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How to command and conquer in Raid HQ

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Raid HQ is a satisfyingly deep base building game with over-the-top macho action and explosions. This little free to play bundle gives you a lot to do from managing a squad to building the most powerful base you possibly can.

On top of all of that, you’ll need to manage your resources and hit the high seas to raid other bases. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you keep everything in order.

Keep those builders busy

Your base starts off with only the bare essentials, so make sure you get to work improving your defence right away!

Begin by building all of the different facilities you’ve unlocked so far. Once you have one of each (although a few extra gold mines never hurt), you can start focusing on upgrading. Don’t forget to upgrade your mech as well - it’s your last bastion of defense when enemy raiders come knocking.

Pick the right squad mate for the job

Complete raids and missions and you'll be rewarded you with new squad member cards. You can only bring four of these into a raid with you, so choose carefully.

When going into a raid, it’s important to play against the enemy base’s weaknesses. Check the color of the enemy’s buildings and weapons. You’ll want to choose a team with colors that are strong against the enemy’s before heading into battle for the best results.

Promote your squad

If you want to take on more difficult challenges, you’ll need a hearty team of seasoned fighters. That means you’ll have to promote your squad members to increase their HP and damage per second.

To do so, collect medals by fighting weapons and bases that correspond to your squad member’s color. Fighting red turrets, for example, will reward you with red medals which you can use to promote any of your red team members.

Is your base the envy of your clan members? Share your secrets for success in the comments below!

Game Craft releases new Legend of War title

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 20th, 2016

Set for release at the end of this month, real time strategy title Legend of War seems sure to delight with a veritable feast of sweet features to get stuck into. Developed by Game Craft, the game is due for release through both the App Store and Google Play on May 26th. With the utilisation of spells, weapons and a good deal of strategic thinking, you must strive to build your own empire.

When you’re not waging war on foes, you’ll find a pleasing amount of character progression, which goes delightfully hand-in-hand with the options for town personalisation. Guilds and consequent guild-wars will keep you busy, whilst the real time element ensures consistently engaging gameplay and interaction.

Using the nifty siege weapons function, you can liquidise enemies by catapulting attacks with a cross-screen motion. This touchscreen element brings a fully immersive experience with it, despite its heavily fantasy-based themes: mythical creatures and legions galore.

You can preregister for Legend of War right now and benefit from a $10 reward towards IAPs.

To pre-order now:

Email registration: http://www.legendofwar.com

App Store: https://prelaunch.me/ios/NDky

Google Play: https://prelaunch.me/android/NDc1

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

Android users can now enjoy Locojoy Games’ Mystic Castle

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 20th, 2016

If you’ve ever had the burning desire to play a game that’s based in a creepy dungeon and doesn’t have a set genre - instead straddling at least four (RPG, adventure, simulation and city builder) - boy oh boy, are you going to love text-based Mystic Castle…

Initially released for iOS platforms back in March this year, the title is now set for release through Google Play on May 19th, and we spoke to developers Locojoy Games to get the low-down:

Is the game suitable for everyone - if so how have you made sure that's the case?

"With all games, it’s hard to say whether everyone, everywhere will enjoy this type of game – but Mystic Castle has so many unique charms that it becomes instantly addictive.

As a simple to grasp game, despite its deep levels of progression and strategy, it doesn’t monopolise the time of players and doesn’t require constant log-ins or IAPs. In-game resources will replenish whilst you’re offline too.

One review of the title said: "[Mystic Castle is] A Dark Room but better! The resource gathering/building of A Dark Room mixed with an old school dungeon crawler."

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

"Initially, the biggest challenge was to ensure that we retained users. This has now been fine-tuned and we see a second-day return rate of 70%+ at present. This is due to our attention-to-detail when it comes to the user experience: we refine the process through the players’ eyes."

What exactly do the upcoming iOS updates add to the game?

"The update will see the reveal of two new areas within the game. Firstly, the Dark Rift, which is a maze-based location in which you must fight foes coming in from all angles to escape. The Eternal Arena, however, takes place within a trial tower, which you must ascend, upping your rewards and facing trickier enemies as you do."

