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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.


Nova Island review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 17th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TAKE A CHANCE
This truly free card battler is one of the most refreshing finds you can make on the App Store.

You First review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 12th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
Despite some flashes of promise, You First is a visual novel that struggles to tell a coherent and genuine story.


Tesla Force, a rogue-lite sequel to Tesla vs Lovecraft, is heading for iOS later this week

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 16th, 2021

Finnish developer 10tons has announced that their rogue-lite, Tesla Force, will release for iOS on 19th August as a premium title. You might already be familiar with the game since it previously launched on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

It is an evolution of their previous game, Tesla vs Lovecraft and once again sees players facing off against hordes of cosmic nightmares in a bid to send them back to the abyss. According to the developer, it maintains the core concept of the previous game but introduces new gameplay elements alongside sleeker visuals. You can check out some gameplay in the video below.

The best mobile tower defense game is buried inside Genshin Impact

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 13th, 2021

Back in February of 2021, Genshin Impact added an event called Theater Mechanicus as part of its big Lantern Rite festivities. This mode was a sort of tower defense game that challenged players to build death traps of elemental towers against waves and waves of Hilichurls, Ruin Guards, Abyss Mages, and other common Genshin Impact foes.

The major twist with the event was that your character's power completely didn't matter. Whether you were a whale with a full bench of maxed out, S-tier, five-star adventurers or a free player with nothing of the sort, Theater Mechanics was an accessible, challenging, and super-satisfying event to take on in single-player or co-op. The only bummer about the whole thing was that Theater Mechanicus was a time-limited event and it disappeared after just a couple of weeks.

8 Ball Pool, Miniclip's ever-popular game, has won a Guinness World Record

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 12th, 2021

Miniclip has announced that their enduringly popular game, 8 Ball Pool, has earned itself a Guinness World Record for the Most Downloaded Mobile Pool Game. It's an incredibly specific award - as they often are - but once you've seen the download numbers, it certainly seems justified.

Since it first launched in 2013, the game has been downloaded a staggering 796,721,888 times. It enjoys 260 million hours of playtime each time, which is apparently the equivalent of potting 4000 balls every second.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gamplay Journal - Part 10

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 11th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

It is on this 10th entry in the Divinity - Original Sin 2 Gameplay Journal that I completely found myself at a loss of what to do. After trekking back to Amadia to bask in the praise for rescuing Gareth, I found myself with some clear instructions but not a good sense of how to perform them.

The plan itself is simple: steal a boat to get off this island. It seems the best chance to do that is to pick up some weapons that can pacify the Shriekers guarding the harbor. Those weapons are hidden away in the tomb of someone named Braccus Rex, which was easy enough to find, but all I could find there was a blocked door, rude skeleton, and not much else to go on.

Blon is an upcoming pixel art platformer that's heading for iOS and Android in September

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 11th, 2021

Developer Lazy Kiwi and publisher Plug in Digital Games have announced a new platformer that's heading for iOS, Android and PC on September 7th. It's called Blon is available to pre-order now on the aforementioned platforms.

It promises to be a particularly challenging game as you hop through its various stages with the end goal of defeating your mad brother to save the rest of your family. You will play as the titular Blon, a blob who will look to rebuild their family castle, which will help improve their abilities.

Steam Link Spotlight - Jupiter Hell

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 10th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Roguebook. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

For this entry, we looked at what would probably make a good case for reinterpreting Doom as a turn-based affair tuned for mobile. Jupiter Hell may not be on the App Store, but it sure as heck feels like it should, and it brings sci-fi horror, heavy metal, gore, and gunplay together in ways that remind me of old-school 90s shooter aesthetics.

Zen Pinball Party is an upcoming Apple Arcade game that will feature DreamWorks and Hasbro branded tables

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 10th, 2021

Zen Pinball Party is an upcoming Apple Arcade game from ZEN Studios that will feature 12 different tables sporting various DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro brands. It promises to deliver the ultimate pinball experiences. The developers haven't announced a release date yet, but we know it's arriving soon.

