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Wide Ocean Big Jacket review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 24th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIRESIDE CHAT
Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a refreshing escape from what most games offer.

InfiniteCorp review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 23rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ROBO REIGNS
InfiniteCorp is a Reigns-like game that rewards you for contributing to the dysfunction of a cyberpunk society.


Seven Scrolls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 11th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDITIONAL CRAWLER
Seven Scrolls draws perhaps a bit too much inspiration from its source material, yet somehow still manages to feel distinct, fresh, and fun.

MonkeyBox #1: Polarized! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 10th, 2020
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PHOTO BOMB
Polarized is a brief adventure game that is confusing and dull despite having an interesting core premise.


Motorsport Manager Online review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 9th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TIMER TRIALS
Motorsport Manager Online cuts out a lot of the more interesting aspects of Playsport’s management series to make room for online multiplayer and lots of free-to-play mechanics.

War Tortoise 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SLOW WAR
War Tortoise 2 is a slow grind that will likely test your patience.


Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 3rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ERR FORCE
Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron is full of distracting little gimmicks that make for a worse experience.

Shadowgun War Games review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 28th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ALL’S FAIR IN WAR GAMES
Shadowgun War Games is a rare free-to-play shooter in that it feels fair and plays pretty well.


Mini Tank: Fire is a Worms-like, turn-based multiplayer game that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 27th, 2020

Mini Tank: Fire is an online multiplayer game that takes a few cues from the likes of Worms and Shell Shock Live. It will feature 5v5 turn-based battles and is available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play game.

As the name implies, you'll control a little squad of tanks and battle it out in short, turn-based games. The matches themselves will only last around 3 minutes which makes it a great game for playing in short bursts. You'll even be able to team up with your friends so you can take on other players around the world with your pals by your side.

If you've ever played Worms you'll be pretty familiar with the setup. Each team takes turns to move and then fire their tank. Direct hits are only one way to destroy your opponent's vehicles. If you manage to destroy the ground beneath them you can also get a kill by letting gravity do the rest of the work.

There are four major classes of tank to select from that includes Attacker, Ranger, Healer or Support. So whichever type of playstyle you generally prefer there's likely something here that suits your needs.

There are multiple different tank designs to select from too so you can give your miniature army their own unique look and feel. There are special skins available that will trigger exclusive effects when they're equipped. So it seems it's not only cosmetic changes they offer.

Mini Tank: Fire is available now over on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 2020

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.


Lara Croft GO (Free)

Click here to read our Lara Croft GO review


Monument Valley 2 (Free)

Click here to read our Monument Valley 2 review


Sidewords (Free)

Click here to read our Sidewords review


Rolando: Royal Edition (Free)

Click here to read our Rolando: Royal Edition review


Tokaido™ (Free)

Click here to read our Tokaido review


Starbeard (Free)

Click here to read our Starbeard review


A Case of Distrust (Free)

Click here to read our A Case of Distrust review


IMPOSSIBLE ROAD (Free)

Click here to read our Impossible Road review


Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (Free)

Click here to read our Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP review


Mini Metro (Free)

Click here to read our Mini Metro review


PAKO - Car Chase Simulator (Free)

Click here to read our PAKO review


Alto's Adventure (Free)

Click here to read our Alto’s Adventure review


Alto's Odyssey (Free)

Click here to read our Alto’s Odyssey review


Prune (Free)

Click here to read our Prune review


Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! ($0.99 Free)*

Click here to read our Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! review


Cat Quest (Free)

Click here to read our Cat Quest review


Kingdom Rush Origins (Free)

Click here to read our Kingdom Rush Origins review


Kingdom Rush Frontiers (Free)

Click here to read our Kingdom Rush Frontiers review


Kingdom Rush Vengeance ($0.99)

Click here to read our Kingdom Rush Vengeance review


Dark Quest 2 ($0.99)

Click here to read our Dark Quest 2 review


ISLANDS: Non-Places ($0.99)

Click here to read our ISLANDS: Non-Places review


Fiz: Brewery Management Game ($0.99)

Click here to read our Fiz: Brewery Management Game review


Suzy Cube ($0.99)

Click here to read our Suzy Cube review


Absolute Drift ($0.99)

Click here to read our Absolute Drift review


The Bug Butcher ($0.99)

Click here to read our The Bug Butcher review

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 3.27]

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 2020

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

Patch Notes:

Patch notes have been removed and have been replaced with (NEW) designation for the games most recently added or updated on this list.

