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There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 17th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THIS AINT NO GAME
This lovingly-crafted meta adventure tells a silly but charming story about games for people who love them.

Orwell's Animal Farm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 11th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FARMING THE FORMULA
Orwell’s Animal Farm may look different, but feels all too familiar.

The Complex review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 4th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO COMPLEX
The Complex is a formulaic FMV adventure that would be more enjoyable if not for some significant design flaws.

Embracelet review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 2nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SCHLEP THROUGH SLEPP
Embracelet is a touching and enjoyable narrative adventure despite the fact that it has significant control issues.

Iris and the Giant review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SHIFTY EYES
Iris and the Giant is a standout experience in an ever-growing sea of deck-based roguelites.

Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 23rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LEFT FOR DEAD
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead breathes new life into a tired genre, but it doesn’t do enough to help you enjoy its creative challenges.

Lineweight review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 18th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SCROLLING WITH STYLE
Lineweight is a brief but ultra-stylish piece of interactive fiction.

Sine the Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WAVE TRAINING
Gliding along in Sine feels wonderful, but its awkward difficulty feels artificial and unsatisfying.

Space Frog Intern, James Bolton's arcade shooter, is now available for Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 15th, 2021

James Bolton's arcade shooter Space Frog Intern is now available for Android devices following its release on iOS last year. It sees players taking control of the titular amphibian and blasting their way through various space beasties.

Our little space frog hero was initially captured by aliens before being put to work clearing the deck from various aliens hoping to cause some destruction. You'll need to shoot them down or stomp on them to deal with the threat before you get killed yourself.

It uses a straightforward two-button control scheme combined with fast-paced gameplay that the developer says is easy to pick up but difficult to master. There will be numerous power-ups to pick up as you battle the invaders that will make your clean up job a little bit easier.

You can check out some gameplay in the embedded video below. Here you can enjoy a glimpse at the retro-styled arcade action that's found in Space Frog Intern. It's certainly fast and frantic so well worth checking out if you're a fan of action games to be heavily reflex-based.

The iOS version of the game has also recently been updated with more content too. This includes five new characters for players to unlock, two additional levels alongside new animations and various gameplay improvements. There have also been fixes to issues with IAPs and save data.

Space Frog Intern is available now over on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases, one of which removes adverts for $1.99.

The 5 Best Mobile Ports

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 14th, 2021

Ports or coversions of games from one platform to another can be quite tricky. This is especially true when porting games to phones and tablets, as these titles have to be designed with workable touch controls and account for smaller screen sizes.

It’s rare these days for a console or PC game to grace the App Store in a totally unplayable state, but it can be hard to find games that make their transition to mobile look easy. It’s even rarer when a mobile port comes out and it’s just so dang slick it feels better than it did on its original platform, but these games exist. Here are five of them:

Genshin Impact - Lost Riches Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 13th, 2021

As the Albedo banner and freshness of the new Dragonspine region begin to wane, a new event rears its head in Genshin Impact that promises an extremely rare reward. This event, known as Lost Riches, has you playing treasure hunter, collecting Iron Coins all across Teyvat which you can then exchange in a special shop for Primogems, Mora, and--believe it or not--your own pet Seelie.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 13th, 2021

There’s a lot going on right now, and I don’t really feel like trying to write some kind of pithy intro for it. All I’ll say is lots of people have been coming together and helping each other in small ways, and I’m choosing to focus on that as I try to stay safe myself.

One of the ways folks are trying to help are by making their games more affordable, or even free, during this time. Check out my top picks below of some great mobile titles that have gone on sale recently:

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.

Erica, the PS4-exclusive FMV thriller, coming to iOS this week

Posted by Olly Smith on January 12th, 2021

London-based studio Flavourworks is bringing its FMV game Erica to iOS on Friday as a free trial, with a full release presumably following later. This is the second platform the game has launched on after its original release on PlayStation 4 two years ago.

Erica is an interactive fiction FMV thriller where you play as a young woman named Erica, played by Holly Earl, who goes on an expedition to uncover her family’s dark history. As with many games of this genre, you’ll also be making choices at critical parts of the story that branch off, creating different outcomes depending on the decisions you make.

Cute simulation game Dinosaur Park: Primeval Zoo is coming to Android next month

Posted by Olly Smith on January 11th, 2021

Dinosaur Park: Primeval Zoo is a cute zoo simulation game from upjers, and it sounds perfect for anyone who’s a dinosaur fan. It’s coming to Android in February, and is available right now for pre-registration.

In Dinosaur Park: Primeval Zoo you manage, well, a dinosaur zoo. An expedition to the South Pole has resulted in a discovery of ancient dinosaurs that are still alive and preserved beneath the ice, and so you open up a park for visitors to come and see them to help fund your research.

