Company:  Disney

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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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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The House of Mouse just got a whole lot smaller; Disney Interactive lays off 700

Mar 7, 2014

In the corporate world, even long-awaited good news doesn’t mean there isn’t bad news for some people in the organization.

That was the case for Disney Interactive, which despite turning a profit in the last quarter of 2013 on the strength of Disney Infinity nevertheless laid off 700 employees this week, or just over a quarter of its total workforce. Along with the job cuts, the division is closing several offices in the U.S., plus one each in South Korea and India.

As you might expect with such a drastic reduction in headcount, Disney Interactive will simply develop less games moving forward, relying on partnerships with outside studios instead. It also may avoid big ticket purchases, as many media reports are spinning the company’s latest move as a referendum on its 2010 acquisition of Playdom.

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Star Wars: Assault Team is a thing, and it's coming this spring

Jan 28, 2014

When Disney bought LucasFilm (and, as a result, the Star Wars license), there was a little part of me that got excited at the prospect of great mobile games. You see, there was a time when the App Store was littered with Star Wars games like The Battle for Hoth, Falcon Gunner, and Star Wars Cantina – but like a certain galaxy far away, that was a long long time ago.

Expired licensing deals killed of the past generation of mobile Star Wars games, but if today’s announcement is any indication, we might be in line for a renaissance. Hot off the heels of their first Star Wars mobile game, Tiny Death Star, Disney has just announced Star Wars: Assault Team.

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While they’re remaining mum on details, what little has been revealed makes it look like another entry in the crowded card battle space – the one dominated by games like Marvel War of Heroes and… well, another Star Wars game: Star Wars Force Collection. How terribly awkward.

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Frozen Free Fall Walkthrough

Dec 22, 2013

Frozen Free Fall is a puzzle game from Disney, wherein you will need to make matches in order to clear stages, unlocking even more stages and characters to play as you go. You can follow the story with characters such as Anna, Elsa, Hans, Pabbie while completing levels with their special power-ups. Knowing how to play with each character and complete levels is a big part of the game, and with Gamezebo’s quick start guide you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you need to stay ahead of the game.

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Disney Hidden Worlds Walkthrough

Dec 21, 2013

Disney Hidden Worlds is a hidden object game created by Disney. Disney Hidden Worlds challenges players to find specific objects in static images taken directly from Disney movies like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled. New scenes are opened up with the aid of the "Inklings" once you locate bottles of ink and other objects and items. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how get into every crevice of Disney World.

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Frozen Free Fall Review

Dec 20, 2013

By many people's reckoning, Disney's Frozen might be one of the best animated films they've done in a while; even so, there's nothing that says the movie's ancillary products are up to snuff. Disney's team knows how to market with things like dolls, toys, and clothing, and these days they're reinforcing their cinematic brands with mobile games. Sadly, interactive entertainment is not their forte, as evidenced by the mediocre free-to-play match-three game Frozen Free Fall.

It's no surprise that Free Fall tells more or less the same story as the film and banks on the film's appeal. Starting with sisters Elsa and Anna, it sets you to removing the snow and frost slowly taking over the kingdom of Arendelle. There's nothing earth (or ice)-shattering here; like a thousand other match-three games, you're asked to achieve a set score or clear the board by matching three or more same-colored crystals. Also like other games in the genre, power-ups like Icebergs are created when you match four or five crystals; other power-ups cause entire vertical or horizontal rows, or rectangular groups of nine crystals, to explode.

Frozen Free Fall

Disney tries to connect the game with the movie by including some of its imagery in the game's backdrops, as well as its music. It also connects the two through the inclusion of various minor characters who appear here in the form of helpers. It tries to add some Frozen flavor by offering purchasable tools like Ice Picks that can remove a single tile, by scoring each level from one to three snowflakes, and by making you buy snowballs (which are used to add five additional moves if you come within a hair's breadth of winning a certain level). The problem is all of this is window-dressing.

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Disney Hidden Worlds Review

Dec 20, 2013

Disney has a new hidden object game (HOG), and despite some of the rumors and urban legends that still haunt the House of Mouse, it has nothing to do with finding bad words or naughty imagery in movies like Aladdin, The Lion King, or The Little Mermaid (Say, Disney – are you taking pitches for game ideas?).

No, Disney Hidden Worlds is very innocent. It also features its own unique cast of characters that guide the player through several familiar Disney worlds – an admirable addition, given Disney could have easily phoned in the game's presentation. In fact, Disney Hidden Worlds would be a perfect "starter" HOG for young people if not for some problematic bugs and an energy system that makes it difficult to play for an extended period of time without paying.

Disney Hidden Worlds

Disney Hidden Worlds stages several hidden object scenes across popular movie properties like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Tangled. If you know your way around a hidden object game, then you should be able to jump straight into Disney Hidden Worlds. Each scenario provides a list of items to find in a crowded scene, and you simply tap or click on the object to grab it.

The faster you find items, the higher your score multiplier becomes. The higher your score at the end of a hunt, the faster you fill up stars that indicate you've mastered the scene.

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Disney removes controversial energy meter in new Where’s My Water? 2 update

Dec 20, 2013

Up until its release this past September, Disney’s Where’s My Water? 2 was one of the most highly anticipated sequels in the mobile games space. But then the game was actually released, and users began to discover the heinous energy system that made the game all but unplayable without paying at regular intervals, or enduring giant wait times after only several minutes of play. Worse yet, you couldn’t even pay a one-time fee to remove the energy bar entirely; only slightly extend it.

So naturally, mobile gamers were not too pleased. In fact, the game even earned a measly 2.5 stars in our own official review thanks to its awful freemium model. But now it looks like Disney has finally owned up to their colossal mistake, and in a new update to Where’s My Water? 2 this week, they have officially removed that controversial energy meter once and for all.

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The official 1.1.0 update description on both the iTunes and Google Play game pages reads: “We took your feedback to heart and REMOVED the energy system in this update! Yep that’s right. Now play as often and as much as you like! For those who purchased the expanded energy meter, you will receive 2 Monster Bundles for free!” The update also adds two brand new locations into the game, called the Bayou and Winter Woods. 

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Star Wars: Tiny Death Star Walkthrough

Nov 11, 2013

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is a building/simulation game created by Disney Mobile, LucasArts, and NimbleBit. You build up a Death Star level-by-level and gradually install stores, services, exercise clubs, and other amenities that are necessary on a giant laser-shooting space station. The more you build, the more products and services you are able to sell, allowing your profits to go back into improving the Death Star. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to build a machine of death that could never be mistaken for a moon.

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