Jewels Saga review

jewelsJewels Saga is an Android release from Words Mobile. It is available now as a free download from Google Play, and contains additional in-app purchases.

Jewels Saga is a level-based match-three style puzzle game that will seem all too familiar to players who enjoyed King’s Candy Crush Saga. Between the “Saga” in the name and the vast amount of gameplay similarities, the only players that will find Jewels Saga worthwhile will be those who enjoy the genre but somehow didn’t play Candy Crush Saga. That’s not to say Jewels Saga is a bad game, because it’s not. It simply does nothing to stand out from the game that inspired it.

Jewels Saga starts off with the main menu, offering standard options: Arcade and Time modes, a help menu that explains how the game works, and a settings menu. All of this is standard fare, and the help menu doesn’t add anything that the game won’t describe. Arcade mode is the main focus of the game. Like Candy Crush Saga, Jewels Saga is presented in levels. When starting Arcade mode, players will be given a goal, usually something along the lines of “Earn X points in Y moves.” Early levels also give basic hints and tips for the first few moves, in order to help new players get used to the game. These tips can be turned off, but experienced players will breeze through the early levels and hardly notice them. (more…)

Magic 2014 review

magicMagic 2014 is an Android and iOS release from Wizards of the Coast. Is it available now as a free download on Google Play and the App Store and contains additional in-app purchases.

Magic 2014 is the newest installment in Wizard of the Coast’s “Duels of the Planeswalkers” series. Each game in the series takes the popular “Magic: The Gathering” trading card game series and faithfully transitions it to a virtual platform. None of the previous games have featured the same amount of freedom of customization as the actual card game or Wizards of the Coast’s digital version, Magic Online. However, Magic 2014 is an excellent free-to-play addition to the Magic lineup that works as an excellent starting point for new players and a free (or cheap) way to play the game for casual fans.

The card game is twenty years old, but as popular as ever. That said, the nature of trading card games is rather expensive, especially for prospective new players. Magic 2014 caters to these new players right off the bat by asking them how much Magic experience they have. This determines the game’s set difficulty and can only be changed via in-app purchase. Fortunately, the extensive tutorial is excellent at teaching players the basics of the game, and the game will give numerous hints and tips to remind players of certain elements. The tutorial can be skipped and hints can be turned off if players already know how to play. (more…)

Block Block Block review

blockBlock Block Block is an iOS and Android release from Noodlecake Studios Inc. It is available now as a free download from the App Store and Google Play and contains additional in-app purchases.

Block Block Block is a level-based puzzle game that is based around the foundation of match-three puzzle games. The goal is to slide three same-colored blocks together in a straight line. Each level ends when all the blocks have been grouped and cleared or when there are no moves left. This alone wouldn’t be difficult for most fans of the match-three genre. Where Block Block Block starts to stand out is the limited number of moves players are given in each stage. Most of the stages early on only require one or two moves to clear all the blocks, but as time progresses, more difficult levels begin to open up and players will find themselves with new challenges.

The first batch of stages has a relatively simple concept: Drag the three blue blocks together. There’s nothing too difficult about these. Eventually, the game starts adding in immovable and/or unusable blocks. Dealing with these requires a bit more strategy, but it’s still generally simple to work with. The game starts to get a bit harder when puzzles require groupings of four or more blocks, which often require multiple steps to create. Fans of match-three games will still not have much difficulty knowing the process of setting up these lines and seeing various patterns. Where the difficulty starts to come in is when other colors start to pop up. (more…)

BlueStacks introduces GamePop Mini, subscription based ‘free’ game console

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With many hardware developers looking to bring mobile gaming to the big screen, mobile virtualization company, BlueStacks, is announcing GamePop Mini, a second vehicle to deliver its GamePop mobile gaming service. The console will be provided for free as long as the user pays a $6.99 monthly subscription free. (more…)

Puzzle Retreat review

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Puzzle Retreat is an iOS and Android game from The Voxel Agents. It is available now on the App Store and Google Play as a free download and contains numerous in-app purchases.

Puzzle retreat is a very simple game based around physics and careful planning. When players first open Puzzle retreat, they’re greeted by the main menu. It’s strongly recommended that players start with the “Welcome” level pack, as it is the easiest and it helps prepare players for the various gameplay mechanics.  (more…)

Beejumbled review

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Beejumbled is an iOS and Android game from 2K Play. It is available now for free from the App Store and Google Play and contains numerous in-app purchases.

Beejumbled is a word find game similar to Boggle. Players will be given an assortment of letters and they need to draw lines from one letter to the next (without overlapping) in order to form words. Each letter is assigned a point value based on its complexity, and players are able to re-use the same letter tiles as much as they’d like, provided they don’t try to do so in a single word. Unlike similar games, Beejumbled doesn’t take place on a square grid. True to the game’s bee theme, the letters are arranged on a hexagon array, much like a honeycomb.  (more…)

Monsters University: Catch Archie review

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Monsters University: Catch Archie is an iOS and Android release from Disney. It is available now on the App Store and Google Play as an ad-supported free download and carries no additional in-app purchases. (more…)

Disney launches updates for Temple Run: Oz, Monster’s Inc. Run, and Where’s My Water?

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Photo via Flickr / Pop Culture Geek

The worlds of Temple Run: Oz, Monsters, Inc. Run, and Where’s My Water? have expanded this month, as Disney Interactive has released new updates to its games on iOS and Android, the company said in a statement.

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M.O.J.O Brings Mobile Games to the Big Screen TVs

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Source: Mad Catz via itworld.com

At E3, Mad Catz announced today its latest product: a “supercharged” smart phone-like device called M.O.J.O that allows users to play mobile games on the larger screen TVs in their living rooms at no additional cost.

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Kingdom and Dragons Review

kingdomdragonKingdom and Dragons is an Android and iOS game from GAMEVIL Inc. It is available now for free on Google Play and the App Store and carries additional in-app purchases.

Kingdom and Dragons combines city building with role-playing games in an attempt to create a unique and enjoyable experience, and it succeeds. Players start in a mostly empty kingdom with an unnamed swordsman at their disposal. The game introduces players to the city by guiding them through the process of unlocking and building structures. When it’s time to fight, players are sent out with their swordsman, ready to take on multiple waves of various enemies. There’s not much of a tutorial that goes along with combat. The game explains the mechanics and a few tricks, but most players will be left to fend for themselves. Fortunately, the combat in the early stages is simple enough for players to learn the system, rather than panic for their lives.

Once players begin to get the hang of the game, they’re given numerous ways to customize their characters’ skills and accessories. As players’ cities gain access to gold mines and other money-gathering resources, they’re able to earn gold, one of the in-game currencies. Gold is most frequently used to power up characters and purchase items from the in-game shop. As players progress through Kingdom and Dragon’s numerous levels, they’ll be given the opportunity to add to their characters’ skill lists. Most of combat is based around moving with the on-screen directional pad, attacking with one button, and using skills with various other buttons. There’s a bit of trial-and-error that goes along with using skills, as the game doesn’t have a simple way of labeling buttons, but this  is not a serious issue. (more…)

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