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Phantom Blade: Executioners, the upcoming ARPG from S-Game, opens Closed Beta Test sign-ups on Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 28th, 2021

Featuring stylish visuals and heart-stopping action, Phantom Blade: Executioners invites players back into the world of "Kungfupunk" this month. S-Game's action-packed ARPG is opening sign-ups for the game's Closed Beta Test from 12/28/2021 to 1/10/2022, with lots of in-game goodies and two heroes to experience.

Phantom Blade: Executioners is the latest installment of the Phantom Blade franchise. Eager players who wish to get first dibs on the game can simply sign up for the CBT on the official Facebook and Twitter channels and fill out the form. The lucky few who get picked will receive an email with a download link for the CBT that'll start in January.

Everything you need to know about Alien: Isolation on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 15th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LOT OF ALIEN :: Read Review »

Feral Interactive's next ambitious mobile port is 2014's Alien: Isolation, a survival horror game where you play as Amanda Ripley (Ellen Ripley's daughter), developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. We got some advance access to the mobile version of the game and have been working our way through it. See the video above for a healthy chunk of the game in action, as well as some additional impressions below.

The first thing to note about this game is that it is pretty technically demanding. If players want to experience Alien: Isolation on iOS, they will need the following:

Modern art inspired puzzler, Please, Touch The Artwork, is now available to pre-order for iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 6th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Please, Touch the Artwork is the new puzzle game from solo-developer Thomas Waterzooi that gives you the chance to play around with modern art. So prepare to get your hands dirty as you navigate your way through more than 150 puzzles and take a deep dive into the world of modern art.

The award winning title picked up top honors at Pocket Gamer’s Very Big Indie Pitch (Helsinki 2019), won 'Best Art' at Tokyo Game Show, and earned an Honorable Mention at Develop Brighton so you can expect something very special when the game launches in 2022.

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!

Top 5 upcoming shooters like PUBG Mobile

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on September 14th, 2021

Undoubtedly, PUBG Mobile is one of the top battle royale shooters of all time on mobile. Ever since PUBG was launched on mobile, battle royale games have seen good days. COD Mobile, Free Fire, and Fortnite are equally big names.

Arguably, battle royale and FPS is a very saturated genre. However, this year and 2022 might see a lot of new titles making their way to the shooter category. Some of them might blow up enough to give even PUBG Mobile a run for its money.

[Update] Bike Baron 2 opens pre-orders for iOS with more motorbike tracks, puzzles, and stunts than ever

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 27th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOTORCYCLE MISMATCH :: Read Review »

Updated May 27, 2021: Bike Baron 2 is now available to download from the App Store for £6.99.



Whether it’s dodging spiky death traps or spinning through gigantic loops in the air, Bike Baron 2 has enough action to keep both newbie and veteran players hanging onto the edge of their seats. The much-awaited sequel to Cornfox & Brothers’s biking bonanza is now available for pre-order on iOS to hype up the fans for its May 27 global release.

MU Archangel: Everything we know about MU Online’s mobile spin-off

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 7th, 2021

As if the global release of MU Archangel isn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more reasons to get hyped for Webzen’s mobile spin-off to MU Online. If you just can’t wait to pour out blood, sweat, and tears in strategizing your character’s best build, or figuring out if you want to be a Descendant of Lorencia, a Descendant of Arca, or a Champion of Noria, we’ve got the lowdown on the core gameplay elements of the game to whet your appetite while you’re hanging onto the edge of your seat.


You can join a guild...

Joining a guild isn’t just for the social butterflies - you can score Archangel Equipment through Guild Siege or collect extra EXP and tons of other rewards via the Guild Quiz, Guild Estate, and Guild Training. The Guild Feast, in particular, is a sanctuary for when you need to take a breather every now and then (Who knows? You might even score some free barbecue).

Diablo: Immortal Closed Alpha First Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 23rd, 2021

This week, we finally got our hands on Diablo: Immortal. While it's still in a closed alpha state, the game feels quite a bit like a fully-fledged Diablo experience, though obviously with some free-to-play hooks thrown in. Check out some footage of the game just as those hooks kick in to get a sense of what Blizzard and NetEase seem to be planning for Diablo's eventual emergence onto the App Store.

Here's everything you need to know about XCOM 2 Collection ahead of release

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 3rd, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDENSED COMMANDER :: Read Review »

Later this week, the XCOM 2 Collection will finally make its way to iOS. XCOM: Enemy Within has long been a high watermark of strategic depth on mobile, but the game has gotten quite long in the tooth. Feral Interactive's work on XCOM 2 Collection looks to change that by providing a mobile experience that feels fresh and modern to the second entry of Firaxis's reimagined XCOM series.

All that said, porting XCOM 2 Collection is no easy task. Check the video above to see a full video of a mission in the game running on an iPad Pro 11" (2018), and read on below for what you need to know about XCOM 2 Collection ahead of release.

Everything you need to know about Catalyst Black

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 13th, 2020

Super Evil Megacorp, the minds behind long-standing mobile MOBA Vainglory, are back with a new game called Catalyst Black. This new title is a team-based shooter that focuses on equippable loot, and although it isn't out yet, the game recently became available to a select few folks during their early access period.

