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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

AppSpy's video wrap-up - The Walking Dead, Cut the Rope 2, Ridge Racer Slipstream

Wrapup By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
AppSpy's video wrap-up - The Walking Dead, Cut the Rope 2, Ridge Racer Slipstream

We know that you're a busy person. You probably shouldn't even be reading this article, what with all the jobs / tasks / children / tax returns / online RPGs competing for your love, time, and attention. We also understand that you may not have the inclination to click through pages and pages of links looking for the AppSpy videos that matter to you. So, to save you the hassle of browser tab management, we've put all the best AppSpy video previews and reviews of the week in a single place. This place, to be precise. Here is this week's AppSpy video wrap-up: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas review Rating: 4/5 We said: "Though the controls are never going to match those of the console ver…


Ridge Racer Slipstream Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Ridge Racer Slipstream Hands-On

Though developer Namco Bandai decided not to release its customary Ridge Racer title to accompany the launch of the PlayStation 4, that doesn't mean the team has been dozing off behind the wheel. You see, Ridge Racer Slipstream, a premium mobile instalment of the drift-based racing series, has just appeared on the App Store. Despite the fact it's only been out for around 24 hours, there have already been negative rumblings about the game's potentially restrictive in-app purchase system.  You'll have to wait for the AppSpy review to get our considered take on Ridge Race Slipstream's driving and IAP shenanigans. However, if you want to see what the game looking like in motion, you ca…


Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 Review

Review Telltale Inc By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 Review

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2 pulls no punches. If you hoped there would be any light at the end of season one's dark and mouldering tunnel, then this short, sharp establishing act will brutally bash those hopes to death with a bloody rock. After former protagonist Lee's unfortunate exit from the series, his once ward Clementine has become something of a lone wolf. In this new episode, you control Clementine directly, helping her face everything from imminent starvat…

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Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Colossatron: Massive World Threat, Halfbrick's monstrous take on the match-three genre, will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight. Match-three games are big business nowadays, with the like of Candy Crush Saga reaping millions of dollars on a monthly basis. However, Australian developer Halfbrick has approached the genre from a drastically different - and rather ingenious - angle. You have to monitor the progress of a giant snake-like robot which comes crashing down to earth with the intention of destroying everything in its path. Your specific job is to bolt coloured modules onto the body of the snake as and when they appear. Snap on three matching modules in a row, and your su…


Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Candy-catching sequel Cut the Rope 2 has just appeared on the New Zealand App Store. It'll be heading to the UK and US at midnight tonight, and will cost 69p / 99c. This time around, developer Zeptolab has freed loveable green monster Om Nom from his boxy prison. Turns out he's been abducted by spiders, and must munch his way through a variety of outdoor environments in order to get home. Beyond the visual changes, Cut the Rope 2 features a couple of new gamplay mechanics, and some extra characters. To help Om Nom on his quest, you'll need to take control of 5 Nommines, each of whom have a special ability.  For example, in the hands-on video above, you'll see me interact with a Nom…


Ghost no more: real-time multiplayer comes to Real Racing 3

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Ghost no more: real-time multiplayer comes to Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 has expanded the scope of its multiplayer mode, with a new update now letting you compete wirelessly with other racers in real-time. When Real Racing 3 first appeared on the App Store earlier this year, EA and developer Firemonkeys made a point of promoting the game's Time Shifted Multiplayer feature.  This neat innovation let you compete against the ghosts of other players in your Game Center list, even when those players were offline. However, due to popular demand, the Real Racing 3 team has decided to update its popular free-to-play racer with a good old-fashioned mutliplayer mode, allowing you to go head-to-head against your friends in real-time.  Accompany…


The Walking Dead: Season Two is now available for iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
The Walking Dead: Season Two is now available for iPhone and iPad

Grab your hankies and prepare to have your heart broken all over again: The Walking Dead: Season 2 has just gone live on the App Store. The first episode in this continuation of the multi award-winning interactive drama reunites us with plucky young survivor Clementine as she tries to find her way through a world ravaged by zombies. If you've played through the first season of The Walking Dead on iOS, then the decisions you made will carry over into the new narrative, directly affecting the way in which this season's story unfolds. Expect a review of the first episode very soon. If you just can't wait to find out what has happened to Clementine, then you can download Episode 1 of The Walk…


Dead Trigger 2's Christmas update adds new missions, nearly doubles the size of the game

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Dead Trigger 2's Christmas update adds new missions, nearly doubles the size of the game

It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that I was telling you about the latest Dead Trigger 2 update. Though, admittedly, that's probably because it was only a couple of weeks ago. However, Madfinger has decided that 50 new missions isn't going to be enough to see you through the apocalyptic hell that is Christmas dinner with your family. To remedy this, the dev has decided you give you an extra 150 missions via a brand new festive update. The free expansion, which apparently doubles the size of the game, features new environments located in China. We doubt you'll have much time to admire the splendours of the orient, though, as you'll be too busy blasting through the extended story m…


Clementine returns to iOS this week in The Walking Dead: Season Two

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Clementine returns to iOS this week in The Walking Dead: Season Two

Telltale is poised to release the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two on iOS this week. With reviews of the console and Steam versions of the interactive zombie drama's second coming appearing all over the internet, we were naturally a little curious as to when it would shamble onto the App Store. Handily, Telltale answered our question via Twitter, revealing that iPhone and iPad owners will be able to continue Clementine's tale before the week is over. The Walking Dead: Season Two picks up a few months after the first series - and the expansion episode 400 Days - left off, with Clementine still trying to stay alive in a zombie-infested world.  If you've already played t…


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

Review Rockstar Games By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

With both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City already available on the App Store, it was only a matter of time before Rockstar's first journey to San Andreas got the touchscreen treatment. Completing the PS2-era trilogy, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the biggest and most ambitious sandbox Rockstar had ever created. This '90s flavoured tale of street gangs and turf warfare was an enormous game, both in terms of geography and scope. It offered players the chance to…

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Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

During my daily trawl through the App Store's latest releases, I unearthed an ancient artifact of historical significance. Though it's not quite The Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant, the original Tomb Raider is an important chapter in the Big Book o' Videogames. It introduced the world to gaming's most recognisable female protagonist, Lara Croft. It was one of the first forays into the realm of full-3D platforming. And it's now available for your iPhone and iPad.  To see how Core Design's classic action-adventure game holds up some 17 years after its release, I went hands-on with Square Enix's new iOS port. Here are the results: You can download Tomb Raider I for 69p / 99c r…


Visit ice planet Cryo in festive Junk Jack X update

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Visit ice planet Cryo in festive Junk Jack X update

Christmas has come early to block-based building bonanza Junk Jack X, with a new update adding a ton of festive content to the game. First off, players will notice the appearence of a new planet in the Junk Jack X universe. It's called Cryo, and it's covered in ice, so you'll want pour some anti-freeze on that gold-plated pickaxe. Ice isn't the only weather-related phenomenon you'll be dealing with, however. The update also brings with it a real time weather system, complete with rain and snow conditions.  You won't be trudging through drizzle without a purpose, either. There are now additional objects to build and position, plus new block types and plants to discover. If the snow…


Jump between generations in pixel-art RPG Star Trek Trexels

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Jump between generations in pixel-art RPG Star Trek Trexels

Pixel-art RPG Star Trek Trexels has beamed onto iPhone and iPad. It's Star Trek, but [don't you dare - Ed] not as you know it [See me after - Ed].  Rather than stick with a single cast of characters from the sci-fi universe's various spin-off series, developer YesGnome has decided to throw fan favourites from different timelines together in a single causality defying story. As a Star Fleet Admiral, you'll have to prep your ship, the USS Valiant, and its crew for a confrontation with an ancient intergalactic threat called The Progenitors. Naturally, along the way, you'll need to explore strange new worlds and seek out yada yada yada. This involves firing off a few probes, and then eng…


Awaken the dragon in huge Infinity Blade III update on December 19th

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Awaken the dragon in huge Infinity Blade III update on December 19th

Chair has just released details of next Infinity Blade III update, which will be coming to iPhone and iPad on December 19th. Titled Ausar Rising, the update will let you step back into the past by adding the castle from the first Infinity Blade game as a playable area. According the developer, you'll also gain access to over 60 previously unseen items, and be able to natter to other warriors via an in-game chat system. Finally, two new modes will be added to the menu: Survival Arena, and Deathless Quests. Oh, and you'll get to fight another dragon. So that's good. You'll won't be able to download the Ausar Rising update until December 19th, so we suggest you work on your dragon slayin…


The Room Two iPad Review

Review Fireproof Games By James Gilmour, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
The Room Two iPad Review

There were few games released last year so perfectly tailored to touchscreen as The Room. Like the mysterious wooden box at the heart of the experience, the game was beautiful, intricate, tactile, and full of secrets. With The Room Two, Fireproof Games has opened the door, both literally and metaphorically, to another dimension of gameplay. Instead of making you focus your sleuthing skills on a single puzzle box, The Room Two has you flitting between numerous contraptions at once. And…

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