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Fearless Fantasy Has Come to iOS, and tinyBuild is Giving Away Free Games on Steam to Celebrate

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 15th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ONE MADCAP RPG :: Read Review »

tinyBuild's Fearless Fantasy is a very enjoyable gesture-based adventure game that was released recently on the App Store, and tinyBuild is giving players the chance to grab a free game on Steam to celebrate its release.

Platforming Action RPG Swordigo is Currently Free for a Limited Time

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 1st, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO SWORDIGO GO :: Read Review »

Touch Foo's 2D action-platformer, Swordigo, is free for a limited time on the App Store. Now you can run, jump, and slash your way through adventure for absolutely nothing.

Oh My Pixel! We Go Hands-on With The Knights of Pen & Paper 2nd Edition

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 30th, 2015

I recently had a chance to play around with the upcoming Knights of Pen & Paper 2 from Paradox Interactive. I was a huge fan of the first game, so I had a lot of expectations going into it - and I wasn't disappointed. The game has gotten some serious upgrades including a sweet jump to 16bit graphics, new dynamically generated dungeons, and expanded crafting systems for equipment.

Forgotten Memories Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATMOSPHERIC EXPLORATION
Forgotten Memories is an atmospheric tale of horror, but one that doesn't lend itself well to mobile gaming.
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Game of Thrones Ascent's Huge New Expansion, Fire & Blood, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 28th, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: YOU PAY OR YOU WAIT :: Read Review »

Hang on to your dragons;Kongregate has released theirsecond major expansion for Game of Thrones Ascent, called Fire & Blood.

If You’re Getting an Apple Watch, Get SPY_WATCH, Too

Posted by Rob Rich on April 22nd, 2015

There was mention of the existence and upcoming release of Bossa Studios’ (Surgeon Simulator, I Am Bread) SPY_WATCH, but now things are different. Now it’s something I’m super-anxious to get my hands on when it releases tomorrow - and I don’t think I should be the only one.

Terra Chroma Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUZZLING CHOICES
This unique puzzle game has a great premise and concept, but there are a few too many things holding it back.
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Watch Quest is a New Apple Watch Exclusive from the Makers of Shantae and Mighty Switch Force

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 15th, 2015

The Apple Watch will be here in no time, and WayForward is ready with their firstadventure game for the device, Watch Quest. The appconnects your Apple Watch to your iPhone so that the iPhone serves as your kingdom while the watch takes care of your adventures. You'll be able to guide your chosen hero through battles, solve puzzles, and complete quests that will earn you items and treasure.

Watch Quest will come with one free training quest, and you'll be able to purchase more quests, characters, and campaigns on theiPhone app as Quest Packs.Watch Questis set to release on April 24th, alongside the Apple Watch.

Interview With the Team Behind Spirit Lords, Kabam's New ARPG.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 12th, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUZZLE & DIABLO :: Read Review »

Kabam has released their newest action RPG,Spirit Lords. It is a massive four-person multiplayer game with a battle system that has you summoning Spirit allies to come to your aid. You get a lot of options for customization of your character as well as enjoying hundreds of combat abilities, thousands of pieces of gear, and tons of spirits to collect and upgrade.


I had the chance to chat with Daniel Erickson, Senior Director of Design and Michael Dashow, Art Director, about this exciting new game.

148Apps: Hi Daniel! Thanks for taking some time to chat with 148Apps about your game. Spirit Lords looks absolutely huge! What first drew your to the idea of making such a massive ARPG?

Daniel Erickson: I've always loved doing massive RPGs and I've always loved action RPGs. Getting to combine the two on a platform that I truly believe is the future of where RPGs are going was too good a chance to pass up. Mobile enables us to do more content without the backbreaking graphic budget concerns of consoles and reach more people than any other platform.

148Apps: What was the most challenging part of bringing Spirit Lords to life?

The mobile platform is a huge opportunity but also has its own set of challenges. Creating action-packed combat that is driven entirely through gesture controls was a massive undertaking but the results made all the investment of time and resources worth it.

148Apps: You worked as Design and Creative lead on Star Wars: The Old Republic and part of the team for Dragon Age: Origins. Are there any things you learned working on those games that you have integrated into Spirit Lords?

Daniel Erickson: Working on expansive RPGs taught me the joys of creating an epic story for players to uncover and leading design on an MMO taught me how important it is to have a direct channel to your players. There were, however, countless things on both games I would have loved to explore that were impossible due to the complexity of the platforms and the huge budgets involved with every task. On Spirit Lords, we've been able to talk the grand scale and scope of epic console RPGs and MMOs and attempt to recreate that feel on the mobile platform while still having room to experiment.

148Apps: What is your favorite part of Spirit Lords?

Daniel Erickson: The Spirit and combat system. Every Spirit is its own character but also has its own magic ability you can equip and then use in the fantastic gesture-based combat system that Jay Ambrosini, our lead designer, created. So my Spirit sets tend to be a mix of characters I love for their design, ones I love for the ability they provide, and ones that are just great raw power.

