Author Archives: Eric Ford


I’m a big fan of this week’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] limited time event. For one, the major reward is unlocking the record for Vanille, a character that I enjoyed when I played through Final Fantasy XIII. More importantly, the event takes place in FFXIII which means I get to listen to the game’s awesome battle theme some more. For fans of DeNA's RPG looking for some tips to get through this week’s The Fal’Cie of Pulse event, we got you covered below...

Fresh off their recent launch of new permanent records and characters to unlock, the folks at Square Enix and DeNA have already restarted their weekly event that offers an opportunity for players to earn new characters and loot. This week's Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event sees the launch of ‘The Fire Crystal Awakens,’ which is a Final Fantasy V based event focused on the heroic attempts to save the Fire Crystal from exploding (spoiler: they fail). Lenna Charlotte Tycoon is the big reward for participating in this Collector’s Event and we’ve got the tips and strategy needed to make it an easy endeavor...

Fans of DeNA’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] will notice that the freemium RPG didn’t have a new timed event this week. Instead, players that logged in over the weekend were met with the English version’s second large content update...

'Fearless Fantasy' Review - The Stuff of Nightmares and Dreams

When tinyBuild’s turn-based RPG was released on Steam almost a year ago, players flocked to the game’s highly unique visuals and interesting take on RPG turn-based battle mechanics. Some even pointed out that the game would fit well on iOS devices. Indeed, we’ve been keeping tabs on a potential release even before an open beta was held on our forums earlier this year. Well, after a complete overhaul of the game’s art assets, as well as an extensive period of fine-tuning its mechanics, Fearless Fantasy [$3.99] is finally out on iOS and is well worth the wait...

This week’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event is important for  a few reasons. First, it’s the English version’s first exposure to the Final Fantasy 8 record, complete with excellent sprite-representations of the game’s enemies. Second, it’s the first challenge event to offer an Elite equivalent for the event (complete with harder enemies, better loot, and higher stamina costs). Finally, it offers the opportunity to unlock FF8’s Rinoa, which is the first FF:RK character available and is an interesting character in her own right. In typical fashion, we’ve run through the event and have a few pearls if wisdom to impart as we go on the hunt to dispatch Edea...

The folks at Super Evil Megacorp have been busy lately. First, they announced a partnership with eSports giant ESL as well as the first official tournament for their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free / Free]. Second, they also announced an update that launches a hero skin system that’s been long desired. With such big changes in store for the game, we were fortunate enough to chat with Kristian Segerstrale, the COO of Super Evil Megacorp and the Executive Director of Vainglory to get some added details on these two significant announcements...

Super Evil Megacorp’s hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free / Free] has been steadily adding content in terms of new heroes, UI modifications and countless balance changes. However, one area that players have been clamoring for are hero skins in the same vein as nearly every other MOBA. With today’s game update, those prayers have finally been answered...

Last week we offered a glimpse into the strange world of Star Wars: Card Trader [Free], a card collector app presented by Topps that consists entirely of digital Star Wars cards. Part of the strangeness with this app has to do with the fact that there are no gameplay elements at all. In fact, the whole allure Card Trader centers around purchasing card packs (typically with IAP) and trading cards amongst the community to collect sets. It’s a fascinating game that’s managed to cultivate a community willing to pay good money of digital versions of what used to be actual trading cards...

This week’s event in DeNA’s social RPG Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] (which launched on Saturday night) not only offers a pretty awesome character in Final Fantasy VI’s Celes, but it also offers a first look at the third type of special event available within the game. As is custom for these events, we thought we’d take a closer look at the first of hopefully many Survival Events, provide some tips on the various bosses you may encounter, and then offer some closing comments on how best to utilize the Runic Knight as you venture into the Magitek Facility Infiltration event...

We’ve seen more than our fair share of CCG games on the App Store, with the majority of them falling squarely within the Freemium genre. However, Star Wars Card Trader [Free] presented by Topps is probably one of the more unique takes on that type of game (for better or worse)...

