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Serial Cleaner review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 24th, 2019
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SERIAL-IOUSLY?
Serial Cleaner is a flat stealth action experience with few redeeming qualities.

Alabama Bones review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 20th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOT A BONE TO PICK
Alabama Bones is a solid, retro inspired platformer that’s marred by forced pop-up video ads.


Booger for iPad review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 19th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLEXING PHLEGM
Booger is a really creative puzzle game with a lot of barriers to entry.

Dark Quest 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 13th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLUNDER TO PROGRESS
The progression system and character classes in Dark Quest 2 save it from being a run-of-the-mill dungeon-crawler.


'Normal Club review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE READING
‘Normal Club takes a cool premise and charming writing and runs them into the ground through repetition and unsatisfactory end points.

Wild Bullets review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 6th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GRIDS N GUNS
Wild Bullets is a great arcade-y roguelite.


Bubbles the Cat review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 5th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PLATFORMING PURR-FECTION
This one-touch platformer has a tremendous amount of creativity and challenge, plus cats. What’s not to like?

Infectonator 3: Apocalypse review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 4th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHAMBLING ALONG
The extremely slow pace of Infectonator 3 makes it hard to enjoy.


Ghibli-inspired puzzle-platformer Forgotton Anne lands on iOS today

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 26th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

ThroughLine Games’ critically acclaimed puzzle-platformer, Forgotton Anne, has finally launched on the App Store. It tells the somber story of the Forgotlings, a collection of lost household objects who have been brought to life using a magical force called Anima.

Fans of the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of animated classics like My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, will notice and appreciate Forgotten Anne’s similar hand-animated art style. Also like Ghibli’s best work, the game’s affecting story is enhanced by a soaring orchestral score.

You play as Anne, a human enforcer in the land of the Forgotlings who wants nothing more than to return to the world she once called home. In order to do that, she’ll have to work alongside her boss, Master Bonku, to put a stop to a potentially dangerous uprising.

Auto Chess - What is it and which one should you play?

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 25th, 2019

There has been an auto chess explosion on the App Store. Within just a few weeks, three games in this new genre have popped up and are all competing for your attention.

If you’re not sure what auto chess is, welcome to the club. This new genre was born out of a mod for Dota 2, which is a game based on a mod for Warcraft 3. After taking off on PC and having over 300,000 concurrent players daily, it was only natural for it to make the jump to mobile in a big way.

This has a lot to do with the gameplay of auto chess games. If I had to describe it, I’d say auto chess is like a slowed down version of Clash Royale, but with an in-game store that gives you random units to buy instead of using a deck of your own creation. There’s a bit more to it than that, but it’s focus on management and paced-out auto combat makes it relatively well-suited for touchscreens.

I’m sure it’s a kind of game that isn’t for everyone, but if you want to try auto chess out, you want to make sure you’re doing it right. So with that, I decided to check out the current offerings of auto chess on mobile to let you know which one you should be playing:

Alabama Bones guide - How to get the most out of this one-touch platformer

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 21st, 2019

Alabama Bones is a pretty solid one-touch platfomer. While there are times where it’s pretty easy, fun, and satisgying to cruise through some levels, others can be quite tricky.

Leave it to us to take our experience with the game and share it with you, dear readers. See below for a few nice tips for how to have a bit of an eaiser time playing Alabama Bones:

Gorgeous Ghibli-like puzzler Forgotton Anne makes its way to iOS later this month

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 20th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Forgotton Anne, from developer ThroughLine Games, is a gorgeous, hand-animated puzzle-platformer that’s now making its way to iOS. You can pre-order ahead of its release, and you’d be doing yourself a favour as the game’s really rather good.

It boasts a stunning Ghibli-like world, brought to life to by hand-animated visuals created using the same techniques behind the likes of Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro. And the stunning, soaring orchestral score, performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, is just another one of the many ways the game immerses you in its affecting story of the Forgotlings; living mislaid objects who long to be remembered.

Dark Quest 2 guide - Combat tips and tricks

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 18th, 2019

Dark Quest 2’s progression system is unique in that using characters doesn’t automatically make them stronger. Instead, you have to focus on competing missions with blue potions in tow in order to make your units the slightest bit stronger.

Considering this unique take on progression, it can be tricky to make forward progress in Dark Quest 2. Here are a few tips to help make your progression a bit easier:

Ambitious idle RPG Hello Hero All Stars lets you collect hundreds of powerful heroes

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 18th, 2019

The latest entry in the acclaimed Hello Hero series, Hello Hero All Stars, has now launched for Android and iOS. It’s a super ambitious idle RPG that brings together hundreds of collectable heroes from the earlier games and adds a bunch more on top.

Hello Hero’s popularity stems from its quirky characters and constantly rewarding gameplay. While it’s an idle game, the combat requires plenty of tactical thought thanks to the smart coordinate lock system.

Dark Quest 2 guide - Tips and tricks for progressing quickly

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 17th, 2019

Dark Quest 2 is a fairly straightforward dungeon-crawler, and it also happens to have a bit of a grind to it. At a certain point in the game, you’ll almost certainly be going back to replay missions just to make your heroes stronger for the path ahead.

