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As I mentioned in my previous post, I am enjoying this Warcraft game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Hearthstone is a turn-based card game by Blizzard. They say the mechanics is similar to Magic: The Gathering card game (I haven’t played a lot of Magic apart from a short stint during my college days) but this time it incorporates characters, minions and the usual gaming elements from the Warcraft world.

I know I’m may be a late bloomer in the Hearthstone scene (maybe because of my World of Warcraft hiatus) but because this is my blog I can write about any topic here even if its late or crazy so in the tradition of my free six series here is my Free Six Hearthstone Cheats, Info and Tips

Hearthstone Tip 1. Hearthstone is FREE.

Yup! Free for iPad, FREE for PC and FREE for Windows 8. And it will soon hit the Android platform this year too 🙂 .
So try it while its still free. I installed the free PC version around start of the year, but given my wow hiatus my PC time is very much limited then and I did not progress much other than few level ups for Jaina, the mage character. When Blizzard released Hearthstone for iPad app during the holy week vacation, I installed it

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It was an Editor’s Choice in the App store and tried to play while I was on vacation.

For Hearthstone for iPad, kindly visit

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8

For Hearthstone for PC kindly visit

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/

Hearthstone Tip 2. Just play and try it out with the Innkeeper and unlock all heroes

For beginners, only Jaina will be available so you need to defeat other characters to unlock them. If you are into World of Warcraft, you will see the familiar classes and their strengths. For example, Jaina and mages are heavy DPS characters so this is the usual gameplay for mages. Then if you unlock other characters you will see their strengths very similar to their counterparts in in WoW. For example, Priests are usually a good healers, but can be shadow DPS priests too. Malfurion (Druid) have both healing and DPS capabilities, etc.

I suggest unlocking all heroes first (by battling the Innkeeper in normal mode) so you can get the mechanics of the game. After unlocking all 9 characters that the next Hearthstone moneymaking tip can be continued.

Hearthstone Tip 3. Want some free Hearthstone gold? Play quests!
Just like WoW, Hearthstone got some daily quests too.

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This is the main way for get Hearthstone gold without spending real money. Complete quests and explore other heroes match up.

Hearthstone Tip 4. Level up all heroes up to level 10.

All should be at least Lvl 10

All Heroes should be at least Lvl 10 for an extra reward

By leveling heroes to Level 10, you will get all basic cards for that hero. Basic cards are the free card rewards you get when you level up. By leveling _ALL_ heroes to Level 10, you will get some extra Hearthstone gold.

Do this side by side with completing quests and you will soon have a good amount of free Hearthstone gold. You will also have a good feel on which class will suit your gameplay (usually by this time, you will have your favorite class already).

Next Steps:

  • You can then assemble a good deck using all basic cards and do more PVP with more success.
  • Or you can try Arena too (see next tip)

Hearthstone Tip 5. Spending Hearthstone Gold
When you have some substantial Hearthstone gold already, you will be tempted to spend it of course. There are 2 ways: You can buy Expert Card Pack (100 gold) or go to Arena (free Arena pass for 1st timers, 150 gold for succeeding Arena Tickets)

By buying Expert Card Pack at 100 gold you will have better cards. An expert card pack will contain at least 1 good expert card (common, rare, epic, legendary) that will boost you card collection and deck.

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In my opinion, spending Hearthstone Gold for Arena Tickets is better than buying expert pack. Yup I know in expert pack its very straightforward 100 gold for 5 cards, and Arena ticket is 150 golds, but prize starts at 1 pack (5 cards) + some dusts. But take note that in Arena the more wins the better the prizes (more dusts, more gold and more cards and decks), so you get random cards, improve your experience with the random card deck, and chance for bigger prizes.

Hearthstone Tip 6. Match Arena Hero with your Daily Hero Quests
What I mean by this Hearthstone cheat is that if you have Paladin or Warrior Dominance quest of Priest or Warlock Dominance Quest:

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Then try Arena and check if any of the 4 characters (Paladin, Warrior, Priest or Warlock) are available for your Arena Play. If yes, then roll for it and hit two birds with one stone.

And that’s it. I will try to share some favorite decks I am using so  you can play around with the deck too.

