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Fallout Shelter - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Keep Your Vault Safe

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2015

[Haven't quite decided if you want to give Fallout Shelter a try? Check our review to see what we made of it.]

Fallout 4 will be here by the end of the year and you’ll probably be in dire need of a Fallout fix before then. Fallout Shelter might well be what you’re after, even if it is more like a freemium sim than a true Fallout. Here are some general tips and tricks on how to establish the best vault.

  • Remember the importance of resource gathering - You need power, food, and water in equal measures. Make sure that the first thing you do is place those rooms down, along with sticking at least one dweller in each of those rooms. More is good, though, as it means resources can be gathered faster.
  • Plan accordingly - You want to combine like-rooms where possible, so think ahead when placing things. This is done by building matching rooms next to each other so that they end up wider and more productive. It uses up more electricity but it does mean that these rooms are cheaper to upgrade.
  • Each dweller has a specific strength or trait - These are related to Charisma, Strength, Agility, Perception, Intelligence, and Luck. Take advantage of these skills by placing dwellers in a building that requires such skills. The diner, for instance, is best for an agile worker. Drag them over to the room, and if the green number changes to 2 or more you know they’re going to be a good fit.
  • Send dwellers out to explore the Wasteland often, but make sure they’re well equipped - It’s very dangerous out there, and while the rewards are great, you want to be careful. Remember to call them back frequently, and certainly as soon as they find some loot. If they die with loot, you lose it.

  • Focus on completing as many achievements as possible - This is a great way to earn caps and you’ll be completing tasks that need doing anyhow. You might even be able to earn a lunchbox or two!
  • Upgrade the vault door as soon as possible - It’ll help reduce the chance of raiders or scorpions wiping out your dwellers. They’re pretty vulnerable in there, after all. And a stronger door will hold attackers off for longer, giving you more time to place a couple of well-armed dwellers at the entrance to meet them.
  • Rush building productions where the accident risk is relatively low - Sure it can all go wrong, but there are extra caps and resources to be gained this way!
  • Have kids - Ok, the world has ended - kind of - but you need to keep going, right? Put male and female dwellers in the same living quarters. If their charisma levels are high and similar, you’ll soon have baby dwellers. The little dwellers are quick to grow up too, which is convenient.

How to Create Custom Text Responses for the Apple Watch

Posted by Rob Rich on June 15th, 2015

One of the many surprisingly useful features of the Apple Watch is the way in which we can see, respond to, or ignore text messages without having to use an iPhone. Seeing and ignoring are pretty self-explanatory, but it’s possible to respond in one of three ways: dial-an-emoticon, pick from a list of prefab phrases, or use dictation to respond directly. Problem is, sometimes none of those options is exactly what you’ll need. That’s why it can be handy to have your own custom set of prefab responses ready to go.

Chaos Rings III - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Making it on Marble Blue

Posted by Rob Rich on June 7th, 2015

[Still deciding whether or not Chaos Rings III is the mobile JRPG for you? Take a look at our review]

Are you feeling a bit out of sorts when jumping back and forth between Chaos Rings III’s Story and Colosseum modes? Are some fights giving you trouble? Then have a seat (or more likely just keep sitting) and take a gander at our tips and tricks guide.

Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Building Your Deck

Posted by Rob Rich on May 21st, 2015

[Want to know if it’s worth investing your time in Earthcore? Check out our review]

At first glance, Earthcore: Shattered Elements seems like a rather simple card-battling game. Once you’re introduced to skills that will change quite a bit. Even more so once you start to acquire hero cards. But it’s not so complicated that we couldn’t put together a beginner’s guide for all you Earthcore neophytes.

Here’s How to Set a Custom Face for Your New Apple Watch

Posted by Rob Rich on May 18th, 2015

So you’ve just unboxed your very own Apple Watch and have been playing around with some of its features. Neat, huh?

Well if you’re like me, you probably want to get to customizing its face before you really start to show it off to people. And if you’re also like me, chances are you've completely ignored the little info pamphlet that came with everything. It’s okay, unboxing a new piece of Apple tech usually leads to discarded instructions. That’s just the nature of the beast.

And that’s exactly why we’ve put together this short guide on how to go about customizing the face of your Apple Watch.

EvoCreo: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for a Newbie Creo Catcher

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2015

[Curious to know whether EvoCreo is a worthwhile stand-in for Pokemon? Check out our review]

Just downloaded EvoCreo and not sure where to begin? If you’ve played such games before, you might have an idea, but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips for beginners.

Empires & Allies: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 11th, 2015

[Still on the fence about enlisting? Check out our Empires & Allies review]

Finished reading our review and decided you like the look of Empires & Allies? We thought we’d help you out by throwing a few handy tips and tricks your way, to ensure you don’t feel so much of a newbie any more.

AppSpy Teaches the Basics of Creepy Doppelganger Creation with My Idol

Posted by Rob Rich on May 7th, 2015

AppSpy's Peter Willington has braved the Uncanny Valley and put together a how-to guide about making a miniature you in 小偶 - 我的3D萌偶 (a.k.a My Idol).

Jurassic World: The Game - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your Dinos

Posted by Rob Rich on April 30th, 2015

[Still trying to decide if it's worth revisiting the park? Check out our Jurassic World review]

You’ve probably already got a huge and incredibly popular theme park in Jurassic Park Builder. That’s great, but Jurassic World: The Game is a slightly different beast. This time around you’ll be spending a lot more time in the Arena, and will have to keep your dinos fighting fit because of it. And that’s exactly why we’ve gone and put this little guide together.

So if you find yourself in need of some tips for raising or want some pointers in the Arena, we’re here for you.

Lost Within - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Surviving the Asylum

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015

[Still deciding whether or not Lost Within is something you want to play? Have a look at our review]

Have you just downloaded Lost Within and are you in need of a guiding hand? While it’s not the toughest of games out there you might still want some helpful tips to get you started.

DomiNations - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being the Finest Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015

[Can't decide if DomiNations is the kind of thing you'll want to sink hours into? Check out our review.]

Have you just downloaded DomiNations and you're trying to figure out the best way to progress? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to give you the edge in battle.




General Tips

  • Explore! Explore so very much - Clear surrounding forests whenever you can. It gives you more room to develop your civilization but it also uncovers more animals for you to hunt, gold chests to loot, mines to excavate, and even ancient ruins. Those ruins are particularly great as they unlock crowns - the premium currency in this game.
  • Build new houses whenever you can - They get expensive but they mean you have 2 more citizens at your disposal each time. These then give you the means in which to complete more tasks at once, which inevitably leads to more profit for you!
  • Hunt everything as often as possible- It might seem like a waste of time pursuing bunnies and deer, but what you gain from them really adds up fast. It’s good to be busy.
  • Food and money are everything - Follow that ethos by maxing out your farms, mills, merchants, and markets at all times. They passively give you more of both resources, and do add up fast.
  • Keep your base neat - It’s easy to move stuff around and you’d be wise to keep everything connected via the road network, thereby giving you more gold. Walls are great for slowing down enemy attacks too.
  • Use crowns sparingly and intelligently - Only use them for long winded things rather than because you’re impatient. Having said that, if you know you’re going to be away from the game for an extended time, sometimes it’s handy to burn some crowns so you can accomplish a couple of things before you go.
  • Keep an eye on upgrade timers - Once any upgrade has less than five minutes to complete, you can boost its progress for free, finishing it off quickly. Use that often.
  • Raid smart - Raiding other players is the fastest way of earning resources but don’t rush into it. Wait till you’ve got sufficient powers of your own to fight back when they take revenge.

Compass Point: West - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Staking a Claim on the Frontier

Posted by Rob Rich on March 26th, 2015

[Wondering if it's worth dramatically pushing the swinging doors open on this saloon? Check out our review]

You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you if you want to turn your little patch of dirt into a bonafide frontier town, and Orville Driller and his cronies aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat. But don’t worry, even the toughest hombres need help every now and then (okay I’m done with the old west jokes, I swear).




Getting Started

  • Be mindful of Gold and Goods limits - Starting out, you’ll only be able to hold a maximum of 2,000 of either resource. It sounds like a lot, but it’ll fill up quickly. Try not to let your earnings go to waste.
  • If you’re about to exceed the limit, spend it - Successful attacks on Orville’s occupied territories will always yield Gold and Goods, so if you’re really close to the maximum you should try to spend some of either (or both) before continuing on. Build or upgrade stuff if you can, but if that’s not an option you can also clear out trees and rocks.
  • Watch videos when able - There’s a covered wagon with a film strip icon over it that sometimes appears on the road. Tap it and you’ll be prompted to watch a video. You definitely want to watch, as once you’re finished you’ll be able to pick a random card from a group of four. These can include diamonds (used to speed things up), sidekicks, workers, or even piles of resources.
  • Use Jakob Ammann to keep things moving - The basic version of his card will take up to 15 minutes off of one upgrade, which is great for when you’re starting out and things don’t take hours to finish.
  • Use William Wealth when you need a cash boost - The basic form of William nets you 500 Gold, so use it if you’re a little short. Make sure you remember that resource limit, though!

Stormblades - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Slice & Dice Your Way to Victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 25th, 2015

[Not sure if Stormblades is for you? Check out our review]

So, you’ve downloaded Stormblades and you want some tips on how to be the best warrior out there. Never fear, for we’ve got you covered.


General Tips

  • Timing and rhythm is everything when it comes to earning the most points in this game. Practice is the best way to learn timing.
  • Conversely, if you just want to progress and work your way through the levels, slash like crazy at everything. This is a particularly good tactic early on, so you can unlock the second sword quickly.
  • Once you’ve unlocked that new sword, it’s the ideal time to learn to anticipate so you can parry blows. You do this by swiping in the opposite direction of the attack coming at you.
  • Remember to go nuts when the enemy is vulnerable. It’s the ideal time to inflict a ton of damage.
  • Learn your enemy’s attack patterns. They’re fairly clear to see and simple to fight against.
  • Double tap to dodge a charged attack. These hurt, otherwise!

Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Week Ever

Posted by Rob Rich on March 13th, 2015

Hey-hey, glad you came back for another night!
Still trying to figure out if you really want to apply for the night shift at Fazbear's Fright? Then check out our Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 review!

One thing that all three games in the Five Nights at Freddy’s series have in common, aside from murderous animatronics, is that they each do things a little differently. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 changes things up by paring it down to a single animatronic - only this one is a lot smarter, faster, and more dangerous.

Before we launch into the survival tips, please be aware that this guide will contain a few spoilers. The story elements and the mini-games won’t be discussed, but there are a few “events” that will be mentioned. So if you don’t want to ruin the surprise for yourself, don’t read past Night Guarding 101.


Night Guarding 101



Welcome to the night shift! You’re gonna have a blast once this place opens. You get to keep an eye on the cameras to make sure nobody tries to walk out with a piece of Fazbear history, play creepy noises to spook the guests, and you’ll even be a part of the attraction! Here’s what you need to know for your first night.
  • The blue tab all the way to your right controls your CCTV monitor - Use this to keep an eye on the attraction. You can also Play Audio (more on that later), and use the Map Toggle button to watch the vents.
  • The orange tab to your left controls the attraction’s three main electrical systems - Audio Devices will prevent you from using the Play Audio button if they shut down, the Camera System will prevent you from being able to see if it breaks, and if the ventilation gets screwy you’ll start to have trouble breathing and might just start to hallucinate.
  • If more than one system crashes, use Reboot All - No matter how dicy things might get, it’s always faster to Reboot All rather than restart each system one after the other.
  • Playing audio clips is very important - Not only will the spooky child laughter creep out potential guests, it could also be used to guide them into different areas of the attraction.
  • Don’t sweat the first night - Your first night is an absolute breeze. Nothing could possibly go wrong, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the layout of Fazbear’s Fright and maybe try to get used to the time it takes to reboot the different computer systems.

Sid Meier's Starships - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get Your Empire Off Terra Firma

Posted by Rob Rich on March 12th, 2015

Hailing frequencies open:
Trying to decide if this particular space empire expansions sim is worth your time? Check out our Sid Meier’s Starships review!

Sid Meier's Starships is a pretty great game in its own right, but it doesn't do a very good job of helping new players get acclimated to its systems - or its star systems (bah-dum-TSHHH). That's why we've taken it upon ourselves to cover some of the basics, a few of the things you won't learn about in-game unless you dig through the menus, and some strategies that will hopefully keep your fleet mobile and allow you to dominate the galaxy.


Getting Started


  • Keep it simple - For your first time out, don’t bother messing around with things like map size, difficulty, or victory conditions. There’s no shame in reducing the number of opponents, either.
  • The Purity Faction is the most beginner friendly - None are necessarily the best, of course, but Purity’s ability to earn double rewards will really come in handy for newbies.
  • Choose Bolivar or Fielding as your leader - There might be six other leaders to choose from, but these two are the most straightforward and will make the most sense to beginners.
  • Make liberal use of the Advice button - The little “info” button to the far left of the row of icons at the bottom of the screen will be your only friend in learning how to play Starships - aside from this guide, that is. Try to tap it every time you’re ready to take a new action as its suggestions should point you in the right direction.
  • Go out and explore - You won’t have much of a chance at any sort of victory if you don’t leave your home planet. So find those navigation lines that point to new planets, and get to visiting!