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Somewhere: The Vault Papers review

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By Campbell Bird on March 15th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: A ROUGH ADVENTURE
This text-based adventure has an intriguing story, but everything else about it holds it back.

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space? review

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By Campbell Bird on March 1st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FASTER THAN LEGUMES
The second Holy Potatoes game on mobile offers some satisfying—though lite—space-faring action.

Evoland 2 review

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By Campbell Bird on February 28th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: EVO-BLAND
Evoland 2 packs in a bunch of references to classic games, but doles them out awkwardly.

Alto's Odyssey review

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By Campbell Bird on February 21st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCELLENCE IN ELEGANCE
Alto’s Odyssey is a stunning infinite runner.

Florence review

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By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BRIEF FLING
Florence is a brief, but beautiful experience.

Purrfect Date review

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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

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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

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By Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIG DOGGONE IT
Spelunky meets Dig Dug in this charming minimal platformer.

Lineage 2: Revolution turns 100 days old, and receives special update in celebration

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
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Lineage 2: Revolution recently turned 100 days old. That’s not even one candle on a birthday cake – so you might be wondering why developer Netmarble is celebrating. Well, it’s because in that brief ‘hectoday’, Lineage 2: Revolution players have created over 10 million characters and played for over 170 million hours. That suggests the South Korean creators are doing something right. In honour of this, Netmarble has given the MMORPG an update, featuring new events and content.

The first thing to look forward to is a brand new mount. The Maned Lion is an armour-clad, hulking big cat, with 750 speed. The rare pet also has resilience, penetration, maximum HP, an increased crit rate and HP regeneration. You’ll either have to grind for it, so you can eventually summon the beast from the Summoning Circle, or, for a shortcut, buy it from the in-game shop.

The update also introduces two time-limited events. First, the Dice Event is a mini-game in which players can roll a dice to win equipment or resources. You get two free rolls daily until 13 March. Gear up for grabs includes A-grade mount pet equipment, as well as summoning fragments. Playing through the game's content also earns you Dice Points, 100 of which can be spent on another roll of the dice. You’ve got to ask yourself one question – do you feel lucky?

The second event is the Equipment Substat Change. This is essentially a bonus for tweaking your equipment substats before 13 March. Do so, and you’ll discover a welcome gift in your mailbox come 21 March – 200 red diamonds.

Celebrate with Netmarble Games by joining the battle in Lineage 2: Revolution, available for free from the App Store and Google Play. Never miss an update by following the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OfficialLineage2Revolution

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Monster Merge Guide - How to Make Your Monsters Work For You

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2018

Merge Monsters can be a fun little time-waster, but there’s certainly a right way to make sure this idle game works efficiently for you. Check out these tips to help you going.

Mines matter more than monsters

There are two main components of Merge Monsters: Your monsters and the pieces of land they gather resources from (aka mines). To maximize currency, make sure you place your monsters at your highest level mines. No matter what level a monster is, it will always gather the most potential resources at the highest level mine. Don’t worry about spreading your monsters out across different mines or anything like that. Just focus on your top tier mines.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - March 8th

Posted by Harry Slater on March 8th, 2018

The Sims Mobile iOS screenshot games of the week

Oh hi there, and welcome to another edition of our round-up of the very best games that have come out for iPhone and iPad this week. I reckon there might be something for everyone this week, so long as you enjoy dungeons, dragons, hardcore platformers, and making fake people who can't speak kiss.

As ever I've included download links so you can swoop over to the App Store and grab the games lickety split. And if you think we've missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments section. Make sure you come back next week to see what new treats iOS gaming has to offer too.

The Sims Mobile - download for iOS

Well, The Sims is still a thing. Who knew? This mobile version (which is by no-means the first time The Sims have fit in your pocket) lets you build a house, get a job, buy new furniture, and engage in all the things that you do in real-life. Except without the crushing misery and ennui. Maybe that's just me?

