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Formula Cartoon All-Stars - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Becoming the Fastest Racer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2015

[Deciding whether or not Formula Cartoon All-Stars is worth a look? Check out our review.]

Just bought Formula Cartoon All-Stars and not quite sure where to begin? We have some handy tips on what to expect and how to get started in your bid to be some kind of amazing cartoon-based racing star.


The Basics

  • Controls are pretty simple if a little limited. You have a virtual wheel to dictate where you go, plus a choice of two places to put it - either on the left or right side of the screen, depending on if you’re left or right handed. It might b worth experimenting here.
  • You’ve got the choice of two modes - Adventure or Tournament. It doesn’t really matter what you start with but I found Adventure a little gentler early on. The first few races, in particular, are easy enough that you can take the time to master the controls, as well as gain some easy coins.
  • Tournament is mostly there for you to compete with others. There’s always a new tournament to participate in and you can win a trophy for doing so. Of course, there are rewards involved too!
  • Adventure is the game’s form of story mode - unlocking new sections as you progress. In both cases, upgrades unlock across the modes, so you don’t have to worry about levelling anything up separately.

UNWYND - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on How to Unwind and be the Best at This Puzzler

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2015

[Unsure about UNWYND? Have a look at our review.]

Just downloaded UNWYND and not sure where to start? I don’t blame you. It’s a fun game but a little confusing, especially early on. Multiple solutions means you don’t need a walkthrough, but here are some helpful tips and tricks on how best to get the hang of everything.


Starting Out

  • Starting out, UNWYND is so minimalistic, it can be confusing. You start out with one red block and one green. As the game explains, a swipe from the red to the green creates a red ribbon, while the same is the case in reverse.
  • Swipes can occur in either direction. You can swipe up, down, left or right. The key here is to know what color ribbon you’re going to create through doing so.
  • The ribbon doesn’t stop until it clashes with another ribbon. Sometimes, that’s useful, sometimes that’s a problem. Remember it’s fine to create multiple small ribbons. One that simply aids a single block can often be what’s needed in order to complete the level.
  • Early on, if you mess up, UNWYND tells you to undo the move. While it won’t tell you how to do things correctly, and there’s no hint system (aww), that gentle nudge is helpful in reminding you how to do things correctly. A simple tap on the undo move button will take you back a step and you can correct your error. Particularly with these early stage, it’s usually immediately obvious what you did wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.
  • Besides the undo move button, there’s also an option to restart the whole level. In more convoluted stages, this can be frustrating as you try to remember every move you made, but other times, it can quickly fix a major mess of ribbons.

Riff the Robot - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Flinging That Robot

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2015

[Not sure if you want to riff on this particular robot? Have a look at our Riff the Robot review.]

So, you’ve just downloaded Riff the Robot and you need some help? Don’t worry, here are some great tips and tricks for beginners. They’re sure to give you the edge when going for those high scores, as well as help with deciphering some of the scoring system.


The basics

  • This isn’t like Peggle. Riff the Robot is more skills based - Remember that once you’ve launched Riff, you can still manipulate him by using his thrusters. Tapping left or right at key moments can make all the difference to maintaining a steady run and acquiring plenty of points. It's a little tricky at first, but it really does help in the long term.
  • Thrusters are particularly handy when you’ve missed the catapult - You’ve got a chance of being saved by the portal but only if you land on it. This is where careful tapping of the thrusters can really save you from losing your life.
  • Remember that you’ve only got one life. Don’t waste it - Often, you don’t have to worry about a timer, so line those shots up well for maximum efficiency.

Cooking Dash 2016 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Make You The Fastest Server Out There

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2015

[Not sure if scrambling around an eatery is your thing? Take a look at our Cooking Dash 2016 review.]

Have you just downloaded Cooking Dash 2016 and you're feeling a little intimidated? I don’t blame you. It’s a scary world out there. While we can’t offer you guides to how to complete each level most effectively, we can offer you a selection of tips and tricks to make that transition go a little more smoothly.

Fallout Shelter - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Keep Your Vault Safe

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2015

[Haven't quite decided if you want to give Fallout Shelter a try? Check our review to see what we made of it.]

Fallout 4 will be here by the end of the year and you’ll probably be in dire need of a Fallout fix before then. Fallout Shelter might well be what you’re after, even if it is more like a freemium sim than a true Fallout. Here are some general tips and tricks on how to establish the best vault.

