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The 5 Best Battle Royale Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 18th, 2020

Last week’s release of Call of Duty: Warzone on PC and consoles renewed a lot of people’s interest in the battle royale genre. Once a red-hot game mode a couple years ago, battle royales have maintained their prominence despite finding more competition with other popular genres like autochess and more traditional multiplayer shooters, particularly on mobile.

Although you can’t play Warzone on touch screens (although maybe someday that will change), there are plenty of battle royale games you can jump into right now. Check out our five favorites below. Oh, and click here to check out all of the great lists we’ve been making recently.


Flappy Royale (Free)

Flappy Royale is probably the purest, most mobile-friendly battle royale game there is. Yes, it lifts the gameplay from the viral and divisive Flappy Bird, but then throws in a bus for 100 birds to launch out of so they can all compete to see who can fly through the most pipes.

What makes the game so satisfying is how imminently replayable it is. There is practically zero wait time between matches, and the rounds themselves are just a minute or two at the longest. It may not be as shooty as other battle royale games, but that’s what makes it so perfect for mobile.


surviv.io (Free)

If you still want a mobile-friendly pick but need guns and opponents to shoot them at, surviv.io is your best bet. It may look a little crude, but the top-down action of this battle royale is fast and surprisingly deep.

This pick behaves almost exactly like other battle royales out there. You spawn on a big battle map, run around looting buildings for weapons and gear, and then run into other players that you get into firefights with. The great thing about surviv.io is that—like Flappy Royale—there is almost no time spent waiting for matches to start.


PUBG MOBILE - 2nd Anniversary (Free)

This list would not be complete without a mention of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The PC release of PUBG in 2017 is what catapulted battle royale games into gaming prominence, and PUBG Mobile takes the original game’s winning formula and tunes it for touch.

As far as conventional battle royales on mobile go, PUBG Mobile is probably the most accessible. The shooting model is tweaked to make shots hit more quickly and initial matches are populated with bots so you can feel good about your performance as you get your bearings in the game.


Call of Duty®: Mobile (Free)

Although not strictly a battle royale game, Call of Duty Mobile has its own gameplay mode dedicated to the genre, and it’s a pretty darn good one at that. In lieu of having a mobile version of Apex Legends (and it’s only a matter of time before we have one of those), Call of Duty Mobile’s battle royale mode delivers more mobility options and unique character customization than other titles on this list.

My only word of warning about Call of Duty Mobile as a battle royale game is that you can’t just play that mode immediately. There are a lot of multiplayer modes in this game, and you have to play quite a few matches of more traditional shooter match types before you can unlock the ability to play its battle royale mode.


Fortnite (Free)

All of the other games on this list make some compromise in bringing the battle royale genre to mobile. If you want a truly console or PC-style experience though—whether it’s because you think your touch screen skills are up to the task or you have a bluetooth controller handy—Fortnite is basically your only option.

The version of Fortnite you download off the App Store is the practically exact same game as the PC and console versions, to the point that you even play against players using these different platforms. Fortnite also features its unique crafting/building mechanic that allows players to construct cover and other structures as they run-and-gun to be the last person standing.

The best shooters on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2019

In case you missed it yesterday, Tencent and Activision announced they are putting out a new Call of Duty game for mobile. While details are pretty scant, they did put out a trailer (see above) and have a page where you can pre-register for the game, which might give you in-game rewards when the game actually launches.

Based on what's shown in the trailer, it looks to be a no-nonsense attempt to shoehorn every facet of mainline CoD games into a mobile package, which could be good. Though personally, I have my doubts. There are already precious few first-person shooters on mobile that are any good at all. Many of the best ones, like Call of Duty: Strike Force, have disappeared off the App Store completely. Meanwhile, things like Modern Combat 5 persist, which is a prime example of how to faithfully recreate the feeling of a big budget shooter on mobile while also leaning heavily into every worst tendency of free-to-play mobile design.

In light of all this news and speculation, I decided to dig back into our archives here and pull up a list of the best shooters on mobile. Many of these are not first-person shooters, mind you (as most of the good ones of those are gone), but they can still scratch your shooter fix while we all wait and see if Call of Duty Mobile is any good or not.


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Tacticool review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLEETING FUN
Tacticool is fun enough as long as you don’t take it too seriously.
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Modern Combat Versus review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 29th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: F2P FPS
This shooter is pretty great, but there are many, many free-to-play annoyances surrounding it.
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Guns of Boom review

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By Campbell Bird on May 25th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OFF THE MARK
This multiplayer shooter falls just short of being amazing thanks to some weird f2p design.
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Bullet Force review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 23rd, 2016
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: UNSTEADY AIM
Multiplayer first-person shooters are hard to pull off on mobile, and this one unfortunately doesn't surmount even the most basic issues with mobile shooters.
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Six shooters to give you a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 fix on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2015

Black Ops 3 just hit every major console imagineable and, if you don't have one, you're probably feeling pretty jealous right now.

Well, not to worry because you have an iOS device and, while you can't get the new CoD on there, there are plenty of decent alternatives in the App Store.

148Apps has scoured it to bring you this list of the very best shooters that can give you your Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 fix on iOS.

Call of Duty: Heroes: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Finest Hero

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 25th, 2014

Hello Heroes:
What'd we think of Call of Duty's take on Clash of Clans? Check out our Call of Duty: Heroes review to find out!

Just downloaded Call of Duty: Heroes and need some handy tips and tricks on how to get ahead of the rest? As we often do, we’re here to help you out with getting started.


The Basics


  • Straight away, Oil should be your focus as it all goes towards building new structures.

  • Build mines and oil pumps as much as you’re allowed to, but don’t forget you can gain such resources by taking out enemies.

  • You’re given a protective shield at first, so use that safe time to upgrade and build turrets so you can withstand invasions later on.

  • Buy a second builder as soon as possible so that you can construct two things at once. A third would be handy but will take some focused mission-chasing to achieve for free.

  • Join an alliance as soon as possible. Safety in numbers works here and it’s good to have backup and assistance.

  • Upgrading your Command Center is a wise move. It’ll unlock new structures and units, as well as boost your resource limits.

  • You also unlock new heroes as you increase the Command Center’s level, and they’re the only troops you can directly control.

Call of Duty: Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CLASH OF FRANCHISES
Mix Clash of Clans with Call of Duty, and this is what you get.
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It Came From Canada - New Zealand Edition - Call of Duty: Heroes

Posted by Jordan Minor on November 18th, 2014

Call of Duty makes a lot of money, and Clash of Clans makes a lot of money. So, logically, Activision thinks they can make a lot of money by putting those two things together. With Call of Duty: Heroes, that’s exactly what they’ve done. But will fans of bombastic shooters enjoy a tiny freemium tactics game and vice-versa? We go Oscar Mike to find out in this New Zealand edition of It Came From Canada!

While Call of Duty has gone everywhere from World War II to Vietnam to the near future, Call of Duty: Heroes takes place during the popular “Modern Warfare” era of the series. As the leader of a military base, players fortify their surroundings using the latest and greatest army toys. Bunkers, turrets, and thick walls defend HQ from roaming insurgents as well as other players in online battles. But as you’d expect from a game like this, there’s also a substantial offensive campaign as players engage in real-time strategy missions all over the globe. Successful assaults typically boil down to effective unit composition. Normal soldiers are cheap and easy to mass produce, but only armored soldiers can withstand heavy fire long enough to actually accomplish anything.

However, all of that is just the Clash of Clans formula that has now proven its success countless times. What does the Call of Duty license bring to the table? Well first off it actually creates this weird incongruous feeling. The detached, rational perspective of an omniscient commander in the sky doesn’t quite gel with the fast, visceral, and up-close cinematic action the series banks on with its tagline, “There’s a soldier in all of us.” Beyond that though, there are times when the game is more than just Call of Duty in name only. The leveling system works as a fine Prestige Mode substitute. The top-notch production values, with detailed visuals and an excellent frame rate, match the franchise’s high standards. Killstreaks and air strikes put players behind a turret and have them mow down targets from a familiar first-person perspective, and players can even enlist heroes from past games like John Price and his famous mustache.

Even if we have reached peak Call of Duty, the franchise still carries plenty of cache. We’ll see if that carries over to this new mobile spinoff when Call of Duty: Heroes launches everywhere soon.

