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Wrecking Golf is a casual physics-based golf game with charming 8-bit graphics, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 19th, 2024
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In case you missed it, Dusan Popovic has officially launched Wrecking Golf on iOS and Android, the indie developer's casual golf game on mobile presented with charming pixel-art visuals. Featuring physics-based mechanics and simple controls, the game takes inspiration from addictive titles such as Angry Birds and Flappy Bird and adds its own golfing twist to the genre.

Howl lets you plan up to six steps ahead in tactical turn-based battles, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 3rd, 2024
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Rage against the howling plague as a deaf prophetess in Howl, a visually stunning turn-based title from Astragon Entertainment and Mi'pu'mi. In this folktale world where to hear means to be cursed, you'll have to battle wolfish monstrosities coming at you from all sides to save the townsfolk and look for your lost brother in the process.

World of Tanks Blitz adds celebrity ambassador Vinnie Jones along with special Holiday Ops in-game goodies

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 1st, 2023
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Wargaming is celebrating the season within World of Tanks Blitz with a new celebrity ambassador joining this year's Holiday Ops. In particular, British footballer and movie star Vinnie Jones will be brightening up the game with plenty of themed in-game goodies from December 1st to December 20th.

The World of Tanks Blitz Holiday Ops 2024 event is bringing a hilarious new narrative for players to enjoy as Vinnie Jones steps into the shoes of a war commander on the battlefield. Of course, his previous role as the punisher for Santa's Naughty List still runs through his veins, which you can see in all its glory in the game's cinematic Holiday Ops trailer.

Defense Derby Guide - Beginner tips to master Krafton’s innovative tower defence game

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 10th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Defense Derby may wear the mask of a tower defence, but it sets itself apart from the traditional labels with a huge raft of innovations. With a four-player PvP mode as its flagship, customisable decks that get largely ignored each round, and a huge host of units to pick from, it’s hard to know where to start, but we are here to help.

Take the auction with the action

The combat section of the flagship Derby Mode is indeed important, but to be successful you also need to master the Scouting Phase. This is where most of your army will come from each round. You get two units from your deck at the beginning of the round, and one after each boss, but you will need to augment them with bidding wars.

It is important to balance building a team to take you through the round, with not overspending. Don’t be tempted to throw all your money at characters who won’t fit into your formation just for number's sake. You might miss a few important fighters through your haste, plus the scouted unit is pulled from the deck of the player who has the most Derby Chips, so saving them will place you at an advantage when everyone else has thrown theirs away.

Never stay still

With most tower defences being a slow, static affair, coming into Derby Mode expecting the same here will leave you incredibly shocked. The waves of enemies don’t hang about, circling your castle and knocking on the door within seconds, so you will need to keep shuffling your units around to take advantage of their attack range and skills. The Harpy who can debuff enemies' defence should stay ahead of your heavier hitters to get a bit more damage and the Mermaid who deals extra damage to targets with high health should stay towards the start.

Knowing all the units’ skills is incredibly useful in deciding where to place them, so try to have at least a basic idea of how everyone works. More importantly, however, is to remember that deploying characters has a cool time, so you can’t just keep shifting indefinitely. Bear in mind the current and potential threats and tactical implications of all of your moves, and also never forget Synergy.

Placement equals power

Every fighter in Defense Derby belongs to one of three Factions; Human, Spirit or Beast, and are then either a Physical or a Magic type. They will all take one of eight open slots in your castle, surrounding your big bastion of a Hero who is anchored to the centre, and who also has these designations, and it is very important for you to play to these.

Any members of the same factions who sit next to each other will benefit from a power boost of 20% that can stack three times, whereas a line of three Physical or Magic types will get a single 30% boost. This is a potential 90% boost to your soldier's damage, and say you combine that with a Hero with Osborn who adds 20% to Beast power, it is clear why you should consider the composition of your Deck, the Scouted characters you recruit, and more importantly, where each of them is stationed at all times. Never forget the Synergy bonuses, they will turn the tide in your favour.

Blitz with the best of them

While you will spend most of your time battling against others in Derby Mode, don’t neglect Blitz Mode. Defense Derby has an idle defence that will collect Gold and Elixir for you, storing up to eight hours’ worth at a time. The way you generate more is by completing higher waves of Blitz, a fun game that lets you deploy your full deck at once against enemies that you are warned about in advance, so you can prepare your tactics and watch them go.

