Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff hits mobile April 10

Apr 3, 2014

Isn’t it surprising that Family Guy has made it past the 200-episode mark without an official mobile game? TinyCo has been working with the voice cast from the long-running animated show and the brand experts at Fox Digital Entertainment to rectify this oversight, and the fruits of their labor will be available to all next week when Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff launches for iOS and Android on April 10.

Using the latest, particularly destructive donnybrook between Peter Griffin and Ernie The Giant Chicken as a backdrop, the game asks you to direct the Griffin family and their friends in an effort to rebuild Quahog. If that sounds like it’ll have builder elements, you’re probably on the right track.

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Heroine's Quest Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

Heroine’s Quest is a point-and-click adventure and RPG hybrid created by Crystal Shard.  In this game, you will guide a Heroine through a Norse mythology-themed world as she completes quests and saves Midgard from eternal winter.  Gamezebo’s walkthrough will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game. 

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11 bit studios puts the shoe on the other foot with Anomaly Defenders

Apr 3, 2014

Well, now we’ve done it. By we, I mean humans, and by done it, I mean we’ve taken the fight directly to the aliens responsible for invading Earth in the Anomaly series of tower offense games from 11 bit studios. For the final installment, Anomaly Defenders, there’s only one thing left to do: flip everything around.

Not only will you be playing as the aliens this time, you’ll be doing so in what 11 bit calls the “first ever Reverse Tower Offense game.” You may also know it as tower defense, but perhaps that’s just a matter of semantics.

In any case, you’ll have to master eight types of towers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses against different human units. Research in various tech trees will allow upgrades to the damage, armor or critical hit chances of your towers, and since the humans are determined invaders, you’ll have to make tactical decisions in real time instead of sitting there and letting your towers do all the work.

Without learning from what 11 bit assures us will be repeated failures, the aliens will die, and apparently we care about that now. Anomaly Defenders is coming for smartphones, tablets and PC later this spring, and if you still need a reason to be properly motivated to fight against your own species, the first trailer should put you in the proper frame of mind.

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Fairway Solitaire Blast Review: The best in solitaire is back

Apr 3, 2014

There was a time – let’s call it “the nineties” – when Solitaire was seemed like the most popular PC game of all. Not because people loved it, mind you, but because it was free and came bundled with Windows. Still though, people grew to love it. As a classic card game that we’re all familiar with, the “just one more game” pull of solitaire has always been hard to avoid.

Fairway Solitaire Blast

Despite its popularity, solitaire went years before it got a truly decent upgrade. Plenty of gamemakers had tried, mind you, but it took Big Fish Games to really hit on a winning formula. Combining elements of golf and cards, the original Fairway Solitaire debuted back in 2007 and has since been followed by a litany of releases. You probably know it best by its second iteration, which became something of a cult classic after its port to mobile devices back in 2012. If you’ve played either of these, there’s a good chance that you already know that Big Fish + solitaire is a winning combination.

Fairway Solitaire Blast is the latest release in the franchise, and the first that’s built from the ground up with mobile gamers in mind. In fact, at the time of this writing, it’s a mobile exclusive.

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FTL: Faster Than Light Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

FTL is a spaceship command strategy game with rougelike elements by Subset Games. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to brave the void of space and defeat the incredibly difficult closing chapter of the game.

 

FTL: Faster Than Light

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Fairway Solitaire Blast Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

Fairway Solitaire Blast is, as you can probably guess, a solitaire game. It’s the latest in the popular franchise from Big Fish Games. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to help these card-carrying gophers take back their beloved golf course.

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Clear Your Weekend: FTL and Hearthstone are now on the iPad

Apr 3, 2014

Strategy gamers, prepare yourselves for a double dose of fun. Two of the best-loved PC games of the last few years have just hit the iPad, and both games seems as if they were designed from the ground-up with tablets in mind (and in the case of Hearthstone, it really was!)

FTL is a spaceship management roguelike-like that send players on a trip through the galaxy, on a quest to survive as long as they can. It was incredibly well-received in its 2012 debut (and earned four stars here at Gamezebo), but the iPad version took its sweet time coming out. Why? Because this is the debut of FTL: Advanced Edition.

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If you already own the PC version, Advanced Edition is available as a free expansion today as well – and it brings oodles and oodles of changes. I could list them here, but why bother when the developer has done a great job of it right here?

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Heroine's Quest Review: Relive your Quest for Glory days

Apr 2, 2014

There’s a simple test to decide if Heroine’s Quest is right for you.  If you played, enjoyed, and pined for more Quest for Glory games, you’ve passed the test.  You should be playing Heroine’s Quest right now.  As a spiritual successor and homage to Sierra’s RPG-slash-adventure series, Crystal Shard’s modern installment feels right at home amidst its inspirations, and could easily slip into a library of their ranks unnoticed.  It brings with it a full-sized world and story, updated gameplay (a point-and-click engine, not the original text parser), and plenty of charm and tongue-in-cheek humor that would have matched wits with Sierra back in the day.

Heroine's Quest

Gamers unfamiliar with Quest for Glory may need a bit more direction in their decision tree.  Although Quest for Glory and Heroine’s Quest look like standard point-and-click adventure games at first glance, this is far from the truth.  They are role-playing games, with random encounters, battles, side quests, armor, and skills to contend with.  Your Heroine will fight trolls, level up, grow hungry, agree to help villagers, sometimes fail to help villagers, and explore a large, open world.  Point-and-click adventuring still comes into play, though, and there is plenty of item collecting, puzzle solving, and dialogue-branching throughout the game’s more active—and open-ended—quests.

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Amazon’s $99 box might be called Fire TV, but it’s the games that have me interested

Apr 2, 2014

Amazon pulled a Sega Saturn today (perhaps not the most auspicious comparison) and announced that you can buy the Fire TV for $99 at this very moment.

The device is a clear competitor for set-top boxes like Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku. You’ll be able to stream video from the obligatory services like Netflix and Hulu Plus alongside Amazon’s own Instant Video apps.

On the hardware end, it sports a dedicated graphics processor, 2GB of RAM and a Mimo dual-band wifi which, theoretically, makes it three times faster than those other devices I just mentioned. It also has voice control, so everyone can know when you’re binge-watching Scandal as you shout it out to an empty room.

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What’s most interesting about the little black box is how open it is. It operates on the open Android operating system, meaning it’s very simple for software designers to bring content to the device in just about any way they choose. To me, that smells like a greater focus on games than its prime competitors.

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Hellraid: The Escape draws inspiration from The Room

Apr 2, 2014

One of my absolute favorite games on mobile is the first-person escape-puzzler, The Room. We were lucky enough to get a sequel recently, but there's still a dearth of such games, perfectly tuned to touchscreens as they are.

Hellraid: The Escape has a silly name, but when a press release specifically cites The Room as influence, I'm willing to overlook a lot of things.

Perhaps it's best the name is silly. The game itself certainly doesn't look serious, what with the autonomous, disembodied eyeball in front of the May 5, 2014 release date in the trailer. The Escape (which, by itself, may be a better name) is tied to the upcoming PC/console hack-and-slash game Hellraid from Techland.

Techland is the team behind Call of Jaurez and Dead Island, if you didn't know. The studio can be very hit (like Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger) or miss (like Call of Jaurez: The Cartel). 

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