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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.

Summer Catchers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 24th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ARE WE THERE YET?
Summer Catchers has some great ideas for revitalizing the auto-runner genre, but fails to do much with them.


Little Misfortune review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 21st, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FORTUNATE MESS
This adventure has a lot of ups and downs, but is ultimately worth experiencing for its charming character work.

RogueJack review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 18th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
RogueJack is a Blackjack-based dungeon-crawler that struggles to feel like more than a game of chance.


Pico Tanks review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 17th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LITE ARMOR
Pico Tanks is a more arcadey take on tank battling that’s fun as long as you’re ok with unbalanced multiplayer design.

Book of Demons: Tablet Edition review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MOBILE DIABLO
Book of Demons: Tablet Edition is one of the finest action rpgs on mobile.


Veritas review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IN VR VERITAS
Veritas is a frustratingly difficult adventure game despite some really handy convenience features.

Cookies Must Die review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUN FOR A TIME
Cookies Must Die features awesome slo-mo action, but suffers from having a repetitive structure.


Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is a 3D fighting game that's available now for iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 28th, 2020

Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is a 3D fighter from InterServ International Inc that's now available as a premium title on iOS. It will see players testing out their fighting skills in either singleplayer versus AI or local multiplayer modes.

It also supports Apple TV functionality so you can play it on the big screen with a few pals. In terms of controller options for playing the game this way, it will, naturally, work with the standard Apple TV controller but you'll want to check third party controller compatibility if that's what you're using.

The game itself is fairly straightforward and bare bones. Four players – which will be a variation of AI and player-controlled fighters depending on your set up – will battle it out in a variety of different arenas until there's a winner.

You'll be able to punch, kick, block and evade your opponents so timing will paramount if you want to clinch victory. Based on the trailer – which you can see above – there appear to be a plethora of combos you can use that can result in acrobatic attacks and throws.

There are 8 different fighters to choose from with each having access to their own martial art skills, so there are multiple characters to learn. On top of their own skillset, there will be orbs that appear in the area you can collect. Grabbing three of them will transform that character into the ultimate beast warrior, giving them an array of powerful attacks.

If hand-to-hand combat isn't really within your remit a plethora of different weapons will also periodically spawn around the arena. So you'll want to grab them before other players to before proceeding to try and beat them into submission.

Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is available now on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $1.99.

Amon Amarth Berserker is a side-scrolling action game for iOS and Android featuring retro game-styled versions of the metal band's songs

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 27th, 2020

Amon Amarth Berserker is the latest game from Ride & Crash and serves as a follow up to the previous title that was simply called Amon Amarth. It's available now as a premium title for both iOS and Android.

If you find yourself thinking 'isn't Amon Amarth a Swedish heavy metal band?' then you'd be absolutely right. Both Amon Amarth Berserker and its predecessor took music by the band and transformed them into retro-styled video game music.

In the latest games case, these are all tracks that feature on their most recent album, unsurprisingly named Berserker which released in May 2019. So if the idea of retro-sounding heavy metal is appealing to you or you're just a fan of Amon Amarth, this might be the game for you.

Amon Amarth Berserker itself is a side-scrolling action game where you play as Thor, wielding his trusty mythical hammer Mjolnir. Players will battle their way through a myriad of enemies throughout the whole of Vinland. Mjolnir maintains its boomerang properties most people are familiar with at this point, so you'll be slinging it at foes and it'll quickly zoom back into your awaiting grasp.

Beyond that, you'll also be able to summon a group of berserkers to assist you in battle. They'll fly onto the screen, seemingly from nowhere and dive onto the enemies making them explode into a pixelated bloody pulp, with the berserkers also disappearing after the deed is done.

There are seven different levels in total for players to smash their way through, though at $2.99 that might seem too few depending on the length of each one. There are also 4 different skins to adorn Mjolnir, with each one applying a different effect to the mythical hammer.

Amon Amarth Berserker is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $2.99. However, there are also additional IAPs for additional weapons.

