Author Archives: Eric Ford


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...

Ryleh Industry’s Chromaticon [Free] is a challenging experience that relies heavily on tilt mechanics and color coordination. In fact, it’s probably one of the more difficult games that I’ve played in a while and borders on being too hard for some players. However, it succeeds in making accomplishment a very cool experience and, when combined with great visuals and cool music, make it a game worth checking out...

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]. 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...