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With a brand new Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, prepare yourselves for Disney and George Lucas’s space fantasy throwback to be more omnipresent than ever before. So it should come as no surprise that new adventures in that galaxy far, far away are coming to mobile as well. The latest example? Star Wars: Commander. We check to see how strong the Force is with this upcoming strategy game in this edition of It Came From Canada!
As much as its creators try to deny it, Star Wars: Commander is Clash of Clans with the Star Wars license. Players begin as independent Tatooine mercenaries who have unfortunately gotten on the bad side of powerful gangster Jabba the Hutt. So to survive, players can either join the Empire as it continues conquering the galaxy or make friends with the Rebels heroically struggling for freedom. Whatever they choose, players then begin building their base and taking on missions.
At their headquarters, players can upgrade new structures and droids to help bolster their forces. Depending on what faction they choose, hero units like Han Solo or giant death machines like AT-ATs will be at their command. With these units, players take on the light real-time strategy missions that make up the game’s single-player campaign. They can also ally with other players or launch offensives against them. However, that means they must remember to keep their own base safe as well by constructing defensive walls and turrets along with deploying strategic air strikes. The missions themselves are brief, easy, and mostly just focus on destruction, but it’s lame how any units brought in can never be used again even if they survive. It leads to needlessly conservative play.
But again, all of this will be familiar to Clash of Clans players. This is mostly just an elaborate Star Wars skin. However, it is hard to deny how great a skin that is. The character models, sound effects, and musical cues are not only fantastic, but almost overwhelmingly nostalgic for the original trilogy.
If this is all part of the master plan to get people excited about Star Wars again, it’s working. Star Wars: Commander is currently in a soft launch phase and will coming to a galaxy near you very soon.
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After Homer accidentally caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield, it was up to you to rebuild it.
Now The Simpsons Tapped Out, by EA Games, asks us to prepare for battle with their new Clash of Clones update. You can raise up your army of nerds led by a barbaric Homer to raid your neighbors’ castles. Just make sure you don’t neglect your own defenses.
You can download The Simpsons Tapped Out for free on the App Store.
When the evil alien invaders inevitably come, it’s pretty much guaranteed that only the pure innocent hearts of children can save us – or at least children as well-armed as the cast of “Attack the Block.” So we might as well start preparing now with Scrap Force, an upcoming turn-based strategy game where children use alien power to protect the planet with homemade weaponry. We find out just how much kids rule in this latest edition of It Came From Canada!
Scrap Force consists of a lengthy series of turn-based battles between plucky neighborhood kids and evil alien Obliteroids. Each match is one-on-one with two teams of six facing each other using three lanes that are two-units long. Players don’t create units, but rather draw from a shuffled group of heroes to place on the battlefield. At the start of each round, players and enemies are given an increasing amount of power shards. With more shards, stronger heroes can be summoned, so the match escalates no matter what.
The hero variety is really what gives Scrap Force its depth. Every new warrior has his or her own quirks to learn. Some can attack as soon as they are placed. Others steal power shards with each hit. Some kids can move in more directions while others just have more sheer strength. There are tons of strategies and counter-strategies to form using these unique abilities in concert. Skillfully balance these fighters to defeat alien foes and topple their base. Using items like bowling balls and hot dog dynamite helps, too. And with its simple 3D playground characters and environments, the whole thing has a neat Backyards Sports vibe. Except it’s galactic warfare instead of football.
In between rounds, players can summon new heroes and upgrade old ones with the scrap they’ve collected. Downtime isn’t optional either, since the game’s freemium timers keep players from just blasting through the campaign. That means players will be spending a lot of time with these child soldiers. But given what we’ve played so far, that might not be such a bad thing.
So be on the lookout for Scrap Force once it fully launches soon.
Curious to see what we thought of 22Cans’ whacky-looking god sim? Check out our Godus review!
Enjoying the delights of Godus but could do with a helping hand? We’re here to give you some simple tips and tricks to get you started and on your way to being a great God.
You Gotta Believe
- There’s going to be a lot of sculpting ahead of you, especially early on. Try to plan ahead. Belief fades fast and you don’t want to run out midway through creating a flatter plain ready for developing on. Don’t just clear land for the sake of it. Think it through before you begin.
- The same goes for building structures. You want to keep people together for maximum efficiency and don’t forget that early on, only nearby workers can get to work on building a new settlement. Later on, you’ll be able to entice them further afield but you’re quite restricted at the start.
