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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.

Reigns getting new cards in February; Sequel announced

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 3rd, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWIPEY SUCCESSORS :: Read Review »


Reigns was easily one of our favorite games of the year, and we won't soon forget it. In fact, Devolver Digital will see to that as they launch a fresh batch of cards that give us a few more story options and maps to flesh out the original experience. We loved Reigns for its clever, multi-layered storytelling and endless wit, and we're excited to see more of it with this free expansion.

However, developer Nerial didn't stop there with the announcements. In an interview with JeuxVideo, Reigns creator François Alliot announced Reigns 2.

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.

3 Reasons GoNNER is a Must-Download Game this Holiday

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 30th, 2016



Developed by Art in Heart, a studio founded by programmer, game designer, and artist Ditto, GoNNER is a procedurally-generated platformer featuring a skull-headed protagonist named Ikk. Now available to download on NVIDIA SHIELD, the game is one of the most charming and enjoyable indie titles of the year. Here are three key reasons why you don’t want to miss out on GoNNER..

An Imaginative Indie Adventure and Premise

Over the years, heroes have embarked on harrowing quests for any number of reasons. They've saved princesses and realms, searched for spectacular treasure, sought life in the aftermath of a tragic apocalypse, and fended off alien invasions, just for starters. Ikk has a slightly different goal. His good friend Sally, a whale who is somehow stuck on land, could really use some cheering up. Ikk figures he can accomplish that task by venturing into the mysterious caverns nearby and retrieving delightful trinkets.

On his journey, Ikk will encounter a variety of environments and master spectacular abilities that improve his chances at survival in the treacherous caverns. There are boss battles to look forward to, as well as hidden secrets and multiple endings, in the event that you successfully help Ikk reach the end of his quest.

Procedurally-Generated Action

Like many other games that make difficulty and procedurally-generated level design key components of their design, GoNNER plays out with rogue-like mechanics. A trip through the game is a "run," and you're not likely to persevere on the first attempt. Instead, you can learn from your mistakes and start over as necessary, armed with fresh knowledge and even improved gear that slightly improves your chances at eventual success.

In addition to artistic visuals and challenging design, GoNNER features a satisfying scoring system for competitive players to master. You can simply work to survive, killing the denizens of darkness in whatever manner proves most convenient, or you can work to score combos that secure you a top score and a prime spot on the leaderboards. Surviving in style is much better than doing so by the skin of your teeth.

Its Visual Aesthetic Shines on NVIDIA SHIELD
Featuring a vibrant art style in everything from the procedurally generated worlds you explore to the creatures you’ll cross paths with, GoNNER boasts striking art direction that leaves a lasting impression and really brings the gameplay experience to life. Its pastel colored settings and characters are also sharply contrasted by the darkness that surrounds you. And despite its minimalistic design, the game looks great on NVIDIA SHIELD.

GoNNER is available now on the SHIELD Android TV for $6.69. If you've been wondering what adventure can challenge your elite skills next, you should definitely add this game to your collection.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

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!

Hearthstone celebrates Diablo's 20th anniversary

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 29th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »


Diablo celebrates its 20th anniversary on December 31, and Blizzard is planning on going all out to commemorate the occassion with a series of events in a number of Blizzard games. Diablo, over its long lifespan, has cemented itself as one of the most iconic games in industry history. Fans will be treated to special content and limited-time items in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo II, and, of course, Hearthstone to commemorate the event.

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.

Hot Wheels: Race Off Guide - How to keep those wheels a-spinnin'

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 27th, 2016

Hot Wheels is back with a new physics-based racing challenge that has you pulling some tough stunts before you achieve victory. Race along the iconic orange track gathering coins and doing tricks to earn higher scores. It can be tricky, but we have some advice to help you on your way.

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.

How To Maximize Your Amazon Digital Day Savings

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 25th, 2016



Don’t miss great savings coming December 30th with Amazon Digital Day. The event
will offer Android users discounts of up to 50% off and deals that include a wide
selection Dollar Deals items priced at $0.99 or less on the best digital content around. If
you own an Android smartphone, Fire tablet, Kindle, or Amazon Fire TV, you should
start counting down the days until December 30th.

For now, we’re sharing tips to help you get the most out of your upcoming Digital Day shopping spree. Follow our gameplan and you’ll not only save money but end up with an Android device bursting with exciting games, movies, music, and books.

Prepare Your Device

With over a thousand discounts and deals on tap, chances are good that you’ll find
multiple items that you’ll want to download. If you scored a new Fire tablet or
smartphone for the holidays, you probably have tons of space to spare, so keep it that
way: you don’t want to run out of storage space mid-event. If you’re a longtime Android
user, now’s the time to give your device a spring cleaning and free up some space for all
the cool stuff you’re going to buy.

If you’re a Kindle, Fire tablet or Fire TV user, the only thing you have to do from there is
navigate to amazon.com/digitalday on December 30th and grab what you want.

Amazon customers who own a non-Amazon Android device just need to download the
Amazon app and enter your account login.

Check Amazon’s Recommendations

Amazon will feature a selected list of the top items from 2016. Every title carries at 4+ star rating as reviewed by actual customers, so you won’t end up buying something less than stellar. Look at each Digital Day category page, such as Family Time, Pass the Popcorn, and Dollars Deals, for more selections as well.

Take a Chance on Something New

Many of you will use Digital Day to double down on the things you already love like
items for your favorite game and a digital copy of a beloved movie. But Digital Day is
also a great opportunity to experience something you normally wouldn’t try. Say you
play action games, but you see a hit puzzle title being offered as a Dollar Deal.
If the reviews and star rating look good, why not give it a shot? Chances are, the game is
a killer value even at regular price, so getting it for $0.99 or below could be a worthwhile
purchase. The same goes for movies, albums, and eBooks: a big discount can be a
great enticement to try something new.

Let The Whole Family in on The Fun

Digital Day will have savings on items for families, so consider getting together to pick
items that you can all share. The young gamer in your home could choose something
related to a game they can enjoy, such as Dr. Panda Ice Cream Truck, or help choose a
movie for an upcoming family movie night! Parents will also find plenty of audio- and
eBooks to add to the family’s digital library for reading time as well as tunes to amp up
the shared family music collection. As our homes get more connected, events like Digital
Day can be a great way to provide wholesome, quality entertainment that everyone can
access and enjoy!

We hope these tips help you get the most out of Amazon Digital Day on December
30th. Remember to check amazon.com/digitalday for details, download the Amazon app to your device in advance, and most importantly, have fun!

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partern's.

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.

New SteamWorld game expected to arrive in 2017

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 23rd, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STEAMY STRATEGY :: Read Review »

SteamWorld creators Image & Form are kicking off their 20th year by releasing a new SteamWorld game in the coming months. In the latest episode of Image & Form's video series, The Engine Room, Julius andBrjánn tease that there are exciting things in store for 2017.

Command & Conquer designer Lou Castle on RTS games and War Commander: Rogue Assault

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 23rd, 2016
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Louis Castle's title as industry veteran is well earned, having played a major role in shaping the real time strategy (RTS) genre by creating the unforgettableCommand & Conquerseries. Now Castle is onto something new withWar Commander: Rogue Assault, a massively multiplayer RTS on iOS and Anroid. The free-to-play game offers wait-free base building, direct unit control, and sprawling maps to explore, either solo or with alliances.

We talked to Lou about his path to the mobile scene, his thoughts on the state of RTS games today, and how his latest game,War Commander: Rogue Assaulthopes to innovate and influence the genre on mobile platforms.