148 Apps on Facebook 148 Apps on Twitter

Category: Opinion »

Alto's Odyssey shows how mobile sequels can be much more than the sum of their parts

Posted by Harry Slater on July 20th, 2018

The very best games mix together an effortless class and a compulsion loop that keeps you playing until your eyes are sore, your fingers are chafed, and you can't remember the last time you saw any sun other than a digital one. And that's why Alto's Odyssey ranks among the very finest experiences you can get on the App Store.

More than that though, the game is a brilliant example of how to do a sequel. It doesn't slavishly adhere to the formula of its predecessor, but it doesn't stray too far from what made Alto's Adventure great either. It's a balancing act of the very best kind. And it's also a whole heap of fun.

Which of these is the best mobile game that came out this week? You decide - July 19th

Posted by Harry Slater on July 19th, 2018

148 Apps logo

Every Thursday here at 148Apps we like to give you a choice. We pick what we think are the five best games that have come out this week, and let you vote to crown one of them the 148Apps game of the week. And since it's Thursday today, that's exactly what we're going to do.

If you want to vote there are three ways to go about it. You can leave a comment at the bottom of this article with the name of the game you'd like to win. You can send us a tweet using the hashtag 148GOW, or you can leave us a comment on Facebook letting us know your pick.

Pretty easy, right? And don't forget to come back on Tuesday to see which of the games takes home the most coveted prize in mobile gaming. Yeah, that's right, the most coveted prize in mobile gaming. Deal with it.

What mobile games are we looking forward to in the second half of 2018? - Campbell's picks

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 18th, 2018

2018 has been a pretty great year on mobile already, but since it’s half over, we wanted to take a look at all the awesome stuff we have to look forward to. Earlier this month, Harry already laid out his picks for games that he think will make waves in the coming months, but now it’s my turn.

Some of this picks will not surprise you if you’ve stuck with the site for a while now, but some of there are some pretty unexpected picks in here as well. So, without further ado, check out my most anticipated games for 2018 below:

How mobile gaming might change in the next six months of 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on July 18th, 2018

We've already had a look at the ways we've seen mobile gaming change in the first six months of 2018, so now it's time to have a look forward, into our digital crystal balls, and ponder what we'd like to see more of in the next six months of the year. After all, that's the sort of thing we love to do here at 148Apps.

These are suggestions rather than predictions, but if they happen to accidentally become accurate predictions, then we're going to be just as happy as everyone else. Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, stick them in the comments section all the way down at the bottom of the article. Before you do though, let's get on with our list.

This week's game of the week award goes to the brilliant football strategy sim New Star Soccer Manager

Posted by Harry Slater on July 17th, 2018

Every week here at 148Apps we award a game with the title of game of the week. We might pick the five games you can choose from, but it's up to you which of them walks away with the title. And this week it's been a pretty darn close-run thing. But we've worked out the numbers, and can now reveal the winner.

And that winner is the addictive, brilliant, and painfully moreish New Star Soccer Manager from New Star Games. I'd say I was surprised, but to be honest it's one of the best games I've played on my iPhone for a good long while.

Fortnite, PUBG, and Shadowgun Legends - What have been the big changes in mobile gaming in the first half of 2018?

Posted by Harry Slater on July 16th, 2018

This month, we're looking back at the first half of 2018, looking at the good, the bad, and everything in between. In this piece we're having a think about the big changes that have happened in mobile gaming over the past six months, and what they might mean for mobile gamers moving forwards.

It's our job to keep an eye on the trends, new ideas, and new concepts that are happening in mobile, and we've had a good long think and decided that these five were the biggest changes in 2018. If you've spotted any that you think are worth mentining, then make sure you toss them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

The best mobile games of 2018 so far - Campbell's picks

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2018

Now that the year is half over, we decided to take a look back at the first half of the year’s best games and highlight them. So far, our reviews have only hit the five-star mark five times, but there are other game’s worth celebrating here too.

Specifically, the games I’m revisiting are titles that have stuck with me after playing them for review. Whether it’s just because they were so memorable when I finished them or I’m still playing them today, here are some of the best releases from this year so far.

The best mobile games of 2018 so far - Emily's picks

Posted by Emily Sowden on July 13th, 2018

Alright, alright, so you saw what I was most looking forward to this year on the gaming scene, but what about what's already been? We're almost halfway through July, over halfway through 2018, and there's plenty that's happened.

