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A guide for the Final Fantasy games you'll find on mobile

Posted by Aaron Potter on April 11th, 2018

The tentpole JRPG franchise for well over 30 years now, Final Fantasy has been capturing the hearts of both western and eastern audiences for almost as long as it's been available to them. Each new entry brings with it an entirely new cast of heroes, game mechanics, and story, with maybe the odd spin-off or fighting game variant sprinkled in for good measure. Because, why not?

It's a series that's become known for regularly regenerating itself. And while it's fairly easy to keep up with the mainline numbered entries on consoles, Final Fantasy on mobile proves to be a different beast. To help separate the rough from the smooth and your turn-based battlers from your straight action epics, here's our comprehensive breakdown of the Final Fantasy titles on IOS worth looking into.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - March 8th

Posted by Harry Slater on March 8th, 2018

The Sims Mobile iOS screenshot games of the week

Oh hi there, and welcome to another edition of our round-up of the very best games that have come out for iPhone and iPad this week. I reckon there might be something for everyone this week, so long as you enjoy dungeons, dragons, hardcore platformers, and making fake people who can't speak kiss.

As ever I've included download links so you can swoop over to the App Store and grab the games lickety split. And if you think we've missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments section. Make sure you come back next week to see what new treats iOS gaming has to offer too.

The Sims Mobile - download for iOS

Well, The Sims is still a thing. Who knew? This mobile version (which is by no-means the first time The Sims have fit in your pocket) lets you build a house, get a job, buy new furniture, and engage in all the things that you do in real-life. Except without the crushing misery and ennui. Maybe that's just me?

Reed - download for iOS

A super-tough platformer that's going to make you want to crush your phone or tablet into dust. But, you know, in a good way. It's super fast, super sharp, and there's a whole bunch of hardcore content here to mash your face up against. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a challenge this week, you need look no further.

Gravity Dash - download for iOS

An auto-runner with a floor-flipping twist. You're not just jumping through a series of minimalist obstacles, you need to change your gravitational orientation too. Make the floor the ceiling and vice-versa, and try and get as far as possible. A simple but pretty darn clever high-score chaser that could be dangerously addictive.

The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands - download for iOS

A strategy survival game that sees you building up your own settlement. There's a day-night cycle, horrible weather, and monsters too. A mixture of genres, all presented in a lovely art-style, this one is probably the dark horse of the week. And since we love dark horses here at 148Apps, we're going to say you should pick it up immediately.

Monster Merge - download for iOS

A game about adorable monsters. In fact, it's not just about adorable monsters, it's about squishing them together in adorable ways. Imagine a cross between a classic arcade game, a gacha machine, and Pokemon, and you're sort of in the right area. It won't be for everyone, but casual gamers are going to lap this one up.

Cotrio - download for iOS

A soothing puzzler with a pastel art-style that's going to tax your brain more than it taxes your digits. There's a lot going on here, and if you like Sudoku then there's a good chance you're going to like this one. Plus alongside the puzzling there are some amazing landscapes, and it's designed to be played in bus-journey-length snippets.

Somewhere: The Vault Papers - download for iOS

Another in the increasingly long line of real-time interactive fiction games on the App Store. This one is set in a dystopian world and sees you trying to guide the heroine through a series of tricky situations. It's a super clever way of telling a story, and it's going to have you hooked from the first notification to the last.

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Lichtspeer - download for iOS

A quite frankly wonderful game that involves throwing an enchanted, neon-pink spear into the faces of a barrage of enemies. There are frost giants, pirates, vikings, zombies, and all manner of other ridiculous things to slaughter. On top of all of that, the game is really challenging, and a super fit for mobile.

Evoland 2 - download for iOS

An RPG that mixes up time periods and styles with aplomb. It's more coherent than the original game, and it throws in a whole bunch of interesting ideas that are going to keep you on your toes. This is clearly a love letter to the JRPG, and while it does have some tongue-in-cheek-humor, everything is created with a lot of heart.

Peak Rider Snowboarding - download for iOS

Sliding down the slopes has never been this simple. There are jumps to pull off, trees and rocks to avoid, and coins to collect. It's stylish, it's quick, and while it might not have the complexity of the console games that have clearly inspired it, that makes it all the easier to pick up and play on your mobile phone or tablet.

Holy Potatoes! We're in Space - download for iOS

A game about potatoes. Who are in space. The sort of sequel to Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop, this one sees you guiding a spaceship through the universe. It's a strategy management game, but there's a good dollop of laughter here as well. Plus it's full of potatoes, and quite frankly who doesn't love potatoes?

ChronoBlade - download for iOS

A gorgeous looking side-on brawler with RPG elements. It might not be the most original game on this list, but you can grab it for free, and it's going to make you feel like a legitimate badass when you do. Smash, slash, and bash your way through enormous bosses, toughening up your own unique character as you do.

