Game of the Week: DRAGON QUEST VIII

Game of the Week

Game of the Week: DRAGON QUEST VIII

Appstore gamers who love role-playing games are fortunate to have multiple Square Enix titles to choose from. From their iconic Final Fantasy series to gems like Adventures of Mana, the revered company is well represented on the Appstore.

And now, another incredible role-playing adventure from their catalogue has joined the party. DRAGON QUEST VIII brings more of everything you love about Square Enix games to the Appstore: Gorgeous visuals, memorable characters, refined role-playing concepts, and a sweeping story that will grab you and never let go.

The game was immensely popular when it was first released, going on to sell almost five million copies worldwide. When we first began to delve into the game’s world, we immediately knew we had a worthy contender for our Game of the Week honors. So read on to find out why DRAGON QUEST VIII is one journey worth taking.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before purchasing and downloading DRAGON QUEST VIII, please make sure that your device is compatible and capable of running the game

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A Tribe Called Quest

Let’s start with DRAGON QUEST VIII’s plot. We don’t want to spoil anything, but as you can expect, the game follows a band of heroes who come together to battle an evil that is threatening the land. Along the way, they’ll discover their inner strength, test their mettle against formidable foes, and ultimately save the day. If you’ve ever played a Japanese role-playing game, you’ll be on familiar ground here, as most of DRAGON QUEST VIII’s core concepts hew close to genre conventions. But additions like the Tension system that allows you to juice up your attacks and the interesting character designs help the game stand out from the pack.

You can thank the incredible collection of talent behind the game for that. The team as a whole is impressive, but three names are especially worth mentioning. DRAGON QUEST VIII was helmed by Yuji Horii, who created the series and whose portfolio of work also includes the iconic RPG, Chrono Trigger. Character designs were handled by Akira Toriyama who created a little thing called Dragon Ball, among many other insanely popular works. The music was composed by Koichi Sugiyama, whose incredible creations have served as the backdrop of previous DRAGON QUEST titles. The combined talent and team chemistry is clearly on display, resulting in a title that lives up to the high bar set for the genre.

One Hand On The Wheel

Porting an adventure as big as DRAGON QUEST VIII to mobile devices might seem difficult, but Square Enix has a lot of experience optimizing games for portable platforms. As a result, the Appstore version of this game shines on both phones and tablets. The game’s beautiful graphics are sharp, and the cel-shaded visuals pop off the screen. Playing on a tablet is optimal as you can take advantage of the extra real estate, but the game plays beautifully on phones.

The game’s control scheme is also intuitive and easy to grasp, which is an important consideration for mobile gamers who don’t have the benefit of controllers bristling with buttons. An on-screen directional pad handles movement while most commands are issued with a tap. You can also customize aspects of the controls to your liking, which is something we wish more mobile developers would offer.

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Tools of the Trade

As is the case with many RPGs, DRAGON QUEST VIII has a lot of diversions that will entice you to stray from the game’s core narrative. There’s a monster arena where you can enter the creatures you collect on your travels into battles. It’s a surprisingly deep mode that will eat up quite a bit of your time. The Appstore version also comes complete with The Casino where you can go and try your luck in three different games.

It’s these diversions that help offset some of the concerns over the premium price tag. Appstore gamers are used to paying almost nothing for the mobile games, especially if you get your games from Amazon Underground where every title is absolutely free, so ponying up almost twenty dollars may seem like a huge deal. However, the sheer amount of content combined with the beautiful visuals and refined touchscreen controls offers a mind boggling value. Many gamers who played DRAGON QUEST VIII when it was first released on the PlayStation 2 reported playtimes of over seventy hours on just the main quest alone!

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Magical Journey

And that’s the most amazing fact about DRAGON QUEST VIII: it used to be a full fledged title that required a fairly powerful console to enjoy. Now, that same experience is available to you on your mobile device in all its glory. Whether you’re already familiar with the game or you’re trying it out for the first time, DRAGON QUEST VIII will take you on an unforgettable journey full of action and adventure.



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Despicable Me: Minion Rush's Summer Update Offers More Reasons to Keep Playing!


Despicable Me: Minion Rush's Summer Update Offers More Reasons to Keep Playing!