- Make sure there’s room to place trees near the settlements. More belief is gained that way, which is always a good thing.
- Remove rocks that are nearby such dwellings, as they’ll decrease your belief gains.
- Removing rocks, as well as surplus trees, is also handy because it provides you with some easy belief. Do it. Often.
- Belief isn’t used up if you’re sculpting land from beneath the sea so if you’re desperate for space and low on belief, drag out the beaches.
- In other games, collecting all that belief would be irritatingly tedious, but Godus simplifies matters. You can just hold a finger down and drag it around to collect belief up en masse.
- A similar process can be used to ‘leash’ followers but you want to use that ability sparingly as it uses up belief.
Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day
- Keep building and steadily expanding. The more followers the better as it’ll unlock new cards and generally provide the whole point of the game. It’s a slow process, but worth it.
- Make room for farms and mines to be near settlements. You need plenty of both and clustering will soon be essential to your success.
- Work towards the beacons scattered around the land. They’re Godus‘s way of encouraging you to follow a certain path but they’re pretty handy for unlocking new areas.
- When you’re worried about your followers’ and their eating habits, cast Rain of Purity on Crop Fields. Wheat grows much quicker this way than waiting it out. It can make all the difference.
- Unlock cards as quickly as possible but don’t necessarily use them all. Some are more hassle than they’re worth so be wise with what you upgrade via stickers.
- Speaking of stickers, these can be gained through completing Journeys but also through discovering treasure chests littered around the world. Look out for differences in the land, such as a sparkly section, and start digging to retrieve anything from diamonds to stickers.
All in the Journey
- Regualarly going on Journeys is essential to progression, as well as having more fun with Godus. Do so frequently.
- When you first start a Journey, plan what you’re going to do carefully. The time limits are often tight, especially when you’re fighting with poor path-finding. Those followers really aren’t very bright at all.
- Don’t bother sending more followers than you need to. It’ll just be a waste if you fail the level.
- Treat the followers like Lemmings. They’re dimwitted and really need to be dealt with like mindless drones. Because that’s exactly what they are.
- Because of that, make sure you block paths to stop them from either going the wrong way or walking into danger. The Journeys are often simple enough. The tricky part is in keeping those followers safe from their own stupidity.
- You’ll be infuriated at times, either by your followers’ inability to think or just the slow pace of the game. Be a kind God. Using negative God powers only tends to cause trouble in the long term and you want to keep your people happy through any means necessary.
- Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s going to take a while to get in your stride and truly see significant improvements. Accept it and enjoy.
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Evolution: Battle for Utopia by My.Com has received big update titled “The Black Legion.”
The Black Legion update brings players six more regions to explore, 10 new types of weapons, and three new types of defense to help them battle the army of General Kurbatov. It also raises the level cap to 58!
Player’s defensive capabilities are also getting an overhaul: now you can fortify your base with turrets and allies. Lastly, if you feel like a challenge, you can try out Black Legion’s two new mini-games.
Evolution: Battle for Utopia is available for free on the App Store.
Just downloaded Micromon and not sure where to begin? Here’s a helping hand in the form of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.
Elementary, my dear Micromon
- It’s a concept that those used to other RPGs or Pokemon will know by heart, and it makes the difference in battle. Every element has its own strength and weakness. Besides the common/normal type of monster that is pretty neutral to everything, the other four each have pros and cons. Playing to their strengths is vital to success.
- Fire is weak against water, but it’s strong against wind based monsters.
- Water is weak against wind, but it’s strong against fire.
- Wind is weak against fire, but strong versus water.
- Mineral (or earth type) is weak against water, but strong against wind.
- It’s a simple mantra but one that you really need to remember if you want to succeed. It makes such a huge difference to whether you win easily or struggle greatly.
Grinding it out
- You’d be wise to regularly fight it out with other foes. It’s more fun that way, but it also means you can gain new Micromon as well as level-up your team.
- The grass is where most of the action is. Look out for sleepy looking Zs floating upwards. That means you can surprise the sleeping Micromon, easily giving you the upper hand.
- Get out the grass quickly though, if you don’t want another attack on your hands.
- Odds are you’re going to want to catch ‘em all, but if you just want to complete your database, you can simply witness a Micromon to get that all important entry.
- Capturing a Micromon is a matter of getting their HP as low as possible beforehand. You only get three shots at this, so plan well.
- Save your super chips for super rare or ultra rare catches for maximum efficiency.
- Don’t bother with Micromon that have low development rates. They’re never going to get to be anything exceptional so you’re just wasting your time with them.
