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Dungeon Gems- Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Fighting Elements with the Elements

Posted by Jordan Minor on July 17th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: :: Read Review »

Thought evil dragons were just a myth? Well they’re back in Dungeon Gems. And even though the game will seem quite familiar to fans of Puzzles & Dragons, it still has intricacies of its own to master. So gather an elite team of elemental heroes to take down the monsters one dungeon at a time. Here’s how.


Fight Fire with Fire, or Water, or Wood…


  • Basic attacks are launched by matching elemental gems like a puzzle game. You don’t even need to match three, just one will suffice. However, longer combos create more powerful attacks. Some even create special gems that clear a single element from the board, including new ones that cycle in to replace the old, doling out a massive assault.

  • Each element has different strengths and weaknesses. Fire beats wood but is weak against water while light and dark both beat each other. Be sure to target enemies by touching them so attacks can have the most impact.

  • Some enemies have longer waiting periods between turns. Check the number next to them and use any extra turns you may have to deal more damage or heal yourself by linking heart gems.

  • Defeating enemies grants you action points. These can be used to activate special skills or link separate elements together for huge, multi-elemental attacks.

  • This is Why Modern Combat 5: Blackout Will be the Prettiest Modern Combat

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2014

    New details have been revealed about Modern Combat 5: Blackout's graphical prowess.

    The game is set to use a feature rarely seen on mobile titles. It's called Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (or SSAO for short) and is a rendering technique that results in more realistic shadows. What that means for us is that the game looks better and particularly impressive for an iOS title!

    Check out the GIF below that highlights just what to expect.

    The game is also set to include many other graphical enhancements such as:

    • Eye adaptation & Bloom - exposure adjusts in a more realistic manner when moving between light and dark areas
    • Soft particles – improved interactions of particles with surrounding geometry
    • Underwater distort and caustics – reproduces realistic water effects
    • Real-time character shadows – characters cast shadows on geometry in real time
    • Heat-haze – air distortion due to muzzle heating after shooting
    • Depth of Field – cinematic effect that makes the background appear out of focus so that certain characters or objects in the foreground step more into focus

    Modern Combat 5: Blackout is set for release later this Summer.

    Dungeon Hunter 4's Latest Update Adds Guilds

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ALWAYS ON :: Read Review »

    There's a new and chunky update for Editor's Choice winning Dungeon Hunter 4. It brings with it a much-requested Guilds features, enabling players to band together, chat amongst their guild members, and compete for special items in guild challenges. These items are exclusive to guilds, including new weapons and armor that's sure to be of great help.

    Fun and profit is also available through the Wheel of Fate, allowing players to win new rings that will give them new and useful bonuses throughout the game.

    Dungeon Hunter 4 is out now and available free from the App Store.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game Goes Free

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 26th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: OUT IN THE COLD :: Read Review »

    Impressively titled, Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game, is currently on sale and will cost you a grand total of absolutely nothing.

    We weren't entirely impressed by it upon first release in April, mostly because it's a little repetitive. Having said that, for free, what have you got to lose? If you're like me and a sucker for blockbuster movie tie-ins, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.

    We're not entirely sure why it's on sale or for how long, so grab it quickly while you're thinking about it!

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game is available from the App Store now.

    New Cars Come to Asphalt 8: Airborne

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 19th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGH FLYING ENTERTAINMENT :: Read Review »

    There's a shiny new update for Editor's Choice winning Asphalt 8: Airborne. It adds a host of new cars, new car packs, and sees the removal of rental fees for events. Time-Limited Events can now be enjoyed using an energy-based system centered around the use of in-game Fuel.

    The new cars included are:

    Chrysler ME 412
    Ferrari FF
    Ford 2006 GT
    Hennessey Venom GT
    Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG
    Mercedes SLS AMG
    2015 Ford Mustang

    So, there's something for everyone's tastes!

    Asphalt 8: Airbone is available now from the App Store and is a free download.

    E3 2014 - Gameloft Unveils Puzzle RPGs, Endless Racers, and a Swarm of Spider-Men

    Posted by Rob Rich on June 17th, 2014

    Gameloft has been busy (isn’t Gameloft always busy, though?) lately. Several upcoming titles were on display at the popular iOS developer’s booth last week, including the Totally 80s endless racer Asphalt Overdrive (a spin-off of the popular racing series), “web-runner” Spider-Man Unlimited, and puzzle RPG Dungeon Gems. Not a bad spread, really.

    Dungeon Gems

    Dungeon Gems is all about building up a formidable fighting force, then clearing colored gems to activate their abilities and clear out dungeons full of enemies. Characters can be collected and upgraded, and tend to conform to one of five different elements (fire, earth, water, light, and dark).

    What’s interesting about Dungeon Gems, aside from the fact that it looks pretty darn impressive when compared to similar titles on iOS, is that you don’t actually have to match gems to fight enemies. Simply tapping on a single gem will trigger an attack, and you may connect multiple colors in one go - so long as you have enough Action Points (special points that refill as you defeat enemies) available.

    Dungeon Gems will be available on the App Store later this month.

    Spider-Man Unlimited

    Ol’ web-head is also going to be putting in an appearance once Spider-Man Unlimited is released.

    This self-proclaimed “web-runner” pits Spidey against The Sinister Six. Actually, it pits dozens of Spidey’s against dozens of villains from a bunch of different dimensions. Each of the 20+ Spider-Men will sport their own look and slightly different stats/abilities, and can be collected and fused CCG-style.

    Spider-Man Unlimited isn’t due out until later this summer, but it’s definitely looking pretty good. And the supply of characters from alternate universes means we can expect lots of other characters to eventually pop-up.

    Asphalt Overdrive

    Finally, there’s Asphalt Overdrive: a sort of spin-off of the Asphalt series that in no way is an official sequel so put down those torches and pitchforks!

    Asphalt Overdrive is a lane-based endless racer that tasks you with going as far and as fast as you can while trying to outrun the police and avoid crashing into anything heavier than your own (licensed) car. It’s also super-80s, with lots of neon and bright colors, eerily familiar vehicles (Kit?), and a distinct Outrun sort of feel.

    Asphalt Overdrive will be releasing later this summer.

    Spider-Man Unlimited to Bring Web-Swinging Action to iOS!

    Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 9th, 2014

    Love endless runners and spandex-wearing superheroes? Then it's time to get excited about Gameloft's announcement that they will be developing Spider-Man Unlimited for smartphones and tablets.

    Spidey fans will have the opportunity to collect a multitude of different spider-men: including Iron Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, and Ben Reilly Spider-Man as they fight classic villains like the Green Goblin, Vulture, and Electro.

    Spider-Man Unlimited is scheduled to release for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in early September.

    Rival Knights Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Andrew Fisher on June 9th, 2014
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KNIGHT RIDER
    Rival Knights is fun and well-crafted, but unreasonable connectivity requirements make it impossible to play on the go.
    Read The Full Review »

    Here, Have a New Modern Combat 5: Blackout Trailer

    Posted by Rob Rich on June 6th, 2014

    Gameloft has just released a new (and final) teaser trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, made special for next week's E3. It's not big on exposition but it looks pretty and involves a whole lot of shooting and being shot at. Check it out below, then agonize over having to wait for its release!

    Gameloft Lets Slip New Modern Combat 5 Multiplayer Details

    Posted by Blake Grundman on May 30th, 2014

    At this point, everyone is more than familiar with Gameloft's extremely successful Modern Combat series of first person shooters. That's why it's huge news to hear that the next installment will be renewing the focus on multiplayer.

    According to a battle-hardened birdie that just whispered in our ear, the core four multiplayer modes of Capture The Flag, VIP, Free for All, and Team Battle will all be returning. Each mode will allow for up to twelve players on a map at any given time. Along with the use of leaderboards and special in-game events, there will be a new persistent squad system in place. These glorified "clans" will allow players to group up with friends to share in the Team Battle action. There will even be squad chat functionality baked in on day one.

    And to whet your whistle that much more, here are a couple of screenshots of what can be expected when the Modern Combat 5 launches, later this summer.


    Three Big Gameloft Titles are Getting Fancy Memorial Day Events This Weekend

    Posted by Rob Rich on May 24th, 2014

    This Memorial Day weekend Gameloft is holding a series of special events across three of their games: Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and World at Arms.

    Asphalt 8 is having a 40% off sale on all its U.S. cars in Class D and Class A, along with three special cup races: the Captain's Cup (win an in-game 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8), the General's Cup (win 1 million credits), and the Memorial Day Cup (win the car and up to 1 million credits). World at Arms, meanwhile, is offering the chance to win several different holiday-themed items (Lexington Minuteman, Paul Revere Statue, Washington Monument) during Operation Memorial Day. Finally, Despicable Me: Minion Rush's Memorial Day event gives players the chance to win a special Fireman costume.

    All of these events are live now, and are only available for the next three days. Better act fast!

    Order & Chaos Online from Gameloft Goes Free for Only the Second Time Ever

    Posted by Carter Dotson on May 23rd, 2014
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    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MASSIVE :: Read Review »

    Gameloft's Order and Chaos Online, the MMORPG currently entering its fourth year of service, is available for free through June 2. This is only the second time that the game has gone free, though it does have in-app purchases for various forms of currency.

    Read our review of the game for more, though plenty has been added and changed in the game since then!

    Modern Combat 5: Blackout - Classes and Unified Progression Detailed

    Posted by Ellis Spice on May 9th, 2014

    Gameloft has announced further details for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the latest installment in the popular first-person shooter series.

    Like previous games in the franchise, the game will feature both a singleplayer and a multiplayer mode. In a first for the series however, progression in both modes will have an impact on each other. Experience points gained will carry over to both modes, unifying progression through the game. Every mission or multiplayer match played will also increase your weapon score, ultimately ending up in the mastery of individual weapons. Better weapons will also unlock as you play and will be available to use in both modes.

    Both modes will feature four different solider classes. These classes each have unique augments that can be unlocked using Skill Points earned whenever you level-up. Each class is defined by what weapons they can equip, which can be seen in this short breakdown of each class:


    Assault – Aggressive fighter that is effective at medium range combat. Equips assault rifles and pistols.
    Heavy – Resilience is the main advantage of this class. Equips shotguns and RPGs and feels comfortable in close to medium combat.
    Recon – Focuses on fast action and exposing enemies. Equips SMGs and pistols. Efficient in close range combat.
    Sniper – Obviously, focuses on sharpshooting with a stealth approach. Equips sniper rifles and pistols. Efficient in long distance combat.

    Details on Modern Combat 5: Blackout are scarce, but we'll be sure to share more when we receive them.

    Despicable Me: Minion Rush Update Adds Super Silly Fun Land

    Posted by Ellis Spice on May 9th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MOVIE MAGIC :: Read Review »

    A new update has arrived for Gameloft's endless runner movie tie-in, Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Alongside the usual bug fixes and optimizations, this update also adds Super Silly Fun Land: a new environment inspired by the first film in the series. This area also contains a new secret roller-coaster area and a new villain to defeat - the Villaintriloquist.

    Alongside this new environment, Astronaut and Tourist Minion costumes have been added to the game, as has an 'Evil Minion' power-up that allows you to become an invincible, fast-running minion for a few seconds.

    Despicable Me: Minion Rush is available for free on the App Store now.

    Now Might Be a Good Time to Buy Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

    Posted by Rob Rich on May 1st, 2014
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    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THOROUGHLY MODERN...AND FAMILIAR :: Read Review »

    Gameloft's Modern Combat series is one of the biggest names in first-person shooters on the App Store. And with a fifth game on the way (seriously, five games already!) it's really no surprise. What is a little bit of a surprise is that the developer has just dropped the price of Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

    All this rootin' tootin' shootin' would normally set you back a few bucks, but for the time being you can grab it for a mere $0.99. The way I hear it, the mutiplayer alone is worth more than that. So if you haven't bought Gameloft's most recent military shooter, there's no time like the present.