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The best deals on the App Store this week - August 2

Posted by Jessica Famularo on August 3rd, 2017

The weeks churn ever onwards, but fortunately there is a veritable bounty of games to distract us from the daily grind. If you're having an especially slow week, there are a few excellent deals on the App Store that can help change things up a bit. Here are the four best discounts in mobile gaming this week.

The 5 best Clash Royale streamers on Twitch

Posted by Jessica Famularo on August 1st, 2017
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One of the best ways to enjoy classic Clash Royale is simply by watching it. In the age of YouTube and Twitch there are hundreds of options for folks looking to watch competitive matches or learn some new tricks.

Clash Royale is hugely popular on Twitch, but some streamers shine brighter than others. Here our are picks for the best players streaming Clash Royale.

Vista Golf guide: How to putt your way to the top of the leaderboards

Posted by Jessica Famularo on August 1st, 2017

Shallot Games' Vista Golf has sweeped the App Store, taking mobile gamers by storm with its addictive gameplay and elegant design. It's a great game for short, breezy game sessions

However, the grip of competition can easily take hold of you, with its constantly shifting, regional leaderboards and fluctuating course offerings. You have to stay on top of your game if you want your own scores to reach new heights. Here are a few tips to help you become a top competitor.

The 5 best CCG's for serious competitors

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 31st, 2017

CCGs, or collectible card games, have become a fixture in the mobile space with the massive success of games like Hearthstone. They feature addictive, fast-paced gameplay and in-depth strategy that can take months, if not years, to master. They're a blast despite your skill level.

Perhaps you're looking to branch out from the usual suspects, though. Hearthstone is good fun, but there are a lot of other options out there for you to master and enjoy. Here are five of the best hardcore mobile CCGs on the market right now. Each of these games are addictive and complex, and they have a robust competitive community.

How to catch every Legendary in Pokémon GO

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 31st, 2017



Legendary Pokémon have landed in the world of Pokémon GO at long last. It's time to seize the summer and head out and catch some ultra powerful Legendary Birds and maybe, just maybe, a Lugia to call your very own.

Today marks the last day you'll be able to capture an Articuno, so get out there if you haven't found one already. This evening, Moltres will take Articuno's place, and you'll be able to find one in Raid Battles through August 7. Zapdos will follow after, arriving on August 7 and departing August 14.

Once you have the schedule down, you'll need some good strategies to ensure you can capture these elusive creatures. Use these tips to capture the Legendary Pokémon without fail.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends beginner's guide

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 29th, 2017

The Elder Scrolls: Legends has finally arrived on iPhone and iPad, along with its recent Skyrim expansion. Legends is a free-to-play CCG, but it doesn't pull any punches. It's a game you can pick up in an afternoon, but takes quite some time to truly master.

You may be overwhelmed by the sheer depth of the gameplay, but don't despair. That's where we come in to help. Here are a few beginner tips that cover everything from deck building to battle. Off we go.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 29th, 2017

Well, we've done it again. The weekend is here at last, which means it's time to sit back and settle in with some games. You're in luck -- this week saw the release of some seriously excellent new titles. The App Store got a brand new, mobile exclusive Professor Layton game, but there are quite a few other quality games out this week if you're puzzle averse, too. Here are five of the best new games we played this week.

Knight Fever Beginner’s Guide - how to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 28th, 2017

Knight Fever is a thrilling new mobile RPG from Webzen, featuring colorful pixelated sprites and some of the most innovative combat we’ve seen in modern RPGs to date. It’s full of swords and sorcery and other fantastical feats.

Given the game’s unique, multi-level gameplay, though, you might need some help mastering the game. That’s where we come in. We’ve got some pro-tips to help you build a master fighter, maximize your skills, collect rare items, and more. Off we go!

Characters and Skills

Each of your heroes has unique abilities that can be used to your advantage in the heat of battle.

Use Meow’s Bloodcurdling Shout to damage and destroy traps before they become a problem. Ecst’s Revenge ability can blast through barriers and shields, damaging even the toughest foes. Or use Enya’s Quackquack skill to learn an additional skill after levelling up. Don’t forget that Khrat can hit three lanes at once, which is perfect if you’re being swarmed by monsters. The possibilities are nearly endless.

It’s important to experiment with different combinations of heroes. This will help you clear stages you may be having trouble with.

The Tower of Fame

The Tower of Fame, should you choose to take on this special challenge, has some special features you won’t find in normal stages.

Remember that you can taunt monsters into the Recovery Lane in the Tower of Fame, and that you can enter the Tower as soon as you clear the “Butcher” quest.

Spend some time in this special dungeon and you’ll be rewarded handsomely with gems and other useful items.

Items

Items are essential for adventurers out in the field, and there are some handy tricks to help you kit yourself out. Take every opportunity you can to watch ads -- it’s a fantastic way to get some free cubes.

You also have the chance to win a legendary item every four hours by visiting the Peddler. The Weekly Login Book provides another chance for exclusive items simply by logging into the game each day.

Taking all of this free stuff is well and good, but the generous are well-rewarded, too. Send a Gift Box along to one of your friends in the game, and you’ll receive one too. Now that’s a pretty swell deal.

Leveling Up and Progress

Because all of your heroes have such useful abilities, it’s a good idea to level all of them up equally. Then, if you want to change up your party for a new strategy, you won’t be weakened by lower-levelled characters you may have neglected.

To ease the leveling-up process, you can use the GO button in the Quests menu to teleport to your desired stage. It makes grinding much more hassle-free. Don’t forget that your Cookies will be completely refilled if your Party Level increases, too.

Once you reach level 10, you’ll need an additive to continue enhancing your equipment, though, so plan accordingly.

As you become tougher, you’ll have access to fresh challenges that offer even more impressive rewards. Once you finish a chapter in Normal Mode, and you can go back and try it on Hard Mode for added bonuses.

Last, but certainly not least, if you get your VIP level high enough, you’ll have access to Bonus hero challenge counts in the Gold Dungeon, which, yes, will net you much more gold.

Knight Fever definitely doesn’t skimp on the content, and there’s a grand journey ahead of you if you want to become the ultimate hero. Use our tips to level up and collect rare weapons, and you’ll be leading the pack in good time. Happy questing!

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

MU Origin celebrates its first birthday with presents for players

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 28th, 2017
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A year ago, Seoul-based publisher Webzen added to its MU franchise with an MMO for the mobile platform. MU Origin features elements from its 2003 predecessor, updated to fit in amongst other modern freemium fantasy-action apps. You loot dungeons, maim monsters and level up, and up, and up. Having reached the grand old age of 1, close to 2 million players have hacked and slashed their way across the lands of MU Origin. In fact, gamers have notched up a combined playtime of over 7000 years! That’s enough time to build 38 Towers of Pisa (and probably straighten up the wonky one, too).

In celebration of MU Origin’s anniversary, Webzen is rewarding players with a load of freebies, bonuses and discounts from the 28th of July to the 3rd of August. Just logging in daily during the event period will net you a reward. You’ll gain additional awards based on your Talisman tier and VIP level too. Playing Colosseum, Epic Chest Point, Party Dungeon and Exchange promises double the points, rewards and duration.

As an incentive to spread the news, Webzen is rewarding players who share the MU Origin anniversary infographic on Facebook. Just post your character details in the comments so the developers know where to chuck your gift. You can also share a screenshot of your character beside the new anniversary title to receive additional rewards.

If you’re looking for an MMORPG to distract you from the things in life that don’t involve exploring dungeons and swinging swords, MU Origin is free to download from Google Play and the App Store.

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

Galaxy of Pen & Paper has landed on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 28th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FAILURE TO LAUNCH :: Read Review »

If you enjoyed Knights of Pen & Paper and its sequel, you're in for a real treat, as Galaxy of Pen & Paper has officially launched on the App Store. Galaxy takes us far from the irreverent fantasy setting of Knights of Pen & Paper to a futuristic, sci-fi universe full of intergalactic intrigue.

Big changes are coming to Fire Emblem Heroes in August

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 28th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »



Nintendo just revealed what players can expect from Fire Emblem Heroes in the coming weeks, with a good deal of fresh goodies arriving just in time for the game's six-month anniversary. The announcements arrived in a 15-minute FEH Channel stream on YouTube, and it was 15 minutes jam-packed with new Fire Emblem Heroes content. Here's what we learned.

Knight Fever is a new take on the classic RPG, now on Android

Posted by Andreea Ghiurca on July 27th, 2017

Knight Fever lands on the Google Play, and you won’t want to miss it if you’re a devoted RPG fan. Developed by indie creatives Buff Studios, the game looks like a retro RPG with some exciting new twists.

While it may look familiar in all of its pixelated glory, Knight Fever foregoes turn-based battles for an interesting lane-based system. Upon entering combat, you’ll be presented with four lanes, each occupied by one of your heroes. You’ll need to ensure that the battle goes well in each lane if you want to get out of the fight alive. It’s certainly a more action-packed take on the usual RPG mechanics.

Knight Fever’s full launch also introduces the Gold Dungeon. Adventurers who complete this special area earn generous amounts of gold to be spent at the General Shops and the Peddler. It’s a great way to earn experience and save for that superior equipment you’ve been coveting.

You’ll also have access to the Hero’s Altar, which gives you more daily freebies, including summons, crafting materials, Heroes, and more.

Publisher WEBZEN is getting in on the launch day fun, too, by releasing a Knight Fever animated short that you can watch right now. [link]

You can now play Knight Fever for free on Google Play.

Niantic reveals more Pokémon GO legendary release dates, apologizes for Pokémon GO Fest

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 27th, 2017
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »



Oof. Pokémon GO Fest Chicago was pretty much a fiasco, huh? Niantic is feeling the heat from fans for their first big event that ultimately ended in failure. So much so that they've released a much longer apology that gives a full run down of everything that went wrong and how Niantic plans to do better.

Oh, and we also learned when the rest of the legendary Pokémon will be making an appearance. Onward!

The 5 best life-saving apps for dog owners

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 27th, 2017



While it's true that dogs are man's best friend, they're also a pretty big responsibility. We want to give our dogs the best lives, but with busy schedules that's not always easy. Luckily, though, there are a bunch of quality apps out there that help you manage everything from walks, to vacations, to your pup's health.

All you need is a smart phone and all of your dog-related worries can be put at ease. Here are five essential apps if you have a dog in your family.

Mix and match magical brews in Miracle Merchant, arriving in August

Posted by Jessica Famularo on July 26th, 2017

Miracle Merchant, the charming fantasy card game by Tiny Touch Tales, is arriving next week. The development team, which also brought you Card Crawl and Card Thief, announced the game's launch with a pleasant little trailer that showcases the game's quirky hand-drawn artwork. Eye-candy aside, we get a quick look at the sheer variety of potions you'll be able to make by mixing and matching cards.

Miracle Merchant is a Solitaire-esque game at its core, requiring you to match the proper ingredients to mix up potions for your devoted patrons. If Tiny Touch Tales' past games are anything to go by, they've mastered the card genre and made it their trademark. We're excited to see how the team pairs Miracle Merchant's beautiful, fantastical world with their skill in card game design.

You can find Miracle Merchant on both iOS and Android starting August 3.