Game Insight's Cloud Raiders: Sky Conquest is a Clash of Clans-style combat sim that takes place in the breezy world of islands floating in the sky. It feeds you a handful of diamonds then sets you free to transform your tiny village into a well-defended stronghold that can fight off pirates as well as attack other sky villages. Oh, and did we mention this takes place on floating islands?!Your hunk of rock in the sky is where most of the action in Cloud Raiders will take place. Here you'll place buildings, train troops, manage your resources and get everything spruced up to defend against an attack. It's both a home base as well as a loot generation stronghold, so the more time you spend working on the layout and fortifications the better."
- It's crime time! Team Lava's Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes puts you behind the detective badge as you solve crimes the only way you know how: by completing hidden object scenes. Sift through lists of objects, interview suspects, and send evidence to the forensics team for evidence, all without stepping foot in a single real-life dirty alleyway.Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes is split into two main areas of play: hidden object scenes and investigative interludes. The former are the meat and potatoes of the game, so you'll spend a great deal of time here looking for items and admiring the luscious artwork. Between rounds you'll talk with persons of interest and manage forensics tasks, many of which include quick mini-games to spice up the gameplay with some variety."Hidden object scenes are very basic, handing you a small list of items to find in a handful of cramped locations. Speed is important, as you get bonus multipliers for finding multiple objects in a row. The best tactic is to locate a couple of objects and then dart your finger around, scooping up the big points. You can also unleash bonus items like a combo booster, hint packs, and object previews, if you've got the gems to spare. Once you complete a stage you're awarded points based on your performance, and then it's back to the real detective work!Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes features three types of currency to work with: gems, energy bolts, and stars. Energy bolts are spent to enter crime scenes to search for clues. No energy means no item hunts, but they do refill (slowly) as time passes. Gems can be spent to hurry tasks along, such as encouraging the forensics team to analyze that vial of strange liquid. They also allow you to carry power-ups into each hidden object scene, though at a surprisingly steep cost. And finally, stars are spent to interview suspects and analyze clues, sort of like energy bolts for the investigative side of things.
- Waking on the shore of a strange island, your first realization is that your friends are missing. Your second realization is that it's time to get to work! Much like CityVille and The Tribez, Cat Story puts you in control of creating a functional town one building at a time. Harvest food, gather resources, and build bungalows as you find your friends and expand the village to take over the island!It starts with simple strawberry farms and fisheries, the most fundamental things necessary to keep your village alive. You'll grow basic food products so you can refine them into more marketable items, slowly increasing your pot of gold with each sale.Once an item is ready to collect, tap the building to take its resources, then tap it again to set the workers on a new task. Quests appear on the side of the screen to guide you forward, instructing you in the ways of wheat production and sawmill construction as well as pushing the story forward with new events and challenges to complete.
- Hotels are weird places. Whether it's a scream-worthy shower at the Bates or an extended stay at The Overlook, something strange is always bound to happen. Before you arrived at Hotel Enigma, one of the guests disappeared. Literally disappeared. Everyone is a suspect, so the hotel has been put on lockdown. Room by room you'll carry out your investigation, searching high and low for the items you need to solve the case!At Hotel Enigma, things are a little less murderey than most fictional hotels, though don't think there's an ounce less intrigue packed behind these cherry-stained doors. You'll move between areas completing round after round of hidden object scenes as you gather clues and learn about the guests currently lurking inside the hotel's walls. Eventually you'll find out what happened to your room's previous occupant, but you can bet your polyester necktie it won't be a simple whodunit."Things are pretty basic in Hotel Enigma as far as gameplay goes, with a heavy emphasis on replaying scenes to find new lists of items, often switching between silhouette hunts and typical laundry list scenes. Tap items to gather them, and use the menu bar to activate hints that range from vague item locators to straight-up indicators that show you right where the item is. There's always a helpful nudge there if you need it, but most of the scenes aren't so difficult that you'll resort to spamming hint buttons.
- The fifth game in Microids' Dracula adventure series, Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy picks up right where Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon left off. Ellen thinks she's found the 16th painting in the Vambery collection, the one rumored to be a portrait of Dracula himself. Are the nightmares she's having part of her worsening illness, or is this painting more than just oil on canvas?Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy employs the exact same interface as previous games in the series. Click and hold the mouse button to look at your surroundings, turning in any direction with the free-moving point of view. When you see something worth investigating, simply click on it. Movement from area to area works in the same fashion, with the cursor changing to indicate when you can travel. To use items, click the menu button tucked away in the bottom corner of the screen, double click the item, and then click where you want to use it. Conversations take place with simple dialogue trees, offering just the right number of choices to make you curious without overkilling on the interactivity."At first glance, some of the puzzle solutions might seem a bit obtuse in Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy, especially if you're coming from a casual gaming background. They require you to think logically and experiment with everything at your disposal. No hint meters or talking clue companions to help you out, just old-fashioned detective work. In addition to combining inventory items and exploring your environment for objects to use, Dracula 5 features a handful of mini-game puzzles to work through. Nothing too out of the ordinary - just some panel buttons to organize and codes to crack.
- 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."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.
- It's early spring and you're out for your first walk of the season. As you trot along, something catches your eye: an egg, one quite unlike any egg you've ever seen before. You hatch it and guess what pops out? The adorable Kiwi with eyes as big as bowls of milk! Your new little friend needs help moving through the forest, so it's your job to clear tiles out of the way one match at a time.Kiwi & Me takes place on a map with a path that leads from puzzle stage to puzzle stage. Simply tap to enter a level, and then let the tile swapping begin! Each level has a goal you must meet in order to proceed. Usually these are simple things like score a certain amount of points or clear all the crystals out of the way. Your moves are limited, so you have to conserve swaps and use them only when you're sure it's a good idea."Matching four tiles creates a power tile, a colored orb that will unleash a powerful tile-clearing move when matched that's unique for every color. Blue power tiles, for example, clear a horizontal path, while green tiles clear a localized area in all directions. By creating bigger matches you can produce leveled-up power tiles that are even more effective, and if you swap a pair of power tiles, be ready for nice things to happen! Naturally, you'll want to unleash these bad boys as often as you can.Special items are also part of the Kiwi & Me experience. Each level has a hidden item that can appear for Kiwi to unwrap, but it isn't guaranteed to appear, which means you'll want to replay stages as often as you can. Drop the item to the bottom of the screen and complete the level to see what item Kiwi gets to play with. These items have practical uses, too, such as the soccer ball you find early on that lets you clear roadblocks on the map screen.
- The Mothership Stella has been awakened. Ore and nova crystals have been found, two elements necessary to create new bots. Before the celebration can commence, the war begins, pitting machines and alien creatures against each other, in a fight for control over the valuable resources. So begins Stellar Wars, an elegant combination of a strategy game, a resource management sim, and a good old fashioned combat title rolled into one beautiful mobile package.Stellar Wars is split between two major areas: combat and upgrade management. Combat takes place in a 2.5D environment marked by three lanes where your troops and enemies will meet for battle. Gather ore in the background by deploying a Minerbot, and then get to work setting your troops on the field. The ship rests on the side of the screen and deploys units as quickly as you can gather the ore to pay for their creation. Once activated, send them forward to battle aliens and gather energy and ore from the screen. Swipe to change lanes, a tactic you can use to sneak up on certain enemies as well as avoid long range attacks. You can team up on foes, run at them from behind, or command your entire army at once using menu options. You certainly won't feel helpless in combat, but don't think Stellar Wars is going to just hand you a victory, either!"After battle, take your leftover ore and head back to the Mothership to participate in Stellar Wars' immense upgrades system. Here you can beef up your lander, upgrade your mining and attack bots, or purchase ship drops to help you out in battle. Managing upgrades is where the strategy part of the experience comes into play, and how you spend your points makes a huge difference when it's time to head back to the battlefield. Purchasing new units requires nova crystals, while upgrading components of bots requires ore. Think hard before you spend either one!