Company:  Gameloft

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Apr 1, 2014

If hope springs eternal, then very few places see it sprout as often as in the garden of mobile games based on super hero movies. Gameloft is trying again with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, learning something from its past missteps but still not hitting the mark with something that’s as awesome as it seems it could be.

As the movie by the same name hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet (lucky overseas audiences!), there’s no way for me to tell you if the game contains spoilers. What I can relay is that New York is under attack by multiple criminal conglomerates with acronyms for names, and Cap has to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into the fray to set things right. Presumably, the Winter Soldier is also involved at some point.

 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It’s easy enough to put Steve Rogers’ legendary skills into action, tapping on enemies to attack them hand-to-hand or swiping to target them with a thrown shield. Just like in the comics, Captain America can make some nifty tosses that ricochet off surfaces and hit multiple targets. There’s an option to use a virtual thumbstick and attack button instead, but only masochists would want to do that.

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Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 will be the first mobile game with Twitch streaming

Mar 17, 2014

Well that didn’t take long. Earlier this month, Twitch let the world know that they wanted to expand beyond the world of desktop computers and home consoles; that they wanted to show their audience what games in your pocket look like. A new mobile SDK, they announced, will allow developers to embed Twitch-streaming functionality right into their games.

And it looks like Asphalt 8 is going to be the game to kick things off.

A racing game that earned a damned near perfect score in our review last summer, Asphalt 8 will add in Twitch-functionality in a free update “soon.” Not only will players be able to stream gameplay, but video and audio courtesy of your iOS device’s front-facing camera. Streaming will be optimized for A7 chip devices (iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini). There no word on whether older devices will be supported.

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Dragon Mania Walkthrough

Dec 9, 2013

Dragon Mania is a dragon simulation game from Gameloft, in which you will be put in charge of a dragon habitat where you’ll need to raise and grow dragons in order for them to become more powerful than ever. The game can throw challenges at you to make sure you’re ready, and with Gamezebo’s quick start guide you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you’ll need to stay ahead of things.

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Dragon Mania Review

Dec 6, 2013

Dragon Mania is Gameloft's answer to Clash of Clans, joining the crowded combat genre a bit late in the game, but making up for it with some very exciting gameplay. It drops some of the simulation elements in favor of active battle sequences, allowing you to take your elemental dragons into combat to see who's the best screen-tapper in the kingdom!

Dragon Mania is all about raising, feeding, and growing dragons, and then carrying them into battle against the evil Vikings. You do this by curating your village to hold habitats, then purchasing dragon eggs to hatch and care for. Collect rent from these buildings and use the money to upgrade them to hold more troops; but be mindful of food stores, as baby dragons need lots of chow to grow up to be big and strong.

 Dragon Mania

Quests appear on the left side of the screen, giving you direction early in the game. They range from simple tasks like "build this structure," to more complicated missions that will take days to complete. Naturally, you can skip artificial wait times by spending gems, one of Dragon Mania's two in-game currencies. In addition to the basic hatching and nursery facilities, Dragon Mania also has a handful of other buildings to help support your army. Breeding dens, for example, allow you to make new dragons in the old fashioned way, while things like banners and wishing wells are purely for show. Most of your time will be spent focusing on feeding your army, of course. With 50 different dragons to raise, you'll have your hands full without worrying about planting fruit trees.

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Gorgeous new screens surface for Brothers in Arms 3

Dec 3, 2013

Do you guys like new screenshots? Who am I kidding, of course you do! Well today we just so happen to have a fresh batch of them from Gameloft’s upcoming World War II shooter, Brothers in Arms 3, and let me tell you something right now: they look unbelievably realistic and sharp, especially for a mobile game at that!

Set within a variety of indoor and outdoor environments against a WWII backdrop, Brothers in Arms 3 will feature slick tactical shooting gameplay with a big emphasis on changing weather conditions. From desolate streets and burning palace interiors, to a once-idyllic forest that’s now crawling with tanks and bunkers, the new screenshots seem to perfectly capture that uneasy balance between the beauty of nature and the horrors of war.

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First announced over the summer, Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 3 is currently slated for a release sometime in early 2014, but you can take a gander at the brand new screenshots right now by scrolling down on this page.

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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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Tank Battles Review

Nov 11, 2013

Remember Combat for the Atari? No, I suppose not. Well, it was essentially a game where two player-controlled tanks faced-off in an arena while trying to decimate each other for points. Tank Battles is sort of a modernization of the original; only now with nicer visuals, online play, and a bunch of ways for players to upgrade their performance. Unfortunately, the emphasis on premium currency makes it feel a little too modern.

The single player in Tank Battles involves a series of increasingly difficult missions for players to complete. Each one has a total of three stars that can be earned by completing specific objectives (i.e. destroy everything, finish in under X seconds, etc.), and those stars will unlock even more missions or access to new gear in the shop. The general idea is to not get blown up while blowing up everything else, but sometimes the objectives will throw players a curveball and mix things up a bit. The basic controls will have players guiding the tank around a small arena using a virtual stick in the bottom-left corner of the screen, while tapping anywhere else to fire in that direction. A set of three item buttons is also preset at the bottom of the screen, and will activate whatever is equipped with a tap.

Tank Battles

Multiplayer is mechanically similar – what with the control scheme, wanton destruction, and small arenas – but in many ways feels more like a traditional deathmatch. Up to four players square-off and try to annihilate each other in order to get the highest score, while also keeping an eye out for random power-up drops like health and damage boosts. It doesn’t earn stars like the solo mode, but it does allow players to compete for leaderboard status (and rewards), as well as some extra coins.

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Tank Battles Walkthrough

Nov 11, 2013

Tank Battles is an action-arcade game created by Gameloft. It’s very reminiscent of the Atari classic, Combat, actually. Only now it’s dressed up in a more modern style and features a fair number of customization options and power-ups. 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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Thor: The Dark World Review

Nov 5, 2013

If ever there was a Marvel superhero crying out for an awesome video game, it has to be Thor. I mean, we’re not talking about some guy in tights; he’s the freaking Norse God of Thunder! A really good Thor game should make you feel like you could put the tablet down and go lift Mjolnir yourself. I’m sad to say that despite a game effort by Gameloft, Thor: The Dark World does not quite prove itself one of the worthy.

It’s hard to say exactly what kind of game Thor: The Dark World is supposed to be. Sometimes that’s good, as coloring outside of the normal genre lines is always welcome. It’s not so good when the game is hard to categorize because the parts don’t all fit together.

 

In this case, there’s a narrative, nicely animated and voice acted. No problems there, as the production values are first rate – and they should be, because this game is taking up a lot of memory for a mobile game. Loki is scheming for the throne of Asgard, as always, but there’s also a threat from a group called the Marauders (not the X-Men villains, alas). Thor is on the case, and he’s got help.

Maybe too much help, honestly. Yes, these are Asgardian threats menacing five of the Nine Worlds and not Earth criminals, but Thor gets a ton of assistance. Some comes in the form of allies like the Warriors Three, Sif, and Heimdall. There’s also the Asgardian answer to cannon fodder in the Einherjar, consisting of NPC fighters, Valkyrie, and other Norse warriors you can spawn to fight alongside you.

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