What was your reasoning when it came to making this a paid app on iOS?

"With a resounding array of 5-star reviews on App Store, it felt justified with the quality of the game to make it a paid app. Reviews stated: "Excellent value for the price".

As an indie game, we’re hoping that the success from our reviews to date can flourish to put us on par with some of the higher priced titles."

App Store: https://app.adjust.com/b84knr

Google Play: https://app.adjust.com/6ma5x1

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

Available now on Google Play: Locojoy Games’ Mystic Castle

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 19th, 2016

If you like your text-based RPGs to straddle an array of genres and base themselves around a fantasy theme, Locojoy’s Mystic Castle is the title for you. Incorporating an aforementioned abundance of genres, including city builder, adventure and simulation, the predominant RPG has mass appeal across the board.

AstroNest - The Beginning is a prequel to the original browser game from 2000

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's safe to say that you won't have played a game quite like AstroNest before - at least on mobile. It's a complex sci-fi strategy MMO set in space in which you have to build a fleet of spaceships, colonise planets, and raid alien fleets.

And you'll be doing so alongside (and against) your friends as part of a faction, as well as taking part in weekly tournaments.

The draw of AstroNest is mostly in its fleet customisation. Here you'll be trying to figure out the absolute bet combination of heroes, weapons, and ships - as well as trying to synergise well with other players you work with.

We wanted to learn more about this massive game so reached out to AN Games and asked which games most influenced it, how the fleets work, and what the developer would change if it could start over.

Ace of Arenas is a MOBA perfectly designed for mobile

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ace of Arenas is a mobile MOBA that's been built from the ground up with its chosen platform in mind.

For a start, the touchscreen controls don't try and simulate mouse play. So, instead of tapping the screen to move your character and use your skills, you use your thumb and perform a series of swipes.

It's also much faster in pace thanks to the new Fast and Furious Mode, which grants you super buffs and increased movement speed to ensure matches last under 10 minutes.

We reached out to Gaea Mobile's Jason Dahlberg to learn more about the development of Ace of Arenas, and how the developer managed to so successfully port the MOBA experience onto mobile.

The top 3 new features in mobile MOBA Ace of Arenas

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The iOS and Android MOBA sensation Ace of Arenas launched back in September 2015, and has had a startling amount of new content added to it since.

In total, five major updates have been released since then, and the game has expanded to North America, Europe, and Asia, with four new languages added to reach a vaster audience.

To help you understand exactly what's changed since launch, we've broken it all down into the top three new features you can find in your favourite mobile MOBA. Enjoy!

Bubble Jungle provides 15 hours of 3D multiplayer platforming fun on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bubble Jungle
is a brand new 3D platformer available right now on iOS and Android which provides a massive 15 hours worth of leapy fun inspired by Super Mario.

Inspiration has also been drawn from Bubble Bobble though. You play as the chameleon Chuck who has to battle his way to the end of a bunch of levels in a variety of zany worlds, trapping enemies in bubbles and popping them to eat fruit along the way.

The best part is that the game is completely multiplayer, and playable by up to four people at once in cross-platform. That's quite the achievement on mobile.

To learn more about the ambitious Bubble Jungle, we reached out to Alessandro Maniscalco, Co Founder at developer Cranky MonkeyStudio, to learn more about how the multitude of influences have affected development, the challenges faced during development, and the plans for its future.

Game of Dice's new Mysterious Mansion map shakes up the mechanics

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 14th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Haven't played Game of Dice in a while? Well, right now is the best time to return to it as a sizeable new update has just been released on iOS and Android.

There's a brand new map that shakes up the gameplay with a few changes to the mechanics. The Mysterious Mansion's 'Jail' and 'Crimson Aura' tiles will create a Toll increase and the location of 'Fortune's Road' has changed.

You can also now buff yourself up before a challenging game by heading on over to the new 'Goods' menu and purchasing one of over 20 equippable buffs.

Players will also be happy to discover the return of Winning Streak Mode, a former temporary event that rewards you for consecutive wins.

