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Portal Knights review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 12th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KNIGHTCRAFT
This game combines crafting and questing into one heck of a fun package.

Amazing Katamari Damacy review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 11th, 2017
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ALMOST AMAZING
This runner does a good job of channeling the crazy charm of Katamari Damacy, but it’s also overloaded with ads and other annoyances.


GRID Autosport review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 8th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL BUT BOILERPLATE
GRID Autosport is a really, really ridiculously good looking racer, but is otherwise a pretty straightforward experience.

Reigns: Her Majesty review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 7th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A WORTHY HEIR
The follow up to Reigns adds a ton of extra content while maintaining the same base formula.


7 Wonders review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 6th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOSTLY WONDERFUL
It’s great to have a mobile version of 7 Wonders finally, but it’s still not quite as good as the real thing.

Far from Noise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 5th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HANGING BY A MOMENT
Far from Noise is a refreshingly slow-paced narrative game.


I Am The Hero review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 4th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CHARACTER FLAWS
This brawler is super stylish, but also suffers from some technical issues.

Game Dev Tycoon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 1st, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MAKING GAMES IS HARD
Game Dev Tycoon is a remarkably detailed and lovingly crafted management sim about the games industry.


AdVenture Communist guide - tips and tricks for beginners

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 5th, 2017

From the minds that brought you AdVenture Capitalist comes an entirely new way of running things.AdVenture Communistshirks the every-man-for-himself trappings of capitalism for a worlm in which every man throws their potatoes into the pot for the good of society as a whole. Sound ridiculous? It kind of is, but that's why we love it.

AdVenture Communist is an addictive idle-clicker game where you're tasked with keeping a communist nation afloat. Running a country is never easy, though. Luckily for you, we have a few helpful beginner tips and tricks to help you get started.

Shadow Fight 3 guide - how to become a seasoned fighter

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 2nd, 2017

Shadow Fight 3 is a fun new brawler with a few RPG elements thrown in for some extra flavor. Set in feudal Japan, you'll rely on just your fists and perhaps a blade or two to help you win out against your opponent. Combat is multilayered and requires a decent bit of study if you want to make it far. Here are a few tips to help you go pro.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide - how to get every holiday item

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 2nd, 2017



Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's
first big holiday event got under way this week. Players can now craft exclusive festive items and collect fun santa outfits. It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The only catch is, you only have 25 days to take advantage of it all. Once Christmas is past, the event is over, whether you've collected everything or not.

25 days gives you plenty of time to collect everything, though. Here's how you can craft every item and collect every costume piece before your time is up, without spending a single leaf.

The best new games we played this week - November 30

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 1st, 2017



We took a break for Thanksgiving, but your favorite weekly roundup is back. It's once again time to take a look at the best new games that released this past week (or two). There's a good bit of variety, and the quality is outstanding. There are only four games on the list this week, but they're probably some of the best games out on iOS this year. Let's take a look, shall we?

Rules of Survival guide - how to protect yourself from other players

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 30th, 2017



In Rules of Survival, anything goes. The only real rule is to stay alive, and your opponents are going to do everything in their power to follow it. That means sneaking, sniping, and sometimes flat out fire fights.

It can be tough adapting to these brutal tactics, but there are plenty of ways to avoid them. Here are a few tips to help you survive any human encounter in Rules of Survival.

The guide to every villager in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 30th, 2017

Each villager in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a different personality type, unique furniture preferences, and gives out one of a few different materials. With over 30 villagers, there's a lot to keep track of, especially if you're after a certain material or amenity. Here's a handy list of every camper, their personality type, and the materials they'll have on hand.

148Apps' Ultimate Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 30th, 2017

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camphas simply become a way of life for many of us. It's meant to be a fun little time waster to pop into every now and then for a few minutes, but we can't help spending any stray moment available to us with our furry friends.

Despite it's adorable facade, there's quite a bit toPocket Camp, which is why we've amassed a number of guides to help you out with every facet of the game. Consider this your go-to resource bank for all thingsPocket Camp.

Guides

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp beginner's guide - how to set up camp

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp mid-game guide - what to do once you hit level 10

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide - how to rake in bells and materials

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide - how to craft the best amenities

The guide to every villager in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Is there a guide you'd like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Fight fireballs with more fireballs in the safety of VR with Elemental Combat out now

Posted by 148Apps Staff on November 29th, 2017

Elemental Combat is a multiplayer game that challenges you to blast away your foes with fire and various other elements. In VR though, not in real life.

You cast these moves with your real hands though, thanks to motion controls. Think The Last Airbender but far cooler and you're along the right lines.

Each move is based on one of the four different elements of air, earth, water, and fire - each of which has a different strength and weakness. Fire is very offensive, but lacks defence for example.

Selecting your favourite element and developing a playstyle is a huge part of the fun here. By the time you're an expert you'll really feel like your style is unique.

You'll do all of this in two different modes. There's a single player that teaches you the basics before you take them into battle with you in multiplayer.

That serves like an FPS, with you performing moves on your friends to defeat them so you have a higher score by the end.

Elemental Combat took the top prize as Best VR Game at the PGC XR Helsinki Indie Competition, and even ended up as a runner up best XR Game.

So stop wasting time and go and grab Elemental Combat right now on Steam. It's even 10% off right now to celebrate the launch.

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

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide - how to rake in bells and materials

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 29th, 2017



Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
is a game all about having the latest, greatest furniture and amenities, and that requires a steady flow of cash and crafting materials. Looking at the vast number of furniture pieces available for you to make, it can all be quite overwhelming.

