We love our iOS games. In fact, we've played some of them so much we were able to come up with some helpful hints for six of our favorite games.
» If you’re not playing a Druid character and would like to get some cheap healing, learn the Regeneration spell from the Troll. This will help save Blue Mana and won’t end your turn unless your enemy uses a Resists Magic spell.
» Get a Giant Rat mount if you can. The Rat is easy to beat in the training game, and, once leveled high enough, will allow you to avoid road monsters while adding a valuable Cunning bonus in combats.
» Practice! Beating even one stage unlocks Eternal mode, which lets you play without a time limit and improve your skills. Use this to your advantage, especially if you’re getting used to the controls.
» Don’t forget the U-Turn button. Doing a quick 180 lets you avoid hitting walls and pick up objects you missed. And it can save several seconds--crucial for finishing the time-based levels.
» Use your senses. If your device is shaking, the building you’re running on is about to collapse. If you hear an incoming-missing sound, the building in front of you will soon be crushed by a giant column that you’ll have to use as a quick jump platform. Above all, be ready for change.
» Pace yourself. Tearing through an apocalyptic city is cool, but it’s smarter to run into a box every so often to control your speed. Slow down and give yourself room to plan. You’ll speed up again, trust us.
» The blowtorch is your friend. Use this to tunnel through areas on the map, as well as to attack your opponent without fear of kickback or recoil harming your character.
» Girders may be random, but can work as superb cover. In a pinch, hide in a cavern and use the girder as a roof. Then you can call in air strikes, or at least buy yourself time to come up with a new strategy.
» Defense means everything, even if it’s not as exciting as the offensive weaponry. Try to block each row with a giant walnut, back that up with zombie-slowing obstacles, and finally have a Venus flytrap ready to eat anything that wanders into it.
» Pretend Plants vs. Zombies HD is a multiplayer game. Grab a friend and take advantage of the game’s ability to process up to 11 touch inputs at once--your friend can collect money and sunshine while you lay down the defense.
» When choosing updates, opt for defensive boosts over bonus points or something might kill every onscreen enemy. A strong character capable of regeneration will last for the long haul.
» The Crossbow Master option is the best upgrade in the game; its trio of crossbow bolts kills just about every enemy in only one shot.