  • Remember the importance of resource gathering - You need power, food, and water in equal measures. Make sure that the first thing you do is place those rooms down, along with sticking at least one dweller in each of those rooms. More is good, though, as it means resources can be gathered faster.
  • Plan accordingly - You want to combine like-rooms where possible, so think ahead when placing things. This is done by building matching rooms next to each other so that they end up wider and more productive. It uses up more electricity but it does mean that these rooms are cheaper to upgrade.
  • Each dweller has a specific strength or trait - These are related to Charisma, Strength, Agility, Perception, Intelligence, and Luck. Take advantage of these skills by placing dwellers in a building that requires such skills. The diner, for instance, is best for an agile worker. Drag them over to the room, and if the green number changes to 2 or more you know they’re going to be a good fit.
  • Send dwellers out to explore the Wasteland often, but make sure they’re well equipped - It’s very dangerous out there, and while the rewards are great, you want to be careful. Remember to call them back frequently, and certainly as soon as they find some loot. If they die with loot, you lose it.

  • Focus on completing as many achievements as possible - This is a great way to earn caps and you’ll be completing tasks that need doing anyhow. You might even be able to earn a lunchbox or two!
  • Upgrade the vault door as soon as possible - It’ll help reduce the chance of raiders or scorpions wiping out your dwellers. They’re pretty vulnerable in there, after all. And a stronger door will hold attackers off for longer, giving you more time to place a couple of well-armed dwellers at the entrance to meet them.
  • Rush building productions where the accident risk is relatively low - Sure it can all go wrong, but there are extra caps and resources to be gained this way!
  • Have kids - Ok, the world has ended - kind of - but you need to keep going, right? Put male and female dwellers in the same living quarters. If their charisma levels are high and similar, you’ll soon have baby dwellers. The little dwellers are quick to grow up too, which is convenient.

Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Building Your Deck

Posted by Rob Rich on May 21st, 2015

[Want to know if it’s worth investing your time in Earthcore? Check out our review]

At first glance, Earthcore: Shattered Elements seems like a rather simple card-battling game. Once you’re introduced to skills that will change quite a bit. Even more so once you start to acquire hero cards. But it’s not so complicated that we couldn’t put together a beginner’s guide for all you Earthcore neophytes.

EvoCreo: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for a Newbie Creo Catcher

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2015

[Curious to know whether EvoCreo is a worthwhile stand-in for Pokemon? Check out our review]

Just downloaded EvoCreo and not sure where to begin? If you’ve played such games before, you might have an idea, but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips for beginners.

Age of Sparta - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Budding Warrior

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 10th, 2015

Hail, brave warriors:
Are you still trying to decide if this is the kind of game for you? Check out our Age of Sparta review!

Just downloaded Age of Sparta and not sure what the best path to success and glory is? Don’t worry, we’ve got some handy tips and tricks on how to get there - and you can have fun while you’re doing it!


The Basics

  • Follow the Quests - It’s such a simple thing but they really do make a difference. Besides teaching you the basics, they’re a great way of gaining money and experience quickly. And you want to level up as fast as possible, especially early on.

  • Maximize your layout - The game likes to encourage you to place things quite randomly, but an organized layout helps a lot. You can save space, thereby saving you from buying extra land plots, plus a close knit layout works well with boosters.

  • Boosters, you say? - Yup, they’re incredibly useful. They’re decorative pieces but you can use them to increase the efficiency of nearby buildings. Their effects can stack, plus you can use one to cover many different buildings, providing you place things carefully.

  • Build plenty of income-gaining buildings - These include things such as wheat farms, vineyards, and other production based buildings. You can use the revenue you gain this way to train soldiers, as well as build more structures for ultimate profit.

  • Faith buildings are handy, too - They generate energy that you can then use in battle. Don’t forget those boosters, either!

  • Work towards level 10 as quickly as possible - You can join an alliance then, and backup is always handy!

  • As with many games of this type, you have a protective shield stopping PvP attacks early on. Take advantage of it by building up your city and resources while no one else can pick on you just yet.

The Witcher Battle Arena - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Getting Ahead in Battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 4th, 2015

Welcome to the arena:
Are you on the fence about jumping into battle in the first place? Check out our review of The Witcher Battle Arena!

Have you just downloaded The Witcher Battle Arena and have no idea where to start or what to do? I’m not surprised given its tutorial is far from helpful. But no worries: we’re here to give you some helpful tips and tricks on how to get ahead!

The Basics


  • Like so many free to play MOBAs, The Witcher Battle Arena gives you some characters for free before requiring you to unlock more for a price (in-game or otherwise).

  • Pick a character and stick with it. Each character has their own playing style, with different types suiting different players. Learn what works for you and stick with it.

  • Melee based fighters are generally the best choice when you’re learning early on, with ranged fighters being a bit trickier and requiring more practice.

  • Each character gains experience and items individually, which is another reason to focus on one or two at most.

  • You can gain experience and coins through playing the practice mode, giving you the perfect opportunity to build up your character before diving into the much harder PvP side of things.

  • Once you feel comfortable with practice mode, dip into co-op and learn what it's like to play alongside other players. Again, it'll earn you experience as you play.

  • Remember to equip new items. They come at a steady pace after each game, with gold also being useful to use during a match.

