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Armajet review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WEAPONS FREE
Armajet’s multiplayer shooting is appealing mostly because of its surprisingly fair free-to-play model.

reky review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLORFUL BUT CLUNKY
reky is a puzzle game that is less elegant than it appears.


Coloristic 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FULL OF COLOR
Coloristic 2 is a great little puzzler about filling grids with color.

Xenowerk Tactics review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY EXTERMINATION
Xenowerk Tactics is a fun and dynamic strategy game that is a little too easy.


Dear Esther review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 7th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MEANDER ON MOBILE
The mobile version of Dear Esther is enjoyable enough for what that game is.

Sunset Road review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 3rd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CAR TALK
Sunset Road is a strange, short game about the idle chatter that happens on road trips.


SimpleRockets 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 20th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT SO SIMPLE
SimpleRockets 2 celebrates and rewards tinkering, experimentation, and lots and lots of patience.

Football Drama review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MYSTERIOUS MANAGEMENT
Football Drama is an ambitious and experimental management sim that is both alluring and a bit maddening.


Zombieland: Double Tapper, a cartoon idle RPG, launches today for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on October 15th, 2019

Zombieland: Double Tapper is the idle RPG tie-in to the upcoming Zombieland: Double Tap. Oddly, it's one of two different Zombieland games launching today, with the other being the Switch title Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip.

Zombieland: Double Tap – not to be confused with the film Zombieland: Double Tap or the other game Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip – is aiming to be an action-packed, zombie-filled shooter with some light RPG elements. You can expect to collect, upgrade, and customise characters from the 2009 original and its sequel, as well as several original heroes.

At your disposal is a sizeable arsenal of guns, makeshift melee weapons, and explosives. The game's campaign will see you travel from New England to the blood-splattered beaches of California. Along the way, you'll meet a host of ravenous zombie types, including hulking boss zombies.

It's said to feature the same blend of violent action and dark humour as the films it's based on, though its cartoon look gives Zombieland: Double Tapper a somewhat unique feel.

If you're all hyped up for the sequel, perhaps Double Tapper will satiate your hunger for zombie-killing action until the film arrives later this week. You'll find it available for download now for free from both the App Store and Google Play.

Apple Arcade: Ranked [Updated 10.15]

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2019

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

Patch Notes:

October 15:
Added: Mutazione, Dear Reader, Cat Quest II, Neo Cab, King’s League II, Pilgrims, Outlanders, Down in Bermuda, Fledgling Heroes, and Big Time Sports

Rank Changes: What the Golf? (3 to 5), Exit the Gungeon (4 to 6), Jenny LeClue (5 to 7), Sayonara Wild Hearts (6 to 8), Over the Alps (7 to 9), Bleak Sword (8 to 13), Spaceland (9 to 14), Super Impossible Road (10 to 15), Dread Nautical (11 to 16), Dead End Job (12 to 19), Cricket Through the Ages (13 to 20), Grindstone (14 to 21), Hyperbrawl Tournament (15 to 22), Assemble With Care (16 to 23), Sneaky Sasquatch (17 to 25), ChuChu Rocket! Universe (18 to 26), Oceanhorn 2 (19 to 28), Pinball Wizard (20 to 29), Lego Brawls (21 to 31), Sonic Racing (22 to 32), Hot Lava (23 to 33), The Get Out Kids (24 to 34), Where Cards Fall (25 to 12)

October 8:
Added:
Super Impossible Road, Cricket Through the Ages, Hyperbrawl Tournament, ChuChu Rocket! Universe, and Lego Brawls

Rank Changes:Dread Nautical (10 to 11), Dead End Job (11 to 12), Grindstone (12 to 14), Assemble With Care (13 to 16), Sneaky Sasquatch (14 to 17), Oceanhorn 2 (15 to 19), Pinball Wizard (16 to 20), Sonic Racing (17 to 22), Hot Lava (18 to 23), The Get Out Kids (19 to 24), Where Cards Fall (20 to 25)

October 4:
Added: Oceanhorn 2, Exit the Gungeon, Over the Alps, Jenny LeClue - Detectivu, and Pinball Wizard

Rank Changes: Sayonara Wild Hearts (4 to 6), Bleak Sword (5 to 8), Spaceland (6 to 9), Dread Nautical (7 to 10), Dead End Job (8 to 11), Grindstone (9 to 12), Assemble With Care (10 to 13), Sneaky Sasquatch (11 to 14), Sonic Racing (12 to 17), Hot Lava (13 to 18), The Get Out Kids (14 to 19), Where Cards Fall (15 to 20)

September 30:
Added: Dead End Job, Dread Nautical, Assemble With Care, The Get Out Kids, and Spaceland

Rank Changes: Grindstone (6 to 9), What the Golf? (5 to 3), Sayonara Wild Hearts (3 to 4), Bleak Sword (4 to 5), Sneaky Sasquatch (7 to 11), Sonic Racing (8 to 12), Hot Lava (9 to 13), and Where Cards Fall (10 to 15).

September 26:
Added: What the Golf, Sneaky Sasquatch, Sonic Racing, Hot Lava, and Where Cards Fall

Rank Changes: Grindstone (5 to 6)

September 23: First launch of list with titles Card of Darkness, Overland, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Bleak Sword, and Grindstone.

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.

Rusty Lake's The White Door launches for iOS and Android on November 26th

Posted by Cameron Bald on October 14th, 2019

Rusty Lake and Second Maze's intriguing point-and-click adventure game, The White Door, is now up for pre-order on the App Store. This one sees you playing as Robert Hill, a mental health patient who is suffering from severe memory loss. The game plays out in a sterile, discomforting mental health facility. As the days go by, you'll gradually uncover Robert's past by exploring his dreams.

Rusty Lake has made a name for itself as a developer (and now publisher) of uniquely disquieting adventure games. If you're yet to play any of its stuff, I can easily recommend last year's Cube Escape: Paradox.

The White Door looks to be a slight departure for the talented team, making use of a minimalist aesthetic and interesting split-screen perspective. You'll see scenes play out from two different angles, and I fully expect Rusty Lake to take full advantage of this to create a constant feeling of unease.

Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to start unravelling its many mysteries, as the White Door is set to launch for iOS and Android on November 26th. Those looking to pre-order ahead of time can do so now over on the App Store. It's a premium app priced at $2.99.

Hellrule is an auto-runner inspired by Ghosts n' Goblins and Castlevania that's heading to iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 11th, 2019

Hellrule is an upcoming auto-runner game from independent developer Pedrocorp where players will take control of a dapperly dressed gentlemen who comes equipped with a razor-sharp umbrella for slicing up his foes. The game will be available for both iOS and Android with a target release date of either late 2019 or early 2020.

The developer says the game draws inspiration from older games such as Ghosts and Goblins and Castlevania. You can definitely see this in the screenshots with the fairly gloomy aesthetic Hellrule possesses. Plus the giant goat head that attacks by throwing eyeballs at you is very Castlevania.

The gameplay itself will, naturally, involve running continuously throughout the level jumping and double jumping to overcome various obstacles. Any enemies you come across you'll have to correctly time a quick slash with your sword/umbrella hybrid to cut them in half.

You'll also be able to stop running to avoid certain obstacles too by ducking down. This will hold the gentlemen in this position and will pause his relentless charge. You'll have to make use of this mechanic to avoid obstacles that you can't slice open or leap over.

You'll also have to chase down and cut down several bosses too. Such as the aforementioned floating goat head that slings giant eyes at you. There's also some kind of rocky ogre fellow you'll have to contend with too.

Hellrule will be available for both iOS and Android when it eventually releases. The developer is aiming for either a late 2019 or early 2020 release date.

Grobo is a gravity bending puzzle platformer that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 10th, 2019

Grobo is a 2D puzzle platformer that marks the first release from developers Hot Chocolate Games. You'll find yourself manipulating gravity as you make your through this title that's available now for iOS and Android.

Grobo is set in a post-apocalyptic world called Megatropolis where the titular robot finds himself along, with the only the digital memories of those lost for company. He sets out on a journey to discover what exactly happened to this now dilapidated and abandoned world through various lore notes he can collect throughout his adventure.

Throughout your journey, you'll be challenged to earn 4-stars on each of the Grobo's 48 levels. It won't be a straightforward platformer though, you'll also need to make use of Grobo's gravity bending abilities to defeat the challenges that lay before you.

Instead of running around and double-jumping your way to victory you'll be altering the direction that gravity is pulling. Alongside this power, you'll also have to make use of teleporters to avoid the various hazards, traps and lasers that will do their utmost to hinder your journey.

Grobo was designed with mobiles in mind, so the entire game be played in portrait which means you can easily play it with one hand, which is perfect for a puzzle game you might want to play while on your commute.

Grobo is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium game that'll cost £3.99 on iOS and £3.79 on Android.

Adrenaline, Compulsive Entertainment’s high-octane racer, speeds onto the App Store

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 10th, 2019
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Compulsive Entertainment’s high-octane arcade racer, Adrenaline, has now made its way to the App Store following a successful launch on Google Play. It’s a ton of challenging, fast-paced fun, boasting easy-to-learn controls and a varied selection of tracks to master.

There are two different modes to take on: Quick Race and Career. Of the two, you’ll likely spend most of your time working through the 9 Career races. Tracks here range from tight bridges to hazardous mountainsides, and the difficulty curve throughout is smooth and fair. By the time you reach the later levels, you’ll be well on your way to mastering tight corners and other such tricky manoeuvres.

Mario Kart Tour is adding Super Mario Galaxy's Rosalina

Posted by Cameron Bald on October 8th, 2019

Earlier today on Twitter, Nintendo announced that Mario Kart Tour is getting a new racer and track. Fans of Super Mario Galaxy will be pleased to hear that Rosalina is the first post-launch character being added, while the iconic Rainbow Road is also set to make its grand debut in Tour, presumably as part of the Tokyo Tour event.

From an outside perspective, Mario Kart Tour has been a smash hit, earning a staggering number of downloads since launch, but the general critical and fan response hasn’t been particularly positive, mostly thanks to the inclusion of an overpriced $4.99-a-month subscription service. Sure, nothing here is quite as egregious as the monetisation in the grim Dr. Mario World, but it’s nevertheless disappointing to see Nintendo treat its mobile games as disposable.

That said, there is still some fun to be had in Mario Kart Tour if you’re looking for a technically solid kart racer. The lack of multiplayer at launch, not to mention the walling-off of the higher-tier races behind a subscription service, is frankly baffling, but I’m hopeful that a steady inclusion of new content, such as Rosalina and Rainbow Road, can help get it back on track.

If you’re yet to give it a go, you’ll find Mario Kart Tour available for download now over on both the App Store and Google Play.

$100,000 up for grabs at World of Tanks Blitz Twister Cup 2019

Posted by Cameron Bald on October 7th, 2019

The fourth annual Blitz Twister Cup will be held in Minsk (Belarus) on November 9th. For those not in the know, the Blitz Twister Cup is an eSports championship for the hugely popular World of Tanks Blitz.

Six of the best teams from around the globe will face off against one another in intense 7v7 tank battles to earn the title of the ultimate Blitz champs. The teams will fight in groups of 3 in a best-of-5 format. Winners from each group will then progress to the best-of-7 final match.

The prize pool this year is the championship’s largest yet, sitting at an impressive $100,000, with the top team taking home $50,000, the runners up nabbing a nice $20,000, and the teams which finish in second and third place in their groups getting $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

Some of the teams taking part this year include regional Pro tournament winners 7STAR, END GAME, REIGN, ULTIMATE FEAST, and TEAM WOMBATS. RBmk-Energy, winner of the Wild Car tournament, will also compete in the event.

The Blitz Twister Cup has grown massively since its debut in 2016, increasing its prize pool from $15,000 to $100,000 in 2019. Previous tournaments have reached 2.4 million viewers globally.

If you’re yet to take it for a spin, you’ll find World of Tanks Blitz available for download now over on both the App Store and Google Play.

Brown Dust’s crossover event with That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is now live

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 3rd, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Brown Dust, Neowiz’s epic fantasy RPG, is no stranger to special events, though its latest crossover might be its most exciting yet. On top of a challenging new dungeon, fan-favourite characters from the hit anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime are now available to unlock. The crossover event is scheduled to run through to October 16th, so you’ve got plenty of time to get involved and earn as many rewards as possible.

The new Mercenaries are all quite varied in their skills and playstyles, with Warrior Milim Nava boasting strong forward-slashing attacks and Defender Rimuru packing high agility and defence stats. Milim’s Companion is called Veldora, while Rimuru’s is called Shizu. Every player that logs in during the crossover event can also look forward to receiving Rimuru as a special reward. Simply check your in-game mailbox to find him waiting for you when you log in.

Call of Duty Mobile first impressions: A blast from the past

Posted by Cameron Bald on October 1st, 2019

After many months of waiting, Tencent and Activision’s Call of Duty Mobile is finally out. The ambitious twitch shooter looks to bring the core COD experience to mobile with few concessions. Achieving such a goal is no small feat, even with all the money in the world behind it, so let’s check out the end result.

As someone who put hundreds of hours into the likes of COD 4, MW2, and Black Ops, Call of Duty Mobile feels like an absolute blast from the past, only somewhat diminished by the fact that the mainline games have already pulled quite extensively from the nostalgia well. I mean, how many COD games have featured Nuketown at this point? Too many, I say.

Nevertheless, there’s fun to be had in trying to remaster snappy kills with the Intervention or realising you still know every nook and cranny of a classic map. It feels both new and old in a way that I’m sure will make it – at the very least – a fun novelty title for those still invested in the mainline games. And for those who’ve long since made mobile their primary platform, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into.

It’s pretty much a hodgepodge of everyone’s favourite maps, guns, killstreaks, and modes from the CODs of yore. The FPS action takes a little getting used to, mostly due to the two firing modes. You’ve got a simple auto-fire and a full ADS manual fire. Both have their quirks, but I’d say manual is preferable for me. There’s an annoying delay on the auto-fire setting, and it’s not particularly useful when you’re trying to spray a fast-moving enemy. Of course, you could just avoid the touchscreen controls entirely and opt for a controller, which is likely what I’ll be doing.

On top of the usual assortment of classic game modes (TDM, S&D, Gun Game), you’ve also got a 100-player battle royale and a zombies survival mode incoming. Running on a Samsung S9, everything looks great and runs well, though I can’t confirm whether it’s hitting anything close to 60 fps – the target on Android devices. It certainly feels consistent, even when in the middle of a large-scale battle.

As you can probably tell, I’ve rather liked my brief time with it. That said, I’m aware that much of my continued enjoyment will come down to the monetisation and whether it ends up slowing progression to a halt. It’s not been a big problem so far, but guns certainly seem a little too pricy.

There’s also the concern that those willing to pay for the better guns (once they’re discovered, that is) will instantly have a huge advantage over those just starting out. Similar issues have presented themselves in the past, with everyone rushing to unlock the ACR in MW3 or the AK74u (pre-nerf) in Black Ops. There’s currently nothing here that looks like it could instantly kill the positivity surrounding the game, but sometimes these issues only become apparent after many more hours of play.

The best iOS games to get you in the Halloween spirit

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 1st, 2019

We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween every day, which means everyone’s gearing up to watch their favorite horror movies, make weekend trips out to pumpkin patches, and do all kinds of other, fun seasonal stuff before this month ends and everyone looks toward Thanksgiving.

If you’re in the midst of all your Halloween activities and you want to take a break with some games that match the spirit, we’ve got good news for you. There’s a bunch of great games on the App Store that can get you in the mood for Halloween, and we’ve compiled a list of the best ones in a handy little list. We've also added a "spookiness rating" (1=not scary, 5=scariest) to each one so you can find the right game for you. Check out the picks below:

Lovecraftian shooter Z War 1: The Great War of the Dead targets Kickstarter success

Posted by Luke Frater on September 25th, 2019

Set at the tail end of WWI, ZWar 1: The Great War of the Dead, is an award-winning alt-history shooter like no other. The Great War has ended; the Allies and Central Powers have now united against a common foe. An army of weaponized undead and worse, is sweeping across the former battlegrounds of Europe. And in the fog of the shattered battlefields of lurks something altogether more troubling: Giant, tentacled, Lovecraftian monstrosities, summoned by the games ‘big bad’ – the ‘Black Reverend’.

The game’s Kickstarter campaign has now begun, and so we thought we’d run through what to expect from Ether Games’ promising new title.

Playond isn't a scam, it just has some problems to work on

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 25th, 2019

Last week, I wrote about Playond, a service by Bending Spoons that has been acquiring the mobile publishing rights to premium games and re-releasing them behind a subscription paywall. Since writing the piece, I received quite a few replies about the service, and most of it was negative.

The complaints mostly centered around how certain games didn’t actually verify old purchases properly and would also reset player progress. This definitely makes Bending Spoons seem like a shady player, and so it’s no wonder I started seeing chatter from players wondering why trusted developers would get into bed with such an operation.

Instead of just looking at anecdotal evidence, I decided to follow up on this. Is Playond really that bad? Are developers being tricked? Do said developers actually care about mobile anymore? I started trying to find these answers by reaching out to developers who agreed to be part of the service, and here’s what they said:

Mario Kart Tour launches today for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on September 25th, 2019

The much-anticipated Mario Kart Tour is set to launch today on the App Store and Google Play. It’s the latest free-to-play mobile title from Nintendo, one which I hope doesn’t follow in the footsteps of the disappointingly desperate, money-grubbing Dr. Mario World.

Looking on the bright side, it sounds like Tour has a lot of content to offer, including 25 unique racers and 16 cups with 3 tracks each. Best case scenario would be that it feels like a fully-fledged Mario Kart game, something I think we can all agree would be something to get excited over.

It certainly looks quite nice, obviously a step down from the stellar Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but that’s to be expected. You should be able to download Mario Kart Tour from the App Store and Google Play at 1am PT, which is 10am CEST or 9am BST.

Why your free-to-play racer sucks

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 25th, 2019

It’s been this way for a while now, but playing Hot Wheels Infinite Loop really highlights a big issue with free-to-play mobile racing games: They suck. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying going for realism, cart racing, or arcade nonsense, they’re all bad, and mostly in the same way.