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3 tips for catching the gnarliest waves in Tidal Rider

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 29th, 2016



Like a wave breaking on the shore, Tidal Rider swept its way onto the App Store charts this week settling firmly in the top 10. It’s a one-touch high score-chaser in which you pull surfing stunts while dodging seagulls and collecting coins.

The aim of the game is to get the highest score, and we have a few tips to help you do just that.

The beginner's guide to destroying your foes in Age of Heroes: Conquest

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 29th, 2016

Age of Heroes: Conquest is 5th Planet Games’ all new turn-based multiplayer RPG, full of fantasy exploration, guild building, and treasure hunting.

It’s pretty user-friendly as far as these games go, but when you really get down to it, you’ll find that its combat and systems run pretty deep. Here are some tips to get your game off to the right start.

How to rule with a firm hand in My Majesty

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 27th, 2016

My Majesty is a kingdom management sim not unlike August’s magisterial hit, Reigns. It’s essentially a reskin of developer Tigrido’s previous management sim, Dictator. As supreme ruler of the land, you must consult with a number of subjects to keep everyone happy and at peace.

Managing a court with conflicting interests is never easy, though, and rebellions will arise. You’ll need to quash these uprisings as they spring up while making sure you have plenty of money to continue your reign.

How to get past Vulture Island's tricky, tricky puzzles

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 26th, 2016

Vulture Island is a colorful and quirky mish-mash of platforming and puzzles. It’s creative and fresh, but sometimes the game can throw a curveball at you, leaving you stuck as to how you should progress. These tips will help you explore smoothly should you have any trouble.

How to build and care for your team in Dog Sled Saga

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 24th, 2016

Before you hit the trail and become a dog sledding legend, there’s actually a fair bit of prep work to be done. In Dog Sled Saga, you’re not only racing, you’re also building and caring for a team of furry friends. There’s a lot to consider—personalities, physical strengths and weaknesses, and even breed preferences.

When you start your first game, you can choose up to three dogs to join your crew. Here are a few tips to help you create the best dog sled team right out of the gate.

How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging.

Behind that cute, pixelated facade is a racer and pet management sim that’s actually quite deep. There’s a lot to consider both off and on the trail. Use these tips to help you conquer the dog sled racing circuit.

How to get a high score in Fired Up

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

Fired Up is Noodlecake Games’ high score chasing, firefighting adventure. You take control of a wayward firefighter who propels himself up the side of a highrise with blasts of water. Sound silly? It is. It’s also pretty difficult.

You can’t control the angle at which you climb the building, sending you flying willy-nilly, oftentimes into the flames. You’ll die many, many times, but there are ways to reach high scores. Here are a few tips to help you survive for as long as possible.

Building the perfect Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards deck

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Animation Throwdown is a casual card game full of plenty of inside jokes from some of your favorite cartoons. It’s accessible as far as card games go, but that’s not to say that it hands your victories to you easily.

There’s quite a bit that goes into building the perfect deck, and it’s best if you start curating the ultimate deck from the start. Use this guide to help you clear out the competition.

How to rack up the miles in Vertigo Racing

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chillingo’s endless racer, Vertigo Racing, cruised its way onto the App Store this month and is staying strong in the top charts. Have you jumped in on the action, yet? It’s easy enough to get started, but you’ll quickly find there are a few nuances you’ll need to pay attention to.

We have a few tips and tricks to keep you from speeding off of a cliff and falling to a fiery end. You’ll be driving around with finesse in no time.

How to keep the gems flowing and make your escape in Stretch Dungeon

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016

Stretch Dungeon, Nitrome’s latest, is an endless faller in a pretty pixelated package. While there are tons like it on the App Store these days, Stretch Dungeon's slick mastery of physics controls makes for great fun.

It is a bit of a challenge getting started, though. The game throws all sorts of spiky traps at your bearded protagonist, trying its best to keep you from escaping the oubliette. So what to do? Well, we here at 148Apps have a few tricks up our sleeve to make sure that you keep the high scores rolling. Let’s begin, shall we?

Beginner's guide to My NBA 2K17

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 9th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's not basketball season yet. Heck, it's not even hockey season yet, and for some unknown reason, the men who take to the ice in the NHL return to action even sooner than the hardwood warriors of the NBA.

Be that as it may, 2K is already thinking hoops, as evidenced by the fact that the company has already had Cat Daddy games release My NBA 2K 17, which just so happens to have shot right to the top of the U.S. App Store charts.

It could be fulfilling some pent-up demand for basketball during the dog days of the summer, but more than likely, it's just that fans enjoy the card game aspect of it while also checking out its console functionality (albeit before NBA 2K17 itself is out).

We dig it, so we figured we'd whip up this beginner's guide to My NBA 2K17 to help newcomers get into it. Veterans of the series won't need any assistance, seeing as it's pretty darn similar to last season's game.

Let's get to it!

How to get stars faster in Six! -- and what you do with them

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 5th, 2016

There's no more popular mobile game in all the land right now (if by all the land, you mean "the United States") than Six!The GramGames puzzler which is one part Tetris, one part Jenga, and one part it's own thing has captured the imagination of the casual crowd, leading to plenty and plenty of downloads.

It's simple enough that it doesn't need a ton of explanation. That's great for you, the player, yet something of a bummer for me, the explainer.

Does that mean we're done here? Perish the thought, friend. They haven't invented the mobile game yet about which I couldn't wax poetic in some (hopefully) helpful way, and when it comes to Six!that means two related questions: How can you rack up more stars faster, and what do you do with them once you have them?

How to power through Super Powerboy

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 1st, 2016

Super Powerboy is what you get when you mix a runner with something like Mega Man. With some difficult platforming and a whole host of unlockable moves, the late stages of the game can get pretty complicated and unforgiving. To help you cruise through these levels a bit easier, here are some tips:

Marvel Tsum Tsum tips, tricks, and hints for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 31st, 2016

If you've not been bitten by the Tsum Tsum bug yet, let me assure you in the words of Master Yoda, "You will be. YOU WILL BE."

There's something irresistibly cute about the stackable plush toys, so much so that people love them even when they are forced to do battle. You'll find them doing exactly that in Marvel Tsum Tsum,the latest release from XFLAG. Interestingly, you don't actually stack them, but you do match three or more and get them to unleash cool special abilities.

You won't find that in your average plush toy. Or maybe they're pillows, because that's how my wife uses her Hulk Tsum Tsum. In any case, if you'd like to get the basics of Marvel Tsum Tsum down, we've got the tips, tricks, and hints you need.

Six! Tips, tricks, and hints for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 30th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There's nothing pretentious about Six!, the latest release from Gram Games. As puzzlers go, it's so unassuming that it took me some time to even realize why it was called what it was. Somewhere, my high school geometry teacher is now sobbing softly.

That's because the game gets its name from the hexagon that you try to maneuver toward the bottom of the screen by removing a series of blocks of different shapes from beneath it. Think of a virtual game of Jenga, except that instead of trying not to knock the tower over, you're trying to make it smaller while keeping the hexagon from tumbling off the side.

Many games make reviewers claim that they are easy enough for anyone to pick up and play, but this one really is. Yet there's just enough going on that it requires thought and strategy, which is good, because it gives us a chance to roll out these Six! tips, tricks, and hints for beginners to get you moving that hexagon like a pro.