This early access, termed the "Secret Service" by the developers, is a limited form of the game that doesn't include all of the polish you might expect from an official release, but it does give a good sense of what Catalyst Black will be when it eventually hits the App Store. We were able to snag a spot in the Secret Service and are ready to spill everything we know about the game. Read on below to find out more, including how you might be able to join us online sooner rather than later.

Tyrant's Arena delivers intense hero battling multiplayer action to Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 26th, 2020

Tyrant's Arena is an intense midcore multiplayer actioner where you'll compete in tricky 3v3 matches to crush your opponents and earn neat rewards. It comes to us from developer Kroy Games, and it's now available for pre-registration on iOS and Android.

The core gameplay is said to be fast-paced, with matches only lasting a few minutes each. You'll hunt down and slay your opponents as part of a crack team of heroes. Controls are intuitive and mobile-friendly while still allowing for layers of hidden depth. While the game is easy to get into, only the most skilled players will come out on top during combat.

As you progress, you'll unlock new heroes with their own distinct combat style to master. Classes include Tanks, Assassins, Mages, Support, Warriors, and Marksmen. Smart combinations of hero classes can dominate the battlefield, so it's best to plan ahead before you and your team enter the arena.

New skins can also be unlocked to make each hero unique to you. This gives Tyrant's Arena and its many characters some extra personality.

The ultimate challenge comes in the form of climbing the seasonal rankings. You'll compete with players from across the globe to cement yourself as a champion and earn rewards based on the different medals you achieve.

Tyrant's Arena is set to launch early next month in South/Central America and Mexico. In the meantime, you can pre-register your interest over on both the App Store and Google Play for some special rewards.

Shadowgun War Games Closed Beta Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 23rd, 2020
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ALL’S FAIR IN WAR GAMES :: Read Review »

Shadowgun: War Games is an upcoming free-to-play multiplayer shooter that’s essentially just an Overwatch knock-off. There are hero characters with special abilities, and you compete in 5-v-5 game modes where the goal is to use superior team tactics to win the day.

Depending on who you are, this might sound exciting, but given my time with the closed beta for the game, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Although War Games looks nice and pretty, it doesn’t feel that different from other mobile shooters that have already tried the same thing (i.e. Modern Combat Versus).

Hands-On with the Pocket City December Update

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 9th, 2019
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PREMIUM BUT NOT PERFECT :: Read Review »

At the end of last month, Codebrew Games announced an update coming to their popular city-builder, Pocket City some time this month. In this update is the promise of expanding your city out into other regions, enacting policies, and more. The full info on the update—as well as a link to sign up to test these new features—can be found here.

I’ve spent the last week or so testing out this new content for Pocket City, and it makes for an undeniably better game. That said, I wasn’t super impressed with Pocket City when it first released, and this update doesn’t suddenly change my entire impression of the game. It’s still got some rules that feel too restrictive, but it finally allows you to build public transit that makes sense, which was one of my primary grievances with the original version of the game.

Something to note about this new update to Pocket City is that it doesn’t provide much to new players. To start enacting policies or expanding between regions, you have to level up your city to at least level 28, which takes some doing. Even when you get there, it doesn’t feel like it shifts the gameplay too much. In fact, after I got the ability to pass policies to improve my city, I routinely forgot to actually do it because my city was cruising along just fine without their benefits in play.

If you’re eyeing this update to Pocket City as a way to really deepen the experience of playing it, I think you’ll be disappointed. That said, this December update—whenever it drops—improves the base game and adds a couple more layers to Pocket City that make it more interesting than it was previously.

Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery opens for pre-registration

Posted by Cameron Bald on September 13th, 2019

Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery is a terrifying new nightmare from developer Illumix. Last week, FNAF fans were sent into a frenzy by a short teaser for what we now know to be Special Delivery. Those in the comments were quick to question whether the teaser was fan-made or the real deal.

The new trailer released today shows off the general idea behind Special Delivery, even if we don’t see what the actual gameplay is like. As a result, all we really have to go on at the moment are the (seemingly) altered screenshots below.

Illumix aims to deliver fans a ‘completely new audio and visual gameplay experience’. Basically, your real-word environment will be invaded by Cawthon’s iconic animatronics, potentially forcing you to hide or perform some sort of mini-game. I’m sure it’ll be neat to see Freddy and the gang pop up in your living room, but, as I say, we still don’t really know what the meat of the experience is.

What we do know is that this isn’t the only FNAF game in development. Cawthon has previously discussed FNAF: Into Madness, as well as console and updated mobile ports of the mainline entries. On a Steam community page, he had this to say of Special Delivery: “The team at Looking Glass is doing an amazing job; the graphics look fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished product comes together!”.

If you’re down for what could potentially be a spine-tingling AR experience, you can pre-register now for Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery over on the game’s official site.

Marvel Super War Beta Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 10th, 2019

Marvel Super War is the latest MOBA from Netease, but it’s not something you can just go and download on the App Store now. The game is in a closed beta, meaning you have to download it from a special link here and the developers are still ironing out some kinks before officially releasing the game to mobile players everywhere.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time with Marvel Super War over the past week, and I let me say, it’s not half bad. This is to say that it’s really neat to play as heroes and villains like Thor and Magneto, but this game feels a little too... familiar.