The tentpole JRPG franchise for well over 30 years now, Final Fantasy has been capturing the hearts of both western and eastern audiences for almost as long as it's been available to them. Each new entry brings with it an entirely new cast of heroes, game mechanics, and story, with maybe the odd spin-off or fighting game variant sprinkled in for good measure. Because, why not?
It's a series that's become known for regularly regenerating itself. And while it's fairly easy to keep up with the mainline numbered entries on consoles, Final Fantasy on mobile proves to be a different beast. To help separate the rough from the smooth and your turn-based battlers from your straight action epics, here's our comprehensive breakdown of the Final Fantasy titles on IOS worth looking into.
Battle royale games are all the rage on the App Store at the moment. A couple of weeks ago we looked at the origins of the genre, but now it's time to get the crystal balls out and think about what might be the future for the giant deathmatches we all know and love. With PUBG and Fortnite both available for iOS now, and a good handful of clones out there as well, what can the genre do to stay relevant in a world as changeable as our own? Or is this going to be another flash in the pan genre that falls by the wayside before it's really had the chance to grow? Read on to find out what we think.
I think we might have mentioned a few times that 148Apps is part of a larger network of sites. And one of them, Pocket Gamer, has a section that's dedicated to digital board games. It's called TableTap, and tomorrow at 1pm EST, it's taking to Twitch.
It's not the first time TableTap has dipped its toes into the streaming water, but tomorrow is going to be something special. That's because the stream is dedicated to Catan VR, the perfect blend of classic board game and modern technology.
We've taken a long hard look at some of the details around Shadowgun Legends, but now it's time to get into the nitty gritty. Specifically, we're going to look at how you can win matches of Ascension, the game's 4v4 PvP multiplayer mode.
Obviously this isn't an exact science, and if your teammates haven't read this piece there's still a good chance that you're going to get mullered. But, we've put a good few hours into the game mode, and we know our stuff. Remember, if you've got any ideas to add them in the comments at the bottom of the section.
Rayark, the celebrated developers of Implosion - Never Lose Hope have another game on the horizon. In two weeks, Sdorica - Sunset, will be hitting the App Store in the US, which is a fantasy puzzle rpg of sorts. In the lead up to release, we’ve been playing Sdorica to unpack exactly what it is so you’ll know what to expect when it comes out on April 19.
It’s a unique matching game
As a game, Sdorica fits into the same mold of a bunch of puzzle rpgs. You have a cast of characters that you level up and take on missions to fight all kinds of other enemies using turn-based gameplay that involves matching blocks to unleash attacks and abilities.
That said, the matching in Sdorica is a little unlike most games we’ve seen before. Your matching field is only two rows deep and features as many colors of tiles as you have people in your party. There’s no shuffling blocks around or anything like that, either. Instead, you tap on any tile you want, and you have the option to drag to select any nearby blocks of the same color to be included in the match. Depending on the number of blocks you select, your character will perform different moves, and you have to learn how best to harness these abilities so you can beat your enemies before they beat you.
Everyone loves a sale, which is why every week here at 148Apps we round-up the very best games that are going for cheap on the App Store. And today is no different. Look, we're doing it right now. You're reading it. This is the content that we have made for you.
There are some cracking games on this week's list, and I've stuck download links and links to our reviews below so you can get the game or some more info at your leisure. Think we've missed something? Then stick your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. Go on, you know you might maybe want to.
If you’ve ever found yourself needing the perfect mash-up of Paper Mario and LittleBigPlanet, mobile developer UsFun Games might have the answer in theircharming puzzle-platformer PAPER Anne.
Placing you in a papercraft world that’s distraught and in tatters at the hands of the Queen of Hearts, as the titular Anne you’ll work your way through various storybook levels which each present their own mysteries to solve. Most work by having you slide and shift the pieces of the world around you, resulting in a storybook adventure that emphasises puzzles as well as straight platforming.
PAPER Anne’s touch controls make it a breeze to guide Anne safely through the many hazards set in place by the Queen of Hearts which stand in her way. It’s simply a matter of tapping, swiping, and sliding while solving the puzzles and platforming sections in time.
The game recently recently introduced its fourth chapter as part of a recent update, giving those eager to explore more fairy-tale puzzles in PAPER Anne the ability to do so. Don’t be surprised if you come across a cast of completely new characters in addition to those from like The Nutcracker, The Ugly Duckling, and of course, Alice in Wonderland.
If you’ve not yet jumped into PAPER Anne and are considering taking a page out of the game’s book, hop on over to the App Store today.
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Ava Airborne is an endless runner much in the same vein as something like Alto's Odyssey, but instead of riding over the ground with a board of some kind, you pilot a hang glider and try to avoid the ground at all costs. With this new mode of transportation comes some unique gameplay mechanics that make Ava unlike other runners you've played, so make sure to keep the following tips in mind to make sure you soar your way onto the leaderboards:
Focus on unlocks over score
When you're just starting out, the best way to make sure you can maximize your score in Ava Airborne is by not thinking too much about making your runs longer or scoring big. I know, I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but this is because Ava Airborne is full of unlocks and it's best to focus on getting those first to make sure you can have super long, high scoring runs in the future.
You might think that scoring well in the game will lead you to unlocks faster, but that is exactly where you'd be wrong. Ava Airborne is a little nontraditional in its upgrade system in that it only unlocks a maximum of one set of upgrades per flight. So, even if you soar over 10k meters in one run, all of the points you earn will only go as high as your next level before stopping and squandering the rest. So do yourself a favor and focus on the level grind before trying to go big.