The adorable Minions of Despicable Me fame have burst out of theaters and onto the Appstore in their own game. Despicable Me: Minion Rush is a popular infinite runner that offers countless hours of fun. The Appstore community is certainly enamored with the game, giving it a near perfect 4.5 star rating based on almost 29,000 user reviews.

Now, Appstore gamers have even more reasons to open up the app on their Android devices. Gameloft has frequently updated the game in the past and they’re at it again with their Summer Update. It’s available now and brings a ton of new features and content to the game.

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The biggest addition in this update is the Minion Games. In this special event, you hit the beach and collect special torches, dumbbells, and laurel wreaths as you race along the shore. The beach theme offers a lot of interesting bits of visual humor, including Minions in swimsuits and diving gear, so you can bet sandy shenanigans are sure to ensue.

There's also a costume for you to dress your fine yellow self in. The Athenian consists of a toga and a ‘Civic Crown’ made out of leaves that imparts a regal look. Aside from looking smart, this get up also allows you to easily perform near-miss maneuvers around objects that stand in your way. You can try out a new diving mini-game as well. You can activate this mode by collecting a set of flippers during your run. This transports you underwater where you use your device’s tilt functions to avoid obstacles and collect items. It serves as a nice change of pace from all the running that the Minions normally have to do.

Rounding out the update’s features are new perks that pop out of prizepods, an improved revive system and a new Jelly Job event called the Ice Cream Chase. If you are a Despicable Me: Minion Rush pro, now is your chance to put your skills to the test in a fun new way. If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing this charming infinite runner, the new Summer Update is a great incentive to give it a try.

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Four Board Game Apps That Will Ensure You Never Get Bored!

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Board games are a great way to spend a few hours in the company of loved ones and friends. And did you know that the Appstore is home to quality app versions of terrific board games that you can play alone or with others? Below, we’ll detail four of our favorites, but there are plenty of others out there, so if you love board games, check out the Appstore and get your game on!

Ticket to Ride

Alan R. Moon’s Ticket to Ride is a fabulous board game that harkens back to the era when trains and railways were the dominant form of transportation. This strategy game tasks players with claiming various routes along a map in the hopes of connecting their destination cities. The Appstore version has many features that make it a compelling purchase for Ticket to Ride fans. You can unlock the many expansions that have been released including Europe and US 1910; you can play against the computer if you want to hone your skills; and you can challenge Ticket to Ride players who may be playing on other platforms such as PC and Mac. The board game by itself is fantastic, but these kinds of additions and refinements really put this virtual version over the top. All aboard!

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Pandemic: The Board Game

In Pandemic, you play as a member of a team who must combine forces in order to stop an outbreak that threatens the world. Each player is cast as a specialist with unique abilities; every turn, you use your skills to aid the overall cause. Unfortunately, the disease will continue to spread every turn, so the day won't be won easily. It’s an amazing game and the Appstore version is a faithful recreation that captures the spirit of the original. We especially like the interactive tutorial that teaches you the basics, making it easy to get started with the game. We also like the various difficulty levels, which allow you to ramp up things once you become a world saving dynamo.

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Elder Signs: Omens

This one is for all the H.P. Lovecraft and horror fans out there. Elder Signs: Omens is the Android version of a popular board game where you and your cohorts must work in concert to stop the Ancient Ones from entering our dimension. Full of arcane mysteries and spooky events designed to drive you mad, this board game is an unforgettable adventure that’ll have you double checking the locks at night. The Appstore version has a few tweaks that were implemented for a smoother experience on mobile, but the game’s core fun is still on full display. Venture forth and put an end to the nightmare!

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We’ll end with a classic board game that nearly every family has owned at one point in time. Scrabble is the iconic crossword puzzle game where players use letter tiles to form words. Each tile is worth a set number of points, but things get really interesting when you take into consideration the special tiles that can double or triple your score. You can also use parts of your existing words to form new ones, which adds to your bounty, and if you can use all of your tiles at once, well, your opponents will be J-E-A-L-O-U-S. The Appstore version not only makes it possible to take the game on the go, but it lets you challenge friends all over the world. Cool features like a built-in dictionary and the ability to connect your Facebook account for easier matchmaking and bragging are also appreciated.

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The Appstore Essentials: Doodle Jump

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The Appstore Essentials: Doodle Jump

The Appstore is home to many incredible titles whose popularity and success are truly impressive. The Appstore Essentials is our blog series where we recognize these noteworthy titles. Whether you’re familiar with these titles or discovering them for the first time, each game in the Essentials series deserves a place on your Android device. In this installment, we discuss Lima Sky’s adorable vertical jumper, Doodle Jump!

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Up, Up And Away!

Doodle Jump’s premise is incredibly simple: you’re tasked with helping the game’s little green hero ascend a vertical level filled with platforms and obstacles. You tilt your device to the left or the right to make your character jump in that direction. As you go, your score climbs higher and higher, and the fun lies in seeing how far you can go before you fall off.

Your character is constantly jumping, so you only have a short amount of time to plan your next move. There are also different platforms that you need to account for. The most plentiful are solid green platforms that provide dependable footing. Some platforms are mobile while others will break after you hop on them once. You will also encounter sections where the platforms are few and far between, and in these cases, you’ll only have a single try to get it right.

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I Have The Power

Luckily, power-ups like spring shoes that let you jump extra high and a jetpack are also available to give you a boost. These items can help you pad your high score, but sometimes, they’ll be placed in such a way that they tempt you into a bad situation. Tapping the screen also causes your character to shoot, which can come in handy when you’re dealing with the game’s enemies.

These colorful alien-monster creatures occupy parts of the levels and will need to be either avoided or eliminated with your nose bullets. Get too close and it’s back to the starting line for you. While the game’s hero and level designs really shine, it’s the monsters that really showcase the doodle theme. Their goofy faces and fuzzy bodies are adorable, so it’s hard to be mad at them when they knock you off your perch.

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The Sky’s The Limit

Doodle Jump reached an immense level of popularity and the franchise was expanded with different themes and tie-ins with other properties like Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and DC Comic’s superheroes. There’s also a line of Doodle Jump comic books, coloring books and toys that allows fans even more opportunities to interact with their doodle buddies.

Fun, inventive, cute and simple, Doodle Jump is a great example of mobile game design done right. If you’ve played the game before, consider this an invitation to try and establish a new high score. If you’ve somehow missed out on Doodle Jump, consider this the perfect excuse to correct that oversight. Either way, you can grab the full version of the original for free on Amazon Underground. Good luck on the way up, everyone!

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The Appstore is home to many quality games, and it’s our mission to share as many of these titles with you as possible. In that spirit, we’re creating a new blog series called Appstore Spotlight where we’ll share some lesser known games and apps for your consideration. We’re also taking the star ratings and user reviews left by the Appstore community into consideration, so check out the list to see what games your fellow gamers are excited about! And no matter how you personally feel about the game, please consider leaving a rating and a review, so other gamers can make more informed decisions!

Theme Park Fair Food Maker

One of the joys of going to a theme park is the many delicious and inventive foods that you get to sample. Theme Park Fair Food Maker lets you step behind the concessions stand and produce delicious works of culinary art like funnel cakes and candy apples. You can decorate and customize your food to your liking, and creating increasingly complex recipes is really fun. You can even play some fun mini-games inspired by theme park classics. It’s not always possible to take a day off and head to the theme park. With Theme Park Fair Food Maker, you can do it virtually. Better yet, because the game is completely free on Amazon Underground, you can have fun without reaching for your wallet.

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Bob Ross - The Joy Of Painting

Bob Ross is an absolute treasure. His artistic talent, soothing voice and positive outlook on life has become a fixture in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. His show, The Joy of Painting, is a joy to watch, and this app lets you access season after season right on your Android device. This app is perfect if you need to feel creatively inspired or you’re just looking for a dose of positivity and fun. It’s also a great way to celebrate the life of an icon who shared his love of painting with the world.

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Jelly Monsters - Sweet Trip

This adorable match-3 game is a great find for parents who want to allow their young ones to have fun without having to worry about scary enemies or violent themes. While the game does feature monsters, they’re whimsical and friendly. There’s also over a hundred levels available, so whoever is playing will have a lot of content to keep them busy. Full of cute visuals and sounds, Jelly Monsters - Sweet Trip is one sugary treat that everyone can enjoy guilt-free.