If you want to minimize your time spent grinding out coins and potions, we have a few tips for you. See below:

Marvel Super War Beta Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 10th, 2019

Marvel Super War is the latest MOBA from Netease, but it’s not something you can just go and download on the App Store now. The game is in a closed beta, meaning you have to download it from a special link here and the developers are still ironing out some kinks before officially releasing the game to mobile players everywhere.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time with Marvel Super War over the past week, and I let me say, it’s not half bad. This is to say that it’s really neat to play as heroes and villains like Thor and Magneto, but this game feels a little too... familiar.

Wild Bullets guide - Tips and tricks for gutsy gunslingers

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 7th, 2019

Wild Bullets offers up fast and fun wild west action, but it has a good amount of strange mechanics to navigate. Between the game’s unique movement and all of its unlocks, there’s quite a bit to take in.

With that said, we put in a good amount of time into Wild Bullets for our review, so we’ve got some tips to help out anyone that’s new to the game. See below for some of our best advice:

Superhero-themed runner Talking Tom Hero Dash releases globally

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 6th, 2019

After a massively popular pre-registration period, Outfit7’s runner, Talking Tom Hero Dash, has now landed on iOS and Android. This latest game in the beloved Talking Tom and Friends franchise sees the Talking Tom Heroes team taking on a band of reckless raccoons using their superpowers and incredible high-tech gadgets.

Each iconic member of the team – Talking Tom, Talking Angela, Talking Hank, Talking Ben, and Talking Ginger – uses their own special gadgets and awesome superpowers. Many of them make traversing each of the game’s 5 worlds a whole lot easier. In the mix, there are high-tech magnetic gloves, special tracking glasses, a bottomless backpack full of funny items, and even a speedy hoverboard.

Infectonator 3: Apocalypse guide - Tips and tricks for infection initiates

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 5th, 2019

When I first booted up Infectonator 3: Apocalypse, I was surprised by the sheer amount of stuff going on it. From crafting and leveling zombies to the intricacies of managing a wandering horde of braindead zombies, it can be overwhelming.

This is especially true since you're supposed to manage all this stuff while humanity is racing toward a cure to end your entire run, which would make you have to start the whole game all over again. If you're a newcomer to the Infectonator games, check out this handy little guide to help you in your efforts to infect the planet.

A beginner’s guide to MU Origin 2

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 4th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Webzen’s acclaimed MU Origin 2 recently launched on iOS and Android, shaking up the MMORPG genre in the process. It’s a huge game with a lot of different systems and modes to learn, so we’ve put together a handy beginner’s guide to give you a head start on the competition.


Selecting your starter class

After booting up the game for the first time, you’ll be presented with a choice of three different starter classes. First off, there’s the nimble, angelic Elf whose long-range attacks and assassination skills can devastate any enemy. The overwhelmingly powerful Dark Knight is a master of swordsmanship, though he still prefers to crush any demons with his immense strength. Then there’s the Dark Wizard, a mage of sorts, whose expert manipulation of the elements makes him a deadly force from afar.

If you just can’t make up your mind, and I don’t blame you, you could try them all out for a bit using any of the 4 character slots.

Q&A with the creator of Flappy Fighter

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 28th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Earlier this month, a little game called Flappy Fighter hit the App Store and seemingly surprised everyone. What looked like a simple Flappy Bird send-up actually turned into the little mobile fighting game that could.

It seems like the only person who wasn't surprised by Flappy Fighter's success was the game's creator, Andrew Baxter. To learn more about the creative process that went into this breakout title, I reached out to Baxter. See our exchange below, where we discuss everything from the public reaction to the game as well as what the future of Flappy Fighter might look like:

MU Origin 2, Webzen’s highly anticipated MMORPG, is out now for Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 28th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Having successfully left its closed beta phase, MU Origin 2 is no longer available for pre-registration – because it’s now entered its full release. It’s a fully-fledged 3D MMORPG and the second spin-off based on the Webzen’s popular MU universe, merging magical fantasy elements with satisfying gameplay in a mobile experience primed to be shared with others.

Your journey in Mu Origin 2 begins by selecting one of three character classes: Dark Knight, Dark Wizard and Elf. Each one boasts their own diverse gameplay mechanics and upgrade potential, which makes conquering dungeons as part of a team even more meaningful. You engage in combat entirely in real-time, fighting off rival factions and bosses in a bid to prove yourself the best.

AFK Arena guide - Everything you need to know about the 1.17.05 update

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 22nd, 2019

Ok, so if you're like me, you've been playing (and sometimes waiting) your way through AFK Arena, only to learn there's a lot more to it than there appears on the surface. There's guilds, a PvP arena, and all sorts of other systems and game modes to pay attention to, and–quite frankly–it can be confusing.

Today, I want to talk about the latest update to AFK Arena. This update adds some nice quality of life features, but also adds in some new systems and even a couple new heroes. Check out everything you need to know about the 1.17.05 patch here.