Temple of Spikes - download for iOS

This one's a platformer that wears its Spelunky inspiration on its sleeve. It might not be as clever as that game, but there's still an awful lot here to like. Jump through a huge series of levels, avoiding dangerous traps and enemies, in order to grab some treasure and get out of the titular temple alive.

Part-Time UFO - download for iOS

You're a UFO. Well, you're a part time UFO. This one's from the developers behind the excellent Kirby games, and sees you completing a variety of different tasks. It's sort of like a crane game you might play in an arcade, but there's an awful lot going on here besides. It's fun, it looks lovely, and it's got a good deal of pedigree behind it.

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Alto's Odyssey - download for iOS

The big release of the week. This super-slick sequel sees you racing down the side of a mountain. Except this time you're in the desert. There are challenges to complete, tricks to pull off, and plenty more besides. And it looks absolutely incredible.

Click here to read our Alto's Odyssey review

Dice Brawl: Captain's League - download for iOS

A fast-paced PvP board game that sees you competing with a bunch of pirates. Build a deck of cards, and battle it out to make your way up the league. It's not super deep, but if you're looking for a casual distraction with a bit of bite then it's well worth checking out.

Dissembler - download for iOS

A slick match-stuff puzzler that plays around with the genre. You're sliding colored blocks around in order to clear them for a grid. Things start off simple, but after a while new mechanics and ideas are dropped in. A really well put together mix of head-scratching and fun.

Seul. (Alone): The entree - download for iOS

This one's a choose-your-own-adventure game with a unique and wonderfully miserable art style. Apparently it's a philosophical horror thriller, but I don't want to go into too much detail because the story is definitely the thing here. Macabre and strange, it's not like anything else you've played before.

Sinkr - download for iOS

Another minimalist puzzler, this one's all about cleaning up pucks. With hooks. It might sound simple, but there are some fiendish ideas here that are going to leave you stumped. But stumped in the best possible way.

Glitch Dash - download for iOS

A super fast endless runner with a garish color scheme and plenty more besides. It's as challenging as it is fun, but if you're a big fan of twitchy classics like Super Hexagon then you're going to love every second you spend with this one.

Rogue Hearts - download for iOS

An SRPG that mixes in elements from roguelikes and other scrappy genres to create something pretty unique. It's deep, it's challenging, and there's a whole heap of game to get your face into here. Face off against the dangers of the world and use your wits and skills to come out victorious.

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Florence - download for iOS

A story about twentysomething life and love. It's sweet, it's endearing, and while it's short, and you don't really do much in it, it's the sort of game you're going to want to experience. Thoughtful and thought-provoking in all the right ways, don't let the slightly twee aesthetic put you off.

Click here to read our Florence review

Death Squared - download for iOS

A game about cubes. And death. And moving those cubes. And those cubes dying. From lasers. You can play with a friend or on your own, and the aim of the game is to get through a series of increasingly difficult test chambers. It's far from by-the-numbers, and isn't afraid to play around with the foundations of the genre.

Flo - download for iOS

A super-fast arcade game that's all about avoiding a terrifying wave of death. In a way it's a bit like a super-devolved Tiny Wings, albeit with a flipping mechanic that sees you bouncing around both sides of the line that makes up the endless levels. It's fun, and while it's a little forgettable, it'll put a smile on your face.

Evil Cogs - download for iOS

A gorgeous-looking game about the battle between the light and the dark. Think Badland crossed with Limbo and you're part of the way there. There's a great story, plenty to do, and neat controls that help you guide your little beam of light safely through the encroaching gloom.

cmnd/ctrl - download for iOS

A quick-fire space shooter that sees you blasting through bricks. The twist is that those bricks have numbers on them. You need to shoot them the right amount of times in order to destroy them. Hit a brick, or one of the other obstacles in your path, and it's game over.

Kinoko Bird - download for iOS

This one's a completely barmy take on Flappy Bird. There are a lot of flashing lights, an quite often it feels like the game is shouting at you for no reason. Collect things, avoid other things, wonder what on earth is going on. It might not be the most original game, but it's worth playing for a glimpse into something like madness.

Nitro Racing GO - download for iOS

What would happen if you mashed together a racer and an idle clicker? Nitro Racing GO would happen. Tapping the screen speeds up your vehicle, and you need to upgrade your parts to win races. It's a little over complicated in places, but it's a neat twist on the genre all the same.

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition - download for iOS

This one doesn't really need an introduction. It's a squished down version of the latest main canon Final Fantasy story. And it works surprisingly well. There are a few tweaks here and there to make things more mobile-shape, but if you've not played the game before this is a brilliant place to start.

Dandara - download for iOS

A super slick arcade metroidvania adventure with a control scheme that's brilliant for mobile. Bounce around levels solving simple puzzles, taking down monsters, and generally having a lovely old time. Oh, and it looks ruddy marvellous as well.

