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Dog Sled Saga review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HUSKIE HUSTLE
Live out a career as the greatest dog sled racer ever in this adorable management game.

Vulture Island review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TROPICAL DEPRESSION
This puzzle-platformer draws inspiration from all of the right places, but they don't fit together as well as you'd think.

SKYHILL review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SKY'S THE LIMIT
Mobile roguelikes aren't always a good time, but this one removes bloated mechanics with expert precision, leaving a fast, fun, and endlessly repeatable zombie survival game.

Primordia review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DYSTOPIAN DRIODS
Wadjet Eye's latest is unapologetically dystopian and conventional, but a good time nonetheless.

Atomic Super Lander review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OUT OF THIS WORLD
This lunar-lander roguelike is a wonderful bundle of action, challenge, character, and explosions.

Heroes of Normandie review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: D-DANG NAZIS
Use your wits and tactical mind to overcome your enemies in this charming turn-based strategy game set in WWII.

Gordon Ramsay DASH review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 17th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DASHING DINER
Cook up the greatest meals of your life or get the *%$@ out of the kitchen in this free-to-play cooking game starring Gordon Ramsay.

Road Not Taken review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ROAD RAGE
Puzzle games have to find their method of being challenging. This bizarre game finds a few too many ways to frustrate players.

5 games you can play while you wait for Sorcery! 4

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTICAL EXPLORATION :: Read Review »

It’s a difficult time for fans of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series, as Part 4 has been officially delayed until this Thursday. Developer Inkle decided it would be best to push the game back so as not to be overshadowed by last week’s iOS 10 release. That’s actually pretty smart, if you think about it! We want the best for Sorcery!, so we can stand to wait a bit longer, but it will be tough. What do we do in the meantime?

Why not explore some of the other fine storytelling adventures on mobile? There’s a lot of great interactive fiction out there—here are our recommendations!

Win an iPad Air 2 thanks to Independence Day: Extinction and publisher Linekong!

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016

How do you fancy grabbing yourself a shiny new iPad Air 2 (16GB)? Well we're giving one away, in association with Independence Day: Extinction and its publisher Linekong.

Independence Day: Extinction sees you pick a side (human race or the invading aliens), team up with your favourite characters from this summer's movie Independence Day: Resurgence, then fight some alien / human fools with your ever growing army and base.

The latest updates for Extinction include special, in-game events, ranking and gifting systems, and support for 11 languages:English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Russian.

You can download Independence Day Extinction for free right now on both the App Store and Google play now by following this link.

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning the iPad Air 2, just follow @PocketGamer on Twitter, and RT the following tweet:


You've got until 2pm BST on Tuesday, 20th September to enter the competition, which is open to readers worldwide. Good luck!

Competition rules
  • The competition closes onTuesday September 20th 2016, at 2pm BST, and no entries will be accepted after this date.
  • The winner will be notified by Twitter shortly after the closing date of the competition - make sure you are following us so your account can receive direct messages.
  • The competition is open to readers worldwide.
  • Pocket Gamer parent company Steel Media's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners of the competition.
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Reliance Games unveils a brand new character in its biggest ever fan led update to Real Steel

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s been 2 months since Reliance Games launched their competition to design a brand new robot for Real Steel Premium. We’ve been teased with hundreds of great entries from die-hard fans, but the identity of the winning robot was kept under wraps – until now. Say hello to the newest member of the team, Shinobi – the Samurai welding, Japanese, iron assassin.

Designed by super-fan Ryle Sammut, Shinobi is skilled in the art of samurai fighting, and to throw something a little different in the mix - features classic sword based fighting mechanics, adding a welcomed twist to the world of robot fighting.

With the contest running across Real Steel's massive fan base of million's of supporters, which includes Real Steel, Real Steel – World Robot Boxing, and Real Steel Boxing Champions, hundreds of entries were submitted via social media with fans young and old coming together to select Shinobi as the winning entry.

Boasting a fresh new fighting style and unique persona, Shinobi promises to be a thrilling and progressive addition to the team, bringing with it diversity, new levels of mastery, and probably most importantly, high expectations for Real Steel Premium.

Available to download from the app store now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Prepare to have your survival instincts put to the test next week as 60 Seconds! comes out on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016

In a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic theme, 60 Seconds! catapults you into a world on the brink of nuclear destruction and puts your survival skills to the ultimate test.

