NBA Live Mobile Review

NBA Live Mobile Review

Jul 28, 2016

NBA Live Mobile. From Electronic Arts.

Yes, we’re on board.

This one is brightly done, with sharp colors and fine animations. Menus are visually descriptive, and the players generally conform to real life sizes and facial appearances. EA has a reputation in design, and mostly lives up to it here.

Off the bat, it’s important to note that this isn’t one’s usual basketball simulation; it doesn’t have current-ish NBA rosters in place for players to select a familiar and/or favorite team from. It isn’t really a management strategy game either, as there isn’t a traditional salary cap to contend with.

Instead, it’s more like a multi-mode sports RPG with NBA players in the mix, remixing teams from the start. After selecting a franchise, one gets a bunch of players divvied up into a few “lineups” with unique abilities.
Adding in Zach Lavine for the dunking lesson is savvy, as is tossing in Steph Curry for the special abilities tutorial.


One can get into game challenges, or look to go against other folks, or engage in a seriously abbreviated season; mostly, he goal is to win resources and unlock players. Then, with some savvy trading and acquisitions, one can build a super team of sorts.

The action segment is fairly well done; it goes 5v5 with current players in one’s lineup, and onscreen virtual buttons control the movements and actions of the players. There are a set of defensive actions, and when possessions change, one gets

Ah, but just when one gets into it, one has to deal with the energy requirement. Be if far from us to complain about monetization, but this one sorta creeps on one, what with the use energy buckets to get things rolling, redoing a challenge can be costly. There are ways to get refills, and one can use real money to supplement.

The game does a feel a bit busy in sections, and the aforementioned energy requirement might deter one from simply playing. The play rules are fairly loose, so basketball purists might balk at some elements as well.

As noted, for a folks looking for a realistic sim akin to the console titles, this one probably won’t cut the mustard. If one is able to see it for what it is meant to be — a management/building game with familiar names as the pieces — it isn’t too bad of an experience.

The Official NBA Quiz Arrives on Android

The Official NBA Quiz Arrives on Android

Dec 2, 2014

The Official NBA Quiz is on Android courtesy of Chillingo.

Dubbed as the “ONLY Official NBA Quiz on the Google Play Store,” the app looks to test NBA fans on their knowledge of related trivia.

Choose your most beloved NBA franchise and step out onto the court to test your basketball knowledge. Answer thousands of multiple-choice questions correctly and quickly to turn your basketball expertise into slam-dunks. Only real fans need apply!
NBA Official Quiz combines the speed and strategy of the real game as you test your NBA knowledge against your friends, and other players around the world, in real time.
NBA Official Quiz Features:
• The only truly official NBA Quiz game on the Google Play Store
• Pick your favorite from 30 licensed NBA teams, customize your players with official NBA kits before heading out to play on iconic courts
• Over 6,000 multiple choice questions spanning decades of NBA history, famous teams, players, matches and more
• Online competitive multiplayer that puts your knowledge against other NBA fans
• Compete against other players to put your favorite team at the top of the leaderboards each week
• Play offline and refresh your NBA knowledge in Practice Mode”

The game is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

MONOPOLY Bingo Review

Jan 23, 2014

Ever since getting their hands on the Monopoly license, EA has punched out a good number of Monopoly licensed games on the mobile platform. Games like Monopoly Slots and Monopoly Hotels take the iconic board game and expand upon it or mash it up with other styles of games. As cool as that might sound, it isn’t all its cracked up to be sometimes. In the case of these titles, more often than not, they come off as cheap marketing gimmicks, using the popular Monopoly name to garner more players and possibly more money.

Monopoly Bingo, of course, is yet another one of those games, feeling more like a desperate attempt to push an otherwise freemium Bingo game, than putting out a quality product. EA has been so hot and cold this year with their free to play lineups; FIFA 14 and Plants vs Zombies 2 knocking it out of the park, while other titles floundering. Monopoly Bingo attempts to spin the age old game of Bingo with one of Hasbro’s most popular board games, hoping to create something new and interesting. However, this attempt faltered short, instead creating a Bingo game with achievements, leveling and a backdrop that is supposedly based around Monopoly.


If you’re one who fancies a Bingo game for your Android device, Monopoly Bingo isn’t a terrible choice. It has all of the things you’d expect in Bingo, except a Monopoly background, that feels super odd. The only real nod to the classic board game comes with certain levels named after the various properties within Monopoly. However, there are also other random levels thrown into Monopoly Bingo that don’t totally make sense.


Luckily the in-app purchases aren’t so terrible in Monopoly Bingo. Players have to pay tickets in order to play any card of Bingo. These same tickets can also be used to have automatic dabbers. Coins can also be used to purchase scratch offs and power ups to use within Bingo matches. The real world money conversion isn’t all that terrible either, so for those who are really in a Bingo fix, you won’t go for broke.

Monopoly Bingo is pretty much what it sounds like; Bingo with a Monopoly background. Neither part of this spells a wonderful experience.

