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Alchemy Stars’ latest limited-time event adds two new Aurorians and a new outfit system

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Attention, all Navigators! Tencent and Tourdog Studio is inviting everyone to an exciting beach blowout with Alchemy Stars’ Ocean Sovereign event. The limited-time celebrations will add new characters, sizzling skins, and an intriguing new story, all coinciding with the line strategy RPG’s festivities on surpassing 10 million registrations across the globe.

Alchemy Stars’ Ocean Sovereign event welcomes free spirit Smokey from Umbraton - who deals devastating damage with her impressive firepower - and Genevieve from True Order. She’s a classy bounty hunter with a cheerful grin and a penchant for gin, and is mysteriously looking for a certain target using her intelligence network.

A new outfit system also awaits Navigators during the event, introducing Kleken, a 5-Star Aurorian - Black Lagoon; Carleen, a 6-Star Aurorian - Sea Breeze; and Eicy, a 6-Star Aurorian - Onyx Iris to name a few.

For the uninitiated, Alchemy Stars is a visually stunning RPG that features a one-of-a-kind tile-matching combat system, combined with line strategy elements. Anime-inspired characters look absolutely gorgeous, with a deep narrative set in a warring world. If you’re curious to know what all the fuss is about, you can download the game on the iOS App Store or on the Google Play Store as a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets players fight for the One Ring in a mobile strategy game, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, NetEase’s officially licensed geo-strategic war game, has finally been released today on iOS and Android devices. Players from all over the world can now experience Middle-earth once again in stunning accuracy as they march to Dol Guldur for control of the One Ring.

As a geo-strategic game, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War sets itself apart with its millions of tiles that are just ripe for the taking. Players can conquer their own neighboring tiles as well as those of their Fellowships and Faction members (which you can choose from Gondor, Rohan, Lothlórien, Erebor, Mordor, Isengard, Angmar, and Rhûn). These tiles can either contain automatically spawning resources, or Control Points that provide access to capturing a whole region. Tiles can also have harbors that offer passage from one side of the map to another, providing a strategic advantage for your troops when it comes to expanding your territory.

You’ll start your journey by picking your ring, and once you do, there’s no looking back. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is available to download on the App Store, the Galaxy Store, and on the Google Play Store. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, Warner Bros. and NetEase’s upcoming mobile strategy game, is now open for pre-registration

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 25th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Geo-strategic seasonal wargame The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is now open for pre-registration. The hit franchise comes alive in a whole new way for Tolkien fans, as NetEase Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s mobile strategy title lets players experience Middle-earth from the palm of their hand.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets players experience complex alliance-building and tile-based systems in a thrilling reignited war to gain control of the One Ring. In this immersive strategy title, you’ll have to fortify settlements, outwit enemies, amass your army, and make difficult decisions with lasting consequences throughout the game. The simulated warfare coupled with masterful storytelling stays true to the gripping narrative of the world of LOTR, with the official license bringing the iconic world to life through authentic settings and characters.

Choose your faction to fight for: Gondor, Rohan, Lothlórien, Erebor, Mordor or Isengard. Command armies and creatures to fight for you. Then, take control of lands and hold your banner up high, whether you’re fighting for good or for evil. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is now open for pre-registration on the App Store, Samsung Galaxy Store, and on Google Play in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. Pre-registrants will receive an in-game gift pack with a portrait of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit of the Shire, when the game launches on September 23rd.

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Play Farkle Safari, the dice game out now on iOS and Android that gives back

Posted by 148Apps Staff on March 23rd, 2021

In case you missed it, you can scratch that Farkle itch while helping to conserve natural wildlife with Farkle Safari from Polyworks Games. The fun and casual indie game came out in January, because what better way to kick off 2021 than by helping to save the planet?

