Second Chance Heroes review, doing Honest Abe justice….

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Throughout movies and lore, Honest Abe, Cleopatra, and Napoleon Bonaparte have been legends, or even further, immortalized. I loved learning about some of these icons in history, but I never thought that I would love to play with them in video games. However, Second Chance Heroes not only allows you to play with these characters, but they give a whole new name to the historical figures.

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This game feels a lot like Diablo 2 while playing, probably due to the camera angle. You select a Hero (there are 2 at first but you can pay real money for more or unlock some of the cheaper legends) and then you follow the storyline into the mall. Each mission is a different area and you must reach specific objectives to progress throughout the game. There are a host of different achievements and side quests to accomplish which complements game well, due to the several Heroes you can unlock. The main objective though, is to slash your way through zombies. I have to say, I really enjoyed playing Abe Lincoln and watching him slash through the hordes with a chainsaw. There aren’t any weapons to collect at this point, but there are boosts like health or speed, and each Hero comes with a couple of special abilities. (It was so gratifying watching the masses of zombies fly everywhere after using an ability) The gameplay get’s spiced up a bit with boss battles and an online co-op mode. (really took me back to the lan-parties i used to have with Diablo 2)

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If you are looking for an rpg element, there is one here, however it isn’t very deep. This game is more designed to give the player a fun arcade type of experience. Things like health and damage can be leveled once  the player has collected the right amount of experience, but nothing much more than that.

I was surprised with the stableness of the online play. There at times could be a lot of things happening on screen, which never slowed my phone, but also I never experienced any objectivity issues with other players, the game ran smooth. Many might hesitate to play due to the virtual controls, but truthfully the dual virtual analog stick worked nicely, I never had an issue movement or attacking.

The graphics in game were decent, however it was far from the best. Due to the amount of things going on, onscreen it was understandable that things were not on the same level as Infinity Blade. (In fact, SCH probably excelled considering.) In app purchases are in the game. I can understand Heroes needing to be bought, to be unlocked, after all developers have to earn a living too.

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Overall- ****Pure Genius**** 

For a dollar you can’t go wrong. This game is a tremendous amount of fun to play. I highly recommend it for people that are fans of the hack and slash games, or if you love history and want to have a little bit of fun. I am certainly glad I downloaded it, and can’t wait to keep slaying away!

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Colossus Escape! Run for your life!

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Want a side scrolling hack and slash auto run game? Then we have an adventure for you! The devs. over at Adventure Moffee, have developed a fast paced gem with this one and we encourage everyone to check it out!

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.    When you think of auto run games you might think about games such as Temple Run or Subway Surfers (both great games in their own respects), however Colossus Escape (CE) combines those similar elements and adds a sword as well as lumbering foe’s that head straight toward you. Well, what do you do with the sword? Slash the onslaught, and stay focused enough to jump over obstacles so you don’t lose life, or get eaten by the Colossus, who is hot (see what we did there?) on your tail.(The Colossus is made out of lava)   CE also contains swipe strategy to create a deeper dimension to the game. When crossing various checkpoints in the game you are given instructions such as swipe quickly this way, or tap repeatedly here (There are various mini games that really “spice” up the action). In doing so, you will defeat the mini monster or boss and proceed to the next level. Things such as shields, and power-ups can be looted in mid run and placed on an alter in front of you acting like a spell system, this makes your journey much easier.

Now there are things about the game that will make some players annoyed, such as the advertisements that pop up right after the title screen, or right after you die, don’t take that to mean they interfere with gameplay (mid run) at all because they don’t! They just interrupt a smooth process otherwise. However the devs. at CE were smart and do what I think the gaming community should do and offer an ad. free version of the game for $1.99 (Hooray!!!!! this makes us all happy) Another thing that might bother some is the initial tutorial didn’t explain much. I was caught off guard for a bit when the directions for the mini boss appeared for the first time, add to that you only have five opportunities and then you have to start over from scratch, didn’t seem appealing at all. But all was eventually forgiven once I started to get the hang of things.

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Overall: ***Smart Play***

Download and try out this game! You will certainly be happy that you did. This game has beautiful 2D graphics, with great controls, and a fair amount of depth. Tac on the extra maps and characters that will be added soon as well as the leader-boards and you have a game that you will want to keep playing for a while.

