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How to upgrade your character in Spellspire

Posted by Harry Slater on April 30th, 2016

So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next?

Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to guide you through ensuring your little wizard is as strong as he can possibly be.

Go back for the stars

There are two ways to unlock new pieces of gear to buy - stars and floors. You need to replay levels to get the stars. It’s also a good way to get more cash if you get stuck on tough levels higher up the tower. The levels you replay add new challenges, so you’re not just retreading the same ground.

To buy or enhance?

If you’re struggling with a level, but you don’t have enough cash to buy the next piece of gear, it’s worth upgrading what you’ve got already. It won’t cost as much, and toughening up what you’ve already got should set you in good stead for defeating the next set of challenges.

Extra coins

Check back in every day and you’ll find a chest that gives you either an extra life or some more gold. It’s better to focus on filling up your coffers rather than adding to your stock of chances. Especially early on in the game, the extra coins are going to give you an edge when it comes to getting stronger.

HP and damage

You might not notice it but there are options in the shop menu to increase your base damage and base HP. The first few upgrades are reasonably priced, and while they don’t give you as much of a boost as a new hat, robe, or wand, it’s still worth stocking up on them if you’ve got some cash spare.

New items

Sometimes it might look like the new items you’re buying aren’t as strong as the ones you’ve already got equipped, but make sure you check them out properly. Some add boosts and buffs to your character that can make them more worthwhile than what you’ve already got.

5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to see happen

Posted by Ric Cowley on April 29th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun.

It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.io's book.

Katamar.io

A fairly straightforward one to start off with. After all, what is Agar.io if not simply a Katamari game from a top-down perspective?

Replace the circles with Katamaris and the dots with household objects and the game has basically made itself.

All you need to do is put a tiny green Prince behind the Katamari and you've got the next big mobile hit.

Kirb.io

Nintendo has already announced its next couple of mobile games, but there's still room for everyone's favourite little pink ball to make an appearance.

Instead of simply absorbing the dots, you'd need to tap Kirby to suck up any nearby, as well as eat up any other players in the vicinity. It's a troll's paradise!

You could even have the various Kirbies spitting their opponents out across the board, and sell a Meta Knight skin for those who want to look a little cooler.

Mar.io

OK, so this might be a bit of a stretch, but bear with me. After all, attaching the Mario name to a mobile game is guaranteed to draw people in.

It would essentially be the same as slither.io, except you replace the snakes with classic Mario monster Wiggler.

He moves about in a cumbersome fashion, like the snakes in slither.io, and you could even have him turn into his angry red state while dashing.

Raptur.io

Remember those weird floating orbs in the award-winning Everybody's Gone to The Rapture? Well now you're one of them!

You float around the board, leaving a trail of holy spirit behind you, and occasionally absorbing souls that won't stop talking in dodgy rural British accents. Emotional? No. Fun? Definitely.

Spyr.io

It's been a while since we've heard from the tiny purple dragon Spyro, and what better way to make his comeback than this?

The twist is that the dots are actually sheep from the original game, so you need to set fire to them before you can eat them up. And probably set your fellow players on fire while you're at it.

Want more slither.io stuff? Then check out our best games like slither.io feature andthe following guides!

Have any of Ric's ideas excited you? Do you have any ideas for your own slither.io mash ups? Let us know in the comments below!

How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 29th, 2016

Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty.

You'll really have to give your brain a decent workout in order to solve many of these puzzles, but ultimately, overcoming these tricky challenges can be incredibly rewarding.

One of the best ways to do this is to really think about the way the game uses its terrain to trip up players. We’ve come up with some of the best ways to navigate Sky Charms’ tests of mental might.

How to get a high score in every level of Sky Charms

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 28th, 2016

Sky Charms is an adorable match three puzzler that provides a decent challenge thanks to its creative level design. It regularly presents something new, forcing you to think on your feet.

This might throw you for a loop, but we’ve got you covered with these tips to help you get three stars and sky-high scores every time.

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.

How to approach quests in Fallen London

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 27th, 2016

Sitting at over 1.5 million words, Fallen London is filled to the brim with intriguing tales and mysterious characters. From the start, you’ll find a slew of quests ripe for the taking.

Even the most basic missions can branch in unexpected ways, so we’ve gathered a few tips to help you get the most out of Fallen London’s exceptional storytelling.

How to survive in LOUD on Planet X

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2016

LOUD on Planet X is a hybrid of a tower defense and rhythm game that pits famous indie acts against invading aliens.

You need timing and strategy in this game in order to succeed, things can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Here are some tips to keep yourself from being overrun:

How to get three stars on every song in Loud on Planet X

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2016

The tower defence / rhythm hybrid LOUD on Planet X can be pretty overwhelming at first, as it demands that you play strategically and to a beat.

If a high score is what you're looking for, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you get there.

How to build your character effectively in Fallen London

Posted by Jessica Famularo on April 25th, 2016

Fallen Londonis a steampunk adventure that's both a visual novel and RPG, and takes you down an expertly written, whimsical, yet cynical, path.

While you’ll spend most of your time reading, Fallen London does require you to make important decisions about your character’s build that will have lasting impact as you progress towards the end of the game.

Luckily for you, we have a few tips on fleshing out your character in preparation for the future so sit back, grab a cup of tea, and read on.

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.

The top 3 new features in mobile MOBA Ace of Arenas

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 22nd, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The iOS and Android MOBA sensation Ace of Arenas launched back in September 2015, and has had a startling amount of new content added to it since.

In total, five major updates have been released since then, and the game has expanded to North America, Europe, and Asia, with four new languages added to reach a vaster audience.

To help you understand exactly what's changed since launch, we've broken it all down into the top three new features you can find in your favourite mobile MOBA. Enjoy!

The 5 best updates in Apple's Apps for Earth campaign

Posted by Ric Cowley on April 21st, 2016

With its recent Apps for Earth campaign, Apple has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund and a handful of developers to help give something back to the Earth.

What this means in practice is that participating apps will donate all of the money made from certain in-app purchases to WWF, and there's a bunch of new content being added to games just for the event.

The new content is only available until the 24th of April, so with that deadline looming, we thought we'd pick out the best updates to focus your time on while you can.