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:
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Civilization VI is a fantastic port of the excellent PC strategy game, and it just got some nice additional content added to it, which includes the ability to play as the Polish and the Vikings. We've spent some time with both civilizations, and now have some handy tips on how to best use each of them. See below:
The first thing to note about these pieces of downloadable content is that they aren't created equal. The Polish add-on for the game lets you play as the Polish in all of the game's regular modes, as well as a specific scenario to play. The Vikings, on the other hand, do not quite receive the same treatment. The Vikings civilization was already included in the base version of Civilization VI, so the Vikings pack only includes some new wonders, city states, and a Viking scenario to play through.
The addition of multiplayer to The Battle of Polytopia has catapulted the game from a fun enough time waster to a fully-fledged 4X experience on your phone. We've been playing quite a few matches over the past week or so, and we've put together a list of tips to help you get a leg up against your fellow human players.
Pick the right civilization
The Battle of Polytopia presents a pretty simplified version of something like Civilization, but that doesn't mean strategic nuances aren't still important. Before you even start a match of Polytopia, consider who to play as to give yourself a leg up. Are you playing against a ton of opponents? Choose the Vengir for a quick military leg up. Want a slower start to your empire? Take advantage of the mountains usually afforded to the Xin-Xi.
We're all still playing quite a bit of Disc Drivin' 2 over here at 148Apps, and we've gotten pretty good at it. Now that we've spent some more time with the game and unlocked more powerups, check out some of these more advanced tips:
Switch it up on the fly
So you may know you can switch between powerups in a match of Disc Drivin' 2, but did you know you can also do it while your disc is in motion? It operates the exact same way as when you're standing still, but you've got to be quick to change your powers and use them while on the move. This is a good skill to practice, because you switching from a boost to a brake at the right time to prevent a falloff could make the difference between winning and losing a match.
Alto’s Odyssey is a completely stunning and serene runner, but it can also be a bit tricky. Check out these to try and keep your cool while playing this endless runner:
Don’t focus too much on tasks
The main progression system in Alto’s Odyssey is tasks, which might ask you to travel certain distances or perform certain tricks in a run. While it may be tempting to try and get these tasks done ASAP, sometimes focusing on completing them makes them harder to complete. It’s often easier to accomplish more tasks more often if you just focus on having a really good run instead. On a good run, there are multiple opportunities to complete any given task, which increases your likelihood of getting them done.
A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and figured out the best way to start hopping online and playing against people. Check out the tips below:
Pay to play
Although The Battle of Polytopia is a free-to-play game, you can only unlock access to the game’s multiplayer mode if you’ve made at least one purchase in the game. If you’re not sure if you want to shell out just to play online, no problem! You can test out The Battle of Polytopia as much as you want offline for free before deciding whether you want to dive into an online competition or not.
Arena of Valor might just be the best MOBA on mobile, and a ton of people are playing it. The only problem is, everyone wants to play as a carry or other high damage dealing character. While I get the appeal of wanting to lay waste to the enemy team like a perfect killing machine, the key to victory is about having a quality and balanced team, which might require you to play more of a support role. These characters aren’t quite as straightforward as high damage dealers, so check out this handy guide to pick the right support character for you:
Dig Dog is a platforming game that feels something like a cross between the arcade simplicity of Dig Dug and the ultra tough (but unwaveringly fair) Spelunky. Here’s a few tips to help you get better in your dogged pursuit of bones.
Go the distance
When you first start playing Dig Dog, I recommend just trying to get as far into the game’s Bone Hunt mode as possible. This is both because the Dig Dog’s other mode seems almost completely lacking in challenge and also because getting through levels in Bone Hunt can unlock new worlds that you can warp to immediately on new runs. If you clear enough levels to visit a new world a few times, you eventually get the power to warp straight there, which can cut out having to replay older and easier worlds.
