Category Archives: Guides

I think it's kind of interesting how if we look at the most successful genres in the free-to-play category, they really go about trying to make money quite differently. For people who aren't big on spending a lot of money on them, these choices color the gameplay experience dramatically. Building games generally hit you with long timers and premium buildings or units, making playing them more a matter of checking in a few times a day to sort things out. Racing games usually opt for relatively easy-to-consume energy meters but replenish fairly quickly, along with premium cars and expensive upgrades, resulting in a game you have to give a few minutes to several times a day to progress meaningfully. Basic puzzle games use lives and power-ups, so you end up progressing smoothly until you hit a wall, then bang your head against it until you get past. How generous you see each of these models, I think, depends on your lifestyle and what you're looking for out of a game...

Whenever a new competitive freemium game hits the market, there’s always a mad dash to try and get to the top of the leaderboards. Unfortunately, the only surefire way of doing that is to simply buy your way to the top with significant IAP buys. While Supercell’s Boom Beach [Free] doesn’t deviate from that norm, there are still plenty of tips and strategies to follow in order to minimize the time and money spent on the game. ..

Supercell's Boom Beach [Free] was just released worldwide today, and to say the tutorial leaves you hanging is putting it lightly. Kanye can't even drop the mic as hard as Supercell does when it comes to explaining to players how to play the game. Maybe it's because they assume people playing Boom Beach are intimately familiar with Clash of Clans [Free], but Supercell really doesn't leave you any bread crumbs for what to do next after the first few minutes of gameplay...

Although many have tried, no one yet seems to have been able to reach the success of Gungho's hit, Puzzle And Dragons [Free]. One of the more successful attempts is Brave Frontier [Free], arguably the second-best Japanese RPG of the last couple years with 'brave' in the title. Like many games inspired by Puzzle And Dragons, Brave Frontier uses many of the same trappings outside of combat and replaces the puzzle mechanic with something totally different. If you're a veteran of that game, you're going to find Brave Frontier to be a cozy fit, with plenty of familiar strategies along with a bunch of new ones. If you're new to this type of game, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and you can start by reading this guide. There's quite a bit to this game, so this guide is mostly going to cover beginner tips and some general advice...

With the new Robocop movie in theaters, I'm sure many people are spending some time with the tie-in game of the same name, Robocop [Free], from Glu Games. I reviewed it a while back and found it to be a bit of a bear thanks to its monetization aspects, but if you're feeling like being Robocop, this is pretty much your best option apart from threatening a druglord and putting your faith in the city of Detroit to put you back together again. So, I felt that, in the spirit of my previous guide for Batman: Arkham Origins [Free], if you're going to play this, you might as well have a guide to help you get through as efficiently as possible without reaching into your cybernetic wallet compartment in your leg, by which I mean, your pocket...

Let me start off by being clear: Dungeon Keeper [Free] isn't necessarily the most popular game out there, and a lot of that has to do with how stingy it can be if you aren't paying money. This might make you think it's not really the best game to offer up a guide for, but in actuality, this is the kind of F2P game that a guide can be most useful for. To be honest, I don't think you can play Dungeon Keeper optimally without spending money, but if you don't want to spend money yet want to play this game, well, there are good ways and bad ways to go about that. One of the challenges of putting this guide together is that EA keeps changing things around, scrambling to find an optimal (for somebody, anyway) balance. That means it's hard for me to use specifics like the costs of things, because they might be different by the end of the week. In lieu of that kind of guide, I've decided instead to focus on some general advice and information about things that are unlikely to change too much...

If you're not playing Threes! [$1.99] yet, that's a problem you need to fix right now. We loved it in our review, and we've already posted a guide explaining the scoring and strategy of the game. Well, TouchArcade forum member y2kmp3 unlocked the 6144 "Volleo" card this Friday, which is a TouchArcade community first, if not a world first, and getting that deep into the game. So, how'd she do it?..

Well, Threes! [$1.99] is absolutely ripping up the iTunes charts, currently locked in at #1 paid in most regions, and blowing up all over Twitter as everyone and their second cousin have taken to boasting about their high scores. If this Threes! business is news to you, be sure to check out our review, as I'm highly confident in calling it the best game released so far in 2014, and it isn't one you should miss...

A while ago, I reviewed Gameloft's Despicable Me: Minion Rush [Free] here at TouchArcade and found that while it wasn't really doing anything special, it was pretty solid all around and had a lot of charm. Like many of Gameloft's games, it's seen quite a few updates and addded content, so I've never quite brought myself to deleting it off my device, whipping it out now and then for a run or to let my son have a go...

As we talked about on a recent podcast a couple of weeks ago, I've been mildly obsessed with Blinkbat Games' latest iOS release No Brakes Valet [$1.99]. And by mildly obsessed, I mean that it's the game I'm playing while ignoring all the much more important things in my life like friends and family. Sorry, guys. Anyway, No Brakes Valet is a wacky take on the "parking game" genre, of which there are hundreds or even thousands of on the App Store. What is it about trying to perfectly park a lot full of vehicles that's so engaging? I don't know exactly, but whatever it is No Brakes Valet takes it and cranks it up to eleven...

Thanks for checking out our Farm Heroes Saga guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

Following in the tradition of the guides I wrote for Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga [Free] today I've got some tips for playing Pet Rescue Saga [Free] without blowing your savings. Pet Rescue Saga is King's second-most popular game, and it's probably their most creative. While Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga [Free] are spins on the old match-3 genre, and Bubble Witch Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga are both rather shameless clones of Bust-A-Move [$4.99] and Peggle [$0.99] respectively, Pet Rescue Saga is actually a little bit unique as far as my knowledge of the genre goes. The other way it stands out is in how difficult it is. This is easily the meanest of King's games, the one where you are least likely to just push through by luck, and the one where you really have to plan your moves ahead if you want to move forward. It's interesting to me that King's most popular games are also their hardest, but I digress. Here's some advice if you're planning on playing this popular hit...

Thanks for checking out our Papa Pear Saga guide! If you're a free to play gamer and want to learn how to win these games without spending real money, be sure to check out our guides for other top games:..

As far as time management games go, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star [Free] is about as simple as it gets when it comes to understanding its freemium aspects. It takes time to stock floors, sell items and earn coins, and build floors. The game’s premium Imperial Bux can be used to speed up each of those activities and acts as the only currency that can be used to upgrade your bitizen-ferrying elevator. Still, there are a few tips and tricks that players can adhere if they want to get the most bang for their bux...

As we noted in our review, Gameloft’s GT Racing 2 [Free] is a great addition to the long line of excellent full-featured racers on iOS. While its freemium underpinnings are relatively benign, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get caught in that trap of feeling the need to pay in order to advance. The purpose of this guide is to provide some tips and tricks to avoid getting into those situations...

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