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Fire Emblem Heroes
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Fire Emblem Heroes is a Strategy, Role Playing Game (RPG) developed by Intelligent Systems for Nintendo. Fire Emblem is one of Nintendo's core franchises, alongside Mario, Kirby, Metroid, and others. The app was launched worldwide to critical claim on February 2, 2017. Critics praised the casual gameplay elements, allowing you to pick it up and play for 10-15 minutes at a time. Fans of the Fire Emblem franchise will notice differences in the gameplay experience as the content is suited to a mobile market. You begin the game working alongside Prince Alfonse, and Princess Sharena. As protagonists of the story, they help guide you through the gameplay elements. The RPG elements are told through the story as you progress, but the meat of the game is in the strategy. To continue through the game, you unlock heroes that have abilities that can aid you in the heat of battle. Each hero can also have different weapons, giving them melee or ranged combat capabilities. Ensuring your team has a good composition of skills and fighting styles will be key to winning each round. Combat is presented in a battlefield of grids. The aim is to use the environment and your heroes to defeat your enemy before they defeat you. Some battlefields have mountains or walls in the way, which can change up the combat. Heroes can move a set number of grids each move, before defending or attacking. As heroes take part in battles, they earn experience points (XP) and with enough XP, level up. Levelling up heroes is key to progress through the content, as this unlocks stronger abilities. Levelling up awards heroes with better stats, but Skill Points (SP) are what's needed to unlock the abilities. Heroes gain a determined amount of SP each level they gain. Fire Emblem Heroes is a freemium model game. The entire game is free to play, but players can purchase some items through in-app purchases to unlock content faster.
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Clash of Clans
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From raging barbarians, to witches, goblins, and ogres. Clash of Clans throws the entire kitchen sink in when it comes to clans clashing. Since its launch in 2012, Clash of Clans has added new features to the game - but the main aim remains the same. The aim is to build up your village to a thriving kingdom. Along the way, you unlock buildings and units to protect your plot from enemy clan attacks. You can also raid other players and steal their resources. Resources that help upgrade your buildings or train troops to grow your army. As you progress, you can join a clan or make your own. Clans can then fight other clans for big rewards. Keeping your village safe from raiding players is a task in itself. It requires strategic placement of buildings, defenses, traps, and walls. It can be the difference between preventing and losing enemy raids. Much like building an army, upgrading buildings need resources. With the resources, it can unlock new units, buildings, or spells. The game is based on a freemium model. That is, the game is free to play, with some features being easier to access through in-app purchases. Such purchases are often brought with real money, rather than currencies earned in-game. One of the premium currencies in the game is gems. Gems are more easy to get through in-app purchases, but the game offers ways to gain these over time. Other ways to gain it is through gameplay progression, such as achievements. Gem boxes can also spawn in your village, but they are often a rare find. Other in-app purchases allow you to gain other resources quicker. This can let you progress the game at a faster pace, getting to the high level content faster. The game is balanced that you don't need to make any purchases to progress. It does make it more convenient to move forward though.
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Mobile Strike
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Mobile Strike is a freemium mobile massively multiplayer online game. It focuses on the player building up a military base of operations to battle with other players. Mobile Strike is developed by Epic War, a subsidiary of MZ (formerly Machine Zone). A marketing campaign featuring former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger catapulted Mobile Strike to be a top grossing app worldwide. Mobile Strike launched in 2015. The game guides players through the game as buildings, units, and upgrades are unlocked as you progress. These offer new elements of gameplay that are not available when you play the game for the first time. This process of easing players in to the finer elements of the game helps avoid an overwhelming learning curve at the start of the game. Your military base is laid out in a grid, making it easy to place structures. Over time, structures can be upgraded, which allows you to train better units, gather more resources, and make your base harder to destroy. The game's combat mode is attacking other players, so you'll want the best firepower to destroy them and keep your base safe. This is where the upgrades will come in handy. Over time, your commander will gain new skills. These skills can aid in attacking other players, as well as defending your base. Generally, the game is built around timers. As you progress, the time you need to wait for upgrades to complete, or training units, will rise. The timers can be reduced, but this often requires buying in-app purchases that reduce the time waiting. As a top grossing app, it is likely that many Mobile Strike players take advantage of these boosts.