This week’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] content update from DeNA comes a bit earlier in the week than what we’ve seen so far since the game launched worldwide. While last week’s update was a significant expansion of the game’s permanent mission structure, this week focuses on another timed special event...

In our last piece about Apple Watch games, we covered the trailblazer developers that debuted games that were either specially designed for Apple’s latest platform or were updates to existing games that played, well, as if they were made for the device. However, there’s a whole other category of apps for the Apple Watch that the company is classifying as Companion Apps which are designed to supplement iOS games that are just too complicated for the little machine. We’ve taken a look at a few of these upgraded apps and our impressions are below...

After an introduction last year, a slow trickle of information and a pre-order period of two weeks, Apple Watch is here at least. If you listen to the ravings on the Internet, I’m apparently one of the lucky few to score an Apple Watch delivery here. For all the other folks celebrating Christmas in April with a Apple’s latest piece of hardware, here are some first impressions of a few of the dozens of games already available for the device...

DeNA’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] has been consistently updated on a weekly basis since its release with limited time events that offered the opportunity to unlock a few characters. This week’s update doesn’t follow the same vein but instead focuses on expanding the game’s core content...

'Halo: Spartan Strike' Review - An Evolutionary Success

Recently, Microsoft and the folks at 343 Industries launched two Halo spinoffs on the App Store. Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] originally debuted back in 2013 on Windows devices and is finally on iOS devices. However, Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] is a brand new adventure that saw a simultaneous launch on all pertinent platforms. As a sequel to Halo: Spartan Assault, it would make sense that Strike seeks to improve upon its predecessor and it succeeds in that regard. While the changes to the formula feel more evolutionary than revolutionary, those improvements are on a game that was already great  to begin with making Strike an even better dual stick shooter...

When Microsoft announced Halo: Spartan Assault way back in early 2013 as a dual-stick shooter set in the Halo universe that would be exclusive to the Windows platform, no one ever thought that the folks in Redmond would ever sign off on it eventually hitting Apple’s App Store (although we dreamed about it when we checked it out at E3 that year). Yet, here we are with Microsoft pulling a rabbit out of its hat and launching both Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] and Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] simultaneously on the App Store. As you’ll soon discover, both games play quite similarly to each other, but we’ll focus primarily on Spartan Assault and the gameplay basics in this review and will get into more specifics as well as the differences of Spartan Strike in Part II of our review...

This week’s event in DeNA’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] offers players the opportunity to recruit a character that’s probably near and dear to the hearts of most fans of the series. Yes, folks the beloved Aerith Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII fame can be yours to do battle with if you partake in the ‘Sector 7 Countdown to Destruction’ event. The story backdrop has you assisting Aerith in making sure that Shinra doesn’t succeed in collapsing the Sector 7 plates, which would cause mass destruction to the folks living in the area. Of course, we all know that the story is just an excuse to partake in some battles, and as usual we have some tips to help you out in case you’re having some trouble with this event...

Like many others, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of Blizzard’s Hearthstone [Free] for iPhone (which was originally announced late last year). With today’s news that a universal update is now live on the App Store, I quickly downloaded it on my iPhone 6 to check out what the key differences are...

The folks behind Vainglory [Free / Free] have been on a roll lately with some a pretty consistent output in terms of new characters. This month saw the release of Vox, a fast-moving sniper with tons of maneuverability and damage dealing potential. He does have some intricacies that can be analyzed further so we thought we’d impart some general tips after a few days of checking him out...

Continuing on its (hopefully consistent) trend of releasing new events on a weekly basis, the folks at Square Enix and DeNA launched their latest Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event late Tuesday night. Dubbed ‘Light Against the Darkness’ this event has you taking your group of Final Fantasy misfits to Mt. Ordeals, the famous spot in Final Fantasy IV where Cecil renounces his dark sword and becomes a Paladin...