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Nauticrawl review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 24th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MYSTERY MECH
Nauticrawl is an immensely rewarding narrative adventure about learning how to drive an otherworldly vehicle to freedom.

The Heroic Legend of Eagarlnia review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KINGDOM OF KINKS
The Heroic Legend of Eagarlnia is needlessly complicated and clunky in so many ways, but its core mechanic could be strong enough to keep you playing it for hours.

Night in the Woods review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 15th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOBILE MAE
Infinite Fall’s celebrated narrative adventure finally finds its way to mobile, and it’s a nearly perfect experience that has aged tremendously well.

Dungeons & Miners review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW GRAVE
Dungeons & Miners is a conceptually great action roguelite that unfortunately is a little too thin and issue-laden to enjoy properly.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 31st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUNS OF RANDOMNESS
This pixelated dungeon-crawler has a huge amount of variety, for better and for worse.

Behind the Frame review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 25th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ART IMITATES ART
This narrative adventure starts as a meditation on the life of an artist before revealing some hidden layers to its story.

What Remains of Edith Finch review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 23rd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IMPRESSIVELY CONSTRUCTED
The iOS port of What Remains of Edith Finch is about as perfect as you can get, but the game feels a lot like the Finch estate itself: a structural marvel with hints of life inside.

Rush Rally Origins review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 18th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RALLY LESS STUFF
Rush Rally Origins brings a more arcade feel to Brownmonster’s unrivaled racing series, but it loses quite a few things in the process.

Call of Duty Mobile: How to Get the M13 Assault Rifle

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 24th, 2021

Call of Duty Mobile season 8 is here and players have already started exploring the new update. Much of the attention was directed towards the new map, Blackout. The second-anniversary update brought some resolution tweaks, new characters, outfits, and much more.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 24th, 2021

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Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:

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.

First impressions of Pokémon UNITE on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Earlier this week, Pokémon UNITE released on the App Store, bringing the formerly Switch-exclusive MOBA to mobile devices. We dove in to check it out, and have some key takeaways you might want to know before deciding to pick it up yourself. Read on below, or feel free to just scrub through our comprehensive overview video above.

Alchemy Stars’ latest limited-time event adds two new Aurorians and a new outfit system

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Attention, all Navigators! Tencent and Tourdog Studio is inviting everyone to an exciting beach blowout with Alchemy Stars’ Ocean Sovereign event. The limited-time celebrations will add new characters, sizzling skins, and an intriguing new story, all coinciding with the line strategy RPG’s festivities on surpassing 10 million registrations across the globe.

Alchemy Stars’ Ocean Sovereign event welcomes free spirit Smokey from Umbraton - who deals devastating damage with her impressive firepower - and Genevieve from True Order. She’s a classy bounty hunter with a cheerful grin and a penchant for gin, and is mysteriously looking for a certain target using her intelligence network.

A new outfit system also awaits Navigators during the event, introducing Kleken, a 5-Star Aurorian - Black Lagoon; Carleen, a 6-Star Aurorian - Sea Breeze; and Eicy, a 6-Star Aurorian - Onyx Iris to name a few.

For the uninitiated, Alchemy Stars is a visually stunning RPG that features a one-of-a-kind tile-matching combat system, combined with line strategy elements. Anime-inspired characters look absolutely gorgeous, with a deep narrative set in a warring world. If you’re curious to know what all the fuss is about, you can download the game on the iOS App Store or on the Google Play Store as a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets players fight for the One Ring in a mobile strategy game, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, NetEase’s officially licensed geo-strategic war game, has finally been released today on iOS and Android devices. Players from all over the world can now experience Middle-earth once again in stunning accuracy as they march to Dol Guldur for control of the One Ring.

As a geo-strategic game, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War sets itself apart with its millions of tiles that are just ripe for the taking. Players can conquer their own neighboring tiles as well as those of their Fellowships and Faction members (which you can choose from Gondor, Rohan, Lothlórien, Erebor, Mordor, Isengard, Angmar, and Rhûn). These tiles can either contain automatically spawning resources, or Control Points that provide access to capturing a whole region. Tiles can also have harbors that offer passage from one side of the map to another, providing a strategic advantage for your troops when it comes to expanding your territory.

You’ll start your journey by picking your ring, and once you do, there’s no looking back. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is available to download on the App Store, the Galaxy Store, and on the Google Play Store. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Pokemon Unite has rolled out on Android and iOS

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 22nd, 2021

After much waiting and excitement, the Pokemon Company and TiMi Studios have finally launched Pokemon Unite on Android and iOS. The game’s 5v5 MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle-Arena) format mixed with the world undoubtedly grabbed a lot of attention.

In Pokemon Unite, players will form a team of five Pokemon and pitch it against the opponent’s team. The team that manages to outscore the other wins.

What does Pokemon Unite look like?

