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In the first part of our series of Hearthstone [Free (HD)] I covered some high-level basic tips and strategies that are useful for players new to collectible card games, then moved on to discussing how getting cards works in part two, along with analyzing some of the better neutral rares to get first. Today, we're going to look at decks for each of the classes. These decks are totally free to play, and you'll have all the cards needed to play them by the time you hit level 10 in a particular class, which is just a matter of grinding away against the AI for an hour or two using the basic decks included in the game at level 1...

In our previous installment of the Hearthstone beginner guide, I covered some super-high level tips that are common knowledge for anyone who has any experience in collectable card games that players new to the genre (and Hearthstone) likely haven't learned yet. I was originally planning on hopping right in with posting and analyzing some decks, but I realized dealing with the in-game economy and how you get the cards for your decks is more important to cover first...

Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] is shaping up to be one of the biggest games ever, as it was already huge on the Mac and PC, but seems to be absolutely blowing up on the iPad. We're witnessing an interesting phenomenon, however, in people not really understanding the game largely because of design decisions surrounding the in-game social aspects. It's a perfect storm blended between the whole "Oh hey, new Blizzard game, I've got to play it" thing and the fact that the only way you can communicate with players in the game is through a series of significantly limited emotes...

War: depending on which video game you draw your real life principles from, it either has changed or never changes. Scholars often question what it is good for, with some concluding that the answer to that is absolutely nothing, good god y'all. Whatever one thinks, it's clear that a great many people enjoy playing games based around war. Recently, the flavor of war that has been most popular is the modern variation, something which I am sure is in no way connected to what Activision's Call of Duty series has been doing. Frontline Commando 2 [Free] takes the familiar series gameplay and brings it into the Black Ops era, with the results being more or less as expected. Some people love it, others hate it, but everyone likes to save a few bucks, so here are ten tips and hints for playing Frontline Commando 2 without needing the financial backing of a PMC...

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...

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