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Rise of Civilizations Review

September 24, 2018 by RSS Feed

We’ve gained a little more respect for Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan since we started playing Rise of Civilizations. It turns out that running an empire is a serious multitasking exercise.

Rise of Civilizations

Not only do you have to keep expanding your interests, wiping out barbarian tribes and overcoming well organised enemies, but you have to keep the home front ticking over too.

Rise of Civilizations sees you taking the reins of a burgeoning empire, giving you the choice of Germany, Britain, Spain, Japan, China, Thailand, France, and Rome.

You start with a modest walled city with very little in it, but as you upgrade your City Hall and the buildings around it you unlock more building types. Upgrading these lets you upgrade your City Hall in turn, making more building types available, and so on.

Eventually you’ll have a farm, an archery range, a workshop, a barracks, a lumber mill, an academy, and many more buildings besides. Between them they keep your people sheltered, fed, trained, educated, armed, healthy, safe, and prosperous.

Upgrading buildings takes time, but you can speed up the process with consumable cards. You have to exercise a little bit of restraint with these, since you don’t have an unlimited supply, but you have enough that you can expedite a few building, training, and research periods per session, allowing you to get some good progress out of a quick game.

Of course, this just covers the very basics of attending to your own city. Zoom out and you’ll discover a staggeringly huge game world. Your city is just a tiny dot in a vast region, which itself just one of nine regions, separated by mountain ranges and accessible through pathways that you need to find with your scouts.

What’s more, the vast majority of this map is shrouded in fog, so there’s a huge amount to discover. We dread to think how long it would take you to clear every wisp of fog, but every time you send out a scout you uncover new stuff to befriend, explore, conquer, plunder, or kill.

Naturally, killing stuff is a big part of being an emperor. To this end,​ you have troops, which you recruit and train in your city, but you also have commanders. These are based on real historical figures like Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan, and you can level them up with their own individual skill trees, RPG-style.

You can have multiple commanders, too, giving you even more to think about when assigning skill points, as well as allowing you to fight on multiple fronts.

The Good

Rise of Civilizations

Rise of Civilizations also has its own exhaustive alliance system, complete with messaging. Joining an alliance gives you access to communal assets such as research, alliance gifts, and earnings from resources. It also lets you call on alliance members for assistance in completing research, building, and training projects in your city.

Naturally, you can help the alliance too, by pledging your troops in wars, contributing to research costs, and so on.

Believe it or not, we haven’t really scratched the surface of Rise of Civilizations. There’s so much to do, and so many ways to do it, and so much room to do it in, that it would take you days to get to grips with the game’s subtle intricacies.

It would risk becoming overwhelming if not for the inexhaustible supply of missions and tasks. The best way to progress, certainly at first, is to just go to the missions screen and keep taking them on.

For example, accepting a barbarian hunting mission will take you straight to the search function, where you can search for barbarians, among other things, at whatever level you like. Once you’ve found a squad of barbarians it’s just a matter of a couple of taps before you’re wiping them out with swords, arrows, and siege weapons.

As a result of accepting this mission,​ you’ll learn how the search function works, level your troops up, and earn some resources. There are many different mission types, all of them productive and profitable, so it makes sense to stay on this path until you’re ready to face the big bad world without training wheels.

The Bad

Rise of Civilizations

The slight downside of Rise of Civilization’s huge scope is that it can look a little plain. The graphics are polished and slick, but there’s only so much character a developer can squeeze into an ant-sized sprite. The interface can become cluttered, too, and it’s not uncommon to tap on the wrong building while working in your city.

But these are minor issues, and a small price to pay for the sheer detail and abundance that Rise of Civilizations contains.

The Verdict

If you have any interest in the genre, you ought to check Rise of Civilizations out. You can download it via the App Store and Google Play.

8.3

OVERALL

Replayability 8.8

Game Controls 8.6

Gameplay 8.5

Graphics 7.8

Sound/Music 7.9

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 09/24/2018

September 24, 2018 by RSS Feed

Smart PDF Scanner: Scan Documents and Receipts , Zero+ , Pinball Breaker Forever and more

Universal:

Smart PDF Scanner: Scan Documents and Receipts ( $4.99 → Free ) Qrayon, LLC Smart PDF Scanner is perfect for all your scanning needs. Its powerful capturing and rendering engine ensures you’ll come out with crystal clear scans every time. It’s able to automatically detect the edges of your document, and you can manually change the parameters afterward if need be. Smart PDF Scanner utilizes a simple tagging system, allowing you to color code categories and properly sort your scans. Scans can be shared via email or AirDrop, or you can upload them to the cloud.

Zero+ ( $0.99 → Free ) SaturnBoy, LLC The basic gameplay mechanics in Zero are simple enough. You must slide positive and negative numbered tiles around the board in order to achieve zero. The first few levels consist of just ones and twos, but things get crazy pretty quickly when large numbers and new kinds of modifier tiles enter the mix. Also, keep in mind that tiles won’t stop sliding unless they run into something. The game includes a total of 120 levels.

Pinball Breaker Forever ( $0.99 → Free ) XperimentalZ Games Pinball Breaker Forever successfully combines pinball and brick breaking mechanics to bring you one intense arcade experience. As the vibrant, neon blocks descend upon the city, it’s up to you to bash them to bits by tapping to fling the ball with your paddles. If the blocks reach the city’s skyline, it’s game over. The game features endless randomly generated levels, loads of power-ups, 15 types of mini-games, MFi support, and the ability to unlock all kinds of cosmetic upgrades.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 09/23/2018

September 23, 2018 by RSS Feed

Bring me Cakes - Fairy Puzzle , Anchor Pointer Navigator , MaxDominator and more

iPhone:

Anchor Pointer Navigator ( $2.99 → Free ) Alexander Deplov We really enjoy using Anchor Point because of its simplicity. Just tap the Add Anchor button to pinpoint your location, and attach a name and icon to it. The location will be stored in your personal list where you can also share it with your friends. When you want to make your way back to your anchor point, just follow the compass or view the directions on the built-in map.

Universal:

Bring me Cakes - Fairy Puzzle ( $2.99 → Free ) Aliaksei Huleu Bring Me Cakes is a puzzle adventure based on a very famous fairy tale. You get to play as Little Red Riding Hood, and it’s up to you to deliver cakes to your sick granny at all costs. To do so, simply swipe to send Little Red Riding Hood on her way through puzzling levels. Each level has three cakes to collect, so you must find the proper path before exiting. The game includes 200 levels in total.

MaxDominator ( $0.99 → Free ) Grigoriy Kuptsov MaxDominator provides a twist on a childhood classic. Dominoes will enter the screen from the top, and it’s up to you to move and rotate them in order to create matches. Build complex stacks and unleash an avalanche of falling dominoes in order to keep the screen clear. The game includes two modes, two sets of dominoes, progress tracking, and a tutorial.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 09/22/2018

September 22, 2018 by RSS Feed

Color Tap Plus , Orderly - Simple to-do lists and more

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Color Tap Plus ( $0.99 → Free ) Irvin Media The name of the game is speed and accuracy. You have 60 seconds to tap the color shown in the timer bar at the top of the screen. Build up a streak to earn bonus points, but tap the wrong color and your score will be reduced. Move quickly and efficiently to climb the leaderboards.

Orderly - Simple to-do lists ( $0.99 → Free ) Tekton Technologies (P) Ltd. Orderly is all about prioritizing tasks to ensure you complete the most important ones on time. When creating a task list you’re able to title the group and add as many items as necessary. The menu bar icons at the top allow you to quickly change the background color, text, and font to make the list stand out. A priority level, reminder, and proximity reminder can be attached as well. All of your task lists will appear as little notes on the app’s home screen presented in order of importance.

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MagicPhotos, Metronome, Readaway and other apps to check out this weekend

September 22, 2018 by RSS Feed

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup includes a fun AR video app, an app for making viral videos, and a sharp-looking text-to-speech reader. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.

MagicPhotos

Here’s a really cool use of Augmented Reality. MagicPhotos allows you to create photos that come to life as videos in AR. Simply select your favorite videos, grab snapshots from them to show off in the AR picture frames, and let the app handle the rest. Now there is a subscription fee here, but the free trial allows you to play quite a bit so you can see if you like it enough to pay.

Download for free

Metronome

Metronome is the simplest way to create videos just like your favorite Internet celebrities. Easily record your amazing ideas with music, sound effects and filters. Special features include the ability to record with several different songs and filters, and quickly switch between using music and your microphone. Comedy. Action. Drama. Dancing. Lip syncing. Vlogging. Do it all.

Download for free

Readaway

Do you hate reading, but like podcasts? Do you save longer articles and just never get around to reading them? Meet Readaway. Using webpages compatible with Safari’s reader mode, the app converts articles into natural-sounding audio that you can listen to, anywhere you go. I know there are a lot of similar apps out there, but the design and voice quality really stick out here.

Download for $3.99

Sword Man- Monster Hunter

Sword Man – Monster Hunter is an addictive 2D side-scrolling RPG in which you play the role of a bounty hunter who must fight against massive monsters. Features include a slew of giant bosses to defeat and heroic quests to complete, tons of items to collect and easy-to-learn game controls. Plus, no Internet connection is required and the game itself is totally free to play.

Download for free

Where Shadows Slumber

Where Shadows Slumber is a mobile adventure puzzle game that takes place in a world that has been plunged into darkness. You will guide Obe, an old man who discovers a mysterious lantern in the forest, on one last journey. The touch controls are easy to learn, the puzzles are deep and mind-bending, and there’s a riveting storyline. Plus, there are no ads or in-app purchases.

Download for $4.99

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