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The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth: Top 5 tips and tricks for building an empire and forging alliances

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth is a top-grossing game on iOS based on the popular fantasy franchise. Players build varied structures, upgrade them, apply research to unlock new units or improve the performance of existing ones, and outfit familiar heroes to lead armies into battle. There’s a whole lot to this game, and it’s a bit overwhelming at first, but these tips should help you get started quickly, not to mention do well enough to not need to spend a ton of money on in-app purchases.

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How Monument Valley's gorgeous, Escher-like world was designed

Monument Valley uses breathtaking Escher-esque worlds and haunting music to make one of the most unique, most captivating iPhone and iPad games we've seen in a long time. So how did it come about?

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RollerCoaster Tycoon now available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99

Atari has brought another one of its hit games, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4, to the iPhone and iPad today for just $2.99. If you're familiar with the game or any other "Tycoon" title in the franchise you'll likely be familiar with the concept here, but the basic idea is that you're building roller coasters to your own specification for the digital riders of your own amusement park.

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11 years later, SimCity 4 hits the Mac App Store

Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition has once again arrived on the Mac and this time around, the game has been updated to support OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and above. Originally released on the Mac back in 2003 and on Steam in 2010, the new release includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. As a package, SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition includes the best-selling SimCity 4 and SimCity 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack.

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Clash of Clans picks up biggest update yet with 'Clan Wars'

Clash of Clans has had one of its biggest updates in the infamous game’s history today. Now players can raid without any risk to their resources, shield, or trophies, and work towards two new achievements. This is done with a new system called war bases, where multiple players can lump all of their troops together in the same place and, once attack day arrives, they all head out to raid other war bases together. In the meantime, your village stays entirely separate from the whole affair. Full details on the update are available on the Supercell Forum.

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R.B.I. Baseball hits a home run on iOS

Nintendo classic R.B.I. Baseball has been re-imagined for mobile and is now available on iOS. A fast-paced arcade feel, straightforward pricing with no in-app purchases, and plenty of current players to pick from make this one a solid contender for top of the sports games category.

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For game maker Aspyr, Mac App Store presents unique challenges

When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store in 2011, he said that Apple wasn't trying to compete with other app download services. While that may be true — Apple doesn't enforce any sort of exclusivity requirement — the Mac App Store has evolved to present some unique challenges to app publishers. Case in point: Long time Mac publisher Aspyr, which plans to mix things up a bit in 2014.

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Boom Beach: Top 10 tips and tricks to defeating the Blackguards without spending tons of real cash!

In Boom Beach you're tasked with fighting off the Blackguards who keep attacking local islanders. In order to do so you'll need to build up a might defense before traveling off to neighboring islands and helping the locals reclaim what is rightfully theirs. With resources scarce and troops at a minimum, you'll need to spend your in-game coins and diamonds wisely. Making good decisions early on will set up for victory or defeat early on in the game. That's where iMore comes in! Here are some tips and tricks to keep you on track while playing Boom Beach...

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Fund This: Spaceteam Admiral's Club for sweet new iOS games

More often than not, crowdfunding campaigns act more or less as a preorder system, despite Kickstarter’s insistence that it’s not a store. Today’s campaign from the Canadian game developer of Spaceteam, Henry Smith, flies in the face of that trend. His Kickstarter campaign is simply to keep him in the business of innovative, interesting games that might not necessarily have the mass appeal necessary to be a commercial success, but pushes new creative boundaries.

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QuizUp puts your geography skills to the test with Google Maps 'Earth from Above’ topic

So let's say you love geography, and you also love trivia. Well Google has just made your day by introducing Google Maps-powered "Earth From Above" challenge category to the game QuizUp. The topic is pretty self-explanatory — each round is a satellite image of some place on earth, and you'll be given options to choose from of where you think the location is.

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