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Guild sieges and soul gems in latest update to MU Origin

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 22nd, 2017

Webzen’s MU Origin hit app stores last year, giving fans of fantasy hack-n-slash MMOs like Diablo a new fix to fixate on. This latest update introduces a competitive guild battle, a fresh dungeon challenge, a mini-game and some elemental gems to boot (not literally to boot!).

The new guild war is a capture-and-defend tournament called Cry Wolf Battle. It tasks guilds level 5 and above with taking over and defending forts from each other. You take on rival online players in real-time, winning rewards for successfully occupying forts of varying difficulty levels. The guild to capture the level 10 fort, which takes place only on Sundays, will receive honorary titles to prove you’re the toughest in all of MU.

If you don’t fancy facing other players, there’s a new dungeon challenge to tackle. Server Dungeon Cry Wolf pits you against 15 waves of enemies, all of whom you’ve got to keep away from the Cry Wolf statue. If they destroy the statue, it’s game over, but keep it intact until the end and you’ll be rewarded EXP, Zen and Wolf Dust! Delicious Wolf Dust…

If you’re wondering what to spend that Wolf Dust on, it can be used to buy Soul Gems. Another addition with this update, Soul Gems are an expansion of the Soul Stones and give your warriors different elemental powers.

It’s a shame there isn’t a Soul Gem for luck, because Dice Hunter is MU Origin’s new mini-game in which your success depends on the roll of the dice. It’s essentially a board game, with tiles offering jewels, treasure chests, boss raids and more, if only you can land on them. You’ll receive five free dice to roll daily, but you can buy more if you want.

That’s enough new stuff to get to grips with. You can download MU Origin from the App Store and Google Play.

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Roll to Win with Game of Dice’s new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 17th, 2017
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Joycity’s hit Game of Dice gets a big new update this week, introducing new maps, mechanics, and even costumes.

The update sets players loose on an exciting new map, The Cursed Tower, that allows folks to use special Runes mid-match. If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, though, the new “Map of the Day” feature will grant you access to a past seasonal map each day. It’s a great chance to catch up on content you might have missed.

Tencent’s Arena of Valor enters the European mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 11th, 2017

Tencent Games is making its first moves into the European gaming market with the launch of Arena of Valor. Published by Proxima Beta, the 5V5 mobile MOBA game has proved to be hugely success in parts of Asia where it has topped the download charts – and the game is now officially coming to Europe.

Arena of Valor’s look and feel is something MOBA fans will be immediately struck by. Bringing together best in-class graphics and popular MOBA gameplay, Arena of Valor has been designed especially for mobile gaming lovers. Offering three lanes and a jungle, different gameplay modes including 5v5, and a growing roster of exciting heroes to play, Arena of Valor’s original soundtrack has been composed completely by the world renowned composed Hans Zimmer.

Take the pilot’s seat in War Robots VR: The Skirmish

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 10th, 2017
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War Robots VR: The Skirmish is an all new adventure from Pixonic, makers of the ultra-addictive multiplayer strategy game of the same name. The Skirmish is a single player VR short for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, that’s just arrived today.

This all new VR adventure sheds the third-person perspective for some truly immersive first-person gameplay. The Skirmish sets you in the midst of a war-torn, post-apocalyptic city. You have no recollection of how you’ve arrived there, and instead must set out with your mech to find your purpose.

You’ve got a few tools to help you out on your journey, though, including some useful monitors that will give you a reading on enemies you might find in the vicinity. If you do stumble upon an enemy mech, you’ll have access to some seriously powerful weapons to take them out.

Based on the short teaser, the game looks quite slick, with mechs engaging in intense firefights. VR seems to be the perfect home for a campaign that pits mechs against each other. The game’s neon cyberpunk setting really drives the concept home.

War Robots VR: The Skirmish is free on Steam and Oculus Store, and requires an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.

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Tower Defense Generals is now available for iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 10th, 2017
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If you’re a fan of games like Kingdom Rush and Plants vs. Zombies, Gamespire’s Tower Defense Generals should keep your taste for tower defence ticking over. Arriving on Android earlier this year, the game has now launched on iOS, so it’s good news for the Apple army.

