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.

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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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The Room Two is coming December 12

Nov 20, 2013

If you happen to be the proud owner of a smartphone or tablet device, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve already played Fireproof Games’ eerily fantastic puzzler The Room, with its beautifully dynamic graphics, its head-scratching puzzles, and of course, its enigmatic atmosphere. Well we knew the highly anticipated sequel The Room Two was already on the way for a few months now, but this week Fireproof Games has finally nailed down an official release date: and the good news is that it’s coming up really soon!

The Room Two will make its official iPad debut on December 12, 2013, with iPhone and Android versions expected to follow in early 2014. No other details about the game were revealed in the official announcement on the Fireproof Games Facebook page, but given the sheer amount of mystery surrounding this series, I can’t really say that anyone should be all that surprised.

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Will you be picking up The Room Two for your iPad in a few short weeks? That’s a silly question, of course you are. Sorry, I’m not as good at being mysterious as the folks at Fireproof Games. But be sure to let us know your thoughts on the upcoming sure-to-be fantastic sequel in the replies!

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Nintendo is experimenting with Android-based tablet for educational games

Nov 20, 2013

Ever since mobile gaming has been on the rise, there is one thing that dedicated gamers always seem to be clamoring about, and with good reason: the want of a full-fledged Nintendo game like Mario or Pokémon on their tablet or smartphone. Of course, Nintendo has always stood firm in their message that something like this would never be a reality. But now it looks like Nintendo might actually be making their first baby steps into the world of mobile: although not in the way that most Nintendo fans might have expected.

In a series of tweets that were sent out earlier this week, Nintendo software engineer Nando Monterazo has revealed that the Big N might be working on a line of tablet devices for use in schools to play educational games. Monterazo also went on to clarify a few of the finer details about this announcement in the same batch of tweets, stating that the experimental Nintendo tablet will be powered by Android, and that the primary educational games will be featuring recognizable Nintendo characters.

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Unfortunately, Monterazo also confirmed that we wouldn’t be seeing any NES, SNES, or Game Boy games cropping up on the tablet at any time, and reemphasized the fact that the new device will strictly be for educational purposes only. Nintendo has been pretty adamant in the past that we would never see officially licensed Nintendo games on any mobile platform, but then again, they were also extremely hesitant to embrace the world of online gaming once upon a time, and look how that turned out for them lately.

Do you think this new educational Android-based tablet will be a precursor for Nintendo to start experimenting with the prospects of more console-quality mobile game development in the future? Can you imagine getting help from Mario or Link in the classroom? I personally think it will be called the NinTablet U. Weigh in with your own thoughts down in the replies!

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Dragon Season Review

Nov 20, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to soar through the sky as a powerful dragon, feeling the wind whipping at your scales, and spitting out fireballs whenever something tries to get in the way of your peaceful voyage? Well now you’ll actually get to see what that’s like in Dragon Season, a quirky and colorful take on the endless running genre, where the skies are your friend, and the seasons are always in full bloom. But while the idea for the game is certainly cute, it won’t be long before your dragon starts to lose a little bit of the steam that’s powering up all of those fireballs. Boy, are my wings tired!

At its core, Dragon Season is a 2D sidescrolling endless flier, as players guide a cutesy red dragon through a medieval landscape, collecting coins and breathing fire along the way. The flying mechanics might take a little getting used to at first, as your dragon moves upward in a curvy arc when ascending, and this can feel a little choppy for players who are just starting out on their dragon careers. You’ll eventually fall into a groove though of tapping and holding on the screen when you want to gain altitude, and then quickly releasing your hold to drop back down and remain somewhere in the middle of the area.

Dragon Season

You can even run along the ground at times, so long as you find a clear stretch of land to do it on, and this proves to be another unique twist to the “don’t touch the ground” formula in traditional endless flier experiences. Another button on the lower left-hand side of the screen allows you to shoot a fireball from your mouth, which comes in handy for blasting away the large chunks of castle walls that serve as obstacles throughout your adventure. All of these things are brought to life through a colorful art scheme, which incorporates just the right amount of blockiness and cartoony character designs to give Dragon Season a rich and lighthearted personality.

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Maybe online gambling won’t be made legal after all

Nov 20, 2013

Everyone in the games industry assumes that it’s inevitable that online gambling will be made legal.   It’s not a question of if, but of when.

Online gambling has already been made legal in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.  About the only thing that could turn the tide would be if a megalomaniac with a history of throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into political action campaigns decided he was against making online gambling legal.

Enter Sheldon Adelson.

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