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Would you like to know what we thought of this steampunk strategy game? Check out our Heavenstrike Rivals review!

The Basics

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  • Use Your Captain’s Powers: As part of the game, each player’s captain gets a special power. This can heal units, damage others, or cast other status effects. These powers refresh after a certain amount of turns. Players that use and time their powers according to a timeframe that aids their overall strategy will go far.
  • Use All The Lanes: When starting out, you may be tempted to plop units into a lane and then forget about them. However, changing lanes is key to Heavenstrike Rivals‘s strategy. As long as your units are taunted or blocked by another unit, feel free to switch around units willy nilly to keep opponents guessing. Also, when playing on maps with power up tiles, units can lane change onto the tile to receive the power up, and then can be moved back to their original spot. How cool is that?
  • Keep Your Units Alive: Even the strongest units in the game can’t do much to help you if they don’t stay on the battlefield long enough to fulfill their intended purpose. Additionally, some units and unit types get stronger the longer they are in play, so it’s worth putting in the effort.

Squad Building

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  • Don’t Underestimate Basic Units: When players start out in the game, they may want to start getting as many high powered units as possible in their squads, but this would be a mistake. The beginner units in Heavenstrike Rivals have low mana costs so they can get on the battlefield quickly. Considering the ultimate goal of the game demands players get within striking distance of their opponent, speed can be useful.
  • Build Squads With Balance and Purpose: As much as it might seem like a good idea to build a squad full of brawlers, defenders, or other units to max out bonuses afforded by special units, doing this is a lot like putting all of your eggs in one basket. For any one viable strategy in Heavenstrike Rivals, there is a super-effective counter strategy. Players that do not take this into account may stomp all over some opponents that are equally unbalanced, but struggle against thoughtful foes.
  • Build a Deck that Feels Comfortable: I know, this sounds almost overly basic, but it’s important. As much as Heavenstrike Rivals doesn’t look like a card game, it still operates like one. Putting in crazy new units that you aren’t familiar with can cause a lack of synergy or introduce elements of randomness into your strategy, both of which are things you want to avoid.

Field Tactics

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  • Mana Is A Limited Resource. Use It Wisely: All units cost a certain amount of mana, but all players can only have ten mana’s worth of units out on the field at any given time. With this being the case, players should be careful about what they summon early on and what foes they decide to defeat. After all, there’s no reason to kill a unit if it’s handily tied up and you have the upper hand.
  • Time Summons Carefully: At first blush, it may look like a good idea to send out all of your units at once. However, if you are too careless and lose a lot of quickly summoned units early though, you may find themselves with a hand so empty they can’t properly defend themselves.
  • Shut Down Gimmicks Early: As game that encourages players to incorporate unit synergy, players should be on the lookout for the key units their opponents are using in an attempt to tie their strategy together. For example, there are some units in the game that grant bonuses to every unit in play of a certain type, so taking out that unit as quickly as possible will minimize the impact of your opponent’s strategy.

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Released: 2015-02-25 :: Category: Games

Legions of Steel, by Slitherine, promises to be a turn based strategy game based off of the Legions of Steel board game. The League of Aliens and the U.N.E. (United Nations of Earth) must work together against the evil Empire of Machines before it can destroy the universe. Your job is to guide an assault against the Empire’s production facilities and disrupt their endless supply of reinforcements. You’ll get to choose from 2 playable factions and units with their own set of weapons and abilities. Who you choose will greatly impact your strategy for each of the 15 scenarios.

“In trying to faithfully recreate the thrilling experience of the Legions of Steel board game, we wanted to draw inspiration from successful classics such as Space Hulk and Doom: The Boardgame”, said Romain Soulie, CEO of Nyx Studios. “The addition of a very engaging multiplayer system, involving head to head, multiplatform challenges and the tournament system, really makes Legions of Steel stand out on its own”.

Legions of Steel is coming to iOS in May 2015.

Heavenstrike Rivals Review

Heavenstrike Rivals Review

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Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy formulas.

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RPG Rusted Emeth Review

RPG Rusted Emeth Review

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This role playing game does a good job of looking like its old school ancestors, but some technical flaws keep it from capturing the same magic.

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Swap Heroes 2 Review

Swap Heroes 2 Review

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This role-playing/puzzle hybrid series ditched a bunch of its roguelike/random elements this time around and is much better for it.

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Gameloft is releasing a new tycoon war game, called Age of Sparta. You’ll need to convince men and gods to work together to fend off the armies Xerxes and protect Greece.

The game gives you a wide variety of buildings that produce items, population, or military – including Infantry, air, and god units. it also allows you to attack or ally with other players around the world and compete against them on the leader boards. To buy items, units, and buildings you’ll need to create a steady source of coins and faith, but if you can’t wait you’ll be able to purchase gems or gain them in quests to skip wait times and buy premium items.

You’ll be able to download Age of Sparta very soon.

