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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

See the first screenshots from the Final Fantasy VI iOS remake

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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, 10 months, 3 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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Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun out now on iOS

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun out now on iOS

Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun is finally available on the App Store. Originally released for Windows 8 last year, this ghoulish take on the turn-based strategy genre puts you in charge of a dead Japanese general. It's up to you to marshal your ghostly army, and cut a swathe of spiritual destruction through the forces of the underworld.  The game's humorous presentation, accessibility, and surprising depth earned it praise from critics and gamers alike. As you can see from the trailer below, it also looks fantastic. As 17-Bit Studios has kept iOS gamers waiting for so long, it has decided to throw in some bonus content previously only present on the Steam r…


Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

We've done some funny thing on our iOS devices over the years. We've chucked birds at pigs. We've cut ropes to feed candy to a small green monster.  However, we've never guided a naked man on a bicycle across an ever-shifting plane of ice and snow. Until now. You see, this bizarre scenario is precisely what you'll be faced with if you download new puzzle-platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice. Created as a kind of quasi-sequel to one of developer Damp Gnat's Flash games, Icycle: On Thin Ice comprises a series of gorgeous-looking multi-screen levels. The aim is to get your nude cyclist across the screen, collecting objects and cash - and (hopefully) picking up some clothes - along the way.…


Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

If you happen to live in New Zealand, you may have noticed that you can now download Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! from the App Store. While I don't live in New Zealand, I do have a magical portal which allows me to cross time zones, download games from faraway lands, and zip back to Blighty before my Cornflakes go soggy. Thanks to this geography-defying temporal disturbance, I have managed to coax the feathery racer onto my iPhone, and record a little hands-on so that the rest of you can see what you're missing. Remember, this is the soft launch version of Angry Birds Go!, so the game may change between now and the game's global release date, December 11th…


Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Ubisoft has just announced that Assassin's Creed Pirates, its seafaring iOS tie-in to console release Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will drop anchor in App Store waters on December 5th. However, it just so happens that we've got our hooked hands on a preview build of the privateering sim, and have been putting it through its peg-legged paces. Cast as salty scoundrel Alonzo Batilla, you must sail the seas of the Caribbean blowing up other ships, looting treasure, and generally being a bit piratey. If you want to see what all of that looks like, then cast your eyes over our hands-on video below, in which I guide you through the first 15 minutes of the game.…