Star Wars: Assault Team Review

Mar 31, 2014

I imagine a fair number of people were of the “oh great, another Star Wars card game” opinion when Star Wars: Assault Team was announced, and I can’t say I blame them. But while it does make use of a few unfortunate monetization techniques, it’s actually not a bad time. In fact, it’s kind of clever.

As with most Star Wars games these days, Assault Team just can’t seem to avoid using notable characters from the movies. On the one hand, as a fan of the franchise, I think it’s about time to start exploring the expanded universe a bit more (or even create new characters entirely). But on the other, I can see why LucasArts would want to stick with the names most of the general public will be familiar with.

Star Wars: Assault Team

It all starts with Han Solo finding himself trapped on a Star Destroyer and fighting his way to freedom. As he blasts through teams of Storm Troopers during the tutorial missions, he’ll start to round up a decent team of fellow prisoners – as well as reunite with Chewbacca of course – and then it’s on to the game proper.

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2048 is why we can’t have nice things

Mar 31, 2014

2048 is the #1 game on Google Play and the App Store, and that’s a damned travesty.

Our story starts a little over seven weeks ago. Sirvo LLC, better known as Greg Wohlwend and Asher Vollmer, released their second mobile game collaboration: Threes!. It was a great little puzzle game that had the perfect mix of addictive and charming that can help a game shoot to the top of the App Store. And it did. Seemingly within hours, this indie darling jumped to the #1 spot – and not just any #1 spot, but the #1 spot on the paid games list.

Rumors of paid mobile gaming’s death, it would seem, were greatly exaggerated.

Or at least they would have been if it weren’t for 2048.

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A UI designer and web developer, Gabriele Cirulli “created” 2048 in the span of a weekend. You may have noticed my use of quotation marks there. That’s because, while he no doubt programmed the game and did the art, the creative process – aka developing an original idea and making it work – lays at the feet of Team Sirvo.

Yes indeed: 2048 is a clone of Threes

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Star Wars: Assault Team Walkthrough

Mar 30, 2014

Star Wars: Assault Team is a collectable card game created by LucasArts. You’ll need to collect and train a diverse assortment of Star Wars heroes if you’re going to have any chance against the Empire, which is why we’re here. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

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Shattered Planet Walkthrough

Mar 28, 2014

Shattered Planet is a survival role-playing game developed by Kitfox Games.  In this game, you’ll explore a hostile planet in search of alien life forms and items that will allow you to journey deeper into the world.  Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

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This Week in China: IGF opens call for submissions

Mar 28, 2014

With GDC only slightly in the rearview mirror (and Lucas Pope’s big IGF with for Paper, Please along with it), it’s time for the Independent Games Festival to look forward. And by forward, we mean Eastward. Namely, China.

Why China? Well, if you take a look at our other news bites from Laohu.com this week, you’ll see that some of those companies can put up some huge numbers – even on the stock market. And if the big guys are doing that well, great indie talent can't be far behind.

Thanks again to our friends at Laohu.com for providing us with the latest gaming news from the Chinese market. For daily info that does the same, be sure to bookmark Laohu.com.

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Hello Hero Review

Mar 28, 2014

As modern games get tougher, greyer, and grittier, we can count on Korean-made role-playing games to get cuter. Hello Hero, a free-to-play social RPG by Fincon, might be the most adorable game to exist up to this point thanks to its myriad recruitable monsters. The ability to sway baddies onto your side makes Hello Hero a fun game to settle into for a while, though character growth can be excruciatingly slow if you're not willing to pay for it.

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Hello Hero takes place in a monster-plagued world that's troubled by demon worship. Heroes are needed to put things right. Preferably, a lot of heroes led by you.

Your party travels across several maps, each one marked with battlefields. When a battlefield is entered, your heroes stand on the lower left side of the screen, while the bad guys stand on the upper right side (as is proper custom). The heroes and monsters then exchange blows.

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Would you play an Animal Crossing iOS companion app?

Mar 27, 2014

On a scale of one to 10, the news that an Animal Crossing game was coming to mobile devices would probably break right through and head for the teens.

Alas, it appears mobile gamers will have to settle for mild enthusiasm. Series mastermind Katsuya Eguchi recently told Joystiq that while he could see Animal Crossing mobile apps that would give players an extra way to manage some aspects of their towns, he doesn’t think smartphones and tablets would be a good fit for a full game.

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While everyone knows Nintendo has been steadfast in its decision to avoid bringing its IPs to mobile, Animal Crossing would be a brand that could make a smooth transition. The name alone would probably cause a launch day stampede to the App Store and/or Google Play.

 

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Hello Hero Walkthrough

Mar 27, 2014

Hello Hero is a social role-playing game from Fincon. In this game, you recruit heroes to help you fight back against hordes of demon-worshipping enemies.  Gamezebo’s walkthrough will provide you with some tips and hints that will help you get a good start on making pals with other heroes.

Hello Hero

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Shattered Planet Review

Mar 27, 2014

An invasive, shadowy substance known only as “the Blight” is creeping its way across the universe.  One research vessel, outfitted with a mostly-naked Gekkian scientist, a random equipment generator, and an endless supply of clone explorers, has set out to understand and stop the Blight before it completely takes over.  A nearby planet, shattered after a long-dead explosion, is putting off a Blight-resistant signal.  Your assignment, as clones one-through-infinity, is to survey the planet, seek out the signal, and deal with any other bizarre challenges sent your way.  There will be plenty.

Shattered Planet

As a randomized survival RPG, Shattered Planet thrives on the unexpected.  From the armor your clone wears down to the planet to the results of enemy encounters, nothing is directly under your control.  A typical trip begins on your spaceship hub, where you can use R.O.S.A., the equipment generator, to create weapons and armor.  But you can only tell it what value of equipment to produce—bronze, silver, or gold—not specifically what item.  You can also buy consumable items from the “Crystalobot,” a friendly vending machine that sells a variety of randomized goods ranging from healing items to pet companions.

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5 things we learned from App Annie’s Worldwide Games Index for February 2014

Mar 26, 2014

Insight: you either have it or you don’t. And if you don’t, it’s probably in your best interest to turn to someone that does. Thankfully the mobile gaming world has App Annie for that.

The leading analytics firm for mobile apps and games released their latest ‘Worldwide Games Index’ report today, picking up on the hottest trends and observations from last month. We’ve combed through it to bring you what we felt were the five big highlights. If you want to see what we've missed, give the full report a read yourself at AppAnnie.com.

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