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How to get four NFL superstars for your Madden NFL Mobile team

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 26th, 2016

Even though you're probably well on your way to building a top notch squad for the new season in Madden NFL Mobile, let's say you could beef it up by adding Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Von Miller, and Todd Gurley to your roster. That's something I imagine would interest you.

It's not hypothetical either, but something you can actually do thanks to the Madden Season Blitz events going on right now in Madden NFL Mobile. It will require some effort on your part over the next two weeks, but if you act now and play often, you could snag elite versions of one or more of these stars before the real NFL season kicks off.

Instead of simply telling you about it, we'll actually tell you how to do it too.

NFL Huddle: What's new in Topps NFL Huddle 2017

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Can you smell that? It's the scent of pigskin in the air, which either means that cliches be damned, pigs are flying in your neck of the woods, or the new NFL season is right around the corner.

If it is indeed the latter. Topps wants to celebrate as only it knows how, by getting you into some sweet digital NFL trading cards of your favorite players and teams. There's a good chance it wants you to use the NFL Huddle app more than ever, actually, because the company no longer has a license to make physical football cards.

Not only that but NFL Huddle has gone all futuristic by updating to NFL Huddle 2017, a good year ahead of us. While this is customary in football circles (see also: Madden 17), we should note that the app has actually been given more than a fresh coat of paint for the new season.

FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Maybe farming is passé in mobile games now. Ah, but farming -- and doing a lot of a other things too -- in an island paradise might be a little different. At least you can work on your tan and sip some pina coladas while tending to your crops.

Actually, you can do a lot more than that in FarmVille: Tropic Escape, the latest game to carry on the FarmVille name. If your only memory is from the Facebook era and its ubiquitous requests, you might want to check back in on where the series has gone on mobile.

The premise of the new game is simple enough. Your friend has convinced you to go halfsies with her on an old inn located on an unnamed but very nice tropical island. After fixing the place up, the goal is to turn it into a top notch resort.

Doing so requires farming, naturally, but also cooking, diving, and ... heck, let's just get right into our FarmVille: Tropic Escape tips, tricks, and hints and we'll explain everything.

Become the King of Avalon in FunPlus’ latest MMO release

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

King Arthur is dead.

Considering the legend dates back to the 5th century, it would be surprising if he wasn’t. But in the context of real-time MMO game King of Avalon: Dragon Warfare, Arthur’s death plunges the kingdom into chaos. Evil sorceress Morgana has plans to use her dragons to take control of Avalon. It’s up to you to stop that from happening.

3 best fantasy football apps to get you ready for the season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 24th, 2016

Last season didn't go the way you wanted it to in fantasy football. You were super happy following your drafts or auctions, convinced you had outsmarted everyone. You were all set to hustle on the waiver wire, work out some sweet trades, and make room in your possibly imaginary trophy case.

And then the football season actually happened, and things went wrong. Injuries. Suspensions. Scheme changes. Other people having better luck with their mid-season acquisitions.

In any case, you didn't get the glory you sought, and now here you are getting ready for a new campaign and hoping that things will be different. There's no excuse not to be prepared, since info that you could only get by buying magazines a decade ago is literally at your fingertips today, or more precisely in your pocket.

Obviously, you should have the app for your league's platform of choice on your iPhone, whether that's ESPN or Yahoo Sports or what have you. But how about other apps to help you with your fantasy football prep? We've got five that may help you make sure things are different this year.

Well, until your first round pick goes down in Week 1, of course.

Pokemon GO update: Take me to your leader

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 24th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

The Team Leaders in Pokemon GO have had it pretty easy up until now. They show up when players reach level 5, make their cases for joining their respective teams, and that's pretty much it. Light work, as Floyd Mayweather might say.

Niantic's latest update for the game changes that situation and turns every Team Leader into a consultant of sorts. Can't blame them for that, as there's money to be had in that field, or so I'm told.

They still don't have to commute or work out of an office, but here's what you need to know about the Team Leaders' new duties and the new update in general.

Bowmasters tips, tricks and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

At least for this writer, archery was one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2016 Rio Olympics. As opposed to target shooting with guns, which was dreadfully boring, watching people shoot arrows at targets was pretty darn cool.

Of course those targets didn't fire back, making them sitting ducks. That's definitely not the case in Bowmasters, an outrageously over the top mobile game where it's arch or be arched. Er, shot. I think it's still shot when you're talking about a bow.

Assuming it's too late in life for you to turn into the next Clint Barton or Robin of Locksley, we can still help you hone your skill with virtual arrows -- and other projectiles too, as it turns out. Read on for our Bowmasters tips, tricks, and hints, and you'll skip right past shooting an apple off someone's head and just plugging them straight between the eyes. In the game, we mean.

Best apps for watching live TV

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016

The Olympics have come and gone, leaving nearly everyone in a temporary state of "What the heck am I going to watch on TV right now?" Besides old reruns of Golden Girls, but that goes without saying.

