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Night Book review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: SPOOKY SCREENS
Night Book is a refreshingly convincing horror FMV experience.

Trials of Mana review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MANA-GEABLE ON MOBILE
Trials of Mana is a straightforward action rpg that plays well on mobile despite a few missing features.


Tower of Fortune 4 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 21st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SKILLFUL SLOTTING
Tower of Fortune 4 is a surprisingly skill-based iteration on Game Stew’s tried-and-true slot machine rpg formula.

Chicken Police review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 12th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLAW AND ORDER
Chicken Police is a loving homage to mid-century detective fiction that you should definitely play.


Salvagette review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREEDOM FIGHTER
Salvagette is an innovative (and free) approach to the bullet hell genre.

SNKRX review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AUTO-CHESSSSS
SNKRX is a roguelike dungeon-crawler modeled after the classic game of snake that makes great use of auto-chess systems to keep it always feeling fresh.


Retro Goal review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 1st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SATISFYING SOCCER
Retro Goal is a satisfying mix of arcade soccer action and light management strategy.

Unmaze review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 25th, 2021
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: UNCLEAR AND UNFUN
Although it looks intriguing, Unmaze deploys a messy gimmick on a poorly written story to disappointing effect.


Infinity Island is a remarkably unassuming idle game

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 4th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I've been playing Luca Redwood's latest release, Infinity Island, for almost a week now, and I'm a little perplexed. The mind behind innovative, premium titles like 10000000 and Photographs put out an idle game fueled by ads and in-app purchases that is remarkable mostly by how pedestrian it is.

In it, you collect little pets on a cartoonish desert island by launching a hook out to sea to retrieve boxes of loot. These pets produce currency automatically that you can use to purchase various upgrades, almost all of which serve to help you produce currency faster. At various points throughout the game, you can also opt to watch ads to double your rewards or make in app purchases to accelerate your progress. If you ever reach a state where progression seems to plateau, the game offers to reset (or "Infinity") your island and allow you to spend some other currency to accelerate your progression rate on the new island.

Puzzle Brawl is a match-3 game for iOS and Android from ex-Riot Games developers

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 4th, 2021

Puzzle Brawl is a match-3 game that's available now for Android and in select regions for iOS. Developer Skyborne Games describes it as a mixture of Clash Royale's metagame, Empires & Puzzles' match-3 combat and League of Legend's game design principles. It certainly sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

Before each match, players will select up to five different heroes, which are known as brawlers. They will then battle against another player's defense team by matching coloured tiles. As players continue to battle, they will move through 10 different arenas until they reach the challenger arena.

Smash Legends welcomes new character Wolfgang to the roster

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 3rd, 2021

LINE Games' Smash Legends has received a new update, which means the start of SMASH PASS Season 5: Wolves Streets. Among other things, this sees the addition of the game's 16th legend, Wolfgang.

Wolfgang draws inspiration from the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood and is the first assassin character to boast a debuff skill. Players can get this new character by reaching the 15th stage of the SMASH PASS. Of course, other rewards can be earned along the way, including Keys, Boxes and Emojis.

Shot Online: Golf Battle launches in the U.S. along with special Facebook giveaways

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 2nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Shot Online: Golf Battle is out now on launch in the United States for iOS and Android. Webzen’s spin-off of the hit title Shot Online lets players test their ultimate golfing skills against other players all over the world in 1v1 synchronous matches, all set in full 3D.

The golf MMO not only features a real-time parallel golf battle mode, but it also challenges players’ club skills on different sets. With Shot Online: Golf Battle’s Survival mode, you can even engage in an exhilarating battle royale with seven other players for the ultimate test of skill on the course.

Play Together, Haegin's casual social game, has reached 10 million downloads

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 2nd, 2021

Haegin has announced that their casual social title, Play Together, has reached an impressive 10 million downloads. In addition to hitting this milestone, they have also released a new update, introducing a host of new content.

The headline additions in this new update are the Camera and Pet Care features. The Camera will allow players to snap memorable moments and share them with their pals if they'd like. Meanwhile, the Pet Care system - unsurprisingly - allows players to look after their furry friends as well as the pets of their friends, so long as they are in the Pet Fence.

