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PAX East 2014 - Toy Rush is a Cute Mash-Up of Tower Defense, Offense, and Card Collection

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2014

We took a look at Toy Rush at PAX Prime back in September, and spent some time with its Canadian release, but now the waiting is almost over.

In case you missed our previous coverage (shame on you), Toy Rush is a combination of tower defense and tower offense, with players collecting cards from packs in order to earn toys to send after other players or to earn new defensive towers. 50 solo missions will also be available so that players may hone their skills, and there will be daily challenges to complete for bonus rewards, but the real point behind all of it is to take on your friends in glorious toy-based combat.

Toy Rush should be coming to the US App Store next month for free.

Words & Cards Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: POKER WORDS
Make poker cards and create words in this fun mix of two popular competitive genres.
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SolForge Updated to Include Major Expansion Called Rise of the Forgeborn

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FORGE YOUR DECK :: Read Review »

Stone Blade Entertainment has updated its iOS trading game SolForge. The expansion adds in new cards, changes to the tournament and store systems, and a new mechanism called card forging.

Stone Blade chief Jusin Gary says, "new content is the lifeblood of any successful collectible game. We’re excited for our players to experience our first large expansion set, and hope they all have as much fun playing with the new cards as we had making them!”

We reviewed the game in the Fall of last year, and mostly enjoyed it.

The updated version of SolForge is available on the App Store for free.

Third-Person Shoot-Em-Up The Collectables Arrives for iOS

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MERCENARY INDEED :: Read Review »

The Collectables, the cheeky yet realistic fruit of a collaboration between Crytek and DeNA, is live on the App Store.

In this hybridized third-person romp, players get to work as a group of upgradeable mercenaries while fighting against a ruthless enemy. The game sports rich graphics, a card system tactical combat, jungle scenery, and plenty of explosions.

“Crytek managed to do the unthinkable and integrate their remarkable CRYENGINE technology into the company’s first free-to-play mobile game,” said Barry Dorf, head of strategic partnerships at DeNA. “The Collectables is a visually stunning and explosive gameplay experience that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on mobile devices.”

The Collectables is available for free (with option in-app purchases) on the App Store.

Card Hunter to Arrive on iPad Later This Year

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 20th, 2014

Card Hunter, which is a well-known and well-liked collectible card game playable in-browser, will be making its way to the iPad later this year according to the game's producer Joe McDonagh. The game primarily features the standard deck-building and tactical maneuvering of many digital card games, but throws in a game board and a delightful aesthetic to make it an awesome tabletop game.

McDonagh and his team from Blue Manchu Games - the developers of the flash version - will be working with newly founded indie studio Dropforge Games, which is stationed in Seattle. Pocket Tactics got in touch with McDonagh regarding when we should expect to see the port of Card Hunter come to life. “We’re not announcing a release date yet but this is not a an epic development project,” he said.

Keep your eye out; we'll let you know when Card Hunter makes it to iPad.

CloudMagic Cards Seamlessly Pairs Email to Your Favorite Web Services

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GREAT :: Read Review »

Email is becoming a thing of the past for many younger internet users, but for most of us it's still a critical part of our workflow. CloudMagic is already known as a decent iOS email client, but the app recently became a lot more innovative with its new "Cards" feature. The new 1.0.19 update notes boast that Cards allow you to "get all your work done without ever leaving your email."

How exactly? The video below will do a great job of explaining it, but essentially, Cards integrates your favorite internet services like Pocket, Trello, and Evernote into your email inbox. Receive a recipe to cook for dinner later? Just use the Evernote card and save it as you would if you had found that recipe online. But that's just one example; Cards is a whole lot more powerful than that.

You can get CloudMagic with its new "Cards" feature right now on the App Store for free.

Deadman's Cross

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on February 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SPOILED BY IAPS
Deadman's Cross fuses a zombie-driven FPS with card-based battle gameplay. It's just a shame that some of this play is automated and needs a persistent internet connection.
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Ninja Crime Releases Retro-Feeling Turn-Based Card Battling Game Calculords

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CCG+MATH=AWESOME :: Read Review »

Calculords, from Ninja Crime, is out on iOS. It's an interestingly themed game with old-school flair and several different elements. The gameplay itself is set in outer space, and it runs in single-player mode. There are 200+ cards to collect, and cards are cast using number puzzles. Cards disappear after being used, and if all cards are cleared the coveted "Calculord Bonus" is awarded.

The whole adventure is presented as a battle for planetary expansion. Success in the card element advances units across the battlefield to overrun the the enemy's base. Thus, strategy is an important consideration, and potentially adds to the experiment.

Calculords is available for free on the App Store.

Decromancer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RAISE YOUR ARMY
Build a card army and battle over a beautifully illustrated landscape in this free-to-play, deck-building, strategy game.
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Chainsaw Warrior Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I’M ATTACKING THE DARKNESS!
Fan of the original tabletop game or total greenhorn, it makes no differece. Chainsaw Warrior is a brutally awesome good time.
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Star Wars: Force Collection Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LITTLE FORCED
Star Wars: Force Collection induces its fair share of painful moments, but there’s a surprisingly competent CCG hiding just below the fan service.
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4 Thrones Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LESS IS MORE
Simple to look at, simple to play, yet tricky to master. 4 Thrones will delight solitaire fans immensely.
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KICK Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COLLECTATHON
Trade cards of your favorite English Premier League players and watch as the fantasy soccer points come flying in, hopefully.
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Cassandra's 11 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on August 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Don't be fooled by the lovely fortune teller, Cassandra's 11 is just a decent card game.
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Summoner Wars is Getting a Price Overhaul, Along with a New Expansion

Posted by Rob Rich on August 2nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

One of Playdek's most popular iOS card games, Summoner Wars, is going through a few changes this Monday (8/5).

The most immediately noticeable difference will be the price; or rather the inclusion of one. Playdek is removing the freemium model and making the base game $0.99, with online play available right out of the box, so to speak. A "Lore" menu is also being added so that players can look up background and strategy information, and a new AI opponent is being included for those more interested in solo play.

The expansion will be available through an in-app purchase of $2.99 and includes two new armies: the Benders (pyromancers) and the Mountain Vargath (goatmen). The former focuses on controlling the actions of their rivals, while the latter is all about brute strength.

Both factions and new base game features will be available on Monday.