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The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3

AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. This week, James cooks an egg, and Peter gets lost in the wilderness. Will Peter find his way home? Will James find any toasty soldiers to go with his egg? Will either of them ever work out how to play this bloody game?! All this and more in The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3.…


XCOM: Enemy Unknown gets asynchronous multiplayer

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
XCOM: Enemy Unknown gets asynchronous multiplayer

We've been waiting for this since launch day, and the moment is finally here: You can now face off against your Game Centre buddies in tactical strategy hit XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Essentially a full port of the highly acclaimed PC and console title, the iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the bees knees. If those bees were alien bees, and we got to blast their extra-terrestrial knees off with our top-secret military laser cannons, that is. Bar the absence of a few maps, we had few complaints about this tip-top mobile part. The only thing it was lacking was the multiplayer mode, which allowed you to assume command of either an XCOM squad or an alien brood, and see who is the toughest: man o…


Costume Quest gets dressed up and struts onto iOS

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
Costume Quest gets dressed up and struts onto iOS

Getting in the mood for Halloween? Not sure which ghoulish costume to wear? Well here’s a suggestion: why not grab your iPhone or iPad, and draw some inspiration from Double Fine’s newly-ported fancy dress extravaganza Costume Quest. Previously available on XBLA and PSN, Costume Quest is a cutesy (but creepy) RPG, which casts you as one of two twins who have decided to go trick-or-treating. As well as gathering the obligatory handfuls of delicious candy, you must also locate items of clothing to build your perfect Halloween costume. Handilky, these costumes have transformative powers, allowing the adorable young tykes to turn into savage monsters and do battle with a host of…


Machinarium coming to iPhone next Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
Machinarium coming to iPhone next Thursday

Anamita Design's wonderfully quirky point-and-click puzzler Machinarium will finally be available on iPhone from next week. Though the hand-drawn puzzle adventure game arrived on the iPad last year, iPhone owners have had to look on with envy as iPad gamers tapped their way through Machinarium's charming world of gambling robots and dilapidated cityscapes. However, thanks to a newly-implemented pinch-to-zoom function, the Czech developer has been able to cram Machinarium's detailed world onto the iPhone's comparatively diddy screen. And in case iPad owners are feeling left out, the existing version Machinarium (which will become a Universal app) is also set to gain the pinch-to-zoom featu…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2

This week, AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. Watch as the happless duo lament the absence of dancing penguins, and spend a full five minutes trying to work out how to roast a chicken. All this and more in The Junk Jack X Files: Case 2.…


Tiny Thief Competition

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Tiny Thief Competition

We don't approve of theft, but we do approve of Tiny Thief, the cutesy stealth puzzler from Rovio Stars. Well it just so happen that we have "acquired" some unique Tiny Thief swag that we're willing to give away to you, the loyal and attractive AppSpy viewer. To stand a chance of winning a Tiny Thief poster and a one-of-a-kind handmade crochet replica of the game's adorable ferret co-star, just click on this Twitter link  and hit the retweet button before Monday October 7th. It's that simple. It's practically daylight robbery.  We'll announce the winners here, on the AppSpy YouTube channel, and via Twitter, so be sure to get those clicks in before October 7th. Good luck, and k…


News Wrap-Up | 27th September 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
News Wrap-Up | 27th September 2013

We love Cut the Rope here at AppSpy. We're not sure whether it's the clever physics puzzles, the vicarious sugar rush that comes from delivering all that candy, or the fact that Om Nom is the cutest thing I've ever seen. But whatever the reason, we think its great. So, great, in fact, that we named it one of our Top 5 games from the past 5 years. Though we've had a couple of spin-offs since the original landed - Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel - we've been waiting for developer Zeptolab to get to work on a proper sequel. Well, wait no more, candy fans: Cut the Rope 2 has been confirmed, and is coming to the App Store this very winter. According to Zeptolab, Cut…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1

