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'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...

'Rapture - World Conquest' Goes Free in Style

May 21st, 2015 12:32 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in News
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When I originally reviewed Rapture - World Conquest[Free], I tagged it with a 4.5/5 with the caveat that multiplayer would really kick it up to the full on 5. For basically anyone still paying attention to this game(there has to be someone out there) not only did they follow through a few months ago, but now the game has gone free to play...

'Legend of Grimrock' Review - Sounds like a Tenacious D Song, Just as Epic

Legend of Grimrock[$4.99 (HD)] just landed on the app store. Almost Human decided it was time, and I couldn't agree more. For those of you who are familiar, this port doesn't disappoint. I never got the chance to play the PC version, but I am convinced I have lost nothing in the translation. If you only play one dungeon delving game this summer, I feel bad for you, but it had better be Grimrock...

The morning of my 11th Christmas I had little clue as to the windfall that was about to come my way. My dad had bartered a Sega Genesis from a coworker along with a library of about 10 games. To young Andy, this was a treasure trove of immeasurable wealth. I was beside myself opening package after package and I was shortly planted in front of the family tv for the remainder of the day. As the snow fell that fateful winter day, I began a journey that continued from the Sega to a Gameboy, to various family desktop computers, a Game Cube, an arcade I took a part time job at, a PS2, an ever-evolving PC of my own, and of course my iPhone and iPad. ..

Kixeye'sVEGA Conflict [Free] has been out for some time on Android and desktop. If you aren't familiar with this Facebook integrated game, think Clash of Clans with space ships and a much more interesting combat system. The IAP is real, The in-game timers are real, but this is still a hot game. What I have been wondering though is how much gameplay is lost in translation to iOS. VEGA is not your typical Facebook game. Sure you have to sit around and wait on timers and micro manage your space town. The town, to me, isn't really where the game takes place. It's kind of more like an extended UI for the best part of the game, the combat. You get to outfit and pilot a fleet of ships with a very simple interface that has some surprising depth and a high level of skill needed to master. ..

'Dungeon of Madness' Review - Pixel Giant Produces a Puzzle Gem

If you know Game Stew, you're probably already enamored with their high innovation to pixel ratio. There is always much fun to be had in their 8 bit styled titles and Dungeon of Madness[$0.99] is no exception. They burst onto the scene strong with 2012's Tower of Fortune[Free] and have been carefully extending their visual charm to various game types since then. Game Stew has successfully built a franchise in which they can now deliver various game types under a very solid unifying motif. The one in question today definitely lives up to expectations. Before we get into this game, Lets get some thing straight here. Game Stew is not a huge AAA corporate game dev. They have been an indie dev that has survived for the last 3 years continuously putting out reliably good games. I get that some people don't like the indie dev style, but there is substance under the pixellacious veneer. Like all of the best indie games, gameplay is the front and center attraction and it doesn't disappoint. If you are one to become unduly disturbed that a game may get extra recognition if it has this specific graphic style, worry not, white knight of modern graphics. This game could have been made with ascii characters or with hieroglyphics or cutting edge body movement capture technology. The fun transcends the medium...

It's the last time for a while that we will have the honor of seeing r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer at work. His budget has always been at a bare minimum and his small departures from basic cards are only when absolutely neccessary to deal with the obscene challenge these heroic enemies present. Come take a look one last time for Blackrock Mountain, but I feel like we will be seeing TommyJ again when we need him the most(i.e. the next Hearthstone expansion)...

It should come as no surprise that our favorite hearthstone genius, r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer, has cracked the code again. His videos not only detail his experience with the decks he builds but he goes in depth to give alternatives for people with more cards in their collection. If you want a win condition that even comes close to a 50% shot on the most ridiculously random fights, you'll either be poppin' packs like a fiend or hitting up Tommy for his cost cutting strategies. ..