Tower Defense Generals stays true to the tried-and-tested formula of TD games. You’re trusted with keeping a colony safe from invading enemies. You do that by deploying defensive tower units, equipped with turrets unleashing everything from lasers to missiles at whatever comes your way. Use the 12 different towers available strategically to stop each wave of baddies breaching the colony gate. Each time you blow an enemy unit to pieces, you’re rewarded with dollars to spend on upgrades. Let one unit slip by intact and roll into the colony compound, though, and you’ll lose a life. Lose all your lives and its mission over.

There are 20 types of enemy unit keen to see you fail, so you’ve got to use your towers, upgrades and reinforcements wisely during the 26 levels. Tower Defense Generals has three difficult levels so you can ramp up the challenge if you’re after a real battle. Mission terrains vary from sun-baked desert to chilly tundra, all rendered in high definition 3D.

Do your civic duty and save the colony from marauding militants by downloading Tower Defense Generals and blowing them to kingdom come. You can download it for free on Android - and now iOS too.

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Drag racing is devilishly destructive in Carmageddon: Crashers, available now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 7th, 2017
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Fans of cars that crash and bash will want to take note from today, as the latest entry in the cult-classic Carmageddon series races its way back onto smartphone screens. Developed by the same team who introduced us to the original controversial car craziness back in the PlayStation One era, Carmageddon: Crashers seeks to reinvent the dreary drag-racing genre once and for all.

Tasking players to work their way up through the ranks of the Crashers League, in this particular drag racer having a death wish might just come in handy. You see, rather than start alongside one another, Carmageddon: Crashers has its players start at opposite ends of the drag strip, and race straight at one another. Your only hope is to put pedal to the metal, and let the smashtastic action come forth.

Helping you vanquish any vehicle in your path is a whole host of power ups, which, if used correctly, can help to boost any car’s impact force. This is in addition to a slew of shiny visual enhancements that are waiting to be unlocked. But be warned, once going bonnet to bonnet with Carmageddon: Crashers’ various mini and zone bosses, they might not stay shiny for long.

The game pushes the potential of mobile graphical capability firmly to the limit, rendering a wild variety of classic collectable Carmageddon cars in full 3D to help bring players closer to the tyre-squealing action. It’s drag racing with a difference, tasking players to wreck or be wrecked.

Embrace your inner speed demon from today, Carmageddon: Crashers is available for free now on iOS and Android devices.

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Mobius Final Fantasy begins a month of rewards to celebrate its anniversary

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 3rd, 2017
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Those hankering for a AAA Final Fantasy experience on mobile should have hopefully already dipped their toe into the waters of Square Enix’s Mobius Final Fantasy. An episodic mobile take on the longstanding Japanese series, the game has already enjoyed a player base of over 10 million and is now celebrating its one-year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, plenty of limited-time treats have come to the game for all Warriors of Light to enjoy.

Knight Fever Beginner’s Guide - how to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 28th, 2017

Knight Fever is a thrilling new mobile RPG from Webzen, featuring colorful pixelated sprites and some of the most innovative combat we’ve seen in modern RPGs to date. It’s full of swords and sorcery and other fantastical feats.

Given the game’s unique, multi-level gameplay, though, you might need some help mastering the game. That’s where we come in. We’ve got some pro-tips to help you build a master fighter, maximize your skills, collect rare items, and more. Off we go!

Characters and Skills

Each of your heroes has unique abilities that can be used to your advantage in the heat of battle.

Use Meow’s Bloodcurdling Shout to damage and destroy traps before they become a problem. Ecst’s Revenge ability can blast through barriers and shields, damaging even the toughest foes. Or use Enya’s Quackquack skill to learn an additional skill after levelling up. Don’t forget that Khrat can hit three lanes at once, which is perfect if you’re being swarmed by monsters. The possibilities are nearly endless.

It’s important to experiment with different combinations of heroes. This will help you clear stages you may be having trouble with.

The Tower of Fame

The Tower of Fame, should you choose to take on this special challenge, has some special features you won’t find in normal stages.

Remember that you can taunt monsters into the Recovery Lane in the Tower of Fame, and that you can enter the Tower as soon as you clear the “Butcher” quest.

Spend some time in this special dungeon and you’ll be rewarded handsomely with gems and other useful items.

Items

Items are essential for adventurers out in the field, and there are some handy tricks to help you kit yourself out. Take every opportunity you can to watch ads -- it’s a fantastic way to get some free cubes.