As vital as these resources are, Blitz can also function as an excellent training tool. You are able to replay the highest level you have achieved for free, so you can use it as a way to decide what Faction you like, what units you prefer, and who pairs up well with everyone else. It may not have been what Krafton intended, but it works extremely well regardless.

Prepare your army in advance

The reason Blitz is so important is that Gold and Elixir are used to increase the level of your units. This increases their power, of course, and makes it so that whenever you recruit these in Derby, whether it be from your Deck or from Scouting, they will enter the game with that level. So, buff up all Humans to level 50 and take advantage of Synergy, and no enemy will be left standing.

As you recruit more units, you will undoubtedly pull more than a few duplicates. Luckily, you can merge three characters of the same rarity together to improve their rank. This leads to more power and also increases the level of their skill, so it's worth checking every time you recruit soldiers. You will also have an Army level based on your eight most levelled-up warriors, which you can then assign to another of your fighters. This is a great way to increase your troops' level for free, so don’t forget to nominate your weaker characters.

Defense Derby truly takes the tower defence genre and gives it a massive makeover, so it will take a bit of time to get used to. Follow the lessons in this guide though, and you will be well on your way to climbing up the ranks and cementing yourself as one of the best castle defenders in the game.

Five innovations Defense Derby makes to the tower defence genre

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 8th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Whilst tower defences can be very fun to play, in an era of boundless technological advances and a lot of big action games dominating the market, they can sometimes feel a bit slow, a bit too static. Set in their ways. But with the recent release of Defense Derby, Krafton has taken this genre and injected it with a heavy kick of pace.

Go head-to-head-to-head with three other players

One of the first things you will notice as you start a round is that you are no longer just playing against a computer. There are three other players on their phones too, and you are all competing to be the last surviving castle in the face of some pretty unrelenting monster invasions.

Defense Derby - 3 reasons to play this innovative tower defence game, available worldwide for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 4th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ever since the launch of Clash of Clans, tower defence has become absolutely synonymous with mobile gaming, yet it's very rare that you’ll see a TD game topping the app store charts. Of course, there are many reasons why this is the case, but for us one of the more significant reasons is that very few games have attempted to push the genre forward. Afterall, why play something new if it simply repeats the same formula?

Thankfully, this is definitely not the case with Krafton’s recently released tower defence title, Defense Derby, which revitalises the genre with its innovative scouting and bidding system and huge variety of PvP and PvE modes.

If you caught our recent coverage of Defense Derby, you’ll know that we’re pretty high on the game right now. So here are 3 reasons why you should be too.

5 reasons why The Lord of the Rings remains the most exciting fantasy franchise

Posted by 148Apps Staff on November 24th, 2021
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When Peter Jackson adapted The Lord Of The Rings into a blockbusting, Oscar-winning movie trilogy, he achieved the impossible. Although JRR Tolkien’s magnum opus had long since established itself as the definitive, most influential tale in fantasy literature, its size, complexity and vast mythology led many to assume it was unfilmable.

Jackson and his co-writers, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, had other ideas, however, and their epic adaptations (released from 2001-2003) were made with such reverence and affection for the source material that they rapidly became every bit as beloved as the novels.

The success of the movie franchise quickly led to a swathe of officially licensed games, with notable highlights including: The Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth Defense and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Even today, nearly twenty years after the release of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, players can continue to experience the legendary director’s vision of Middle-earth thanks to the recent launch of The Lord Of The Rings: Rise To War for mobile.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, we’ve explored why Middle-earth remains fantasy’s ultimate destination for gamers…

Fatal Funnel, Mini Dragon’s charming low-poly action game in portrait mode, is out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 5th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Test your ability to dodge cone-shaped enemy views with Fatal Funnel, the latest title from indie dev Minidragon. The low-poly action game lets you draw simple lines to direct agents across a dangerous - or fatal - funnel, blasting your way through enemies and making it out of tricky levels alive.

UnderKnight, TruePlayers’ one-thumb portrait roguelite, entered Android Early Access

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 5th, 2021

Procedurally generated levels are a mark of roguelite RPGs, but how often do you come across one that’s truly made for mobile? UnderKnight takes everything that’s cool about the genre and packages it in a handy, device-friendly package with its bite-sized, one-thumb gameplay. This innovative portrait control system is easy to learn but hard to master, as players will have to be quick to adapt to the changing environments and engaging battles.