Reed - download for iOS

A super-tough platformer that's going to make you want to crush your phone or tablet into dust. But, you know, in a good way. It's super fast, super sharp, and there's a whole bunch of hardcore content here to mash your face up against. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a challenge this week, you need look no further.

Gravity Dash - download for iOS

An auto-runner with a floor-flipping twist. You're not just jumping through a series of minimalist obstacles, you need to change your gravitational orientation too. Make the floor the ceiling and vice-versa, and try and get as far as possible. A simple but pretty darn clever high-score chaser that could be dangerously addictive.

The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands - download for iOS

A strategy survival game that sees you building up your own settlement. There's a day-night cycle, horrible weather, and monsters too. A mixture of genres, all presented in a lovely art-style, this one is probably the dark horse of the week. And since we love dark horses here at 148Apps, we're going to say you should pick it up immediately.

Monster Merge - download for iOS

A game about adorable monsters. In fact, it's not just about adorable monsters, it's about squishing them together in adorable ways. Imagine a cross between a classic arcade game, a gacha machine, and Pokemon, and you're sort of in the right area. It won't be for everyone, but casual gamers are going to lap this one up.

Cotrio - download for iOS

A soothing puzzler with a pastel art-style that's going to tax your brain more than it taxes your digits. There's a lot going on here, and if you like Sudoku then there's a good chance you're going to like this one. Plus alongside the puzzling there are some amazing landscapes, and it's designed to be played in bus-journey-length snippets.

Somewhere: The Vault Papers - download for iOS

Another in the increasingly long line of real-time interactive fiction games on the App Store. This one is set in a dystopian world and sees you trying to guide the heroine through a series of tricky situations. It's a super clever way of telling a story, and it's going to have you hooked from the first notification to the last.


Lichtspeer - download for iOS

A quite frankly wonderful game that involves throwing an enchanted, neon-pink spear into the faces of a barrage of enemies. There are frost giants, pirates, vikings, zombies, and all manner of other ridiculous things to slaughter. On top of all of that, the game is really challenging, and a super fit for mobile.

Evoland 2 - download for iOS

An RPG that mixes up time periods and styles with aplomb. It's more coherent than the original game, and it throws in a whole bunch of interesting ideas that are going to keep you on your toes. This is clearly a love letter to the JRPG, and while it does have some tongue-in-cheek-humor, everything is created with a lot of heart.

Peak Rider Snowboarding - download for iOS

Sliding down the slopes has never been this simple. There are jumps to pull off, trees and rocks to avoid, and coins to collect. It's stylish, it's quick, and while it might not have the complexity of the console games that have clearly inspired it, that makes it all the easier to pick up and play on your mobile phone or tablet.

Holy Potatoes! We're in Space - download for iOS

A game about potatoes. Who are in space. The sort of sequel to Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop, this one sees you guiding a spaceship through the universe. It's a strategy management game, but there's a good dollop of laughter here as well. Plus it's full of potatoes, and quite frankly who doesn't love potatoes?

ChronoBlade - download for iOS

A gorgeous looking side-on brawler with RPG elements. It might not be the most original game on this list, but you can grab it for free, and it's going to make you feel like a legitimate badass when you do. Smash, slash, and bash your way through enormous bosses, toughening up your own unique character as you do.

Temple of Spikes - download for iOS

This one's a platformer that wears its Spelunky inspiration on its sleeve. It might not be as clever as that game, but there's still an awful lot here to like. Jump through a huge series of levels, avoiding dangerous traps and enemies, in order to grab some treasure and get out of the titular temple alive.

Part-Time UFO - download for iOS

You're a UFO. Well, you're a part time UFO. This one's from the developers behind the excellent Kirby games, and sees you completing a variety of different tasks. It's sort of like a crane game you might play in an arcade, but there's an awful lot going on here besides. It's fun, it looks lovely, and it's got a good deal of pedigree behind it.


Alto's Odyssey - download for iOS

The big release of the week. This super-slick sequel sees you racing down the side of a mountain. Except this time you're in the desert. There are challenges to complete, tricks to pull off, and plenty more besides. And it looks absolutely incredible.

Click here to read our Alto's Odyssey review

Dice Brawl: Captain's League - download for iOS

A fast-paced PvP board game that sees you competing with a bunch of pirates. Build a deck of cards, and battle it out to make your way up the league. It's not super deep, but if you're looking for a casual distraction with a bit of bite then it's well worth checking out.

Dissembler - download for iOS

A slick match-stuff puzzler that plays around with the genre. You're sliding colored blocks around in order to clear them for a grid. Things start off simple, but after a while new mechanics and ideas are dropped in. A really well put together mix of head-scratching and fun.

Seul. (Alone): The entree - download for iOS

This one's a choose-your-own-adventure game with a unique and wonderfully miserable art style. Apparently it's a philosophical horror thriller, but I don't want to go into too much detail because the story is definitely the thing here. Macabre and strange, it's not like anything else you've played before.

Sinkr - download for iOS

Another minimalist puzzler, this one's all about cleaning up pucks. With hooks. It might sound simple, but there are some fiendish ideas here that are going to leave you stumped. But stumped in the best possible way.

Glitch Dash - download for iOS

A super fast endless runner with a garish color scheme and plenty more besides. It's as challenging as it is fun, but if you're a big fan of twitchy classics like Super Hexagon then you're going to love every second you spend with this one.

Rogue Hearts - download for iOS

An SRPG that mixes in elements from roguelikes and other scrappy genres to create something pretty unique. It's deep, it's challenging, and there's a whole heap of game to get your face into here. Face off against the dangers of the world and use your wits and skills to come out victorious.


Florence - download for iOS

A story about twentysomething life and love. It's sweet, it's endearing, and while it's short, and you don't really do much in it, it's the sort of game you're going to want to experience. Thoughtful and thought-provoking in all the right ways, don't let the slightly twee aesthetic put you off.

Click here to read our Florence review

Death Squared - download for iOS

A game about cubes. And death. And moving those cubes. And those cubes dying. From lasers. You can play with a friend or on your own, and the aim of the game is to get through a series of increasingly difficult test chambers. It's far from by-the-numbers, and isn't afraid to play around with the foundations of the genre.

Flo - download for iOS

A super-fast arcade game that's all about avoiding a terrifying wave of death. In a way it's a bit like a super-devolved Tiny Wings, albeit with a flipping mechanic that sees you bouncing around both sides of the line that makes up the endless levels. It's fun, and while it's a little forgettable, it'll put a smile on your face.

Evil Cogs - download for iOS

A gorgeous-looking game about the battle between the light and the dark. Think Badland crossed with Limbo and you're part of the way there. There's a great story, plenty to do, and neat controls that help you guide your little beam of light safely through the encroaching gloom.

cmnd/ctrl - download for iOS

A quick-fire space shooter that sees you blasting through bricks. The twist is that those bricks have numbers on them. You need to shoot them the right amount of times in order to destroy them. Hit a brick, or one of the other obstacles in your path, and it's game over.

Kinoko Bird - download for iOS

This one's a completely barmy take on Flappy Bird. There are a lot of flashing lights, an quite often it feels like the game is shouting at you for no reason. Collect things, avoid other things, wonder what on earth is going on. It might not be the most original game, but it's worth playing for a glimpse into something like madness.

Nitro Racing GO - download for iOS

What would happen if you mashed together a racer and an idle clicker? Nitro Racing GO would happen. Tapping the screen speeds up your vehicle, and you need to upgrade your parts to win races. It's a little over complicated in places, but it's a neat twist on the genre all the same.


Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition - download for iOS

This one doesn't really need an introduction. It's a squished down version of the latest main canon Final Fantasy story. And it works surprisingly well. There are a few tweaks here and there to make things more mobile-shape, but if you've not played the game before this is a brilliant place to start.