Candy Crush Soda Saga: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats on How to Take Out All the Candies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 10th, 2014

Got a Sweet Tooth?
All these strategies for crushing candy (and soda!) are all well and good, but what if you want to know if you should even bother with it in the first place? Fortunately that's precisely why we have a Candy Crush Soda Saga review for you!

Have you recently downloaded Candy Crush Soda Saga and are in need of some help? We’re here with some handy tips and tricks to get you out of a jam!


The Basics



It sounds a little obvious but remember - this isn’t Candy Crush Saga or any of the other Match-3 games you may have played. Candy Crush Soda Saga isn’t just about matching up anything and everything. All the levels have key objectives that you really need to focus on. Don’t be distracted.
  • The Bubble Bear stages require you to make the bubble bears float to the top. This is done by matching up soda bottles to make the soda level rise, thereby taking the bubble bears upwards.

  • Always focus on clearing soda bottles first.

  • When you can’t match up a soda bottle, focus on matching directly above the bubble bears to help them float to the top that bit faster.

  • It’s possible to have soda bottles float off the top of the screen. Don’t let them. Match them up before they get that far.

Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Strongest Out There

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 30th, 2014

Calling all agents:
Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review!

Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren't quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!

Diamonds Are Your Best Friend


  • Diamonds don’t come easily in this game, which is a shame because they’re very useful. For that reason, don’t use them early on. Encouraging you to do exactly that is a common thing with games like this, but resist. There’s just no point using them up to save you a minute of time, when later on they’ll be far more useful.
  • To boost your diamond supply, work towards the achievements that Agents of Storm likes you to complete. You’ll earn a few diamonds here and there for completing some fairly straightforward tasks.
  • You can watch videos for free diamonds, too. It’s a bit tedious, but it's handy when trying to earn more. You could always leave the video playing while doing something else away from your phone for those few seconds!

  • Put those diamonds towards the many enhancements in the shop. These can make all the difference. The Build Module reduces the cool down time between buildings, while Pagoda gives you experience just for being there. Waterfall gives you more gold from every attack you complete.
  • Focus on upgrading your resource gathering buildings for that very reason. Gold is particularly useful as it’s needed for attacking islands. As island attacks are your main source of progressing anywhere in the game, you want to focus on this.

Plunder Pirates: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats to be the Greatest Pirate Out There

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JOLLY ADVENTURING :: Read Review »

Ahoy There, Seadogs:
Interested in knowing our thoughts on all this plundering and pirating? Check out our Plunder Pirates Review!

Have you just downloaded the rather enjoyable pirate-em-up Plunder Pirates and are in need of some assistance? Never fear, for we’re here with a few tips and tricks to make your early days as a bloodthirsty pirate a bit easier!

Starting Out


  • When you first start, you get the aid of a protective shield for the early moments of your pirating career. Take advantage of it! It won’t be there forever and it’ll cost precious gems to erect a new one. Don’t attack others during this time as your shield will drop.
  • Use that safe time to build up your resources. Grog and gold are everything in this game when it comes to getting anywhere.
  • The game is pretty generous at dishing out gems early on. Use that plentiful supply to hire a second builder to help you build more things at once.
  • Use the remaining gems to start saving towards a third builder. Don’t bother rushing production; it’s just not worth it. Be patient.

Civilization Revolution 2 - Tips, Tricks, Cheats, and Strategies to Help You Conquer the World

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE REDUX THAN REVOLUTION :: Read Review »

Now that the sequel to the widely lauded Civilization Revolution is finally upon us, it seems high time to fill you all in on the best ways to lay siege to the world for a second time. But as any diehard Civilization fan already knows, the long and winding road to victory can be fraught with countless twists and turns. Hopefully, if you take a few of these hints to heart, you might be able to alleviate a few of those first devastating defeats.

Research Unlocks All Doors



No matter what the objective in the specific scenario being played, research will eventually be the key to success. Here are a trio of key research concepts to keep in mind as the battle progresses:

  • In many cases, the other civilizations on the map are slow to expand outward. Take advantage of that time to pour extra gathering units into pulling in as many research points as possible early on. You will reap the benefits as the eras advance.

  • Though the game does tout its ability to shift gears throughout the research trees, it is still best to put focus one specific area, with specific end goals in sight. Only after exhausting one avenue of advancement in an era is it really beneficial to branch out into other paths.

  • There are great late-game payouts for each research tree, so make sure to check out the flowchart and find the payouts that will best compliment your playstyle.

The Evolving Role of Cities



As mentioned before, early on it is best to pour the most resources into research. But as time progresses and more cities are added to the empire, the roles of each province should change.

  • When more settlements are added to the empire, don’t be afraid to move the production of battle or defensive units out towards the borders. Unless roads link the entire empire, transporting units towards the front lines become far more cumbersome than necessary.

