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Florence review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BRIEF FLING
Florence is a brief, but beautiful experience.

Purrfect Date review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CATS ARE JERKS
This parody of a dating sim suffers from some unlikable characters and repetitive gameplay.


Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A MINI MARVEL
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is an amazing new model for mobile ports that should get applied to more (and better) games.

Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIG DOGGONE IT
Spelunky meets Dig Dug in this charming minimal platformer.


Dandara review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: A JARRING JOURNEY
Dandara’s take on the Metroidvania formula is admirable, but unfortunately not well realized.

Disc Drivin’ 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TURN BY TURN
Disc Drivin’ has a few flaws, but it’s also one of the most original racing games out there.


PAKO 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MINOR OFFENSE
PAKO 2 is a super stylish game that is lacking a little bit of depth.

Thumper: Pocket Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 26th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: A LOUD THUD
Thumper is not for everyone. Even if you do like it, this version is not ideal.


Love CSR racing 2? Then check out our list of the other best drag racing games for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on February 7th, 2018

CSR Racing 2 is a lot of fun, and no mistake. And if driving down straight roads, changing gears and cackling is your idea of entertainment, then there are other games on the App Store that are going to be right up your street as well.

Which is why I've assembled this list of the best of them. If you like CSR Racing 2, then you're going to love these ones as well. There's some variety, and even some corners in the selection. I've included download links and, where applicable, links to our reviews of the games as well. Stay fast, stay furious, and don't hit your nitros too soon, okay?

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO: How to master the Bravery system

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on February 6th, 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO - Master the Bravery system

It's time to get brave. Specifically, we're going to talk about how to master the Bravery system that is at the very heart of combat in Dissidia Final Fantasy OO, which makes battles a matter of good timing even though they are 100 percent turn-based.

If you've played the Dissidia Final Fantasy console games, you already have at least an idea of how Bravery works. Every character has a Bravery or BRV score, which is displayed to the right of the health bars for the characters on your team and above the bars of your enemies.

Dice Soccer City Guide - How to Roll Over the Competition

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2018

Dice City Soccer is a game that’s all about taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s not just a matter of luck though. Check out these tips to help you roll past the competition:

Team work makes the dream work

The basic idea of Dice City Soccer’s matches is that the team who rolls a higher set of three dice pushes down the field toward their opponent’s goal. With that in mind, it might seem like picking players that have a high probability of rolling high numbers is your best bet every time, but this strategy has its limits. Instead, it’s generally more effective to pair players that work well together so you can take advantage of abilities that can modify your rolls and your opponent’s rolls. Try pairing up players that activate abilities on the same numbers, and you’ll see your team working better than just rolling high numbers.

These are the best superhero games for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on February 5th, 2018

Marvel Contest of Champions

Sometimes it feels like everything is superheroes nowadays. Films, books, drawings on the wall, breakfast cereals, everything is branded with something-man or captain-thingy. And it's no different in the world of mobile gaming either.

Which is why I've gone and written up this excellent list of superbly heroic games that you can download from the App Store right now. I've included links so you can download the games, as well as ones that will take you to our review of the game if we've got one. You're welcome.

Penny Arcade Slots enters its Closed Beta Test - and you're invited to give it a spin

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 5th, 2018
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Unlike most other studios, the developers behind the new social casino app Penny Arcade Slots can boast a wealth of realworld experience having built slot machines for casinos around the world. And now it's welcoming players to put its latest digital creation through its paces as Penny Arcade Slots begins its closed beta test.

Penny Arcade Slots features a mix of slot machine mini-games themed around characters from folklore. Where else can you see Chinese femme fatale Pan Jinlian sharing screen time with Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame? Alongside them are a colourful cast of characters including Aladdin, his Genie and a man who looks a lot like Jumanji’s Van Pelt (sans elephant gun).

