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Galaxy.io Space Arena soars onto mobile

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 26th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Online shooter Galaxy.io Space Arena has blasted off on mobile devices, bringing intergalactic PvP to a universe near you.

Available on iOS, and Android, the space blaster places players inside a heavily-armed spacecraft and pits them against one another in deep-space arenas littered with asteroids and other cosmic debris.

Galaxy.io pilots fire upon each other with futuristic laser canons and the more opponents you take down, the more upgrade points you’ll earn for customising your craft or buying a new one.

On their way to the upper reaches of the leaderboard, players will also accumulate Crystals, an in-game currency which can be used for levelling up and unlocking new abilities. Skills on offer include extra damage resistance and faster movement, and pilots can mix and match these to suit their playing style.

Developed by GameSpire, Galaxy.io Space Arena is available as a free download on Google Play, and the App Store now.

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

Brew Town guide - Everything you need to know about the beer-making game for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on April 23rd, 2018

Brew Town is an intriguing simulation game that mixes together booze, a neat art style, and some smart ideas into one enticing package. But there's a lot to do in the game, so we thought it'd be a good idea to break it down for you so you can get to grips with it quickly. Hence this guide.

Follow these steps and you'll be brewing up some delicious digital beers in no time, and selling them to a range of people with some of the very best beards you're ever likely to see in a videogame. And yes, that goes for God of War as well.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - April 20th

Posted by Harry Slater on April 20th, 2018

It's Friday again, and here at 148Apps that means it's time to round up the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store. It's a really brilliant week for sales, so I hope you've been saving up your pocket money because you're almost certainly going to be chucking all of it away once you've read this list.

In fact it's such a good week, games have been trimmed that would normally make it onto our round-up. So, if you think we've missed anything we definitely should have included, then make sure you add a comment at the bottom of the article to let everyone know. And come back next week when we'll do the same thing all over again.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - 19th April

Posted by Harry Slater on April 19th, 2018

Every week here at 148Apps we like to round up the cream of the crop of the newest games releases on the App Store. We think of it like a public service. There are so many games smashing onto iOS every week that sometimes it's hard to keep track of what's worth picking up and what's worth ignoring.

So that's what I've gone ahead and done. There are some pretty great games out this week, including one stellar release that you really want to be grabbing as soon as possible. If you think we've missed anything out though, feel free to let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Quest to be King gives you the keys to your own castle in this exciting puzzle adventure

Posted by Luke Frater on April 19th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The land of Thoria has been beset by the evil Darkness, and it’s up to you to save it. In Quest to be King, you’ll sort out match-3 puzzles with an RPG twist to combat the encroaching forces of darkness while juggling your armies and supporting your civilians.

Quest to be King offers up 30 different regions for you to command and conquer across a sprawling world map. You’ll build buildings and manage resources to grow your kingdom into a massive empire, while ensuring that your armed forces are well prepared for the battles ahead. The Darkness will be pitting you against dragons, zombies, and other nasty things, but with an arsenal of different weapons and abilities, you’ll surely be up to the challenge.

Combat is set in a clever match-3 format with distinct RPG elements. Match tiles to inflict damage and status effects on your foes, or heal your troops. You’ll have to think creatively to come up with strategies to defend your kingdom.

You can find Quest to be King right now on iOS.

World of Gunships by GameSpire arrives on iOS

Posted by Luke Frater on April 18th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chopper enthusiasts on iOS needn’t twiddle their thumbs any longer (except to direct hot lead at their enemies) – GameSpire’s World of Gunships is finally available on Apple devices. This aerial shooter puts you in control of an attack helicopter as you take on other players and NPCs in a battle to the death.

There are a few different modes to play around with. Death Match does what it says on the fuselage, pitting you against other players from around the world, whilst Teamplay divides players into two groups for a war in the sky. Campaign mode challenges you with various missions requiring your firepower and flying expertise to complete.

As you play, you’ll unlock, upgrade and customise more than 20 gunships, all with differing stats. During battle, you have your main cannon for lower-powered automatic fire, and your missiles for sporadic but explosive attacks. While your main cannon has unlimited ammo, firing too much in quick succession will cause the gun to overheat. Missiles and fuel are finite, and your gunship will accumulate damage over time. Luckily, the enemies you defeat sometimes drop ammo, refuelling canisters and repair spanners to keep you in the fight.

The controls in World of Gunships are straightforward enough – the pad on the left is for movement and direction, the pad on the right for firepower. The graphics are detailed, fully 3D and in a third-person perspective so you can admire your choice of camo skin. The HUD includes all the detail you need such as altitude, fuel capacity and where your enemies are, without feeling cluttered.

Take to the skies and test your mettle against players from around the world. Download World of Gunships for free from the App Store.

PAPER Anne is set to charm players all over again with the release of a new fourth chapter

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 6th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve ever found yourself needing the perfect mash-up of Paper Mario and LittleBigPlanet, mobile developer UsFun Games might have the answer in theircharming puzzle-platformer PAPER Anne.

Placing you in a papercraft world that’s distraught and in tatters at the hands of the Queen of Hearts, as the titular Anne you’ll work your way through various storybook levels which each present their own mysteries to solve. Most work by having you slide and shift the pieces of the world around you, resulting in a storybook adventure that emphasises puzzles as well as straight platforming.

PAPER Anne’s touch controls make it a breeze to guide Anne safely through the many hazards set in place by the Queen of Hearts which stand in her way. It’s simply a matter of tapping, swiping, and sliding while solving the puzzles and platforming sections in time.

The game recently recently introduced its fourth chapter as part of a recent update, giving those eager to explore more fairy-tale puzzles in PAPER Anne the ability to do so. Don’t be surprised if you come across a cast of completely new characters in addition to those from like The Nutcracker, The Ugly Duckling, and of course, Alice in Wonderland.

If you’ve not yet jumped into PAPER Anne and are considering taking a page out of the game’s book, hop on over to the App Store today.

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

Strike it rich in OIL, out now on the App Store

Posted by Luke Frater on April 5th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve ever had aspirations of becoming an oil tycoon, digital board game OIL might help you make that dream a reality. Set during America’s early 1900s oil boom, you’ll be mining for oil while fighting off the competition in the Wild West. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you persevere, you could come out the other side the king of your own oil empire.

OIL veers away from your typical resource management board game, instead more closely resembling Battleship. Players begin mining for oil on a shared board, meaning you’ll have to keep your opponent from growing their prospects while you keep the oil flowing to fill your own coffers. OIL’s world is heavily inspired by the grim Oscar-winning drama There Will Be Blood, raising the stakes and giving the game a bit of a darker spin.

You can play OIL against an AI or with your friends, with no need for internet. The game progresses across 18 different levels. Gameplay can get pretty intense, but OIL’s soothing soundtrack and pleasing minimalistic visuals lends the game an excellent balance.

The digital oil boom starts now. You can find OIL on iOS and tvOS today.

Mini Golf King update hits the green with new features in tow

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 30th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Having swung its way onto iOS and Android devices over a year ago, arcade multiplayer title Mini Golf King has returned from the clubhouse with all-new content in tow.

Bluehole PNIX’s free-to-play offering already provided a quirky twist on the popular sport by pitting players against more than 30 trap-filled, bonus-packed courses, and the game’s latest update has added an all-new gameplay mode and an additional power-up to the equation.

Hole-in-one Challenge, a new way to play Mini Golf King, is the update’s headline feature. In this mode, players are pitted against a series of courses where the ball must be sunk in one shot. Racking up a hole in one will fire them through to the next level and rewards will be dished out each time.

The Golf Pin power-up, which can be purchased from the store or found in select chests, is another new addition and it will help players improve their game by adding extra wind resistance, distance and other enhancements to every shot they take.

Ready to conquer the greens and the fairways? Mini Golf King is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play, and the new update is ready to install now.

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

Your ultimate guide to Evergrow’s huge 1.2 update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 29th, 2018

Evergrow, that beloved physics puzzler turned action game, is back with a huge update that’s expanding the game in some major ways. Evergrow will now feature new gameplay modes, a host of unique mini games, and much more. There’s so much happening here, we decided to write a whole guide for it. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Chill out with Zen Mode

Zen Mode offers a much more relaxing version of Evergrow. There’s no need to worry about matching colors or making the right moves in time. In Zen Mode, you’re free to keep adding blocks and growing your little blocky Chromaroid (the game’s character). The background color shifts between soothing cool and warm tones while peaceful music plays.

Construction Simulator 2 reaches its first birthday: astragon tells us how it’s marking the occasion

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 23rd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OPEN BUILD :: Read Review »

Construction Simulator 2 debuted iOS and Android devices exactly one year ago, and publisher Astragon is marking the game’s first anniversary with a range of time-limited discounts.

It’s been a successful debut for the civil engineering sim, which shot to the top of the App Store chart in 25 countries upon release in March last year, and made the top 10 in no fewer than 66 territories.

The game gives players the chance to head up their own construction business and take to the wheel of more than 40 officially-licensed vehicles. If you dig that sort of thing and want to try it out, Construction Simulator 2 will be available at the discounted price of €0.99 (89p) between March 23 and April 2 on the App Store and in the time period between March 23 and March 30 on Google Play. Players who use the free Lite edition can upgrade to the full version for the same price during the anniversary period.

Moreover, Astragon is offering time-limited discounts on various entries in the series, including Construction Simulator 2014 for mobile devices and the earlier instalments on PC and Mac, along with their DLC packs, while the festivities are in full swing.

If anniversary discounts aren’t enough for you, we caught up with the folks at astragon to discuss Construction Simulator 2’s first-year success, how they went about building the sequel and how its new features have been received.

When you set out to make a sequel to the 2014 mobile instalment, what steps did you take to ensure the new game would be even better than its predecessor?

