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Sonic Lost World boss invades Sonic Dash

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Sonic Lost World boss invades Sonic Dash

If you're still playing hedgehog-oriented endless-runner Sonic Dash, then prepare to encounter new - and not-so-friendly - face. To liven things up a bit, developers Hardlight and Sega have decided to throw a boss from the recently released console and handheld platformer Sonic Lost World into Sonic Dash. This angry purple tyrant goes by the name of Zazz. You'd best get used to the sight of him, because he's going to be jumping unannounced into Sonic's path at random points throughout your Sonic Dash runs for the immediate future.  Though we didn't think much of Sonic Dash's aggressive monetisation model, we felt that the option to bank rings or gamble for bigger bonuses eleva…


Download a free version of Deux Ex: The Fall

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Download a free version of Deux Ex: The Fall

Square Enix has just released a lite version of its cybernetically-enhanced first-person shooter Deux Ex: The Fall. This stripped-back release, which gives you free access to the early missions of the game's espionage oriented plotline, is designed to give players a small taste of the full Deux Ex experience. What's more, if you do decide to upgrade to the full version of Deus Ex: The Fall, you can now pick it up for the temporarily reduced price of £2.99 / $4.99. Though we thought it was slightly hampered by its control scheme, we called Deux Ex: The Fall "a handsome diversion for franchise fans." Check out the full AppSpy review below. [Deux Ex: The Fall Lite App Store link]…


Turn your iPad into a treasure map with Assassin's Creed IV Companion app

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Turn your iPad into a treasure map with Assassin's Creed IV Companion app

If you're planning to find buried treasure and sail the seven seas in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, then you're going to need that most essential of pirating tools: a map. Rather than having you pause the game to rifle through sub-menus, though, Ubisoft has provided iPad owners with a companion app which transforms your tablet into a treasure map. Now available from the App Store, the Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Companion app features a fully interactive map of the Carribean waters featured in the game. It allows you to view objectives, track your progress - even set real time waypoints for your ship to follow.   As well as using the app to help you navigate while you play, yo…


Crowman & Wolfboy Review

Crowman & Wolfboy Review

Crowman & Wolfboy, the latest silhouette-styled auto-runner to appear on the App Store, is all about teamwork. Rather than guiding a single character through the game's bleak, apocalyptic landscape, you take control of two simultaneously. The eponymous pair of beastmen jog through each perilous platform-filled level in tandem, with both creatures bringing their own special skill to the table. The crow can help the jump higher by grabbing the wolfman's shoulders and using his wing t…

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Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

If you're a fan of picking off crudely-drawn targets a long distances, then you may have played stickman sniper game Clear Vision. We're guessing the creator of Optical Inquisitor has, as the it borrows the look, concept, and violent death scenarios from the 2012 shooter. In fairness, it's not a lack of originality which makes Optical Inquisitor a dodgy game. After all, Clear Vision itself was paying tribute to a long line of ultraviolent flash games. No, what makes Optical Inqui…

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Defeat Oslim the Deathless Bloodmage in Infinity Blade III update

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Defeat Oslim the Deathless Bloodmage in Infinity Blade III update

Chair will release the first update pack for Infinity Blade III on October 31st. The Soul Hunter update, which was revealed on InfinityBlade.com, brings a new quest to the IB III campaign. This story arc sees facing off against the heavily armoured - and rather tall - Oslim the Deathless Bloodmage.  As the Worker of Secrets wants Oslim to reduce heroes Siris and Isa to a fine meat paste, he's equipped him with not one, but two Infinity Blades. Take him down, however, and those blade are yours to keep. Along with adding some gameplay tweaks (including reduced potion, gem and forge times), the update will also let you revisit old battlegrounds and unlock new areas. The Holiday Helm…


[Updated] Oculus Rift VR headset coming to Android before iOS

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
[Updated] Oculus Rift VR headset coming to Android before iOS

Updated at 22:05 GMT: Since the publication of this article, VentureBeat has amended its story with the following: "Correction 10:50 a.m. Pacific time: The Oculus Rift will support Android, not iOS, as this story originally stated. We regret the error." Sorry guys - false alarm. Original story follows: Oculus VR, the company responsible for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, will be releasing an iOS-compatible version of its 3D goggles for use with mobile games. According to a report by VentureBeat, the announcement was made this morning by Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe. Speaking during his keynote at GamesBeat 2013, Iribe said: "We have some exciting plans of the mobile VR side…


Weird weather and windmills in strange Tiger Style teaser site

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Weird weather and windmills in strange Tiger Style teaser site

