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Bowmasters character guide: All the archers you could ever want

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 6th, 2016
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I don't know much about archery in real life, meaning if there's an apocalypse that leaves us having to hunt food without firearms, I won't be much help. But I've always loved archery in comics, movies, and video games, which is one of the reasons I love Bowmasters.

The game's dark humor and silly gore (if there is such a thing) help a lot too. Most of all, I just want to collect all the different characters and put them all through their paces, even if that means they'll all end up dying bloody deaths dozens of times over. C'est la vie, right?

A few new ones were added to the mix in a recent update, meaning there are now more options than ever for your arrow-shooting pleasure. Here's the entire list of Bowmasters in one handy character guide.

Marvel Tsum Tsum tips, tricks, and hints for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 31st, 2016

If you've not been bitten by the Tsum Tsum bug yet, let me assure you in the words of Master Yoda, "You will be. YOU WILL BE."

There's something irresistibly cute about the stackable plush toys, so much so that people love them even when they are forced to do battle. You'll find them doing exactly that in Marvel Tsum Tsum,the latest release from XFLAG. Interestingly, you don't actually stack them, but you do match three or more and get them to unleash cool special abilities.

You won't find that in your average plush toy. Or maybe they're pillows, because that's how my wife uses her Hulk Tsum Tsum. In any case, if you'd like to get the basics of Marvel Tsum Tsum down, we've got the tips, tricks, and hints you need.

Six! Tips, tricks, and hints for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 30th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There's nothing pretentious about Six!, the latest release from Gram Games. As puzzlers go, it's so unassuming that it took me some time to even realize why it was called what it was. Somewhere, my high school geometry teacher is now sobbing softly.

That's because the game gets its name from the hexagon that you try to maneuver toward the bottom of the screen by removing a series of blocks of different shapes from beneath it. Think of a virtual game of Jenga, except that instead of trying not to knock the tower over, you're trying to make it smaller while keeping the hexagon from tumbling off the side.

Many games make reviewers claim that they are easy enough for anyone to pick up and play, but this one really is. Yet there's just enough going on that it requires thought and strategy, which is good, because it gives us a chance to roll out these Six! tips, tricks, and hints for beginners to get you moving that hexagon like a pro.

Mobius Final Fantasy: Multiplayer update guide

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 30th, 2016
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Up until now, Mobius Final Fantasy has been about as single-player an experience as an RPG can be. Not only do you play solo, but you are literally one among a seemingly unending wave of faceless warriors on the road toward the same goal.

That changes with the game's latest update, though not officially until Thursday, September 8, when the multiplayer mode called Ring of Braves goes live. Here's what you need to know.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 29th, 2016
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I'm not sure if it's possible to say you are an anime fan but also never have seen one episode of Naruto. If it is, then I resemble that remark, and if not, I offer a hearty apology.

Sometimes, though, playing games based on anime franchises without knowing the source material can actually be a boon, as it allows you to experience the narrative fresh. Such is the case with yours truly and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing. It's fun whether you already know the story or not.

It's also similar to but not exactly like other Bandai Namco mobile games based on popular anime properties. That doesn't mean it's exceptionally complex, just that it might help to read through our Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing tips, tricks, and hints to gain some more confidence that you're headed for ninja stardom.

FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 25th, 2016
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Maybe farming is passé in mobile games now. Ah, but farming -- and doing a lot of a other things too -- in an island paradise might be a little different. At least you can work on your tan and sip some pina coladas while tending to your crops.

Actually, you can do a lot more than that in FarmVille: Tropic Escape, the latest game to carry on the FarmVille name. If your only memory is from the Facebook era and its ubiquitous requests, you might want to check back in on where the series has gone on mobile.

The premise of the new game is simple enough. Your friend has convinced you to go halfsies with her on an old inn located on an unnamed but very nice tropical island. After fixing the place up, the goal is to turn it into a top notch resort.

Doing so requires farming, naturally, but also cooking, diving, and ... heck, let's just get right into our FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints and we'll explain everything.

Bowmasters tips, tricks and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016
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At least for this writer, archery was one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2016 Rio Olympics. As opposed to target shooting with guns, which was dreadfully boring, watching people shoot arrows at targets was pretty darn cool.

Of course those targets didn't fire back, making them sitting ducks. That's definitely not the case in Bowmasters, an outrageously over the top mobile game where it's arch or be arched. Er, shot. I think it's still shot when you're talking about a bow.

