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Lee Hamlet

with the 148Apps Network since May 15, 2013

After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Lee taught English in China for nearly a year and a half, before heading to Moscow to continue his teaching adventures (and join the Russian Mafia). Lee is a comic book fan, zombie enthusiast and obsessive mobile gamer, his iPhone never further than reaching distance away.

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Email :: lee.hamlet@148apps.com
Mecha Showdown Review

Mecha Showdown Review

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Mecha Showdown replaces traditional buttons with a slot machine mechanic in this robot fighting game, but the thrill of the gamble just isn't there.

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Slashing Demons Review

Slashing Demons Review

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Slashing Demons lacks the depth or scope to take it beyond the point of being just another endless tapper.

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Pancake – The Game Review

Pancake – The Game Review

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Pancake - The Game is just like flipping a real pancake in that it's only entertaining for about 30 seconds.

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Tempo Review

Tempo Review

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Tempo is essentially one cinematic action scene after another, but player interaction is too minimal to feel like an integral part of that action.

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Midnight Star Review

Midnight Star Review

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Midnight Star has the guts to go for a new approach to the mobile First-Person Shooter genre, and while it's certainly innovative, it's just not that much fun.

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Exiles Review

Exiles Review

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Exiles' awkward controls and over-large expanses of open land hinder what is otherwise an ambitious open-world RPG.

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A Few Days Left Review

A Few Days Left Review

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Some nice cutscenes and some cool gadgetry can't make up for the repetitive run-and-gun gameplay on offer in A Few Days Left.

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Calling all toy collectors:
Want to know if Battle of Toys is the toy themed fighter for you? Check out our Battle of Toys review!

Battle of Toys is a fighting game involving dozens of collectible toys of various stature, power and style. One thing they all share, however, is the ability to kick the fluff out of each other. To get the best out of your growing collection and the team of up to 6 that you send into battle, we’ve compiled something of a beginner’s guide to get you started.
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Rock ‘em ‘n’ Sock ‘em

  • Upping the difficulty can swing you more rewards when you win, but obviously it makes opponents much tougher as well, particularly their defensive and offensive capabilities, making defeating them within the time limit tough.
  • Bear in mind however, that you only have to finish the 30 seconds with MORE health than your opponents overall. Actually finishing them off doesn’t matter most of the time, so with some boosts equipped, the higher difficulties need not be so daunting. At the very least, the second difficulty tier is always worth an attempt.
  • The trickiest special attack mini-game is the crosshair targeting system, simply because the accuracy isn’t always exactly spot on. As a rule, wait for each axis to go red before tapping to stop.
  • Once you have more than one toy, swapping them out regularly during a fight is a good tactic. At best, you’ll dodge an enemy attack, at worst you’ll even out the health lost during the fight, and that’s important, because what they don’t tell you is that the toy that you win the match with will have its health replenished free of charge. Therefore tagging in a damaged toy to finish off an opponent is a good tactical move.
  • Upgrading your toys and applying at least one special attack or boost to each of your team members is a wise move to make before heading into a fight. It saves wasting energy and having to fix up battered toys.
  • Alternatively, rather than upgrading the existing toys in your collection, getting by with characters with lower stats and preserving money for another toy will be advantageous in the long run. A second toy is automatically unlocked after the fourth round anyway, so just continue building your collection naturally.

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Fistful of Dollars

  • Use the lucky dip machine regularly, but hold off on using crystals to skip the cooling off period, because although coins, powerups and the odd crystal come fairly often, toys are extremely rare. Resist the urge to keep on spinning and wait the rather short cooling off period of 12 minutes instead.
  • Coins, diamonds and energy will be dropped by opponents during fights, but will have to be picked up manually, so act fast or they’ll be gone for good once they exit the game screen as the toys continue to dash about.
  • If you have Facebook, linking your account will grant you 10 diamonds and a costume with a handy stat increase to one of your toys. The 10 diamonds are then best spent on coins (8 for 15,000), with the remaining 2 saved for replenishing energy or later in exchange for more coins. Furthermore, when you level up, you will presented with a choice between 1 diamond or 5,000 coins for sharing on Facebook. Combine this with the diamonds that can be attained via other social networking incentives and the game is quite generous with its rewards.
  • Coins are best saved for the purchase of the more realistically-priced toys or on upgrades, particularly on new costumes which yield larger upgrade potential than upgrading single parts at a time. Once you have a few toys in your team, you can then use the costumes strategically for a more balanced squad.

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We hope these few tips and hints will help you keep your toys away from the yard sale and at the top of the toy box.

Battle of Toys Review

Battle of Toys Review

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If players can look past the bright colors and kiddie subject matter, they'll find a solid fighting game with an emphasis on strategic play.

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Ultimate Robot Fighting Review

Ultimate Robot Fighting Review

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Ultimate Robot Fighting will bring on a sense of déjà vu for players of Injustice. Whether that's considered to be a good or a bad thing is entirely up to them.

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Snowboard Party Review

Snowboard Party Review

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While it doesn't quite feel like a party, this is a snowboarding sim with quality controls and plenty of style.

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Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell Review

Crossbow Warrior – The Legend of William Tell Review

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Crossbow Warrior details the entertaining adventures of legendary bowman William Tell. Unfortunately, the gameplay can't live up to the legend.

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Review

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an excellent example of how to meld gaming styles into one great experience, all while crafting a fascinating universe.

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Hello? Hel-hello??:
Hey, so if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re not entirely sure this job is for you. If you’d like to know what we thought about the Freddy Fazbear family, check out our Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 review.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is the sequel to a unique horror game. One that leaves players virtually helpless as several animatronic characters close in on them, and their only defense being a trusty flashlight, the mask of a decommissioned teddy, and a combination of some serious multi-tasking skills and grainy CCTV footage. We’ve played the game countless times in order to bring you this selection of hints and tips, to save you from the night terrors and nervous jitters in advance.


 

Tools of the Trade

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  • Stay in the light – You’ll soon come to treasure your flashlight as one of the most valuable possessions in your very limited arsenal. While not all of the characters react to it in the same way, the beam is effective at keeping several of them at bay – specifically those that appear down the corridor on the way to your desk.
  • There’s no shame in hiding – The bear mask is your second “weapon” and is particularly useful against the smaller characters (New Bonnie, “Balloon Boy,” The Mangle, etc) who worm their way through the vents. These are the critters that will mistake you for another animatronic, and thus leave you alone, when you’re wearing the mask. You should keep on for at least 5-10 seconds to be sure, though.
  • Know your territory – The map of the premises and the cameras are useful for keeping track of their movements, with the remodeled main characters situated on the Stage on Camera 9. When one of them goes missing you know they’re on their way towards your office.
  • Don’t stop the music – Never let the music box complete its cycle. A warning signal will flash when it is getting dangerously close to popping out another not-so-cuddly character, and that’s the one you definitely won’t see coming until it’s too late.


Continue reading Five Nights at Freddy’s 2: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Making it Through the Night »

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 Review

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 Review

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Five Nights at Freddy's is back with a sequel that will once again make players wonder what they ever liked about animatronic animals.

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Audio Defence: Zombie Arena

Audio Defence: Zombie Arena

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From the makers of Papa Sangre comes a defense game that forces players to listen carefully; unless they want to hear the sound of zombies feasting on their flesh, that is.

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Start your engines:
Would you like to know what we thought of all this drifting and rough racing? Check out our Reckless Racing 3 review!

Reckless Racing 3 is down and dirty racing that prides itself on crazy drifts, breakneck straights, and fantastic in-game physics. Here are few tips to help you to take those corners like a pro.


 

Start Your Engines

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  • Use the straight sections to steal a glance at the mini map towards the top of the screen and check for any fast-approaching sharp turns.
  • It’s only on those severe turns that braking becomes necessary. Usually releasing the acceleration while turning into the bend, then hitting the gas and turning out of it will suffice. When using the default button layout, tapping to turn out of a drift is a much better technique than holding down on the directional arrow, ensuring maximum control rather than veering into another drift accidentally. Just be aware that terrain can sometimes dictate otherwise.
  • While the green guideline might be a great tool for rough navigation, deviating slightly wide and then taking corners as close as possible without crashing is a surefire way to overtake and undercut other racers.
  • The reset button isn’t as damning as you’d think. In fact, in any situation that requires a reversal maneuver the reset button is actually preferential as it only incurs a minimal time penalty, can serve as an obstruction to opponents, and sometimes players won’t even lose their position.
  • Larger, heavier vehicles can use their weight to their advantage by smashing other cars off-course. This is best achieved by hitting the back of an opponent’s car during a turn, forcing them into a tailspin. Be sure to judge how this will effect the speed and trajectory of your own car, though.
  • In the settings menu, turn on the Chase Camera to have a clearer view of the road ahead, putting you behind your racer rather than at a fixed bird’s eye view. While this new angle may bring on a bit of motion sickness for the weak-stomached (if you had a problem with iOS’ home screen animations then you might want to play Zen Garden instead) it grants a better perspective for upcoming turns. For Gymkhana Mode however, the sheer amount of donuts and spins makes the Chase Camera a dizzying nightmare, so it’s better to have it saved for Races and Drift events.


Continue reading Reckless Racing 3 – Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Daring Drifters »

Reckless Racing 3 Review

Reckless Racing 3 Review

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The drifting king returns as Reckless Racing 3 leaves the competition (but also multiplayer) in the dust.

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Dementia: Book of the Dead Review

Dementia: Book of the Dead Review

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A witch hunter is sent after a demonic book in the spooky but short-lived Dementia: Book of the Dead.

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Well met, warriors:
Curious to see how much fun we’ve been having with all this hero-shuffling? Check out our Terra Battle review!

Terra Battle is a strategy-based puzzle RPG that is accessible and addictive, yet multi-faceted and challenging, so take heed of these hints and tips before you and your squad head into dangerous, uncharted territory.
 

On the Battlefield

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Terra Battle‘s fighting system is based on a form of Rock Paper Scissors, in which certain weapon types can outperform others: swords have the advantage over bows, bows can dominate spears, and spears can best swords. Remembering this cycle is key in deciding which squad member to use in the next attack. The staff simply highlights a mage character with healing attributes but no attacking ability.

There is a time limit in which each movement must be completed, so try to plan a movement in advance – particularly if it involves displacing another tile into a better position for chain support or a direct attack. If you’re smart about it, pre-planning a route and approaching multiple characters from certain angles can set up multiple chain attacks were before there was none.

Continue reading Terra Battle – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Setting Up Your Best Lines »

Terra Battle Review

Terra Battle Review

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With an excellent battle system and diverse character roster, Terra Battle is ever expanding and endlessly playable.

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Sisyphos Review

Sisyphos Review

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From a gameplay standpoint, Sisyphos isn't that interesting. However when taken as a statement, it says a lot.

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Hey There, Zombie Apocalypse Survivors:
Want to know what we thought about all this vehicular zombie slaughter? Then check out our Zombie Highway 2 review!

Zombie Highway 2 answers the age-old question of how far you would get during a zombie apocalypse if you and your buddies piled into a car and hit the road. The answer is not far at all. Still, these tips might help you survive just that little bit longer.

Zombie Kill of the Week

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  • It’s all about speed. The faster you travel, the more damage you do to a clingy zombie. Try to make it a clean hit though, without letting the car touch the wrecked vehicle. Otherwise it’s a first class ticket to slow city. Population, you.
  • If a bash doesn’t dispatch one of the more determined zombies, give him a few rounds to the face as he will be more susceptible to damage while stunned from a hit.
  • While smashing a zombie into the wall is effective in the tunnel to enable safe passage, outside it slows the car down too much, making it easier to tip over.
  • Weapons-wise, save up for the big hitters over the automatics. Revolvers, shotguns, and the more exotic weapons pack a greater wallop. Just make sure you hit the reload button more often. Did anyone order zombie pate?

