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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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Ambitious base builder Fleets of Heroes has arrived on Google Play

Posted by 148Apps Staff on January 7th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Fans of base builders rejoice! The hugely ambitious Fleets of Heroes has landed on Google Play to shake up the competition with its revised take on the popular genre, and developer Inner Hero also has an all-new mode in the works.

The game, first released on the App Store, has made quite the splash recently. For those not in the know, Fleets of Heroes offers all of the base building mechanics and ideas that we know and love while also bringing intense PvP, cross-platform battle and trading, and a unique approach to combat where players can assume direct control of hero ships.

What sets the combat apart really is those hero ships. These massively powerful units offer their own unique skills and abilities, allowing you to get the edge over any opponent if you’re smart about it. Of course, the AI units can also be directed, but the hero ships grant the game a more tactical edge.

Brawl Stars review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW STARS
Supercell is very good at making their derivative games look good and original, but they need to start doing more than that.
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Black Paradox review

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By Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Black Paradox is essentially a retrowave version of Steredenn. It's fine, but definitely familiar.
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Help! I'm Haunted review

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By Campbell Bird on November 1st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BANAL BLASTER
This cross between Ghostbusters and Kero Blaster takes too long to get interesting.
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Tesla vs. Lovecraft review

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By Campbell Bird on October 24th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOLID SCIENCE
10tons makes some amazing shooters on iOS, but Tesla vs. Lovecraft--while solid--doesn't quite top their previous releases.
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Ammo Pigs: Armed and Delicious review

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By Campbell Bird on September 20th, 2018
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT MUCH MEAT
This game appears to be a throwback, but to what?
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How Shadowgun Legends became the must-play mobile shooter in the first half of 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on July 9th, 2018

So far, 2018 has been a pretty great year for mobile gaming. And, depending on how you look at things, you could say it's been the best year for shooters since the App Store first popped into existence. A lot of the plaudits for that have to go to one place - Shadowgun Legends.

It might not be the most original game in the world, but it took an idea, made it work in the palm of your hand, and then ran with it. It's a gorgeous-looking, slick-playing blast that's still thriving even now. So we thought it was high time to have another look at Madfinger's glorious sci-fi experience, and explain why it worked so well.

BlazeFury guide - How to wrap your mind around this odd shmup

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 12th, 2018

BlazeFury is a unique take on the shmup genre, so it’s pretty easy to be confused about how you should play it. Fear not though, dear reader. These tips below will make you a dogfighting champion in no time.

Missiles are the best

The best way to start progressing quickly in BlazeFury is to invest in the right weapons. Since enemies get harder and harder, and there’s no real way to fight back without upgrading your own arsenal, you want to be sure you’re making the best investments possible.

From my experience, the missiles are the best weapon for you to unlock and continuously upgrade. Not only do they pack a punch against enemies, but they also do a great deal of splash damage, which can help you take down enemies that you aren’t even targeting.

BlazeFury review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STILL SHOOTING
This shmup isn’t quite like any we’ve seen before, and it's both a good and bad thing.
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Silverfish DX review

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By Campbell Bird on June 7th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLATFISH
Silverfish DX does a great job of reminding you how great Geometry Wars is.
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Super Hydorah guide - How to straighten up and fly right

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 11th, 2018

Super Hydorah is an old-school shooter in almost every way imaginable. This means that it can be quite tough and unforgiving at times. If you find yourself struggling in the game, feel free to try out some of these tips to help you have a better time with it.

Don't be afraid of Easy Mode

Upon learning that Super Hydorah has an Easy Mode, you might reflexively avoid it and go with the game's Normal Mode, but this is most likely a mistake. Unless you are a seasoned shooter player or you've already been through Super Hydorah once, Easy Mode is the way to go.

Easy Mode grants you a rechargable shield, which can allow you to get further into levels more easily. You may not rack up quite as much score, but going through Super Hydorah on an easier difficulty can definitely help prepare you for subsequent runs on Normal Mode.

Super Hydorah review

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By Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SUPER SHOOTER
Super Hydorah is a solid, retro-inspired shooter.
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Galaxy.io Space Arena guide - How to survive in this space shooter

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2018

The “.io” concept that essentially began with Agar.io back in 2015, but since then it’s been going strong. Tons of games have been coming out that adopt its permadeath multiplayer gameplay formula, and many have even just attached an “.io” to the end of their name to let people know what they’re in for.

The latest of these games to come out is Galaxy.io Space Arena, which shoves many of the base concepts of an “.io” game into a rather nice-looking space shooter. There are a few unique aspects to Galaxy.io though, so check out this guide to help you in your quest for galactic domination against others online.