Set in the 1950’s, this dark comedy adventure lets you play as Ted, who thanks to the governments’ early warning system, has just 1 minute to prepare for an impending atomic bomb to destroy his life as he knows it.

You’ll have to think smart and act fast – collecting your family and enough food and water to keep you alive in the fallout shelter – all in just sixty seconds.

In this interesting and contemporary take on the post-apocalyptic theme, you’ll get to experience something a little different from the norm – this time being subjected to the disastrous aftermath first hand, and in its freshest form.

With a strict time limit to find everything you can think of to survive in the shelter, you’ll have to use a combination of courage and tactical analysis to choose what you want to take with you.

It doesn't stop there though. After your sixty seconds are up you'll have to put your survival skills to the test by carefully rationing your supplies, and brave the outdoors (and any giant cockroaches you might find) when it’s time to replenish your stocks.

Set to be released on the 22nd September for iOS devices, 60 Seconds! is definitely one for the survival buffs among you, and could be the newest download in your repertoire.

This article is sposored as part of Steel Media's Preferred Partner's.

Cybird have just released their football sequel BFB Champions on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

After the huge success of BFB 2016 Cybird are happy to announce the launch of its much awaited sequel - BFB Champions.

Having hit the App Store on the 13th of September for its UK release, Cybird’s newest app is free to download and already looks set to be as big as its predecessor - generating 300,000 downloads in its first week alone thanks to the developer’s special pre-registration campaign.

Starring the likes of Argentina’s legendary Diego Maradona and Japanese footballing manga star Captain Tsubasa, you’ll get to manage your own football team – initially playing by yourself to assemble your squad, and then training them across a multitude of mini games before selecting the perfect team to compete in leagues with players from all over the world.

While the game has already been launched in Japan and Hong Kong, its developers are planning a further release in 29 additional countries – meaning that when it’s time to up the ante and enter the multiplayer mode you’ll get to play against fans from every corner of the globe.

In this innovative approach to the genre, BFB Champions looks to combine the tense world of football management with the light hearted and fun-filled atmosphere of an arcade game.

With in-game bonuses including scout tickets that get you more players, special coaching items to aid you in your progress, and (if you’re lucky) Mr Maradona himself, it seems very likely that this sequel will enjoy just as much success as the original.

BFB Championsis available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

4 of the funniest mobile games on iPad and iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2016

There's a new video game comedy show coming from Seth Rogen. I don't know about you, but that whole sentence has filled me with a sort of awful dread. It's creeping up my chest, and I feel like it's about strangle me.

Anyway, it'll probably pass. So while I'm shivering on the floor wondering where the whole world has gone wrong, I thought I'd take the time to think up some of the funniest games on the App Store.

Because I don't know, someone had to, and since it's pretty late and everyone else is probably out having a lovely time with people who they like and who like them, it may as well be me. Sigh. Here goes. Fun times.

Titanfall Frontline and the best and worst console to mobile tie-in games

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2016

There's a Titanfall card battler coming out. So that's a thing. Now let's all take a moment to think about the sort of content we could spin out of that fact. Remember to consider SEO while your cogs are whirring.

Oh wait, I've got it, let's look at some of the other tie-in games that have come out on the App Store and have a good old laugh about them.

Who knows, we might even find some good ones out there? I can think of like maybe two. I'll try and think some more as I get deeper into the list, but I'm not promising anything. Let's just roll with it and see what happens.

7 reasons Luigi deserves a mobile game rather than Mario

Posted by Harry Slater on September 12th, 2016

Look, I don't want to start an argument because of my excellent content writing skills, but anyone who's anyone knows that Luigi is the best of the Mario brothers. I mean, for starters his first name and his second name aren't exactly the same. That instantly makes him more trustworthy.

Plus he's the underdog, the other brother, the charming moustache-wearing loser who secretly we all root for. He's more than the player two character, he's an institution. I mean he had a whole year dedicated to him. Remember that? That was a thing that actually happened.

To that end, here are just some of the reasons that it should be Luigi spearheading Nintendo's next mobile game and not his stupid brother whose name I've already pretty much forgotten. Martin or something, I think.

He wears green

Beginner's guide to My NBA 2K17

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 9th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's not basketball season yet. Heck, it's not even hockey season yet, and for some unknown reason, the men who take to the ice in the NHL return to action even sooner than the hardwood warriors of the NBA.

