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The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 12th, 2017



It's the weekend, but there's no time to rest just yet. The past few days saw a bunch of new games out on the App Store. We've got the sugary-sweet hack-a-thon Beglitched. And Raw Fury quietly trotted out Kingdom: New Lands.If those don't strike your interest, there's an arcade number and a post-apocalyptic platformer, too. Let's jump in, shall we?

Apple puts the spotlight on indie games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 10th, 2017



The App Store started highlighting indie games this week in an effort to shine the spotlight on the excellent work done by smaller studios in mobile gaming. The store's main splash banner features a number of indie games, including Mushroom 11, which just launched this week. A number of sub-categories like "Indie games celebrate innovation . . ." give shoppers a more focused selection of indie games to choose from, too.

Our friends at Touch Arcade speculate its this push for indie coverage that has Apple releasing three major games from independent studios next week, and they're likely to feature heavily in the App Store when they arrive. It'll be exciting to see what Apple may have in store, as indie games are doing some of the most innovative things in mobile games at the moment. For now, though, let's take a look at three neat mobile indie games launching next week.

The best tools for making your own mobile games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 9th, 2017


Making a game can seem intimidating, especially if you don't have the technical know-how. Don't let that scare you away, though. Everyone has to start somewhere, and luckily there are plenty of tools out there to help you dip your toes into the expansive world of game development. Here are a few great tools for beginners interested in making their own mobile games.

The best sales on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 25th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVENTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE :: Read Review »



The App Store has quite an exciting lineup of discount games this week that range across a variety of genres. It's a great opportunity to catch up on some of the premium games you may have been holding off on -- and some you can even grab for free. Here are the best deals happening right now.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 25th, 2017

Ah, here we are again at the close of another busy week. Don't rest too easy, though. We had a lot of great new releases in mobile games this week, and now you're going to have to spend all weekend playing them. That shouldn't be too much of a chore, considering there were quite a few top notch titles debuting on the App Store this week. Here are our favorites.

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
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad



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
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.

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.