On the technical side, we took the time to switch to a modular based development to be able to expand Construction Simulator 2 by continuously adding new vehicles, missions and features during its lifetime. Next to this, we made sure to make use of numerous new mobile capabilities in regards to UI and performance resources to increase the performance of the game in different levels like visual quality, physics, etc. These technical steps made it possible to create an even bigger and more detailed game world and to get closer to the gaming experience of the successful PC predecessor by to adding new features like road construction, the ability to build skyscrapers, and even more gameplay features and goals. This also enabled us to create a living town and to make the whole gaming experience more realistic in general.

Uncover a new hero and much more in Phantom Chaser’s newest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 9th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Phantom Chaser, the hit RPG from Phantom Games just got a huge new update that introduces a new character and some major gameplay updates that will really change the way you play. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a curious newcomer, this is an update that’s all about the fans, no matter where they are in their adventure. Here’s what you can expect.

Perhaps most importantly, Rangda joins Phantom Chaser’s diverse cast of characters. Rangda is a dangerous assassin who specializes in fast, close encounters thank to her high Dexterity stat. She’s a must have for any collection.

Lineage 2: Revolution turns 100 days old, and receives special update in celebration

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lineage 2: Revolution recently turned 100 days old. That’s not even one candle on a birthday cake – so you might be wondering why developer Netmarble is celebrating. Well, it’s because in that brief ‘hectoday’, Lineage 2: Revolution players have created over 10 million characters and played for over 170 million hours. That suggests the South Korean creators are doing something right. In honour of this, Netmarble has given the MMORPG an update, featuring new events and content.

The first thing to look forward to is a brand new mount. The Maned Lion is an armour-clad, hulking big cat, with 750 speed. The rare pet also has resilience, penetration, maximum HP, an increased crit rate and HP regeneration. You’ll either have to grind for it, so you can eventually summon the beast from the Summoning Circle, or, for a shortcut, buy it from the in-game shop.

The update also introduces two time-limited events. First, the Dice Event is a mini-game in which players can roll a dice to win equipment or resources. You get two free rolls daily until 13 March. Gear up for grabs includes A-grade mount pet equipment, as well as summoning fragments. Playing through the game's content also earns you Dice Points, 100 of which can be spent on another roll of the dice. You’ve got to ask yourself one question – do you feel lucky?

The second event is the Equipment Substat Change. This is essentially a bonus for tweaking your equipment substats before 13 March. Do so, and you’ll discover a welcome gift in your mailbox come 21 March – 200 red diamonds.

Celebrate with Netmarble Games by joining the battle in Lineage 2: Revolution, available for free from the App Store and Google Play. Never miss an update by following the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OfficialLineage2Revolution

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

Turn-based fantasy dungeon crawler, Rogue Hearts, is available now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 8th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Seamlessly melding dungeon crawling, turn-based battles, and rogue-lite elements might seem like a tough task, but that’s exactly the kind of experience players can look forward to when playing Ninetail Games' new Fantasy RPG: Rogue Hearts.

Rogue Hearts seeks to capture the same dungeon crawling greatness popularised by classics like Baldur’s Gate and Diablo, with players traversing from room to room with their party, battling monsters, collecting items, and leveling up along the way.

The game emphasises direct character control with a more strategic and forward-thinking approach to combat rather than automatic battling. Battles take place on a grid in classic turn-based fashion allowing players to thwart enemies not just head-on, but from the back and sides too. Such tactics are particularly handy when taking on many of the game's bosses like the cave troll, whereby frontal attacks are useless.

There’s plenty to see and do in Rogue Hearts long after the credits to the main campaign roll. ‘Nightmare’ iterations of bosses, for example, offer players a much defter challenge, one which is easily thwarted the more items you acquire and levels you increase.

Rogue Hearts’ engaging turn-based gameplay and randomised dungeons are available to experience now on both the Google Play and App Store.

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

Mobile strategy First Hero begins soft-launch rollout

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 6th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

South Korean publisher Webzen has soft-launched its latest mobile strategy game, First Hero, in Canada, Latin America, and the Philippines.

Webzen’s latest offering tasks players with recruiting an army of “epic heroes from all over the world” to pit them against rival clans in large-scale battles. Take a look at its teaser trailer below.

When First Hero players aren’t unleashing their armies upon each other, they’ll spend their time base building, leveling up their heroes and forging alliances with other empires. You will earn rewards for every battle you win, as well as each time you log in.

The soft-launch edition of First Hero is available for iOS and Android devices in the aforementioned territories now via the App Store and Google Play respectively. Players in Europe and the US won’t have to wait too long to get in on the action, as the game is hitting those shores during “the first half of 2018”.

Webzen has also announced the launch of its dedicated gaming community, Plug, a one-stop shop where fans can post opinions, guides and questions about the studio’s games, as well as receive up-to-date information about them as and when it drops.

To find out more about First Hero's features, players can visit the official website, and catch up with the latest discussions and developer’s notes on the official Facebook page.

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