Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 21st, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Alexander Trowers has announced that tomorrow, January 22, Super Glyph Quest is getting a big update. The RPG/match-3 puzzler will be getting new quests to finally finish the war in the Frozen North.
You’ll be saving Rhiabelle from herself while fighting new monsters and meeting Dave, the King of the Goblins, and Thomas, the Troll King. The update will also add a bunch of new gear and some special guests from Monument Valley, Hatoful Boyfriend, and Skullkickers. You can check out the angry, lovesick pigeon and other new additions in the preview video below.
Super Glyph Quest is available for $2.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 20th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Squirrel Girl is coming to Marvel Puzzle Quest. The match-3 puzzle game from D3PA has you assembling a crack team of super heroes from the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, Spider-Man, and Hulk.
While Squirrel Girl’s power to control squirrels may not seem to be on par with unbeatable strength or spidey senses, she’s got the chops to take down Dr. Doom. In Marvel Puzzle Quest. She’s also the first character to have color strengths in Yellow, Green, and Purple gems, giving her a unique power set. You can win win her in the Oscorp: Heroic story event, which ends on January 21.
You can download Marvel Puzzle Quest for free on the App Store today to catch Squirrel Girl.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gumi, Inc. has launched Bust-A-Move Islands, a new match-3 puzzle adventure in pretty much the same vein as the rest of the series. The app sports some exceedingly cute dragons called Bub and Bob, who adventure across fantasy islands popping bubbles and trying to find a cure for the evil warlock’s spell. Bust-A-Move Islands has over 200 puzzles to keep you popping like mad.
You can also play against your friends on Facebook and challenge them to see who is the best popper. To aid you in your bubbly quest you’ll get special bubbles including the Super Bubble, Bubble Plus, and Bomb Bubble Boosts. Just watch out for dangers like Snake Bubble, Skull Bubble, Rocks, and Blocks. There’s so many bubbles I can’t handle it!
You can bubble download Bust-A-Move Islands for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
10tons has released their newest action puzzler, Sparkle Epic, which is their first free-to-play title in the Sparkle series. The game offers you over 100 challenging levels with power-ups and new orbs such as boulders and bombs.
“Sparkle Epic is a great casual action puzzle game. We have succeeded in making the game fun and challenging for all players. We expect a strong launch, as the Sparkle franchise has a wide appeal and a solid existing fanbase.” says Tero Alatalo, CEO of 10tons, in a press release.
You can download Sparkle Epic for free on the App Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
D3 has revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to arrive in the next Marvel Puzzle Quest episode, titled “Meet Rocket & Groot.” In addition to this, both Rocket and Groot will appear in their own Versus Tournament starting on November 28, two days after the new episode arrives.
The episode will be run twice, with Thor: Goddess of Thunder available to win in the first run and Gamora in the second run, which will start on December 1.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is available to download for free now, with the episode bringing Rocket and Groot set to arrive on November 26.
With the original Puzzle Quest, developer Infinite Interactive showed that a genre as deep as RPGs could be married with one as seemingly shallow as match-3 puzzle games creating a match (3) made in heaven. With their point now proven, thanks to the continued success of that series, their new game, Gems of War, feels like another victory lap. We slay dark messiahs of might and matching yet again in this edition of It Came From Canada!
In the world of Krystara, all players need to start battling against hordes of monsters is a map to explore and some directions from their stern adviser. Gems of War’s centrepiece is, without a doubt, its numerous puzzle-driven enemy encounters. Players and their opponents share the same grid of gems and take turns matching with different gems causing different effects. Matching skull gems launches a basic attack while matching four of any gem gives another turn. And combo chains provide extra magical energy. From there though, benefits will vary. Most gems represent different elements like fire and water. Matching those gems charges up the special attacks of whatever team members specializes in those elements. Players might activate a solar-powered axe attack or defense-buffing howl driven by green energy.
Managing parties to better adapt to the random nature of the puzzle board is a key component of Gems of War’s non-combat gameplay. Aside from messing around with the look of their main character, players can tweak their elemental affinity as well as equip them with new weapons built to use new elements. Players can also recruit monsters from victorious battles and create a four-person squad. Elemental diversity opens up strategic opportunities along with the ability to limit enemy options. A fair but steep difficulty curve, especially for those who choose to tackle the bonus challenges, will encourage players to constantly customize their party until it is as strong as it can be.
Right now, the biggest barrier between players and the puzzle action is Gems of War’s curiously long and frequent load times. Hopefully that’s something they can fix before the official release. In any case, expect the game to fully launch everywhere soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
On November 6, Disney will be releasing their new film Big Hero 6. If you can’t wait you’re in luck, because they’ve released Big Hero 6 Bot Fight today to get you pumped up. [Editor’s Note: Is that supposed to be some sort of joke about the inflatable protagonist? Because if it is I approve!]
The game expands the story of the film as the street thug Yama uses a secret AI-chip to improve his Bot fighter, “Little Yama”. Little Yama goes berserk during a Bot Fight Tournament and infects other bots with its violent programming. The player must then team up with Big Hero 6 to take down Yama and save San Fransokyo.
Big Hero 6 Bot Fight is a match-3 puzzle adventure where you collect and level-up Bots to create the ultimate team. The game includes over 150 unique Bots and allows players to partner up with friends to complete missions and earn rewards.
You can download Big Hero 6 Bot Fight for free on the App Store today.
