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How to become the ultimate robot warrior in Chrono Strike

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 29th, 2016

Chrono Strike is a delightfully immersive beat ‘em up with a sense of humor (any game with a good Sims reference gets points in my book).

You take control of a cast of colorful robotic resistance fighters as you face off against the Swarm - evil, spikier robots who've taken over the world.

You’ll have a blast punching and kicking your way to freedom, but don’t forget to take these helpful tips into consideration along the way!

Play around with the battle simulator

Tapping the “Fight” button on the main screen takes you to the battle simulator -an endless arena mode that sends waves of increasingly difficult monsters at you.

Playing this mode not only boosts your online rankings, but also level you up and rewards you with all kinds of nifty items.

Upgrade your character and armor

You can exchange items you collect during battle for new equipment and abilities, which grant your fighters stat bumps, improved armor, and special, high-powered attacks.

We recommend that you do this often so you're always on the cutting edge. You never know when you might need the boost in power.

Don’t get too excited

Tougher enemies require multiple strikes or combos, and when combat gets truly heated, it’s easy to keep throwing punches after the enemy has been effectively destroyed.

Try to keep some restraint, though. Striking early or too many times causes you to miss, meaning enemies will swoop in and charge you while your star rating decreases.

Chrono Strike likes to keep warriors on their toes by throwing new challenges into the mix. Be sure to use these tips to reach your full potential!

Already saved the world from the blood-thirsty Swarm? Share your tips in the comments!

Tips and tricks to get a higher score in Snow Roll

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 29th, 2016

Snow Roll is a devilish endless runner very much in the vein of Flappy Bird. It revels in its dastardly level of difficulty, and doesn’t really care how angry you get at it as it knows you’ll keep coming back for more.

You may be a sucker for punishment, but you don’t have to make things needlessly difficult. Follow these tips to take the edge off!

Avoid playing too many games back to back

Snow Roll doesn’t have any timers, meaning you can play as much of it as you can stand. However, your snowballs from previous games stay on the field, adding an increasing number of unnecessary obstacles the more times you die in a row.

This really amps up the difficulty, which is not something you need in a game like this. Take a break to let your failed snow balls melt before giving it another shot.

Keep your movements short and steady

Even the smallest mistake can send your little penguin sailing into a tree. Be sure to use short taps, and keep your ball rolling in straight, slight movements. Slow and steady wins the race, after all.

Use both hands

Each new game creates a fresh, randomly generated course so it’s impossible to memorise where all of the obstacles are.

To better adapt to your ever-changing surroundings, use both fingers to control your snow ball. This will give you a better response time, in turn keeping you alive longer so you can really rack up that score.

Snow Roll can be punishing, but these tactics should help your little penguin survive for longer. This is a game that requires a good deal of patience, and some practice doesn’t hurt either.

Stick with it and you’ll move on from rolling in snow drifts to rolling in coins sooner than you think.



Already mastered Snow Roll’s treacherous landscape? Leave your own tips in the comments below!

How to take over the world in Dictator 2

Posted by Ric Cowley on May 28th, 2016

Running a country isn't easy - especially when you're a dictator who wants to take over the world and crush everyone in your path while you do it.

That's exactly what you'll be doing in Dictator 2, except you're running multiple countries, and for some reason you've decided to avoid seeking counsel on every matter.

Well, while we can't make every decision in life for you, we can offer some guidance in the form of tips to help you go from El Gato to El Presidente.

Keep your friends close

To get access to the more powerful cards in a faction's deck, you need to build up a good relationship with them by making decisions that will make them happy.

So if there's a card you really want, forget trying to appease any of the other factions and just focus on the one you want to buddy up with.

You might have to annoy another faction to do so, but you can spend some time doing damage control after you've got what you want.

Say the right thing

One thing that seems to be pretty consistent in Dictator 2 is that the factions like straightforward responses, and aren't particularly interested in outlandish behaviour.

Do the police force really want a parade in their honour with golden violins? No, probably not. Think logically, be direct, and you'll find yourself scoring points with the right people more often than not.

Brute force it

You can only hold a limited number of cards in your deck, and there's very little strategy involved in battles.

So kit yourself out with the cards that have the highest attack power, and that can attack twice in a turn, and go for the enemy dictator. Nine times out of ten you'll win without even engaging another card.

Have you taken over the world yet? Got some tips for us? Let us know in the comments below!

Grab it now: Game Craft’s Legend of War drops online

Posted by 148Apps Staff on May 27th, 2016

The real time strategy game is now available for you to sink your teeth into, through the App Store and Google Play. Combining elements of skill, strategy and empire building, Legend of War is a real gamers’ game.

We got the low-down from the developers about the release:

Is the game suitable for everyone - if so, how have you made sure that's the case?

"Our target for this title is mid-to-hardcore gamer. With the implementation of strategy and skill combined together, the more casual gamers mightn’t be able to immerse themselves."

What challenges did you face during development, and how did you overcome them?

"The biggest challenge was getting a lot of animated characters on the screen while preserving a decent frame rate. We overcame this by combining all of the meshes into a single mesh and animating it as a whole. Another complex aspect was the A.I.: we wanted an A.I. that acted like a human player and couldn't be easily fooled by using simple techniques. For example if you try to lure a legion out of its defensive position, the A.I. will be smart enough to not go on a wild goose chase."

What kind of IAPs can players expect?

"You can buy crystals that can be used to summon legions and also speed up construction in your village. There are, however, many ways to earn free crystals within the game, so you can play and get far without any real money."

Are you planning updates and, if so, what should we be looking forward to?

"The Guild War will become more advanced over time and we’ll be looking to expand the character selection in time."

Have you any plans to bring the game to any other mobile platforms, such as Windows Phone, or Steam?

"Not at present, just iOS and Android for now."

Legend of War is available, free, on the App Store and Google Play from May 26th.

App Store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/legend-of-war/id1112106924?mt=8

Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.gamecraft.legendofwar

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

How to command and conquer in Raid HQ

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 25th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Raid HQ is a satisfyingly deep base building game with over-the-top macho action and explosions. This little free to play bundle gives you a lot to do from managing a squad to building the most powerful base you possibly can.

On top of all of that, you’ll need to manage your resources and hit the high seas to raid other bases. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you keep everything in order.

Keep those builders busy

Your base starts off with only the bare essentials, so make sure you get to work improving your defence right away!

Begin by building all of the different facilities you’ve unlocked so far. Once you have one of each (although a few extra gold mines never hurt), you can start focusing on upgrading. Don’t forget to upgrade your mech as well - it’s your last bastion of defense when enemy raiders come knocking.

Pick the right squad mate for the job

Complete raids and missions and you'll be rewarded you with new squad member cards. You can only bring four of these into a raid with you, so choose carefully.

When going into a raid, it’s important to play against the enemy base’s weaknesses. Check the color of the enemy’s buildings and weapons. You’ll want to choose a team with colors that are strong against the enemy’s before heading into battle for the best results.

Promote your squad

If you want to take on more difficult challenges, you’ll need a hearty team of seasoned fighters. That means you’ll have to promote your squad members to increase their HP and damage per second.

To do so, collect medals by fighting weapons and bases that correspond to your squad member’s color. Fighting red turrets, for example, will reward you with red medals which you can use to promote any of your red team members.

Is your base the envy of your clan members? Share your secrets for success in the comments below!

How to save lives in ER Surgery Simulator - Emergency Doctor

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 23rd, 2016

A serious earthquake has struck a nearby town in ER Surgery Simulator - Emergency Doctor, and it’s up to you to save the victims.

Speeding around town in your ambulance, you’ll have to singlehandedly save a number of lives, performing anything from brain surgery to knee replacements.