You also have the chance to win a legendary item every four hours by visiting the Peddler. The Weekly Login Book provides another chance for exclusive items simply by logging into the game each day.

Taking all of this free stuff is well and good, but the generous are well-rewarded, too. Send a Gift Box along to one of your friends in the game, and you’ll receive one too. Now that’s a pretty swell deal.

Leveling Up and Progress

Because all of your heroes have such useful abilities, it’s a good idea to level all of them up equally. Then, if you want to change up your party for a new strategy, you won’t be weakened by lower-levelled characters you may have neglected.

To ease the leveling-up process, you can use the GO button in the Quests menu to teleport to your desired stage. It makes grinding much more hassle-free. Don’t forget that your Cookies will be completely refilled if your Party Level increases, too.

Once you reach level 10, you’ll need an additive to continue enhancing your equipment, though, so plan accordingly.

As you become tougher, you’ll have access to fresh challenges that offer even more impressive rewards. Once you finish a chapter in Normal Mode, and you can go back and try it on Hard Mode for added bonuses.

Last, but certainly not least, if you get your VIP level high enough, you’ll have access to Bonus hero challenge counts in the Gold Dungeon, which, yes, will net you much more gold.

Knight Fever definitely doesn’t skimp on the content, and there’s a grand journey ahead of you if you want to become the ultimate hero. Use our tips to level up and collect rare weapons, and you’ll be leading the pack in good time. Happy questing!

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MU Origin celebrates its first birthday with presents for players

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 28th, 2017
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A year ago, Seoul-based publisher Webzen added to its MU franchise with an MMO for the mobile platform. MU Origin features elements from its 2003 predecessor, updated to fit in amongst other modern freemium fantasy-action apps. You loot dungeons, maim monsters and level up, and up, and up. Having reached the grand old age of 1, close to 2 million players have hacked and slashed their way across the lands of MU Origin. In fact, gamers have notched up a combined playtime of over 7000 years! That’s enough time to build 38 Towers of Pisa (and probably straighten up the wonky one, too).

In celebration of MU Origin’s anniversary, Webzen is rewarding players with a load of freebies, bonuses and discounts from the 28th of July to the 3rd of August. Just logging in daily during the event period will net you a reward. You’ll gain additional awards based on your Talisman tier and VIP level too. Playing Colosseum, Epic Chest Point, Party Dungeon and Exchange promises double the points, rewards and duration.

As an incentive to spread the news, Webzen is rewarding players who share the MU Origin anniversary infographic on Facebook. Just post your character details in the comments so the developers know where to chuck your gift. You can also share a screenshot of your character beside the new anniversary title to receive additional rewards.

If you’re looking for an MMORPG to distract you from the things in life that don’t involve exploring dungeons and swinging swords, MU Origin is free to download from Google Play and the App Store.

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Command your own fantasy army in Minions & Mayhem

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 10th, 2017
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If you’ve ever dreamt of leading your own fantasy army to glorious victory, now’s your chance. Avid.ly’s new RTS, Minions & Mayhem, has just soft-launched in the UK. If you’re situated on the British Isles, you can try the game out for yourself right now on both iOS and Android.

Minions & Mayhem is a brightly colored real-time tactical battler set in a fantastical land. Your goal is to amass an impressive army. Gain the loyalty of dozens of heroes, building up a strong fighting force, whether you choose to depend on magic, physical strength, or both. You’re the leader, and the game leaves every choice up to you.

You can build up a massive army from the game’s any heroes. There are a number of fantastical classes and races to choose from -- wizards, ninjas, orcs, and the undead are just a few of the possibilities. Just remember that when it comes to Minions & Mayhem, it’s the quality of your warriors that truly matters.

Every critical strategic choice is left up to the player. You choose who joins your army, which combinations work the best, and where your army is placed on the battlefield. It’s vital to be keyed into every aspect of battle, especially when you’ll be engaging real-life opponents in the game’s 2 vs. 2 challenges. If it’s peace you seek, though, you can join a guild and team up with like-minded armies.

Minions & Mayhem’s beta test will be expanding to other regions soon, so stay tuned.

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Test your pop culture knowledge with Font Mystery

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 3rd, 2017
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Like fellow French duo Daft Punk, the Creative Brothers pool their collective brainpower to create stuff for people to play. Rather than an album of disco plunderphonics, though, the developer double-act has released a fun new app called Font Mystery. The game has just received its worldwide release on the App Store and Google Play, and is free to play.

