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The Bug Butcher review

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By Campbell Bird on October 24th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUPER BUGSTER BROS
This 2-D shooter is beautifully animated and provides a ton of challenge.

Witch Twitch review

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By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: WITCH COLOR?
This simple color-matching game would be a lot more enjoyable if its gameplay were a little more refined.

Critical Ops review

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By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MISSED OPS
This free-to-play shooter looks nice and has a reasonable monetization scheme, but is otherwise kind of lacking.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes review

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By Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A FAIR DEAL
Plants vs. Zombies takes on Hearthstone in a way that is endearing and surprisingly fun.

Mini Metro review

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By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVENTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
This transit-based puzzle game is a zen-like experience with a minimal aesthetic.

Pirates War - The Dice King review

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By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BOARD GAME BOOTY
This pirate-themed board game combines deck-building and Monopoly.

Twisty Board review

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By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COMPETENT COPY
In the tradition of mobile games named like Crossy Road, Twisty Board is an endless arcade game with voxel graphics where you ride a hoverboard.

Shuffle Cats review

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By Campbell Bird on October 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CARDY CRUSH
King's latest is a multiplayer rummy game featuring cats. Who knew?

The top 5 games set in the wild west

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 17th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE :: Read Review »

It's a great time to be a western enthusiast, what with the success ofWestworldand hints that a newRed Dead Redemptionfollow up is on its way. If you're thirsting for more, look no further than your smart phone or tablet--there are plenty of western themed games to be had. Here are our favorite picks!

Shuffle Cats and 4 other great mobile card games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CARDY CRUSH :: Read Review »

Sure, video games are exciting and new, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like an old fashioned card game. King’s Shuffle Cats, which hit your assorted mobile gadgets this week, is a great example of that with its fun take on classic rummy. But this game of doey-eyed, card dealing cats isn’t the only option on mobile. Let’s take a look at four other great card games for iOS and Android.

5 quick mobile workouts to motivate you

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016
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Beginning an exercise routine, or getting back into fitness after a slump can be daunting with the overwhelming amount of experts out there telling you which way is right, and which way is wrong, and which exercises are the best. Forget about all of that for now and start out small to get motivated and inspired. These five apps will get you moving in just a few minutes a day.

Put your empire on top in our guide to Clash of Kings: The West

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 14th, 2016

Western gamers are in for a treat with the new RTS game Clash of Kings: The West. This is because it’s been designed specifically for the western market, so you’ll no longer have to put up with players from mainland China dominating the game as a result of cheaper IAP’s.

Developer Elex Tech has also included several new features, as well as refining elements of its popular franchise.

New additions range from exclusive events like castle lucky day and Vikings invasion, right up to resource collecting combos and much more.

One of the best changes made with this latest instalment in the franchise lies in its fairer challenge to players who don’t want to pay extra for progression. Elsewhere, PVP and PVE events have been moved towards well thought out strategies and gameplay, making the overall experience far more fair.

But invading kingdoms and destroying whole armies is still no easy task, so allow us to guide you through some of the game’s main features. Here are some of the key points to get you on your conquering way…

Getting started

A really convenient feature for all you newbie’s at the beginning of the game is a two-minute guide to get you on your merry way. If you’re still stuck you can always ask other players for help later on.
Early on in the game you will also receive a number of tantalising items that will help speed-up game progression - completely free of charge.

As cool as that is items will only get you so far of course, so your main focus will need to be earning experience points to progress as fast as you can. Making sure your VIP status is active, slaying monsters, and completing tasks are a great way for getting EXP early in the game.

Another tip is to invest in the extra builder from the start, as it will halve the time taken to upgrade buildings.

Kingdom conqueror

Once you start getting a taste for battles, resources and effort should then be focused in dominating the games various cities and towns.

Careful though – don’t forget that your own towns and cities will come under attack, so make sure to invest in defensive measures by upgrading castles, fortresses, hospitals, and more.

