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Sandstorm: Pirate Wars guide - How to keep your rusty bucket airborne

Posted by Glen Fox on February 3rd, 2016

Have you ever longed for the day that you could experience Bethesda's world of Fallout but as a pirate? No, I didn't think so. But, if the idea does intrigue you, you might want to check out Ubisoft'sSandstorm: Pirate Wars.

It's set in a post apocalyptic future and has you riding around the world in your very own customisable airship, completing quests, taking on attacking pirates, and upgrading your ship.

While it's a lot of fun, it quickly becomes challenging if you don't pay attention to your ship. Well, we've got you covered with this guide to keeping that rusty bucket airborne.

Preparation is key

Before you even take off, you should check on the status of your ship. If it needs repairing, pay however many bolts it costs to do so - it's a small price to pay to make it to your desination safely.

Then, you should take a look at which weapons and support systems you have equipped. The trick here is to make sure you're prepared for any eventuality - and yes, that doesn't mean just equipping your most powerful weapons.

For a start, you need at least one weapon which can pierce shields so you can take out the enemy's support systems quickly and efficiently. Then, with your remaining slots, you'll want to vary it up for different eventualities.

For example, a heavy weapon may take ages to recharge but will deal insane damage to an enemy ship. You don't want to take only those though, as sometimes you'll only need to deal a tad of damage to finish them off - and that's where light weapons come in.

Battle strategically

Preparation is half of the battle - the other half is the battle itself.

The first thing you'll want to do is take down their support systems - focusing first on those that mess with your best attacks. Shields are a good place to start but don't neglect systems that shut down your favourite weapons or automatically repair the ship - those can be deadly.

Be organic in your approach though. For example, if the enemy is intent on shutting down your most powerful weapon, try and shut down their system that allows them to do that as quickly as possible.

Get earning

You're a pirate so get with the program and start earning those big bucks - or bolts, in this case.

The best place to start is to complete the main story quests as these tend to be the easiest to complete yet reward the highest.

Don't neglect those tavern missions though. In fact, as soon as they become available you should pick them up. They're usually pretty easy to complete, and require you to perform tasks you would have done anyway.

Got any tips on how to be a top pirate for us? Let us know in the comments below!

Star Trek Timelines guide - An explorer’s handbook for space travel

Posted by Gordon Siu on January 28th, 2016

Feeling a bit nostalgic for Star Trek? Well,Star Trek Timelines is a new free to play game that will welcome you aboard whether you are a hardcore Trekkie or just a wannabe space explorer.

However, before you set off to discover the universe alongside Kirk and Co., here are a few tips that should hopefully ensure a smooth journey.

Sky Chasers guide - How to stay airborne

Posted by Glen Fox on January 25th, 2016

If you own a mobile device, chances are you've playedNom Cats, the hideously addictive arcade high score chaser by Lucky Kat Studios.

Well, they're back with the brand newSky Chasers, which has similar addictive tappy gameplay but far less cats.

What it lacks in cats it more than makes up for in content though. It's essentially a platforming adventure, but one in which you have to remain airborne in a variety of cute little rockets.

And that's the tricky part but have no fear for 148Apps is here to help you remain in flight.

Punch Club guide - How to train up and get in fighting shape

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2016

In Punch Club, you've got to fight your way to the top by any means necessary.

Even though you won't be controlling your fighter when he's in the ring, you have to make sure he's taking care of himself to be ring ready on fight night. Here are a few tips to punch up your game.

Crashlands guide - How to get started on this alien planet

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 22nd, 2016

Crashlands is an open-world survival game that can be a little overwhelming at first. Here are some tips to get you on the right track in no time.

MMA Federation guide - How to knock out every single opponent

Posted by Glen Fox on January 18th, 2016

Ever wanted to be a professional MMA fighter? Well, you can give up that underground fight club and do all that from the safety of your mobile now.

How? Well, by playingMMA Federation, of course. It's a mobile MMA fighting game in which you build a champion fighter from the ground up.

You won't simply walk in and be the best though. It takes minutes of hard grafting to get there. We can help though - and we have, thanks to this guide. Read on!