Team up with your guildmates to take on two new Abyss events in MU Origins 2's latest update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 27th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

MU Origin 2's latest update is now live and brings with it two new Abyss-related events to challenge Guilds. There are also a few new features that will allow players to enhance their costumes, an increased level cap and more.

The first of those events is called Abyss War, which will be playable every Monday and Friday between 21:30 and 22:00 Server Time. It will see guilds vying for control over different territories. To claim them, they'll have to capture several flags, but they won't be able to simply occupy any territory.

Build Your Own Apple Arcade, For $400

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 27th, 2020

Apple Arcade has been out for a little over a month, and I’m not entirely thrilled with it. It’s definitely an interesting idea, but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially in fulfilling its commitment to letting folks “play anywhere.” Still, at $4.99 a month, it seems like a very reasonable value proposition that is getting better and better as new games get added to the service.

The greatest strength of Apple Arcade is definitely the variety of games given the price. I am now more convinced of that than ever because I went ahead and built out a list of games you could add to your iOS library to mimic the offerings of the service, and it’s not exactly cheap. If you wanted to capture the breadth and depth of offerings that Apple Arcade currently offers users, it would cost you about $400 ($384 more precisely) in total.

The full list of these games is below. Each game is grouped by genre and includes a link to their review (if possible) and store page.

Creepy Little Monsters is a cute, monster-packed platformer

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 26th, 2020

Creepy Little Monsters is a retro throwback that sees you traversing tricky puzzle-platformer levels as a one-eyed monster. It aims to offer a fresh take on 80s and 90s classics of the genre, and it's out right now for iOS and Android.

You play as Gimbo765, a monster banished from his cult for "being a naughty boy". This Mike Wazowski lookalike is now hoping to work his way to freedom by escaping a seemingly endless lair. In the way are all manner of enemies and challenges, so he's got his work cut out for him.

At launch, there are currently 20 levels to work your way through, with the environments you'll explore ranging from caves to dungeons to castles.

Creepy Little Monsters' controls aim to evoke classics of the genre, boasting simple, tight platforming mechanics and many recognisable ideas.

If you're looking for a greater challenge, you could attempt to speedrun your way out the lair and earn yourself a decent place on the game's leaderboard.

It's also a premium title, meaning you won't be pestered by any ads or IAPs. If you quite fancy checking this one out, you'll find it available for purchase now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Tyrant's Arena delivers intense hero battling multiplayer action to Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 26th, 2020

Tyrant's Arena is an intense midcore multiplayer actioner where you'll compete in tricky 3v3 matches to crush your opponents and earn neat rewards. It comes to us from developer Kroy Games, and it's now available for pre-registration on iOS and Android.

The core gameplay is said to be fast-paced, with matches only lasting a few minutes each. You'll hunt down and slay your opponents as part of a crack team of heroes. Controls are intuitive and mobile-friendly while still allowing for layers of hidden depth. While the game is easy to get into, only the most skilled players will come out on top during combat.

As you progress, you'll unlock new heroes with their own distinct combat style to master. Classes include Tanks, Assassins, Mages, Support, Warriors, and Marksmen. Smart combinations of hero classes can dominate the battlefield, so it's best to plan ahead before you and your team enter the arena.

New skins can also be unlocked to make each hero unique to you. This gives Tyrant's Arena and its many characters some extra personality.

The ultimate challenge comes in the form of climbing the seasonal rankings. You'll compete with players from across the globe to cement yourself as a champion and earn rewards based on the different medals you achieve.

Tyrant's Arena is set to launch early next month in South/Central America and Mexico. In the meantime, you can pre-register your interest over on both the App Store and Google Play for some special rewards.

Mobile Games Starter Kit

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 25th, 2020

Over here at 148Apps, we regularly dive deep into the latest and greatest mobile games hitting the App Store, but that’s not always what people are looking for when searching for a new mobile game. Some folks just want to dip their toes into mobile gaming, or are looking to check out some tried-and-true experiences that may passed them by.

