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SoulCalibur cards fighting their way to Outcast Odyssey – but only for the next few weeks

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 19th, 2015

Popular fighters and weapons from SoulCalibur are coming to the hit Bandai Namco Entertainment Card Battler, Outcast Odyssey.

Players can win the exclusive cards based from the SoulCalibur series, but they'll only be available until the 7th of September.

The newly added SoulCalibur cards include 8 legendary heroes – Ivy, Mitsurugi, Voldo, Maxi, Kilik, Siegfried, Nightmare, and Astaroth – as well as the SoulCalibur and Soul Edge swords.

These extras can be won as part of the weekly event rewards, or simply purchased through the in-game store.

An RPG-Card Battler with rogue-like elements, Outcast Odyssey has you exploring a game world boasting over 40 islands, fighting epic monsters, and collecting treasures – including over 300 cards.

The beasts and enemies found in-game can be vanquished using the various powers from the hundreds of hand-drawn cards you’ve collected.

You can enhance and even evolve your cards as you progress through the game in order to make them more powerful, and there’s a PvP mode that allows you to compete against other players if you grow tired of the single player adventure.

So to have a chance to use these SoulCalibur cards against your enemies download Outcast Odyssey on iOS [download] or Android [download] now.

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

Celebrate Cooking Fever's first year on the apps world with a corn dog

Posted by Simon Reed on August 17th, 2015

Nordcurrent's food-em-up Cooking Fever is celebrating it's one year anniversary on the App Store this week, with a new location - Corn Dog Van - being added to the game to celebrate.

Originally released on August 19 last year, the game is a time management sim which asks you to cook a variety of delicious and exotic dishes from around the world - starting with fast food but them moving onto pizza, baked goods, and even sushi.

Corn Dog Van is the third summer location to be added to the Cooking's Fever’s tropical island, which previously boasted just ice cream and juice restaurants. At the van you can serve the corn dogs with a variety of condiments and a range of flavoured donuts.

The eleventh location to be added in the game's suite of restaurants, these don't just offer different cuisines - but also help to mix up the gameplay.

There’s another holiday-style restaurant to open at Cooking Fever’s Paradise Island soon too - we'll be sure to keep to keep you posted!

Boasting 50 million users, the game has also reached first place in the top Grossing Top 50 Charts in the US - so to see what all the fuss about for yourself is head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] now.

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

Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse has shambled onto iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on August 14th, 2015

Genera Games has followed up on the success of Frozen: Freefall and Ramboat with its most action-packed title to date, Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse.

You play as a marine who's taking the fight directly to the undead horde in bloody first person battles with a wide variety of weapons.

Pick shots from a safe distance with the sniper rifle, get up close and personal with the magnum pistol, or go old school with a crossbow. Whatever weapon you choose heads are sure to explode.

And they'll do so in a few different environments ripe for zombie murder, like an arctic wasteland, abandoned theme park, or an entire city.

During your quest to rid Earth of the undead you'll ride helicopters, fire missiles, and blast apart loads of genetically mutated horrors.

You can even create your very own personalised missions and share them with friends in the mission editor. This will stretch replayability by a fair bit.

Each time you return to the game you'll earn a bonus reward. Day five nets you a massive bazooka capable of blasting entire groups of zombies into bits with just one missile.

Head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] to get Zombie Hunter: Apocalypse right now.

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

Pop jellies to give clovers a colourful makeover in Jelly Blast's latest update

Posted by Rob Rich on August 10th, 2015

The jelly-popping match three puzzler, Jelly Blast, has received an update that adds a new weekly competition, new modes, and sweets to the mix.

In Jelly Blast, you help Alicia try and prevent an evil witch from destroying the kingdom by popping jellies to scare her away.

You do this over the course of 400 increasingly challenging levels in 20 different game modes, side quests, dungeons, and weekly competitions. There's lots to see and do ehre

And now there's more, as update 1.9.0 has added new game modes into the mix like Bubble Gum, which tasks you with matching identical jellies together to create bubbles. You'll then use the new bubble gum sweets to pop them.

