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Z Steel Soldiers, Sequel to Kavcom's Popular RTS, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 24th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Kavcom has released Z Steel Soldiers,which continues the story of the comedic RTS originally created by the Bitmap Brothers.

Lost Within - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Surviving the Asylum

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015

[Still deciding whether or not Lost Within is something you want to play? Have a look at our review]

Have you just downloaded Lost Within and are you in need of a guiding hand? While it’s not the toughest of games out there you might still want some helpful tips to get you started.

Crowntakers Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILIAR BUT NOT
Crowntakers is a tough combination of turn based strategy and Roguelike. It's quite satisfying, though.
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Masters of the Masks Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPARK OF INTEREST
Masters of the Masks is a standard RPG with a few extras to make it stand out.
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Space Bounties Inc. Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 21st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BOUNTIFUL COMBAT OPTIONS
This strategy game implements a risk vs. reward system that's pretty compelling, despite the lack of a flashy combat system.
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DomiNations Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENJOYABLE STRATEGIES
DomiNations combines many popular strategy games, and mostly succeeds.
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DomiNations - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being the Finest Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015

[Can't decide if DomiNations is the kind of thing you'll want to sink hours into? Check out our review.]

Have you just downloaded DomiNations and you're trying to figure out the best way to progress? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to give you the edge in battle.




General Tips

  • Explore! Explore so very much - Clear surrounding forests whenever you can. It gives you more room to develop your civilization but it also uncovers more animals for you to hunt, gold chests to loot, mines to excavate, and even ancient ruins. Those ruins are particularly great as they unlock crowns - the premium currency in this game.
  • Build new houses whenever you can - They get expensive but they mean you have 2 more citizens at your disposal each time. These then give you the means in which to complete more tasks at once, which inevitably leads to more profit for you!
  • Hunt everything as often as possible- It might seem like a waste of time pursuing bunnies and deer, but what you gain from them really adds up fast. It’s good to be busy.
  • Food and money are everything - Follow that ethos by maxing out your farms, mills, merchants, and markets at all times. They passively give you more of both resources, and do add up fast.
  • Keep your base neat - It’s easy to move stuff around and you’d be wise to keep everything connected via the road network, thereby giving you more gold. Walls are great for slowing down enemy attacks too.
  • Use crowns sparingly and intelligently - Only use them for long winded things rather than because you’re impatient. Having said that, if you know you’re going to be away from the game for an extended time, sometimes it’s handy to burn some crowns so you can accomplish a couple of things before you go.
  • Keep an eye on upgrade timers - Once any upgrade has less than five minutes to complete, you can boost its progress for free, finishing it off quickly. Use that often.
  • Raid smart - Raiding other players is the fastest way of earning resources but don’t rush into it. Wait till you’ve got sufficient powers of your own to fight back when they take revenge.

Vietnam...'65 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HEARTS > BULLETS
War, what is it good for? We're not sure but this kind of works.
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Under the Sun Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on March 29th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TIME IS PRECIOUS
Under the Sun is a 4D puzzle game in which time is of the essence as players strive to reach the goal in a certain number of steps.
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Compass Point: West Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IT’S A WEST WORLD
Compass Point: West is a neat, western take on town building and defense.
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Military Masters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKS PERSONALITY
A Rock, Paper, Scissors style battle, lacking some personality.
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It Came From Canada: Nightmare Guardians

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 19th, 2015

Nightmare Guardians is a game riding several big trends in the medium right now. Because all of those trends don’t necessarily align, the end result is a weird, curious experience that’s hard to precisely pin down. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t try in this edition of It Came From Canada!

So what are those trends exactly? Well for starters Nightmare Guardians feels like an interactive history lesson for a certain strain of Blizzard Entertainment’s evolving catalog. Players join a band of elite warriors to fend of waves of encroaching evil forces, and the dark fantasy atmosphere is just the beginning of the Diablo comparisons. The semi-automated gameplay has players tapping the screen to move their character who will then automatically wail on whatever is nearby that needs wailing on. From there it’s up to players to prioritize threats and protect the wall behind them from succumbing to enemy attacks. That means managing loot and experience and other action-RPG staples, as opposed to technical skill, is the best way to become powerful and succeed.

However, players aren’t exploring dungeons - they’re just surviving horde after horde of foes in a box. This structure makes Nightmare Guardians even harder to categorize. Later levels introduce shields and buildings to protect, giving the game a tower defense twist, but really it ends up turning into a single-player/co-op MOBA. Learning the different hero-specific spells like quick dashes or zombie-killing fire blasts, and more generic debuffs like spells that cripple enemy healers, is essential. Coordinating and strategizing with your partners, whether it’s a computer or another player online, also adds to the DotA vibe, as do little touches like “last hit” and “kill steal” bonuses.

But even that classification still doesn’t feel entirely complete because, for all that it borrows from these intensely complex and competitive genres, Nightmare Guardians is actually surprisingly approachable. Easily killing countless foes with flashy finishing moves feels like Dynasty Warriors of all things. The quick-hit, mobile-friendly framework could easily be called a wave-based shooter with swords and spells swapped in for guns. Based on my earlier online encounters it’s not hard to get into at all, which could be good or bad, depending on how elitist your perspective is.

If this preview sounds a little confusing, if the more you read it the less you understood about the game, well that’s just what playing Nightmare Guardians is like. But if you’ve been left intrigued as well, like I still am, you can check out when it launches everywhere soon.

Paper Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIY DUNGEONS
This game attempts to capture the magic of tabletop dungeon crawling in video game form, and it does so, but with mixed results.
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Avernum 2 is Coming to iOS on April 15th

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 18th, 2015

Spiderweb Software is bringing the next chapter of Avernum, their epic underworld fantasy, on April 15.

Avernum 2 will have you returning to the underground world where the Empire has decided to finally annihilate your people. It's time to fight back! The game has over 100 towns and dungeons to explore and over 60 spells and battle disciplines to master. With three different quests to fight the empire, dozens of side quests, and hundreds of magical artifacts to discover, the game offers over 50 hours of gameplay.

You can repel the invading armies of the empire in Avernum 2 this spring.

Galaxy on Fire - Alliances Receives its Biggest Update Ever

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 17th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JOIN THE FEDERATION :: Read Review »

Disrupting the Nebula is the huge new update for FISHLABS' Galaxy on Fire - Alliances. The update has a ton of new features such as the new tactical sector grid, which segments the game world and gives you info on hot spots on the star map.

Battles have been upgraded so that they now come in multiple waves. You'll have breaks between the differnt rounds to send reinforcements or order your fleets to retreat. And if you're looking for an edge in battle you can now rely on your spy drones to collect info - not just on planets, but also on enemy fleets.

The game also has a bunch of new social functions that will make it easier to invite friends, a global in-game chat, and push notifications to quickly call for allies.

And to celebrate this big update, FISHLABS has even opened a new server for the game. So if you want to try out all the new features, you can download Galaxy on Fire - Alliances for free now.