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Will we ever see something like the Nintendo Labo for mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on April 18th, 2018

You've probably read a lot over the past few days, or at least you probably have if you've got any interest in video games outside of the mobile sphere, about Nintendo Labo. People have been getting their hands on the new tech, and the general consensus is that it's looking like it might be pretty special.

Which got me thinking - is this the sort of thing we're likely to see coming to mobile any time soon? And if we are, what form is it likely to take? These questions and more are all going to get answered in the next few paragraphs, so let's put on our thinking caps and see where they take us.

Mini Golf King update hits the green with new features in tow

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 30th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Having swung its way onto iOS and Android devices over a year ago, arcade multiplayer title Mini Golf King has returned from the clubhouse with all-new content in tow.

Bluehole PNIX’s free-to-play offering already provided a quirky twist on the popular sport by pitting players against more than 30 trap-filled, bonus-packed courses, and the game’s latest update has added an all-new gameplay mode and an additional power-up to the equation.

Hole-in-one Challenge, a new way to play Mini Golf King, is the update’s headline feature. In this mode, players are pitted against a series of courses where the ball must be sunk in one shot. Racking up a hole in one will fire them through to the next level and rewards will be dished out each time.

The Golf Pin power-up, which can be purchased from the store or found in select chests, is another new addition and it will help players improve their game by adding extra wind resistance, distance and other enhancements to every shot they take.

Ready to conquer the greens and the fairways? Mini Golf King is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play, and the new update is ready to install now.

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

Construction Simulator 2 reaches its first birthday: astragon tells us how it’s marking the occasion

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 23rd, 2018
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Construction Simulator 2 debuted iOS and Android devices exactly one year ago, and publisher Astragon is marking the game’s first anniversary with a range of time-limited discounts.

It’s been a successful debut for the civil engineering sim, which shot to the top of the App Store chart in 25 countries upon release in March last year, and made the top 10 in no fewer than 66 territories.

The game gives players the chance to head up their own construction business and take to the wheel of more than 40 officially-licensed vehicles. If you dig that sort of thing and want to try it out, Construction Simulator 2 will be available at the discounted price of €0.99 (89p) between March 23 and April 2 on the App Store and in the time period between March 23 and March 30 on Google Play. Players who use the free Lite edition can upgrade to the full version for the same price during the anniversary period.

Moreover, Astragon is offering time-limited discounts on various entries in the series, including Construction Simulator 2014 for mobile devices and the earlier instalments on PC and Mac, along with their DLC packs, while the festivities are in full swing.

If anniversary discounts aren’t enough for you, we caught up with the folks at astragon to discuss Construction Simulator 2’s first-year success, how they went about building the sequel and how its new features have been received.

When you set out to make a sequel to the 2014 mobile instalment, what steps did you take to ensure the new game would be even better than its predecessor?

On the technical side, we took the time to switch to a modular based development to be able to expand Construction Simulator 2 by continuously adding new vehicles, missions and features during its lifetime. Next to this, we made sure to make use of numerous new mobile capabilities in regards to UI and performance resources to increase the performance of the game in different levels like visual quality, physics, etc. These technical steps made it possible to create an even bigger and more detailed game world and to get closer to the gaming experience of the successful PC predecessor by to adding new features like road construction, the ability to build skyscrapers, and even more gameplay features and goals. This also enabled us to create a living town and to make the whole gaming experience more realistic in general.

Uncover a new hero and much more in Phantom Chaser’s newest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 9th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Phantom Chaser, the hit RPG from Phantom Games just got a huge new update that introduces a new character and some major gameplay updates that will really change the way you play. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a curious newcomer, this is an update that’s all about the fans, no matter where they are in their adventure. Here’s what you can expect.

Perhaps most importantly, Rangda joins Phantom Chaser’s diverse cast of characters. Rangda is a dangerous assassin who specializes in fast, close encounters thank to her high Dexterity stat. She’s a must have for any collection.

