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Into The Breach Would Be Perfect For Mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 1st, 2018

If you ask just about anyone to name their absolute “must-buy” mobile games, FTL is bound to be on that list. With an awesome premise, tons of replayability, and a tough-as-nails roguelike sensibility, it’s a game you can fire up at any time just about anywhere and have a good time. With the release of Subset Games’s follow up title, Into The Breach, this week, a lot of people have been wondering if this game has the same potential to be a smash hit on mobile, and the answer is a resounding yes. Here’s why:

It’s great

The first thing you might want to know about Into The Breach is that—as a follow up to FTL—it pretty much completely lives up to the hype. It’s a tightly designed roguelike where you control a team of mecha as they try to defend humanity. For a quick comparison, it feels like someone took Pacific Rim and jammed it into a tiny tactical map that looks like Advance Wars but plays a bit more like Invisible Inc., where all of your hits will land, but you have to plan them out carefully to make sure you don’t die or inflict too many human casualties in the process.

On top of that, it has a ton of unlockables, bonus missions, upgrades, and the same great difficulty curve that keeps you on the edge of your seat constantly while playing. As long as a port job of Into The Breach brings the game to mobile more-or-less intact, there’s no need to worry about whether it’s worth a purchase.

It fits

As an experiment, I went ahead and tried a couple ways to shoehorn Into The Breach onto my iPad just to see what it would be like, and I wasn’t disappointed. Even without any port work to make Into The Breach’s controls work for touch, the game works surprisingly well. It's also a game that constantly saves your progress, which makes it easy to pick up and put down on a whim. Finally—and perhaps most importantly—Into The Breach’s bite-sized tactics maps fit amazingly well on a mobile screen. Don’t believe me? Check out the screenshot below of the game running on an iPad display. Even in this compromised, windowed mode, everything about the game's UI is clean and easy to read.

The App Store could use another essential release right about now

FTL came out on mobile about four years ago, and since then there have been a few games here and there that seem like they should stay permanently installed on your home screen, but not many, especially recently. Although there are no current plans for Into The Breach to come to mobile, it would be a huge hit, particularly if it struck during an App Store lull like the one we’re currently in.

Airdrop into mayhem in Grand Battle Royale from GameSpire

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 28th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’re a fan of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but lament the fact that you can’t play it on the go, then you’re in luck. Hong Kong developer GameSpire has released a brand new battle royale title for Android and iOS – Grand Battle Royale.

Of course, battle royale games aren’t unheard of on mobile, but most of them look identical. Grand Battle Royale eschews all that realism business for a playfully pixellated take on the genre. It’s like Minecraft plus guns, or PUBG built out of Lego.

The 5 best games that came out on mobile in February 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on February 28th, 2018

Alto's Odyssey screenshot 5 best games of February 2018

It's been a pretty good month for mobile gaming, but what have been the standout games that have landed on the App Store in February? Well, that's what we're going to find out in this here list.

We've picked the five best games that have come out over the past four weeks, and presented them here in all of their glory. If anything, it proves that mobile gaming is pretty much ahead of the curve when it comes to exciting experiences getting released on a regular basis.

Why's that? Because creating a list of just five games was a really tough ask. Agree with our choices? Disagree with our choices? Make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

You don’t need to be playing Asphalt 9: Legends, and here’s why

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 27th, 2018

Big news dropped this week as Gameloft announced they’ve soft launched Asphalt 9: Legends in the Philippines. This has caused quite a stir primarily because the Asphalt games are among some of the best-looking racing games on the App Store. Heck, you might have already started looking at screenshots and are wondering if you should make a Philippines App Store account just to check it out for yourself. Well, if you are, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t, and here’s why:

Civilization VI Guide - How to Best Jump Into the New DLC

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 26th, 2018

Civilization VI is a fantastic port of the excellent PC strategy game, and it just got some nice additional content added to it, which includes the ability to play as the Polish and the Vikings. We've spent some time with both civilizations, and now have some handy tips on how to best use each of them. See below:

Polish=Civilization, Vikings=Scenario

The first thing to note about these pieces of downloadable content is that they aren't created equal. The Polish add-on for the game lets you play as the Polish in all of the game's regular modes, as well as a specific scenario to play. The Vikings, on the other hand, do not quite receive the same treatment. The Vikings civilization was already included in the base version of Civilization VI, so the Vikings pack only includes some new wonders, city states, and a Viking scenario to play through.

