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Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
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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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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
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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.

Madden NFL Mobile: What you need to know for the new season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016
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One of the best ideas that EA ever had for its mobile games was to stop putting out different versions of its sports titles on an annual basis and just stick with a single title per sport that receives annual updates. Madden NFL Mobile has definitely been better off for it, and has kept this writer playing longer than ever would have been possible under the old system as a result.

While the actual NFL season is still several weeks away, Madden season is upon us now. The first thing you'll notice is that the game has a new cover athlete (though that term doesn't actually make much sense for a mobile game, really). Odell Beckham Jr. is out. Rob Gronkowski is in. Gronk on.

The hard work of building up a top team also starts all over again -- or nearly all over, as we'll discuss -- with teams being reset for all users. This happened in 2015, and EA has been very upfront about it throughout, so there should be a minimum of gnashing of teeth from gamers. Your team from last year remains in your own personal hall of fame, and can be dusted off for certain Legacy Live Events.

Rest assured, though, that Madden NFL Mobile is bringing more to the party that just updated rosters. Here's what you can expect as you get back to football.

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
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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
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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.