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Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 hours, 27 minutes ago
Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Quite often a game comes into the AppSpy office that you're really rooting for to be good, but winds up being a disappointment. Max Gentlemen feels like one of those. The visual comedy is spot-on, as is the soundtrack and audio FX, but the controls are awkward and the base gameplay just isn't that much fun. Take a look at my hands-on with Max Gentlemen in the video below.…


The Simpsons: Tapped Out goes all Clash of Clans in new update

News By Peter Willington, 6 hours, 27 minutes ago
The Simpsons: Tapped Out goes all Clash of Clans in new update

The Simpsons: Tapped Out gets a lot of stick in the games press for being an overly simple, mindless game of tapping and wait timers, with no creative value whatsoever, and precious few original ideas to call its own. The bods at EA Mobile have gone ahead and added a whole new element to the game, no doubt to prove the haters wrong: they've brought war to Springfield. Extremely-heavily-inspired-by-Clash-of-Clans WAR! You can still do all the tapping you like, of course, but the new update allows you to raid other players, defend Springfield from attacks, and see how Homer and the gang would fare in fantasy warfare. If you're wondering just how inspired by Clash of Clans the new update…


Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

Feature By Peter Willington, 9 hours, 27 minutes ago
Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

I... So... Okay. Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II is a crossover endless action game featuring Guile from Street Fighter and a bunch of characters from a niche anime called Eagle Talon. It's super weird, incredibly self-referential, and a little bit broken - the audio falls apart occasionally, something I captured in this recording. You might call it Kuso-ge. Obviously this is a Japan-only game for now, if you want to try it out for yourself, here's a guide on how to get yourself an iTunes account from any country you like.…


Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

When I first heard about Dynasty Warriors Blast I was elated and really rather excited. Then I got in touch with Koei Tecmo and they said there were no plans to bring it to the west and I did a little cry. Then I thought “balls to it” and decided to bring you a hands-on with the game anyway, which you can see below (and play for yourself if you have a Japanese iTunes account).…


Destiny Companion now available for iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 day, 6 hours ago
Destiny Companion now available for iOS and Android

The much anticipated spiritual successor to Halo - Bungie's new shooter Destiny - may not be out until September, but if you're an eager Destiny beaver you can go grab the companion app now. Destiny Companion lets you inspect your Guardian, compare your Grimoire score with others, and take a peek at the stats of others. You also get info on game updates, and have direct access to the Destiny forums. The eagle-eyed may notice that the app was released on 8th of June 2011, which is a fair few years before Destiny was announced. That's because it's technically a re-made version of the Bungie Mobile App, fact fans. The app will work regardless of whether you're playing on PlayStation or Xbo…


Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 9 hours ago
Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

With the App Store, it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, and that's definitely what I did as I downloaded Foodie Yama. I thought “oh this is cute and pixely and looks fun”, I'll definitely do a hands-on video for AppSpy of this. And I'm glad I did, because it is cute and pixely and fun. But it's also a bit derivative, as it's basically just Timberman but with a few extra bells and whistles. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…


Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 23 hours ago
Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Here is a small list of some of the games with characters appearing in Street Fighter X All Capcom; Lost Planet, Viewtiful Joe, Asura's Wrath, Ghost Trick, Darkstalkers, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Final Fight, and Street Fighter. So yeah, being a Capcom mega-fan, of course I had to do a quick hands-on with this currently Japan-only card battler. And here it is...…


Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Pentumble has you rolling around environments, sticking to walls, hanging upside down off of platforms, zipping around cogs, leaping over hazards, and so on. It's quick, it's tricky, and the controls are spot on. Here's me rocking through some early parts of the game for your viewing pleasure.…


All aboard the hype train from Valadeline: Syberia 3 screenshots revealed

News By Peter Willington, 2 days, 6 hours ago
All aboard the hype train from Valadeline: Syberia 3 screenshots revealed

Fans of the Syberia games have been waiting since 2004 to see how the events of Syberia 2 would resolve. Ten years is a very long time to wait, but finally there are now more details (and a few tantalising screens) of Benoît Sokal and Microids' third Syberia title. Syberia 3 is an adventure game, as you'd expect, and kicks off immediately after Syberia 2. New York corporate lawyer Kate Walker will uncover more of the mysteries surrounding Syberia, all the while interacting with the Youkol tribespeople. These screens show a marketplace of the Youkol, complete with Snow Ostriches, and our heroine Kate Walker. I'm currently working my way through the PC versions of the first Syber…


Pokemon Trading Card Game heads to iPad, AppSpy team expecting Hell to freeze over any time now

News By Peter Willington, 2 days, 8 hours ago
Pokemon Trading Card Game heads to iPad, AppSpy team expecting Hell to freeze over any time now

Josh Wittenkeller - an extremely likeable chap who talks about Pokemon on The Internet - tweeted a very interesting picture from The Pokemon World Championship in Washington DC this weekend. As you can see in that link (and the pic below), it's the Pokemon Trading Card Game running on an iPad, the first time the game has been available on a non-Nintendo portable device. According to various poke-sources, it appears to be a version of the Windows and Mac game Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, but running on a tablet. So why's this exciting? First, the Pokemon TCG is a pretty cool card game that's been going since 1996 and has a loyal following, and getting to play it on iPad is going to…


Hands-on with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, where XCOM, CCGs, and Space Marines become one

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, where XCOM, CCGs, and Space Marines become one

HeroCraft popped over an early build of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf the other day and, by gum, it's shaping up to be something pretty special. It's a turn-based strategy game, with card collecting elements, squad levelling, and an intriguing plot that's only just beginning to get started in the section of the game I'm showing you in the video below. It also features the Space Wolves, a legion of the Space Marines that has a mysterious and brutal past that's rarely explored in video games. So click play below for a super early look at Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf.…


Super Hexagon - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 6 hours ago
Super Hexagon - EncyclAPPedia

In today's EncyclAPPedia, we get incredibly frustrated that we can't last longer than 60 seconds in Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Hands-on with Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 days, 8 hours ago
Hands-on with Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Armello has been generating a bit of buzz within the PC community recently. Something of a genre hybrid, it combines elements from tactical RPGs, strategy games and CCGs, and wraps them in a big boardgame-shaped package. Yesterday, we learned that the dev team behind this colourful and charming project is also hard at work on an iPad version of the game. Naturally we were curious, and managed to get our hands on a very early build of the iOS version.  And, after spending around 30 minutes with Armello, I can safely say that the game has worked its way into my top 10 most anticipated games for 2015. It's beautiful and beguiling, and though the systems are diverse, it doesn't overwhel…


Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 days, 9 hours ago
Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

While I've seen some surprising things at this year's Gamescom, there are a few constants which provide comfort amidst the madness. The Fifa franchise is one of these constants, the latest iteration of which takes the form of Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, and is due to arrive on iOS in the very near future. Taking onboard the negative feedback Fifa 14 received regarding its gesture controls,  the team has opted to return to a button-based control scheme this year. There's now a dedicated throughball button, and the ability to active close ball control by double-tapping the floating joystick. The other big change is the franchise's new focus on Ultimate Team mode, which proved the mo…