Dandara - download for iOS

A super slick arcade metroidvania adventure with a control scheme that's brilliant for mobile. Bounce around levels solving simple puzzles, taking down monsters, and generally having a lovely old time. Oh, and it looks ruddy marvellous as well.

Click here to read our Dandara review

Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter - download for iOS

Dogs love bones and dogs love digging. In this intriguing platformer you're a dog that's digging for bones. And when you get a bone you turn into some sort of super dog and fly through the level. It's silly, but there's a decent level of challenge here when you get to the tougher sections.

Weapon Shop Fantasy - download for iOS

What happens to all the weapon shop owners when the RPG adventurers are off on their quests? Well, this game sort of answers that question. You're running an emporium, and you need to make sure your customers are well stocked. Craft weapons, steal things from monsters, and try and make enough money to pay your staff.

True Legacy - download for iOS

A dystopian text adventure that sees you trying to solve a murder. Read through the clues, solve puzzles, and try and figure out whodunnit. Probably more importantly though, try and figure out why they've done it. If you like your games to have a strong narrative drive, then this is going to be right up your street.

Light A Way - download for iOS

An endless tapper that sees you trying to bring light back to a fantasy world. You've got a bunch of fairies at your beck and call, as well as a host of animals that join you're crusade once you've freed them. It's sort of twee, but tapper fans are going to love the surprising depth that Light A Way offers.

Ink or Swim - download for iOS

A two-thumb tapper that sees you guiding a squid through a series of underwater obstacles. It's the sort of short, sharp experience you're going to load up on the bus to work. It might not have the depth or staying power of some of the other games on this list, but as a brief distraction it's pretty hard to beat.


Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia - download for iOS

A sort of tie-in with the multiplayer console rumbler. This one's much more of a traditional Final Fantasy game. Turn-based battles, summons to find, and plenty more. Plus it's full to the brim with characters from the series. If you're in to that sort of thing.

PAKO 2 - download for iOS

The sequel to a sharp getaway racer. This one feels more like Crazy Taxi. You're driving from A to B, trying to get away from the cops on your tail. The more robberies and drop offs you make, the more money gets into your bank account. A lot of fun in small bursts.

Click here to read our PAKO 2 review

Hero Hunters - download for iOS

A third-person cover based shooter that takes a good deal of its cues from that super popular game known as Overwatch. It looks great, there's plenty of blasting to do, and you're going to have a ball mowing down your foes.

Bring You Home - download for iOS

This one's all about finding your little dog creature. It's been kidnapped. To get it back you need to change levels by sliding the scenery up and down. You might need to chop down a tree, but you're going to want an axe for that. Fun, and so full of heart it's almost a donor organ delivery van.

AYO: A Rain Tale - download for iOS

A game set in Africa that sees you trying to get water for your family. It's a really interesting idea, and there's a lot of enjoyment to be had here. It's also the sort of game that's going to make you think, and it often feels like we need more of those.

Caterpillage - download for iOS

I like this one just for the pun. You're a giant alien space caterpillar and you need to devour planets in order to sate your hunger. It's a simple game of eating and not dying, but there are jokes galore and a simple rhythm of play that makes things more fun than they maybe should be.

Run Gun Sports - download for iOS

A sports game. But instead of jumping around, you're firing guns. Guns that are attached to your feet. It's super ridiculous in the best sort of way, and while it's not as challenging as some of the other physics-based people flingers, there's still a lot here to get your teeth into. If you haven't shot them out.


January 25th

The Room: Old Sins - Download for iOS

The fourth game in The Room series is a brilliant return to the gothic world of the first three. It's dark, it's mysterious, it filled to the brim with incredible puzzles, and it looks absolutely astounding. Play with a doll's house, find out the mysteries that lie within, and have an amazing time doing it.