I say temporary because we're not too far away from the start of the new fall TV season, and even though the networks' decades old paradigm is becoming increasingly obsolete, there's no question that the seasonal concept still carries a lot of weight because of all the new and returning shows that will flood at us in fairly short order.

To prepare for the deluge, you're going to want to be able to watch as many ways as possible. That means apps, and while this isn't a true guide to cord-cutting -- because taking in live TV still requires a cable subscription sometimes -- it can at least help untether yourself from your living room this fall.

What is Flip Diving, and why has it taken over the App Store?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Move over Pokemon GO. There's a new king in town, and it's "the world's #1 cliff diving game."

How many other games it had to beat out to earn that distinction is something I simply can't tell you. It could be that there are a bunch of other cliff diving titles I simply haven't encountered, but even if that's true, I'd wager none of them ever ascended to the top of the App Store in countries all over the world like Flip Diving.

That means the only logical thing to do is to dive right in -- pun intended -- to try to discover why Miniclip's latest has made such a big splash.

5 places where Pokemon GO is still number one

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

In the U.S., the bloom is off the Pokemon Go rose ever so slightly. It's still doing great, sitting atop the top grossing chart as it has for some time, but it's no longer among the top 10 free apps in downloads, possibly because darn near everyone who wants it already has it.

But while it may no longer be the all encompassing phenomenon it was in July and early August in the United States, it's as big as ever in some other countries -- maybe even bigger, if that's possible. Let's take a quick look at five places where Pokemon GO is still the unquestioned number one mobile game.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

Saying that defense is not a priority in Madden NFL Mobile is a bit of an understatement. In asynchronous head-to-head play, you don't take control of your defenders at all, as the AI manages them while your opponent plays offense. When it's your turn, you play offense only.

Yet assembling a top defense is still part of your team-building duty, and for the new NFL season, Madden has made some intriguing changes to the way you give instructions to your defense by totally revamping the Gameplan system.

How does it work now? Read on and we'll explain.

Reigns character guide: Who's who in your kingdom

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWIPEY SUCCESSORS :: Read Review »

Know your foes. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. And there are probably some other cliches that would apply to your perilous spot on the throne in Reigns as well.

We can do you one better than that. If you've already absorbed our one vital point for beginners, we're here to help give you the lowdown on the denizens of your kingdom. We won't give details on all the characters in the game, because that would spoil some of the fun of discovery, but some hints on the various people, animals, and um, other things with which you'll be interacting certainly can't hurt.

Match 3 puzzler Small Lime is now available on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Set to hit Android and IOS on the 17th August, Small Lime is the newest match 3 mobile game, and hopes to throw something a little different into the mix.

If you love match 3 puzzles, but are tired of the same old ideas being re-hashed again and again, then the fast paced, adventure focused Small Lime could be right up your street.

Playing in the company of Elyre and Laya, you’ve got to create combos by matching colours in a series of increasingly difficult challenges.

While on the surface it looks just like any other match 3 game, its 1 man development studio insists that it’s anything but – noting the addition of playable characters and levels that can only be completed by using specific game mechanics.

In this soon to be released title you’ll see systems that give you more time on each level, removing the hassle of waiting for the bubbles to pop before you can resume playing. You’ll also get to set up your combos in advance, and aid your progression by always using your character’s power.

With added features including pet caring and customisation, the ability to purchase and wear items that’ll aid your characters’ development, and a great storyline – Small Lime could be worth a look if you’re hunting for your next match 3 fix.

Available now on iOS and Android.

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

Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: :: Read Review »

When Square Enix Montreal first hit us with Hitman GO,it was seen as a clever board game twist on a property that you wouldn't normally think would fit that kind of format. Lara Croft GOexpanded things even further while keeping some of the same core gameplay elements, and now Deus Ex GO has taken the whole thing and gone sci-fi.

For fans of the previous games, much will feel familiar this time around, yet there will still be plenty to discover by trial and error -- probably the biggest unifying element throughout this multi-IP series. Added to that are the brand new goodies the developers have cooked up, and there are a number of them in what is the most intricate GO title to date.

That being the case, it doesn't hurt to have some help on your side. We're not talking about cool tech and hacking skills, though those certainly don't hurt. No, we simply mean someone to show you the ropes, and that's what we're happy to do with these Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints.

5 free apps to help with back to school shopping

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016

The new school year is coming on like Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200-meter dash. In other words, really fast.

This isn't news if you're the parent of a school-aged child. In fact, depending on how your summer went, you may already have the first day of school circled on your calendar. The problem is, you may not have all of your back to school shopping done, and now you're running out of days.

Time to panic. Just kidding. It's actually time to download some free apps that can help you out of your conundrum. These apps all do different things, but they'll all come in handy as you get closer to that dreaded/celebrated occasion.