If you fall into either of those categories, this is the list for you. Below are selected titles that are a great place to start getting into mobile games or discover a new favorite without having to worry about what’s the best new game out there. See below for high quality games that are all under $5 and well worth their price

Unresolved is a hard-hitting narrative adventure set during the Lebanese Civil War

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 25th, 2020

Ghofran Akil's Unresolved in an upcoming text-based adventure game that sees you playing as a mother attempting to find her disappeared husband during the Lebanese Civil War.

Jamila lives with her children in a poor Lebanese neighbourhood that has suffered the full impact of the ongoing conflict.

Her husband, Nazih, is one of the 'enforced disappeared'; basically, someone who goes missing during a war. Their families often suffer the severe psychological damage that stems from a lack of closure or even recognition of their loved one's disappearance.

With Jamila now having to care for her children by herself, she'll have to make a number of challenging decisions.

Interestingly, the game eventually jumps forward in time to allow you to experience the world from the perspective of one of Jamila's children. Their personality and outlook will be dependant on the decisions you made as Jamila and how you treated them.

Unresolved sounds really quite harrowing, all told, but I'm definitely interested to hear more about it in the coming months. The game's release date is still unclear, but we do know that it's set to launch for mobile devices.

Marvel Strike Force introduces new brawlers from the X-Men and Iron Man series

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 21st, 2020

FoxNext's squad-based RPG Marvel Strike Force is set to receive some fresh characters from the X-Men and Iron Man series. They'll arrive as part of the game's latest update, which follows a sizable spending boycott on the title due to complaints regarding poor progression and mishandled IAPs.

Toad, who is described as a "slippery Controller", hails from the X-Men universe. His superpowered frog legs, gross tongue, and ability to excrete toxic goo make him one tricky combatant. He's able to debuff his rivals, causing them negative effects or clearing their own buffs. He can also team up with our next hero, Blob, for dangerous synergy attacks.

Blob is another member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. This plus-sized Protector is blessed with superhuman durability and strength. He's able to trap and expel objects using his gelatinous exterior, with his weight and ability to control gravity around him making him virtually unmovable. He makes use of taunts when his allies' health is low, and he can easily crush his foes using devastating AOE attacks.

Last, but by no means least, is Ironheart. Riri Williams (aka Ironheart) is a teenage genius who managed to reverse engineer an old version of Iron Man's suit. She's a Blaster capable of blowing her enemies to bits at a moment's notice.

A number of heroes have also gained all-new abilities, including Iron Man, War Machine, Magneto, Juggernaut, and more.

Marvel Strike Force is available for download now as a free-to-play title from both the App Store and Google Play.

Speed Dating for Ghosts is a narrative adventure for iOS and Android about romancing spirits

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 21st, 2020

Speed Dating for Ghosts originally released on Steam back 2018, since then it has received honourable mentions for narrative during the Independent Games Festival. Now it's made its way over to iOS devices where it's available as a premium title.

If you're unfamiliar, Speed Dating for Ghosts is a branching narrative game where you will go on dates with a bunch of spectres. The developer describes the game as being 'part horror, part comedy and kinda sorta heartbreaking', so like most dates then.

During your time in the game, you'll meet over 12 different spirits of various genders from numerous time periods, each with their own backstories to discover. You'll take the time to learn about their death and what they did during their life. There's even the option to help them find peace, if you say all the right things, of course.

There's ghost dog hoping to find their owner, a poltergeist who spends their time annoying rich men and another who's unsettlingly up for robbing a bank. Whether you learn about these things depends on which dialogue options you choose. Taking the wrong approach may see your date with a phantom end on a sour note.

The game has a minimalist art style that's equal parts endearing and downright terrifying, depending on which one of the apparitions you're currently deep in conversation with. Whether it's to your taste or not, it undoubtedly stands out from the crowd.

Speed Dating for Ghosts is available now over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $2.99.

Fast-paced multiplayer title Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash hits iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 20th, 2020

Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash is the latest free-to-play tennis title to hit iOS and Android. It's said to be a fairly casual experience, offering easy-to-learn controls and fast-paced, mobile-friendly matches.