Naughty Kitties review! If Cats were actually this cool they would be more popular than dogs

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Now I know that by the title alone, many will come in here with guns a’blaze ready defend the rights of cats to the death. But hold on a sec, I didn’t say cats were bad (for heaven’s sake I’m sure I will end up with one soon), they are just not as popular as dogs! Anyways, this isn’t a review about which domesticated animal is your favorite, but instead about a game in which dog lover’s and cat lover’s alike will have a ton of fun.

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Man, game developers for IOS are getting more and more creative now-a-days, and the devs over at Coconut Island are certainly leading the way. Naughty Kitties at first glance seems as if it would be repetitive after playing for a while, however it is far from it. What you have are your kittens, riding on a space ship (pretty normal so far) when all of the for no good reason enemy ships start blasting you down! (I can feel the PETA rage now) Low and behold though, the Kittens have come prepared and start laying the plank right back. In this side scrolling strategy you are given an option of which kittens you want fighting for you by “draging and dropping” them onto the ship from a queue box. Skill and timing are required so that as soon as another kitten is ready to fight you can replace them and they can get to work without any harm being done . Match up kittens of the same type and watch them unleash super powered attacks. This actually becomes more tricky when you unlock more kittens because the queue randomly assigns a type of kitten so you will never know what kind you are getting. Intense boss battle’s will keep you on your toes and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards.

Perhaps the largest surprise for me was the fact that after I was done playing the first tutorial I was given a host of different customization options. (RPG depth) and like any good creepy cat lady, this game had a bunch cats to choose from. Whether it be cats that helped repair ships, shoot machine guns, fire rockets ect. they could all be used at your disposal. (If you have unlocked them) You could buy different ships which each had different perks, you also had a choice of which cat to lvl up as well! Which was certainly tough at times.(Do I want more repair or more damage???) Coins that you earn ended up paying off in a big way.

Though this game was great, it did have a few drawbacks. You basically play on an energy based system. After you run out of “hearts” (use up one per level) you can’t play unless you purchase more with real money, or you wait patiently until your energy is replenished. Now I understand that developers need to make money and I totally agree that they should, I just wish there was a set price for the game, and that if we pay for something, that it would be more content.

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 Overall: ****Pure Genius****

This is a great game! You certainly should take the time to play it and download it! This brings a fresh new experience to side scrolling strategy, and it mixes great with the RPG elements that are added in. For those of you that don’t like kittens I think you should put your differences aside and check out this game! (You will be lost in the fun gameplay to realize you’re playing with kittens)

Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies…taking me back to the glory days of physical TCG’s

photo 1 Several times throughout my childhood I collected cards. Baseball cards, then moved to Pokemon cards, and then of course Yu-GI-OH. (Maybe sprinkle a little bit of DBZ’s trading cards in there for flare?) Well of course by the time I hit middle school those cards I could no longer play to be with the “IN” crowd.(Oh the fallacy) But alas, everyone can come out of the trading card closet because Wulven studios has brought us an offering that is not to be hidden, nor is it to be ashamed of. Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies!photo 3

When I first downloaded this game I had no clue what to expect. Truth be told I thought I was done forever with this genre of gaming, but quickly the old feelings of excitement and interest took over once again and I delved into the amazing world of Shadow Era. The first thing I noticed about the game was the amount of different starter decks they offered. Shadow Era allows you to choose a deck based on what type of hero you want to be. Hero’s range from warriors and magi to rouges and more, with each class having male and female characters.

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Each hero has unique abilities which can be used at various times throughout the match.  The matches are played similarly to many other software based TCG’s of this gen; sacrifice cards which give you resources so that you can play better cards. Once allies (minions) are on the battle field you then try and take out the opposing teams Hero to win the game. (Each hero has a specific amount of health points) Spells cards come in handy when you need to buff your allies or take out opponents allies. However, Wulven decided to add it’s own strategy spin on things. Regularly in TCG games you would have to attack minions before being able to attack the hero but here you can attack the Hero outright, leaving you to decide whether it is smart to attack early on and let your own Hero take all of the damage, or prepare for the long game and attack opponents minions to preserve your Hero’s hit points. The game looks great visually and it is easy to sink hours of time in, with such smooth gameplay mechanics. There were a couple of issues with the game, one time we experienced some lag while playing against the AI, it almost seemed to have froze mid attack, however the problem did fix itself eventually, and we were even able to finish that game. We suggest putting the speed all the way to 4, that seemed to help a lot when waiting for things such as card drawing and battle sequences. Our other complaint was the size of the cards on the screen. I could barely make out what some of the cards were and I had to do a bunch of extra tapping to see a full size image, but we were also playing on an iPhone and the size may be more suited for an iPad.

Boosters and card packs can be purchased in the shop using gold that can be earned through game play or crystals which can be purchased with real money. (Don’t worry it is only $2.00 for a booster pack) And finally, there is an extensive multiplayer mode. Duel with people you have never met and see how your custom deck stacks up to others, there is even talks of physical tournaments taking place.  For more info, on the physical tournaments  check out their website.(http://www.shadowera.com/content.php?202-Champions-of-Shadow-Era)

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Overall 4.6 ****Pure Genius****

If you are a TCG fan you should definitely download this game on your phone. Great depth along with the uniqueness and the glory of customizing your own deck cannot be beat. Add in the fact that the multiplayer mode is competitive and  physical tourney’s are starting, then there shouldn’t be anything stopping you.

Of all the mistakes we make in life….this one of the largest….Flappy Bird Review

So while we have been gone we have seen the popularity of an app. called Flappy Bird grow to insurmountable proportions. Are you telling me that this game is so popular that everyone in my circle has it on their phone? NO! Of course not, however it is designed to keep you craving for more. Flappy Bird seems like an innocent, lighthearted bird however it has a dark secret. That dang bird wants to eat all of your time away giving you some tiny glint of hope that you can beat your high score yet all the while that smug little bird is sucking out your soul.

3-***Average***

Shocked that I gave it a 3? Well don’t be, this game is frustrating but we have to admit that most of us have spent hours of gameplay time trying to crush our high score over and over again, yes instead props to the developers, and good luck to everyone out there that still has it on their phone.

Want an Indie game that will trip you out? Check out this one!

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Are you a hipster and proud of it? Are you a normal person looking for something fresh, exciting, or new? Do you want to play something that will appeal to your senses? (Minus taste&smell, weirdo) If you fit into any of those categories or just want to try something new out, then try out this game!

When I first opened up Melodive I was a little confused, though there were instructions at the beginning of the game I still wasn’t quite sure about the overall point to it. I actually think that was the purpose though. Melodive has a very free spirited feel to it, it let the player figure it out on their own. I personally loved it. For those of you driven by a need for a purpose in the game, don’t worry, because there is one. In Melodive you collect tiny colorful pieces (which are amazing to look at) called Melodium. Once the Melodium is collected musical beats will begin to play, this was one of the more creative ideas that I have come across in a while. I was addicted to not only the amazing colors and great 3d graphics, but the fact that I was adding beats and rhythms to the gameplay when I was playing had me hooked.

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Melodium offers 3 different modes to play in, Free mode (which trust me you will want to do if you are a beginner) In this mode touching the “ground” (I like to call them asteroids) won’t make you end that round like it will in arcade mode. In Arcade mode it’s just like I described except contact with the ground will end you turn. (The point is to try and to collect as much Melodium as possible. The third mode is Arcade mode except on ‘roids. (much faster!) The controls are definitley tricky to get used to, which hindered my gamplay experience quite a bit, but once you get hooked you will get used to them.

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**Pure Genius** (4.2)

With 3 different game modes, and 3 different rhythms that you can make, Melodium is a fresh new offering of which I haven’t seen in a while. Controls will turn away some, but if you give this indie game a chance I don’t see many getting disappointed with it.

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Fallback Friday: Fun Run Review…Mario Kart in the palm of your hands…

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Fallback Friday, where we review some retro classics!

Are you the competitive type that loves to rub everything in because you “know” you’re the best? Are you the quiet one that likes to sit alone and observe? Well it doesn’t what personality type you are!  Fun Run will make the gamer in you come out to compete. Anyone and everyone will enjoy this game!

I think that there are several gamers out there that would love to see Nintendo port a game like “Mario Kart” to an IOS device but unfortunately I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, especially since it would need to compete against the 3DS, but maybe for now this game will tide us gamers over……Now don’t get me wrong; this is in no way able to compete to what Mario Kart is, we are just saying that there are some similarities between the two. The main similarities? The fact that you are in a race competing against your friends, and trying to blow them up at the same time.

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For some reason or another you begin off as a fox, we haven’t really seen any story line, nor do we think one is needed.  In fact, the only game mode available is with other people be warned (multiplayer randoms, or with your friends!), you need some sort of internet connection and we think in some cases that wifi is better.

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Anyways, you start off as furry little creatures and the goal, to get to the finish line no matter the costs. There will be things like obstacles and mountains to climb, but the main fun is when it comes to playing with friends. As you gather items throughout the race, you can grab things such as a saw blade, or lightening to decimate your enemy. Fun Run tries to add humorous gore animations, such as your sprite being sawed in half, or your head flying off, thanks to that annoying samurai sword so beware if you’re a parent. (I wouldn’t want my 5 year old playing, though the graphics are really corny) Another great aspect of the game is the money system. You win money by winning races, then you spend the money you earn on things  like new animals, (dont worry to our knowledge they all run at the same speed) hats, streaks ect. It was a great way to keep me plugged in. On top of that there is a rating system, based on how good you are (or not so much) you can earn rating points, to brag about with all of your friends.

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**Pure Genius** (4.3)

I have played this game so many times, and it has brought me many memorable moments, especially when I was with friends. There are IAP’s but only to add on more coinage, and it doesn’t hinder your play time at all. (Plus you earn coins every time you run so it’s strictly for the impatient) Don’t buy this game for graphics or sound, because the both will surely disappoint, instead pick this game up for a thrilling good time.

Scratch that naval itch! (ships, not button) Assassins Creed : Pirates on IOS (Review)

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Ahoy Matey’s, time to give you our review  of ACP.

This game has all the makings of a really great game on the IOS market. Have you ever  thrown on an eye-patch, put a bandanna around your head, and grabbed an empty toilet paper roll to swing around like a terrifying cutlass? Well great news! This game allows you to be a pirate without requiring you to sacrifice the little dignity that you have left!

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Upon opening the app, the first thing that you notice, is the vast scenery and the beautiful ocean that comes to life even more thanks to the intense musical score that goes along with the game. I’m not one to really care about music, so when i mention music in a game that means that i really like it, or I really don’t. In this case, the music is great! The music and the graphics alone intrigue me enough to keep playing, Add to that, the actual gameplay has a fresh new take and Ubisoft has created a true gem. Throughout this game you will be battling and searching for treasures, as well as following an interesting story-line. The one area that I feel I could grow a little weary of, is the battle system. The battle system is unique in ways, your ship will have skills which will require you to do different things such as, aim a scoped shot to hit an enemy’s weak spot which will do critical damage, however in avoiding enemies attacks, I wish i had more free will to maneuver instead of the “tap to dodge” technique.

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Ubisoft has done a great job in fleshing out this game with content, things from searching and finding hidden treasures, to hiring new recruits that will provide skills (such as faster ship speed). They also have achievements for completionists, extra challenges for you to face during quests, and what seems to be collectible lore, in which as you collect messages in the bottle which will tell you about different pirates, and reward you for your findings. I have no doubt that that any “swash- buckling pirate lover” would fall head over heels for this game.

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Graphics: 5 out of 5

Ubisoft has done a great job of making picturesque games, and Assassins Creed Pirates is not an exception. Beautiful 3D colored graphics, will make you think you are actually captain of the high seas.

Gameplay: 4 out of 5

ACP is a great truly fleshed out game with content galore. The only reason it loses a point here is because they probably could have been a bit more creative with the battle systems.

Sounds: 5 out of 5

ACP delivers a knockout blow with the musical score. If you want to feel like a true captain then you need a great musical score to accompany you on your journey, and don’t worry this game delivers just that.

Controls: 4 out of 5

This game allows you to feel as if you are truly sailing your own ship. However there were times when I scratched my head because the steering of the ship wouldn’t quite read the direction I was swiping my finger. Other than that everything seems to work fine, and controls were fairly good.

Price: 5 out of 5 

$4.99 and no IAP’s. This game is a lot of fun, for not a lot of money! ’nuff said

Overall Score: **PURE GENIUS** (4.6 out of 5)

Any fan of Assassins Creed, or for that matter any fan of pirates, or any fan of games in general should download this app. You can sail your own ship, acquire new skills and capture a ton of BOOTY!

Fallback Friday: Fun Forever? Run Forever! Rayman Jungle Run….

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Whats up gamer’s, its time for our mythical, magical, marvelous new segment : Fallback Fridays. In this brilliant new segment, we want to review IOS games that were created some time ago (Normally more than a year ago but there will always be exceptions) We hope to review games that have stood the test of time, and that always keep us coming back for more.

Rayman: Jungle Run Review

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Everyone remembers jammin’  Rayman into your N64 and wasting countless hours of your life playing this game, and guess what if your were that person, I have GREAT NEWS! While this game is an auto-run game, it goes further than that. Running is not all you do in this fast paced, addicting game. For starters there are quite a few worlds that you play in, all together you get to run in 5 worlds, each world containing 10 maps (that is including a bonus map in each world). Rayman is on an adventure to collect all of the Lums that are scattered on each map. Lums are the little yellow *snitch* looking creatures, and there are 100 hundred of them on each map. If you are a completionist like me you will spend countless hours trying to get each and every last one of them (and an extra map is unlocked every time you catch all 100 Lums on at least 5 of the maps) . Rayman truly challenges gamers with maps that are constantly changing. There is always something new excited happening in this game it seems that a new challenge is presented on every single one of the 50 playable levels. How good can an auto run game be? Glad you asked because this is where Ubisoft really set the bar. Most auto run’s you are practically limited to jumping, but the Ubisoft team was able to add depth to the game by letting you unlock skills per world that you visit. These skills (no I won’t spoil them) each help add unique diversity to the levels that you play in. In one instance you may need to jump, then use a skill, then climb, then use a skill, all in a specific order to collect all the Lums. Skills truly set this game apart from any other auto run out there.

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AS if I havent said enough about the game, the reason we feel that Rayman Jungle Run has such high replay-ability is because each map has a timer, so for gamers with lightening fast responses you can keep trying over and over and over again to crush that fastest time record you previously set. Rayman is fun for all ages and it would be a shame to let this game go any longer without giving it a try!

Graphics: 5 out of 5

Do your eyes get sore from looking at ugly things? Well I have the cure! This game is absolutely beautiful. Colors splash objects move, things collide, and its all in 2D. Ubisoft certainly nailed the design and graphics on this gorgeous game.

Gameplay: 5 out of 5

Waiting in line at the store? Waiting for your gas tank to fill up? Tired of waiting for the theater movie to start? Rayman Jungle Run solves all of those problems. Not only can you pick this game up for 30 seconds at a time but you can also feel really accomplished in that time too, catching all the Lums isn’t easy and there is a great sense of accomplishment when you do.

Sounds: 3 out of 5

The sounds throughout the game are just as bright as the beautiful backdrop in which the game takes place. Rayman has sounds that “pop” right out of the speakers, and the 4 songs that are on the game are pretty catchy. Yes….that’s right 4 songs. I have sunk many hours into this game and as catchy as the tunes are, I had to mute it after about thirty minutes of hearing the same thing over and over again.

Controls: 5 out of 5

The controls on this game are spectacular. You cant find a more responsive game, and i never experienced any lag issues or encountered issues when I needed to press buttons rapidly, and multiple times.

Price: 4 out of 5 

$1.99 is a great price for the number of hours that you will undoubtedly sink into it. There are extra skins, characters, and levels that you can buy for an added price, but its certainly nothing that takes away from the gaming experience.

Overall Score: **PURE GENIUS** (4.4 out of 5)

Quick, beautiful and fun, this game is easy to play, low cost, and it keeps you coming back for more (after all this game was released in September of 2012). You should definitely download this game! It is certainly worth it, and we think you will be more than satisfied, running with your old pal Rayman.

Want to use some of that pointless knowledge you have? Check this game out!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so thankful for each and everyone of you. Here at Pureplayz we love games on the App market, and to prove our thanks we have created a review of a game we are grateful for this Thanksgiving!

Quiz Up

Quiz-Up a new way to put that knowledge to the test!

Quiz-Up a new way to put that knowledge to the test!

Finally a game that allows you to do something with all of that pointless knowledge you have!!!!! Want to challenge all of your friends at a heart pumping fast paced quiz game??? Quiz up allows you to do all of that plus more! In this game players compete against one another and try to answer questions before time runs out. Player can choose from over 250 topics, ranging from various tv-shows, to things such as science or even math. As players compete they gain experience and level up, allowing the different titles to symbolize status and how much you know about the topic. Though Quiz Up will keep you coming back for hours and hours many may be turned off due to repetition of some of the questions during the quiz. Not to worry though, the creative minds at Quiz Up update the game regularly and allow players to create topics and information of their own.

Overall Score: **Smart** (4.1 out of 5)

A game boasting over 250 topics, Quiz Up will keep your mind challenged for a long time. Add to that, you are going up against your friends for bragging rights and you have a great play here, sure repetition occurs on occasion throughout the game but it is absolutely nothing that should keep you from downloading this awesome game, add to the fact that the current price is free, and you cant go wrong!