Shot Online: Golf Battle launches in the U.S. along with special Facebook giveaways

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 2nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Shot Online: Golf Battle is out now on launch in the United States for iOS and Android. Webzen’s spin-off of the hit title Shot Online lets players test their ultimate golfing skills against other players all over the world in 1v1 synchronous matches, all set in full 3D.

The golf MMO not only features a real-time parallel golf battle mode, but it also challenges players’ club skills on different sets. With Shot Online: Golf Battle’s Survival mode, you can even engage in an exhilarating battle royale with seven other players for the ultimate test of skill on the course.

Piccolo: Othello, Symbolic Software’s Othello game, is out now on iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 24th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Symbolic Software’s Piccolo: Othello is out now for iOS devices, featuring an impressive AI and an adorable Piccolo-chan mascot to boot.

As the most downloaded Mac game in Japan’s Mac App Store from April to June this year, Piccolo: Othello boasts of a strong, world-champion-worthy AI and a clean, sleek user interface that’s optimized for iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices (don’t worry - you can adjust the AI’s difficulty level if it gets too tough). Players can engage in Othello matches to their heart’s content with a seamless gameplay experience thanks to visually pleasing graphics and fast animations that won’t force any unnecessary strain on your phone’s battery life.

Compete, a new social media app you can earn actual money from, lets you create videos safe enough to send to your Mum

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 13th, 2021
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Whoever told you you can’t get rich making videos has obviously never heard of Compete, Competitive Media Technologies Limited’s hot new social media app where you can rake in all the dough just by doing what you love. Video monetization that requires blood, sweat, and tears is now a thing of the past, as Compete rewards you with a whopping $5000 simply by posting a 15-second video of whatever floats your boat.

How does Compete work?

Video creators can win hundreds of dollars by creating videos to compete in a wide variety of categories, whether you’re vying for the top spot as Breakdancer of the Year or causing spontaneous death by cute due to your adorable doggo on-screen. Dubbed as the new TikTok alternative, Compete lets you showcase your talents and pit them against others to nab that cash reward.

The typical prize money for the top winner is up to $5000, but those who land in 2nd and 3rd place will also receive smaller cash rewards for all their hard work. There are additional bonus payouts too, which brings us to the next point.

These are the top 5 best iPhone games like Fortnite

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 9th, 2021

Fortnite has been the big hitter in mobile gaming this year, and it's not hard to see why. Thanks to some excellent marketing, and a polished experience that almost anyone can enjoy, it's really taken the App Store by storm.

But there are other battle royale experiences out there if you want to try something different. Some of them are terrible though, so we thought it'd be a good idea to round up what we think are the very best games like Fortnite for iPhone.

We've included links that will let you download the games as well, we're good like that. If you think we've got our suggestions wrong, then feel free to add your own in the comments at the bottom of the article. And don't forget to check out all the other lists on the site by clicking here. Now, without further ado, let's get on with the choices.

The top 5 best iPhone games like Pokemon Go

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 8th, 2021

Pokemon GO is still the, if you'll excuse the pun, go-to game if you want some AR action on your phone. But it's not the only choice out there, and if you've got a hankering for something a bit different, then your eyes might already have started wandering. Which is why we've written this list of the best iPhone games like Pokemon GO.

Some of them follow pretty similar templates, albeit with different franchises or concepts wrapped around them. But we've pulled a couple from leftfield as well, to give you some different options if that's what you're after. Our aim is to make sure everyone downloads at least one game from this list. We're nothing if not optimistic.

You've probably got your own suggestions about what games should be on this list. If that's the case, make sure you toss them into the comments section at the bottom of the article. And if you click here you'll be able to check out all of our other awesome game lists as well. So that's pretty neat.

The top 5 best iPhone games like Starcraft

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 7th, 2021

Starcraft sits at the top of the RTS tree for a number of very good reasons. It also isn't on mobile, again, for a number of very good reasons. But that doesn't mean you can't find a way to indulge your sci-fi, competitive, massive, or engaging RTS desires if you know where to look.

Luckily, we do know where to look. Essentially it's our job, so we've trawled the App Store to find the best experiences that we think are going to at least sate your Starcraft cravings before you get back home to your PC where you can play properly.

We've chosen what we think are the finest games, but it's entirely possible that you disagree with us. If that's the case, then feel free to chuck your own suggestions in the comments section and get some discussion going. And if you're interested in content presented in list form, make sure you click this link and check out all the rest of the lists we've written.