'Carcassonne' Expansion Mega-Pack Guide

April 28th, 2015 12:45 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in Board, Guides, News
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We announced early last week that Carcassonne [$9.99] has released a mega pack of it's expansions on the cheap. After playing around with the various new rules, it's safe to say that your gameplay experience can vary pretty wildly depending on which expansion you use. If you are an avid board gamer, you know that there are certain games you just cannot play with someone who takes an attack personally. If Carcassonne was not one of these games for you before, it probably is now. Some of these sets of rules are potent enough to end friendships and cause permanent rifts between spouses and significant others. So with that in mind I want to dive into each of the new rulesets to help you separate out the benign from the potentially malignant (but still fun with the right people). ..

Connecting to unfamiliar wireless networks is sometimes a necessity especially when you travel, but The Skycure folks have found something pretty annoying for iOS users. What they found is an SSL vulnerability that causes iOS devices to crash and reboot continually as long as the device is on the WiFi network in question. This certificate exists in a wide array of apps so chances are high that if you are connected to a network utilizing this DoS tactic, you will probably be affected. They have 3 remediation suggestions. First, disconnect from the WiFi if you get hit with this thing. Second, update your iOS version to the latest. Third, be wary of unfamiliar free WiFi. ..

It's week three of five and we're back with another round of r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer and his bargain basement decks. This week he takes aim at Blackrock Spire. The fights are extremely tough this time around and for Omokk you'll need to have a few non-craftable Naxxramas cards. For Rend, you'll need the common cards Shieldbearer and Inner Fire. Not too shabby for the toughest bit of pve content currently available! ..

r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer is back at it again, taking out the heroic adventures of Hearthstone's [Free] Blackrock Mountain with super cheap and even free decks. Each time we feature him, I can't wait to see how he manages the toughest content with such basic decks. Only the first deck will cost you dust to the tune of 80 dust total to assemble. The other two are completely free...

Rovio board member and GM Oskar Burman tweeted some very interesting info this morning. In very stark terms, he gave us a statistic that on a basic level explains why free to play exists and why it is on the rise. It showed the Mario Kart sales statistics over the last 23 years and compared them to the download number for Angry Birds Go[Free] for the last 2 years. 106 million for Mario Kart and 130 million for Angry Birds Go...

Since the release of Blackrock Mountain, I've been getting back in and scouring the net looking for hacks, cheats, tips and really anything I can dig up to help my Hearthstone [Free] game. I've got some good ones here that really have added another layer of preparedness and success. When you account for the randomness inherent in the game, an advantage can be found in the strangest of places, but I have been there and back. If you want to bring your game to the next level, venture forward dear readers...

One of my favorite aspects of Hearthstone [Free] is that while you can go full whale on the game, there is still room left for gaming on a budget. r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer just put up his Blackrock Depths free to play deck list and guide. These are almost basic cards so no need to open up your wallet to enact this strategy. Of course, a more well balanced deck will make things a little easier, but the mere possibility of a basic deck being capable of clearing the whole heroic wing is amazing. This time around Tommy found that he did need to include 2 cards that are not 100% free to get through this wing but at 100 dust each to craft them, you wont be breaking the bank...

When we look at FPS and other high precision input games on mobile, a comment we often hear is that the touch screen just isn't an appropriate medium. We hear over and over again that FPS just doesn't belong on iOS. I love seeing stories like this in light of that sentiment. What we have here is a gentleman enthusiast of the game Dark Souls. He also really likes the DK Bongo drums controller. Perfect fit right? Well apparently it is because he managed to mod the drums and BEAT his old clear time using a regular controller. ..

Heavenstrike Rivals [Free] is out and is one of the newest forays Square Enix has made into making mobile focused titles. Relying on a number of market-proven mechanics, Rivals doesn't break a lot of new ground. It does, however, manages to impress with it's mastery of the familiar. This is Squeenix we are talking about after all. ..

'Imps in Tokyo' Review - Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

A first glance at Imps in Tokyo [$1.99] might not really reveal much about what type of game it is. A picturesque style and a dark purple-blue motif are at the forefront of information you can see from screenshots. Developer We are Vigilantes have crafted a game that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Imps in Tokyo is, in broadest strokes, a pattern recognition game. Passing most stages will require flying around, dodging some enemies, killing other enemies and collecting as many magic pellets as possible. ..