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Age of Empires: Castle Siege - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Building a Mighty Empire

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2015

[Want to know what we thought of all this aging and empiring? Have a look at our Age of Empires: Castle Siege review.]

Just downloaded Age of Empires: Castle Siege despite our review? Here are some tips and tricks on how best to get started, and how to eventually have the best empire out there, hopefully.

Super Awesome Quest - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on How to be Super Awesome

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 14th, 2015

[Still can't decide if you want to hit that "Download" button? Take a look at our Super Awesome Quest! review.]

Have you just downloaded Super Awesome Quest! and you're not sure where to begin? Don’t worry about it! We’ve got you covered with our handy beginner’s guide, ready to get you all set up and flying through the early levels.


Starting Out

  • Right at the start, you get the choice of two heroes. You can control either Greg the Paladin or Val the Valkyrie. Don’t fret too much, though. Once you reach stage 8 you can unlock the other one and switch between them as and when you like.
  • As you play, you’ll learn that the different characters offer different benefits, so try to keep their levels about equal. This will seem trickier at first, but you’ll soon get used to regularly switching between the two.

Formula Cartoon All-Stars - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Becoming the Fastest Racer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2015

[Deciding whether or not Formula Cartoon All-Stars is worth a look? Check out our review.]

Just bought Formula Cartoon All-Stars and not quite sure where to begin? We have some handy tips on what to expect and how to get started in your bid to be some kind of amazing cartoon-based racing star.


The Basics

  • Controls are pretty simple if a little limited. You have a virtual wheel to dictate where you go, plus a choice of two places to put it - either on the left or right side of the screen, depending on if you’re left or right handed. It might b worth experimenting here.
  • You’ve got the choice of two modes - Adventure or Tournament. It doesn’t really matter what you start with but I found Adventure a little gentler early on. The first few races, in particular, are easy enough that you can take the time to master the controls, as well as gain some easy coins.
  • Tournament is mostly there for you to compete with others. There’s always a new tournament to participate in and you can win a trophy for doing so. Of course, there are rewards involved too!
  • Adventure is the game’s form of story mode - unlocking new sections as you progress. In both cases, upgrades unlock across the modes, so you don’t have to worry about levelling anything up separately.

UNWYND - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on How to Unwind and be the Best at This Puzzler

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2015

[Unsure about UNWYND? Have a look at our review.]

Just downloaded UNWYND and not sure where to start? I don’t blame you. It’s a fun game but a little confusing, especially early on. Multiple solutions means you don’t need a walkthrough, but here are some helpful tips and tricks on how best to get the hang of everything.


Starting Out

  • Starting out, UNWYND is so minimalistic, it can be confusing. You start out with one red block and one green. As the game explains, a swipe from the red to the green creates a red ribbon, while the same is the case in reverse.
  • Swipes can occur in either direction. You can swipe up, down, left or right. The key here is to know what color ribbon you’re going to create through doing so.
  • The ribbon doesn’t stop until it clashes with another ribbon. Sometimes, that’s useful, sometimes that’s a problem. Remember it’s fine to create multiple small ribbons. One that simply aids a single block can often be what’s needed in order to complete the level.
  • Early on, if you mess up, UNWYND tells you to undo the move. While it won’t tell you how to do things correctly, and there’s no hint system (aww), that gentle nudge is helpful in reminding you how to do things correctly. A simple tap on the undo move button will take you back a step and you can correct your error. Particularly with these early stage, it’s usually immediately obvious what you did wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.
  • Besides the undo move button, there’s also an option to restart the whole level. In more convoluted stages, this can be frustrating as you try to remember every move you made, but other times, it can quickly fix a major mess of ribbons.

Divide By Sheep - Tips, Tricks, and Stretegies to Master Ferrying Those Sheep

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 2nd, 2015

[Is Divide By Sheep actually fun, or is it a bit dull? Take a look at our review to find out.]

Who would have thought splitting up sheep could be so involved? Anyone who’s played Divide by Sheep, that’s who! While we’re not about to give you complete solutions to everything (because that’s just cheating), we will happily give you some primers on how to get started and what to expect.

Siegefall - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being a Tough Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2015

[Undecided about playing Siegefall in the first place? Have a look at our review.]

So, you fancy establishing a base and ruling the world again. Siegefall is a convenient place to do that, but how about some great tips and tricks on how best to go about it? Here are a few ideas on how to get ahead as a beginner to this medieval world.


The basics

  • Resources are, of course, everything - As you level-up your keep, you’re restricted in how many farms and sawmills you can have. Make sure you always hit that cap as soon as possible. This should always be your priority. Upgrade them wherever possible, too.
  • Keep your storage buildings high in number and fully upgraded, too - It’s all part of an eco system that really helps in keeping you strong.
  • Don’t bother rushing many buildings early on - Be patient and save those gems for bigger projects. You don’t want to feel lured into making in-app purchases for no reason, do you?
  • Plan your base carefully - Learn from enemy base layouts and see how things work out for them. A lot of effective designs are almost puzzle like in nature and you can set things up so that troops are pushed into bottleneck scenarios, if you plan carefully.
  • One useful tactic is to bait your enemy with less useful buildings near your defensive walls. Surround them with towers and you can chip away at the invading enemy quite well.
  • Upgrade your barracks and troop types frequently to ensure that they can still handle combat effectively.

Battling it out

  • Focus on the single player campaign until things get too tough - You can acquire plenty of resources to strengthen your base, making it the perfect time to switch to multiplayer and take out some of the opposition.
  • Single player has the added advantage of unlocking new heroes, which is great news for you! It’s more fun that way, too.
  • Don’t forget the challenges either, with these unlocking useful new treasures and other bonuses.
  • It’s tempting to use all your cards quickly but don’t do it - Save them for when you really need them, especially the particularly strong cards such as the area effect attacks. If nothing else, those cards aren’t cheap and you don’t want to waste money for nothing.
  • Don’t forget to upgrade your Card Keeper so you can enjoy extra slots and some extra flexibility.
  • Try to keep a heal card at the ready at all times - They can make all the difference in battle, even more so than offensive cards.
  • Remember to scout ahead when facing a new enemy - You can plan accordingly that way and know what troops will work best in which scenario.
  • Keep an eye on your hero in battle - They’re tough but not invincible. You want to keep them alive at all times. Partly because they cost money to re-hire but also because they’re the troop type that you can directly interact with. Use them to focus on defensive structures, in order to make the invasion smoother for other troops.

Riff the Robot - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Flinging That Robot

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2015

[Not sure if you want to riff on this particular robot? Have a look at our Riff the Robot review.]

So, you’ve just downloaded Riff the Robot and you need some help? Don’t worry, here are some great tips and tricks for beginners. They’re sure to give you the edge when going for those high scores, as well as help with deciphering some of the scoring system.


The basics

  • This isn’t like Peggle. Riff the Robot is more skills based - Remember that once you’ve launched Riff, you can still manipulate him by using his thrusters. Tapping left or right at key moments can make all the difference to maintaining a steady run and acquiring plenty of points. It's a little tricky at first, but it really does help in the long term.
  • Thrusters are particularly handy when you’ve missed the catapult - You’ve got a chance of being saved by the portal but only if you land on it. This is where careful tapping of the thrusters can really save you from losing your life.
  • Remember that you’ve only got one life. Don’t waste it - Often, you don’t have to worry about a timer, so line those shots up well for maximum efficiency.

Cooking Dash 2016 - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Make You The Fastest Server Out There

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2015

[Not sure if scrambling around an eatery is your thing? Take a look at our Cooking Dash 2016 review.]

Have you just downloaded Cooking Dash 2016 and you're feeling a little intimidated? I don’t blame you. It’s a scary world out there. While we can’t offer you guides to how to complete each level most effectively, we can offer you a selection of tips and tricks to make that transition go a little more smoothly.

Fallout Shelter - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Keep Your Vault Safe

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2015

[Haven't quite decided if you want to give Fallout Shelter a try? Check our review to see what we made of it.]

Fallout 4 will be here by the end of the year and you’ll probably be in dire need of a Fallout fix before then. Fallout Shelter might well be what you’re after, even if it is more like a freemium sim than a true Fallout. Here are some general tips and tricks on how to establish the best vault.

  • Remember the importance of resource gathering - You need power, food, and water in equal measures. Make sure that the first thing you do is place those rooms down, along with sticking at least one dweller in each of those rooms. More is good, though, as it means resources can be gathered faster.
  • Plan accordingly - You want to combine like-rooms where possible, so think ahead when placing things. This is done by building matching rooms next to each other so that they end up wider and more productive. It uses up more electricity but it does mean that these rooms are cheaper to upgrade.
  • Each dweller has a specific strength or trait - These are related to Charisma, Strength, Agility, Perception, Intelligence, and Luck. Take advantage of these skills by placing dwellers in a building that requires such skills. The diner, for instance, is best for an agile worker. Drag them over to the room, and if the green number changes to 2 or more you know they’re going to be a good fit.
  • Send dwellers out to explore the Wasteland often, but make sure they’re well equipped - It’s very dangerous out there, and while the rewards are great, you want to be careful. Remember to call them back frequently, and certainly as soon as they find some loot. If they die with loot, you lose it.

  • Focus on completing as many achievements as possible - This is a great way to earn caps and you’ll be completing tasks that need doing anyhow. You might even be able to earn a lunchbox or two!
  • Upgrade the vault door as soon as possible - It’ll help reduce the chance of raiders or scorpions wiping out your dwellers. They’re pretty vulnerable in there, after all. And a stronger door will hold attackers off for longer, giving you more time to place a couple of well-armed dwellers at the entrance to meet them.
  • Rush building productions where the accident risk is relatively low - Sure it can all go wrong, but there are extra caps and resources to be gained this way!
  • Have kids - Ok, the world has ended - kind of - but you need to keep going, right? Put male and female dwellers in the same living quarters. If their charisma levels are high and similar, you’ll soon have baby dwellers. The little dwellers are quick to grow up too, which is convenient.

EvoCreo: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for a Newbie Creo Catcher

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2015

[Curious to know whether EvoCreo is a worthwhile stand-in for Pokemon? Check out our review]

Just downloaded EvoCreo and not sure where to begin? If you’ve played such games before, you might have an idea, but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips for beginners.

Empires & Allies: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 11th, 2015

[Still on the fence about enlisting? Check out our Empires & Allies review]

Finished reading our review and decided you like the look of Empires & Allies? We thought we’d help you out by throwing a few handy tips and tricks your way, to ensure you don’t feel so much of a newbie any more.

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

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2015

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

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

DomiNations - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being the Finest Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015

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

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




General Tips

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

Stormblades - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Slice & Dice Your Way to Victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 25th, 2015

[Not sure if Stormblades is for you? Check out our review]

So, you’ve downloaded Stormblades and you want some tips on how to be the best warrior out there. Never fear, for we’ve got you covered.


General Tips

  • Timing and rhythm is everything when it comes to earning the most points in this game. Practice is the best way to learn timing.
  • Conversely, if you just want to progress and work your way through the levels, slash like crazy at everything. This is a particularly good tactic early on, so you can unlock the second sword quickly.
  • Once you’ve unlocked that new sword, it’s the ideal time to learn to anticipate so you can parry blows. You do this by swiping in the opposite direction of the attack coming at you.
  • Remember to go nuts when the enemy is vulnerable. It’s the ideal time to inflict a ton of damage.
  • Learn your enemy’s attack patterns. They’re fairly clear to see and simple to fight against.
  • Double tap to dodge a charged attack. These hurt, otherwise!

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager - Tips and Tricks For the Newbie Explorer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 20th, 2015
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Still not quite sure if you want to take the premium price point plunge? Check out our Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager review!

Have you just bought Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager and aren't sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a beginner’s guide that’s sure to see you right and well on your way to launching a manned spacecraft to the Moon.



The Basics


  • Don’t be intimidated - Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager doesn’t have the friendliest of tutorials. It’s very reminiscent of an older PC game’s, which makes sense given its origins.
  • Set aside an hour for that tutorial and don’t skip over it - Maybe consider writing a couple of notes as you go along.
  • Learn what each building does - The key shows you where everything is. The Astronauts/Cosmonauts center is there for recruiting and training your keen explorers, Public Affairs is for seeing how things are going and checking your budget, while Headquarters is for managing the various programs you’ll soon be launching, such as rockets and payload R&D.
  • Elsewhere, Mission Control Center and the SET center are there for recruiting personnel, such as scientists and researchers. The Vehicle Assembly Building helps you develop physical units, while the Museum provides a place to read about the history behind everything.