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How to deal with wind in Angry Birds Action!

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2016

Angry Birds Action! is a physics-based puzzler in which you're tasked with dragging and launching birds around an obstacle-littered field to achieve a set objective.

It's simple enough at first, but when wind gets introduced things can get pretty tricky. Here are some tips to deal with wind-based obstacles.

Go with the flow

The biggest mistake you can make on a windy level is to try and fight the wind. Going against the wind slows your momentum, and prevents you from being able to move, score, and win.

Whenever possible, use the wind to your advantage instead, and only try to fight the wind by moving across or through it, not against it.

Saxophone birds

Another wind element in Angry Birds Action! are saxophone-playing toucans that can kill your progress on a level unless you know how to deal with them.

These birds are a huge nuisance at first, as they put up a wall of sound that can completely halt you in your tracks when you approach it. However, you'll quickly learn that they have a limited lung capacity, so you can get by them no problem if you time things just right.

And that's easy if you remember that everything on the board freezes in place when you go to launch your bird. If you do this right when a toucan is taking a breath, you should be able to launch right by them without getting blown away by a wall of sound.

Patiently clear a path

When faced with a level that has ever-present winds that blow your character toward one side of the screen or the other, the best thing you can really do is try to take out as many obstacles as possible until a path opens up.

Be careful though, as trying to angle your way to your objectives when the wind is blowing will likely get you trapped in a corner wasting turns.

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How to get three stars in every level of Angry Birds Action!

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2016

Angry Birds Action! is, essentially, a pinball-style take on the pull-and-fling action of the original games. When you first boot it up, you'll likely be wondering exactly what it is you have to do to get a good score.

Well, never fear as 148Apps is here to walk you through it, and provide a few tips and tricks to help you get three stars in every level.

Destroy everything

To get a good score in Angry Birds Action!, you need tobump into things and take them out. Crates, stones, blocks of ice, boxes of TNT - basically everything is vulnerable to your bird's dashes, and all of them have a point value.

So, even though the objective of a level may be to recover a certain amount of eggs or collect candies, destroying stuff along the way is key to getting a good score and rating.

Use your birds wisely

As you progress in Angry Birds Action!, you'll unlock new birds, each of which has their own special uses to exploit.

As an example, Bomb the blackbird sets off an explosion when he first collides with an object. You want to use this when there are a lot of obstacles clustered around.

Keep those birds alive

Most levels in Angry Birds Action! have pinball-style bumpers that grant some points and a speed boost when they're hit. Later levels will also include things like poles and cannons that grant you the ability to re-launch your birds at additional obstacles or objectives.

Using these tools is key to nailing a high score since they grant you the ability to keep taking out other parts of the environment without slowing you down or using up a turn. Try to angle shots from cannons or poles so that you rebound into the same or other cannons and poles.

Also, if you're near the end of a level, try angling your bird into a tight space between a wall and a bumper to score a ton of points before closing out the stage.

Have any other tips on how to fly through levels with three stars? Share them in the comments!

The beginner's guide to Warbits

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2016

Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning.

Positioning is crucial

Positioning is incredibly important in Warbits, as you gain bonuses or advantages against enemies just for standing in the right place, at the right time.

Obvious uses of this are standing in outposts and forests, but less obvious are, say, standing on top of a factory. All of a sudden, you've prevented your enemy from producing any more units!

Plan moves carefully

Think carefully before you move a unit, as you can't take moves back.

You can tap and hold over your and enemy units to examine movement and firing ranges, which can help you determine the safest and most advantageous moves you can make.

Don't spread yourself too thin

Warbits does demand that you expand in order to secure additional resources, but doing so too quickly can leave you very vulnerable to attack.

This game operates using rock-paper-scissors mechanics between all of its units. If you go too far into enemy territory without a well-balanced force, your opponent can easily counter you and set you back.

Infantry and APCs are ALWAYS important

As you get later into any given round in Warbits, it's tempting to solely invest in expensive, powerful units to crush your enemy. While this is a viable strategy, never forget the importance of infantry units and APCs.

Infantry units are the only units that can capture outposts, so their value cannot be overstated. Infantry can also be super useful, as they're the only ground units that can go over mountains and other rocky terrain.

APCs are equally important not only because they can help protect your precious infantry, but also because they are the key to supplying your army of mech and air units. Without APCs, it's very difficult to keep your army loaded up with fuel and ammunition.

Have you commanded and conquered all there is in Warbits? Have some strategic advice? Share it in the comments!

How to upgrade your character in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 30th, 2016

So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next?

Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to guide you through ensuring your little wizard is as strong as he can possibly be.

Go back for the stars

There are two ways to unlock new pieces of gear to buy - stars and floors. You need to replay levels to get the stars. It’s also a good way to get more cash if you get stuck on tough levels higher up the tower. The levels you replay add new challenges, so you’re not just retreading the same ground.

To buy or enhance?