A different kind of clash

There’s also a new focus on several upgradeable buildings - a feature where you will need to prioritize what’s most important. A good tip is to focus on upgrading your college as soon as possible to give your kingdom a technological edge over your opponents.

Military hospital

Every kingdom needs an army of course, and if you want to build a kingdom that lasts you’re going to need to keep that army safe. Upgrading military buildings and hospitals will lessen the damage from battle and improve troop abilities.

A good tip early on in the game is to upgrade your military to the level of legion before focusing on improving your troop’s abilities.

Achievements worthy of a king

All of this feeds back into the game’s unlockables, with rewards for castle upgrades coming in the form of achievements.

The Wall of Honour will showcase your greatest feats on the battlefield - giving players extra incentive when it comes to showing off to friends.

When achievement requirements are met, players will earn a star and gold rewards. Stars can then be used to unlock stamps if you have three in your arsenal.

Even deeper than that, every few minutes you will get a free reward pack which can be found on the left side of the interface. If you still have a hankering for free gifts, you can visit the princess too.

And for those willing to splash out some cash, the game rewards them with free daily gifts. Which is nice.

You can find Clash of Kings: The West on iOS and Androidfor free.

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

Get a hole in one in Flappy Golf 2

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016

Flappy Golfis back with a new sequel featuring dastardly physics puzzles in a charming and colorful little package. The aim of this game is to get the lowest score possible, which can be tricky when you have to make your way through each course's unique traps and obstacles. We have a few tips to help you get the best score possible. Read on!

5 great personal organizers to keep your life in check

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 14th, 2016
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Life happens fast and it's often incredibly hectic. It's easy to forget the plans you've made, or even some of the smaller, personal projects you've been meaning to take on. If you're finding your schedule getting away from you, relax and take a quick breather. There are ways to get things under control. The first step is to get organized, and finding the right planner for you is a great way to start. If the classic pen and paper planner isn't for you, give these personal organizer apps a try.

Pit army against army in the latest update for Crab War

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 13th, 2016
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You are the great crab god – and through supreme shellfish-ness must lead an army of crustaceans to battle against the invading reptiles.

That, as you’ll know if you’ve played Appxplore’s addictive action game Crab War, means you’ll be doing a lot of frantic tapping to unleash wave after wave of crab soldiers at your foes. As you fight, you climb further towards the surface to reclaim the ancient land you’ve lost.

In Crab War you can expend the resources you’re rewarded with during battle on the Evolutionary Tree, evolving your crab swarms into bigger and tougher opponents. Ecdysis gives you powerful mutation types to equip, and there are over 80 crabs and 30 crab queens to line your ranks and make those reptiles quiver in their scales.

The latest update to Crab War adds greater customisation as well as a tournament system to compete with other players. Tournament gameplay involves pitting your army against the reptiles in order to see which player has the most formidable crustaceans. The better you do, the higher your rank on the leaderboard. As a reward for taking a turn in the tournament, you can win plenty of resources including pearls, gems, and genes to spend on your swarms too.

Genes are a new addition - and can unsurprisingly be used in the Gene Tree. The Gene Tree offers greater customisation – you choose the branch you want to take, evolving either your defensive or offensive skills. This in turn improves the rewards gleaned from each fight and so on. You can then test your genes in tournament to become king of the crabs.

Get snappy and download Crab War for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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

Mix and match and attack and defend in the new genre fusion defence game Tower Rumble

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 13th, 2016
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Tower defence titles have become one of mobile gaming’s most popular genres, but rarely do they divert from their core formula.

That’s about to change with the release of the genre mash-up title Tower Rumble though. Developers Neo-Realms have looked to freshen up the tower defence traditions by adding action strategy, puzzle, and MOBA elements into its exotic brew of influences.

You are tasked with lobbing spells at your opponents in hopes of overrunning their tower, all while trying to defend their own structure. This is done through the use of a match-3 style mechanic, asking you to link up your spells before using them.

Just as the game’s premise is full of variables, so too are the wide variety of spells in the game. These spells are released randomly through play so you will have to stay on your toes, as well as strategizing what to use.
It’s not just spells that can be picked up throughout gameplay though, as you will also be able to utilise power-ups, battlefield items, and skills.

