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The Mooseman review

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By Campbell Bird on April 20th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTERIOUS MOOSE
This adventure game gets by mostly on its unique style.

Brew Town review

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By Emily Sowden on April 20th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUN BUT SIMPLE
Brew Town is a fun and weirdly addictive experience, but after a while its repetitive processes become more tiresome and less exciting


Never Stop Sneakin' review

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By Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TACTICAL ARCADE ACTION
This parody of Metal Gear Solid is not actually a stealth game, and that’s fine.

Oddmar review

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By Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: WORTHY OF VALHALLA
Oddmar is among the best platformers on the App Store.


Original Journey review

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By Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO ORIGINAL
The originality of this shooter is overshadowed by an all too familiar problem.

The Wolf's Bite review

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By Emily Sowden on April 16th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLOURFUL BUT UNDERWHELMING
The Wolf's Bite has a good whack at an original idea, but its success is a little bit varied in the end


Vandals review

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By Emily Sowden on April 16th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ARTISTIC PUZZLER
Vandals may take a lot from the GO games' formula, but there's enough here to show it stands on its own two feet

AZ Rockets review

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By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
This arcade looks really nice, but that’s about it.


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
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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.

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

How to unlock more fighters in Tekken without spending big

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on March 5th, 2018

Tekken iOS screenshot fighters for free 1

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

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes screenshot

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

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

Icewind Dale iOS screenshot best games on sale for iPhone and iPad

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.

Into The Breach Would Be Perfect For Mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 1st, 2018

If you ask just about anyone to name their absolute “must-buy” mobile games, FTL is bound to be on that list. With an awesome premise, tons of replayability, and a tough-as-nails roguelike sensibility, it’s a game you can fire up at any time just about anywhere and have a good time. With the release of Subset Games’s follow up title, Into The Breach, this week, a lot of people have been wondering if this game has the same potential to be a smash hit on mobile, and the answer is a resounding yes. Here’s why:

It’s great

The first thing you might want to know about Into The Breach is that—as a follow up to FTL—it pretty much completely lives up to the hype. It’s a tightly designed roguelike where you control a team of mecha as they try to defend humanity. For a quick comparison, it feels like someone took Pacific Rim and jammed it into a tiny tactical map that looks like Advance Wars but plays a bit more like Invisible Inc., where all of your hits will land, but you have to plan them out carefully to make sure you don’t die or inflict too many human casualties in the process.

On top of that, it has a ton of unlockables, bonus missions, upgrades, and the same great difficulty curve that keeps you on the edge of your seat constantly while playing. As long as a port job of Into The Breach brings the game to mobile more-or-less intact, there’s no need to worry about whether it’s worth a purchase.

It fits

As an experiment, I went ahead and tried a couple ways to shoehorn Into The Breach onto my iPad just to see what it would be like, and I wasn’t disappointed. Even without any port work to make Into The Breach’s controls work for touch, the game works surprisingly well. It's also a game that constantly saves your progress, which makes it easy to pick up and put down on a whim. Finally—and perhaps most importantly—Into The Breach’s bite-sized tactics maps fit amazingly well on a mobile screen. Don’t believe me? Check out the screenshot below of the game running on an iPad display. Even in this compromised, windowed mode, everything about the game's UI is clean and easy to read.

The App Store could use another essential release right about now

FTL came out on mobile about four years ago, and since then there have been a few games here and there that seem like they should stay permanently installed on your home screen, but not many, especially recently. Although there are no current plans for Into The Breach to come to mobile, it would be a huge hit, particularly if it struck during an App Store lull like the one we’re currently in.

Airdrop into mayhem in Grand Battle Royale from GameSpire

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 28th, 2018
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If you’re a fan of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but lament the fact that you can’t play it on the go, then you’re in luck. Hong Kong developer GameSpire has released a brand new battle royale title for Android and iOS – Grand Battle Royale.

