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Pokémon UNITE - Tips and tricks for new players

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 28th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MONSTER MOBA :: Read Review »

We were pretty high on Pokémon UNITE when we finally got a chance to play it last week, and that didn't change over the weekend. In that time, we've been able to pick up on a lot of the nuances of this Pokémon-themed MOBA and share it with everyone who is deciding to pick it up on mobile, too.

Read on below for some insight on how to improve your game from the perspective of a beginner.

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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Puzzles & Survival adds new hero and other gifts to make zombie-killing more fun in its first anniversary

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 24th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Who would’ve thought you’d need to use your brain to keep your brain intact? If you want to
steer clear of zombies feasting on your noggin, you’ll have to solve puzzles in Puzzles &
Survival, which is celebrating its first anniversary right now. 37GAMES’ match-3 mobile strategy game invites players to vote on a new skin for Nova (modern or fantasy), as well as craft adventure stories in the future for a new protagonist, Samuel.

Samuel, while previously just a poster boy for Puzzles & Survival, is now a fully usable character with high hit points and a Last Stand ability that can boost his damage output. He can inspire his fellow combatants in the team as well. With the deadly virus sweeping the world, you’ll do everything you can to survive the apocalypse - and Samuel’s Infinite Fury skill on the verge of death can restore a teammate to full fury.

Aside from limited-time in-game anniversary gifts as a thank-you to the fans, players can look forward to the new IP crossover event coming in September. Care to venture a guess? To make sure you don’t miss out on all the post-apocalyptic survival mayhem, download Puzzles & Survival on the App Store and on Google Play and check out the game’s official Facebook page. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Salvagette review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREEDOM FIGHTER
Salvagette is an innovative (and free) approach to the bullet hell genre.
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A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - The Best Role for Beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »


League of Legends: Wild Rift is the friendliest and most accessible MOBA on mobile, but it still maintains a high skill ceiling and demands your full attention while playing. You can't just hop into games casually and assume you'll be a great addition to your team or know how to foil your opponents. It takes time and practice to familiarize yourself with champions, learn the map, and find the item builds that work best in certain scenarios.

Because of this, it is often recommended for players to choose one specific role to specialize in, and after countless matches in Wild Rift I am confident in saying that the most beginner-friendly role is that of the humble support. Read on for the reasons why as well as some tips for being a quality support for your team.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - How to Learn Any Role

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 13th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

League of Legends: Wild Rift is a team game that requires each player to fulfill a specific role. More often than not, the team that covers each role with specialized characters suited to those roles establishes and advantage before the match even begins.

Learning how to play each of these roles is crucial for anyone looking to climb high in the ranks of Wild Rift, or just improve their game generally. Even if you choose to fill one specific role most of the time, knowing how each one works gives you additional insight on how to help your teammates and hurt your opponents in those positions.

But how does one go about learning a new role? That's exactly what this guide is supposed to answer! Read on below to figure out how best to learn a role without wasting you or your teammates' time.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - Breaking Down the Meta - Team Comps

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

Like all popular competitions, League of Legends: Wild Rift has developed a set of unwritten rules about how to play it well. These rules are known as the metagame or "meta," and understanding why they exist and how to take advantage of them is a key step in becoming a truly competitive player.

The most important aspect of the meta to pay attention to at the moment is team composition. If you've already sunk some time into Wild Rift, it's probably been made clear to you that there are certain hero combinations that are more effective than others. Teams with players who simply pick their favorite heroes tend to be unbalanced in one way or another, and you'll likely either see that reflected in team performance or through one or more teammates complaining about the composition in chat.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

I'm relatively new to League of Legends, but have played a fair amount of MOBAs in the past. Wild Rift has really captured my attention, though, and I've found myself sinking a lot of time into practicing and reading up on how to improve my game.

For anyone in a similar boat (or just new to MOBAs in general), some of the guides out there can read like a foreign language. League of Legends has existed on PC for over a decade at this point and built up its own lexicon and community that isn't always the friendliest to new players trying to familiarize themselves with the game.

In that spirit, I present: A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift. This is a guide series that will chronicle my own learnings and takeaways from my time spent with the game, translated into what is hopefully helpful tips and information for others looking to do the same.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - What is this game?

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

MOBAs are nothing new. They aren't even new to me. I've played just about every MOBA there is (mobile or otherwise) with varying amounts of time investment, with my previous favorites being Vainglory and Arena of Valor. But League of Legends: Wild Rift just isn't like those games.

Despite being in the same genre, the pace of play and strategy of this mobile MOBA is unique and deep unto itself. Even after reviewing Wild Rift, I've reached several ephiphanies while playing, and each one has transformed my understanding of the game and how to play it. These breakthroughs are exciting, but they take patience, persistence--and sometimes even research--to realize, especially if you aren't super well-versed in MOBAs in general.

Fallen of the Round review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KILLER COMBO
Fallen of the Round’s combination of auto-chess and roguelike mechanics is a phenomenal proof-of-concept.
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PSA: Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus has some issues

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Bulwark Studios just brought turn-based strategy title Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus to the App Store, but I would probably wait before you buy it. Although it seems like a really cool blend of tactics game mechanics, this iOS version has a soft-locking problem, which you can see in the video above.

Northgard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 15th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LONG HARSH WINTER
Northguard is satisfying enough to provide some enjoyment despite some harsh conditions imposed by the iOS version.
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Practical Tips for League of Legends: Wild Rift (or any other MOBA, for that matter)

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 31st, 2021


League of Legends: Wild Rift has finally made it to the App Store, and it brings a level of polish and balance to mobile MOBAs that you'd expect from one of the most successful game developers in the world. One of the best things I've found about the game so far is just how mobile-friendly it is. Despite all the on-screen buttons and complicated gameplay, Riot Games made an experience that's easy to hop into and hard to pull away from.

In case you're considering downloading the game and aren't a MOBA pro, don't worry. Wild Rift has some great tutorials and practice modes that do a great job of teaching you the ins and outs of how MOBAs work in general as well as mechanics that are unique to this game. That said, there is some general knowledge and practical advice that goes unstated by the game, but is good practice for anyone who decides to play Wild Rift or any other MOBA, for that matter.

Steam Link Spotlight - Loop Hero

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Fights in Tight Spaces. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.