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Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Chris Scott

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Wandering Wednesdays – Collecting the Force

Mobile gaming is becoming more and more commonplace but sorting through that junk is often pretty difficult. Writing full reviews for mobile games is often tedious and boring but we still want to be able to help you guys out when it comes to figuring out what is worth your time, so sorting through the crud is what Wandering Wednesdays is all about. Each week we’ll look through the app store and try out a few of the latest releases, letting you know if something is worthwhile or not. This week I collected Star Wars cards, got my revenge on by destroying a small town, rescued some pets and blitzed Tetris.  ~Chris

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Unless you are a hardcore collector, digital customizable card games make perfect sense. After all, mobile devices provide you with access to players via the internet and portability to bring your collection with you wherever you go. While I eagerly await Blizzard’s take on the genre with Hearthstone, Konami has piqued my interest with its own CCG based on the Star Wars universe. Taking a weirdly cinematic approach to the CCG genre, Star Wars: Force Collection allows you to collect cards, quest against AI opponents for the chance to win more, and pit your deck against other players. It’s not very deep but as a Star Wars fan I found myself drawn into the setting and collecting of the cards and can see myself dumping quite some time into this.

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Giant Boulder of Death joins Robot Unicorn Attack 2 and Amateur Surgeon 3 as some of the funniest, and fun to play, mobile games in recent memory. The title, Giant Boulder of Death, kind of says it all. In the game you play as, you guessed it, a giant boulder striking out against the civilization that turned the love of your life into a chiseled statue. Points are gained by running over trees, people and houses and the boulder needs to be steered around the environment to avoid specially set up obstacles that will instantly destroy the boulder. Destroy more and more to get higher and higher point totals. It’s all absolutely absurd and can be experienced in bite sized play sessions so it never feels

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Earlier this year developer King took the gaming world by storm with the release of their runaway smash hit Candy Crush Saga. I assume they hope to recreate that success with its latest release Pet Rescue Saga which is a color matching puzzle game. Set up very much like Candy Crush, Pet Rescue tasks players with matching colored blocks and clearing parts of the board for points as the design and obstacles become more and more complex. Unlike Candy Crush though, the gameplay seems less thought provoking and more importantly less addictive, and that spells delete to me. 

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Tetris is one of the most played games of all time. As simple as it is classic Tetris is still a joy to play. Tetris Blitz isn’t that game. Instead of sticking to basics, Tetris Blitz tries to mix things up, giving players a two minute time limit to rack up as high a score as one can. Blitz focuses on speed instead of careful, yet dexterous, puzzle solving and in the process makes a mess of a great game.

Are you you sampling any mobile titles this week? What are you playing? Let us know in the comments below.

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