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We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plans for Piano Tiles 3 [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 5th, 2016
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Piano Tiles 2 is a fast-paced rhythm action high score chaser out now on iOS and Android.

You have to tap a series of black tiles that appear on the screen in time to the music, being careful not to accidentally hit anywhere else. Do that and it's game over.

As your score increases, so too will the pace. You really will need all of your reflexes if you plan on getting the higher scores.

To learn more about Piano Tiles 2, we spoke to Cheetah Mobile about its biggest inspirations, the community's favourite songs, and whether or not we can expect a Piano Tiles 3.

What have you learned from other mobile piano games that helped to improve Piano Tiles 2?

"Before developing Piano Tiles 2, our team tried a ton of similar mobile games on the market but walked away unimpressed.

"It did inspire us though, and we realised that the core of a game - and how well it performs - is in how it plays over anything else.

"With that in mind, we worked hard to provide the best user experience possible and to ensure that our players would have fun before anything else."

Which games is it most inspired by and how is this inspiration represented in the game?

"A game devoid of creativity or emotional connection won't impress players.

"We weren't really inspired by any other games. Instead, we decided to make something truly unique and try and make it the best game possible.

"You can feel this as soon as you open Piano Tiles 2."

Which song is most played by the community of players and why do you think this is?

"Surprisingly, it's Qing Shi Xiang (Bluestone Alley). Some of our overseas players uploaded a video of them playing this song on our fan page.

"Other hits were classic songs like Canon, For Elise, and more challenging songs like Flight of the Bumblebee."

Will there be a Piano Tiles 3? And, if not, what are you working on right now?

"We are looking forward to bringing Piano Tiles 3 to you with a few surprises.

"We would love to become a bridge between China and abroad, letting people know more wonderful games."

Piano Tiles 2 is out right now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

Google has named Piano Tiles 2 as its Best Game of 2015

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 4th, 2016
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Google has named Piano Tiles 2, which launched back in August last year, as its Best Game of 2015. If you're yet to play it, now's a good time to do so.

It's a sequel to the hugely successful viral hit Piano Tiles (Don't Tap the White Tile) but includes all new gameplay, enhanced visuals, a huge variety of new songs, and improved sound quality.

There's also a new global competition in which you compete with players across the world to see who has the fastest reflexes.

How does Piano Tiles 2 work? Well, you have to tap on the black tiles rhythmically in time to the beat of the music. Think Guitar Hero but with a piano instead.

You have to be careful not to hit any other parts though, or it's game over. The difficulty ramps up as your score gets higher as well, as the black tiles will appear faster and faster.

Back in December, Google awarded Piano Tiles 2 as the Best Game of 2015 in 13 different countries, including Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Why not give your reflexes a good work out now by downloading Piano Tiles 2 from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download].

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

An impressive 12,500 new players have joined Clash for Dawn each day since launch

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 3rd, 2016
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Since launching just over three months ago, Clash for Dawn has been downloaded an impressive 1.5 million times across iOS and Android. That's a whopping 12,500 new players per day.

And those players have stuck around too. Over 800 years worth of gameplay time has been recorded in 100 days since the launch.

What have the players been up to? Well, the proof is in the statistics. 21 million mercenaries were hired, 144 million quests completed, and 45 million weapons enhanced.

They've also gathered an absolute fortune in gold - 4.5 trillion to be exact - and killed 22 million players in PvP. However, PvE hasn't been ignored, as 1.8 million team dungeons have been defeated and 745,000 bosses taken down.

They're a talkative bunch as well, with 30 million messages being sent to each other - with the total word count totalling the same as 750 normal-sized novels.

It's unlikely that you haven't played Clash for Dawn yet but, if not, it's an action RPG that challenges you to defeat thousands of foes as a Warrior, Archer, Mage, or Priest.

As you level up, you'll increase your stats, skills, and gear until you're mighty enough to tackle the more difficult content like the epic dungeons. If you manage to make it to the end, you'll find an enormous boss waiting for you.

You can fight your way through these on your own or as a group. In fact, there's a ton of content to play through with your friends, like group raids, Protect the Goddess mode, PvP, and game-wide tournaments.

Clash for Dawn is available right now from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download].

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

Have a statue built in your honour in the action-packed Sword of Chaos

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 3rd, 2016
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The most action-packed MMORPG on mobile ever is out right now on iOS and Android.

Sword of Chaos has you create your very own character from a variety of different classes and then working your way through a challenging dungeon which includes twenty different levels.

Along the way you'll encounter tons of foes like werewolves, goatmen, and centaurs, and you'll have to unleash a few different combos to defeat them.

Defeating enemies is the fastest way to level up your character, at which point you'll unlock new skills, outfits, and boost your skills. Eventually, you'll be powerful enough to take on more difficult content like the team dungeons and PvP.

PvP is the most impressive aspect of Sword of Chaos, and features a 20 versus 20 as well as previously unseen 100 player battles. That's a first for mobile MMORPGs.