Hope you liked my Free Six Hearthstone Cheats, Info and Tips here at menardconnect.com. Watch out for more Hearthstone Cheats and tips post soon…

Update: Here is my Hearthstone Deck HunterHearthstone Deck Paladin and Hearthstone Deck Shaman posts.

Free iPad Apps: Angry Birds Rio Free for iPad and iPhone ’til January 24

Angry Birds Rio is iTunes Free App of the Week for iPad and iPhone and this will be until January 24 only so I’m doing another Free iPad Apps post so kick off the week.

We love Angry Birds Rio for Android and given this good news we have downloaded and installed them again for the iPad. We also like the Rio movie and the love team of Blu and Jewel (we like Nigel too btw) so this Angry Birds and Rio mixup in HD will be really be exciting in iPad.

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So hurry and download it now!!!

Quoting Rovio Blog:

It’s samba time! Angry Birds Rio is now Apple’s Free App of the Week for iPad and iPhone! The bestselling app has more than 200 levels of tropical fun in the exotic locations from the Rio movie.

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel two rare macaws and the stars of the hit motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio pairs the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

Angry Birds Rio Download FREE for both iPhone and iPad at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds-rio/id420635506

Reminder: Angry Birds Rio for iPhone and iPad is FREE until January 24

Angry Birds Rio Download FREE for Android at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsrio

Angry Birds Rio Download for PC for USD 4.95 available at:

http://shop.angrybirds.com/us/games/pc-games/angry-birds-rio-pc-version.html

Hope you liked my free iPad Apps: Angry Birds Rio Download post!

This week I did my first iPad app review (Toca Band review) post and to keep the momentum and as a follow up post to my Free iPad Apps series, I’m doing a quick write-up about Temple Run 2.

Yesterday we tried to download Temple Run 2 in both the iTunes and Google Play. Temple Run 2 is the sequel of Temple Run hit game.
We have been successful via iTunes but we have no luck at the Google Play Store.

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Temple Run 2 Icon

Image Credit: Itunes and Imangi Studios

Temple Run 2 is the same running, jumping, and sliding fun and excitement with as the previous Imangi Studios game. I love the more 3D-ish feel of Temple Run 2 (compared to the 1st game) as well as more Power Ups for grabs and the gems-save-me concept (hehe kaching-kaching). I’m just sorry for the little monkeys 🙂 because a much bigger Gorilla/monkey is taking over the Temple Run 2 chase and is now running after our protagonist.

Temple Run 2 screengrab

Temple Run 2 Screengrab for iPad

Image Credit: Itunes and Imangi Studios

A definitely must-download game if you love the Temple Run game (and series too)!

Watch the Temple Run 2 Gameplay below:

Video Credits: Youtube.com


Curiously the Temple Run 2 Download is not yet available from the Google Play Store, and the Imangi Studios official website have NOT listed it as available (as of writing this post). I heard rumors that the Temple Run 2 Download for Android will be available by next week and I hope by that time Imangi Studios official website info will also be up to date.

Temple Run 2 Download FREE for both iPhone and iPad at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run-2/id572395608

Temple Run 2 Download for Android =

Update: 2013.01.26

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2

Coming Soon (I will update this post when its available) but you may want to check out my newer post here

Hope you liked my free iPad Apps: Temple Run 2 Download post!

Over the holidays, we installed Toca Boca Toca Band app so that the kids in the family will enjoy the iPad. But I believed we, the adults enjoyed it more than the kids and this Toca Band rhythm and Toca Band lala tune became instant LSS hit for some of us during the holiday season (and beyond 🙂 ).

Toca Band is an app is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad. In this app you will create your own band and let the Toca band members showcase their musical talent. There are 16 band members to choose from and you can place them on 4 part stage (front row, middle row, top row, and center stage) and they will play differently depending on which part of the stage they are placed.

What I love most about Toca Boca is that there are NO Rules. You create your own tunes and mix and you can just rock on! This iPad app was FREE during Christmastime but its now USD 1.99 and is definitely worth every cent.

Toca Boca Official Website App Description:

Toca Band is getting ready for their big concert and needs your help to mix beats and sounds together for their hit song! Toca Band is a fun and easy toy that encourages children to explore music in a new creative way! Choose from 16 different cool characters each with their own unique quirky sound and musical rhythms.

