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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.

Early Worm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FORGETTABLE FLING
Early Worm uses a proven gameplay formula but then fails to build something particularly compelling around it.


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.

Company of Heroes, the classic RTS, is now available for iPad

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 13th, 2020

Feral Interactive has finally released their highly anticipated iOS version of the strategy classic Company of Heroes. It's available now for iPad as a premium title and has had various tweaks to ensure that it's optimised for touch controls.

This includes a few new additions to the game such as the command wheel. This is accessed by tapping and holding on any unit present on the battlefield. This will open up a circular menu that will provide you with a host of actions that a unit can carry out.

Time will also slow down when you do this to allow players to think they move through. However, you can also play the game without the use of the wheel if you'd prefer, this is merely an additional option. And there are few other touches like this such as multiple options for selecting units.

They've even included an option to save a bit of space on your tablet which is a thoughtful inclusion given that the game will take up 6gb of space, though Feral Interactive recommends having at least 8gb available. You'll be able to choose which skirmish and campaign missions are installed as well as being able to decide if you want high-quality models or not.

If you're unfamiliar with Company of Heroes, it's a strategy game where throughout its campaign you'll take charge of two different companies of American soldiers and guide them various operations throughout WWII, starting with the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Company of Heroes originally released back in 2006, where it's frequently heralded as one of the finest strategy games of all time. Long time fans of the series were pleased then to hear that Feral Interactive would be handling the port as they've bet a well-deserved reputation for bringing classic games to iPad such as Tropico and Rome: Total War.

Company of Heroes is now available for iPad over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $13.99.

Mario Kart Tour's Vancouver Tour has arrived, adding Aurora Rosalina and Hiker Wario

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 12th, 2020

With Mario Kart Tour's Valentine's Tour now at an end (suspiciously before Valentine's Day has even arrived), it's now time to move on to the all-new and exciting Vancouver Tour. This time around, the featured drivers are Hiker Wario and Aurora Rosalina, and they both look pretty neat.

According to a recent tweet posted on the game's Twitter, Aurora Rosalina is "totally out of this world", and you better believe that she's happy to make her grand MK Tour debut in such a dazzling dress.



It also says something about her being fast like a shooting star, presumably meaning she'll embarrass her opponents/ex-friends, ruining their harmless karting fun by lapping them a practically endless number of times before their feet have even touched the accelerator.

The Vancouver Tour is set to run until February 25th, giving you around two weeks to get stuck in and hopefully have a good time with the new tracks and drivers.

If you're yet to give it a go, you'll find Mario Kart Tour available for download now as a free-to-play title from both the App Store and Google Play. Oh, and if you're in need of some friends for challenges or multiplayer, our sister site Pocket Gamer has over 20,000 friend codes available for you to add at your leisure. Be sure to add your own in the comments.

A new PictoQuest update makes it a much better game

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 10th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS :: Read Review »

PictoQuest is a charming little puzzle game, but it left us a little disappointed. The game just didn’t seem to use screen space effectively, to the point that using the touch controls (as opposed to the default virtual d-pad) could lead to errant taps. This, combined with a somewhat unpredictable—and arguably unnecessary—layer of RPG mechanics made a game that would otherwise seem perfect for mobile hard to recommend.

Over the weekend following its release, though, there has been an update to PictoQuest that addresses some of these issues. Most notably, players can now solve puzzles in Zen Mode, which nullifies things like enemy attacks in levels. This allows you to sit an ponder out a puzzle without having to worry about time pressure.

Alley is an atmospheric adventure game available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on February 10th, 2020

Alley is an atmospheric adventure game that sees you playing as a young girl trapped in an inescapable nightmare. Surrounded by her worst fears, every step forward for her is a huge challenge that you'll help guide her through using some simple controls and your own smarts to outwit the many traps and shadows that lie ahead.

While most of the game is fairly slow and relaxed, there will be times when you're going to have to react quickly to traverse the maze safely. For example, spider webs can prove deadly if you can't escape them in time.

The further you get, the higher your score will grow, so there's an element of high-score chasing fun to it all despite the mellow tone. Progress is made whenever you find a new memory or star, and there are also helpful items to collect along the way such as shields and 'jars of starts', which I'm assuming act as an extra life.

You'll be able to disguise yourself in a total of 29 distinct outfits. These can be bought using the stars found throughout each level. Using your handy dandelion, you might just find hidden scenes – and even a bonus stage – that flesh out the game's world.

If you're in the market for something a little different, Alley is available right now as a free-to-play title from both the App Store and Google Play.

Fight monsters and collect heroes in Cryptract

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 9th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

From Final Fantasy to Chaos Rings, Japanese roleplaying games have found a large and loyal fanbase on mobile devices. If you’re seeking a more under-the-radar JRPG to escape into, Lionsfilm’s Cryptract could be the one. The game has been around since 2015, but its reach has mainly stayed within its homeland of Japan, where it’s developed one of the largest playerbases in mobile gaming.

In Cryptract, you’re tasked with saving the Guilsanian Empire against the threat of the Mystical Beasts — monsters hell-bent on causing chaos. With the heroes you gather through gacha-style summoning, you’ve got to form a powerful questing party. Head out on missions to slay beasts and save the day, learning more about the in-game universe along the way.

Circuit Dude is a top-down, tile-based puzzler that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 7th, 2020

Circuit Dude is a tile-based puzzler that was originally released on Steam back in 2017. Now it's made it's way over to mobile devices where it's available for both iOS and Android as a premium game.

Players will take control of the titular Circuit Dude and will assist him in creating his ultimate invention by plugging in chips, activating switches and pushing blocks. The aim of each level is simply to make sure the sockets have plugs in them. Once you've done that, a portal will open to take you to the next level.

This has the potential to go very wrong, however. Once you've plugged a chip into a socket you can no longer walk back over that spot, this means you'll have to plan ahead, thinking about the correct order to plug everything in.

There are no enemies to speak of and although it's possible to kill yourself, you have infinite lives. That means not being able to figure out the solution is the only thing that can stop you from completing each level, you'll only be able to blame your own brain. Well, unless the controls are bad, that is.

Once you've either completed the 120 levels that are available or if you get overly infuriated with one of them in particular, there's a level editor where you'll be able to create your own stages for other players to try and solve.

This means you'll be able to make use of the 10 different tile related mechanics the game itself uses to try and infuriate your pals. Of course, this also means you'll be able to play other people's levels, potentially making Circuit Dude a game you'll play for a while.

Circuit Dude is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $2.99.