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Pixel Plex Guide - How to Build Better Together

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 13th, 2018

Pixel Plex is the latest city builder that has come to the App Store, and it takes a pretty different tact than the ones that came before it. Instead of being in charge of your own city by yourself, you have to work together with other players to build your city’s greatness, one block at a time. Given this new approach to this kind of game, Pixel Plex can be pretty tough to wrap your mind around, but with these tips, you’ll be on top of things in no time.

Prioritize Resources

In Pixel Plex, each player initially starts with one city block of land to work with, so you really need to make the most of it. Although there may be some variety in the things you can purchase and build on this land, none are as important as buildings that generate resources. Buildings like Lumber Mills, Concrete Factories, and Steel Mills not only produce revenue, but also the raw materials you need to do just about anything else in the game, so focus on those first, and all the other stuff later.

The Sims Mobile Guide - How to Live the Life Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 7th, 2018

The Sims Mobile is a decent mobile game that feels mostly like other Simstitles, but mixed with free-to-play management mechanics of something like Kendall and Kylie. For those unfamiliar with these kinds of games, it basically means you’ll be contending with a lot of timers and have to plot things out strategically if you want to progress at a reasonable pace in the game without paying. Here are some tips for how to do exactly that:

Get as many Sims as possible

In The Sims Mobile, you can take control of multiple Sims at once and have them live whatever kind of life you want them to have. Over the course of having your Sims do things like go to work or get in relationships, you’ll earn rewards, complete quests, and get extra goodies and unlockables. In order to get more of these things, your Sims have to do more stuff, and if you have more Sims, you can do more stuff. Try to prioritize getting as many Sims as possible before moving on to buying much of anything else.

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space? Guide - How to Mash Your Opponents

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2018

Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space? is a great little space-faring adventure, but its combat isn’t always something you want to deal with. Luckily, with a ton of crafting and management systems to take advantage of, you can craft a ship that easily cruise through combat so you can just focus on the best parts of the game: The story and the characters. Here’s how to do exactly that:

Holy Potatoes! We're In Space? review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 1st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FASTER THAN LEGUMES
The second Holy Potatoes game on mobile offers some satisfying—though lite—space-faring action.
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Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

No matter how good you are at football management games, no one is ever going to let you take the reins at Manchester United or Chelsea. It's simply not in the cards for us mere mortals.

The next best thing, other than screaming at your television and participating in all the #WengerMustGo hashtags, is to take a stab at being a skipper in the virtual realm. On mobile, the latest option is Championship Manager 17 from Square Enix.

While it's not quite as packed with features as similar sims on the PC, it's as close to a full management experience as possible in the sense that you must juggle a roster on a budget, keep an eye out for transfers that will strengthen your team, take control of strategic decisions during matches, and handle player morale and negotiations, all while trying to win glory and avoid being sacked.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, we've got some good news. We can help you take your first steps toward becoming the next Sir Alex (as if) with our Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners. Read on for the equivalent of that scene in The Matrix, except instead of Keanu Reeves saying, "I know kung fu," it'll be you saying, "I know football."

Hotel Transylvania 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW SETTLEMENTS
Hotel Transylvania 2 might look cute, but there's not much to it.
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Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 3rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BYE SOCIETY
Rebuild 3 isn’t so much a sequel as a “remaster,” but what a remaster.
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Wokamon Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Rob Rich on June 3rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: WOKITOFF
Wokamon is a nice approach to combining fitness and virtual pets, but it’s a bit fiddly.
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Simple and Surreal Star Base Sim rymdkapsel is Getting Two Brand New Game Modes

Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BETTER LIVING THROUGH GEOMETRY :: Read Review »

I really like rymdkapsel. Not just because I'm a sucker for games that are cleverly simple or highly stylisitc, but because it's fun and challenging. Actually it's extremely challenging, which is why I was excited to learn that it's getting a couple of new gameplay modes in the near future.

Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: THE FINAL FRONTIER?
Space exploration isn't so exciting in Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager, but there are a lot of resources to manage.
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Space is Vast, So Space Agency Has a Vast New Update!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TO THE HEAVENS :: Read Review »

Space Agency, by Nooleus, is a rocket launching simulation game. The app lets you build rockets, launch satellites, create a space station, and explore the solar system. Nooleus has released the latest update with a ton of new features! Version 1.4.0 gives you a slew of new missions, parts, and sandboxes as well as allowing you to see inside your spacecraft, carry and transfer cargo, and share sandboxes with friends. Space Agency has also gotten better graphics, improved controls, and a bunch of other quality of life upgrades.

You can download Space Agency for $1.99 and check out all the new stuff.

VPET Planets Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: 90s KIDS
A neat recreation of a genre best left in the past.
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ANNO: Build An Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 22nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: CLUNKY BUILDING
A shadow of the franchise it's based upon, ANNO: Build an Empire isn't a very good freemium city builder.
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Plancon: Space Conflict Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on January 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EVENT HORIZON
Plancon: Space Conflict is a slick and surprisingly accessible space sim.
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SimplePlanes, from the Makers of SimpleRockets, is Now Available on the App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on December 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLIGHT CONTROL :: Read Review »

Do you have fond memories of playing SimpleRockets? Well, maybe "fond" is the wrong word. I mean those things are awfully prone to blowing up. But anyway, if you have a special place in your heart set aside for the madcap rocket-building sim, you should probably make room for the follow-up that just released on the App Store: SimplePlanes.

Much like SimpleRockets, SimplePlanes tasks you with engineering a very complex piece of machinery, then trying to keep it in one piece. This time you'll be snapping various parts together to make all sorts of aircraft - even some with VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) abilities. Where it gets ridiculous (in a good way) is in how pieces of your craft can break off as you crash into things or get shot at, which can have a pretty big impact on performance.

If you're in the mood to fly seemingly impossible aircraft that you've cobbled together yourself, you can grab SimplePlanes off the App Store now for $1.99.