In Farkle Safari, you play Farkle against eight different animals each across four regions around the globe. As you fight to prove your Farkle expertise in the Forest, Jungle, Ocean, and the Savanna, you can also collect cool custom dice sets and earn trophies for awesome achievements you can brag about to your pals. And if you’re not familiar with the dice game, a quick tutorial in the beginning will have you playing like a pro in no time.

Of course, becoming the Farkle Grand Champion isn’t what it’s all about, as the game is all about giving back - 10% of all proceeds gained from the game (including ads viewed and premium purchases) will go to charitable institutions like the World Wildlife Fund and the Rainforest Action Network, because who says you can’t roll the dice and help out Mother Nature at the same time?

You can do your part in saving the rainforest by downloading Farkle Safari on Google Play and on the App Store for free today, or visit the official website.

Here's what Star Wars KOTOR II looks like on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2020
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic II just released on the App Store, and it's not exactly pretty. To be fair, this is over 15 years old, so bringing it to mobile likely has its challenges. That said, the second installment in the Knights of the Old Republic series comes to iOS with a janky control scheme and some bugs that disrupt combat.

Check out the video above where I get through the first real challenge of the game: fighting the mining droids on Peragus. In it, you'll see some struggles with movement, collision issues with combat maneuvering, and even a strange bug that locks your character in place after combat.

From there, you can pass over shelling out $9.99 for this game and pick something else up. This is not the port you're looking for.

The 5 Best Mobile Battle Royale Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 26th, 2020

The 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.

Using your phone in a protest

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2020

I can't write about games today. There is a struggle happening in the streets right now and it needs everyone's attention. Here's some good info on how you can use your iOS device safely amidst a protest.

Know your rights

If law enforcement attempts to seize your phone and search through it, you have no obligation to unlock the phone for them. Police only have the right to seize your device if they place you under arrest, have probable cause, or a warrant. Regardless of how the seizure takes place though, they are not then entitled to the information on it.

The 5 Best Mobile Racing Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 19th, 2020

With KartRider Rush+ making a splash this past week, we figured it was high time we updated our list of the best mobile racing games out there. From realistic racing sims to futuristic arcade racers (and even racing management games!), check out our top picks for the absolute best games for those with a need for speed.

If you’re more interested in games where driving is the key focus, check out our list of top driving games here. For all of our most up-to-date top lists, click here.

Same Room Games is a great collection of multiplayer mini-games for iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 1st, 2020

Staying at home under lockdown kinda sucks. Totally necessary, yes, but also more than a little anxiety-inducing and often boring. Thankfully, we've got lots of great multiplayer games to play with friends and keep us sane, the latest of which, the excellent Same Room Games, delivers multiplayer mini-game fun for all ages.

It's specifically designed to create enjoyable social experiences that should help lift spirits and get everyone chatting. It's up to you whether you want to compete alone to earn the highest score or work together as a team.

Tyrant's Arena delivers intense hero battling multiplayer action to Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 26th, 2020

Tyrant's Arena is an intense midcore multiplayer actioner where you'll compete in tricky 3v3 matches to crush your opponents and earn neat rewards. It comes to us from developer Kroy Games, and it's now available for pre-registration on iOS and Android.

The core gameplay is said to be fast-paced, with matches only lasting a few minutes each. You'll hunt down and slay your opponents as part of a crack team of heroes. Controls are intuitive and mobile-friendly while still allowing for layers of hidden depth. While the game is easy to get into, only the most skilled players will come out on top during combat.

As you progress, you'll unlock new heroes with their own distinct combat style to master. Classes include Tanks, Assassins, Mages, Support, Warriors, and Marksmen. Smart combinations of hero classes can dominate the battlefield, so it's best to plan ahead before you and your team enter the arena.

New skins can also be unlocked to make each hero unique to you. This gives Tyrant's Arena and its many characters some extra personality.

The ultimate challenge comes in the form of climbing the seasonal rankings. You'll compete with players from across the globe to cement yourself as a champion and earn rewards based on the different medals you achieve.