Be that as it may, 2K is already thinking hoops, as evidenced by the fact that the company has already had Cat Daddy games release My NBA 2K 17, which just so happens to have shot right to the top of the U.S. App Store charts.

It could be fulfilling some pent-up demand for basketball during the dog days of the summer, but more than likely, it's just that fans enjoy the card game aspect of it while also checking out its console functionality (albeit before NBA 2K17 itself is out).

We dig it, so we figured we'd whip up this beginner's guide to My NBA 2K17 to help newcomers get into it. Veterans of the series won't need any assistance, seeing as it's pretty darn similar to last season's game.

Let's get to it!

Pig out on this guide to the new social gaming app Piggy Boom

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 9th, 2016

Social games are becoming a staple of mobile game, due to the increased activity in social media. But merging gaming with social media isn’t as easy as you might think. A prime example of the perfect way to mould the two together sits with the new game by RAFOTECH entitled Piggy Boom.

This quirky wheel of fortune title prides itself on its casual and accessible style, rewarding players of all ages with constant rewards and continuous progression. Throw in its addictive ‘one more go’ gameplay, and you have a neat iOS and Android title just waiting to be gorged on.

So without further ado, here is a guide to the game’s features – a guide that will hopefully make you as happy as a pig in manure.

Rodeo Stampede update: hats, new animals and more

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 8th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RODEO EM ALL :: Read Review »

If it's been a while since you've tended to your sky zoo in Rodeo Stampede, it's time to go back. And not just because the people in charge of ensuring animals get treated properly are going to be looking for you by now.

No, it's time to return because the game's latest update has introduced a few new things you've probably been craving. Also hats.

I'm not even making that up. Unfortunately, it's not animals wearing hats. Here's what you'll find in the game's latest update anyway:

Will the iPhone 7 change much for mobile gamers?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 8th, 2016

When Apple held its press event earlier this week, everything went more or less according to plan. The occasion was indeed mostly to unveil the iPhone 7 to the anxious world of Apple customers, though the company did spend some time on its newly upgraded Apple Watch, iOS 10, and a few other things.

There were two definite highlights for mobile gamers, albeit not both for iPhone users. The first was the reveal of Super Mario Run, an honest to goodness Nintendo mobile title (via its partnership with DeNA) featuring everyone's favorite plumber. Miyamoto even made an appearance to show it off.

The other was for Apple Watch owners, who will soon be able to play a very full-featured version of Pokemon GO. Not too many popular mobile games have found a comfortable home on Apple Watch, but this looks like it will be an exception.

Still, what most observers from this industry wanted to know is whether or not the coming of the iPhone 7 will change much for mobile gamers. And the answer is pretty short and sweet: probably not. Let's see what will effects the new phone might have on your gaming habits.

When you can (probably) order and actually get an iPhone 7

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 6th, 2016

The Apple press event is Wednesday. Officially, we don't know what the company is going to roll out, because Apple never officially tips its hand about such things ahead of time.

Unofficially, there's an entire cottage industry devoted to reading the tea leaves grown in Cupertino. So not only do people think they know what Apple is revealing tomorrow, they also feel pretty confident about when you'll be downloading all your favorite games and apps onto it.

Bowmasters character guide: All the archers you could ever want

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 6th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I don't know much about archery in real life, meaning if there's an apocalypse that leaves us having to hunt food without firearms, I won't be much help. But I've always loved archery in comics, movies, and video games, which is one of the reasons I love Bowmasters.

The game's dark humor and silly gore (if there is such a thing) help a lot too. Most of all, I just want to collect all the different characters and put them all through their paces, even if that means they'll all end up dying bloody deaths dozens of times over. C'est la vie, right?

A few new ones were added to the mix in a recent update, meaning there are now more options than ever for your arrow-shooting pleasure. Here's the entire list of Bowmasters in one handy character guide.

5 free apps you need for football season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 5th, 2016

The arrival of Labor Day can only mean one thing: football is back! Yes, we've talked about global football on this site before since it returns sooner, but this time we mean American football in all its glory.

College football has been as wild as ever right out of the gate, with three top 10 teams falling in the first week and another one in a tough game as this post was being written. The 2016 NFL season is right around the corner too, kicking off Thursday night with a championship rematch.

The question is whether you're ready for the season. And we mean really ready. We'd suggest that that you aren't unless you're rolling with the right apps. We've got five free suggestions to ensure you're as prepared for football in every aspect as you could possibly be.