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CastleVille Legends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MEDIEVAL BUILDING
Proving quite the slow burner, CastleVille Legends is a well-made but flawed freemium based realm building game.
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It Came From Canada: CastleVille Legends Previewed

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 28th, 2013

Zynga’s back with another game in their series of -Ville titles. This time, it’s all about building a magical kingdom in CastleVille Legends, currently available in Canada and Australia. I take it for a run in this episode of It Came From Canada!

There’s plenty of the initial hand-holding that many of these building games are prone to have: it starts off by showing everything that’s possible, and giving helpful hints as to what exactly the premium currency, crowns, can be spent on. Because of course that’s necessary. Items that serve as resources can be farmed and used to craft new items which can be sold for gold coins, which help make the castle’s land bigger, which necessitates more gold and more resource farming, and so on ad infinitum. The timers are thankfully short early on, though it’s hard to imagine them staying that way – these games depend on lengthy timers!

Heroes play a key role: they can be sent off on ‘quests’, which means “their avatar disappears for a period of time, after which the player gets a reward.” It’s not a very creative system – signs that anything beyond the idea of questing are not exactly present.

While the game’s mechanics tick off a lot of the “free-to-play gaming by numbers” that many titles have, at least Zynga is focusing on production values here: the art is highly-detailed and everything is well-animated, so it’s one of the nicer-looking experiences of the sort.

The game is currently in testing in Canada and Australia, and it’s likely that its monetization in particular is being put to the test – will this game make any money over time? It’ll be up to how Canadians, Australians, and those pretending to be from there decide it to be. Get a taste of the game now with our video footage.

KRE-O CityVille Invasion Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LEGGO MY KRE-O
KRE-O CityVille Invasion is a Lego-like city management game that asks players to defend their creations from criminal mastermind, Dr. Mayhem
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Eden to Green Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLOWER DEFENSE
Eden to Green is probably the first tower defense CCG I've ever played. It's also set the bar pretty high.
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Eden to Green Grows A Battle Between Plants and Machines

Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 24th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLOWER DEFENSE :: Read Review »

Eden to Green is a new tower defense game about a group of plants defending their home planet from mechanical monsters. Pocket Gamer reports that the game features more than 40 plants and trees for players to unlock with over 70 levels to play through. Players can also share their mightily grown plants with friends through social features. Now go blast away those robo-monster creeps who are infringing on your land!

Solstice Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRB
Solstice Arena is a very solid attempt at a mobile MOBA, but actually playing against other people can be a chore.
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Battlestone Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob LeFebvre on May 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STARTS WELL
Zynga's latest free-to-play entry promises a fun ride full of fantasy tropes, gorgeous visuals, and plenty of achievable upgrades along the way.
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Zynga's Battlestone - Mobile Hack 'n' Slash Arcade Action

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on May 23rd, 2013

Casual game mega-publisher Zynga has just released a new arcade hack 'n' slash game called Battlestone. You'll get to swipe your way to victory, fighting off hordes of enemies in single player mode, while squaring up against others in PvP modes. Once you get into the game, you'll collect characters, summoning and upgrading heroes to beat ever-more difficult enemies and environments. Get your swipe on today with this free-to-play game on your iPad or iPhone.

Running with Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Blake Grundman on May 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILIAR
A game may look and play identically to other titles on the market, but this is one that manages to somehow charm it's way past that.
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Running With Friends Wants You To Outrun Bulls With Buddies

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 10th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAMILIAR :: Read Review »

Zynga just released a new app called Running with Friends. In this game, it's the players' job to outrun and outscore their friends while remaining one step ahead of charging bulls. It's not just the bulls that players need to dodge, but speeding cars, flying barrels and more, all while running down the streets of Pamplona, Spain. Watch out!

*Jump off ramps and soar above buildings.
*RIDE bucking bulls for bonuses.
*CHALLENGE your friends or run with new ones.
*RUN as a ninja, ballerina, or zombie.
*COMPETE to be on top of the leaderboard.
*EXPLORE cool locations.

New Solstice Arena Action Gameplay Trailer

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 3rd, 2013

Zynga has released a new trailer for their upcoming massive online battle arena (MOBA) game, Solstice Arena. The trailer provides a first look at the multiplayer action gameplay and character progression system. The team is focused on creating a well-balanced fighting game on mobile devices that will appeal to all fans of the genre.

Respawnables Update Gets Men In Black and Ghostbusters Gear

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 2nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOCK :: Read Review »

Respawnables gets an update that adds the ability to invite friends to join your team in multiplayer matches. The update also adds new a new map as well as new weapons, gadgets, gear, and more. There are Men In Black and Ghostbusters avatars, weapons, and uniforms to choose from, including the Men In Black neuralizer and stealth gadget.

Draw Something 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PICTIONARY-ESQUE
The best drawing game on the App Store gets a sequel, and it's even better than ever.
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War of the Fallen Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on April 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FALLING DOWN?
War of the Fallen is a card game with some compelling elements, but it is just a bit shallow.
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What's The Phrase Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE WORDINESS
Zynga's latest asynchronous multiplayer game is a fun homage to Wheel of Fortune.
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