Don’t think either that you can just rely on one overpowered upgrade to win either, as Tower Rumble looks to have a fairer approach to battles compared to most tower defence titles.

The game focuses on its campaign modes (3 of which are free), whilst also incorporating multiplayer tournament modes and 40 levels in the arcade mode – a nice mixture that runs right through every facet of the title.

The campaign mode will see you embark on an epic journey through the lands of Artyficia, taking on armies of goblins, slimes, dwarves, and more - as well as featuring an array of challenging boss battles.

The core mode will also see you unravel a mysterious plot surrounding the greedy kings of Artyficia, all while levelling up your skills, searching for artifacts that will boost your army, and mining to pay for unique upgrades. Will your tower be the last one standing when it’s all said and done?

The game even supports offline play on the same device - for those who would rather take down their opponent in person.

You can get this towering title from the App Store and Google Play.

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

If you like Monsters, mystery, and mayhem, check out Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery's latest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 13th, 2016
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If you’ve got itchy virtual feet and are eager to embark on your next adventure, then you’re in luck because the people of Darkwood need your help.

Trapped by a mysterious curse that prevents them from ever leaving the city, the residence of Darkwood are in dire need of a saviour (but rather strangely are unwilling to help). That’s where you come in.

In your quest to lift the curse, you’ll have to gather your wits and search for the hidden objects that are key to uncovering Darkwoods’ mysterious past. With 28 locations to explore you’ll also have to complete a series of time limited trials, including gruelling challenges and cryptic puzzles to progress and uncover more locations and tasks.

While the game was released in July last year, the newest Halloween themed update brings new life to the game. Get ready for the brand new spooktastic “Dark Square” location that’s full of holiday themed events and rewards, including a unique casket full of Halloween avatars, stickers, and talismans that increase your energy regeneration.

But explorers beware, as the night of Halloween eve brings special powers to the Darkwood monsters – so be sure to find as many special objects as you can, as you’ll need them to banish the fiends back to the hell mouth.

But the fun doesn’t end there. If you need a little extra help with your tasks, you can invite your mates to join you in the game, and leave helpful little tips for you to find.

With so many great key features for you to look forward to, including the gorgeous graphics, enchanting music, and the regular free updates – not to mention the 1,200 plus quests to enjoy, Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery could be your new favourite game if you’ve got a taste for adventure.

You can download Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery for free from the App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, or Amazon Appstore.

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

How to stay ahead of the competition in FIFA Mobile

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 13th, 2016

FIFA Mobilelaunched this week, bringing a lighter, certifiably mobile football experience.FIFA Mobilepairs card collecting with team management, crafting, and straightup football competition with a bunch of new systems that might bear a little explaining. Use this trusty guide to get your off on the right foot.

4 fantastic console to mobile ports

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 13th, 2016

FIFA Mobile
released this week, and it's made a divide of sorts among fans. On the one hand, it's addictive and the streamlined mechanics make it a good time-filler when you're on the go. On the other, this is definitely not a fullFIFAgame, and probably won't satisfy fans with a greater investment in theFIFAseries.

While FIFA Mobile doesn't promise to be a full FIFAport to mobile, it's sad to see that EA is straying away from bringing that sort of experience to Apple and Android devices.If FIFA Mobile is making you sad with its shift towards short and snappy mobile-friendly gameplay, you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of games that have made the jump from console to mobile to fill the holes left by your favorite football franchise. Let's take a look at five of the best!

Shadow Bug Rush: How to chase after the highest score

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 12th, 2016

Shadow Bug Rush is an endless runner that follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Shadow Bug. Where Shadow Bug was more of an atmospheric platforming adventure, Shadow Bug Rush sacrifices the original’s structure for frantic, high score chasing fun.