148Apps - MU Origin’s latest update will spoil you with new content and prizes

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 26th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Webzen is at it again, churning out a fresh stream of a new class, equipment, and mechanics for its flagship MMO, MU Origin. The game changes quite a bit in its new version update, but we assure you there’s something here for everyone. New multiplayer, refined systems, and more are sure to keep you busy for weeks to come. Here’s what you can expect from the latest patch.

It’s been a while, but MU Origin is introducing a new class at last, the Summoner. The Summoner uses their magical abilities to call upon Valkyrie, who will lay waste to your enemies in battle. You can create a summoner if you have at least one character at 3 Rebirth Level 1, or by using a Scroll of Dark Souls.

You can now create a Sub-Character, too, which should significantly change up the way you play. This “extra” character allows you to play as another class while keeping your Rebirth, Levels, Resources, States, Pets, and more. Equipment and skills won’t transfer between characters, but it should offer you more flexibility in battle. The Sub-Character can be unlocked by completing the quest, “Secret”, which is only available to character at 8 Rebirth Level 1. Once that’s done, you’ll need to pay up 1,500 Unbound Diamonds, and then the Sub-Character is yours.

If you’re looking for more Guild action, MU Origin has you covered in that department as well. The game’s newest Guild event, The Land of Struggle, will pit guilds against each other to be the fastest to defeat the event boss and deal the most damage. The event is ongoing every Wednesday-Friday. If your guild is victorious, you could win a number of fancy prizes, including Bound Zen, EXP, Contribution Points, and the Emperor Card.

You’ll find plenty of other treats sprinkled throughout, as well. The Forge is a new Refine system, while West Akeron is a new all-server area that lets you mingle will all players. Webzen is introducing a new CP Rewards System that gifts players special rewards based on their CP. For fashion forward players, you’ll now have access to the Blood Costume, and the Three Chicken Brothers are sure to please folks in the market for a new pet.

Ready to give MU Origin a go? You can play it for free right now on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

Why the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2 are not as good as the iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on February 26th, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 product shot

Over the past couple of days we've seen two massive Android phones announced over at MWC. There's Samsung's Galaxy S9, and Sony's Xperia XZ2. Both of them are pretty impressive in terms of stats, and both companies seem to be focusing (if you'll excuse the pun) on releasing phones with impressive cameras.

But if you ask me, neither of the devices has the chops to knock the iPhone off the top spot, especially when it comes to gaming. Why's that you ask? Well give me a moment and I'll explain exactly what I mean.

The best games like Florence

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BRIEF FLING :: Read Review »

Florence is a great little game about relationships that we absolutely adored. The only problem with it is it's over a little too soon. If you want some other games with some emotional range like Florence, check out these suggestions:

Will It Ever End?

If you want an experience that's eerily similar to Florence, check out Will It Ever End? This is a game about routine and relationships, and it conveys its narrative and ideas completely wordlessly. Its gameplay may be pretty simple, but it uses a lot of visual tricks and employs some great audio to get you wrapped up in the action.

Angry Birds Champions adds cash prizes to the famous bird-flinger

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 23rd, 2018

Collaborating with developer Rovio Entertainment, GSN Games has released a twist on the Angry Birds formula. Angry Birds Champions features the same bird-flinging gameplay, but now you can catapult Red and co for cash.

The partnership uses GSN’s WorldWinner games platform, which has been offering tournament versions of popular titles for 20 years. WorldWinner isn’t a casino app, though – you have to beat real opponents with real skill to win any money. Angry Birds Champions matches you with players of a similar level, and then it’s down to you to show your pig-thwacking prowess.

