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5 free apps you need for football season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 5th, 2016

The arrival of Labor Day can only mean one thing: football is back! Yes, we've talked about global football on this site before since it returns sooner, but this time we mean American football in all its glory.

College football has been as wild as ever right out of the gate, with three top 10 teams falling in the first week and another one in a tough game as this post was being written. The 2016 NFL season is right around the corner too, kicking off Thursday night with a championship rematch.

The question is whether you're ready for the season. And we mean really ready. We'd suggest that that you aren't unless you're rolling with the right apps. We've got five free suggestions to ensure you're as prepared for football in every aspect as you could possibly be.

How to get coins faster in Madden NFL Mobile

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 31st, 2016

All aboard the coin train. By that I mean you need coins to improve your team in Madden NFL Mobile. Whether you prefer the excitement of opening packs or hitting up the auction house, your squad won't get any better without more coins to spend.

(Or buying in-game cash with real money, of course, but let's say for the sake of argument we're not doing that for now.)

Since the energy system in Madden NFL Mobile can be fairly restrictive, especially in the early going, you've got to plan wisely. If coins are all you love, then that's what you'll receive.

No, wait, that's from Star Wars. But if you want to maximize your coins while playing, here's what you should be doing.

How to get four NFL superstars for your Madden NFL Mobile team

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 26th, 2016

Even though you're probably well on your way to building a top notch squad for the new season in Madden NFL Mobile, let's say you could beef it up by adding Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Von Miller, and Todd Gurley to your roster. That's something I imagine would interest you.

It's not hypothetical either, but something you can actually do thanks to the Madden Season Blitz events going on right now in Madden NFL Mobile. It will require some effort on your part over the next two weeks, but if you act now and play often, you could snag elite versions of one or more of these stars before the real NFL season kicks off.

Instead of simply telling you about it, we'll actually tell you how to do it too.

NFL Huddle: What's new in Topps NFL Huddle 2017

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Can you smell that? It's the scent of pigskin in the air, which either means that cliches be damned, pigs are flying in your neck of the woods, or the new NFL season is right around the corner.

If it is indeed the latter. Topps wants to celebrate as only it knows how, by getting you into some sweet digital NFL trading cards of your favorite players and teams. There's a good chance it wants you to use the NFL Huddle app more than ever, actually, because the company no longer has a license to make physical football cards.

Not only that but NFL Huddle has gone all futuristic by updating to NFL Huddle 2017, a good year ahead of us. While this is customary in football circles (see also: Madden 17), we should note that the app has actually been given more than a fresh coat of paint for the new season.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

Saying that defense is not a priority in Madden NFL Mobile is a bit of an understatement. In asynchronous head-to-head play, you don't take control of your defenders at all, as the AI manages them while your opponent plays offense. When it's your turn, you play offense only.

Yet assembling a top defense is still part of your team-building duty, and for the new NFL season, Madden has made some intriguing changes to the way you give instructions to your defense by totally revamping the Gameplan system.

How does it work now? Read on and we'll explain.

Madden NFL Mobile: What you need to know for the new season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

One of the best ideas that EA ever had for its mobile games was to stop putting out different versions of its sports titles on an annual basis and just stick with a single title per sport that receives annual updates. Madden NFL Mobile has definitely been better off for it, and has kept this writer playing longer than ever would have been possible under the old system as a result.

While the actual NFL season is still several weeks away, Madden season is upon us now. The first thing you'll notice is that the game has a new cover athlete (though that term doesn't actually make much sense for a mobile game, really). Odell Beckham Jr. is out. Rob Gronkowski is in. Gronk on.

The hard work of building up a top team also starts all over again -- or nearly all over, as we'll discuss -- with teams being reset for all users. This happened in 2015, and EA has been very upfront about it throughout, so there should be a minimum of gnashing of teeth from gamers. Your team from last year remains in your own personal hall of fame, and can be dusted off for certain Legacy Live Events.

Rest assured, though, that Madden NFL Mobile is bringing more to the party that just updated rosters. Here's what you can expect as you get back to football.

Jump into Fantasy Premier League with the official Premier League app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016

Football is back (or soccer, if you must), and if you're an Arsenal supporter like yours truly, there's already reason for the gnashing of teeth and the wringing of hands. The Premier League season has kicked off with its usual share of intrigue and excitement, and the league's official app has a brand new look for 2016-17 as well.

Along with the usual stats, updates, news, and videos, the free Premier League app has also incorporated the official fantasy football game of the Premier League into its features. Sponsored by EA Sports, the game is free to play and easy for anyone to join.

Let's walk through the steps you'll need to follow to get started with Fantasy Premier League before the season is too far gone.

PES Club Manager Euro 2016 update is now live

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It stands to reason that if a game is going to bill itself as the "Official UEFA EURO 2016 mobile phone game" that it should have some kind of event that incorporates the football tournament that is about to cause hysteria among European sports fans over the next month.

PES Club Manager has that designation, and it is all decked out for Euro 2016 right now. Players who log in now through next Friday have a chance to take on teams from the tournament and win a footballer from that country every time they defeat one of the participating nations.

Four apps to help improve your Super Bowl experience

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 7th, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it.

You’ve got your snacks, right? Well, How about downloading some apps to improve your viewing experience? Here are some recommendations.

FCB Studio Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By 148Apps Staff on July 29th, 2015
Our rating: starblankstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT A GOOOOLLLL!!!
It’s a goal kick that soars 100 ft wide of the net.
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Stickman Football 2015 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWEET MOVES
Stickman Football 2015 is a pretty entertaining arcade football game.
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Top Eleven 2015 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for New Managers

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2015

Heads-up, coach:
Still on the fence about downloading this particular soccer/football manager? Check out our Top Eleven 2015 review!

Have you just downloaded Top Eleven 2015 - Be a Soccer Manager and you're not quite sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the basics so that you’ve got some idea when it comes to what to do next.

The Basics

  • It should be obvious, but sign in via Facebook. Besides being able to play alongside friends, you’re also safe in the knowledge that none of your progress is going to be lost. And Top Eleven 2015 is a lot more fun when competing with friends.

  • Learn what everything in the menu does. Top Eleven 2015 doesn’t have the easiest of tutorials to follow.

  • Squad is there for setting up formations and tactics, as well as moving players around. Examine each player’s abilities as it highlights where they’re strongest and weakest. Contemplate whether you want to be a more defensive or offensive team, and plan accordingly.

  • Training is where you’ll spend a lot of time. You can pick different training regimes for each of your players and even focus on one in particular (for a price). There’s a choice of three different training methods: match practice is best for honing tactics and boosting team play, cardio is great for general fitness boosts, and stretching reduces the chance of your players picking up injuries.

  • The game’s pretty dependent on time, with Fixtures telling you when your next match is. You get bonuses for being around to watch a match so try to do that whenever possible.

  • Transfers can be reliant on time too, with live auctions running out all the time. This is more something to focus on when you’ve got money spare, though. Early on, just focus on the players you have.

  • You can upgrade your Stadium through the option of the same name. That can lead to more fans, which also means more money. Plus you can upgrade the pitch to reduce the chance of injuries, as well as boost team morale.

Touchdown Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 4th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
This arcade football game challenges players to score as many touchdowns as possible without being tackled.
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All Star Quarterback Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLAY YOUR PART
Train your way to the Super Bowl in this free-to-play sports management game.
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1st & Goal Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Andrew Fisher on October 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOR THE D&D LOVING QB
1st & Goal is a board gamer's football game, a football fan's board game, and well worth a look.
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