Author Archives: Andrew Fretz

The VainGlory [Free] version 1.9 update is out now, and boy howdy new character Phinn looks like a killer. This aquatic maniac is going to be their first hero with a pull mechanic. Much like Pudge in Dota or Blitzcrank in League of Legends, Phinn is going to be the guy who drags his enemies back into the fray. ..

'Starseed: Origin' Review: Old School Cool

Starseed: Origin [$1.99] is not a game you play for an original concept or to casually tap with half your attention elsewhere. Starseed is a game you play until it gets too hard and too fast and you blow up and die. ..

If you aren't already sick of the Bioshock drama, it looks as though Apple has weighed in on the situation with a response to one of our readers that is a little on the strange side. While avoiding the responsibility of refunds just like 2K, Apple is singing a slightly different tune:..

'Star Wars: Uprising' Review - Clones are Canon

September 21st, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Andrew Fretz in 2.5 stars, Free, Reviews
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This new Star Wars game is kinda cool. It basically a knock off of another popular game, but with a Star Wars theme, but it's interesting. No, I am not talking about Bird Shooter Star Wars, nor am I talking about Star Wars Card Battler, nor am I talking about Star Wars Tiny Tower, not even gonna mention Star Wars Clash of Clans or Star Wars Tower Defense. No my fellow iOS enthusiasts, I am referring to the latest Star Wars branded game, Star Wars: Uprising[Free]. ..

If you have been following us on Mobcrush, you know how much we love Vainglory [Free]. It has entered our weekly rotation of fun and cool games we play. As a guy who likes to be generally helpful, I've found myself in the support/roam role more often than not. Now I am not a pro tier player, but I get to see some interesting dynamics play out that the typical player focused on last hits, invades and team fights might not immediately perceive. Playing a support can mean a number of things but if I can sum it up in one word, it would be "foresight." Everything you do as a support will inevitably lead you back to how well you anticipated your team and your enemy. Scouting Mines, pings, defensive and support items are all tools at your disposal that will set the stage for the outcome of your game...

In case you guys didn't know, we stream games on Mobcrush. I guess thats like a disclaimer that we enjoy the service. You know who else streams on Mobcrush? The guy who created the Final Fantasy franchise, Hironobu Sakaguchi. You can see him nerding out with the Mobcrush crew if you click the pic below:..

'Pac Man 256' Preview: An Easy Pill to Swallow

Saturday night Carter and I had a pretty awesome time hosting a stream where devs of the yet to be released Pac Man 256 came and chilled out with us for a while. Not only did we get some great footage out for this highly anticipated game, but we also got some juicy tidbits from the devs regarding what lay in store for Pac Man fans in the iOS landscape...

'Pocket God vs Desert Ashes' Preview: A Cross Up That's a Little Mixed Up

Long before the term SRPG was coined, Turn based tactical games have enchanted and entralled audiences. For those of us that gravitate to those wonderful grids and top down views, there have been many games over the years have influenced and informed what this genre is capable of. The most recent tactical game I have had a chance to play, Pocket God vs Desert Ashes , is an upcoming game I've had the good fortune to play in advance of it's release on wednesday of this week. ..

Games Workshop is no stranger to iOS. You could be forgiven if you thought that they were just cranking out one app after the other with little forethought. Much like the army, however, there is the right way, the wrong way, and the Games Workshop way to make a game. Warhammer: Arcane Magic [$3.99] definitely follows the GW script and if you like some of the other titles they have put out, especially the gold standard Warhammer Quest [$4.99], I think you'll like this one...

The Fretz Zone: Mobcrush is One Less Reason to Diss Mobile

Every once in a while I hear people putting down mobile games. Mobile games aren't real games, People that play mobile games aren't real gamers, etc etc. It's kind of a strange thing to hear given the place I hear this type of commentary is usually on a dedicated mobile gaming site. As a life long resident of the greater Philadelphia area, I cannot help but be reminded of the times I have seen out-of-towners foolishly wearing opposing team merchandise to a sporting event. There are numerous YouTube vids of our home town reactions. ..

