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Don’t Drink the Water – DeNA’s The Drowning Released Today

Posted by on August 1st, 2013
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The Drowning, DeNA and Mobage’s first-person shooter with the intuitive touch controls, is out today!

We’ve been keeping an eye on it for a while now, actually. Our official review is inbound, but in the meantime why not download it and try it for yourself? See what all the buzz is about and all that?

source: Mobage, Inc.
Space Bits Review

Space Bits Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Space Bits fuses two unlikely genres pretty well, but it's still rather rough.

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2013logo_finalWhenever zombies and/or mutants have overrun the Earth, iOS gamers are always more than happy to take to the streets and start blasting. However, they haven’t had many opportunities to do so with friends. That’s why James Petty, president of Action Mobile Games, and the rest of the development team have been working on 2013: Infected Wars. They’re hoping to push the limits of what iOS gamers have come to expect from their action games, and James was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions about their soon-to-be-released project.

148Apps: What made you decide to create a co-op action game as opposed to a more typical single player affair?
James Petty (JP): There were a few reasons for that. One, it has never been done before on mobile so I wanted us to do something new and fun to try and stand out. Two, I thought it would be really well received by the community since playing multiplayer is always more fun. Three, because it is so difficult to pull off; my hope was Apple would feature us in the App Store at release.

emg 1148Apps: I was also wondering just how big the environments might be. Are there multiple paths to explore?
JP: They are not as big as some of the huge PC or console hits that many of us are familiar with. There are different paths you can take to some extent but we had to be creative to allow for the large number of creatures spawned at any given time. I wanted to make sure the player felt like the world was covered with infected. Most people probably don’t notice, but on mobile each unique creature takes a ton of resources which is why many games with higher end graphics will cap them at 3 or so. This wouldn’t work at all if we wanted to create hordes of enemies. So we were able to optimize the Unreal Engine to such an extent that we can have around 10 at any given time and have some amazing graphics to boot. With our custom spawn system you often don’t even notice the cap as we can have another enemy spawn as soon as one dies to really give you the feeling of an enemy ‘horde’.

148Apps: It looks like there’s a good mix of classes available (Field Support, Marine, Sniper, Sapper). Do you find that some compliment others better, and was it tough to balance them out?
JP: Yes, this was extremely tough to balance out. It would have been easy to just get rid of the classes and have a bunch of weapons but I think that removes some of the depth you can achieve when you get to choose a strategy and see if it works. The field support in my opinion is the easiest class to master, and I suggest this for any player who isn’t as experienced with mobile gaming. The sniper and Sapper are the most challenging and work better in multiplayer.

7148Apps: What sort of persistent character progression can we expect in 2013: Infected Wars? Do the characters actually learn skills or become more powerful, or is it more of a rank-based system that unlocks new gear?
JP: There is no gear unlocking in 2013: Infected Wars; instead, the more money you earn from killing infected and the less you die the more money you have. However each class gets benefits with certain weapon types, and as you level up the weapons in that class become more affordable. You also get unique bonuses for each class but there isn’t a special move per say. The game is designed to offer fun replayability and you are meant to die. If you challenge players and they realize a mistake is going to cause them to die, lose weapons, and then have to try a mission again it really ups the intensity. I believe the mobile gaming community is really wanting a challenge and I stand 100% by 2013: Infected Wars being the most challenging mobile shooter that will be in the App Store.


148Apps: What would you consider to be 2013: Infected Wars’ most significant feature?
JP: Definitely the fact we have a true full co-op campaign with a ton of content and true hordes of zombies and other infected to kill. And larger than life bosses that actually move around. This has never been done on mobile before and I really hope the community enjoys it. In fact we are already working on our first new content update before the game even hits the App Store.

We’d like to thank James again for taking the time to answer our questions. If you’re anxious to get your co-op mutant blasting on, keep an eye out. 2013: Infected Wars should be hitting the App Store within the next couple of weeks and set you back $6.99. Expect a full review from 148Apps when it does!

KRE-O CityVille Invasion Review

KRE-O CityVille Invasion Review

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KRE-O CityVille Invasion is a Lego-like city management game that asks players to defend their creations from criminal mastermind, Dr. Mayhem

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Futuridium EP Review

Futuridium EP Review

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Futuridium EP is a stylish game that is built on adjusting to the rhythm of the gameplay.

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Iron Force Review

Iron Force Review

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It's tough to choose between enjoying Iron Force and loathing it when half of the matches feel one-sided.

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Zombie Chickens HD Review

Zombie Chickens HD Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Amusing premise aside, Zombie Chickens is about as lifeless as its enemies.

