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Solar Explorer: New Dawn review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 20th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
This lunar landing game has an incredible sense of speed and intensity.

The Gardens Between review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: IDYLLIC ISLANDS
The Gardens Between is a beautiful puzzle adventure that you need to experience.


Alt-Frequencies review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 16th, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RADIO RECURSION
Alt-Frequencies is obsessed with justifying its own structure, to the point that it’s hard to enjoy.

Magnibox review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 14th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STICK IT OUT
This magnetic puzzler doesn’t quite stick to everything, but it gets the basics right.


Astrologaster review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HISTORICAL HUMORS
Astrologaster’s premise makes it interesting, but its writing and voice acting make it truly special.

Jumpgrid review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JUMP. DIE. REPEAT.
This arcade game is extremely well made, but it will definitely test your patience.


Shards of Infinity review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 7th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: INFINITE TACTICS
This digital deck-builder is a great title for genre veterans and curious newcomers alike.

Spellsword Cards: Origins review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: METEORFALL MIMIC
This solo, portrait-mode card game bears more than a little resemblance to another game.


The Dalaran Heist - How Hearthstone's Latest Expansion Pulled Me Back In

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 20th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »

I am someone who wrote Hearthstone off a while ago. It was hard not to try and stick with it. The game has incredible production values and a core of really great talent working on the game continuously to keep it feeling fresh and fun (full disclosure: I have a friend who actively works on Hearthstone). I can appreciate all of that from a distance, but when it came to actually playing the game, I would always bounce off of it.

It took me a while to realize, but the thing that always stuck in my craw about Hearthstone is how disingenuous it often feels. No matter how approachable it looks or fair toward free players it seems, the game is a hardcore collectible card game (CCG). The more that time went on, the easier it was for me to recognize this. From the separation of cards into the two buckets of Standard and Wild formats to single-player expansions like Rastakhan’s Rumble, the game was preoccupied with keeping multiplayer extremely competitive and single-player content extremely challenging. None of these updates spoke to me, a player that felt like occasionally dipping a toe into the game once every couple weeks.

To be fair, Blizzard has very few reasons to prioritize folks like me over their huge pool of dedicated players. I totally get that. But with each passing day, Hearthstone had started feeling less and less relevant to anyone who wasn’t already all the way bought in. That is, until now.

Steam Link App - Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 16th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link has finally released for iOS! That’s right, you can play your epic backlog of PC games on the go now. Well… sort of.

While the Steam Link app was announced seemingly ages ago, it only got actual approval for release last night. Check out the video above to see what it looks like in action, and be sure to ignore my amateur Into the Breach skills. For some more detailed written impressions, see below:

Pre-register now for endless superhero runner Talking Tom Hero Dash

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 16th, 2019

Talking Tom Hero Dash is set to take the ever-popular Talking Tom and Friends franchise in a brand new direction as it opens pre-registration to players worldwide. Not only does it promise to be a beautifully rendered, fast-paced, action-packed endless runner, but it will also add a never-before-seen superhero twist to the Talking Tom and Friends universe.

The game’s story centers around Talking Tom and his friends as they set out on a mission to thwart a gang of raccoons that have been causing a trail of destruction wherever they go. Fortunately for Tom and co., their mysterious mentor has gifted them with some rather awesome superhero abilities (as well as some epic new outfits) to help get the job done.

AFK Arena - Guild Wars guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 13th, 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 demystify a new mode in AFK Arena, Guild Wars. This mode pits guild members against each other in a ranking competition. The cool thing about this mode is you don’t have to have super powered up units to compete. To do well in Guild Wars, even as a free player, look no further! We have everything you need here.

The equalizer

In Guild Wars, players from one guild fight the members of another, and the guild that can beat more opposing players wins. It’s a pretty simple concept, but it’s a surprisingly hard mode to balance.

Although players can be at various states of progress in AFK Arena, the game evens things out in Guild Wars by making all units max level with mythic level gear equipped to them. This way, any two players can face off and be reasonably evenly matched.

Numbers game

Just because all players are the same level doesn’t exactly mean Guild Wars is a fair or balanced mode though. AFK Arena doesn’t make any balancing changes to account for the varying levels of ascension that heroes can be at, but there’s also something else more worrisome.