Put your band members on stage to get the music started then move them around and see what happens. Try out new band combinations, explore different sounds and while youre at it, why not give the lovable rapper, Stikk Figga something he always dreamed of: a solo performance!

With Toca Band you can play together with your kids and experiment with sounds, beats and rhythms in lots of fun ways. Guitar or opera, upbeat or downtempo lets find out what sounds best together!


Some Key Features of Toca Band App:

  • Background music, animation and fun sound effects.
  • 16 colorful characters, each with their own unique sounds and moves!
  • 48 fun sound loops that can be put together in endless combinations
  • Change the way each character plays by placing them further up- or downstage
  • Make the song the way you like it then dance along with your own moves
  • Combine rhythm instruments with melody and vocals

My personal favorite Toca Band Members are the following:

Kalinka (Singing, vocals for the lala tune),

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Kalinka, the lala singing girl from Toca Band

Image Credits: Tocaboca.com

Dolores (percussion), Lil Riff (lead guitar) and Wao Miao (out of this world cat)

View the Toca Band Video


Video Credits: Youtube.com and Tocaboca.com

Meet the Toca Boca Band Members

Toca Band Characters
Image property of Toca Boca AB, Image Credits to TocaBoca.com and Flickr

Toca Boca Members Names

  • Balooney (Balloon)
  • Stikk Figga (Rapper)
  • Kalinka (Singer)
  • Lil Riff (Guitar)
  • Dolores (Percussion)
  • Mr Whizzle Whiz (Whistle)
  • Wao Miao (Cat)
  • Blog Contest Winner Name/Bimbell(?) (Harp)
  • Shoe String Charlie (Bass Guitar)
  • Dancy Nancy (Piano)
  • Tic Toc (Clock Percussion)
  • Shaky McBones (Maraca)
  • Zuzz (Accordion)
  • Figara (Opera Singer Diva)
  • Frign Frog (Frog)
  • Bang Bang Chef (Drums)

Toca Band iTunes Downloadlink is below

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toca-band/id521640648


I just wish that Toca Boca Android Games will also be available in the future.
Hope you like my Free iPad Apps post!

Angry Birds Space Out Now for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, Mac and PC

Exciting times for the Angry Birds fanatics!!!

I posted before that Angry Birds Space will be available by March 22, and Rovio have been sender a lot of teaser videos like this one.

Today, Rovio Entertainment announced the launch of Angry Birds Space, available now for the  iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, Mac and PC.

Watch the full background story of the Angry Birds Space below:

Video Credits: Youtube.com

Quoting the press release at Rovio.com

From floating through space in zero gravity, to using the gravity of nearby planets to set up spectacular trick shots, Angry Birds Space takes the gameplay that fans already know and love to a totally new level. With brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

Angry Birds Space features 60 exciting levels.

For Angry Birds Space Pricing see below:
Angry Birds Space for Phone and iPod touch is available for $0.99.
Angry Birds Space HD for iPad is available for $2.99.
Angry Birds Space for Mac is available for $4.99.
Angry Birds Space for Android is FREE (with ads of course).
Angry Birds Space for Android (Ad-free version) available for $0.99.
Angry Birds Space HD  for Android tablets for $2.99.

For more details kindly visit the Rovio Press release.

Watch out for more Angry Birds Space posts here at menardconnect.com soon…

For other Angry Birds articles, kindly visit my facebook angry birds cheats post 🙂

Free, or Not Free, That is the Question


One of the important concepts in the Android scene is the Android Market. The Android Market is the online software store that holds most of the apps made by 3rd party developers. Android users can also search for and read comprehensive information about apps on this market.

Right now I’m into the free apps (of course) but I am also considering buying apps that I believe is worth my hard-earned money in the future.

I came across this very interesting slides (via slideshare) about pricing of mobile apps (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows 7 Mobile). It was presented by Distimo in Verizon Dev Community Conference 2011. If you are into Android or iPhone or iPad app development and marketing this is definitely a good read as it has good pricing and comparison data across platforms and other monetization strategy and tips for your mobile apps.

Special thanks to Jon Gatrell, I saw the slides is his blog this morning.

Want to read more Android posts?
Kindly read my Androids and Threats post. Or view my Angry Birds Say What? article. Thanks 🙂