Font Mystery challenges players with recognisable fonts from the spectrum of pop culture, so fans of Logo Quiz will find themselves in familiar territory. There are different categories to choose from, including films, video games, books and TV programmes. You’re presented with a sentence in black-and-white text, and have to use the letters available onscreen to write the answer. The phrases themselves offer a hint – for example, ‘hilarious green disguise’ in familiar wonky typeface for The Mask, or ‘a movie with dinosaurs’ in that iconic tribal font for Jurassic Park. There are additional hints available if you get stuck, and additional difficulty settings if you’re a pop culture buff looking for more of a challenge.

Font Mystery boasts 150 fonts and 200 levels to complete, with various achievements and themes to unlock. Although it’s single player, it’s also the perfect game for casual get togethers, letting you test your friends and family on their knowledge, or getting them to help you out when you’re stuck.

Font Mystery is the perfect way to find out if you know your famous film fonts from your top telly typefaces. It’s available for free for Android and iOS in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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Solve the disappearance of history’s greatest creator in The House of Da Vinci, available now on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 22nd, 2017
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Blue Brain Games invites you to indulge in an immersive hands-on 3D puzzle adventure in similar vein to The Room series, with its debut release The House of Da Vinci. Set during the historic period of the Italian Renaissance (when Leonardo himself lived and worked) you take up the role as the great inventor’s assistant, seeking to uncover the truth behind his mysterious disappearance.

The highly anticipated finished product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, The House of Da Vinci sees you brush up against a series of elaborate and authentically detailed puzzles, daringly realised in full 3D graphics. Your journey to discover what really happened will see you hunt down lockboxes, overcome inventions, and untangle complex machines amidst what may be the most accurate and truly convincing representation of 16th century Florence ever seen in a game.

The House of Da Vinci’s music, architecture, and environmental design all take influence from early 16th century manuscripts and inventions along with some of Da Vinci’s actual concepts. This is in the effort to immerse and whisk players away further when undertaking an adventurous and mysterious first person journey that will see you asking all kinds of questions. Was Da Vinci transported elsewhere? Assassinated by the Church? Or is there something much larger at play?

Intuitive touch controls aim to let players make light work of traversing the plentiful nooks and crannies present in Leonardo’s library and workshop, with simple taps and swipes placing you at the forefront of discovery. Examine every model, escape devious traps, and solve intricate riddles. Will you do Da Vinci proud as his one and only protégé?

Many a mind-bending riddle awaits you in The House of Da Vinci, available to download and experience now on iOS, with a release on Android, PC, and Mac also to come very soon.

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Creature Quest honours the fathers of the world with its new event

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 15th, 2017
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Creature Quest is having another throwdown, this time to celebrate fathers. The game’s adopted a fatherly theme -- Grumpy Pop’s Workshop -- and is hosting a number of exciting new events in celebration. From June 13 to June 26 you can head out into the wild to fight legendary monsters, all in the name of dear old dad.

In Creature Quest’s new Event Quest, Appeasing Poppa, an Astral Watcher has descended upon the city with a looming threat -- the Watcher demands an exceptional gift, and if he doesn’t get his way, he plans to raze the whole town.

It’s up to you, intrepid adventurer to save the day. Go out and find a gift that will appease the Astral Watcher -- the town provides some mercenaries to help you along the way. If you choose to take up this quest, you’ll have the chance of capturing a Draconic Gallant or a Clockwork. Appeasing Papa runs from June 13 to June 27.

If it’s rare creatures you seek, you won’t want to miss the PIllaging Poppas Summon Event, taking place this weekend from June 16 - 18. This weekend, take the time to build up a creature collection that’s worth showing off to your father.

Pillaging Poppas will pit you against a range of Legendary Creatures, including the Astral Watcher himself. Each Diamond Summon this weekend has the chance of being a Tool Box containing one of ten fatherly Legendary Creatures. That includes the Astral Watcher, Titan, Cyclops, Wizard or Marid. You may also get Epic Creatures like the Gorgon, Walrus Rikishi, Ogre, Shard Golem, or War Elephant. It’s sure to be an unmissable event.

