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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Hands-on with Vainglory, the magical Metal-powered mobile MOBA

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 day, 3 hours ago
Hands-on with Vainglory, the magical Metal-powered mobile MOBA

Remember the Apple keynote a few weeks back? Remeber that studio with the silly name that came up on stage and demoed a really pretty MOBA? Well that game was Vainglory, and we've played the soft-launched version. Currently available for free in the Philippines, the game lets you take control of a variety of impressive looking fantasy beasties and set about laying waste to AI and online opponents. Pocket Gamer reviews man Harry Slater guides you through the basics of Vainglory in the video above.…


Is Assassin's Creed - Identity the mobile Assassin's Creed game we've been waiting for?

News By James Gilmour, 1 day, 4 hours ago
Is Assassin's Creed - Identity the mobile Assassin's Creed game we've been waiting for?

I'll keep this brief: Ubisoft has just soft-launched Assassin's Creed - Identity in Australia and New Zealand. Unlike the card games and companion apps Ubisoft has served up to iOS gamers in the past, this fully 3D "action RPG" is a close to a full-blown Assassin's Creed game as we've ever seen on mobile. Like its console counterpart, the game lets you explore ancient cities, leaping from rooftop to rooftop before stabbing-up some unsuspecting nobleman. Watch our hands-on with the soft-launch version of Assassin's Creed - Identity below. You can download the game right now if you live in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of the world will have to wait until 2015 for the game to go glob…


FOTONICA Review

Review Santa Ragione s.r.l. By James Gilmour, 1 week, 6 days ago
FOTONICA Review

Fotonica is an endless-runner. There, I said it. But it's also much, much more than that. It's an ode to '80s vector art. It's a mobile Mirror's Edge. It's an artsy speed sim set to by a throbbing, experimental soundscape. And, though not without issues, it's also a lot of fun, as Pocket Gamer's Craig Grannell found during his review. Watch the video above to hear the full review. Read the review transcript over on Pocket Gamer.…

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Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Review Scott Cawthon By James Gilmour, 1 week, 6 days ago
Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Five Nights at Freddy's is a weird game.  Cast as a night watchman, your job is to man the security desk at a children's restaurant. During the day, kids come to eat and be entertainent by the eatery's collection of animatronic animals, who laugh and dance and play with the squealing brats until closing time. At night, however, these souless automatons stalk the corridors of the building, looking for humans to stuff into bear suits.  It's your job to keep the building safe…

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 1 week, 6 days ago
Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

While it's fair to say that World War II has been covered from every possible angle in the gaming world, the First World War is comparatively under represented. Valiant Hearts: The Great War not only focuses on the first major global conflict of the 20th century, but does so in a far more subtle and nuanced way than your average military shooter. As Pocket Gamer's Jon Munday discovered, this point-and-click adventure uses both humour and solemnity to tell its story, a combination tha…

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CounterSpy™ Review

CounterSpy™ Review

Whether you're crawing around under a cardbox box in Metal Gear Solid, or straddling a hallway while an unsuspecting guard strolls beneath your crotch in Splinter Cell, there's nothing quite like a good stealth game. Counterspy is a cartoon love letter to espionage thrillers and cold war unease. This side-scrolling roguelike casts you as a secret agent trying to infiltrate a military base and prevent the imminent launch of a Soviet nuke. As Pocket Gamer's Giles Armstrong found, the i…

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Gemini Strike Review

Review Armor Games Inc By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Gemini Strike Review

While developer Cave has got the vertically-scrolling shooter market pretty much sewn up, games like Dodonpachi come with a fairly stiff price tag. Enter Gemini Stike, an arcade-inspired blaster with lots of lasers, big bosses, but zero barrier to entry. But can a free-to-play shmup really hold its own against the premium powerhouses already available on iOS? Jon Munday from Pocket Gamer thinks shooter fans may find room in their heart for Gemini Stike's old-skool charms, albeit with…

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Battle Riders Review

Review Valentin Ciampuru By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Battle Riders Review

Racing sims can be a bit clinical. You'll often get endless menus filled with gear ratio sliders and engine tuning options, when all you really want to do is slam your figurative foot to the floor and burn some rubber. Battle Riders is an antidote to the serious-headed racers of the world, so much so that the Deathrace 3000-inspired vehicles you drive also have massive guns slapped on the side of them.  Question is, does it deliver the high octane, armour plated goods? Watch the…

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iPhone 6: good news for games?

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
iPhone 6: good news for games?

Now that the dust has settled on Apple's keynote, it's time to take stock. We've all heard the impressive GPU stats on the iPhone 6, and gazed longingly at the massive 1920 x 1080 screen on the iPhone 6 Plus - perfect for playing the next wave of A8-powered games. But are there any downsides to Apple's decision to keep fragmenting its hardware releases? Have developers started to lose faith in the platform?  Check out the video above to see AppSpy's take on the matter.  …


The Walking Dead Pinball Review

Review ZEN Studios Ltd. By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball is an odd creature. On the one hand, it's another solid instalment of Zen's popular pinball series. You get the same realistic physics and weighty flippers that series fans have come to rely upon, and a themed table which recreates environments and situations from the critically acclaimed Telltale series. The question which Pocket Gamer's Jon Munday asks, however, is whether people really want to revisit the emotional tale of Clementine and Lee through the me…

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Duke Dashington Review

Review Jussi Simpanen By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Duke Dashington Review

What do you get when you splice Tomb Raider's spike-infested temples with 8-bit platforming sensibilities, then throw in a protagonist who takes styling tips from Wario? The answer is Duke Dashington, a swipe-based retro platformer which offers healthy doses of challenge in micro portions. As Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater discovered, getting out of a collapsing pyramid in ten seconds flat can be a tricky business.  Thankfully, the struggle is generally a rewarding one. Watch the…

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Angry Birds Stella Review

Review Rovio Entertainment Ltd By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Angry Birds Stella Review

So here we are again. Rovio has released the latest spin on its ever popular Angry Birds franchise. This time, however, the ladies are the stars of the show, with pink bird Stella taking the starring role in a new all-female cast. As Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater discovers, though, nothing much has changed beneath the game's frosted veneer. This is still Angry Birds, albeit with no dudes and added wait timers.  Is this a feminist triumph? Or is this a slightly patronising spin-off…

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The Nightmare Cooperative Review

Review Lucky Frame By James Gilmour, 4 weeks ago
The Nightmare Cooperative Review

Roguelikes are everywhere at the moment. You can't fire up iTunes without clapping eyes on a Dungelot or a Wayward Souls peeping out of the milky whiteness. However, as Pocket Gamer's Craig Granell discovered, The Nightmare Cooperative shouldn't be dismissed as yet another tile-based puzzler. Yes, it's filled with randomised dungeons and chance encounters and lots and lots of death. But there's a clever team dynamic at play that elevates it beyond the average swipe-powered puzzle adv…

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First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

News By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

The first gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella has surfaced online.  Rovio has been promoting this newest (and pinkest) addition to the Angry Birds family through US bookstore Barnes & Noble ahead of the game's release this Thursday.  Handily for those of us stuck in the UK, a member of AngryBirdsNest  was on hand to play through the first seven levels of Angry Birds Stella, and record the results on their phone. A quick glance at the video confirms that unlike the RPG-themed Angry Birds Epic, this game sticks far closer to the traditional swipe-and-fling Angry Birds formula. There are some differences, of course. Early levels are structured more like mazes, built…


Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Bioshock Review

BioShock is great. Deservedly held up as a premiere example of digital world building and interactive storytelling, it's a game which drags you through your TV and submerges you in a nightmarish world of neon and noir. Andrew Ryan's failed utopia, populated with genetically modified maniacs and lumbering, drill-armed childminders, is one of the most atmospheric, immersive, and effectively-realised video game settings ever conceived. The gameplay elegantly fuses traditional gunplay w…

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