Lineage 2: Revolution turns 100 days old, and receives special update in celebration

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
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Lineage 2: Revolution recently turned 100 days old. That’s not even one candle on a birthday cake – so you might be wondering why developer Netmarble is celebrating. Well, it’s because in that brief ‘hectoday’, Lineage 2: Revolution players have created over 10 million characters and played for over 170 million hours. That suggests the South Korean creators are doing something right. In honour of this, Netmarble has given the MMORPG an update, featuring new events and content.

The first thing to look forward to is a brand new mount. The Maned Lion is an armour-clad, hulking big cat, with 750 speed. The rare pet also has resilience, penetration, maximum HP, an increased crit rate and HP regeneration. You’ll either have to grind for it, so you can eventually summon the beast from the Summoning Circle, or, for a shortcut, buy it from the in-game shop.

The update also introduces two time-limited events. First, the Dice Event is a mini-game in which players can roll a dice to win equipment or resources. You get two free rolls daily until 13 March. Gear up for grabs includes A-grade mount pet equipment, as well as summoning fragments. Playing through the game's content also earns you Dice Points, 100 of which can be spent on another roll of the dice. You’ve got to ask yourself one question – do you feel lucky?

The second event is the Equipment Substat Change. This is essentially a bonus for tweaking your equipment substats before 13 March. Do so, and you’ll discover a welcome gift in your mailbox come 21 March – 200 red diamonds.

Celebrate with Netmarble Games by joining the battle in Lineage 2: Revolution, available for free from the App Store and Google Play. Never miss an update by following the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OfficialLineage2Revolution

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

Turn-based fantasy dungeon crawler, Rogue Hearts, is available now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Seamlessly melding dungeon crawling, turn-based battles, and rogue-lite elements might seem like a tough task, but that’s exactly the kind of experience players can look forward to when playing Ninetail Games' new Fantasy RPG: Rogue Hearts.

Rogue Hearts seeks to capture the same dungeon crawling greatness popularised by classics like Baldur’s Gate and Diablo, with players traversing from room to room with their party, battling monsters, collecting items, and leveling up along the way.

The game emphasises direct character control with a more strategic and forward-thinking approach to combat rather than automatic battling. Battles take place on a grid in classic turn-based fashion allowing players to thwart enemies not just head-on, but from the back and sides too. Such tactics are particularly handy when taking on many of the game's bosses like the cave troll, whereby frontal attacks are useless.

There’s plenty to see and do in Rogue Hearts long after the credits to the main campaign roll. ‘Nightmare’ iterations of bosses, for example, offer players a much defter challenge, one which is easily thwarted the more items you acquire and levels you increase.

Rogue Hearts’ engaging turn-based gameplay and randomised dungeons are available to experience now on both the Google Play and App Store.

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

Hit the 5 Casino slots onto Android in New Zealand and Argentina

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018

South Korean publisher Webzen has brought a little piece of Las Vegas to Android devices with the soft launch of its latest mobile game Hit the 5 Casino - Free Slots in New Zealand and Argentina.

The social casino title gives players the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of digital slot machines, without the risk of losing any actual money.

Each slot comes with its own unique style, design, and gameplay, and the developer has revealed plans to add more of them over time. Players who download the soft-launch version of the game will be treated to exclusive deals as well as earn hourly, daily, and weekly bonuses.

Fresh out of closed beta testing and aimed at users aged 21 and over, Hit the 5 Casino is based on the Facebook social game of the same name, which features a user base of 500,000 players.

The slot machine simulation is available to download from Google Play in the soft-launch countries now and is anticipated to make its global launch during the first half of 2018.

Keen to know more? Further information about Hit the 5 Casino is available on the game’s official website and you can discuss your thoughts on it with the community via its Facebook page.

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

Mobile strategy First Hero begins soft-launch rollout

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 6th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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.

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.