If any of you follow me over on Pocket Gamer you know I've got a fondness for great stories, pretty things, and puzzles, so you may not agree with my choices but, hey, that's the beauty of opinion.

It's time to choose which of these 5 mobile games is going to be the 148Apps game of the week - July 12th

Posted by Harry Slater on July 12th, 2018

148 Apps logo

Well, it's Thursday again. Time moves pretty fast, right? Or slow. Whatever time does, Thursday is when we announce which 5 iOS games are up for our game of the week award. And I tell you what, we've got some right crackers for you this week.

If you want to get involved, leave a comment at the bottom of the article, post on our Facebook page, or send out a tweet using the hashtag #148GOW. It really couldn't be simpler. We'll be announcing the winner next week, so make sure you keep your eyes on 148Apps to see if the game you backed has won.

What mobile games are we looking forward to in the second half of 2018? - Emily's picks

Posted by Emily Sowden on July 11th, 2018

2018 has been a bit of a mix in mobile gaming. We've had some real gems like Oddmar, Candleman, and Dandara, and we've had some disappointments, but what about the future?

These upcoming games have me excited for a number of different reasons, and some of them are a little – er – weird. Though it's easy to just focus on what we know is coming and what we know we're going to get, it's much more fun to look forward and speculate on what we don't know, eh?

No? Just me? Well, we'd best get to it then.

Dead Island: Survivors from Fish Labs and Deep Silver wins last week's game of the week award

Posted by Harry Slater on July 10th, 2018

It was a close fought thing, but we've double checked all of our sums, and we can now confirm that the winner of the second 148Apps game of the week award is Dead Island: Survivors. A bloody good show, if you'll pardon the pun.

But what was it that pushed this tale of undead hooligans, flesh eating monsters, and bat-wielding heroes to the front of the queue? Well, apart from all of those things, we reckon Dead Island: Survivors got one thing spot on.

The 10 things that have defined the first 10 years of the App Store

Posted by Harry Slater on July 10th, 2018

Can you believe it? The App Store turns ten years old today. Ten years of amazing apps, games, and experiences. There's a collective tear in our eye here at 148Apps. Our little App Store, all grown up and getting ready to head out to big school next year.

So we thought it was high time to look back at the past decade and see how much has changed in the world of mobile gaming, and how far we've all come since the App Store's inception back in 2008. Lordy, that was a long time ago. If you've got your own suggestions about how the ravages of time have deformed us all, stick them in the comments at the bottom of the article.

How Shadowgun Legends became the must-play mobile shooter in the first half of 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on July 9th, 2018

So far, 2018 has been a pretty great year for mobile gaming. And, depending on how you look at things, you could say it's been the best year for shooters since the App Store first popped into existence. A lot of the plaudits for that have to go to one place - Shadowgun Legends.

It might not be the most original game in the world, but it took an idea, made it work in the palm of your hand, and then ran with it. It's a gorgeous-looking, slick-playing blast that's still thriving even now. So we thought it was high time to have another look at Madfinger's glorious sci-fi experience, and explain why it worked so well.

What mobile games are we looking forward to in the second half of 2018? - Harry's picks

Posted by Harry Slater on July 6th, 2018

Brawl Stars artwork

Today we're going to have a look at some of the games that I think are going to make waves on mobile over the next six months of the year. Some of them are soft-launched, some of them are just announced, and some of them aren't even that.

We've got tie-in games, new experiences, and something new from the developer of one of the best known games on the App Store. We'll have a few more pieces in the series in the coming weeks too, so make sure you check back to 148Apps regularly to find out exactly what we think you should be excited about in the second half of 2018.

Which of these is the best game that came out for iPhone and iPad this week? - July 5th

Posted by Harry Slater on July 5th, 2018

148Apps logo

It's that time of the week again, when we pick the five most interesting games that have come out on the App Store over the past seven days, and give you the chance to pick your favorite. And we reckon it's a pretty good crop this week, all told.

If you want to have your say, then there are a few ways to do it. You can comment at the bottom of the article, send us a tweet @148Apps using the hashtag #148GOW with your vote, or head on over to our Facebook page and post a comment. All the votes will be counted up on Monday, and we'll announce the winner next Tuesday.