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Does Google Duo make sense if you use an iPhone?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It might be true that if you're a big enough company, it's never too late to get into any particular market. So if, say, Google wants to do a standalone video calling app, no one can really say it's a bad idea.

That's relevant because it just happened. Released just this week, Google Duo is the self-professed "video calling app for everyone." It backs up that claim by its true cross-platform status, meaning it launched on iOS as well as Android.

By now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Wait a minute ... Don't iPhones and iPads have a perfectly fine video calling app baked right in?" Right you are, and with FaceTime, there very well might not be any reason for you to consider downloading Google Duo to even give it a shot.

And yet this would be a pretty short article if we weren't about to make the argument for you to do exactly that. Here's why Google Duo might be worth a look even if you are iPhone until you die.

Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

No matter how good you are at football management games, no one is ever going to let you take the reins at Manchester United or Chelsea. It's simply not in the cards for us mere mortals.

The next best thing, other than screaming at your television and participating in all the #WengerMustGo hashtags, is to take a stab at being a skipper in the virtual realm. On mobile, the latest option is Championship Manager 17 from Square Enix.

While it's not quite as packed with features as similar sims on the PC, it's as close to a full management experience as possible in the sense that you must juggle a roster on a budget, keep an eye out for transfers that will strengthen your team, take control of strategic decisions during matches, and handle player morale and negotiations, all while trying to win glory and avoid being sacked.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, we've got some good news. We can help you take your first steps toward becoming the next Sir Alex (as if) with our Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners. Read on for the equivalent of that scene in The Matrix, except instead of Keanu Reeves saying, "I know kung fu," it'll be you saying, "I know football."

Unison League developer Ateam discuss their collaboration with Evangelion in a brand new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 16th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ateam’s Unison League was released last year, giving fans of JRPGs the chance to venture across a dangerous land, gathering friends to take on monsters in real-time battles. The game features highly customisable characters, a competitive guild system, vibrant 2D graphics as well as five different classes of hero to choose from.

This latest update gives you would-be heroes brand new content to get your thumbs racing. But it’s not just any old update. Teaming up with Evangelion, Ateam has created a package of content inspired by the hit Japanese anime.

The one secret you need to rule longer in Reigns

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 15th, 2016

Some mobile games offer simple gameplay but surprise you to the upside with how difficult they are to stop playing. Reigns fits that description perfectly, as it turns the act of ruling a medieval country into a card game where you only have two choices (and sometimes not even that) per card.

Before you make each decision in Reigns, you'll be able to see whether or not your choice will affect the land's church, people, army, and treasury. The tricky part is that common sense can sometimes tell you whether swiping that direction will be good or bad in those areas, but you never really know for sure until you do it.

Over time, you'll see some cards appear enough times that you'll know exactly what to expect from both decisions on them. But that still doesn't mean you'll escape from the precarious balancing act required to extend your time on the throne. Seeing any one of the four facets of the kingdom fall all the way to nothing means instant death.

Yet there's another important thing to keep in mind, the biggest secret to success in Reigns by far. We'll share it, but it's worth a spoiler warning here if you'd rather uncover all of the delights of the game on your own.

How to avoid getting banned in Pokemon GO

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

You may have heard people talk about a mythical "fate worse than death" before, but here's something that definitely fits that bill: getting banned from playing Pokemon GO -- forever.

We're being tongue in cheek while saying that, but it's happening more and more often. As reported by various media outlets over the last few days, Niantic has been issuing permanent bans to some Pokemon GO players for what it says are violations of the game's terms of service. To be fair, most people never read the TOS for, well, anything, but some of the issues the developers have pointed out are clear.

Things like using bots are actions that only the most passionate believers that users should be able to do whatever they want with software tend to defend. Other violations pointed out by Niantic are less obvious and have already been the subject of some debate within the Pokemon GO community.

But the rules are the rules, and all we can do is roll with them. In the interest of keeping you in the game, here are three things you shouldn't do if you want to avoid the banhammer.

Unison League meets Evangelion in brand new update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Last year, Ateam released Unison League, a JRPG in which you fight as part of a co-operative guild. You’re tasked with saving the land of Granvia from destruction – easier said than done when monsters lurk around every corner. You build your own hero, kit them out with whatever weapons you pick up along the way, and take part in real-time battles alongside other players.

Veteran Unison League players will probably have fought their way through all the main plot quests by now, so there’s definitely an appetite for some fresh content. And that’s exactly what Ateam has delivered. But with a twist.

The update is a collaboration with Evangelion, the hugely popular Japanese anime franchise. The new content includes an original plot that will develop over two weeks, each chapter promising players unique items to unlock.

Those items include a ton of new cosmetics for you to customise your character with. Fight baddies dressed up as Evangelion characters Shinji, Rei and Asuka - or the famous mechas Unit 01 and 02.

There’s also a heap of new attack animations to enjoy, as well as a log-in bonus – Rei Ayanami in a racy speed queen outfit.

If you’re a fan of anime and a fan of RPGs, Unison League’s latest additions may well be the perfect scratch for that itch. Unison League is available from the App Store and Google Play.