Each match inPokemon Unite has a MOBA element. For each round, a player’s team of Pokemon will attack NPCs (wild Pokemon) and try to conquer their region of the map. As the round progresses, the wild Pokemon get more aggressive and difficult to defeat.

Catching Pokemon nets your team points, which can then be scored in your opponent's goal, which would usually be a tower in another MOBA. Your team will level up and unlock new moves throughout the match. This will help your Pokemon to evolve and become stronger. Additionally, each Pokemon will have a powerful Unite move that could turn the tide of battle.

Pokemon Unite Crossplay

Perhaps one of the best things about Pokemon Unite is the flexible crossplay that it offers. Players can install and play the game on their Android and iOS devices as well as Nintendo Switch. This will significantly reduce the matchmaking time. As the progress will be synced across devices, players can easily access the game anywhere.

Features in Pokemon Unite

Along with the novel gameplay, the game has introduced some amazing features. Players will be able to create Unite Squads, meaning they can team up with their mates. The new in-game events will make it easier to obtain and upgrade items.

The new battle pass is loaded with cosmetic items. Notably, the Holowear range has already become a hit with players. These are effectively skins that see Pokemon roaming the map with a variety of outfits.

Players can now download Pokemon Unite on their devices via Google Play Store and App Store. Pre-registered players will get exclusive rewards.

Relumine is a charming 3D indie puzzler with shades of Monument Valley

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 22nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Relumine, indie developer Ammil’s adorable 3D spatial puzzle adventure, takes you on a relaxing and magical ride through abandoned mines and mystical civilizations, all filled to the brim with satisfying puzzles for logic aficionados. As Relu, you’ll explore mysterious landscapes in your search for your long-lost father, while a giant shadow chases you and spirit guides lead you on your way.

COD Mobile's 2nd Anniversary introduces a new map, Battle Pass, and more

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 21st, 2021

Call of Duty Mobile is heading towards its second anniversary and players are excited about the rewards, Battle Pass, and new things that might get added to the game. The second-anniversary celebrations will begin on September 22 at around 5 PM PT.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War - What to expect from this massive strategy game set in Middle-earth

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 21st, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Games publisher NetEase wants to transport you back to Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, the brand new strategy game for fans of Tolkien’s Iconic world. It's been a while since gamers have had a chance to play a proper The Lord of the Rings game, with the last title being Middle-earth: Shadow of War, released way back in 2017 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. However, whilst Shadow of War was an RPG available across multiple platforms, including console and PC, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War has been designed from the ground up exclusively for mobile devices, built around strategic play with a unique social interaction aspect in which you work together each season with other players to battle and conquer.

An Epic Story

The story is an original tale from Middle-earth. Set in the same universe as the trilogy, The One Ring, which was thought to be lost, has reemerged, waiting in the bowels of Dol Guldur - the Dark Fortress of Mirkwood. Soon war breaks out over the news of its return, tempting the world of men, Dwarves and Elves alike to seek out its dark properties in an attempt to wield its immense power. As the player you will have to strategize and battle your way through many foes who want to take possession of the One Ring for themselves. You will need intelligent planning; using clever tactics to keep one step ahead of your enemies and those that want to reclaim the One Ring to rule them all!

Free Fire Max, the visually improved version of the battle royale, will release next week

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 21st, 2021

Following the success of Free Fire, Garena announced Free Fire MAX, a version that promises to deliver better graphics and enhanced gameplay. The tweaked version of Free Fire is all set to roll out globally on September 28th.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal - Part 12

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 20th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

The momentum is back! After having gone a month between play sessions of Divinity - Original Sin 2 (partially due to how inconvenient it is to keep a huge game installed on a device), I'm back in a regular rhythm with the game, and things continue to move forward.

It also helps that I ended my last play session on a heck of a cliffhanger, with a battle against magisters being interruped by a gigantic void worm. The first session posted at the starts with fight against said worm, while my second play session revolves around just about getting off of this initial island that is mostly comprised of Fort Joy and a marsh wasteland.

PUBG New State crosses 40 million pre-registrations

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 18th, 2021

PUBG New State has received over 40 million pre-registrations on both Android and iOS, Krafton has recently announced. The futuristic, sci-fi PUBG Mobiletitle is all set to launch later this year, in October.

COD Mobile: The 5 best SMGs in the game

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 17th, 2021

COD Mobile is often lauded for its vast array of weapons and elaborate customization. With every update, the guns get some kind of nerfs or buffs. Regardless of that, SMGs remain popular with players for close to mid-range combat.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is launching to iOS and Android, with a special Devs in the Tavern YouTube series

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 16th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Officially licensed and based on the trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien - with elements from OSCAR®-winning film adaptations by Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is launching soon on September 23rd. Fans can pre-register for the mobile strategy game by NetEase Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and score a portrait of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit of the Shire, at launch.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 9.16]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 9/16: