Author Archives: Eric Ford


One of the coolest aspects of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] is the ability to eventually unlock and battle with a large variety of different characters. While the Japanese version has a myriad of heroes to choose from already, the recently released English version debuted with a limited amount of unlock able warriors. Well, with today’s new event, the folks at DeNA have started to slowly introduce new participants to the battle, starting with Tifa and a “secret” character that can be earned by completing the entirety of the event...

Late last night, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp released the update details on its upcoming 1.3 patch to its mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)]. The biggest change that will come with the patch is obviously the release of its newest hero, Vox. We covered the official announcement of Vox last Friday but we now have some extra details to pass along...

A Beginner's Guide to 'Vainglory’s' Celeste

March 30th, 2015 9:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in Free, Games, Guides, MOBA, News
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Now that the folks at Super Evil Megacorp recently unveiled their next hero to its mobile MOBA, Vainglory , we thought we'd take the time to give folks a closer look at the last hero to debut for the game, Celeste. We’ve been playing (and thankfully, mostly winning) matches with her for quite awhile now and thought we’d lay down some general tips on how to best utilize her...

‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Hits the US App Store

Well folks, after an acclaimed review, a behind-the-scenes interview with its producers, and a thorough exploration on the longevity of the game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is finally (pun intended) available on the US App Store...

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Review - My Freemium Fantasy Love Letter

I have to admit, since the travesty that was Final Fantasy: All The Bravest [Free], I lost all hope of seeing a good mobile Final Fantasy game that would not only embrace some of the unique intricacies of the platform but do so in a way that didn’t make the whole experience feel sleazy. Yet, here we are with Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a collaboration between DeNA and the folks at Square Enix and a title has single handedly restored my faith as to the potential of this franchise and genre on mobile...

'SwapQuest' Review - An Excellent Genre Mashup

When done correctly, I feel like there’s no better mix of genres than the puzzle/RPG combination. Adding character progression and some exploration elements to a good puzzle mechanic has the potential to really turn a neat game into a full-on adventure. SwapQuest [$2.99] has managed to do just that by combining classic Pipe Mania gameplay with some great RPG mechanics. Add in some cool retro visuals and awesome music and SwapQuest is an experience that shouldn’t be missed...

As a dungeon crawler with a bunch of freemium systems meshed into its core, Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free]can be a tough game to crack. It’s not just a matter of figuring out how to cope with the game’s plethora of timers and premium currency — it takes some advanced knowledge of the game’s freemium elements in order to work within them and potentially take advantage of them. The purpose of this guide is to impart some of that knowledge needed to succeed, as well as offer a few tips that can hopefully help you succeed...

Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter dungeon crawler series has seen a lot of changes over the years, and that theme continues with this year’s release of Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free]. Yes, the hack n’ slash series continues its march into freemium territory, but this time it does so with a system that’s pretty fair to its players. It actually leads to a game that’s not only pretty enjoyable (within the confines of its systems) but has the potential for long term investment...

Balancing a tower defense title properly is a pretty tough task. Make a game too easy and players may lose interest in advancing through the game’s missions and difficulty. On the other hand, an incredibly difficult TD title can potentially alienate a lot of prospective players. Epic War TD 2 [$2.99] by AMT Games leans heavily on the difficult side in terms of the TD spectrum. However, the game is balanced well enough that most TD gamers can succeed while optional modes provide a challenge for the hardcore fans...

Ever since we first caught wind of it back in February, Sick Bricks  [Free] by Spin Master has been an intriguing title to play. A lot of the individual elements have been seen before in countless games before it. However, as a compilation, we’ve never quite seen a title combine all of those elements with a real-world toy buying campaign. Granted, it’s not quite the perfect melding of real and digital world assets that I’d like. However, Sick Bricks is still a pretty fun game and should do quite well with its intended audience...

GDC 2015: ‘Disco Party’ is a Neat Puzzle Platformer

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to speak with GV Game Developer about their maiden game, Disco Party. A puzzle platformer, Disco Party has a lot of the basic tenets for the genre that we’ve all come to know and accept. Levels are bite-sized and challenge players to control an always-moving disco dancer as he collects records and eventually reaches a dancer for that assumedly last dance. The puzzle platforming elements come into play via the ability to tap and convert the tiles into special ones with special properties. For example, tapping once turns a tile into a barrier, forcing your avatar to turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Tapping twice converts a tile into a springboard to get across pitfalls while a third tap completely reverses gravity and offers a different perspective in getting past levels...

