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Riff the Robot - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Flinging That Robot

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2015

[Not sure if you want to riff on this particular robot? Have a look at our Riff the Robot review.]

So, you’ve just downloaded Riff the Robot and you need some help? Don’t worry, here are some great tips and tricks for beginners. They’re sure to give you the edge when going for those high scores, as well as help with deciphering some of the scoring system.


The basics

  • This isn’t like Peggle. Riff the Robot is more skills based - Remember that once you’ve launched Riff, you can still manipulate him by using his thrusters. Tapping left or right at key moments can make all the difference to maintaining a steady run and acquiring plenty of points. It's a little tricky at first, but it really does help in the long term.
  • Thrusters are particularly handy when you’ve missed the catapult - You’ve got a chance of being saved by the portal but only if you land on it. This is where careful tapping of the thrusters can really save you from losing your life.
  • Remember that you’ve only got one life. Don’t waste it - Often, you don’t have to worry about a timer, so line those shots up well for maximum efficiency.

Cooking Dash 2016 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Make You The Fastest Server Out There

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2015

[Not sure if scrambling around an eatery is your thing? Take a look at our Cooking Dash 2016 review.]

Have you just downloaded Cooking Dash 2016 and you're feeling a little intimidated? I don’t blame you. It’s a scary world out there. While we can’t offer you guides to how to complete each level most effectively, we can offer you a selection of tips and tricks to make that transition go a little more smoothly.

Fallout Shelter - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Keep Your Vault Safe

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2015

[Haven't quite decided if you want to give Fallout Shelter a try? Check our review to see what we made of it.]

Fallout 4 will be here by the end of the year and you’ll probably be in dire need of a Fallout fix before then. Fallout Shelter might well be what you’re after, even if it is more like a freemium sim than a true Fallout. Here are some general tips and tricks on how to establish the best vault.

  • Remember the importance of resource gathering - You need power, food, and water in equal measures. Make sure that the first thing you do is place those rooms down, along with sticking at least one dweller in each of those rooms. More is good, though, as it means resources can be gathered faster.
  • Plan accordingly - You want to combine like-rooms where possible, so think ahead when placing things. This is done by building matching rooms next to each other so that they end up wider and more productive. It uses up more electricity but it does mean that these rooms are cheaper to upgrade.
  • Each dweller has a specific strength or trait - These are related to Charisma, Strength, Agility, Perception, Intelligence, and Luck. Take advantage of these skills by placing dwellers in a building that requires such skills. The diner, for instance, is best for an agile worker. Drag them over to the room, and if the green number changes to 2 or more you know they’re going to be a good fit.
  • Send dwellers out to explore the Wasteland often, but make sure they’re well equipped - It’s very dangerous out there, and while the rewards are great, you want to be careful. Remember to call them back frequently, and certainly as soon as they find some loot. If they die with loot, you lose it.

  • Focus on completing as many achievements as possible - This is a great way to earn caps and you’ll be completing tasks that need doing anyhow. You might even be able to earn a lunchbox or two!
  • Upgrade the vault door as soon as possible - It’ll help reduce the chance of raiders or scorpions wiping out your dwellers. They’re pretty vulnerable in there, after all. And a stronger door will hold attackers off for longer, giving you more time to place a couple of well-armed dwellers at the entrance to meet them.
  • Rush building productions where the accident risk is relatively low - Sure it can all go wrong, but there are extra caps and resources to be gained this way!
  • Have kids - Ok, the world has ended - kind of - but you need to keep going, right? Put male and female dwellers in the same living quarters. If their charisma levels are high and similar, you’ll soon have baby dwellers. The little dwellers are quick to grow up too, which is convenient.

EvoCreo: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for a Newbie Creo Catcher

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2015

[Curious to know whether EvoCreo is a worthwhile stand-in for Pokemon? Check out our review]

Just downloaded EvoCreo and not sure where to begin? If you’ve played such games before, you might have an idea, but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips for beginners.

