Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery becomes a winter wonderland in latest update

Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery becomes a winter wonderland in latest update

Dec 8, 2016

Siberian developer MyTona gave mobile gamers a new installment in its hidden object series last year, challenging us to lift the curse from a troubled town in Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery. As an early Christmas present, there’s a brand new festive update to keep us tapping our way around the enigmatic city of Darkwood.

If you’ve played MyTona’s previous game The Secret Society, you’ll be at home with the gameplay here. Scouring 28 charming and detailed locations for clues, you’ve got to solve puzzles and quiz locals to uncover more about Darkwood’s history and its dreaded curse. If you get stuck on a puzzle, you can request help from a friend – they can leave objects in-game to help you, and you’ll receive an added research reward once you’ve solved it. You can then return the favour when a fellow ‘seeker’ gets stuck. There are 1200 quests to tackle, along with 222 collections to find.

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The first thing you’ll notice with the latest update is that Darkwood has transformed into a winter wonderland. But the frost has brought with it some unwelcome visitors. There’s an ice queen, a penguin who is a right scamp, an evil snowman called Sir Tubby, and they’ve brought company. You have to banish these nasty neighbours by solving puzzles and using items you’ve found. Each time you’re successful, you’ll get a haul of festive goodies including candy and toys, as well as more practical items like fixers. But once the season of good will is over, Darkwood will revert to normal and the newbees will disappear along with the potential rewards. So be quick or miss out.

Download Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery for free from the App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, and Amazon Appstore.

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Explore the era of piracy and adventure in Oceans & Empires – downloadable now

Grab your parrot and eyepatch and embrace adventure in Joycity’s new strategy MMO Oceans & Empires, available to download now on Android and IOS devices.

You can enjoy the opportunity to explore 60 real cities with your very own fleet during the height of the age of exploration. It will feel seamless to trade, fight, and battle your way to ocean domination however you see fit, in any one of 15 languages with more coming soon.

Whether you wish concentrate more on trading resources with local islands and their NPC residents or grow to fight for your chosen alliance’s victory, Oceans & Empires offers the potential for players to do both in the hope of establishing better trade routes and gain a stronger foothold on the world map.

With over 12 historical fleets of vessels and 12 different levels of troops to take charge with, becoming master of the seas will come naturally, just be prepared to fend off the odd sea creature or two. It’ll be worth it should you be successful.

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So if you’d like to enjoy ultimate strategic battles as well as in-depth trading and looting, Oceans & Empires is the best way to keep a bird’s eye view on it all.

As a special event for the games Thanksgiving Day launch, you’ll also be able to experience some seasonal fun by encountering ghastly turkey monsters out on the oceans and earn yourself some useful booty for hunting them down.

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You can also pick yourself up an item for faster growth, offered to those of you who post your best decorated ship flags on the games official Facebook page as part of Oceans & Empires special launching event.

Try your luck now by downloading the game from Google Play or the App store.

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Pre-register now and pick up some fantastic rewards for Oceans & Empires

Pre-register now and pick up some fantastic rewards for Oceans & Empires

Nov 10, 2016

Avast ye mobile gamers. We have some exciting news for all you fans of strategy MMO’s out there – JoyCity are preparing to release Oceans & Empires next week for Android and iOS, and you can make sure you’re among the first to experience the nautical fun by pre-registering for the game right now.

Oceans & Empires is a visual stunning oceanic empire builder set during the golden age of exploration of the 16th and 18th centuries.

You can set the sails on twelve different historical fleets of vessel, as well as command a dozen different levels of troops to build an empire and conquer your opponents in engaging ocean battles – as well as trade, plunder, and forge alliances along the way.

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Pre-registration for Oceans & Empires has just opened up, and as well as giving you a heads up when the game is globally launched JoyCity are also offering some really useful in-game items – including five item units of 12,000 wood and food, 2,500 gold, and twenty items of that increase building speed.

So if you’d like to get a head start on the rest of the fleet, simply enter your email on JoyCity’s pre-registration page here. Also be sure to check out all the news for Oceans & Empires on the games Facebook Page.

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Roll your dice on a whole new platform, Game of Dice is now available on Facebook Gameroom

Fans of Game of Dice, get ready to experience the game in a whole new way following its launch on Facebook Gameroom.

In case you’re not familiar with it, Facebook Gameroom is a new platform which delivers a Windows PC experience to your favourite mobile games.

