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How to create bigger words in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 28th, 2016

Words have power. At least they do in Spellspire,a game about blasting out magical attacks by making words out of a jumble of letters.

And it's a lot of fun. But if you want to be the best, you're going to have to think tactically when you start chucking letters around.

Don't worry though, we're here to help. With these clever strategies you'll soon be slaughtering demons with seven letter words in no time flat.

The 5 best mobile games like Game of Thrones

Posted by Matt Suckley on April 27th, 2016

Everyone's favourite weekly dosage of medieval depression, Game of Thrones, is back for its sixth season. An excellent time for the bloodthirsty!

But we know what you're thinking: what iOS and Android games should I use to fill the time between episodes?

Firstly, that's an oddly specific request. But as you're clearly insistent, we'll indulge you - here are the five best ways to get your Game of Thrones-flavoured kicks on mobile.

Ace of Arenas is a MOBA perfectly designed for mobile

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ace of Arenas is a mobile MOBA that's been built from the ground up with its chosen platform in mind.

For a start, the touchscreen controls don't try and simulate mouse play. So, instead of tapping the screen to move your character and use your skills, you use your thumb and perform a series of swipes.

It's also much faster in pace thanks to the new Fast and Furious Mode, which grants you super buffs and increased movement speed to ensure matches last under 10 minutes.

We reached out to Gaea Mobile's Jason Dahlberg to learn more about the development of Ace of Arenas, and how the developer managed to so successfully port the MOBA experience onto mobile.

How to use Boosters properly in SailorMoon Drops

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 23rd, 2016

SailorMoon Drops is your typical match three puzzler but with sparkly Sailor Moon flair, and it hides some deep mechanics that don’t reveal themselves right away.

It gifts you with a number of power-up items called Boosters that, when used at the opportune moment, can save the round or net you an even higher score.

Check out the tips below to make the most of the best of these Boosters and fight for justice.

How to make the most of each move in SailorMoon Drops

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 23rd, 2016

With a number of different gameplay modes and mission types, SailorMoon Drops is surprisingly deep, requiring quite a bit of strategy if you want to succeed.

Each stage has a limited set of moves, usually capping at 50 or under. If you hit zero before you clear a stage, you can either buy a few more turns or give up and lose a life.

While you’ll need a bit of luck on your side, we also have a few tips to help you make the most of your limited turns.

How to gain new abilities in Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 20th, 2016

It's not very clear how to get new abilities when you first start playingMarvel: Avengers Alliance 2, so we at148Appshave gone and broken it all down for you so you can get focusing on the actual meat of the experience - the combat.

Aren't we nice?

How to recruit heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 20th, 2016

There’s a lot going in Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2, with plenty for you to sink your teeth in.

One of the main things you’re going to need to progress is an effective team of heroes by your side, so148Apps is here to guide you through how you can acquire new heroes.

How to win fights in Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2

Posted by Harry Slater on April 9th, 2016

So you've taken your first steps into the world of Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2, but now you're staring at the screen without a clue how to continue.

Don't you worry, we all know that with great power comes great responsibility. And we also know that every hero needs a mentor. Someone to guide them through the trickier aspects of hero-hood. Someone like148Apps.

And that's where this guide comes in. We'll show you how to get to grips with the basics of the game, and give you some hints as to how to polish up your team-ups and get the most out of your iso-8 reserves.

Shadows Over Innistrad continues the story in Magic Duels on iOS right now

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Magic Duels has just been updated with a massive new expansion that adds all new story content and over 300 unique cards to the iOS trading card game.

It's titled Shadows Over Innistrad, is out right now in the App Store, and is themed on a power struggle between good and evil.

You'll also be fighting fierce werewolves in their forest home, noble vampire families, and the Frankenstein-style monsters created by crazy scientists in their secret laboratories. It will take all of your skills to succeed.

How to build the strongest empire in Total War Battles: KINGDOM

Posted by Harry Slater on April 2nd, 2016

Right, you pretty much know what you're doing in Total War Battles: KINGDOM now, but that doesn't mean you're not going to need a helping hand every now and then. And helping hands is what we're best at in these parts.

Here are some general hints and tips that should ensure you're making the most of your time in the game. If you're stuck, or in a bind, then check these out and you should soon be heading off in the right direction.