Click here to read our The Room: Old Sins review

Meteorfall - Download for iOS

A roguelike in card form. It's sort of like Tinder meets Card Crawl with a few extra bits and bobs thrown in for good measure. The art style is awesome, and there's a chunky replayability that can turn a quick go into a bleary-eyed four hour session. If you like cards and battling funny monsters, it's well worth a look.

Click here to read our Meteorfall review

Thumper - Download for iOS

I'm not sure what sort of crazed minds made Thumper, but it's a spectacular dash and smash auto-runner that feels like what might have happened if Rez was developed by a group of people with even less regard for the safety of your eyes. Searingly bright, wonderfully esoteric, and thumping in all the right ways.

Click here to read our Thumper review

Super Fancy Pants Adventures - Download for iOS

Pants. Adventures. Fanciness. This game has all of those things and more. It's a fast-paced platformer that doesn't mess around. The physics are intriguingly floaty, and there's a breathlessness to the whole thing that sets it apart from the clunky retro leapers we've been seeing a lot of lately.

Out There Chronicles Episode 2 - Download for iOS

The second episode of this choose-your-own-adventure series is just as smart and good looking as the first. Stepping into the Out There world is always an entertainingly odd time, and this is no exception. Make choices, gawp at the incredible art, and see what an uncaring universe has in store for you.

Stack and Crack - Download for iOS

This one's a puzzle game about four different cubes. They can only move in set ways, so you need to combine them, and use the panels on the grid that change their behaviour, in order to get them to the exit. It's not the sort of thing you should be playing when you're sleep deprived, but it's definitely going to get you thinking.

Slime Pizza - Download for iOS

I love both slime and pizza, so it's fair to say that this game is relevant to my interests. The fact that it's a Nitrome game is just the vegan pepperoni on top of the slimy pizza. Twang around levels, dodge spikes, and try and make sure an angry cat police officer doesn't manage to get its fangs into you. Yes, it's just as bonkers as all of that sounds.

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena - Download for iOS

A surprisingly fast-paced tactical battler. Build up a team of monsters then take part in sharp little strategic fights. It's bright, it's fun, and there's enough going on here that you can look past that frankly terrible name.

January 18th

Well, it's that time of the week. You know what I mean. You know exactly what I mean. It's the time of the week when we take a look at the best games that have landed on the App Store over the past seven days. And there are some real doozies here.

After a slightly barren start to the year, the App Store is filling up nicely with new adventures for us to embark on. Quite frankly, that can only be a good thing if you ask me. We've included links to download the games below, because we're good like that.

Jydge - Download for iOS

A hardcore, top-down, cyberpunk shooter that sees you stomping around a neon city, blasting all the criminal scum. You're essentially playing as a super robot cop, and you can enhance your abilities as you go.

Click here to read our Jydge review

Cytus 2 - Download for iOS

The sequel to a brilliant rhythm action game. It's wonderfully well put together, and it plays like a dream. Throw in a cool art-style and more than your average dollop of swagger, and you've got the sort of thing you're going to have stuck on your homescreen for a good long while.

World of Warships Blitz - Download for iOS

Remember World of Tanks Blitz? Well this is sort of like that, except rather than tanks you're controlling boats. Take to the high seas, unlock new battleships, and try and blast the other team out of the water. About as fun and slick as multiplayer shooters get on iOS.

Click here to read our World of Warships Blitz review

Hero Academy 2 - Download for iOS

A wonderful game of cards, tactics, and gorgeous cartoon graphics. Build up your squad of characters, spells, and weapons, then head online and take down anyone standing in your way. It's sharp, it's fun, and it's dangerously addictive.

Click here to read our Hero Academy 2 review

It's Full of Sparks - Download for iOS

I don't think I've ever seen a game about a firecracker before. Certainly not one that's a gorgeous looking platformer. Wander around amazing-looking environments, all the while slightly terrified that you're going to explode.