Empires & Allies: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 11th, 2015

[Still on the fence about enlisting? Check out our Empires & Allies review]

Finished reading our review and decided you like the look of Empires & Allies? We thought we’d help you out by throwing a few handy tips and tricks your way, to ensure you don’t feel so much of a newbie any more.

Jurassic World: The Game - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your Dinos

Posted by Rob Rich on April 30th, 2015

[Still trying to decide if it's worth revisiting the park? Check out our Jurassic World review]

You’ve probably already got a huge and incredibly popular theme park in Jurassic Park Builder. That’s great, but Jurassic World: The Game is a slightly different beast. This time around you’ll be spending a lot more time in the Arena, and will have to keep your dinos fighting fit because of it. And that’s exactly why we’ve gone and put this little guide together.

So if you find yourself in need of some tips for raising or want some pointers in the Arena, we’re here for you.

Lost Within - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Surviving the Asylum

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015

[Still deciding whether or not Lost Within is something you want to play? Have a look at our review]

Have you just downloaded Lost Within and are you in need of a guiding hand? While it’s not the toughest of games out there you might still want some helpful tips to get you started.

DomiNations - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being the Finest Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015

[Can't decide if DomiNations is the kind of thing you'll want to sink hours into? Check out our review.]

Have you just downloaded DomiNations and you're trying to figure out the best way to progress? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to give you the edge in battle.




General Tips

  • Explore! Explore so very much - Clear surrounding forests whenever you can. It gives you more room to develop your civilization but it also uncovers more animals for you to hunt, gold chests to loot, mines to excavate, and even ancient ruins. Those ruins are particularly great as they unlock crowns - the premium currency in this game.
  • Build new houses whenever you can - They get expensive but they mean you have 2 more citizens at your disposal each time. These then give you the means in which to complete more tasks at once, which inevitably leads to more profit for you!
  • Hunt everything as often as possible- It might seem like a waste of time pursuing bunnies and deer, but what you gain from them really adds up fast. It’s good to be busy.
  • Food and money are everything - Follow that ethos by maxing out your farms, mills, merchants, and markets at all times. They passively give you more of both resources, and do add up fast.
  • Keep your base neat - It’s easy to move stuff around and you’d be wise to keep everything connected via the road network, thereby giving you more gold. Walls are great for slowing down enemy attacks too.
  • Use crowns sparingly and intelligently - Only use them for long winded things rather than because you’re impatient. Having said that, if you know you’re going to be away from the game for an extended time, sometimes it’s handy to burn some crowns so you can accomplish a couple of things before you go.
  • Keep an eye on upgrade timers - Once any upgrade has less than five minutes to complete, you can boost its progress for free, finishing it off quickly. Use that often.
  • Raid smart - Raiding other players is the fastest way of earning resources but don’t rush into it. Wait till you’ve got sufficient powers of your own to fight back when they take revenge.

Compass Point: West - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Staking a Claim on the Frontier

Posted by Rob Rich on March 26th, 2015

[Wondering if it's worth dramatically pushing the swinging doors open on this saloon? Check out our review]

You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you if you want to turn your little patch of dirt into a bonafide frontier town, and Orville Driller and his cronies aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat. But don’t worry, even the toughest hombres need help every now and then (okay I’m done with the old west jokes, I swear).