Have you ever had the sudden urge to be a creepy person wandering around in public making people uncomfortable? If so, you are in luck. Magic Cube's Barcode Knight[$0.99] is out and offers you the perfect excuse to wander around and scan random barcodes with your iOS device. Whether you are sneaking around a Walmart or lurking in a McDonalds, you now have an almost semi-plausible excuse for it. ..

Happy 7th Birthday, App Store!

July 10th, 2015 4:00 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in News

Seven years ago today Apple bestowed upon us the iOS App Store. We've had our ups and downs through the years but I think we can all say that some amazing things have graced our mobile devices thanks to this platform. ..

The Fretz Zone: My Big Beef with Hearthstone's Tiny Interface

I spend a lot of time playing Hearthstone[Free] on my iPhone. Between the frequent updates and competitive deck building, its a little bit of an obsession for me. It's becoming more and more prevalent that full featured desktop games are making their way into our nook of the gaming world. Its really an awesome and fantastic thing. One thing that is getting on my nerves, however, is that we are seeing a neglect for the rules. ..

The Fretz Zone: Geopanels, a PSA on Innovative Gameplay

Everyone has a topic of conversation or two that will make them light up brighter than a firework. This is one of mine. With the recent news that NIS is going mobile, I am giddy with the thought I might be able to bust out insane bonus point totals on my iPhone and iPad. For years I have been hooked on this game and specifically the mini-game area of item world...

With the latest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition[$6.99] we now finally have the ability to show off custom skins! The only problem is that, by default, you have to get the skins onto your device before you can select them in game. There's been a considerable amount of confusion in our community as how skins work... But, never fear, I have a few simple steps you can take to get your custom skins up and running...

'Desktop Dungeons' Review - Thats Not a Desk Anymore

June 3rd, 2015 12:39 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in $9.99, 4 stars, iPad Games, Reviews
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You probably noticed the recent influx of roguelikes recently. Just within the last week Sproggiwood[$9.99] and Desktop Dungeons[$9.99 (HD)] released and off the wall Shooting Stars is drawing near as well. I suppose if you have the big bux and can afford to buy a bunch of em, rats off to ya. If you have to choose though, you might want to consider Desktop Dungeons. I have played unforgiving rogue likes before, but this one is a true challenge...

What do you do when you want to find a good app or game? The answer to this question is rarely 'well I hop right onto the App Store and dig one up.' Most of the time you'll find that a site much like ours has much better content curation. There are YouTube channels, personal blogs, and even twitter users that garner traffic and attention simply because finding an app is a chore. I realize that this sort of an accusation requires a hefty explanation. I find that there are three major issues... well ok actually four problems but I'll get back to that last one. So why rock the boat? I mean, we get extra traffic because there are fewer ways to effectively find apps you want right? Eh. I don't really mind a little competition in this case. In the end, I am a consumer very much in need of a better App Store, just like many of you. Now we have seen some incremental improvements recently including a refocusing on editorial content. Moving away from easily manipulated algorithmically derived content is good, but I don't think it addresses the major issues still facing the App Store...

'Grim Fandango Remastered' Review - Dust off the Bones Before you Roll Em

It's not every day you get to say that a Tim Schafer/Double Fine creation just released, but today we can celebrate the iOS port of Grim Fandango Remastered[$9.99]. This is a game that for so many of us requires no introduction whatsoever. The stars have aligned and now we have another treasured piece of history that has been given new breath to once again delight and mezmerize...

The developers of Fingle[$1.99 (HD)], Bam Fu[Free], and Jelly Reef[$1.99] are hanging up their chef hats. In a recent announcement Game Oven has given a painstakingly precise breakdown of the ins and outs of their business and why things have not worked out to let them stay open...

The Fretz Zone: A Comment on Comments

Imagine, if you will, a periodical written by a man who loves games. A periodical devoted to sniffing out the things that could be better, could be much better than they currently are. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of the mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You have crossed over into The Fretz Zone...