Catsby - Download for iOS

Cats and Game Boy-style graphics are really just a recipe for overwhelming cuteness. This one owes a lot to classic RPGs, and sees you controlling a pudgy feline who's working his way through 129 levels to make his master happy again. No, I'm not crying, you're crying.

Skullgirls - Download for iOS

This one already came out, but the developer has now taken over the publishing rights and re-released the game. It's a super slick 2D fighter that's probably going to make your eyeballs fall out. But, you know, in a good way.

Turn-based fantasy dungeon crawler, Rogue Hearts, is available now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
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Seamlessly melding dungeon crawling, turn-based battles, and rogue-lite elements might seem like a tough task, but that’s exactly the kind of experience players can look forward to when playing Ninetail Games' new Fantasy RPG: Rogue Hearts.

Rogue Hearts seeks to capture the same dungeon crawling greatness popularised by classics like Baldur’s Gate and Diablo, with players traversing from room to room with their party, battling monsters, collecting items, and leveling up along the way.

The game emphasises direct character control with a more strategic and forward-thinking approach to combat rather than automatic battling. Battles take place on a grid in classic turn-based fashion allowing players to thwart enemies not just head-on, but from the back and sides too. Such tactics are particularly handy when taking on many of the game's bosses like the cave troll, whereby frontal attacks are useless.

There’s plenty to see and do in Rogue Hearts long after the credits to the main campaign roll. ‘Nightmare’ iterations of bosses, for example, offer players a much defter challenge, one which is easily thwarted the more items you acquire and levels you increase.

Rogue Hearts’ engaging turn-based gameplay and randomised dungeons are available to experience now on both the Google Play and App Store.

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

Hit the 5 Casino slots onto Android in New Zealand and Argentina

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018

South Korean publisher Webzen has brought a little piece of Las Vegas to Android devices with the soft launch of its latest mobile game Hit the 5 Casino - Free Slots in New Zealand and Argentina.

The social casino title gives players the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of digital slot machines, without the risk of losing any actual money.

Each slot comes with its own unique style, design, and gameplay, and the developer has revealed plans to add more of them over time. Players who download the soft-launch version of the game will be treated to exclusive deals as well as earn hourly, daily, and weekly bonuses.

Fresh out of closed beta testing and aimed at users aged 21 and over, Hit the 5 Casino is based on the Facebook social game of the same name, which features a user base of 500,000 players.

The slot machine simulation is available to download from Google Play in the soft-launch countries now and is anticipated to make its global launch during the first half of 2018.

Keen to know more? Further information about Hit the 5 Casino is available on the game’s official website and you can discuss your thoughts on it with the community via its Facebook page.

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The Sims Mobile Guide - How to Live the Life Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 7th, 2018

The Sims Mobile is a decent mobile game that feels mostly like other Simstitles, but mixed with free-to-play management mechanics of something like Kendall and Kylie. For those unfamiliar with these kinds of games, it basically means you’ll be contending with a lot of timers and have to plot things out strategically if you want to progress at a reasonable pace in the game without paying. Here are some tips for how to do exactly that:

Get as many Sims as possible

In The Sims Mobile, you can take control of multiple Sims at once and have them live whatever kind of life you want them to have. Over the course of having your Sims do things like go to work or get in relationships, you’ll earn rewards, complete quests, and get extra goodies and unlockables. In order to get more of these things, your Sims have to do more stuff, and if you have more Sims, you can do more stuff. Try to prioritize getting as many Sims as possible before moving on to buying much of anything else.

How to win in 2v2 mode in Clash Royale for mobile

Posted by Ray Willmott on March 7th, 2018

2v2 is nothing new for Clash Royale. It’s been out since last summer and by now everyone has their own different strategies and favoured decks. You’re not going to win every game - try as you might - but with our helpful tips and guides, you will succeed more than you fail. Here’s how to be the best tag-team tower defense tandem in the history of the multiverse. Or close to it.

