Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

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Do you like retro style arcade games? Well then you need to check out HeroCraft’s latest effort, Neon Commander. This game is kind of like Space Invaders meets Breakout.

In this game, you will need to stop alien spaceships from taking down your city. In order to do that you will draw on the screen to bounce their shots back and hopefully hitting those enemies. This is called PlasmaShield technology. At the beginning of the game, you will draw simple lines that bounce the laserballs in the direction of the angle drawn. As you progress, you will find other shapes, like circles that force the laserballs to go in different directions.

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Featured Android Game Review: Farm Fest [Arcade & Action]

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If you’re looking for a simple and fun game, HeroCraft’s Farm Fest might be a good choice. It’s very reminiscent of Farm Frenzy, but I think this one has a little better graphics. In this game, you will build up your farm by raising animals and processing the produce (eggs,hams, etc.). You will also have to avoid roving boars to maximize your sales. You earn money by delivering the processed goods in the nearby city.

If you like puzzle/management games, you will find this one easy to play. HeroCraft explains in detail what you need to do (collecting product, processing, and delivering) at each level. It quickly becomes more difficult as wild boars try to take out your animals, but thankfully you can hire a dog to fend them off.

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Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars

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HeroCraft is building upon their success of the Strategy & Tactics series by releasing a 3rd game, Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars. You guessed it, this one is set in medieval Europe. You will lead the armies of England and France, as well as the armies of the crusaders in three campaigns.

The gameplay is the same as Strategy & Tactics: World War II and Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA. It’s a lot like Risk in that you need to knock out other armies to take over regions. You won’t find any explosions or amazing graphics, this is pure strategy on hand drawn maps. You will need to make decisions based on the strength and/or weakness of your soldiers. Should you divide and conquer or keep them together? Battles will take place during the Norman Invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years’ War, the Reconquista, the War of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade, and endless peasant riots. You can also play against friends in Hotseat mode.

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Play Store gaming and app sales for Black Friday 2013

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Black Friday is the best day of the year for sales. and the Play Store is no exception. There is a lot of apps and games, so we don’t guarantee that this is all of them, but we will add to the list as we find more.

A lot of these will be on sale all weekend, but I wouldn’t hesitate.

Hit the break for the list and let us know what’s missing.

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Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA [Arcade & Action]

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Back in April, we reviewed HeroCraft’s Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and they recently released a new version called Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA. It’s essentially the same exact game. HeroCraft is calling it an add-on, for the World War II edition, but you don’t need to have it installed on your device. It’s actually a continuation of the first game.

The only real difference with this edition is the locations and the fact that it’s a fictitious war. It takes place during the Cold War with tensions mounting as Russia is looking to end Capitalism. An atom bomb drops in Beijing, which sets this war into action. You will also find two alternative campaigns.

If you enjoyed the World War II edition, you will love USSR vs USA because gameplay is the same. It’s very much like Risk, but turned up a notch. It’s about taking over countries, but you will be dealing with soldiers, vehicles, and planes. You won’t find any explosions in this game, it’s pure strategy. It’s about making decisions based on the strength or weakness of your soldiers. Do you divide them and attack from different locations or keep them together? Probably a little of both.

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Featured Android Game Review: Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

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Tiny Token Empires has finally made its way to Android thanks to HeroCraft. It’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, but more for the casual fan. Hardcore RTS fans are probably not going to find this one all that appealing, but for those of you that are intrigued with strategy and puzzle-type games will enjoy this one. If you like a little humor thrown in then it will make it that much more enjoyable for you.

Tiny Token Empires is all about maneuvering your troops into territories, fighting for takeover, and building additional territories and armies. Fighting for land is where the puzzle-aspect comes in as it becomes a match three game. Each troop type corresponds to different colored tokens and by matching three of the required tokens, you will gain more power. You will need to play this match three game enough times so that you have enough power to take the enemy out. If you are able to match four, you get an additional turn. Yes, it’s a Bejeweled clone thrown into a strategy game.

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Featured Android Game Review: Zombie Derby [Racing]

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Our friends at HeroCraft launched another game, and if you are a zombie fan, you’re going to want to check this one out. It’s called Zombie Derby and it’s all about driving a truck or car as far as you can go while killing zombies along the way. You don’t want to run over the zombies, you want to shoot them with the gun on top of your truck. Running them over will kill them, but unfortunately you won’t get any points. You will have to conserve your gas and your firepower to make it to the end of each stage.

If you like games in which there are constant upgrades, you will like Zombie Derby. I am generally not too big of a fan of constant upgrades, and I have to say that this one really emphasizes it. This game only has four stages, which doesn’t sound like much, but you won’t be able to complete them that quickly either. You will need to constantly re-race each stage in order to gain coins to buy enough upgrades to get you through. For example, there is a tutorial stage, but it’s impossible to get through it without upgrades. You will need to upgrade your fuel at least two times. On top of all this, you will need to remember certain obstacles along the track like mini-cliffs that you need to make sure you are going fast enough to jump over.

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Featured Android Game Review: Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]

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HeroCraft has done it again. Fans of the 80s classic Boulder Dash will want to take a look at this one because it not only has the original version, but a new updated version with better graphics and gameplay. Boulder Dash XL was co-developed with First Star Software and is the same exact game that’s available on both the Xbox 360 and PC. You can play either Rockford or Crystal as you dig through caves to collect diamonds within the time limit.

Boulder Dash XL gives you 100 caves to explore that delivers all kinds of obstacles and enemies such as falling boulders, trap doors, magic walls, Amoebas, Wild Walkers, Fuzzy Flies, Fuzzy Walkers, Radical Radiators, and so much more. You get a telescopic arm to move large boulders as well as dynamite for bigger jobs. Control options are a plenty. You can choose touch/swiping or an on screen D-pad. You can place the D-pad on the right or left side or you can split them.

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Featured Android Game Review: Ice Rage [Sports]

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If you like hockey, but don’t want something too complicated, then I have a good one for you. It’s called Ice Rage and it was developed by Mountain Sheep and HeroCraft. It’s been available for iOS for over a year, and it finally made its way to Android. It’s a cross between the 1984 hit game Hat Trick, air hockey, and pong. It’s basically one-on-one with goalies.

You can play either single player or against a friend. For single player, you can choose from quick match, tournament, or deathmatch. In multiplayer, you can play either a quick match or a death match, but gameplay is one device. There isn’t a WiFi option so you will want to make sure you’re using something on the larger side like a Galaxy Note or any tablet. Quick match is pretty self explanatory. It’s one game to see who wins or loses. In tournament mode, you play a series of fast games to see how many you can win. In this mode, you will rack up points that will enable you to upgrade your player as far as speed, power, and technique. For deathmatch, there isn’t a tutorial so I’m not 100% sure how it works. You have to beat three different opponents. Each player has a meter that represents how much strength is left and you win when your opponent’s meter is depleted. You can knock your opponent’s meter down by either scoring or knocking them over (checking). Scoring seems to affect the meter more, but you could essentially defeat a player by scoring less goals. There is no time limit, and you must defeat all three opponents. The problem is that each opponent gets to start with a full strength meter, but yours won’t reset.

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Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: World War II [Arcade & Action]

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HeroCraft is at is again with yet another game to add to their incredible repertoire in the Play Store. This one is called Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and it’s a lot like RISK or other similar strategy games. You won’t find explosions or special effects, it’s simply pure strategy. The game takes place during World War II, and in the first part of the game you will command the Axis to conquer Europe. Later, you will command the armies of the USSR and Allies to retake it. The game offers three play modes: play against the computer AI, 2-player (hotseat), and 2-player over WiFi.

Gameplay is pretty simple, but accomplishing the task isn’t necessarily the case. Early on in the game, you will start with just soldiers, but eventually you will be able to utilize vehicles and planes. You job is to take over certain regions depending on the mission, of which there are 18 in all. You simply move your armies into nearby regions with the hopes of surrounding the enemy and taking it over. There are two ways to figure out if you will win an attack. For example, you are given a certain amount of soldiers. If you have 10 soldiers in region A and your opponent has 5 soldiers in region B, there’s a good chance you will win. The other factor is the meter below your soldiers icon, which tells you how weak they are. You can split up your soldiers as in divide and conquer or keep them together. You can also attack from multiple locations at the same time to increase your chances. If you find that you don’t have enough forces, and you will, you can ”buy” more soldiers, vehicles, and planes depending on how much currency you have earned while playing the game. Just like any other game like this, you can cut to the chase, and use your own hard earned cash as well.

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