If you’re struggling with a level, but you don’t have enough cash to buy the next piece of gear, it’s worth upgrading what you’ve got already. It won’t cost as much, and toughening up what you’ve already got should set you in good stead for defeating the next set of challenges.

Extra coins

Check back in every day and you’ll find a chest that gives you either an extra life or some more gold. It’s better to focus on filling up your coffers rather than adding to your stock of chances. Especially early on in the game, the extra coins are going to give you an edge when it comes to getting stronger.

HP and damage

You might not notice it but there are options in the shop menu to increase your base damage and base HP. The first few upgrades are reasonably priced, and while they don’t give you as much of a boost as a new hat, robe, or wand, it’s still worth stocking up on them if you’ve got some cash spare.

New items

Sometimes it might look like the new items you’re buying aren’t as strong as the ones you’ve already got equipped, but make sure you check them out properly. Some add boosts and buffs to your character that can make them more worthwhile than what you’ve already got.

How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 29th, 2016

Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty.

You'll really have to give your brain a decent workout in order to solve many of these puzzles, but ultimately, overcoming these tricky challenges can be incredibly rewarding.

One of the best ways to do this is to really think about the way the game uses its terrain to trip up players. We’ve come up with some of the best ways to navigate Sky Charms’ tests of mental might.

How to get a high score in every level of Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 28th, 2016

Sky Charms is an adorable match three puzzler that provides a decent challenge thanks to its creative level design. It regularly presents something new, forcing you to think on your feet.

This might throw you for a loop, but we’ve got you covered with these tips to help you get three stars and sky-high scores every time.

How to create bigger words in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 28th, 2016

Words have power. At least they do in Spellspire,a game about blasting out magical attacks by making words out of a jumble of letters.

And it's a lot of fun. But if you want to be the best, you're going to have to think tactically when you start chucking letters around.

Don't worry though, we're here to help. With these clever strategies you'll soon be slaughtering demons with seven letter words in no time flat.

The 5 best mobile games like Game of Thrones

Posted by Matt Suckley on April 27th, 2016

Everyone's favourite weekly dosage of medieval depression, Game of Thrones, is back for its sixth season. An excellent time for the bloodthirsty!

But we know what you're thinking: what iOS and Android games should I use to fill the time between episodes?

Firstly, that's an oddly specific request. But as you're clearly insistent, we'll indulge you - here are the five best ways to get your Game of Thrones-flavoured kicks on mobile.

How to approach quests in Fallen London

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 27th, 2016

Sitting at over 1.5 million words, Fallen London is filled to the brim with intriguing tales and mysterious characters. From the start, you’ll find a slew of quests ripe for the taking.

Even the most basic missions can branch in unexpected ways, so we’ve gathered a few tips to help you get the most out of Fallen London’s exceptional storytelling.

How to survive in LOUD on Planet X

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2016

LOUD on Planet X is a hybrid of a tower defense and rhythm game that pits famous indie acts against invading aliens.

You need timing and strategy in this game in order to succeed, things can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Here are some tips to keep yourself from being overrun:

How to get three stars on every song in Loud on Planet X

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2016

The tower defence / rhythm hybrid LOUD on Planet X can be pretty overwhelming at first, as it demands that you play strategically and to a beat.

If a high score is what you're looking for, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you get there.

How to build your character effectively in Fallen London

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 25th, 2016

Fallen Londonis a steampunk adventure that's both a visual novel and RPG, and takes you down an expertly written, whimsical, yet cynical, path.

While you’ll spend most of your time reading, Fallen London does require you to make important decisions about your character’s build that will have lasting impact as you progress towards the end of the game.

Luckily for you, we have a few tips on fleshing out your character in preparation for the future so sit back, grab a cup of tea, and read on.

How to use Boosters properly in SailorMoon Drops

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 23rd, 2016

SailorMoon Drops is your typical match three puzzler but with sparkly Sailor Moon flair, and it hides some deep mechanics that don’t reveal themselves right away.

It gifts you with a number of power-up items called Boosters that, when used at the opportune moment, can save the round or net you an even higher score.

Check out the tips below to make the most of the best of these Boosters and fight for justice.

How to make the most of each move in SailorMoon Drops

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 23rd, 2016

With a number of different gameplay modes and mission types, SailorMoon Drops is surprisingly deep, requiring quite a bit of strategy if you want to succeed.

Each stage has a limited set of moves, usually capping at 50 or under. If you hit zero before you clear a stage, you can either buy a few more turns or give up and lose a life.

While you’ll need a bit of luck on your side, we also have a few tips to help you make the most of your limited turns.

How to move around in slither.io

Posted by Ric Cowley on April 22nd, 2016

So you've had a look at our guide on how to stay massive in slither.io and thought, "hang on a second, how do I stay alive long enough to even get to that point?"

It's a perfectly valid question, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution, sadly. But if you're continually getting killed, you might need to rethink how you're moving around the world.

To that end, we have a few movement styles and tips to make sure you're ready to dodge a slithery opponent when you get in a bit of a jam.