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Venture Kid guide - Tips and tricks to avoid platforming frustration

Posted by Gordon Siu on January 15th, 2016

Venture Kid is a newly released retro platformer than can be gruellingly challenging at times, and may end up testing your patience to the extreme.

Fortunately, 148Apps is here to provide you with some tips to help you persevere through the challenges ahead.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga guide - How to beat the Jelly Queen every time

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 14th, 2016

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is the trickiest Candy Crush game yet - and much of that is thanks to its boss battle levels where you have to claim territory from the evil Jelly Queen.

To help you out, we’ve taken a look at some of the best strategies to beat her every time.

PSY features in Game of Dice's latest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 14th, 2016
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PSY, the South Korean singer songwriter, features in the latest Game of Dice update, which includes a wealth of content based on the popular artist.

The most exciting of these additions is, of course, a brand new character based on the artist: 'Daddy PSY'. It reflects the costume worn in the music video for his new song 'Daddy', specialises in Mini Battles and Toll Increases, and is available until January 22nd as an IAP.

The character was voiced by PSY himself in English and Korean, and you can see him voicing his lines in action by checking out the making-of video below.

Also included in the update is the PSY Dice which you can get for free by logging in today when the update launches to get your hands on PSY Dice fragments.

The dice will be available by other means though. In fact, Joycity is holding a number of events to celebrate the collaboration with PSY during which you can earn PSY Dice fragments, and the first of these requires you to win seven matches.

Rounding out this exciting update is a new club-themed map which can net you event items like Sunglasses, Bowties, and Microphones, which are used to craft new items.

To celebrate, Joycity is giving away 2,500 gems worth of in-game prizes to every player that logs in when the update is live.

If you haven't played Game of Dice yet, it's a board game in which you throw dice and make your way around a tiled board taking all the properties you land on.

Each time you then make a lap of the board, the value of your property increases. Considering that the aim is to bankrupt your opposing players by collecting tolls from them each time they land on your properties.

You also have a bunch of skill cards, dice, and characters to choose from which offer unique abilities that can help you gain the upper hand.

Game of Dice has already ranked first in the Hong Kong Top Grossing Game Charts in the App Store and third in Google Play's similar chart. It's also been downloaded over 4.5 million times since launch.

You can get it for free right now from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download].

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

Pixel Starships guide - Tips and tricks for conquering the galaxy

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 14th, 2016

Ever wanted to conquer the galaxy with your very own starship? Of course you have! How could you not?

Pixel Starships is an excellent way to do precisely that, and we have some great tips and tricks on how best to succeed in your plan for domination.

Gods of Olympus guide - How to become a God to be reckoned with

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 13th, 2016

Ever wanted to be a powerful God controlling everything in the world? Well, Gods of Olympus is as close as you’re going to get to experience that.

You might need some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Godly powers - and that’s where we come in. Read on!

Farm Heroes Saga guide - How to master the multiplier

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 12th, 2016

On the surface, Farm Heroes Saga seems like a simple version of Candy Crush Saga, but don’t let that colorful exterior fool you.

Let's take a look into how to make that wonderful multiplier work for you.

Game of War: Fire Age guide - Why you should join an alliance

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 12th, 2016

Game of War: Fire Ageis a ridiculously big deal. There’s a lot to learn if you want to truly end up being a big name in the game world, but we’re going to focus on one of the most important parts - joining an alliance. Because safety in numbers is a huge deal when you’re playing Game of War: Fire Age.

Mobile Strike guide - How to get the most out of your missions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 11th, 2016

Has Mobile Strike hooked you right from the very start? Or maybe you’re new to this modern take on Game of War? Either way, we thought we’d help you out by offering you some tips and tricks based around one of the most important parts of the game - the missions. You’ll be levelling up in no time!

4 great apps for habit forming and keeping your New Year resolutions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 10th, 2016

It takes 21 days to form a habit, which means that no positive change is instantaneous.

For those initial 21 days in particular, you need some form of reminder to encourage you to follow whatever that new plan is, whether it’s to go for a run or simply to take a photo each day.

While no app can actually force you to complete such tasks, there are many great ways in which they can remind and encourage you. Here are some of the top picks.

