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Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 2nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DATA DYSTOPIA
Despite some minor technical and navigation issues, Orwell is a thrilling narrative adventure about the dangers of surveillance.

Bomb Chicken review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 1st, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BLASTED BIRD
Bomb Chicken is a platformer that is frustratingly volatile and unpredictable.


Untold RPG review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TEXT ADVENTURE
Untold RPG delivers a remarkably grand, nonlinear adventure using mostly text.

Wide Ocean Big Jacket review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 24th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIRESIDE CHAT
Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a refreshing escape from what most games offer.


InfiniteCorp review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 23rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ROBO REIGNS
InfiniteCorp is a Reigns-like game that rewards you for contributing to the dysfunction of a cyberpunk society.

Seven Scrolls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 11th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDITIONAL CRAWLER
Seven Scrolls draws perhaps a bit too much inspiration from its source material, yet somehow still manages to feel distinct, fresh, and fun.


MonkeyBox #1: Polarized! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 10th, 2020
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PHOTO BOMB
Polarized is a brief adventure game that is confusing and dull despite having an interesting core premise.

Motorsport Manager Online review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 9th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TIMER TRIALS
Motorsport Manager Online cuts out a lot of the more interesting aspects of Playsport’s management series to make room for online multiplayer and lots of free-to-play mechanics.


Hearthstone's new Demon Class is now available to try in the recently added, free prologue missions

Posted by Stephen Gregson on April 3rd, 2020

A couple of weeks ago Blizzard announced that the game would be introducing its first new class since the game first launched in 2014. It's called the Demon Hunter and as of today, players will be able to get a glimpse and feel for how it will function in-game.

The Demon Hunter prologue is now available and will be free for all players. It will consist of four singleplayer missions, giving ample opportunity to try out the latest class. The story of this prologue will discuss how Illidan Stormrage became a Demon Hunter in the first place and see that origin story play out from his perspective.

The 5 Best Games Like Dark Souls

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 3rd, 2020

There's no escaping the fact that everyone loves Dark Souls. If you've not heard of it, it's a super tough action RPG that punished your every mistake with swift retribution. It's the sort of game where you die a lot, and it can be pretty intimidating trying to get on board with the systems it throws at you.

But you can't play it on your iPhone. Well, there's Slashy Souls, but to be honest the less said about that the better. If you're looking to get some Souls-style action on the go though, there are plenty of options waiting for you on the App Store.

Rather than leaving you to find all of them for yourself though, we thought we'd do a list and round-up what we think are the five best games like Dark Souls for iOS. If you think we're wrong, or you've got your own suggestions to chuck into the mix, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

And while we're at it, why not click here and check out all the other awesome lists we've created for your viewing pleasure. Right then, on with the games.

The Curse of Issyos is a retro-inspired action platformer that's for heading for iOS later this month

Posted by Stephen Gregson on April 2nd, 2020

The Curse of Issyos is the latest game to be ported to mobile and published by Abylight S.L who previously worked on Cursed Castilla. Much like that port, this game was also originally created by Spanish developers Locomalito. The Curse of Issyos will be available for iOS on 30th April.

Much like Cursed Castilla, The Curse of Issyos is a relatively recent game that's proudly influenced by retro games. The game starts with a man named Defkalion peacefully fishing when he's suddenly warned by the Goddess Athena that the Isle of Issyos has been cursed by Olympus.

Same Room Games is a great collection of multiplayer mini-games for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 1st, 2020

Staying at home under lockdown kinda sucks. Totally necessary, yes, but also more than a little anxiety-inducing and often boring. Thankfully, we've got lots of great multiplayer games to play with friends and keep us sane, the latest of which, the excellent Same Room Games, delivers multiplayer mini-game fun for all ages.

It's specifically designed to create enjoyable social experiences that should help lift spirits and get everyone chatting. It's up to you whether you want to compete alone to earn the highest score or work together as a team.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 1st, 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.


