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Heck Deck review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 11th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DEATH ISN’T FUN
This deck-based arena bullet hell shooter has a lot of fun ideas that stop being fun once you die, and you die a lot in Heck Deck.

Alien: Isolation review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 20th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LOT OF ALIEN
This stunning port of Creative Assembly’s critically acclaimed survival horror game feels burdensome to play on a mobile device.


Evan's Remains review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 14th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MECHANICS OF MEANING
Evan’s Remains is a surprising puzzle platformer in the sense that its puzzles and platforming are intentionally arbitrary.

Skeletal Avenger review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BARE BONES
Skeletal Avenger is a great premise that uses some tried-and-true systems, but none of it really comes together in a way that satisfies.


PAKO 3 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DRIVING GAME 3
PAKO 3 ditches almost everything about the previous entries that gave it some edge and personality. Now it just feels like it could be called Drivey Cars Game.

Rocket League Sideswipe review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 6th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE
This streamlined version of Rocket League is both fun in its own right and completely free of cynical monetization schemes.


Rob Riches review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 30th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLEASANT PLUNDERING
This puzzle game may not throw too many curveballs, but it is so well constructed and convenient to play that you’ll wish more puzzle games were built like it.

Moncage review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 23rd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CLEVER CUBE
Moncage’s ambitious puzzle design would be way more frustrating if not for the game’s best-in-class hint system.


Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 11th, 2022

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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.

The 5 Best Mobile Games like Wordle

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 4th, 2022

Wordle is seemingly taking the internet by storm as of late. The little daily “guess the word” game has been popping up all across social media timelines in the last couple of weeks, and for good reason. It’s a fun little exercise that is satisfying to complete, easy to make a daily ritual, and easy to share online to compare results.

Now, Wordle is easy enough to play on your phone as it is, but just in case you’re looking for some more games that can satisfy in a similar way between daily resets, here are some incredible mobile games that can do just that.

COD Mobile Season 1 2022: New maps, weapons, and everything we know

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on January 3rd, 2022

In 2021, Call of Duty Mobile gave us amazing new seasons every month. And it looks like the developers are set to repeat the same thing in 2022. Season 1 of COD Mobile might drop in 2022 sooner than we expected.

As always, the new season will be loaded with new weapons, maps, skins, and action-packed events. Before the season actually lands, let's take a look at some heavily speculated additions.

148Apps Game of the Year 2021

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 31st, 2021

Continuing the trend begun last year, I wanted to model some Game of the Year awards through categories in addition to simply ranking my personal favorites. Between now and the dawn of 2022, I'll be updating this page regularly with new entries for each category, so make sure to check in and see what titles win which awards.


The Categories

For each of these categories, I'll choose a winner and mention some notable runner-ups. Any game nominated or chosen for any of these cateories is then eligible for the final category, Best Game, which is the culminating category where I will construct a ranked list of my favorite games from this year.

Best Light Characters in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 29th, 2021

World Flipper is one of the best games that combines gacha, RPG, and pinball. You have to build a powerful team, collect characters, and fight in some pinball battles!

The characters in World Flipper are categorized into six elements, and Light is one of them. A Light team comp can deal heavy damage to opponents. Most of the Light teams will be led by either Ellya or Sha Suzu.

Phantom Blade: Executioners, the upcoming ARPG from S-Game, opens Closed Beta Test sign-ups on Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 28th, 2021

Featuring stylish visuals and heart-stopping action, Phantom Blade: Executioners invites players back into the world of "Kungfupunk" this month. S-Game's action-packed ARPG is opening sign-ups for the game's Closed Beta Test from 12/28/2021 to 1/10/2022, with lots of in-game goodies and two heroes to experience.

Phantom Blade: Executioners is the latest installment of the Phantom Blade franchise. Eager players who wish to get first dibs on the game can simply sign up for the CBT on the official Facebook and Twitter channels and fill out the form. The lucky few who get picked will receive an email with a download link for the CBT that'll start in January.

Everything you need to know about the new Alchemy Stars Event, Sands of Time

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 27th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A favorite game of many, Alchemy Stars, is now celebrating the winter holidays with a new event that introduces new Aurorians and summon mechanics to the game. The popular tile-based RPG went big on the event, featuring not only a new standard event, but also tons of log in rewards and even a mini quiz event.