Of course, battle royale games aren’t unheard of on mobile, but most of them look identical. Grand Battle Royale eschews all that realism business for a playfully pixellated take on the genre. It’s like Minecraft plus guns, or PUBG built out of Lego.

The 5 best games that came out on mobile in February 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on February 28th, 2018

Alto's Odyssey screenshot 5 best games of February 2018

It's been a pretty good month for mobile gaming, but what have been the standout games that have landed on the App Store in February? Well, that's what we're going to find out in this here list.

We've picked the five best games that have come out over the past four weeks, and presented them here in all of their glory. If anything, it proves that mobile gaming is pretty much ahead of the curve when it comes to exciting experiences getting released on a regular basis.

Why's that? Because creating a list of just five games was a really tough ask. Agree with our choices? Disagree with our choices? Make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

You don’t need to be playing Asphalt 9: Legends, and here’s why

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 27th, 2018

Big news dropped this week as Gameloft announced they’ve soft launched Asphalt 9: Legends in the Philippines. This has caused quite a stir primarily because the Asphalt games are among some of the best-looking racing games on the App Store. Heck, you might have already started looking at screenshots and are wondering if you should make a Philippines App Store account just to check it out for yourself. Well, if you are, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t, and here’s why:

Civilization VI Guide - How to Best Jump Into the New DLC

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 26th, 2018

Civilization VI is a fantastic port of the excellent PC strategy game, and it just got some nice additional content added to it, which includes the ability to play as the Polish and the Vikings. We've spent some time with both civilizations, and now have some handy tips on how to best use each of them. See below:

Polish=Civilization, Vikings=Scenario

The first thing to note about these pieces of downloadable content is that they aren't created equal. The Polish add-on for the game lets you play as the Polish in all of the game's regular modes, as well as a specific scenario to play. The Vikings, on the other hand, do not quite receive the same treatment. The Vikings civilization was already included in the base version of Civilization VI, so the Vikings pack only includes some new wonders, city states, and a Viking scenario to play through.

148Apps - MU Origin’s latest update will spoil you with new content and prizes

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 26th, 2018
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Webzen is at it again, churning out a fresh stream of a new class, equipment, and mechanics for its flagship MMO, MU Origin. The game changes quite a bit in its new version update, but we assure you there’s something here for everyone. New multiplayer, refined systems, and more are sure to keep you busy for weeks to come. Here’s what you can expect from the latest patch.

It’s been a while, but MU Origin is introducing a new class at last, the Summoner. The Summoner uses their magical abilities to call upon Valkyrie, who will lay waste to your enemies in battle. You can create a summoner if you have at least one character at 3 Rebirth Level 1, or by using a Scroll of Dark Souls.

You can now create a Sub-Character, too, which should significantly change up the way you play. This “extra” character allows you to play as another class while keeping your Rebirth, Levels, Resources, States, Pets, and more. Equipment and skills won’t transfer between characters, but it should offer you more flexibility in battle. The Sub-Character can be unlocked by completing the quest, “Secret”, which is only available to character at 8 Rebirth Level 1. Once that’s done, you’ll need to pay up 1,500 Unbound Diamonds, and then the Sub-Character is yours.

If you’re looking for more Guild action, MU Origin has you covered in that department as well. The game’s newest Guild event, The Land of Struggle, will pit guilds against each other to be the fastest to defeat the event boss and deal the most damage. The event is ongoing every Wednesday-Friday. If your guild is victorious, you could win a number of fancy prizes, including Bound Zen, EXP, Contribution Points, and the Emperor Card.

You’ll find plenty of other treats sprinkled throughout, as well. The Forge is a new Refine system, while West Akeron is a new all-server area that lets you mingle will all players. Webzen is introducing a new CP Rewards System that gifts players special rewards based on their CP. For fashion forward players, you’ll now have access to the Blood Costume, and the Three Chicken Brothers are sure to please folks in the market for a new pet.

Ready to give MU Origin a go? You can play it for free right now on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners