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The best games like The Sims for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Emily Sowden on September 26th, 2018

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I'm sure you've played The Sims at least once in your life, if not to escape your own uncertain existence then likely to trap your Sims in the pool or set the house on fire and remove all of the doors. What? No, of course I've never done that… *ahem*

Whichever version of the game you've played or picked up there's always a similar pattern. Make your Sim, figure out what their aspirations are, build up your house (probably use motherlode in the cheats menu), and make friends with other Sims as you go.

These five games will give you that familiar feeling of managing your new non-existent dependents whilst also getting something out of it yourself – whether you want to build a successful life overall or just revel in a bit of drama

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War is the winner of last week's game of the week award

Posted by Harry Slater on September 26th, 2018

It feels like almost all of our game of the week award votes are close run things. Probably because there are so many awesome games coming out on the App Store at the moment. Last week was no different, but we can now reveal that the winner of the award is Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War.

It's a tight MOBA set in Games Workshop's fantasy world, and it's all about using your units at the right time to take down your opponent. It's got a few twists that make it stand out from the rest of the genre though, and we reckon they make it a game that's a worthy winner of last week's hypothetical trophy.

The best iPhone games like Pokemon Go

Posted by Harry Slater on September 24th, 2018

Pokemon GO is still the, if you'll excuse the pun, go-to game if you want some AR action on your phone. But it's not the only choice out there, and if you've got a hankering for something a bit different, then your eyes might already have started wandering. Which is why we've written this list of the best iPhone games like Pokemon GO.

Some of them follow pretty similar templates, albeit with different franchises or concepts wrapped around them. But we've pulled a couple from leftfield as well, to give you some different options if that's what you're after. Our aim is to make sure everyone downloads at least one game from this list. We're nothing if not optimistic.

You've probably got your own suggestions about what games should be on this list. If that's the case, make sure you toss them into the comments section at the bottom of the article. And if you click here you'll be able to check out all of our other awesome game lists as well. So that's pretty neat.

Which of these 5 games do you think should be crowned the 148Apps game of the week

Posted by Harry Slater on September 20th, 2018

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You know what time it is, right? It's time for you, our esteemed and charming readership, to choose which of the five games below deserves to be crowned our game of the week. It's a pretty good week as well, so we expect that every single vote is going to count. It'd be a shame if you didn't cast yours.

But how do you vote? Well, there are a number of ways. You can leave a comment on this article, send us a tweet using the hashtag #148GOW, or leave us a comment on our Facebook page. What could be simpler than that?

Make sure you check back next week to see which of these awesome games has won the most coveted award in mobile gaming. And if you want your choice to win, make sure you let your friends know as well.

The winner of last week's game of the week award is the massively deep Chaos Reborn

Posted by Harry Slater on September 19th, 2018

It's been another close run thing in the 148Apps game of the week award, but after checking on some possible areas of contention with the Frankfurt bureau, we can finally reveal that the winner of last week's coveted title is the impressively deep Chaos Reborn: Adventures.

This is a game that really isn't for the faint of heart, chock full with strategy, tactics, new concepts, and even more. And, quite frankly, it's really rather brilliant. Do we think it's a worthy winner of our game of the week award? We most positively do, and if you read on you'll find out why.

The best iPhone games like Starcraft

Posted by Harry Slater on September 19th, 2018

Starcraft sits at the top of the RTS tree for a number of very good reasons. It also isn't on mobile, again, for a number of very good reasons. But that doesn't mean you can't find a way to indulge your sci-fi, competitive, massive, or engaging RTS desires if you know where to look.

Luckily, we do know where to look. Essentially it's our job, so we've trawled the App Store to find the best experiences that we think are going to at least sate your Starcraft cravings before you get back home to your PC where you can play properly.

We've chosen what we think are the finest games, but it's entirely possible that you disagree with us. If that's the case, then feel free to chuck your own suggestions in the comments section and get some discussion going. And if you're interested in content presented in list form, make sure you click this link and check out all the rest of the lists we've written.

The 5 best dogs in mobile gaming

Posted by Emily Sowden on September 18th, 2018

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Not too long ago we talked about all of the finest kitty-cats mobile gaming had to offer, but what about the best dogs on the market? You don't have to have thumbs to be an awesome protagonist.

If you've got a fur coat, a big heart, and love belly rubs, you can be a hero too. It may not be something you think of much, but in these games man's best friend is more than just a sidekick or emotional blackmail. These are the best pups.

The 5 best iPhone games like The Room

Posted by Harry Slater on September 18th, 2018

The Room has had a massive impact on the world of mobile gaming. Not only is it a brilliant adventure, it also shows how the touchscreen controls on your iPhone can be turned into something far more elegant and tactile than just a bunch of buttons. But what to do when you've finished playing through all four games in The Room saga?

That's why we've written this list. So that when it's time to put The Room down, you're not going to have to go cold turkey. The games on this list aren't just clones though, they build on the ideas of The Room and throw their own into the mix as well.

Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And if you want to read more of the awesome lists we write on a weekly basis, you can check them out by clicking right here.

Sometimes Shameless Clones Are Good (Kind Of)

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 14th, 2018
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For the past few weeks, I’ve been playing a little game called Royal Booty Quest. Is it a good game? No, not really. It’s got really shoddy visuals, a UI that breaks easily, no sound, and missing text values all over the place.

The only reason I’ve been sticking with it is because it's a clone of Slay the Spire, a deckbuilding roguelike that generated some strong buzz when it hit early access late last year. In it, you pick a hero to enter a dungeon to fight enemies in card-based combat. As you get further into the dungeon, you get opportunities to finely hone your deck as the enemies around you get stronger and try to survive. If you die, you start all over again.

Check out our list of the best dragons in mobile gaming

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on September 14th, 2018

In honor of 148Apps animal month, we’re creating a whole bunch of lists of what we think are the best animals in mobile gaming. We've already done cats, which featured a special appearance from a very real, very derpy kitty.

But we're making sure we're not just focusing on animals that actually exist, but fantastical, imaginary creatures too. So we decided to do a list filled with dragons. If you’re a lover of fire-breathing, gold-hoarding dragons, here’s a number of games that should sate your appetite.

Make sure you click here to check out all our other lists, if lists are the sort of thing that you're into. Right then, on with the fire-breathing monsters.

Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR announcements

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2018

Well, we were right. Last night at its keynote, Apple revealed three new iPhone models, the XS, the XS Max, and the XR, two of which you're going to be able to preorder from tomorrow, and get your dirty mitts on from next week. It's fair to say, if you're an Apple fan, this is a pretty exciting time to be alive.

But you're probably going to want a little bit more information about the phones. Sure, the names are nice, if a little bit confusing, but you need to know what's going on under those shiny new hoods, right? Well that's where this list comes in.

We've broken down everything you need to know about the latest wave of iPhones, from the chips they'll be using, to how much you're going to have to pay to pick them up. What do you think about the phones? Too expensive? Too shiny? Make sure you let us know in the comments, and let's get on with this.

The very best cats in mobile gaming

Posted by Emily Sowden on September 12th, 2018

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Mobile games come in many shapes and forms and have many, many protagonists. Do you know what the best protagonist/context for a game is though? Cats.

Worshipped by Ancient Egyptians, idolised by internet culture, and probably one of the only animal that'll get away with scratching up your sofa, cats are always fun to watch. Why? Well, because they're adorable, duh. Even when they're trying to be all serious and go off on quests and things, you can't help notice how cute their outfits are or their fuzzy ears.

But this just isn't about the best cat-themed games. No, it's about the best cats in mobile gaming. If your favourite feline isn't on the list below, be sure to tell us in the comments below what games you love the most. And if you love lists, click here to check out all of the awesome ones we've written for your eyes to soak in.

The excellent Small Cargo is last week's game of the week award winner

Posted by Harry Slater on September 12th, 2018

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It was certainly a close run thing this week, but after giving the numbers a while to settle, we can now reveal that the winner of last week's game of the week award is the really rather lovely Small Cargo from Appsolute Games.

It might look like another simple arcade action game, but there's actually a lot more going on here, which is why we think you chose it as your representative of the mobile gaming arts for last week. So let's look at the game in a little more depth.

These are the 5 best iPhone games like Dark Souls

Posted by Harry Slater on September 12th, 2018

There's no escaping the fact that everyone loves Dark Souls. If you've not heard of it, it's a super tough action RPG that punished your every mistake with swift retribution. It's the sort of game where you die a lot, and it can be pretty intimidating trying to get on board with the systems it throws at you.

But you can't play it on your iPhone. Well, there's Slashy Souls, but to be honest the less said about that the better. If you're looking to get some Souls-style action on the go though, there are plenty of options waiting for you on the App Store.

Rather than leaving you to find all of them for yourself though, we thought we'd do a list and round-up what we think are the five best games like Dark Souls for iPhone. If you think we're wrong, or you've got your own suggestions to chuck into the mix, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

And while we're at it, why not click here and check out all the other awesome lists we've created for your viewing pleasure. Right then, on with the games.

These are the 5 best RPGs for mobile

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on September 10th, 2018

If you're looking to get a little roleplaying into your mobile experience, it can be a little bit on the daunting side. After all, the App Store is chock full with games that wear the RPG moniker with pride.

There are different genres and styles to consider, too. Do you want to go premium or free to play? Retro or modern? A port of a classic or something with a little more mobile pedigree behind it? You've got so many options to consider that inactivity is probably the easiest course of action.

So we thought we'd write you a lis to save you from the paralysing nature of an almost infinite choice. With that in mind then, here are some of the best RPGs for mobile, sure to give you your fill of quests, gear, and monsters.