Fans of Glyph Quest, by Alex Trowers and Leanne Bayley, will be thrilled to hear that the sequel, Super Glyph Quest, is coming out soon. The match-3 role playing puzzler uses elemental glyphs to cast powerful spells and fight monsters.
The development team has been bustling to bring you an enormous amount of new stuff. Just check out this list of improvements:
• New Glyphs! The elements of Primal and Metal join Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Light and Dark.
• New Spells! Over 70 spells to master.
• Character Customization! Create your very own caster.
• More Quests! All new map with a host of new questing locations.
• New Story! Character interactions and conversations.
• More Monsters! All new fiends to save the world from.
• Crafting! Create new gear out of all those pelts and icky stuff.
• Leveling Up! Customize your play with new abilities and power ups.
• Multiple Enemy Encounters! More than one critter can show up in battle at once.
There is no official date for Super Glyph Quest‘s release, but in the mean time we will congratulate Alex and Leanne on their newest addition to the team: Willow Trowers. Good Job, folks.
Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the “Saga” line.
Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.
“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”
Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Scurvy Scallywags by Beep Games, is a match-3 puzzler with tons of piratical humor. As players complete levels, they level up their pirates, dress them up in funny costumes, build ships, and choose special abilities, moves, and weapons to give them an edge in combat.
Beep Games is running a sale for Scurvy Scallywags for a limited time. You can pick it up in the App Store for free!
Those familiar with mobile gaming will be incredibly famililar with the premise of Farm Hero Saga. Swap the squares to form a row of three or more and remove the tiles to earn points, hopefully beginning a cataclysmic chain reaction of destruction. Farm Heroes Saga exists in a world that begins on a small farm but gradually expands to include ice cover fjords, African savannahas, and fantastical locales such as prehistoric jungles and, finally, a hidden temple. This is all hours, if not weeks, of play time away though as just taking the time to scroll through the map seems to take an eternity. This quick walkthrough will help you grasp the basics in order to make Farm Heroes Saga the go to game on the subway or in the waiting room for months to come.
The first few levels are a walk in the park, so to speak, and the myriad of rudimentary tutorials will probably frustrate seasond veterans of the genre. Getting three stars on a puzzle is really the goal to these kinds of games and this can be done by completing it with enough moves remaining to knock out as many tiles are required for each star “level”. In “Hero Mode”, after the objective is completed, tiles randomly get bonuses and long chain reactions are seemingly easier to come across which allows for major points and a satisfying feeling after solving a tricky puzzle. It should go without saying, but you want to complete the puzzle as efficiently as possible because some are hard enough to solve with the alotted moves let alone when considering how many leftovers are there.
The main way to get ahead is either matching four or five tiles in a row or by causing chain reactions. Because the game is not timed, take your time and look for potential fours or fives and pay special attention to the consequences of your move. Getting four in a row adds additional points to surrounding tiles which means that that apple with a +2 button on it now counts for 3 apples if it is matched out. Matching 5 in a row causes every similar tile to be removed from the board which can become incredibly powerful. However, it is rare that this happens by accident so be on the lookout to set up possible 5s. There are other combinations that give out bonuses such as completing a corner of 3×3 and creating two 3s with one move.
It is tempting at first to add moves to a tough puzzle with in-game currency but be warned it is a predictably slippery slope. I perfer to ignore it for the most part, but luckily the boosters repopulate over a lengthy time period so they can be incredibly effective if used correctly. For those playing in long stretches or multiple times a day, the long reload time will almost make it seem like they don’t really exist. It is also slightly annoying that the game puts a strange arbitrary “heart” limit on length of gameplay, but this is easily avoided by not quitting or restarting games, as every time a level isn’t played to the end, you lose a heart which slowly regenerates over five minutes or so.
What you will find as the game progresses is the inclusion of special tiles that quickly become a major pain to remove from the field.
The first of these is the flower tile which cannot be moved and needs 3 separate matches to be made in a non-diagional adjacent square. These, frustratingly, are usually placed in hard to reach spots generally around empty squares which limit the avenues for attack. The challenge comes from removing “dead zones” of unrelated tiles that inevitably stagnate around these cute little flowers. Levels will usually have you collect 5 or 6 of these and the best strategy is to try to get matches that hit more than one flower at a time. The shovel booster sometimes comes in handy late in a game with these.
The second is even more devilish than the first as it comes in two steps. First the player has to match three or more eggs in a row to form a little hatching chick and after further combining three of these hatchling chicks, you are finally rewarded with just one little bird. Matches over 3 do not count for anything extra, and no bonuses are given. The best method of attack for this is to not worry about getting the other fruits in the objective because the volume is usually fairly low and usually “accidentially” obtained by focusing on the eggs.
I will stop there as not to spoil anything else. By now, I am sure that you have a good head start to truly become a Farm Heroes Saga master, which is a title that will surely make every one of your friends jealous.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Following on from Frozen Free Fall, Disney has released Maleficent Free Fall: a free-to-play match-three puzzle game inspired by the film of the same name. Using Maleficent’s magic, players can instantly vanish gemstones and rearrange the board with Maleficent’s raven, Diaval. As players conquer each puzzle, mysterious surprises may arise along the way.
Robo-fighter Ironkill has been out on iOS and Android for a while now, but the roster’s been missing a certain feminine touch. Thankfully, developers Play Motion are ready to hook all 148Apps readers up with an exclusive code to unlock Sunshine Girl, the ladybot with attitude. All you have to do to unlock Sunshine Girl […]