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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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

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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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year ago
 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

I won't waste your time with too much intro blurb. We all know why we're here. Rockstar has just released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iPhone and iPad. When the original game appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, it was the largest and most ambitious GTA experience ever commited to disc. Now, the folks at Rockstar have given their first Los Santos adventure a lick of paint, added some snazzy new shadows and reflections, and let it loose on the App Store. Here is a 10 minute video of me playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: We will have a review for you shortly. If you can't wait for the AppSpy verdict, you can download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for £4.99 / $…


Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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…