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Ys Chronicles II review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRAIGHTFORWARD SLASHING
Fancy an easy going, not overly complicated JRPG? This should suit you

_PRISM review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ZEN-LIKE
_PRISM is a fairly relaxing puzzling experience, even if it is quite short


Final Fantasy IX review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Glen Fox on February 10th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT YOUR PORT OF CALL
Final Fantasy IX is not a particularly great iOS port but it's good enough for die hard fans to enjoy on the go

Adventures of Mana review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 9th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IF IT AIN'T BROKE, REMAKE IT
A fresh coat of paint and some playability tweaks breathe new life into this 25 year old Game Boy gem


Kill the Plumber World review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: GIVE ME MARIO OR GIVE ME DEATH
This puzzle game has a cute premise that it doesn't quite execute on

Dungelot: Shattered Lands review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DEVIOUS DUNGEON CRAWLING
The latest installment in the Dungelot series is nicer looking and harder than its predecessors


Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jessica Famularo on January 25th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LOST IN SPACE
Momoka: An Interplanatary Adventure is a fine tribute to old school action games

Punch Club review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KNOCKOUT SIM
Punch Club is a hard-hitting management sim with a great retro aesthetic


4 great apps for habit forming and keeping your New Year resolutions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 10th, 2016

It takes 21 days to form a habit, which means that no positive change is instantaneous.

For those initial 21 days in particular, you need some form of reminder to encourage you to follow whatever that new plan is, whether it’s to go for a run or simply to take a photo each day.

While no app can actually force you to complete such tasks, there are many great ways in which they can remind and encourage you. Here are some of the top picks.

Candy Crush Saga guide - How to use special candies effectively

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 9th, 2016

Ahh, Candy Crush Saga. It’s a bit like returning to an old friend, isn’t it? Familiar and comforting.

While pretty much everyone knows how to match three candies together, the trick to truly succeed is to know when and how to use your special candies.

We’ve got some great tips on how to do just that, ensuring you’ll be flying through those levels in no time.

6 retro games that should be revived on mobile

Posted by Simon Reed on January 8th, 2016

Games were better in the old days, right? Well, some were - others are probably best forgotten. Like most Java games for example.

148Apps wants to look at the best of the past though. Specifically which retro titles deserve to be dusted down and given new life on mobile, and why they'd work well on the small screen.

Rayman Adventures guide - How to get the chest of gems in every level

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 8th, 2016

When you got your brand new mobile device for Christmas, you probably headed straight on over to the App Store or Google Play to grab the gorgeous Rayman Adventures, right?

It's the sequel to the incredibly fun platformers Jungle Run and Fiesta Run, and largely follows in their capable footsteps aside from a few huge changes. The levels are open for exploration this time, for a start, thanks to a new ability to change Rayman's direction.

Then there's the Incrediballs, a new (and odd-looking) ally for Rayman - each of which provides handy power-ups that help him get a good score in each level.

Bringing the right Incrediballs into a level is only half of the battle though - but don't worry, we've got you covered with this guide on how to get the chest of gems in each one.

Tap My Katamari guide - Tips and tricks on how to keep on rolling

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2016

So, feel like tapping like crazy to see your Katamari grow to massive proportions? That makes sense and explains why Tap My Katamari has you hooked.

It doesn't do a great job of explaining itself though, right? Don’t worry about it. 148apps has you covered with some tips and tricks to get you started.

What mobile games do anime fans have to look forward to next year?

Posted by Brittany Vincent on January 7th, 2016

There have been loads of games released over the past year inspired by classic or newly-released anime series.

Properties like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Bleach also have new tie-in titles due this year, so it's easy to see why gamers who love Japanese animation are so excited about phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

This year we'll hopefully see anime-inspired games released globally rather than just in Japan. There's a huge global audience for Anime-related games, and it's getting bigger every day. Sadly though the spread of these games outside of the East doesn't look like it's going to gain pace.

Square Enix is releasing the company's classic role-playing game Romancing SaGa 2 for smartphones as well as PS Vita, but it hasn't revealed whether it'll be available for global audiences just yet.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga guide - Tips and tricks for the newbie jelly spreader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 7th, 2016

So, you’ve just downloaded Candy Crush Jelly Saga, King’s latest game, and you’re not quite sure where to begin. Don’t worry about it, as 148Apps has you covered with some helpful tips on how to get started.

Expect this one to take up your free time like Candy Crush Saga did before it.

Spread that jelly

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is different from its predecessor. Instead of trying to clear jelly, you’re actually trying to spread it around the level. It’s a subtle but important shift, so try not to forget!

Jelly is spread by making matches with candies that have already been covered with the substance. Don’t bother making matches where all the candies are free of jelly. It won’t help you here.

