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AFK Arena guide - Tips and tricks for beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 17th, 2019

Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

AFK Arena may be a less intense form of a gacha game, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally straightforward. As with other games in this genre, there’s a bevy of systems, modes, currencies, etc. that you’ll want to be familiar with as soon as you start playing, regardless of whether you’ll be engaging with them immediately or not. This is especially true if you don’t plan on spending any money on it.

To help you hit the ground running in AFK Arena, check out these handy tips. All of them are sure to help you get a head start on understanding this fascinating gacha/idle hybrid.

Want Some Free Games? Then Join AppSpy and Pocket Gamer for #FreeGameFriday

Posted by Rob Rich on May 20th, 2015

This Friday (and every other Friday for as long as they're able), both AppSpy and Pocket Gamer will be doling out the latest and greatest premium games over on their Twitch channel. Here’s how you get your free stuff...

Hey Yous Mugs, Here's How to Score Some Free Loot in Mario Italiano Four Families

Posted by Rob Rich on May 15th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COLORFUL CARDS :: Read Review »

Last year, Jennifer Allen sat down to have a chat with Booya Squad about the trials and tribulations they've had to deal with in bringing Mario Italiano Four Families to the App Store. Now the game is finally out, and the developer wants to give 148Apps readers some free loot.

Playing Dungeon Link and Want Some Free In-Game Stuff? We've Got You Covered

Posted by Rob Rich on April 28th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you've been enjoying Dungeon Link, or even if you've just been thinking about trying it out, then check this out. We've got a special code straight from GAMEVIL that will net you 10,000 Gold and 3 Normal summons for free.

All you need to do is follow the redemption instructions below and enter the code 148APPS1. Easy, right? Just remember that this code will only work on the US server (sorry non-US gamers), and that it's only valid through May 4.

How to redeem:

  • Select Settings (gears icon) in the upper right hand corner of the home screen.
  • Select "Notice" in the bottom left column.
  • Select the "Enter Your Promo Code Here" banner.
  • Enter your code (148APPS1).
  • Return to home screen and select Mailbox (envelope icon in upper right hand corner) to claim your items.


A Million Copies of Bio Inc are Being Given Away Right Now

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SICKENING - IN A COMPELLING WAY :: Read Review »

Bio Inc. developers DryGin Studios have started a giveaway of one million copies of the disease simulation game, which they hope to achieve in around 48 hours.

Alongside this giveaway, version 1.5 of the game has arrived. Features added in in this new version include Game Center integration, including leaderboards and 30 new achievements to unlock, a 'Fast Forward' mode, new sound effects, and an Italian language option.

Bio Inc. is available for free from now until one million people have gotten the game for free.

Join AppSpy on Twitch as They Play Warhammer 40K: Space Wolf and Give Away Codes Today at 9am PDT, 12pm EST

Posted by Rob Rich on October 21st, 2014

Do you like Warhammer? Are you looking forward to, or even just curious about, the upcoming Space Wolf mobile game from Herocraft? Then you should head on over to AppSpy because they're going to be giving away codes for both the game itself and free booster packs as they stream everything on Twitch in a couple of hours. Or, you know, you could hang out here and watch the stream down below. That works, too.

The fun will start at 9am PDT, 12pm EST, 5pm BST. Watch, have fun, maybe get a free prerelease game out of it. What's not to like?

This Week at 148Apps, November 14-18

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 20th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, site founder Jeff Scott welcomed the Kindle Fire into the tablet fold with an overview of his impressions of the device. Scott says, "...while the Kindle Fire is around 40 percent the cost of a base level iPad, it’s capabilities are even less. It just so happens that those capabilities match up well with what a typical consumer uses a tablet device for. Because of that, the Kindle Fire will be a strong competitive device to the iPad. When it comes down to it, it’s the cost that matters to a very large portion of the buying public, not the capabilities."

Read the full review on 148Apps.com.

Meanwhile, our sister site, GiggleApps, took a closer look at a new educational app for children, iLuv Drawing Animals. Reviewer Amy Solomon writes, "iLuv Drawing Animals is a nice choice for kids who are interested in learning the very basics of drawing cartoony animals that are cute and relatively easy to draw. I like how these illustrations are broken down into smaller shapes that kids will easily understand and have had experience with, and the narration is pleasant and easy to follow."

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

Finally, on AndroidRundown, Carter Dotson announced the public availability of Google Music, an interesting development for all music lovers, no matter the device. Dotson writes, "Most importantly, this means that Google is now in the business of one of the big pillars of media, and it addresses a gaping hole in the Android Market. With videos and books already addressed, now the store is complete with music to go along with apps. Google is directly putting themselves in competition with iTunes, and they are making their operating system much closer in terms of features to iOS devices. This was a necessary move for Google."

