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Shadow Blade: Reload guide - How to hack and slash with the best of them

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 12th, 2016

Shadow Blade: Reload is the kind of action-platformer that would have happily sucked up hours of your time on a console a few years back.Now, you can take it with you wherever you go, and its mobile conversion is not too shabby at all.

To help you out, we’ve got some great tips and tricks on how to get the edge in battle.

Get into the rhythm

Shadow Blade: Reload’s controls are pretty simple. A virtual d-pad lets you move left and right, while three buttons dictate slashing, jumping, and throwing a shuriken at your foes.

The key here is to get into the rhythm - find a good pace and stick to it. A combination of running and jumping, while slicing and dicing at just the right moment, makes all the difference.

Gaining those all-important high ranks often comes down to speed, so keep, well, speedy.

Look out!

Just because you move fast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look out for obstacles. Keep an eye out for spikes in particular, as they’ll instantly kill you, which is obviously pretty bad news. At least the checkpoints aren’t too far apart.

Know your foe

The basic enemies are pretty easy to take down but early on, you’ll come across Shadow Hunters and their heat seeking variants.

One type shoots at you, immediately killing you if they hit you, but the heat seeking variants are even trickier. If you dodge the heat seeking missile long enough, it’ll explode, but it’s not easy!

Focus on taking these guys out first, above all others.

Find the collectibles

Look out for special collectibles which are usually off the beaten track in each level. They go towards your final score, which means a better ranking for you.

Don’t die

Ok, no one wants to die anyway, but dying negatively affects your ranking so try extra hard not to!

Have tips of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

_PRISM Guide - How to solve those puzzles

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 11th, 2016

_PRISM is a rather delightful puzzle game that’s been tailor made for touch screens. While part of the fun is figuring things out as you go along, we thought we’d offer you a helping hand at getting in the right mindset.

Don’t worry about messing up

Did you load up the game then wonder what the heck you were meant to be doing next? If in doubt, touch a few things on screen and see what happens. It’ll work out, promise!

Experiment

Moving around the screen and seeing the full picture is key. Use your fingers to rotate around and see where the other lines are. That’s generally where you need to start.

Line up the lines

Starting out, it’s easy to see where to drag the lines so that the colored circles line up. A few screens in though, and it gets a little trickier.

See the red circles? You can move those with your finger separately from how you’re moving the line. Obviously, you need to do this often.

Some lines can be rotated. Some can’t. If there’s a large orange circle on the outside, you can rotate the line.

Take it one sequence at a time

If you’re confronted by lots of different options, it can be intimidating. Don’t worry about it. Focus on just one line and it’ll soon make sense.

Stuck and not sure what’s required of you? Odds are you need to drag out some shapes. Just use your finger to do this. It’s pretty simple. _PRISM will happily take you to the next stage that way.

You don’t need to be perfect

Lining up the circles doesn’t require pinpoint accuracy. As long as you’re close enough, the game will do the rest for you.

Want to share your own advice on _PRISM? Let us know in the comments!

Space Grunts guide - How to survive

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Space Grunts is a fast-paced roguelike from popular iOS developer, Orange Pixel. While it taps into many of the typical roguelike sensibilities, you might still find yourself caught out by a few things.

We delved further to find you some helpful tips and tricks on surviving as long as possible.

Dreii guide - How to play well with others

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2016

Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey.

If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on getting started too!

Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge the bombs

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2016

Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now.

Genies and Gems guide - How to clear those gems fast

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

So, you’re bored of crushing candies and rescuing farm animals. How about combining gems and paw prints in order to help a genie’s pet fox traverse a magical world?

That’s the quirky setting for the rather charming Genies and Gems and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Blade: Sword of Elysion guide - How to hack and slash your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 1st, 2016

Blade: Sword of Elysion is the kind of action RPG you can dip into at any time of day, achieve something in the space of a few minutes, then marvel at how mindless yet entertaining it all was.

While its tutorial does a good job of helping you through the basics, there’s more to it than just that. We’re here with some helpful advice on how best to succeed at hacking and slashing everything in sight.

PolyBlast guide - How to shoot your way to victory

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 31st, 2016

In the mood for a retro arcade experience? Well, look no further thanPolyBlast, a simple yet quite compelling arcade puzzle shooter.

Simple doesn't mean easy though - andPolyBlastposes quite the challenge. With that in mind, we've got a few tips and tricks to help you shoot all of the targets.

Path of War guide - How to win the war

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 29th, 2016

Washington D.C. is under attack from government renegades in Path of War and it’s down to you to stop them. Fortunately, you’re not alone as we have some helpful tips and tricks on getting you on the path to victory.

Monster & Commander guide - How to get the edge in battle

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 27th, 2016

Just jumped into the wacky world of Monster & Commander and in need of some advice on what to do next? We’ve got your back - courtesy of a selection of tips and tricks to get you started.

Pirate Power guide - How to conquer the high seas

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2016

Ahoy! Did you just download Pirate Power? It’s pretty fun, right? It’s even more entertaining if you know what you’re doing which is why we’ve got some tips and tricks to help get you well on the way to being an impressive hero on the high seas.

Blossom Blast Saga guide - How to get those big blossoms

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 25th, 2016

Combos are everything inBlossom Blast Saga -which is why we've decided to offer you some advanced tips and tricks on how to pull off some of the more impressive ones out there.

They’re guarantee to help you become the finest virtual gardener.

The Sims Freeplay guide - Understanding the circle of life

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Confidently enjoying its time riding high in the iTunes chart, The Sims Freeplay has been quite a hit since its initial release. That’s because completing day-to-day chores is pretty satisfying here, if not in real life.

We could write hundreds of thousands of words on the game but for now, we’re going to focus on putting you through the paces with some of the life stages in The Sims Freeplay.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector guide - How to get even more rare cats

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2016

Are those rare cats still proving too illusive for you in Neko Atsume? Or maybe you just want to try a different tactic? We’re here with some more tips on how to improve your chances to get these fussy felines.

World Chef guide - How to be the fastest chef out there

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2016

Play World Chef and your cooking and time management skills will seriously be put to the test.

Fortunately, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help make the transition into world class chef a little easier to bear.