The mechanics are mostly in tact -- you can move back and forth and stab at your enemies -- but this time around, as is the nature of endless runners, you’ll need to keep moving or risk getting killed. Things can move a bit fast, especially if you’re new to the game. Follow these tips to survive and become an all powerful Shadow Bug.

We interviewed Elex Tech about its brand new title Clash of Kings: The West

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 11th, 2016
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Great news for all of you Clash of Kings fans out there (well, the one’s from the west at least) Elex Tech has been hard at work to create a brand new version of the game Clash of Kings: The West, which has been developed specifically just for the Western market.

Clash of Kings: The West isn’t a brand new take on the original (it still employs the same game mechanics and style) but it does address the issues that made the original Clash of Kings such a frustrating experience for many players. The biggest of these changes is the reduced benefit of high tier in-app purchases that led to annoying pay to win tactics, as well as the dominance of players from China who had access to cheaper IAP’s.

There’s even an event in store for Clash of Kings: The West that will make the game much fairer for all, where low tier purchases will now pay much greater dividends in the game. For just $1.50 you will receive items and bonuses that will make you competitive even against the games big spenders – and best of all this event will run forever.

Naturally, with a new release there comes new exciting content, and in Clash of Kings: The West you can also expect to see some exciting new additions to its battle gameplay - with brand new items and original creative gameplay such as sea battle.

To satisfy the adventurer in you, you’ll also have the chance to go on treasure hunts with the Explorer’s Guild feature.

Don’t forget to check out the games Facebook page either, where you’ll find plenty more in-game rewards and content to enjoy.

We spoke to one of the developers on Clash of Kings: The West to ask them what they think makes this game really special.

Which part of the game are you personally the most proud of and why?

"I like the monster challenge ranking, but it’s more of an early stage game-play, the middle term players rarely play it. This game-play is a pure test of battle strategy. I’m a tactical player, so I like the content that needs research and strategy."

What is the game’s community like, and have you found it to have a global appeal?

"The players have a strong connection from battles, and a weaker connection from communications, you can easily know whether he/she is enemy or ally. You can simply see it from behavior like attack or reinforce.

We use Google translation in our chatting system, which supports 60 most common languages to make the global chatting available."

Do you have anything planned in terms of future updates for the game and, if so, can you give us any details of what these might include?

"We prepared some interesting battle items. You may see them in the October updates, which will add more fun to the rather “boring” battles. And we also are planning some very creative game-play, such as a sea battle. We're also considering modifying the battle of the throne, so that more players can join and get prizes from it."

Do you have any tips or advice to users on how to play the game?

"If you haven’t tried CTW, please try it now! If you are enjoying it, please share it with more friends, because this is a fair war game that you can play for a long time. You can find all the exciting war game-play in this game."

How is Clash of Kings:The West performing so far and has it been meeting expectations?

"CTW has launched for 3 months, got half a million downloads in Google Play, and received more than 20,000 reviews, rating at 4.1. The first iOSversions of the game had a game bug and received rather low ratings, but as we solved this bug, the latest 2 versions also received rating at 4+.

The tech and operation team are in charge of Facebook Managing, Marketing, Developing and Product Managing. Without any UA ads, we achieved more than 200,000 weekly active users, and more than 30,000 paying active users in 3 months. I’m pretty satisfied with our current performance."

You can download Clash of Kings: The West for free from Google Play and the App Store.

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

5 crashtastic games like Drifty Chase

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2016
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Drifty Chase is speeding its way up the iTunes charts with its addictive car chase action and general sense of mischief. It’s easy to pick up and and master in just a few minutes, making it an instant hit.

If you’re looking for something to change things up, though, there is a slew of other racing games that delight in causing fiery roadside havoc. We’ve done all of the heavy lifting and chosen five of the best.

Pokémon GO update brings changes to gym battles and more

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 11th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Pokémon GO
just got a new update today as part of Niantic's continuing efforts to support the game. Before you ask, no, they still haven't added a tracking feature, and no, people are not very happy about that. However, Niantic has thrown in a few new fixes that will make the lives ofpokémon trainers worldwide a touch easier. Let's take a look, shall we?