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Little Misfortune review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 21st, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FORTUNATE MESS
This adventure has a lot of ups and downs, but is ultimately worth experiencing for its charming character work.

RogueJack review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 18th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
RogueJack is a Blackjack-based dungeon-crawler that struggles to feel like more than a game of chance.

Pico Tanks review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 17th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LITE ARMOR
Pico Tanks is a more arcadey take on tank battling that’s fun as long as you’re ok with unbalanced multiplayer design.

Book of Demons: Tablet Edition review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MOBILE DIABLO
Book of Demons: Tablet Edition is one of the finest action rpgs on mobile.

Veritas review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IN VR VERITAS
Veritas is a frustratingly difficult adventure game despite some really handy convenience features.

Cookies Must Die review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUN FOR A TIME
Cookies Must Die features awesome slo-mo action, but suffers from having a repetitive structure.

Early Worm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FORGETTABLE FLING
Early Worm uses a proven gameplay formula but then fails to build something particularly compelling around it.

PictoQuest review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS
The iOS version of PictoQuest isn’t as convenient as it could be, but it is still a solid puzzler.

Marvel Future Fight's latest update adds all-new team of heroes known as the 'Warriors of the Sky'

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 12th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight's latest update has added an all-new team of heroes to recruit and do battle with. The 'Warriors of the Sky' include Blue Dragon, War Tiger, Sun Bird, and Shadow Shell. As is the norm, each character comes with their own unique powers to master and backstories to explore.

They were first revealed all the way back in October during Thailand Game Show, so fans have had a fairly sizable wait on their hands. The team is noteworthy for being an entirely original creation for the game, with its members all hailing from different parts of Asia. You can read more about them over on IGN.

In addition to the new hero team, the update also introduces 'Potential Awaken', which is a system that allows heroes to unlock new active skills for use in combat. Those capable of awakening hidden potential can be developed by meeting specific in-game growth conditions.

On top of all that, fresh system content has arrived for story missions, with the aim being to "enhance the story's delivery and excitement to Agents". And for those who like to look their best, new costumes for Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and more have been added.

Other improvements include:

  • Crescent Upgrade – Crescent can be upgraded to Tier-3 to unlock new ultimate skills
  • Unlock 'Realize Potential' feature - Blue Dragon, War Tiger, Sun Bird, Shadow Shell, Songbird, White Tiger, Wiccan, Hulkling and Squirrel Girl
  • Other Updates – Enhanced Equipment and Custom Gear for game convenience

If you fancy testing out the Warriors of the Sky, you'll find Marvel Future Fight available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is a fast-paced auto-shooter that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 10th, 2020

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is a fast-paced auto-shooter that sports a cute retro aesthetic thathad racked up an impressive 100,000 pre-registers prior to its release. It's available now for both iOS and Android.

The game takes place during an intergalactic energy crisis. To solve it players will travel through time to defeat various monsters that have caused energy anomalies. Defeating them will reward players with a core that can be used to restore power to the universe.

It all sounds fairly high stakes but the game itself is looks so lovely you wouldn't really know there was a massive issue to face. It has an adorable Game Boy aesthetic and some excellent sounding music present on its soundtrack, which you can hear a smidgen of in the trailer below.

The game is controlled with a simple 3-button set up that handles left and right movement as well as jumping. The jump button can also be pressed multiple types to maintain your airtime. Shooting is handled automatically by the game leaving players to focus on dodging the plethora of bullets that will be flying their way.

In between stages you'll be able to upgrade different attributes of your character. This might include the range of your attacks, rate of fire or a simple Hp Up depending on your preference. You'll need to make sure you are grabbing the coins that drop from enemies to ensure you can afford them though.

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Hearthstone's latest solo adventure, Galakrond's Awakening, is now available for pre-purchase

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 9th, 2020

Blizzard has unveiled a plethora of details about its upcoming expansion for its popular card game Hearthstone. It's called Galakrond's Awakening and will bring the Year of the Dragon storyline to a close. It's available now for pre-purchase ahead of the first chapter's release on 21st January.

