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BlazBlue: Battle Cards Brings the Popular Fighting Franchise to iOS - With Cards

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 18th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Metaversal Studios has been hard at work alongside Arc System Works and publisher Aksys Games to bring you the first western release of a BlazBlue game. But rather than one-on-one brawling, in BlazBlue: Battle Cards you'll be collecting cards to create your perfect figter and battling against players all around the globe.

Marvel Future Fight from Netmarble Launches Globally This Week

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 28th, 2015

Netmarble has announced that their action RPG, Marvel Future Fight, is launching globally in just a few more days.

Practice Your Superman Punch - EA SPORTS UFC is Here

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 23rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Electronic Arts is bringing all the hard-hitting action of the Ultimate Fighting Championship with EA SPORTS UFC. You can choose from a roster of over 70 fighters in four divisions such as Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre, and each fighter has their own special moves that you’ll be able to unlock as you play.

Mortal Kombat X is Available Now - Get Over Here (and Download it)

Posted by Rob Rich on April 8th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chaces are you don't need much prodding to go and download the free mobile version of Mortal Kombat X, but just in case I'll leave you with this little tidbit: even though it's the mobile spin-off, it still has fatalities.

You may now do the thing.

Marvel Mighty Heroes, the Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, is Here

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 1st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: OVERLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have brought us a new action-packed brawler: Marvel Mighty Heroes. You can play with up to four of your friends as you favorite marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, and Hawkeye, and you'll be collecting new characters and levelling-up as you battle evil and save the world. Each character has different powers and abilities, and you can discover alternate costumes for them that grant new powers.

"Marvel Mighty Heroes starts with old-school Super Hero gameplay from the glory days of playing alongside friends at the arcade and adds a modern twist for mobile devices through intuitive touch controls and global cooperative gameplay,” said Barry Dorf, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances at DeNA, in a press release. “Marvel fans of all ages will love the timeless characters and evolving Marvel storylines based on classic plots and new story arcs.”

The first in-game event starts today with the release of the game. You'll be playing in a six-part weekly “Infinity” event series, where the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will be facing off against Thanos, the Mad Titan. Marvel Mighty Heroes is available for free on the App Store.

Real Steel Champions Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 18th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GRIND TO WIN
Real Steel Champions is a fighting game that's more about grinding than fighting ability.
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Warner Bros. Interactive Announces Mortal Kombat X!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 3rd, 2015

Mortal Kombat X, by Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios, will be a a free-to-play fighting/card-battle Mortal Kombat game. The game promises card collecting, multiplayer team combat, classic characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden, and the ever popular fatalities that made the series famous.

“NetherRealm Studios has created a Mortal Kombat X mobile experience that allows more players than ever before to play this over-the-top fighting game through their ever-present smartphones, tablets or other devices,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “What’s more, we’ve expanded the unique cross-connectivity feature that links the mobile and console versions of Mortal Kombat X, delivering unique rewards to all players for simply playing the mobile game.”

Mortal Kombat X will be available April 2015.

Mecha Showdown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on February 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: IN A SPIN
Mecha Showdown replaces traditional buttons with a slot machine mechanic in this robot fighting game, but the thrill of the gamble just isn't there.
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Reliance Games and Dreamworks Unveil Real Steel Champions

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANOTHER CYBERNETIC HIT :: Read Review »

Reliance Games and Dreamworks have announced that a third game in the Real Steel series of mobile fighting games, Real Steel Champions, will be making its way to iOS this March.

Based off of the Real Steel movie, this new entry in the series will feature ten new arenas, a new Tournament mode, and for the first time in the series will allow players to create their own custom robot. Custom robots are crafted from a combination of parts, including those from fan favorites Atom, Noisy Boy, and Midas, as well as boxing moves, which players can customize in order to destroy each opponent strategically and swiftly.

Real Steel Champions is set to fight its way into the App Store this March.

