Skee-Ball Arcade Review

Nov 25, 2013

The death of arcades threw up a cloud of fallout that subsequently killed almost everything even associated with the neon-lit caves of old. Arcade cabinets weren't the only machines that dissolved into irrelevance: classics like Whack-a-Mole and skee-ball faded away with them. There are still a few ways to get your skee ball fix, however. You can hang around a Chuck E Cheese and push ahead of the kids lined up in front of you (not recommended), or you can download Skee-Ball Arcade by Scopely.

Other skee ball apps have come and gone from the App Store, but Skee-Ball Arcade is the first officially licensed game. It honors its license, too; this is the most authentic skee ball experience you're going to find outside of some bowling alley's decrepit video game corner.

Playing skee-ball is a bit like playing on a small, elevated bowling course (if you're Canadian, picture five-pin bowling conducted on a miniaturized lane full of speed bumps and holes). You're allotted a certain number of small balls, which you roll up and over a series of rubber barriers. Behind each barrier is a hole that corresponds to a score. If your ball goes into a hole, you're rewarded with the marked number of points. Generally, the smaller and further away a barrier / hole combo is, the more points it's worth. When your game is over, you receive a string of tickets you can exchange at a counter for a comb or mustache wax.

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Free Games and Sales: Combo Crew, Hero of Many and more!

Nov 22, 2013

Sometimes it can be a little frustrating to be an Android user when it comes to getting new games, as the iOS platform often seems to get all of the best games, or at the very least, gets them a whole lot sooner than us dedicated and patient Android users. But now all of that patience is being rewarded this week, as the latest internet gaming deals bring us two exciting new bundles that are specifically geared towards Android devices!

That’s right, Android users will now be able to indulge in the wonderful Humble Mobile Bundle 3 for Android, which even features the platform debuts of Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo. And in addition to that, you’ll also be able to browse a brand new website that promises to specialize in Android-focused bundles, with their very first one up for the picking right now. But not to worry: there are also still plenty of deals swirling around for our iOS and PC/Mac friends as well. Everyone wins!

Found any other good gaming deals for Android or any other platform that we may have missed in our search this week? Be a pal and let us know about them down in the replies!

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GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience Walkthrough

Nov 22, 2013

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience is a free-to-play racing game created by Gameloft. You’ll purchase cars, race them against other players, and compete in an extensive campaign mode. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience

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GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience Review

Nov 21, 2013

Gameloft’s GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience comes packed with a sense of familiarity. As I sat down to play my first race, I caught myself ignoring most of the tips and guides. I hardly read anything while navigating the menus because everything was laid out in the way I expected. When the game was walking me through my first car purchase, I breezed through it because it felt like I had done it all before.

In fact, I had done it all before. In sports, coaches usually operate under the idea of “if it works, we’ll keep doing it until it fails.” With GT Racing 2, Gameloft has shown commitment to that plan, and everything works the way it’s expected. Right from the start, if you’ve played any other recent racer, such as Real Racing 3, you’ll know what to expect. In some cases, such extreme familiarity can lead to a game’s demise. GT Racing 2 is polished and fun enough to overcome this obstacle.

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience

Despite the constant feeling of familiarity, GT Racing 2 doesn’t assume you’ve played any other mobile racer. It does a fine job walking you through the start without becoming overbearing or boring for those experienced with the genre. I never found myself growing impatient with the tutorial or grumbling about not being able to skip it. I only wanted to keep racing, and I was in luck.

Obviously, racing is a key component to GT Racing 2, and on that end, it excels. The numerous control schemes all work well, though the default tilt control feels like the way the game is meant to be played. There’s braking and steering assistance, which can be disabled at the start of every race. The heads-up display is standard fare, complete with a speedometer, lap and position counters, and a mini-map. The one unique feature is the guide line. As you drive, you’ll notice a green line on the road. This is Gameloft’s idea path for players to take, thus optimizing their performance.

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Tic Tactics Review

Nov 21, 2013

The title gives Tic Tactics away. It's the age-old game of Tic-Tac-Toe with a tactical twist, spread out across nine separate Tic-Tac-Toe boards that collectively form one mega, meta-board. You control where your opponent moves, and your opponent controls where you move, and in spite of that rather oddball description it's actually very simple to play, and also insidiously entertaining. Understand?

Probably not. Okay, imagine a Tic-Tac-Toe board – perhaps better known to some of you as X’s and O’s. Now imagine that each of the nine squares on the board is comprised of another, smaller Tic-Tac-Toe board. To claim one of the squares on the big board, you must win the game of Tic-Tac-Toe in that square. Win a game, claim a square, and when you've claimed three squares in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, you win. Easy peasy – that's Tic Tactics.

Tic Tactics

But there's a catch! Oh, isn't there always? You alternate turns with your opponent, chosen at random, from amongst your Facebook friends or in a "pass-and-play" game with a real person, and where your opponent plays determines which of the nine boards you'll make your succeeding move on. Say, for instance, he plays the upper-left square of the board in the middle – you must play on the board in the upper-left corner. On that board, you play the middle square in the bottom row, and so your opponent must now make his move on the board in the middle square of the bottom row. So it goes, back and forth, until victory (or a draw) is declared.

It's simple (really, it's one of those things that's easier to do than to explain), but it encourages devious play. It's not easy keeping track of the possible consequences of every move you make, and it's sometimes preferable to pass up on an advantageous square in order to force your opponent into an even more disadvantaged position. Even if a square is won, you can still be forced to play on it, but if your opponent tries to make you play on a board that's full, you'll be allowed to make your move anywhere you like.

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Spellista: The new word game you can play with your eyes

Nov 21, 2013

Advancements in technology are getting pretty scary these days, and I think it’s safe to say that we’re only a few short years away from being able to have our very own robot butler named Robo Jeeves. But for the time being, we have products like Google Glass to keep us fascinated with the complex digital world as it accentuates our actual lives more and more. And now, we even have a brand new word game to take us one step closer to becoming a full-fledged gaming Tom Cruise from Minority Report.

Glu Mobile has pulled back the curtains on a new game called Spellista at the Google Glass Hackathon event in San Francisco this week, which will be the company’s very first game developed exclusively for Google Glass. Described as an “interactive word puzzle game,” Spellista challenges players to solve word scramble puzzles in nine different environments, through use of the innovative Glass technologies like the gyroscope, accelerometer, camera, and voice recognition capabilities. By using hands-free head controls, it almost goes without saying that Spellista is already shaping up to be one of the most immersive and high-tech word games in all of existence.

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But the overt coolness of the new Google Glass game doesn’t even end there! Players will also be able to create and share their very own Spellista levels with their friends wherever they go by using Glu Mobile’s own “Glass-to-Glass sharing” feature, which makes further use of the hardware’s camera and voice commands. In speaking about the innovative new gaming project that was developed as part of the GDK beta program for Google Glass, Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi had this to say: “Spellista represents a major shift in interactive digital content and we are proud to support Google as a Glass beta partner.”

You can see a screenshot of how Spellista will coordinate with your real-world surroundings right within this page, but in order to get the full experience, you’ll want to get out your Google Glass and give it a go yourself! For those of you who own the latest innovative technology, Spellista can be downloaded by going through Google Glass right over here.

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Football Heroes Walkthrough

Nov 21, 2013

Football Heroes is an arcade football game from Run Games, in which you will play football in an arcade style against challenging AI opponents or friends of your choosing. In order to become the most powerful team around, you will need to know what moves to make as you play. With Gamezebo’s quick start guide, you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and strategies you’ll need to stay ahead of the game, and your friends.

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Fates Forever receives $8.2 million in funding with help from League of Legends lead investor

Nov 21, 2013

When OpenFeint founder Jason Citron started a new games company called Hammer & Chisel in 2012, many fans have been eagerly looking forward to the exciting projects that were sure to come. Well today Citron has announced that he has received a whopping $8.2 million in funding to go towards Hammer & Chisel as they toil away on their upcoming MOBA mobile game, Fates Forever.

But the really interesting thing about this news is that a piece of the $8.2 million funding is coming from none other than Benchmark Capital Partner Mitch Lasky. Now if that name sounds a bit familiar to you, that’s because Lasky was also the number one investor in Riot Games, the studio behind a little game called League of Legends. In addition to the substantial investment, Lasky will also be joining the board of directors at Hammer & Chisel, as Citron and company forge ahead with their new game.

Fates Forever, the new game in question, is looking to take the AAA hardcore MOBA experience made famous by games like League of Legends and redefine it in a tablet-only atmosphere. Citron is looking to reinterpret the traditional mouse and keyboard control strokes into simple touchscreen gestures that will be both familiar and easily accessible to mobile users. Well one thing’s for sure after watching the debut gameplay trailer of Fates Forever in action: this is certainly not your typical casual tablet game right here, and it looks like that $8.2 million is going to be put to good use.

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance comes to Android today

Nov 21, 2013

Get your superhero tights and cape out of the closet, because the popular turn-based and RPG hybrid Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance is coming to Android today! Everything from the Facebook and online versions of the game will be making a return here in the mobile Android release, including over 60 action-packed missions, 25 fan-favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and an ongoing storyline with regular updates and special live events.

In the game, players assume the role of a newly-recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has they help keep the Marvel Universe safe from oncoming attacks in the wake of the disastrous “Pulse” event. And if you’ve never had a chance to experience Marvel: Avengers Alliance for yourself yet, let me hit you with some knowledge: the game not only scored a perfect 5-star review from us at Gamezebo, but it also earned our Facebook Game of the Year Award in 2012. Needless to say, this is one game you’ll want to be playing.

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The free-to-play Marvel: Avengers Alliance is available for download right now on the Google Play Marketplace. Will you be checking it out this week and saving the world from imminent Super Villain danger?

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Battle Command! Review

Nov 20, 2013

Spacetime Studios is perhaps best known for 3D MMOs on Mobile platforms, but there’s no reason why they can’t branch out in to new territory every once in a while. Well, new territory for them anyway. Battle Command! is, for all intents and purposes, Clash of Clans with a slightly futuristic military combat theme. It’s not particularly a bad thing, and I actually prefer the look, but it’s nothing ground-breaking either.

Their second game of this nature after Battle Dragons, Battle Command! tasks players with turning a bland and run-down base into a formidable military installation. Also, world domination.

Battle Command!

You’ll construct buildings to collect resources and train soldiers, create vehicles and aircraft, build and upgrade base defenses, and try to ransack other outposts as they fight for supremacy. Each soldier and vehicle has their own set of statistics and behaviors to account for (i.e. some target defenses above all else and others do slash damage), and knowing when and where to place them will be instrumental in successfully raiding a base.

Of course the flip-side to the skirmishes is that, win or lose, players don’t get to keep any of the surviving soldiers or vehicles. In other words… Clash of Clans.

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