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Night in the Woods review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 15th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOBILE MAE
Infinite Fall’s celebrated narrative adventure finally finds its way to mobile, and it’s a nearly perfect experience that has aged tremendously well.

Dungeons & Miners review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW GRAVE
Dungeons & Miners is a conceptually great action roguelite that unfortunately is a little too thin and issue-laden to enjoy properly.


Shattered Pixel Dungeon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 31st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUNS OF RANDOMNESS
This pixelated dungeon-crawler has a huge amount of variety, for better and for worse.

Behind the Frame review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 25th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ART IMITATES ART
This narrative adventure starts as a meditation on the life of an artist before revealing some hidden layers to its story.


What Remains of Edith Finch review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 23rd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IMPRESSIVELY CONSTRUCTED
The iOS port of What Remains of Edith Finch is about as perfect as you can get, but the game feels a lot like the Finch estate itself: a structural marvel with hints of life inside.

Rush Rally Origins review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 18th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RALLY LESS STUFF
Rush Rally Origins brings a more arcade feel to Brownmonster’s unrivaled racing series, but it loses quite a few things in the process.


Nova Island review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 17th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TAKE A CHANCE
This truly free card battler is one of the most refreshing finds you can make on the App Store.

You First review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 12th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
Despite some flashes of promise, You First is a visual novel that struggles to tell a coherent and genuine story.


PUBG New State crosses 40 million pre-registrations

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 18th, 2021

PUBG New State has received over 40 million pre-registrations on both Android and iOS, Krafton has recently announced. The futuristic, sci-fi PUBG Mobiletitle is all set to launch later this year, in October.

COD Mobile: The 5 best SMGs in the game

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 17th, 2021

COD Mobile is often lauded for its vast array of weapons and elaborate customization. With every update, the guns get some kind of nerfs or buffs. Regardless of that, SMGs remain popular with players for close to mid-range combat.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is launching to iOS and Android, with a special Devs in the Tavern YouTube series

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 16th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Officially licensed and based on the trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien - with elements from OSCAR®-winning film adaptations by Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is launching soon on September 23rd. Fans can pre-register for the mobile strategy game by NetEase Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and score a portrait of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit of the Shire, at launch.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 9.16]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 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 9/16:

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 126-150 [Updated 9.16]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 6 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


126. Down in Bermuda

Description:

Down in Bermuda gives players an isometric view of colorful dioramas that you mostly just tap around in to solve puzzles. It kind of bridges the gap between a hidden object game and adventure game, as some tapping actions revolve around simply spotting certain kinds of objects, where as others require some logic and environmental manipulation.

Rank Explanation:

When I play Down in Bermuda, I’m reminded of titles like GNOG, and Vignettes, though both of those games are more enjoyable. There are some wonky controls in Down in Bermuda that definitely take some getting used to. Also, this game is a little overwhelming with the amount of things it wants you to collect and tap on. Some of these things result in entertaining and clever interactions, but there are other collection objectives that just feel like filler.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 151-175 [Updated 9.16]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 7 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


151. DoDonPachi Resurrection HD+

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Description:

The heralded vertical shooter has come to Apple Arcade. Control one of three ships and slide around waves of bullets and enemies while blasting them away. For this iOS version of the game, DoDonPachi Resurrection HD+ has a special Smartphone Mode that allows for easier play and a modified scoring system, as well as a straight up port of the original arcade version.

Rank Explanation:

I don't know much about the DoDonPachi games or bullet hell games in general. This seems like it would be a solid one--perhaps even good or great--if not for a ton of frame rate issues. Maybe on newer devices this is not a problem, but on my iPhone XR, there isn't a single level where things aren't stuttering at some point.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 176+ [Updated 9.16]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 8 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


176. Towers of Everland

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Description:

Towers of Everland is a dungeon-crawler in the same vein as Legend of Grimrock, albeit a much more stripped down and procedurally generated affair. You choose a hero from several fantasy archetypes, go on quests to kill enemies and loot towers, and then use your spoils to upgrade your hero and town to take on more difficult quests.

Rank Explanation:

Towers of Everland is so streamlined that it’s pretty boring. The environments are almost completely non-interactive, and any new loot or stat upgrades to your hero don’t really change up the combat. They just make you stronger as your enemies get stronger, so everything ends up feeling static throughout.

MU Origin 2 introduces Deify Shield, Pet Resurrection and Pet Equipment in its latest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 16th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

MU Origin 2, Webzen’s hit MMORPG, is rolling out its massive 6.1 update with an Integrated Server Guild Battleground, Deify Shield, Pet Resurrection and Pet Equipment, Elemental Refinement, and more. For starters, the Integrated Server Guild Battleground will provide the most powerful Guilds an avenue to duke it out in a competition to see who will reign supreme.

MU Origin 2’s Deify Shield feature allows players to power up their Divine Shield with gems collected from the Divine Tower, while the Pet Resurrection & Equipment feature lets players equip pets with cool armor and even resurrect them when push comes to shove. Moreover, the Spirit feature provides elemental spirits that will help guide players on their adventures with bonus elemental properties.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

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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.

Fortnite Season 8: A guide to Sideways Encounters

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 15th, 2021

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 is live and players have already started exploring the island once again. This time, giant purple cubes (Kevin the Cube) have been scattered all over the place. The cubes are entrances to a new place known as Sideways.

So, what are Sideways? Simply put, Sideways are essentially an alternate universe loaded with Cube Monsters. The place defies gravity, has minimal shelters and can be accessed via a portal.

Top 5 upcoming shooters like PUBG Mobile

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 14th, 2021

Undoubtedly, PUBG Mobile is one of the top battle royale shooters of all time on mobile. Ever since PUBG was launched on mobile, battle royale games have seen good days. COD Mobile, Free Fire, and Fortnite are equally big names.

Arguably, battle royale and FPS is a very saturated genre. However, this year and 2022 might see a lot of new titles making their way to the shooter category. Some of them might blow up enough to give even PUBG Mobile a run for its money.

Fortnite Season 8: Everything you need to know

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 13th, 2021

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 is about to drop and Epic Games revealed an exciting story trailer along with an equally exciting battle pass video.

The new Fortnite season is called ‘Cubed’. Considering the prominence given to blue cube in Operation Sky Fire, the name is not very surprising.

PUBG Mobile: 5 best drop locations in Miramar

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 12th, 2021

Miramar was the second map that was added to PUBG Mobile. Initially, the large 8x8 desert did not go down well with players with several avoiding the large battlefield altogether. Unlike Erangel, Miramar is very wide and spread out with fewer places to hide.

Interestingly, the map does not have many vehicle spawns, making it difficult to quickly travel across it. It is very likely that while you gear yourself up, the safe zone will start shrinking.

The 5 best Assault Rifles in COD Mobile 2021

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 10th, 2021

Weapons and their elaborate customization are some of the top reasons that make COD Mobile a popular game. Call of Duty Mobile is loaded with weapons. There are Assault Rifles, Snipers, SMGs, LMGs, and every other imaginable weapon, can be found in COD Mobile.

Assault Rifles are relatively easy to use. They do not have a lot of recoil and are generally quite balanced. Typically, ARs are used for close to medium-range combat. However, some great ARs are also suitable for long-range gunfights.

PUBG: New State - Everything we know so far

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 8th, 2021

Krafton, the studio behind the popular shooter PUBG Mobile, is currently working PUBG: New State, a new entry in the popular battle royale series. Globally, the game has already surpassed 32 million registrations, which is impressive considering this does not include potential players from India, China, and Vietnam.