Author Archives: Eric Ford


Based on the web series by Alan Tudyk, Con Man: The Game [Free] is a freemium building game with the unique theme of building and running a comic convention. Players start out with a tiny con  without many fans or exhibits and slowly build up the ability to hire VIPs, build better facilities and sell bigger and better merchandise. Eventually, players also unlock themed exhibits for fans of specific genres (such as fantasy or horror). I took on the challenge of building my own con for over a month, checking in a few times a day without the assistance of purchasing any premium currency. While the theming certainly gives it a leg up on other builder games, I was not impressed with the relative progress players of the game when measured against its mechanics...

'Ember' Review - Keeping the Old-School RPG Light Burning

When 505 Games and N-Fusion released their old-school inspired RPG Ember [$9.99] last week, there were a few interesting things we noted. First, with a stated longevity of 30+ hours (coupled with no IAP), it’s certainly one of the longest premium RPGs we’ve played in awhile. Second, as a near simultaneous release with the PC version, it’s one of those increasingly rare games where the developer isn’t trying to hide the fact that a mobile version was developed concurrently with the PC version. Both are typically good indicators of a well-made game, and Ember certainly fits the bill. It does an excellent job paying homage to the old-school RPG and its controls make an acceptable transition to touch screen...




With summer season in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] coming to a close, the mobile MOBA has now turned its sights onto autumn with a new season, new hero and new interface improvements. Beyond the move to an autumn Halcyon Fold map, autumn season also brings significant changes to the game’s reward system. A new seasonal chest joins the batch of consistent rewards, with seasonal chests requiring more effort to unlock but can offer much greater rewards, including whole skins. Vainglory is also introducing a new Opal currency which is rare to earn and can be used to eventually unlock old limited edition special skins that were supposedly never to return (however, skins unlocked the opal way will look different than the original LE skins to differentiate)...

Fresh off its debut of Cinderella last month, Gameloft’s Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] updated this morning with new characters, quests, and attractions. This time, however, the characters are out of one of their live action series...

Ed. Note: We’re trying a new feature for the plethora of freemium titles that hit the iOS market. Rather than do an immediate review of a freemium game after a few days of gameplay, when the game is trying its hardest to entice new players, we’ll be chronicling our experiences across longer periods of time, starting at a week or longer. Obviously, each reviewer has their own preferences for how they play freemium games so pay attention to their play styles when taking into consideration their conclusions...

As summer comes to an end, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have released one last Summer season update for Vainglory [Free], this one with a new hero and a final special edition summer skin. Coming into the Halcyon Fold is Samuel, a dark mage positioned as a ranged lane hero that has the ability to put enemy heroes to sleep with his ultimate ability. In addition, Samuel’s other abilities center on being able to control large amounts of the battlefield with damage over time spells. It’s always nice to get another ranged lane hero, so I’m looking forward to taking Samuel for a spin...

Now that its Incredibles event has been complete for a few weeks, Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] recently updated with some new, permanent character unlocks. Unfortunately, the new content also includes a pretty annoying way to unlock them. Both Cinderella and Prince Charming are now available for folks to unlock no matter here you are in terms of the main storyline, joining Aurora and Prince Philip as the second classic Disney Prince/Princess combo available to invite into your kingdom (sorry, Rapunzel/Flynn doesn't count). Accompanying the new characters is a decent variety of new decorations, along with Splash Mountain which is a pretty iconic and awesome attraction...

Now that Pokemon Go [Free] has been out in the wild for a little bit and the servers seem to have settled down, one of the more interesting facets that newcomers are starting to realize is the distinct lack of any in-game guides or tutorials. This is especially true for the game’s gym and combat guide, which is decidedly different from other ‘normal’ Pokemon games. Well, we’ve certainly been out and about catching them all in the wild and we’ve got some tips and info for folks looking to figure out how to get started with gyms...