*UPDATE:* As the pace of Apple Arcade has slowed, old games will also be re-evaluated based on reader feedback and content updates. Recently re-evaluated titles will be designated with (UPDATE) next to the title name.

Games marked with an asterisk(*) are games that suffer in rank due to technical problems.

All current rankings are listed below. More titles will be added frequently until the list is complete.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51-100 [Updated 3.27]

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 2020

This is part 2 of our Apple Arcade Ranking list. To see part 1, go here. To skip to part 3, click here.


51. Frogger in Toy Town

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Description:

Frogger in Toy Town takes the basic tenets of the classic Frogger arcade game and turns it into a sort of collection-based physics platformer. You control a frog and wander through various household environments, avoiding things like toy cars and pens as you climb over toy blocks and books to rescue baby frogs and collect jelly beans.

Rank Explanation:

The physics aspect of Frogger in Toy Town make this game both an interesting and frustrating experience. On the one hand, it’s neat to experience what it’s like to disrupt the classic Frogger experience by suddenly being able to block cars from moving by moving a block into the road to stop them. On the other, it can feel like you’re constantly fighting tons of variables in Frogger in Toy Town just to do simple tasks like jump up on top of something. This can lead to a lot of times where you die or miss an objective, and it doesn’t really feel like there’s a whole lot you could have done differently to prevent that from happening. When everything’s working as intended though, Frogger in Toy Town is a fun new take on classic Frogger.


52. Assemble With Care

Description:

Assemble With Care is a narrative puzzle game about a young girl named Maria who repairs things. As she fixes objects for the people of Bellariva—a town she is just passing through—she learns a lot about them and their lives. The gameplay here mostly consists of poking and prodding at broken objects with virtual tools to get them in working order again. Every time you fix an object, you then get a small dose of story that leads you to the next puzzle.

Rank Explanation:

I’m starting to think there’s something I’m missing when I play ustwo games. I love the attention-to-detail in games like Monument Valley and Assemble With Care, but I don’t find the overall experience all that compelling. It probably doesn’t help that Assemble With Care doesn’t really give itself room to develop its ideas. On the plus side, this is an easy title to burn through if you’re using a free trial of Apple Arcade.

Poly is an endless runner for iOS where you control the environment instead of the character

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 26th, 2020

Poly is an endless runner from solo developer Denis Kakacka that's available now for iOS as a free-to-play game. It aims to bring a slight twist to the standard running formula by mixing up what you're actually controlling.

In this particular case, you'll be guiding a bouncy ball through a futuristic tunnel. However, you won't be controlling the ball itself, you'll be moving the world around it. This means you'll be rotating that tunnel around so the ball can bounce between the various floating platforms that litter the stages.

It's certainly a novel concept but how much of a difference it will make to the feel of the game itself remains to be seen. According to the game's developer, it is pretty challenging, with the success rate being reported as hovering around 6%, so if you're looking for a tough endless runner, this might be the one for you.

You'll need good reactions then if you want to accumulate a high enough score to place on the leaderboards, which is where a lot of the replay value in Poly is likely to stem from. Beyond that, you'll be collecting coins that can be exchanged to get a new look for your ball.

However, some of the different cosmetic changes for the ball can also be purchased through IAPs. So there is no pay-to-win here, just different colour variants and one other IAP that will remove ads from the game for $2.99. Poly is available now over on the App Store.

Reflex Unit 2 brings intense PvP battles in futuristic mechs to iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 26th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Reflex Unit 2 will see players engaging in mech-based warfare, fending off waves and waves of autonomous robots that are threatening to destroy the planet. It's available now for iOS and Android.

Played from an isometric perspective, players will be able to take these powerful mechs out for a test drive in a variety of game modes, depending on their penchant for either solo or multiplayer fun. The single player campaign takes place over 9 missions with additional difficulties to unlock upon completion. There's also a co-op Campaign if you want to tackle these missions with another person

Snake Core is a modern take on a mobile classic

Posted by Cameron Bald on March 25th, 2020

Snake Core, from acclaimed indie developer Orangepixel, is a modern take a mobile classic: Snake. The idea is that you'll command a small army of troops as they go about attempting to take down a horde of invading aliens.

Along the way, they'll defuse bombs, save other soldiers in need, defend strategically advantageous locations, and hunt down snake-like creatures. If that sounds slightly more exciting than your average game of Snake, that's because it is.

This is an intergalactic war where you'll take on different mission types and work your way through a full campaign. There are also secondary game modes to try out, and each map is said to offer multiple explorable routes.

As you progress through a mission, you'll come across various power-ups and special skills with which to drive away the alien menace.

The full thing is playable in either portrait or landscape mode, and there are different control schemes to select from.

Interestingly, the majority of Orangepixel's games take place in the same universe. Snake Core is set just after the Gunslugs and Groundskeeper series. Other games in the universe include Space Grunts and Meganoid.

Snake Core is now available for purchase from the App Store as a premium title priced at $2.99. It's currently up for pre-registration over on Google Play.

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall launches earlier than expected for iOS

Posted by Cameron Bald on March 25th, 2020

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall, Behaviour Interactive's RPG adaptation of HBO's hit fantasy show, has launched a day early for iOS. It was originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, March 26th, on the App Store.

This one's set 48 years prior to the events of the show, and it casts you as the latest in a long line of Lord Commanders of the Night's Watch. You've been promoted after your old boss, Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, suddenly disappeared.

The focus here is on building up an army of characters from across the series and its many locales. You'll recruit crossbowmen from The Westerlands, spearmen from Dorne, crossbowmen from The Westerlands, scoundrels from King’s Landing, and exotic fighters from The Free Cities.

On top of the standard recruits, you'll be able to meet and befriend fan-favourite characters from the show, including Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister, and Jon Snow. These special heroes boast their own unique combat abilities, and there are even different versions of the most famous characters to collect.

Combat is turn-based, so perhaps expect slower-pace, more strategically demanding battles. In order to seize victory, you'll have to carefully optimise your squad to handle the task at hand.

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall is now available for download from over on the App Store. It's a timed iOS exclusive, so the Android version will arrive on Google Play next Friday, April 3rd.

The 5 Best Turn-Based Strategy Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 25th, 2020

In a lot of ways, turn-based strategy games are an ideal fit for mobile. Their menu-heavy navigation and slow pace mesh better with touch input than just about any other control scheme.

Unsurprisingly, this means there are a lot of strategy games to choose from on mobile, but not all of them are worth your time (or money). Take, for example, War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. For all its flashy visuals and pedigree, it’s a shameless gacha game that capitalizes on your fondness for Chocobos and older, better games while locking up its strategic depth behind a dizzying amount of monetized systems.

With that in mind, I went ahead and selected our top picks for the best turn-based strategy games on mobile. Check them out below. Oh, and click here to check out all the great lists we’ve been making recently.


The Battle of Polytopia (Free)

If you’re new to this genre and wondering where to start, I can’t recommend The Battle of Polytopia highly enough. It’s free, matches are short, and it does a great job of teaching you the fundamentals of strategy games without feeling overly complicated.

It’s also one of the most convenient strategy games there is, as it plays well in portrait mode and auto-saves constantly. Once you feel ready, you can also spend as little as $ 0.99 to unlock a new tribe that will also give you the ability to play with others online.

Click here to read why The Battle of Polytopia is the perfect introduction to strategy games

A behind the scenes look at action packed Sci-Fi pinball game, Robot Crusher Battle Ballz

Posted by Luke Frater on March 23rd, 2020
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Robot Crusher Battle Ballz is a fast paced, action packed take on classic pinball with a rough and ready Sci-Fi style. It boasts a striking art design, explosive skill based battles, and an extremely satisfying ‘CRUSHING’ feature that lets you pound vanquished robot foes into mechanical pancakes. It makes for a gratifying arcade experience and a very impressive debut for the rather peculiarly named, Big Boy Pants Studios.

Safety with Jeff the Ref V.2693-427 from Jason on Vimeo.

Judging by the name, the small New Zealand based outfit doesn’t take itself too seriously but it definitely took a great deal of care and effort in crafting its very first game, as we shall show…

Koongya Draw Party, the drawing quiz game, will release for iOS and Android next week

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 20th, 2020

Koongya Draw Party was initially announced for both iOS and Android last month. The popular drawing-based quiz game has proven popular in South Korea since it launched in 2018 and we now know that it'll launch for the rest of the world on 26th March.

If you've ever played or heard of games like skribbl.io then you'll be well aware of the concept behind Koongya Draw Party. Players will be tasked with guessing a word based on someone else's drawing skills. If you're not the best at art, all is not lost, as you might be able to breakdown words so you can draw simpler pictures that give clues to the whole word.

The game will be split into three different modes that offer slight variations of the draw and guess formula. The first is very self-explanatory – Drawing Quiz. This will see players solving various drawing puzzles by guessing words for the drawings they're presented with.

There's also an augmented reality mode of sorts called Adventure Mode. In this game variant, players will be able to explore their neighbourhood where they'll discover different drawings located across town. However, I don't think this mode is going to get played much with the current global situation.

The last of the three-game types will be Party Mode, which is likely to offer the most longevity in my opinion. Here you'll be able to create a lobby with up to 8 other players. From there you'll each take it in turns to draw pictures whilst everyone else tries to guess what they are, which could be a fun way to stay connected with people in the coming weeks.

Koongya Draw Party will be available on the App Store and Google Play on 26th March, where you can pre-register for the game now too if you'd like. It will be a free-to-play title with in-app purchases.

Super Mecha Champions' fourth season begins, introducing a new game mode and Season Pass

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 19th, 2020

A new season of Super Mecha Champions is now underway. It's the fourth in the game's fairly short history and will be called the Season of Glamour and will bring a host of new stuff for players to enjoy with it.

First up, there's a whole new game mode called Candy House Battle. When queuing for a normal match you'll be randomly assigned to either the normal game type or this special one. In Candy House Battle little houses will pop up randomly on the map and pilots will be able to visit them.

Doing so will allow them to use their ACE medals to buy sweets and other powerful items. The candy will grant them buffs such as increased movement speed and attack power for a limited amount of time.

Of course, with a new season of any multiplayer game, there needs to be a new battle pass and Super Mecha Champions is no exception. Among other things, players will be able to unlock a few new skins by progressing through the different levels of the Season Pass.

The two new skins are for RED and Andromeda. They both feature pretty springtime colours that are sure to brighten the game up a little. The snow has also gone too, with leaves returning to the trees and the map just looking a lot more cheerful in general.

Super Mecha Champions is available now over on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Red and Blue, a flashy TCG from Hex Entertainment, launches for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on March 19th, 2020

Red and Blue is a flashy TCG that aims to "shake the foundations of the genre". It comes to us from developer Hex Entertainment, and it's available right now for Android. An iOS launch date is yet to be announced.

The game casts you as an adventurer of Babel, the Last City. This is considered the final safe haven in a world that has been ravaged by magical energies. Now, a rift has suddenly appeared to an unknown dimension. What lurks on the other side? It's up to you to find out.

And you're not doing it out of the kindness of your heart, not at all, your journey is undertaken in the hopes of gaining glory, power, and knowledge – even if it means getting into the odd spat with your fellow adventurers.

Red and Blue's core gameplay sees two players going head to head in card-based combat, using all manner of spells, creatures, and artefacts to gain the upper hand.

Thanks to its focus on area-based strategising, matches are said to be quite different from other titles in the genre. There are currently over 750 cards to collect, which goes without saying is quite a lot.

If you'd like to find out how it fares for yourself, you can download Red and Blue as a free-to-play title from over on Google Play right now.

The 5 Best Battle Royale Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 18th, 2020

Last week’s release of Call of Duty: Warzone on PC and consoles renewed a lot of people’s interest in the battle royale genre. Once a red-hot game mode a couple years ago, battle royales have maintained their prominence despite finding more competition with other popular genres like autochess and more traditional multiplayer shooters, particularly on mobile.