Older dogs learn newer tricks
Dice City Soccer is a game that’s all about taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s not just a matter of luck though. Check out these tips to help you roll past the competition:
Team work makes the dream work
The basic idea of Dice City Soccer’s matches is that the team who rolls a higher set of three dice pushes down the field toward their opponent’s goal. With that in mind, it might seem like picking players that have a high probability of rolling high numbers is your best bet every time, but this strategy has its limits. Instead, it’s generally more effective to pair players that work well together so you can take advantage of abilities that can modify your rolls and your opponent’s rolls. Try pairing up players that activate abilities on the same numbers, and you’ll see your team working better than just rolling high numbers.
Surviving in the zombie apocalypse can be quite tough, particularly if you’re dealing with the kind of zombies that can only be dispatched with shots to the head. Headshot ZD gives you that exact task in a free-to-play, survival-action format, and it’s one of those games where it’s surprisingly easy to fail if you’re not careful. In the interest of saving you and your zombie team from being eaten alive, keep these tips in mind:
As you play Headshot ZD, you may run across survivors that will want to join your crew. In most zombie games, you might want to take these people under your wing, but Headshot ZD is not most zombie games. This is a game about survival, and the more people you bring into your settlement, the more mouths you have to feed. Unless a survivor has some unique weapon or really great stats, you might just want to keep your crew to one or two members, particularly in the early game.
Disc Drivin’ 2 is not your normal racer. Its turn-based gameplay and disc-based antics make for a really unique gameplay experience that might not be so easy to handle at first. Rest assured though, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be shuffling around the track with the best of them in no time:
Take your time
In a racing game, speed and quick reflexes are your friend, but in Disc Drivin’ 2, that’s not quite as important. In fact, rushing through your turn can easily lead to you making poor shots or invalidating all of your progress. Using all of your camera options available to you at the start of a turn is a good habit to form, and one that can make sure your prepared when you make your shot.
PAKO 2’s stylish crime action can get really overwhelming really quickly, so much so that it can be hard to understand what you need to do to get better. Don’t fret though, we have some tips to help you be a more effective wheelman:
Spend your money right
Between rounds of PAKO 2, you’ll be banking cash that you can then spend to unlock new cars and levels. Although you might be tempted to spend this cash on whatever the next thing you can afford is, you’d be better off not doing so. You can earn a lot more cash more quickly in PAKO 2 if you save to buy the Misty Fields level and a fast car as your first purchases. Misty Fields is an easy level with no cliffs, and cruising around that level as fast as possible will let you earn tons of cash really quickly.
Once you’ve banked a bunch of cash and want to start buying other vehicles in PAKO 2, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Each car comes with its own weapon with it, and they operate pretty differently. Here’s how the guns compare to each other:
- Pistol: Your standard weapon. Shoots at a standard semi-auto rate. Consistent, but not particularly fast.
- Heavy Pistol: Shoots like the regular pistol, though a little slower, but a lot more powerful. Is prone to miss. Not recommended.
- Shotgun: Shoots slightly slower than the pistol, but in a spread. Most shots from the shotgun take out cars in one hit.
- Submachine Gun: Shoots very quickly. Takes down cars extremely easily. Probably the most powerful gun in the game.
- Grenades: These only come on the Roadking, the most expensive car in the game. Grenades can do splash damage and take out cars in one hit. They can be really slow sometimes though and doesn’t feel as consistent at the submachine gun.
Speed is key
In PAKO 2, your effectiveness is rated solely by your ability to get people from one point to another quickly. Don’t worry about using roads or bumping into things occasionally, as long as none of those things slow you down. Speedy deliveries grant you a higher score and additional cash to spend at the end of a round, whereas taking a slow and steady approach may get you a longer play session, but very little to show for it.
Don’t get stuck
Once you get a hang of PAKO 2’s controls, there are very few situations where the police will be able to end your run by themselves. As long as you are staying ahead of them and not hitting other vehicles, they might tail you, but rarely will they be able to knock you too off course. If you don’t do this though, it’s very easy for the cops to take you out. Getting stuck in corners, or even just running into too many things and losing speed are the real dangers in PAKO 2. A lack of momentum lets the police pile up and overwhelm your vehicle, so as long as you’re a smooth operator, you can usually prolong your run for quite a while.