The latest adventure sees a return to the more linear adventure format that Hearthstone adopted in older solo expansions. It'll see players taking on special boss encounters whom they'll have to defeat using a deck of pre-set cards. Beating the whole adventure will net players 35 new cards to use in both Wild and Standard formats.

If you're interested in seeing some of the cards that will be available through Galakron'd Awakening you can head over to Blizzard's blog post about the upcoming expansion. There are a few examples of what to expect for a few of the class-specific cards.

Once you've done that you might want to try and best the adventure on Heroic mode, particularly if you're into your card backs. In those alternative difficulty versions of the chapters, you'll be able to build your own deck and will earn two card backs for tackling the harder versions of the bosses.

As mentioned, the first chapter will be available on 21st January, with subsequent chapters being released each week after that culminating with the release of chapter 4 on February 11th. Each chapter will cost 700 gold or $6.99 – with the exception of the first which is free – or you can buy the whole adventure for $19.99.

Hearthstone is available now on both the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Cultist Simulator's Dancer DLC launches for iOS and Android on January 22nd

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 8th, 2020

Cultist Simulator's Dancer DLC is set to launch for iOS and Android on January 22nd. It revolves around the occult cabaret known as the 'Ecdysis Club', where "the distinction between pleasure and pain is as delicate and essential as the human skin". The announcement arrived over on developerWeather Factory's Twitter account.

In this story-focused DLC, you'll take on the role of a dancer at the club and gradually rise to fame. Interestingly, certain dances can only be performed in "far places", while others can't be performed when in "human shape". It's all very strange, but that's very much part of the appeal.

If you're yet to give Cultist Simulator a try, it's a neat roguelike card game that serves up a ton of Lovecraftian storytelling goodness.

Campbell reviewed the game at launch, finding its obtuse nature to be both fascinating and a tad overwhelming. It's definitely very different, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a game that offers as many strange encounters and weird ideas.

Those brave enough to give it a go will find Cultist Simulator available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium game priced at £6.99 or $6.99. The Dancer DLC is priced at £1.99 or $1.99.

Death Comes True releases a new character profile for "murder enthusiast" Nene Kurushima

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 6th, 2020

Death Comes True is an FMV murder mystery from Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of Danganronpa. It sees you playing as an amnesiac young man, called Makoto Karaki, who wakes up in a mysterious hotel to find that he's being hunted for a series of murders he doesn't remember committing.

To make things even stranger for the poor guy, he now inexplicably has the ability to "time leap" and return to the past. The trade-off is that he can only trigger his new skill when he dies. Time leaping allows you to redo certain encounters to see alternate outcomes.

Character profiles for specific members of the cast have been released periodically over on the game's official site. As first spotted by Gematsu, the latest is for a young woman called Nene Kurushima, who is described as "an eccentric girl that happens to be staying in the hotel. She’s a murder enthusiast and a self-proclaimed fan of the serial killer, Makoto Karaki".

Kodaka is credited as director and writer on Death Comes True, and there's no denying he's shown skill at executing similar tales in the past. Killer7, The Evil Within, and Danganronpa series composer Masafumi Takada is working on the game's soundtrack.

You'll find more info, including several other character profiles, on the game's site. Death Comes True is set to hit iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Epic Seven introduces a new Hero and Artifact to the MMO alongside a gift for all players to celebrate 2020

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 3rd, 2020

The popular MMO Epic Seven has received a new character who is available now in the game. But that's not all, it's also celebrating the start of 2020 by giving all players 1000 Skystone, so long as they play the game between today and 16th January.

The new Hero making her way into the game is Alencia. She is a pureblood Dragon and an Aunt to two of Epic Seven's existing characters – Yufine and Luna. She takes on a supporting role as a 5-star Earth Warrior, focusing on making her allies hardier.

One of her abilities in particular called Genesis sounds very useful. Not only will it eliminate all of the enemies' buffs, but it will also increase the defence of her allies. By using this at the right time it could potentially turn an otherwise certain loss into a victory.