Things can be stressful when people’s lives are on the line, so follow these tips to stay cool in the heat of the moment.

Tips and tricks to get a high score in Gravity Switch

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 22nd, 2016

Ketchapp Games loves the endless runner genre. And its newest game, Gravity Switch, is no exception.

Gravity Switch takes a fresh approach, though, as you move a block, suspended in zero gravity, safely through a maze of shifting pillars. If the block hits one of the pillars, or if you’re flung into open space, it’s game over.

You’ll have to regularly remind yourself of the laws of physics while paying careful attention to where the pillars are moving at the same time. It’s not easy, but we have some tips that will help you survive Gravity Switch’s many challenges for longer.

Tips and tricks to get a high score in Smash Fu

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 22nd, 2016

Smash Fu is a high-paced tile-tapping game that requires quick reflexes and some practice. You’ll have to smash bricks with the skill of a seasoned black belt to get a high score.

To raise the stakes a bit, you’ll also have to avoid tapping any dynamite that is thrown your way - missteps can be deadly. Fear not, though. We have a few tips in store that will swiftly get you into fighting shape.

Tips and tricks to help you complete Mekorama

Posted by Matt Suckley on May 21st, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Now that most of us have already finished the lovely Monument Valley (if not, shame on you!), Mekorama is a new puzzle game that does a remarkably good job of scratching that same itch.

Our sister site Pocket Gamer has been running down more specific level-by-level guides to the cute robot puzzler, but here are some general tips to help you muddle through the head-scratching stages.

How to keep the ball rolling in Dropple

Posted by Ric Cowley on May 21st, 2016

If you're new to the minimalist puzzler Dropple, you may find yourself struggling to make it beyond the first couple of steps before your ball falls into the endless abyss below.

But don't worry, we've got you covered. Read on for a handful of tips to help you on your way to becoming a ball-dropping champion.

How not to die in Traffic Rider

Posted by Matt Suckley on May 20th, 2016

Traffic Rider, an Out Run-esque game in which your ride a motorcycle recklessly into trffic, might not seem particularly complicated.

There are, however, some simple tips and tricks you can employ to ensure you're getting the best out of it. Here's how to overtake the competition and outpace death in Traffic Rider.

How to be the best at Bejeweled Stars

Posted by Ric Cowley on May 19th, 2016

Believe it or not, there are people out there who've never played Candy Crush Saga. That may sound like a bold claim, but it's true.

To these people, Bejeweled Stars may seem like a totally alien concept - especially if they've played previous Bejeweled games and are now confronted with this whole new, objective-based gameplay.

If you fall into that category and are feeling slightly overwhelmed, fear not. We have some tips and tricks to help you on your way.

How to beat The Moron Test

Posted by Ric Cowley on May 18th, 2016

If there's one thing human beings love doing more than anything, it's lording their intelligence over one another.

The Moron Test helps you do exactly that. But should you find yourself lacking in the intelligence department, we've got a handful of tips to help you convince your friends you're Einstein. Kind of.

Survival tips and tricks for Hungry Shark World

Posted by Jessica Famularo on May 18th, 2016

Hungry Shark World is all about manically gobbling up as much food as you possibly can. It’s a simple concept, but the ocean is fraught with all sorts of dangerous nasties.

Satisfying your appetite can be tough when you’re also dodging water mines, bigger sharks, and spear-throwing scuba divers. Here are a few tips that will keep your belly full and predators at bay.

Why the classic Snake is better than Slither.io

Posted by Matt Suckley on May 17th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Competitive online munch-'em-up Slither.io may be flavour of the month on the App Store right now, but it's only the latest in a long history of snakes in mobile gaming.

The first, and still very much the best, is the monochrome beauty we all wrangled in a time before apps - the titular Snake, from Nokia's imaginatively-titled Snake.

Here's why we'd trade an iPhone running Slither.io for a Nokia 3310 with Snake any day of the week.