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The Bug Butcher review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 24th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUPER BUGSTER BROS
This 2-D shooter is beautifully animated and provides a ton of challenge.

Witch Twitch review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: WITCH COLOR?
This simple color-matching game would be a lot more enjoyable if its gameplay were a little more refined.

Critical Ops review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MISSED OPS
This free-to-play shooter looks nice and has a reasonable monetization scheme, but is otherwise kind of lacking.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A FAIR DEAL
Plants vs. Zombies takes on Hearthstone in a way that is endearing and surprisingly fun.

Mini Metro review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVENTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
This transit-based puzzle game is a zen-like experience with a minimal aesthetic.

Pirates War - The Dice King review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BOARD GAME BOOTY
This pirate-themed board game combines deck-building and Monopoly.

Twisty Board review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COMPETENT COPY
In the tradition of mobile games named like Crossy Road, Twisty Board is an endless arcade game with voxel graphics where you ride a hoverboard.

Shuffle Cats review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 12th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CARDY CRUSH
King's latest is a multiplayer rummy game featuring cats. Who knew?

How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging.

Behind that cute, pixelated facade is a racer and pet management sim that’s actually quite deep. There’s a lot to consider both off and on the trail. Use these tips to help you conquer the dog sled racing circuit.

Let the war games commence in Gunship Battle: Second War

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2016

Buzz Lightyear famously said, “This isn’t flying, this is falling – with style!” In the case of Gunship Battle: Second War, though, this really is flying - with style!

The flight simulator app from Joycity puts you in control of 20 faithfully reconstructed World War 2 gunships including the Spitfire, Warhawk, Saetta and more. You’re a member of the Jade Mercenaries, tasked with fighting through missions during the post-war 1950s. With the money gleaned from your heroic exploits, you can customise and upgrade your war machine to improve your chances in combat.

This month (09/21 – 10/20) you’ll have the opportunity to take part in three different in-game events. Pick up gold, dollars and special items by logging in on consecutive days in the ‘Daily Login Event’. You can also earn rewards by clearing every episode in the ‘Episode Clear Event’ with better prizes on offer for the harder difficulties. But if you’re new to the game and feel like earning an easy buck then you’re in luck - there's 1,000 gold on offer completing the first episode with a coupon code that you’ll receive upon downloading the game.

If you’ve already played the first Gunship Battle: Helicopter 3D, you’ll be familiar with the gyroscopic controls and the style of gameplay. This time round, you get more vehicles to play with, improved graphics and a more modest app size. There’s also a brand new cockpit mode, so fans of FPS can watch their bullets rain down on pitiful tanks below first-hand.

Oh and if you complete all 30 missions, don’t worry about suffering from flight fatigue - there are Special Missions for the battle-hardened veterans to tackle, as well as regular updates and events to keep the experience fresh.

Gunship Battle: Second War is available for free from the App Store and Google Play, so get on that digital runway and show ‘em what you’re made of.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preffered Partner's.

How to get a high score in Fired Up

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 23rd, 2016

Fired Up is Noodlecake Games’ high score chasing, firefighting adventure. You take control of a wayward firefighter who propels himself up the side of a highrise with blasts of water. Sound silly? It is. It’s also pretty difficult.

You can’t control the angle at which you climb the building, sending you flying willy-nilly, oftentimes into the flames. You’ll die many, many times, but there are ways to reach high scores. Here are a few tips to help you survive for as long as possible.

Building the perfect Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards deck

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Animation Throwdown is a casual card game full of plenty of inside jokes from some of your favorite cartoons. It’s accessible as far as card games go, but that’s not to say that it hands your victories to you easily.

There’s quite a bit that goes into building the perfect deck, and it’s best if you start curating the ultimate deck from the start. Use this guide to help you clear out the competition.

3 money saving apps for lazy people

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 21st, 2016
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVEST WISELY :: Read Review »

Saving money is super important, but it can also be time-consuming, frustrating, and you’ll need a bit of discipline to keep your goals on track.

Thankfully there are quite a few apps out there that do all of the dirty work for you, helping you to save up for that well-deserved vacation or build up a simple rainy day fund with ease. Here are our top three picks.

MU Origin has just received its first ever update for Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Great news for the world of multiplayer role play gaming – Webzen have released its first ever update for MU Origin, and it’s available right now from the App Store and Google Play.

