Author Archives: Andrew Fretz


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. ..

'Pike and Shot' Review - Historical Strategy Hits the Mark

'Pike and Shot' Review - Historical Strategy Hits the Mark

StarStarStarStarStar
February 9th, 2015 10:44 AM EDT by Andrew Fretz in $19.99, 4.5 stars, iPad Games, Reviews, Strategy
$19.99 Buy Now

Pike and Shot [$19.99 (HD)] is out now on iOS from strategy vets Slitherine. This port of a PC game has made the transition very well. I bet you saw the price tag on this game, but let me be the first to tell you it's worth it. If you are wondering what the balance between quality and quantity is for this title, the balance is that it comes with heaping amounts of both. A host of features, in depth combat, historical narratives and a clean visual style make this an amazingly well rounded premium game...

Craft the World - Pocket Edition[$9.99] is a sandbox crafting game from Devokir Entertainment very much in the vein of Terraria[$4.99] and Starbound. The side view perspective works amazingly well and with multiple characters to control, it very much resembles an interactive any colony...

Lowlander [$1.99] is another one of those throw back retro pixel-junk games we love so much here at TA. This one looks like an Ultima tribute and the most interesting bit seems to be that this one claims to be Lord British approved. We just asked the lord himself, Richard Garriott, if this in fact did get the ultimate Ultima seal of approval. While we wait with bated breath, the trailer for the game is available for viewing below...

If Super Meat Boy had a rhythm based mini-game, it might look a lot like Give It Up![$0.99]. A strong techno beat drives the latest offering from Invictus. The first time I died the game told me 'Maybe you should go watch TV.' As a fan of good burns, I took this as a good omen of things to come. I was not disappointed...

The tag line for The Witcher AG[$5.99 (HD)] says a lot. "The Witcher Adventure Game is CD PROJEKT RED's board game set in the brutal, dark fantasy universe of monster slayer Geralt of Rivia!." I don't know if its intentional that one hero gets top billing over the other three that are involved in the game, but after playing some rounds, I think we have a pretty obvious Mary Sue case on our hands. Geralt is the guy that right off the bat is best in combat. No one fights like Geralt, rolls his dice like Geralt, In a wrestling match nobody bites like Geralt. If you are ok with a slower start, the other characters are ok to play too though...

Anh Huy Phan has brought one of my favorite genres to iOS. Star Nomad Elite[$3.99] is a trimmed down, stream lined 2d space adventure game. The game notes have a shout out to Elite, Wing Commander, Privateer, Escape Velocity and Freelancer. I was a bit surprised that my favorite 2d space sim, Star Sonata wasn't also mentioned. In any case, I had a lot of expectations going into Star Nomad. It's a fun game from a very small indie outfit that could really take you by surprise. ..

If you haven't played Papers, Please[$7.99 (HD)] yet, I am going to save you some time. Go buy this game. I don't care if you buy it for your iPad, your computer, your tivo, or your pocket watch, just get it and start playing. A little over a year ago, developer Lucas Pope struck gold with a game that ostensibly is about being a clerk for the fictitious, yet highly Russian influenced, country of Arstotzka. Now that it's out for iOS we wanted to give you a little assistance with getting through the game and into those 20 different endings. ..

Kermorio S.A. is getting literal with their very first iOS release, Wars and Battles[$6.99 (HD)]. This freshman title takes on an epoch of history much beloved, WWII. Specifically it is Normandy in 1944 that the initial spotlight is cast. While I think we can all agree that the mid-20th century has been extensively, and even exhaustively explored, W&B has a pretty unique take on the conflict and high production values also help carry this game. With an aim to roll out a huge amount of content, I have a feeling we will be talking a lot about Wars and Battles in coming months...

I like the cut of Not Doppler's jib. Their stable of 2D games are all solidly entertaining games with zippy gameplay. Their most recent game, Earn to Die 2[$1.99], is the first time they have revisited one of their iOS games with an update. From a bird's eye view, this one is really strong, avoiding some of the pitfalls other popular games have stumbled into. Some of the best decisions made are that the follow up game has more content and maybe most importantly, this one was packages as a separate game independent from the first Earn to Die[$0.99]. Once you get a little closer, you'll find there is even more to get excited about...

'XCOM: Enemy Within' Review - Killing Aliens? Check. With Huge Robots? Check. Instabuy? Check.

Sequels get a bad wrap. When you consider the benefits a prime iteration of a game or movie has going for it, its no wonder the follow up that lacks the initial reveal often disappoints. Luckily you don't have to worry about disappointment if you pick up 2k's XCOM: Enemy Within[$9.99]. Enemy Within has packed on a ton of features that dovetail seamlessly with it's successor. ..

'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Review - Another Remastered Legend Released for iOS

Beamdog is back. If you aren't excited as a D&D fan you should be. Not just a straight port, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition[$9.99] is bringing some new toys to the table and I've been geeking out ever since I got my hands on them...