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The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 18th, 2017



Things got off to a bit of a slow start this week, but as we steadily creep towards Friday a bunch of great games have started cropping up. If you're looking for a quality new release to play this weekend, we've got you covered. Here's a handy list of the best games that have launched this week.

148Apps's best games of 2016 - Campbell's list

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 30th, 2016


2016 sure was miserable in a lot of ways, but fortunately there were some pretty good games that came out to help take the edge off. For mobile in particular, it was actually an astoundingly great year. So many great games came out that it's hard to choose just 10! In fact, Jessica and I couldn't even agree on one top 10 game between the two of us. Check out her list here if you don't believe me. Here are my top mobile game picks for 2016.

10.
Pathfinder Adventures takes the epic feeling of playing a full Dungeons & Dragons campaign and distills it into a strategic deck-building game. It also gotten a lot of support throughout the year with added content, making it a game worth continuing to play for some time to come.

9.
I'm particularly fond of Twin Peaks, and Kathy Rain is a point-and-click adventure game that's very reminiscent of that show in more ways than one. Add to that some great characters and not-too-obscure puzzle design, and you've got one of the best adventure games out there.

8.
Steins;Gate is one of the most memorable games from this year almost purely because so much happens in it. It's a Japanese visual novel that takes about 20 hours to complete. All the while, you make subtle decisions that can completely alter your story. In games that give players the power to make choices, you can usually see the seams pretty clearly, but Steins;Gate masks them very well, all while telling a story that grows on you.

7.
I don't like crafting games too much, but I sure do like Crashlands. It takes a lot of the annoying aspects of the genre (inventory management, roguelike mechanics) and tosses them all out the window to make a game more focused on getting lost in a world than on pure survival. It sounds like it could make for a boring game, but there are more than enough things that the folks at Butterscotch Shennanigans threw into the game to keep it interesting.

6.
Shadow Blade: Reload is a silky smooth platformer that looks great and offers plenty of challenge. Plus, you play as a ninja that can dodge bullets. After you finish the game the first time, the there are plenty of collectibles and time challenges to give you something to do on subsequent playthroughs. It's hard to ask for more than that.

5.
I have said it once and I'll say it again: Riptide GP: Renegade is the best racing game on iOS. The game plays like a mix between Hydro Thunder and SSX, all while looking awesome, running at a smooth framerate, and having a robust single-player campaign. It used to have some trouble with online matchmaking, but that's been fixed. If you like racing games, go play Riptide GP; Renegade!

4.
Peter Panic! might as well be called WarioWare: The Musical. It's a downright silly game about saving the local theater by fighting a demon that is trying to destroy it. Since the game is about the theater, there are plenty of goofy and charming musical numbers throughout too. Also, did I mention it's basically a WarioWare game, and a pretty darn good one at that?

3.
I hate when strategy games put you in control of expert characters who can sometimes muck up simple actions because of a bad dice roll. A large part of the reason Invisible, Inc. is so great is that this cannot happen. Its random elements are things you can react to knowing that your expert team of hackers are so good at what they do they will not make a mistake. That is, unless you make a mistake for them.

2.
Every once in a while, a game comes out of nowhere and completely knocks you out. This year, that game was Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars. It's a beautiful game about companionship that tells its story using its mechanics and some wonderful music. It's also one of the few games all year that I replayed multiple times.

1.
If you told me at the beginning of this year that the sequel to Banner Saga would be one of my favorite games of 2016, I would've thought you were crazy. I didn't love the first Banner Saga enough to get more than an hour or two in, but Banner Saga 2 gripped me so hard from the start and didn't let go until I hit the end credits. It's a great strategy game, but it's also so much more than that. Banner Saga 2 blends gameplay, storytelling, and art in a way that makes it feel so much more than the sum of its parts, making it my personal Game of the Year.

What are your favorite games of the year? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Invisible, Inc. review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCELLENT ESPIONAGE
Klei's excellent tactical espionage game snuck onto mobile without being too compromised.
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Pokemon TCG Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jade Walker on October 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HOW IT SHOULD BE
Pokémon TCG is a collectible card game done perfectly for mobile.
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CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Or Be Square's CalPal calendar app, adding a variety of new features.

The app now includes a month view and a 'Back to Today' button to make scrolling to past and future events easier. Links, telephone numbers, and addresses can now also be clicked on from within the app, with new rows within the calendar also now showing people who have been invited to the event and their attendance status. Alongside this, performance has also been improved, with the preferences page simplified and the UI tweaked as well.

CalPal can be downloaded from the App Store now for free.

Mother of Myth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GODLY GOODNESS
Dungeon crawling invades Greek mythology in this entertaining action RPG outing
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League Of War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW BUT DISTRACTING
Pit tank against tank in this strategy game that's a little on the shallow side, but not a bad way to spend a few minutes.
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Skulls of the Shogun Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DROP DEAD AMAZING
Skulls of the Shogun has been so solid on so many other platforms, so why would iOS be any different?
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Galaxy Jam: Space Basketball Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on November 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RIDING THE PINE
Basketball is all the same. Unless it's happening in space, right?
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PBA Bowling Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on November 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ON A ROLL
While not a surefire strike, PBA Bowling Challenge still has the potential to cause plenty of damage to a wallet.
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CloudMagic - Mail App Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Lee Hamlet on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GREAT
CloudMagic hopes to refine and enhance the iOS email experience with its color-coded interface and powerful search feature, and in some ways it succeeds.
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Shape Jam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Stacy Barnes on November 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GET INTO THIS JAM
Put on a sweatband and flex those fingers, because it's time for a workout. Get that grey matter moving with Shape Jam.
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Defense Technica Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Carattini on June 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FUTURISTIC TOWER DEFENSE
Defense Technica is a futuristic tower defense game with some uniquely strategic gameplay. Solid graphics and challenging levels make it worth a try.
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Chef Feed Update Adds Community Tab and Camera With New Photo Filters For Your Best Creations

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 7th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Chefs Feed is an app that supplies users with restaurant ideas and dish recommendations throughout 16 cities. The app has received a new update adding a new community tab that lets users discover "Tastebuds" within Chefs Feed along with a new design that makes it easier to find great food. The update also adds a new camera with filters that are designed to help you capture the best images of your food.

Speek Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPEEK EASY
This free and intuitive business app lets users make hassle-free conference calls because it doesn’t require telephone numbers or PINs.
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