Command Your War with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Activision Publishing has released a companion app to its popular first person shooter, Call of Duty, called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion. The app helps player manage their clan, produce player and clan emblems, and participate in Clan Wars on their mobile device with the in-app Clan War map. As you win matches in the 8-clan war, you'll get exclusive loot that is used to customize your operator in Advanced Warfare Multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion has a War Room where you can see active and upcoming Clan Wars, your Clan War history, and your clan’s top contributors. From there you can plan strategies and gain the advantage over appless clans.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion is free on the App Store so check it out and get the edge in your next battle.

This Week at 148Apps: August 11-15, 2014

Posted by Chris Kirby on August 16th, 2014

App-tastic!


How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Dual Destinies

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a direct port of the latest title in the fantastically popular Ace Attorney series. For those unfamiliar with it, the these games are courtroom dramas with a twist of absurdist humor, mostly centered around Phoenix Wright and his rise to become a star defense attorney. By Dual Destinies, the seventh title in the series, Wright and his two protégés are taking on their most exciting and intense cases yet. Each lawyer has their own “special power” that gives them the edge in court and also serves to add unique gameplay mechanics. Since Dual Destinies is a port, given the difference in screen sizes, I was worried that there would be significant loss of video quality when it was scaled up to the iPad. To my surprise, all of the animation is HD. Each cutscene is like watching an anime, and in case you can’t get enough you can always replay them from the main menu. The voice acting and music is really well done and, as with the rest of the Phoenix Wright series, the localization is top-notch. --Jessica Fisher


Vinted

Vinted is the app for vinted.com – a site that lets women post their old clothes for sale, trade, or giveaways and lets them get clothes from others at great, thrift store-ranged prices. I found it by accident, and now it’s turned into an incredible obsession. As someone who spends a lot of time browsing around thrift stores, Vinted is great for being able to do that even from bed. When I first signed up for my account, the service gave me a coupon for $10 toward anything I wanted (this coupon is given to all new users). This did NOT last long. I found dozens of tops, skirts, shoes, and all other things that were just perfect for me. In the time I’ve had it I’ve purchased 11 things, traded with one girl, and sold a few of my older/poorer fitting clothes. --Jade Walker


Godus

I’m an old hand at the Peter Molyneux hype train. I’ve seen the stories of how if you plant a seed in the Fable games, you can return later on to see a tree in its place. I remember when Black & White came out and it was meant to be the ultimate God game. It wasn’t. I’m forgiving, though. I buy every title and appreciate that, while all the promised goods won’t be there, hopefully there’ll be enough to entice me in. Godus is probably one of the most hyped iOS releases in recent times. Does it succeed at making you feel like a God? Not really. It’s quite attractive to look at and offers some much better touch-based controls than the average city/village building game, but it’s still exactly that – a typical civilization/city building simulation. --Jennifer Allen


NPR One

It’s a little too simply done, but in terms of varied radio-based content NPR One does a good job of making it easy to listen to new stories that should hopefully prove to be interesting to you. After a brief sign up process (best circumvented by connecting your Facebook details), there’s nothing particularly awkward about NPR One. You can dive straight into listening to various news clips about all sorts of subjects from politics to entertainment news, with plenty of human interest stories that teach a lot. NPR One learns as you go along in terms of what interests you via you tapping on a button to say it was your sort of thing. That makes the suggestion side of the app increasingly useful and I found it easily recommending me stories that would appeal. --Jennifer Allen


Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen

Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen is a highly revered entry in the classic Dragon Quest series. Originally released in 1990 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (and then subsequently remade for the Playstation and Nintendo DS), this update for iOS features great localization, much of the previous remakes’ bonus content, and a control scheme that is well-suited to the platform. All of these features help make Dragon Quest IV still look and play great, even for being a 24 year old game. For those that are unfamiliar, Dragon Quest is one of the most popular RPG franchises in Japan. It is developed by Square Enix, who is also responsible for the Final Fantasy series, though there are quite a few differences between the two. The most distinct difference between them is that Dragon Quest tends to be more iterative on a single, specific vision from a dedicated team of designers whereas Final Fantasy is generally a completely new game and vision centering around a few loose concepts and systems. --Campbell Bird


Rules!