Battles in Pokemon Go [Free] are relatively simple in nature, but are still significantly different than that of its console counterparts. In addition, Pokemon Go has a much different way of improving your pokemon team than previous titles. So, check out the following tips and guidance for improving your team and making it more likely that you’ll win those gym battles in the future...

Folks interested in checking out the latest AR fad are in a bit of a tough spot right now. Pokemon Go [Free] servers have been on the fritz all day long. Players attempting to log in were met with a vague message stating that the servers were experiencing issues and to come back later.   While it’s obviously easy to check out the status by launching the app, the game is annoyingly requiring a fresh log in with every launch, most likely due to the app’s inability to form a good login connection...

Version 1.19 of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] is now out for the masses and with it comes significant changes beyond a seasonal facelift. With a new hero, new skins and some hefty changes to hero roles, there’s a lot of interesting things to take a look at in this update...

In its first significant limited time event, the characters from Pixar’s The Incredibles are currently available for unlocking in Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free], the freemium city (or rather, amusement park) builder from Gameloft...

While the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have done a great job simply adding heroes on a regular basis, I’ve been more excited with the various gameplay and system improvements that have been made over the last half a year. With Version 1.18, which was released earlier this week, Vainglory [Free] now tackles the always persistent problem of longevity and player motivation...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unleashed the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. Along with new skins and the requisite balance changes, 1.17 also introduces the Battle Royale Public Queue, which is the next step into truly making the game a ‘mobile MOBA.’..

Gameloft’s take on a freemium city builder infused with Disney magic is an excellent title for those that interested in anything related to the House of Mouse. Yet, similar to other similar titles, Disney Magic Kingdoms does possess some nuance to the way it handles its timer based gameplay. We’ve been playing it quite a bit in order to build our ideal Disney park (hint, it doesn’t involve putting the Astro Orbiters in front of the entrance to Tomrorowland) and have a few tips to impart for those looking to build without resorting to IAP...

Yesterday, version 1.16 of Super Evil Megacorp's hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] launched and with it saw the debut of its newest hero Alpha as well as a new gameplay mode along with new skins and a host of balance changes...

Fresh off the conclusion of their winter tournaments, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have announced a two week celebration for all Vainglory [Free] players celebrating the start of the Spring competitive season...

Capping off its Winter Season of gameplay (scheduled to be completed in approximately a week), the folks at Super Evil Megacorp recently hosted both its North American and European Union Vainglory [Free] seasonal tournaments. Taking place across consecutive weekends, each tournament offered fans of the mobile MOBA an opportunity to meet up, check out of the best each region has to offer, and watch some pretty cool match-ups with the developers...

In addition to the announcing the first details to its next Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods this morning, Blizzard also unveiled to all players the first six of the slated 134 cards of the expansion pack. Two of the announced cards, the Legendary C’Thun and Beckoner of Evil are bonus cards that will be provided to players on the first expansion pack opened, allowing players the opportunity to start building C’Thun decks quickly. The other cards offer a decent cross section of cultist cards that modify C’Thun as well as showcase the overarching theme of the expansion (namely cards that have been twisted by the call of the old Gods). Hit the break to see the official card art in all its high definition glory. Meanwhile, stick with us as we continue our coverage on Hearthstone’s latest expansion...

Blizzard Announces Next 'Hearthstone' Expansion: 'Whispers of the Old Gods'

Earlier today at the Americas Winter Championship Blizzard took the wraps off of their latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, which looks to take the game in a much different direction than the last few expansions both from a gameplay and thematic standpoint. Focusing on the old C’Thun, Y’Shaarj, Yogg-Saron, N’Zoth, from a thematic standpoint Whispers of the Old Gods decidedly takes a much more darker approach than the League of Explorers Adventure or its last expansion, The Grand Tournament. The backstory for the expansion has the old gods warping and twisting the inhabitants of Azeroth (which is typically the only way they can typically influence the world, if you follow Warcraft lore)...