Homo Machina (Free)

Click here to read our Homo Machina review

Bark Park is a joyfully silly multiplayer game where you'll play as a power-hungry dog

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 1st, 2020

Bark Park is a charming, good-humoured game about competing against other players to claim as much territory as possible by peeing on nearby trees. Did I mention that everyone is playing as a dog? Makes things a little less weird.

It comes to us from the team over at Ancient Games, and it's set to launch for iOS next Wednesday, April 8th.

As I say, the general idea is that you'll fill up on water found in fountains dotted around the map, then piddle on trees to claim them. You'll of course have to defend your territory from power-hungry dogs, and you can do so by distracting or outmanoeuvring them with special power-ups.

In the trailer, we get to see a speed boost skill being used and, naturally, a poo power-up.

Any money you earn during matches can then be used to unlock more playable dogs, accessories, and even all-new game worlds. Pretty neat.

It'll likely come as no surprise to hear that the team behind this one specialises in all things silly, with their previous games including Maximum Car and 8-Bit Waterslide.

More info can be found over on Bark Park's official site, and be sure to keep an eye out for its iOS launch on April 8th.

The 5 Best Games Like Grindstone

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 31st, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Apple Arcade made a splash when it first launched, granting access to over 50 games as soon as it became available. Of those titles, the one that seemed to grab most people’s attention was Grindstone, a matching puzzle game from Capy Games.

In order to enjoy Grindstone though, you have to activate an Apple Arcade subscription, which—even now—doesn’t quite feel like a quality value proposition for most people. Luckily, there are some great games on the regular old App Store that share some DNA with Grindstone. I’d even go so far as to say over half the games on this list are better than Grindstone, though I know that’s probably not a statement most folks will agree with.

In any case, check out the picks below. Oh, and click here to check out all the other great lists we’ve been making recently.

Awarding-winning puzzler Make One is now available for Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 31st, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Update - 03/04/2020: Make One is now also available on iOS

Make One is a game with a simple concept that it executes with flair and impressive levels of polish. It comes to us from developer Brazle and publisher PiG, and it's just landed this week for Android.

At its core, Make One is a logic-based puzzler where you're challenged to combine blocks of the same type together, gradually clearing the board until only one block remains.

Marvel Contest of Champions' latest motion comic teases upcoming characters

Posted by Cameron Bald on March 30th, 2020

Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions has now teased some of the latest characters heading to the Battlerealm next month. Here's your chance to watch the new motion comic embedded below, Barons' War, before I spoil the surprise.

Ready?... Well, if you've checked out the video, you'll know that the upcoming heroes are Sorcerer Supreme and Storm. Pretty cool, huh?

According to her champion spotlight, Sorcerer Supreme plays similarly to Doctor Strange and Symbiote Supreme, in that she builds up power over time and rotates between different blessings as the fight progresses.

Why Calibria: Crystal Guardians is the perfect game to help you through lockdown

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 30th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We could all use escapism right now, something to focus on and a project to feel part of during these times of social isolation. If you’re one of the many who’s turned to gaming to fill the lockdown void, Calibria: Crystal Guardians should be on your radar.

Mars Games’ hero collecting RPG is ideally placed to help you beat the housebound blues. Not only can you play it with your friends online, you will become part of an online community that’s grown rapidly since the game’s launch two months back.

A behind the scenes look at action packed Sci-Fi pinball game, Robot Crusher Battle Ballz

Posted by Luke Frater on March 30th, 2020
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Robot Crusher Battle Ballz is a fast paced, action packed take on classic pinball with a rough and ready Sci-Fi style. It boasts a striking art design, explosive skill based battles, and an extremely satisfying ‘CRUSHING’ feature that lets you pound vanquished robot foes into mechanical pancakes. It makes for a gratifying arcade experience and a very impressive debut for the rather peculiarly named, Big Boy Pants Studios.

Safety with Jeff the Ref V.2693-427 from Jason on Vimeo.

Judging by the name, the small New Zealand based outfit doesn’t take itself too seriously but it definitely took a great deal of care and effort in crafting its very first game, as we shall show…

Mini Tank: Fire is a Worms-like, turn-based multiplayer game that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 27th, 2020

Mini Tank: Fire is an online multiplayer game that takes a few cues from the likes of Worms and Shell Shock Live. It will feature 5v5 turn-based battles and is available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play game.

As the name implies, you'll control a little squad of tanks and battle it out in short, turn-based games. The matches themselves will only last around 3 minutes which makes it a great game for playing in short bursts. You'll even be able to team up with your friends so you can take on other players around the world with your pals by your side.

If you've ever played Worms you'll be pretty familiar with the setup. Each team takes turns to move and then fire their tank. Direct hits are only one way to destroy your opponent's vehicles. If you manage to destroy the ground beneath them you can also get a kill by letting gravity do the rest of the work.

There are four major classes of tank to select from that includes Attacker, Ranger, Healer or Support. So whichever type of playstyle you generally prefer there's likely something here that suits your needs.

There are multiple different tank designs to select from too so you can give your miniature army their own unique look and feel. There are special skins available that will trigger exclusive effects when they're equipped. So it seems it's not only cosmetic changes they offer.

Mini Tank: Fire 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 3.27]

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 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.

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 - 51-100 [Updated 3.27]

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 27th, 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. Frogger in Toy Town

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Description:

Frogger in Toy Town takes the basic tenets of the classic Frogger arcade game and turns it into a sort of collection-based physics platformer. You control a frog and wander through various household environments, avoiding things like toy cars and pens as you climb over toy blocks and books to rescue baby frogs and collect jelly beans.

Rank Explanation:

The physics aspect of Frogger in Toy Town make this game both an interesting and frustrating experience. On the one hand, it’s neat to experience what it’s like to disrupt the classic Frogger experience by suddenly being able to block cars from moving by moving a block into the road to stop them. On the other, it can feel like you’re constantly fighting tons of variables in Frogger in Toy Town just to do simple tasks like jump up on top of something. This can lead to a lot of times where you die or miss an objective, and it doesn’t really feel like there’s a whole lot you could have done differently to prevent that from happening. When everything’s working as intended though, Frogger in Toy Town is a fun new take on classic Frogger.


52. Assemble With Care

Description:

Assemble With Care is a narrative puzzle game about a young girl named Maria who repairs things. As she fixes objects for the people of Bellariva—a town she is just passing through—she learns a lot about them and their lives. The gameplay here mostly consists of poking and prodding at broken objects with virtual tools to get them in working order again. Every time you fix an object, you then get a small dose of story that leads you to the next puzzle.

Rank Explanation:

I’m starting to think there’s something I’m missing when I play ustwo games. I love the attention-to-detail in games like Monument Valley and Assemble With Care, but I don’t find the overall experience all that compelling. It probably doesn’t help that Assemble With Care doesn’t really give itself room to develop its ideas. On the plus side, this is an easy title to burn through if you’re using a free trial of Apple Arcade.

Poly is an endless runner for iOS where you control the environment instead of the character

Posted by Stephen Gregson on March 26th, 2020

Poly is an endless runner from solo developer Denis Kakacka that's available now for iOS as a free-to-play game. It aims to bring a slight twist to the standard running formula by mixing up what you're actually controlling.

In this particular case, you'll be guiding a bouncy ball through a futuristic tunnel. However, you won't be controlling the ball itself, you'll be moving the world around it. This means you'll be rotating that tunnel around so the ball can bounce between the various floating platforms that litter the stages.

It's certainly a novel concept but how much of a difference it will make to the feel of the game itself remains to be seen. According to the game's developer, it is pretty challenging, with the success rate being reported as hovering around 6%, so if you're looking for a tough endless runner, this might be the one for you.

You'll need good reactions then if you want to accumulate a high enough score to place on the leaderboards, which is where a lot of the replay value in Poly is likely to stem from. Beyond that, you'll be collecting coins that can be exchanged to get a new look for your ball.

However, some of the different cosmetic changes for the ball can also be purchased through IAPs. So there is no pay-to-win here, just different colour variants and one other IAP that will remove ads from the game for $2.99. Poly is available now over on the App Store.