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Space Grunts guide - How to survive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things.

We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible.

Pick a class that suits you

You’ve got three different classes to choose from which each suit different play styles.

The Captain is who you’ll probably gravitate to first. He’s reasonably tough at dishing out damage, but more importantly, he’s great at finding items. Using them isn’t his strong point, though.

The Strong-arm is the toughest of the bunch, but he’s pretty lousy at finding items, meaning he’s going to have to go it alone a lot.

The Techjunky is weak when it comes to firepower, but an expert at using items and finding them. Use her when you want to take a more tactical approach.

Taking your turns

Space Grunts is turn-based, so don't rush as your enemies will only move when you move. React accordingly. Before you take a step, take a look at the most likely options for your foes and make sure they don’t get too close.

Switch up your weapons

Don’t forget to change weapons from time to time. You have a typical all-rounder gun, a close up crowbar type attack, a laser beam, and an area effect attack.

The laser beam means you can strike at a bunch of enemies in a row, which is great when you’re stuck in a corridor with monsters ahead of you.

The frag grenade is perfect for groups of enemies, but it can hurt you, as well as blow up other things in the room. Use this sparingly. If you ignite a radiation pod, you’ll eventually succumb to it, and curse your bad fortune.

Keeping healthy

Keep an eye on your health and make it a priority that you head to a health pack any time you see one - but be careful!

How are you faring in Space Grunts? Got some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Dreii guide - How to play well with others

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey.

If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too!

Experiment

Dreii throws you in without much guidance but that’s because you don’t really need it.

You simply tap where you want to go. A tap on an object causes it to change color, meaning you’re attached to it and can move it around.

Your objective is to cover up the glowing dot on the screen. It’s easy at first, so don’t stress too much, as it all soon makes sense.

Fun with others

After the first few levels, you’ll see another creature on screen. Guess what? That’s another player!

You can communicate with them by tapping on the talk button in the bottom left hand corner. A few options for what to say pop up, so say hello. It’s only friendly.

They’ll probably start doing their own thing, so try to help them. Take your time though, and consider how best to approach the problem. It’s all pretty logical.

Teamwork is crucial but trickier as you can’t directly speak to them. Take it slowly and experiment.

One early level has you building a tower of squares, and it’s really easy to topple the tower by mistake. Be slow about it and hope that your ally does the same.

The best part, though? Each level doesn’t take long to complete (if you know how) so don’t worry too much if you screw up. It won’t take long to get back where you were.

What advice have you got to give new Dreii players? Let us know in the comments!

Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge the bombs

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2016

Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now.

Take it easy

There are bombs raining down from the sky so you'll want to run around in a panic stricken state. I understand that, but don’t do it!

Gentle, slow movements are better. Just tap to the left or right to subtly dodge the bombs - that way, you’re less likely to run into the path of another one.

Know your bomb types

Most bombs are small and relatively easy to dodge. There are big bombs too though, which take out a wider space. Keep away from those!

Blue bombs explode and provide you with energy, which goes towards unleashing your special Briefcase move. Collect up the energy when you can, but be careful. The same goes for yellow bombs, but you'll collect coins instead.

Cluster bombs are particularly nasty, as they unleash numerous bombs in a small area. Keep an eye on their pattern so that you stand between a couple of them.

Fire bombs unleash a small fire where they land. It lasts a while and, more importantly, can trap you for a time. Give these a wide berth.

Focus on something

Do you want to survive as long as possible or collect a bunch of coins? Decide what you want to do, and focus on that aim.

Usually, by going after coins, you’ll die faster but those coins are useful.

Money means…

Better power-ups! Save them wisely, and buy new power-ups such as the slowdown move.

Don’t waste your coins on a continue. They’re expensive and counter-intuitive.

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the option to watch an ad for an extra continue though. You might as well do this.

Got some tips of your own? Share them with us via the comments

Genies and Gems guide - How to clear those gems fast

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

So, you’re bored of crushing candies and rescuing farm animals. How about combining gems and paw prints in order to help a genie’s pet fox traverse a magical world?

That’s the quirky setting for the rather charming Genies and Gems and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Blade: Sword of Elysion guide - How to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

Blade: Sword of Elysion is the kind of action RPG you can dip into at any time of day, achieve something in the space of a few minutes, then marvel at how mindless yet entertaining it all was.

While its tutorial does a good job of helping you through the basics, there’s more to it than just that. We’re here with some helpful advice on how best to succeed at hacking and slashing everything in sight.

PolyBlast guide - How to shoot your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 31st, 2016

In the mood for a retro arcade experience? Well, look no further thanPolyBlast, a simple yet quite compelling arcade puzzle shooter.

Simple doesn't mean easy though - andPolyBlastposes quite the challenge. With that in mind, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you shoot all of the targets.

Path of War guide - How to win the war

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 29th, 2016

Washington D.C. is under attack from government renegades in Path of War and it’s down to you to stop them. Fortunately, you’re not alone as we have some helpful tips and tricks on getting you on the path to victory.

Monster & Commander guide - How to get the edge in battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 27th, 2016

Just jumped into the wacky world of Monster & Commander and in need of some advice on what to do next? We’ve got your back - courtesy of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.

Pirate Power guide - How to conquer the high seas

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2016

Ahoy! Did you just download Pirate Power? It’s pretty fun, right? It’s even more entertaining if you know what you’re doing which is why we’ve got some tips and tricks to help get you well on the way to being an impressive hero on the high seas.

Blossom Blast Saga guide - How to get those big blossoms

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 25th, 2016

Combos are everything inBlossom Blast Saga -which is why we've decided to offer you some advanced tips and tricks on how to pull off some of the more impressive ones out there.

They’re guarantee to help you become the finest virtual gardener.

The Sims Freeplay guide - Understanding the circle of life

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Confidently enjoying its time riding high in the iTunes chart, The Sims Freeplay has been quite a hit since its initial release. That’s because completing day-to-day chores is pretty satisfying here, if not in real life.

We could write hundreds of thousands of words on the game but for now, we’re going to focus on putting you through the paces with some of the life stages in The Sims Freeplay.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector guide - How to get even more rare cats

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Are those rare cats still proving too illusive for you in Neko Atsume? Or maybe you just want to try a different tactic? We’re here with some more tips on how to improve your chances to get these fussy felines.

World Chef guide - How to be the fastest chef out there

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2016

Play World Chef and your cooking and time management skills will seriously be put to the test.

Fortunately, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help make the transition into world class chef a little easier to bear.

Pocket Mortys guide - How to catch them all

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 17th, 2016

Adult Swim’s Pocket Mortys owes a lot to Pokemon, so if you’ve played any of the franchise, you should know roughly what to expect.

If not, then we have a bevy of tips and tricks to get you started on your path to catching all the Mortys.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga guide - How to beat the Jelly Queen every time

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 14th, 2016

Candy Crush Jelly Saga is the trickiest Candy Crush game yet - and much of that is thanks to its boss battle levels where you have to claim territory from the evil Jelly Queen.

To help you out, we’ve taken a look at some of the best strategies to beat her every time.