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Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Though we've seen a few Trials-esque games make their way onto iOS - Motoheroz and Joe Danger leap immediately to mind - we haven't been able to play Redlynx's original motorbike stunt-racer on our mobiles.  Until now. As of today, Trials Frontier, the first official mobile instalment of the Trials franchise, is available to download from the Canadian App Store. It should be noted that this is a soft launch version of Trials Frontier, and does not necessarily represent the quality of the finished product. Still, these restricted releases generally give us a good idea of what to expect from the global release. With that caveat out of the way, we invite you to check out our Trials Fro…


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas out on iPhone and iPad tonight

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas out on iPhone and iPad tonight

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is hitting the UK and US App Stores tonight. Rockstar's ultra-ambitious first visit to San Andreas was the biggest GTA game ever to be released when it was released on the PS2 back in 2004.  The gangstar epic follows the story of CJ, a streetwise kid who returns to Los Santos following the death of his mother. Naturally, as this is a GTA game, it isn't long before the grieving process ends and the bullets start flying. The iOS version, which will run on both iPhone and iPad, has been smoothed and improved for those unforgiving retina displays. Enhancements include remastered HD graphics, better lighting, and real time shadows and reflections. You'll a…


Freemium kart racer Angry Birds Go! now available from App Stores everywhere

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Freemium kart racer Angry Birds Go! now available from App Stores everywhere

The lights are green and the race is on - Rovio's new kart racer Angry Birds Go! is now available from App Stores worldwide. Instead of lobbing birds at pigs as we've all been programmed to do, anyone who download Angry Birds Go! will find themselves hurtling around a race track in a hastily battered-together go-kart.  Essentially a freemium take on the Mario Kart formula with added feathers, the game lets you upgrade your ride, race as both birds and pigs, and use special powers to give you the edge on the tarmac. Also, if you happen to have any of those Telepods from the Angry Birds Star Wars games, you can scan them into the game. Ever wanted to see Obi-wan race a pig in a…


Santa goes all Tomb Raider in festive Temple Run 2 update

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Santa goes all Tomb Raider in festive Temple Run 2 update

Nothing says Christmas like a grubby archaeologist legging it down a narrow pathway with a priceless artifact stuffed into their belt pouch. Okay, that was a lie. There's nothing remotely Christmassy about Temple Run 2. Which is presumably why Imangi have been forced to artificially inject some festive cheer into its endless-runner sequel via the game's latest update. Now, provided you've downloaded the update, you will be able to jog merrily towards a sense of seasonal goodwill by taking control of Father Christmas himself. Quite what Santa's doing running away from a giant skull-faced monster we're not sure. But he's there nonetheless. Because it's Christmas. The update also lets you…


TinyCo and Fox are bringing The Griffins to iOS in new Family Guy game

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
TinyCo and Fox are bringing The Griffins to iOS in new Family Guy game

Fox and TinyCo have revealed that they are working on a free-to-play mobile game based on Family Guy. According to Fox, the interactive version of Seth MacFarlane's hit animated sitcom will be coming to the App Store in 2014, and will allow players to explore the city of Quahog. Though the official character roster has yet to be announced, we do know that the city will be full of familiar faces from the TV series. The game will also feature a new story developed specifically for the project. Speaking to Polygon, TinyCo's Andrew Green revealed that resource management elements will play a part in the Family Guy game. However, he insists that the team is dialled-in on the game's narrative…


Oceanhorn developers '99 percent sure' there will be a sequel

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Oceanhorn developers '99 percent sure' there will be a sequel

Cornfox & Bros., the developer behind Zelda-like RPG Oceanhorn, is planning on expanding the game's universe, most likely via an iOS sequel. Though it's been less than a month since Oceanhorn appeared on the App Store, the game's creators are already looking to the future. And the future, it seems, contains more Oceanhorn. Speaking to sister site PocketGamer.biz, Cornfox & Bros. member Antti Viljamaa revealed that in addition to considering porting the game to other platforms, the team is planning new content which may allow Oceanhorn to break free from its traditional RPG mold. "Quite possibly, the future versions or sequels will give us room to experiment a little bi…


Cut the Rope 2 coming exclusively to the App Store on December 19th

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Cut the Rope 2 coming exclusively to the App Store on December 19th

Om Nom fans are going to have a very happy Christmas indeed this year. Zeptolab is set to release Cut the Rope 2 as an App Store exclusive on December 19th, reports have confirmed. According to IGN and other sources, the first true sequel to the hugely popular candy-filled franchise will see Om Nom abducted by spiders in a hot air balloon. To save Om Nom, you must take charge of five new characters called Nommies and execute a rescue mission over 120 new levels. These levels will take place over five locations: a junkyard, a forest, an underground settting, a park, and a sandy dam. Each of the Nommies will have specific abilities suited to different challenges. For example, Roto w…


Telltale working on episodic Game of Thrones series for iOS

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Telltale working on episodic Game of Thrones series for iOS

The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games has revealed that it is creating an episodic Game of Thrones series for console, PC, and mobile. Though rumours of a Game of Thrones game have been floating around the internet for a couple of weeks, it wasn't until this weekend's VGX Awards show that we saw the proof. Here is that proof: As you can see, the trailer is designed to set the mood and tone of the forthcoming series. As this is an official collaboration with HBO, we're treated to the Game of Thrones opening theme tune, complete with promises of a 2014 release date. This announcement comes shortly after the iOS release of The Wolf Among Us, Telltale's comic book-based follow-up to it…


The Wolf Among Us Review

Review Telltale Inc By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The Wolf Among Us Review

So, you've created one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book adaptations in the history of videogames. Where do you go from there? Well, in Telltale's case, the answer is straight back into the comic store to find inspiration in another fantastical tale of desperation, death, and moral ambiguity. The Wolf Among Us puts you in the gumshoes of Bigby Wolf, the cigarette smoking, ill-shaven sheriff of Fabletown. While he looks and speaks like a classic film noir protagonist - a gruf…

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Turn your world upside down with the Monument Valley teaser trailer

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Turn your world upside down with the Monument Valley teaser trailer

Indie developer ustwo has just released the first teaser trailer for its architectural puzzle game Monument Valley - and it's a doozy. Up until today, we've only seen screenshots of the arty puzzler. Even in still images, however, the game looked fantastic, and we've been harbouring hope that those impossible environments and rotating platforms would look just as good in motion. Now that we've seen the newly released Monument Valley teaser (below), we can safely say our worries have been put to rest.  Clearly inspired by the geometry-defying drawings of Escher, Monument Valley puts you in charge of a small white figure traversing constantly evolving structures. The sneak-peek…


Exploding presents let you start Christmas with a bang in Clash of Clans update

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Exploding presents let you start Christmas with a bang in Clash of Clans update

Developer Supercell has decided to bring some pre-Christmas cheer to Clash of Clans via its newly released winter update. Download the update, and you'll find fortresses steeped in snow, twinkly lights aplenty, and the sound of sleigh bells jingling in the distance. All of which should put in you in the perfect frame of mind to march into your neighbour's village and smash up their town hall. You know - just like Santa would do. Speaking of Saint Nick, you can now enlist his holly-jolly help during scuffles. Simply say the word, and Santa will rain down explosive presents on your unsuspecting enemies.  Along with the Christmas themed additions-the update also includes a few interf…


Collect and conquer in new casual RPG Heroes of Dragon Age

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 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…