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World of Tanks Blitz – Coming to a Mobile Device Near You

WoT_Blitz_Logo_Motto_ENGI’m not much of a Tanker – in fact, I really suck at the game, but that doesn’t mean I don’t give it my best (which is probably a lot of Tanker’s worst efforts). But I do enjoy a game that requires tactical planning and allows me to blow sh*t up on a regular basis. Besides, what’s more fun than blowing things up with tanks?

Soon it will be even easier to blow things up with tanks. After a successful run in European countries – and averaging 4.5 to 4.8 stars in the app store – World of Tanks Blitz will be making its way to the United States mobile market, starting with iOS platforms, June 26.

World of Tanks Blitz is a mobile, free-to-play team-based MMO action game dedicated to fierce tank combat. Available on iPhones version 4 and higher and iPad 2 and up, the game takes the best traits from the PC game and puts a mobile twist on dynamic combat. With 90 legendary armored vehicles to chose from and control with your thumb, it provides fast-paced gameplay and tactical diversity.

WoT_Blitz_Tech_Tree_USA_ComThe European trial demonstrated that World of Tanks Blitz isn’t just a casual social game, but a full-fledged game with players spending and average of 70 minutes playing the game.

Wargaming created not only a customized UI for phone and tablet players, but also an easier to use, smaller tech tree. When the game launches in the U.S., it will have an additional set of features, including full social integration with Facebook where you can invite friends to play.

The platform also integrates with the Wargaming’s Social Network and tracks achievements across the board, whether you’re playing on tablet, PC or Xbox. Wargaming is also working on streaming integration to allow people to stream and capture gameplay from their devices. While you can log in to the game using the same Wargaming account as your PC or Xbox accounts, your tanks and gold are separate from both Xbox and the PC versions.

WOT-iPad-Picture-Grace-SnokeWorld of Tanks Blitz will be playable on a wide range of Android devices as well in the future.

If you enjoy World of Tanks on your PC and have a mobile device, you may want to check it out and level up your gold and tanks for mobile as well, that way you can play on the go when you are without your PC. It will take a little adjustment from playing with PC controls, but I do think most gamers will be pleased with how it handles if they have a good internet connection.

So if you aren’t in the mobile beta, check it out when it goes live for iOS platforms June 26.

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

Mobile Game Review: Ultima Forever

ultima-forever-1Produced by: EA’s Mythic Games
Available on: iOS
Cost: FREE
Reviewed on: iPhone 5S
Genre: Action/Adventure
Released: Aug. 7, 2013

Ultima Forever is a shockingly deep dungeon crawler available for the iPod (gen 5 and up). iPhone (4s and up), and iPad (gen 2 and up), which you can play alone or with friends – whether it’s people you know on Facebook , or random strangers who just happen to be online at the same time as you. The game brilliantly balances depth and simplicity, and it impresses both visually and aurally. The controls are all very simple and intuitive, but the amount of content in the game makes it hard to believe it is a free-to-play game on a phone.

ultima-forever-2The action primarily consists of navigating towns and dungeons and battling monsters. Movement is controlled through simply holding your finger down in front of your character in the direction you want them to go, and battle is done through tapping on enemies. Depth is added in a number of ways. The most obvious one is weapon and armor upgrades (including matching visual changes in-game). There are also special moves to unlock, which are activated through an icon on the left of the screen. Later levels unlock additional icon slots so players can have more of their special moves available at a time. There are also eight Virtues which are important both to the story and the mechanics of the game. Players will be asked to make choices which will affect their stats and which options will be available in the future.

The game is free to play, but like any major iOS game it has a means to buy bonuses. In this case those bonuses come in the form of keys. Keys can be found all throughout the game (including daily bonuses for things as simple as just logging on), and they come in various types – bronze, silver and gold. Along the way through dungeons, players will encounter chests. Each chest can be opened with a certain number of bronze, silver, or gold keys. The rarer the keys used to pay, the better the loot. It’s a simple way to buy bonuses that still allows non-paying players to enjoy their own progression without feeling like they’re missing out on entire features of the game.

ultima-forever-iphone-screen02-iosI generally try to balance things by having at least some positive and some negative comments about each game, but honestly I can’t think of much to critique here besides the lack of playable classes. As far as I could determine, the only options are a warrior (aka melee) and a mage (aka range). On the plus side, they at least let you have one save slot for each. The only other gripe that comes to mind was a frustrating number of connection losses.