Click here to read our Dandara review

Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter - download for iOS

Dogs love bones and dogs love digging. In this intriguing platformer you're a dog that's digging for bones. And when you get a bone you turn into some sort of super dog and fly through the level. It's silly, but there's a decent level of challenge here when you get to the tougher sections.

Weapon Shop Fantasy - download for iOS

What happens to all the weapon shop owners when the RPG adventurers are off on their quests? Well, this game sort of answers that question. You're running an emporium, and you need to make sure your customers are well stocked. Craft weapons, steal things from monsters, and try and make enough money to pay your staff.

True Legacy - download for iOS

A dystopian text adventure that sees you trying to solve a murder. Read through the clues, solve puzzles, and try and figure out whodunnit. Probably more importantly though, try and figure out why they've done it. If you like your games to have a strong narrative drive, then this is going to be right up your street.

Light A Way - download for iOS

An endless tapper that sees you trying to bring light back to a fantasy world. You've got a bunch of fairies at your beck and call, as well as a host of animals that join you're crusade once you've freed them. It's sort of twee, but tapper fans are going to love the surprising depth that Light A Way offers.

Ink or Swim - download for iOS

A two-thumb tapper that sees you guiding a squid through a series of underwater obstacles. It's the sort of short, sharp experience you're going to load up on the bus to work. It might not have the depth or staying power of some of the other games on this list, but as a brief distraction it's pretty hard to beat.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia - download for iOS

A sort of tie-in with the multiplayer console rumbler. This one's much more of a traditional Final Fantasy game. Turn-based battles, summons to find, and plenty more. Plus it's full to the brim with characters from the series. If you're in to that sort of thing.

PAKO 2 - download for iOS

The sequel to a sharp getaway racer. This one feels more like Crazy Taxi. You're driving from A to B, trying to get away from the cops on your tail. The more robberies and drop offs you make, the more money gets into your bank account. A lot of fun in small bursts.

Click here to read our PAKO 2 review

Hero Hunters - download for iOS

A third-person cover based shooter that takes a good deal of its cues from that super popular game known as Overwatch. It looks great, there's plenty of blasting to do, and you're going to have a ball mowing down your foes.

Bring You Home - download for iOS

This one's all about finding your little dog creature. It's been kidnapped. To get it back you need to change levels by sliding the scenery up and down. You might need to chop down a tree, but you're going to want an axe for that. Fun, and so full of heart it's almost a donor organ delivery van.

AYO: A Rain Tale - download for iOS

A game set in Africa that sees you trying to get water for your family. It's a really interesting idea, and there's a lot of enjoyment to be had here. It's also the sort of game that's going to make you think, and it often feels like we need more of those.

Caterpillage - download for iOS

I like this one just for the pun. You're a giant alien space caterpillar and you need to devour planets in order to sate your hunger. It's a simple game of eating and not dying, but there are jokes galore and a simple rhythm of play that makes things more fun than they maybe should be.

Run Gun Sports - download for iOS

A sports game. But instead of jumping around, you're firing guns. Guns that are attached to your feet. It's super ridiculous in the best sort of way, and while it's not as challenging as some of the other physics-based people flingers, there's still a lot here to get your teeth into. If you haven't shot them out.

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January 25th

The Room: Old Sins - Download for iOS

The fourth game in The Room series is a brilliant return to the gothic world of the first three. It's dark, it's mysterious, it filled to the brim with incredible puzzles, and it looks absolutely astounding. Play with a doll's house, find out the mysteries that lie within, and have an amazing time doing it.

Click here to read our The Room: Old Sins review

Meteorfall - Download for iOS

A roguelike in card form. It's sort of like Tinder meets Card Crawl with a few extra bits and bobs thrown in for good measure. The art style is awesome, and there's a chunky replayability that can turn a quick go into a bleary-eyed four hour session. If you like cards and battling funny monsters, it's well worth a look.

Click here to read our Meteorfall review

Thumper - Download for iOS

I'm not sure what sort of crazed minds made Thumper, but it's a spectacular dash and smash auto-runner that feels like what might have happened if Rez was developed by a group of people with even less regard for the safety of your eyes. Searingly bright, wonderfully esoteric, and thumping in all the right ways.

Click here to read our Thumper review

Super Fancy Pants Adventures - Download for iOS

Pants. Adventures. Fanciness. This game has all of those things and more. It's a fast-paced platformer that doesn't mess around. The physics are intriguingly floaty, and there's a breathlessness to the whole thing that sets it apart from the clunky retro leapers we've been seeing a lot of lately.

Out There Chronicles Episode 2 - Download for iOS

The second episode of this choose-your-own-adventure series is just as smart and good looking as the first. Stepping into the Out There world is always an entertainingly odd time, and this is no exception. Make choices, gawp at the incredible art, and see what an uncaring universe has in store for you.