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Puny Stupid Humans Review

Puny Stupid Humans Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An amusing theme saves this otherwise generic strategy game.

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Tactical Strategy Game, Frozen Synapse, is Currently Free for Both the iPad and iPhone

Posted by on February 19th, 2015
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Mode 7’s Frozen Synapse is now available for free on the iPhone and iPad. Frozen Synapse is a challenging tactics game where you control a team of soldiers using simultaneous turn-based play to let you plan out your moves before you send them against the enemy. It includes 5 multiplayer modes, a 55-mission single player campaign, and a random skirmish Generator.

Frozen Synapse is pretty deep and intriguing, so you should definitely try it out now while it’s free.

via: Our Review
Dengen Chronicles Review

Dengen Chronicles Review

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This free-to-play card game seems a little to basic for its own good.

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Tactical Heroes Review

Tactical Heroes Review

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This game bears a striking resemblance to Clash of Clans but has a turn-based combat system and is set in space.

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Auro Review

Auro Review

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Auro has plenty of rules to keep to, but it's a very rewarding tactical experience.

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Fort Raiders SMAAASH! Review

Fort Raiders SMAAASH! Review

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Fort Raiders SMAAASH! takes familiar mobile strategy in a new, upward direction.

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Hello to y’all amateur sleuths out there.
We had a heck of a time checking Contradiction out. How much? Check out our review

Contradiction is fun mystery thriller with Kickstarter roots that merges live acting with mobile gaming. The idea is to solve a mystery by catching suspects in a lie.

Here’s how to spot the contradictions and get to the bottom of Kate’s death.
 

Gathering Information

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  • Magnifying glasses are golden – As you roam around different environments, be on the lookout for the white magnifying glass that might appear at the bottom right; its presence means there’s something crucial in that area to check out and/or collect. Not collecting/researching an area when the magnifying glass appears can hold up progress down the line.
  • Ask every possible question – The general premise is to catch suspects lying based on the answers they give during questioning. So ask away! As the game progresses and more data is used to generate even more questions per character, the list gets pretty long. Make sure no question gets skipped over.
  • Roam, then roam some more. And even more – There are many places to visit, and you should get Jenks to revisit places often. New places open up, the environment changes, and new characters make an appearance in areas as he game goes on. Use found items when necessary, and act upon new information. Patience is the name of the game. Use the navigation map to keep track of places that need to be visited again (blue pins versus green).


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Gang Nations Review

Gang Nations Review

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Gang Nations is a familiar base building kind of game, but it has a few original moments, too.

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Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena JRPG Review

Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena JRPG Review

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This role-playing game boils out all of the exploration in favor of offering an ultra streamlined rpg combat experience.

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Star Wars: Commander Gets a Big New Update, Adds Time-Limited Campaign

Posted by on February 5th, 2015
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Fans of Star Wars: Commander are in for some good news: Disney and Lucasfilm are updating the game with a time-limited campaign called “Secret Alliances.”

The new campaign brings a host of new units and features; per the press release:

Campaign Reward units include:

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· Johhar Kessen Hero Unit: Former senator Kessen’s custom sniper blaster, “Karina,” deals extreme damage to soft targets. While he can out-range many static defenses, his ability to damage them is low.

Rebel
· A-Wing Starship Strike: The Rebel Alliance uses A-Wing starfighters to support ground forces. Their powerful weaponry employs an advanced targeting system, concentrating firepower to dispatch particle shields. (Requires Starship Command)

· HWK-290 Starship Strike: Originally manufactured without weapons, this HWK-290 freighter was outfitted to drop incendiary bombs. The bomb blast affects a moderate area, making it most effective against infantry, but also very capable for attacking enemy HQs.

Empire
· TIE Advanced Starship Strike: A newly developed advanced prototype of the TIE Starfighter line, these starships are equipped with a highly sophisticated target tracking system, making them extremely useful against shields. (Requires Starship Command)

· VT-49 Decimator Starship Strike: Receiving command of a VT-49 Decimator is considered an honor in the Imperial Navy. Used as a raiding vessel, this ship drops firebombs which burn a moderate area. It is most effective against infantry, but also very capable for attacking enemy HQs.

New Features:
· Contraband: A new currency called “Contraband” will be introduced with this build. Players will be able to unlock a new, powerful unit that can only be leveled up using this currency.

· Traps: Players will be able to place three new traps around their base as a defense mechanic. Traps will have to be ‘reloaded’ using currency once they have been used to defend a base in battle.

We had an opportunity to formally review Star Wars: Commander last year. It’s available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store now.

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The Witcher Battle Arena Review

The Witcher Battle Arena Review

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The Witcher Battle Arena might look pretty, but it's all too simple and lacking in fun.

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Mushroom Wars: Space! Review

Mushroom Wars: Space! Review

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Mushroom Wars: Space! proves that the Mushroom Wars formula still holds up, but this new installment doesn't offer many original ideas.

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Nitropia Review

Nitropia Review

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Nitropia is a sometimes unremarkable tower defense game, but it has a few tricks up its (mech) sleeve.