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

Why the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2 are not as good as the iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on February 26th, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 product shot

Over the past couple of days we've seen two massive Android phones announced over at MWC. There's Samsung's Galaxy S9, and Sony's Xperia XZ2. Both of them are pretty impressive in terms of stats, and both companies seem to be focusing (if you'll excuse the pun) on releasing phones with impressive cameras.

But if you ask me, neither of the devices has the chops to knock the iPhone off the top spot, especially when it comes to gaming. Why's that you ask? Well give me a moment and I'll explain exactly what I mean.

Our top 5 characters from casual RPG Creature Quest

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 16th, 2018
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Creature Quest definitely lives up to its name with a host of collectible creatures based on fantasy tales and world mythologies. To celebrate Creature Quest’s first birthday, we’re going to lay out what we think are the five best characters in the game. Let’s get to it.

5. Celestial Sentinel

The Celestial Sentinel is Creature Quest’s best healer, hands down. Not only can he resurrect and heal your party members, he’ll also restore your team members’ mana. If he dies, he can revive and heal the rest of your team, including himself. He’s the ideal safety net.

More monsters to collect and evolve in Creature Quest’s anniversary update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 12th, 2018
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A laid-back mix of RPG and TCG, Creature Quest is all about building your deck, evolving your creatures and winning in battle. It’s the creation of VC Mobile, set up by Might and Magic producer Jon Van Caneghem. There are elements of that classic PC game here, but for the most part, this is a modern, mobile experience. Now one year on from its launch, it's just received a new update with some big changes.

Firstly, you’ll gain more loot in the Battle Tower, making your fights more fruitful. You’ll also receive rewards on a sliding scale, based on how many of your creatures survive the fray, so the better you do, the more you’ll win. New players will also benefit from a week of check-in rewards and a Legendary creature to kickstart your deck.

You’ve also got two new automatic features to play with. Auto-battle lets you leave your captured creatures to handle the fight, while auto-pickup hoovers up the loot you stumble upon exploring quest maps. These optional features should make grinding less onerous.

The update introduces three new creatures to collect. The Legendary-level Cacaelia and Siege Construct and the Rare-level Lightning Nymph – a Battle Tower reward that is guaranteed to come with at least three Combo Dots.

Beyond the update’s under-the-hood tweaking, there’s a busy diary of in-game events and dungeon challenges planned. There’ll be a Valentine’s Day take-over and an exclusive quest, Battlefield of Love, between February 9-19. Creature Quest will get a St Patrick’s Day take-over in March, along with another one-off quest, the unsettlingly-titled Ooze Cruise. And there’s much more planned for 2018.

If you want to join the creature-catching, monster-battling fun, download Creature Quest for free on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media preferred partners.

Penny Arcade Slots enters its Closed Beta Test - and you're invited to give it a spin

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 5th, 2018
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Unlike most other studios, the developers behind the new social casino app Penny Arcade Slots can boast a wealth of realworld experience having built slot machines for casinos around the world. And now it's welcoming players to put its latest digital creation through its paces as Penny Arcade Slots begins its closed beta test.

Penny Arcade Slots features a mix of slot machine mini-games themed around characters from folklore. Where else can you see Chinese femme fatale Pan Jinlian sharing screen time with Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame? Alongside them are a colourful cast of characters including Aladdin, his Genie and a man who looks a lot like Jumanji’s Van Pelt (sans elephant gun).

Casual online multiplayer Mini Golf King receives a brand new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 2nd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bluehole PNIX has just recently added a brand new update that aims to sink even more competition and party antics into its arcade multiplayer, Mini Golf King.

Shrinking down the noble sport onto mobile, developer Bluehole PNIX adds in a fair share of whimsical features that you're unlikely to find at your local Putt-Putt golf course. Bomb traps, accelerator pads, tube slides and swinging drawbridges are just a few of the obstacles you'll encounter over 30 levels, adding just the right amount of zaniness to compliment its serene visuals and laid back gameplay.