Co-op Brawler, Marvel Mighty Heroes, is Coming to the App Store Soon

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 23rd, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have just released a trailer for the, Marvel Mighty Heroes. The brawler will pit super heroes against super villains from the Marvel universe - including classic characters such as Iron Man, Groot, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man. You'll get to develop your own team of super stars and even play against your friends in multiplayer.

"Building off of the success of Marvel War of Heroes, our first Marvel-licensed title, Marvel Mighty Heroes, is a fast and tactical battle game that will combine evolving Marvel stories with enthralling co-op and competitive multiplayer gameplay,” said Barry Dorf, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances at DeNA. “Marvel fans and gamers alike will have the chance to create the ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super Villains to take on waves of enemies from the Marvel Universe.”

You can pre-register for the game on the Marvel Mighty Heroes site, and you'll get to vote for Hulk or Rocket to be a a free special hero at launch for a limited time.

Marvel Mighty Heroes will be free to download on the App Store soon.

Battle of Toys Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on January 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRATEGY OVER STYLE
If players can look past the bright colors and kiddie subject matter, they'll find a solid fighting game with an emphasis on strategic play.
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Ultimate Robot Fighting Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on January 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: USED PARTS
Ultimate Robot Fighting will bring on a sense of déjà vu for players of Injustice. Whether that's considered to be a good or a bad thing is entirely up to them.
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Master of Tea Kung Fu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on November 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ONE DROP RULES
Master of Tea Kung Fu is a creative and complex caffeinated brawler.
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This Week at 148Apps: November 17-21, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 24th, 2014

Expert App Reviewers

So little time and so very many apps. What's a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we've ever written.

SteelSeries Stratus XL

Pairing the Stratus XL is as easy as it is with pretty much any other MFi controller. You just turn it on, get your iOS device to find it, and you should be good to go. Then you start up one of the hundreds of compatible games and start playing. And it does play them all quite nicely. The controls are responsive, the button placement feels right, and it’s got a nice heft to it. The build quality is also rather impressive. Whereas other MFi controllers I’ve recently played around with felt sort of hollow and fragile, the Stratus XL feel dense and sturdy. You could probably hurt someone if you threw it at them, actually. [Note: 148Apps does not condone throwing your MFi controllers at anyone, for any reason. That’s bad form.] --Rob Rich

Fantasy Solitaire

That’s the main beauty behind Fantasy Solitaire. It uses artwork from fantasy illustrator Ian Schofield, and it shows. Each card looks impressive, with the artwork relating to fantasy characters being really quite delightful. Fantasy Solitaire rewards your success with more cards too, so it soon looks quite gorgeous. Otherwise, Fantasy Solitaire is a fairly typical game of Klondike Solitaire. Each turn involves you drawing three cards before figuring out the best place to put them. The trick, as always, is to try to get the Ace cards pulled out first for any chance of success. Controls are simple enough with taps and drags to place cards, plus an auto-complete button when you’re right near the end of a game. There’s no hints button though, so make sure you’re up to speed with this game type. --Jennifer Allen

Reckless Racing 3

Reckless Racing 3 is here, with driving dynamics that are as satisfying and addictive as ever as spot-on traction physics meets fun-fueled racing. There are 6 new and diverse locations that spawn 6 courses each, ensuring that players will still be kept guessing even though the backdrop might often remain the same. Combine that with the new Gymkhana event (specially laid-out courses that test driving skills), the same wealth of tweaks for controls and settings to enhance player experience, plus the recent addition of 4 reversible classic Reckless tracks, and what’s left is a driving game packed with features. --Lee Hamlet

Click Cam

Click Cam is an interesting new way of sharing photos in that it’s entirely random how it does it. It’s more of a curiosity than an app you’d spend great amounts of time with given its many limitations, but hey, it’s free, so that kind of works. All you need to do is enter a few simple sign up details before taking a photo and uploading it to Click Cam. The actual photo taking interface is pretty basic when it comes to options, but you can choose from a few filters once the image has been snapped. Once you’re happy with what you’ve snapped you can name it, then simply hit the red button so it goes off to some other user somewhere. You’ll never know where or really what the person thought of it. The recipient can rate it but you don’t get to find out how you fared. --Jennifer Allen


