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The best deals on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 23rd, 2017



iOS publishers are pulling out all the stops this week -- there's a huge number of seriously great games at discounted prices this week. Let's not waste any time and get right down to business.

The best deals on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 16th, 2017

It's a pretty great weekend to spring for some premium app purchases. There are a lot of popular titles at significantly discounted prices this weekend, from friendly puzzlers to steampunk strategy shooters. Here are the four best deals on the App Store this weekend.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 9th, 2017

We were treated to some excellent games this week. Monument Valley 2 materialized on the App Store, taking us all quite by surprise. While it undoubtedly stole the show this week, there were still a few other new releases that are well worth your time. Let's take a look.

The best deals on the App Store this weekend

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 15th, 2017



That's another week all wrapped up, which means it's time to take a look at all of the great discounted games cropping up on the App Store this week. You can find all of these titles on the cheap throughout the weekend. We highlighted a few tempting indie deals earlier this week, but let's see what else has received a price cut.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 14th, 2017



This week welcomed a lot of new games to the App Store, but how do you tell which ones are worth your precious time? We've done all of the heavy lifting for you to highlight the best of the bunch. It's another fine mix of quality games that are sure to please even the pickiest of gamers. Let's dig in.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 31st, 2017



The indie excitement earlier this month has died down for the most part, but there were still a number of fun new games out this week, including some exciting mobile exclusive entries of famed video game franchises. This week we tried out an open-world GTA-inspired title, a pretty puzzler, and two mobile entries from some familiar big names. Quite a few surprises snuck their way onto the list this week, showing that you can find quality in the most unexpected places. Let's take a closer peek.

The best sales on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 7th, 2017


A new week means new deals on the App Store, so it's time to take a shopping trip. There are a lot of great indie puzzlers in the mix, as well some fun sims and board games. That's quite a variety if you're a discerning App Store shopper looking for something on the cheap. Here are our top App Store bargain picks.

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 4th, 2017



That's another week in the books, signalling another roundup of the best new games we got to play this week. There was quite a range, from reimaginings of arcade classics to atmospheric indie puzzlers. If you're looking for something new to try out, here are the finest games that have launched recently.

Last week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by TPG Staff on February 28th, 2017



If you’re wondering what’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming, our sister site PocketGamer has you covered.

Each week we like to check in on the PG team and see what they’ve been preoccupied with. From the latest on the Nintendo Switch to the best mobile games of the moment, there’s much to discuss.

Here are the hottest topics that have been getting the PocketGamer crew excited over the past seven days or so.

Last week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by TPG Staff on February 20th, 2017



What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer.

The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles.

Here, then, are the hot topics that have been getting the PocketGamer mob excited over the past seven days or so.

Last week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by TPG Staff on February 13th, 2017



At the beginning of each week we like to take a look at what’s been happening of late over on our sister website PocketGamer.

As you probably gathered from the name, PocketGamer concerns itself with all things portable gaming. That includes mobile games, handheld games, and even Nintendo’s forthcoming Switch console.

Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PocketGamer team over the past week.

This Week on PocketGamer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017
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Every week we round up the top talking points from the past week of coverage over on PocketGamer.

Our UK-based sister website has been covering the portable gaming industry since 2006, so it’s always interesting to get their perspective on a fast moving industry.

Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PG crew over the past week.

This Week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 28th, 2017


Each week we provide a round-up of the key talking points of the past week or so of portable gaming from our sister website, Pocket Gamer.

From the hottest iPhone and Android games to the latest developments from Nintendo HQ, the PG team tend to have it covered.

Last week was a little quieter than normal, though, and we’ll start with one possible explanation for that…

Last week on PocketGamer

Posted by TPG Staff on January 16th, 2017


Welcome to a weekly feature looking back on the past seven days of coverage on our sister website, PocketGamer.

It’s taken a while for 2017 to really get going, at least when it comes to the world of portable gaming. Thank goodness, then, for Nintendo.

The house of Mario recently held a glitzy event to fill in the blanks on its forthcoming Switch console. Suffice to say, the response was rather mixed.

Elsewhere the iPhone turned ten, the mobile MOBA genre received a famous new member, and an indie darling made a belated appearance on iOS. Here’s what’s been occupying the PG team over the past week.

This Week at 148Apps: September 21-30, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on October 1st, 2015

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How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Kubiko

Kubiko is a fun little game. It’s slightly reminiscent of logic puzzles used to test your intelligence, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Across 40 different puzzles, you’ll find yourself having to piece back together various creatures and objects by rotating groups of pixels to turn the work into a recognizable shape.It’s simply done. While you’re restricted in terms of how many moves you must do this in, there’s no timer or anything particularly stressful going on. Instead, the worst that happens is you run out of moves and the stage immediately restarts. That relaxing nature immediately makes Kubiko more endearing. It’s so easy to just dip in and work towards solving something, any time you have a few minutes spare.--Jennifer Allen