Headshot ZD Guide - How to Survive Just A Little Longer

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Surviving in the zombie apocalypse can be quite tough, particularly if you’re dealing with the kind of zombies that can only be dispatched with shots to the head. Headshot ZD gives you that exact task in a free-to-play, survival-action format, and it’s one of those games where it’s surprisingly easy to fail if you’re not careful. In the interest of saving you and your zombie team from being eaten alive, keep these tips in mind:

Skeleton crew

As you play Headshot ZD, you may run across survivors that will want to join your crew. In most zombie games, you might want to take these people under your wing, but Headshot ZD is not most zombie games. This is a game about survival, and the more people you bring into your settlement, the more mouths you have to feed. Unless a survivor has some unique weapon or really great stats, you might just want to keep your crew to one or two members, particularly in the early game.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Feb 2nd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 2nd, 2018

Super Mario Bros movie screenshot

January is over and done with. Welcome to February. I hope it's been treating you well. And if it hasn't, well come over here, have a sit down and a cup of cocoa, and read all about the exciting things happening across the Steel Media empire over the last seven days.

Every week we're going to point you to some of the awesome content that's gone up on our sister sites. That way you stay connected to the world of mobile gaming, and we get to share the best work for all the world to see. So, without further ado, let's get it on.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - February 2nd

Posted by Harry Slater on February 2nd, 2018

Yankai's Peak

Another week has flown by. Why it feels like only a matter of minutes ago it was the start of January and we all swore blind we were going to keep our New Year's resolutions. Now it's February, and time has once again proven how utterly weak we are.

On a cheerier note though, Friday is when we round up the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store. There are some pretty good deals out there at the moment, especially if you like puzzlers or games about completely obliterating the human race. I've included download links and links to our reviews if they're available, but if you've got your own suggestions I'd love to hear them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Disc Drivin' 2 Guide - How to Slide Your Way to Victory

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Disc Drivin’ 2 is not your normal racer. Its turn-based gameplay and disc-based antics make for a really unique gameplay experience that might not be so easy to handle at first. Rest assured though, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be shuffling around the track with the best of them in no time:

Take your time

In a racing game, speed and quick reflexes are your friend, but in Disc Drivin’ 2, that’s not quite as important. In fact, rushing through your turn can easily lead to you making poor shots or invalidating all of your progress. Using all of your camera options available to you at the start of a turn is a good habit to form, and one that can make sure your prepared when you make your shot.

Casual online multiplayer Mini Golf King receives a brand new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 2nd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bluehole PNIX has just recently added a brand new update that aims to sink even more competition and party antics into its arcade multiplayer, Mini Golf King.

Shrinking down the noble sport onto mobile, developer Bluehole PNIX adds in a fair share of whimsical features that you're unlikely to find at your local Putt-Putt golf course. Bomb traps, accelerator pads, tube slides and swinging drawbridges are just a few of the obstacles you'll encounter over 30 levels, adding just the right amount of zaniness to compliment its serene visuals and laid back gameplay.

PAKO 2 Guide - How to be a Better Wheelman

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2018

PAKO 2’s stylish crime action can get really overwhelming really quickly, so much so that it can be hard to understand what you need to do to get better. Don’t fret though, we have some tips to help you be a more effective wheelman:

Spend your money right

Between rounds of PAKO 2, you’ll be banking cash that you can then spend to unlock new cars and levels. Although you might be tempted to spend this cash on whatever the next thing you can afford is, you’d be better off not doing so. You can earn a lot more cash more quickly in PAKO 2 if you save to buy the Misty Fields level and a fast car as your first purchases. Misty Fields is an easy level with no cliffs, and cruising around that level as fast as possible will let you earn tons of cash really quickly.

Gun breakdown

Once you’ve banked a bunch of cash and want to start buying other vehicles in PAKO 2, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Each car comes with its own weapon with it, and they operate pretty differently. Here’s how the guns compare to each other:

    • Pistol: Your standard weapon. Shoots at a standard semi-auto rate. Consistent, but not particularly fast.
    • Heavy Pistol: Shoots like the regular pistol, though a little slower, but a lot more powerful. Is prone to miss. Not recommended.
    • Shotgun: Shoots slightly slower than the pistol, but in a spread. Most shots from the shotgun take out cars in one hit.
    • Submachine Gun: Shoots very quickly. Takes down cars extremely easily. Probably the most powerful gun in the game.
    • Grenades: These only come on the Roadking, the most expensive car in the game. Grenades can do splash damage and take out cars in one hit. They can be really slow sometimes though and doesn’t feel as consistent at the submachine gun.

