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BLOODMASQUE Review

BLOODMASQUE Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The option to add a custom photo face to the main character in BLOODMASQUE is a total gimmick, but the game said gimmick is attached to is actually pretty cool.

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Dreamscapes: The Sandman Review

Dreamscapes: The Sandman Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It might not be the hardest of adventure games, but Dreamscapes is certainly very creepy and atmospheric.

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deusexguide00Despite the apparent opulence of Deus Ex: The Fall’s world, it’s still a very dangerous place. Whether you fight back against your aggressors or sneak past them without any bloodshed is a matter of preference, but one way or another these threats will have to be dealt with. It’s the very reason we’ve put together this handy guide that includes suggestions for weapons, attachments, augmentations, and general tips that should help Ben Saxon live to get caught up in a web of corporate intrigue another day.

General Exploration and Hacking

deusexguide04There are lots and lots of worthwhile goodies to be found just laying around the environment, but you won’t be able to reach all of it without a little help. Oftentimes there will be a couple of different options available for getting inside of a locked room, but without the proper augmentations certain areas will be off-limits for the entire game. That’s why you may want to think about teaching Ben a few of these skills if you’re interested in scrounging every last inch of the world for gear.

Strength – Move Heavy Objects is a handy skill to have both for exploring and circumventing enemies. It boils down to shoving large boxes out of the way but it often reveals hidden access points or opens up new paths. Punch Through Walls can also be quite handy, even from a non-combat standpoint. With it Ben can essentially create his own doorways through specific points of the environment, although punching through solid concrete makes a fair bit of noise so exercise caution when using it.

Hacking – If you want to find all the hidden goodies, you’re going to need to get used to hacking. Aside from the general Capture skills that allow Ben to hack more and more advanced systems with each upgrade, he can also make use of Hacking Stealth to make him less noticeable when capturing nodes as well as Fortify to strengthen captured nodes and make a trace more difficult.

Combat Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide02We can’t always avoid confrontation, and when that happens in Deus Ex: The Fall it can quickly turn into a kill or be killed situation. Thankfully Ben has more than a fair amount of combat experience, so by focusing on certain firearms and augs he’ll be more than capable of holding his own when things get dicey.

Armor – If you plan to get into a lot of firefights, you’ll definitely want to take points in armor. Not only will it increase Ben’s toughness but after a couple of upgrades he can also learn EMP Shielding, which will nullify the effects of EMP blast from grenades and mines as well as render him immune to electrified flooring.

Strength – Punch Through Walls is great for exploring, but it’s also handy for fighting. With the proper timing Ben can easily dispatch an enemy that would otherwise be difficult to sneak past simply by reaching through the wall they’re standing by. Recoil Compensation and Aim Stabilization are also important since there’s bound to be a lot of shooting (especially once he blasts a hole in a wall with his fist) and accuracy will be very important.

Weapons – With the exception of the Stun Gun, all the firearms are lethal. The Crossbow can silently take out unarmored enemies with enough damage upgrades while the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can also be fitted with sound suppressors in order to take out targets from a distance without making too much noise. If subtlety isn’t an option (or desired) there’s also the Q Tap attachment for the 10MM Pistol that adds armor piercing. Then there are all the non-so-subtle weapons like the Tactical RPG, Plasma Rifle, and Shotgun. Ben also has access to Frag Grenades and mines, both of which can be devastating if used against groups of enemies. EMP Grenades and Mines are also worth considering as they’re useful when dealing with mechanical enemies as well as augmented humans.

Stealth Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide01Not everyone is looking to start a fight or kill hapless guards. In fact, it’s entirely possible to complete Deus Ex: The Fall’s first episode in its entirety without killing anybody. It requires a lot of sneaking around and some very particular skill choices, but it’s also incredibly satisfying to pull off.

Cloaking System – Ben’s ability to cloak gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to sneaking past enemies. Its power usage is limited, but when used at the right moment it can make navigating a room full of guards a lot easier.

Multiple Take-Down – Since ammo is somewhat limited and the Stun Gun is for close range, you’re going to have to get really familiar with non-lethal take-downs. Each one uses up one of Ben’s energy bars, however, so being able to take out two guards in close proximity at the same time (and on a single charge) just makes good economic sense.

Radar System – Ben has access to the first stage of this aug right from the beginning, but upgrading it to improve its range will be very useful when it comes to planning a route through hostile territory. Although it can be tough to tell where each enemy is, exactly, since they’re only represented as little spots in an empty box.

Smart Vision – Smart Vision makes up for the radar’s shortcomings by showing enemy locations and orientations in real time. It can be tough to tell which direction the little green arrows are facing on the radar, especially when playing on the smaller iPhone screen, so being able to see exactly where each enemy is in relation to Ben through solid objects is a major help.

deusexguide05Energy Converter – Because so many of Ben’s essential stealth augs require energy to activate it’s important to sink some Praxis Points into this skill. Specifically the Energy Recharge Rates as the faster his batteries recharge the sooner he’ll be able to use more skills. Adding more bars through Energy Upgrades is handy, too, but it’s important to remember that Ben only naturally recharges a single bar by default. The rest have to be refilled using items. Of course with enough points in Energy Upgrades you can unlock a Recharge Capacity Upgrade which will allow Ben to refill two bars automatically.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis – Ben’s legs have a few enhancements that can make sneaking around easier. Run Silently allows him to move at top speed without making noise and drawing attention, and it works in conjunction with his Movement Speed Enhancements so he can pretty much zip around without making a sound. Stealth Dash is also useful for closing the distance between cover points in a hurry without alerting every guard in the room.

Weapons – Ben has a few less options when it comes to stealth-friendly weapons, but there are still more than enough tools to work with. The Crossbow is still a very viable option and can be fitted with tranquilizer darts for non-lethal sleep shots. The Stun Gun is also a handy option for saving on battery power but it’s close range only and doesn’t reload very fast. If you don’t have a problem with killing, both the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can be fitted with a silencer for more quiet long-range options. Finally, Ben can make use of Concussion Grenades and mines to stun enemies while he makes an escape or beats them to a pulp.

Deus Ex: The Fall Review

Deus Ex: The Fall Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deus Ex: The Fall goes to great lengths to lovingly recreate the same cybernetic corporate espionage experience of the console original, however it doesn't entirely shake that mobile game feeling.

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Agricola Review

Agricola Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage a farm in this colorful iOS port of this popular worker-placement board game.

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Has A Meltdown, Gets New Maps, Multiplayer Modes, and More

Posted by on June 19th, 2013
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Pocket Gamer reports that Gameloft has released a new Meltdown update for Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour which includes three new maps, Fracture, Extraction, and Backfire. Also included in the update are two new multiplayer modes; Bomb Squad, which has one team planting a bomb and the other trying to defuse it, totally reminding me of my Counter-Strike days, and Destruction, requiring players to sabotage a number of devices.

Players will also find new weapons and a new demolition specialist with new perks.

source: Pocket Gamer

Minecraft Realms Server Slots Are Beginning To Open, But Slowly

Posted by on June 18th, 2013
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Pocket Gamer reports that Mojang began releasing the Minecraft Realms server slots for Minecraft: Pocket Edition. However, they are being released at a very slow pace of only 100 servers at a time. So, unless you are super speedy, it may be a bit longer before you get your hands on a realm. The slow pace is to make sure that the multiplayer realms remain stable and bug free before letting the masses have access.

Gangstar Vegas Review

Gangstar Vegas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It is always unfortunate when bugs derail what could have been a great game.

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Square Enix has announced a new title in the DEUS EX series, and it’s coming soon to iOS this summer. DEUS EX: The Fall is a story-driven action-RPG set during 2027, a golden era for science, technology, and human augmentation. It’s also a time of social divide and global conspiracy as corporations have taken control of drug supplies needed for augmented humans to survive. Players will follow Ben Saxson, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent augmentation himself, as he sets out to find the truth behind the conspiracy.

DEUS EX: The Fall is being developed by Square Enix’s Mobile division while working in collaboration with the original DEUS EX: Human Revolution team at Eidos-Montreal.

“We’re really excited to continue the DEUS EX series on mobile and start a new journey”, said Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director at Eidos-Montréal. “The team has done an incredible job creating a whole new story and controls for intuitive touch screen gameplay, whilst staying true to the DEUS EX universe. Players can expect exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence- the full DEUS EX experience.”

