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Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

Another day, another iOS companion app for a high profile console release.  This time, it's Activision offering stat-tracking fans a free way to interact with the newly-released Call of Duty: Ghosts via their iPhone or iPad. Provided you're running iOS 6 or higher, the Call of Duty app lets you control multiplayer match settings like squad selection and weapon loadouts from your touchscreen device. If you're the territorial type, you can also set up your very own clan, and compete against rival groups to seize control of the Clan Wars map. Attacks can be co-ordinated using the built in chat system. You can even use the Clan Emblem Editor to ensure your image of a skull is the best…


LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 4 weeks ago
LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

It's only been a couple of weeks since we learned that the LEGO Star Wars games are coming to iOS in 2014. However, it looks like Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest of the Fellowship are going to beat Skywalker and friends to the punch. According to a press release which appeared on Touch Arcade, LEGO The Lord of the Rings has its scary, flaming eye fixed on the App Store, and is expected to appear 'soon'. Given the high quality of the iOS ports of LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes and the LEGO Harry Potter series, we've got high hopes for the smartphone-friendly version of this plastic-themed trip into Middle Earth. As soon as we have a concrete release date, we'll sound the Horn of Gondor. Until…


Chippy Review

Review GLITCHE.RS By James Gilmour, 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Chippy Review

Do you thrive in high pressure situations? I bet your CV says you do. If you genuinely do perform well in high intensity environments, then Chippy might be the game for you. Chippy is a time management game in the style of Diner Dash. You man the fryer in traditional British fish and chip shop. It's your job to keep customers happy by taking their orders and preparing their greasy yet nutritious dinners in a timely fashion. Things start off simple. To cook chips, you simply grab them…

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See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

News By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

We took a shine to Mika Mobile's adorable action-RPG Battleheart when it marched onto iOS a couple of years back. Its blend of real-time combat and polished 2D visuals coupled with an impressive skill system helped it win the heart of our reviewer, and the approval of a decent number of mobile RPG fans. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that the dev team responsible hasn't been sitting on its collective hands for the past 24 months. Allow us to introduce you to Battleheart Legacy, the "spiritual successor to Battleheart: The trailer above is our first glimpse of Battleheart Legacy in action. As you can see, the series has had a major graphical overhaul, and is now sporting new (but equa…


Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

When the guy who created Tetris releases a new game, we can't help but take notice. And when tetromino godfather Alexey Pajitnov releases his latest iOS effort Dwice later this week, you'll might want to take notice too. Dwice is a shape-matching puzzler which marries the decending object mechanic seen in Tetris with the colour-matching mechanic seen in every other iOS game released in the past 3 years. The aim is to clear the screen by dragging triangles, circles, and squares through the geometric equivilants, thereby clearing the screen. To score big, you have to chaintogether as many objects as possible in a single swipe. It sounds pretty simple, but you soon learn that if you accident…


Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Thor is one of the more straightforward superheroes in Marvel's expansive catalogue. Son of Odin, the allfather and ruler of of Asgard, Thor has no alter-ego or mysterious origin story. He's a god, who comes from a realm of gods, and who likes to hit things with a big hammer. However, Gameloft's free-to-play brawler Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game is anything but straightforward. In this messy top-down smash-'em-up, our hero's combat prowess is sidelined in favour of man…

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Anomaly 2 Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Anomaly 2 Review

When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality. Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving th…

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Kingdom Rush: Frontiers gets spooky Shadowmoon update

News By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers gets spooky Shadowmoon update

Tower-defence sequel Kingdom Rush: Frontiers just got a bit creepier, courtesy of the Halloween-themed Shadowmoon campaign update. If battling scorpions and sandpeople wasn't already tough enough, anyone who downloads the free update will find themselves fending off waves supernatural nasties. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts - all of these evils are about to be unleashed upon your armaments.  Luckily for you, the also update provides you with two new heroes to call upon. You can now choose between vampire hunter Dante, or Dracolich expert Bonehart, both of whom are a dab hand at dealing with the forces of darkness.  In addition to the new troops, you'll get three new Halloween…


Rovio Stars gets fruity with match-3 puzzler Juice Cubes

News By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Rovio Stars gets fruity with match-3 puzzler Juice Cubes

Rovio Stars, the new publishing arm of Angry Birds custodians Rovio, has been pretty shrewd when choosing which games to add to its portfolio. First it threw its weight behind chilly physics puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, before putting out the genuinely delightful point-and-click adventure Tiny Thief. Given the creativity evident in those two titles, we're slightly surprised to see which horse Rovio Stars is currently backing. Titled Juice Cubes, the newest game to get the Rovio bump is a fruit-themed match-three puzzler.  Yep - another one of those. In fairness, the trailer (above) is pretty slick, and the presentation of the the game is top notch. We're just finding…


Papa Sangre II Review

Review Somethin' Else By James Gilmour, 12 months ago
Papa Sangre II Review

Papa Sangre II is a game you play in the dark, on your own, and preferably with eyes closed. Rather than showing you horrific images of monsters and bloodied bodies, this unusual survival horror game pulls you into its surreal world filled of forgotten memories and brain-sucking insects using the power of sound alone. Guided by a the disembodied voice of Sean Bean, you must explore the afterlife in the hope of finding a way back to the land of the living. You're dead, by the way. Sorr…

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Sonic Lost World boss invades Sonic Dash

News By James Gilmour, 12 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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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