Its focus is on competitive multiplayer bouts where you'll use basic touchscreen swipes to aim and charge up your shots. It's going for a lighthearted tone, though I find the character models to be more terrifying than humorous – those giant, dead eyes stare straight into my soul.

Matchmaking here is incredibly fast, and the game promises almost no lag during heated matches. You'll also be able to chat to your opponents in real-time, just be sure to keep things civil.

As you continue to progress, you'll unlock new cards that can then be traded for characters or skill upgrades. Your talents on the court should also gradually improve, especially your mastery of power shots.

If you're looking for a challenge, there are weekly tournaments to take part in. Matches here take place across the world in cities ranging from New York to London to Melbourne.

If Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash sounds like a good time to you, you'll find it available for download now as a free-to-play title from over on Google Play and the App Store.

Super Mecha Champions' latest update adds a new character called R.E.D

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 20th, 2020

Super Mecha Champions' latest update sees the addition of a brand new character called R.E.D. Alongside that, there's news about the current season and a series of Emojis that have been added to the game.

But we'll start with that new character because that's always the most interesting part of any update. R.E.D is a teenage girl with a rebellious streak that gives off the impression she's not particularly fussed about, well, anything. However, underneath that veneer, she's a kind individual who's keen on repaying any support she receives.

She was a street-raised child which lead her to fight to be in a position to help those who are oppressed or have become victims of wrongdoing. Her aim is to become the People's Champion and to act as a beacon of hope for those who live in unfortunate circumstances like the ones she grew up in herself.

Beyond that, there will be a host of new Emojis added to the game to give the player's a few more visual options to choose from when chatting to each other. This will be called the Riko-chan emoji series, which is available now alongside the latest update.

Finally, there's an update on the current season, which has been available since December 5th. NetEase says that it's proven to be very popular with players providing a lot of positive feedback. Therefore, they've decided to extend the length of the season until the beginning of March.

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.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 2.19]

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 19th, 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.

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+ [Updated 2.19]

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 19th, 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. Mini Motorways

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Description:

Mini Motorways is the follow up to Mini Metro. Only this time, instead of building public transportation, you are building road ways from houses to buildings with parking lots. Your goal is to create as smooth and quick a flow of traffic as possible, and if too few cars can reach their destination in an appropriate amount of time, you lose.

Rank Explanation:

Mini Motorways is a fine minimalist puzzler, but it doesn’t feel all that different from Mini Metro. On top of that, the games moves dreadfully slowly and has some clunky controls which often result in accidentally building roadways where you don’t mean to.

Isle Escape: The House is an upcoming puzzle game for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 14th, 2020

Isle Escape: The House is an upcoming puzzle game from Simeon Angelov that's intended to serve as an introduction to a saga they're planning on releasing in an episodic fashion. The first chapter is set to release for both iOS and Android on 29th February.

The first instalment starts when you wake up in a strangers living room, unaware of who you are but cognizant enough to know you don't belong in this place. It turns out this house belongs to a lady called Mrs Redove who lives on a desolate part of the island with no neighbours or shops to speak of.

It's referred to as 'the other side of the island' by locals and they do their best to avoid it. The reason? Mrs Redove is apparently in contact with the afterlife, which is something that would scare most folks away to be fair. So, waking up in her living room unaware of who you are is certainly not ideal, probably best to get out as soon as possible.

So, as you might have guessed, it's an escape room game. There will be a plethora of tricky puzzles to solve and riddles to decipher so that you can get out of this potentially supernatural dwelling. You can see an example of one of these puzzles in the trailer above where you have to rearrange a shelf of books so that they spell out a sentence.

Simeon says this will be the shortest of the chapters as it's only intended to be an introduction, promising that more and more of the story will unravel with each additional chapter. It'll be free so it's definitely worth downloading if you're a fan of these types of games.

Isle Escape: The House is available to pre-order now over on the App Store and Google Play ahead of its release on 29th February. It will be a free-to-play game.