Hey There, Card Sharks:
If you’d like to see how much we enjoyed (to a point) all this card-collecting and fighting, check out our Elune Saga review
So, you liked the look of card collecting/RPG mash-up Elune Saga and you’ve gone and downloaded it. Now you don’t know what to do next or how best to save the world? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips and tricks on how best to handle everything. They should ensure you’ll be the finest fighter out there in no time.
- You’ll soon see that friends are important. You can recruit another player to help you out in battle, which is particularly handy when you haven’t got a full complement of 4 heroes yet.
- Add new friends often. The game recommends some fighters and you should definitely add them. They’ll come in handy.
- Save the best fighters for boss battles and anything else that’s going to challenge you. You can only use them once every few hours, so make it count.
- You’ll soon end up with plenty of souls/cards. Don’t bother keeping those with only one star. Instead, use them to upgrade your better souls, especially the rare ones. After a time you’ll find yourself doing this with two star souls, too.
- Equip your best characters with these highest star quality cards for the best results.
- Gold is partially gained through completing achievements. Pursue these achievements. They rarely involve going out of your way anyway, and gold is useful.
- Save up Soulstones. They come at a reasonably steady rate, which is convenient as 30 buys you a new soul/card. Save them up till you’ve got enough for two. Buy two in a row and the second one only costs 27 Soulstones. The 3 stone savings adds up!
- The arena unlocks fairly early on but that doesn’t mean you should try it. Wait a while until you have a full 4 character squad, build it up, then consider checking out the arena. It’s tough!
- Also tough but rewarding are the time-sensitive quests that come with the dungeon unlocking at level 8. Do these often but bear in mind that you need to be well equipped to stand much chance of success.
- Replay earlier missions. They’re great for easy experience and gold. You can set the game to auto and set aside your iOS device to do all the work for you.
- Positioning can make all the difference between success and failure. Put your low health units and healers at the back while the stronger units go to the front. Most of the time, the units at the front will take the most damage.
- Target enemies that can stun you first. If they stun you, you can’t move for a few turns, which instantly reduces your firepower. Don’t let that happen!
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Got a Sweet Tooth?
All these strategies for crushing candy (and soda!) are all well and good, but what if you want to know if you should even bother with it in the first place? Fortunately that’s precisely why we have a Candy Crush Soda Saga review
Have you recently downloaded Candy Crush Soda Saga and are in need of some help? We’re here with some handy tips and tricks to get you out of a jam!
It sounds a little obvious but remember – this isn’t Candy Crush Saga or any of the other Match-3 games you may have played. Candy Crush Soda Saga isn’t just about matching up anything and everything. All the levels have key objectives that you really need to focus on. Don’t be distracted.
- The Bubble Bear stages require you to make the bubble bears float to the top. This is done by matching up soda bottles to make the soda level rise, thereby taking the bubble bears upwards.
- Always focus on clearing soda bottles first.
- When you can’t match up a soda bottle, focus on matching directly above the bubble bears to help them float to the top that bit faster.
- It’s possible to have soda bottles float off the top of the screen. Don’t let them. Match them up before they get that far.
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How did we feel about all this zombie road rage? Check out our Earn to Die 2 review
to find out!
Just bought Earn to Die 2 and could do with some advice on what to focus on and just what to do? Never fear for we’ve got you covered! While Earn to Die 2 doesn’t require a conventional walkthrough, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can make your path to salvation a bit simpler.
Earn to Die 2 offers quite a few buttons, but you don’t actually have to manipulate your vehicle as much as you’d expect.
- Little taps of the left or right rotation button on the side of the screen will help the most here.
- Don’t overdo it as you’ll just flip your vehicle and potentially damage it.
- Do, however, keep your finger on the acceleration button. If you slow to a stop, it’s game over, whether you’ve got fuel left or not.
- Use the boost button sparingly as you’ve only got a limited supply. An ideal moment to activate it is when you’re just about to go up a ramp. You can go flying up it, giving you some much needed air and covering plenty of distance.
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Calling All Kingdoms:
Want to know why we’re calling it “one of the better tower defense games in recent times?” Check out our Kingdom Rush Origins review
Easily one of the better tower defense games in recent times, Kingdom Rush Origins HD is a very enjoyable experience. While you might feel like an old hand at it, this might also be your first foray into the series. Either way, we’ve got some helpful tips and tricks to hopefully ensure that your success.
Duking it Out
A lot of the strategy behind winning at Kingdom Rush Origins HD is knowing how to use choke points.
- Every level has one or more choke point – an area where the enemy is funneled through and is more open to attack, usually because of the environment around them. Figure each of them out and focus on using it to your advantage.
- One good way of using a choke point to your advantage is to create a blockade of an archer tower along with a melee tower.
- Archers are good at dishing out the damage but they’re too easy to get away from on their own. Combine them with a melee tower, however, and the ground troops slow the enemy down, enabling your archers to pick them off.
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Just downloaded Call of Duty: Heroes and need some handy tips and tricks on how to get ahead of the rest? As we often do, we’re here to help you out with getting started.
- Straight away, Oil should be your focus as it all goes towards building new structures.
- Build mines and oil pumps as much as you’re allowed to, but don’t forget you can gain such resources by taking out enemies.
- You’re given a protective shield at first, so use that safe time to upgrade and build turrets so you can withstand invasions later on.
- Buy a second builder as soon as possible so that you can construct two things at once. A third would be handy but will take some focused mission-chasing to achieve for free.
- Join an alliance as soon as possible. Safety in numbers works here and it’s good to have backup and assistance.
- Upgrading your Command Center is a wise move. It’ll unlock new structures and units, as well as boost your resource limits.
- You also unlock new heroes as you increase the Command Center’s level, and they’re the only troops you can directly control.
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Hey there, virtual animal lovers:
Want to know what we liked about this virtual pet sim, and maybe a little of what we didn’t like so much? Check out our Hatchi 2 review
So, you’ve downloaded Hatchi 2 and you feel in need of some guidance when it comes to what to do next? Don’t worry! We’re here to help with some general tips and tricks on how best to care for your delightful little pet.
The key is to make sure you keep your pet (or pets) happy and alive. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to do. Four things keep them happy enough.
- Cleanliness – Keep your pet clean whenever their hygiene bar drops. This is just a matter of tapping the shower button then ‘scrubbing’ the pet with one finger. It’ll take a few seconds and your pet will be much happier afterwards. This is particularly worth doing after they’ve had a bathroom break.
- Hunger – Feeding your pet is easy. Pick a type of food and drag it in front of their mouth. The pet will happily munch away at it and be all the cheerier for it. Most food is the same, but experimenting will feel more personal.
- Energy Levels – Like all of us, your pet needs sleep and plenty of it. Make sure you send them to sleep sometimes. There’s a useful tip here for multiple pets, too. Whichever pet you leave active is your dominant pet, meaning the others can be left alone without their bars decreasing. It’s worth remembering so you don’t have to juggle quite so many needs at once.
- Happiness – Happiness is boosted by playing games. We’ll go more into depth with that later, but remember that it doesn’t take long to play a quick game of something and it makes all the difference to your pet’s happiness levels.
Continue reading Hatchi 2: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on Keeping Your Virtual Offspring Happy »
Calling all agents:
Would you like to see what we thought of this rather pretty base builder? Check out our Agents of Storm review
Have you downloaded Agents of Storm, been bowled over by the graphics, and aren’t quite sure what to do next? Never fear, for we’re here with some handy tips and tricks to help any beginner get started!
Diamonds Are Your Best Friend
- Diamonds don’t come easily in this game, which is a shame because they’re very useful. For that reason, don’t use them early on. Encouraging you to do exactly that is a common thing with games like this, but resist. There’s just no point using them up to save you a minute of time, when later on they’ll be far more useful.
- To boost your diamond supply, work towards the achievements that Agents of Storm likes you to complete. You’ll earn a few diamonds here and there for completing some fairly straightforward tasks.
- You can watch videos for free diamonds, too. It’s a bit tedious, but it’s handy when trying to earn more. You could always leave the video playing while doing something else away from your phone for those few seconds!
- Put those diamonds towards the many enhancements in the shop. These can make all the difference. The Build Module reduces the cool down time between buildings, while Pagoda gives you experience just for being there. Waterfall gives you more gold from every attack you complete.
- Focus on upgrading your resource gathering buildings for that very reason. Gold is particularly useful as it’s needed for attacking islands. As island attacks are your main source of progressing anywhere in the game, you want to focus on this.