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Freshly launched MMORPG Art of Conquest gets featured on the app stores

Posted by Andreea Ghiurca on June 12th, 2017
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Art of Conquest is a dazzling real time strategy MMORPG developed by Lilith Games. While Art of Conquest has been out globally for a couple of days, it has already caught the attention of many worldwide, including the eyes of Google and Apple. Art on Conquest is now featured on both app store’s in over 140 countries, making the the game visible to the millions of gamers across the world.

Art of Conquest doesn’t break the mould when it comes to the games objective - a strategic conquest of enemy provinces to increase the strength of your kingdom – but it’s how it does it which really sets it apart. AoC brings a lot of fresh ideas to the RTS table, including a momentous worldmap, thrilling real-time PvP battles and actual control of all your units while in combat. Besides battling it out with your opponents you can also make a few friends along the way by merging forces with other players through guilds - or ‘Houses’ as they’re referred to in the game.

The most significant aspect of the game is the battle mechanics, which features continual real time control throughout. Your actions will constantly influence the outcome of the conflict, whether it’s in Art of Conquest’s PVP mode which can be entered during battle, the deployment of your forces, or even through plundering your enemies resources during the battle.

With 5 playable races (Humans, Dwarves, Lich, Rakan and Sylph) and a whopping 20 unique heroes to command in monumental large-scale battles, you can find all the mythical conquest you can handle with Art of Conquest out right now on iOS and Android.

UTPlus Interactive explains why you should be playing Shadowblood

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 12th, 2017
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Shadowblood is a hack-and-slash ARPG straight out of South Korea, blending Western and Eastern influences into an addictive, customisable MMO. Destroy waves of monsters, upgrade your skills and equipment, take on or fight alongside players online – all that good stuff. But what makes Shadowblood stand out from the crowd? Producer Park Chang-Gyu of UTPlus Interactive explains all.

What separates Shadowblood from other ARPGs on the market?

A (Park Chang-Gyu) – What we emphasize first about Shadowblood is its action aspects. Action is, of course, the core of all ARPGs, but in Shadowblood you can compose your own skills and use them like generic ones.

Controls were designed to avoid the boredom of auto-battles and actually have a strategic impact on battle outcomes. For example, when Stella (Magician) creates a black hole, it will ‘return’ to her. By moving around while it does, she can cause greater damage to nearby enemies compared to an auto-battle spell use. Kai (Berserker) can target his powerful smash attacks on different foes to spread out his stuns and attacks manually, which is much more efficient than the auto-battle skill attacks.

These manual controls are boosted further with Soulstones, which can customise each character’s skills to suit your tastes. Players can set their Soulstone skills so that, for example, his or her character can cast 10 fireballs at once instead of the standard 4 fireballs, or execute 10 whirlwind attacks rather than 5. We plan to delve deeper into the customization of Soulstones along with additional skills and actions to create even more in-depth tactical customisations.

What challenges did you face during development, and how did you overcome them?

All our development team members are native Koreans, familiar with the Korean culture and style of gameplay. So the biggest obstacle for us was to understand the play style and goals of players worldwide when preparing for our global launch. We finally realised that, just as Koreans do not limit themselves to playing only Korean games, if we can provide fundamental fun factors, then we will be able to communicate with players from around the world. If an action game is true to its core and firmly based on hero growth, action and challenges, then we can always improve other factors when necessary.

What were your inspirations for making the game?

Many classic action games were inspirational for us, such as the Diablo series. Personally, my greatest source of inspiration comes from the comics of my childhood. I often used to imagine heroes gathering companions to defeat evil overlords through trials and battles, so these aspects show in Shadowblood.

Can you give us any details about what updates will be coming to Shadowblood in the near future?

With the recent updates for Guild Raid, we are hoping that co-operation within guilds and competitions between guilds will become active, and we also have an item encyclopedia and level cap expansion in preparation.

After that, we will reveal a new Guardian class (who will be the full tank and protector), and strategic party play will become more essential as Epic Raids will become available.

We are also developing defence-oriented content The Temple of Stars, a tag match dungeon where players can utilise their beloved characters, and a scrimmage-type PvP with multiple characters. Finally, we are preparing a pet system for hunting and guild wars for more guild contents.

If you'd like to find out more then be sure to check out the official Facebook page, or if you'd prefer to skip the details and jump straight into the action you can download the game now on iOS and Android.

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