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Put another trillion on the fire – Crime City

This truly does step firmly into the realm of the ridiculous. I have just added another trillion dollars to my bank account in Crime City. This on top of completing the Limited Buildings we’ve had since January. I honestly have no idea what to do with this sort of cash. None of the buildings come close to putting a dent in my reserves and I’ve donated billions to the syndicate. For those playing along, this puts me at $450M IPH.

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Letter Quest Complete

So there it is, all the levels, all the monsters and all the stars have been defeated and completed in Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey. I have to say, that is a pretty sweet little game. I’ve got around 18 hours of gameplay invested and I’m very satisfied with the game.

Things start off easy with defeating a single monster, but then it gets more complicated with upgraded armor, health potions, dodge ability, plague tiles, whirlwind tiles and the treasure chest rounds. Not to mention a race against the clock in timed rounds and massive boss monster that only take damage under tricky conditions.

I suffered some terrible losses, but also some stunning victories. I think the time rounds were the hardest. Going through 5 monsters in less than 3:00 minutes is nerve racking.

Overall, it was great. I know it’s been out for a while, but I just found out about it and jumped right in. Now that I’ve completed it, I’m not sure if I want to unlock the Premium content – tiles, weapons, and another character, or go back and just beat the stuffing out the monsters again.

Either way, definitely one of the best word games I’ve played. If the Steam version goes on sale, I will pick it up for that platform as well. It’s simple, but challenging and has just the right amount of tension to make it worthwhile.

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With the gem doubler add-on purchase, I managed to get all the upgrades for weapons, armor, dodge, potions, extra gems and other treasures and still have a slew of gems available to spend. I had a lot of fun with this game.

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RPG Combat + Boggle = Letter Quest – Grimm’s Journey

Although it’s been out for a while, I just picked up a copy of Letter Quest – Grimm’s Journey for the iPad and have been going to town. I’m a big fan of word games like Boggle, Bookworm and Dungeon Scroll and I thought the RPG elements of Swords and Poker made that game a heck of a lot of fun. Now, Letter Quest is combining similar RPG elements to make something that is very easy to pick up, but offers a slew of variety.

The goal of Letter Quest is simple – given a set of tiles, spell out the best word possible for the greatest number of points. Those points are then turned into attack damage against an opponent. Each attack drops the hit points of your opponent. Bigger words and words using rare tiles equal more damage.

From there, Letter Quest does a really good job of building in RPG elements like armor for protection against counter attacks, potions to heal to keep the battle going, better weapons that do more damage, spell books that increase the power of certain letters and length of words as well as a variety of play styles. For example, some rounds are timed against an opponent, while others need to be completed in a certain number of words. For other monsters, certain letters are not allowed, such as no damage is taken for words that contain the letter A. Then you have the opposite where more damage is done for using certain letters.

Additional variations include having to use top row letters or corner letters. Then there are counter attacks where letters lose their value due to plague or being cracked. Letters can also shuffle out of play after a word is played. Some tiles may become blocked an unplayable, while others may cause damage to you if played. For some rounds, crystals can be used which increase healing, protection and damage done.

Finally, there are the Boss rounds and Crystal Rounds. These are higher level opponents that usually have a special ability or restriction on how tiles can be used. Words may have to be over or under a certain limit to do damage. Or, words may have to start with a vowel. It might that words over 6 letters have no effect, while words of 3 letters do the most damage.

Each round ends with the collection of gems. These gems are used to upgrade weapons and armor as well as buy spellbooks, potions and other abilities.

I think the combination of RPG elements and Boggle like features blend really well together. Letter Quest is simple to learn, but has lots of variety to keep it interesting. Monsters come with unique abilities so you have to employ a little strategy not just spell the same words over and over again.

You can get Letter Quest for free with some ads displayed at the bottom of the screen and out of the way. If you want to directly support the game and remove ads, you can make an in-app purchase of $2.99, which I think is a very fair price for what you get and the amount of time you can spend playing.

I’ve completed 17 levels and have done the first pass on 25 with plenty more still to go. If you’re a fan of words game and want to spice things up a bit, Letter Quest has a lot to offer. You should get plenty of use out of it and I certainly think it has the, "one more level" quality going for it.

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Topping out with a Trillion Dollars in Crime City

Well, I figured this day was eventually going to come around. There was sort of no way to avoid it. Over the weekend, I topped out my bank account at over $1 Trillion dollars and have a current IPH of $393.7. Others have done the same thing, but I figured I would showcase this silly little achievement.

I also think this might also be a good time to step away from Crime City. While it’s amusing to generate the cash and put up the buildings, the game has sort of run it’s course. We’re in a cycle of doing the same thing over and over again. The new events are just a rehash of old ideas and it’s nothing but Syndicate events. We’re basically going around in circles and I haven’t finished any of the actual Solo goals in more than a year.

With that, probably time to put this away. Maybe I’ll keep putting up the LTBs or maybe I’ll just let my buildings sit out there stocked with cash so others can have the great glee and satisfaction of robbing them.

We’ll see what happens, but my time spent in the game will be pretty minimal now. But just to ask, anyone else stockpile a trillion in cash? What else are you doing in the game? Where do we go from here?

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Little Man Diner Limited Time Building (LTB) – Building Payout and Upgrade Cost – Crime City

So here is the next LTB, the Little Man Diner which has a small footprint and somewhat meager output. This is pretty much the norm these days. As usual, it’ll cost over $30 Billion to upgrade all the way. If you have the right modifiers you can drop that by half. the reward for each level is – Sinful Hot Cocoa atk-338,000 def-182,000 with +1% Explosive Defense. Not a great reward as you can get better by completing the first couple of levels of the latest Elite event.

Yes, no prizes for guessing I have two of these upgrading already. They may not be the coolest buildings, but I’m still going to buy and upgrade them. That’s just the way I do things. 🙂

As an aside, I’m steadily climbing to the next big money tier.

Base building cost and payout

Level Cost Income Hours
1 $130,754,944 $1,029,090 24
2 $218,360,756 $2,058,180 30
3 $364,662,463 $3,601,815 36
4 $608,986,314 $5,659,995 42
5 $1,017,007,144 $8,232,720 48
6 $1,698,401,930 $11,319,990 54
7 $2,836,331,224 $14,921,805 60
8 $4,736,673,144 $19,038,165 66
9 $7,910,244,150 $23,669,070 72
10 $13,210,107,731 $30,872,700 78
Total $32,731,529,800.00    

Building Payout with Modifiers

Level Payout +35% Payout +65%
1 $1,389,272 $1,697,999
2 $2,778,543 $3,395,997
3 $4,862,450 $5,942,995
4 $7,640,993 $9,338,992
5 $11,114,172 $13,583,988
6 $15,281,987 $18,677,984
7 $20,144,437 $24,620,978
8 $25,701,523 $31,412,972
9 $31,953,245 $39,053,966
10 $41,678,145 $50,939,955

Building Upgrade Cost with Modifiers

Level Upgrade -30% Upgrade -51%
1    
2 $152,852,529 $106,996,770
3 $255,263,724 $178,684,607
4 $426,290,420 $298,403,294
5 $711,905,001 $498,333,501
6 $1,188,881,351 $832,216,946
7 $1,985,431,857 $1,389,802,300
8 $3,315,671,201 $2,320,969,841
9 $5,537,170,905 $3,876,019,634
10 $9,247,075,412 $6,472,952,788
Total $22,820,542,399 $15,974,379,679

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