Author Archives: Andrew Fretz

Hearthstone's[Free] League of Explorers has been a fantastic adventure so far and the man with a plan, TommyJ, has the second wing of this adventure on lock down with some brand new decks designed to clear the heavy heroic content while being super light on your wallet...

When League of Explorers [Free] was announced at Blizzcon this year, no one was expecting to see a release within the month of November, much less within a week of the announcement. Even the grand master TommyJ was thrown a little off his game, but I am here to tell you, it didn't take long before he managed to put together a very cheap deck to tackle the first set of heroic encounters. ..

Wizards and Wagons[$4.99] is out now from Touch Dimensions and it is one of the more active and engaging item shop sim games I have played. Known for more traditional strategy games, Touch Dimensions is stretching their dev skills to reach into the sim genre. Rather than sitting in town and waiting for customers to come to you, W&W mobilizes the store and puts you in the drivers seat. As last week's Touch Arcade Game of the Week, I was not surprised to find dynamic gameplay and an addictive quality that has put some extra rings under my eyes for the last several days from lack of sleep. ..

Turbo Tape has been busy cranking out more content for it's digital board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic[$1.99]. Today marks the release of the Jungles of Lustria expansion pack which introduces more monsters, more wizards and the titular new environment, the jungles where the Lizardman faction call home. ..

'Five Card Quest' Review - Kitchen Sink not Included

I dont usually prejudge games before playing them, but I would be lying if I said I didnt get excited by the sheer mention of a new Rocketcat game. Five Card Quest[$2.99] is that game and it is cool + awesome. Even though it could be described as a Card Battler/Tactical RPG/Roguelike, it doesn't play like a hybrid game. It is a sleek and challenging dungeon delver that really stresses making the right decision and playing the right card each turn. ..

It seems like no matter how the app store changes, we will always have those comfort games that have such a sturdy under girding we will never see their type go away. NBA Escape from Urthworx is one of those games. With gameplay that heavily relies on the popular physics of Angry Birds, Escape puts a basketball flavored theme on top that adds just enough variety to make it work. ..

'Subterfuge' Review: An Unsinkable Strategy Game

Oh hello there. I didn't see you come in. I've been mildly obsessed with a new game I think you might like. It's called Subterfuge [Free]. Never heard of it? That's weird, they had this really awesome youtube trailer with a cameo with the Sess' himself starring as overbearingly condescending guy. It was a really cute premise but I bet you want to know what kind of game warrants a promotion from the Rajah of Reviews, the Sultan of Stars and the King of Critics Adam Sessler. Well, a good one. A really good one. In fact, I am going to spoil this right here and now for those of you who hate reading an entire review, go get this game because it is awesome...

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 EST 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 [$1.99] 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 EST 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. ..