Getting Started

  • Be mindful of Gold and Goods limits - Starting out, you’ll only be able to hold a maximum of 2,000 of either resource. It sounds like a lot, but it’ll fill up quickly. Try not to let your earnings go to waste.
  • If you’re about to exceed the limit, spend it - Successful attacks on Orville’s occupied territories will always yield Gold and Goods, so if you’re really close to the maximum you should try to spend some of either (or both) before continuing on. Build or upgrade stuff if you can, but if that’s not an option you can also clear out trees and rocks.
  • Watch videos when able - There’s a covered wagon with a film strip icon over it that sometimes appears on the road. Tap it and you’ll be prompted to watch a video. You definitely want to watch, as once you’re finished you’ll be able to pick a random card from a group of four. These can include diamonds (used to speed things up), sidekicks, workers, or even piles of resources.
  • Use Jakob Ammann to keep things moving - The basic version of his card will take up to 15 minutes off of one upgrade, which is great for when you’re starting out and things don’t take hours to finish.
  • Use William Wealth when you need a cash boost - The basic form of William nets you 500 Gold, so use it if you’re a little short. Make sure you remember that resource limit, though!

Stormblades - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Slice & Dice Your Way to Victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 25th, 2015

[Not sure if Stormblades is for you? Check out our review]

So, you’ve downloaded Stormblades and you want some tips on how to be the best warrior out there. Never fear, for we’ve got you covered.


General Tips

  • Timing and rhythm is everything when it comes to earning the most points in this game. Practice is the best way to learn timing.
  • Conversely, if you just want to progress and work your way through the levels, slash like crazy at everything. This is a particularly good tactic early on, so you can unlock the second sword quickly.
  • Once you’ve unlocked that new sword, it’s the ideal time to learn to anticipate so you can parry blows. You do this by swiping in the opposite direction of the attack coming at you.
  • Remember to go nuts when the enemy is vulnerable. It’s the ideal time to inflict a ton of damage.
  • Learn your enemy’s attack patterns. They’re fairly clear to see and simple to fight against.
  • Double tap to dodge a charged attack. These hurt, otherwise!

About apps: These Are the Things That I Want You to Know

Posted by Amy Solomon on March 23rd, 2015

I would like to announce that, due to the recent changes that were mentioned last week, as of April 1 I will no longer be the editor and writer for the parents' and children's section of 148Apps. Being a mother of a seven year old boy who is interested in building and S.T.E.M. related apps, I will still be purchasing applications for our personal use. Having reviewed children’s educational apps for the last four and a half years has given me some experience in gauging whether an app will be a hit with my family, so please allow me to share these insights.

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager - Tips and Tricks For the Newbie Explorer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 20th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: THE FINAL FRONTIER? :: Read Review »

Ground control to Major Thumb:
Still not quite sure if you want to take the premium price point plunge? Check out our Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager review!

Have you just bought Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager and aren't sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a beginner’s guide that’s sure to see you right and well on your way to launching a manned spacecraft to the Moon.



The Basics


  • Don’t be intimidated - Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager doesn’t have the friendliest of tutorials. It’s very reminiscent of an older PC game’s, which makes sense given its origins.
  • Set aside an hour for that tutorial and don’t skip over it - Maybe consider writing a couple of notes as you go along.
  • Learn what each building does - The key shows you where everything is. The Astronauts/Cosmonauts center is there for recruiting and training your keen explorers, Public Affairs is for seeing how things are going and checking your budget, while Headquarters is for managing the various programs you’ll soon be launching, such as rockets and payload R&D.
  • Elsewhere, Mission Control Center and the SET center are there for recruiting personnel, such as scientists and researchers. The Vehicle Assembly Building helps you develop physical units, while the Museum provides a place to read about the history behind everything.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Week Ever

Posted by Rob Rich on March 13th, 2015

Hey-hey, glad you came back for another night!
Still trying to figure out if you really want to apply for the night shift at Fazbear's Fright? Then check out our Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 review!

One thing that all three games in the Five Nights at Freddy’s series have in common, aside from murderous animatronics, is that they each do things a little differently. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 changes things up by paring it down to a single animatronic - only this one is a lot smarter, faster, and more dangerous.

Before we launch into the survival tips, please be aware that this guide will contain a few spoilers. The story elements and the mini-games won’t be discussed, but there are a few “events” that will be mentioned. So if you don’t want to ruin the surprise for yourself, don’t read past Night Guarding 101.


