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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Hands on with Ruben is Sleepy, the game where TV powers your nightmares, and your nightmares are filled with dumb cats

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 days, 2 hours ago
Hands on with Ruben is Sleepy, the game where TV powers your nightmares, and your nightmares are filled with dumb cats

Ruben is Sleepy has something in common with bullet-hell shmup Ikaruga: it has a polarity shifting mechanic which forces you to switch the coloured charge of the hero to stay alive. However, as Ikaruga doesn't have you tumbling ever downwards through a nightmarish world of TV sets sporting pictures of cats, or sunsets, or whatever else you fevered brain cooks up, that's where the similarities end. What the hell am I talking about? Check out the video above to find out.…


Hands-on with Galcon 2, the planet swarming strategy sequel where triangles conquer the universe

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 days, 4 hours ago
Hands-on with Galcon 2, the planet swarming strategy sequel where triangles conquer the universe

Galcon was a smart and sexy little strategy game. The simple premise (conquer all the planets onscreen before your opponent ) and intuitive tap-to-attack controls made it a perfect fit for short bursts of touchscreen gaming. The sequel, Galcon 2, is set to hit the App Store later tonight. There have a been a few changes, both to the multiplayer aspect and the payment model. Do these tweaks improve the experience? Check out the video above to learn more.…


Hands-on with Dead Run, the game which lets you hit home runs with zombie skulls

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Dead Run, the game which lets you hit home runs with zombie skulls

Yes, it's a game with running and zombies in it. We know, okay.We don't make the damn things, we just cover them. Stop looking at us like that. Look, it exists, and there's nothing we can do about it now. Best we all just watch the video above, and then move on with our lives. …


Hands-on with Yellow House, the point-and-click adventure which lets you put rats on the heads of old men

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 days, 6 hours ago
Hands-on with Yellow House, the point-and-click adventure which lets you put rats on the heads of old men

I'm not sure how to describe Yellow House. In the simplest terms, it's a point-and-click adventure about memory - specifically, one man's ability to recall his past In practical terms, it's a game about dragging men off the ceiling, turning mutant rats into house cats, and transforming a hotel patron into a hat stand. You'd best watch the video above. It'll make things much clearer.…


Hands-on with Polyform, the game which lets you grope a Rubiks cube in space

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Polyform, the game which lets you grope a Rubiks cube in space

Okay, so that title may not be entirely accurate. Polyform is a game about cubes - specifically, a cluster of multi-coloured cubes floating in the cosmos. It's your job to add similarly coloured cubes to this weightless congregation of angles, and vapourise segments of the structure block by block. So yeah, it's a colour-matching puzzler. However, the 3D twist turns it into something a little different, and kinda cool. Check out the video above to see what I mean.…


Hands-on with Papers, Please, the excellent and sobering border control nightmare

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Papers, Please, the excellent and sobering border control nightmare

You probably already know about Papers, Please. Critics and players alike gave been singing the game's praises ever since it arrived on PCs late last year. Thankfully for iOS players, this fascinating and troubling glimpse into the life of a border control officer located on the perimiter of a fictional, totalitarian state is now live on the App Store. I went hands-on with the iPad build to see whether the mobile version has crossed the App Store borders in tact.…


Hands-on with Tales from the Borderlands, the sassy, tappy Telltale adventure series

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Tales from the Borderlands, the sassy, tappy Telltale adventure series

There's no escaping Telltale at the moment. With the debut episode of its new Game of Thrones series hitting iOS last week, you'd think they'd let iPhone and iPad owners catch their breath before unleashing another IP onto the mobile platform. Instead, the team barely paused to sip a martini and light a cigar with a $100 bill before unleashing Tales from the Borderlands onto the App Store. For those not in the know, the game is a narrative-driven take on Gearbox's hugely successful shooter franchise. To see what such a thing might look like, just check out the video above.…


Hands-on with Snowboard Party, the thrill-seeking stunt racer which is all about the XP

