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Bonecrusher: Tips, tricks and hints for higher scores

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 20th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There's nothing too subtle about Bonecrusher, the latest game to make an impression on the App Store charts with Crossy Road-esque visuals and simple gameplay. It's crush or be crushed, requiring quick reflexes so you can be somewhere else when the spikes start dropping.

Maybe it's a thoughtful, implied disquisition on the inevitability of death. More likely, it's just fun, fast-paced arcade style action that anyone can pick up and play without needing to know all that much.

5 apps to give as last minute Father's Day gifts

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 18th, 2016

So in case you hadn't heard, it's Father's Day soon. As in this Sunday. If you're reading this and this is news to you, it means you haven't bought dear old Dad a present yet.

That's bad. After all those hours he spent playing football with you even though he knew you were never going to grow up to become the next Wayne Rooney, you just went and did him dirty like that. And now it's too late to order anything online, because it's not showing up in time.

Dawnbringer review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By 148Apps Staff on June 18th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUNCH-OUT DEMONS
It's a long way from Subway Surfers to Infinity Blade, but Dawnbringer pulls it most of the way off.
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Tips and tricks for higher scores in Coin Party: Carnival Pusher

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 17th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you've seen Coin Party: Carnival Pusherleaping up the App Store charts and been confused about its appeal, you obviously didn't spend as much of your youth in arcades as I did.

In a similar fashion to slots games, pusher games allow players to experience for free what would otherwise be considered gambling by most people and jurisdictions. You're playing for points, not profit, and the main game mechanic is incredibly simple yet strangely soothing at the same time.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday review

By Campbell Bird on June 17th, 2016
This Telltale-like adventure game gets a lot of props for its ambition, but feels a little too rushed to make a lasting impact.
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Best free weather apps for your summer planning

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 16th, 2016

It's officially summertime. The temperatures are higher, the days are almost as long as they can possibly get, and schools are out almost everywhere. Time for a vacation, or holiday, as my British bosses would say.

That's if the weather cooperates. When it doesn't, it's nice to have some advance notice, and these days, that can be as close as your phone.

How to recruit more warriors in Adventure Company

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 16th, 2016

Questing for good, for the betterment of all mankind, has its place. Adventuring for fun and profit, though, is where it's at.

That's exactly the mindset you'll need to succeed at Adventure Company, the team-based action RPG from Foursaken Media. Yes, the same folks who brought you War Tortoisewould now like to take you to a more conventional type of warfare, if by conventional you mean 60 different character classes, a wide variety of different weapons and skills, and fantasy enemies of every kind.

Build Away! - Idle City Builder review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By 148Apps Staff on June 14th, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: TAP
Cross-genre pollination is always a worthwhile experiment, but the results here are mixed.
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How to play with a friend in slither.io

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 14th, 2016

It's very much every snake for himself or herself in slither.io. When the object is to become the biggest snake around, there's no room for partnerships that last for more than a few seconds, tops, and there's definitely no extra prize for team play.

That said, sometimes even a snake needs a buddy. Creator Steve Howse told our sister site Pocket Gamer that he plans to add a way to play with friendsor even pick the exact serve on which you wriggle. Until that day comes, though, you'll have to jump through a few hoops to get on the same board as a friend.

How to unlock better buildings in Build Away!

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 14th, 2016

When you first start playing Build Away! - Idle City Builder, it isn't much different from other tap and swipe games that came before it. You collect coins often, decide when to spend them to make more coins faster, occasionally add another coin-generating location, and eventually end up with sums of virtual money that require scientific notation to properly track.

But Futureplay has added real builder elements to Build Away too, and while no one is going to be confusing it with SimCity,it behooves you to make sure your city has better buildings than the Old Shack and Street House you unlock within the first few minutes of gameplay.

How picking the right nickname can help you in slither.io

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 13th, 2016

What's in a name? Not much in most mobile games. You simply pick something that tickles your fancy and fits the character limit and away you go. Maybe it's a screen name you use on other gaming platforms, but even in multiplayer affairs, it doesn't make much difference.

At first glance, the same would appear to hold true for slither.io. After all, you can change your nickname after every game if you want, and for such a simple game, plenty of people use their nickname as a joke, a political statement, or both.

Transport straight back to the 90s with Batovi’s Pixel Cup Soccer 16

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 13th, 2016

If you’re old enough to have had your life enriched with the wonders that were the ATARI and Commodore, publishers Batovi have an absolute treat in-store for you with title Pixel Cup Soccer 16.

The game boasts bright, appealing retro graphics, whilst following a traditional arcade style format no longer confined to your childhood bedroom’s TV set.

Nonstop Knight review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ONCE YOU POP THE DUNGEON DON'T STOP
Is a dungeon crawler that plays itself even worth playing? This game says yes.
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PES Club Manager Euro 2016 update is now live

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

It stands to reason that if a game is going to bill itself as the "Official UEFA EURO 2016 mobile phone game" that it should have some kind of event that incorporates the football tournament that is about to cause hysteria among European sports fans over the next month.

PES Club Manager has that designation, and it is all decked out for Euro 2016 right now. Players who log in now through next Friday have a chance to take on teams from the tournament and win a footballer from that country every time they defeat one of the participating nations.

Which of the three slither.io control schemes is best?

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

Though the focus of the latest update to slither.iowas the new opportunity to match wits against A.I. snakes instead of human opponents, something else even more important was added to the massively popular game too. Two new control schemes made their debut, giving players a choice of three different ways to wriggle their way to the top of the leaderboard.

After intense testing (re: playing a bunch of slither.io and bugging my children to do the same), I'm come to the conclusion that while everyone is allowed an opinion, there's only one correct answer to which one of the control schemes works best. Let's examine them in turn from best to worst.