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Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey needs Greenlit, pick it up on the cheap in the Humble Store

August 7th, 2014 by

I’m really late to this story, but if I don’t know, there’s a good chance you may not as well.

Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey (formerly “Spell Quest: Grimm’s Journey“) is up for a vote on Steam Greenlight. Originally released for iOS and Android, Letter Quest is an awesome word game with roleplaying elements and a ton of nerd humor that I know you’re going to love. The team over at Bacon Bandits didn’t half-ass this port, making all sorts of changes while removing the (incredibly fair) in-app purchases altogether. If you like Bookworm Adventures, Words with Friends, or even Boggle, then Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey is right up your alley.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Try out their web demo, or download this PC demo (executable linked) and see if you like it. I bet you dollars to donuts that you will.

Axle gears up for Google Play on August 16th

August 4th, 2014 by

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Do you remember Axle? It’s been a while since we last covered the game, so let me refresh your memory.

Towards the end of 2012, I got wind of the Axle Kickstarter project. The ambitious title, featuring an anthropomorphic cog who fixes items from the inside out, was geared towards hardcore gamers. The game looked promising. I was lucky enough to play an alpha build. It was promising and surprisingly fun.

After meeting its funding goal (but narrowly missing its iOS stretch goal), Axle was greenlit for Android. Originally scheduled for release in Q2 2013, the game missed its deadline. Still, the team at Fallstreak Studios continued to update their Kickstarter page for all the contributors.

Call me cynical, but I worried for the fate of Axle. If a game like Yogventures could get canceled after receiving over half a million dollars, how was a title like Axle going to make it with just a bit over $20,000 to its name and over a year-long delay? People gave more cash to a guy who wanted to make potato salad, for Christ’s sake.

Well, it turns those worries were unfounded.

Each gear feels like it has its own gravitational field.

Axle latches onto the nearest gear during jumps. It works really well.

Axle will finally be available on Google Play for the low price of $1.99 on August 16th. I can’t wait to have another go around with the little gear that could and its whimsically steampunk contraptions. If Axle can maintain the high-level of platforming quality and awesome soundtrack that I saw back in the alpha, then I think you’re going to really enjoy it.

Additionally, Axle has been nominated for the 2014 Geekie Awards, which I’m going to pretend I knew existed before this minute. I mean, Stan Lee and Seth Green in one place? How could I not know about something like that? Axle will face off against The Banner Saga, Don’t Starve, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and Outlast. That’s some stiff competition. Hopefully, that’s a sign of pedigree as well.

I guess we’ll find out on August 16th.

One App Store change could end the free-to-play dominance

August 4th, 2014 by

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My name is Terry, and I am a free-to-play whale.

I am not proud. In fact, I hate myself for falling for the foot-in-the-door approach to gaming. I have no one to blame but myself.

Time and again, I start playing a free-to-play game only to find myself burned when the rules change. Time and again, I have paid without thinking, all because I didn’t see the changes coming. The writing was on the wall, but I didn’t look to my left or my right. I had tunnel vision all in the name of fun.

Here’s one simple fix that could help combat the free-to-play world.

Sometimes, maybe you should consult with a translator

July 17th, 2014 by

line_dozer_ejackThey say a picture speaks a thousand words. Sometimes, though, those pictures have words. Sometimes those words have meanings that, when translated from Japanese to English, are unintentionally funny.

This screen from LINE Dozer is one of those times.

Review – Ace Fishing: Wild Catch (iOS/Android)

May 26th, 2014 by

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Ace Fishing, by South Korean developer Com2uS, is their latest attempt at bringing digestible sports to mobile sets. With a pedigree that includes Apple Hall of Fame inductee HOMERUN BATTLE 3D on their resume, they clearly know their stuff.

Is Ace Fishing a catch, or is this one we should be throwing back?

C is for Cookie Run Erasers

April 29th, 2014 by
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From left to right: Bright Cookie, Pirate Cookie, Coffee Cookie, Zombie Cookie, Cloud Cookie, Ninja Cookie, and Buttercream Choco Cookie

As a teacher and a parent, I can’t help but love this little slice of nerdvana in the picture above. Here we have another example of Cookie Run’s popularity in South Korea.

Here we have Cookie Run erasers, as found inside a toy capsule machine near South Korean elementary school. Each pull costs 100 won, or about 10 American cents, though there are other random toys interspersed within. Still, it’s more killer than filler in the one I use.

I remember buying car-shaped erasers for a quarter apiece from my school’s morning supply store back in the third grade. I’m not a car guy, so it seems wholly unnecessary now. However, boring things shaped like cool things? HELL YES! That’s cool-by-association!

Real Racing 3 to FINALLY get Real-Time Multiplayer… on iOS only

December 12th, 2013 by

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Electronic Arts and Firemonkeys are about to make a lot of racing fans either really happy or really sad with its next update.

In addition to the two new cars, the Lamborghini Veneno and McLaren P1, the game is finally getting the much sought after real-time multiplayer in addition to the standard asynchronous time-shifted events.

The catch? Real-Time Multiplayer uses GameCenter and, thus, is available only to iOS players. And, thus, the great divide widens as if millions of Android users cried out in anger and were suddenly ignored. You may as well get your popcorn ready, because the “statistically, more people use Android” outrageous butthurt festival is about to begin over on their Google Play page.

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Tips and Tricks Guide

November 24th, 2013 by

mpq_guide_headerMarvel: Puzzle Quest is the latest surprisingly-enjoyable game based upon the Marvel franchise. If you love the RPG mechanics of D3 Publisher’s Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords but think it would be cooler with comic book heroes, then this could well be the game for you. It certainly tickles my nerdy fancy.

However, while there’s a lot of fun to be had for free, it’s easy to feel like you’re hitting a pay wall early on. Here’s a few guidelines to follow to maximize your enjoyment in the free-to-play world.


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