Gamezebo Archives - December 2011

Monopoly Hotels Preview: Monopoly Hotels puts a freemium towers twist on a board game favorite

Dec 29, 2011

From Hotel City to Tap Pet Hotel, managing a bustling accommodations business has been a big hit with freemium audiences in the last few years. But if you’re going to go into the hotels business, wouldn’t you want to consult the very best? Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka “Mr. Monopoly,” has been building hotels on Boardwalk since 1935!

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Social Girl Review: Crowdstar releases another iOS app for the ladies with Social Girl

Dec 28, 2011

Crowdstar has released another iOS title for female gamers, Social Girl. The sterling successor to the highly popular application Top Girl, this new simulation plants players into an almost virtual high school-type of environment. From managing relationships to working their way into cliques, it is a simplistic game of popularity, fashion, and dating.

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Biggest News Stories of 2011

Dec 28, 2011

A lot can happen in a year. New games come and go, development studios and publishers are formed and shuttered, and people leave our lives forever. As part of our Best of 2011 series, today we’re taking a look at the biggest news to hit the casual games industry all year, covering everything from Angry Birds to Zynga (though excluding some of the huge acquisitions, which we’ve covered previously). From games blowing up to companies going public amidst waves of hype and interest, these are the five biggest news stories of the year.

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House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Walkthrough

Dec 28, 2011

Welcome to the House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition walkthrough on Gamezebo. House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets is a hidden object adventure game played on the PC created by Alawar Entertainment. This walkthrough includes tips and tricks, helpful hints, and a strategy guide for how to complete House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition.

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Toyz & Zombies Review: Toyz & Zombies shows that there's still life in the zombie genre after all

Dec 28, 2011

Many years from now, perhaps in some footnote (if such things manage to survive), one of the things we'll be remembered for is our love of using the oddest things to kill zombies for entertainment. Sometimes we use plants, sometimes we slap them with a shovel, and sometimes we resort to boring them with weighty monologues on AMC. And now, thanks to Paprika Lab, we're reduced to overcoming the zombie apocalypse with toys. But as we see in the endearing Toyz & Zombies, that doesn't mean that the concept is any less rewarding.

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Tank Riders Review: Tank Riders has plenty of potential, but it's all hiding behind a poor control scheme

Dec 28, 2011

Typically when you add tanks as a main component to a game, you’ve got me mostly on board with what you’re trying to sell. Going all the way back to Battlezone and as recently as Battlefield 3, history has proven that tanks in video games can kick butt when done right. Developer Polarbit has come around with their latest offering to mobile gamers with Tank Riders, so let’s take a look to see how it stacks up.

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Best PC Games of 2011

Dec 27, 2011

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the best of everything that we cover here at Gamezebo. Facebook, iPhone, iPad, Android, Browser – pretty much everything. Well... everything except PC games. But you didn’t think we’d forget about all of the fun we’ve had with a keyboard and mouse in 2011, did you?

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Arkadium games come to the LA Times

Dec 27, 2011

The website for the Los Angeles Times is now home to more than two dozen games courtesy developer Arkadium, including hits like Mahjongg Dimensions and newspaper staples like sudoku and crossword puzzles.

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Dungeon Hunter 3 Review: Gameloft takes the dungeon out of Dungeon Hunter

Dec 27, 2011

If you’re a fan of Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter series, chances are you’re in for a big surprise. The developers haven’t completely tossed away the series’ hack-n-slash formula, but the meat of the experience has seen some significant changes in Dungeon Hunter 3.

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Zenonia 4 Review: Zenonia 4 proves that heroes named "Regret" can still be a lot of fun

Dec 26, 2011

The Zenonia games remind me a bit of the Resident Evil films: The newer titles seem to be working really hard to make up for the problems of their predecessors. In the case of Zenonia, each release has done a lot to correct the shortcomings of the previous game. With Zenonia 4, the overall quality has been refined into something that's pretty solid, though it's still not quite perfect.

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