Tyrant's Arena is set to launch early next month in South/Central America and Mexico. In the meantime, you can pre-register your interest over on both the App Store and Google Play for some special rewards.

Quick tips for Brawl Quest, brand new on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 29th, 2020

Looking for a fight? Brawl Quest captures all the fun of retro arcade beat-‘em-ups, but chucks in a more modern, cartoonish style and some wacky characters to boot. Just released by indie developer ThinkBIT, the game features a roster of playable fighters with which to clean the steets of bad guys and bosses in over 50 stages.

These helpful tips will ensure you get the most out of your brawls, whether you want to maximise your coin count or recruit some pets pronto.

Remember your fighter types: Brawl Quest features rock-paper-scissors fighter types, with each type having either a 15% damage advantage or disadvantage against another type. Before you enter a stage, check the suggested fighter type to send in based on the sort of thugs awaiting you

Log in daily: After completing area 2-1, you’ll unlock daily quests. These are a quick and easy way to gain additional gold coins and gems, which can be used to level up and unlock new content, including pets (more on them below). Even just logging into Brawl Quest regularly gets you some freebies; the premium shop has a free loot box given away to all players daily, providing you’re there to collect it

Get your paws on pets: Pets act as a sort of living talisman, imparting boosts to your fighters’ stats. Aim to get through area 2-6 as fast as you can to begin unlocking your own animal companions. We recommend saving up 200 gems to unlock a third pet slot

Dispatch your brawlers: Once you’ve completed area 2-10, you can start sending brawlers out on quests to bring back loot. Not all dispatches will be successful, but you can improve your brawlers’ chances by paying attention to their fighter type and level.

Top up your energy: If you’ve run out of energy, spend some coins at the vending machine for more, as well as other useful items for levelling up.

Put our advice into action and let those fists fly. Brawl Quest is out now for free on Android and iOS (coming out mid-February).

This article issponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Gorgeous and tranquil puzzler Spring Falls has now launched for iOS

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 18th, 2019

One-man indie studio SPARSE//GameDev has now launched its tranquil puzzler, Spring Falls. It's described as "a peaceful puzzle game about water, erosion, and watching things grow".

At launch, the game features 60 handcrafted levels to work your way through. Each boasts an atmospheric ambient-folk soundtrack, which enhances the mood and aims to relax all who play. The game's visual style is super distinctive, polished, and just flat-out nice to look at, with plenty of pretty mountain vistas to ogle.

You'll work your way down a steep mountainside, soaking in the atmosphere, manipulating the landscape, and diverting the flow of water as you go. By solving puzzles, you'll eventually return life to the land and see the fruits of your labour blossom.

Eric Billingsley, SPARSE//GameDev Studio Head, says: "After two years of development, I'm so excited to finally get this game out into the world. I hope Spring Falls can bring some peaceful moments to people's daily lives, and maybe make them reflect a little on the beautiful fragility of nature."

If Spring Falls sounds like your sorta puzzler, you'll find it available for download now from both the App Store and Steam. It's also worth noting that it's a premium game with no ads or IAPs to ruin the mood.

Superhero-themed Talking Tom Hero Dash is a thrilling endless runner

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 13th, 2019

One of the exciting releases that we’re looking forward to is Talking Tom Hero Dash, an upcoming superhero-themed runner created by Outfit7. This new game is an action-packed endless runner that takes you on an epic adventure to assemble the ultimate team of heroes – Talking Tom Heroes – and save the world from a pack of nefarious raccoons.

Talking Tom and Friends remains one of the biggest names in mobile gaming, with the series having branched out into different genres and even different mediums with an award-winning animated series. And while Talking Tom Hero Dash might not be Outfit7’s first go at the endless runner genre, it manages to really set itself apart with its neat superhero premise and varied, highly-detailed levels.

Talking Tom Heroes are a super powered team consisting of fan-favourite characters like Talking Tom, Talking Hank, Talking Ben, Talking Angela, and Talking Ginger. However, they’ve all been kidnapped by a band of raccoons and hidden in locations around the world, leaving Tom alone to reassemble the team and save the day.

