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Apple Arcade's future depends on how Apple answers a few key questions

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 26th, 2019

Apple made a lot of waves from its special event this week. The announcement of Apple Arcade in particular, a subscription service that will deliver access to over 100 premium games starting this fall, sounds like a potential new step forward for gaming on mobile.

As great as this might sound though, there are lots of things Apple didn’t talk about as it relates to this new service. A lot of what Apple said yesterday may sound exciting, but I have my doubts about the service given what wasn’t covered in their presentation. There’s just too many unknowns, and—given Apple’s track record on games—I’m not sure Apple Arcade will seem all that great when we get the answers.

See below for some of the biggest mysteries looming over the announcement and my thoughts on why their absence has me worried about this service.

Call of Duty Mobile - Three other Activision titles we'd love to see coming to iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on March 20th, 2019

This week Activision has revealed that Call of Duty Mobile is real, it's coming soon, and it looks pretty awesome. We got all of that from a trailer, but it also got us thinking about what other Activision games we'd like to see coming to mobile. Because that's the sort of thing we think about here at 148Apps towers.

We've not included any Blizzard games in the list, since we had a bit of a deep dive into how they might work for mobile when the big B revealed it was looking to bring all of its franchises to mobile. Instead we've focused on Activision published titles - specifically ones with plenty of action, since everyone loves action and explosions.

Got your own suggestions as to which Activision games you'd like to see coming to mobile? Then do let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. It's a huge company with a massive back catalogue, and we'd love to hear your ideas about how it could bring some of those games to mobile.

The best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - March 14th

Posted by Harry Slater on March 14th, 2019

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Just like every Thursday, today we're taking some time to let you know what we think are the best games that have come out over the past week. We've had hands-on time with all of them, so you can trust us when we tell you that we're pretty clued up on this.

That said, you might disagree. That's cool, you can do that. But if you do, we'd love to hear why in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Maybe you've spotted something that you love, and you want to share it with the world? That's just one of the many services that the comments section can provide.

Click here and you can check out the games we thought were the greatest from last week. And now, without further ado, let's find out what the best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week are.

The best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - March 7th

Posted by Harry Slater on March 7th, 2019

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Thursday is the day when most games come out on the App Store. So every week we like to spend Thursday telling you what the best of those games is. In a way we're providing a wonderful service, since it means you don't have to play anything rubbish in order to find the gems that have landed on iOS over the past seven days.

This week we've got a shooter, a twitchy arcade racer that features giant worms, and one of the strangest auto-runners that we've ever had the privilege of playing. Of course, with this being a pretty short list, there's a chance we've missed something out. If you think that's the case, then do let us know your own suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Click here and you can check out what we thought were the best games that came out last week. And now, without any further words (except these ones), let's look at the three best games that came out for iPad and iPhone this week.

These are the top 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of February 2019

Posted by Harry Slater on March 1st, 2019

How has February already come to an end? That's craziness. Pretty soon it's going to be the summer and I'm going to be complaining about how hot it is all the time. So that's something to look forward to. That's not what we're doing here though - here's we're looking back to the three best games that came out in the second month of 2019.

It was tough choosing just three, and if you think we've missed out anything glaring then we'd love to hear from you in the comments section. Don't be mean about it, though, that's just mean. Hell, you might even agree with us - let us know about that too, it'll make us feel slightly better about the passage of time.

Click here and you can check out all of the other awesome lists we've been making over the past few months. Or, if you'd prefer, keep reading, and you'll discover what we thought were the three best iPhone and iPad games of February 2019.

The best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - February 28th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 28th, 2019

Every Thursday here at 148Apps we like to make sure you're caught up with all the amazing mobile games that have come out over the past seven days. And today is no different - what you're reading right now is our break down of what we think are the top 5 games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week.

It's an interesting mix too, with an intriguing endless runner or two, a puzzler that's put its gloves back on, and an adaptation of a classic board game that's sure to get more than one or two fingers twitching with joy. If you think we've missed anything, then feel free to chuck your own suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

If you smash a click right here you'll be able to check out what we thought were the best games that came out last week. And make sure you check back regularly, because we're always making awesome content here at 148Apps and it'd proper suck if you missed any of it.

When Good Games Go Bad

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 27th, 2019
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Back in August, a little game called Radiant One came out. It was a solid adventure game with great visuals and a story that hit me harder than I was expecting. I wasn’t in love with it, but I enjoyed my time with it a great deal. So much so that I gave it a nice four star rating and recommended it to friends who were looking for something new to play.

In the intervening months between Radiant One’s release and now, a lot has changed. For starters, the game has a new chapter, which is odd mostly because--in my playthrough of Radiant One--I was not aware this game was going to have multiple chapters. The game was short, yes, but nothing about it remotely suggested that the game would include a new or continuing storyline beyond what was in the initial package.

Upon hearing new stuff got added to this great game, I got excited and re-downloaded it. I wanted to see what else Radiant One might have up its sleeves. Would it be a continuation of Daniel’s adventures with lucid dreaming? Would it be more like an anthology? I could see things going in one of quite a few different directions, but if any of them were like the game’s base package, I was ready for it.

What does Dragalia Lost tell us about the future of Nintendo's presence on mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on February 27th, 2019

You could call Dragalia Lost Nintendo's outlier. It is, to all intents and purposes, a pretty expensive shot in the dark. It's got all of Nintendo's polish and shimmer, but unlike the other big N games we've seen coming to the App Store, this one isn't backed up with a massive license.

The game has already been successful in the territories it's been out in, raking in some massive numbers that Nintendo must be pretty pleased with. And that poses some pretty dramatic questions about the future of Nintendo's mobile business.

The bigger the company, the more it needs to fret about a game making bank - there are loads of people to pay, and material success is going to be way more important than critical praise. Nintendo has often managed to blend both of those things together, but the mobile gaming landscape is very different to the home console one, and Dragalia Lost could well be the a marker as to where Nintendo is going to be heading. In what way? Well, in quite a few.

What might the Samsung Galaxy Fold mean for the future of the iPhone?

Posted by Harry Slater on February 25th, 2019

You might have heard last week that Samsung has revealed a folding phone. It's called, quite imaginatively, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and it was announced at MWC in Barcelona last week. It's certainly an interesting idea, and it isn't the only Android device that has bendability in its unique selling points.

The question is though, what sort of response is this going to elicit from Apple? A few years ago we could say quite conclusively that the response would be non-existent, but the time when Apple was the clear leader in terms of innovation are long gone - now it plays catch-up as much as Samsung and the others.

So will we be seeing an iFold any time soon? Or might Apple respond with some new ideas of its own? Those are the questions that we're going to ponder in this article. Hopefully you'll agree with us, but if you've got your own thoughts to add to these issues, feel free to let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

The best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - February 21st

Posted by Harry Slater on February 21st, 2019

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Well, once again we've reached Thursday, which means it's time to have a look at the awesome games that have popped up on the App Store over the past seven days. We've got horror, we've got vampires, and we've got at least one game we still don't really understand. So that's a first.

Obviously loads more games have come out this week, and there's a chance we might have missed something in our trawl of the App Store. If that's the case, and you know of another awesome game that people should be playing, do let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

Click here and you can check out what we thought were the best iOS games that came out last week. And now, without further ado, let's check out what we think are the best new games for iPhone and iPad.

The AAF app could be the only fantasy football game you need for your iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on February 20th, 2019

Fantasy football is massive, which is something the AAF understands. It's a new American Football league that's two weeks into its first season. It's designed to serve a number of different masters - for one thing it's positioned itself as a second chance league, a place where NFL players who didn't make the cut can play meaningful games and prove that they're worth another look.

But it's the technology that the league uses that we're going to have a look at today - namely the app that you can grab right now from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The reason we're interested? Because you can now play along with the games live, tracking moves and making predictions on the fly.

Even if you're not a fan of American Football, it's a really interesting new way to engage with sports that could well become more and more popular if the AAF manages to take off over the next few weeks.

The best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - February 14th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 14th, 2019

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How is it already Thursday again? My oh my, doesn't time fly when you're playing the very best mobile games out there? We certainly hope it does, because we've gone ahead and written a list of what we think are the top 5 best games for iPhone and iPad that have landed on the App Store over the last seven days.

