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She Sees Red review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 4th, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RUSSIAN REPLAY
This FMV game weaves a dense narrative, but very little else about the game is appealing.

OneBit Adventure review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 26th, 2019
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE ROGUELITE
This roguelite feels tuned for distracted play, which makes it feel pretty flat.

A Life of Logic review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DEFIES LOGIC
There’s a brilliant core hidden inside this rotten free-to-play mess.

Spring Falls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FALLS SHORT
This pretty puzzle game gets a lot of things right, but ultimately doesn’t feel that satisfying.

Overdox review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 12th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOBA Royale
If it weren't for its pretty terrible free-to-play model, Overdox would be (and sometimes is!) one of the most thrilling battle royales out there.

A Case of Distrust review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 4th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STYLISH SLUETHING
This stylish adventure game is witty and charming, but also has some pacing problems.

Undead Horde review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 28th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESURRECT, DIE, REPEAT
Undead Horde has a lot of ideas for how you can manage your dead army, but doesn’t really provide situations that let you do much with these options.

Bad North: Jotunn Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INDECISIVE VICTORY
You are never full in control of things in Bad North, and that’s part of what makes it such a tense strategy game.

Dragon Raja is an upcoming MMORPG that boasts some very impressive visuals

Posted by Stephen Gregson on December 6th, 2019

Dragon Raja is an upcoming MMORPG from Zulong Games. It’s proven to be an extremely popular title over in China. It’s set in a very cool-looking Cyberpunk world that oozes style. It’s now available for pre-register on Android.

It promises a large open world that will even have day and night cycle alongside other pretty visual effects. It will make use of the UE4 engine so you can expect the shadow and lighting to be of a good standard, which you can catch glimpses of in the trailer below.

The open-world you’ll be playing in is a pleasant mix of old and new tech. Characters wield swords but also sport futuristic looking armour. You’ll also do battle with a variety of fantasy-inspired monsters including the titular dragons who are waking up from a lengthy slumber.

As you might expect with an MMORPG there will be plenty of character customisation options, again which you can see in the trailer above, as well as four classes to choose from. The combat will also be real-time in both PVE and PVP. There will also be PVP battles with support for up to 100 players which, if it works well, would certainly be very impressive.

Dragon Raja is available to pre-register now on Google Play. It will be available to pre-register on iOS soon too and we will update you when you can. Similarly, there’s currently still no official word on the release date, so we’ll let you all know as soon as there is.

Dream Detective is an object hunting game for iOS and Android with a gorgeous visual style

Posted by Stephen Gregson on December 5th, 2019

Dream Detective is a very beautiful looking object hunting game from FunPlus and Game Century. I’m generally not massively fond of these types of games but this one certainly has an art style you don’t see often that really helps it stand out. It’s available now for iOS and Android.

The various paintings that you’ll be pixel hunting seem to be inspired by, well, almost anything really. There’s everything from references to famous paintings such as Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ to Ancient Egyptian tombs and even the Superbowl.

So, it’s a mixture of well-known places, events and even art. It’s all stylised with the same aesthetic though, which makes a lot of the appeal come from seeing the different paintings in the first place. There are over 200 to see in the game itself where you’ll be hunting for a list of objects.

There is a story in Dream Detective to that tries to tie all of this together. When you’re hunting through the different paintings you’ll be technically playing as a young girl called Allie. She’s ended up in a place called Dream Land where a Time Crystal has been shattered, you’ll have to restore order by finding objects that shouldn’t be there or are out of their usual place.

It promises thousands of lines of dialogue, so it certainly sounds like they’ve put a lot of time into the game’s narrative. How good that is will, of course, depend on the quality of writing and if the story can be interesting enough for people to pay attention to it rather than solely hunting for objects.

Dream Detective is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Fighting with colonialism in Queen's Wish: The Conqueror

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 5th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Sometimes it’s hard to stick with a game, even if you enjoy playing it. Perhaps it’s just too stressful, perhaps it disturbs you, or—as is the case with Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror—you might not be down with its narrative conceit.

Queen’s Wish: The Conquerer is an open-world role-playing game from Spiderweb Software that’s been five years in the making. As soon as you boot it up, you can tell the love and craftmanship poured into the game, particularly via the game’s writing and attention-to-detail. My only problem with it is it’s asking me something I don’t really want to do: reclaim a colony as part of the queen’s empire.

16-bit fun awaits in Super Arcade Racing, new on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 5th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Old is the new ‘new’, if the popularity of retro games is anything to go by, and nostalgia junkies now have one more reason to get excited. OutOfTheBit studio has just launched a top-down racing game that pays homage to those arcade favourites of the 1980s and ‘90s. Super Arcade Racing stays true to the beloved games which inspired it, combining simple controls, hand-drawn pixel art and pancake-flat 2D tracks to race around. There’s even a cracking synth soundtrack.