Continue reading Agents of Storm: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to be the Strongest Out There »
Cars: Fast as Lightning is a cute and fun app that combines racing and town-building with the charisma and marketability of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise. It’s a friendly game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a few tips to help you make Radiator Springs shine again.
- Complete quests to earn rewards – Quests queue up on the left side of the screen when you’re not racing. Quests offer rewards like experience and coins, and they’re a good way to get back on track if you’ve been meandering from task to task.
- Pay attention to the difficulty meter before you race – Each car you engage in a race has a difficulty measuring from one to four. Make sure to race within your rank if you don’t want to waste gas on a loss.
- Place attractions on the track to earn more experience with races – Don’t neglect putting attractions on race tracks. They earn you a bit of extra experience with every race, plus they make the joint look classy.
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Ahoy There, Seadogs:
Interested in knowing our thoughts on all this plundering and pirating? Check out our Plunder Pirates Review
Have you just downloaded the rather enjoyable pirate-em-up Plunder Pirates and are in need of some assistance? Never fear, for we’re here with a few tips and tricks to make your early days as a bloodthirsty pirate a bit easier!
- When you first start, you get the aid of a protective shield for the early moments of your pirating career. Take advantage of it! It won’t be there forever and it’ll cost precious gems to erect a new one. Don’t attack others during this time as your shield will drop.
- Use that safe time to build up your resources. Grog and gold are everything in this game when it comes to getting anywhere.
- The game is pretty generous at dishing out gems early on. Use that plentiful supply to hire a second builder to help you build more things at once.
- Use the remaining gems to start saving towards a third builder. Don’t bother rushing production; it’s just not worth it. Be patient.
Continue reading Plunder Pirates: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats to be the Greatest Pirate Out There »
Calling All Etherlords:
Want to know what we think of all this monster-mashing and world building? Check out our Etherlords review
Etherlords is quite an enjoyable mixture of card collecting, battling, and world building, but it doesn’t do a great job of teaching you everything you need to know. That’s where we come into it, offering you some handy tips and tricks to ensure that you’ve got a great head start on being successful.
Fighting It Out
- Combat is reasonably straightforward, being mostly automated. You can leave the game to complete the basic moves, but it’s down to you to pick out special attacks every 10 seconds or so.
- Always pick the special move that does the most damage. Whether that happens to be to an individual or to a group.
- If you’re up against a strong threesome, use area attacks like Earthquake to weaken them all.
- When duking it out with a boss though, you might be better off using a more powerful singular attack.
- Don’t forget to heal and buff up, too. You can’t inflict more damage if you’ve already been knocked out because you forgot to heal up!
- For that reason, keep a healer in your team whenever possible.
- About half way through Chapter 3, you learn the ability to switch where fighters are during a battle. Use this to your advantage in order to target specific enemies, such as a boss. It’s a handy way to still have some control over a fairly hands-off situation.
- Glyphs will occasionally appear and you can match these to your creature’s race in order to inflict more damage. This can work the other way too, so keep an eye out for an enemy gearing up to unleash a massive amount of damage.
Continue reading Etherlords: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Gaining the Best Team Out There »
Tap Sports Baseball is a pretty simple game to learn, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy game to master, by any means. To start your batting career off well, we thought we’d give you the heads up on some handy tips and tricks.
Curious to see what we made of this whole “tap to bat” management sim? Check out our Tap Sports Baseball review
- Learn when to hit the ball. It’s not always every time the ball comes at you.
- Sometimes you should let the ball go. Recognize what the pitcher is doing and whether that means there’s going to be a strike or ball up ahead.
- Miss the curveballs till you get your timing spot on. It’s all too easy to get a foul ball early on.
- Turn the sound up and listen for the sound of the ball hitting the ground to know it’s coming in low. If it is, don’t bother swinging for it.
- Learn when to hit early and when to hit late. It’ll change the trajectory quite significantly. Swinging later tends to place the ball on the opposite field while swinging early focuses on power.
- As in real life, right handed batters tend to do better against left handed pitchers, and the same occurs in reverse.
Statistics are Important
- If your player has a low hitting or power score, and there’s a runner waiting on first, bunt to get that runner across. You’ll sacrifice one out but it’s often worth it.
- Consider the speed of your runner when running for a base. 6 or higher and you’re fine, but lower than that and you should play it safe.
- If your pitcher is getting tired, the game will let you know. Acknowledge those prompts, sub him in exchange for a new relief pitcher. You don’t get to control the pitcher directly so take advantage of this limited power that you’ve been given. Tired ones will just make mistakes.
