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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

You all knew it was coming. Where a blockbuster movie franchise passes, an endless-runner tie-in is sure to follow. Following in the well-worn footsteps of Brave, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now has its own Temple Run-inspired mobile game. Below you will find a short video showing the game in action. In truth, you could probably close your eyes and imaging playing Temple Run while being chased by bees and it would do the same job. Still, I am duty-bound to supply you with footage of new games, and supply I have. Now you have to do your part. It'll only take five minutes, and then we can all forget this ever happened.…


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse magically appears on the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse magically appears on the App Store

Disney Interactive has just released its re-imagining of '90s Sega classic Castle of Illusions for iOS devices. Rather than simply tart up the original Mega Drive for the App Store, Disney has decided to port this year's PSN and XBLA release Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse onto iPhone and iPad instead. Though it shares the 2D original's castle setting and rodent lead, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a 3D platformer which constantly shifts perspective. Sometimes you'll be guiding the mousekateer from right to left in traditional platforming fashion. Now and then, however, the camera will shift to an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective or fixed angle. The cons…


Invade the Atlas Mountains against the clock in Call of Duty: Strike Team update

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Invade the Atlas Mountains against the clock in Call of Duty: Strike Team update

Activision's hybrid shooter Call of Duty: Strike Team now features even more ways to kill a dude from another country, thanks to the game's latest update. If wading through enemy territory with only a side arm and a flak jacket between you and a permanent dirt nap isn't exciting enough for you, then you might enjoy Strike Team's newly-added Beat the Clock mode. This mode has you blasting baddies against the clock, with every fallen hostile adding valuable seconds to your timer. Players who have reached XP level 16 will also find an extra map available to them. Set in the Altas Mountains, this combat zone can be explored in Time Attack and Survival modes. What's more, the dev team has i…


Jetpack Joyride developer lets you play with its huge snake in Colossatron: Massive World Threat

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Jetpack Joyride developer lets you play with its huge snake in Colossatron: Massive World Threat

Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick Studios has taken to YouTube to warn us of an incoming threat to our national security. According the video (below) a giant mechanical snake called Colossatron is tearing up capital cities, laying siege to skyscrapers and soldiers alike with a terrifying arsenal of space-age weaponry. Luckily for us, this massive metal serpent is merely a character in Halfbrick's lastest iOS project Colossatron: Massive World Threat. You will take control of the titular snake, and have to conquer earth's military defences while increasing your own firepower. To boost your weapons' capabilities, you need  to reconfigure the snake's modular 'powercores', aligning d…


Tricky sequel Touchgrind Skate 2 rolls onto the App Store after midnight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Tricky sequel Touchgrind Skate 2 rolls onto the App Store after midnight

I don't know about you, but I like my modes of transportation to have an engine and some nice, comfy seats. However, if you're one of those 'active' types who enjoys belting around concrete parks on a piece of wood nailed to a set of shopping trolley wheels, then you might want to check out Touchgrind Skate 2 when it appears on the App Store later tonight. The sequel to the popular Touchgrind Skate expands on the original game by offering a choice of skateparks in which to practise your stunts. As before, you pop these tricks by placing two fingers on the deck and using a combination of well-timed taps and flicks. There's also the option to record your best moves and share them onl…


Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Review

Review Bulkypix By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Review

Gamebooks may be a niche market, but it is amazing how many people have fond memories of them. Relying on people's nostalgia for the '80s has worked for many gamebook publishers, and now Joe Dever, author of the infamous Lone Wolf series has thrown his hat into the fray with a new four part saga. With the release of Steve Jackson's excellent Sorcery! earlier this year, however, Lone Wolf has its work cut out for it. It's an interesting take on the genre, but one which creates as many p…

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Saddle up for new Kairosoft sim Pocket Stables

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Saddle up for new Kairosoft sim Pocket Stables

Management sim maestro Kairosoft has just released its latest mobile timesink onto the App Store. It's called Pocket Stables, and it's all about running a hairdressing salon. Just kidding - it's about horses. The game puts you in charge of a ranch, and tasks you with training up your thoroughbreds to competition standard. Once you've got your fillies in fine fettle, you'll enter them in races. If any of your horses turn out to be the next Seabiscuit, then you'll unlock more races, and be entered into global tournaments. A quick glance Pocket Stables confirms that Kairosoft is up to its usual pixel-art tricks again. However, previous efforts Game Dev Story and Grand Prix Story prov…


Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall confirmed for iOS

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall confirmed for iOS

Cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns will receive a brand new campaign in 2014, developer Harebrained Schemes has confirmed. Set in the anarchic state of Berlin, the Dragonfall expansion will explore a mysterious event which took place when the Awakened world was in its infancy. As well as added a full-length campaign to Shadowrun Returns, the dev team has promised to deliver a selection of new characters, weapons, and enemies. At present, the PC and Mac versions of Shadowrun: Dragonfall has been confirmed for January 2014, when they will launch with a price tag of $14.99. However, a report by Polygon states that the iOS version is expected to follow later. We broadly approved of Shadowrun…


Oceanhorn ™ Review

Oceanhorn ™ Review

It's fair to say that many action-RPGs released in the last 15 years have been influenced in some way by the Zelda franchise. However, few games wear their inspiration as proudly as Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. Stop me if you've heard this one: You're a young boy with a mysterious backstory who is sent on a perilous quest. You're armed with a sword, shield, and bow, and must explore forests, deserts, and caverns in search of keys to unlock doors. Along the way you'll chop up…

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Get ready to explore The Room Two on December 12th

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Get ready to explore The Room Two on December 12th

Fireproof Games has just confirmed that The Room Two will be heading to iPad on December 12th. After winning widespread critical acclaim - not to mention a BAFTA award - for their gorgeously spooky logic-puzzler The Room last year, the dev team started work on what they describe as the "difficult second album". Despite the warm reception the first game received, the creative minds responsible for the indie hit were more than aware of its limitations. "We know our first game had many weak points," explains Fireproof Games' Barry Meade. "It was on the simplistic side, it took place in an overly confined world, it ended quiet abruptly, and above all else, it was too damn short." The dev d…


See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

There's no shortage of top-down hack-'n'-slash games on iOS, especially ones with retro visuals. However, we do have to give the first trailer for dungeon-crawling gore factory Hero Siege props for cramming so much carnage into two minutes. The video wastes no time with pesky details like back story or character motivation, and cuts straight to the gratuitous blood-letting. Rats, skeletons, a giant death mask which hovers eerily in mid-air - all are remorselessly slashed to ribbons within the first 30 seconds. Check it out: The game's helmed protagonist isn't some psychotic wading through a cloud of red mist, though. In fact, he's performing a public service by saving the kingdom…


Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

Fans of hiding behind vertical surfaces with guns clasped purposefully in their hands might have noticed Epoch.2 popping up on the App Store last week. The chromed cover-shooter picks up the hydraulic baton from its 2011 predecessor. It features the same swipe-to-conceal, tap-to-target mechanics as the first game, but has been upgraded with a fresh story and some shiny new weapons. In celebration of its launch, Uppercut Games has decided to lower the price of Epoch.2 to £1.99 / $2.99. That's a 50% cut, if you're counting. Anyone who's on the fence should probably check out our hands-on with Epoch.2, which you can find below. The price drop is only temporary, though, so bear that in…


See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

Zeptolab has just released the first teaser trailer for monster-feeding sequel Cut the Rope 2.  Despite being the fourth Cut the Rope game in the Russian developer's ongoing mobile franchise, the team has labelled this latest episode the "first true sequel". The teaser trailer (below) shows the series' ravenous protagonist Om Nom dangling from a rope as he is carried off into the sky, surrounded by his beloved candies. We still don't know much about the Cut the Rope 2, but both the trailer and clues from Zeptolab's PR department suggest that Om Nom will be leaving the confines of his boxes and exploring new environments. However, we have just learned that the game's full title is…


Stealth Inc. Review

Review Curve Digital Games By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Stealth Inc. Review

Stealth Inc. is a platform puzzler with a cruel sense of humour. Like Portal's Chell before him, your little clone is trapped inside a testing facility filled with laser turrets, sentry robots, and spinning saw blades. It's up to you to guide the goggle wearing lab rat through a series of wickedly constructed death mazes, hacking into computer terminals along the way to open the exit. Being a port of a PC and console, the controls have been paired down a bit. It's definitely a little…

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Epoch.2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Epoch.2 | Hands-On

For the most part, cover-based shooters have traditionally been a console experience. Ever since Gear of War popularised the magnetic wall mechanic, joypad jostlers have been inundated with third-person blasters which have you spending half the game bent double behind a pile of rubble like an arthritic bricklayer. However, in 2011, Uppercut Games brought a variation of this popular subgenre to the App Store. The game was called Epoch., and it condensed the popular cover-based shooting mechanic to a touchscreen-friendly tap-and-swipe system. We rather liked it, with our reviewer taking a particular shine to the innovate interface. Today, Epoch.2 rolled onto iOS. Our review is incoming, bu…