You shouldn't dread building your dream campsite, though. We have a few helpful tips that will keep you swimming in cash and crafting materials, so you can create anything you could possibly desire in the newest Animal Crossing adventure.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp guide - how to craft the best amenities

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 28th, 2017



As you continue to make progress inAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you'll start focusing on building amenities, the more complex structures you can craft to really make your campsite shine. These amenities require a lot of materials that are sometimes hard to come by. Fear not, though. We're here to show you how you can set to building and keep those upgrades coming. Off we go!

Keep friends that give cotton out of your camp -- for now

Fight and collect mythological beasts in Phantom Chaser

Posted by 148Apps Staff on November 28th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Building a team of RPG heroes has never been so fun thanks to Phantom Chaser, the newest action RPG from FloppyGames. Explore an award-winning fantasy world replete with shiny treasure and epic quests. Phantom Chaser is making its big debut to western audience, giving players worldwide the chance to collect hundreds of mythological monsters and engage in epic battles with friends.

With your personal team of Phantoms in tow, you’ll start your adventure by completing quests in Story mode for true fantasy storytelling action. The fun doesn’t end there, though. Test your Phantoms’ mettle in the Battlefield challenges, where dungeons like the River of Fire, Temporal Rift, and Scalar Tower task you with completing difficult tasks with the promise of crafting materials, treasure, and the chance to upgrade your Phantoms. For those with a competitive streak, you can fight it out with other players in the Arena mode.

Phantom Chaser is ultimately a game about team building. You’ll collect a host of characters from both eastern and western mythological pantheons, including Nine-Tails, Succubus, and Dracula to name but a few. You’re free to build the team that best suits your own strategies. You’ll find Phantoms simply by playing through quests, drawing Summon Tickets, or through crafting.

Each Phantom has a unique role and skills. Find out how to pair these skills with the other Phantoms on your team, and you’ll unlock some truly powerful tactics in battle. You can even level up and upgrade your Phantoms, who will ultimately evolve into new forms, gaining stat boosts and higher-tier skills.

You’re free to put all of that to the test on the battlefield with Phantom Chasers’ active combat. You can control your Phantoms freely, dodging attacks and swooping in to deal blows to your enemies.

Now’s the time to dive into this colorful fantasy world. You can start collecting your own team of Phantoms right now. You can find Phantom Chaser on the App Store and Google Play.

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

The best Cyber Monday mobile game deals

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 27th, 2017

Cyber Monday is here for your wallet, with quite a few quality games receiving special discounts just for the occassion. The list isn't as lengthy as our Black Friday features, but there's still a good number of excellent games on the list this week. You'll find pleasant arcade shooters, puzzle games, and more, all at a steep discount.

The best Cyber Monday mobile hardware and accessory deals

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 27th, 2017



We hope you're not all shopped out, because Cyber Monday has seen even more mobile discounts. We've run through the best deals you'll find online through today, including some leftovers from Black Friday. Let's get to it.

5 reasons Kingdoms of Heckfire is your next kingdom builder obsession

Posted by 148Apps Staff on November 25th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Kingdoms of Heckfire is a brand new kingdom battler by A Thinking Ape, and it's one that aims to make the genre accessible for new players.

But that doesn't mean it's easier or shallower. No, the developer has worked hard to streamline the experience and make it a little more social so you're never alone.

Aside from that, this is the genre as you know and love it. Build stuff, battle enemies, and work with your friends to complete larger goals.

If you're still not convinced, here are five reasons why you really should check it out.

You can play with your friends and they'll actually want to

Lots of games have promised social play with your friends, and then you've gone and pestered them to play and they've just laughed and shook their heads.

Sound familiar? Well, we can safely say that that won't happen with Kingdoms of Heckfire.

The majority of times a friend doesn't want to play with you is because they just don't get the genre like you do. As we mentioned earlier, A Thinking Ape has worked hard to ensure that this one is easy to pick up and play.

So basically, if you can get your friends to shove this on their phone, the game will take care of the rest.

It's got a sense of humour

That's right. Kingdoms of Heckfire is chock full of amusing characters and dialogue that's bound to have you spitting your tea all over your phone. Just keep a tissue handy.

The humour also makes Kingdoms of Heckfire a much friendlier experience overall. That means that anyone can play it really, from the young ones all the way up to your grandparents.

If you like laughing - and don't we all - then Kingdoms of Heckfire is the game for you.

There are loads of dragons, and they're cute

Everyone loves dragons, don't they? Isn't that like the number one reason Game of Thrones is so popular right now? I'd say so.

Guess what else has dragons? Kingdoms of Heckfire! The best part is, they're not scary either. They're adorable dragons that you'd have no problem bringing home to meet your mum.

This alone is a major selling point in Kingdoms of Heckfire. If you haven't downloaded it already, then you probably have no soul.

There's real depth to it

When we said Kingdoms of Heckfire was accessible, we didn't mean lacking in depth. There's an awful lot of that here.

The PvP, for example, can involve literally thousands of players, and require weeks of planning along with your friends. Well, if you want to have a chance of winning that is.

There's a very real feeling that you can have an impact on the world around you in Kingdoms of Heckfire, and that's pretty special.

Clans, clans, and more clans!

There's a huge focus on clan play here, which is all the more reason to bring your friends along for the ride as we mentioned earlier.

You can get some lovely clan gifts just for playing together, and even send rewards to each other to cheer everyone up.

At this point, you're probably well convinced, so head on over to the App Store or Google Play to grab Kingdoms of Heckfire right now.

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

The best Black Friday mobile game deals - part 2

Posted by Jessica Famularo on November 25th, 2017



With Black Friday in full swing, more and more mobile games have been going on sale. Many of mobile's finest games are available at crazy discounts. If you haven't yet, check out part one of our Black Friday game discount roundup. Here are the best games you can buy this weekend on the cheap.