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Ski Safari 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IT’S A SEQUEL
Ski Safari 2 adds some interesting touches to the endless downhill romp, but it isn’t as exciting as the original.

Ember’s Journey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIM
Ember’s Journey is a dimly lit puzzle game that's too reliant on trial and error.


Lara Croft GO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPELLING ADVENTURING
Lara Croft GO embraces what worked so well for Hitman GO and adds everyone's favorite Tomb Raider.

Skydoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL
Skydoms is a formulaic but fun match-3 RPG.


Clicker Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING IDLENESS
Clicker Heroes is an idle RPG that will get its claws into you and not let go.

Winter Fugitives Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THIN ICE
This stealth game mixes Crossy Road with a wintery prison escape.


Looking for Laika Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HOP, SKIP, FALL
Looking for Laika is a tricky but compelling one-tap platformer.

PAC-MAN 256 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KEEP ON SHUFFLING
Mixing up the Pac-Man format, PAC-MAN 256 turns things endless.


Divine Academy Looks Like a Clash of Greek Gods

Posted by Rob Rich on August 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Divine Academy has entered the pantheon of freemium town-builders, and adds a bit of a different spin by including Greek gods and goddesses. Also you can set cities on fire with divine lightning because sometimes people need a little encouragement.

Stronghold Kingdoms Will Bring the Feudal Strategy Series to the App Store for the First Time

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2015

Stronghold Kingdoms has been carving out its own little F2P strategy niche on the Mac and PC for a little while now, but today Firefly Studios announced that they'll be bringing the game to iOS as well.

Farming Simulator 2016 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get You Started

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2015

[Not sure if cultivation is your bag? Have a look at our Farming Simulator 2016 review.]

So you’ve started up your own farm. That’s fantastic, but where do you go from here? As peculiarly entertaining as it may be to meticulously guide heavy machinery around a field or two, it can be a little tricky to figure out what to do when you get behind the wheel for the first time. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks to get your farm going.

Battle of Balls has reached a whopping 250,000 daily active users

Posted by Simon Reed on August 5th, 2015

Battle of Balls launched as a free app just under two months ago, and has reached a whopping 250,000 daily active users.

Though interest in the title was always strong, things picked up dramatically once Superpop updated the game with the team battle feature, allowing friends to play together as a group.

Before, players could only battle as individuals but now you can invite your friends into a group to battle together.

As soon as this feature was released, big name gamers like Zimin and Big Orange formed a team together which attracted a lot of new players to the game.

Battle of Balls is incredibly easy to pick up and play. You start as a small ball and must swallow smaller balls to grow in size until you're big enough to gobble up enemy player's balls.

The aim is to climb the leaderboards, with your score being tied to how big your ball gets. This really is a case of bigger is better.

You can customise your ball's appearance and name and collect power-ups as you play if you're struggling against the larger opposition.

Alternatively, you could just form a group and battle together and even coordinate using the built-in VOIP.

A new update is set to arrive later this week, adding new virtual items that will enhance the players themselves.

Battle of Balls is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Korean Action RPG Blade: Redemption is Getting a Worldwide Release

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2015

Blade: Redemption is a hack-n-slash RPG that's apparently been doing quite well for itself over in Korea, and today 4:33 Creative Lab has announced that it's coming to the rest of the world.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Surviving the Nightmare

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2015

[Trying to decide if you want to subject yourself to the horror? Have a look at our Five Nights at Freddy’s review.]

So you’ve gone and found yourself trapped in a nightmare from which there is no waking. Fantastic. You still have a chance, though. You can still make it out (sort of). We’ve put together a collection of basic tips and tricks to help you out if you’re still having a tough time with it. We’ve tried to keep spoilers to a minimum but there are a few in the “Misc. tips” section. Oh, and sweet dreams.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4 has Been Unceremoniously Dumped onto the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on August 4th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DREAM ON :: Read Review »

In keeping with tradition, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 has made its way to the App Store with zero warning fanfare. Honestly I'd be disappointed it if happened any other way at this point.

