an endless runner, but it switches up the game a bit, requiring players to tap the screen as their little ninja runs into the center of a series of circles sprinkled across the screen. There's a lot of careful timing involved, and as the pace picks up, so does the difficulty of your feats of ninja-esque prowess. Here are our tips to ensure you never have to stop. Or run into a fence.

5 things we learned about SMITE Rivals

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 9th, 2017



In case you missed it, SMITE Rivals is a new collectible card/tower defense title coming from Hi-Rez, the folks who brought you the well-loved mythological MOBA, SMITE. We got the chance to fly down to Atlanta for the Hi-Rez Expo this past week, where we played a good bit of SMITE Rivals. Here's what we learned about the upcoming game.

Castle Creeps TD Guide: You capture the castle

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 7th, 2017


A new year means all new games, and Castle Creeps TD is one of the first out of the gate. It's a cheery and colorful tower defense game with lots of crafting and upgrades and all sorts of juicy stuff to get into. If you're not familiar with tower defense games, though, you might be feeling a bit lost. We have a few beginner's tips to help you get started.

Ariana Grande is now a Final Fantasy character

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 6th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


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
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


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
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad


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.