According to ZEN Studios, it boasts the best physics simulation in digital pinball, something that's obviously important to any pinball game since watching the ball ricochet around the table is a large part of the enjoyment. You can check out some gameplay for Zen Pinball Party in the video below.

Iron Order 1919 is a real-time strategy game set in an alternate WW1 that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 9th, 2021

Bytro Labs has released a brand new strategy game called Iron Order 1919 for iOS and Android devices. It takes place in an alternate universe where several technological breakthroughs allowed for the creation of Mechs, which promptly replaced regular soldiers on the battlefield thanks to their incredible firepower. Unfortunately, these changes also meant that WW1 didn't end.

It is not just Mechs that this technological leap provided either. Players can also make use of walking airfields and flying fortresses that can deploy artillery. The nations themselves will still draw influence from their real-life counterparts but with notable differences in their ideology and changes in borders.

Garena Free Fire has announced a two-year partnership the Brazilian Football Confederation

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 6th, 2021

Garena Free Fire is well-known for teaming up with a variety of different people and organisations. Whether that's sports stars, musicians or even TV shows, they love doing collaborations. Their latest is with Brazilian Football Confederation, a partnership that will run for two years and includes all Brazilian football teams, including the men's national team.

It's a collaboration that certainly makes sense on paper; both Free Fire and football are incredibly popular in Brazil. The partnership will include Free Fire activations at Brazil football matches and exclusive skins and in-game items that players around the world can get.

Free Fire starts will start its fourth-anniversary celebrations by introducing DJ Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike as playable characters

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 5th, 2021

Garena Free Fire will soon celebrate its fourth anniversary with a series of celebrations, starting with the addition of DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike as playable characters. Meanwhile, Spawn Island will be redecorated to act as a sneak preview for more of the anniversary events.

It's not the first time Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have found themselves involved in Free Fire, either. The duo previously created the theme song for Free Fire's Rampage Campaign but will now join the game's ever-growing character roster. They will become available on 6th August, and you can check them out by logging in.

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.

Infinity Island is a remarkably unassuming idle game

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 4th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I've been playing Luca Redwood's latest release, Infinity Island, for almost a week now, and I'm a little perplexed. The mind behind innovative, premium titles like 10000000 and Photographs put out an idle game fueled by ads and in-app purchases that is remarkable mostly by how pedestrian it is.

In it, you collect little pets on a cartoonish desert island by launching a hook out to sea to retrieve boxes of loot. These pets produce currency automatically that you can use to purchase various upgrades, almost all of which serve to help you produce currency faster. At various points throughout the game, you can also opt to watch ads to double your rewards or make in app purchases to accelerate your progress. If you ever reach a state where progression seems to plateau, the game offers to reset (or "Infinity") your island and allow you to spend some other currency to accelerate your progression rate on the new island.

Puzzle Brawl is a match-3 game for iOS and Android from ex-Riot Games developers

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 4th, 2021

Puzzle Brawl is a match-3 game that's available now for Android and in select regions for iOS. Developer Skyborne Games describes it as a mixture of Clash Royale's metagame, Empires & Puzzles' match-3 combat and League of Legend's game design principles. It certainly sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

Before each match, players will select up to five different heroes, which are known as brawlers. They will then battle against another player's defense team by matching coloured tiles. As players continue to battle, they will move through 10 different arenas until they reach the challenger arena.

Smash Legends welcomes new character Wolfgang to the roster

Posted by Stephen Gregson on August 3rd, 2021

LINE Games' Smash Legends has received a new update, which means the start of SMASH PASS Season 5: Wolves Streets. Among other things, this sees the addition of the game's 16th legend, Wolfgang.

Wolfgang draws inspiration from the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood and is the first assassin character to boast a debuff skill. Players can get this new character by reaching the 15th stage of the SMASH PASS. Of course, other rewards can be earned along the way, including Keys, Boxes and Emojis.