Alongside Alencia, there will also be a new 5-star Artifact added to Epic Seven. It's called Alencinox's Wrath and will be exclusive to warriors. It will particularly suit those that make good use of critical chance, as it increases the percentage of that each turn, stacking up to twenty times.

On top of that, a new line-up of Artifacts will now be available for purchases from the Powder of Knowledge Shop. This includes the Sigurd Scythe and Elbris Ritual Sword among others. All of these updates are available in the game now.

Epic Seven is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Steam Link Spotlight - Might Is Right

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 3rd, 2020
+ 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. Our last entry was Sin Slayers. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience over here.

Much like the last entry, this week’s spotlight is on a combat-focused rpg I didn’t know much about going into. Might is Right has a really old-school feel. You have a main character that you use to wander over a map to complete quests, which usually revolve around fighting parties of enemies.

Swag and Sorcery is a new game for iOS from the creators of Punch Club and Graveyard Keeper

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 2nd, 2020

Swag and Sorcery is the latest title from tinyBUILD who you may know from the likes of Punch Club and Graveyard Keeper. They're leaving behind boxing clubs and cemetery tending this time around though and moving into the fantasy realm instead.

You might be familiar with Swag and Sorcery already, particularly if you're an avid PC gamer where it's been available since May 2019. The aim of the game is very straightforward, you make a fantasy village, train a team of heroes, gear them up and send them off to plunder some loot, or swag I guess.

Once they're sent off to battle and loot they'll pretty much handle everything themselves, you can just kick back and decide what you're going to do with all the swag they'll return home with. If you'd like to feel a little more hands-on though there are few spells at your disposal that you can use to help them out in battle. The spells range from damaging fireballs to healing magic.

Though Swag and Sorcery is set in a fantasy village that's very typical of the genre aesthetically, the gear you can equip your heroes from can seemingly be from pretty much any time period. As you can see in the trailer above there are various rifles and even a Flying V guitar available as weapons in addition to standard swords. There is also a nice selection of hats and outfits your heroes can sport beyond suits of amour or mage robes.

Swag and Sorcery is available now over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $6.99.

Conflict Digital is an AR strategy game where you create combat units to take on pixelated enemies

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 30th, 2019

Conflict Digital is an upcoming AR strategy game that sees you assembling and deploying defences to push back a varied selection of tricky enemies.

A mysterious pixelated menace has quietly invaded the real world, and it's up to you and your reverse-engineered pixelated technology to stop the threat and save the day. It's all about building defences and finding elaborate ways to stop the enemies in their tracks.

You'll first have to gather and trade resources with which to build your units. There are combat bots and physical barriers that you can deploy on the battlefield to funnel enemies or block their path. You can also move the barriers and even throw them around if need be.

It sounds like a decent AR strategy game with the potential to serve up the odd intense combat scenario. If you're interested in learning more, the developer has been putting out progress showcases over on itch.io. You can also follow the game's development by checking out the dev's Twitter account.

Icy Drift and Sharkslam are two-hyper casual titles for iOS and Android that emerged from a recent Game Jam

Posted by Stephen Gregson on December 27th, 2019

Hyper-casual games are a growing area in the mobile realm. The issue is, most people don't use that term to describe them. You'll be familiar with the criteria for them though, they're those games where it relies on one simple mechanic and a lot of collecting stuff - and you'll usually discover them through adverts.

Two of these have emerged from a Mobile Game Jam that was hosted by DigiPen. They're called Icy Drift and Sharkslam and have been made into fully-fledged games as a prize for being the two winners of that Game Jam. Both are available now for iOS and Android.

Icy Drift sees players navigating their way through the icy covered plains of Antarctica. You'll use a virtual joystick to control one of many cute animals as you drift across the sheets of ice. Though the controls are simple you'll have to rely on your reflexes to navigate the dangerous terrain.

Sharkslam, on the other hand, is less about avoiding obstacles and more focused on charging straight into things. You'll – unsurprisingly – be controlling a shark who's out on a mission to prove it's the mightiest apex predator in the ocean. The aim is to slam into different enemies to gain points.