The game’s single player is essentially its story mode. You control Mick, our reluctant hero dragged into the world of illegal street racing to find out what happened to his brother. As you topple racing rivals across the 60 levels, you’ll edge ever closer to revealing the underground organisation up to no good — and saving your sibling.

Play Sea Turtle Rescue and help save real turtles

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 5th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

For most of us playing a mobile game is just a harmless way to kill some time, fight boredom or get a nice quick adrenaline fix. We don’t expect this to have any influence whatsoever on any other creature in the world.

Well this is not the case if you choose Sea Turtle Rescue. Recently released by indie outfit Simberon, Sea Turtle Rescue is intended to help real life sea turtles, with its Ottawa-based developer donating 10% of all profits from the game to the Canadian Sea Turtle Network – a charitable organization from Nova Scotia which helps conserve endangered sea turtles in Canadian waters and world-wide.

Sea Turtle Rescue is a tile-based puzzle game where you match numerical sequences to create paths for baby turtles to reach the sea. From there on, your efforts will be focused on avoiding different threats on the beach as you move your hatchling along the 12 different levels.

Go buy Xenowerk Tactics right now

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 3rd, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY EXTERMINATION :: Read Review »

Over the Thanksgiving break, a bunch of games went on sale, but one in particular is worth talking about. Xenowerk Tactics, in addition to falling to $3, got a huge content update alongside it’s price drop. Even though the game is back up to full price, you need to buy it now if you haven’t already.

In my initial review of Xenowerk Tactics, I liked it well enough, but the game felt a little too easy. In building and managing a team of professional alien killers, there was always the potential for me to lose a soldier or get forced into a retreat, but it essentially never happened. I could almost always just take everything in stride and kill aliens with abandon without any problems. This update changes that.

Intense VR first-person shooter Colonicle is now available for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 2nd, 2019

Our latest VR obsession is Colonicle, an intense VR FPS, recently released on Oculus and Google Play, courtesy of From Fake Eyes and Goboogie Games. It's a pulse-pounding multiplayer shooter which should appeal to genre fanatics and newcomers alike.

While your standard multiplayer FPS might see you striking out to fight alone, Colonicle is very much about teaming up with friends or friendly strangers to take on rival players in challenging, mobile-friendly gunfights.
The team has worked hard to make sure the game controls well and looks good in VR, and there's enough complexity to its systems to appease FPS fans while remaining intuitive and accessible to those with less experience with the genre.

Mario Kart Tour drifts onto the streets of London next week

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 29th, 2019

Mario Kart Tour will start its latest season in a new location next week, continuing its tour around the big cities of the world after already visiting Paris, Tokyo and New York. The next destination will be London and it will also be joined by a festive addition.

The new tour itself will start on 3rd December at 10 pm PT where you'll be able to grab blue shells and mushrooms as you drift your way across the English capital. A few screenshots of the new track show off a lot of quintessentially London things.

You've got the Shard, the London Eye, Big Ben or the Elizabeth Tower depending on what you know it as. Then, of course, there are some double-decker red buses. I always found it a little weird seeing Mario in more realistic locations back when New Donk City appeared and I still find it strange now, even though Mario Kart Tour's real-world location looks more Mario-esque.

The new tour will also bring two racers to the game who are currently unknown, though one of the silhouettes looks suspiciously like everyone's favourite Luigi antithesis, Waluigi. Since Walugi's been added to the game already this is likely an alternative version.

Speaking of which, a Santa version of Mario will be able to find in the pipe until 31st December. Much like the other alternatives in the game, Santa Mario will likely come with his own abilities that change the way certain power-ups function.

Mario Kart Tour is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

148Apps Black Friday Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 29th, 2019

Is it too early for Black Friday? Yes, absolutely. But does Apple agree? No, apparently not. Tons of games have already been discounted on the App Store, and we'd like to give you a definitive guide on the best deals to grab.

To be clear, we won't be posting EVERY game sale on this page. For a firehose of all deals on games regardless of quality, look elsewhere. What we're listing below is just the deals on games that you definitely should buy if you haven't already.