Read more of Dotson's commentary on AndroidRundown.

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving here in the US, remember that you can still enter to win an iPhone 4S, courtesy of 148Apps and Gameloft. To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan – www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: “Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1″

See you next week, true believers! Start thawing that turkey!

This Week at 148Apps, November 7-11

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 14th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

We're heading towards the holidays, and this week at 148Apps.com we premiered a new Gameloft contest for the ultimate holiday gift - a brand spankin' new iPhone 4S. To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan – www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: “Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1″

For a link to the official rules, plus more information, read the full article on 148Apps.

Our GiggleApps sister site featured a new review of Transport Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad from writer Amy Solomon. She writes, "Transport Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad is the terrific sequel to the original app, Farm Jigsaw Puzzles 123 for iPad. Seven scenes are included here that wonderfully introduce many vehicles and means of transportation, both traditional and unique, as well as a very fun, puzzle experience with the choice of using 2 to 16 puzzle pieces per scene and include hints if needed. There is also an iPhone version of this app available with 5 puzzle scenes included."

Read the full review on GiggleApps.

Finally, on 148Apps.biz, site founder Jeff Scott recapped his recent visit to the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, saying, "During the keynote from CEO Dan Hesse, he mentioned many times how great it was to have the iPhone on Sprint now (and to no longer have to answer the question of when they would get the iPhone). The addition of the iPhone 4 and 4S should allow Sprint to have their best year ever this year. Needing to have just one million adds to reach that record level. The iPhone should easily help them retain users and gain new ones."

Read the full recap on 148Apps.biz.

We're done for this week! As always, check our Twitter and Facebook feeds for the latest news, reviews, contests and giveaways. See you next week.

Gameloft and 148Apps Team Up To Give You An iPhone 4S

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 11th, 2011

It's a simple thing, really. You want the new Apple iPhone 4S, and Gameloft and 148Apps want to give it to you. Gameloft is celebrating the release of its newly-optimized titles for the iPhone 4S - BackStab, Silent Ops, Let’s Golf 3, Fast Five, 9mm, and Asphalt 6 - by giving you the chance to win one of the coveted little devices.

To enter, just become a 148Apps and Gameloft Facebook fan - www.facebook.com/gameloft and www.facebook.com/148apps.

Or you can follow both of us on Twitter as well at www.twitter.com/148apps and www.twitter.com/gameloft. Then, write the following public tweet: "Upgrade to a 4S yet? Follow @Gameloft & @148Apps & RT for a chance to win an iPhone 4S! Gameloft gaming on the 4S: http://glft.co/uIR3Y1"

Once you've done either the Facebook or the Twitter route, head to the Contest Facebook Page and fill out the form to be entered.

It's as simple as that! Even better, there are more ways to increase your chances to win, so read the full rules and requirements here to learn how.

So what are you waiting for? An iPhone 4S hangs in the balance.

Ice Tales Revives Retro Gaming

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 2nd, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If there was one thing that made retro gaming great, it was the simplistic game designs.  Never was the player forced to learn different key combinations or gestural controls to play a game, it was just easy and straightforward to understand.  While this may not seem like a big deal to some, the newly released Ice Tales is a return to form that is very welcome in my eyes.

Embracing the day when you didn't need a Ph.D in physics to solve a puzzle, the game combines streamlined mechanics with an amusing eight bit soundtrack to create this generation's version of retro goodness.  What is old is new again, and this game is here to prove it.

On top of everything else, if you become a fan of the game on facebook, you can get the opportunity to win one of five hundred free copies of the game.  If that isn't a good reason to support a title, then I don't know what is.

Vampire Rush Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Blake Grundman on May 10th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BLOODY FUN
Tower Defense and Hack 'n Slashes take another whack at making nice, with mixed results.
Read The Full Review »

FunTribe's Doodle Lab And iTunes Card Giveaway!

Posted by Chris Hall on December 8th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ZANY FUN :: Read Review »

Giveaway what? Where? Well, here and there.

To celebrate their release of Doodle Lab 101, and Christmas (the season of giving! Ping me and I'll send you my PayPal account info for donations.), FunTribe is giving away a $10 iTunes gift card to a lucky winner. There are stipulations though, so don't think that you'll win just for being on the "nice" list.

Here is how to win a $10 iTunes Gift Card:

STEP 1: Write a review about Doodle Lab 101 ver1.1, not Lite.

