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PAPER Anne by UsFun Games lets you solve puzzles in a paper world

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 9th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

PAPER Anne is a brand-new puzzle game from developer UsFun Games, slated for release on 27th February. It’s a charming, family-friendly fairy-tale that’s sure to warm hearts.

Anne is a paper girl, in a paper world. But this world isn’t quite the right fit for her. She’s surrounded by characters straight out of the annals of children’s fiction, with references to The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Nut Cracker, The Ugly Duckling and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You’ll take instructions from the Cheshire Cat, fight at the Tin Soldier’s side, question the Queen of Hearts and overcome the Mouse King’s evil spell. As you help or hinder the characters from these classics, you’ll acquire pieces of Anne’s story, and she’ll move closer to discovering her rightful world.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Feb 9th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 9th, 2018

Have you been keeping up to date with everything going on in the Steel Media empire? You haven't? Well that's okay, because we've gone right ahead and done a round-up of all the awesome content that's gone up on our family of sites over the last seven days.

There are features, there are reviews, and there are some awesome videos. And don't worry if you don't have time to pay attention to all of the sites, because we'll be back here, same time, same place next week with another round-up. We're kind and caring like that.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - February 9th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 9th, 2018

Deus Ex Go screenshot

It's that time again. Time to round up the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store. We've survived another week. Well done everyone. I hope it hasn't been too difficult and you've got some awesome plans for the weekend that involve spending time with the people who mean the most to you in the whole world.

There are some real winners in the list this week, and I've included links to the App Store and our reviews. There's even some sick videos for you to watch. Make sure you keep your eye on 148Apps next week too. We'll have even more exciting things to share with you, promise.

Dig Dog Guide - Dig Deep to Discover Your Inner Dog

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2018

Dig Dog is a platforming game that feels something like a cross between the arcade simplicity of Dig Dug and the ultra tough (but unwaveringly fair) Spelunky. Here’s a few tips to help you get better in your dogged pursuit of bones.

Go the distance

When you first start playing Dig Dog, I recommend just trying to get as far into the game’s Bone Hunt mode as possible. This is both because the Dig Dog’s other mode seems almost completely lacking in challenge and also because getting through levels in Bone Hunt can unlock new worlds that you can warp to immediately on new runs. If you clear enough levels to visit a new world a few times, you eventually get the power to warp straight there, which can cut out having to replay older and easier worlds.

Older dogs learn newer tricks

Love CSR racing 2? Then check out our list of the other best drag racing games for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on February 7th, 2018

CSR Racing 2 is a lot of fun, and no mistake. And if driving down straight roads, changing gears and cackling is your idea of entertainment, then there are other games on the App Store that are going to be right up your street as well.

Which is why I've assembled this list of the best of them. If you like CSR Racing 2, then you're going to love these ones as well. There's some variety, and even some corners in the selection. I've included download links and, where applicable, links to our reviews of the games as well. Stay fast, stay furious, and don't hit your nitros too soon, okay?

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO: How to master the Bravery system

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on February 6th, 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO - Master the Bravery system

It's time to get brave. Specifically, we're going to talk about how to master the Bravery system that is at the very heart of combat in Dissidia Final Fantasy OO, which makes battles a matter of good timing even though they are 100 percent turn-based.

If you've played the Dissidia Final Fantasy console games, you already have at least an idea of how Bravery works. Every character has a Bravery or BRV score, which is displayed to the right of the health bars for the characters on your team and above the bars of your enemies.

Dice Soccer City Guide - How to Roll Over the Competition

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2018

Dice City Soccer is a game that’s all about taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s not just a matter of luck though. Check out these tips to help you roll past the competition:

Team work makes the dream work

The basic idea of Dice City Soccer’s matches is that the team who rolls a higher set of three dice pushes down the field toward their opponent’s goal. With that in mind, it might seem like picking players that have a high probability of rolling high numbers is your best bet every time, but this strategy has its limits. Instead, it’s generally more effective to pair players that work well together so you can take advantage of abilities that can modify your rolls and your opponent’s rolls. Try pairing up players that activate abilities on the same numbers, and you’ll see your team working better than just rolling high numbers.

These are the best superhero games for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on February 5th, 2018

Marvel Contest of Champions

Sometimes it feels like everything is superheroes nowadays. Films, books, drawings on the wall, breakfast cereals, everything is branded with something-man or captain-thingy. And it's no different in the world of mobile gaming either.

Which is why I've gone and written up this excellent list of superbly heroic games that you can download from the App Store right now. I've included links so you can download the games, as well as ones that will take you to our review of the game if we've got one. You're welcome.

Penny Arcade Slots enters its Closed Beta Test - and you're invited to give it a spin

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 5th, 2018
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Unlike most other studios, the developers behind the new social casino app Penny Arcade Slots can boast a wealth of realworld experience having built slot machines for casinos around the world. And now it's welcoming players to put its latest digital creation through its paces as Penny Arcade Slots begins its closed beta test.

Penny Arcade Slots features a mix of slot machine mini-games themed around characters from folklore. Where else can you see Chinese femme fatale Pan Jinlian sharing screen time with Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame? Alongside them are a colourful cast of characters including Aladdin, his Genie and a man who looks a lot like Jumanji’s Van Pelt (sans elephant gun).