In this article, you can find everything you need to know about the Sands of Time event in the game, which is currently underway.


The Sands of Time Event

Part one: December 23 - January 10

The first part of the event, Northland Journey, starts on December 23, and is a classical event which uses event-exclusive Action Points. One Action Point recovers every four hours, and players can store a maximum of 30 AP.

Part two: December 28 - January 10

The second part, Trial of the Aurora, is just like Northland Journey, but it has slightly more challenging stages that become available on December 28th. This part of the event will feature exclusive character backstories, for the new Aurorians in the game: Bethlehem, Novio, and Lola.

Once a player has cleared all these event stages, they will be rewarded with 2000 Lumamber and 2 Special Star Flares.

Best Wind characters in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 23rd, 2021

World Flipper is one of the most engaging RPGs available right now. It has anime-like characters that you get from gacha to form a team of powerful units before playing pinball!

Wind is one of the six elements in World Flipper. Wind characters are used often in teams as they lend the team ‘levitate’ ability. Some Wind units like Kamaitachi and Owlbert can be obtained for free while others, like Murakumo, can be unlocked through certain boss battles.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets you decorate Hobbiton's Yule Tree, set off fireworks, and more this holiday season

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 22nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The midsummer holiday called Lithe isn't the only major holiday in the Shire - the six-day Yuletide period is just as joyous, which is why The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is holding five in-game events this season. NetEase's officially licensed title is adding special puzzles, new content, and a bunch of hidden treasure to boot.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is not only treating players to special gifts from visiting Commanders every day they go online, but rewards from Bilbo's riddle challenge are also up for grabs. Lords must simply try to get ten bingo rewards to nab a special Bilbo Riddle bonus this Yule Festival.

5 Middle-earth locations to look for in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 21st, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Aside from being one of the most in-depth global strategy games to grace pocket-sized screens, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is also one of the few officially licensed The Lord of the Rings games that lets the players experience first-hand the beauty of the surroundings exactly as described by the books. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War features almost every idyllic (and not so idyllic) Middle-earth location you can think of, and that’s exactly what this article will explore.

If you’ve been a fan of the books or the movies but want even more, then there’s no better chance to pick up the game and start your journey through Middle-earth than now - or rather, after reading these locations that you as a player can fight for and conquer.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 21st, 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 12/21:

Best Fire characters in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 17th, 2021

World Flipper has many characters that can be categorized based on six different elements. One of those elements is fire. For some levels, you will have to build a team with Fire characters. Defeating Wind characters is easier if you have a strong Fire team.

The Fire characters in World Flipper are known for high damage, rapid attacks, and cool power buffs. Their skills often cause an area of effect damage, so you need to have one Fire character in your team.

PUBG New State's latest update reveals Suvivor Pass Vol. 2

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 16th, 2021

The futuristic sequel to PUBG was globally launched in November. Almost a month after the launch, Krafton announced that PUBG New State will be getting a major update.

The next-gen battle royale has crossed 45 million downloads. Taking this as a cue, Krafton has decided to roll out the first update after release. As a part of the update, players will get a new survivor pass, gun, two vehicles, and a merit points system.

Blast Waves lets you shoot your way through an intergalactic war in pixel art graphics, out now on iOS and Android

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

Blast Waves is a new tactical arcade shooter from solo developer Kyle Barrett (the man behind the highly rated roguelike Immortal Rogue), and it's out now on iOS and Android devices across the globe. As the latest project from, the pixel art title lets you use everything in your arsenal to survive an intergalactic war.

While fighting off hordes of enemies can be pretty relentless, Blast Waves does reward the valiant souls who survive the conflict in the game's Survival Mode. These heroes are unlocked as permanently playable characters, who will then lead their own teams as clone Squad Commanders in the Command Mode.

How to get Owlbert in World Flipper

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on December 16th, 2021

World Flipper is a popular pinball gacha game that features some awesome characters. The goal is to clear levels and move ahead in the game. For this, you need to recruit strong characters to your squad. As is the case with every gacha game, the 5-star and the 4-star units always steal the show.

Of course, the strongest characters are always pulled from the gacha. But some amazing characters are unlocked through the story mode. One such character is Owlbert. Even though Owlbert is a 2-star ally, he is strong and has useful abilities.