Meteorfall: Journey is a card-based rogulike that we love the super tight design of. It can be tough as nails, but there’s something about it that makes it compelling nonetheless. Here are a few tips that might keep you alive a little longer on any given run of Meteorfall:
Optimize your deck
In Meteorfall, your hero is only as strong has the cards in their deck, but that doesn’t mean you should just pick up any old cards and add them to the mix. The key to doing well in the game is making sure your hero draws all the cards you want and none of the ones you don’t. That means you should be choosy about what you put into your deck, and even remove cards if they don’t seem like they’re pulling their weight.
Cash rules everything around me
If you have the right amount of money, you can turn almost any run of Meteorfall around. You never know when a Store or a Blacksmith is around the corner, so be sure to bank your coins and spend them strategically on upgrading or buying new cards that can give you an edge moving forward. Be careful though. Your score at the end of a run is governed by how much money you collect, so be sure not to spend too much if you want to post a high score.
Look out for the boss
In general, it’s wise to fight enemies to level your character and gain experience, but if you aren’t too careful, you can find yourself face to face with a boss with only a handful of hit points left. This is an easy thing to avoid thanks to a little counter in the lower right of the screen, but it can be just as easy to forget and charge ahead, which could prematurely end your run.
Play to your strengths
You can choose to play Meteorfall with one of four different characters, and all of them excel at different styles of play. Bruno is a warrior that is good at dealing damage through basic attacks, Greybeard is a powerful wizard that can take advantage of spell synergies in a few different ways, Mischief is a plucky rogue that can deal a lot of burst damage and gain a lot of potions, and Rose is a healer that can drain her life to hurt enemies before healing back up with relative ease. Each character takes a little bit of practice to get a handle on them, but taking advantage of each hero’s strengths is the ultimate key to success in Meteorfall.
Question: What do giant mechs, tentacled aliens, and zombies have in common? They all feature in TURBO’s Super Senso, the highly popular turn-based mech battler which now finally makes its way across the pond to treat European audiences, as well as downwards to greet Latin American players.
Available to download from Google Play and the App Store, Super Senso isn’t just about brawn, but brains too, challenging players to kick ass online in strategic grid-based warfare. The better your squad, the better your chances of succeeding, so it pays to acquire as many eclectic ground unit types as possible.
Tako Bubble is a pretty simple and fun puzzler, but the game can get downright devious with its puzzle design. If you insist on not paying for the game and want to manage your lives appropriately, check out these tips so you can avoid getting stuck watching ads.
Look before you leap
One of the greatest things about Tako Bubble is its visual design. Not only is everything cute and colorful, but it is also remarkably communicative. Be on the lookout for x’s that appear in spaces nearby or cracks in certain tiles before you start swiping around and collecting bubbles. Take your time, look things over, and plot out a course of action. This will make sure you don’t trap yourself in an unwinnable situation.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good
In Tako Bubble, you want to collect as many bubbles as possible, but it’s not necessary to collect everything to reach the next level. All you have to do is collect the colorful bubbles in order to proceed. All of the other bubbles on a level might be tempting to go after, but they also present opportunities for you to die, so focus on getting through a level rather than perfecting it. You’ll last longer that way.
When all else fails, restart
If saving lives if your priority, then never die! You can do this easily by using Tako Bubble’s restart button. Pressing this button might make you have to retrace some of your steps, but at least using it doesn’t consume any of your precious lives. Use it as often as you need!
Get the hint
Certain levels of Tako Bubble bring up a little lightbulb icon at the top of the screen. This icon exists to give you hints on how to solve the level, so make sure you use it whenever you can. Any additional amount of information can be the difference between surviving a level and wasting a life.