- Similarly, bear in mind that store bought eggs always produce better Micromon than the wild varieties. They develop more quickly and are stronger on the whole.
Battling it out
The Cardinal Rule
The world of Battleheart Legacy is fun and deep; full of wizards, warriors, and witches. Here are some tips and tactics to help you get the most enjoyment out of this great game.
The people of the Battleheart Legacy world, as in so many other RPGs, have never heard of home invasion and thus have never invested in locks for their doors. Feel free to explore each building you come to as it may hold valuable gold and items that no one will seem to miss. Many areas will often also have a treasure chest tucked away for intrepid explorers to find. As you move around the world map, you will come across “Encounters”. These side missions can be anything from a random battle to get you XP and loot, to meeting an important NPC who might just be a trainer in your future.
Who am I?
As you play Battleheart Legacy, you will choose how your character levels-up and what equipment they will wield, but just as importantly, you will also decide how you interact with people. You can be either pleasant or snarky but be warned: NPCs have feelings too, and some of them may just turn on you if you are being a jerk.
When you gain enough experience to level-up, refrain from doing so immediately. Wait until you can return to the trainers at the Academy in Eston – one of the starting areas and a hub where most trainers will appear. Each level of a class requires different stat minimums to be met, so waiting to invest your stat points until you know what you need will save you some grief.
In addition to the starting classes available at the beginning of the game, there are some classes that you will have to explore to find – like the Ninja, Bard, Necromancer, and Monk. It is generally easier to stick to one or two classes your first time around so that you’re not spreading your valuable stat points too thin. Some classes have good synergistic qualities, like Knight and Paladin working well together, as they both require strength and endurance. Mixing and matching class abilities can be very satisfying, fun, and downright powerful (barbarian whirlwind + paladin ‘heal % of damage done’ powers are devastating when combined). Picking combinations that make sense is the key to developing an effective character.
Each level in a class gives you access to a new skill – either passive or active. These can be equipped and switched out whenever you are not in combat. You can always check out your character’s stats, skills, and equipment by touching their character portrait. On the stats tab, there is some extra info like dodge chance and speed if you scroll down on the stats section.
Don’t underestimate the passives. Passive skills can either give you a bump where you need it (defense, damage, etc), or completely change your tactics (equip giant weapons, deal extra damage at low HP). Experiment and plan accordingly.
You have five potions at your disposal, and while that might not seem like a lot, they replenish every time you leave an area and each one heals you completely. If you are getting low on health, don’t be afraid to pop a potion when you need it. If you are still having trouble, you can lower the difficulty setting and get unlimited potions. With that in mind, try not to die too often. You get penalized a percent of your gold each time you do.
Standing your ground and letting monsters beat on you is an easy way to lose fast. Most monsters can be tricked into mindlessly following you around, allowing you the time you need to recharge your special attacks while avoiding damage. Feel free to use your cooldown abilities and then run around a rock to break line-of-sight to save yourself from those pesky archers.
Enemies with big attacks will often telegraph their moves either with power-up animations or ground effects, which show you where their attack will land. Learning your foes’ patterns is invaluable in helping avoid damage, thus keeping you alive long enough to kill the monsters and grab their treasure.
If you find yourself out of potions and don’t think you can survive the next big fight, you can always retreat. Monsters do not respawn until you leave a dungeon, so you can always backtrack and leave the dungeon. Of course, the monsters will be back when you return, but you will get to keep whatever experience and loot you accumulated, and your potions will be automatically refilled.
Spend that Gold
You can upgrade your items pretty quickly and there is no real reason to hang onto equipment you have outgrown or cannot use. Gear tends to accumulate, and if you are going a melee route for example, you can probably safely sell that expensive but useless mage’s armor you picked up. Also, hitting harder is great, but don’t underestimate the value of defensive bonuses – monsters that hit like trucks can be made much easier to deal with by increasing your armor a few points.
As mentioned above, when you die, you lose a percentage of your gold. It is well worth your time to invest it in upgrades as soon as you can. By upgrading your gear and getting new skills, you have the added benefit of not really losing much when you die. Of course, you still need to save for that next big skill upgrade, but your shiny new armor will likely help you live long enough to do that, too.
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Editor’s Choice winning board game adaptation, Chainsaw Warrior, is currently on sale for a mere $1.99 and it’s for a very good reason.