Candy Crush Saga guide - How to use special candies effectively

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 9th, 2016

Ahh, Candy Crush Saga. It’s a bit like returning to an old friend, isn’t it? Familiar and comforting.

While pretty much everyone knows how to match three candies together, the trick to truly succeed is to know when and how to use your special candies.

We’ve got some great tips on how to do just that, ensuring you’ll be flying through those levels in no time.

6 retro games that should be revived on mobile

Posted by Simon Reed on January 8th, 2016

Games were better in the old days, right? Well, some were - others are probably best forgotten. Like most Java games for example.

148Apps wants to look at the best of the past though. Specifically which retro titles deserve to be dusted down and given new life on mobile, and why they'd work well on the small screen.

Rayman Adventures guide - How to get the chest of gems in every level

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 8th, 2016

When you got your brand new mobile device for Christmas, you probably headed straight on over to the App Store or Google Play to grab the gorgeous Rayman Adventures, right?

It's the sequel to the incredibly fun platformers Jungle Run and Fiesta Run, and largely follows in their capable footsteps aside from a few huge changes. The levels are open for exploration this time, for a start, thanks to a new ability to change Rayman's direction.

Then there's the Incrediballs, a new (and odd-looking) ally for Rayman - each of which provides handy power-ups that help him get a good score in each level.

Bringing the right Incrediballs into a level is only half of the battle though - but don't worry, we've got you covered with this guide on how to get the chest of gems in each one.

Tap My Katamari guide - Tips and tricks on how to keep on rolling

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2016

So, feel like tapping like crazy to see your Katamari grow to massive proportions? That makes sense and explains why Tap My Katamari has you hooked.

It doesn't do a great job of explaining itself though, right? Don’t worry about it. 148apps has you covered with some tips and tricks to get you started.

What mobile games do anime fans have to look forward to next year?

Posted by Brittany Vincent on January 7th, 2016

There have been loads of games released over the past year inspired by classic or newly-released anime series.

Properties like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Bleach also have new tie-in titles due this year, so it's easy to see why gamers who love Japanese animation are so excited about phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

This year we'll hopefully see anime-inspired games released globally rather than just in Japan. There's a huge global audience for Anime-related games, and it's getting bigger every day. Sadly though the spread of these games outside of the East doesn't look like it's going to gain pace.

Square Enix is releasing the company's classic role-playing game Romancing SaGa 2 for smartphones as well as PS Vita, but it hasn't revealed whether it'll be available for global audiences just yet.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga guide - Tips and tricks for the newbie jelly spreader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 7th, 2016

So, you’ve just downloaded Candy Crush Jelly Saga, King’s latest game, and you’re not quite sure where to begin. Don’t worry about it, as 148Apps has you covered with some helpful tips on how to get started.

Expect this one to take up your free time like Candy Crush Saga did before it.

Spread that jelly

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is different from its predecessor. Instead of trying to clear jelly, you’re actually trying to spread it around the level. It’s a subtle but important shift, so try not to forget!

Jelly is spread by making matches with candies that have already been covered with the substance. Don’t bother making matches where all the candies are free of jelly. It won’t help you here.

Plan ahead

You’re tempted to go match crazy, right? Don’t do it. Take your time and plan each move ahead.

Like with any strategy game, you want to pay attention to the whole board and take it all in. Don’t just focus on one small area. You can accrue some handy combos this way.

Don’t forget to use special candies

Do your best to set up some great special candy combos. Match striped candies with other striped candies for profit and fun. Line up 5 candies together to create a special spotted candy that’ll clear all the gems of the same color that you match it with.

Oh, and those cute jelly fish you’ve seen in other King games? Save them for last. Always! They’ll take out a random but important candy, so they’re often a great way to tackle a tricky spot.

Battling the Jelly Queen

New to Candy Crush Jelly Saga are the Jelly Queen levels. These are the most strategy-focused stages, and they’re great.

The key here is that you’re trying to cover the level with more of your jelly than the Queen. You take it in turns to make a move and you can create special candies to give you an extra move. Plan really carefully here.

Remember though, don’t use one of her colored candies to set up a move - that will only help her out!

What do you think of Candy Crush Jelly Saga? Is it as good as Candy Crush Saga? Got some great tips you want to share? Let us know in the comments!