Both of these games have cosmetic collectables that can be unlocked either by collecting coins or attaining achievements. They both also have numerous modes for you to try out so that you can attempt to climb multiple leaderboards.

Icy Drift is available over on the App Store and Google Play. Similarly, you'll also be able to get Sharkslam for both iOS and Android from the same storefronts. Both games are free-to-play with in-app purchases.

Become a strategy master and get to grips with the three special tribes of The Battle of Polytopia

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 27th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It might have first launched as far back as 2016, but in the three years since its release The Battle of Polytopia has continued to give iOS and Android players all-new ways to dominate their foes in colourful turn-based combat. The primary way that is done it’s done by introducing three fresh special tribes to play as, each of which shake up your abilities to help you “rule the world” quicker.

Whether you’re a The Battle of Polytopia pro or a newcomer just diving in for the first time, here’s everything worth knowing about the game’s three special tribes.

148Apps Holiday Sales Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 26th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, which means a lot of things, including lots of things going on sale. I’m keeping track of the absolute best games getting price drops this year, and there’s a whole lot of them. Some of these titles even made my game of the year list for 2019, so make sure to pick them up at a discount while you can!

Star Traders: Frontiers (Best of 2019) - $3.99

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Ordia (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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Xenowerk Tactics (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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The Ultimate iPad Setup

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 26th, 2019

iPads are awesome. We all know this. But an iPad all on its own can sometimes just feel like a big, unwieldy phone that sits in some corner, only to be dusted off when you need a way to watch Netflix on a flight.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. With a little additional investment, you can kit out your tablet so that it can serve as your primary computer both for productivity and entertainment purposes.

How do I know this? Well, I’ve been an iPad owner for years, and have written the vast majority of everything I’ve ever posted to this site using one. With all of this in mind, I’ve put together a handy little guide on things to pick up (or skip) when looking to make your iPad the absolute best it can be for everything.

For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be speaking about items generally, as your wants and needs around said items might shift depending on which model of iPad you have. I’ll also be sharing my personal favorite picks, but those are all based on how well they work with an iPad Pro 11 (2018), as it's my current iPad of choice.

Garena Free Fire celebrates the holidays with its ongoing Winterlands festivities

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 25th, 2019

Garena Free Fire players have been busy voting to determine the winner of the seals vs penguins battle. Following several days of voting, we now have a clear winner. I'm frankly disgusted to say that seals have somehow come out on top, pipping the lovely penguins to the post at the last minute. "Free Fire players have decided the seal represents the holidays the best", apparently. I'm honestly shocked and appalled.

The seal costume will be available for purchase at a discounted price until tomorrow, December 26th. You can of course still purchase the penguin skin if you so desire.

Discounts for both the penguin and seal costumes are actually based on the total votes they received. As an added bonus, those who purchase both costumes will earn themselves the bliss of winter banner and a neat Winterland 2019 avatar.

Here's a full list of special content currently available in-game, as well as some limited-time events:

  • Diamond Royale: Special Force Elite Skin Bundle
  • Incubator: Slaughter Party
  • “SANTA M60” Gun Skin
  • Mad Snowman Mode
  • Gift Me Please - Gift 1 Get 1 Free Event

The 'Treat Your Panda' event is also live until December 20th. This sees you feeding your pet pandas by collecting special tokens and food. As your panda's weight increases, you'll continue to earn yourself in-game panda-themed prized.

If you're looking to get involved in the ongoing Winterlands festivities, you'll find Garena Free Fire available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Lazara Battle Heroes is a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 24th, 2019

Gadgets Gaming's Lazara Battle Heroes has now launched into early access on Google Play. It's a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG which offers layered turn-based combat, a rich fantasy setting, and an extensive story campaign.

The game's outwardly peaceful world is now under threat from mysterious forces. To combat the incoming otherworldly evil, groups of heroes have banded together and are now ready to fight.It's an idle game at heart, which means you'll be able to train your heroes and make progress even when you're not actively playing. It's aiming to be a relatively stress-free experience, with accessible – though still layered – combat and an appealing comic book aesthetic.