Jam Mode has you spreading jam about the level by popping jellies that it's touching. The level is over once it's covered in jam.

Jelly Gorgers sees you make peace with the hungry monsters, who will help you defeat the evil witch once collected while Pale Clover has you collecting dyed clovers.

Jelly Blast and the new update are available from the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] right now for free.

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

Battle of Balls has reached a whopping 250,000 daily active users

Posted by Simon Reed on August 5th, 2015

Battle of Balls launched as a free app just under two months ago, and has reached a whopping 250,000 daily active users.

Though interest in the title was always strong, things picked up dramatically once Superpop updated the game with the team battle feature, allowing friends to play together as a group.

Before, players could only battle as individuals but now you can invite your friends into a group to battle together.

As soon as this feature was released, big name gamers like Zimin and Big Orange formed a team together which attracted a lot of new players to the game.

Battle of Balls is incredibly easy to pick up and play. You start as a small ball and must swallow smaller balls to grow in size until you're big enough to gobble up enemy player's balls.

The aim is to climb the leaderboards, with your score being tied to how big your ball gets. This really is a case of bigger is better.

You can customise your ball's appearance and name and collect power-ups as you play if you're struggling against the larger opposition.

Alternatively, you could just form a group and battle together and even coordinate using the built-in VOIP.

A new update is set to arrive later this week, adding new virtual items that will enhance the players themselves.

Battle of Balls is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has brought the classic arcade gameplay iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on August 1st, 2015

Bandai Namco has released Pac-Man Championship Edition DX on iOS and Android, which features the classic arcade gameplay that we've all grown to love.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX can be enjoyed in much shorter bursts than the arcade versions but the gameplay remains intact.

Pac-Man will still be gobbling up all pellets, power-ups, and ghosts in his path and you'll still need to bring your reflex A-game if you plan on climbing the leaderboards.

Five different game modes spice up the gameplay and they're played on 10 unique zone layouts across over 130 stages.

Impressively, the visuals and audio are the very same featured in the console version which is one of the most acclaimed titles in the series to date.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is out now on the App Store [download], where it's already being featured, as well as Google Play [download]. It costs a tiny £2.29 / $499 for the entire game.

If you'd like more information about Pac-Man Championship Edition DX or any other Bandai Namco games, visit the official website or follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Rescue humanity from a Demon horde in Angel Stone out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on July 31st, 2015

Angel Stone is Fincon's follow up to the massively successful Hello Hero and is out now on iOS and Android.

You play as a member of The Resistance, a group of mighty human warriors who have risen up in defiance of the Demon horde threatening to wipe out humanity.

The horde has already laid waste to humanity's former protectors, the Angels, so it's up to The Resistance to fight back.

They won't be completely without support though. Each fallen Angel's powers have been contained in a bunch of holy crystals called Angel Stones that are harmful to the Demon horde.

There are three different classes to play as, including the Gunslinger, Berserker, and Shadow Mage, and each offer a different playstyle. Try them all until you've found the one for you.

Once you're satisfied with your choice, you can head out into the Training Airship to learn more about the game or participate in the variety of different game modes.

You can battle the horde in Demon Raids or fight with and against your friends in co-op party missions, Battle Zones, and real-time PvP. You'll unlock new skills as you play that will help you in battle.

Cross platform connectivity allows friends on iOS, Android, and Facebook to play together without a hitch.

Angel Stone is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Look after Baby Buddy on your Apple Watch in the new premium version of Parigami

Posted by Simon Reed on July 24th, 2015

Parigami Gold is the new premium version of the match three puzzler that includes Apple Watch support and all new content.

You won't simply be sliding tiles around on your wrist, the Apple Watch companion app is an all new mini-game in itself. You'll have to take care of Baby Buddy, your cute little pet bird that needs feeding and playing with to unlock exclusive content in Parigami.

Parigami itself has recently been expanded with 10 new levels and if you pay for Parigami Gold you'll get 125 gold bars right away.

If you haven't played it, Parigami is a papercraft match three puzzler featuring a colorful cast of African animals.