If PvP is more your cup of tea, then you'll want to start a guild and invite your friends. That way you can all fight together and discuss tactics in the live messenger.

There are also plenty of ways to make some new friends. The World Boss, for example, requires server-wide teamwork from the playerbase, so you may well walk away with some new comrades or guild members.

Rounding out this content-rich MMORPG are the tough God Challenges and the Arena. Excelling at all of these modes will lead to a statue being built in your character's honour for all players to see in the Central Square.

If that sounds tempting, you can get Sword of Chaos right now [download.]

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

Gamble with real money on your mobile device with slots game Starburst [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 29th, 2016
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You can gamble with your own money right on your mobile device thanks to LeoVegas, which provided Starburst, an epic slots game which allows you to do just that.

Starburst contains five reels, ten pay lines, and a Starburst Wild which stays in play when you re-spin. There's also a twist on the tried-and-true slots formula, as you can win from both the left and right of the reels.

Oh, and did we mention that you can gamble with your own money?

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

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 25th, 2016
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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].

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

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 22nd, 2016
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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.

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.

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.

How to get the most out of your Incrediballs in Rayman Adventures

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 28th, 2015

Chances are you've just received a brand new mobile phone or tablet for Christmas, and you're looking for something to keep you busy over the chilled out festive period.

Well, why not give Rayman Adventures a whirl? It's the follow-up to much loved mobile platformers Jungle Run and Fiesta Run.

It does play slightly differently though. You'll still spend most of your time running, punching, and gliding around a collection of gorgeous UbiArt levels, but this time you're not locked to moving in a single direction.

With a quick swipe you can change direction and explore the crevices of each level to find hidden treasures, Lums, and Teensies.

The most exciting new addition has to be the Incrediballs though. These are powerful new allies for Rayman, who'll join you in a level and provide you with special abilities to help you get a higher score.

To help you get the most out of your Incrediballs - as well as Rayman's skillset in general - we've spent some time with the game to bring you this extensive beginners guide.

The unique Game of Dice was inspired by board games and trading card games [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 23rd, 2015
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Game of Dice is a completely unique new board game out now on iOS and Android that combines the best of both classic board games like Monopoly and trading card games.

You have to roll dice to move around a multi-tiled board, taking property as you go. The ultimate goal is to own more property than your opponents and increase its value.

To help you, there are over 65 different skill cards which offer unique abilities that give you a helping hand during a match. There are also a bunch of different characters and dice to use which also offer bonus abilities.

To learn more about Game of Dice, we reached out to Seonghyeon Han, Project Director at JoyCity, about which games most inspired it, what tips the team can offer to new players, and what they'd change if they could start over.

House of Crab is a brand new seafood restaurant for Cooking Fever

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 23rd, 2015
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Cooking Fever, the mobile time management sim, has been updated with a brand new restaurant that adds a bit of aquatic fun to the mix.

The House of Crab is an underwater restaurant which specialises in seafood dishes like King Crab, tuna steak, or the Boston Cream Pie - as well as sides like asparagus, lettuce, and various sauces. That's more meals than any other restaurant in Cooking Fever to date.

Combining cards is essential to battle success in Outcast Odyssey [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 22nd, 2015
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Outcast Odyssey is a deep and strategic card battler on iOS and Android that challenges you to collect over 300 cards and build a mighty deck out of them.

There's a massive single player campaign to battle your way through, with over 40 islands full of hidden treasures, unique enemies, and challenging dungeons. Bosses lurk at the end of these, and you'll need all of your skills if you want to succeed.

Then there's PvP where your deck - and abilities - will be put to the test. This is played in the arena, where you can also join a guild and talk tactics with your fellow players.

We spoke to Erik Wahlberg, Live Producer at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., to find out which games inspired Outcast Odyssey, what tips he would give to new players, and what the team would change if they could start over.

Celebrate the festive season with Game of Dice's Christmas update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 21st, 2015
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Game of Dice has got in the festive spirit with a feature-rich Christmas update that adds lots of new content to the Monopoly-style boardgame.

You'll likely be most pleased to learn about the Christmas map, which is chock-full of holiday scenery to get you in the mood.

Then there's a ton of none-Christmas features that are just as exciting. The first of these is a crafting system which lets you make everything in the game including skill cards, character and even Gems.

Outcast Odyssey is a hybrid mix of CCGs and dungeon crawlers

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 18th, 2015
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Outcast Odyssey is hybrid mix of collectable card games (CCGs) and dungeon crawlers out now on iOS and Android.

It contains a lengthy single player campaign with over 40 islands to explore and battle through. Each of these has its very own dungeon to raid, as well as hidden treasure to find and unique enemies to battle.

You're going to need a strong deck if you plan on walking away from a fight though. Thankfully, there are over 300 cards to collect, all of which can be evolved and fused to strengthen them for the battles ahead.