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Fortnite, PUBG, and Shadowgun Legends - What have been the big changes in mobile gaming in the first half of 2018?

Posted by Harry Slater on July 16th, 2018

This month, we're looking back at the first half of 2018, looking at the good, the bad, and everything in between. In this piece we're having a think about the big changes that have happened in mobile gaming over the past six months, and what they might mean for mobile gamers moving forwards.

It's our job to keep an eye on the trends, new ideas, and new concepts that are happening in mobile, and we've had a good long think and decided that these five were the biggest changes in 2018. If you've spotted any that you think are worth mentining, then make sure you toss them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Is Battlelands Royale better than Fortnite on mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on June 29th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

What happens when you take the battle royale template and mix it into a more mobile shape? Well, what happens is Battlelands Royale. It's like if Fortnite had a little brother who wanted to copy its elder sibling, and did so in the most adorable way.

You get everything you get in the likes of Fortnite (apart from the building). There's shooting, a drop zone, equipment to discover, and an ever-shrinking playfield upon which to try and slaughter every other player and be crowned the champion.

But does simplifying things make them better? That's the question we're going to ask in this here article - is Battlelands Royale better than Fortnite?

Axe.io review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AXE EM UP
.io games are a bit played out, but Axe.io has just enough variety to stand out.
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Where next for PUBG, Fortnite, and the battle royale genre on mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on April 11th, 2018

Battle royale games are all the rage on the App Store at the moment. A couple of weeks ago we looked at the origins of the genre, but now it's time to get the crystal balls out and think about what might be the future for the giant deathmatches we all know and love. With PUBG and Fortnite both available for iOS now, and a good handful of clones out there as well, what can the genre do to stay relevant in a world as changeable as our own? Or is this going to be another flash in the pan genre that falls by the wayside before it's really had the chance to grow? Read on to find out what we think.

How PUBG, Fortnite, and the battle royale genre took over the world

Posted by Harry Slater on March 19th, 2018

Fortnite screenshot - How the battle royale genre took over the world

The history of the battle royale genre isn't a long one. While the nascent parts of the experience have existed ever since players first started killing one another online, it's really only in the past six years that the genre has coalesced into something specific, with distinct parts that define whether a game does or doesn't fit into the specific pigeonhole.

Fortnite and PUBG might be the names connected to the massive online shooters now, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, the genre started out thanks to a number of strange confluences in the pop-culture zeitgeist. And the coming together of those ideas wasn't the preserve of companies and focus groups - a good deal of the battle royale genre stems from its players. It's those ideas, and those players, we need to trace to understand the behemoth that's barreling through the App Store at the moment.

Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - March 18th

Posted by Harry Slater on March 18th, 2018

Fortnite Battle Royale screenshot

Oh hi nice reader, and thanks for popping in to check out our weekly round-up of all the stuff that you might have missed across the Steel Media network. Yeah, that's right, it's a big ol' network. Obviously 148Apps is the best, but there are some other awesome sites involved too.

And like I say, this is a weekly round-up. So it'll happen next week as well. Essentially we want to make sure that you're up to date with all the comings and goings of the world of mobile and portable gaming. Come back next week, and you'll have all the knowledge to wow your friends and shut down your foes.

Everything You Need to Know About The Fortnite Mobile Beta

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 16th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In just over a week, Epic Games has made a flurry of announcements. First, they revealed that Fortnite—their ultra-popular PUBG competitor—is coming to mobile. This was followed by brief sign-up period for interested beta testers before sending out their first round of invites yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on one of these early invites, so we can clear the air on exactly what Fortnite on mobile is like.

Fortnite Will Be Better Than PUBG on Mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2018

Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens soon (you can even sign up for Fortnite here), I’m not so sure I’d have the same response. Between both of these games, Fortnite seems primed to be a much better mobile experience than PUBG, and here’s why:

The best mobile battle royale games

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 5th, 2017



Battle royale games like Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite are the current big trend in games. Players are flocking to these titles in the millions and it's easy to see why. They're fun to play on your lonesome or with friends, and the combination of survival and third-person shooter elements is downright addictive.

If you're looking for some similar games on mobile, we've managed to track down a few that will do the job. It's still a relatively new genre for mobile, but expect to see many more games of this sort headed your way soon.