Rayman Adventures guide - How to get the chest of gems in every level

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 8th, 2016

When you got your brand new mobile device for Christmas, you probably headed straight on over to the App Store or Google Play to grab the gorgeous Rayman Adventures, right?

It's the sequel to the incredibly fun platformers Jungle Run and Fiesta Run, and largely follows in their capable footsteps aside from a few huge changes. The levels are open for exploration this time, for a start, thanks to a new ability to change Rayman's direction.

Then there's the Incrediballs, a new (and odd-looking) ally for Rayman - each of which provides handy power-ups that help him get a good score in each level.

Bringing the right Incrediballs into a level is only half of the battle though - but don't worry, we've got you covered with this guide on how to get the chest of gems in each one.

How to get the most out of your Incrediballs in Rayman Adventures

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 28th, 2015

Chances are you've just received a brand new mobile phone or tablet for Christmas, and you're looking for something to keep you busy over the chilled out festive period.

Well, why not give Rayman Adventures a whirl? It's the follow-up to much loved mobile platformers Jungle Run and Fiesta Run.

It does play slightly differently though. You'll still spend most of your time running, punching, and gliding around a collection of gorgeous UbiArt levels, but this time you're not locked to moving in a single direction.

With a quick swipe you can change direction and explore the crevices of each level to find hidden treasures, Lums, and Teensies.

The most exciting new addition has to be the Incrediballs though. These are powerful new allies for Rayman, who'll join you in a level and provide you with special abilities to help you get a higher score.

To help you get the most out of your Incrediballs - as well as Rayman's skillset in general - we've spent some time with the game to bring you this extensive beginners guide.

Pyro Jump Rescue guide - How to collect and spend your coins most effectively

Posted by Glen Fox on December 12th, 2015

Pyro Jump Rescue is an autorunning sequel to Pyro Jump, in which ourfirey hero must once again navigate a bunch of spinning wheels and dangerous obstacles to save his captured friends.

Along the way, you can collect coins to spend on power-ups, checkpoints, and to recover from a nasty, spiky death - but only if you time your jumps well enough to grab them.

And that's exactly what we're going to help you with here. Read on to learn how to survive long enough to rescue all of your firey friends.

Groove Planet guide - How to add your own tracks and maximise your combos

Posted by Brittany Vincent on December 8th, 2015

Groove Planet is an interesting little musical clicker that has players tapping along to the beat of each track, and you can either use the songs included or your very own!

As a result, Groove Planetis a whole lot cooler than the rest of the clickers on the market. If you want to become a master, check out these helpful tips.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How to fight like a true Space Marine

Posted by Glen Fox on November 27th, 2015

Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine.

It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if you pride yourself on achievements - so we've spent some time as one to bring you these few tips to teach you how to fight.

Square Rave guide - How to grab those teal squares and get the highest scores

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 26th, 2015

Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay.

To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind.

CoinOp Heroes 2 guide - How to build an effective army of automatic warriors

Posted by 148Apps Staff on November 20th, 2015

CoinOp Heroes 2 justlaunched and, like all clickers, it's dangerously addictive stuff.

You have to furiously tap your screen to defeat wave after wave of foes and earn an insane amount of cash to spend on character upgrades and an army of minions.

Each of these minions can also be upgraded - so much so that, eventually, you won't really have to play the game anymore as they'll defeat all foes for you.

We've clicked away like no other to bring you this guide to building a deadly army of automatic warriors.

Kill Shot Bravo guide - How to become an elite sniper

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 19th, 2015

Kill Shot Bravo is a disturbing amount of fun. No matter how many times I play a game that encourages me to snipe people in the head, I feel a little uneasy at how satisfying it is.

Here are some useful tips to get you started on your path to becoming an elite sniper.

Sniper X guide - How to complete missions like a pro

Posted by Glen Fox on November 17th, 2015

Sniper X is a free to play shooter featuring Jason Statham as your grunting mission commander, and it challenges you to complete a variety of different missions that generally revolve around shooting people in the head.

For the most part you'll be firing pinpoint accurate shots with a sniper rifle but you'll also get a chance to unload shotguns and assault rifles into masses of unsuspecting fools.

To help you with your sniper career, we at 148Apps have headed out into the field and fired a fair few bullets to bring you these tips and tricks to help you complete missions like a pro.