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Twinfold guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 7th, 2018

Twinfold may look like a cheap Threes! clone at first glance, but it's so much more than that. It's actually a rather deep roguelite with a really satisfying difficulty curve and almost endless replayability.

Since the game's depth does take some digging to understand, your first few games of Twinfold might not go so well. Check out these tips to help you improve your game faster.

Twinfold review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 5th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: THREES
This game borrows heavily from Sirvo Studios’s Threes! but the result is a game that feels completely unique and brilliant.
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The best puzzle games for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Harry Slater on May 23rd, 2018

In the latest part of our roundup of the best games in specific genres, we're going to take a look at the best puzzle games you can pick up for iPhone and iPad. And there are some of the very best games period on this list, so it's definitely going to be worth your while to give it a read.

We've added download links and links to our reviews as well, so you can make sure you've got all the knowledge you need before you make a purchase. And if you've got your own suggestions to add, then make sure you chuck them in the comments at the bottom of the list. We'd really appreciate it.

BoneSwiper review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 22nd, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DUNGEON THREES
This Threes!-like may not look too pretty, but its got a lot of neat ideas.
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Sidewords review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 20th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPATIAL SPELLING
Sidewords turns the traditional conventions of word games on their heads in a way that is truly unique and fun.
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4 smart and stylish puzzle games like TypeShift

Posted by Jessica Famularo on March 27th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TERRIFIC TYPOGRAPHY :: Read Review »


TypeShift launched a little over a week ago, offering some puzzling new challenges for word nerds equipped with an iOS device. Created by Zach Gage, the mind behind Spelltower, TypeShift boasts, like its predecessor, a sleak design and some very smart puzzles. TypeShift isn't alone though. If you're looking for more slick mobile puzzle games, why not try one of these other games?

Byte Master Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TECHY THREES
Byte Master might seem like a Threes! clone, but there's more going on underneath its surface.
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4 Games We Really Want to See on the Apple Watch

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2015

So, the Apple Watch launch is very nearly upon us, presumably changing our lives in ways that we can only imagine, much like the iPhone before it. Failing that, hopefully it’ll be a cool and useful watch to own. We thought we’d take a look at four of the games we’d love to see make their way to the device, bearing in mind the limitations that its size might offer.

Presenting the International Mobile Gaming Awards Winners!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 5th, 2015

11th Annual International Mobile Gaming Awards ceremony, hosted by actress Allison Haislip, gathered mobile game developers and publishers from around the world. They chose 13 winners out of the 93 nominations. British studio USTWO won the the Grand Prix for their innovative puzzler, Monument Valley. The rest of the winners were:

- Jury's Honorable Mention: Threes by Sirvo, United States
- People's Choice Award: Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp, United States
- Guilty Pleasure: 2048 by Gabriele Cirulli, Italy
- Best Quickplay Game: Crossy Road by Hipster Whale, Australia
- Best Meaningful Play: Papers, Please by Lucas Pope, United Kingdom
- Excellence in Storytelling: 80 days by inkle, United Kingdom
- Best Multiplayer Game: Soccer Physics by Otto-Ville Ojala, Finland
- Excellence in Gameplay: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment, United States
- Best Technical Achievement: Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp, United States
- Excellence in Audio, Visual, Art & Design Award: Tengami by Nyamyam, United Kingdom
- Best Upcoming Games: Prune by Joel McDonald, United States
- Excellence in Innovation: Bounden by Game Oven, Netherlands

"This year's winning games reflect the tremendous wealth of exceptional talent at work in this $20bn mobile games industry."says Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA.

Game of the Year 2014 - 148Apps Staff Picks

Posted by Rob Rich on December 18th, 2014

The end of 2014 is almost here, which can only mean one thing.

Okay it can mean a lot of things, but in this specific context it means Game of the Year lists!

Which is why the 148Apps staff have all picked their favorites from the past year. And why we've put them all into one handy list for you all to enjoy. It's a nice list, too. Lots of variety and even a few free downloads that are worth checking out. So give it a look, and if you agree (or even if you disagree) please chime in below!



Puzzle to the Center of the Earth



Puzzle to the Center of the Earth feels like a breath of fresh air compared to most everything else I played this year. It's a fair free-to-play puzzle game that encourages and rewards patience in all of the best ways and none of the bad. It's also a platformer that requires forethought and strategy rather than reflexes.

Unlike other mobile games like it, Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is not pushing players to make huge combos or speed-run through levels. Instead they can take their time planning out the best courses through a cave, much like an actual spelunker might (albeit with the power to carve out paths by magically matching blocks). It's a super well made game that isn't scared to have players get lost in its levels for a good while, which makes it unique as a puzzle game. For a mobile title, it strikes a fantastic balance of being engrossing, replayable, rewarding, and light enough for playing on the go, all of which lend to it being my favorite mobile game of 2014. - [Campbell Bird]

Hitman GO



When I heard that an original Hitman game would be coming to iOS, like plenty of other people I couldn't wait to cheese wire a guy to death while disguised as a security guard before popping another target in the face with my silenced pistol, all while waiting for a bus. When Hitman GO was released, many were initially disappointed to find that wasn't the case. However, after playing what is a deceptively simple and infectious game of strategy for a short time, many (including myself) were hooked.

Hitman GO looks like the board game you wish your family would play at Christmas (put away the Cluedo box, grandma) with its sheen and minimalistic graphics that just ooze class akin to the suit Agent 47 is known for. Combine that with accessible gameplay that calls for multiple play-throughs thanks to the variety of challenges available, forcing players to tackle levels in different ways, and you have a winner in Hitman GO. It's a game that should be on everyone's hit list - [Lee Hamelet]

Threes! is Currently on Sale in Honor of Being Named the App Store's Game of the Year

Posted by Ellis Spice on December 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: THREE OUT OF THREE :: Read Review »

We've reached that time of the year where every man, woman, and corporate entity decides on their favorite games of the previous twelve months. Apple is no exception to this, and this week they named Threes from Sirvo LLC as their iPhone game of the year. To celebrate this honor, the developer has announced that the game is now on sale, with the price having had a very appropriate 33.3 recurring % sliced off.

In other words, Threes is available now for $1.99, down from its usual price of $2.99.

Lost Viking Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RAGNAROK MEETS THREES!
This puzzle game mixes the gameplay of games like Threes! with roguelike elements.
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Swipe & Slash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on September 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DUNGEON MATCH
Oh, nevermind. Just another Threes! clone. What? Y-you mean Swipe & Slash is actually a fun RPG-lite dungeon hack using Threes! as a combat engine? Oh, well why didn't you say so?
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Threes! Update Cuts Load Times, Adds Landscape Mode, and Goes On Sale

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: THREE OUT OF THREE :: Read Review »

An update has arrived for the popular puzzle game Threes, which, according to the developers, should make the game "a better app."

The game is now more optimized, meaning that performance and load times should be better - more so on lower-end devices. Players can now also delete their game progress as well as play the game in landscape mode, if they so wish. In addition to this, the game is now available in 14 languages including German, Spanish, Korean and Russian.

To celebrate this update, the developers have put on a sale sticking with the three theme, knocking 33% off of the price, meaning that the game is currently $1.99.

Threes is available on the App Store now for $1.99, down from the usual price of $2.99.

Who Wore it Best? Threes! vs. 2048

Posted by Jordan Minor on May 5th, 2014

Who Wore it Best? takes on its most puzzlingly high-profile case of cloning yet again with Threes! vs. 2048.