Combining the need for speed with accuracy and good memory skills comes Rules!, a simple puzzle game that’s sure to test your intellectual abilities. Think Simon Says and you’re on the right track. Each level of Rules! requires you to follow a rule. Each rule is simple enough, such as tap on all the green tiles or select all of the animals. The tricky part comes in how these rules pile up. Each level adds a new rule, and you have to remember the earlier ones – up to 10 in all before the game resets. --Jennifer Allen


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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


AndroidRundown

The Room

Mobile gamers rarely get to experience truly innovating games. Most of the high-quality titles are simply good at copying others. The Room is an incredible exception to that fact, as it’s the most fun and unusual quest I’ve played in several years. The subject of The Room is a series of intricate and impossibly complex locked cabinets, containing clues about a mysterious discovery the player character needs to uncover. The game quite literally revolves around these lockers. The player needs to move the camera around the locker and try to unlock all of its locks, clasps and seals by a series of actions that might just make a person go crazy. The player needs to find keys, pick combinations, scout the locker for clues – and I’m not being sarcastic when I say that it’s damn easy to get lost around the cabinet. Screenshots don’t do justice to the crazy amount of elements each locker contains, and although there are hints, I got mildly frustrated several times, trying to solve the puzzles, or trying to find what the hell I was supposed to do next. It’s not that frustrating to complete, but it’s quite a challenge. --Tony Kuzmin


Bug Heroes 2

Bug Heroes 2 is a cool mix of tactical base building tactical shooter and cockroaches. What could go wrong? Bug Heroes 2 is about bugs at war. Every slug and ant must do their part. The player moves their two bug team around in real time using an invisible virtual stick and attacking is handled automatically. Depending on which bug is picked the player might blast away at distance or close in for some melee action. During combat grunt bugs like ants with rifles and siege engine grubs are constantly produced on both sides and go about attacking enemies automatically so the battlefield is always full of some matter of six legged carnage or another. The auto produced bugs really give the game a great feel as there is always fighting going on and watching armies of bugs clash is great fun. --Allan Curtis


Gemhero

GemHero makes a terrible first impression since it forces the player to create a “Winnerconnect” account. Facebook login is also available but forcing the player into creating an account before they even get to see the game is a bit much. Then a very silly story appears featuring a knight being turned into a duck and the king assuming that killing the warlock that did it might free him. This is where the player comes in. After this an ad dialogue appears. This is before gameplay even starts. After a short tutorial, the player is given a deck that is mostly comprised of angry sheep and sheep riders, which is kind of a letdown. --Allan Curtis

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer played a new Call of Duty, ran around as a goat in Germany, told you how to survive the horrors of the Construct Quarter in Hearthstone, and decided to buy a shiny Super Smash Bros. special edition 3DS. And it's all right here.

Call of Duty: Strike Team Updated With New Modes, Zones, and Weapons

Posted by Rob Rich on December 20th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DROPPED :: Read Review »

Call of Duty: Strike Team has just received a rather sizable update. New weapons (sub-machine guns) have been included, as well as a new combat zone (a US Naval Carrier), and two new game modes.

Domination Mode (pictured below), like similarly-titled modes in other games, tasks players with capturing and holding specific points on a map in order to boost their score and earn multipliers. Global Conflict, on the other hand, puts players in command of a global-scale war against the Cordis Die; complete with new mission objectives, weekly rewards, leagues, and more.

The update for Call of Duty: Strike Team is already live, so go and update it why don't you?

Call of Duty - Activision Launches New Call of Duty: Ghosts App Providing Users with Second Screen and Clan Editing

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 5th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Call of Duty is a new companion app from Activision that released alongside the latest title in the series, Call of Duty: Ghosts. It provides special bonuses for those who use it for clan wars, which includes additional solider customization and bonus multiplayer XP. It also lets users join, create, and manage clans. Users can even talk with other clan members through the app's chat feature.

The Call of Duty app also comes with a second screen option that syncs in real-time during all multiplayer game modes. It lets users edit their squad, swap loadouts between spawns, and view post-match results.

For those hardcore fans that just can't get enough Call of Duty, make sure to check out the app to see just how useful it could be.

Call of Duty: Strike Team Updated to Improve the Experience Across All Devices

Posted by Rob Rich on October 9th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DROPPED :: Read Review »

The combination third and first-person shooting in Call of Duty: Strike Team is an interesting one, as we've mentioned. And that combo has been recently enhanced by way of a new update that includes a number of behind-the-scenes improvements across all compatible devices.

In addition to the general smoothing down and a reduced app size to make updating easier, Survival Mode maps are also available from the start now. So deciding between chipping away at the campaign or jumping in for a quick game has never been easier!