Brave Frontier Walkthrough

Mar 21, 2014

Brave Frontier is a free to play RPG from Gumi Inc, where it's up to you summon different heroes and beasts to defy the fallen god Maxwell. 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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Card Hunter, the ultimate faux-tabletop experience, is coming to tablets

Mar 20, 2014

Blue Manchu’s Card Hunter, the browser-based, RPG-meets-CCG-meets-tabletop game with a sense of humor and a Richard Garfield pedigree, is really good. So good, in fact, that I sometimes wish I could take it with me when I’m not by my laptop.

DropForge Games must have read my mind. The relatively new Seattle studio funded by Wargaming.net (yes, the World of Tanks folks) is helping Blue Manchu by developing and publishing a mobile version of Card Hunter made with tablets in mind.

“The number one request from the Card Hunter community has been ‘when will this be on my tablet?’” Blue Manchu founder and CEO Jon Chey said in a press release announcing the deal. “The game’s design screams out for a tablet experience.”

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Indeed it does, as the turn-based, tactical battles feel like they’d transfer to touchscreens without too much trouble. It’s also already built on a free-to-play model, enhanced with a sensible option to pay for more content.

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This 2004 Tetris documentary is the best thing you’ll watch all day

Mar 20, 2014

Few games have a story behind them quite as riveting as Tetris. I first learned about the strange and storied history of the game when reading Game Over, David Sheff’s insanely detailed book on the history of Nintendo.

The story of Tetris is really the story of the end of the Soviet Era, Cold War Politics, and dirty business. For years I’ve said that it would make a brilliant HBO miniseries, and while we don’t have that, this BBC documentary from 2004 is the next best thing.

Sit back, make some popcorn, and spend the next 59 minutes of your day with Tetris: From Russia With Love.

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Flappy Bird is coming back, “but not soon”

Mar 19, 2014

Well that didn’t take long. It was only last week that Rolling Stone published an interview with Dong Ngyuen, the creator of Flappy Bird, that led to a fury of “will he/won’t he?” speculation about the game being returned to the App Store. When asked by Peter Travers if he Flappy Bird would ever take flight again, Nguyen responded “I’m considering it.”

But where Peter Travers failed to get a concrete answer, Twitter has now succeeded.

In response to a similar question by tweeter @painfullpacman, Nguyen has confirmed that Flappy Bird is indeed heading back to the App Store: “Yes. But not soon.”

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Mines of Mars Review

Mar 19, 2014

Mines of Mars is a genre-bending journey to the Red Planet that starts off like a cross between Minecraft and Metroid, but slowly morphs into something far more intriguing. It could stand a little more polish, but even with the occasional bump in the road, it's the kind of thing I can see myself playing for a long, long time to come.

Mines of Mars describes itself as a "procedural atmospheric mining game" inspired by games like Metroid and Motherload. It actually gives off a rather dark sci-fi adventure vibe at first, as the cinematic opening follows a grizzled miner forced to take work on Mars for reasons unknown. But things take a turn for the lighter following a rough landing on the planet, as he – that is, you – makes contact with the oddball commander of the Mars mining installation and a peppy robot who's eager to please.

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It's an unexpected and rather sharp turn in direction, although it has very little impact on the gameplay, which very quickly struck me as a sort of 2D Minecraft – although in hindsight a comparison with Rust might be just as apt. You take a portal from the base to the mines below the surface, excavate dirt, minerals and gems, bring them up top, use the resources to craft better equipment and weapons, then head back down to do it all again. 

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A "Marvel"ous opportunity: Glitchsoft talks Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past

Mar 19, 2014

It’s hard to get too excited about mobile games that are movie tie-ins. They often seem perfunctory, like they were rolled off an assembly line, and if the movie in question is based on a comic book, that only leads to disappointed fans.

Good thing, then, that the upcoming Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is no movie adaptation. Though its May launch on iOS and Android is no doubt intended to coincide with the May 23 release of the X-Men: Days of Future Past film, it’s going to one-up Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and company when it comes to staying faithful to the classic story from the Marvel comics.

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That means Kitty Pryde will be doing the time traveling instead of Wolverine. It also means settings and backdrops taken right from Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142, and the pop culture buffs at Glitchsoft, the Canadian studio developing the game, wouldn’t have it any other way.

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There's a Mario piggy in Angry Birds Epic

Mar 18, 2014

If your head is still spinning from the realization that there’s an Angry Birds RPG on the horizon, you’ll want to sit down for this one. The game soft-launched in Canada and Australia last night, and after 30 minutes or so, we bumped into a pig that looked pretty darned familiar.

Red hat. Moustache. Pipe. Mushrooms. I’ll let you be the judge:

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It’s-a-him! Mario!

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Could Amazon’s game machine be a dongle made for streaming?

Mar 18, 2014

Ready yourself for the most interesting rumor of the morning. We all know that Amazon is getting into the games hardware business. I’m not keeping score, but it seems safe to say that this is the worst kept secret of the year. What’s been a rather well-kept secret, however, is what this gaming hardware would be.

Now it looks like we have our first hint.

TechCrunch is saying they’ve learned from multiple sources that the device is going to look an awful lot like the Chromecast, Google’s $35 streaming device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port.

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There’s also the very real possibility that the device will be more of an “all-in-one” unit than a dedicated games console. With a variety of instant services already in-house – Prime customers can stream unlimited movies, TV shows, books, and soon music – offering a set-top box to bring it all to your living room is just good sense. Think AppleTV meets Chromecast meets Spotify meets Netflix, but with games.

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Deadlings Review

Mar 18, 2014

"Pay-to-win": it's hardly a death knell for most mobile games, as it's quite easy to find people with more money than time and a poor sense of where to spend either one.

Deadlings certainly isn't the most egregious such game, but it hardly gets a pass.

Death (as in the Grim Reaper) is unsurprisingly lonely. After seeing potential friendship in the equally unwanted zombies of the world, he tries to win their companionship by running them through a gantlet of deadly traps, platforms and obstacles at his new business, Deadlings, Inc.

The elevator pitch is something like Jetpack Joyride meets Lemmings. You play as Death, guiding different classes of endlessly running zombies through test chambers, collecting brains and making for the exit.

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Brave Frontier Review

Mar 17, 2014

There’s something to be said for the classics. Actually, there’s a lot to be said for them, or they wouldn’t get to be classics in the first place. Brave Frontier definitely has its sights set on giving mobile gamers nostalgic feelings of the JRPGs of bygone days, with some collectible card game bits sprinkled in for good measure. That’s a sound strategy, and the result is fun enough to be worth the free download.

Every good RPG needs a land to save, and in the case of Brave Frontier, it’s called Grand Gaia. This magical locale is home to hidden power for those who can vanquish its strange creatures, but it’s been sealed off by some fallen gods.

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That’s where you come in. As a Summoner with immense promise, you’ve been granted access to Grand Gaia via Lucius’ Gate. With a guide named Tilith to introduce you to core concepts like summoning units, fusing them together to make them more powerful, and leading them into combat, it doesn’t take long to get started on setting things right.

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