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FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Maybe farming is passé in mobile games now. Ah, but farming -- and doing a lot of a other things too -- in an island paradise might be a little different. At least you can work on your tan and sip some pina coladas while tending to your crops.

Actually, you can do a lot more than that in FarmVille: Tropic Escape, the latest game to carry on the FarmVille name. If your only memory is from the Facebook era and its ubiquitous requests, you might want to check back in on where the series has gone on mobile.

The premise of the new game is simple enough. Your friend has convinced you to go halfsies with her on an old inn located on an unnamed but very nice tropical island. After fixing the place up, the goal is to turn it into a top notch resort.

Doing so requires farming, naturally, but also cooking, diving, and ... heck, let's just get right into our FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints and we'll explain everything.

Bowmasters tips, tricks and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

At least for this writer, archery was one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2016 Rio Olympics. As opposed to target shooting with guns, which was dreadfully boring, watching people shoot arrows at targets was pretty darn cool.

Of course those targets didn't fire back, making them sitting ducks. That's definitely not the case in Bowmasters, an outrageously over the top mobile game where it's arch or be arched. Er, shot. I think it's still shot when you're talking about a bow.

Assuming it's too late in life for you to turn into the next Clint Barton or Robin of Locksley, we can still help you hone your skill with virtual arrows -- and other projectiles too, as it turns out. Read on for our Bowmasters tips, tricks, and hints, and you'll skip right past shooting an apple off someone's head and just plugging them straight between the eyes. In the game, we mean.

What is Flip Diving, and why has it taken over the App Store?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Move over Pokemon GO. There's a new king in town, and it's "the world's #1 cliff diving game."

How many other games it had to beat out to earn that distinction is something I simply can't tell you. It could be that there are a bunch of other cliff diving titles I simply haven't encountered, but even if that's true, I'd wager none of them ever ascended to the top of the App Store in countries all over the world like Flip Diving.

That means the only logical thing to do is to dive right in -- pun intended -- to try to discover why Miniclip's latest has made such a big splash.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

Saying that defense is not a priority in Madden NFL Mobile is a bit of an understatement. In asynchronous head-to-head play, you don't take control of your defenders at all, as the AI manages them while your opponent plays offense. When it's your turn, you play offense only.

Yet assembling a top defense is still part of your team-building duty, and for the new NFL season, Madden has made some intriguing changes to the way you give instructions to your defense by totally revamping the Gameplan system.

How does it work now? Read on and we'll explain.

Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: :: Read Review »

When Square Enix Montreal first hit us with Hitman GO,it was seen as a clever board game twist on a property that you wouldn't normally think would fit that kind of format. Lara Croft GOexpanded things even further while keeping some of the same core gameplay elements, and now Deus Ex GO has taken the whole thing and gone sci-fi.

For fans of the previous games, much will feel familiar this time around, yet there will still be plenty to discover by trial and error -- probably the biggest unifying element throughout this multi-IP series. Added to that are the brand new goodies the developers have cooked up, and there are a number of them in what is the most intricate GO title to date.

That being the case, it doesn't hurt to have some help on your side. We're not talking about cool tech and hacking skills, though those certainly don't hurt. No, we simply mean someone to show you the ropes, and that's what we're happy to do with these Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints.

Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

No matter how good you are at football management games, no one is ever going to let you take the reins at Manchester United or Chelsea. It's simply not in the cards for us mere mortals.

The next best thing, other than screaming at your television and participating in all the #WengerMustGo hashtags, is to take a stab at being a skipper in the virtual realm. On mobile, the latest option is Championship Manager 17 from Square Enix.

While it's not quite as packed with features as similar sims on the PC, it's as close to a full management experience as possible in the sense that you must juggle a roster on a budget, keep an eye out for transfers that will strengthen your team, take control of strategic decisions during matches, and handle player morale and negotiations, all while trying to win glory and avoid being sacked.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, we've got some good news. We can help you take your first steps toward becoming the next Sir Alex (as if) with our Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners. Read on for the equivalent of that scene in The Matrix, except instead of Keanu Reeves saying, "I know kung fu," it'll be you saying, "I know football."

Saber's Edge tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I know what you're thinking. "Another match-3 RPG? We've seen these before."

That's certainly true. Match-3 has proven to be a very popular mechanic for RPGs of all types, and even the trappings of Hibernum's Saber's Edge -- a crew of pirates that has a flying ship -- may seem familiar.

Still, spending a little time with this one suggests that it's selling the game short to simply lump it in with what's come before. Not only does Saber's Edge have an intriguing story that plays out gradually after each completed quest, but it offers a deeper RPG experience than you might first suspect.