Timecrest

Rob was right when he said we’d see more games like Lifeline. One such game is Timecrest - a tale of time traveling wizards who are trying to save their world. It’s a kind of adventure game book app with you having to make multiple decisions to see how things work out, with different endings encouraging you to try out different paths. There’s an almighty catch though, that soon puts you off.That catch is time. Timecrest is a free game that is utterly littered with timers. As the story unfolds you regularly find yourself having to wait. A few lines, maybe a whole paragraph or two, of story are provided to you, along with a couple of choices as to what to do next. Hit one of those choices and invariably you’re left having to wait to see how things pan out.--Jennifer Allen


Hotel Transylvania 2

If there’s one thing that Hotel Transylvania 2 offers, it’s an abundance of cute but spooky characters - much like the film the game is based around. Unfortunately, while the creatures might seem imaginative the actual game is fairly tired. It’s your usual run-of-the-mill settlement building game, only with a hotel instead. Starting out, you’re gradually introduced to all the elements of Hotel Transylvania 2. That mostly involves placing buildings down exactly where the game wants you to place them. It soon opens up a little though. You then find yourself completing various quests offered by the characters within Hotel Transylvania 2. These sound quite quirky, such as playing a guitar or video game, in order to lure someone in. Unfortunately, all you do to enact this is press the relevant button and leave the character to it. --Jennifer Allen


Lifeline 2

The launch of the first Lifeline… coincided with the release of the Apple Watch. There were a couple of hangups but it was a decent enough take on what I’m starting to refer to as the “timed adventure game genre.” Now we’ve got a sequel with Lifeline 2. It’s ditched the sci-fi in favor of a more modern fantasy setting, and it feels like it might be a bit longer in terms of the amount of story, but some of the hangups are still there.
For the unfamiliar, Lifeline 2 (and games like it) is a sort of choose-your-own adventure with a real time twist where the protagonist will go silent for minutes to hours at a time while they’re performing various tasks. In this instance you share a connection with a woman named Arika (pronounced kind of like “Erica) as she sets out to gather magical items to help her on her quest for revenge against whoever (or whatever) murdered her parents. She’ll fill you in on the details of her current situation, then you get to pick from one of two responses that could lead to a different line of dialog or even change the outcome of the story. --Rob Rich


Call of Champions

Call of Champions, by Spacetime Studios, is a distilled multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that's reminiscent to Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm in that your team of 3 champions must cross a battlefield to destroy the enemy's base. Each match is timed so you only get 5 minutes to score, and capturing your enemy's base is no easy task. Each team has four towers guarding their base, as well as a wall as their last line of defense. You'll need to guide an orb along a path between the two bases to disable those towers and bring down the wall before you can attack the base proper. All along the way your enemy will be attacking and trying to steal away the orb. If either side fails to destroy the other's base, then the winner will be decided by whomever destroyed the most towers. --Jessica Fisher


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Downton Abbey

Yep, it’s Downton Abbey. Enough said.The game starts in such a way that series fans should find familiar: clan cornerstone Carson eagerly welcomes an agent to the Earl of Grantham’s residence. Early on, the idea is to solve stuff by finding stuff in “plain” site.Completing sessions (by finding items) earns one valuable XP and items. There is also an upgrade/crafting element which comes into play and adds some complexity to an otherwise simple game.When it’s all said and done, it is, at its core, a constructed hidden object game. The core competency sought is the ability to pick out selected items from a series of still images, and to do so as quickly as possible with as few helpers as possible. The artwork utilized reflects the time period adequately — at least, in my mind it did — and the scrolling feature that allows for more hidden objects allows the game to feel a bit more mysterious.--Tre Lawrence


The Lost Treasure

It all starts out with a cryptic letter from Uncle Henry, letting the player know that after studying the map that he (the player) found; Uncle Henry’s recommended course of action is to go on and find the pirates hidden treasure both suspect the map points to.With this modest beginning, our adventure is launched, and one gets to be immersed in the digital caper known as The Lost Treasure.
Right from the onset, the game is fairly easy to navigate. It uses still images to advance the gameplay, and the imagery does reflect the jungle environment one expects from the opening letter. The perspective is first person, and to move around, one simply touches the screen intuitively in the rough direction one wants to go; in this way, one can move from scene to scene, or get a closer look at an area within the scene. Thus, this also how ones investigates objects, which makes up a pretty big part of the game.--Tre Lawrence


Door Kickers

As a child of the 80s, I grew up loving some of the iconic shows of the time. The cop shows were the best; CHiPs was a staple, and for me T.J. Hooker — and not Star Trek — was my first introduction to William Shatner. One show I loved was from the preceding decade, and I got to enjoy it via reruns: S.W.A.T. From the opening score to the credits to the uniforms to, well everything, the show defined cool. Yep, the cops that “regular” cops called when stuff got tough.Boyhood fantasies aside, there’s plenty of room for special tactics sims for mobile devices, and Door Kickers, one of the more notable PC ports, has made its way to Android.The game is a full-fledged planning and action adventures. There isn’t much back story, no; this one gets right down to it.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus news, game guides, and even more reviews than we can share here.