And, if you've got your own helping-out-ideas, then chuck them in the comments at the bottom of the article. It's good to get unstuck, but it's even better to help other people out when they're stuck.

Build your own underground city in Mystic Castle out now on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 31st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mystic Castle is a brand new iOS text-based adventure that straddles a ton of different genres, but at its core is an RPG citybuilder.

The story goes that you're an alchemist who bravely heads into a dangerous dungeon to build a thriving underground city. To achieve this, you generate gold, hire farmers to gather resources, and then build a bunch of handy buildings.

Once you're set you train up your own army of tough warriors to explore an enormous world made up of 10 different maps and 500 areas. That's already ridiculously big, but you can grow it further by purchasing an expansion pack as an IAP.

On their adventures, your warriors will take on a variety of monsters, assault strongholds, and encounter random events. These can pop up at any time, and provide fun tasks like learning skills from a passing tutor or loaning money to a tramp in return for potential future reimbursement.

With hundreds of achievements to collect, over 80 classes to train your warriors in, and that enormous game world we mentioned earlier, there's plenty of game here to keep you busy for a while.

So head on over to the App Store to get it right now for only 79p / 99c.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

How to score the most points in Basketball Stars

Posted by Harry Slater on March 26th, 2016

As classic boy band 5ive once said, you've gotta slam dunk the funk.

Now, that might not be possible in Basketball Stars, but accurately shoot the funk to score as many points as possible doesn't have the same ring to it.

But if you're having trouble beating your opponents in Shooting Race, we've got a few tips here to ensure you're always the MVP. And when there's only two players, that's pretty damn important.

The 148Apps Podcast episode one: The Clash of Clash Royale

Posted by Glen Fox on March 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Boy has 148Apps got a treat in store for you. Today we recorded an off-the-cuff podcast in dedication to Clash Royale - a game that has caused a serious riff amongst a number of Steel Media team members.

Don't despair though, because it lead to this - the first EVER 148Apps Podcast, and we invite you to listen to it despite the fact it's technically terrible, commercially worthless, and full to the absolute brim of complete and utter drivel.

Also, as an extra bonus feature, check out the screenshots below for the full results of our two matches during the podcast and the secret three that happened afterwards in which I utterly thrashed co-host Alex Rennie. Poor Alex.

Want more Clash Royale-related stuff? Then check out our review or the following guides:

How to win every time in Rope Racers

Posted by Gordon Siu on March 22nd, 2016

As the name suggests, Rope Racers challenges you to race against your competitors with Tarzan-stylerope swinging.

Because this method of racing is, well, unconventional to say the least, we’re here to offer you some advice to get you swinging like a monkey.

How to win at Clash Royale

Posted by Alex Rennie on March 22nd, 2016

So, you’ve got Clash Royale. You find yourself playing it while on the toilet, walking the dog, watching TV, even over the dinner table. But you’re not amazing at it yet, and you just have to win that next battle before you go to sleep.

Fear not! For I have taken the time to play this game intensely (for seven whole days) and will share my wisdom. Wisdom that has been gained by various means: Losing a lot of games in a row (and throwing my phone across the room many times), reading other Clash Royale guides, refreshing the Reddit page every 10 minutes, and experimenting with my deck and tactics.

In the interest of fairness, I will disclose that I spent £7.99 on a pack of gems after the first hour of play. Don’t all get angry though - I have a paying job and can afford such luxuries. Plus I wanted to thrash all the weaker players who basically can’t afford such largesse.

It worked - I rapidly moved onto Arena 3, taking many a three crown win with me. However, the fun stopped there. I came across players who actually had tactics, good cards, and more importantly, trolled me excellently when they were winning. The number of ‘crying face emojis’ I had sent to me as a Giant is about to smash my King Tower… well you can probably understand my frustration.

So I researched for my own selfish reasons - I want to be the best in my clan. But, because I’m a nice guy, I’m sharing my findings with you.

I’ll preface - I’m at Arena 5, so don’t be thinking you can rock in here as an Arena 7 player and think this stuff is useful - it’s almost certainly terrible advice for very good players and you can take it with a pinch of salt. For the 99%, it’s invaluable and you will be praising the ground I walk on after reading these delightful tips.