Each animal has its very own mini-game which mixes up the gameplay nicely and lets you do some fun things like feed a hippo's babies or scare off Fang, the lion antagonist.

This isn't your ordinary tile slider though, here you move the entire rows and columns themselves in your efforts to match up three animal heads.

It's played on a fully interactive map set out over five zones and you can see your friend's progress if you connect your Facebook account.

Head on over to the App Store to purchase Parigami Gold [download] or get the original Parigami for free [download].

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

Your new favourite multiplayer game Battle of Balls is out now worldwide on iOS and Android for free

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 24th, 2015

Your new favourite mobile multiplayer game, Battle of Balls, is out now worldwide on iOS and Android for free.

It launched over a month ago in select regions and has since then blasted right to the top of the App Store charts in several countries thanks to its unique gameplay.

Battle of Balls is a mobile multiplayer game played in real time that's suitable for both casual and hardcore players alike due to both its pick up and play nature and surprising depth.

You can try and dominate alone or play with others as a team using the built-in voice chat.

Movement is controlled using a virtual joystick while two on-screen buttons allow you to use power ups like splitting in two, allowing you to cover more ground.

You can customise your ball using the free avatars inspired by almost anything you can think of like the planet Pluto.

The sound is the real standout feature though, and developer Superpop has worked hard on making sure swallowing other balls and splitting in two sounds as impressive as it looks.

Battle of Balls is out now in the App Store [download]and Google Play [download]for free worldwide. If you're curious, head on over to the official website for more information.

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

Swallow all of your opponents as the biggest ball in Battle of Balls out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 7th, 2015

Eat all of the opposition and become the largest ball in Battle of Balls now available in the App Store and Google Play.

Battle of Balls pits you against other opponents in real time and challenges you to eat more balls and grow larger than all of your opponents.

Bigger balls can eat smaller balls, so if you eat more than the opposition you can swallow them and take them out of the game. Bear in mind that they can do the same to you, though!

You use a single finger to control the ball, sliding around the screen to direct it.

Should you fall behind, there are a few different strategies you can use to regain the upper hand. You can hide in bushes, split your ball into multiple smaller balls, or hide behind a larger ball to avoid getting eaten.

You could also seek out the hidden weapons dotted around that can give you a massive advantage - even over a larger opponent.

Your ball is customizable so you can change its color, face, and name.

Battle of Balls is available worldwide so your opponents could be from anywhere. You can follow them, become a fan, spectate on their games, or invite them into your game room and eat them.

Battle of Balls is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

World of Tanks Blitz celebrates its first anniversary with special in-game events

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 26th, 2015

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the PC tank battler, World of Tanks.

World of Tanks Blitz launched on iOS and Android on June 26th last year and to celebrate, Wargaming is giving all players a special tank as a gift.

There'll also be daily challenges that players can compete in for prizes as well as a livestream on Twitch complete with giveaways to those who turn up.

World of Tanks Blitz is a free-to-play tank battler in which players take control of swift light tanks, jack-of-all-trades medium tanks, or almighty heavy tanks and head out into battle against opposing players.

The controls have been completely redesigned for touch and the whole game can be played with just two thumbs. That doesn't mean the core game has been simplified though - all the depth of the PC original remains.

You can also play using the same account on both iOS and Android with all of your in-game progress and achievements intact as well as play against players on all platforms with cross-platform support.

World of Tanks Blitz is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Now is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders

Posted by Simon Reed on June 25th, 2015

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is the mobile sequel to the hit Facebook MMORPG League of Angels and is out now on iOS and Android.

There are over a hundred beautifully hand-drawn heroes and angels to collect that each possess their own unique special effects when using skills.

You'll need to figure out the best combination of these and level them up, teach them new skills, and upgrade their equipment to create an all-conquering team of angels and heroes.

Sometimes, even the best team won't suffice though. Different enemies require different strategies so you'll need to switch up your approach and use the best team for that current situation if you find yourself stuck.

Battling comes in many different forms. The PvE modes include a single player plot to follow, team dungeons, and mini-games while PvP offers cross-server arena battles and Island Raid.

