Author Archives: Eric Ford


We’ve been reporting on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] since it was announced back in June of this year. As a freemium hero collecting turn-based game, there’s obviously a lot to keep track of in turns of currency and timers. While that’s obviously a turn off for a lot of players, there’s plenty here in terms of depth and character variety to make it worth trudging through for Star Wars fans. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to get new players acclimated to the freemium systems in the hope that they’ll be able to enjoy what Galaxy of Heroes has to offer...

This month’s heroic addition to Vainglory [Free], like most of the heroes that have come to the Halcyon Fold before, adds an interesting twist to the dynamic of the hit mobile MOBA. Blackfeather is also a blast to play and has the potential to do some serious damage in the hands of players that know how to use him. Alas, before one can get to that point, it’s important to understand what exactly he brings to the table. Enter our beginner’s guide, in which we provide a brief introduction to Blackfeather his abilities and some potential builds for making him work in-game...




'Skylanders SuperChargers' Review - A Pretty Fun and Relatively Economical Ride

iOS versions of current console games still pretty scarce, but it’s refreshing to see this trend slowly start to reverse with recent launches of Disney Infinity 3.0, Guitar Hero Live, and Skylanders SuperChargers [Free] on iOS. In the case of SuperChargers, this is the second full launch of a console game with the previous Trap Team [Free (HD)] having made its iOS debut last year...

We last reported on Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], receiving some pretty cool features (as well as skins) with an early November update. Not to be outdone with that update, the MOBA developers have released a second update in the same month, this time launching a new hero, making the requisite balance changes, and debuting some pretty cool queue features...

If you’ve been following Vainglory’s [Freeweekly streams, you’ve probably heard already about some of the changes previewed in version 1.10. For the rest of us, the update has finally hit the App Store and with it comes some welcome bug fixes as well as some great changes to the guild system...

Earlier this week, the United States Copyright Office released its latest round of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While a lot of them were renewals, such as the iPhone jailbreaking exemption were renewed, there were a few new exemptions that were added to the mix that specifically deal with how owners of certain video games can interact with and circumvent copy protection software. However, before we get to the explicit exemptions that have been added, it’s probably a good idea to provide a brief background on the act itself and why these exemptions are required...

Kabam’s Star Wars: Uprising [Free] is not a very forgiving freemium game. With multiple in-game currencies along with a premium counterpart that’s pretty expensive to purchase that aspect of Uprising would be tough enough to navigate. Combine that with the expansive equipment system, mission structure and the extracurricular battles and there is plenty of opportunity for players to lose out on potential rewards. However, with the right timing and knowledge, there’s also opportunity to be taken advantaged of. A few of us here have been playing pretty regularly since launch and have compiled a few tips on how to potentially put the odds in your favor...

In addition to the awesome Guild/Team additions as well as the Halloween map skin, Version 1.9 of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Phinn, the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold. It’s always nice to see a new Support character and like all the other heroes, Phinn has some pretty crazy tricks up his sleeve. If you’re interested in seeing how Phinn plays within the meta, read on as we offer a beginner’s guide...

'Vainglory' Dev Releases New Details on Upcoming Update

September 28th, 2015 7:47 PM EST by Eric Ford in MOBA, News, Updates
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During the weekend at TwitchCon, Super Evil Megacorp held a few streams regarding its mobile MOBA Vainglory and its upcoming additions that will launch with its Version 1.9 Update. Some of them, like Seasons mode, have already been discussed at length, but there were a few cool new announcements, such as the debut of limited-time skins and even a seasonal map overlay that will debut (and most likely last) through the first Season of play...

Freemium elements, aside, I’m a pretty big fan of the recent Pokemon Shuffle Mobile [Free] title to hit iOS. While I played it a bit on the Nintendo 3DS, I always thought it would work better on mobile (with others agreeing as well) and my convictions turned out to be correct when I finally installed it on my iPhone. While it has great production values and all the Pokemon allies most fans have grown to love, it’s still a match-3 freemium game. Despite the good and bad associated with that, it does mean that as a freemium game there are always a few things to keep in mind, as well as tips that can be followed in order to maximize your enjoyment with the game. We thought we’d compile a few of those in a starter guide for folks looking to get a leg up on the game...

A Beginner’s Guide to Skye, the latest 'Vainglory' Hero

It feels like it’s been forever since Super Evil Megacorp released a new hero for its mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] (in all reality it’s only been two months). Thankfully, that all changed with the launch of Version 1.8, which brought with it the debut of Skye, the latest hero to hit the Halcyon Fold. While she’s pretty difficult to use, she also has the capability to be an incredibly rewarding addition to any team. We’ve been putting her through her paces during this ICE-only launch week and have compiled beginner’s guide for folks wondering if she’s right for them...

Fans of Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], will be happy to hear that Version 1.8 featuring the newest heroine Skye has finally launched. While the new character is certainly the biggest feature of the update, there are also a bunch of other changes that are worth discussion...

'Tiny Empire' Review - Waging War With Cannons

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September 2nd, 2015 6:00 PM EST by Eric Ford in $2.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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At first glance, Tiny Empire [Free] by Mother Gaia Studios acts suspiciously like another giant game franchise that resides within the physics-based launching genre. There’s projectile aiming, enemies you want to destroy, and a few twists on the ammunition being tossed. However, beyond the gameplay similarities is decent example of a title taking a genre that has been dominated by a huge developer and creating just enough change that it can stand on its own...

Seasonal Ranked Play Announced for 'Vainglory'

August 28th, 2015 11:00 AM EST by Eric Ford in MOBA, News
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While fans of the game are eagerly awaiting the unveil of Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Skye, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp made a pretty significant announcement about the mobile MOBA this morning...

'This War of Mine' Review - A Perfect War-torn Port

'This War of Mine' Review - A Perfect War-torn Port

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August 17th, 2015 1:00 PM EST by Eric Ford in $14.99, 5 stars, Action, Adventure, Games, iPad Games, Reviews, Simulation
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Last year, 11 bit studios wowed the gaming community with its dark and emotionally provocative game, This War of Mine [$14.99]. An action-adventurer with a heavy dose of strategy, there was a lot to love and think about as players tried (sometimes in vain) to simply survive the horrors of war. Android and iOS players finally were able to check it out last month, and we’ve been running it through its paces to see if it made the transition to the mobile platform successfully. As you might expect, it passes with flying colors, and is truly a game that deserves to be played by everyone on iOS...

Last weekend at D23, Disney Interactive held its panel to a packed crowd of gamers excited to hear about Disney’s upcoming gaming offerings. While the majority of the panel focused on console and PC specific games like Kingdom Hearts 3, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Disney Infinity 3.0 (all pretty cool games, in my opinion), the event did debut a new mobile offering that has the potential to be pretty cool...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp launched version 1.7 of their hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free]. While the version update didn’t see the debut of a new hero, there were a ton of significant updates and additions to the game...

'Avernum 2: Crystal Souls' Review  - The Empire Strikes Back

If you’ve been following along on our RPG Reload Podcasts, you’ll know that we have a soft spot for Spiderweb Software’s excellent old-school RPGs. In addition to dedicating a whole segment to Avernum: Escape from the Pit [$9.99 (HD)]on Episode 2, we’ve also spoke at length to the recent drama regarding Avernum 2: Crystal Souls [$9.99 (HD)]. Released and taken off the market within a day, issues with iOS 8.3 threatened not only its release but also the release of future titles. Thankfully, all that has been resolved and Jeff Vogel’s group has rereleased the second game in the Avernum series on iPad. It’s a big win for RPG fans, as Avernum 2 continues the excellent tradition of old-school RPG goodness with a new adventure deep underground...

For those that dig on swine, bacon seems to have such a magical allure that people will put it on the craziest things just to enjoy it. Bacon’s mysterious power even translates to the video game world, where even a rooster will do everything within its power to save the world’s bacon supply from being abducted by aliens. If the thought of such a ridiculous premise appeals to you, you’ll enjoy The Abduction of Bacon at Dawn, the Chronicles of a Brave Rooster [$0.99]. It not only hits the mark in terms of theme but it’s a fun little platformer in its own right as well...

As we reported earlier, Super Evil Megacorp’s latest update to its mobile MOBA brought a host of changes to the game. Probably one of the biggest additions to Vainglory [Free] was the launch of the newest hero, Rona. As is the case with all new hero debuts in Vainglory, there are some pretty cool new intricacies in how to use her. We’ve been playing many a game with her since the update and have a few beginner tips to help succeed...