148 in-depth: Where did it all go wrong for mobile gaming's first family, the Angry Birds?

Posted by Harry Slater on March 7th, 2018

Angry Birds where did it all go wrong?

There was a time when the Angry Birds were the face of mobile gaming. Nowadays though, that just isn't the case. You need to scroll a decent way down the top grossing charts to spot an AB title. It's Angry Birds 2. It's in 39th, just underneath Cashman Casino Vegas Slots.

Since the first Angry Birds game came out at the end of 2009, we've seen 19 other titles released either bearing the Angry Birds name or set in the Angry Birds universe. Angry Birds 2 itself is already a couple of years old.

There have been cartoons, there have been crossovers, there was even a Hollywood movie. But now the likes of Candy Crush and Clash of Clans are far more likely to be mentioned in the same breath as the App Store than Rovio's creation. Which begs the question - where did it go wrong?

Lichtspeer Guide - How to Keep Yourself on Target

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 6th, 2018

Lichtspeer is a sort of tower defense game that’s full of colorful neon Viking enemies that are trying to fell your spear-wielding hero. Sometimes, the game’s action gets quite hectic, but if you keep the following tips in mind, you might last long enough to earn your spot in Valhalla.

You can miss twice, but don’t miss thrice

When tossing your spears at enemies, you want to try and keep a combo going by hitting enemies without missing. If you do happen to miss once or twice, the game continues as normal, but you have to build your combo back up from nothing again. Missing three times is a real killer though, as it stuns your Viking, which is a hard thing to recover from.

Prioritize properly

Lichtspeer wastes no time throwing a ton of enemies at you at once, but getting rid of all of them can be a snap if you know which ones you should focus on first. A good general rule is the faster and/or smaller an enemy is, the more you should focus on killing it first. Of course, if a giant cyclops is knocking at your door just as a faster and smaller enemy appears, you may want to take care of it first before taking down the small guy.

Shields shmeilds

One of the more frustrating enemies in Lictchspeer are shield-bearing warriors that can block your spear throws. On occasion, these enemies reveal their faces so you can kill them easily, but did you know you can also kill these brutes even when they aren’t explicitly looking out from under their shield? Even when protecting themselves, it’s still possible to hit the tops of their heads. With such a small target, it can be tricky, but it’s still doable.

Decimate via decapitation

Lichtspeer primarily asks you to survive its levels, but if you really want to maximize your score, you need to focus on headshots. Hitting enemies in the head not only dispatches them immediately, but it also adds bonus multipliers to your score. What’s more is that stringing together multiple headshots in quick succession grants yet another bonus to your score. So, if you want to be a true Lichtspeer master, you must be quick, but also extremely accurate.

Mobile strategy First Hero begins soft-launch rollout

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 6th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

South Korean publisher Webzen has soft-launched its latest mobile strategy game, First Hero, in Canada, Latin America, and the Philippines.

Webzen’s latest offering tasks players with recruiting an army of “epic heroes from all over the world” to pit them against rival clans in large-scale battles. Take a look at its teaser trailer below.

When First Hero players aren’t unleashing their armies upon each other, they’ll spend their time base building, leveling up their heroes and forging alliances with other empires. You will earn rewards for every battle you win, as well as each time you log in.

The soft-launch edition of First Hero is available for iOS and Android devices in the aforementioned territories now via the App Store and Google Play respectively. Players in Europe and the US won’t have to wait too long to get in on the action, as the game is hitting those shores during “the first half of 2018”.

Webzen has also announced the launch of its dedicated gaming community, Plug, a one-stop shop where fans can post opinions, guides and questions about the studio’s games, as well as receive up-to-date information about them as and when it drops.

To find out more about First Hero's features, players can visit the official website, and catch up with the latest discussions and developer’s notes on the official Facebook page.

