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Sorcery! Part 2 to cast its spell on the App Store tonight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Sorcery! Part 2 to cast its spell on the App Store tonight

There is a man standing before you. In his right hand, he holds an unusual book. This book has only a single glass page, upon which words and images dance across like stones skimming the surface of a lake. The man touches the glass book with his finger. Suddenly, an new image flashes into existence upon its sleek, reflective surface: Before you can ask what this terrifying image means, this man flicks his enchanted finger and the creature is gone. The picture has now been replaced with the following text. "The second chaper of Steve Jackson's interactive adventure book Sorcery! will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight. All those who seek closure should muster their courage, sha…


Tunnel-runner Octagon rolls onto the App Store tonight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Tunnel-runner Octagon rolls onto the App Store tonight

Regular readers might remember 3D auto-runner Boson X from its AppSpy review a few months back.  If you do, then the trailer (below) for Octagon, the tunnel-based auto-runner from developer Lukas Korba, might look oddly familiar. Just like Boson X, Octagon has you tapping either side of the screen to move your avatar around the interior of a tunnel in an effort to keep it on solid ground. Unlike the scientifically-themed Boson X, however, this geometric arcade title puts you in charge of a rolling octagon instead of a sprinting professor. Though there are a few of these tunner-runners around, they can be great fun when executed correctly. This one certainly looks bright, colourful…


Naught 2 Review

Review Blue Shadow Games S.L. By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Naught 2 Review

Naught was one of the better silhouette platformer-puzzlers to appear on the App Store in 2011. In it, you took control of a bipedal cat, whom you had to slide around cavernous levels by tilting your iPhone or iPad. It was tricky, but once you get a handle on the angles it was a pretty good time. Now, the spelunking feline has returned in a new game featuring spruced up animations, faster levels, and some seriously testing bosses. Most of these changes make Naught 2 a prettier, more e…

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Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

"Asphalt 8: Airborne is a patchwork quilt of arcade racing tropes stitched together with skill and affection." That's how we described Gameloft's hyper-real racer when it landed on the App Store two months ago. Now, the feature-rich racer is going free-to-play, ditching its price tag for good and inviting all and sundry to take it for a test drive. Though this might come as a bit of a surprise to players who dutifully coughed up their 69p / 99c back in August, you can see that Gameloft had laid the groundwork for a transition to freemium before the game was released. The game's comprehensive upgrade and customisation options already had a fairly freemium vibe, and an in-app payment sys…


Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

Another day, another iOS companion app for a high profile console release.  This time, it's Activision offering stat-tracking fans a free way to interact with the newly-released Call of Duty: Ghosts via their iPhone or iPad. Provided you're running iOS 6 or higher, the Call of Duty app lets you control multiplayer match settings like squad selection and weapon loadouts from your touchscreen device. If you're the territorial type, you can also set up your very own clan, and compete against rival groups to seize control of the Clan Wars map. Attacks can be co-ordinated using the built in chat system. You can even use the Clan Emblem Editor to ensure your image of a skull is the best…


LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

It's only been a couple of weeks since we learned that the LEGO Star Wars games are coming to iOS in 2014. However, it looks like Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest of the Fellowship are going to beat Skywalker and friends to the punch. According to a press release which appeared on Touch Arcade, LEGO The Lord of the Rings has its scary, flaming eye fixed on the App Store, and is expected to appear 'soon'. Given the high quality of the iOS ports of LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes and the LEGO Harry Potter series, we've got high hopes for the smartphone-friendly version of this plastic-themed trip into Middle Earth. As soon as we have a concrete release date, we'll sound the Horn of Gondor. Until…


Chippy Review

Review GLITCHE.RS By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Chippy Review

Do you thrive in high pressure situations? I bet your CV says you do. If you genuinely do perform well in high intensity environments, then Chippy might be the game for you. Chippy is a time management game in the style of Diner Dash. You man the fryer in traditional British fish and chip shop. It's your job to keep customers happy by taking their orders and preparing their greasy yet nutritious dinners in a timely fashion. Things start off simple. To cook chips, you simply grab them…

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See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

