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Monster & Commander guide - How to get the edge in battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 27th, 2016

Just jumped into the wacky world of Monster & Commander and in need of some advice on what to do next? We’ve got your back - courtesy of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.

Pirate Power guide - How to conquer the high seas

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2016

Ahoy! Did you just download Pirate Power? It’s pretty fun, right? It’s even more entertaining if you know what you’re doing which is why we’ve got some tips and tricks to help get you well on the way to being an impressive hero on the high seas.

The best budgeting app on mobile

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 26th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
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The new year is a time for forming better habits, but it’s not always easy. The year is still young, but our motivation to start the year off right fades quickly.

If you’ve resolved to spend smarter this year, luckily there are a range of excellent apps to help you stay focused. We’ve sifted through the top budget apps to bring you our favorites to ensure a fiscally fit 2016.

The best

Mint is a great all-in-one money management app. Developed by Intuit, the people who also produce TurboTax, Quickbooks, and Quicken, Mint pairs up with your bank accounts to track your spending and saving automatically. If you make an old-fashioned cash purchase, you can input the transaction manually with ease. What’s more, Mint also tracks your credit card debt and monitors your credit score. The app also features a colorful, simple design that’s easy on the eyes, making the budgeting process a little less painful.

The rest

Spending Tracker is a trusty little app that takes a simplistic approach to budgeting. Enter your income for the month, and a “budget bar” appears at the top of the main screen. As you record your spending for the month, the bar will slowly drop into the red. Rotating the screen horizontally presents a handy pie chart that shows how much spending goes into each category in a month. You can also view your cash flow over an extended period of time in a convenient line graph.

Coinkeeper makes budgeting fast, and, dare I say fun? Input your income and bank account balances. You can then set your budget according to the categories (groceries, eating outside, etc.) listed or ask the app to do it for you. Whenever you make a purchase, your budget coins will slowly fill up, giving you a visual representation of how you’re doing as the month progresses.

Do you have a go-to budgeting app? Let us know in the comments below!

Blossom Blast Saga guide - How to get those big blossoms

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 25th, 2016

Combos are everything inBlossom Blast Saga -which is why we've decided to offer you some advanced tips and tricks on how to pull off some of the more impressive ones out there.

They’re guarantee to help you become the finest virtual gardener.

Foodies will absolutely love World Chef out now on iOS and Android [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

World Chef is a new resource management simulator by SocialPoint, the developer behind Dragon City and Monster Legends.

Rather than build a city, here you're tasked with increasing the wealth and fame of a restaurant. This involves serving up delicious dishes, keeping customers happy, and hiring the finest chefs.

There's no time management here though - unlike most other restaurant management simulators on mobile. Instead, World Chef is all about quality.

We wanted to learn more about World Chef, so reached out to the Head of Product, Alexandre Besenval, to discover it's biggest inspirations, what role you as a player perform, and the inspiration for the visual design.

Which games were World Chef's biggest inspirations?

"Of course we played a lot of other resource management games and figured out what they did well and where they went wrong.

"However, we drew most of our inspiration from old school resource management games on PC like Theme Hospital or Theme Park, which both included casual resource management and a big dose of humor."

Will there be any real celebrity cameos? If not, would this be something you're looking at doing in future updates?

"We would love that! It is something we definitely want to explore in the near future, but there are no specific plans at the moment."

Does the player merely manage the restaurant, or do they act as chef and serving staff as well?

"First of all, you’re an owner. You open your restaurant and equip it with everything it needs, from tables to fresh products, then you hire waiting staff and professional chefs from around the world - each of which has their own style and personality.

"You’re also an interior designer though. We have hundreds of decoration sets, wall styles and flooring that allow you to create different spaces and environments all in one restaurant!

"Lastly, you manage the restaurant’s activity, handling the ingredients your chefs use - as well as serve dishes when they’re ready. You control the whole experience from start to end!"

Who would you say is the primary audience for World Chef, and why?

"We picture our audience like the customers in our restaurant: multicultural and multigenerational.

"Maybe our main target could go from 20 to 50 years old, but it’s such an easy to access game that everyone can play. Foodies will love it!"

What inspired the visual design?

"We love the feel of Pixar movies and modern cartoons. It’s very lively and dynamic, there’s always something going on to look at."

World Chef is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

Sky Chasers guide - How to stay airborne

Posted by Glen Fox on January 25th, 2016

If you own a mobile device, chances are you've playedNom Cats, the hideously addictive arcade high score chaser by Lucky Kat Studios.

Well, they're back with the brand newSky Chasers, which has similar addictive tappy gameplay but far less cats.

What it lacks in cats it more than makes up for in content though. It's essentially a platforming adventure, but one in which you have to remain airborne in a variety of cute little rockets.

And that's the tricky part but have no fear for 148Apps is here to help you remain in flight.

The Sims Freeplay guide - Understanding the circle of life

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Confidently enjoying its time riding high in the iTunes chart, The Sims Freeplay has been quite a hit since its initial release. That’s because completing day-to-day chores is pretty satisfying here, if not in real life.

We could write hundreds of thousands of words on the game but for now, we’re going to focus on putting you through the paces with some of the life stages in The Sims Freeplay.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector guide - How to get even more rare cats

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Are those rare cats still proving too illusive for you in Neko Atsume? Or maybe you just want to try a different tactic? We’re here with some more tips on how to improve your chances to get these fussy felines.

Punch Club guide - How to train up and get in fighting shape

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2016

In Punch Club, you've got to fight your way to the top by any means necessary.

Even though you won't be controlling your fighter when he's in the ring, you have to make sure he's taking care of himself to be ring ready on fight night. Here are a few tips to punch up your game.

Crashlands guide - How to get started on this alien planet

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 22nd, 2016

Crashlands is an open-world survival game that can be a little overwhelming at first. Here are some tips to get you on the right track in no time.

Nordcurrent has achieved a milestone 150 million downloads for its portfolio of games [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's safe to say that Nordcurrent, the Lithuanian mobile games studio, had a pretty decent 2015.

For a start, it managed to achieve a milestone 150 million downloads for its combined portfolio of games.

Cooking Fever, the time-management restaurant simulator, was the standout performer though. It clocked out at 70 million downloads and climbed up the top charts once again thanks to its placement in the App Store's Best of 2015 list.

AstroNext guide - How to ready your fleets for battle

Posted by Stuart Houghton on January 22nd, 2016

ANGames' AstroNest starts off simple but it won’t be long before you're swamped with stats to manipulate and decisions to make.

We're try to guide you through to Superior Victory in the Terran / Neos War.

World Chef invites you to manage your own restaurant on iOS and Android right now

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

World Chef is a brand new resource management game by SocialPoint, the experienced developer behind Dragon City and Monster Legends.

You'll create and manage every aspect of your own restaurant, from naming it to hiring professional chefs. Then, once you've turned a profit, you can use it to purchase decorations and hire the most talented chefs from across the world.

Chefs will trade the finest ingredients with their friends, which unlocks brand new dishes you can serve to your customers. Satisfy these and your restaurant's fame will increase which can, eventually, lead to visits from esteemed celebrities.

Develop a rapport with these celebrities and you can hold an exclusive party for them in your dedicated event space - the pool-party area.

If you find yourself running low on resources, you can connect with your friends on Facebook, Game Center, or Google Play Services, and trade ingredients to give you a boost.

To date, a fair few restaurant simulators have had a time management focus where you're trying to serve as many customers as possible to a strict time limit. That's not the focus of World Chef though. It's, instead, all about creating the most prestigious restaurant you can.

If you've got a hankering to build your own restaurant, why not check out World Chef. It's available from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download]right now.

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

The best reading app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 21st, 2016

Reading on the move is a great way to spend some time and feel like you’re doing something fun or productive.

While you can stick to tried-and-true solutions like a book or Kindle, there are easier options out there - and you can find all of them on your mobile.

Read on to discover the best reading apps on mobile.

The best

Somewhat predictably, you can’t really beat Amazon’s Kindle app. The store offers access to more than three million books, as well as many audiobooks and exclusive titles.

You can also read newspapers and magazines - as well as customise the experience so it looks exactly how you want. What more could you need?

The rest

Apple’s own solution, iBooks, is pretty good. You can easily browse through extensive content and purchase books using your iTunes credit.

You can choose from seven fonts and three choices of page color, plus it’s easy to bookmark and highlight favorite sections of the text.

Not quite a reading tool but essential nonetheless, Goodreads is a social network for book fans. You can keep track of what you’re reading, view personalized recommendations, and see what your friends are reading too.

Options for writing book reviews are also available and it’s great for when you need motivation to read more, or simply want to discover something new.

Not in the mood for reading but want to hear a story? Audiobooks from Audible is the audiobooks equivalent of Kindle and iBooks.

You can easily explore the catalogue of over 180,000 titles before choosing to listen to one wherever you go. Even if you’re on the treadmill at the gym, you can listen to a story unfold, and the app does a great job of saving your place at all times.

World Chef guide - How to be the fastest chef out there

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2016

Play World Chef and your cooking and time management skills will seriously be put to the test.

Fortunately, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help make the transition into world class chef a little easier to bear.