This Week at 148Apps: July 27-31, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 3rd, 2015

Winding Down July With 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


NINE

NINE is an appealing and convenient twist on the typical To-Do list format. Focused on providing visual reminders rather than text based ones, you simply snap a photo of something then tag it and you have an instant reminder to do or buy something. It’s a nice idea.Much of NINE’s convenience comes from its flexibility. Rather than being tied into dull lists reminding you of what you need to do, you can use it to remember things you want to buy come pay day, or simply as a visual list of things/people you love. Recipe ideas can be formulated through taking snaps of foo that inspires you. It’s all pretty varied in terms of what can be accomplished. --Jennifer Allen


To-Fu Fury

Somehow making an incredibly boring kind of food fun, To-Fu Fury isn’t the most original of physics puzzle games, but it is solidly dependable. You control a sentient piece of Tofu as he has to leap around various platforms, dodging spikes, collecting gems, and even fending off aggressive enemies. Each level is relatively brief but it’s quite challenging. You can drag the Tofu around, fling it across the screen in an Angry Birds style manner, or you can crawl along the ground with a pinch of two fingers. Various challenges arise, such as the need to carefully get around spikes, learn to ricochet off metal plates, and also negotiate tricky moving platforms. --Jennifer Allen


Baffles Classic Puzzles

Baffles Classic Puzzles reminds me a little of the puzzle books that my parents would give to me on a long journey to keep me busy. They’d be simple-looking logic puzzles but often they’d take a while to figure out. This game is just full of those, and that’s a good thing. Offering 76 puzzles in all, with a further 24 coming soon, there’s no shortage of challenge here. Each puzzle is offered to you with a description of what needs to be accomplished, along with some historical context, explaining the origins of the puzzle. Baffles Classic Puzzles takes its inspiration from many different eras, including ancient Rome and China. --Jennifer Allen


In Churning Seas

In Churning Seas is a physics-based puzzler in which players attempt to assemble randomly-shaped crags into an island that successfully persists above a constantly rising sea level. The difficulty in making high quality physics-based puzzle games is in balancing the inherent challenge of the mechanics and tools with the physics. In Churning Seas makes an interesting, though perhaps not entirely successful, attempt at striking this balance while providing a really excellent atmosphere and general aesthetic.Controlling In Churning Seas is easy enough. At the start of any game players have a randmoized base island to start from, a rising sea below, and random shapes appearing above for them to tap to drop into their desired place. The goal is to piece together enough shapes and have them hold together long enough to reach new heights. Along the way players may hit a specific height goal, which provides the benefit of locking the other pieces in place to create a more stable structure to continue building off of. In the event that players need some stability when a height goal is out of reach, they can double-tap a limited amount of blocks to lock them in place as well. --Campbell Bird


Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition

There’s a reasonable argument against the need for HD remakes as it is. Do we really need to return to so many old games, all for the sake of some shinier graphics? Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition really reinforces that concept by somehow disrupting some of the key visual and audio flourishes of the original. Throw in the fact that the game is often quite obtuse, and the past doesn’t seem so great any more. The foundations are pretty solid, at least. Ritualistic killings are occurring in New Orleans, and it’s down to struggling author, Gabriel Knight, to figure things out. True Detective fans are going to like this. At least they will until they realise that Gabriel is a fairly obnoxious womaniser. Arrogance is fair enough at times, but this character takes it too far. --Jennifer Allen


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inStream SeptimusB 7 Port USB Charging Station

As we like to say, more mobile devices, more problems… power problems to be specific. Even as batteries get better, there is always a need to keep our power units powered.Yeah, one can plug in a charging peripheral to every outlet at work or at home, but then, one needs to walk all over the place to retrieve them. It’s just better to have all of them in one place, especially for those of us with a healthy helping of OCD.And then, here comes the wordy inStream SeptimusB 7 Port USB Charging Station.Alrighty.--Tre Lawrence


Zero Punctuation: Hatfall

If one must know, Zero Punctuation: Hatfall is a story of loss and redemption. Sometimes, folks get really attached to headgear, and this game tells the tale of a dude driven mad by loss.Oh dear.At first glance, one might be a bit dazzled by the sharp yellow background; we don’t get a lot of colors, but that is okay, as the game works with the color contrasts within. Visually, it works.--Tre Lawrence


NU2S Smartphone

There are many reasons folks dabble into Android.Love of the OS, appreciation for the extended Google ecosystem… even a hyper anti-Apple sentiment get cited as reasons. Critically, one can enjoy the diversity of product as well as as apps availability across carriers.One element that increasingly becomes part of the device ownership narrative is price; the ability to get a device at just about any price point is, well, priceless. And, to be fair, we are not talking about just anything at any price; we expect quality, even when we pay what might be considered a good price for an Android smartphone. Now, obviously, the ability to have OEMs battle to bring the best devices to market at the lowest cost is a function of the Android landscape, but we’re not complaining.--Tre Lawrence

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You'll Want to Keep an Eye Out for The Guides if You Like Cracking Codes

Posted by Rob Rich on August 3rd, 2015

If you're the kind of person who had fun hunting down and completing all the codex puzzles in Assassin's Creed 2, then are you ever in for a treat. The Guides looks like it's going to be a very robust collection of similarily odd, seemingly disconnected, and quite challenging puzzles.

Vivid Games has Announced Real Boxing 2 and it Looks Suitably Boxing-y

Posted by Rob Rich on August 3rd, 2015

The original Real Boxing was a pretty impressive bit of fisticuffs, but if the trailer Vivid Games is showing off for GamesCom is any indication Real Boxing 2 is going to be even better.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Newbie Score Chaser

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 3rd, 2015

[Wondering if its worth getting into another Pac-Man game? Check out our PAC-MAN CE DX review.]

So, you’ve just bought PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX and you’re not quite sure where to begin. It’s all looking pretty different from the PAC-MAN of old, right? That’s because PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX happens to be one of the best versions out there, and we’re here to guide you through the paces early on so that your high scores can only get better.

Card King: Dragon Wars - Tips, Tricks and Strategies to be the Greatest King of Cards

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 2nd, 2015

[Want to know what we thought about all these cards and kings? Take a look at our Card King: Dragon Wars review.]

So, you’ve just downloaded Card King: Dragon Wars and you’re not entirely sure what to do next. While the game does a decent job of teaching you the basics, we’re here to fill in the gaps and hopefully give you a head start in becoming a tougher fighter.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has brought the classic arcade gameplay iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on August 1st, 2015

Bandai Namco has released Pac-Man Championship Edition DX on iOS and Android, which features the classic arcade gameplay that we've all grown to love.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX can be enjoyed in much shorter bursts than the arcade versions but the gameplay remains intact.

Pac-Man will still be gobbling up all pellets, power-ups, and ghosts in his path and you'll still need to bring your reflex A-game if you plan on climbing the leaderboards.

Five different game modes spice up the gameplay and they're played on 10 unique zone layouts across over 130 stages.

Impressively, the visuals and audio are the very same featured in the console version which is one of the most acclaimed titles in the series to date.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is out now on the App Store [download], where it's already being featured, as well as Google Play [download]. It costs a tiny £2.29 / $499 for the entire game.

If you'd like more information about Pac-Man Championship Edition DX or any other Bandai Namco games, visit the official website or follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Rescue humanity from a Demon horde in Angel Stone out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on July 31st, 2015

Angel Stone is Fincon's follow up to the massively successful Hello Hero and is out now on iOS and Android.

You play as a member of The Resistance, a group of mighty human warriors who have risen up in defiance of the Demon horde threatening to wipe out humanity.

The horde has already laid waste to humanity's former protectors, the Angels, so it's up to The Resistance to fight back.

They won't be completely without support though. Each fallen Angel's powers have been contained in a bunch of holy crystals called Angel Stones that are harmful to the Demon horde.

There are three different classes to play as, including the Gunslinger, Berserker, and Shadow Mage, and each offer a different playstyle. Try them all until you've found the one for you.

Once you're satisfied with your choice, you can head out into the Training Airship to learn more about the game or participate in the variety of different game modes.

You can battle the horde in Demon Raids or fight with and against your friends in co-op party missions, Battle Zones, and real-time PvP. You'll unlock new skills as you play that will help you in battle.

Cross platform connectivity allows friends on iOS, Android, and Facebook to play together without a hitch.

Angel Stone is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Yep, it's True - Angry Birds 2 is Officially Out on the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on July 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRUSTRATINGLY GOOD :: Read Review »

The not exactly rumors were true and the birds are back. Angry Birds 2 has come to the App Store and the world will... well I suppose it'll still be the same, but now we have more bird-flinging options!