Genre:  Role Playing

Fable Age Review: Match-3 Upon a Time

Apr 18, 2014

Match-3/RPG hybrids are cool. Always have been, always will be. Whether we’re talking Puzzle Quest, 10000000 or Puzzle & Dragons, there’s a flavor of puzzle-RPG out there for everyone. Fable Age is a game that plays closest to the latter, but don’t let that fool you – in a world of Puzzle & Dragons clones, Fable Age manages to take those familiar pieces and craft something that can stand on its own two feet.

Fable Age

The debut mobile project from developer Blue Tea Games, it’s no surprise that the team chose to explore the world of myths and fairy tales. It’s a theme that they’re more than familiar with, having developed the popular hidden object series Dark Parables (which never failed to get top marks from our reviewers here at Gamezebo – The Final Cinderella even netted a perfect 5/5).

But while Dark Parables took a rather sinister tone, Fable Age remains playful. Bright colors and cartoony designs rule the day.

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Fight the Dragon Preview: With 450 dungeons in just two weeks, this one's a keeper

Apr 12, 2014

On March 27th, developer 3 Sprockets launched Fight the Dragon on Steam Early Access. The top-down 3D dungeon crawler's main attraction was its allegedly super simple level editor which allows players to upload and share their creations. While level editors are not an uncommon sight in video games, 3 Sprockets have gone to lengths to ensure that their dungeon editor is seemingly the main feature of the game.  After creating my own dungeon from scratch in a little under two hours, I'm here to report back that making a dungeon is just as fun as playing through everyone else’s.

Fight the Dragon

Turns out I'm not the only player to think so. In just two weeks, over 450 dungeons (nearing 480 at the time of this writing) have been generated by players and are now waiting to be discovered by other adventurous players. 

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Evolution: Battle for Utopia Review: Variety is the spice of life

Apr 11, 2014

In my time spent sampling the many, many freemium flavors on the App Store I feel like I’ve gotten familiar with just about everything that’s out there. And yet here I find myself somewhat smitten with Evolution: Battle for Utopia - a game that doesn’t so much reinvent the wheel as it tries to be a whole bunch of different wheels all at once. The weird thing is it actually kind of works.

Evolution: Battle for Utopia

While on a mission to colonize the planet Utopia, the Commander and his crew are shot down while landing and their escape pods scatter them across the land. A land filled with all sorts of very large and aggressive animals, nomadic scavengers, and plenty of other nasty hazards. The Commander will have to fight his way through hordes of enemies in order to reunite his crew, begin terraforming the planet, and start restoring order. And that’s all within the first thirty minutes or so.

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Evolution: Battle for Utopia Walkthrough

Apr 9, 2014

Evolution: Battle for Utopia is a free-to-play base building action game created by My.com. And while you might be given a gun-toting robot dog companion right from the start, ol’ FIDO won’t cut it forever. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Evolution: Battle for Utopia

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Heroine's Quest Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

Heroine’s Quest is a point-and-click adventure and RPG hybrid created by Crystal Shard.  In this game, you will guide a Heroine through a Norse mythology-themed world as she completes quests and saves Midgard from eternal winter.  Gamezebo’s walkthrough will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game. 

Heroine's Quest

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FTL: Faster Than Light Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

FTL is a spaceship command strategy game with rougelike elements by Subset Games. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to brave the void of space and defeat the incredibly difficult closing chapter of the game.

 

FTL: Faster Than Light

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Heroine's Quest Review: Relive your Quest for Glory days

Apr 2, 2014

There’s a simple test to decide if Heroine’s Quest is right for you.  If you played, enjoyed, and pined for more Quest for Glory games, you’ve passed the test.  You should be playing Heroine’s Quest right now.  As a spiritual successor and homage to Sierra’s RPG-slash-adventure series, Crystal Shard’s modern installment feels right at home amidst its inspirations, and could easily slip into a library of their ranks unnoticed.  It brings with it a full-sized world and story, updated gameplay (a point-and-click engine, not the original text parser), and plenty of charm and tongue-in-cheek humor that would have matched wits with Sierra back in the day.

Heroine's Quest

Gamers unfamiliar with Quest for Glory may need a bit more direction in their decision tree.  Although Quest for Glory and Heroine’s Quest look like standard point-and-click adventure games at first glance, this is far from the truth.  They are role-playing games, with random encounters, battles, side quests, armor, and skills to contend with.  Your Heroine will fight trolls, level up, grow hungry, agree to help villagers, sometimes fail to help villagers, and explore a large, open world.  Point-and-click adventuring still comes into play, though, and there is plenty of item collecting, puzzle solving, and dialogue-branching throughout the game’s more active—and open-ended—quests.

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Dungeon of the Endless Preview: Roguelike isn't a dirty word

Apr 2, 2014

I hate the word ‘roguelike.’ Judging by the recent adoption of new phrases like ‘YOLO’ and ‘procedural death labyrinth,’ it seems I’m not alone in this (though it’s not exactly like that last one rolls off the tongue, either). Regardless of how I feel about the terms we use to describe it though, I very much like what the genre represents: the challenge of outdoing your own personal best.

Dungeon of the Endless is very much a roguelike at its heart – you’ll face procedurally generated stages, plenty of treasure discovery, and permanent death – but it manages to bring something new to the genre that gives it a truly unique appeal: controlling multiple characters at once.

Dungeon of the Endless

Rather than controlling a single hero in a “fight or die” scenario, players start with two characters to swap between and will uncover more as they proceed deeper and deeper into the game. With different skillsets and upgrades, players will balance their time between both, employing tactics that will make or break them.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – I haven’t even told you what Dungeon of the Endless is about!

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Shattered Planet Walkthrough

Mar 28, 2014

Shattered Planet is a survival role-playing game developed by Kitfox Games.  In this game, you’ll explore a hostile planet in search of alien life forms and items that will allow you to journey deeper into the world.  Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Shattered Planet

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Hello Hero Review: No game with singing cacti can be all bad

Mar 28, 2014

As modern games get tougher, greyer, and grittier, we can count on Korean-made role-playing games to get cuter. Hello Hero, a free-to-play social RPG by Fincon, might be the most adorable game to exist up to this point thanks to its myriad recruitable monsters. The ability to sway baddies onto your side makes Hello Hero a fun game to settle into for a while, though character growth can be excruciatingly slow if you're not willing to pay for it.

Hello Hero

Hello Hero takes place in a monster-plagued world that's troubled by demon worship. Heroes are needed to put things right. Preferably, a lot of heroes led by you.

Your party travels across several maps, each one marked with battlefields. When a battlefield is entered, your heroes stand on the lower left side of the screen, while the bad guys stand on the upper right side (as is proper custom). The heroes and monsters then exchange blows.

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