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I’m a huge fan of Nimblebit’s new game Bit City [Free], which is a cool take on the standard clicker game. Despite the relative simplicity of games in the genre to begin with, there are still plenty of common sense tips, as well as some game specific strategy that’s worth discussing. So, if you’re interested in maximizing your earning potential in the game, check out the following tips and guidance. Take note that some of the tips below may seem obvious, but they are worth repeating just in case for newcomers to the genre...

'The Big Journey' Review - This Platformer is Near Purrfect

Folks, we’re in the middle of something of a feline renaissance of late, what with the recent release of an amazing kitten rhythm title and the future release of an RPG that lets you play as a cat (among other games). Meanwhile, The Big Journey  [$1.99] from Catfishbox and Armor Games is the latest platformer starring a cast of cuddly fat cats.Thankfully, The Big Journey does justice to our cat overlords with an excellent soundtrack, gorgeous visuals and gameplay that offers something for every type of gamer...




Futuristic Rhythm Game 'Arcaea' Looks Not For the Faint of Heart

Regular readers know that I have a long standing devotion to most rhythm games. As long as it has a cool theme, great music and smooth controls, odds are it’ll at least be fun to play. Arcaea from Iowiro looks to hit that trifecta with some an awesome art style combined with very up-beat songs and a nice twist to the traditional rhythm formula. Billed as a “Japan Arcade-inspired Rhythm Game,” Arcaea certainly looks like it has its roots in some of the classic arcade games of yore (particularly in terms of its music selection). However, as a title designed for mobile devices it’s easy to see some of the touch-specific gameplay elements at play. The most obvious being the hold-and-move mechanic being dubbed as Dimensional ‘Arc.’ ..

Hands-on with NimbleBit's 'Bit City' - Building a Town One Click at Time

Recently, the developers over at NimbleBit allowed folks to check out a Release Candidate version of their newest game, Bit City. I was afforded the opportunity to download a copy of the near finished title, scheduled for release next month, and see what exactly the house behind freemium hits like Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains and Capitals (among many others) has been working on. Suffice to say, like many of its previous titles, I have no doubt that Bit City has the formula necessary to capture the attention of a wide variety of gamers with a basic, yet enjoyable freemium experience...

Every since we first heard that a game based in the Lords of the Fallen universe would eventually hit iOS, we were curious as to how the Dark Souls-style gameplay would translate onto the mobile platform. When we finally learned that it would be, in essence, an Infinity Blade clone, we were met with even more questions. Would it offer anything to the genre? Can it successfully be a successor to the aging Infinity Blade series? Unfortunately, the answer to both those questions is a definitive ‘No.’ Lords of the Fallen [$9.99] is simply a sub-par clone in a genre that requires perfect execution to be worth playing...

Felis: Save all the Cats [$3.99] has been on our radar for a very long time. Even with the lengthy delay, I was certainly looking forward to its eventual release because, hey, it’s a platformer about saving cats. If you look simply at the story, thematics and gameplay, I’d almost say it was worth the wait, as well. Unfortunately, significant issues with the controls detract from what could have been a decent entry into the genre...

'Tappy Cat - Musical Kitty Arcade' Review - This Rhythm Game is the Cat’s Meow

Rhythm games and kitties are two of my biggest loves in life. So it should come as no surprise that when Tappy Cat - Musical Kitty Arcade [Free] released recently I hurriedly downloaded it to see how these two things would mesh together. What I didn’t expect was one of the best rhythm games that I’ve played in a long while. With an incredibly tough (but very rewarding) difficulty curve, and an amazing array of cats to unlock, Tappy Cat should be on the radar for any rhythm fan. ..

'Star Wars: Force Arena' Guide - Tips and Tricks for Winning Battles

With an interesting mix between hero-centric MOBA gameplay combined with card battling mechanics from Clash Royale, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] is a fairly unique hybrid on iOS. Even if you weren’t fan of Star Wars in general, there’s enough of a twist in terms of gameplay that it may be worth checking it out regardless. Of course, being a freemium title, there are plenty of the usual freemium systems in play to try and coax money out of players. We’ll discuss those, along with some specific gameplay guidance, in the hope of giving you a leg up on the competition...

'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' Review - The Perfect Classic Ride

RollerCoaster Tycoon is as beloved a classic simulation series as any, but up until now it had yet to show its true classic root on iOS. After the ridiculousness of the freemium-filled RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile [Free], players eventually got a decent title in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 [$4.99], which brought the core simulation gameplay to iOS. However, as we’ve mentioned in previously, RCT3 doesn’t quite nail the look and feel that hardcore fans of the series were looking for. Enter RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic [$5.99], which combines the best of both RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in an amazing mobile package. Rest assured, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic is the real deal and is a must-own for everyone that loves simulation titles...