Okay.  So we know many of you have been waiting for our review of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. We reviewed Terreria, the other iOS-based 2D Minecraft-a-like, a couple of weeks ago, but are aware that we have yet to share our views on its similarly blocky rival. Spolier: This isn't a review of Junk Jack X. Instead, I have teamed up with Peter Willington, handheld editor for sister site Pocket Gamer, to explore Junk Jack X in a different way. Welcome to The Junk Jack X Files.…


FIFA 14 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
FIFA 14 | Hands-On

With FIFA 14 hitting the App Store virtual shelves yesterday, we thought it only right and proper that we make video to give you guys a peek at what you can expect from the game. Unfortunately, that job fell to me, a man whose knowledge of football and football games is on a par with a moth's understanding of string theory. Or my own understanding of string theory. However, rather than crumble beneath the weight of my sporting ignorance, I decided to boot up the game, grab a microphone, and push on regardless.  Here is the result:…


Riddick: The Merc Files | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Riddick: The Merc Files | Hands-On

The Riddick movie franchise is notable in gaming circles. Not because the movies themselves are masterpieces - Pitch Black was passable B-movie fodder, while The Chronicles of Riddick was a puffed-up, overblown bore. No, the Riddick movies are interesting because they spawned that rarest of beasts: a video game tie-in which is better than its source material. Released on the Xbox in 2004, Escape from Butcher Bay, not only served as a prequel to the ill-fated flop that was The Chronicles of Riddick, but actually overshadowed its Hollywood counterpart in almost every regard. So it was with quiet hope that I picked up my iPad to play the Riddick: The Merc Files, the latest video ga…


News Wrap-Up | 20th September 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months ago
News Wrap-Up | 20th September 2013

Having only just gotten Asphalt 8: Airborne out the garage door, Gameloft is trying to get us back behind the wheel again with it upcoming winter release GT Racer 2. Subtitled "The real car experience" we naturally assumed the game will involve dropping the kids off at school, before getting lost on the Basingstoke ring road, and then accidentally running over a badger. Judging by the trailer, though, it looks like this'll be another sim racer in the mould of 2K Drive and Real Racing III. The finished game should feature 67 cars from 35 different manufacturers, though the footage focuses exclusively on Mercedez models. You'll also get real tracks, plus single-player and multiplayer mode…


Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

You like Star Wars, right? Well, you did before they did those three rubbish films. Maybe the new one will be good. I hear the Star Trek bloke's doing it. He knows about... stars... And Angry Birds! You like Angry Birds, right? With the flinging and the smashing and that pause before the level ends when you're waiting for everything to stop moving. Yes, you guessed it: The birds are back and the force is with them once again. Angry Birds Star Wars II delivers another instalment of b…

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Infinity Blade III Review

Infinity Blade III Review

So here we are again. Infinity Blade has returned for what may be its final episode of slashtastic god-battering action. The world is bigger, the weapons are more plentiful, and the RPG elements have been applied with a little more vigour. There's even a more traditional linear structure, which funnels your warriors through specific stages and locations in a set order. But, while the beast may have grown and visited an armoury, its beating heard remains unchanged. Infinity Blade III i…

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Grand Theft Auto Face-Off

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months ago
Grand Theft Auto Face-Off

In case you haven't seen Twitter today (or Facebook, or the news) Grand Theft Auto V came out on consoles this morning. While Rockstar did release a companion app for iOS called iFruit which lets you tap into your GTA V experience via Rockstar's Social Club, it's not a GTA game in its own right. However, the past few years have seen no less than three classic Grand Theft Auto games arrive on the App Store. Question is, which one is our favourite? Let's find out, shall we?  …


Where's My Water? 2 Review

Review Disney By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Where's My Water? 2 Review

Where's My Water? 2 is a difficult game to play. Not because the earth-filled maps are especially tough to negotiate. Or because the physics are broken or unpredictable. No, Where's My Water? 2 is a difficult game to play because it doesn't want to be played. At least, not in the manner you or I might be accustomed to. Things start off promisingly. The water-funnelling gameplay of the original title makes a strong return, along with the revival of shower-loving protagonist Swamp…

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