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Gun Rounds review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 3rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW SHOOTER
Gun Rounds is a stylish turn-based shooter that could use a little more substance.

Bird Alone review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 27th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JABBERIN JERRY
Bird Alone is a game about forming a sustained relationship with a lonely but charming bird.


Good Sudoku review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 24th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BEST SUDOKU
Good Sudoku is so pleasant and approachable that even non-Sudoku players can learn to love the game.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRIAL COMPLETE
Now that it is fully playable, the mobile version of Danganronpa is a strangely satisfying narrative mystery.


Arrog review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 21st, 2020
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: WAS IT A DREAM?
Arrog is a confusingly short and insubstantial puzzle adventure.

Thronebreaker review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 14th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ARBITRARY AMBITION
Even if you think Gwent is more than an over-engineered mini-game, the mobile version of Thronebreaker leaves some things to be desired.


One Finger Death Punch II review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TURBULENT TAPPING
One Finger Death Punch II is a frenetic action game that plays well on mobile, despite a few missing features.

Night in the Unpleasant House review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNDONE BY UNPLEASANTNESS
Well I’m not sure what I was expecting.


Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 3rd, 2020

There’s a lot going on right now, and I don’t really feel like trying to write some kind of pithy intro for it. All I’ll say is lots of people have been coming together and helping each other in small ways, and I’m choosing to focus on that as I try to stay safe myself.

One of the ways folks are trying to help are by making their games more affordable, or even free, during this time. Check out my top picks below of some great mobile titles that have gone on sale recently:

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.

Hyena Squad is sci-fi turn-based strategy game blasting onto iOS next month

Posted by Cameron Bald on August 2nd, 2020

Wave Light Games has just revealed its latest release, Hyena Squad, a turn-based RPG set in a space station infested by gross aliens and the living dead. The announcement was first reported on by Touch Arcade.

Hyena Squad looks to take some of the best elements from the developer's earlier games – the layered combat, sense of place, and mobile-friendly design – and finetune the lot. You can expect 12 tricky combat missions to take on in total, with each serving up its own unique challenges to face and objectives to achieve.

Idle Guardians: Never Die is a pixel art idle RPG that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 31st, 2020

SuperPlanet has been fairly prolific with game releases so far this year with both Evil Hunter Tycoon and Lucid Adventure releasing earlier this year. Now, they've released another idle RPG called Idle Guardians: Never Die, which you can download now for both iOS and Android.

The game will see players collecting and upgrading the titular Guardians who can have their power increased in several ways. The first is the usual levelling system you're likely familiar with if you've played any sort of idle RPG before. Meanwhile, the other method is through Dragon Stones which are obtained through Rebirth.

Ruinverse, Kemco's latest RPG, now has a free-to-play version available for Android in select countries

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 30th, 2020

Kemco's latest RPG endeavour, Ruinverse, initially launched for both iOS and Android earlier this month. It was released as a premium title that also had additional in-app purchases. Now, the developers have decided to release a freemium version of the game.

This will only be available for Android devices and only in select countries including the USA and Canada. This version of Ruinverse will be supported by ads and there will be an option to remove them for the normal price of the game.

The 5 Best Mobile Platformers

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2020

Touch screens and action-oriented gameplay don't typically mix, but over the course of pondering the best platformers on mobile, I found myself having a really hard time picking just five. Quite a few developers have found really creative ways to make games that require quick reflexes and precision feel perfectly enjoyable on your phone or tablet.

Check out our top picks for platformers on iOS, which cover the range of one-handed, streamlined experiences to titles more typical of the console platfomer experience. If you're looking for some other great mobile games to play, click here to check out all the other top lists we've been making lately.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: Hog Mountain

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 29th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Supercell recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and their best title, Clash Royale, is as good as it's ever been. Even for lapsed players, returning to the game is as easy as can be.

If you want to join us in picking the game back up, we've put together this guide series to help guide you through each arena with a top deck recommendation and some tips for how to do it. Check it out below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.

Endless runner Monster Dash will relaunch this month in select regions

Posted by Cameron Bald on July 28th, 2020

Remember Monster Dash? Well, it's set to return to a mobile device near you after having been pulled from stores in 2017 to meet GDPR compliance. This one first launched all the way back in August of 2010. Over ten years later, it's heading into soft-launch in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The game stars Barry Steakfries, which has to be one of the finest video game character names of all. His job is to clear out shambling zombie hordes by jumping, blasting, and dodging his way through a series of stylish levels.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 7.28]

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 28th, 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.

