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Space Grunts guide - How to survive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things.

We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible.

Pick a class that suits you

You’ve got three different classes to choose from which each suit different play styles.

The Captain is who you’ll probably gravitate to first. He’s reasonably tough at dishing out damage, but more importantly, he’s great at finding items. Using them isn’t his strong point, though.

The Strong-arm is the toughest of the bunch, but he’s pretty lousy at finding items, meaning he’s going to have to go it alone a lot.

The Techjunky is weak when it comes to firepower, but an expert at using items and finding them. Use her when you want to take a more tactical approach.

Taking your turns

Space Grunts is turn-based, so don't rush as your enemies will only move when you move. React accordingly. Before you take a step, take a look at the most likely options for your foes and make sure they don’t get too close.

Switch up your weapons

Don’t forget to change weapons from time to time. You have a typical all-rounder gun, a close up crowbar type attack, a laser beam, and an area effect attack.

The laser beam means you can strike at a bunch of enemies in a row, which is great when you’re stuck in a corridor with monsters ahead of you.

The frag grenade is perfect for groups of enemies, but it can hurt you, as well as blow up other things in the room. Use this sparingly. If you ignite a radiation pod, you’ll eventually succumb to it, and curse your bad fortune.

Keeping healthy

Keep an eye on your health and make it a priority that you head to a health pack any time you see one - but be careful!

How are you faring in Space Grunts? Got some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Dreii guide - How to play well with others

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey.

If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too!

Experiment

Dreii throws you in without much guidance but that’s because you don’t really need it.

You simply tap where you want to go. A tap on an object causes it to change color, meaning you’re attached to it and can move it around.

Your objective is to cover up the glowing dot on the screen. It’s easy at first, so don’t stress too much, as it all soon makes sense.

Fun with others

After the first few levels, you’ll see another creature on screen. Guess what? That’s another player!

You can communicate with them by tapping on the talk button in the bottom left hand corner. A few options for what to say pop up, so say hello. It’s only friendly.

They’ll probably start doing their own thing, so try to help them. Take your time though, and consider how best to approach the problem. It’s all pretty logical.

Teamwork is crucial but trickier as you can’t directly speak to them. Take it slowly and experiment.

One early level has you building a tower of squares, and it’s really easy to topple the tower by mistake. Be slow about it and hope that your ally does the same.

The best part, though? Each level doesn’t take long to complete (if you know how) so don’t worry too much if you screw up. It won’t take long to get back where you were.

What advice have you got to give new Dreii players? Let us know in the comments!

Kill the Plumber World guide - How to outwit that pesky plumber

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2016

You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started.

This is not a seasoned platform player

The AI in Kill the Plumber is remarkably predictable if you study its behavior closely. March up to the protagonist as a goomba-like creature and he'll instinctively jump over you. If he's nearing a Thwomp that's raised and waiting, he'll pause before going under it.

Obviously, the plumber will do everything in his power to stay alive, but he eventually gets so predictable that you can exploit him.

If you're having trouble beating a time record for a stage, maybe try getting the plumber to make an inopportune jump over you.

The key to invincibility

At a certain point in Kill the Plumber, the plumber will start the stage with invincibility. Unlike in Mario games, this isn't the kind of invincibility that ends after a certain period of time, and the game doesn't do a particularly good job of explaining that.

Here's how it actually works: In every stage with invincibility, there's always going to be some green coins. Those green coins - once completely gathered - will deactivate the invincibility.

In a sense, this makes invincibility stages more like a locked door puzzle. You have to guide the plumber to the green coins (without getting hit!) before you make your strike.

Use the background to your advantage

It's likely you'll die repeatedly on any given stage in Kill the Plumber, and sometimes that's because of poor spacing.

Luckily for you, every stage also has a static background. If you find yourself struggling to dodge fireballs or positioning yourself just under the plumber, make a note of the background to make adjustments for next time.

Hold down buttons between rounds

In a lot of cases in Kill the Plumber, there's a very tight time window you, the player, need to hit. If you want to give yourself a slight advantage on execution, try holding the button you initially want to press before the end of the previous round to start the next one immediately in motion.

Have you thwarted the plumber more quickly than us? Have some tips? Share them in the comments!

Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge the bombs

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2016

Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now.

Take it easy

There are bombs raining down from the sky so you'll want to run around in a panic stricken state. I understand that, but don’t do it!

Gentle, slow movements are better. Just tap to the left or right to subtly dodge the bombs - that way, you’re less likely to run into the path of another one.

Know your bomb types

Most bombs are small and relatively easy to dodge. There are big bombs too though, which take out a wider space. Keep away from those!

Blue bombs explode and provide you with energy, which goes towards unleashing your special Briefcase move. Collect up the energy when you can, but be careful. The same goes for yellow bombs, but you'll collect coins instead.

Cluster bombs are particularly nasty, as they unleash numerous bombs in a small area. Keep an eye on their pattern so that you stand between a couple of them.

Fire bombs unleash a small fire where they land. It lasts a while and, more importantly, can trap you for a time. Give these a wide berth.

Focus on something

Do you want to survive as long as possible or collect a bunch of coins? Decide what you want to do, and focus on that aim.

Usually, by going after coins, you’ll die faster but those coins are useful.

Money means…

Better power-ups! Save them wisely, and buy new power-ups such as the slowdown move.

Don’t waste your coins on a continue. They’re expensive and counter-intuitive.

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the option to watch an ad for an extra continue though. You might as well do this.

Got some tips of your own? Share them with us via the comments

Pre-register now for hack and slasher Angel Stone's massive 3.0 update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 4th, 2016

Fincon, which won Facebook's Studio to Watch award in 2015, has announced that pre-registration is now open for the massive 3.0 update for its award-winning hack and slasher Angel Stone.

Angel Stone is a post-apocalyptic action RPG in which the angels have fallen and you have to join The Resistance and face-off against hordes of demons trying to wipe out humanity.

There are three classes to choose from: Gunslinger, Berserker, and Shadow Mage. Once you've selected, you can start hack and slashing your way through the numerous game modes.

There's a few different PvE modes for those who prefer to go it alone, and cross-platform co-op and PvP modes if you'd like to join your friends.

The massive 3.0 update features virtual pad support, whole new modes, a redesigned skill system, and all new equipment. There's more but Fincon is keeping it a secret for now.

If you'd like to pre-register, grab Angel Stone right now from the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook Canvas, and create an in-game account. Then, head on over to the official website and input your username into the relevant field.

Angel Stone has found good success since launch, and has been featured as an Editor's Choice and was awarded Best of 2015 in the App Store, has amassed seven million downloads, and has ranked as a top five downloaded RPG in more than 70 countries.

Head on over to the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook Canvas right now to check out Angel Stone.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Sandstorm: Pirate Wars guide - How to keep your rusty bucket airborne

Posted by Glen Fox on February 3rd, 2016

Have you ever longed for the day that you could experience Bethesda's world of Fallout but as a pirate? No, I didn't think so. But, if the idea does intrigue you, you might want to check out Ubisoft'sSandstorm: Pirate Wars.

It's set in a post apocalyptic future and has you riding around the world in your very own customisable airship, completing quests, taking on attacking pirates, and upgrading your ship.

While it's a lot of fun, it quickly becomes challenging if you don't pay attention to your ship. Well, we've got you covered with this guide to keeping that rusty bucket airborne.

Preparation is key

Before you even take off, you should check on the status of your ship. If it needs repairing, pay however many bolts it costs to do so - it's a small price to pay to make it to your desination safely.

Then, you should take a look at which weapons and support systems you have equipped. The trick here is to make sure you're prepared for any eventuality - and yes, that doesn't mean just equipping your most powerful weapons.

For a start, you need at least one weapon which can pierce shields so you can take out the enemy's support systems quickly and efficiently. Then, with your remaining slots, you'll want to vary it up for different eventualities.

For example, a heavy weapon may take ages to recharge but will deal insane damage to an enemy ship. You don't want to take only those though, as sometimes you'll only need to deal a tad of damage to finish them off - and that's where light weapons come in.

Battle strategically

Preparation is half of the battle - the other half is the battle itself.

The first thing you'll want to do is take down their support systems - focusing first on those that mess with your best attacks. Shields are a good place to start but don't neglect systems that shut down your favourite weapons or automatically repair the ship - those can be deadly.

Be organic in your approach though. For example, if the enemy is intent on shutting down your most powerful weapon, try and shut down their system that allows them to do that as quickly as possible.

Get earning

You're a pirate so get with the program and start earning those big bucks - or bolts, in this case.

The best place to start is to complete the main story quests as these tend to be the easiest to complete yet reward the highest.

Don't neglect those tavern missions though. In fact, as soon as they become available you should pick them up. They're usually pretty easy to complete, and require you to perform tasks you would have done anyway.

Got any tips on how to be a top pirate for us? Let us know in the comments below!

Genies and Gems guide - How to clear those gems fast

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

So, you’re bored of crushing candies and rescuing farm animals. How about combining gems and paw prints in order to help a genie’s pet fox traverse a magical world?

That’s the quirky setting for the rather charming Genies and Gems and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Blade: Sword of Elysion guide - How to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

Blade: Sword of Elysion is the kind of action RPG you can dip into at any time of day, achieve something in the space of a few minutes, then marvel at how mindless yet entertaining it all was.

While its tutorial does a good job of helping you through the basics, there’s more to it than just that. We’re here with some helpful advice on how best to succeed at hacking and slashing everything in sight.

Top Gear: Drift Legends guide - How to slide your way onto the leaderboard

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2016

Do you want to be the drift king? Top Gear: Drift Legends lets you do just that and we've got some advice to help you slide your way on top of the competition.

PolyBlast guide - How to shoot your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 31st, 2016

In the mood for a retro arcade experience? Well, look no further thanPolyBlast, a simple yet quite compelling arcade puzzle shooter.

Simple doesn't mean easy though - andPolyBlastposes quite the challenge. With that in mind, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you shoot all of the targets.

Dungelot: Shattered Lands guide - Tips and tricks to survive the dungeon

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2016

Dungelot is a series of games that will test your patience, and the latest installment, Dungelot: Shattered Lands, is no different.

Here are some important tips for Dungelot vets and beginners alike to go far in Shattered Lands:

Path of War guide - How to win the war

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 29th, 2016

Washington D.C. is under attack from government renegades in Path of War and it’s down to you to stop them. Fortunately, you’re not alone as we have some helpful tips and tricks on getting you on the path to victory.

Star Trek Timelines guide - An explorer’s handbook for space travel

Posted by Gordon Siu on January 28th, 2016

Feeling a bit nostalgic for Star Trek? Well,Star Trek Timelines is a new free to play game that will welcome you aboard whether you are a hardcore Trekkie or just a wannabe space explorer.

However, before you set off to discover the universe alongside Kirk and Co., here are a few tips that should hopefully ensure a smooth journey.

Monster & Commander guide - How to get the edge in battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 27th, 2016

Just jumped into the wacky world of Monster & Commander and in need of some advice on what to do next? We’ve got your back - courtesy of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.

Pirate Power guide - How to conquer the high seas

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2016

Ahoy! Did you just download Pirate Power? It’s pretty fun, right? It’s even more entertaining if you know what you’re doing which is why we’ve got some tips and tricks to help get you well on the way to being an impressive hero on the high seas.