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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Collect and conquer in new casual RPG Heroes of Dragon Age

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Collect and conquer in new casual RPG Heroes of Dragon Age

EA's historically-slanted RPG Heroes of Dragon Age is now out of soft launch, and can be downloaded by iPhone and iPad owners worldwide. Essentially a collectible card game without the cards, Heroes of Dragon Age invites players to recreate battles from the Dragon Age mythology. The aim, beyond swotting up for your fantasy history exam, is to collect as many characters as you can, and then combine these heroes with others to power up your squad. As with most CCG-style games, the battles themselves play out automatically. You job is to ensure you have cherry-picked the best fighters for each bout based on their skills, stats, and loyalties. If you need a little help f…


Punch your way through 3 pieces of history in Double Dragon Trilogy, out now

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Punch your way through 3 pieces of history in Double Dragon Trilogy, out now

Get ready to punch a hole in time itself. The first three entries in classic arcade brawler series Double Dragon are now available on the App Store. Titled Double Dragon Trilogy, this bundle from port master DotEmu reunites you with sleeveless martial artist siblings Billy and Jimmy, and invites you to batter your way though waves of violent street punks in the hope of saving Billy's kidnapped girlfriend. This three-game pack comes with options aplenty. You can choose between three difficulty modes, including one specifically tailored to touchscreen play. There's a Story mode which lets you unlock stages as you progress, or an Arcade mode for those want to try and beat the game in a sing…


Take the fight to Naboo in latest Angry Birds Star Wars II update

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Take the fight to Naboo in latest Angry Birds Star Wars II update

Angry Birds Star Wars II has just received its biggest update yet, now boasting an additional 44 levels of force-powered feather-flinging action. These new levels take the intergalactic conflict between the rebel birds and imperial piggies to the peaceful planet of Naboo.  Each faction - light side and dark side - receive 20 new levels, giving you the option to take flight and save Naboo from the Galactic Empire, or crush the Alliance beneath your bacon flavoured hoof. You'll also get access to three free characters: Captain Panaka, Zam Wesell, and Naboo's young queen Princess Padme. Finally, if you uncover the hidden maps, you'll stumble across an additional four levels. Hopefully,…


Telltale's The Wolf Among Us will slink onto the App Store tonight

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Telltale's The Wolf Among Us will slink onto the App Store tonight

Telltale has just confirmed that the first episode of The Wolf Among Us will slink onto the App Store later tonight. Already available on consoles and PC, The Wolf Among Us is Telltale's first new project since its incredibly successful The Walking Dead: The Game series. Like the company's undead opus, The Wolf Among Us is based on a comic book series - in this case, the Fables books. As we reported back in October, the debut episode of this dark fairytale puts you in the big bad boots of Bigby Wolf. Over the course of the story you will attempt to solve at least one murder, and interact with characters inspired by strange creatures from myths and legends. Given the positive reception…


See the first screenshots from the Final Fantasy VI iOS remake

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
See the first screenshots from the Final Fantasy VI iOS remake

It's only been a week since Final Fantasy IV: The After Years appeared on the App Store, but it seems that Square Enix is keen to generate buzz for its next iOS port. You see, Squeenix is bringing its '90s RPG classic Final Fantasy VI to iOS this winter, complete with snazzy new visuals. To whet our appetites for the 'remake' (which we reported on back in October), the developer has released some screenshots of the new visually enhanced mobile version. Siliconera has posted these new images alongside comparison shots from the original SNES version: SNES verson iOS version SNES version iOS version According to Square Enix producer and director Takashi Tokita, the iOS remake of…


New helicopter missions and Africa levels in Dead Trigger 2 update

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
New helicopter missions and Africa levels in Dead Trigger 2 update

The infection which powers Madfinger's zombie shooter hit Dead Trigger 2 has now spread further into Africa, thanks to the game's latest update. In addition to tweaking some difficulty levels and rebalancing a few missions, the Czech developer behind Dead Trigger 2 has added new levels set in Africa. You'll also get to test you aim on some extra sniper missions, and take to the skies in additional helicopter challenges. Said to feature over 50 new missions (well, actually, the App Store listing says "50 new gamplays", but we're guessing that's a mistranslation), the update also reduces the number of fast zombies which spawn during certain stages. Interestingly, Madfinger has also laid out…


Ridge Racer Slipstream coming to iOS on December 19th

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Ridge Racer Slipstream coming to iOS on December 19th

Twenty years since its inception, Namco Bandai's enduring arcade racing series Ridge Racer is set to skid onto the App Store. Titled Ridge Racer Slipstream, this mobile iteration of the franchise promises to teach mobile gamers the four 'd's: drift, drive, dash, and dominate. As the trailer below shows, you'll be pitting your driving skills against other souped-up supercars over 20 tracks (10 unique, and 10 reverse). This time out, there appears to be particular emphasis on customising your car. While there are only 12 vehicles initially available, you can tweak each of your rides' bodywork, wheels, and engine in over 300 different ways As for the races themselves, they seem to tick al…


Build your own iOS game with Createrria, out this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Build your own iOS game with Createrria, out this Thursday