Assuming it's too late in life for you to turn into the next Clint Barton or Robin of Locksley, we can still help you hone your skill with virtual arrows -- and other projectiles too, as it turns out. Read on for our Bowmasters tips, tricks, and hints, and you'll skip right past shooting an apple off someone's head and just plugging them straight between the eyes. In the game, we mean.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
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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.

Reigns character guide: Who's who in your kingdom

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWIPEY SUCCESSORS :: Read Review »

Know your foes. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. And there are probably some other cliches that would apply to your perilous spot on the throne in Reigns as well.

We can do you one better than that. If you've already absorbed our one vital point for beginners, we're here to help give you the lowdown on the denizens of your kingdom. We won't give details on all the characters in the game, because that would spoil some of the fun of discovery, but some hints on the various people, animals, and um, other things with which you'll be interacting certainly can't hurt.

Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
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No matter how good you are at football management games, no one is ever going to let you take the reins at Manchester United or Chelsea. It's simply not in the cards for us mere mortals.

The next best thing, other than screaming at your television and participating in all the #WengerMustGo hashtags, is to take a stab at being a skipper in the virtual realm. On mobile, the latest option is Championship Manager 17 from Square Enix.

While it's not quite as packed with features as similar sims on the PC, it's as close to a full management experience as possible in the sense that you must juggle a roster on a budget, keep an eye out for transfers that will strengthen your team, take control of strategic decisions during matches, and handle player morale and negotiations, all while trying to win glory and avoid being sacked.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, we've got some good news. We can help you take your first steps toward becoming the next Sir Alex (as if) with our Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners. Read on for the equivalent of that scene in The Matrix, except instead of Keanu Reeves saying, "I know kung fu," it'll be you saying, "I know football."

Saber's Edge tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016
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I know what you're thinking. "Another match-3 RPG? We've seen these before."

That's certainly true. Match-3 has proven to be a very popular mechanic for RPGs of all types, and even the trappings of Hibernum's Saber's Edge -- a crew of pirates that has a flying ship -- may seem familiar.

Still, spending a little time with this one suggests that it's selling the game short to simply lump it in with what's come before. Not only does Saber's Edge have an intriguing story that plays out gradually after each completed quest, but it offers a deeper RPG experience than you might first suspect.

How to get better cards in Mobius Final Fantasy

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 8th, 2016

When it comes to authentic Final Fantasy flavor, it's easy to find in Mobius Final Fantasy. The cryptic story and graphical style hit you right from the start, and you don't have to play for too long before you run into a Moogle, Cactuars, and plenty of other instantly familiar touches.

There's a lot that is new as well. One aspect of the gameplay that stands out as something that series veterans may not grasp but that mobile gamers in general should find comfortable is the card-based system that specifies what abilities you bring into combat and how generally tough your character is as well.

It's not a super complicated system, but neither is it immediately obvious how one goes about acquiring better cards to have your character fully prepared for the challenges that are waiting down the road (pretty literally, in the case of this particular game). With that in mind, we thought we'd lay out all the ways you have to improve your cards in Mobius Final Fantasy, the better to have the best possible deck.

Mobius Final Fantasy guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 4th, 2016
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It took some time, but mobile devices are finally starting to get their own Final Fantasy games. Mobius Final Fantasy is one of those, complete with lush graphics, mysterious characters, and plenty of the expected trappings.

Even better, it's free to play, breaking away from the series' console ports, which were pretty expensive for mobile titles. With turn-based gameplay, it's not hard to pick up, though there are some details that may not be obvious even after going through the very thorough tutorial.

Happily, those kinds of details are our stock and trade here at 148apps. Take a journey through our Mobius Final Fantasy guide for beginners and you'll be more than a Blank before you know it.

Big Bang Racing guide: tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 1st, 2016
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Big Bang Racing isn't your average racing game. For one thing, you don't even start the game able to race.

You're also not trying to beat anyone by going fast in a straight line. Anything but, actually, as you learn to make your way through physics-defying courses of every kind that can send you backwards, upside-down, and through all manners of strange obstacles before you get to the finish.

Oh, and did we mention that the courses were designed by other players?

It can be a little tough getting your bearings in a game like this, but that's why we're here. Take a ride through out Big Bang Racing guide and we'll give you all the tips, tricks, and hints you need to have the basics down pat.

Pokemon GO update: 3 things you need to know

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 1st, 2016
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Forget big, splashy content additions for the time being. Pokemon GO received an update over the weekend, and it mostly came with a whimper instead of a bang.

That's not to say it wasn't welcome. The update, which hit both iOS and Android, fixed one of the more annoying things that didn't work with the game for most of its existence, made a key activity simultaneously easier and more difficult, and introduced some unintentional humour (we think) into the mix.