Headshot ZD Guide - How to Survive Just A Little Longer

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Surviving in the zombie apocalypse can be quite tough, particularly if you’re dealing with the kind of zombies that can only be dispatched with shots to the head. Headshot ZD gives you that exact task in a free-to-play, survival-action format, and it’s one of those games where it’s surprisingly easy to fail if you’re not careful. In the interest of saving you and your zombie team from being eaten alive, keep these tips in mind:

Skeleton crew

As you play Headshot ZD, you may run across survivors that will want to join your crew. In most zombie games, you might want to take these people under your wing, but Headshot ZD is not most zombie games. This is a game about survival, and the more people you bring into your settlement, the more mouths you have to feed. Unless a survivor has some unique weapon or really great stats, you might just want to keep your crew to one or two members, particularly in the early game.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Feb 2nd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 2nd, 2018

Super Mario Bros movie screenshot

January is over and done with. Welcome to February. I hope it's been treating you well. And if it hasn't, well come over here, have a sit down and a cup of cocoa, and read all about the exciting things happening across the Steel Media empire over the last seven days.

Every week we're going to point you to some of the awesome content that's gone up on our sister sites. That way you stay connected to the world of mobile gaming, and we get to share the best work for all the world to see. So, without further ado, let's get it on.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - February 2nd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 2nd, 2018

Yankai's Peak

Another week has flown by. Why it feels like only a matter of minutes ago it was the start of January and we all swore blind we were going to keep our New Year's resolutions. Now it's February, and time has once again proven how utterly weak we are.

On a cheerier note though, Friday is when we round up the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store. There are some pretty good deals out there at the moment, especially if you like puzzlers or games about completely obliterating the human race. I've included download links and links to our reviews if they're available, but if you've got your own suggestions I'd love to hear them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Disc Drivin' 2 Guide - How to Slide Your Way to Victory

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Disc Drivin’ 2 is not your normal racer. Its turn-based gameplay and disc-based antics make for a really unique gameplay experience that might not be so easy to handle at first. Rest assured though, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be shuffling around the track with the best of them in no time:

Take your time

In a racing game, speed and quick reflexes are your friend, but in Disc Drivin’ 2, that’s not quite as important. In fact, rushing through your turn can easily lead to you making poor shots or invalidating all of your progress. Using all of your camera options available to you at the start of a turn is a good habit to form, and one that can make sure your prepared when you make your shot.

Casual online multiplayer Mini Golf King receives a brand new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 2nd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bluehole PNIX has just recently added a brand new update that aims to sink even more competition and party antics into its arcade multiplayer, Mini Golf King.

Shrinking down the noble sport onto mobile, developer Bluehole PNIX adds in a fair share of whimsical features that you're unlikely to find at your local Putt-Putt golf course. Bomb traps, accelerator pads, tube slides and swinging drawbridges are just a few of the obstacles you'll encounter over 30 levels, adding just the right amount of zaniness to compliment its serene visuals and laid back gameplay.

PAKO 2 Guide - How to be a Better Wheelman

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2018

PAKO 2’s stylish crime action can get really overwhelming really quickly, so much so that it can be hard to understand what you need to do to get better. Don’t fret though, we have some tips to help you be a more effective wheelman:

Spend your money right

Between rounds of PAKO 2, you’ll be banking cash that you can then spend to unlock new cars and levels. Although you might be tempted to spend this cash on whatever the next thing you can afford is, you’d be better off not doing so. You can earn a lot more cash more quickly in PAKO 2 if you save to buy the Misty Fields level and a fast car as your first purchases. Misty Fields is an easy level with no cliffs, and cruising around that level as fast as possible will let you earn tons of cash really quickly.

Gun breakdown

Once you’ve banked a bunch of cash and want to start buying other vehicles in PAKO 2, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Each car comes with its own weapon with it, and they operate pretty differently. Here’s how the guns compare to each other:

    • Pistol: Your standard weapon. Shoots at a standard semi-auto rate. Consistent, but not particularly fast.
    • Heavy Pistol: Shoots like the regular pistol, though a little slower, but a lot more powerful. Is prone to miss. Not recommended.
    • Shotgun: Shoots slightly slower than the pistol, but in a spread. Most shots from the shotgun take out cars in one hit.
    • Submachine Gun: Shoots very quickly. Takes down cars extremely easily. Probably the most powerful gun in the game.
    • Grenades: These only come on the Roadking, the most expensive car in the game. Grenades can do splash damage and take out cars in one hit. They can be really slow sometimes though and doesn’t feel as consistent at the submachine gun.

Speed is key

In PAKO 2, your effectiveness is rated solely by your ability to get people from one point to another quickly. Don’t worry about using roads or bumping into things occasionally, as long as none of those things slow you down. Speedy deliveries grant you a higher score and additional cash to spend at the end of a round, whereas taking a slow and steady approach may get you a longer play session, but very little to show for it.

Don’t get stuck

Once you get a hang of PAKO 2’s controls, there are very few situations where the police will be able to end your run by themselves. As long as you are staying ahead of them and not hitting other vehicles, they might tail you, but rarely will they be able to knock you too off course. If you don’t do this though, it’s very easy for the cops to take you out. Getting stuck in corners, or even just running into too many things and losing speed are the real dangers in PAKO 2. A lack of momentum lets the police pile up and overwhelm your vehicle, so as long as you’re a smooth operator, you can usually prolong your run for quite a while.