All five of the playable levels have been vandalised in the chaos, so you’ll need to collect coins and gradually rebuild the iconic landmarks and buildings in each location. And, eventually, restoring a level to its former glory will lure out a powerful raccoon boss.

Tom is unlocked from the start, though a new playable character will become available every time you defeat one of the bosses. The 3-lane runner action is made even more exciting when you factor in each character’s unique gadgets and powers. Some can temporarily fly, while others make use of an awesome hoverboard.

To experience even more of the adventures of Talking Tom Heroes, go to YouTube to check out the animated series of the same name that Outfit7 has created.

Preregistrations for Talking Tom Hero Dash will open on May 15! Stay tuned – we’ll share the link!

Pre-register now for epic fantasy RPG Final Blade and get yourself some exclusive items

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 18th, 2019

Final Blade is an epic fantasy RPG that revolves around two warring nations and one extremely powerful sword. Having already found great success in Taiwan and South Korea, the developer is now bringing its acclaimed free-to-play iOS and Android title to the west. Pre-registration is open for those of you who want to get in as early as possible and maybe even earn yourself some exclusive goodies.

For those not in the know, the game contains many of the classic RPG elements that we expect and love, such as a deep levelling system, tons of lovely loot, and powerful skills that allow players to utilise their characters in new and exciting ways. And you’re certainly going to need all those skills at your disposal, as enemies have a tendency to be pretty darn tricky.

Delving into the rich backstories of the cast is one of the highlights here, as is uncovering the painstakingly detailed fantasy world that the dev team has put together. Another real point of pride for Final Blade is just how extensive and replayable an experience it is. With an adventure mode, daily dungeons, and insanely powerful raid bosses, there’s a ton of great stuff to sink your teeth into.

On top of that, the online arena and clan wars – which pit players against one another in intense battles – are sure to keep the more hardcore among us busy. Final Blade also boasts extremely detailed and colourful visuals, with some especially impressive character designs to boot.

In terms of the pre-registration gifts, you can expect a nice bundle of gold and in-game items. However, the biggest incentive is definitely the 5-star hero selection ticket, which is sure to give you the edge once the game launches. And, in a cool little twist, the more players that register, the most gifts everyone will get.

So, you can go ahead and pre-register now over on the official site to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of those great in-game rewards.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

Choose a side in Rift of Raigard, the new base building RTS game now on Kickstarter

Posted by 148Apps Staff on December 5th, 2018

If you’re an RTS player that’s constantly underwhelmed by most genre entries on mobile, or sick of putting up with stingy F2P models and cheaters, Rift of Raigard is the base building game for you. Developed by a team of creators who are equally annoyed, the game is now in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign which could benefit from your backing. Here’s what’s in store if you do.

Set in a fantasy world that’s being ravaged by a war between three factions, players will need to pick a side – whether it’s the Folklords, Gremlochs, or Coalites – and test their strategic chops to bring balance back to a land devastated by chaos. Rift of Raigard features a wholly original, interwoven story that will see you venture through multiple exotic landscapes in any one of the game’s three explorable continents.

Rift of Raigard will encourage you to personalize your central hero, ground troops, and base thanks to the large number of customisation options. All three facets mentioned can be personalised with a slew of in-game skins, meaning you’ll be spurred to protect your armaments in the battle to hold back enemies strategically in real-time. The best Rift of Raigard players will find themselves vying for a space at the top of the leader board.

Should the game reach its funding goal, Rift of Raigard will also include a dedicated guild system that lets players team up, sponsored events and leagues, alongside what the developer Dun Rite Games is teasing as “game modes never before seen in this genre.”

The good news is that you can also be part of this adventure. Be sure to visit the game’s Kickstarter page to show your support, for a mobile-first RTS game that wants to be fun and accessible for all while clamping down on cheaters.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners