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Swallow all of your opponents as the biggest ball in Battle of Balls out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Glen Fox on July 7th, 2015

Eat all of the opposition and become the largest ball in Battle of Balls now available in the App Store and Google Play.

Battle of Balls pits you against other opponents in real time and challenges you to eat more balls and grow larger than all of your opponents.

Bigger balls can eat smaller balls, so if you eat more than the opposition you can swallow them and take them out of the game. Bear in mind that they can do the same to you, though!

You use a single finger to control the ball, sliding around the screen to direct it.

Should you fall behind, there are a few different strategies you can use to regain the upper hand. You can hide in bushes, split your ball into multiple smaller balls, or hide behind a larger ball to avoid getting eaten.

You could also seek out the hidden weapons dotted around that can give you a massive advantage - even over a larger opponent.

Your ball is customizable so you can change its color, face, and name.

Battle of Balls is available worldwide so your opponents could be from anywhere. You can follow them, become a fan, spectate on their games, or invite them into your game room and eat them.

Battle of Balls is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

World of Tanks Blitz celebrates its first anniversary with special in-game events

Posted by Glen Fox on June 26th, 2015

Today marks the first anniversary of the launch of World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the PC tank battler, World of Tanks.

World of Tanks Blitz launched on iOS and Android on June 26th last year and to celebrate, Wargaming is giving all players a special tank as a gift.

There'll also be daily challenges that players can compete in for prizes as well as a livestream on Twitch complete with giveaways to those who turn up.

World of Tanks Blitz is a free-to-play tank battler in which players take control of swift light tanks, jack-of-all-trades medium tanks, or almighty heavy tanks and head out into battle against opposing players.

The controls have been completely redesigned for touch and the whole game can be played with just two thumbs. That doesn't mean the core game has been simplified though - all the depth of the PC original remains.

You can also play using the same account on both iOS and Android with all of your in-game progress and achievements intact as well as play against players on all platforms with cross-platform support.

World of Tanks Blitz is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Now is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders

Posted by Simon Reed on June 25th, 2015

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is the mobile sequel to the hit Facebook MMORPG League of Angels and is out now on iOS and Android.

There are over a hundred beautifully hand-drawn heroes and angels to collect that each possess their own unique special effects when using skills.

You'll need to figure out the best combination of these and level them up, teach them new skills, and upgrade their equipment to create an all-conquering team of angels and heroes.

Sometimes, even the best team won't suffice though. Different enemies require different strategies so you'll need to switch up your approach and use the best team for that current situation if you find yourself stuck.

Battling comes in many different forms. The PvE modes include a single player plot to follow, team dungeons, and mini-games while PvP offers cross-server arena battles and Island Raid.

Island Raid is a guild versus guild mode that assigns each guild a resource-producing island that you and your guild must protect. Of course, you can also become raiders yourselves and take the fight to opposing guild's islands.

Also, twice a week a World Boss appears somewhere on the vast ocean and all players must cease fighting for a moment to team up and bring it down. The more damage you deal, the greater the rewards.

Download League of Angels - Fire Raiders right now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to receive a free beginner's pack worth $15 as part of an exciting temporary event in which players must race to level up, earning gift packs at levels 15, 35, and 45.

With exciting events like this every week and a constant stream of updates, now really is the best time to try League of Angels - Fire Raiders.

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

Hotline: Miami - What do the different masks do?

Posted by Simon Reed on June 19th, 2015

[Written by by Adam Hartley]

The 2D top-down classic Hotline Miami is unquestionably one of the most demanding and satisfyingly “tough-but-rewarding” games to be given the remastering treatment by NVIDIA recently for inclusion in the launch line-up for its new NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV.

The release of such an unashamedly “gamer’s game” by NVIDIA is a positive portent of things to come with SHIELD. In addition to supporting eye-wateringly high-resolution gaming, the new SHIELD will also pump out the pulsing electro soundtrack to Hotline Miami across your 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system to remind us all how classic retro arcade-style gaming can really feel when it’s married with the best-in-class gaming tech available in 2015.

Originally developed by Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital, Hotline Miami drops players in a pixelated 1989 Miami cityscape reimagined as the perilous playground of a masked vigilante called Jacket. As Jacket, players shoot their way through the game’s ultraviolent levels while progressing through this devilishly difficult game.

An understanding of the various masks is vital

Jacket follows the mysterious messages that are left for him on his answering machine (remember those!?) which give him the instructions he needs to rid Miami of the blight of Russian mafia.

Firstly, be warned. You will die in Hotline Miami. A lot! But you will also have a strong desire to persevere and beat the onslaught of enemies in the game. And to do so, you will need superfast reflexes, a twitchy trigger finger hovering over your mouse-button and a thorough understanding of what each and all of the various masks in the game can do to help you through each level.

The numerous animal masks that appear in this hallucinogenic gun rampage of a game were apparently inspired originally by Dennis Wedin’s childhood nightmares that, by all accounts, largely revolved around Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows.

From bats, snakes, fish, foxes and panthers through to pigs, walruses, giraffes, tigers, rabbits, crocodiles, horses, dogs and unicorns (and lots more), each unlockable mask in Hotline Miami has a unique power that it bestows on Jacket and can be selected by the player at the start of each chapter. The only mask that doesn’t really do anything is the default rooster mask, “Richard”. And to unlock and obtain the rest of the masks in the game you will need to reach a sufficiently high enough score or find some of them hidden across the various chapters in the game.

For a definitive list of all the Hotline Miami masks, along with a detailed description of how each will help you advance through the beautifully bonkers storyline that defines the game, you can head over to the Hotline Miami wiki, a site that is certainly worth bookmarking before you embark on the latest rework of this challenging gangster gun battle on the NVIDIA SHIELD.

Hotline Miami is available to download on Google Play for the NVIDIA SHIELD right now. Which is pretty much an essential purchase once you’ve invested in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV, also now available to own starting at $199.

There’s no masking the fact that this is one seriously impressive piece of gaming hardware. Providing, of course, that your gamer mettle is up to it and that you are man enough to take on the full and frightening might of the Russian mafia in a truly hallucinatory 1980s Miami!

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

RESCUE: Heroes in Action is a strategy simulator that's perfectly suited for mobile [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on June 18th, 2015

The latest entry in the popular PC RESCUE franchise, Heroes in Action, launches on Thursday on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and is the first of the bunch to be mobile-only.

RESCUE: Heroes in Action challenges you to take control of a fire department in a big city as you manage a squad of fire fighter's equipment, complete missions, and save lives.

Just like the previous entries in the franchise, Heroes in Action poses a challenge to even the hardened strategy gamer so you'll need to bring your tactical A-game.

We spoke to Mikko Tyni, Creative Director at Fragment Production, about the challenges of adapting the franchise for mobile, what they prefer about the latest entry, and which platform is the most difficult to develop for.

The RESCUE franchise was originally on PC and Mac only. Was it challenging adapting the gameplay to suit mobile?

Tyni: "One of the biggest challenges was how to ensure that the controls would be intuitive and fluid with just one finger.

"Also, early on, we decided to make the levels smaller than in previous entries but still large enough to follow the multiple mission structure. We wanted each mission to still be meaningful but also suitable for shorter playing times on mobile. That took some time to get right.

Are there any elements you prefer about the mobile versions?

Tyni: "While the controls are streamlined for mobile, they worked out very well and actually a greater level of accuracy than in the PC titles.

"Another of my favourite new features is the visual upgrade and the ability to fully customize your firefighters and vehicles."

Is mobile development limited compared to PC?

Tyni: "Mobile as a platform offers many exciting opportunities but it also has limitations.

"Creating a full living city similar to the freeplay mode in the previous RESCUE was impossible due to technical constraints so we had to make the levels smaller and reduce the overall amount of dynamic assets.

"On the plus side, this helped in our other goal of making the missions more action-packed."

Was development comparable on each platform or was one much easier than the other?

Tyni: "Both platforms have their perks on both the game side as well as the development side.

"Mobile projects tend to be shorter and more innovative, while PC projects have fewer limitations."

Is the RESCUE franchise here to stay on mobile now or are PC titles still in your future plans?

Tyni: "We regard the mobile platform as a new foothold for the series but instead of choosing between just mobile or PC, we're going to continue developing for both platforms since each has their positives and different user groups."

Rescue: Heroes in Action is available now from the App Store [download], Google Play [download], and Windows Phone [download].

Bushel makes iOS devices simple for businesses [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on June 16th, 2015

Bushel is a cloud-based mobile device management app that makes difficult tasks on your iPhone or iPad simpler.

Designed with business in mind, Bushel has some terrific features like a device inventory, that allows you to see your devices capacity, which devices your users are using and what apps they have installed, and the ability to remotely lock or wipe a lost or stolen device.

Bushel also automates a lot of time-consuming tasks, like email configuration, device configuration, or installing apps to multiple devices simultaneously.

Charles Edge, Product Manager at Bushel, believes the simplicity and ease of use of the app is what really sets it apart.

Edge: "Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace and allows you to easily set-up and protect all new devices distributed to your team, or those they already have, through an intuitive web portal.

"Bushel’s simplicity gives less tech-savvy people an option to be able to manage devices completely by themselves. Other cloud services require large investment or an IT staff, which are both difficult for a small business to handle.

"Also, with our special focus on Apple products, our company can better allocate our dense knowledge of the Apple ecosystem to ultimately help the end user."

Edge and the development team have watched the app grow and help businesses to flourish and they're satisfied that they've managed to successfully achieve what they set out to do.

Edge: "Since launch, we are most proud at how much our product has helped real customers to manage their business more efficiently. This is what our intention was from day one, and to see it come to fruition is very satisfying."

However, the work doesn't stop here. The team is working hard on polishing the app but are also looking at user feedback to ensure that the most popular requested features make it into the app's pool of features.

Edge: "There is a lot of room for Bushel to improve in the future, but we definitely have to limit ourselves to retain the simplicity that defines Bushel.

"Rather than add more, we are looking to fine-tune Bushel to cater to the specific device management needs of various fields. This will hopefully make the experience more personal, and therefore more intuitive for each business we help."

"One of our newest features is the ability to send apps to a single device, which was highly requested. We also just launched the Bushel Affiliate Program where you’ll earn a percentage of a paying customer's monthly bill that you've referred as long as they are a Bushel customer.

Bushel doesn't currently have Android or Windows Phone support and there are no plans for that at this time, but it hasn't been completely ruled out.

Edge: "We really value our special focus on the Apple ecosystem, as it allows us to understand and utilize it to a deeper level. The presence of Apple in the enterprise is growing rapidly, and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

"The market is good and it is what people want, so we don’t want to even partially step away from it now. we are ok with limiting our scope to focus on our deep-seeded Apple-based knowledge."

Check out the anticipated Angel Stone in all its hack and slash glory in the first official gameplay trailer

Posted by Simon Reed on May 29th, 2015

Fincon has finally revealed Angel Stone in action in the first ever official gameplay trailer for the anticipated hack and slasher.

Angel Stone is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity is in danger of being wiped out by the demonic Legion.

You'll select a class from berserker, gunslinger, and shadow mage and join forces with humanity's last line of defence against these frightening foes, the Resistance.

Angel Stones are talismans of fallen angels that you'll collect as you play. These unlock new abilities for your character.

There's a single player story to work your way through in mission mode, a co-operative boss raid, and real-time PVP depending on your preference.

To get a chance to play the game before its due out, head on over to angelstonegame.com to pre-register for the early access beta.

Angel Stone will land on iOS and Android this summer 2015.

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

The Ascension Update is Taichi Panda's second expansion and is out now

Posted by Rob Rich on May 21st, 2015

The Ascension Update is the title of Taichi Panda's second major expansion, which is out now and includes an increased level cap, two more story chapters, and a new Mega Boss event.

Taichi Panda is a hack-and-slasher in which you battle your way through a variety of challenging dungeons as either a panda martial artist, a muscular warrior, a dextrous treasure hunter, or a powerful fox mage.

The Ascension Update raises the level cap to 90 and challenges you to complete two new higher-difficulty story chapters that pick up right where the previous expansion left off.

Higher-levelled players will also earn new gear and skills on their way to the new level cap but that doesn't mean lower-levelled players miss out. The new equipment discovery system allows players of level 64 and over to use Refinement Stones and Lunar Tears to increase the quality of their orange gear.

Refinement Stones and Lunar Tears are rewards for completing both the new levels and server-wide Mega Boss battle. This teams you up with all of your fellow server heroes against Nemeus, a nightmare-ish monster from the deep.

Also included is a brand new outfit for each hero and two new pets, Wise Dory and Nami.

The Ascension Update is out right now so head on over to the App Store [download], Google Play [download], and the Amazon App Store [download] to get your claws on Taichi Panda.

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

Parigami is a papercraft match-three puzzler set in Africa out now on iOS

Posted by Simon Reed on May 14th, 2015

Parigami, the match-three puzzler set in a papercraft Africa, is out now on iOS.

You'll navigate a papercraft African map made out of origami and paper cut outs, aiming for three stars in each match-three level.

They're not your usual match-three levels though. Instead of swapping individual tiles you'll be moving the rows and columns to try and get three or more paper animals to match up.

Match three animals and they'll simply burst into confetti but match four or more and they'll explode in a paper bomb, giving your score a healthy boost.

You won't be alone on your adventure - you'll be joined by six characters based on species native to Africa. They each have their own minigame, as well. You'll have to clean out Ollie the oryx's habitat, feed Mamma Hippo's hungry children, and chase off Fang, the mean lion.

If you manage to complete a minigame you'll receive paper popper boosters as a reward. These can be used during the main levels to give you a hand.

Parigami also has an Apple Watch companion app that tasks you with raising the baby booby bird, Buddy. He'll assist you during your adventures in the main game if you do so.

Parigami is out now in the App Store [download].

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

GTArcade on the challenges of bringing League of Angels to mobile and what changed [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on April 15th, 2015

Facebook's hit MMORPG, League of Angels, has been given a mobile makeover in kind-of sequel, Fire Raiders, which contains all the hero and angel collecting, PvE and PvP battling, and combat strategizing you can now expect from the franchise.

While League of Angels - Fire Raiders remains faithful to the Facebook original, it's very much its own game, as David Johansson, Creative Director at GTArcade, was keen to point out.

We spoke to Johansson about the challenges of adapting League of Angels for mobile, what's changed in the sequel, and his and your thoughts on how it plays on mobile.

What challenges were associated with bringing League of Angels to mobile?

Being our first mobile game, the entire process was a learning experience. One of the main challenges was finding ways to take the great League of Angels lore and find a way to make it accessible to mobile players. We really had to start from scratch but this ended up benefiting the game in the long run.

How does the game differ from the browser version?

Countless ways! Though most characters from the browser version can be found in Fire Raiders, we completely overhauled their design to make the game more suited for mobile. We wanted to make the game more interactive so most of the gameplay modes have been changed in the mobile version to achieve this.

For example, Hero and Angel skills are now triggered manually, allowing players to play a more crucial part in every battle. My favorite difference is that we gave the many Heroes and Angels in the mobile version their own unique character voices. I think this adds a lot to the feel of the game and brings the characters to life, creating a more immersive gaming experience.

Which is your favourite way to play - on your browser, mobile, or tablet?

Personally, I prefer the experience of playing games on an iPad. Not only is the performance excellent, but it’s also very nice to have a larger screen to play with during battles. But the game also plays excellently on phones.

How have fans of the Facebook version taken to the mobile version?

So far the response has been great. People are really liking the overhauled design and ability to trigger Hero and Angel skills manually. Some people are a little disappointed that this is a sequel and not just a mobile version of the browser game, but that usually gives way once they have spent a little time playing Fire Raiders. Most players realize it for what it is, a completely separate game, based on the same League of Angels world.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is a mobile MMORPG out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 9th, 2015

2014's Facebook hit, League of Angels, has been released on mobile and is out right now on iOS and Android.

In League of Angels - Fire Raiders, you'll collect and customize an army of heroes and angels to send into combat against the forces of evil in a selection of different PvE and PvP modes, like team dungeons, cross-server area battles, and mini games.

You'll need to increase your hero's and angel's power by levelling them up, training them, enhancing their weapons, and selecting the right battle formation.

Different enemies require a different strategy so don't be afraid to change up your team and formation selection often to see what works best and where.

As an MMORPG, League of Angels - Fire Raiders allows you to play with thousands of fellow players and you can organise to team up or fight against them by chatting in the live chat.

To celebrate the launch of League of Angels - Fire Raiders, GTArcade is planning to a variety of events and giveaways. To get in on the action, head on over to the official website for further information and 'like' them on Facebook to ensure that you're the first to know about the latest news and future free gifts.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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

Egg-Shoot is an addictive tap 'em up out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 3rd, 2015

Egg-Shoot aims to end your Flappy Bird addiction by getting you addicted to it instead.

The concept is simple - you tap eggs to destroy them before they splatter your screen but it's a surprisingly difficult game to master.

There are five different chickens each attached to a tube which is constantly shooting out eggs at different times and speeds so you really have to have your wits about you if you want to destroy all the eggs.

Shoot five eggs in a row and you move on to the next level but as soon as an egg splats against your screen it's game over.

The squeegee can clean the screen and prevent this, though, should you have one at hand, along with other useful power ups.

Egg-Shoot is hilariously addictive and and full to the brim of tapping, chickens, and eggs - all of the features a mobile game needs.

Head on over to the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to get Egg-Shoot right now.

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

Allstar Heroes is a pretty and colourful RPG on its way to iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 2nd, 2015

Allstar Games has announced that its highly popular Asian RPG, Allstar Heroes, is headed West on iOS and Android.

In Allstar Heroes, you build a team from over 70 heroes to send into battle against the evil Darkness that is threatening to engulf the world.

You can level up each hero to boost their stats and increase their skillset, and outfit them with hundreds of different weapons, armour, and magic items.

PvE is stage-based, and you pick a team of your favorite heroes, select a battle formation, then head into battle against an AI opponents team.

Attacks are taken in turns but you can interrupt an enemy's attack during their turn if you're skilled enough. Be wary, though - they can do the same to you.

If you're more into PvP, you can battle friends locally via Bluetooth or compete against thousands of other players in the Arena.

Allstar Heroes is currently out in closed beta on Google Play but will officially launch on iOS and Android soon.

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

The seriously addictive Trivia Crack is headed to Apple Watch

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Etermax has announced that Trivia Crack will be playable from your wrist just as soon as the Apple Watch launches.

In fact, Apple itself requested that Etermax bring its popular quiz app to the Apple Watch after being impressed by its performance in the App Store charts.

Trivia Crack is minimalist by design, which makes it a perfect fit for the App Store’s cozy screen size.

You’ll still be competing with a friend or stranger in one of the six categories of science, entertainment, art, geography, sports and history, to see who has the most trivia knowledge stored inside their head.

A question will pop up on your watch along with a series of answers. It’s up to you to select the right one, then it’s your opponent's turn.

This back and forth continues until the round ends and the player with the most correct answers wins, adding the character associated with that category to their collection.

Yes, Trivia Crack will be fully playable from your Apple Watch so from now on you can leave your iPhone in your pocket where it belongs.

Over 140 million players have downloaded Trivia Crack since launch, and the app currently holds the top spot in the App Store charts in 25 different countries, including Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

You can play right now for free by heading on over to the App Store [download], Google Play [download], Windows Phone Store [download], and the Amazon App Store [download].

Snail Games has officially launched Taichi Panda on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Taichi Panda has officially launched on iOS and Android today with an expansion, the Teumessian Update.

Featured in the update is Taichi Panda’s first magic class, Teumessa, the fox mage, who will appeal to those who like fighting from a distance.

The new location, the city of Atlantis, offers higher levelled players the chance to continue the story with three new chapters. The level cap has also been raised so you can continue your progression.

An outfit system has been implemented that allows you to equip new costumes on your characters, changing their visual appearance and increasing their stats.

PvP battlers can now participate in three new modes - Seabed Scramble, a 3v3 domination-style battlefield, Decathlon, an increasingly challenging ten round face-off against opposing challengers for prizes, and Guild Wars, a guild versus guild mode.

The Teumessian update also features a ton of new pets, gear, and systems.

Best described as a dungeon crawling action RPG, Taichi Panda features fast-paced combat, four upgradeable characters, different co-op and PvP modes, and a 12 chapters of single player story.

Taichi Panda has been in soft launch since January but has finally been released in most regions today, along with the Teumessian Update.

It is available now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] for free.

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