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_PRISM Guide - How to solve those puzzles

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2016

_PRISM is a rather delightful puzzle game that’s been tailor made for touch screens. While part of the fun is figuring things out as you go along, we thought we’d offer you a helping hand at getting in the right mindset.

Don’t worry about messing up

Did you load up the game then wonder what the heck you were meant to be doing next? If in doubt, touch a few things on screen and see what happens. It’ll work out, promise!

Experiment

Moving around the screen and seeing the full picture is key. Use your fingers to rotate around and see where the other lines are. That’s generally where you need to start.

Line up the lines

Starting out, it’s easy to see where to drag the lines so that the colored circles line up. A few screens in though, and it gets a little trickier.

See the red circles? You can move those with your finger separately from how you’re moving the line. Obviously, you need to do this often.

Some lines can be rotated. Some can’t. If there’s a large orange circle on the outside, you can rotate the line.

Take it one sequence at a time

If you’re confronted by lots of different options, it can be intimidating. Don’t worry about it. Focus on just one line and it’ll soon make sense.

Stuck and not sure what’s required of you? Odds are you need to drag out some shapes. Just use your finger to do this. It’s pretty simple. _PRISM will happily take you to the next stage that way.

You don’t need to be perfect

Lining up the circles doesn’t require pinpoint accuracy. As long as you’re close enough, the game will do the rest for you.

Want to share your own advice on _PRISM? Let us know in the comments!

Four apps to help improve your Super Bowl experience

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 7th, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it.

You’ve got your snacks, right? Well, How about downloading some apps to improve your viewing experience? Here are some recommendations.

Space Grunts guide - How to survive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things.

We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible.

Dreii guide - How to play well with others

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey.

If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too!

Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge the bombs

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2016

Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now.

Have a statue built in your honour in the action-packed Sword of Chaos

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 3rd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The most action-packed MMORPG on mobile ever is out right now on iOS and Android.

Sword of Chaos has you create your very own character from a variety of different classes and then working your way through a challenging dungeon which includes twenty different levels.

Along the way you'll encounter tons of foes like werewolves, goatmen, and centaurs, and you'll have to unleash a few different combos to defeat them.

Defeating enemies is the fastest way to level up your character, at which point you'll unlock new skills, outfits, and boost your skills. Eventually, you'll be powerful enough to take on more difficult content like the team dungeons and PvP.

The best music creation app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 2nd, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own music? It’s not as hard as you think, thanks to a variety of different apps out there to help you do exactly that.

You don’t even need to use a PC or Mac, with your trusty iPhone and iPad filling that role admirably.

Here’s a look at the best on mobile.

Genies and Gems guide - How to clear those gems fast

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

So, you’re bored of crushing candies and rescuing farm animals. How about combining gems and paw prints in order to help a genie’s pet fox traverse a magical world?

That’s the quirky setting for the rather charming Genies and Gems and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Blade: Sword of Elysion guide - How to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

Blade: Sword of Elysion is the kind of action RPG you can dip into at any time of day, achieve something in the space of a few minutes, then marvel at how mindless yet entertaining it all was.

While its tutorial does a good job of helping you through the basics, there’s more to it than just that. We’re here with some helpful advice on how best to succeed at hacking and slashing everything in sight.

PolyBlast guide - How to shoot your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 31st, 2016

In the mood for a retro arcade experience? Well, look no further thanPolyBlast, a simple yet quite compelling arcade puzzle shooter.

Simple doesn't mean easy though - andPolyBlastposes quite the challenge. With that in mind, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you shoot all of the targets.

Gamble with real money on your mobile device with slots game Starburst [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 29th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

You can gamble with your own money right on your mobile device thanks to LeoVegas, which provided Starburst, an epic slots game which allows you to do just that.

Starburst contains five reels, ten pay lines, and a Starburst Wild which stays in play when you re-spin. There's also a twist on the tried-and-true slots formula, as you can win from both the left and right of the reels.

Oh, and did we mention that you can gamble with your own money?

Monster & Commander guide - How to get the edge in battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 27th, 2016

Just jumped into the wacky world of Monster & Commander and in need of some advice on what to do next? We’ve got your back - courtesy of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.

Pirate Power guide - How to conquer the high seas

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2016

Ahoy! Did you just download Pirate Power? It’s pretty fun, right? It’s even more entertaining if you know what you’re doing which is why we’ve got some tips and tricks to help get you well on the way to being an impressive hero on the high seas.

The best budgeting app on mobile

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 26th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
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The new year is a time for forming better habits, but it’s not always easy. The year is still young, but our motivation to start the year off right fades quickly.

If you’ve resolved to spend smarter this year, luckily there are a range of excellent apps to help you stay focused. We’ve sifted through the top budget apps to bring you our favorites to ensure a fiscally fit 2016.

The best

Mint is a great all-in-one money management app. Developed by Intuit, the people who also produce TurboTax, Quickbooks, and Quicken, Mint pairs up with your bank accounts to track your spending and saving automatically. If you make an old-fashioned cash purchase, you can input the transaction manually with ease. What’s more, Mint also tracks your credit card debt and monitors your credit score. The app also features a colorful, simple design that’s easy on the eyes, making the budgeting process a little less painful.

The rest

Spending Tracker is a trusty little app that takes a simplistic approach to budgeting. Enter your income for the month, and a “budget bar” appears at the top of the main screen. As you record your spending for the month, the bar will slowly drop into the red. Rotating the screen horizontally presents a handy pie chart that shows how much spending goes into each category in a month. You can also view your cash flow over an extended period of time in a convenient line graph.

Coinkeeper makes budgeting fast, and, dare I say fun? Input your income and bank account balances. You can then set your budget according to the categories (groceries, eating outside, etc.) listed or ask the app to do it for you. Whenever you make a purchase, your budget coins will slowly fill up, giving you a visual representation of how you’re doing as the month progresses.

Do you have a go-to budgeting app? Let us know in the comments below!

148Apps's best games of 2015 - Nadia's list

Posted by Nadia Oxford on December 30th, 2015

It's been a meaty year for the App Store and Google Play, with dozens of noteworthy games finding their way onto our devices.

But with 2015 winding down, it's time to reflect on the best of the best. Here's my list.