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My scariest game - Simulacra

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 11th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TOUCHSCREEN TERROR :: Read Review »

If you really want to be spooked for Halloween, there are few mobile games that can do the job better than Kaigan Games’s Simulacra. This is a game I included on my list of games to get you in the Halloween spirit specifically because it’s the most horrifying game I’ve played on a phone, bar none.

The best iOS games to get you in the Halloween spirit

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2018

We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween every day, which means everyone’s gearing up to watch their favorite horror movies, make weekend trips out to pumpkin patches, and do all kinds of other, fun seasonal stuff before this month ends and everyone looks toward Thanksgiving.

If you’re in the midst of all your Halloween activities and you want to take a break with some games that match the spirit, we’ve got good news for you. There’s a bunch of great games on the App Store that can get you in the mood for Halloween, and we’ve compiled a list of the six best ones in a handy little list. See below:

My scariest mobile game - Corpse Party

Posted by Emily Sowden on October 10th, 2018
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

corpse party school girls broken classroom

With the season of creepy stuff and spooks upon us, it feels right to chat about our favourite spooky games, doesn't it? Everyone's got one that stuck with them regardless of the platform. Whether it's the rhythmic drums of Slenderman, the gross mutilated family of Resident Evil 7, or the static radio sounds from Silent Hill 2 (AKA the greatest horror game of all time), everyone's got that one game that rubs them up the right and wrong ways.

In mobile it's a little trickier, only because it's tougher to balance the content and controls in such a way that the experience doesn't feel cheap or underwhelming. That's not saying there aren't tons to choose from, of course. We're very much spoiled for choice.

Identity V review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Emily Sowden on July 17th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MULTIPLAYER MACHINE
Identity V is a little waffly in its introduction, but the actual game is great fun and feels pretty slick on a smartphone
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Neverending Nightmares review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 13th, 2017
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: CONTROL NIGHTMARE
Neverending Nightmares is too frustrating to be scary.
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SIMULACRA review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TOUCHSCREEN TERROR
SIMULACRA is a creepy and thrilling game that may make you feel uncomfortable, but that’s kind of the point.
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DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 8th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: QUIRKY HORROR
It's hard to tell if this game is actually trying to be scary or not, but that makes it all the more memorable.
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The Bunker review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 8th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHELTER IN PLACE
This FMV adventure game is on the short side, but is otherwise pretty remarkable.
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Slayaway Camp review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 20th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BURIED ALIVE
The sliding block puzzling here is solid and it's paired with some campy horror movie tropes, but it doesn't quite come together to feel special.
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Sara is Missing review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 3rd, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIM-ULACRUM
This mobile game mimics a phone interface to create a really creepy experience that involves some simple puzzle-solving.
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Evil Dead: Endless Nightmare review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 25th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BRUCE SCRAMBLE
This auto-runner is pretty gruesome, but otherwise is a confusing licensed game.
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Sanitarium review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DATED CREEPINESS
Sanitarium is a bizarre and creepy adventure game that feels pretty dated
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148Apps Goes Hands-On with Dead Effect 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2015

Due for release on October 22, Dead Effect 2 is a first person shooter that’s clearly been influenced by the likes of BioShock and System Shock 2. Somewhat predictably for anyone who’s spent some time with those games, that means that Dead Effect 2 is at its strongest when it’s taxing your brain rather than your reactions.

It’s clearly still a work in progress, given that thetutorial is littered with references pertaining to keyboard controls, but it’s still looking rather delightful. As you’d expect with any sci-fi horror game, Dead Effect 2 is pretty dark and moody as you navigate your way around a spaceship full of puzzles to complete and zombies to annihilate.

A virtual joypad dictates your direction while the right hand side of the screen is littered with buttons for your weaponry, as well as interacting with objects. That’s one of the main issues for Dead Effect 2: on the iPhone 5’s screen, it can be too easy to tap on the wrong button, activating the wrong ability at the worst time. By default, auto-fire is switched on, meaning you can just hover the reticule over an enemy to shoot at it, but that ends up feeling a little weightless.

This becomes an issue when up against numerous zombies at once, meaning you feel like you’re fighting against the controls as much as the enemies. That’s in harsh juxtaposition to the slow but measured approach taken to figuring things out while away from combat. During those moments you’re expected to crack codes and use a bit of lateral thinking, which is immensely more satisfying and much easier to deal with on a smaller phone screen.

There’s time yet to see how this manifests in the full release and whether compensations are made for those with small screens and large fingers. In its current form, Dead Effect 2 is shaping up to be an appealing - but flawed- game.

Slender Man Origins 3: Abandoned School Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KEEP MOVING
Slender Man Origins 3 has a few hiccups, but it’s an enjoyable bite-sized horror game.
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Forgotten Memories Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATMOSPHERIC EXPLORATION
Forgotten Memories is an atmospheric tale of horror, but one that doesn't lend itself well to mobile gaming.
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