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Lonnie Plays WWE 2K

Wrestling is one of America’s favorite pastimes, so it only makes sense that a (very good) iOS version of the sport has hit the App Store. Thankfully for all of us, Lonnie has a Let’s Play video of it. It’s called WWE 2K, and it’s quite fun by all accounts. Check it out above.

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Build-a-Lot 4: Power Source is Currently Free

If you’re into building sims, today’s your lucky day. That’s because both the iPhone and iPad versions of G5’s Build-a-Lot 4: Power Source are totally free to download. We enjoyed the original game quite a bit when it launched several years ago. And apparently the games have maintained their quality. So go ahead and give it a download.

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Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night Review – Brutally Wonderful

If you like your card games to beat the crap out of you, then we have the game for you. This installment of Chainsaw Warrior pits you against apocalyptical beasties and asks you to clear them out. 148Apps enjoyed the game, saying in their 4.5 out of 5 star review:

The ever-present Darkness is at it again, and it’s up to the gruff but loveably tenacious Chainsaw Warrior to stop the apocalypse for a second time. What’s different in Lords of the Night is that… well, actually, there’s a lot that’s different. You still get to agonize over there being too many cards in each deck and running out of time, though.

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Halo: Spartan Strike Review – Near Perfection

Pocket Gamer has reviewed Halo: Spartan Strike on iOS and found it to be a high caliber game worthy of a spot on just about anyone’s device. According to their 9 out of 10 review:

Halo: Spartan Strike is a slick twin-stick shooter that manages to feel like Halo in the palm of your hand. If you like your action deep-spacey, then it’s well worth a look.

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Party Hard Gets a New Trailer

A few weeks ago we posted a trailer for Party Hard, a murder simulator about a dude who’s fed up with the volume of his neighbor’s music and decides to go on a kill-crazy rampage. A new trailer that burrows further into the premise has hit the webs. Enjoy it if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Candy Crush Games Updated with New Levels

If any fans of Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda out there have run out of levels to play, that’s no longer a problem, thanks to new updates that bring additional content to both games. From Touch Arcade:

Candy Crush Saga has a new Crumbly Coast episode, where you’ll be playing through 15 new levels to help Harry the Big Foot get the cookies he so desperately desires. These new levels pushCandy Crush Saga up to a whopping 905 levels. One-tenth of the way there from angering Vegeta!

The follow-up game Candy Crush Soda Saga isn’t missing out on new levels, either. Its new Sodalicious Spa episode adds in 15 new levels for a total of 345. Both of these level packs come right at the end of each game, so they’re meant for the hardcore players who have gotten that far and need more to play.

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Hitman Go is On Sale for $0.99

Do you enjoy awesome iOS games? If so, you have to play Hitman Go. Square Enix has just dropped the price of the game from $4.99 to $0.99, something they almost never do. If you haven’t played this masterful stealth board game, do yourself a favor and grab it while it’s on sale. You won’t regret it. From our glowing review:

Unlike most board games, there’s no tutorial or instruction manual. You’re just thrown in and left to figure out how the game works. The levels are designed to incrementally teach you how to play, and they do a good job of it. You learn from each mistake, which creates a satisfying sense of discovery.

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Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Review – Been There, Done That

Aside from having one of the best names of any game on the App Store, Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is actually a reasonably decent game. It won’t blow your mind or anything, but if you like lasagna-eating cats and town-building games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, you’ll want to check it out. From 148Apps’s 3 out of 5 star review:

The main reason why you’ll be vaguely enticed by Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is because of its comic strips and unlocking new characters. The latter works like The Simpsons: Tapped Out does, luring you into unlocking your favorite characters. It’ll take a long time though, and it’s ultimately a title you’ve seen and played before.

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Lonnie Plays Storage: Auction Legends

You know those Storage Wars shows? Where hustlers bid on abandoned storage units in hopes of finding loot of incredible value? That’s a game now, and YouTuber Lonnie has posted a video about it. Check it.