Figment: Journey into the Mind, the surreal action-puzzler, will be heading for Android devices next week

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 8th, 2021

Following its release on iOS devices last year, Bedtime Digital Games' surreal action-puzzler Figment: Journey into the mind will be heading for Android next Thursday, January 14th. If you're unfamiliar, it follows Dusty and his pal Piper as they adventure through the different parts of the mind.

The reason? The mind that Dusty and Piper reside in has suddenly been hit with nightmarish thoughts that have manifested themselves as monsters. Dusty was the mind's former voice of courage you see, so it'll be up to him to help fight back against these new fears.

Skylanders Ring of Heroes' latest update introduces a new battle mode called Sky Tower

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 7th, 2021

Following the various game-changing updates made to Skylanders Ring of Heroes last year, the latest update to Activision and Com2uS' team-based RPG has introduced a new battle mode and they will celebrate its arrival with various in-game events.

This new mode is called the Sky Tower and will feature a number of battle scenarios that will see players creating up to three battle decks based on their in-game tier. Players can't use two of the same character on each team, meaning they'll need to make use of more of their existing roster.

Genshin Impact - Combat Tips

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2021

Genshin Impact isn't a terribly difficult game, but its enemies get tougher the longer you play it and as your world level increases. This makes sense as a progression system, but it can also create gnarly difficulty spikes that are hard to overcome, particularly if you play the game without spending any money.

The immediate response to heightened challenge should be to grind out whatever you need to increase your fighting strength, whether that be via weapon enhancements, character ascensions, or talent leveling. Sometimes this grind isn't all that rewarding, though, and it might not fully compensate for all the problems you're facing in combat. With that in mind, we're putting together tips and tricks all focused around Genshin Impact's combat, for those situations where grinding is not enough. Read on to sharpen your combat skills.

Teppen gets a new The Battle of Amatsu no Kuni expansion

Posted by Olly Smith on January 5th, 2021

Capcom’s Teppen has had a new expansion called The Battle of Amatsu no Kuni added to the game, introducing Oichi The Demon Queen as well as more cards and abilities for you to choose from.

This new expansion crosses over with Capcom’s Sengoku Basara franchise, and introduces cards for Light Army commander Tokugawa Ieyasu and Dark Army commander Ishida Mitsunari, as well as Oichi, a hero from the series. She’s a widow suppressing her anguish and has eventually found herself in Amatsu no Kuni. She eventually meets a false priestess who uses her influence to turn Oichi into a demon queen by having her surrender to the abyss.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated coming to mobile later this month

Posted by Olly Smith on January 4th, 2021

Publisher HandyGames and developer Purple Lamp Studios is bringing SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated to iOS and Android devices on 21st January.

It’s a 3D platformer based on the popular children’s cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as a remake of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom which released on GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2 back in 2003. THQ Nordic released this remake last year on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

PUBG Mobile will open registration for the first PMCO of 2021 tomorrow

Posted by Stephen Gregson on December 31st, 2020

PUBG Mobile's PMCO 2021 Spring Split will kick the battle royale's esports program off next year and teams will be able to register from tomorrow over on the official site. It will see some of the best semi-professional players facing off against one another as they look to reach the next level of competition.

Teams will have until January 24th to register and given how popular the PMCO proved to be last year, you can expect quite a few entrants again this year. Given the increased interest, it will expand into more regions with 27 able to get involved in total.

148Apps Game of the Year 2020

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 31st, 2020

Every year, I always honor my favorite mobile games by highlighting some of my favorites. For this year, I'd like to try to do more than just say "hey, these games are fun." So, with some inspiration from other Game of the Year honors from around the web, I've assembled a few categories of video game honorifics to bestow on the mobile games that most deserve it.

In the coming days, be sure to check in to see nominees and winners picked from this list as we count down the final days of the horrid year known as 2020.

Genshin Impact - Where to find that last Crimson Agate

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 30th, 2020

Genshin Impact's Dragonspine event, The Chalk Prince and The Dragon, is well under way, giving players a ton of challenges to complete for some amazing rewards, including brand-new weapons, upgrade materials, and the ever-crucial Mora.

Many of the activities associated with this event simply unlock over time, but there are rewards related to the Frostbearing Tree (which needs to be fed Crimson Agate to level up, much like the Statues of the Seven scattered across the rest of Teyvat). From this tree, you can earn Fates, a new namecard, and more.

Genshin Impact - 1.2 Update Overview (Dragonspine)

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 29th, 2020

Anyone who talks to me about games knows that I haven't been able to shut up about Genshin Impact since its launch this past fall. It's a game with a lot of faults--namely its predatory monetization scheme--but it also provides a vast (and interesting!) open world, a novel and nuanced combat system, and a surprisingly compelling story, all of which you can experience without spending a dime.

Since my initial burst of playing in September, though, my excitement to log in every day was beginning to wane. New events and characters were nice new additions, but they weren't entirely well-conceived or received. That is, until miHoYo pushed their 1.2 update which unveiled a new region of Teyvat: Dragonspine Mountain.