We took a shine to Mika Mobile's adorable action-RPG Battleheart when it marched onto iOS a couple of years back. Its blend of real-time combat and polished 2D visuals coupled with an impressive skill system helped it win the heart of our reviewer, and the approval of a decent number of mobile RPG fans. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that the dev team responsible hasn't been sitting on its collective hands for the past 24 months. Allow us to introduce you to Battleheart Legacy, the "spiritual successor to Battleheart: The trailer above is our first glimpse of Battleheart Legacy in action. As you can see, the series has had a major graphical overhaul, and is now sporting new (but equa…


Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

When the guy who created Tetris releases a new game, we can't help but take notice. And when tetromino godfather Alexey Pajitnov releases his latest iOS effort Dwice later this week, you'll might want to take notice too. Dwice is a shape-matching puzzler which marries the decending object mechanic seen in Tetris with the colour-matching mechanic seen in every other iOS game released in the past 3 years. The aim is to clear the screen by dragging triangles, circles, and squares through the geometric equivilants, thereby clearing the screen. To score big, you have to chaintogether as many objects as possible in a single swipe. It sounds pretty simple, but you soon learn that if you accident…


Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Thor is one of the more straightforward superheroes in Marvel's expansive catalogue. Son of Odin, the allfather and ruler of of Asgard, Thor has no alter-ego or mysterious origin story. He's a god, who comes from a realm of gods, and who likes to hit things with a big hammer. However, Gameloft's free-to-play brawler Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game is anything but straightforward. In this messy top-down smash-'em-up, our hero's combat prowess is sidelined in favour of man…

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Anomaly 2 Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Anomaly 2 Review

When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality. Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving th…

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Kingdom Rush: Frontiers gets spooky Shadowmoon update

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers gets spooky Shadowmoon update

Tower-defence sequel Kingdom Rush: Frontiers just got a bit creepier, courtesy of the Halloween-themed Shadowmoon campaign update. If battling scorpions and sandpeople wasn't already tough enough, anyone who downloads the free update will find themselves fending off waves supernatural nasties. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts - all of these evils are about to be unleashed upon your armaments.  Luckily for you, the also update provides you with two new heroes to call upon. You can now choose between vampire hunter Dante, or Dracolich expert Bonehart, both of whom are a dab hand at dealing with the forces of darkness.  In addition to the new troops, you'll get three new Halloween…


Rovio Stars gets fruity with match-3 puzzler Juice Cubes

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Rovio Stars gets fruity with match-3 puzzler Juice Cubes

Rovio Stars, the new publishing arm of Angry Birds custodians Rovio, has been pretty shrewd when choosing which games to add to its portfolio. First it threw its weight behind chilly physics puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, before putting out the genuinely delightful point-and-click adventure Tiny Thief. Given the creativity evident in those two titles, we're slightly surprised to see which horse Rovio Stars is currently backing. Titled Juice Cubes, the newest game to get the Rovio bump is a fruit-themed match-three puzzler.  Yep - another one of those. In fairness, the trailer (above) is pretty slick, and the presentation of the the game is top notch. We're just finding…


Papa Sangre II Review

Review Playground Publishing B.V. By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Papa Sangre II Review

Papa Sangre II is a game you play in the dark, on your own, and preferably with eyes closed. Rather than showing you horrific images of monsters and bloodied bodies, this unusual survival horror game pulls you into its surreal world filled of forgotten memories and brain-sucking insects using the power of sound alone. Guided by a the disembodied voice of Sean Bean, you must explore the afterlife in the hope of finding a way back to the land of the living. You're dead, by the way. Sorr…

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Sonic Lost World boss invades Sonic Dash

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Sonic Lost World boss invades Sonic Dash

If you're still playing hedgehog-oriented endless-runner Sonic Dash, then prepare to encounter new - and not-so-friendly - face. To liven things up a bit, developers Hardlight and Sega have decided to throw a boss from the recently released console and handheld platformer Sonic Lost World into Sonic Dash. This angry purple tyrant goes by the name of Zazz. You'd best get used to the sight of him, because he's going to be jumping unannounced into Sonic's path at random points throughout your Sonic Dash runs for the immediate future.  Though we didn't think much of Sonic Dash's aggressive monetisation model, we felt that the option to bank rings or gamble for bigger bonuses eleva…