*UPDATE:* As the pace of Apple Arcade has slowed, old games will also be re-evaluated based on reader feedback and content updates. Recently re-evaluated titles will be designated with (UPDATE) next to the title name.

Game ranking updates for 7/28:

  • Roundguard (#5)
  • Jenny LeClue (#11)
  • King's League 2 (#44)
  • The Lullaby of Life (NEW) (#45)
  • Secret Oops (#125)

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.

Auto Battle Chess is a colourful genre splice that aims to offer the best auto chess experience to date

Posted by Cameron Bald on July 27th, 2020

Auto Battle Chess is an interesting hodgepodge of genres that aims to offer the ultimate auto chess experience. That's a pretty tall order, though with the game now out for Android, I suppose we don't have to wait to see if it lives up to its promise.

So, Auto Battle Chess is said to pull from no less than 8 genres: RPG, strategy, turn-based strategy, auto chess, idle RPG, CCG, MMO, and AFK. Goodness me.

The idea is that you'll command a team of distinct heroes while training them up, unlocking their advanced abilities, and earning new equipment to wear into battle. Some of the heroes on offer include brave knights, divine deities, elementals, elder dragons, and more. At launch, there are over 100 to add to your roster.

Tom and Jerry: Chase hits 1 million pre-registers in Southeast Asia as NetEase unveils more information about the game

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 24th, 2020

NetEase's 1v4 asymmetrical multiplayer game Tom and Jerry: Chase recently became available to pre-order for both iOS and Android in Southeast Asia. It's clearly proving to be a highly anticipated title too since it has now reached 1 million pre-registers.

They've also unveiled some new details about the game itself too. Butch, a playable character in the game, will have a unique weapon that sees him smash a trash can lid so it makes a horrendous sound. This will stun any mice that have the misfortune to be within earshot.

Enjoy a meditative experience with maze-style puzzler Slidout, available now for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on July 24th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Vixa Games has recently released a puzzler that focuses on sliding blocks and managing falling objects. It's called Slidout and promises players a relaxed puzzle-solving experience. It's available now for iOS and Android as a premium game.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: Jungle Arena

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 23rd, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Supercell recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and their best title, Clash Royale, is as good as it's ever been. Even for lapsed players, returning to the game is as easy as can be.

If you want to join us in picking the game back up, we've put together this guide series to help guide you through each arena with a top deck recommendation and some tips for how to do it. Check it out below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.

PUBG Mobile Lite is celebrating its first anniversary with map updates, new weapons and more

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 23rd, 2020

PUBG Mobile Lite, the streamlined version of the popular battle royale that's designed to run on less powerful devices, is currently celebrating its first anniversary, so the in-game lobby and Spawn Island have both been decorated accordingly. It also means map updates, weapons and more.

In today's 0.18.0 update adds an ancient to the existing map Varenga. This will be found in the Northwest side of the map, so you can expect players to be dropping there for a while to check it out. Elsewhere the tunnels under the Southern mountain range have been opened up to reveal an explorable hall. There also cable cars now so you can traverse the map from above.

Launchpad, Pocket Gamer's first digital expo dedicated to mobile games, begins tomorrow

Posted by Stephen Gregson on July 22nd, 2020

Pocket Gamer is set to host its inaugural digital gaming expo for fans of mobile gaming. It's called LaunchPad and will start tomorrow and conclude on 25th July. It's the first event of its kind and there's a host of exciting exclusive reveals and announcements to come in the following days.

Over on our sister site, Pocket Gamer itself, you can expect to find a host of news article going up regularly throughout the three days of the event. This will cover everything from recent releases, significant updates to beloved games and upcoming titles that are worth getting excited about.

Mr Marshmallow is a physics-based matching game with a charming presentation

Posted by Cameron Bald on July 20th, 2020

Mr Marshmallow is a cute little game about popping as many marshmallows as you can by tilting your device and causing them to bunch up. Once two or more of the same type are connected, you can then tap one of them and cause an explosive chain reaction.

At its core, it's a physics-based matching game, though what really makes it stand out is its hand-drawn art style. This has become the go-to look for developer Shugo Studios, with the developer's previous games – Sketch Wars: Tower Defence and Running Santa – also boasting a similar style of presentation.