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The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

Having floored the critics with is multi-award-winning interactive comic book adaptation The Walking Dead: The Game, Telltale Games is prepping fairytale-inspired follow-up The Wolf Among Us for the App Store. Based on another comic book property - this time the Fables series - The Wolf Among Us casts you as Bigby Wolf, a man with more than a little animal inside him. It's up to Wolf to get to the bottom of a grisly murder, the solving of which will involve interacting other characters pulled from the pages of folklore. Along the way, you'll be forced to make difficult decisions which could have huge repercussions further on in the game. As you can see from the trailer (above) fans…


Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

Echo Prime, the new sci-fi action-RPG from Hero Academy creator Robot Entertainment, has just warped onto the App Store. While Hero Academy took a turn-based approach to its fantasy fisticuffs, Echo Prime is all about real time swordplay and flying lasers.  Cast as a space marine-looking security operative, you have to a series of vessels and fight your way through an intimidating roster of bio-mechanical aggressors. Helping you along the way are Echoes - ethereal spirits who grant you special powers and perks which can be triggered during battles. There's a touch of Hero Academy's asynchronous multiplayer mojo in the mix, too. If you like, you can call upon other player's Ec…


Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

Everyone's favourite floaty-limbed hero is set to dash onto the App Store again next month. You see, Ubisoft, custodian of the Rayman series, has just announced that auto-runner sequel Rayman Fiesta Run will be available on iOS from November 7th. If you're familiar with last year's Rayman Jungle Run, then you'll understand why we're so excited for this fiery sequel. By combining the visual style of gorgeous console platformer Rayman Origins with short, ingenious levels, and a simple one-touch control scheme, developer Pastagames cooked up a real winner with Rayman Jungle Run. Though this follow-up has been developed by Ubisoft Casablanca, it looks like the team has stuck pretty close to…


DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

Review MADFINGER Games, a.s. By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

In a world filled with derivative grey zombie shooters, how do you make yours stand out from the shambling crowd. In the case of Madfinger's 2012 hit Dead Trigger, the answer was simple: make it look fantastic. However, though it was definitely one of the prettiest games on the App Store, it was let down by repetitive gameplay, dull enemies, and freemium grind fatigue. With Dead Trigger 2, Madfinger has attempted to inject some variety into the series, adding new zombie types, more va…

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Terraria 2 should launch on iOS alongside PC version

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Terraria 2 should launch on iOS alongside PC version

In the fight for the title of best 2D craft-'em-up on iOS, there are two major contenders: Terraria, and Junk Jack X. As you have probably noticed from AppSpy's ongoing series The Junk Jack X Files, we've taken to Junk Jack X in a big way. Developed from the ground-up for touchscreen devices, it features a slightly more intuitive interface than Terraria's, and more refined movement controls. However, the fight for mobile supremacy is not over. Terraria creator Andrew Spinks is preparing the battleplan for a second volley, revealing that Terraria 2 should arrive on iOS around the same time that the PC version is launched. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, Spinks said: "I am wanting to code Terra…


Dead Space talent behind F2P shooter Lawless

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Dead Space talent behind F2P shooter Lawless

Publisher DeNA is having a stab at merging third-person shooting and free-to-play mechanics in upcoming gallery shooter Lawless. This 1990s-based blaster is the result of a team-up between two studios: Scattered Entertainment (responsible for freemium FPS The Drowning), and EightPixelSquare (founded by members of the Dead Space: Extraction team). According to Scattered Entertainment head Ben Cousins, Lawless will be "an intense skillful game designed as an ode to classic 'light gun' shooters and filled with the retro Californian feel of '90s bank robber movies." As you can see from the trailer (above), you'll be discharging rounds into law enforcers as you attempt to complete heists in…


EA is developing a mobile version of Battlefield

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
EA is developing a mobile version of Battlefield

Get ready to step back into the line of fire, military shooter fans: EA is currently is working on a mobile version of its Battlefield series. During an interview with the New York Times, head of EA's mobile development Frank Gibeau revealed that his team is in the process of bringing the console shooter franchise to smartphones and tablets. "We are working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance," Gibeau said. Having pointed out that Battlefield's Commander Mode also supports tablet-based play, Gibeau touched on another aspiration for the Battlefield series: cross-platform play. "We're embarking on something no one has ever done before - to get these g…


Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

The sequel to sound-based horror game Papa Sangre is hoping to make a big bang when it manifests on the App Store this Halloween. Like its predecessor, Papa Sangre II lets you step into the afterlife, and challenges you to escape using only one of your five senses: sound. Using your thumbs to tap out your character's footsteps, you must guide yourself around the Land of the Dead in complete darkness. To help you work out where you are, the game pipes 3D-emulating binaural sound through your headphones, allowing you to orient yourself by judging the distance and direction of objects in the environment. If that wasn't spine-tingling enough, developer Something Else has enlisted the vocal t…


The blue blur is back in Sonic 2 Remastered next month

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
The blue blur is back in Sonic 2 Remastered next month

SEGA is porting a couple of its better Sonic games over to iOS this winter - namely Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed. Fans of the spikey-haired rodent may already own the first mobile version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which appeared on the App Store back in 2010. However, if the revamped version of Sonic the Hedgehog is anything to go by, this enhanced edition of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will bring some control improvements, and iron out a few performance-related creases. If racing is more your bag, then you'll be pleased to hear that the sequel to the refreshingly decent Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing will also be gracing the App Store in December. We pra…


Neurokult Review

Review Joerg Doneit By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Neurokult Review

Playing Neurokult is a stressful experience. Not stressful in a bad, 'the kids need new shoes and I spent my last paycheck fixing that leaky pipe in the water closet' way. The good kind of the stressful, where you're trying to keep 20 neon plates spinning as you dash barefooted between them on a moving electrified conveyor belt. Behind its computer chip aesthetic and hacker terminology, Neurokult is colour-matching puzzler. Each level presents you with a wall of coloured discs travell…

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The LEGO Star Wars series coming to iOS in 2014

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
The LEGO Star Wars series coming to iOS in 2014

Mobile gamers are no strangers to the charms of the LEGO games. Both the LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes franchises found their way onto the App Store, and did a pretty good job of recreating the humour and action of the console games. However, if you've been itching for developer Traveller's Tales to port the LEGO Star Wars titles over to your iPhone, then prepare to have your itch well and truly scratched. According to a report from Star Wars fan site Jedi News, Disney has given the go-ahead to bring the plastic adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi to Apple phones and tablets, with iOS versions of the original LEGO Star Wars games set to appear ne…


Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Review Warner Bros. By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Batman: Arkham Origins Review

The Batman found in NetherRealm's latest iOS brawler Batman: Arkham Origins is not the Batman with which you might be familiar. Sure, he's got his flying fists of vengeance, and a utility belt packed with batarangs and gadgets. And yes, he dishes out violent justice to a neverending procession of Gotham's most sociopathic. However, this Batman has limits - limits placed upon him by Arkham Origin's freemium structure. Unlike the driven, relentless crime fighter depicted in DC's comics…

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Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Dead Trigger, developer Madfinger's visually arresting entry into the zombie-shooter sub genre, was one of the surprise hits of 2012. As anyone who has ever typed the letter 'z' into the App Store's search bar will know, zombie games are ten-a-penny on iOS. Like the undead hordes that they portray, these games continue to shamble relentlessly towards us, with every fallen, bullet-ridden carcass immediately replaced by five more.  There was something about Dead Trigger, however, that managed to cut through the swathe of deadite-blasters and plunge a pipe wrench into the heart of mobile gamers everywhere. On October 23rd, Madfinger will release Dead Trigger 2. We've just got our hands…


Get Machinarium: Pocket Edition for your iPhone now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Get Machinarium: Pocket Edition for your iPhone now

I know we gave you a heads-up about the iPhone version of Machinarium last week, but if any game deserves to be repeatedly pushed to the front of your mind, it's this one. Machinarium: Pocket Edition is an iPhone-optimised version of Amanita Design's beautiful point-and-click adventure. Released on PC in 2009, it tells the story of a young robot who must travel across a wasteland to the strange city beyond in search of his girlfriend. Packed with brain-testing puzzles, an collection of eccentric robot characters, and gorgeous, rust-addled environments, Machinarium is a genuine delight, and one of the best point-and-click adventures in recent memory. If you already have Machinarium on i…


Step into Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Step into Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War now

Free-to-play specialist DeNA has just brought classic RPG property Dungeons & Dragons to iOS. You can leave your character record sheets and d20s where they are, though. This particular journey into The Forgotten Realms is less involved than your average D&D campaign, focusing less on character development, and more on the clanging of steel-on-steel. Arena of War is a top-down "battle roleplaying game" which puts players in charge of a small group of adventurers who are just itching for a fight. There are quests to tackle, powers to unlock and equip, and massive monsters to defeat. Your average Saturday evening in Krynn, then. Also, if you're an ardent fan of D&D mythos, yo…