STEP 2: Follow FunTribe (http://twitter.com/FunTribe) on Twitter and tweet the following message: "Follow & RT @FunTribe to receive a $10 iTunes Gift card by buying Doodle Lab 101 for $0.99. More details http://on.fb.me/cnVEiU"

STEP 3: Send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following details:
- Your Twitter ID
- Your AppStore nickname from which the review was posted

The giveaway runs to December 22nd, so hurry up and buy your copy of Doodle Lab 101 so you can get in on the drawing (you have to buy the game to review it on iTunes... just an FYI). If you feel like livin' on the edge like Aerosmith though, you can enter our drawing for one of ten promo codes for the game, thus allowing you to enter the contest for free. We'll go easy on the requirements though.

Here's how to win one of the ten promo codes:

STEP 1: Comment on this post.

STEP 2: Pray that you are selected by our completely random automated system.

That's right, there's no need to be the fastest person in the world. All you have to do is comment on this post. This one right here that you're reading RIGHT NOW. You could say, "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukkah!" if you want, or you could ask me for that PayPal donation info - you know, whatever works best for you.

Good luck and happy holidays, from our family to yours!

Feel the Holiday Spirit As Ocarina Goes Free for 72 Hours

Posted by Blake Grundman on December 8th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Tis the season to both give and receive.  iOS developer Smule seems to understand that better than anyone else, and accordingly, are ready to announce a special holiday giveaway.  Starting at 1pm on Tuesday December 7th, their critically acclaimed program Ocarina will be absolutely free.  The only catch is that it is only for a limited time.

Looking back in time through the magic 148Apps.com crystal ball, we can see that not only has the app been well received by numerous junkets, but our very own Jeff Scott gave the then fledgling software a perfect five star rating.  Trust us on this, we were not the only place that told you it was the best around, either.  Word of mouth spread so quickly that it went on to garner over 2.8 million downloads since the original release in November of 2008.

Now boasting an impressive online community of digital ocarina composers, this is where the true appeal of the app lies.  This is so much the case that the online library of composed pieces has reached an astounding sixty million playbacks.  Here is what our own review had to say about it, way back in the day:

"Overall Ocarina, while not the most exciting musical instrument on the iPhone, does use the network connection on the iPhone to it’s fullest to create a fantastic social application. It’s a lot of fun." -- Jeff Scott 

The fact that Smule is willing to give one of their marque titles away, even if it is only for a limited time, is commendable and another reminder that sometimes it is better to give than to receive.  In this case though, we will happily take part in the receiving as well!  Be sure to head to the App Store and pick it up before the promotion ends on December 10th at 1PM.  When an app manages to gain our five star approval, it would be a crime to let this opportunity slip by.

Readdle Giving Away iPads

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 24th, 2010

If you've already checked out our massive list of Black Friday sales then you may have noticed a few cool apps from Readdle available for great prices. Well it seems they're a company that keeps on giving, as they've also announced that they'll be giving away three lucky winners a free iPad.

In order to enter into the sweepstakes you must answer me these questions three. No wait, that's not right, but you do have to take the following steps:

1. Own any Readdle app
2. Follow @Readdle on Twitter
3. Send out the following Tweet sometime between November 24-30: "Readdle Apps #BlackFriday Sale. Follow @readdle, RT to win an #iPad: http://readdle.com/blackfriday"

Once you've completed all the tasks set before you you'll be entered to win one of Apple's wonder tablets. In order to cause general jealousy amongst friends and family we recommend if you win that you wrap the iPad and then place it under the tree with a card addressed to you from Santa. Then act shocked when you open it and snidely comment how you must have been so much nicer over the past year than everyone else in order to be worthy of such an amazing present.

We'll take this opportunity to say good luck to everyone who enters and please know that we're already jealous of you even before you've won. Just because we write about the iPad doesn't mean we can actually afford it so congratulations, you're better than us.

If you've got any questions or want to check out the official rules then head on over to Readdle's Black Friday page and have a look around. Otherwise enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend, especially since you'll be using it to gather up as many horseshoes, rabbits' feet and four-leaf clovers as you can find.

Coming Monday -- Best App Ever Awards Massive Promo Code Giveaway

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 8th, 2009

In celebration of all of the nominated apps in the 2008 Best App Ever Awards, we'll be hosting a massive promo code giveaway starting Monday, 1/12. Thanks to the developers of the promoted applications, we have over 200 promo codes for 40 different apps to give away! We're going to give them all away next week. There are two way to sign yourself up for the giveaway:

1 - Follow us on Twitter (@148apps) - we'll randomly DM a promo code to some of our followers.

2 - Become a fan of our Facebook page. I'll randomly send messages to our Facebook fans with promo codes.

It's just that easy. The smart person would do both -- it doubles your chances.

In addition, we're going to give away a grand prize with the winner getting 20 promo codes.

Check back next week for more details.