This week we've got two very different platformers, a .io game that shouldn't be anywhere near as much fun as it is, as well as a couple of games that like to play by their own rules. They're all really good though, and if it was up to us you'd read this article and then go and play all of them and have a lovely old time.

If you've got your own gaming suggestions for this week, feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And click here to check out what we thought were the best new games for iPhone and iPad that came out last week.

Three games for iPad and iPhone to keep you going until Apex Legends arrives

Posted by Harry Slater on February 13th, 2019

On Monday we told you that Apex Legends is, all being well, eventually going to end up on the App Store. That means you'll be able to play one of the best new battle royale shooters in months in the palm of your hand. However, it hasn't happened yet, which is why we've created this list of alternatives to tide you over until AL actually makes it across to iOS.

Obviously this is quite a short list, and there are games out there that might fit the bill as well. That's where you come in - let us know your own recommendations in the comments section at the bottom of the article, that way we're all going to be able to find something to countdown the weeks and months until Apex Legends comes out with.

Click here and you'll be able to check out all the other awesome lists we've been writing for you. Each one deals with a genre, a style, or just what we think are the very best games available for the devices you carry around in your pocket all the time. Right then, let's get on with these Apex Legends alternatives, shall we?

Why you should be excited about Apex Legends coming out for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on February 11th, 2019

You've no doubt heard of Apex Legends by now. It's a new take on the battle royale genre developed by Respawn, and published by EA. It went live on EA Origin, PS4, and Xbox One last week, and it's already been generating a lot of buzz around the non-mobile gaming world. More interestingly though, it's also started a similar amount of buzz in the much more important mobile gaming world too.

That's because there's a very good chance that the game is going to be coming out for phones and tablets in the not-too-distant future. This isn't hyperbole either, it's straight from the horse's mouth. If the horse is EA and its mouth is a quarterly earnings call. Which, for the purposes of this article, they are.

The top 5 best games for iPhone and iPad that came out this week - Feb 7th

Posted by Harry Slater on February 7th, 2019

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It's that time again - Thursday has rolled around which means the latest batch of new mobile games has landed on the App Store. There's loads of them, like there always is, so we've taken steps to make sure you know which are the best games that have come out for iPhone and iPad over the last seven days. Those steps are basically writing, and then posting, this list.

We've picked what we think are the finest new gaming experiences for your shiny phone or tablet, and we've given you download links so you can grab them in the shortest amount of time possible. We've even written down why we think you're going to enjoy the games. What a wonderful service we're providing for you.

If you've got your own suggestions for games that people should be playing this week, then do let everyone know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And click right here to check out what we thought the best games of last week were. That's the preamble done, let's move on to the main event.


Revolve8

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At first glance this one might look like a Clash Royale clone, but if you stick with it you're going to discover one of the finest PvP RTS experiences that the App Store has to offer. Collect twisted versions of fairytale heroes (the emperor from The Emperor's New Clothes is our personal favorite), and then battle with other teams to be the first to smash your opponent's bases.


The Stillness of the Wind

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A melancholic, slow game about a goat farm on the edge of a desert. You play an old woman who has to tend to the farm - milking the goats, collecting eggs, planting and tending to seeds, and dragging water out of the well at the edge of your property. All the while you're building up your routine, the world outside of the farm is starting to fall apart. This is a game that's definitely going to make you think.


Squish Machine

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Any game that channels Nitrome and Star Wars is fine by us. This is a short and sharp action platformer that sees you bouncing around a screen trying to push a button. That button stops the spikes at the top and bottom of the screen from closing in on you. The first few buttons are easy to push, but after that you're facing circular saws, more spikes, and a whole host of enemies too.


Elemancer

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There might be a lot of card games out there in mobile gaming land, but we're always happy to see new ones coming along if they do something different. Elemancer feels like it's trying to fit in the space between Hearthstone and the more casual end of the market, and if it can build up a big enough player base, we're pretty excited to see what the game can do.


The Horns

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This is out leftfield choice of the week. It's a text-based adventure game set in 1920s England. Except it's a 1920s England where a strange black fog has descended and ominous and evil creatures are stalking the land. It's up to you to figure out what's going on. And, perhaps more importantly, stay alive. Thanks to all the choices you have to make here, no two playthroughs are ever going to be the same.