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How to unlock more fighters in Tekken without spending big

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on March 5th, 2018

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When you first start playing the mobile version of Tekken, you have access to just enough fighters (three) so that you can participate in every game mode. But do you want to stop there? No, of course you don't.

See, Tekken includes characters from throughout the console/arcade/wherever you play video games franchise, and the only way to really appreciate that fact is to gather as many of the dozens of fighters already in the game at launch. Tekken is a free-to-play affair, so you can definitely pay to unlock fighters faster, but we'd rather focus on the ways you can do it by not spending money.

First, though, let's answer a question you might already have.

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space? Guide - How to Mash Your Opponents

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2018

Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space? is a great little space-faring adventure, but its combat isn’t always something you want to deal with. Luckily, with a ton of crafting and management systems to take advantage of, you can craft a ship that easily cruise through combat so you can just focus on the best parts of the game: The story and the characters. Here’s how to do exactly that:

Recently released papercraft puzzler PAPER Anne is now featured on the App Store

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 2nd, 2018
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Heavily inspired by classic children's literature, PAPER Anne is UsFun Games’ new puzzle platformer which transports you into a papercraft world of mystery and fairytales. With nods to the Nut Cracker, Alice in Wonderland, and more, PAPER Anne has finally unfolded its way onto the App Store.

PAPER Anne’s whimsical tale begins when the eponymous Anne finds herself swept up in a familiar tale, told in a very unfamiliar way. Set in a papercraft world where Alice is a no-show and the wickedness of the evil Queen of Hearts has taken hold, it's down to you as the titular Anne to save the day by solving the game's many hand-drawn puzzles and piecing its story together.

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

Posted by Harry Slater on March 2nd, 2018

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Did you know that 148Apps is part of a big happy family? Not the sort of family that gets together for brunch on Sundays, but the sort of family that's entirely composed of websites. And every week that big digital family brings you the best news, reviews, and opinion from the world of portable gaming.

And because we're a dutiful family member, we like to make sure that you're up to date with everything our brothers and sisters are up to. So here's the best content you might have missed across the Steel Media empire over the past seven days. Make sure you check back next week for more hot takes, hot content, and hot videos.

Pocket Gamer

At Pocket Gamer this week, columnist Jon Jordan wondered whether or not superheroes and storm troopers were enough to keep people playing mobile games. Then the whole team got together and waxed lyrical about the recently announced Ghostbusters AR game.

Meanwhile, Susan Arendt suggested that Guild of Dungeoneering might be the most inspirational game on the App Store. And then Jon Mundy made the bold claim that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to be a better gaming device than the iPhone X.

Android Rundown

As you might be able to tell from the name, Android Rundown focuses on all things Android. This week, away from the gaming world, editor Tre Lawrence talked about his addiction to Evernote. As you do.

Then he had a good long at the new game from Ketchapp, Balls Race. What did he find? Well you're going to have to click here to read the review and find out.


AppSpy loves news, but there's more going on there than that. That's not to say the news isn't great though. Like this piece about Inkle's latest adventure game Heaven's Vault getting a new trailer.

Editor Christian Valentin's hidden gem of the week was the interesting looking Knotmania. It's a game about knots, and you can find out why Christian loves it so much by clicking on this link right here.

AppSpy Video

Every week the AppSpy video team creates the best mobile videogame content the world has to offer. And this week was no different. First up, there was this brilliant hands-on with the recently soft-launched Asphalt 9...

And then James dipped his toes into some made-up German mythology with his review of the brilliant Lichtspeer...

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

Posted by Harry Slater on March 2nd, 2018

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It's a bumper week for sales over on the App Store. There are some incredible games going for much cheaper than usual. Seriously, if you've not played them, I'd recommend picking up everything on this here list.

I've added download links and, where applicable, links that'll take you to our review of a game. Honestly though, if you don't have much on for the next couple of weeks I'd just buy them all, hole up somewhere warm and play to your heart's content. Oh, and if you think we've missed anything off, you know where the comments section is, so let us know.