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Snowboard Party, the thrill-seeking stunt racer which is all about the XP

I'm in two minds about Snowboard Party. On the one hand, the game is a surprisingly slick mobile interpretation of the SSX-style stunt racers popularised on consoles during the last decade. However, given the emphasis the game places on earning XP to unlock everything from tracks to characters to boards, I'm a little concerned about how long it takes to progress, and how obviously the IAPs are pushed - especially considering this is a premium release. Check out my hands-on to see what I'm talking about. …


Hands-on with Sneaky Sneaky, the utterly gorgeous top-down stealth-'em-up

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Sneaky Sneaky, the utterly gorgeous top-down stealth-'em-up

I love a bit of stealth. I often answer the doorbell by climbing out my bedroom window, repelling down the side of the house, then choking the postman out and recovering my Tesco clubcard vouchers before anyone knows I was even there. So what better game to start my day with than Sneaky Sneaky, an utterly gorgeous and extremely charming stealth game which is primed to hit the App Store at midnight tonight. Check out my hands-on video to see why you should add this one to your wishlist. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Storm Rush, the super glowy, super twitchy racer

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Storm Rush, the super glowy, super twitchy racer

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping quite like a twitch racer. You've no time to think, no time to plan ahead - you rely entirely on instinct, like a frightened doormouse fleeing an alpha predator. In the case of Storm Rush you're not a doormouse, but a non-specific floating entity trying to avoid glowing towers of energy falling from the top of the screen. Not quite as threatening as a chasing cheetah, perhaps, but it got my pulse up nonetheless. See me playing Storm Rush - which is out right now for iPhone and iPad - in the video above.…


The Banner Saga 2 will be coming to mobile, hopefully next year

News By James Gilmour, 1 week, 2 days ago
The Banner Saga 2 will be coming to mobile, hopefully next year

More vikings! More snow! Even bigger beards! These are just three of the things we're hoping will feature in the upcoming sequel to wintery RPG The Banner Saga, which has just been confirmed for mobile devices. If you want to see the first footage of The Banner Saga 2 in action, and hear quotes from the developer, check out the video above.…


Sons of Anarchy to get its own The Walking Dead-style game series on mobile

News By James Gilmour, 1 week, 3 days ago
Sons of Anarchy to get its own The Walking Dead-style game series on mobile

With the final episode of the final series of Sons of Anarchy nearly upon us, we've already begun saying our farewells to Kurt Sutter's lovable bunch of leather clad bikers. However, Tuesday's finale may not be the end after all - at least not if you own a mobile phone. Check out the video above for more details.  …


Roller Polar Review

Review Nitrome By James Gilmour, 1 week, 3 days ago
Roller Polar Review

Dev studio Nitrome is making a bit of a name for itself. Landing on our radar last year with the excellently chilly physics puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, the team has once again looked to arctic conditions as inspiration for its latest mobile game. This time its Roller Polar, a twitch game that all about leaping over rocks, trees, birds, and snowmen. Seriously - don't get us started on the snowmen. Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater explains why you should really consider giving fros…

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Play The Witcher Battle Arena right now (if you happen to live in Sweden)

News By James Gilmour, 1 week, 3 days ago
Play The Witcher Battle Arena right now (if you happen to live in Sweden)

If you happen to have a Swedish App Store account, then you can now play CD Projekt Red's new mobile MOBA The Witcher Battle Arena right now. The game is only in soft-launch at the moment, and therefore limited to a single country at present. To learn more and see the game in action, check out the video above.…


See the first images of upcoming mobile shooter Borderlands Online

News By James Gilmour, 1 week, 3 days ago
See the first images of upcoming mobile shooter Borderlands Online

So it seems that Borderlands is coming to mobile devices in full first-person glory next year.  This new extension of Gearbox's irreverent shooter series is called Borderlands Online, and will take the form of a cross-platform MMO. What's more, we have the first images. Check out the video above to learn more.…