Released on the 20th of September, the brand new update introduces a multitude of exciting features that pay special attention to the idea of community spirit.

With features such as the all new party dungeon “Labyrinth of Dimensions” - allowing you to slay the “death beholder” with your peers, and the real time “Loren Castle Siege” guild v guild battle - letting you take on your guild rivals and reap the rewards of your success, it’s pretty clear that Webzen have successfully transferred the world of 3D MMRPG to that of mobile gaming.

But that’s not all. The newest update also sees the inclusion of a brand new pet system – giving you the power to summon your pets and use their power to strengthen your character. The update also offers an increased game level cap (now to 8), an enlarged maximum rebirth level (now 100), and loads more guild activities including access to the guild shop and guild bosses.

And with Webzen’s 1 week long, special promotional event, the fun just keeps on coming. In honour of their very first update, the apps’ developers have kindly decided to give every player a free epic pet ticket during the first week of the updates launch.

With so many great new features jammed into the game, it could definitely be your new go-to app if you’ve got love for role play mobile gaming.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preffered Partner's.

How to rack up the miles in Vertigo Racing

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chillingo’s endless racer, Vertigo Racing, cruised its way onto the App Store this month and is staying strong in the top charts. Have you jumped in on the action, yet? It’s easy enough to get started, but you’ll quickly find there are a few nuances you’ll need to pay attention to.

We have a few tips and tricks to keep you from speeding off of a cliff and falling to a fiery end. You’ll be driving around with finesse in no time.

How to keep the gems flowing and make your escape in Stretch Dungeon

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016

Stretch Dungeon, Nitrome’s latest, is an endless faller in a pretty pixelated package. While there are tons like it on the App Store these days, Stretch Dungeon's slick mastery of physics controls makes for great fun.

It is a bit of a challenge getting started, though. The game throws all sorts of spiky traps at your bearded protagonist, trying its best to keep you from escaping the oubliette. So what to do? Well, we here at 148Apps have a few tricks up our sleeve to make sure that you keep the high scores rolling. Let’s begin, shall we?

New Game of Dice event throws King of Fighters into the ring

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Game of Dice takes the best bits of board game classic Monopoly - but swaps the board for the mobile platform. It also swaps the metal top hat and terrier for some colourful characters in a manga style, and includes a whole raft of skill cards to make gameplay more strategic.

The game, from South Korean publisher Joycity, has already had over 7.5 million downloads, proving a hit with players around the world.

The latest in-game event from the Game of Dice team features a surprise crossover with arcade franchise King of Fighters. Characters Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami from King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match are available to use in your deck, with skills that boost your property and city tolls for multiple turns.

The KoF pack can be bought from the Game of Dice store for a limited time only, so snap them up whilst you can. Oh, and if you need a reason other than having a couple of badass brawlers on hand to help you monopolise the board – every player who buys the pack is entered into a draw to win one of only five download codes for KoF XIV on the PS4.

There’s also a new KoF board map to get to grips with, and in celebration of the update, players that acquire two new ‘5 Diamond’ characters before October 5 could be rolling in it with 1 million in-game gold coins up for grabs.

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match pack is in store until September 21, so you better be quick. Game of Dice is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

5 games you can play while you wait for Sorcery! 4

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTICAL EXPLORATION :: Read Review »

It’s a difficult time for fans of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series, as Part 4 has been officially delayed until this Thursday. Developer Inkle decided it would be best to push the game back so as not to be overshadowed by last week’s iOS 10 release. That’s actually pretty smart, if you think about it! We want the best for Sorcery!, so we can stand to wait a bit longer, but it will be tough. What do we do in the meantime?

Why not explore some of the other fine storytelling adventures on mobile? There’s a lot of great interactive fiction out there—here are our recommendations!

Win an iPad Air 2 thanks to Independence Day: Extinction and publisher Linekong!

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016

How do you fancy grabbing yourself a shiny new iPad Air 2 (16GB)? Well we're giving one away, in association with Independence Day: Extinction and its publisher Linekong.

Independence Day: Extinction sees you pick a side (human race or the invading aliens), team up with your favourite characters from this summer's movie Independence Day: Resurgence, then fight some alien / human fools with your ever growing army and base.

The latest updates for Extinction include special, in-game events, ranking and gifting systems, and support for 11 languages:English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Russian.