Stack and Crack - Download for iOS

This one's a puzzle game about four different cubes. They can only move in set ways, so you need to combine them, and use the panels on the grid that change their behaviour, in order to get them to the exit. It's not the sort of thing you should be playing when you're sleep deprived, but it's definitely going to get you thinking.

Slime Pizza - Download for iOS

I love both slime and pizza, so it's fair to say that this game is relevant to my interests. The fact that it's a Nitrome game is just the vegan pepperoni on top of the slimy pizza. Twang around levels, dodge spikes, and try and make sure an angry cat police officer doesn't manage to get its fangs into you. Yes, it's just as bonkers as all of that sounds.

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena - Download for iOS

A surprisingly fast-paced tactical battler. Build up a team of monsters then take part in sharp little strategic fights. It's bright, it's fun, and there's enough going on here that you can look past that frankly terrible name.


January 18th

Well, it's that time of the week. You know what I mean. You know exactly what I mean. It's the time of the week when we take a look at the best games that have landed on the App Store over the past seven days. And there are some real doozies here.

After a slightly barren start to the year, the App Store is filling up nicely with new adventures for us to embark on. Quite frankly, that can only be a good thing if you ask me. We've included links to download the games below, because we're good like that.

Jydge - Download for iOS

A hardcore, top-down, cyberpunk shooter that sees you stomping around a neon city, blasting all the criminal scum. You're essentially playing as a super robot cop, and you can enhance your abilities as you go.

Click here to read our Jydge review

Cytus 2 - Download for iOS

The sequel to a brilliant rhythm action game. It's wonderfully well put together, and it plays like a dream. Throw in a cool art-style and more than your average dollop of swagger, and you've got the sort of thing you're going to have stuck on your homescreen for a good long while.

World of Warships Blitz - Download for iOS

Remember World of Tanks Blitz? Well this is sort of like that, except rather than tanks you're controlling boats. Take to the high seas, unlock new battleships, and try and blast the other team out of the water. About as fun and slick as multiplayer shooters get on iOS.

Click here to read our World of Warships Blitz review

Hero Academy 2 - Download for iOS

A wonderful game of cards, tactics, and gorgeous cartoon graphics. Build up your squad of characters, spells, and weapons, then head online and take down anyone standing in your way. It's sharp, it's fun, and it's dangerously addictive.

Click here to read our Hero Academy 2 review

It's Full of Sparks - Download for iOS

I don't think I've ever seen a game about a firecracker before. Certainly not one that's a gorgeous looking platformer. Wander around amazing-looking environments, all the while slightly terrified that you're going to explode.

Catsby - Download for iOS

Cats and Game Boy-style graphics are really just a recipe for overwhelming cuteness. This one owes a lot to classic RPGs, and sees you controlling a pudgy feline who's working his way through 129 levels to make his master happy again. No, I'm not crying, you're crying.

Skullgirls - Download for iOS

This one already came out, but the developer has now taken over the publishing rights and re-released the game. It's a super slick 2D fighter that's probably going to make your eyeballs fall out. But, you know, in a good way.

The 5 best games that came out on mobile in February 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on February 28th, 2018

Alto's Odyssey screenshot 5 best games of February 2018

It's been a pretty good month for mobile gaming, but what have been the standout games that have landed on the App Store in February? Well, that's what we're going to find out in this here list.

We've picked the five best games that have come out over the past four weeks, and presented them here in all of their glory. If anything, it proves that mobile gaming is pretty much ahead of the curve when it comes to exciting experiences getting released on a regular basis.

Why's that? Because creating a list of just five games was a really tough ask. Agree with our choices? Disagree with our choices? Make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Feb 9th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 9th, 2018

Have you been keeping up to date with everything going on in the Steel Media empire? You haven't? Well that's okay, because we've gone right ahead and done a round-up of all the awesome content that's gone up on our family of sites over the last seven days.

There are features, there are reviews, and there are some awesome videos. And don't worry if you don't have time to pay attention to all of the sites, because we'll be back here, same time, same place next week with another round-up. We're kind and caring like that.

4 RPGs like Final Fantasy XV that deserve the chibi treatment

Posted by Jessica Famularo on August 22nd, 2017

Square Enix announced another Final Fantasy XV spin-off today - Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. This mobile, episodic version of the hit RPG gives the game a chibi-fied makeover. The first episode will be free, followed by 9 more premium episodes. Judging by the above trailer, the game actually looks to be quite faithful to the source game.

It's frankly adorable, and I'm a huge fan of being able to take a favorite RPG on the road with me. It's too early to say with any certainty how good Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will be, but the announcement is a good opportunity to look back on other excellent RPGs that deserve pocket editions.