A simple interface is both a blessing and a curse for AffordIt. It means it’s very easy to use, but it also means that it lacks some important features that would make it really stand out from the crowd. One such pivotal feature is that AffordIt only allows for one format of budgeting at any one time. For instance, you can set things up to plan out your Christmas shopping, but you can’t then have a separate section for your regular outgoings. That immediately restricts AffordIt to one project at any one time. It does that one project pretty well, luckily. You can easily set a budget for whatever it is, before adding additional credits based on whatever comes your way. Have a Christmas budget organized but then you get a bonus at work that you want to set aside for that occasion? AffordIt makes it easy to adjust accordingly. Adding cases of expenditure is just as easy, with the app keeping it simple and focused on what the item is and its value. --Jennifer Allen

Toca Nature

Rightfully named Toca Nature, the app opens up with a fertile land ready to be transformed into the landscape of players’ imagination as they transform this area into different regions of their choice – be it hills created with a tap that can easily be built up into snow capped mountains, valleys, and even bodies of water, all of which will soon be inhabited by different animals. The effect is quite magical as one watches fish swimming and beavers climbing out onto dry land for the first time as life is brought to their personalized ecosystem. Trees can be planted that will attract a variety of creatures, be it bears, foxes, rabbits, deer or woodpeckers. An axe is also included as a clever way of arbor clearing and of having a chance to change the topography again and again – a helpful tool to be sure. --Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


Tank Invaders: Shmup Evolved

Despite its name, Tank Invaders: Shmup Evolved is neither a shmup, nor is it particularly evolved. It’s still pretty good though. The story and characters put McBane to shame with their corniness. The player becomes a missile commander for allied forces that are fighting against the Terror – as in, an organization that literally calls itself Terror. They employ lunatics and fanatics to their side, lacking but a swastika and the actual Devil as their commander to complete the image of a perfect enemy for the forces of democracy and everything that is good. Anyway, the player has to endure endless waves of enemies as they try to destroy the thingy that the player is trying to protect (what is that that we’re trying to protect, by the way?) by shooting a barrage of missiles onto advancing enemies. --Tony Kuzmin


Joinz is a puzzle game with deceptively simple gameplay, starting out easy, but very quickly becoming a test for your brain, particularly that part that is responsible for not throwing violent tantrums when you fail to beat a high-score. The gameplay of Joinz is somewhat similar to Lines. There is a square field that has a single building block. The player can slide this block in four directions, making it travel until it hits an object or a border. Every time the player moves a block, another block appears on a random position on the field. Unlike lines, where the player has to create lines from the blocks of the same color to remove them from the field, Joinz requires the player to create one of the three shapes that pop up on the top of the screen. When the shape is complete, the player gets another one to make. As the player progresses, the shapes get gradually more complex, starting from simple tetris-like forms, to the complexities that fill up half of the game board. Also, appearing blocks start to get additional colors, making the field even more difficult to navigate. The player has to “jump” off of the existing blocks in order to create the required shapes. Don’t forget that once two or more blocks are connected to each other, it’s almost impossible to break them apart, so they’ll behave like a singular shape. --Tony Kuzmin

Ironkill: Robot Fighting Game

Ironkill: Robot Fighting Game wants you to fight; it might be the easiest directive to follow in handheld gaming. The gameplay boils down to combat. The initial run is a tutorial of sorts, and the gameplay is laid out with the help of an appropriately named intro robot. The fighting is works as player against a CPU opponent, and is a war of attrition: whoever depletes the other’s life bar first wins, and doing a damage is performed with the help of the control buttons at the bottom. One initiates a quick attack, one does a harder type of attack, and there is a defense button. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, what do you get for spending $3000 in Clash of Clans? What does the new Need For Speed game look like? Which punk rocker is a massive fan of F2P games? We answer all these questions and many more besides, over at AppSpy.

Ironkill Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTER PUNCHING
Ironkill is a freemium focused fighting game that doesn't offer particularly thrilling fights.
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