Night Guarding 101



Welcome to the night shift! You’re gonna have a blast once this place opens. You get to keep an eye on the cameras to make sure nobody tries to walk out with a piece of Fazbear history, play creepy noises to spook the guests, and you’ll even be a part of the attraction! Here’s what you need to know for your first night.
  • The blue tab all the way to your right controls your CCTV monitor - Use this to keep an eye on the attraction. You can also Play Audio (more on that later), and use the Map Toggle button to watch the vents.
  • The orange tab to your left controls the attraction’s three main electrical systems - Audio Devices will prevent you from using the Play Audio button if they shut down, the Camera System will prevent you from being able to see if it breaks, and if the ventilation gets screwy you’ll start to have trouble breathing and might just start to hallucinate.
  • If more than one system crashes, use Reboot All - No matter how dicy things might get, it’s always faster to Reboot All rather than restart each system one after the other.
  • Playing audio clips is very important - Not only will the spooky child laughter creep out potential guests, it could also be used to guide them into different areas of the attraction.
  • Don’t sweat the first night - Your first night is an absolute breeze. Nothing could possibly go wrong, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the layout of Fazbear’s Fright and maybe try to get used to the time it takes to reboot the different computer systems.

Age of Sparta - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Budding Warrior

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 10th, 2015

Hail, brave warriors:
Are you still trying to decide if this is the kind of game for you? Check out our Age of Sparta review!

Just downloaded Age of Sparta and not sure what the best path to success and glory is? Don’t worry, we’ve got some handy tips and tricks on how to get there - and you can have fun while you’re doing it!


The Basics

  • Follow the Quests - It’s such a simple thing but they really do make a difference. Besides teaching you the basics, they’re a great way of gaining money and experience quickly. And you want to level up as fast as possible, especially early on.

  • Maximize your layout - The game likes to encourage you to place things quite randomly, but an organized layout helps a lot. You can save space, thereby saving you from buying extra land plots, plus a close knit layout works well with boosters.

  • Boosters, you say? - Yup, they’re incredibly useful. They’re decorative pieces but you can use them to increase the efficiency of nearby buildings. Their effects can stack, plus you can use one to cover many different buildings, providing you place things carefully.

  • Build plenty of income-gaining buildings - These include things such as wheat farms, vineyards, and other production based buildings. You can use the revenue you gain this way to train soldiers, as well as build more structures for ultimate profit.

  • Faith buildings are handy, too - They generate energy that you can then use in battle. Don’t forget those boosters, either!

  • Work towards level 10 as quickly as possible - You can join an alliance then, and backup is always handy!

  • As with many games of this type, you have a protective shield stopping PvP attacks early on. Take advantage of it by building up your city and resources while no one else can pick on you just yet.

Contradiction - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for the Budding Detective

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 12th, 2015

Hello to y'all amateur sleuths out there.
We had a heck of a time checking Contradiction out. How much? Check out our review

Contradiction is fun mystery thriller with Kickstarter roots that merges live acting with mobile gaming. The idea is to solve a mystery by catching suspects in a lie.

Here's how to spot the contradictions and get to the bottom of Kate's death.

Gathering Information



  • Magnifying glasses are golden - As you roam around different environments, be on the lookout for the white magnifying glass that might appear at the bottom right; its presence means there's something crucial in that area to check out and/or collect. Not collecting/researching an area when the magnifying glass appears can hold up progress down the line.

  • Ask every possible question - The general premise is to catch suspects lying based on the answers they give during questioning. So ask away! As the game progresses and more data is used to generate even more questions per character, the list gets pretty long. Make sure no question gets skipped over.

  • Roam, then roam some more. And even more - There are many places to visit, and you should get Jenks to revisit places often. New places open up, the environment changes, and new characters make an appearance in areas as he game goes on. Use found items when necessary, and act upon new information. Patience is the name of the game. Use the navigation map to keep track of places that need to be visited again (blue pins versus green).