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Scalak review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 25th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PURE PUZZLE
Scalak’s simple fun is fine, but it makes you wonder if there should be something more to it.

Pocket Run Pool review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 23rd, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: POCKET POOL
Pocket Run Pool is one of Gage’s best releases to date.


Animal Super Squad review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 23rd, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OUT OF CONTROL
Animal Super Squad is a goofy vehicle platformer that is a little too awkward to control.

Disney Heroes: Battle Mode review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 22nd, 2018
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: DEAD DISNEY
Disney Heroes is a bad cash-in game that fails to demonstrate the creativity or charm of Disney movies.


Minesweeper Genius review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 21st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REFINED MINES
This game takes the core ideas behind Minesweeper to make a pretty satisfying puzzle experience.

Rev Heads Rally review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: KART CRISIS
This kart racer begs the question: What makes a kart racer fun?


Homo Machina review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRIEF BODY EXPERIENCE
Homo Machina is a lovingly-crafted adventure that’s over too soon.

Among the Stars review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALONE IN SPACE
This digital board game is a fine adaptation, provided you don’t want to play multiplayer.


What games are there like Rage 2 for mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on May 16th, 2018

Well, the Rage 2 trailer came out. It's pretty interesting, if you're in to post apocalyptic destruction and games that look an awful lot like Borderlands. But, y'know, shinier. But since that sort of non-portable game really isn't our bag here at 148Apps, we thought it'd make sense to make a list of games that are a bit like Rage 2 that we actually do care about.

One of them was a pretty easy choice. Can you guess which one it was? Even if you can't, make sure you give the list a read, and if you think we've missed something out, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article. Or if you just want to tell us we've wasted our time and should be doing better. Say something.

The best platform games for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on May 14th, 2018

It's time to take a look at the best games in a particular mobile genre again. This time we're checking out the cream of the platforming crop. Last time we looked at the best third and first person shooters on the App Store, and you can check that out at this link.

As is often the case, this was a tough list to come up with. There are hundreds of ace platformers out there, and narrowing them down to the finest took some guts. But it also means we might have had to leave your favorite off. If that's happened, then ensure you make the case for whatever game you believe should have been included in the comments at the bottom of the article.

Super Hydorah guide - How to straighten up and fly right

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 11th, 2018

Super Hydorah is an old-school shooter in almost every way imaginable. This means that it can be quite tough and unforgiving at times. If you find yourself struggling in the game, feel free to try out some of these tips to help you have a better time with it.

Don't be afraid of Easy Mode

Upon learning that Super Hydorah has an Easy Mode, you might reflexively avoid it and go with the game's Normal Mode, but this is most likely a mistake. Unless you are a seasoned shooter player or you've already been through Super Hydorah once, Easy Mode is the way to go.

Easy Mode grants you a rechargable shield, which can allow you to get further into levels more easily. You may not rack up quite as much score, but going through Super Hydorah on an easier difficulty can definitely help prepare you for subsequent runs on Normal Mode.

Claim the crown in Iron Throne, Netmarble's upcoming MMO Strategy game

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 11th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve got what it takes to rise to the top amidst a thriving fantasy land, prove it and pre-register for Netmarble’s latest MMO strategy title Iron Throne. Launching on iOS and Android devices on May 16th, now’s the time to show interest early and gain some exclusive rewards.

Tasking your lowly adventurer to win the kingship of a distant land, Iron Throne seeks to better immerse you when doing so thanks to the game’s fully-realised 3D graphics and visuals. If you’ve ever struggled to engross yourself in a world of swords and sorcery this could be the experience you’ve been waiting for. Complete with classic RPG quests, crafting and more, do you have what it takes to become king?

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - May 11th

Posted by Harry Slater on May 11th, 2018

It's Friday. It's the end of the week. You've probably got some cash to spare, and you're wondering what you should spend it on? Maybe you're eyeing up the App Store, trying to figure out what's the best deal. Well, you've come to the right place, because this is our weekly roundup of the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad.

As ever we've included download and review links, so you can find out more about the games and get to the App Store quickly. And if you think we've missed anything, make sure you add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. After all, a deal's great, but it's better if everyone can get in on it.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - 10th May

Posted by Harry Slater on May 10th, 2018

Seven days have flown past, smashing into history like negligent birds twonking into windows. Which means it's time now to round up the best games that have come out over the last week. It's not a vintage crop, but there's a few gems scattered throughout.