The game features two tournament modes – Best of 3 and Progression. During Best of 3, you play the same level three times, and only your highest score counts towards the result. So you can use the initial turns to hone your aim and strategy. Progression is less forgiving, challenging you with three different levels and tallying up the total of each level. In other words, every level counts.

Players based in the U.S. and Canada can start chucking birds for cash by downloading the WorldWinner iOS app, which features Angry Birds Champions, along with tournament twists on a host of other popular mobile games. The platform has awarded players with over $1.5 billion since it began, so there’s plenty to flap about.
Get in on the action, and earn free Game Credits while you’re at it - use promo code: 148.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Feb 23rd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 23rd, 2018

Agent A iOS screenshot

148Apps is part of a family. A big family of sites that make sure you're always up to date with all the portable gaming news. Just like a real family, I guess. I don't know, my mum never told me anything about Candy Crush to be fair.

Anyway, every week we look at the best posts from around the network, in order to make sure that you're squeezing every drop of goodness from the Steel Media sites. This week is no different. So have a read, see what you've missed, and come back in seven days for another round up.

The Battle of Polytopia Guide - Tips for Taking Over the World

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2018

The addition of multiplayer to The Battle of Polytopia has catapulted the game from a fun enough time waster to a fully-fledged 4X experience on your phone. We've been playing quite a few matches over the past week or so, and we've put together a list of tips to help you get a leg up against your fellow human players.

Pick the right civilization

The Battle of Polytopia presents a pretty simplified version of something like Civilization, but that doesn't mean strategic nuances aren't still important. Before you even start a match of Polytopia, consider who to play as to give yourself a leg up. Are you playing against a ton of opponents? Choose the Vengir for a quick military leg up. Want a slower start to your empire? Take advantage of the mountains usually afforded to the Xin-Xi.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - February 23rd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 23rd, 2018

Her Story iOS screenshot games on sale

Hi there, and welcome to our round up of all the best games that are on sale for iOS at the moment. It's not a vintage week in terms of numbers, but I'm pretty sure that every single one of these is worth picking up if you haven't already played them.

As usual I've stuck download links below, and links to our reviews where applicable. If you've spotted anything that you think should be included in the list, then make sure you stick your suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. Sharing is caring after all.

Disc Drivin' 2 Guide - Tips for the Seasoned Slider

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 22nd, 2018

We're all still playing quite a bit of Disc Drivin' 2 over here at 148Apps, and we've gotten pretty good at it. Now that we've spent some more time with the game and unlocked more powerups, check out some of these more advanced tips:

Switch it up on the fly

So you may know you can switch between powerups in a match of Disc Drivin' 2, but did you know you can also do it while your disc is in motion? It operates the exact same way as when you're standing still, but you've got to be quick to change your powers and use them while on the move. This is a good skill to practice, because you switching from a boost to a brake at the right time to prevent a falloff could make the difference between winning and losing a match.

Alto's Odyssey Guide - How to Tackle the Tough Tasks

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 22nd, 2018

Alto’s Odyssey is a completely stunning and serene runner, but it can also be a bit tricky. Check out these to try and keep your cool while playing this endless runner:

Don’t focus too much on tasks

The main progression system in Alto’s Odyssey is tasks, which might ask you to travel certain distances or perform certain tricks in a run. While it may be tempting to try and get these tasks done ASAP, sometimes focusing on completing them makes them harder to complete. It’s often easier to accomplish more tasks more often if you just focus on having a really good run instead. On a good run, there are multiple opportunities to complete any given task, which increases your likelihood of getting them done.

Here's everything you need to know about Alto's Odyssey for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on February 21st, 2018

Alto's Odyssey everything you need to know

Alto's Odyssey is a really, really good game. If you don't believe me, you should definitely check out our review by clicking this link right here. It takes the ideas from the original Alto's Adventure, then subtly builds on them, creating something pretty damn special.

With that in mind, I thought it'd be a good idea to round up everything you need to know about this superb sequel in one handy post. In fact, in this handy post. So here's everything you need to know about Alto's Odyssey. Got your own questions? Chuck them in the comments below then. Word.