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Lords Mobile

The makers of the popular Castle Clash series flex their creative muscles once again with Lords Mobile. This addictive title has many of the same qualities that made Castle Clash so appealing. Beautiful visuals combined with engaging gameplay makes this a worthy title for strategy fans looking for another challenge to conquer. The game lets you build up a kingdom, field an army and strike fear in the hearts of your enemies. We really liked the vibrant art style and the epic battles which got our blood pumping. There are many quality strategy games of this type on the Appstore, and Lords Mobile definitely stands on its own in terms of offering gamers a thrilling experience.

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Say Aloha To Hawaii With The Appstore!

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Did you know that on August 21st, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state? To celebrate this landmark event, we wanted to share some Appstore apps that will give you a taste of the island life right on your Android device. Hawaii is defined by its natural beauty and the wonderful people who call it home, so join us as we say aloha to the amazing 50th state! 

Trip Advisor

Hawaii is a vacation destination for millions of people every year, and if you plan on joining in, you’d best go prepared. An app like Trip Advisor can be a great way to ensure that your journey is hassle free. Full of tips, reviews and other useful information, Trip Advisor lets you focus on what’s most important: enjoying the beauty of the islands and basking in the warm hospitality of the people who live there. There are other useful travel planning apps on the Appstore as well, so consider Trip Advisor just one of the several apps you should consider when you’re planning your getaway.

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Solitaire TriPeaks by GSN

We’re recommending this awesome solitaire game for two reasons: one, it’s got a cool Hawaii-inspired theme and secondly, a relaxing game like this is perfect for the plane flight or a day on the beach! Solitaire TriPeaks is a great take on the classic card game, offering over six hundred levels and plenty of power-ups to keep things interesting. There’s also a leaderboard where you can compare scores with your friends. Hey, just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t beat your buddies in a little friendly competition.

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Hidden Object Hawaii Island Vacation

Hawaii is a magical place full of amazing sights and hidden discoveries around every corner. That makes it a perfect setting for a hidden object game. Hidden Object Hawaii Island Vacation lets you visit virtual locales and hunt for objects scattered throughout the scenery. We appreciated the laid back pace of the gameplay, especially in the game’s Zen mode where the time limit is removed and you get unlimited hints to ensure a stress free experience.

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Garfield’s Diner Hawaii

The iconic feline Garfield stars in this charming time management game that’s set in the Aloha state. You help Garfield and his friends run a diner, serving up tasty food and excellent customer service to the people who walk in through the doors. You have to stay on your toes to ensure they get the trademark hospitality that Hawaii is known for. Thankfully, you can call upon Garfield’s friends to help, and you can spend your hard earned cash on upgrades to your diner to make sure your customers walk away happy and full.

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Ancient Surfer

Surfing and Hawaii go together. There are cultural ties to the ancient method of oceanic travel that gave rise to modern surfing and Hawaii also has some of the best surf in the world. We wanted to pay tribute to the sport by including a great surfing game, and Ancient Surfer definitely fits the bill. This visually stunning game features big waves and even bigger tricks, and it’s a great way to virtually enjoy a day out in the water. We also liked that the game features a leaderboard so you can compete against your friends to see who the best surfer is.

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Start The School Year Off Right With These Amazing Appstore Apps!

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It’s that time of year when students head back to school, and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favorite apps to help you in the classroom. We purposefully chose free apps from Amazon Underground, so you won’t have to worry about spending any money to load up your Android device with these useful apps. If you need supplies like backpacks and notebooks, be sure to check out Amazon’s amazing selection of back to school items as well! Have a great start to the school year, everyone!


Taking good notes is the key to maximizing the lessons that you learn in class, which is why every student stands to benefit from having a clever app like Notepad+ on hand. It allows you to quickly jot down important information using either a keyboard or your own handwriting. A variety of tools make it easy to highlight and mark different notes so that you can better keep track of the things you save. You can also draw and sketch directly into the app as well. If you want to share notes with friends, you can easily email or print them.

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Pic Collage

Now that you’re back in school, you’ll be surrounded by your friends, which means your mobile device will start filling up with photos. This is where an app like Pic Collage can come in handy. You can easily group photos together, add elements like stickers and text, and share them with others. It also has editing tools so you can make your photos truly shine. From group pics to selfies, Pic Collage will take your photography to the next level.

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Dictionary (Pro Gold)

Never fumble for the meaning of a word again with Dictionary (Pro Gold). This useful app lets you search words and receive a definition and examples in seconds. Fun mini-games are available to reinforce and improve your word comprehension and vocabulary. The app also has a thesaurus function as well as support for multiple languages. A good dictionary is an essential tool that every student should have easy access to. With Dictionary (Pro Gold), you can have all of the benefits without weighing down your backpack.

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Calculator Pro

We are incredibly lucky to live at a time when powerful calculator apps like Calculator Pro are just a click away. It features a variety of functions that will help students quickly and efficiently work through their math work. It isn’t a replacement for a dedicated graphing calculator, so students who are enrolled in higher level courses may not find this as useful, but for the majority of students, Calculator Pro has everything they need to ensure their math work is done perfectly every single time.

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Briefing Alarm Clock

A student’s worst nightmare is waking up only to discover that they are going to be late for class. A good alarm clock app can be a real lifesaver, which is why we recommend you give Briefing Alarm Clock a try. This slick app can be customized in a variety of ways, but our favorite has to be the ability to wake up to news notifications. Getting out of bed with the day’s headlines ringing in your ear is a great way to get you moving. If that doesn’t seem like your thing, you can also set it to wake you up to a traditional alarm, music, a personalized greeting and more. So download Briefing Alarm Clock and your mornings will no longer turn into a nightmare!

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Four Great Card Games From The Appstore

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We recently gave Card Wars - Adventure Time Card Game an Editor’s Choice award for its blend of humor and interesting card-based gameplay. We did what we always do whenever a game grabs us: we went searching for similarly amazing titles so we can share them with you! Here are four more amazing card games that let you deal out some fun! - The Appstore Editors

UNO TM & Friends - The Classic Card Game Goes Social!

UNO truly is a classic card game that many of you should have fond memories of. It’s a fast-paced game where you play cards based on the color or number of the card that was put down last. Special cards like Skip and Reverse add just the right amount of strategy while Wild cards let you change the color and force your opponent to draw cards into their hands. The Appstore version not only lets you play UNO virtually, it lets you compete with other players all around the world. Special themes and updates add a great deal of variety as well. For instance, just recently the developers added a Ghostbusters themed update to tie into the movie!

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Fairway Solitaire Blast

Big Fish Games’ Fairway Solitaire was a terrific hit, combining the fun of solitaire with a golf theme. Fairway Solitaire Blast is a spin-off that continues the zaniness, offering over seven hundred levels to play through. The game is incredibly easy to learn, requiring you to just match cards based on their numbers. For instance, if you have a four of spades as your base card, you can use it to clear a three or five card off the board. Don’t think it’s a walk in the (golf) park, however, as the levels can get very challenging as you progress. Thankfully, the game features some hilarious power-ups that’ll give you a helping hand.

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Magic 2015

Magic the Gathering helped popularize collectible card games as both a hobby and competitive sport. Even after all these years, it still remains one of the most popular games around, and Appstore gamers can get in on the fun thanks to this slick app. You can virtually purchase, collect and use cards from the many sets that have been released throughout the series history, making this a one-stop shop for all your Magic needs. The game’s deck builder is a fun tool that lets you tinker with your decks to find the perfect combination of cards. There’s also a multiplayer mode that lets you challenge other players to a match. There are many CCG’s available on the Appstore, but Magic 2015 offers a pedigree and history that few can match.

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WWE Supercard

Pro wrestling may seem like a strange subject to base a card game on, but WWE Supercard shows that the formula definitely works. Famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and John Cena have been turned into cards that you can collect and combine into powerful decks. These cards can then be played to dominate the ring. 2K Games is also really good about adding updates to the app, adding new superstars and updating favorites. At the time of this writing, the company just added new cards in recognition of the recent SummerSlam event, so if you’re a fan of WWE, you owe it to yourself to download the game right away!

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