Earlier today we sat down with Disco Pixel, makers of the rhythm title Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas [$3.99]. Since its release in 2014, Jungle Rumble has seen enough success in various markets to warrant some significant updates, which were revealed to us at GDC...

GDC 2015: ‘Killing Floor: Calamity’ Is a Dual Stick Shooter Take On the Series

Folks familiar with developer Tripwire Interactive have probably heard of Killing Floor, a cooperative first person shooter that was launched on PC in 2009. While a formal sequel was recently announced, Tripwire Interactive has also been working on porting the world to mobile devices and has achieved that with Killing Floor: Calamity...

GDC 2015: Hands-on With ‘Outdodge’ - Quick and Simple Projectile Avoidance

After enjoying some success with Fly Catbug Fly! [$0.99] (our TA Game of the Week back in April 2014), the folks at Ludoko Studios decided to try their hand at an original title. The fruits of their labor is Outdodge, a simple reflex-oriented dodging title with some neat tricks up its sleeve. Outdodge has you controlling a stationary figure in the middle of the screen with balls traveling all over the place. The goal is simple: dodge those balls for as long as you can to get the highest score. Players can either jump or reflect the balls out of the way, each earning one point. Where it gets interesting is when players combine both as reflecting while jumping leads to some neat ways to get out of potential jams. Full leaderboard support is anticipated, as well as possible game mode variations that only grant scoring depending on certain actions (for example, reflect-only scores)...

'GDC 2015: SMG Studios Shows Off 'One More Bounce'

Earlier this week at GDC we met up with the folks at SMG Studio (makers of the popular One More Line [Free] and excellent TD title OTTTD [$4.99]) to discuss their latest creation...

Well, that was fast. Earlier this week we reported on the folks at Super Evil Megacorp debuting their latest Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] hero, Celeste, on their weekly Twitch stream last Friday. Less than a week later we’ve received word that the mobile MOBA has now been patched, unlocking the cosmic-centered sorceress for all the public to play...

A Closer Look at Character Beaming in the Upcoming 'Sick Bricks'

Earlier this month, we took a look at Spin Master’s Sick Bricks, a new action-adventure title with a ton of characters available to unlock. One of the coolest aspects of the game is its accompanying suite of actual physical toys that can be purchased at brick and mortar stores which can be “beamed” into the game, unlocking the character in the game. We thought we’d take a closer look at the toys themselves and how they interact with the game as we wait for its launch...

‘Vainglory’s’ Latest Hero, Celeste is Unveiled

February 23rd, 2015 1:16 PM EDT by Eric Ford in News
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Last Friday, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp offered a first look at the newest hero for its popular mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)]. Celeste is the game’s newest mage and, being a mage, has a few qualities that she shares with other similar characters. For one, she’s a ranged damage dealer and will probably start out in the lane. Based on what we’ve seen revealed, she will also most likely end up being a damage dealer on the edge of battles towards the end-game...

'Alto’s Adventure' Review - Winter Wonderland

'Alto’s Adventure' Review - Winter Wonderland

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February 20th, 2015 2:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $1.99, 4.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Ever since we caught wind of the teaser back in September of last year, Alto’s Adventure [$0.99] has been an intriguing title. The biggest question I had was whether the game’s highly stylistic art style would be able to counterbalance a gameplay system that is essentially standard endless snowboarding fare. For me, I think the excellent visual style and soundtrack make for an experience that’s worth experiencing the otherwise basic endless gameplay...

'Daytona Rush' Review - Endless Racing

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February 17th, 2015 3:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in 4 stars, Free, Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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As we’ve state before, it’s a tough gig to be an endless runner on the App Store. Nearly all are simply reskins of the same type of gameplay, requiring standouts to either significantly alter the formula (and risk losing that aspect that makes them so appealing) or offer a novel theme to that counteracts what is other standard gameplay fare. Daytona Rush  [Free] is clearly in the latter category with a pretty novel and well implemented theme of stock car racing. When combined with its (thankful) utter lack of IAP, good leaderboard support and great production values, Daytona Rush may be an endless racer worth trying...