- Keep an eye on everyone’s stats. Hitting dictates the batter’s ability to make contact, while power tells you how far they can hit the ball. Speed is how fast they can run to base, and bunt indicates how well they’re going to bunt. Adjust your strategies accordingly.
- You’re given bonus games occasionally. Use them. There’s no reason not to and they’ll often help you progress faster.
- You can earn free gold by watching videos. Do this as much as possible as you probably don’t want to spend real money unless you have to.
- Plenty of things can be purchased but focus on upgrading your pitching and hitting coaches, as well as the other coaches available. Buying a free agent might seem tempting but focusing on coaching means the whole team benefits rather than just an individual player.
- Remember you can’t help with defense/pitching, so focus on those upgrades as that’s where it’s really going to count.
- Have plenty of games going on at once. Not everyone plays very often, or sometimes at all, so it’s more fun that way to ensure there’s always something to do. More importantly, advancing to the league playoffs depends on a certain number of wins so you want to work towards those as quickly as possible.
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Released: 2014-08-13 :: Category: Games
Hello gods in training:
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.
Never heard of Micromon
? Curious to see what we thought of it? Then check out our Micomon Review
and decide if it’s the iOS Pokemon
-like for you.
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
Some moves require stamina to use them, and they’re always the strongest attacks. Plan accordingly and try not to run out of these essential moves at the wrong time. Keep a supply of stamina potions on standby for the tougher fights.
Don’t be afraid to go on the defensive in order to use a couple of healing potions, especially when up against trainers that can be pretty tough.
Always keep a fast Micromon available. They’re exceptionally useful because they can strike more often – sometimes twice consecutively. They’re also more likely to have healing moves.
The Cardinal Rule
Micromon recently added an auto save function, but don’t rely on it. It’s not particularly clear and you don’t want to miss out on valuable progress. Save often. The last thing you want to do is lose out because you didn’t save at the right time.
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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!
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Released: 2013-07-25 :: Category: Games
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a surprisingly intricate game – well, surprising if you’re unfamiliar with the series, anyway – and as such there’s no shame in getting a little help. Which is exactly why we’re here! We’ve put together a handy guide for hunters who are just starting out, full of all sorts of useful knowledge that will hopefully keep you all alive out there.
So suit up, grab your gear, and get ready to lay the smack down on to very large critters!
So You Want to be a Hunter?
The first step to getting anywhere in Monster Hunter is figuring out what type of weapon (or weapons) will work for you. There are quite a lot to choose from – 11, in fact – and each one is different. The best way to try them all out is at the Training School.
– In order to access the Training School you’ll need to first speak to the village chief (the elderly woman by the fire). To find her, just head up/North from your home. Once that’s finished you can find the Training School on the opposite side of the Guild Hall.
– Select the Beginner School, read through the basic Hunter Info, then you’ll be able to select Weapon Usage.
– Weapon Usage will allow you to try out every single category of weapon in the game. You’ll be given a temporary set of equipment, and an item box full of handy items at the start. The weapons you use are decent, and the tasks are simple – just enough to give you a sense of how the weapon functions.
– The distinctions between each of the 11 weapon classes are too numerous to go into in a beginner’s guide, but an important thing to remember is that there are two main groups: Melee and Ranged. Both groups utilize completely different types of armor, so make sure to keep that in mind when crafting new gear.
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Posted by Rob Rich
on May 5th, 2014
If there’s one thing you need to know about FTL, it’s that it’s a fantastic game. A very close second thing you really need to know is that it’s about as unforgiving as that one extremely tough grade-school teacher that never gave anyone a break. Don’t play innocent, we’ve all had one.
So, while we here at 148Apps wholeheartedly endorse you rushing to the App Store to purchase FTL for your iPad immediately (seriously, go do it if you haven’t already), we also understand that you may have some trouble starting out. Or just in general. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips, tricks, and strategies to hopefully keep your ship and your crew functioning that much longer. Due to the random nature of sector layouts, encounters, and shop inventories there’s no way to guarantee success, but we’re certainly going to do our best for you.
via: Our Review
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a deceptive game because it can be so easy to get into, but doing well winds up being a bit of a challenge. Well, for those just jumping into the game with its iPad release, here are a few general tips on how to get better at Hearthstone.
If you’re serious about becoming a good player, dedicate yourself to doing so. This is not a standard mobile title, this is a Blizzard-made PC game that’s available on mobile. Yes, it has an easy learning curve to get into, but there’s a steep mountain to climb to be an expert, and part of that is collecting all the great cards that are out there.
So, if you’re going to go from newb to even just being respectable at the game, be prepared to dig in. Get ready to lose often, and to spend a lot of time learning how to play well as much as actually trying to play. Remember: you’re at a disadvantage because there’s plenty of experienced players out there already thanks to the game’s PC beta period, even though there are those folks just jumping in as well. Also remember: this is a free-to-play game. You may want to spend money on booster packs if you want to get better cards.
Take advantage of the resources that are out there. The benefit to this being a widely established game is that there are a ton of resources out there already. Use them! If you have a question, Google it – someone’s probably answered it! There are sites like the Hearthstone Gamepedia Wiki, Liquidhearth which includes a very handy tier list for the Arena mode and a forum to browse and ask questions in. This guide to the 25 best cards is extremely enlightening because some of them are common. Also, the game is one of the most popular titles on Twitch. Watch and see what people are doing, and learn accordingly!
Don’t be afraid to experiment. It can be easy when starting out to stick with the starting class and to just try and build them out. Don’t do so – there are nine classes in total, and it’s possible that one might be more conducive to your play style than another. So try them out as you unlock them. This is why I say you should be dedicated. You likely won’t get to a position where you are at an optimal level for a long time if you’re committed to being good.
So always be trying out different things, playing as different classes, trying different strategies, and especially forming different decks. I recommend reviewing a deck often: is a card a good idea to have in a deck? Would a new card be better than one already in the deck you’ve made that you’re comfortable with? You won’t know for sure until you try it out for yourself.
Pay attention. Try not to be distracted when you’re playing seriously. You want to know at all times what your strategy is going to be, what cards you’re going to play – and more importantly, not play, as a powerful ability might be better served for later. Mana amounts are more of a suggestion of what you can do, not what you must do. You have some time to make moves, so take advantage of it!
But the other big reason to pay attention is that decks are only 30 cards. While it’s impossible to know what exactly a player has in their deck, if you know they’ve used something already (especially twice), then you know what they can’t do in the future, or can even just have an idea on what they might do, based on their class (this is why you experiment)! Be smart, and you can outwit your opponent.
Play often! You’re not going to get better by not playing. Play regularly – practice against the AI, especially when starting out. But try to complete the missions daily if you’re a serious player: they’re free gold for the taking, and free gold means less real-world money spent on arena entries and booster packs (or just more of them if you’re intent on not paying)! And remember: the things you learn will stick more when you play and do them more. Your account will transfer between different platforms, so you can play wherever you so choose.
So get out there, and get Hearthing those stones for great victory!
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Since they’re technically the same game, I’ve added tips for Enemy Within
to our pre-existing guide for Enemy Unknown
. All of the Enemy Within
tips can be found towards the bottom of each category, and are denoted with a bullet point. You can also check out our Enemy Within
review right here
The X-Com series, particularly the earlier games, are notoriously unforgiving. Although while XCOM: Enemy Unknown has been modernized, and is therefore more player friendly, it’s no slouch either. In fact, even on the Normal difficulty there’s a good chance you’re going to get creamed if you try to breeze through it. But all is not lost. If you find that you’re losing soldiers at an alarming rate or keep getting the project disbanded because a bunch of countries freak out and leave, we’ve got a few tips you might want to consider.
Facilities are essential. Your manufacturing and research abilities, as well as your satellites, all require the proper facilities to operate. Completing a terror mission to earn five engineers could be a waste if you don’t have enough workshop space to use them. And that could lead to falling perilously behind in the early game arms race.
Research, research, research. Don’t neglect your scientists! The technologies they can uncover after studying alien corpses and weaponry are essential to giving your soldiers a fighting chance. By the same token, don’t be afraid to take aliens alive. Assuming you can do so with relative safety. It allows you to recover their weapons intact, which can then be equipped on your soldiers or sold for a tidy profit.
Don’t ignore the Council. You might prefer to spend your money and resources on better armor and weapons, but if you don’t get a few satellites in orbit and ignore the Council’s requests you stand to lose immense amounts of funding. Plus you can flat out lose if too many countries abandon the project.
Check your stores often. Sometimes you’ll acquire items you don’t need for research or manufacturing, and these can be sold off in bulk for a decent price. The same goes for alien tech and specimens you’ve fully researched. So long as it isn’t Ellerium or alien alloys there’s a good chance you won’t need it for the long haul.
Build smart. Most facilities belong to one of a few different categories, such as energy production or satellite use. Whenever two facilities belonging to the same category are next to each other either horizontally or vertically (i.e. uplink next to an uplink, etc) they both get a bonus. This is a very good thing.
Pay attention to your upgrades. You won’t necessarily have the chance to develop all of them, but many of the projects you can produce at the Forge (once it’s available) can make a huge difference.
Consider holding off on major tasks. Despite all the open-endedness Enemy Unknown’s story does progress linearly. Every so often an urgent mission or task will appear, and once it’s completed the next phase of the story begins. While the alien forces will get more and more difficult to deal with over time, regardless of where you are in the story, there are benefits to keeping the plot in check. Namely it gives you the opportunity to research better equipment and gather more resources before the endgame.
Don’t rush to build a Cybernetics Lab or a Genetics Lab right away. I know it’ll be tempting to try out all those shiny new toys as soon as possible, but it will take you a while to collect enough Meld (the new alien substance you’ll use to enhance your soldiers) for either one to be useful. You’re better off focusing on keeping your squads well-equipped at the start – you can always build either (or both) structures later.
Both cybernetic and genetic augmentations take time, so plan accordingly. No matter if you’re turning your soldiers into hulking death machines or enabling them to leap several stories into the air, you’ll need to wait a few days – in addition to the upfront money and Meld costs, of course. You’ll want to pace yourself so you don’t end up with half (or more) of your best soldiers stuck in surgery or whatever when the aliens start a new terror campaign.
MECs don’t use equipment. If you do ever turn a soldier into a MEC trooper, know that they won’t be able to use any of their old equipment. If you plan to augment one or two of your soldiers and they happen to be using nice armor or weapons, you can pass them along to the others and save a few million bucks on production costs.
Pay close attention to soldiers’ skills. Plan accordingly. Try to select skills that compliment each other, such as the heavy’s Holo-Targeting (accuracy bonus to all squad members when firing on an enemy) and the sniper’s Squad Sight (can target any enemy that other soldiers see, no matter the distance, so long as there’s a clear path to the target).
Consider having two or more of each elite class. It can take some effort but will be worth it. It enables you to create various soldiers with skills that are ideal for a variety of situations; such as a sniper that specializes in large, outdoor environments or an assault soldier ideal for cramped locations.
Upgrade the barracks. Don’t forget about the Officer Training School. Many of the upgrades you can acquire can be a huge help throughout the game; especially the ones that increase the squad size. Check in every so often as more options become available as your soldiers gain higher ranks.
Don’t ignore the support class. Having a medic on the team can mean the difference between a favorite soldier spending a few days in the infirmary or getting their own epitaph. Plus their smoke grenades can really help out in a pinch.
Sidearms can be your best friend. Pistols may not seem all that great at first, but they can mean the difference between life and death; especially plasma pistols. Make sure to give your most powerful handguns to your snipers as they can’t move and fire their rifle in the same turn unless they learn a specific perk. Otherwise, if you intend to move them at all, make sure they have rockin’ pistols. And make the effort to manufacture the pistol upgrades when you can, too. I’ve had my snipers take down enemies from quite a distance during their reaction shots using only a pistol on several occasions.
You wanna live? Get a S.H.I.V. The S.H.I.V. is a small robotic vehicle, not unlike a human-sized tank. They’re no replacement for a battle-hardened soldier but with enough research and development they can be quite devastating. Plus they’re the perfect expendable solution to filling an injured soldier’s spot on the squad during a mission.
Use the right armor. You might think it’s clever to put every single soldier in your squad into the most durable armor you can find, but it’s more likely to hinder them. For example, snipers shouldn’t be on the front lines, and therefore could benefit a lot more from armors that may not be super-tough but can help them reach the high ground easier.
Award medals to your soldiers as soon as you get them. Medals another of the new additions in Enemy Within, and you can use them to give your favorite soldiers a slight boost to various skills or attributes. Each medal can be assigned one of two permanent buffs (in other words, once you pick a medal’s effect you won’t be able to change it), so you’ll also want to think about what will be best for the long haul rather than what might be handy in the moment.
No matter how cool it sounds, don’t turn everybody into cyber soldiers. Sure MEC troopers are a force to be reckoned with, but they aren’t as adaptable as regular or genetically modified soldiers. One or two MECs will probably be enough. And MEC suits are interchangeable, so even if you lose a cybernetic soldier you can still pass their rig onto someone else.
Autopsies lead to more modifications. As with the rest of your technology, the more types of aliens you autopsy the more gene and cyber mods you unlock. If you want to really dig into either of these new sub classes, make sure you don’t dawdle when it comes to cutting those bodies open.
The Foundry can be a MEC trooper’s best friend. In addition to a few new projects that benefit regular soldiers (such as giving everyone the ability to carry two items), there are quite a few that are specifically tailored for MEC troops. Things like improved armor durability and movement. Make sure you check these projects out if you’re serious about cybernetics.
Converted MEC troopers keep their ranks. This is important because, just like regular soldiers, higher ranks means more skills. If you convert a high-ranking soldier into a MEC trooper, you’ll be able to access the same number of skills from the MEC skill tree. It gives you a bit of a head-start, as it were.
Both cyber and gene mods are irreversible. The game makes sure to tell you this, but it bears repeating: once you modify a soldier, you cannot go back. On a similar note, MEC troopers can never be genetically modified or vise-versa.
Cars can, and will, explode. It seems obvious but I can’t stress the importance of keeping an eye out for burning vehicles enough. Cars and trucks do provide decent cover, but once they catch fire it’s only a matter of time until they blow. And you don’t want your soldiers near them when that happens. So take a moment to see if the vehicle you plan to move to, or are currently hiding behind, is a ticking time bomb before you make a move.
Don’t take unnecessary risks. It’s often better to miss out on alien tech than to lose a skilled soldier. Take it slow and don’t spread out too much. If a soldier encounters an alien squad and no one can reach them within a turn or two, they could be in serious trouble. Splitting up into groups of two or three is usually the best way to go. At least until your soldiers reach the higher ranks.
Head for the high ground. Everyone, soldiers and aliens alike, benefits from a higher elevation. The higher up you are, the better your accuracy and the worse your enemy’s is. It’s not worth taking unnecessary risks to get to the top of a building or anything like that, but if you have the chance to take a higher vantage point then do it.
Never, ever, ever, ever, blindly rush in to a room. It doesn’t matter if it’s a UFO, base, regular mission, or terror site. It’s a sure-fire way to get vaporized. Approach with caution instead. Get at least two soldiers into good positions, preferably with one next to a door or window, and go into Overwatch. Then carefully open the door or peek in on your next turn.
Approach all newly encountered alien species with extreme caution. At least until you know what they’re capable of, and especially if you’re new to X-Com. What looks like a pushover could quite possibly decimate your entire squad if given enough of an opportunity. Just assume every new life form you encounter is the most dangerous creature you’re ever going to face and you should be all right.
Take ‘em alive. It’s not always feasible, or worth the risk, but when you can you should try to capture an alien or two alive. Not only can their interrogation lead to new research opportunities, you’ll be able to recover their weapons intact which could save you a fortune in engineering costs.
Push forward at the beginning of your turn, not the end. When you move ahead into unknown territory you always run the risk of encountering a squad of aliens. Believe me, it’s much better to discover them after only moving one or two soldiers than all of them. It leaves the entire squad incredibly vulnerable, especially in the later levels.
Keep Chryssalids as far away as possible at all times. You’ll typically see these spider-like aliens during terror missions but they can (and will) appear elsewhere. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Trust me.
Surprise attacks are possible. While the aliens are definitely at an advantage most of the time, they aren’t omnipotent. Use this to lure them into a trap on occasion. If your soldiers can’t see them, they can’t see your soldiers, so it’s possible to set a few up in key locations and use one of your own as a decoy to draw them into range.
Don’t underestimate Sectoids. Sectoids are the most “normal” of Enemy Unknown’s, and possibly the most common. However, while they aren’t particularly durable they can use their telepathic abilities to strengthen their comrades. However, if you kill a Sectoid while its mind is merged with another alien both will die. Keep that in mind.
Pick augmentations that suit a soldier’s class. Most of the genetic modifications you can research are useful in a variety of situations, but some are far more tailored to certain types of solders than others. For example, giving your sniper the ability to jump super-high will make it much easier for them to reach the high ground in a hurry. The modification that prevents poison and strangling is also great for snipers as they tend to hang back in combat, which leaves them susceptible to the new Seeker enemies (think robotic flying stealth squids). Similarly, it’s most beneficial to give your scouts (typically Assault or Support classes) mods that allow them to ‘sense’ enemies that are still hidden.
MEC troopers are not invincible. Oh sure they’re more durable than regular soldiers but they’re also bigger targets and they can’t use cover. Until you’ve got a high-ranking soldier using a second or third tier MEC suit, you’ll want to avoid using them as walking, talking shields.
Try to use two MEC troopers, one with each kind of secondary weapon. The flamethrower can be monstrously effective against Chryssalids, especially when they group up, but it has a very limited number of uses during a mission and the lack of range makes it a poor choice against targets with guns. Foundry upgrades can make it more formidable, though. Conversely, the pneumatic fist (I don’t care what it’s actually called, that’s what I’ve dubbed it) has absolutely no range. However, it can one-shot most small enemies and may even knock them several feet through a wall. It can also be a very effective (and cool looking) way to finish off larger enemies like Berserkers and the new Mechtoid.
Play around with new types of equipment when you can. Enemy Within also sports a number of new secondary items for your soldiers to carry into battle such as grenades that can stun your enemies temporarily and special ammo that deals significant amounts of damage but isn’t useful over long distances. There’s no reason you shouldn’t try most (or all) of these new toys out – especially once all of your soldiers can carry two items apiece.
Do NOT investigate the fishing village. Trust me.
The Most Important Thing
Be prepared to lose. A lot. Newcomers, especially. XCom is a fair game, but it’s also fairly unforgiving. A few wrong decisions early on could create a ripple effect that totally undermines your progress later (see previous tips about selling gear and tending to the Council). Depending on the difficulty and options selected you could also lose a beloved soldier in a flash thanks to one silly mistake. Avoiding these situations is incredibly difficult, but learning from them doesn’t have to be.
If you’ve got your own tips and strategies you’d like to recommend feel free to chime in below. With the odds stacked so firmly against us, We’ll need whatever help we can get.
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The App Store can be a wonderful place full of far too many games to count spread across every genre imaginable. However, despite all the rules and regulations for submissions, a few shady characters will inevitably fall through the cracks. In my numerous App Store searches I’ve seen my fair share of cash-grabs, some obvious and some not so much, but I’ve also begun to notice a few telltale signs that can be a good indication of a developer’s intentions.
This guide is not written in stone, and there are always exceptions to every rule. And I in no way mean to imply that the majority of App Store developers are simply out to con the unwary out of their money. Quite the contrary. Most of them are great folks who are just trying to make an honest dollar doing what they love and making other people happy. I only wish to pass a few tips along in the hopes that it may give you all a better idea of some of the things to look out for.
Tip #1 – Judging a game by its icon
Not all icons can be winners. That being said, if you see an icon featuring a recognizable character or a recognizable character who’s been slightly tweaked so they look a little different, proceed with caution. Using an icon that looks incredibly similar to a top selling iOS (even PC or console) game is a tactic often used to trick potential buyers.
Tip #2 – Check the screen shots
Screen shots are another good indication of legitimacy. They won’t all feature showpiece visuals but they still need to be there. If a game only has one or two screens available for viewing in the store, and those screens don’t actually show any in-game content, tread very carefully. Another “tell” of sorts is the actual content of the game screens. If the visuals look exactly like another game, or if (and I’ve seen this before) it looks like someone pasted some virtual buttons on top of a screencap, you might want to think twice before buying.
Tip #3 – File size
You see a game that looks awesome and the description makes it sound like the best thing since, well, the iPhone and it has a dozen glowing reviews. Before you hit “Purchase,” just take a quick peek at its file size. If this jaw-dropping showcase of iOS visual prowess takes up 5 MB (or even 50), it’s highly unlikely those screens or reviews are for real. Which brings me to my final tip.
Tip #4 – Check those reviews
User are largely subjective, but they can still be quite telling. If a game has a dozen five-star reviews and three or four with one-star, take the time to read the one-stars. Not liking a game is one thing, but when a buyer claims the game in question is totally different than what’s advertised you might want to pay attention. Also look out for reviews that are way too positive. It might be a trap.
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