Posts Tagged Freemium

Motocross Meltdown Review

Motocross Meltdown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Briefly fun yet ultimately very shallow, Motocross Meltdown is heavy on the grinding and light on the developing gameplay.

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Zez Review

Zez Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Entertaining without being overwhelming, Zez offers limitless hours of combo-breaking action in a marvelous match-3 puzzler.

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Kiwi Dash Review

Kiwi Dash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Though Kiwi Dash is an altogether solid endless runner, it also manages to be the most frustrating game in the world.

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Tap & Blast Review

Tap & Blast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tap & Blast's barrel blasting gameplay and unique cartoon art style are just some of its good points. It's controls are not half bad, but could do with some tweaking.

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Farm Heroes Saga Review

Farm Heroes Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a new freemium based Match-3 game to lose one's self to, and Farm Heroes Saga is a great example of the genre.

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Eternity Warriors 3 Review

Eternity Warriors 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Eternity Warriors 3 might be shallow and very familiar, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun Diablo-style action RPG.

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Elementalist Review

Elementalist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Casting magic from our finger tips has never been so close. But then again, it isn't always what it's cracked up to be either.

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FRS Ski Cross Review

FRS Ski Cross Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FRS Ski Cross is a marvel to look at, but it's highly outweighed by a terribly limiting freemium model and some incredibly lackluster gameplay.

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Jet Car Stunts 2 Review

Jet Car Stunts 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Jet Car Stunts 2 doesn't screw up what made the original game great, while adding in some variety, including a clever level editor.

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RoboCop Review

RoboCop Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What might seem fun for a few minutes will quickly turn dull in this uninspired cover shooter based on the forthcoming movie of the same name.

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Mech Battle Arena Review

Mech Battle Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mech battles should be very cool and epic, Mech Battle Arena is unfortunately neither.

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Dark District Review

Dark District Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There might be plenty to do here, but Dark District is a title that's too samey for comfort.

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Sensei Wars Review

Sensei Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Familiarity is commonplace within this freemium based strategy game, but the few tricks it does have up its sleeve ensures Sensei Wars is a cut above others.

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The Lawless

The Lawless

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Lawless is an intense, exciting and cinematic arcade shooter, but it might just be the shortest iOS game ever made.

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Pet Zoometery Review

Pet Zoometery Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It'll take a while for Pet Zoometery to truly develop, but it's a quite charming twist on the typical city building concept.

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Battle Islands Review

Battle Islands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Inspiration is good but Battle Islands is a little too much like many other titles to really tantalize.

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Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Review

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Letters From Nowhere will last Hidden Object game fans a long time, but that's partly down to its restrictive energy system.

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Phrazzle Review

Phrazzle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There is good (but not always so clean) fun to be had in Phrazzle, the quickie contest of funny phrase creation.

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Legacy of a Thousand Suns – 5th Planet Games Embraces Cross-Platform Play, With a Slight Catch

Posted by on December 11th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Today 5th Planet Games is taking down their rather cool iOS MMO, Legacy of a Thousand Suns, and replacing it with… Legacy of a Thousand Suns??

Indeed, the developer is pushing out the old version of their game for a new one (an entirely new download, not an update) that supports cross-platform play. So now users will be able to enjoy their space adventures at home on Facebook or on the go through their iPhone! The catch is that player data from the original iOS version will, regrettably, be lost in the transition. It’s an unfortunate problem, but 5th Planet hopes to lessen the sting a bit by offering a special Starter Pack – which includes a fair amount of new gear and consumables – to all players who install the game within the first 30 days.

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via: Our Review

Spotify Launching its Freemium Service for iPad, and a Special “Shuffle” Service for iPhone

Posted by on December 11th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

TechCruch reports that Spotify is shaking things up a bit. The freemium streaming radio service will now be available in full for the iPad (i.e. it’s the same thing you get on your desktop), while a whole new option is available for iPhone users.

The new iPhone-centric plan, dubbed “Spotify Shuffle,” serves a similar purpose to other popular iPhone radio apps. However, while there are limited search and listen allotments for freemium Shuffle users, they’ll still be able to access their pre-made playlists. Spotify Shuffle will also allow iPhone users a bit more playlist control; for example, it won’t simply flood their playlist with songs that are “like” a specific artist.

The new Spotify update and service are both available now.

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via: Our Review source: TechCrunch

Asphalt 8: Airborne is most certainly one of the more enjoyable racing titles we’ve seen this year and is personally one of my favorite games of 2013. I’ve spent many hours racing, jumping, and knocking out opponents. However, I never played long enough to unlock two of the game’s best and most expensive cars, which players either need to invest an insane amount of time in to unlock or put down close to 100 dollars to unlock with credit.

So, what does purchasing those two vehicles do to the game experience and is the increased speed worth the payout for those who decide to purchase instead of play? I collected some credits and purchased the Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning (325,000 credits) and the Koenigsegg Agera R (375,000 credits). My first reaction was “holy shazbot, Batman! It’s fast!” – getting an increase of close to 100 mph is certainly felt.

Koenigsegg Agera R

All of a sudden the tracks become much smaller and shorter. It’s not just about faster vehicles, because each course is now a new challenge to master as the increased speeds can get players from one section to the next in a much quicker fashion. Also, with the increased speed each turn on every course becomes more challenging, requiring better reaction time as players need to make sure to hit it perfectly or they’ll crash. These faster vehicles certainly enhance the experience and make for a far more intense time than with slower cars. Every turn needs to be hit with near perfection, and it’s possible to keep the boost going for quite some time on certain courses that have the items lined up correctly for that.

The increased speed is great as it’s exciting to hit those jumps to spin longer and jump higher and further. It’s great taking them online too, though I didn’t have enough credit left over to fully upgrade them after spending the 700,000. That set me back a bit against some of the competition who clearly poured time or money into the game.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning

Overall, fans who wish to invest their time or money will be met with increased excitement when running with the Mercedes and Koenigsegg cars. Things move much quicker and it requires expert knowledge of the tracks and the game’s controls to ideally navigate the courses to perfection. I had a good time running with these vehicles and think others will greatly enjoy them as well. Remember, speed doesn’t just enhance the vehicles but also the course, making it a new experience to race through.

GT Racing 2 is another game I decided to take a drive with using its top vehicle. The Bugatti Veyron costs 5772 credits, which costs around $40 just by itself. Users can spend $50 to get 7500 credits or $100 to get 16000 credits. So basically, $100 would buy 3 of the 7 elite vehicles.

I played the beginning of the campaign with the first available vehicle, though never got to far beyond that. So going from what’s pretty much the slowest car in the game to the absolute fastest is something that should be noted.

Bugatti Veyron

At first, I absolutely hated using the Bugatti to race around with as I was expecting the fastest and most expensive car in the game to be fun to use. Each race I would end up all over the road, hitting the left side of the wall and then the right side as the car has some serious sensitivity issues and lacks solid control. The poor controls had such a negative impact on me at first, but I ended up sticking with it and changed the control sensitivity in the options to 0. This ended up helping a lot more with the control of the vehicle, even though it was still very jolty experience.

I also thought the game might be a bit broken at those high speeds, because it wasn’t just me that was all over the road at times. I’ve seen the computer go running straight into the wall without turning, which makes me wonder if it’s the speed or something else entirely. Some races just felt off, between the competition and the handling of the vehicle. After a while of racing with the Bugatti I was able to get a better grasp of its handling, which led to a more enjoyable race even though I still find the wall on several occasions. It’s certainly a difficult beast to handle.

It’s just not the easiest experience out there. Depending on the track, the high speeds require a lot more use of the brake. Of course, having brake assistance is a big help at these high speeds but without it the brakes become an even more important factor on courses that have continuous tight turns. That was another new challenge that came about: trying to quickly turn left while braking and then quickly turn right and tap brake with the other thumb.

Citroen Survolt

I feel the handling of the Bugatti is difficult, but also think the high speeds are tough on some of these tracks. So, instead of purchasing another one of the high end cars with close to the same speed I decided to slow it down a bit and chose a lower tier vehicle. I went with the Citroen Survolt, a car that’s still plenty fast but not too over the top. The few races I participated in with that vehicle were far more interesting and felt better and more natural. Of course the car handles a lot differently anyway, but the slower speed makes turning and sensitivity less of an issue. Basically, what I’ve learned from this experience is that players are in for a challenging time when racing with high speed vehicles.

GT Racing 2 feels a bit demanding with how easy it is to go through a ton of credit. Spending cash might be worth it on the lower tier vehicles for those who enjoy the game, but I would question putting cash towards the high end vehicles. Especially if players want to keep it at a more casual and enjoyable experience. The high speeds are really challenging and can be very frustrating at times – and not in a good way.

I do look forward to trying it out once again with a gamepad instead of touchscreen. I think it might have a better effect on the controls. We’ll have to wait and see about that one.

Harmony Isle Review

Harmony Isle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a few moments of originality, Harmony Isle still finds itself firmly in the grind-heavy social gaming camp.

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Monsta Brick Breaker Review

Monsta Brick Breaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Playing a solidly competent game of brick busting, Monsta Brick Breaker is a fun if unexceptional title.

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Team Monster Review

Team Monster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Team Monster has a promising premise and is visually remarkable but is let down by repetitive and predictable gameplay mechanics.

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Legend of Equip Pants Review

Legend of Equip Pants Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ludicrously bizarre, yet just too good to pass up, Legend of Equip Pants sends players on the most challenging adventure yet: to find some underwear.

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Squiggler Review

Squiggler Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Squiggle a doodle and get another player to create a picture out of it in this imaginative, yet flawed, social drawing game.

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GT Racing 2 Review

GT Racing 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The GT Racing series returns with some more stunning visuals and a vast campaign mode, though it can become slightly too geared towards in-app purchases.

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Battle Command! Review

Battle Command! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Battle Command! might be well made but it's been done before, and fatigue is setting in steadily.

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MacGuffin Quest Review

MacGuffin Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Switch between three characters in this somewhat entertaining yet ultimately grind-heavy/expensive roguelike.

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Tank Nation Review

Tank Nation Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The war is on! Tank Nation blasts its way up the app store charts with explosive artillery and competitive combat.

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