Heroes of Dragon Age Review

Heroes of Dragon Age Review

Dec 16, 2013

EA promised mobile users that it would go to a free to play model for its new strategy. They’ve stuck to that philosophy throughout this year, with mixed results. While titles like Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Fifa 14 were well received by many as free to play titles, other games such as Madden 25 on mobile devices were met with tons of criticism and typical venomous accusations. Even at the end of the year, EA has not wavered from this new direction in EA’s post-John Riccitiello era, of offering all of their mobile titles as free to play. Their newest launch, Heroes of Dragon Age, is no exception, continuing on EA’s mobile vision of free to play.


Yet another attempt by EA to cash in with mobile users on one of its successful franchises, Heroes of Dragon Age is a collectible card game that feels very familiar. Utilizing game elements seen in other CCGs such as buying cards, combining cards, etc, the game feels as though you’ve played it before, but with a touch of Ferelden lore mixed in. But what may kill this game for some people is the fact that the player does not control the combat whatsoever; the player’s involvement is limited to creating the team of heroes, upgrading them, giving them runes and such.

Heroes of Dragon Age even feels vaguely familiar in the graphics department; not overblowing anyone with awesomeness, but isn’t downright awful. This title is optimized for tablets, though it will play on some of the bigger phones, such as the Galaxy Note or even S4, though it’s not advisable to do so. While the game’s imagery isn’t terrible, it’s nothing spectacular that makes one all giddy, especially for it being a Dragon Age game.


EA states that users should be able to finish this game without having to spend a dime. This title is pretty generous with its in-app purchases; not exactly handing you bundles of in game currency but giving you little freebees here and there to make the grinding seem worthwhile. It’d probably feel more worthwhile, however, if your roll in this game was something more than a squad regulator.

It’s sad that the mobile version of one of EA’s better franchises is so disappointing. The lack of any originality is what really makes this game really lackluster and kind of dull. All the tried and true free to play mechanics are all present in Heroes of Dragon Age, making it so any developer could’ve slapped any skin on this game they wanted and marketed it for that purpose. Heck, this could’ve been a Skyrim or Kingdoms of Amalur mobile game if you didn’t know any better. Grey Wardens are advised to look elsewhere for their source of entertainment.

Heroes of Dragon Age Now Available on Google Play

Heroes of Dragon Age Now Available on Google Play

Dec 6, 2013

Fans of the Dragon Age series rejoice, for EA has brought onto thee, Heroes of Dragon Age, upon thy Android marketplace.

The optimized for tablets RPG is based around the lore of the Dragon Age series and uses the free to play model. While EA has stated that all micro transactions are optional, and that a player can progress in the game without spending a dime, they nonetheless have set some pretty high bounties for the downloadable content, ranging anywhere from $2 – $7.

This title from EA is now available for free on the Google Play market.

Monopoly Bingo and Monopoly Slots Announced

Monopoly Bingo and Monopoly Slots Announced

Nov 14, 2013


Fans of Monopoly and casino games can celebrate, since there are now games that combine the two. EA and Hasbro have released Monopoly Bingo and Monopoly Slots, featuring the classic casino gameplay, with some features and style of Monopoly. The games can be downloaded for free from here: Monopoly Bingo on Google Play, Monopoly Slots on Google Play.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time Review

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time Review

Oct 24, 2013

Plants vs. Zombies 2, the hotly-awaited sequel to one of the best games of the past decade, is finally on Android. The announcement that it would be free-to-play came with much trepidation, as PopCap’s parent company EA aren’t known for their free-to-play games being all that “free,” and because the original Plants vs. Zombies is a master class in game progression. The way that it iterates and slowly but steadily introduces new elements is genius, in that it appeals to both the hardest of the hardcore gamers, but allows casual gamers to understand and enjoy it just the same. Going to a free-to-play monetization could easily wreck that balance. Thankfully, PopCap has made a sequel that has all the compelling strategy while being a great free game too.


For those who haven’t played the original, the game is set up this way: there are five lanes that zombies will try to go down. Plants, which serve as this game’s towers, must be planted to do things like attack enemies and to gather sun, the game’s resource. Certain zombies are only weak to certain plant types, an aspect that gets taught to the player as time goes on. As well, the level layouts start to encourage different strategies given the hazards that they implement. It’s a gross oversimplification of the game, but the subtle way that the game builds upon itself is best experienced, rather than explained.

The biggest changes to Plants vs. Zombies 2 as a sequel are admittedly structural, rather than with the core gameplay itself. It’s the kind of thing where those who haven’t played the original in a while, like myself, may feel like nothing’s quite changed, though there are definitely new plants and zombies. But they all fit into the original, familiar workflow: get lots of sunflowers and set up proper defenses for the environment and enemy types coming in.


Where the new structure comes in is that levels need to be replayed to complete additional challenges that impose additional restrictions, such as not planting on certain squares, having to generate a certain amount of sun, protecting certain flowers, and more. Stars are used to unlock later worlds. Some star-offering levels are in branches of the main level paths that require keys, randomly earned in levels, to unlock. They include new plants and various requirements to earn the stars.

That the game’s big changes are structural is not inherently bad: Plants vs. Zombies 2 explores its concept to new avenues and degrees, and providing new ways to approach a certain enemy progression is fun. And really – more of the same is quite fine when it’s this fun.

Now, the much-ballyhooed free-to-play aspects. The monetization is largely designed around getting the dedicated players going for the difficult challenges who need advantages that the coin system offers. The super powers are best for the occasional emergency, or if absolutely necessary to save a challenge, and the game makes this apparent in those circumstances. There are certain plants which are only available by spending money, which is the only true paywall, which is a bit unfortunate, as there are some plants from the original only available by paying.


But all being told, this isn’t bad at all. The game hands out coins often enough to where the super powers or plant food can be bought periodically without worrying. There’s no wait timers. There’s no secondary hard currency. The main game definitely has that feeling of being actually free, like going free-to-play didn’t actually harm PopCap’s design sensibilities. The desire to pay only really kicks in for those who are very engrossed in the game and after a long, long amount of time. It’s not perhaps the ideal free-to-play, but it’s done in such a way that the need to spend just to play the game isn’t there. I think that the reaction to the game’s free-to-play is built around one’s personal biases: those who hate free-to-play will probably hate this, and those fine with free-to-play will love this. But really, it’s worth remembering just how much game is given away for free.

At its heart, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is more of the same great accessible strategy gameplay, while being a great free game too. Welcome back, Plants vs. Zombies, it’s been a while.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Is Released

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Is Released

Oct 14, 2013

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A sequel to the highly-successful tower defense game about the advantages of being a florist during a zombie invasion, is on “soft launch”, and is available for all users in Australia, New Zealand, and China. You can get it for free from Google Play: Plants vs. Zombiesâ„¢ 2 On Google Play.

EA Unveils a New Look at the Upcoming Dungeon Keeper Reboot

EA Unveils a New Look at the Upcoming Dungeon Keeper Reboot

Aug 28, 2013

So, in another move to get rid of stigma of being the worst company in America, EA decided to stop sitting on another potential golden goose, and announced release of Dungeon Keeper for the mobile devices. Although somewhat different from the original, the game boasts with almost all the features of the original. It’s notoriously hard to capture the spirit of original Dungeon Keepers, but the sheer fact that EA decided to put this IP to work, is a pleasant surprise for its fans. And who knows, it might just be everything we ever wanted. The game already has its own Facebook page, so if you want to know everything about it first-hand, be sure to visit

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Heroes of Dragon Age Brings A Free-To-Play Dragon Age Experience To Android Devices

Heroes of Dragon Age Brings A Free-To-Play Dragon Age Experience To Android Devices

Aug 20, 2013

A new Dragon Age title is in development for Android devices as EA announced Heroes of Dragon Age, a squad-based game with engaging quests. Players will create and manage a team of heroes and monsters to use in combat and, by earning victories, will be able to increase their strength by leveling them up. There are also rewards to earn and leaderboards to climb and it will all be free-to-play!


Monopoly Millionaire

Monopoly Millionaire

Jun 3, 2013

Devastating news: you’ve probably been playing Monopoly all wrong. No need to fret though; Monopoly Millionaire is made for the rebel within us.

Monopoly is a generational landmark. The game that Parker Brothers immortalized embodies its own gameplay remarkably well: its humble beginnings and explosive popularity practically tell the story. In this modern day version (an electronic port of a physical reboot of the classic version), the story is tweaked a little, but the fable mostly remains recognizable.

One tweak I liked was that the dollar values were adjusted to better reflect current values, as anyone who has mono1ruefully dropped $2 in rent can attest to this. Also, there are new luck (fortune) cards, and the missing utilities and railroads contract the board a bit, so it took a little bit of adjustment to do dice roll counts in my head. Also of interest was the Pass Go upgrade mechanism, which allows tokens to be spruced up with cash.

The biggest difference is the format. Instead of a war of attrition, Monopoly Millionaire is a race to a financial goal, in this case $1 million. Thus, gambles and deals are highly encouraged.

The general look is remarkably similar to the original. Properties are laid out by color, and though the names are different, the colors followed the original setup with regards to placement. The jail exists in all its animated glory, and, like that, just about everything is similarly jazzed up. Every landing is an event, with an explosion of animated stars occurring at particular junctures.

The portion that I really like is the multiplayer functionality. With this, games can be played with opponents on different devices via local wi-fi. This is in addition to the pass and play option on the same device for multiple players.

As an added bonus, the bling-y Monopoly Millionaire Live Wallpaper is cool, though, like all live wallpapers, it taxes battery life.

As far as reboots to classics go, this is a compelling one. The option set makes it an enjoyable diversion.

Real Racing 3 To Launch Second Update Set In Dubai

Real Racing 3 To Launch Second Update Set In Dubai

May 28, 2013

Real Racing 3 will take the race to Dubai in the forthcoming second update, reports Pocket Gamer. The Dubai Update pack will feature twilight racing at the Dubai Autodrome, new cars, and events. Check out the brief trailer below to further increase your excitement.