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

How to get a Bugatti Chiron in CSR Racing 2

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL DRAG :: Read Review »

If you've been playing CSR Racing 2 since launch, you've probably got yourself a pretty nice garage by now. Just reaching and participating in Tier 5 races means you've been privileged to drive one of the premier supercars in existence, vehicles sporting prestigious names like Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Still, if you really want to be at the wheel of the freshest thing on four wheels, you'll need to aim even higher. We're talking about the Bugatti Chiron, a car so luxurious and exclusive that you have to be rich (the price tag is over $2.5 million) and know someone (less than 500 came from the factory in the initial production run) to own one.

And yet real car enthusiasts could if they would. The Chiron boasts an insane 1,500 HP engine, capable of sending the car from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. It's so powerful that the car actually has an engine limiter said to keep its top speed at 261 mph. Yes, you read that right.

So how can you get your hands on one in CSR Racing 2? There are two ways to nab one within the next few weeks.

Jump into Fantasy Premier League with the official Premier League app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016

Football is back (or soccer, if you must), and if you're an Arsenal supporter like yours truly, there's already reason for the gnashing of teeth and the wringing of hands. The Premier League season has kicked off with its usual share of intrigue and excitement, and the league's official app has a brand new look for 2016-17 as well.

Along with the usual stats, updates, news, and videos, the free Premier League app has also incorporated the official fantasy football game of the Premier League into its features. Sponsored by EA Sports, the game is free to play and easy for anyone to join.

Let's walk through the steps you'll need to follow to get started with Fantasy Premier League before the season is too far gone.

Saber's Edge tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I know what you're thinking. "Another match-3 RPG? We've seen these before."

That's certainly true. Match-3 has proven to be a very popular mechanic for RPGs of all types, and even the trappings of Hibernum's Saber's Edge -- a crew of pirates that has a flying ship -- may seem familiar.

Still, spending a little time with this one suggests that it's selling the game short to simply lump it in with what's come before. Not only does Saber's Edge have an intriguing story that plays out gradually after each completed quest, but it offers a deeper RPG experience than you might first suspect.

Remind guide: Top free back to school app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We don't generally like to be the bearers of bad news here at 148apps, but here's an inescapable truth for you: It's soon time to head back to school.

Deny it all you want. Tell yourself we're less than two weeks into August. But the new school year will be here before you know it. There's no getting around it.

With that realization comes another, less obvious one, which is that there are mobile apps out there that might make returning to the classroom slightly less painful for students, parents, and teachers alike. One of those apps is Remind (formerly Remind101), which aims to make communication easier for all three groups.

CSR Racing 2 update: What you need to know about new cars, Live Race revamp and more

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 10th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL DRAG :: Read Review »

CSR Racing 2 was already plenty good. With stunning graphics, enough different game modes to keep people coming back, and actual multiplayer races, Naturalmotion gave gearheads something that was worth the wait.

Could it be even better, though? Most mobile games can be, and the developers have been up to more than just adding new cars to the game -- though there's been some of that too. The latest update for CSR Racing 2tinkers with the gameplay in a couple of areas and even may affect what's in your garage. We opened up the throttle to take a look.

Get guaranteed Topps Heritage cards in WWE SLAM

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 10th, 2016

Despite the obvious appeal of the WWE SLAM: Card Trader apps for fans of sports entertainment, it can be kind of a bummer when you open a bunch of virtual packs and can't find any of the insert cards you seek.

Recently, Topps has been doing more and more to fight this feeling by allowing users of all of its digital trading card apps to have a choice: Either spend small amounts of coins for just a chance at some of the cooler cards, or pony up more and get some inserts guaranteed.

The latest packs on WWE SLAM go one better, because they guarantee you one of the new Topps Heritage 2016 inserts. Styled like famous Topps Baseball sets of the past -- in this case, the 1986 Topps Baseball design -- these cards feature a mix of current superstars, WWE Legends, and NXT prospects, as well as digital relic and autograph cards.

Drive into the Evolution of Jaguar in Real Racing 3

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 9th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

You've been able to race just about everything in Real Racing 3 since it first hit mobile three years ago. Yet Firemonkeys and EA keep managing to get more vehicles in the game, finding new ways to keep drivers coming back for more.

The game's latest update is called Evolution of Jaguar, and as the name suggests, it explores the rich history of one of the automotive industry's most iconic luxury car manufacturers. It brings with it not just a chance to win Jaguar vehicles to drive in the game -- though you certainly can do that, with a chance to win three different models -- but three other new cars from the likes of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Dodge as well.

A three-part Jaguar Legacy Quest is interspersed with three other limited time events that start now and run through September 18. Let's break them down:

Which mobile games feature the Suicide Squad?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 9th, 2016

What do critics know, anyway? TheSuicide Squadmovie may have taken a critical drubbingjust like its predecessor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's proven a hit so far with moviegoers. It demolished the August record for an opening weekend in the U.S., and it appears poised to end up as one of the top handful of movies for 2016.

(Although there is a new Star Wars movie coming later this year. Just saying ... )

Naturally, that kind of success has people anxious to experience more of DC's bad guys reluctantly doing good things. You can find the Suicide Squad in a pair of free mobile games, provided you know where to look. Let's start with the official game of the movie ...

Aquatic word game Bubble Words gets soft launched in Canada

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 9th, 2016

The latest title from Genera Games, Bubble Words - Letter Splash, has been soft launched in Canada - and looks to take you on a letter based underwater odyssey.

Throwing you into individual stages, the game asks you to seek out and create specific words relevant to that level – and to do this you must destroy specific obstacles, find rare and unusual letters, and rescue a range of sea dwelling creatures.