Island Raid is a guild versus guild mode that assigns each guild a resource-producing island that you and your guild must protect. Of course, you can also become raiders yourselves and take the fight to opposing guild's islands.

Also, twice a week a World Boss appears somewhere on the vast ocean and all players must cease fighting for a moment to team up and bring it down. The more damage you deal, the greater the rewards.

Download League of Angels - Fire Raiders right now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to receive a free beginner's pack worth $15 as part of an exciting temporary event in which players must race to level up, earning gift packs at levels 15, 35, and 45.

With exciting events like this every week and a constant stream of updates, now really is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders.

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

Hotline: Miami - What do the different masks do?

Posted by Simon Reed on June 19th, 2015

[Written by by Adam Hartley]

The 2D top-down classic Hotline Miami is unquestionably one of the most demanding and satisfyingly “tough-but-rewarding” games to be given the remastering treatment by NVIDIA recently for inclusion in the launch line-up for its new NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV.

The release of such an unashamedly “gamer’s game” by NVIDIA is a positive portent of things to come with SHIELD. In addition to supporting eye-wateringly high-resolution gaming, the new SHIELD will also pump out the pulsing electro soundtrack to Hotline Miami across your 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system to remind us all how classic retro arcade-style gaming can really feel when it’s married with the best-in-class gaming tech available in 2015.

Originally developed by Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital, Hotline Miami drops players in a pixelated 1989 Miami cityscape reimagined as the perilous playground of a masked vigilante called Jacket. As Jacket, players shoot their way through the game’s ultraviolent levels while progressing through this devilishly difficult game.

An understanding of the various masks is vital

Jacket follows the mysterious messages that are left for him on his answering machine (remember those!?) which give him the instructions he needs to rid Miami of the blight of Russian mafia.

Firstly, be warned. You will die in Hotline Miami. A lot! But you will also have a strong desire to persevere and beat the onslaught of enemies in the game. And to do so, you will need superfast reflexes, a twitchy trigger finger hovering over your mouse-button and a thorough understanding of what each and all of the various masks in the game can do to help you through each level.

The numerous animal masks that appear in this hallucinogenic gun rampage of a game were apparently inspired originally by Dennis Wedin’s childhood nightmares that, by all accounts, largely revolved around Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows.

From bats, snakes, fish, foxes and panthers through to pigs, walruses, giraffes, tigers, rabbits, crocodiles, horses, dogs and unicorns (and lots more), each unlockable mask in Hotline Miami has a unique power that it bestows on Jacket and can be selected by the player at the start of each chapter. The only mask that doesn’t really do anything is the default rooster mask, “Richard”. And to unlock and obtain the rest of the masks in the game you will need to reach a sufficiently high enough score or find some of them hidden across the various chapters in the game.

For a definitive list of all the Hotline Miami masks, along with a detailed description of how each will help you advance through the beautifully bonkers storyline that defines the game, you can head over to the Hotline Miami wiki, a site that is certainly worth bookmarking before you embark on the latest rework of this challenging gangster gun battle on the NVIDIA SHIELD.

Hotline Miami is available to download on Google Play for the NVIDIA SHIELD right now. Which is pretty much an essential purchase once you’ve invested in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV, also now available to own starting at $199.

There’s no masking the fact that this is one seriously impressive piece of gaming hardware. Providing, of course, that your gamer mettle is up to it and that you are man enough to take on the full and frightening might of the Russian mafia in a truly hallucinatory 1980s Miami!

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

RESCUE: Heroes in Action is a strategy simulator that's perfectly suited for mobile [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on June 18th, 2015

The latest entry in the popular PC RESCUE franchise, Heroes in Action, launches on Thursday on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and is the first of the bunch to be mobile-only.

RESCUE: Heroes in Action challenges you to take control of a fire department in a big city as you manage a squad of fire fighter's equipment, complete missions, and save lives.

Just like the previous entries in the franchise, Heroes in Action poses a challenge to even the hardened strategy gamer so you'll need to bring your tactical A-game.

We spoke to Mikko Tyni, Creative Director at Fragment Production, about the challenges of adapting the franchise for mobile, what they prefer about the latest entry, and which platform is the most difficult to develop for.