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Implosion – Never Lose Hope Review: Just Buy It Immediately

If you’re looking for an absolutely killer action game, look no further than Implosion – Never Lose Hope. It may be a premium priced game, but it’s worth every penny and then some, says Touch Arcade in their 5 out of 5 star review.

I don’t mind saying that I’m kind of head over heels for Implosion. I’ve played it through a few times already, and I suspect I’ll be going through it more in the future. It’s a well-designed action game with enjoyable progression, fun customization, and fairly deep mechanics. That all of that is wrapped up in a stunning package is just delicious frosting on the cake.

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How-Tos

5 Tips and Tricks for Final Fantasy Record Keeper

The folks at DeNA have dropped us a line to clue our readers in on some handy tips and tricks for the nostalgia snowball that is Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Here they are:

  • Make Record Synergy a top priority when choosing characters and equipment!
    • Record Synergy not only boosts the stats of your characters, but it also increases the EXP they earn.
  • Honing abilities makes them much more useful. It’s best to start by honing lots of lower rank abilities.
    • Using recovery abilities mid-dungeon is often essential, so hone those abilities to increase the number of uses.
  • Check out strategy advice before heading into a dungeon!
  • Many of the character-exclusive Soul Breaks attached to certain pieces of equipment are immensely effective.
    • If you manage to acquire one, be sure to put it to good use. Even if it doesn’t seem to be that useful at first, the time may come for it to shine! These Soul Breaks include:
      • Sentinel: Draws enemy single-target physical attacks and makes the user’s Defense three times higher! It’s a great way to protect mages and other allies with low Defense.
      • Darkness: Sacrifices some of the user’s HP to launch a powerful dark elemental physical attack at all foes! It’s also a long-range attack, so it can be used to strike hard to reach enemies!
      • Healing Wind: Recovers the HP of all party members! The amount recovered is equivalent to Cura, and could be a real life-saver against bosses that use area of effect attacks.
  • Accessories are quite rare but incredibly useful. You can win them as dungeon rewards in events, so don’t miss out!
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    Hearthstone’s third Blackrock Mountain wing, Blackrock Spire, is now live

    Lately it seems like Hearthstone posts just don’t stop coming. That’s because a lot is going on with this fantastic card battling game lately, and if you’re not playing it, you should probably change that ASAP. The third section of the Blackrock Mountain DLC has gone live. VentureBeat reports:

    This gives you three new bosses to fight against as part of the continuing solo adventure. This is just one of the ways that Blizzard is keeping fans of its first free-to-play and mobile game coming back for more, and it’s working as Hearthstone is one of the top-grossing apps on iOS and Android. The developer is selling this new episode for $7, but you can buy the entirety of Blackrock Mountain for $25 — that will save you a few bucks over purchasing each wing separately.

     

    Via VentureBeat

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    A Hearthstone Deck-Building Guide

    Yesterday Touch Arcade posted a standard beginners guide for Hearthstone, a fantastic Magic: The Gathering-like card game that has just come to the iPhone thanks to a universal update to its iPad app. Today TA has posted a beginner’s guide to deck-building, which is an essential part of the Hearthstone experience. Read it here.

    Even if you are willing to splurge and get all kinds of fancy Legendaries, if you don’t know how to use them in the correct deck, you’ll simply have expensive, but losing, decks.The main take from this guide is a relatively simple one: to use Ken Nagle’s, aMagic the Gathering designer, axiom, “Play good decks, not good cards.” When you are putting cards together, you should be thinking about the deck as one unit consisting of smaller parts rather than a collection of cards put together just because individually the cards look strong. Deck-building is about deciding on a strategy and making a deck that adheres to that. Don’t be afraid to leave out a new, fancy card you just got if you can’t find a good reason to fit it in the deck.

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    Deals

    My Om Nom is On Sale for $0.99

    My Om Nom, the pet simulator starring iOS gamer’s favorite candy addict, is currently on sale “for a few days.” It’s down to $0.99 from $4.99, so if you’ve been wondering what it would be like to take care of an Om Nom of your own, now would be a great time to take the plunge.

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    Heartbeats Review: Intriguingly Puzzling

    If you like your puzzle games to be cryptic and mysterious, you’ve come to the right place: Heartbeats is just that. It’s not a long game, but it’s free to download, with a $0.99 IAP to unlock the full game. Jennifer Allen over at 148Apps found it worthwhile, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars in her review.

    For free, you’re given three levels. These provide a good basis to what to expect for the rest. While I’ll dodge obvious spoilers, they work well in getting you to think laterally and a little outside of the box to decipher. A mixture of riddles and visual clues, it’s fun to try to figure out what’s next. Whether you’re piecing together a key from letters or figuring out what a riddle is asking you to do, it’s interesting stuff. In each case, the game controls well, enticing you into exploring what can be accomplished through experimentation. Remember that when you’re playing – it really is important!

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    Video: Hearthstone on iPad vs. Hearthstone on iPhone

    Hearthstone is a universal app now, available on iPhones and iPads alike. How does the new iPhone version stack up against its larger older sibling? Take a look at the AppSpy video above to find out. Spoilers: Minus some small tweaks and UI changes, it’s pretty much the same deal.

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      Pandemic: The Board Game Hits iPhone on Friday

      iPhone-toting board game geeks will want to keep an eye out this week for an update to the iPad app Pandemic: The Board Game. That’s because the update will bring universal support, which means you’ll be able to play it on iPhone as well. Also, says Touch Arcade:

      To celebrate, there’ll be a weeklong sale: Pandemic: The Board Game will be a breezy $4.99 [down from $6.99] from the 17th to the 24th.

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      Devious Dungeon 2 Review: A Brash, Brilliant Platformer

      Ravenous Games make tons of side-scrolling action platformers. It’s kind of their thing. But Devious Dungeon 2 is special, thanks in part to its three characters you can choose to play as. From Pocket Gamer’s 9 out of 10 review:

      The levels are tight and cleverly paced, and boss battles punctuate the chunks of the castle you’re trying to invade. There’s a decent level of challenge here, as you’d expect from Ravenous, and earning cash to buy new equipment quickly becomes habit-forming.

      Via Pocket Gamer

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      The Upcoming Lara Croft: Relic Run is Basically Temple Run with Tomb Raider

      Temple Run borrows shamelessly from Indiana Jones, and the upcoming game Lara Croft: Relic Run borrows shamelessly from Temple Run. The game is out now in the Netherlands, but you can expect a U.S. release before too long.

      The game seems to hit a lot of the notes of other endless runners, and the Temple Run [Free] comparisons are inevitable, because that game is the granddaddy of all vaguely Indiana-Jones-inspired endless runners at this point. This one might be fun in its own right, some endless runners are still fun despite being derivative. But we’ll be curious to see if this one turns out to be fun and original, somehow. Until then, it sounds like you should consult our one-size-fits-all review. At least this one has a T-Rex?

       

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      Lonnie Plays NBA Jam

      NBA Jam is a classic basketball game with a long history of being a ridiculously enjoyable entry in the genre, dating back to the Super Nintendo. It continues in this fine tradition on iOS, and YouTouber Lonnie takes it for a spin. Enjoy the results.

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      Spirit Lords Review: Hacking, Slashing Fun

      Do you like Diablo? If so, you have a bunch of free-to-play games on iOS that deliver that addictive slay-and-loot gameplay loop. Spirit Lords is another fine entry in the genre. From the 4 out of 5 star review on Gamezebo:

      Ultimately, Spirit Lords’ free-to-play barriers are relatively minor. They’re definitely worth looking past if you’re in the market for a charismatic game that lets you collect oodles of loot and brilliant-looking ghosts.

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