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Review

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Review

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Despite its looks, this Warhammer 40k strategy game is about as graceful and elegant as the bulky space marines being portrayed.

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War is hell:
Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out!

Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s seemingly a lot to take in at first, but with 148Apps’ help, you’ll soon be able to effortlessly smack away whatever your enemies lob at you. Have at it!

War Tactics for Novices

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  • Claim your gifts when you play the first time – You should receive some gifts when you first play Blood Brothers 2, including a quantity of gold, some rare commanders, and some blood sigils (the game’s hard currency). These all come in extremely handy for the early portions of the game, so make sure to claim them! In fact, make sure to claim all your gifts every day. You don’t acquire them automatically, and if they sit in your mailbox for too long, they’ll disappear.
  • Pay attention to the weapon triangle – The key to victorious battles in Blood Brother 2 is adhering to the weapon triangle. Mounted units trump archers, which trump swordsmen, which trump mounted units. If you’re wielding a stronger weapon than your enemy, you’ll do double damage. However, if your enemy has the stronger weapon, you’ll have twice as much damage inflicted on you.
  • Save your blood sigils – When you lose a battle or run out of stamina, Blood Brothers 2 offers you the chance to continue or recharge for blood sigils. Don’t take the offer. Save your sigils for pacts, which are necessary for summoning strong commanders.
  • Don’t miss your chance for daily pacts – You’re allowed to conduct a pact for new commanders at three points in the day: Dawn, noon, and twilight. If you miss a draw, you can’t go back. You have to wait for the next window.

Advanced Maiming
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  • Try not to let enemies get the first strike – Keep your distance from enemies when you’re on the map screen. If a unit moves on you, they get the first strike. However, if you move on them, you get the first strike.
  • Tap to select a commander, and swipe to use their skill – If your commander glows blue, it means they’re ready to launch their special attack. Said attacks are usually best to save for strong enemies, however. Simply tap a commander’s portrait to put them on the battlefield and execute normal attacks. If you’d like them to use their attack for that turn, swipe upwards when putting them on the field.
  • Observe enemy details before choosing your commanders for a battle – You can take a look at enemy intel before starting a fight. Doing so lets you know what kind of enemies you’re up against, how strong they are, whether or not they can be recruited, and most importantly, what weapons they’re wielding. Always take a look at the facts, and choose your own troops accordingly.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe!
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  • Retreat to your base for healing – You can heal your units by retreating to your base. You regain hit points whenever you move out, then back in. Don’t spam the trick, however: You only have a certain number of moves to achieve your goal in a level.
  • Matching weapon-for-weapon will do in a pinch – Lacking the soldiers necessary to trump an enemy commander’s weapon? No worries. Matching a foe weapon-for-weapon is acceptable, too. Just try very hard not to put yourself in a position where your weapon is weaker than your enemy’s.
  • Turns recharge tactics – Tactics are valuable because they let you attack enemies from a safe distance. Every turn charges your tactics, so use them strategically.
  • Using tactics doesn’t take up a turn – Utilizing tactics against the foe – the catapult, for instance – doesn’t take up any turns. It’s not a bad idea to save up tactics for boss characters. They can really soften up a fight, especially if you’re hurting by the time you reach your final destination.

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Released: 2015-01-22 :: Category: Games

Blood Brothers 2 Review

Blood Brothers 2 Review

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Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system doesn't play fair.

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Chain Chronicle’s New Expansion Gives You New Characters Now!

Posted by on January 28th, 2015
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gumi Inc. has released chapters 7 and 8 for their line defense role-playing game Chain Chronicle. As Captain of your army, you can recruit 12 new characters in this expansion to help you fight off the ogre horde. You’ll be making your way to the Imperial Tournament to impress Princess Tsuru and rescue Phoena from First Lord Shuza. The update also comes with a few bug fixes and new features including a return login bonus, booster items, and Facebook friends invite rewards.

You can download Chain Chronicle for free on the App Store.

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Wars and Battles Review

Wars and Battles Review

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Wars and Battles puts up a good, but predictable fight.

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Warship Solitaire Review

Warship Solitaire Review

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Warship Solitaire might lack frills and looks, but it offers some thought provoking strategizing.

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Heroes of Gaia Review

Heroes of Gaia Review

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This free-to-play rpg looks a lot like Heroes of Might and Magic, but it's poor interface and layering of mechanics makes it feel unnecessarily messy.

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Ambition of the Slimes Review

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This slimy strategy game combines classic visuals with creative, original gameplay.

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Football Owner Review

Football Owner Review

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It lacks the soul and heart of other soccer management games, but Football Owner does benefit from being speedy.

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Hero Emblems Review

Hero Emblems Review

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Match-three to defeat waves of monsters in this challenging puzzle RPG.

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Raids of Glory Review

Raids of Glory Review

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Raids of Glory is a familiar base building game, but it's a well made one.

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