Mac|Life - Games en The Best New iOS Games: Battle Odyssey, Letterpad, UFC, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Battle Odyssey Century City Columns Does Not Commute Dungeon Link EA Sports UFC Forgotten Memories Gallery iOS iPad iPod Letterpad new releases Sorcery! 3 star wars Tadpole Tap Tower Slash iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:30:38 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21551 at The 25 Best Free iPhone Games <!--paging_filter--> Gallery AppLife Apps Best Free games iOS Features iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:51:30 +0000 Richard Moss and Andrew Hayward 15813 at The Best New iOS Games: Hearthstone, Halo, WWE, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Caves n’ Chasms Columns Extreme Typer Five Hopes Gallery Halo: Spartan Strike Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft iOS iPad iPod Layer Lost Within Mega Drift new releases Tiny Guardians WWE 2K iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:43:49 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21527 at Scrolls Review <!--paging_filter--><p>Scrolls is a work of game-design alchemy, mixing the strategy of a tabletop miniatures campaign with the deck-building of a collectible card game. Far from being muddied or muddled, however, Scrolls’ hybrid lineage produces a refreshing game that is elegant and demanding.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/04/scrolls_620.png" width="620" height="349" /></p><p>Your goal is to destroy three of your opponent’s five “idols” while protecting your own, using a deck of 50 cards (called “scrolls”) to organize and distribute hulking fighters and mystical enchantments. Each turn of a Scrolls match has three phases, the first of which is the most novel and most complex: players sacrifice cards to gain resources or to draw more scrolls. Sacrifice too rarely, and you’ll run out of scrolls and the resources to play them; too often, and you’ll be overwhelmed, your idols cast down. Scrolls’ sacrifice system is knotty and difficult to learn, but the tension, variety, and flexibility it affords make each turn satisfying.</p><p>From there, your brigade of shining knights, shambling undead, and copper-plated droids pop into existence on a hex-tiled board.</p><p>As a detached god-commander, you manage cooldowns and positioning based on each unit’s stats and special abilities: a Vitality Well periodically heals nearby allies, while a Pest Dissimulator poisons enemy soldiers. Finally, your pint-sized army attacks, whacking and wheezing with outsized expressions that belie their diminutive stature.</p><p>Scrolls is tactically rigorous, but a lack of information will be the new player’s biggest barrier. There’s no way, for example, to see your scroll collection compared to the complete 360-card set. Peer-to-peer trading and the black market are vital features, but they’re useless until players know which scrolls to look for. Deck-building suffers similarly, and some mechanics, such as the special resource “Wild,” are never explained at all. Thankfully, there’s plenty of casual, low-pressure play and a notably generous in-game purchasing scheme that mitigate some of Scrolls’ opacity. “Trials” — a set of puzzles played under special conditions — are a good way to ease into the more competitive multiplayer modes, which include a ranked ladder and “Judgment,” which gives each player a randomized deck.</p><p><strong>The bottom line.</strong> Despite its steep learning curve, Scrolls is refreshing in its design and generosity, offering the best of both tactical play and collectible card games.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-the-bottom-line"><legend>Review Synopsis</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-product"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Product:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scrolls</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-company"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Company:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Contact:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-requirements"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mac running OS X 10.6, Intel Mac, 2GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics/Nvidia GeForce 8400/AMD Radeon HD 2400, 700MB HDD space</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-positives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Positives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dense, varied strategy. Clever sacrifice mechanic. Generous business model.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-negatives"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Negatives:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Steep learning curve.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Reviews card game fantasy Mojang Scrolls Strategy Mac Games Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:39:15 +0000 Joseph Leray 21524 at The Best New iOS Games: Mortal Kombat X, Implosion, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Devious Dungeon 2 Dragon Hills Dungeon Crawlers Metal Gallery Implosion iOS iPad iPod Mortal Kombat X Naught Reawakening new releases Spirit Lords Tiltagon Trigonarium Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:49:04 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21502 at The 25 Best iPad Games <!--paging_filter--> Gallery AppLife Apps Best best games games iOS top games Features iPad Games Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:48:40 +0000 Richard Moss and Andrew Hayward 16080 at The Best New iOS Games: DuckTales: Remastered, Gunpowder, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery A Day in the Woods App App Store AppLife Apps Columns Corridor Z DuckTales: Remastered Gallery Gunpowder iOS iPad iPod Last Voyage new releases Phil the Pill Pie in the Sky: A Pizza Odyssey Rock On tap tap tap Tiny Dangerous Dungeons iPad iPhone iPod Games Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:37:20 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21478 at The 25 Best iPhone Games <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App AppLife Apps Best Best iPhone Games Gallery iOS Features iPad iPhone iPod Games Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:40:59 +0000 Richard Moss and Andrew Hayward 15751 at The Best New iOS Games: Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, Ticklefluff, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery App App Store AppLife Apps Beast Towers Breath of Light Columns Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Gallery Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Word in the Darkness iOS iPad iPod Jump’N’Shoot Attack new releases Rebus Silly Sausage in Meat Land Spinlanders The Trace Ticklefluff iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:17:19 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21448 at The Best New iOS Games: Stormblades, SwapQuest, and More! <!--paging_filter--> Gallery Adventures of Poco Eco – Lost Sounds App App Store AppLife Apps Atlas Mugged Columns Defend the Dam Gallery iOS iPad iPod Magenta Arcade Mr Jump new releases Road to Dragons Sature Stan Lee’s Hero Command Stormblades SwapQuest Tales from the Borderlands iPad iPhone iPod Games Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:28:11 +0000 Giancarlo Saldana 21424 at