The 5 Best Mobile Stealth Action Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2021

Action games are a hard sell on mobile, and they get even harder if the more precision they require. Stealth games are one such subgenre that just doesn’t feel like it could work well on small touchscreens where you’re prone to being distracted or mistapping by accident.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped plenty of developers of rising to the challenge to make some great stealth action games to enjoy on iOS. Here are our five favorites below, along with links to reviews so you can learn more about them.

Exos Heroes' latest update introduces the Fatecore Blue Moon of the Tropical Night – Luna

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 30th, 2021

LINE Games has announced that several pieces of content in their popular RPG, Exos Heroes, have received changes to celebrate the summer season. There is also a new story event to tackle called Memorial Saga that follows Ramge, the Prince of North von Frosty.

Alongside that, players can face off against a seasonal Quantum Raid, appropriately called Summer Vacation. Successfully beating this Raid will net players numerous in-game items. Players will also earn 1,500 Xes, 5 Ultimate Orbs and 20 Nation Recruit tickets simply for logging into the game until 25th August.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2021

Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:

Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.

Infinite Galaxy is a deep sci-fi strategy game where every choice matters

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 30th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The collapse of the Empire is nigh. In its wake, remnants of the epic intergalactic struggle float through the debris in space, as lawless pirates sow seeds of discord and loyalist groups strike terror into the hearts of innocent civilians. In the midst of all this chaos in Infinite Galaxy, you take on the role of the Commander of a Resistance fleet, fighting to keep the peace in a galaxy on the verge of collapse.

Camel Games’ deep sci-fi strategy game boasts impressive gameplay mechanics and an immersive storyline made more engaging with its stunning 3D graphics. Painstakingly created in meticulous detail, every massive space battle and every choice you make will have lasting consequences throughout the game.

Infinity Island is a cutesy idle game from Luca Redwood that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 29th, 2021

Infinity Island is a brand new idle game from Luca Redwood that is available now for iOS and Android. You might be familiar with Redwood from their previous games, 10000000, You Must Build A Boat and Photographs.

Redwood's previous game was fairly dark, so they decided to create something a touch more fun and accessible with Infinity Island. Aside from a shift in tone, Infinity Island is a rare foray into the world of free-to-play for the developer.

Injustice 2 Mobile's latest update introduces Vixen to the game's ever-growing roster

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 28th, 2021

Warner Bros Games and NetherRealm Studios have released a major update for their fighting game, Injustice Mobile 2. It sees the arrival of a brand new character, Vixen, to the game alongside changes to the existing progression system.

Vixen possesses the power to channel the abilities of any animal, whether it's extinct or still roams the world today. She can use the speed of a gazelle, zap foes with the shock of an eel or imbue the rage of a tiger.

Pokemon Go's August events have been unveiled by Niantic

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 27th, 2021

Following Pokemon Go Fest 2021, it's time to look ahead to August and the events that will take place in Niantic's AR game throughout the month. There's a new Research Breakthrough encounter, 1 PokeCoin bundles and a bunch more.

From Sunday 1st August to Wednesday 1st September, players will encounter a Chimecho in Research Breakthrough Encounters. In addition, players will continue to earn double XP for completing a Research Breakthrough as part of the Season of Discovery.

Overboard!, Inkle's reverse whodunnit, is now available for Android devices

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 26th, 2021

Inkle's fresh approach on the whodunnit mystery genre, Overboard! is now available for Android devices followings its release on iOS. The game has received predominately positive reviews since it launched. It holds a healthy Metacritic score between 81 and 86, depending on the platform.

We really enjoyed the game here on 148Apps, with Campbell Bird praising the game's fast pace and replay value. Similarly, Catherine Ng Dellosa – who reviewed the game for our sister site Pocket Gamer – also enjoyed what the game had to offer, lauding the game's sense of humour.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 7.26]

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 26th, 2021

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 7/26:

There's never been a better time to hop in to Genshin Impact

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

We were obviously big fans of Genshin Impact when it launched last year, so much so that it grabbed our Game of the Year award. Since that time, though, the game (and our enthusiasm fo it) had gone somewhat quiet.

You see, Genshin Impact is a service game, but since last winter there had been precious little added to the experience. Post-Dragonspine, a couple of story quests showed up and a trickle of new characters came and went, but there was nothing really new and exciting for players to latch onto--regardless of whether they played daily or dropped off months ago. This summer showed a glimpse of excitement with a temporary archipelago being added to the game, but the whole experience felt like stopgap effort designed to prevent more of the player base moving on to something else.