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Castle Conqueror EX for the Nintendo 3DS eShop is a very simple game to understand and play, but some of the swings in difficulties makes the game too easy one moment and painfully difficult the next.

The game is simple enough. You start off by selecting one or a handful of generals, each with unique bonus cards which you can use during the battle. Some of the boots which can be used include temporarily increasing the attack power of your units or boosting the defense of your castles. These are useful during the battles, when you remember to use them.

The point of each level is to eliminate and capture all of your opponent’s castles on the field of battle. To do this you will need to send your units from your own castles, which is easily done by connecting the two castles with a swipe of the stylus. When you do this you will send five units from your stronghold to your opponent’s, which will also reduce the number of units at your own castle and thus weaken its defense. Not to worry though, as you will slowly regenerate your units.

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The Verdict

7Good

The Good: Simple to Play

The Bad: Difficulty from level to level feels lopsided

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It’s finally here. The first issue of the all new ongoing Sonic comic book series from Archie Comics, Sonic Boom #1!

Based on the new TV and video game comes SONIC BOOM #1, the new Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series from Archie Comics! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN and his diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a new “spin” on all your favorite heroes and villains — plus new faces and hilarious new stories chock-full of action — and it’s all brought to you by the folks that bring the hit series Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe available each and every month!

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The first ever Sonic Universe trilogy continues this month in “Total Eclipse” Part Three, the latest issue of the comic which hits newsstands today!

As the Dark Trilogy inches closer to its shocking conclusion, it’s a no holds barred battle between Knuckles and Shadow for the fate of Angel Island and the Master Emerald! As Sonic’s top rivals clash, the rest of Team Dark and Relic are attacked by Eclipse and the terrifying power of the Dark Arms!

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That was close. Costume Quest 2 has been available on Steam for awhile now but finally it’s available on consoles as well! Fans of the original will remember good times getting to trick or treat, and also playing an awesome costume changing RPG to boot! The sequel looks like it has even more of the content that made the original so great. Read on for the trailer. (more…)

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Destiny follows the legacy of the Halo franchise from Bungie. That already puts a lot of expectation into the title. With the many jobs I have and also pursuing freelance journalism it can be difficult to research every game before release. With Destiny, I didn’t get a chance to see any of the promo material beforehand and was encouraged by a friend to get into the game. So why does he find it to be an enjoyable experience while I was completely in love with the title? That’s why. (more…)

While EA Games never announced a release date for SimCity BuildIt, their mobile adaptation of the latest SimCity release for PC, the game has quietly popped up in on Google Play. In fact the official website, Twitter account and Facebook page still list the game as coming soon. But it’s out and it’s incredible.

It’s no secret that I love the SimCity franchise. Were it not for the fact that my computer couldn’t handle the newest game, I would already have that game as well. This newest mobile game is everything that I had hoped to see in the PC game, scaled down to fit in the palm of my hand.

The game looks amazing. The level of detail that is fit into the city of the game is incredible. From the cars driving around the city on the roads, the people walking on the sidewalks, the traffic lights at intersections, shadows being cast from the sun in the realistic day and night cycle, the game looks fantastic. Add to this that the textures are very well done, you can pinch zoom in and out fluidly, easily pull the camera from a 3/4 angle to overhead with another simple gesture, or spin the city around in 360 degrees with another, and the game has amazing realism.

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The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: Looks amazing | natural sounds | doesn’t require in-app purchases

The Bad: Lost progress linking to Facebook once

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The Legend of Dark Witch – Syega Crystals gave their powers to the people of the world, but somebody has stolen all of them… After all the Syega crystals are missing, the world plunges into darkness. As the dark witch Zizou, you must retrieve the missing Syega Crystals. The Legend of Dark Witch is a 2D platform action game. Zizou can learn new attacks by defeating bosses. She will need every one of those attacks if she is going to save the world. Check out our review here!

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The Legend of Dark Witch is a simple platform game from Circle for the 3DS. The game feels and plays similar to Mega Man, so if you’ve played those games you’ll know what to expect, and it doesn’t let you down.

The plot of the game is simple to get you going. In the game, somebody has stolen all of the Syega Crystals, which gave their powers to the people of the world. After all the Syega crystals are missing, the world plunges into darkness. As the dark witch Zizou, you must retrieve the missing Syega Crystals.

The first thing that drew me to this game is the look of the game, to be honest. The Legend of Dark Witch is a 2D side scrolling platform game where you run and jump, shooting enemies and avoiding obstacles. There is definitely an anime flair to the art in the game, as well as the look of the sprites. They are all beautifully done, as are the levels and backgrounds. There was definitely a lot of attention paid to these elements, and they make playing the levels more inviting.

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The Verdict

8Great

The Good: Looks and sounds great | Fun gameplay | Lots to unlock

The Bad: Boss battles are very hard

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Nintendo has released a demo for upcoming title Bayonetta 2.

Bayonetta’s back and more powerful than ever. Wield wild new weapons and execute deadly new moves – like the powerful Umbran Climax – to take out angels and demons in this breathtaking action game. You can even team up with friends in two-player online co-op fights.

The witching hour strikes again. Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds our sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. You’re bound to love how it feels to string together combos with unimaginable weapons and to summon demons using Bayonetta’s Wicked Weave in this frantic stylized action game. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive.

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