You can download Independence Day Extinction for free right now on both the App Store and Google play now by following this link.

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You've got until 2pm BST on Tuesday, 20th September to enter the competition, which is open to readers worldwide. Good luck!

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Reliance Games unveils a brand new character in its biggest ever fan led update to Real Steel

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It’s been 2 months since Reliance Games launched their competition to design a brand new robot for Real Steel Premium. We’ve been teased with hundreds of great entries from die-hard fans, but the identity of the winning robot was kept under wraps – until now. Say hello to the newest member of the team, Shinobi – the Samurai welding, Japanese, iron assassin.

Designed by super-fan Ryle Sammut, Shinobi is skilled in the art of samurai fighting, and to throw something a little different in the mix - features classic sword based fighting mechanics, adding a welcomed twist to the world of robot fighting.

With the contest running across Real Steel's massive fan base of million's of supporters, which includes Real Steel, Real Steel – World Robot Boxing, and Real Steel Boxing Champions, hundreds of entries were submitted via social media with fans young and old coming together to select Shinobi as the winning entry.

Boasting a fresh new fighting style and unique persona, Shinobi promises to be a thrilling and progressive addition to the team, bringing with it diversity, new levels of mastery, and probably most importantly, high expectations for Real Steel Premium.

Available to download from the app store now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Prepare to have your survival instincts put to the test next week as 60 Seconds! comes out on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016

In a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic theme, 60 Seconds! catapults you into a world on the brink of nuclear destruction and puts your survival skills to the ultimate test.

Set in the 1950’s, this dark comedy adventure lets you play as Ted, who thanks to the governments’ early warning system, has just 1 minute to prepare for an impending atomic bomb to destroy his life as he knows it.

You’ll have to think smart and act fast – collecting your family and enough food and water to keep you alive in the fallout shelter – all in just sixty seconds.

In this interesting and contemporary take on the post-apocalyptic theme, you’ll get to experience something a little different from the norm – this time being subjected to the disastrous aftermath first hand, and in its freshest form.

With a strict time limit to find everything you can think of to survive in the shelter, you’ll have to use a combination of courage and tactical analysis to choose what you want to take with you.

It doesn't stop there though. After your sixty seconds are up you'll have to put your survival skills to the test by carefully rationing your supplies, and brave the outdoors (and any giant cockroaches you might find) when it’s time to replenish your stocks.

Set to be released on the 22nd September for iOS devices, 60 Seconds! is definitely one for the survival buffs among you, and could be the newest download in your repertoire.

This article is sposored as part of Steel Media's Preferred Partner's.

Cybird have just released their football sequel BFB Champions on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

After the huge success of BFB 2016 Cybird are happy to announce the launch of its much awaited sequel - BFB Champions.

Having hit the App Store on the 13th of September for its UK release, Cybird’s newest app is free to download and already looks set to be as big as its predecessor - generating 300,000 downloads in its first week alone thanks to the developer’s special pre-registration campaign.

Starring the likes of Argentina’s legendary Diego Maradona and Japanese footballing manga star Captain Tsubasa, you’ll get to manage your own football team – initially playing by yourself to assemble your squad, and then training them across a multitude of mini games before selecting the perfect team to compete in leagues with players from all over the world.

While the game has already been launched in Japan and Hong Kong, its developers are planning a further release in 29 additional countries – meaning that when it’s time to up the ante and enter the multiplayer mode you’ll get to play against fans from every corner of the globe.

In this innovative approach to the genre, BFB Champions looks to combine the tense world of football management with the light hearted and fun-filled atmosphere of an arcade game.

With in-game bonuses including scout tickets that get you more players, special coaching items to aid you in your progress, and (if you’re lucky) Mr Maradona himself, it seems very likely that this sequel will enjoy just as much success as the original.

BFB Championsis available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

4 of the funniest mobile games on iPad and iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2016

There's a new video game comedy show coming from Seth Rogen. I don't know about you, but that whole sentence has filled me with a sort of awful dread. It's creeping up my chest, and I feel like it's about strangle me.

Anyway, it'll probably pass. So while I'm shivering on the floor wondering where the whole world has gone wrong, I thought I'd take the time to think up some of the funniest games on the App Store.

Because I don't know, someone had to, and since it's pretty late and everyone else is probably out having a lovely time with people who they like and who like them, it may as well be me. Sigh. Here goes. Fun times.