As of this writing, Guild Wars overwhelmingly favors guilds that have more members than their opponents. So, if you enter a Guild War and your guild is smaller than your opponent’s, just know it’s unlikely that you’ll win.

Deep bench is best

Ok, so now that we’ve covered the sort of unique setup of Guild Wars, let’s talk about the actual fighting. Players can challenge any opponent ranked above them on the Guild War ladder, and these fights require you to put together a whopping fifteen fighters to try and take them down.

These fights are separated out into three rounds of typical 5v5 combat, and whoever wins two or more fights is the victor. With this being the case, Guild Wars actually favor players who have saved a diverse set of units as opposed to anyone who has sacrificed lower tier units to power-level one or two high tier units. Having more units gives you more flexibility to spread power and options across fights, so use that to your advantage.

It’s elementary

Because of how AFK Arena maxes out every hero to make fights more even, elemental bonuses in this mode are as important as ever.

Elemental bonuses activate based on the makeup of your team. In short, the more units you have of the same element on one squad, the higher their stats will be. A good, basic strategy using this involves just building teams of five fighters that counter the strongest element of the opposing team. This should give you a distinct advantage in any Guild Wars fight.

Superhero-themed Talking Tom Hero Dash is a thrilling endless runner

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 13th, 2019

One of the exciting releases that we’re looking forward to is Talking Tom Hero Dash, an upcoming superhero-themed runner created by Outfit7. This new game is an action-packed endless runner that takes you on an epic adventure to assemble the ultimate team of heroes – Talking Tom Heroes – and save the world from a pack of nefarious raccoons.

Talking Tom and Friends remains one of the biggest names in mobile gaming, with the series having branched out into different genres and even different mediums with an award-winning animated series. And while Talking Tom Hero Dash might not be Outfit7’s first go at the endless runner genre, it manages to really set itself apart with its neat superhero premise and varied, highly-detailed levels.

Talking Tom Heroes are a super powered team consisting of fan-favourite characters like Talking Tom, Talking Hank, Talking Ben, Talking Angela, and Talking Ginger. However, they’ve all been kidnapped by a band of raccoons and hidden in locations around the world, leaving Tom alone to reassemble the team and save the day.

All five of the playable levels have been vandalised in the chaos, so you’ll need to collect coins and gradually rebuild the iconic landmarks and buildings in each location. And, eventually, restoring a level to its former glory will lure out a powerful raccoon boss.

Tom is unlocked from the start, though a new playable character will become available every time you defeat one of the bosses. The 3-lane runner action is made even more exciting when you factor in each character’s unique gadgets and powers. Some can temporarily fly, while others make use of an awesome hoverboard.

To experience even more of the adventures of Talking Tom Heroes, go to YouTube to check out the animated series of the same name that Outfit7 has created.

Preregistrations for Talking Tom Hero Dash will open on May 15! Stay tuned – we’ll share the link!

Kingdom Rush Vengeance Update Guide 2 - What you need to know about The Frozen Nightmare

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2019

Kingdom Rush: Vengeance just got updated once again to add more content to the game. This addition, called The Frozen Nightmare, adds three new levels, five new enemies, two new heroes, and some new achievements.

Overall, it’s not a huge amount of additional content, but it is free, so it’s hard to complain about. In case you’re thinking about whether it’s worth buying or re-downloading Kingdom Rush Vengeance to check out The Frozen Nightmare, here’s everything you need to know about it.

Save the world with SCIENCE in the upcoming TerraGenesis 5.0 update

Posted by Dave Bradley on May 9th, 2019

Previous versions of space colonization game TerraGenesis encouraged you to explore the galaxy and settle its planets. The eagerly-awaited 5.0 update will try to smash them to bits.

Yep, with a new "world killers" setting, you can unleash extinction events on your worlds and see how they survive.

It's considered an expert challenge, for those who've been enjoying the settle-'em-up indie game since it launched a couple of years back. Can the ecosystem you've been carefully fostering survive an incoming asteroid? We were told at this year's GDC event in San Francisco that it IS possible to stop the fiery ball of death (as scientists call them) but more than likely your challenge will come in the form of a rebuilding plan once devastation strikes.