They’re exited, I’m excited, we all should be excited! It’s so exciting! Check out the video below!

via: DEUS EX: The Fall
Frozen Synapse Review

Frozen Synapse Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The slightly weird PC strategy game has crept onto the iPad and made itself right at home.

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Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is a solid digitization of a compelling board game marred by an insanely steep learning curve and very little help for new players.

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Youda Survivor 2 HD Review

Youda Survivor 2 HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Suitably, the sequel to a fun Time Management game is an equally fun Time Management game.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps Review

The Thirty-Nine Steps Review

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Capturing the intrigue and mystery of the original book, The Thirty-Nine Steps is a visual and aural feast for interactive novel fans.

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Touchfit: GSP Review

Touchfit: GSP Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering a personalized video based workout, Touchfit: GSP is a great source of ideas for exercise routines, even if it is reliant on an internet connection.

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Business Card Reader Update Lets Users Export To Evernote

Posted by on April 17th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Business Card Reader, an app that helps users organize their business cards, has received an update that gives users the option to export their contacts to Evernote, a feature that competes with Evernote’s own Hello app.

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Where Angels Cry Review

Where Angels Cry Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Following the tale of a monk's disappearance at a monastery, Where Angels Cry lacks sufficient adventure and puzzling to be worthy of note.

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Stone Age: The Board Game Review

Stone Age: The Board Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An impressive port of the original award-winning board game that requires players to lead their tribe and build a village in order to become the most powerful chief.

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Aerofly FS Review

Aerofly FS Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Aerofly FS provides gamers with a taste of flight simulation on their iPad!

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Stratego Review

Stratego Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The classic board game makes its way onto iOS with gusto. Just be sure to give the unbalanced single player side of things a wide berth.

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Official Stratego Game Out Now

Posted by on January 29th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Stratego, the classic board game of military strategy, is available now from Jumbo, the manufacturer of the original board game (it was licensed by Milton Bradly for distribution in the US in 1961).

You can have it on your iPad, now, though, for $6.99 in the App Store.

via: Stratego Website source: AppShopper
Old Clockmaker’s Riddle Review

Old Clockmaker’s Riddle Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Adding a bit of structure to the Match Three genre, Old Clockmaker's Riddle is a little pricey but is quite fun.

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Smallworld Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
No Disney ride jokes here, just a fantastic iOS port of a great strategy board game.

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Cure That Fever And Become A Music Legend With Cowbell Hero

Posted by on January 4th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Digital Hero Games released a new music rhythm game today, titled Cowbell Hero. Tap your way through 17 songs that feature a prominent cowbell, and thrill to a promised 30 minutes of animated cutscenes. While it retails for $6.99, the in-joke and music selection might be enough to get us to open our wallets for it.

Cowbell Hero has a rockin’ assortment of licensed and original music that prominently feature the cowbell in all of its glory. The songs are presented with high audio clarity. Play with headphones to get the full experience.

This game isn’t just about tapping the screen, it is about our Hero’s journey to become a music legend. The Story Mode features 17 songs and over 30 minutes of animated cutscenes.

Skylanders Battlegrounds Review

Skylanders Battlegrounds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Skylanders Battlegrounds is a new Skylanders game that just feels lacking if not played with the Portal of Power accessory and actual Skylanders figures.

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Ravensword: Shadowlands Review

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Ravensword: Shadowlands returns to the open-world RPG that made Crescent Moon Games' name, and it's a brilliant, expansive affair with giant worlds and giant creatures.

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Redrum: Dead Diary HD Review

Redrum: Dead Diary HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Redrum: Dead Diary tells a creepy story but its Hidden Object elements are a little too simple and puzzle free for the price tag.

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Tweetary Review

Tweetary Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tweetary enables users to archive tweets for browsing and annotations at a later date. It's useful but pricey.

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Review

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Modern Combat 4 is a military FPS built for mobile devices, and while Gameloft definitely brings exceptional production values to the table, it still is held back by the nature of touchscreen controls.

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Vectrex Regeneration Review

Vectrex Regeneration Review

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Offering a bundle of Vectrex games in one attractive and easy to access package. It's fun but its age does show, of course.

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Borderlands Legends HD Review

Borderlands Legends HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Bringing its looting focused mentalities to the mobile screen, Borderlands Legends is fun in brief doses but altogether far too shallow for extended sessions.

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