Players are being given the opportunity to enter a competition to win a rare and original copy of the 1980s board game of the same name, plus the expansion cards from White Dwarf issue 88. It’s quite the special piece of gaming history for fans of the game, both young and old.
All you have to do to win a copy is to record a play session and submit a video link to the developers at email@example.com, and the best submitted run-through of the game will win the prize. It’s as simple as that! The developers promise that they’ll be marking on score, style, and aggression, and are excited to see how you defeat the Darkness.
Entries need to be submitted by August 17 to be considered, so get cracking.
Do you not have a copy of Chainsaw Warrior? Simply, snag it from the App Store while it’s on sale for $1.99 and enjoy!
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Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment have released Rise of Vigil – an in-app expansion for the iOS card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. The expansion adds a new energy shard mechanic, which gives players the ability to upgrade heroes, monsters, and constructs. This changes the dynamic of certain cards; making weaker ones potentially much more powerful.
Rise of Vigil also includes 46 new center deck cards; including 11 new Monster cards, 24 new Hero cards, 11 new Construct cards, and new starting deck art as well as new background theme art and music.
Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek says, “We’re excited to release this new expansion to the popular Ascension series and we thank fans for waiting. The new energy shard cards energize the gameplay by making players rethink old strategies.”
You can download Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for free, and purchase the Rise of Vigil in-game update for $3.99.
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Game of War – Fire Age has gone from strength to strength since its initial release, so we thought it was about time that we helped newcomers to the game figure out the best strategies to be the very best at it. Or at least, not quite as bad as they could be without any assistance. Take note of these helpful tips and tricks, and enjoy making your way towards world domination.
First things, first
Most games like these are good at teaching you the basics and Game of War – Fire Age is no different.
- Follow the quest lines it offers up at first. They’ll run you through the basics better than any explanation could offer, plus they get the foundations settled ready for your steady path towards being the best.
- Be aware of one particular quest, though. It asks you to scout another player, which is potentially a recipe for disaster if you annoy the wrong person.
- Pick out a player with a random name full of letters and numbers. That tends to mean they haven’t fully thrown themselves into the game because they haven’t renamed themselves, so they’re probably quite weak. Even better, they might have abandoned the game at some earlier point.
- Also, keep an eye on what alliance the player being scouted is part of. Safety in numbers is key here and you don’t want to annoy someone that’s part of a big alliance.
Join an alliance as soon as possible. Game of War – Fire Age isn’t like other games where being anti-social is fine. Much of your success is going to be down to being part of an alliance.
- For one thing, an alliance means you can ask others to help speed up your timers when building or researching things. Plus, in return you can do the same for other players.
- Build a name and reputation for yourself. People are more likely to help you if they know who you are, rather than being an anonymous number.
- Remember to follow orders. Alliances are serious business and while they can protect you from attack, you need to be a team player, too. It might sound occasionally tedious but it’ll pay off in the long run.
- Having said that, don’t mouth off in general chat. While you want to build a name for yourself within the alliance, you don’t want to draw undue attention from others who might be keen to bring you down a peg or two.
Resources are Everything
Keep your resources ticking along wherever possible. Game of War – Fire Age is pretty tactical here as you have limited space to allocate to your resources.
- Those wanting to amass a huge army might want to focus on farm building for the sake of food production, but a more balanced approach is better.
- Build around 10 farms with the rest of the spaces divided up between the other resources and watch as you’re rarely short of anything for particularly long.
Build, Build, Build
- As soon as you’ve joined an alliance, you can use a free teleport to move your city to a location near your allies. Do it. It’ll help. A lot.
- Once that’s done, focus on upgrading your stronghold. Don’t do it in a different order as once your stronghold reaches level 6, you lose that free teleport.
- Build plenty of villas to gain silver, which is vital for research. As well as that, try to keep everything reasonably balanced.
- Hospitals are useful because they help get your troops back up to scratch after a rough battle, but you also need plenty of barracks to train those troops up.
- Level up that academy as soon as possible for even better units to throw your enemy’s way.
- Try to keep your storehouse in line with your other resource levels, so nothing goes to waste.
- Finally, don’t forget the Gymnos. It ensures that if you get killed, a certain percentage of your hero’s experience points transfer to the new hero, meaning you don’t miss out as much as you could. Each Gymnos upgrade adds to the percentage gain.
- Take on alliance quests and daily quests every time you play. Free rewards are handy, plus it’ll make the game more interesting than simple busywork.
- Scout for abandoned places to attack. Some players will have given up a while back but still have left plenty of resources for you to gain for easy profit. After all, there’s no fear of retaliation!
Now that the sequel to the widely lauded Civilization Revolution is finally upon us, it seems high time to fill you all in on the best ways to lay siege to the world for a second time. But as any diehard Civilization fan already knows, the long and winding road to victory can be fraught with countless twists and turns. Hopefully, if you take a few of these hints to heart, you might be able to alleviate a few of those first devastating defeats.
Research Unlocks All Doors
No matter what the objective in the specific scenario being played, research will eventually be the key to success. Here are a trio of key research concepts to keep in mind as the battle progresses:
- In many cases, the other civilizations on the map are slow to expand outward. Take advantage of that time to pour extra gathering units into pulling in as many research points as possible early on. You will reap the benefits as the eras advance.
- Though the game does tout its ability to shift gears throughout the research trees, it is still best to put focus one specific area, with specific end goals in sight. Only after exhausting one avenue of advancement in an era is it really beneficial to branch out into other paths.
- There are great late-game payouts for each research tree, so make sure to check out the flowchart and find the payouts that will best compliment your playstyle.
The Evolving Role of Cities
As mentioned before, early on it is best to pour the most resources into research. But as time progresses and more cities are added to the empire, the roles of each province should change.
- When more settlements are added to the empire, don’t be afraid to move the production of battle or defensive units out towards the borders. Unless roads link the entire empire, transporting units towards the front lines become far more cumbersome than necessary.
- It is best to use the more internally located cities as resource mines for pulling in additional research points. The benefits of these advancements can then flow outward, further powering expansion
- As cities expand away from the capitol, don’t be afraid to change the production role of a city to better match its geographical location on the map. Try to think about what resources in the area are most beneficial to the whole of the country and if the location should be more focused on offense, or defending the core of the empire
- Don’t feel the need to establish settlements as soon as settlers become available. There is nothing wrong with idling these units until a more suitable location is found. Under most circumstances, patience will lead to far more beneficial locations becoming available from either a resource gathering or tactical sense.
Despite the game offering up to four different ways to win a match (cultural, economic, conquest, or scientific) it will be pretty much impossible to win without some form of moderate combat. When heading into battle, it may be best to keep the following things in mind:
- Get rid of warriors as soon as possible. They are quasi-useful early on when grouped into armies of 3 units, but their effectiveness wanes quickly.
- Evolve unit production along with technology. Don’t be afraid to move away from tried and true unit types you rode heavily (in the case of cavalry units, quite literally) early on in the campaign. All of the enemies will be doing the same, so don’t be the one bringing a catapult to a tank battle.
- Don’t be afraid to sacrifice a unit or two if you don’t have any scouts available. There is nothing wrong with sending one of the worthless warriors you have hanging around to the slaughter if it means you will be able to get a read on the level of your opposition. Sometimes it is better to lose a level one troop instead of a mid-level army that could be more effectively used elsewhere. After all, warriors are much cheaper and quicker to produce than the disposable spy units.
- Don’t forget to cover your back. Any city that doesn’t have at least one troop stationed within its borders is ripe for the conquering. This is essential to not lose sight of when in the throes of rapid expansion. An unprotected city is essentially like leaving the front door unlocked for anyone to walk in and claim for themselves.
- As empires become less centralized, consider using roads as a way to ‘hotlink’ provinces for quickly transferring resources and troops. In the long run it can make the difference between victory and defeat.
Above all else, Civilization Revolution 2 will consistently provide a different experience for every single match. Don’t chain yourself to one specific play style, and you will ultimately be able to harvest far more hours of enjoyment than those intent on pigeonholing themselves into a gameplay corner. So get out there and explore; there’s plenty more to learn and enjoy!
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Square Enix has released the Airport Box Update for Hitman Go today. It’s the first content update for the game since it’s release and it includes 15 new levels, new game-play mechanics (civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns), and new enemies. You can access the Airport levels either by unlocking them through regular play or by paying $0.99 to unlock them early.
Hitman Go is available in the App Store for $4.99.
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Turn-based strategy game, AERENA: Clash of Champions, is now available on the App Store.
Players can wage war in 10 minute bursts in this tile-based single and multiplayer game. Over 20 different Champions can be used as players fight it out on deadly flying arenas. It should be ideal for gaming while on the move.
AERENA: Clash of Champions promises deep tactical gameplay with live multiplayer complementing single player challenges. Future updates are set to include daily quests and cross-platform play.
AERENA: Clash of Champions is out now and is free from the App Store.