Old-school dungeon crawler fans will love Lootbox RPG’s stellar turn-based action and adventuring

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 9th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lootbox RPG is a stellar turn-based dungeon crawler from the mind behind the acclaimed Silversword. The game offers up an old-school blend of top-down 2D adventuring, looting, and action. It’s been available on iOS and Android for a little while now, but a recent update has made it well worth another look.

Shards of Infinity guide - Tips and tricks for new players

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 8th, 2019

If you haven’t heard already, Shards of Infinity is the new hotness around these parts. It takes the best aspects of both deck-builders and collectible card games (CCGs) and mashes them into a delightful competitive multiplayer game.

Winning in Shards of Infinity doesn’t come easy though. There’s no one set of cards you should look to get or progression of moves to make to generally do well. With that said, there are some things you can do to make sure you’re always a competitive player. Check out some of the most useful tips for new players below:

A weird, Flappy Bird spin-off might just be the best mobile fighting game out there

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 6th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Back in 2014—during the height of Flappy Bird ‘s popularity—I would not have believed anyone if they said that five years later there’d be a fighting game released based on it. Here we are now, though: It’s 2019, Flappy Fighter exists, and it also just so happens to be the most competent mobile fighter there is.

Last week, Flappy Fighter dropped on the App Store, and it’s been quickly gaining attention. This is for good reason. The game is an homage to Street Fighter that uses Flappy Bird for its character design, and—within seconds of booting it up—you can tell it’s made with a lot of love and attention to detail.

Test your mettle in Brown Dust’s challenging new tournament mode

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 3rd, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Neowiz’s smash-hit turn-based RPG ‘Brown Dust’ was always one of the grandest adventures available on mobile, offering some tremendous visuals and environmental designs to boot, but now it’s been made even bigger and better thanks to a huge new update.

The largest and most exciting addition here is the new tournament mode that’s set to begin on May 30th. This sees the top 128 players on each server battle it out in monthly competitions to take home the title of champion.

The best mobile games to celebrate Star Wars Day

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2019

Star Wars Day is coming, and if you want to celebrate appropriately, don’t shout or tweet “May the fourth be with you.” Play some Star Wars games instead. Trust me, everyone will be better served this way.

If you prefer your Star Wars gaming on the go, unfortunately, the pool of “actually good” Star Wars games is pretty slim. But, with this list of the best Star Wars games on the App Store, you can’t go wrong. Check out our picks below:

Have fun while learning to create music with Big Ear, now available for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 3rd, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Big Ear is a smart and accessible puzzle game that aims to demystify the creative process behind making music. It offers a collection of in-depth, though straightforward, tools that can be used to create your own original compositions or even to re-create a varied selection of famous tunes. And thanks to its ambitious premise and impressive social elements, this one took home the second place prize at last year’s Big Indie Pitch in Shanghai.

You’ll start out in Big Ear by solving puzzles and creating famous tunes from nothing. You’ll take on the role of budding musician, Solo, who, together with their band, will work toward becoming the next big thing in the world of music. If you do happen to need some additional help, your bandmates are always available to help.

Golf Blitz guide - Four essential tips for keeping up to par

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 2nd, 2019

Golf Blitz is a pretty wild competitive golf game where anything can happen. With up to four golfers all trying to complete courses as quickly as possible in real time, there’s a lot to keep track of.

With that in mind, I’ve spent some time boiling down my experience with Golf Blitz into four key tips for success. By following these, you should find yourself in competition for first place more often than not.

Award-winning AR game Crimson will help you learn Arabic and English

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 25th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Crimson, from up-and-coming dev team Sakura.Jo, is an educational game that makes smart use of AR tech to teach players both Arabic and English in a way that’s fun, funny, and easily accessible. It’s also notable for the fact that it was developed by two hugely talented teenagers, Sham and Jana, who aim to share their love of language and learning with others.

The game made a sizeable impression at the 2018 Big Indie Pitch in Jordan, taking home the second place prize. It’s an educational game at heart, aiming to teach kids numbers, letters, colours, and shapes in both English and Arabic.