Shadows Over Innistrad continues the story in Magic Duels on iOS right now

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Magic Duels has just been updated with a massive new expansion that adds all new story content and over 300 unique cards to the iOS trading card game.

It's titled Shadows Over Innistrad, is out right now in the App Store, and is themed on a power struggle between good and evil.

You'll also be fighting fierce werewolves in their forest home, noble vampire families, and the Frankenstein-style monsters created by crazy scientists in their secret laboratories. It will take all of your skills to succeed.

Build your own underground city in Mystic Castle out now on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 31st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mystic Castle is a brand new iOS text-based adventure that straddles a ton of different genres, but at its core is an RPG citybuilder.

The story goes that you're an alchemist who bravely heads into a dangerous dungeon to build a thriving underground city. To achieve this, you generate gold, hire farmers to gather resources, and then build a bunch of handy buildings.

Once you're set you train up your own army of tough warriors to explore an enormous world made up of 10 different maps and 500 areas. That's already ridiculously big, but you can grow it further by purchasing an expansion pack as an IAP.

On their adventures, your warriors will take on a variety of monsters, assault strongholds, and encounter random events. These can pop up at any time, and provide fun tasks like learning skills from a passing tutor or loaning money to a tramp in return for potential future reimbursement.

With hundreds of achievements to collect, over 80 classes to train your warriors in, and that enormous game world we mentioned earlier, there's plenty of game here to keep you busy for a while.

So head on over to the App Store to get it right now for only 79p / 99c.

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

Spring into Easter with Rayman Adventure’s exciting and chocolate-obsessed new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 24th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT SO ADVENTUROUS :: Read Review »

Easter sometimes gets overlooked as Christmas’s slightly more chronologically confused cousin, but a new update for Rayman Adventures is looking to change that.

Rabbids have invaded all the levels in the game and they’ve brought Easter eggs and plenty of other new bits and bobs to make sure you spend the holiday weekend having a sweet time.

If you collect the Easter eggs you can spend them on exciting new Spring-themed treats. There’s a new costume for Teensy that turns him into Rabbiteen, for example.

And there’s a new family of chocolate flavoured Incrediballs for you to collect as well. What’s not to like about chocolate Incrediballs?

White Day: A Labyrinth Called School is a frantic South Korean horror classic, and it's out now on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 17th, 2016

If you're in the mood for some cult-classic South Korean horror, then White Day: A Labyrinth Called School is going to be just what you're looking for.

It's a mobile remake of the classic extreme horror game that's gained a sizeable following in the West thanks to its engaging gameplay, Asian motifs, and terrifying story.

This new mobile version looks stunning, polished throughout to a brilliant level of sheen that's likely to put some console games to shame. It's presented in detailed 3D, and it's pretty much guaranteed to scare the pants off you.

We spoke to Ateam about bringing Unison League over to the west [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 17th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Unison League is a unique multiplayer JRPG that challenges you and a few other players to work together and unleash a mighty Unison Attack which summons a powerful creature to destroy your enemies.

There's PvE and PvP guild battles to fight your way through, as well as lobbies to chat to your fellow players in, and you can fully customise your character in your own image.

Unison League was recently updated for German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese languages, so we reached out to the global business group at Ateam to find out whether we can expect collaborations with Western IPs following the excellent Japanese IP collaborations that we've already seen.

Dragon Land has the best features of all the platforming classics [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 17th, 2016

Dragon Land is a brand new 3D platformer available on iOS and Android that's reminiscent of the platforming classics we enjoyed in our youth.

Here the evil Borg has kidnapped all of your dragon friends and it's up to you to put a stop to it. So you'll head off on an epic adventure through a variety of fun 3D levels as you run, jump, and beat up your enemies.

Each time you complete an episode, you'll rescue a dragon friend and unlock it for play in any of the levels. Each dragon has its own useful abilities that will help you with the challenges ahead.

To learn more about Dragon Land, we reached out to Dano Alonso, Producer at Social Point, to learn more about the games that influenced it, the lessons learned from other mobile platformers, and where we can see the game heading in the future.