It's Thursday, and here at 148's spacious office that can only mean one thing - it's time to round up all of the best games that have landed on the App Store this week. There's a few here, and I reckon there's going to be something for pretty much everyone on the list.
Especially if you're a fan of classic adventure games. More on that later though. Download links are included, should you wish to flit off to the App Store and pick up a game ASAP. And if you think we've missed anything, feel free to shout about it in the comments down there at the bottom of the article.
If you’ve ever had aspirations of becoming an oil tycoon, digital board game OIL might help you make that dream a reality. Set during America’s early 1900s oil boom, you’ll be mining for oil while fighting off the competition in the Wild West. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you persevere, you could come out the other side the king of your own oil empire.
OIL veers away from your typical resource management board game, instead more closely resembling Battleship. Players begin mining for oil on a shared board, meaning you’ll have to keep your opponent from growing their prospects while you keep the oil flowing to fill your own coffers. OIL’s world is heavily inspired by the grim Oscar-winning drama There Will Be Blood, raising the stakes and giving the game a bit of a darker spin.
You can play OIL against an AI or with your friends, with no need for internet. The game progresses across 18 different levels. Gameplay can get pretty intense, but OIL’s soothing soundtrack and pleasing minimalistic visuals lends the game an excellent balance.
The digital oil boom starts now. You can find OIL on iOS and tvOS today.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
We all love a good idle game from time to time, don’t we? Good thing there are new and good ones coming out all the time, like Swarm Simulator: Evolution. In this game, you breed humble Drones to gather meat and eventually harness that power to do all kinds of crazy things like travel through time and evolve to higher forms of being. In order to get to these late-game points though, you need to be a good little drone and manage your colony optimally. Here’s exactly how to do that:
Adjust your quantities
Swarm Simulator is all about using your gathered meat and hatched Drones to purchase all kinds of other bugs, like Queens, Locusts, and more. If you want to truly maximize your purchasing potential though, you shouldn’t just buy as much of any one bug or item at every opportunity.
Although the game offers by default to spend all of your gathered resources on buying as much of any one thing as possible, this isn’t always the best idea. To avoid this, you can the purple button in the bottom left of the screen to adjust your quantities. Doing this can allow you to purchase the bugs you need while keeping any resources you need to bank in tact.
Kingpin Bowling is the a neat arcade runner where you control a bowling ball as you try to hit pins and avoid obstacles to net a high score. Although its gameplay is largely pretty similar to a lot of other runners out there, there are some things about it that make it uniquely challenging. This guide can help you navigate these things though and help make sure you’re a top bowler.
Most endless runners want you to go as far as possible to score big, but that’s not quite the case with Kingpin. This game is all about hitting pins, and it couldn’t care less how far you actually roll. If you miss three pins or hit an obstacle, your run is over, and your final score is determined by the pins you hit.
For the most part, each pin is worth one point, but not all pins in Kingpin are created equal. Pins with blue stripes are worth two points each, and pins with golden heads give you five coins when you hit them. Make sure that if you’re going to miss a pin, it’s not one of these special types, as they are much more valuable than the regular, red striped pins.
In this part of our guide to Shadowgun Legends, we're going to have a look at the different multiplayer modes that the game offers. We've already gone over the various single player missions you can take on, so we figured it was time to shine some light on the PvP and PvE aspects of the game.
There's more to come too, with some handy tips and tricks to get you into the swing of things, as well as more detailed looks at the maps and modes. So make sure to keep coming back to 148 to check out our latest content.
You access all of the different multiplayer options from Nitro in the HUB. He also offers multiplayer missions. Talk to him and he'll show you the different modes that you've unlocked, and the ones that you're yet to gain access to.
Want a new beat em’ up on mobile? Look no further than Honkai Impact 3rd. This gorgeous anime brawler involves building teams of powerful Valkyries to take down some vicious, futuristic foes. If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, check out this guide to help get you started out on the right foot.
Know your enemy
Honkai Impact 3rd is kind of like Fire Emblem games in that there’s three types of heroes and enemies, with each type being strong or weak against another. In the case of Honkai, Mecha types are strong against Creature types, Creature types are strong against Psychic types, and Psychic types are strong against Mecha types.
In the heat of a battle, it might be hard to recognize enemies by type at first, but if you pay close attention, each enemy has a distinct color scheme that tells you their type. Use that to your advantage to make sure you’re using the right Valkyries against the right foes.
Having swung its way onto iOS and Android devices over a year ago, arcade multiplayer title Mini Golf King has returned from the clubhouse with all-new content in tow.
Bluehole PNIX’s free-to-play offering already provided a quirky twist on the popular sport by pitting players against more than 30 trap-filled, bonus-packed courses, and the game’s latest update has added an all-new gameplay mode and an additional power-up to the equation.
Hole-in-one Challenge, a new way to play Mini Golf King, is the update’s headline feature. In this mode, players are pitted against a series of courses where the ball must be sunk in one shot. Racking up a hole in one will fire them through to the next level and rewards will be dished out each time.
The Golf Pin power-up, which can be purchased from the store or found in select chests, is another new addition and it will help players improve their game by adding extra wind resistance, distance and other enhancements to every shot they take.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.