Speed is key

In PAKO 2, your effectiveness is rated solely by your ability to get people from one point to another quickly. Don’t worry about using roads or bumping into things occasionally, as long as none of those things slow you down. Speedy deliveries grant you a higher score and additional cash to spend at the end of a round, whereas taking a slow and steady approach may get you a longer play session, but very little to show for it.

Don’t get stuck

Once you get a hang of PAKO 2’s controls, there are very few situations where the police will be able to end your run by themselves. As long as you are staying ahead of them and not hitting other vehicles, they might tail you, but rarely will they be able to knock you too off course. If you don’t do this though, it’s very easy for the cops to take you out. Getting stuck in corners, or even just running into too many things and losing speed are the real dangers in PAKO 2. A lack of momentum lets the police pile up and overwhelm your vehicle, so as long as you’re a smooth operator, you can usually prolong your run for quite a while.

Heroes and villains unite in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, now on mobile

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 1st, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Released in Japan last year, Opera Omnia is the first installment of Dissidia Final Fantasy to end up on the mobile platform. As with the other Dissidia titles, it throws together the greatest characters from the world of Final Fantasy to fight alongside each other. Now, publisher Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts) and developer Team Ninja (Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive) has launched the game worldwide. Time to dust off your gunblades.

The themes of the story will ring a bell if you’ve played a Dissidia Final Fantasy title before. A multidimensional safe-haven, Opera Omnia is a world forged by two gods to give tired warriors respite. But whilst familiar Final Fantasy faces were kicking up their heels in paradise, monsters found a way in. To restore zen, a magic moogle needs to collect ‘light’, and can only do so with your help. Assemble a band of famous heroes and villains from the Final Fantasy universe, and go to war with the unwelcome arrivals.

Battle in Opera Omnia is turn-based, taking place across eclectic arenas – from verdant woodlands to gothic chambers. Bravery is a new addition to combat. Charge your Bravery gauge through successive special attacks, and unleash it at the right time to strike a devastating blow.

The game features a lot of JRPG elements, but also allows for a multiplayer experience. Invite your friends online and you can fight monsters through rifts in space and time – and win rewards while you’re at it.
If you’re desperate to swing a Buster Sword as Cloud Strife again, or you’re just a fan of JRPGs and turn-based battles, you’ll find something to enjoy in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia. You can download it for free from Google Play and the App Store.

This article is sponsored by Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Mario Kart is coming to mobile. Is it time to get excited or are you ready to chuck some blue shells?

Posted by Harry Slater on February 1st, 2018

Luigi death stare Mario Kart

This one is definitely an example of getting the hype train (or kart, I guess) started early. Nintendo has revealed that it's developing a Mario Kart game for mobile. It's called Mario Kart Tour, and it was announced yesterday over on Nintendo's Twitter.

Now, we've already had our say about what Nintendo has to do if it wants to remain relevant in the mobile sphere, and you can check that out by clicking here. But here's the kicker, we've got a long wait ahead of us for Mario Kart Tour.

Here's everything you need to know about Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on January 31st, 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia

It's that most special of days. There's a new Final Fantasy game on the App Store. It's called Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, and you're right, that is a bit of a mouthful. But what is the game? And what are you going to be doing in it?

Well that's where this guide comes in. We're going to tell you everything you need to know about the game to make sure you're up to speed before you jump in. We'll be covering the game in more depth in the coming days, but if you don't know your Dissidia from your Dimensions, this is the page you're looking for.

Strategize with George Washington and Genhis Khan in upcoming RTS game First Hero

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 30th, 2018

Test your strategic might in Webzen’s latest project, First Hero. It’s a real-time strategy game that will see you crafting an army from history’s most important figures. Send the likes of Genghis Khan and Leonidas into battle to command and conquer.