Xenowerk Tactics - $2.99

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Kingdom Rush: Vengeance - $2.99

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Space Marshals 2 - $1.99

Click here to read the review

Grimvalor - $ 1.99

Click here to read Pocket Gamer's Grimvalor review

Fighting Fantasy Legends

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Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise

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Transistor - $0.99

Click here to read Pocket Gamer's Transistor review

Sentinels of the Multiverse - $0.99

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Cut The Rope's Om Nom returns in a new idle game for iOS and Android called Om Nom: Merge

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 28th, 2019

Cut the Rope's little green glutton Om Nom has returned to iOS and Android for another game. Instead of a puzzle game though Om Nom: Merge is an idle game that's centred around fusing various creatures to create new species.

There's a little story behind it all. An abundance of fruit has started appearing in the world that Om Nom inhabits and it's affecting the natural balance. That means all of those fruits need to be eaten. But as much as Om Nom is capable of eating an awful lot, even this is beyond his limits. So he'll need the help of his friends, known as the Nommies, to help him chomp through all that fruit to save the magical forest.

The gameplay itself is pretty minimal as you'd expect from an idle title. You'll have a grid on the bottom half of the screen with a selection of the Nommies available to you. From there all you have to do is tap and drag them into the forest where they'll start chowing down on the fruit. They'll have their own gathering speed, which earns you varying amounts of coins as they eat.

You'll be able to discover new Nommies by merging two of them that look similar together, which is done by dragging them together on the grid below. Doing this with enough will effectively upgrade that Nommie, making them faster a fruit munching and therefore earning your coins, which can be spent on more Nommies, at a faster rate.

Om Nom: Merge is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Figment: Journey Into the Mind is a surreal puzzle and action game that's available for iOS now

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 28th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Figment: Journey Into the Mind is the latest game from Bedtime Digital Games, a company with a love for the surreal and dream-like settings. Figment is no different and has puzzles designed around the concept of the left and right sides of the brain.

It's set in a human mind, where there's been a sense of calm for the longest time. This changes one day when something causes the mind to have nightmares that manifest themselves as creatures in the world. This is where the protagonist Dusty and his bird friend Piper come in.

Run the Beat is a rhythm-based platformer for iOS and Android with a gorgeous hand-drawn aesthetic

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 28th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Run the Beat is a new rhythm-based platformer with a lovely hand-drawn aesthetic that's been developed by Mousetrap Games for iOS and Android. It's a previous winner of our Big Indie Pitch competition, taking home first place at White Nights Berlin 2019.

In Run the Beat you play as Noty. A little purple creature who's equal parts cute and creepy. You join Noty on an adventure to retrieve his favourite pair of headphones from a wizard who's stolen them for some reason.

Ria, the epic open-world adventure game for iOS and Android, gets a major gameplay update

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 27th, 2019

Createlex's ambitious open-world action-adventure game, Ria, launched late last month for iOS and Android. Since then, the devs have been hard at work improving the core gameplay experience and adding new content for players to sink their teeth into.

The game sees you playing as a son of God on a quest to rid the world of a ruthless Queen. In order to do so, you'll first have to level up and hone your combat skills by exploring the open world and besting tricky enemies. There are secret bosses dotted throughout the varied environments, each with their own unique attacks to learn.

The game was built from the ground up for mobile devices, so you can hopefully expect some solid touchscreen controls. You'll have a variety of special moves and combat skills at your disposal. From what I can tell, it's a little bit more challenging than your typical hack 'n' slash title.

Some of the recent additions include new attacks, maps to explore, and bosses to beat. The latest update also fixes a number of known bugs.

If you've been looking for an open-world adventure game for mobile, you'll find Ria available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Marvel Strike Force kicks off the holiday season with the arrival of Black Bolt and some special in-game promotions

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 25th, 2019

Marvel Strike Force is celebrating the holiday season in style with some special in-game promotions running until this Thursday, November 28th.

Black Bolt, the legendary king of the Inhumans, has finally arrived in-game. Forget Avengers: Endgame, this popular squad-based RPG boasts one of the most impressive superhero rosters of all time.

Black Bolt is the game's second Legendary Blaster, hence you can expect his attacks to pack quite the punch. Those unlucky enough to be struck down by this guy can't be revived by any means, so he's absolutely not to be messed with.

In order to unlock Black Bolt, you'll first need to seek the help of the Asgardian Gods: Loki, Thor, Hela, and the incoming Sif and Heimdall at five stars. It's a fair bit to ask, so if you don't quite manage to nab him this time around, don't worry, the event is set to return in April 2020. Sure, having to wait several months isn't ideal, but at least you'll get another go.

The full list of in-game promotions can be seen in the picture above. You're looking at some hefty discounts of around 50-90%, which is very nice indeed.

And if you're yet to start your collection of Marvel's best heroes and villains, you'll find Marvel Strike Force available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 11.25]

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 25th, 2019

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.

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.