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Bounty Arms Review

Bounty Arms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Run and gun in this beautiful shooter featuring a cast of three unique characters.

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Call Of Mini Infinity Review

Call Of Mini Infinity Review

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A fairly unrestricted free to play game, Call of Mini: Infinity flounders by being just not very interesting at all.

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PeaceKeeper Review

PeaceKeeper Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Reaction times and trigger fingers will be tested in this gory cover-based shooter.

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MetalWars3 Review

MetalWars3 Review

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MetalWars3 is a great improvement over its predecessors but it's still got a ways to go.

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R.Type Review

R.Type Review

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There might be a subtle name change but R.Type is still as fiendishly difficult as it ever was.

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deusexguide00Despite the apparent opulence of Deus Ex: The Fall’s world, it’s still a very dangerous place. Whether you fight back against your aggressors or sneak past them without any bloodshed is a matter of preference, but one way or another these threats will have to be dealt with. It’s the very reason we’ve put together this handy guide that includes suggestions for weapons, attachments, augmentations, and general tips that should help Ben Saxon live to get caught up in a web of corporate intrigue another day.

General Exploration and Hacking

deusexguide04There are lots and lots of worthwhile goodies to be found just laying around the environment, but you won’t be able to reach all of it without a little help. Oftentimes there will be a couple of different options available for getting inside of a locked room, but without the proper augmentations certain areas will be off-limits for the entire game. That’s why you may want to think about teaching Ben a few of these skills if you’re interested in scrounging every last inch of the world for gear.

Strength – Move Heavy Objects is a handy skill to have both for exploring and circumventing enemies. It boils down to shoving large boxes out of the way but it often reveals hidden access points or opens up new paths. Punch Through Walls can also be quite handy, even from a non-combat standpoint. With it Ben can essentially create his own doorways through specific points of the environment, although punching through solid concrete makes a fair bit of noise so exercise caution when using it.

Hacking – If you want to find all the hidden goodies, you’re going to need to get used to hacking. Aside from the general Capture skills that allow Ben to hack more and more advanced systems with each upgrade, he can also make use of Hacking Stealth to make him less noticeable when capturing nodes as well as Fortify to strengthen captured nodes and make a trace more difficult.

Combat Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide02We can’t always avoid confrontation, and when that happens in Deus Ex: The Fall it can quickly turn into a kill or be killed situation. Thankfully Ben has more than a fair amount of combat experience, so by focusing on certain firearms and augs he’ll be more than capable of holding his own when things get dicey.

Armor – If you plan to get into a lot of firefights, you’ll definitely want to take points in armor. Not only will it increase Ben’s toughness but after a couple of upgrades he can also learn EMP Shielding, which will nullify the effects of EMP blast from grenades and mines as well as render him immune to electrified flooring.

Strength – Punch Through Walls is great for exploring, but it’s also handy for fighting. With the proper timing Ben can easily dispatch an enemy that would otherwise be difficult to sneak past simply by reaching through the wall they’re standing by. Recoil Compensation and Aim Stabilization are also important since there’s bound to be a lot of shooting (especially once he blasts a hole in a wall with his fist) and accuracy will be very important.

Weapons – With the exception of the Stun Gun, all the firearms are lethal. The Crossbow can silently take out unarmored enemies with enough damage upgrades while the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can also be fitted with sound suppressors in order to take out targets from a distance without making too much noise. If subtlety isn’t an option (or desired) there’s also the Q Tap attachment for the 10MM Pistol that adds armor piercing. Then there are all the non-so-subtle weapons like the Tactical RPG, Plasma Rifle, and Shotgun. Ben also has access to Frag Grenades and mines, both of which can be devastating if used against groups of enemies. EMP Grenades and Mines are also worth considering as they’re useful when dealing with mechanical enemies as well as augmented humans.

Stealth Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide01Not everyone is looking to start a fight or kill hapless guards. In fact, it’s entirely possible to complete Deus Ex: The Fall’s first episode in its entirety without killing anybody. It requires a lot of sneaking around and some very particular skill choices, but it’s also incredibly satisfying to pull off.

Cloaking System – Ben’s ability to cloak gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to sneaking past enemies. Its power usage is limited, but when used at the right moment it can make navigating a room full of guards a lot easier.

Multiple Take-Down – Since ammo is somewhat limited and the Stun Gun is for close range, you’re going to have to get really familiar with non-lethal take-downs. Each one uses up one of Ben’s energy bars, however, so being able to take out two guards in close proximity at the same time (and on a single charge) just makes good economic sense.