Plan ahead

You’re tempted to go match crazy, right? Don’t do it. Take your time and plan each move ahead.

Like with any strategy game, you want to pay attention to the whole board and take it all in. Don’t just focus on one small area. You can accrue some handy combos this way.

Don’t forget to use special candies

Do your best to set up some great special candy combos. Match striped candies with other striped candies for profit and fun. Line up 5 candies together to create a special spotted candy that’ll clear all the gems of the same color that you match it with.

Oh, and those cute jelly fish you’ve seen in other King games? Save them for last. Always! They’ll take out a random but important candy, so they’re often a great way to tackle a tricky spot.

Battling the Jelly Queen

New to Candy Crush Jelly Saga are the Jelly Queen levels. These are the most strategy-focused stages, and they’re great.

The key here is that you’re trying to cover the level with more of your jelly than the Queen. You take it in turns to make a move and you can create special candies to give you an extra move. Plan really carefully here.

Remember though, don’t use one of her colored candies to set up a move - that will only help her out!

What do you think of Candy Crush Jelly Saga? Is it as good as Candy Crush Saga? Got some great tips you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

148Apps is hiring!

Posted by Glen Fox on January 7th, 2016

148Apps is looking to hire a freelance writer to contribute up to four pieces of content a week. This will primarily be guides, reviews, and features.

If you have experience writing about mobile games and apps, are incredibly organised, enthusiastic, and can produce near flawless copy - we want to hear from you.

To apply, send an email over to [email protected] with the subject '148Apps freelance' and a brief summary of your experience so far with at least two examples of any relevant published work.

BattleHand guide - Tips and tricks to help you build a strong party and deck

Posted by Glen Fox on January 7th, 2016

BattleHand is a brand new mobile action RPG card battler that just launched on iOS and Android. It challenges you to build a party of typical fantasy heroes and a powerful deck of combat cards for each of them before setting out on an adventure full of turn-based battles.

ThoughBattleHanddoes a pretty good job of easing you into its unique brand of deck and character building, it can still feel a little overwhelming at first - particularly for genre newcomers. With that in mind, we've compiled a few tips and tricks to help you get started.

Basket Fall guide - Tips and tricks to help you slam dunk or trick shot every time

Posted by Glen Fox on January 7th, 2016

Basket Fall is, for want of a better term, a new endless dunker by the retro-obsessed developer behind Bean Dreams, and it's out right now on iOS.

It's kind of like Cut the Rope meets Flappy Bird. You have to tap to slice a rope tied to a swinging basketball at the exact moment necessary for it to fall into a basket. Yup. Basket. Fall.

It's not easy but, as a result, pulling off a trick shot or a slam dunk is incredibly satisfying stuff. Read on for a few tips and tricks on how to do exactly that.

What does Nintendo have in store for mobile platforms in 2016?

Posted by Nadia Oxford on January 6th, 2016

2015 over, and so is the mobile games market.

Just kidding. Mobile games are stronger than ever.

Granted, some interesting trends came out of last year - like paid apps gradually finding themselves unable to compete with free-to-play games - but we can expect 2016 to begin the way 2015 ended: With tons of mobile games to choose from on the App Store and Google Play.

2016 will also usher in Nintendo's first stab at mobile game development (outside of some Pokémon apps that are more the work of the affiliated but still somewhat independent Pokémon Company).

Squareface guide - Tips and tricks to avoid being a square

Posted by Brittany Vincent on January 6th, 2016

Squarefaceis a quirky, bizarre, and great looking adventure out now on iOS. It's also pretty tough if you don't really know how to approach it, or if you're normally a mobile gamer who gravitates to titles likeCandy Crush Sagaor endless runners. It's a whole different ballgame.

To make sure you're up for the task, we've got these tips and tricks to help you fight all the way to the end.

The 4 most exciting games to look forward to in 2016

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2016

It's the new year, and there's a lot of great stuff coming our way - particularly in the mobile games department.

Let's take a look at the four most exciting games of 2016.

3 groundbreaking mobile predictions for 2016

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 4th, 2016

With the new year upon us, it’s time to speculate what the future might hold for mobile gaming in 2016. It’s a fast moving industry at the best of times, and that looks set to be a trend that will continue this year.

Here are our predictions for what might occur in the next 12 months.

148Apps's best games of 2015 - Glen's list

Posted by Glen Fox on January 1st, 2016

2015 has been and gone, and with it an absolute ton of awesome mobile games. We thought it couldn't possibly stand up to 2014 (which had Monument Valley, for crying out loud) but it did. It really did.

While I'd love to just gush about 50 or so awesome games I've played - on my various mobile devices alone - I've narrowed it down to just four. Yes, just four.

Without further ado, read on to discover more about, not only my favourite mobile game of 2015, but a few honourable mentions as well.