Obviously, if you think we've missed anything you should let us know in the comments section down at the bottom of the article. Oh, and there are download and review links where applicable. So enjoy, grab some brilliant games, and make sure you come back next week, you don't want to miss out on anything after all.

Why is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery doing so well on the App Store when it got such a critical mauling?

Posted by Harry Slater on May 9th, 2018

It's fair to say that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery took something of a panning when it was released. We took a look at it, complaining about the pacing, monetization systems, and general blandness of the experience. You can read our thoughts on it by clicking here.

But the critical reception is only one part of the story here. Currently the game is in the top 5 top grossing games on the App Store. And a quick glance at the ratings on the game's listing on iTunes will tell you that it's getting an average of 4.1 stars with every vote. And that's made me wonder about the divide between the people playing these games, and the people writing about them.

Paladins Strike guide - How to achieve team victory

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 7th, 2018

Paladins Strike is an interesting hybrid between a hero shooter and MOBA. If you go into the game not knowing this, it could be hard to know exactly how you should be playing it. With these tips though, you’ll have a solid handle on the game in no time.

More shooter than MOBA

Although Paladins Strike may appear to be more of a MOBA than a shooter, the opposite is actually true. The only real MOBA bits in this game are the camera angle, your ability to upgrade your hero as you level up, and the presence of tall grass, which you can use to hide in to ambush enemies.

That said, Paladins Strike still isn’t a full-on shooter. You have limited shots of your primary weapon that recharge over time, so you need to be careful about how often to use your regular attacks. So, though it may be tempting to try and run your gun your way through the game, you should focus more on your hero powers and teamwork to win matches.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - May 4th

Posted by Harry Slater on May 4th, 2018

Well, another week has slipped by into the gaping maw of the past, which means it's time to round up all the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad. And there are some real beauties out there, believe you me.

That's why this list is so important though, because there's also a lot of trash out there. And we've slid through all of them to make sure we're bringing you the best of the best. Think we've missed anything? Well make sure you let us know in the comments.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - May 3rd

Posted by Harry Slater on May 3rd, 2018

Comic Boy iOS screenshot

Where does the time go? Why it feels like only yesterday I was writing this list for last week's releases. Anyway, you know the drill by now. Every seven days we round up the best games that have come out on the App Store. This week? No different.

As usual you'll find download links so you can hurl your internet in the direction of iTunes and grab the games without too much hassle. And, if for any reason you think we've missed something off the list, make sure to let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

The 5 best games for iPhone and iPad of April 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on May 2nd, 2018

At the start of every month we like to take a look back at the games that have really caught our attention over the previous 30 or so days. We have a sit down, we have a long hard think, and we decide which of the interactive digital experiences we've poked our way through deserves to be included on our best of the month list.

There were some tough decisions to make about which games made it into the top five this month, let me tell you. Coffees were thrown, arguments were had. At one point there was a very real chance that a duel was about to ensue. But we got there in the end. Agree? Disagree? Fancy a duel? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

Loot boxes, free to play, and wait timers: Do mobile gamers have it worse than console gamers?

Posted by Harry Slater on April 30th, 2018

There's been a lot of buzz about loot boxes in console games over the past few months. Apparently they're bad, and they're killing creativity. Which sort of leads to the following question - have mobile gamers got it worse than traditional gamers?

After all, loot boxes, gacha mechanics, and wait timers have been prevalent in mobile gaming for years now. They're the rule, rather than the exception, but they're also one of the main sticks that critics of mobile gaming use to beat us with. But are mobile games really the worst of the worst, and are their players really getting the raw end of the deal?


Free to play?

Free to play games have been ubiquitous on the App Store for a good long while now. If you’re looking to make it to the pinnacle of the top grossing charts, and you’re not Minecraft, then you’re going to need to make your game free to play. And you’re going to have to spend exorbitant amounts on advertising to get people playing.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is garbage, and here's why

But unlike console games, there’s no initial outlay here. Sure you’re spending some time and bandwidth getting the game, but it’s not like you’re throwing down $60 to get something, only to find that some of the content is behind a paywall. In that way, you can sort of justify the anger console gamers have been dealing with recently.

On the flip side of that though, the free to play games on the App Store are, in a way, not really for gamers. Sure there are a few exceptions, but for the most part they’re casual or midcore experiences. They might woo you for a while with bright colors and ever-increasing numbers, but you’re unlikely to buy into them if you’re not of a certain persuasion.

Instead, some of the very best experiences on mobile are premium. Games like The Room series, Monument Valley, and Framed. Some of them might have paid-for DLC, but they’re not guarding the finest cuts for those who are willing to reach into their pockets. The breadth of styles and genres on mobile means that there is, quite literally, something for everyone, even if it’s sometimes hard to find.


The big releases

While the majority of console games come out towards the end of the year, in order to capitalize on the holiday rush, there’s a steady stream of amazing experiences coming to mobile - often on a weekly basis.

But there’s a flip side to that too. Any of the really big games that come to console either come to mobile in a massively altered form, or just don’t make it onto the App Store at all. That said, mainstream gaming has become something of a wasteland in terms of innovation in recent years, beset by sequels, remakes, and games that if they came out on mobile would get slated as clones.


The verdict

There’s pros and cons to both mobile and non-mobile gaming, but it’s fair to say that while mobile has dealt with a lot of the problems that are besetting AAA games, it’s also managed to circumnavigate them pretty well. Discovery is still an issue for a lot of premium titles, but they’re there, and sites like 148Apps are going to point you in the right direction.

At the same time, there are definitely a lot more games on the App Store that you could point to as being, not evil, but certainly designed to get the most money out of players. But then, these are products, created so the people behind them can earn cash, so that’s hardly a surprise.

In the end, the variety that mobile gaming offers means there’s always going to be more space for innovation than there is in the console sphere. You’re not going to see Clash of Clans on Xbox anytime soon, but the AAA manufacturers are looking at the massive amounts of money a handful of mobile developers are making and trying to move into a similar space.

Do mobile gamers have it worse? No, not at all. But if the history of mobile gaming is anything to go by, there’s a very good chance that console players are going to be hit by ideas much worse than loot boxes in the not-too-distant future.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below

Galaxy.io Space Arena guide - How to survive in this space shooter

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2018

The “.io” concept that essentially began with Agar.io back in 2015, but since then it’s been going strong. Tons of games have been coming out that adopt its permadeath multiplayer gameplay formula, and many have even just attached an “.io” to the end of their name to let people know what they’re in for.

The latest of these games to come out is Galaxy.io Space Arena, which shoves many of the base concepts of an “.io” game into a rather nice-looking space shooter. There are a few unique aspects to Galaxy.io though, so check out this guide to help you in your quest for galactic domination against others online.

Mini Golf King update tees up solo mode

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 27th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Arcade favourite Mini Golf King is no longer just an online multiplayer offering, as the game’s latest update invites solo golfers to join the fun.

Developer Bluehole PNIX has introduced Tour Challenge mode to the quirky golf sim, to pit players against a series of courses they can tackle alone. Golfers can monitor each other’s progress as they advance through the stages, comparing scorecards as they go.

The new update is designed to complement Mini Golf King’s core multiplayer mode, which includes more than 30 PvP courses laden with traps, wacky obstacles and power-ups. Here, players have the chance to unlock various bonus items, including improved clubs, balls and gloves as they climb the leaderboards.

Available for iOS and Android devices, Mini Golf King is free to download and play and has been built with accessibility in mind. Getting your swing on is a simple matter of performing drag-and-drop gestures on the device’s touchscreen.

The Tour Challenge update follows last month’s content-drop, which ushered in a new gameplay mode dubbed Hole-In-One Challenge, as well as a bonus power-up called the Golf Pin.

Mini Golf King is available to download from Google Play and the App Store, and the latest update is ready to install right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

The best games that are actually free

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2018

There’s an abundance of “free” games out there on the App Store these days, but many of them aren’t actually free. Whether they offer in-game purchases that make playing them a little easier, serve up ads left and right, or some combination of the two, it’s rare to find free games that aren’t trying to monetize you in some way that feels pretty icky. That said, there are a few hidden gems out there that don’t try any of these schemes that are absolutely worth playing. Check out this list below: