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Paper Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIY DUNGEONS
This game attempts to capture the magic of tabletop dungeon crawling in video game form, and it does so, but with mixed results.
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Atomas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 18th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A PUZZLING REACTION
This puzzle game asks player to combine atoms to create elements.
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Flop Rocket Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 16th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A SILLY BLAST
This arcade game feels like a silly mash up of Lunar Lander and Jetpack Joyride, which is mostly a good thing.
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Card Crawl Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLITARY DUNGEON CRALWING
This card game looks and feels like a combination of Diablo and Solitaire, but which does it play more like?
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Dig a Way Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEEP PUZZLES
This puzzle platformer is beautifully animated, inventive, and surprisingly deep.
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Heavenstrike Rivals: Beginners's Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 6th, 2015

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

The Basics


  • Use Your Captain's Powers: As part of the game, each player's captain gets a special power. This can heal units, damage others, or cast other status effects. These powers refresh after a certain amount of turns. Players that use and time their powers according to a timeframe that aids their overall strategy will go far.

  • Use All The Lanes: When starting out, you may be tempted to plop units into a lane and then forget about them. However, changing lanes is key to Heavenstrike Rivals's strategy. As long as your units are taunted or blocked by another unit, feel free to switch around units willy nilly to keep opponents guessing. Also, when playing on maps with power up tiles, units can lane change onto the tile to receive the power up, and then can be moved back to their original spot. How cool is that?

  • Keep Your Units Alive: Even the strongest units in the game can't do much to help you if they don't stay on the battlefield long enough to fulfill their intended purpose. Additionally, some units and unit types get stronger the longer they are in play, so it's worth putting in the effort.

Squad Building


  • Don't Underestimate Basic Units: When players start out in the game, they may want to start getting as many high powered units as possible in their squads, but this would be a mistake. The beginner units in Heavenstrike Rivals have low mana costs so they can get on the battlefield quickly. Considering the ultimate goal of the game demands players get within striking distance of their opponent, speed can be useful.

  • Build Squads With Balance and Purpose: As much as it might seem like a good idea to build a squad full of brawlers, defenders, or other units to max out bonuses afforded by special units, doing this is a lot like putting all of your eggs in one basket. For any one viable strategy in Heavenstrike Rivals, there is a super-effective counter strategy. Players that do not take this into account may stomp all over some opponents that are equally unbalanced, but struggle against thoughtful foes.

  • Build a Deck that Feels Comfortable: I know, this sounds almost overly basic, but it's important. As much as Heavenstrike Rivals doesn't look like a card game, it still operates like one. Putting in crazy new units that you aren't familiar with can cause a lack of synergy or introduce elements of randomness into your strategy, both of which are things you want to avoid.

Field Tactics


  • Mana Is A Limited Resource. Use It Wisely: All units cost a certain amount of mana, but all players can only have ten mana's worth of units out on the field at any given time. With this being the case, players should be careful about what they summon early on and what foes they decide to defeat. After all, there's no reason to kill a unit if it's handily tied up and you have the upper hand.

  • Time Summons Carefully: At first blush, it may look like a good idea to send out all of your units at once. However, if you are too careless and lose a lot of quickly summoned units early though, you may find themselves with a hand so empty they can't properly defend themselves.

  • Shut Down Gimmicks Early: As game that encourages players to incorporate unit synergy, players should be on the lookout for the key units their opponents are using in an attempt to tie their strategy together. For example, there are some units in the game that grant bonuses to every unit in play of a certain type, so taking out that unit as quickly as possible will minimize the impact of your opponent's strategy.

daWindci Deluxe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 4th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BLUSTERY PUZZLES
This updated puzzle game offers some creative gameplay and new mechanics, but still suffers from difficult controls.
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Size DOES Matter Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HARD TO BEAT
This rhythm game has a unique control scheme and performance system that make it feel like a true innovation in the genre.
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Heavenstrike Rivals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HEAVENLY STRATEGIC
Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy formulas.
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RPG Rusted Emeth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RUSTY MECHANICS
This role playing game does a good job of looking like its old school ancestors, but some technical flaws keep it from capturing the same magic.
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Planet Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STELLAR RHYTHMS
This quirky rhythm game has all of the necessary ingredients for it to be out of this world.
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Moto Joe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PERPLEXING PLATFORMER
This motorcycle-based platformer tries to give players a good sense of challenge, but mostly ends up feeling unfair.
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Swap Heroes 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWAP AGAIN
This role-playing/puzzle hybrid series ditched a bunch of its roguelike/random elements this time around and is much better for it.
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Dengen Chronicles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE ELEMENTS
This free-to-play card game seems a little to basic for its own good.
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Swipes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 18th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A SWIPE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
This productivity app is simple, intuitive, and smart, but it's current ability to integrate with other services is limited.
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