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Final Week for iOS Super Sevens and Super Hearts

This week (and a half!) is the last chance to get Super Sevens or Super Hearts for iOS.  I obviously will not be renewing my Apple developer account, so my apps will be removed from the App Store soon.

It’s also the last chance to try Climby Charts on your iPhone or iPad.  So please hurry and download it… 10 million times… or it will truly be lost in the app heap forever!

For Android users, all three of my games will remain on Amazon since there’s no annual fee over there.

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I’ve Been Writing Game Reviews

If anybody’s interested, I’ve been writing reviews over at ipadgameszone.com for a while now.  It’s similar to the Good Games Buried Deep series I did on this blog, but it’s geared more towards games that are (or were) popular.

Here are some quick highlights:

1. Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2 is the most gripping game I’ve played in a long time.

2. Plants vs. Zombies 2 received a lot of unnecessary hate.  I think it’s even better than the original.

3. Madden NFL Mobile has been consuming my life.

4. FTL: Faster Than Light is soooooo worth the $10.

5. Skyriders might just be my favorite iPad game.  It’s an older one, but it’s really fun and really challenging.  Plus, it was pretty much made by one guy!!!

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A Shout-Out to the Other Games Featured in Climby Charts

If you’re playing Climby Charts and happen to notice an app icon in the background that looks visually appealing, more than likely it’s a real game made by another developer. When I was nearing the end of development for Climby Charts, I reached out to other developers on various forums to see if they would like to join in on the fun by having their app become part of my scrolling background. While not many responded, I’m quite grateful to the two who did and provided me with their icons. So when you get a chance, please take a look at these two apps!

BubbleSand by Jez Hammond

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Puppy Wings by Saito Games

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Updates to Just About Everything Made by ThumbSnail Studios

Over the last week or so, most of my games were updated.  Here’s a list of all the changes:

Super Sevens

Super Sevens

1a.  For iOS (Version 1.4):
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed a bug that could happen at the end of a round.

1b. For Android (Version 2.1):
-The Amazon promotion is now OVER.  You will no longer receive 60 Amazon coins for downloading this game.
-Fixed the bug just mentioned.

Simple Sevens

Simple Sevens

2a.  For iOS (Version 1.3):
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed a bug that could happen at the end of a round.
-Now includes homemade, guilt-inducing ads!

2b.  For Android (Version 2.0):
-Added a “Super Button” which lets you sample some of the features of Super Sevens (a random game with 6 or 7 suits, 6 as the midpoint, and 5 or 6 players).
-Added a link to my new game “Super Hearts” on the title Screen.
-Fixed the bug already mentioned.
-Now includes homemade, guilt-inducing ads!

Super Hearts Mocking Game of War

…as well as humorous ads mocking Game of War!

Super Hearts:  Double Deck Cancellation Chaos

Super Hearts

3a.  For iOS (Version 1.1):
-The number of moons shot now saves and updates correctly on the Stats screen.

3b.  For Android (Version 1.1):
-The number of moons shot now saves and updates correctly on the Stats screen.

Super Hearts Free:  Double Deck

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4a.  For iOS (Version 1.0):
-Now out on the App Store!

4b.  For Android (Version 1.0):
-Now out on the Amazon Appstore!

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Super Sevens on Amazon: Last Chance for Discount

Super Sevens for Android qualified for the Amazon Developer Select program earlier this year. If you purchase this app on Amazon, they give you 60 Amazon Coins in return. Thus, in effect, it’s like the app is 30% off.

However, Tuesday (March 31st, 2015) is the LAST day this promotion will run.

So if you want to get a deal on Super Sevens for Android, act before Wednesday!

Download Super Sevens for Android on the Amazon Appstore

Here’s the notice from Amazon: “All apps qualifying for the Amazon Developer Select program prior to February 15, 2015 will continue to receive their mobile ad impressions, Amazon Coins, and AWS credits benefits through March 31, 2015.”

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Super Hearts Free for iOS and Android Out Now!

Download Super Hearts Free for iOS on the App Store
Try out some Double Deck Cancellation Hearts with “Super Hearts Free: Double Deck,” out now for both iOS and Android!

Download Super Hearts Free for Android on the Amazon Appstore

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Good Games Buried Deep #5 – Defend the Dam

I almost skipped over this one, but I’m sure glad I didn’t. Defend the Dam (by Dragon Army) is a fun and creative take on the lane defense genre of games.

Defend the Dam Title Screen

Would there be a water shortage in California if the beavers were in charge?  I think not.

Quick description:

Defend your dam from all sorts of angry critters by building turrets… on a rotatable tank tread!  Choose wisely to survive wave after wave of creative enemies.  Comes with all the standard goodies of a tower/lane defense game (different turret types, upgrades, beaten levels can be replayed at a higher difficulty, etc.)

Why this game is worth playing:

The design.  This is by no means just a vertical version of Plants vs. Zombies.  Both the gameplay and the strategy here are completely different, all thanks to the moveable conveyor belt of weaponry and enemies specifically designed around this mechanic.  This combination makes for some very interesting strategic choices and, most importantly, a very fun game.

Let’s say you build a flamethrower turret.  This is great–just like in real life–for torching small to medium-sized forest creatures.  But for the bunnies with the plasma pistols… it’s not so great.  In fact, it doesn’t work at all.  This is because the bunnies stand just outside the range of the flames, mocking your choice of turret as they pelt you with little purple bolts of light.  You, however, get the last laugh when you spin your tank tread around and whip out a cannon.  Bunnies–just like in real life–are weak to cannons.

But wait!  Since you moved the position of all your turrets, a lowly pellet gun is now firing at a shielded mouse!  Arrrggh, you really need the crossbow that fires armor-piercing arrows.  But if you move the tread back around, not only will the bunny with the plasma pistol laugh at you again, that fox with the pitchfork is going to poke a hole in your dam!  Trusting that the beaver built with oak instead of pine, you opt to take care of the mouse first and then the laughing bunny.  And then that fox will get what it deserves:  a shotgun to the face.

Defend the Dam Mechanic

Beavers with tank treads? Dam.

Some advice:

Play the daily challenges.  This game is super fun when you’re trying to get the highest score possible.  Your score is determined by the number of coins remaining at the end of a successful battle.  You get coins by killing enemies and by starting the next waves early.  You lose coins by building turrets.  If you want to rank in the top ten, you’re really going to have to take advantage of the tread mechanic since you’ll be skimping on turrets to save on coins.  This makes for a very exciting battle because you’ll likely be leaving a lane exposed, hoping your dam can outlast the punishment it’s receiving as it buys you time to rotate your guns over.

Defend the Dam Enemies

Wolves with laser swords?!  Why are you reading this?  Go download this right now!

Other goodies:

Take a little time to read the descriptions of the weapons.  There’s a section that distinguishes them by the sounds they make, and it’s hilarious.

Defend the Dam Boss

Looks like this guy hasn’t been sharing his porridge…

Try it out:

Defend the Dam (by Dragon Army) is available for free on iOS, and it’s well worth your time.

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Double Deck Cancellation Hearts

I’ve got a new game coming out shortly that’s based on a more exciting version of the classic card game “Hearts.”  In Double Deck Cancellation Hearts, when a card matches another card on the table, they both “cancel out” and cannot win the trick.  However, their penalty points still count.  This makes for some very interesting situations:

Super Hearts: Two Queens Canceling Out
As pictured above, this means that something as lowly as a six of spades could end up winning BOTH queens of spades!  That’s 26 penalty points in a single blow!  That’ll drop you out of first place real quick.

You’re never quite safe in Super Hearts: Double Deck Cancellation Chaos!

Coming soon!

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Good Games Buried Deep #4 – Lunar Mission

This one really surprised me because I typically don’t like these kinds of games.  However, I enjoyed Lunar Mission (by Puppet Box) so much that I beat all the levels… and then went back and perfected them!

Lunar Mission Title

What mysteries await in the depths of space?

Quick Description:

A well-polished and modern “lunar lander” style game.  Explore beautiful sections of space as you carefully navigate treacherous caverns looking for a safe place to land.  Encounter unexpected challenges as you progress deeper through the caves.  Keep your ship intact for a four-star landing!

Lunar Mission in Action

You’ll have to be a skilled pilot to navigate some of these caves.

Why this game is worth playing:

The atmosphere.  This game is just gripping.  Though you likely can’t tell from the tiny screenshots, the art design for these levels is quite beautiful.  The camera work is also excellent; it is used to both heighten the feeling of danger and to increase the sense of mystery as you travel through this unknown world.  All of this combined makes you want to keep playing because the game becomes more about exploration than just landing safely.

The controls.  The low-gravity physics are done well, and it really feels like you’re piloting this spacecraft.  The gameplay is also very balanced.  While it is certainly tricky to master, the game is fair.  If you’ve gone hurtling into the nearest wall, it’s most likely because you mistimed or misgauged your approach.  It may take you a few tries, but you’ll soon be able to pass through the more difficult areas.  And then after a few more tries, you’ll be able to do it without even a scratch!

Some advice:

Though by no means easy, this game is somewhat forgiving.  If you’re trying to perfect a level, you have some leeway as long as that you’re not traveling that fast.  The 4 key parts of your ship are the legs and the thrusters on the sides.  The top of your ship can therefore act somewhat like a shield as you try to squeeze through tight corridors.

Lunar Mission Crash

To boldly go… smashing into a cave!

Other goodies:

I don’t want to spoil anything, but as you progress through the game, different elements get added to the gameplay to keep things fresh.  These elements will likely force you to play in a different way, so they also add to the challenge.  Best of luck perfecting some of these later levels!

Lunar Mission 4-Star Landing

Yeah, but it’s hard to get a four-star landing when you’re missing both legs…

Try it out:

Lunar Mission (by Puppet Box) is available for free on iOS.

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The Top Ten Best Card Game Apps of 2016

Having already established that the collective genius of the AIs in Super Sevens constructed a time machine to travel to the past, it’s no surprise that they also scouted the future in order to continue their chart dominance.  There will be a lot of hopeful entries in 2016, but only a few will emerge victorious.  Here are the Top Ten Best Card Games Apps for iOS and Android… in 2016:

#10:

Simple Sevens for Android

Download Simple Sevens for Android on the Amazon Appstore
When asked why Simple Sevens for Android was taken down by its iOS brother in a heated matchup, S.S. Android replied, “I just couldn’t handle that new Super Button.  Too much, too cool.  He deserved to beat me.  There’s no shame in second place.  What?  Tenth?  Are you sure?”

 

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#9:

Simple Sevens for iOS

Download Simple Sevens for free on the App Store
Simple Sevens for iOS refused to answer any questions.  He spent the whole interview pushing his Super Button while talking smack about his Android brother.  Though when prodded about only coming in 9th, he admitted his Super Button just couldn’t compare to all the features of Super Sevens.

 

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#8 through 6:

Super Sevens for Android

Download Super Sevens for Android on the Amazon Appstore
When asked why he was able to occupy multiple slots on the top ten list, Super Sevens for Android answered, “I’m the only version with achievements.  They’re so addicting that I get downloaded multiple times.  Yes, all by the same person.  Yes, that person is my mother.  This interview is over!”

 

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And now for the top 5 best card games apps of 2016!

#5 through 1:

Super Sevens for iOS

Download Super Sevens on the App Store
When it was not-so-subtly implied that Super Sevens for iOS was occupying a whole lot of spots on the charts due to some recent weight gain, Super Sevens for iOS responded, “Hey, man, I recently shrunk my file size.  And it’s not like I ever see you at the gym, Phil.”

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