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The Best Mobile Games for Traveling

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 2018

As mobile devices have gotten more and more capable, we’ve seen an influx of console ports and increasingly more complicated mobile games coming to the App Store. Many of these games are amazingly convenient to have on your phone or tablet, but few of them feel like games you can play while you are actually mobile—that is, when you are on the go and/or traveling. With that in mind, check out these recommendations for some of the best mobile games that you can truly play anywhere.

A Planet of Mine

Looking for a hardcore strategy game with tons of replayability and no data connection requirements that plays beautifully in portrait mode? Look no further than Tuesday Quest’s A Planet of Mine. What looks like a simple clicker is actually a real-time strategy game where you mine planets for resources in order to explore new worlds, encounter new species, and crush any enemies that stand in your way.

Even though the game moves in real-time, its pace is slow enough that it’s extremely easy to jump into an out of at a moment’s notice. As an added bonus, it’s not a graphically intensive game, so you can spend hours with the game without needing to recharge your phone.

The best games like Florence

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BRIEF FLING :: Read Review »

Florence is a great little game about relationships that we absolutely adored. The only problem with it is it's over a little too soon. If you want some other games with some emotional range like Florence, check out these suggestions:

Will It Ever End?

If you want an experience that's eerily similar to Florence, check out Will It Ever End? This is a game about routine and relationships, and it conveys its narrative and ideas completely wordlessly. Its gameplay may be pretty simple, but it uses a lot of visual tricks and employs some great audio to get you wrapped up in the action.

148Apps's best games of 2017 - Campbell's List

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 29th, 2017
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CONTINUED HEXCELLENCE :: Read Review »

2017 was a great year... for games at least. Putting together list of 10 of the best mobile games out there was somehow even harder than it was last year. After playing 350+ games this year and reviewing 213 of them for 148Apps though, I've somehow been able to put together a list of ten games that were my absolute favorites from this year. Check them out below.

5 free apps to track your exercise playing Pokemon GO

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 11th, 2016

When it comes to Pokemon GO, there's one unavoidable fact: Sooner or later, you're going to have to do some walking.

Yes, you can get it in the car and drive around to different Gyms to avoid using the old shoe leather express, but some exercise simply can't be avoided. For example, the game is smart enough to know when you're in a car versus traveling by foot, so driving the 10 km to hatch the Pokemon egg isn't going to work.

Then again, some additional exercise is never a bad thing, and Niantic and Nintendo should be commended for getting people off their couches and roaming around outside. Now the next step is to see how that additional physical activity is paying off for you.

6 ways Battle Champs improves the Clash of Clans formula

Posted by Glen Fox on July 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Battle Champs is a build and battler out right now on iOS and Android that takes a lot of inspiration from the undisputed champion of the genre, Clash of Clans.

But to call it a clone is way off the mark. The developer of Battle Champs has made a serious effort to innovate on and, dare we say it, improve certain features of Clash of Clans.

As we're a kind bunch, we thought we'd write up a list of six ways that Battle Champs improves on the Clash of Clans formula so you can better decide whether or not it's worth your time.

5 popular free fertility apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 30th, 2016

There was a good article this week in The Independent about how more women are using fertility appsas a de facto form of contraception. It's apparently not working too well, leading to numerous unwanted pregnancies.

That's not a good thing. But the fact remains that apps to track a woman's menstrual cycle are probably as popular as they've ever been. A glance at the section of the App Store devoted to Health and Fitness bears this out, as among the fitness trackers and weight loss aids are plenty of fertility apps.

T-Mobile Tuesdays and 4 more free apps to earn you real rewards

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 8th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's often said that you can't get something for nothing. That thinking has been in the news a lot as of late, with airlines making changes to frequent flyer programsto work via dollars spent instead of miles flown.

Alas, there's still a place where you can be rewarded for loyalty, and it's on your smartphone or tablet. Apps like T-Mobile Tuesdays, which has rocketed to the top of the App Store free app chart, are proof of that.

4 games that inspired slither.io

Posted by Harry Slater on May 13th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We all love slither.io, right? I mean, what's not to love about a game that involves scooting around the screen, eating as much as you can, and trying to get as big as possible?

That's right, nothing.

But where did slither.io come from? What games inspired it, shaped it, and turned it into the money-gobbling behemoth that it is now?

Don't worry, we've got your back. Here's a little history lesson, presented with both jokes and serious bits, that highlights the games which inspired your current extendable crush.

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.

The best alarm clock app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 20th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Phones have been able to replace a lot of technology over the years, including things like alarm clocks. Most people likely depend on their default phone's clock app to vibrate and/or make noise by their bed stand to wake them up these days. While that's a perfectly viable solution, there are some other apps out there that try to go above and beyond in this regard. Check them out below.

The best scanner app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

People always say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, the same is true with scanners, and your phone can be a pretty great tool for scanning receipts and other documents while you're on the go.

Check out the list below to discover the ultimate scanner app and a few honourable mentions.

The best video player on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL :: Read Review »

We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix.

Unfortunately, Netflix and other streaming services also have their own set of setbacks, namely their recurring cost and need for a data connection. That's where third-party video players come in.

The best automation app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO WITH THE FLOW :: Read Review »

Have you ever found yourself getting frustrated at the amount of navigation or tapping you have to do when doing some tasks on your mobile device? If so, you've probably looked into getting an automator.

These apps are specifically designed to reduce the overall amount of navigation that comes with an app-centric ecosystem by executing strings of tasks or specific functions that you do regularly in a single tap.

We've scoured through the mobile app stores to bring you these best automation apps out there.

The best music creation app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 2nd, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own music? It’s not as hard as you think, thanks to a variety of different apps out there to help you do exactly that.

You don’t even need to use a PC or Mac, with your trusty iPhone and iPad filling that role admirably.

Here’s a look at the best on mobile.

The 4 most exciting games to look forward to in 2016

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2016

It's the new year, and there's a lot of great stuff coming our way - particularly in the mobile games department.

Let's take a look at the four most exciting games of 2016.