  • It is best to use the more internally located cities as resource mines for pulling in additional research points. The benefits of these advancements can then flow outward, further powering expansion

  • As cities expand away from the capitol, don’t be afraid to change the production role of a city to better match its geographical location on the map. Try to think about what resources in the area are most beneficial to the whole of the country and if the location should be more focused on offense, or defending the core of the empire

  • Don’t feel the need to establish settlements as soon as settlers become available. There is nothing wrong with idling these units until a more suitable location is found. Under most circumstances, patience will lead to far more beneficial locations becoming available from either a resource gathering or tactical sense.

Tactics Evolved



Despite the game offering up to four different ways to win a match (cultural, economic, conquest, or scientific) it will be pretty much impossible to win without some form of moderate combat. When heading into battle, it may be best to keep the following things in mind:

  • Get rid of warriors as soon as possible. They are quasi-useful early on when grouped into armies of 3 units, but their effectiveness wanes quickly.

  • Evolve unit production along with technology. Don’t be afraid to move away from tried and true unit types you rode heavily (in the case of cavalry units, quite literally) early on in the campaign. All of the enemies will be doing the same, so don’t be the one bringing a catapult to a tank battle.

  • Don’t be afraid to sacrifice a unit or two if you don’t have any scouts available. There is nothing wrong with sending one of the worthless warriors you have hanging around to the slaughter if it means you will be able to get a read on the level of your opposition. Sometimes it is better to lose a level one troop instead of a mid-level army that could be more effectively used elsewhere. After all, warriors are much cheaper and quicker to produce than the disposable spy units.

  • Don’t forget to cover your back. Any city that doesn’t have at least one troop stationed within its borders is ripe for the conquering. This is essential to not lose sight of when in the throes of rapid expansion. An unprotected city is essentially like leaving the front door unlocked for anyone to walk in and claim for themselves.

  • As empires become less centralized, consider using roads as a way to 'hotlink' provinces for quickly transferring resources and troops. In the long run it can make the difference between victory and defeat.

Above all else, Civilization Revolution 2 will consistently provide a different experience for every single match. Don’t chain yourself to one specific play style, and you will ultimately be able to harvest far more hours of enjoyment than those intent on pigeonholing themselves into a gameplay corner. So get out there and explore; there's plenty more to learn and enjoy!

FTL: Faster Than Light - Basic Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Inevitably Doomed Captains

Posted by Rob Rich on May 5th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PREPARE FOR JUMP :: Read Review »

If there’s one thing you need to know about FTL, it’s that it’s a fantastic game. A very close second thing you really need to know is that it’s about as unforgiving as that one extremely tough grade-school teacher that never gave anyone a break. Don’t play innocent, we’ve all had one.

So, while we here at 148Apps wholeheartedly endorse you rushing to the App Store to purchase FTL for your iPad immediately (seriously, go do it if you haven’t already), we also understand that you may have some trouble starting out. Or just in general. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips, tricks, and strategies to hopefully keep your ship and your crew functioning that much longer. Due to the random nature of sector layouts, encounters, and shop inventories there’s no way to guarantee success, but we’re certainly going to do our best for you.

148Apps is Looking for News and Review Writers - Grab Your Hat, Find a Ring, and Throw

Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014

Looks like it's that time again. We've finished draining the nutritious goo from our victi-I mean we're looking for more writers!

So if you love you some iPods, iPads, and iPhones, and have access to up-to-date iOS hardware (and have a knack for this whole “writing” thing), give us a shout. We’re currently looking for reviewers and news writers to bring aboard.

Potential reviewers should be able to cut a swath through apps and games (that’s right, apps and games; you have to be up for both) without breaking a sweat, be able to critically analyze their subjects, and express themselves well and with authority. They should also be willing and able to edit their own posts and upload their own screen shots so that their work is ready for publishing as soon as they hand it in. But most of all we’re looking for someone who can manage to pull all of that off and keep things fun and interesting.

Potential newsies need to be able to turn out articles quickly and with regularity. They should have a knack for spotting the important bits in each story, getting the information out accurately, linking to sources, and be able to do it all without reading like an official press release. News writer hopefuls should also note that this position requires adherence to a set schedule, and during this time they’ll be collaborating with us directly on coverage of the day’s events. Otherwise how could we stay on top of everything?

If you think you’ve got what it takes for either of these positions, here’s our list of Musts:

- have an iPhone 5, iPad (2, mini, or later) or iPod touch (5th gen or later) and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
- have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
- can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
- have some familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS platform
- reviewers: have the time to write and post at least three reviews a week
- newsies: churn out 4 to 5 news items per day and adhere to a weekly early morning schedule starting around 6am or 7am Pacific, Mon. through Fri.
- must be 18 years of age or older


What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby, either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio works of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

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