Although you can’t play Warzone on touch screens (although maybe someday that will change), there are plenty of battle royale games you can jump into right now. Check out our five favorites below. Oh, and click here to check out all of the great lists we’ve been making recently.


Flappy Royale (Free)

Flappy Royale is probably the purest, most mobile-friendly battle royale game there is. Yes, it lifts the gameplay from the viral and divisive Flappy Bird, but then throws in a bus for 100 birds to launch out of so they can all compete to see who can fly through the most pipes.

What makes the game so satisfying is how imminently replayable it is. There is practically zero wait time between matches, and the rounds themselves are just a minute or two at the longest. It may not be as shooty as other battle royale games, but that’s what makes it so perfect for mobile.


surviv.io (Free)

If you still want a mobile-friendly pick but need guns and opponents to shoot them at, surviv.io is your best bet. It may look a little crude, but the top-down action of this battle royale is fast and surprisingly deep.

This pick behaves almost exactly like other battle royales out there. You spawn on a big battle map, run around looting buildings for weapons and gear, and then run into other players that you get into firefights with. The great thing about surviv.io is that—like Flappy Royale—there is almost no time spent waiting for matches to start.


PUBG MOBILE - 2nd Anniversary (Free)

This list would not be complete without a mention of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The PC release of PUBG in 2017 is what catapulted battle royale games into gaming prominence, and PUBG Mobile takes the original game’s winning formula and tunes it for touch.

As far as conventional battle royales on mobile go, PUBG Mobile is probably the most accessible. The shooting model is tweaked to make shots hit more quickly and initial matches are populated with bots so you can feel good about your performance as you get your bearings in the game.


Call of Duty®: Mobile (Free)

Although not strictly a battle royale game, Call of Duty Mobile has its own gameplay mode dedicated to the genre, and it’s a pretty darn good one at that. In lieu of having a mobile version of Apex Legends (and it’s only a matter of time before we have one of those), Call of Duty Mobile’s battle royale mode delivers more mobility options and unique character customization than other titles on this list.

My only word of warning about Call of Duty Mobile as a battle royale game is that you can’t just play that mode immediately. There are a lot of multiplayer modes in this game, and you have to play quite a few matches of more traditional shooter match types before you can unlock the ability to play its battle royale mode.


Fortnite (Free)

All of the other games on this list make some compromise in bringing the battle royale genre to mobile. If you want a truly console or PC-style experience though—whether it’s because you think your touch screen skills are up to the task or you have a bluetooth controller handy—Fortnite is basically your only option.

The version of Fortnite you download off the App Store is the practically exact same game as the PC and console versions, to the point that you even play against players using these different platforms. Fortnite also features its unique crafting/building mechanic that allows players to construct cover and other structures as they run-and-gun to be the last person standing.

Homerun Clash gets a new stadium, cosmetics, and legendary gear in its latest update

Posted by Cameron Bald on March 17th, 2020

Homerun Clash's latest update has just launched today, and it's a big one. Next time to you log in, you'll find an all-new ballpark to play in, as well as a handful of fresh skills and equipment.

The latest stadium is said to have taken inspiration from snow-capped mountains and glaciers seen above the arctic circle. It's called 'Polar Stadium', and it gives high-level players who've stuck with the game since launch some new scenery to enjoy.

In terms of the latest skills, there's 'Rock Hurl' and 'Stun'. The former replaces the ball with a solid stone bolder that is incredibly tricky to counter, while the latter will cause the batter to be knocked out for a few seconds by the ball, ultimately leaving them unable to swing. The batter will then have to rapidly tap some on-screen buttons to wake up and remove the stun status.

If you're feeling a little unprepared for these challenges, there are 2 new legendary pieces of gear to collect that could give you the edge. The Snow Beast hat and Snow Crystal glasses have now arrived, bringing the total number of legendary equipment pieces up to 3.

On top of all that, pre-existing characters Scarlet and Mr. Blut have received some new outfits for you to try out. Scarlet gets a witch makeover, while Mr. Blut can dress up as a tiger. These can be purchased using gems, and they both offer a helpful stat boost.

If you're in the mood for some over-the-top baseball action, you'll find Homerun Clash available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.