148Apps: Michael, thanks for talking with us. I took a look through Kabam's artbook for the game and the design is gorgeous! What originally drew you to the project?

Michael Dashow: Thank you! Spirit Lords's Executive Producer Phil Shenk and I worked together at Blizzard, and we brought the game Diablo II to life together. When Kabam decided that they wanted to create a fantastic action RPG in that style, Phil was the first person they tapped and I joined shortly after. We - and the entire team - were really excited for the opportunity to make an action RPG that played really smoothly on mobile devices, that felt like it was made for that platform and took advantage of the touch-screen controls to be really fun to play.

148Apps:The characters are a great middle ground between realistic and chibi. How did you decide on the design style for Spirit Lords?

Michael Dashow: We set out to make a game that would appeal to a wide variety of players. Easy controls with a lot of gameplay depth were core elements of the game design, and the visual style supported that goal as well. We all agreed from the start that we wanted a look that was a nice balance between casual and core. We knew what the camera angle would be for the gameplay from the start, so I aimed for characters with large, exaggerated proportions that would read really clearly from that perspective. We went through a lot of character iteration to get just the right proportions that looked great both when running around levels and when you viewed them in your Inventory screen and in cut-scenes. In the end, we all really loved the proportions that combined some cartoony exaggeration but still looked tough and able to dish out some punishment to the monsters in the game. And for the monsters themselves, we had a lot more freedom to come up with some really fun, exaggerated designs that all had a lot of personality.

148Apps:Some of the spirits and creatures are adorable like the Grubbins and some are really badass like the fire elemental. Which is your favorite?

Michael Dashow: There are a lot of them that I love - asking me to name a favorite is like asking someone which of their 400 children they love best! But if I had to pick one, it would be Titanic Lord Wampafu Immortal Mountain, a giant warrior Urshin with a big name and an even bigger spiked golden hammer. It's funny you should ask because just a few days ago, I put the same question to the entire Spirit Lords development team and asked them what their favorites were. The long list included Wanpafu, the Grubbins, the Ramm spirit Beneficent SkyShield Marche, the Master of Chains, the Master of the Shield, the Buja, the Prismatic Cephalopop, the Gorgant, and Faragul of the Frozen Heart (the final evolution of Highland Assassin, the first spirit that you get in the game.)

Thanks for the kind notes about the art of Spirit Lords. Glad you like it, and enjoy the game!

Thank you so much to Daniel and Michael. The game looks like a fantastic time. You can pick up your own copy of Spirit Lords on the App Store for free and join the fun.

Implosion - Never Lose Hope Review

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By Rob Rich on April 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WELL WORTH IT
Implosion - Never Lose Hope makes some bold claims, but it actually lives up to expectations.
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Implosion - Never Lose Hope: How to Make Sense of the Ark System

Posted by Rob Rich on April 12th, 2015

[Trying to decide if Implosion is worth buying? Check out our review.]

Fighting your way through Implosion’s many, many levels isn’t difficult to figure out - by which I mean it won’t take long to learn the ropes - but the Ark System it uses to manage your upgrades never really gets a proper explanation. So rather than trying to feel your way around, how about you let us show you the ropes?




The Basics

The Ark System is split into four sections where you can equip different systems you find or purchase - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Lambda. All systems can affect your power or endurance, along with other systems unique to their category.

  • Alpha - 2 slots. Tends to focus on passive attack bonuses like critical rates and ballistics damage. Some upgrades also affect your shield power and can increase item drop rates.

  • Beta - 2 slots. More defense-oriented with upgrades that increase amor, agility, and shield repair.

  • Gamma - 2 slots. Emphasizes things like HP recovery, “Rage,” and restorative powers. Some upgrades can also include the Hack ability, which will be necessary to access certain locked rooms in various levels.

  • Lambda - 1 slot. These upgrades grant entirely new special abilities, such as creating a temporary shield or triggering an area-effect attack.

The Trace Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHARMING JOURNEY
The Trace isn't the toughest of murder mysteries to solve, but it's pretty fun to figure out.
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Spinlanders Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SPIN
Slots & RPGing is a good combination.
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N-Fusion and 505's Ember is Totally Going to be the Next Ultima

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 29th, 2015

Recently, I was invited to check out N-Fusion and 505's upcoming RPG title, Ember. Set in the land of Domus, you'll be embroiled in a rich story with over 70 quests, a ridiculously expansive skill tree, and gorgeous landscapes. You play as aLightbringer who is trying to save the embers - which the world covets to the point of war, of course.Jeff Birns, CEO of N-fusion, walked me though his work and it was obvious that this was truly a labor of love. And he was happy to answer a few questions on his beloved game.

Stormblades Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 25th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW SLICING
It might look cool, but Stormblades is pretty shallow.
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