Category Archives: Time Management

I admit, I was pretty surprised when I heard that the folks at Nimblebit were going to join forces with Disney Interactive to create a Star Wars game. Yet, after a few soft launches here we are with Star Wars: Tiny Death Star [Free], a title that combines the simplicity and adorable visuals of Tiny Tower, with the rich assets of Star Wars. The combination of both should be a match made in heaven, but a stingy premium currency economy may make some think twice about investing in this otherwise great fan service tribute...

As we mentioned in our review, Pocket Trains [Free] really doesn't have a problem with excessive freemium elements. Sure, the game's premium 'Bux' are more important than ever, but the game is also balanced so players can earn them more through normal courses of play. With that said, we've got a few tips you can follow to make sure you'll earn enough coins and Bux without having to worry about needing to resort to IAP...

'Pocket Trains' Review - Making Logistics Fun

Nearly half a year after its action-oriented take on Snake, the folks at NimbleBit are back again with a free-to-play title much closer to its time management roots. Indeed, from as superficial standpoint, Pocket Trains [Free] shares some of the aesthetic and gameplay formula of Pocket Planes [Free]. However, behind the similarities is an excellent transportation management title that offers deeper strategic gameplay than its spiritual predecessor. Combine this with NimbleBit's penchant for fair IAP balancing, and Pocket Trains is yet another fun title that needs to be checked out...

All Aboard With Our Hands-On With 'Pocket Trains'

Nearly half a year since NimbleQuest, the folks over at NimbleBit look to be gearing up for their next release with Pocket Trains, another timer-based freemium game similar to Pocket Planes. While the game's cutesy visuals and overarching premise may look familiar, Pocket Trains looks to have a lot more up its caboose than one might seem. We had the opportunity to check out a recent build of the game in beta, and even at this early stage, it's looking to be a fun ride...

This morning, we spent a bit of time with Massive Damage's new free-to-play game, Pocket Mobsters [Free], and you know what? It's OK. In the game, you're tasked with ruling a city as a mob boss. This means you're in charge of the usual -- recruiting bruisers, shaking down business owners, taking out rival gangs, and whacking folks. A cutesy art style and light, goofy writing keep your job from being as heavy as it could be...

Avengers Alliance [Free], an intriguing turn-based RPG that made its initial debut on Facebook, is now out and available across iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It's free, naturally, with a bunch of in-app purchase options for the game's currency...

We called it whack-a-mole, back when I was a raid healer in World of Warcraft. It's been a while, but I'll bet things haven't changed all that much. You watch a screen of green boxes slowly deplete, and do your damndest to tag them with heals as they drop. Whack - a heal-over-time on the off-tank. Whack - a big heal on the main tank. Whack - a last second save for someone squishy. On and on until the boxes stop dropping, you look up, and hey—the boss is dead...

One of my favorite things about iOS is that there's such a wide breadth of game types, and at such low prices, that I'm more inclined to try something in a genre that I might not typically be interested in. That was the case with Cook, Serve, Delicious! [$4.99 (HD)], a time management and cooking simulation from Vertigo Gaming...

Heads up: Supercell unleashed a massive update to Clash of Clans [Free] this morning that added a ton of new mechanics, new unit upgrades, and some important tweaks. The change list is exhaustive, so get a coffee, a blanket, and buckle up before you dive into it...

In 2012, free-to-play continued to be a big deal on the App Store. It might have even been a bigger deal, actually, thanks to a couple of fantastic releases. Regardless of your feelings on free-to-play as a model, it's inarguable that people love these kinds of games. These are simple games that don't require traditional gaming skills, but do require some finesse in areas often left untouched by other genres. Free-to-play games are also super easy to pick up and play and they tickle unique pleasure centers...

Double Fine Productions has entered the freemium market with their new Superhero management sim Middle Manager of Justice [Free], a game that has been hotly anticipated since it's announcement, early release, and subsequent yanking from the App Store...

'Cook, Serve, Delicious!' for iPad Review - Hot, Any Way You Slice.. er, Swipe It

Cook, Serve, Delicious [$4.99 (HD)] heats up the hardcore restaurant simulation genre to a scorching level of challenge and innovation. What may be too hot (and too bitter, frankly) to taste, this PC to iPad port is terrific to the touch, even if it trades some of its thrill for easier controls...

Now there's even more stuff to do in The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free]. Yesterday, EA rolled out another content update to its free-to-play Simpsons game, adding a few "limited edition" buildings, quests, and characters. There's even a new collectible currency: Santa Coins, which can be used to "get seasonal facades" for your Tapped Out buildings...

'Middle Manager of Justice' Hits Canadian App Store Again, Will See Wide Release Soon

Middle Manager of Justice, Double Fine's upcoming free-to-play simulation strategy game, is back on the Canadian App Store. Unlike the last time the game appeared in the App Store, this is a totally official release, signaling Double Fine is about to drop the game wide across the globe...

Clash of Clans [Free] is kinda wild, as far as free-to-play games go. In a nutshell, it's basically every F2P game you've ever played rolled into one coherent package. Plus, each of its constituent parts are fleshed out enough to play exclusively. If you want to play it as a resource management game, you can. If you'd rather just build armies and treat it like one of those P2P Facebook war games, you can totally do that. If you'd rather just build a living, breathing kingdom with pretty buildings and layouts, knock yourself out. As our strategy thread is proving, Clash of Clans biggest strength resides in this flexibility...

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