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The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 18th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM :: Read Review »

It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to highlight some of the best we've played. Let's take a look, shall we?


The best sales on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 17th, 2017
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It's been quite the week in mobile games, but if the latest releases(there were some pretty darn good ones, in case you missed out) aren't really doing the trick, perhaps some of these discounted games will. Many of these premium games had their prices slashed or are completely free for the time being, so snatch them up while you can.

3 excellent mobile games based on folklore

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 7th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ESCAPE THE RUNE :: Read Review »

Video games draw inspiration from many sources -- classic cinema, action flicks, novels, even internet memes. While games can tell stories in a huge variety of ways, some of the most compelling games use folklore and mythology as a source, pairing both classic art with these traditional stories. Here are three mobile games that do this exceptionally well.

3 "gacha" games like Fire Emblem Heroes that are well worth your time

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »

Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes, is a gacha game set in the iconic Fire Emblem universe. If you’re not familiar with gacha games, it’s a game genre, or rather a monetization mechanic, that is hugely popular in Japan, and is starting to drift into western mobile games, too.

Derived from the gashapon prize machines in Japan, gacha games ask players to complete missions or pay real-life cash money to buy items that grant chances to randomly win powerful characters or items. It’s a bit like low-key gambling, but with an RPG attached.

While there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Fire Emblem Heroes, perhaps you’re curious about other games. There are plenty of games of a similar nature that promise robust gameplay and hours of entertainment. Here are three of our favorites.

5 dastardly difficult roguelikes like the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 16th, 2017
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Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac, attempt to escape from your mother who's set on sacrificing you.

The game shines in its vast replayability and the immense range of powerups you can use to grow stronger and face the game's ever-shifting challenges. But perhaps you've already played the game on another platform, or you've already gotten your fill of the new mobile version. In that case, we have a few other addictive games of a similar nature to recommend.

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.

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.

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.

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

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 30th, 2016


2016 sure was miserable in a lot of ways, but fortunately there were some pretty good games that came out to help take the edge off. For mobile in particular, it was actually an astoundingly great year. So many great games came out that it's hard to choose just 10! In fact, Jessica and I couldn't even agree on one top 10 game between the two of us. Check out her list here if you don't believe me. Here are my top mobile game picks for 2016.

10.
Pathfinder Adventures takes the epic feeling of playing a full Dungeons & Dragons campaign and distills it into a strategic deck-building game. It also gotten a lot of support throughout the year with added content, making it a game worth continuing to play for some time to come.

9.
I'm particularly fond of Twin Peaks, and Kathy Rain is a point-and-click adventure game that's very reminiscent of that show in more ways than one. Add to that some great characters and not-too-obscure puzzle design, and you've got one of the best adventure games out there.

8.
Steins;Gate is one of the most memorable games from this year almost purely because so much happens in it. It's a Japanese visual novel that takes about 20 hours to complete. All the while, you make subtle decisions that can completely alter your story. In games that give players the power to make choices, you can usually see the seams pretty clearly, but Steins;Gate masks them very well, all while telling a story that grows on you.

7.
I don't like crafting games too much, but I sure do like Crashlands. It takes a lot of the annoying aspects of the genre (inventory management, roguelike mechanics) and tosses them all out the window to make a game more focused on getting lost in a world than on pure survival. It sounds like it could make for a boring game, but there are more than enough things that the folks at Butterscotch Shennanigans threw into the game to keep it interesting.

6.
Shadow Blade: Reload is a silky smooth platformer that looks great and offers plenty of challenge. Plus, you play as a ninja that can dodge bullets. After you finish the game the first time, the there are plenty of collectibles and time challenges to give you something to do on subsequent playthroughs. It's hard to ask for more than that.

5.
I have said it once and I'll say it again: Riptide GP: Renegade is the best racing game on iOS. The game plays like a mix between Hydro Thunder and SSX, all while looking awesome, running at a smooth framerate, and having a robust single-player campaign. It used to have some trouble with online matchmaking, but that's been fixed. If you like racing games, go play Riptide GP; Renegade!

4.
Peter Panic! might as well be called WarioWare: The Musical. It's a downright silly game about saving the local theater by fighting a demon that is trying to destroy it. Since the game is about the theater, there are plenty of goofy and charming musical numbers throughout too. Also, did I mention it's basically a WarioWare game, and a pretty darn good one at that?

3.
I hate when strategy games put you in control of expert characters who can sometimes muck up simple actions because of a bad dice roll. A large part of the reason Invisible, Inc. is so great is that this cannot happen. Its random elements are things you can react to knowing that your expert team of hackers are so good at what they do they will not make a mistake. That is, unless you make a mistake for them.

2.
Every once in a while, a game comes out of nowhere and completely knocks you out. This year, that game was Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars. It's a beautiful game about companionship that tells its story using its mechanics and some wonderful music. It's also one of the few games all year that I replayed multiple times.

1.
If you told me at the beginning of this year that the sequel to Banner Saga would be one of my favorite games of 2016, I would've thought you were crazy. I didn't love the first Banner Saga enough to get more than an hour or two in, but Banner Saga 2 gripped me so hard from the start and didn't let go until I hit the end credits. It's a great strategy game, but it's also so much more than that. Banner Saga 2 blends gameplay, storytelling, and art in a way that makes it feel so much more than the sum of its parts, making it my personal Game of the 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.

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.

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.