Remind guide: Top free back to school app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We don't generally like to be the bearers of bad news here at 148apps, but here's an inescapable truth for you: It's soon time to head back to school.

Deny it all you want. Tell yourself we're less than two weeks into August. But the new school year will be here before you know it. There's no getting around it.

With that realization comes another, less obvious one, which is that there are mobile apps out there that might make returning to the classroom slightly less painful for students, parents, and teachers alike. One of those apps is Remind (formerly Remind101), which aims to make communication easier for all three groups.

How to get better cards in Mobius Final Fantasy

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 8th, 2016

When it comes to authentic Final Fantasy flavor, it's easy to find in Mobius Final Fantasy. The cryptic story and graphical style hit you right from the start, and you don't have to play for too long before you run into a Moogle, Cactuars, and plenty of other instantly familiar touches.

There's a lot that is new as well. One aspect of the gameplay that stands out as something that series veterans may not grasp but that mobile gamers in general should find comfortable is the card-based system that specifies what abilities you bring into combat and how generally tough your character is as well.

It's not a super complicated system, but neither is it immediately obvious how one goes about acquiring better cards to have your character fully prepared for the challenges that are waiting down the road (pretty literally, in the case of this particular game). With that in mind, we thought we'd lay out all the ways you have to improve your cards in Mobius Final Fantasy, the better to have the best possible deck.

Prisma update: What's new in this unique photo app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 5th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

We've told you before why Prisma is different than other photo editing and manipulation apps (spoiler: it kind of transforms normal pictures into works of art), and how to get started with it. It's remained popular, and now it's been updated as well.

What can Prisma do now that it couldn't before? Pull up a proverbial chair and we'll fill you in.

Mobius Final Fantasy guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 4th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It took some time, but mobile devices are finally starting to get their own Final Fantasy games. Mobius Final Fantasy is one of those, complete with lush graphics, mysterious characters, and plenty of the expected trappings.

Even better, it's free to play, breaking away from the series' console ports, which were pretty expensive for mobile titles. With turn-based gameplay, it's not hard to pick up, though there are some details that may not be obvious even after going through the very thorough tutorial.

Happily, those kinds of details are our stock and trade here at 148apps. Take a journey through our Mobius Final Fantasy guide for beginners and you'll be more than a Blank before you know it.

Big Bang Racing guide: tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 1st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Big Bang Racing isn't your average racing game. For one thing, you don't even start the game able to race.

You're also not trying to beat anyone by going fast in a straight line. Anything but, actually, as you learn to make your way through physics-defying courses of every kind that can send you backwards, upside-down, and through all manners of strange obstacles before you get to the finish.

Oh, and did we mention that the courses were designed by other players?

It can be a little tough getting your bearings in a game like this, but that's why we're here. Take a ride through out Big Bang Racing guide and we'll give you all the tips, tricks, and hints you need to have the basics down pat.

Pokemon GO update: 3 things you need to know

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 1st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Forget big, splashy content additions for the time being. Pokemon GO received an update over the weekend, and it mostly came with a whimper instead of a bang.

That's not to say it wasn't welcome. The update, which hit both iOS and Android, fixed one of the more annoying things that didn't work with the game for most of its existence, made a key activity simultaneously easier and more difficult, and introduced some unintentional humour (we think) into the mix.

Is GO Gear the Pokemon GO map app you've been seeking?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 29th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Now that we've settled into something of a Pokemon GO status quo, the number one desire of most players can best be summed out by modifying a quote from Rod Tidwell of Jerry Maguire: "Show me the Pokemon!"

That's because we've reached the point where many people have gotten the basics down and are out to track down specific Pokemon for leveling purposes or simply to acquire some they haven't encountered to date. Wandering around aimlessly and visiting new places can help, but it's much better to have more information at your fingertips.

Unofficial Pokemon GO map apps have been proliferating to fill that need, and a new one has entered the fray from Celadon Software, the makers ofPokéBuilder. GO Gear is a paid (99 cents at the time of this article) map app that does what several free apps do, but also adds enough important features to make a potential purchase very interesting.

Rodeo Stampede update: Mountains, new animals, and more

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 29th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RODEO EM ALL :: Read Review »

The Savannah and Jungle were just the beginning in Rodeo Stampede. Get ready to head for the Mountains. I think I heard that in a beer ad once.

The game's latest update introduces a whole new environment in which to test your riding and lassoing skills, and it's one that doesn't sound like it will be easy to master. The Mountains await on the other side of the Jungle, ready to keep you going in your quest to build the best sky zoo ever (and if you've played the game, you know that makes sense).