Gameplay: 9.5/10 – If you’re a fan of Diablo, Torchlight, or any other dungeon grinding loot hoarding game, you’ll love this game. The action and customization are substantial and the story is The lack of classes does affect replay value, but compared to other games on the same platform for the same price the amount of content and polish is astounding.

Graphics: 9/10Ultima Forever is a very good looking game, and it uses the retina display (when available) to great effect for crisp, sharp visuals. Sometimes the models look a bit bulky and simplistic, but really that’s just because we’ve been spoiled by advanced handheld gaming devices. Compared the gaming-specific devices, the graphics are nothing special. But compared to other games on the iPhone they are masterful.

ultima-forever-quest-for-the-avatar_moral-quandrySound: 8/10 – The game recommends headphones when playing, and I can see why. The sound is great without headphones – good music, plenty of sound effects, and moderate voice acting – but the nuance really comes to life with the surround-sound capabilities of quality headphones.

Overall: 9.5/10 – I don’t like to give out 10/10s on principal. Nothing is perfect and it would be a lie to say it is. The connection issues were annoying and the cap at two playable classes is pretty limiting. But beyond those minor grievances this is one of the most well-rounded gaming experiences I’ve had on the iPhone. Ultima Forever is a very full gaming experience, all for an amazing price of zero dollars. It’s a hard deal to turn down.

No review codes or review requests were made for this game.  This was a game reviewed at the request of the managing editor.

Multi-Platform Game Review: Organ Trail

Organ-trail-logoPublished by: The Men Who Wear Many Hats
Available for: iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux and Steam
Reviews on: PC and Android
Genre: Choose-your-own-adventure Zombie survival
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

Depending on your age, you may remember playing the Sierra Games classic, Oregon Trail, at school. If you were really lucky, and your parents had a lot of money, you got to play it on an Apple II at home. Personally, I remember playing the game a lot at school and only getting to the end once. It was a hard game filled with a lot of hard choices for a 10-year-old. But it’s a game we look back on fondly.

“NAME died of dysentery” is probably one of the most common quotes people give from the game.

If you miss the game, or just want to revisit the classic, you can download it and play it through Chrome here: http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html

Organ-trail-8But if you want to see the modern take on the game, which is what this article is about, check out Organ Trail – a morbid twist on the iconic Oregon Trail game. Produced by The Men Who Wear Many Hats and released Jan. 10, 2013, the game is available for purchase, download and play via iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux and Steam. You can play a flash version of their game, for free, here: http://hatsproductions.com/organtrail.html

They describe the game as “a retro zombie survival game. Travel westward in a station wagon with 4 of your friends, scavenging for supplies and fending off the undead; Faithfully recreated it as if it were on the Apple 2. Packed full of zombie mechanics, themes and references; this is a must have for any zombie survival fans.”

I first encountered Organ Trail at PAX East 2012 when it was still in development and was enamoured with the idea and kept an eye on it as it developed. When Humble Bundle had it as a part of one of their Android bundles, I immediately picked up the bundle so i could play and test the game on multiple platforms. It’s rare that I get the opportunity to play games on more than one platform and see how they compare to each other.

Organ-trail-6You start the game learning there has been a zombie apocalypse. You have to fight your way to safety. As you are fighting, you are joined by a priest named Clements. He rescues you and asks you if you know of anyone who would be handy in this situation. You and him talk and head to D.C. to pick up your friends…in a station wagon.

I won’t spoil the story too much, but Clements isn’t with you for long, but gives you his diary to help you out, explaining how much of what things you need. You and your party leave D.C. to head cross country with the supplies you’ve scavenged thus far. Just like in Oregon trail, things break on your station wagon, friends get hurt. They may get by a zombie and you may be forced to put them down, or they may get dysentary, or one of 9 other diseases, and if you don’t heal them with medkits they eventually die. As you travel from city to city, you have to scavenge for supplies such as food, ammo, fuel, money, medkits and car scraps and upgrades to survive. You can also buy, sell or trade for items at each town or rest stop. Pay close attention to the health of your car and your party members. Rest to heal, but know for each hour you rest you consume food. Repair your car when needed. You can even take on jobs at towns to earn money or parts.

Organ-trail-2As you travel, you have to survive driving through a horde of zombies, being chased by zombie dogs and other animals or fighting off bikers and bandits. Factor in a day and night cycle and a weather system and the game becomes very interesting and challenging.

I have yet to reach the final location of the game on the West Coast on either PC or Android, but I have made it decently far before I died. The game creates a custom tombstone with a phrase of your choice when you die and your score can be posted to the leaderboards.

Gameplay: 8/10 for PC; 5 of 10 for Android
There is a huge difference in controls for this game depending on the platform it’s played on. For PC, the controls were great. You were able to aim your rifle with your mouse and move around better than when playing on Android. With Android, you can try to aim the rifle, but unless you are very accurate with your fingers and you don’t slip up, it’s hard to aim and hit the zombies coming after you.

Organ-trail-4Graphics: 9/10 for both
If you keep in mind that the game is 16-bit and still looks good while being a stylized-retro game, you’ll understand why I rate the graphics 9/10. It’s not designed to look like a modern game. It’s designed to look like a late 80’s game and in that aspect they did extremely well.

Sound: 9/10
Also created in classic, retro tradition, the music fits the 16-bit game. If you’re interested in the game’s soundtrack, you can download all of the tracks, for free from here: http://hatsproductions.com/organtrailsoundtrack.html

Story: 8/10
The story is very simple, very easy to follow and in the same mindset of Oregon Trail. Long story short, you’re traveling West to escape the zombie apocalypse with your friends in a Station Wagon.

Organ-trail-1Overall: 8.5/10
Packed full of zombie mechanics, themes, references and challenges, this is an extremely fun and frustrating retro zombie survival game. If you liked Oregon Trail as a kid, this is another game you would enjoy on any platform. If you want to test it out before you buy it, play the flash version linked above.

Disclaimer:  Author purchased the games through Humble Bundle and chose to review the game with her purchase.  No codes were given in exchange for review.

Check out the video below for a teaser of the game:

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

G5 Releases an Enigmatic Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands of Ephranis on iOS Today

Enter a bizarre world where reality has no boundaries
isla-dorada-1San Francisco, California – May 15, 2013 – An enigmatic hidden object adventure, Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands of Ephranis launched on iOS today, care of G5 Entertainment and Funforge Digital. This fresh hidden object game teleports you to Isla Dorada and invites you to join Jessica Pandora on her gripping adventure.

You start the game when Jessica, a courageous archeologist, finally hits a site that has been sought after by treasure hunters all over the world. While searching the site, she accidentally activates a golden artifact and is transported to a mysterious, distant land called the Isla Dorada. Surprisingly, everyone she meets on the island seems to know her. Moreover, she finds her own handwriting notes with tips for herself hidden all over this fantastic place. You’ll follow Jessica on this odd journey, meet enigmatic local people, solve dozens of challenging puzzles and find the pieces of a magical mask in order to find your way home in this incredible, hidden object adventure.

isla-dorada-2It’s up to you to set the difficulty level in the game – you can use hints and skip puzzles if you are a newcomer to the genre. There is no penalty for random taps, you’ll just see a small “cracks” on your screen and the scene will freeze for a few seconds if you tap a wrong item too many times. With 32 hypnotizing hidden object scenes, cartoon style graphics, fun dialogues and pleasant voice acting, Isla Dorada will brighten a few evenings of hidden object games fans. So try it free and then get the full version of Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands of Ephranis at up to 40% discount through May 18th.

The game is developed by Funforge Digital and published on iOS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

  • 32 hypnotizing hidden object scenes!
  • 17 fascinating levels to step through.
  • 11 curious characters to meet.
  • 10 intricate mini-games to play.
  • Enter a bizarre world where reality has no boundaries.

isla-dorada-3Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands of Ephranis is available for download to iPhone and iPad today. Gamers can try the game for free and unlock the full version through an in-app purchase for $2.99 on iPhone and $4.99 on iPad through May 18, 2013 (regularly $4.99/$6.99). Originally the game was developed for PC by Funforge Digital.

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