Dawn of Titans [Free], the latest city-building/army-amassing multiplayer centric freemium title to hit the App Store, enters the fray with a inexhaustible list of competition to distinguish itself from. So far, it seems to be doing at least a decent job with a cool hero mechanic, amazing visuals, and a fairly impressive battle system for the genre. Of course, it’s completely filled to the brim with the usual freemium trimmings, which translates to a lot of timer mechanics along with premium currency to bypass them. However, with the right tips it’s always possible to streamline these games so you can get the most bang for your time...

Eric’s 10 Best Games of 2016 - RPGs, Rhythm and Ports, Oh My!

When it comes to my top games of 2016, my criteria is fairly simple. The games listed below are the titles that I’ve willingly put the most time into simply because of how much fun they were. Thus, you’ll see a lot of RPGs and Ports, but there’s also a freemium title or two  that made the list as well simply because of how well they worked...

As is the case with most Mario games, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run has a load of secret content in each level. The clearest evidence of this is in the game’s use of secret coins, which are differently colored coins scattered across the map in typically out of the way (or hidden from sight) places. Super Mario Run keeps track of your collection of all these coins, and if you collect the full batch, the game will unlock another set of coins that are even harder to find. Earn these and you’ve demonstrated complete mastery over that level. While this guide doesn’t go through the coin locations of specific levels (those will be coming soon), this guide will lay the foundation for any player looking to find coins with some general tips and tricks...

While Nintendo’s Super Mario Run is intrinsically a Mario platformer, there are obviously a few things that differentiate it from other titles in the series. In fact, the auto-run nature of the game essentially means that veterans of the platform need to remaster the controls to a certain extent. This is especially important if you plan on beating other opponents in the game’s Toad Rally mode. Toad Rally mode is a challenge mode that requires rally tickets and is a highly competitive mode where you race against a person’s avatar to get the highest score, which is a combination of coins collected and flashy moves in order to impress the toads watching. Obviously, such a mode requires great mastery of the controls to win, so check out the following tips and tricks in order to be the ultimate runner...

It’s been a long time coming, but the folks at Super Evil Megacorp have finally launched Version 2.0 of their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. While each update up until this point has typically included some welcome additions and a host of new characters, this update looks to be the biggest one yet. For starters, some significant changes have been made to the game’s guild structure. Now, players can easily find and join new guilds, which is a welcome change. In addition, guild rewards will be doled out throughout a season instead of at the end. Players can also now earn guild rep in solo matches. Finally, guild admin tools are finally here so leaders can transfer ownership, officers can be named with privileges and so on...

Gameloft’s Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] has seen a steady stream of content updates, with the most recent one being the (pretty awesome) Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas event. Now, the freemium kingdom-builder is back at it again with a new seasonal event based on one of their most popular IPs...

While the music/rhythm genre has become somewhat stagnant on consoles, it’s been alive and well on mobile with ports of classics along with new twists to enjoy. Still, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a tried and true classic take on the rhythm genre. Pianista [Free] is an excellent new title that offers that exact experience with the added benefit of a treasure trove of classical music. In fact, when you combine the well-designed rhythm system with an interesting freemium system, there’s really no reason not to at least check it out...

'Avadon 3: The Warborn' for iPad Review - A Worthy Conclusion to the Avadon Trilogy

Jeff Vogel's Avernum and Avadon games are some of the best computer RPGs (CRPG) that you can get on iOS. All of them have tons of content with an excellent balance of story-based and open-world options and their respective tales are pretty compelling as well. While Avernum has technically been complete for awhile, Avadon was still a work in process with the final game in the trilogy released on PC earlier this year. Thankfully, Avadon 3: The Warborn [$11.99 (HD)] is finally out on iOS too, completing the Avadon series on the iPad with yet another absolutely amazing CRPG...

It’s that time again, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have released another significant update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. While the new character (which offers a pretty interesting twist on debilitating gameplay) and multitudes of new skins are always nice, it’s the additions to its iOS broadcasting support that have me interested...

BlizzCon 2016: A Convention In Review

BlizzCon 2016: A Convention In Review

November 8th, 2016 10:40 AM EDT by Eric Ford in Featured, Games, News

Another BlizzCon has come and gone and we’ve covered extensively the newest expansion to Hearthstone [Free], the lone iOS game at the convention (WoW companion app notwithstanding). However, there were plenty of other games and events to cover in the convention’s two days. As usual, here’s a brief summary of some of the more interesting things that we saw on the floor...

Hot off the morning announcement of the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, we attended the Hearthstone: What’s Next seminar at BlizzCon. Obviously, the event was entirely centered around the new expansion and we were able to get a lot of cool information about the design cues for the expansion, along with a lot more detail about the three mafia families of Gadgetzan...