Radar System – Ben has access to the first stage of this aug right from the beginning, but upgrading it to improve its range will be very useful when it comes to planning a route through hostile territory. Although it can be tough to tell where each enemy is, exactly, since they’re only represented as little spots in an empty box.

Smart Vision – Smart Vision makes up for the radar’s shortcomings by showing enemy locations and orientations in real time. It can be tough to tell which direction the little green arrows are facing on the radar, especially when playing on the smaller iPhone screen, so being able to see exactly where each enemy is in relation to Ben through solid objects is a major help.

deusexguide05Energy Converter – Because so many of Ben’s essential stealth augs require energy to activate it’s important to sink some Praxis Points into this skill. Specifically the Energy Recharge Rates as the faster his batteries recharge the sooner he’ll be able to use more skills. Adding more bars through Energy Upgrades is handy, too, but it’s important to remember that Ben only naturally recharges a single bar by default. The rest have to be refilled using items. Of course with enough points in Energy Upgrades you can unlock a Recharge Capacity Upgrade which will allow Ben to refill two bars automatically.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis – Ben’s legs have a few enhancements that can make sneaking around easier. Run Silently allows him to move at top speed without making noise and drawing attention, and it works in conjunction with his Movement Speed Enhancements so he can pretty much zip around without making a sound. Stealth Dash is also useful for closing the distance between cover points in a hurry without alerting every guard in the room.

Weapons – Ben has a few less options when it comes to stealth-friendly weapons, but there are still more than enough tools to work with. The Crossbow is still a very viable option and can be fitted with tranquilizer darts for non-lethal sleep shots. The Stun Gun is also a handy option for saving on battery power but it’s close range only and doesn’t reload very fast. If you don’t have a problem with killing, both the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can be fitted with a silencer for more quiet long-range options. Finally, Ben can make use of Concussion Grenades and mines to stun enemies while he makes an escape or beats them to a pulp.

Call Of Mini Zombies 2 Review

Call Of Mini Zombies 2 Review

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Call of Mini Zombies 2 scratches that primal gamer itch for shooting wildly at things that move, but don't expect much depth.

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Tons Of Guns Review

Tons Of Guns Review

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It's pretty basic stuff, but there's still some brief fun to be had with this freemium focused shooter.

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Inheritage: Boundary of Existence Review

Inheritage: Boundary of Existence Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Slide around the screen and dodge overwhelming bullet patterns in this surprisingly narrative-driven shoot-em-up.

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Moscow Dash Review

Moscow Dash Review

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It might not add any new ideas to the genre, but Moscow Dash is a reasonably entertaining side-scrolling shooter.

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Rocket Pirate! Review

Rocket Pirate! Review

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A decent, if unmemorable, pirate shoot 'em up.

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Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1 Review

Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
SG-1 Unleashed is an action/adventure game that is about as close to the video game equivalent of the TV show as possible.

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Inheritage: Boundary of Existence Review

Inheritage: Boundary of Existence Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Inheritage: Boundary of Existence could use a little refinement but it's still a very solid, and oddly compelling, shoot-em-up.

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Call of Mini: DinoHunter Review

Call of Mini: DinoHunter Review

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Hunt dinosaurs to make better weapons to hunt more dinosaurs to make even better weapons to hunt even more dinosaurs, etc. Works for me!

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ExZeus 2 Review

ExZeus 2 Review

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Destroy robots in this half on-rails half beat-em-up reimagining of an arcade game.

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Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta – Episode 1 Review

Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta – Episode 1 Review

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Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta - Episode 1 is the first in a series of action games designed to capitalize on the popularity of games like Uncharted.

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World of Aircraft Review

World of Aircraft Review

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This rather goofy arcade shooter has its heart in the right place, but its servers are another matter.

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Fields of Battle Review

Fields of Battle Review

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Fields of Battle is paintball for the most hardcore of iOS gamers. Intense gameplay, intuitive controls, and extensive content are what make this game great.

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Rebel Hero HD Review

Rebel Hero HD Review

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Rebel Hero HD is a classic button-smashing arcade shooter with polished cartoon graphics and addictive gameplay.

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iMech Online Review

iMech Online Review

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I'm as anxious to blow up giant robots from inside a giant robot as the next person, but iMech could have handled it a lot better.

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Avengees Review

Avengees Review

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This "physics shooter" does a pretty good job at pretending to be more than the clone it is.

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Overkill 2 Review

Overkill 2 Review

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Anyone expecting a huge, story-driven first person shooter might be a bit disappointed but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fun to be had with Overkill 2.

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Crushin’ Robot- NYC Review

Crushin’ Robot- NYC Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Unlike the actual New York, Crushin' Robots- NYC is pretty pedestrian.

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