In it for the Long Haul
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  • Save the nitro boost until later. When you have no ammo and 4 fat zombies attached to your car, a nitro boost will keep you level and, more importantly, build up enough speed to bash them off in one go. If you’re walled-in when this happens then it’s your lucky day, because you can proceed to bash those suckers down repeatedly at breakneck speed.
  • Reload every time you hit a straight stretch of road devoid of zombies or wreckages. There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo while a raging red zombie beats against the window.
  • Avoiding zombies is better than hitting them, especially in the later stages of a run. Do this by either driving behind them or by swerving towards them but narrowly missing, not giving them enough space to make a leap to your car. More often than not this will work, and will avoid the slowdown that comes with running over a member of the undead.
  • When the warning symbols appear, steer into the tipping motion that puts the car on two wheels in order to counteract the jolt. Even better, ram the effected side of the car into a wall if there’s one available, as it will prevent it from overturning. It will effect speed however, so make sure the threat from the other side isn’t just as bad.

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Lastly, here are a few extra tips straight from developer himself:

  • Focus on your driving. For the first couple miles zombies do not pose an imminent threat. If you can’t scrape them off after a few tries, then resort to shooting.
  • The tunnel may seem difficult, but most of the debris is angled so you can deflect off of it. Stay calm and you will survive.
  • Hard zombies are worth A LOT more than weak ones. Go farther for big rewards.

Hopefully these tips and hints will be enough to help see you that extra mile on the inevitably doomed journey down the aptly-named Zombie Highway.

Zombie Highway 2 Review

Zombie Highway 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get ready to hit the hazardous highway again in this upgraded, but just as addictive, apocalyptic sequel.

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The Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner Review

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The Maze Runner is a surprisingly enjoyable movie tie-in that will succeed in keeping players guessing.

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Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run Review

Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run Review

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Galaxy Dash has bags of charm and appeal, but the gameplay is slightly lacking in variety.

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How iOS 8 has Improved My iPad Experience

After a solid week of use since its debut, here are my personal impressions of how iOS 8 has refined and streamlined the way in which I use my iPad on a daily basis.

Today is Looking Good

The improved Notification Center is by far my favorite feature of iOS 8 on iPad. The now fully-featured Today screen is finally at a place where it should have been years ago: as an integral part of the iOS experience and adding a whole new spectrum of usability to iOS devices.

On an iPad, a device typically chock-full of apps and games, this feature is even more appreciated. From the lock screen I can get an overview of the most pressing news stories (via News Republic), pop culture or meme-inspired articles that are perfect for passing a few minutes (BuzzFeed), a much more attractive weather report (Yahoo! weather), buttons for launching different functions in Evernote, customizable app shortcuts with Launcher, and a shortcut to where I’m up to in the book I’m reading with the Kindle app. It acts as a real hub of activity, allowing me to view my apps at a glance rather than closing and opening each one systematically.

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Better Connectivity

AirDrop between my iPad and my MacBook (running the Yosemite beta) is also a long-awaited feature I’m happy to see added to iOS 8, and is a much more direct way of transferring files between the two. Answering calls on my iPad if my phone is on charge is also a massive plus, meaning I rarely miss those urgent calls from work when my phone is in the other room.

A combination of the new-and-improved Notification Center, the updated Spotlight search, and a rejuvenated Siri will definitely silence some of the critics that previously questioned iOS’ productivity or speed of use, as the home screens have become more of a directory than the be-all-and-end-all of the iOS experience (to me at least).

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Better Luck Next Year

I’m still waiting for the Control Center to allow for some customization in the same way that the Notification Center lets you edit widgets (for example, a button to turn off data easily) and take proper steps towards becoming a mini settings menu. Hands-free Siri is a great touch, but until Apple comes up with a way to make it work without the constant use of a charger it’s not particularly helpful unless you’re sitting next to the plug socket.


iOS 8 has taken great steps in moving towards achieving true multi-device connectivity, as well as making the whole interaction process a lot more multi-faceted. As more apps add support for notification widgets, it’ll become even more capable.

Goat Simulator Review

Goat Simulator Review

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Unleash chaos as a grumpy goat in this humorous but short-lived casual game.

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CounterSpy Review

CounterSpy Review

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Shaken or stirred, CounterSpy is simply the best stealth action game to sneak its way onto the App Store.

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The Nightmare Cooperative Review

The Nightmare Cooperative Review

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The Nightmare Cooperative is a strategic puzzle game that gets better the more it's played, as players learn how to react to their environment and the wide array of enemies within it.

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