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Not only can you enjoy enhanced graphics, but you’ll also get the benefit of Facebook Gameroom’s brilliant network connection without any loss of features.

In case you’re already playing the mobile version of Game of Dice you can get in on the Gameroom gaming experience simply by logging in to Facebook on your mobile device too.

JoyCity, the South Korean developers behind Game of Dice, are also running a very special launching event that will reward 100 winners with 100 gems. Not only that, but a further 30 lucky players will receive not just the gems but also a ★6 Skill card.

To give yourself a chance of winning these fantastic in-game items you simply have to post a screenshot of the game on your Facebook feed plus a comment about your experience of playing Game of Dice on Facebook Gameroom.

So if it’s a new experience you’re after, head over to Facebook Gameroom and check out Game of Dice right now.

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Get ready for the adventure of the year with Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery’s Halloween update

Good news for anyone who loves Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery – MyTona is releasing a brand new Halloween update.

While the original title was released in July last year, the brand new update is taking on a spooky Halloween theme, and looks set to breathe a brand new lease of life into the game.

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Set in the mysterious city of Darkwood, you’ll have to free the townspeople from the dark curse that’s trapped them within the city borders. By solving cryptic puzzles and completing terrifying trials, you’ll collect objects that will get you closer to uncovering the dark secrets of the city as you go.

In the newest version of the game, you’ll get to explore the brand new “dark square” location, along with the 28 original settings. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to win the special holiday themed casket that’s jammed full of cool new prizes including, stickers, seasonal avatars even a talismans that help with energy regeneration.

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Just make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any monsters that might be lurking about, as the night of Halloween eve grants special powers to the ghouls of Darkwood – so keep a look out for the special items that can be used to banish them straight back to hell.

With so much to look forward to, and even more platforms to play on – including iOS, Mac, Android, Windows and Amazon, plus a planned release for Facebook, Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery looks like it could be a real force to be reckoned with.

You can download Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery for free from the App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, or Amazon Appstore.

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Don’t be all by your selfie thanks to the new social media game by Ubisoft entitled FaceUp

Selfies have become a staple in social media activity in recent years. But while they have been integrated into people’s lives, they haven’t been used effectively in a game before.

That’s set to change with the release of Ubisoft’s FaceUp though – a social quiz game that allows users to do friendly battle in a charades inspired format.

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Integration with social media makes FaceUp a social gaming experience like no other – allowing players to post results to the latter while teaming up to break records on the former.

The game tasks players with guessing moods and expressions of their friend’s selfies, rewarding players for correctly identifying the images.Rewards come in the form of stickers and extra game modes.

FaceUp is an ingenious way of giving your pictures some added depth – as well as providing the ultimate party experience for those who wish to play offline as well as online.

There’s a deceptive level of depth to the game too, demonstrated by the range of modes. The combo mode tasks you with combining expressions for maximum points for example – offering a welcome twist on the standard gameplay.

Ultimately it’s the expressions that will keep you coming back for more however, from pouting like a fish to imitating an assassin – there’s enough variations to always keep you guessing.

You can pick this one up for your selfie on Android and iOS for free.

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JoyCity introduce the ladies of King of Fighters to Game of Dice in its latest update

Fantastic news for all of you Game of Dice addicts the world over – JoyCity have just released a brand new limited edition pack with the addition of two new characters from the world of King of Fighters.

For those of you who haven’t yet played this popular game, you’ll find it much easier to get the hang of than you might think.

Similar in premise to Monopoly, Game of Dice is a board-style anime game where you and your opponents take turns rolling a dice to move your characters around the board, buying up real estate as you go – with which you can then toll your opponents and send them into bankruptcy.

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Earlier this September, JoyCity brought us an unexpected crossover with The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match introducing the characters of Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami. But now it’s the ladies of KoF’s turn to jump in to the tile hopping world of Game of Dice.

The hugely popular Mai Shiranui and Athena Asamiya have both been added to Game of Dice’s new limited edition pack. And for an added bonus, when either character is drawn from your deck you will receive 1 million gold. Not too shabby.

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In a rather special event to celebrate this latest addition to Game of Dice, JoyCity are also giving you the opportunity to be one of 5 users that will receive a KOF XIV voucher code for the PS4 after purchasing the pack.

On top of that, another lucky 200 Users who purchase the KOF ’98 UM II Limited Edition pack will also be rewarded with special items such as 1 million gold, 500 luxury points and 2 EXPx10 Enforcer’s. You can see full details of the giveaway listed below:

Event Period: The 28th of September to the 6th of October 7:59 PDT
How to enter: Share this Facebook post and leave your Member Number
Event prize: 200 Gems for 50 entrants
Winner announcement and Prize distribution: 10/11 PDT (Date is subject to change)

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Game of Dice can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the App Store.

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Become a daredevil pilot in Gunship Battle: Second War

If you’ve ever found yourself soaring around during a flight simulator wishing there was a little more action and a little less worrying about your altitude metre, Gunship Battle: Second War might be just the antidote.

Following on from the success of Gunship Battle: Helicopter 3D, South Korean publisher Joycity is once again taking the fight skywards, this time introducing 20 faithfully recreated World War 2 gunships for you to control. You play as an aspiring ace undertaking aviation missions for the Jasmine Militia, most of which involve unleashing hell on baddies below. Completing each mission will win you gold to spend on upgrading your favourite flying machine, which could be anything from the faithful Spitfire to the snarling Warhawk.

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Gunship Battle: Second War has a streamlined UI and superior graphics to its predecessor, as well as gyroscopic controls and a more manageable app size. The game also boasts a new cockpit mode, allowing you to switch to a first-person view as you guide your gunship of choice through the sky. There are 30 standard story missions to tackle, and additional Special Missions to test the mettal of the battle-hardened amongst you.

This month (09/21 – 10/20) you can also take part in three different in-game events. There’s the ‘Daily Login Event’ where gold, dollars and special items can be earned just by logging in on consecutive days. Or if you’d prefer to make your cash in battle you can pick up rewards for clearing each episode in the ‘Episode Clear Event’. You’ll also receive a coupon upon downloading the game which you can use to earn 1,000 gold upon clearing the games first episode.

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Gunship Battle: Second War is free to download from Google Play and the App Store, so why not hop in that digital cockpit.

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Unison League’s surprising update is inspired by Evangelion

Ateam’s Unison League lets you travel across a troubled land with a band of warriors, defeating monsters as you go. You build your own hero, choosing your class and customising your appearance, and develop guilds with other players. The game was released on mobile platforms last year – but there’s a brand new update on the way.

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In an unexpected crossover, the latest content for the game is inspired by hit anime Evangelion. The franchise took Japan by storm with its blend of dystopian sci-fi, subversive symbolism – and giant mecha bashing the bits out of angels. The latest film series, Rebuild Evangelion, takes the story further.

With this new Unison League update, you get a brand new plot that will unfold over two weeks. Each chapter reveals the next piece of the story – and you get to unlock a load of new Evangelion-themed items too. You can customise your hero to look the spitting image of iconic mechas Unit 01 and 02 – or protagonists Shinji, Asuka and Rei. There are brand new attack animations thrown in, along with a log-in bonus – a speed queen version of Rei Ayanami.

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If you’ve caught all the Pokémon and want a new game to give you that fix of Japanese culture, Unison League might be for you. It’s available for free from Google Play and the App Store.

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En Masse Entertainment branches out with an Android version of RTS title Battleplans

Having been released exclusively for iOS systems last month, Battleplans is now available for players who prefer Android systems, from the Google Play store. iOS players haven’t been forgotten either, with a brand new update released at the same time.

Battleplans uses a simplistic take on the often-overlooked genre, by combining addictively simple controls and an aesthetically pleasing layout, opening up the title to players of all generations and abilities.

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The iOS update sees the introduction of a brand new character in the form of Taigar the Huntress, who holds the Mystical Stag special ability and has quite the intriguing sleeping situation: she opts for trees…

With the game offering real-time integration, the opportunities become endless and the title truly becomes about skill advancement and progress, which can be monitored with the handy playback feature that the game includes.

Speaking of the game themselves, CEO of En Masse Entertainment, Sam Kim, told us: “Battleplans provides a fresh, new spin on real-time strategy games and fills a need in the marketplace.

“Players will find themselves immediately getting to the
fun elements of an RTS with easy controls to build heroes and squads, as well as scalable resource management – all of which lends for a great experience while trying to outsmart your enemies.”

Catch the game yourself from Google Play.

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The Hills Are Greener: Why Hardware Soon Won’t Matter

The Hills Are Greener: Why Hardware Soon Won’t Matter

Mar 25, 2013

All the talk about the Galaxy S IV seems to be based around everything but the hardware itself: will the new features be of use, was the Samsung’s ghastly presentation actually quite sexist? The hardware seems to be a secondary thing. This is a trend that one can expect to continue going forward, for the simple reason that mobile devices are starting to hit that computing ceiling where additional power isn’t adding a proportionate amount of value.

RAM will increase, and processors can get faster, but the question may be power drain, and just how much a power increase is worth it. Games will make use of better hardware, but as we’re seeing, mobile games in particular don’t necessarily need to push high-resolution graphics at 60 frames per second to do well. Especially those card games that are taking off on the top grossing charts. The advantage may come in making desktop-style apps, but on a phone there may not be a reason to have all that power, and tablets have concerns about their interfaces being good for work best done on a full-fledged PC. There’s still room to grow, but when phones and tablets have 2 GB of RAM in them while laptops ship with 4 GB, the ceiling is being approached.

The screen in particular is starting to reach a point where any higher resolution would be pointless. The human eye likely can’t perceive any advances beyond 1080p on that size of a screen, and given that 1080p is the highest resolution for most consumer video content, there’s little reason to go beyond that. Tablets and laptops have, in the name of making their screens look better, but there may not be much of an advance beyond that. Picture quality could improve, but there’s no guarantee.

So ultimately, it is going to come down to software. This is where Apple has had the advantage in both hardware and software, but Samsung is certainly doing things that Apple isn’t, and the other manufacturers may need to focus on this going forward. Anyone can build a capable device, especially with standardized Tegra processors and the like, but it’s ultimately going to come down to the experience. When RAM and resolutions equal out, who will have the best device to actually use? The next couple of years could be watershed ones for who stays alive in the mobile industry and who flounders because they provide a substandard experience.

The Hills Are Greener: Will Apple Ever Come Near NFC?

The Hills Are Greener: Will Apple Ever Come Near NFC?

Feb 18, 2013

The idea that our phones could replace our wallets is an idea steadily picking up steam: look at Passbook, for example. The biggest hurdle to being able to just carry one device around is definitely credit cards, though. It’s possible for mobile devices to serve as credit cards on NFC-enabled readers: an acronym for Near Field Communications, NFC allows for payments to be made using just a simple tap. It’s known as PayPass with MasterCard vendors, and chains such as Walgreens and McDonald’s have it integrated in their stores. Chicago Transit Authority is introducing Ventra, a way for NFC-enabled credit cards (and eventually phones) to pay to take buses and trains. While Chicago already has a contactless payment system in place with the Chicago Card, the ability to just use an NFC credit card or NFC mobile device is an added layer of convenience.

The problem with NFC payment adoption has been two-fold though: one, no one can agree on a standard quite yet. Google’s pushing Google Wallet, but several of the carriers are pushing ISIS, which could win by default because it could come installed by default on millions more phones than Google Wallet. Just as long as it’s run in a better way than the ISIS spy agency is.

Secondly, Apple hasn’t gotten into NFC payments yet. So, widespread adoption of contactless payments is naturally lagging behind because a large chunk of the mobile consumer market technically cannot.

Now, if Apple did get into contactless payments, say by using iTunes stored credit or integrating ISIS (probably not Google Wallet), then surely it would take off, right? With Android and iOS phones both supporting it, there would be plenty of incentive for the systems to be set up in a more widespread manner.

However, much like Flash, Apple could be hindering the growth of NFC. By not supporting it, and severely limiting its market, NFC may not be able to grow, and Apple may not see any reason to adopt it because it isn’t mature enough. Apple does jump in late to technologies like 3G and LTE when they feel they’re ready and can best take advantage of them, after all. But there’s no sign that they’re jumping on to NFC any time soon. It’s a chicken and the egg scenario.

Well, what if Apple gets left behind? What if the major carriers pushing ISIS and/or other NFC payment methods takes off? What if Apple, instead of strategically juping in when they’re ready, is forced to play second fiddle and be a follower instead of a leader in the adoption of the technology, forced to integrate it because the idea of a mobile wallet drives people to Android?

NFC is still not a killer practical technology like wi-fi, and its lack of widespread actual implementation even as the technology exists in people’s Android devices like the Galaxy S III is not a good sign. So Apple could still dictate the parameters of the game. But right now, Android is on the cutting edge of this technology. But will they be able to actually cut at Apple with it?