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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Nouch'

Penny Arcade Adventures To Continue On iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Penny Arcade Adventures To Continue On iPhone

Indie developers Zeboyd Games are hard at work on a new Penny Arcade game - the sequel to Hothead's 2008 title Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 2. And Joystiq reports that it's coming to the iPhone - a first for the series. Based on the popular Penny Arcade gaming webcomic, Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (or PA3, for short) follows the adventures of Gabe and Tycho in a steampunk world full of sinister mystery and Lovecraftian monsters. And mimes. Best known for their irreverent RPG Cthulhu Saves the World, Zeboyd Games sound like the perfect studio to take on development duties, then. Set for release sometime in 2012, PA3…


Infinity Blade's Price Slashed To 99c For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Infinity Blade's Price Slashed To 99c For A Limited Time

Chair's iPhone epic Infinity Blade is currently available for just 99c, down from its usual price of $5.99. Released back in 2010, Infinity Blade wowed players and critics alike with its unprecedented (for the platform) graphical quality. In essence, it showed the world just how powerful Apple's dinky little superphone was under the hood. Oh, and the game's pretty fun to play, too. As you explore the God King's labyrinthine castle, you'll encounter twisted monsters and hulking sentries at every turn. Using innovative swipe-to-slice controls, you must defeat these beasts in single combat, using your sword, shield, and powerful magicks. Its controls are perfect, its graphics are exception…


Far Cry and Crysis Dev Release App Store Debut Game Fibble

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Far Cry and Crysis Dev Release App Store Debut Game Fibble

Crytek, the developers behind blockbuster games such as Crysis and Far Cry, have released their first game for the iPhone. It's called Fibble, and it has you flicking and rolling your tubby alien protagonist around a host of levels. Although there's considerably less alien genocide here than you'd find in traditional Crytek fare, this cutesy physics-puzzler is an intriguing proposition. After his tiny spaceship crash lands in a family home, Fibble finds himself alone. To return home safely, he'll need to reassemble his crew - and that means exploring this strange new environment. Fortunately, Fibble's crew is a skilled bunch. And once found, they'll be able to help you navigate this alie…


Blueprint 3D Goes Free For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Blueprint 3D Goes Free For A Limited Time

For the very first time since its release last November, Abstract puzzler Blueprint 3D is available as an App Store freebie. FDG's game presents you with a scrambled 3D blueprint which can be spun along its axes. Your challenge is simply to manipulate the image until its fractured lines come together to form a cohesive whole. It's not as simple as just pawing at your touchscreen in the hope of a lucky guess, though, and if you're playing in pursuit of those precious three-star ratings, you'll have to be fast and accurate to succeed. We adored Blueprint 3D's quickfire puzzling, and we made our feelings known in front of friends and family in the form of a glowing 5/5 AppSpy review. There'…


The King of Fighters-i- Is Reduced To $2.99 For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
The King of Fighters-i- Is Reduced To $2.99 For A Limited Time

SNK Playmore's iPhone interpretation of their venerable The King of Fighters franchise is currently available at a discount price. The King of Fighters-i- is now $2.99, down from its usual price of $6.99. Offering four different single-player modes and local multiplayer options, The King of Fighters-i- is a comprehensive package, which boasts a deep fighting system and superbly animated brawlers. We loved the game's touchscreen interface and beautifully rendered arcade action, awarding the title full marks in our AppSpy review last year. What's more, the game's only got bigger and better since its release, for the original cast of 14 fighters has been expanded to an impressive 20. You're…


Lunar Racer Is Free To Download For A Limited Time Only

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Lunar Racer Is Free To Download For A Limited Time Only

Super Stickman Golf isn't the only game from Noodlecake Studios that's currently available for nowt on the App Store. The firm's excellent 2D driving game Lunar Racer is currently available free of charge for a limited time. Lunar Racer is - in the words of the developers - a mash-up of Tiny Wings and Mario Kart, which combines the hilly momentum-gathering of the former with the weapon-enhanced motoring of the latter. Competing against AI drivers or local multiplayer rivals on the bumpy surface of a tiny moon, you'll have to contend with treacherous low-grav terrain and the constant threat of a guided missile homing in on your tailpipe. We had oodles of fun playing Lunar Racer, and altho…


Incoming Update To Draw Something Will Bring Social Network Integration and More

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 4 months ago
Incoming Update To Draw Something Will Bring Social Network Integration and More

OMGPOP have outlined the contents of the next update for their social mega-hit on iPhone Draw Something. The first of these is designed to make the game that little bit more social, handing users the ability to share drawings over Twitter and Facebook or save them straight onto the iPhone. So, you can expect your news feeds and timelines to be inundated with childlike scribblings very soon. An undo button is also promised, and this minor addition will be welcomed by clumsy players worldwide (me included), as it allows you to remove your last brush stroke without the need for precision erasing. Finally, you can expect more words, an increased maximum streak (changed from 99 to 999), and i…


Super Stickman Golf Goes Free For A Limited Time Only

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Super Stickman Golf Goes Free For A Limited Time Only

Noodlecake's arcade golfing game Super Stickman Golf is currently available from the App Store free of charge. Boasting 261 holes to play through, a range of crazy power-ups to exploit, and full support for Game Center leaderboards, this is one of the more content-rich App Store freebies we've seen recently. As if you needed further incentive to help yourself to a free game, we can also tell you that Super Stickman Golf is something of an AppSpy favourite, earning itself a 5/5 in our review. This is strictly a limited-time offer, though, so you'll want to hot-foot it over to the App Store now, before they 'drive' the price back up. Ahem.…


Angry Birds Space Is Out Now On iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Angry Birds Space Is Out Now On iPhone

Angry Birds Space, Rovio's first proper follow-up to the App Store phenomenon that is Angry Birds, is out now. The iPhone version is currently priced at 99c. Retaining the bird-flinging gameplay of its predecessors, Angry Birds Space transplants the action to a new setting: outer space. This allows for plenty of new gameplay mechanics, including slow motion, low gravity, and light speed destruction. There are 60 levels of pig-bashing action to work your way through, and - as is the norm with the Angry Birds franchise - regular free content updates are promised. If you're still not convinced, then you won't have long to wait until the publication of the definitive AppSpy review. Just watc…


Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP On Sale For One Day Only

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP On Sale For One Day Only

The award-winning pixel-art adventure game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is currently available for just $1.99 (Universal app) or 99c (iPhone), in a one-day sale to mark yesterday's vernal equinox. It's one of the more unusual reasons given for an App Store discount we've seen on AppSpy, but we'd encourage you to take advantage, nonetheless. After all, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP won the 2010 Independent Games Foundation (IGF) Mobile award for Achievement in Art. Much more importantly, we loved it, too - our 'award' was a glowing 5/5 review. The game itself is hard to discuss without spoiling its elegant storyline, but it casts players as a warrior monk exploring a be…


World of Warcraft Could Soon Be Ported To the iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
World of Warcraft Could Soon Be Ported To the iPhone

World of Warcraft (WoW) may yet appear on the iPhone, for the chaps at Blizzard are actively considering ways of bringing their MMO baby to mobiles. That's according to senior World of Warcraft producer John Lagrave, who discussed Blizzard's plans with Eurogamer last week. We won't do it until we think it's decent. But it's interesting and the world is evolving towards that little handheld device [...] It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that. But bringing the expansive World of Warcraft experience to the iPhone would be no easy task, of course, as Lagrave points out. It's hard! This is hard! Here's your platform, you've got to put an interface, what do you do…


Qualityindex.com Now Rates iPad Games and Apps

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Qualityindex.com Now Rates iPad Games and Apps

There's been no shortage of good news for iPad fans lately - what with the launch of a brand-new Retina display-equipped iPad and the iPad 2's price drop. But, here's another piece of positive news for lovers of the Apple slate. Courtesy of some friends of ours. Steel Media, the publishing house behind Pocket Gamer and AppSpy, have launched an iPad section of Qualityindex.com, the site dedicated to condensing critical opinion from the best sources into one definitive score. The iPhone Quality index - which has been highlighting the top titles on the App Store for over 18 months - already tracks more than 430,000 games and apps for Apple's super smartphone, utilising more than 195,000 revi…


Flight Control Rocket Is Out Now On iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Flight Control Rocket Is Out Now On iPhone

Flight Control Rocket, the sequel to Firemint's massively popular line-drawing game Flight Control, is available now on the App Store for 99c. Like its predecessor, Flight Control Rocket has you using your digits to map out a flight path for each craft that arrives on-screen. You have to, therefore, guide them safely to their landing zones without any collisions. On this occasion, however, instead of steering planes and helicopters to safety, Flight Control Rocket has you piloting interstellar craft with a single-fingered swipe. It's therefore 40 per cent cooler than the original game right off the bat. Flight Control Rocket game delivers the same simple but addictive gameplay that made…


League of Evil 1 & 2 Reduced To 99c For A Limited Time

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
League of Evil 1 & 2 Reduced To 99c For A Limited Time

Both League of Evil and its recently released sequel have had their prices slashed. Both games are currently available from the App Store for a mere 99c each. In this pair of 2D platformers, you seek out evil scientists around the world, and give them a good punch in the chops.   Lauded for their art styles - League of Evil is rendered in a lovely pixel-art style, while League of Evil 2 boasts a hand-drawn aesthetic - and their pixel-perfect controls, these are iPhone games for real gamers, and you'll need some serious platforming skills to see them through to the end. We gave League of Evil a perfect 5/5 in our review, and awarded League of Evil 2 an impressive 4/5 last month. The…


Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 5 months ago
Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

Award-winning multiplayer Pictionary app Charadium will be available from the App Store for free this weekend. It's usually priced at $1.99. Making it a freebie is developer On5's way of celebrating the game's recent victory at the International Mobile Gaming Awards, where Charadium walked away with the prize for Best Mobile Social Game. Charadium tasks players with drawing a given word. Other players then have to make guesses based on your cack-handed scrawls. It's great fun whether you're playing online or trying a turn-based game with friends and family - which is probably why it got that abovementioned award. Keep an eye on the App Store this weekend for the chance to pick up Charadi…