Game-building physics sandbox Createrria is set to go live on the App Store this Thursday. Developed by Incuvo, this ambitious project aims to make the act of creating games accessible to non-coders by providing a simple set of tools that are easy to understand and fun to use. As you can see from the release trailer below, the app lets you summon and manipulate objects like platforms and power-ups, and generate enemies and obstacles, all with a series of taps. Then, once you've built your game, you simply activate it and start playing. Having gone hands-on with Createrria, I can confirm that it is extremely easy to knock-up a basic platformer or Angry Birds-style physics-flinger within…


Time is of the essence in Kemco's latest JRPG Chronus Arc

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Time is of the essence in Kemco's latest JRPG Chronus Arc

Japanese RPG factory Kemco has just spat out another of its retro-styled, fantasy themed quest-'em-ups. This one's called Chronus Arc. According the the App Store blurb, it features "familiar quests" and dungeons. Well, at least they're up front about it. The actual plot concerns powerful artifacts called Chronus Fragments. When assembled, these fragments can control the passage of time. It all sounds a bit Chrono Trigger to us, but we're sure that's just a coincidence or a paradox or something. Anyhow, it's up to you to reclaim this time shrapnel from a sinister chap named Geppel, who probably wants to use it to travel back in time to just after he was born and persuade his parents to gi…


Trade in your rocket booster for a giant mech with new Jetpack Joyride update

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Trade in your rocket booster for a giant mech with new Jetpack Joyride update

Jetpack Joyride is great and all, but I've always felt it was lacking one important element: the ability to play as an enormous homicidal robot. Thankfully, the folks at Halfbrick have seen fit to correct this terrible oversight in the game's most recent update, codenamed 'S.A.M.'  If you can get Barry to collect three tokens, then the stubble-faced aeronaut will leap into the belly of the giant mech. Check it out: What's more, if you manage to hop inside S.A.M.'s metal chassis on five consecutive days, you'll unlock some bonus costumes for Barry.  And, for those of you who already have Christmas on the brain (for shame) you can now purchase Santa's rocket-equipped sleigh, an…


Document editing suite Polaris Office reduced from $19.99 to 99c

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Document editing suite Polaris Office reduced from $19.99 to 99c

We realise that we usually focus on games here at AppSpy. Still, even dedicated gamers like ourselves (very) occasionally use our iPhones or iPads for business purposes.  The Polaris Office suite has earned a reputation as one of the better document editing apps on the App Store. Basically, it lets you edit a wide range of MS Office documents (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint pages) using your Apple tablet or phone. It also interacts with filesharing services like Dropbox, allowing you to move your edited files back and forth between handset and PC. All this functionality comes at a cost, though. When Polaris Office originally hit the App Store last year, it came with a price…


Rev your chainswords for the debut trailer of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Rev your chainswords for the debut trailer of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

Mere days after Games Workshop's tabletop corridor shooter Space Hulk lumbers onto iOS, another Warhammer 40K property has been sighted making a charge for App Store glory. According to its brand new announcement trailer, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will bring turn-based combat mechanics to the collectible card game genre, and shower both elements in a fountain of blood. Cooked up by the folks at HeroCraft, the game will be free-to-play, and is set to arrive in the spring of 2014. The trailer (above) shows some sturdy looking Space Wolves being equipped with weaponry via a card selection screen, before putting those weapons to devastating use against some Chaos Marines. As we don't ge…


Candy Crush Saga follow-up Papa Pear Saga ready to be plucked from App Stores worldwide

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Candy Crush Saga follow-up Papa Pear Saga ready to be plucked from App Stores worldwide

The pear flavoured follow-up to global success story Candy Crush Saga has just gone live on App Stores around the world. Papa Pear Saga is essentially developer King's take on PopCap's iconic ball-pinger Peggle. You chuck a marble at a floating cluster of fruit, and the marble eliminates every object it touches from the screen. There's a huge amount of luck involved in clearing a screen, but the game makes plenty of encourages noises and dole's out mad rainbow victory fireworks to make you feel like you've earned your three stars. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but if it enjoys half the success of Candy Crush Saga, then you, your mates, and your mum will all be playing it by tomor…


Enjoy a cornucopia of extras in Junk Jack X's Thanksgiving update

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Enjoy a cornucopia of extras in Junk Jack X's Thanksgiving update

We took a bit of an interest in the malleable digital playground that is Junk Junk X. So much so, in fact, that Peter and I documented some of our early, naive fumblings with the game in The Junk Jack X Files (below). However, while we were trying to work out which end of the pickaxe does the digging, the dev was busy knocking up the game's latest update. The 2.0.5 Thanksgiving update adds 100 new achievements, a collection of toys to mess around with, and some rare items to get your blocky mitts on. Of course, this is a seasonal update, so it also comes with the obligatory cornucopia full of Thanksgiving goodies. There are a ton of additional improvements in the changelog, including a…


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Review

Review Disney By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Review

Trying recapture past glories is a dangerous pursuit. Just because something worked for an audience 20 years ago, doesn't mean it's going to play to modern tastes. However, that hasn't stopped Disney from taking another run its beloved platformer Castle of Illusion. Originally released on consoles, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse draws inspiration from the 2D Mega Drive classic. Instead of a direct remake, however, this digital download is an all-new experience, featuring fre…

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