After the slice of sci-fi excellence that was Waking Mars, and the anrachnid-themed addictiveness of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, we at AppSpy were always going to be excited to see what developer Tiger Style would come up with next. The answer, if the URL of this recently launched teaser site is to be believed, is a project called Blackbird Estate. After agreeing to give the site your location details, you are presented with an image of rural landscape featuring a windmill in the background and a tower in foreground. In the window of the tower, a silhouette of a man can be seen. At the bottom right of the screen are the words "Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun…


Machinarium dev reveals surreal sequel Samorost 3

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Machinarium dev reveals surreal sequel Samorost 3

If you're exclusively an iOS gamer, your only encounter with the creative wizardry of developer Amanita Design will be the studio's delightful point-and-click adventure Machinarium. However, before it  started sending rusty robots off on perilous quests, the studio was busy shooting gnomes into space in its first interactive effort, Samorost. Released for free in 2003, the surreal adventure set the tone for Amanita Design's future efforts. Though it's been a full eight years since Samorost 2, a recently released teaser trailer shows that the developer hasn't forgotten its marvellously mad roots. The video (above) is the first teaser trailer for Samorost 3. The fellow playing the sp…


Fright Heights Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Fright Heights Review

Games which revolve around hotel management usually involve trying to fill up your holiday inn by attracting as many guests as possible. Chillingo's spooky scare-'em-up Fright Heights, on the other hand, is all about scaring guests away. It's essentially a block puzzler in which you arrange guests and ghosts throughout the hotel to clear out floors and empty the building. Each floor has a fear rating which must be hit in order wipe it from the screen. To cajole your guests into paroxi…

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Expansion packs for Galaxy on Fire 2 now half price

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Expansion packs for Galaxy on Fire 2 now half price

The expansion packs for gorgeous space-based shooter Galaxy on Fire 2 are now available for half price. If you're unfamiliar with the free-to-play blaster, Galaxy on Fire 2 puts you in control of a fighter vessel, and asks you to zip around the universe zapping enemies and trading goods with other space-faring types. The first update, entitled Valkyrie, expanded the Galaxy on Fire universe further, adding new missions, plus a host of extra weaponry, characters, and ships. After Valkyrie came the Supernova update. This expansion let you do battle in the radioactive glow of a recently exploded star. It also featured new missions and gear, including a shield capable of dealing with gamma r…


Season 2 of The Walking Dead to be unveiled tomorrow

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Season 2 of The Walking Dead to be unveiled tomorrow

Having already received plaudits for the first episode of The Wolf Among Us, Telltale is about to lift the mortuary sheet from a soon-to-be reanimated corpse. Yep, you guessed it: The second series of The Walking Dead: The Game is about to be revealed.  The news, which broke when Telltale posted a teaser image on its Facebook page, will likely excite fans of the multi-award-winning first season. We at AppSpy have been on tenterhooks since July's satisfying DLC stopgap episode The Walking Dead: 400 Days, and can't wait to see what morally compromising situations the developer has cooked up for us this time. Given the tone of the teaser image - which features Clementine's blood…


Hazel Dazzle iPad Review

Review Wake Studios By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Hazel Dazzle iPad Review

Hazel is a budding archaeologist who is trying to stop an evil doctor from using the ruins of an ancient race for his own nefarious purposes. The game she inhabits, Hazel Dazzle, is an action adventure that borrows from the spinning, spherical levels of Super Mario Galaxy, and combines them with more traditional dungeon-crawling sections. Unfortunately, though this marriage of gameplay styles can work, Hazel Dazzle is a shallow experience which is afflicted by some irritating tech…

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Infinity Danger Review

Infinity Danger Review

When you first pick up Infinity Danger, you might find yourself wondering where the rest of the game went. Imagine a bullet-hell shooter in which all the levels have been stripped away. So, instead of fighting waves of enemies to get to an end boss, you engage in one timed boss battle after another. Now imagine you're fighting same boss every time, chipping away at layer upon layer of modular evolution to reveal the heart of the ship, and blast it smithereens once more. After your fi…

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Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next month

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 1 week ago
Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next month

Handsome real-time strategy game Autumn Dynasty is getting an iOS follow-up in November. Titled Autumn Dynasty: Warlords, this sequel will move beyond the battlefield, allowing players to erect cities upon conquered lands, and grow their empires and armies through resource management and wise leadership. According to details released by developer Touch Dimension, the central campaign (which allegedly contains 60-hours-worth of missions) can be completed in a number of ways, giving you the power to groom warlords, and pick and choose your battles. These decision aren't arbitrary, either, with apparently insignificant choices capable of creating a chain reaction which could cause your empir…