The RESCUE franchise was originally on PC and Mac only. Was it challenging adapting the gameplay to suit mobile?

Tyni: "One of the biggest challenges was how to ensure that the controls would be intuitive and fluid with just one finger.

"Also, early on, we decided to make the levels smaller than in previous entries but still large enough to follow the multiple mission structure. We wanted each mission to still be meaningful but also suitable for shorter playing times on mobile. That took some time to get right.

Are there any elements you prefer about the mobile versions?

Tyni: "While the controls are streamlined for mobile, they worked out very well and actually a greater level of accuracy than in the PC titles.

"Another of my favourite new features is the visual upgrade and the ability to fully customize your firefighters and vehicles."

Is mobile development limited compared to PC?

Tyni: "Mobile as a platform offers many exciting opportunities but it also has limitations.

"Creating a full living city similar to the freeplay mode in the previous RESCUE was impossible due to technical constraints so we had to make the levels smaller and reduce the overall amount of dynamic assets.

"On the plus side, this helped in our other goal of making the missions more action-packed."

Was development comparable on each platform or was one much easier than the other?

Tyni: "Both platforms have their perks on both the game side as well as the development side.

"Mobile projects tend to be shorter and more innovative, while PC projects have fewer limitations."

Is the RESCUE franchise here to stay on mobile now or are PC titles still in your future plans?

Tyni: "We regard the mobile platform as a new foothold for the series but instead of choosing between just mobile or PC, we're going to continue developing for both platforms since each has their positives and different user groups."

Rescue: Heroes in Action is available now from the App Store [download], Google Play [download], and Windows Phone [download].

Bushel makes iOS devices simple for businesses [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on June 16th, 2015

Bushel is a cloud-based mobile device management app that makes difficult tasks on your iPhone or iPad simpler.

Designed with business in mind, Bushel has some terrific features like a device inventory, that allows you to see your devices capacity, which devices your users are using and what apps they have installed, and the ability to remotely lock or wipe a lost or stolen device.

Bushel also automates a lot of time-consuming tasks, like email configuration, device configuration, or installing apps to multiple devices simultaneously.

Charles Edge, Product Manager at Bushel, believes the simplicity and ease of use of the app is what really sets it apart.

Edge: "Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace and allows you to easily set-up and protect all new devices distributed to your team, or those they already have, through an intuitive web portal.

"Bushel’s simplicity gives less tech-savvy people an option to be able to manage devices completely by themselves. Other cloud services require large investment or an IT staff, which are both difficult for a small business to handle.

"Also, with our special focus on Apple products, our company can better allocate our dense knowledge of the Apple ecosystem to ultimately help the end user."

Edge and the development team have watched the app grow and help businesses to flourish and they're satisfied that they've managed to successfully achieve what they set out to do.

Edge: "Since launch, we are most proud at how much our product has helped real customers to manage their business more efficiently. This is what our intention was from day one, and to see it come to fruition is very satisfying."

However, the work doesn't stop here. The team is working hard on polishing the app but are also looking at user feedback to ensure that the most popular requested features make it into the app's pool of features.

Edge: "There is a lot of room for Bushel to improve in the future, but we definitely have to limit ourselves to retain the simplicity that defines Bushel.

"Rather than add more, we are looking to fine-tune Bushel to cater to the specific device management needs of various fields. This will hopefully make the experience more personal, and therefore more intuitive for each business we help."

"One of our newest features is the ability to send apps to a single device, which was highly requested. We also just launched the Bushel Affiliate Program where you’ll earn a percentage of a paying customer's monthly bill that you've referred as long as they are a Bushel customer.

Bushel doesn't currently have Android or Windows Phone support and there are no plans for that at this time, but it hasn't been completely ruled out.

Edge: "We really value our special focus on the Apple ecosystem, as it allows us to understand and utilize it to a deeper level. The presence of Apple in the enterprise is growing rapidly, and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

"The market is good and it is what people want, so we don’t want to even partially step away from it now. we are ok with limiting our scope to focus on our deep-seeded Apple-based knowledge."