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Barbearian review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 15th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN BUT CLUNKY
This brawler has a ton of neat stuff going on in it, but the combat leaves something to be desired.
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Beast Brawlers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 23rd, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BURDENSOME BRAWLER
Beast Brawlers maps Clash Royale’s progression system onto a less interesting, less polished experience.
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Honkai Impact 3rd guide - What you need to know to get a head start in this anime brawler

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2018

Want a new beat em’ up on mobile? Look no further than Honkai Impact 3rd. This gorgeous anime brawler involves building teams of powerful Valkyries to take down some vicious, futuristic foes. If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, check out this guide to help get you started out on the right foot.

Know your enemy

Honkai Impact 3rd is kind of like Fire Emblem games in that there’s three types of heroes and enemies, with each type being strong or weak against another. In the case of Honkai, Mecha types are strong against Creature types, Creature types are strong against Psychic types, and Psychic types are strong against Mecha types.

In the heat of a battle, it might be hard to recognize enemies by type at first, but if you pay close attention, each enemy has a distinct color scheme that tells you their type. Use that to your advantage to make sure you’re using the right Valkyries against the right foes.

I Am The Hero review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 4th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CHARACTER FLAWS
This brawler is super stylish, but also suffers from some technical issues.
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Get Wrecked: Epic Battle Arena review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 28th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WRECKOMMEND TO FRIENDS
This multiplayer brawler is pretty fun when you can find someone to play with.
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The Executive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LET’S HOWL
The Executive is as fun and accessible as it is bizarre.
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Warbot Assault Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on September 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: REAL STEEL
Like its giant robots, Warbot Assault is big and beautiful, but also hollow.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DULL SWIPING
The pizza power is weak when it comes to this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.
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Iron Dragon II - Revenge Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on May 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: REVENGE IS A DISH BEST IGNORED
Iron Dragon II - Revenge suffers from poor controls and mind-boggling repetition. Best to let the bad guys run amok.
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Fright Fight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on February 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THE MORE THE MERRIER
If they can manage to find 3 other players to enter a brawl with, players will have a great time with Fright Fight. Even despite the lack of content.
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Big Action Mega Fight! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OLD SCHOOL CHARMING
Invoking the memories of some great old games, Big Action Mega Fight! is a mindless but enjoyable brawler.
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Fright Fight Brings Frantic Multiplayer Brawling to iOS

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 28th, 2013

Ever wanted to play Super Smash Bros. while on the move? Of course! Anyone with sense would want that! While Nintendo haven't quite made the move to mobile just yet (but we can hope, right?), that doesn't stop a similar experience from hopefully coming to iOS soon, courtesy of zGames. That title is Fright Fight, a horror-themed game inspired by Mario's brawling ways.

The zGames team.
As is increasingly common these days, Fright Fight's development is being supported by a Kickstarter campaign which has just launched. As the project page explains, the hope is that Fright Fight will be the first 3D cross-platform mobile fighting game, with the plan being to port it to systems such as OUYA and Nvidia Shield as well as iOS and Android. Free-to-play, many of the pledge rewards relate to the acquisition of in-game coins or the unlocking of characters in order to give early backers an extra edge. It's shaping up to look pretty good so we had a word with Game Designer, Pavel Shtangeev, to learn more.

148Apps: Inspiration has clearly been taken from Super Smash Bros. but what other games have inspired Fright Fight?
Pavel Shtangeev (PS): Devil May Cry series: Additional inspiration for [the] battle mechanics, Diablo series [for the] RPG elements, Pokemon series for some gameplay elements and RPG mechanics, Awesomenauts [for some of the] gameplay elements, world and level design, art style. A lot of other games have minor influence on the game: Marvel vs. Capcom, DOTA, Quake III, etc. The list can go on forever.

148Apps: Has anything non-gaming related inspired it? Such as in terms of the choices of characters available?
PS: A lot of classic horror novels and movies influenced our decisions for worlds to include and characters to add. Still, we added twists to most of them. For example the vampire character is a combination of Carmilla from a classic novel of the same name and a mad variant of Luigi Galvani.

148Apps: How long has Fright Fight taken to develop?
PS: Right now, it's been 9 months in development.

148Apps: What challenges have you faced with making Fright Fight cross-platform?
PS: Unity3D makes things much easier, but certain problems still occur. These problems are mostly related to different form-factors of devices. NVIDIA SHIELD uses hard buttons instead of gestures so we put some tweaks here and there and remade all menus to fit both control schemes. OUYA uses bigger displays and this requires more advanced camera behavior, etc.

148Apps: The trailer suggests there will be RPG elements to Fright Fight. Can you elaborate on these?
PS: The game introduces a lot of classic RPG elements to the fighting formula: stats, skills, perks, etc. Right now, all characters already possess a full set of stats that can be upgraded through the course of the game. Moreover, each character is packed with an individual skill tree that allows customization of his attacks and play style. We have plans to introduce even more RPG elements by adding gear with different skins, items, and accessories and create pets that can aid characters in battle.

Thanks to Pavel for taking the time to answer our questions.

With the game already offering 3 different arenas, 4 different characters, and a fairly strong gesture-based control scheme, Fright Fight is shaping up nicely. Hopefully, by meeting its Kickstarter goal, the game will soon enjoy bot AI, and if the goal is beaten, new characters and arenas. For now, why not check out the teaser trailer and consider supporting the campaign?


+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TALK TO THE FIST
A totalitarian society of bears is only the tip of the iceberg in this throwback brawler.
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Gentlemen! Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VICTORIAN EXCELLENCE
Fight it out with a friend in this Victorian-era party brawler of sorts.
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Way of the Dogg Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: IN THE DOGG HOUSE
Part Kung-Fu epic, part rhythm-based fighting game and part self-promotion, Way of the Dogg is a fan-only affair, if that.
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