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How will World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Blizzard's other games work for mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on November 19th, 2018

You might have heard that Blizzard is bringing Diablo to mobile with Diablo Ultimate. There's been plenty of controversy surrounding that decision, and it's meant that a really important piece of information has been glossed over a little. Namely that Blizzard is bringing all of its IP to mobile in the foreseeable future.

Obviously that kicked our brains into gear here at 148App's palatial research unit. We got to thinking about how Blizzard's massive franchises could make it onto the App Store. And then we wrote down those thoughts. What you're looking at now is the culmination of that endeavour.

If you've got your own suggestions as to how Blizzard could squish its game down to pocket-sized, then be sure to let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article. First though, let's find out what we thought about the obstacles and challenges that are waiting for Blizzard.

These are the top 3 games for iPhone and iPad you'll be playing next week

Posted by Harry Slater on November 16th, 2018

The end of the week has rolled around again, which means it's time for us to look forward to the games you're going to be playing over the next seven days. We've got the return of a mobile gaming legend next week, as well as a couple of other really interesting looking experiences.

And if that wasn't enough we've stuck pre-order links in so you can have the game ready to download the second it lands on the App Store. We're good like that. So good that, if you think we've missed anything and you tell us in the comments, we almost certainly won't collapse in a ball and start weeping.

If you click here you can check out all of the other lists we've made over the recent months - there's some real gems in there even if we do say so ourselves. Now though, let's check our crystal balls and see the bangers you're going to be playing in the not-too-distant future.

Time for you to pick which of these top 5 iPhone and iPad games should be our game of the week

Posted by Harry Slater on November 15th, 2018

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Oh look, Thursday is upon us once more. And we all know what that means! You guessed it, it's time for you to vote for which of these five games you think deserves to win our game of the week award. And have we got a selection for y'all this week.

Right now you're probably wondering how to cast your vote. Well, you can either leave a comment at the bottom of this article letting us know which game you want to win, or you can let us know on Twitter or Facebook. If you're opting for the social route though, make sure you include the hashtag #148GOW so we can keep track of all of the entries.

Curious as to what won last week's game of the week award? Well click right here and you'll be able to find out. Right now though, let's check out the shortlist and find out which one you're going to be voting for.

Get your friends, these are the top 5 best iPhone multiplayer games

Posted by Harry Slater on November 14th, 2018

You can't be a lone wolf all the time, especially if you want to show off your gaming prowess. And that's where this list comes in - we're running down what we think are the top 5 multiplayer games for iPhone. There might be some controversial choices, but we're alright with that. 148Apps loves controversy IDST.

Obviously multiplayer games can be pretty subjective, so we'd love to hear if you've got a favorite that we haven't included. Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article, or give us a shout on our Facebook or our Twitter. We love to chat.

Oh, and if you're interested in reading more of our awesome lists, all you need to do is click on this link right here. Right, now all that's out of the way, let's get on with the best multiplayer games for iPhone.

SpitKiss is the worthy winner of last week's 148Apps game of the week award

Posted by Harry Slater on November 13th, 2018

It's been a rough and tumble battle this week, with all of the games managing to get a few hits in where it counts, but after checking with the independent adjudicators at ringside, we can now reveal that gloriously gross smooching sim SpitKiss has won last week's game of the week award.

It's a game about love, polyamory, and modern relationships. But it's also one of the best platformers we've played on our phones for a very long time. And we think that's the finest reason for it to be crowned last week's game of the week.

The top 5 best games like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on November 12th, 2018

One of the things we like to do here at 148Apps is broaden your horizons. Maybe you're a fan of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and you're looking for something that's going to scratch similar itches? Well that's where we come, and more specifically this list of the top iOS games like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, comes in.

We've scoured the App Store to find games that fit into the same genre as Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and that we think are going to really work their way into your play rotation. But of course if you've got your own suggestions then do let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Want to check out even more awesome lists of the best games in specific genres, then all you need to do is click on this link right here. Now though, let's get on with the best games like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

The top 5 console games we'd love to see on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on November 11th, 2018

With so many games releasing across multiple platforms, it's easier than ever to find a mobile version of something you love. But there's still plenty of games that exist on consoles that we'd love to see make their way to mobile. So we thought we'd write a list that contains the very best of them. And here it is.

It's fair to say that this is a pretty contentious subject, (just look at the reaction to Diablo coming to mobile in the shape of Diablo Immortal) and we imagine that you're going to have your own suggestions to throw into the mix. We'd love that, and there's a comment section at the bottom of the page waiting for you to vent your spleen in rage or agreement.

If you want to check out some of the other amazing lists we've written, click here and you'll be able to do just that. And now, without anymore fanfare, here's five games we wish we could keep in our pockets.

Why does everyone hate mobile games?

Posted by Harry Slater on November 7th, 2018

It's a really interesting question, and one that as players of mobile games, we need to ask ourselves from time to time - why does everyone hate us? It's something we've seen more of in recent years as traditionally AAA developers and publishers have started to realise that mobile gaming is actually a goldmine. The most recent, and one of the most vehement, backlashes has been against Blizzard after it announced Diablo Immortal.

But why does this keep happening? What is it about a game making the leap from PC and console to mobile that makes so many people feel the need to rage into the abyss of the internet? Is it a reflection of something underlying so-called gaming culture, or a problem that's inherent in every walk of life?

These are the questions that we're going to try and answer in this article. If you've got your own theories as to why this keeps happening, then do please let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Before that though, let's get our grey matter working.

Trigger Heroes is the winner of last week's 148Apps game of the week award

Posted by Harry Slater on November 6th, 2018

After another tight competition, we've fed the numbers through our super sophisticated, room-sized supercomputer, and are confident enough with the outcome to reveal it to you, our dedicated readership. It's Trigger Heroes. Trigger Heroes won last week's game of the week award.

At first glance it might look like just another top-down shooter, but we think there's more than enough going on here to make it worth your while. What sort of thing are we talking about? Well you're going to have to keep reading to find out.

The Reaction to Diablo: Immortal Makes No Sense

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 5th, 2018

At BlizzcCon this year, Blizzard unveiled Diablo: Immortal for the first time and it got a huge reaction. It just wasn’t exactly the kind of reaction they were expecting. This new game was met with loads of negative attention, starting with mentions of silence in the crowd at BlizzcCon, and followed by pushback in their Q&A session, massive dislikes on the YouTube trailer for the game, and Reddit posts aplenty suggesting that marketing around the game is already a full-blown conspiracy.

I watched the full trailer for Diablo: Immortal, and I’ve got to say: This reaction is kind of confusing. The game looks… fine? I don’t know. There’s just not a whole lot of information about the game in general, and definitely not enough to feel like I could have strong feelings about it at all, whether they be positive or negative.

With that in mind, I decided to try and investigate all the reasons why people are so down on Diablo: Immortal, and I can’t really find one that makes sense. Below are the reasons I see most often cited for all this Diablo: Immortal hate, along with some thoughts on why these just feel like excuses to get mad about something online.

Here are the top 5 best iPhone games like Overwatch

Posted by Harry Slater on October 31st, 2018

Overwatch is the game that proved Blizzard can essentially do anything it wants. It's a first-person shooter with co-op elements and a MOBA twist thrown in for good measure. And it's done brilliantly both in the world of real people, and in the make-believe land of eSports, where it's one of the biggest games. But, and it's a big but, you can't get it for mobile. That's not to say that there aren't alternatives though.

Alternatives like the ones we've put together in this list. There are some games you'd expect to be there, there are games you might expect to be there, and there's the standard 148Apps left-field, "what on earth is that doing there!?!" choice as well.

Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, feel free to stick them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And if you're interested in list-based content, click here to check out all of the other lists we've made in recent time for your reading and perusal pleasure.

Last week's game of the week award goes to the spook-tastic Candies 'n Curses

Posted by Harry Slater on October 30th, 2018

This week it's been one of the closest run game of the week awards we've ever seen, but after sending the numbers to a specially convened council of counting elders in Bern, we can now reveal that Candies n' Curses has been awarded this week's title.

It's a spectacular mix of the old and the new that sees you legging it around a series of spooky one-screen dungeons, trying to kill ghosts with a flashlight. At first glance it might look like another simple high-score chaser, but trust us, there's so much more going on here than that. Read on and find out what.

The top 5 best iPhone games for kids

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on October 29th, 2018

While there's plenty of games out there to keep us adults entertained on our phones until the end of the universe, there's also lots of options out there that are more kid-friendly. Which is why we decided to write this list of the 5 best iPhone games for kids.

Some of the games on this list have plenty of crossover appeal as well, so if you're looking for something to play with your sprogs you're in luck. Obviously we'd love to hear your suggestions too, so if you've got any make sure you throw them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

While you're here, you may as well check out all of the rest of our lists, which are focused on older players, and will let you know the best games in a whole different bunch of genres. For now though, on with the games for the youngsters.

Stardew Valley on iOS is Far From Perfect, But It Will Likely Get Better

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2018
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There was lots of hubbub this week when everyone learned that Stardew Valley, one of the most successful indie games ever, was making its way to mobile devices. In a time where Nintendo is putting out gacha games, other mobile devs are settling into sub-optimal monetization schemes to keep themselves profitable, and the right games are getting increasingly hard to find on mobile storefronts, hearing that ConcernedApe's acclaimed farming game felt like glimmer of hope for the platform.

After putting some time into Stardew Valley, I've come to the conclusion that's all it is: a glimmer. To be clear, the iOS release of Stardew totally seems like a great game that brings all the same farming stuff to do to your phone or tablet, but these days that's not really all it takes to make a great mobile game. In fact, the current state of Stardew Valley on iOS feels like a compromised experience, making it probably not worth picking up unless you simply want to support the premium games market on the App Store or want to wait until it gets more support. Here's why:

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is your iPhone and iPad game of the week

Posted by Harry Slater on October 24th, 2018

After a quick call to the court of arbitration for counting in Vienna, we can now reveal that the winner of last week's game of the week award is the really rather brilliant Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.

It's a gorgeous-looking, super-slick puzzling platformer, and while it sometimes rests on its leaping-laurels, there's so much here to love that it'd be churlish to blame it for sometimes just being a really good platformer instead of a great one. What sort of things are we talking about though?