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The LEGO Star Wars series coming to iOS in 2014

News By James Gilmour, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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…


FIST OF AWESOME Review

Review I FIGHT BEARS LTD By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
FIST OF AWESOME Review

Ever had one of those days where your hand suddenly grows to twice its usual size, develops the power of speech, and goads you into fist-fighting an army of bears? Well, unsuspecting lumberjack Tim Burr (I see what you did there) is having one of those days. Luckily, the star of nostalgia- powered pixel-art beat-'em-up First of Awesome is taking this development on the chin, still managing to crack wise while he punches the suddenly enormous bear population of earth into submission.…

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Profitable match-3 hit Puzzle & Dragons out in the UK

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Profitable match-3 hit Puzzle & Dragons out in the UK

It's one of the most profitable games Japan has ever produced. It features cute monsters battling one another in colourful explosions of violence, and it's become this year's interactive obsession for many handheld gamers. Believe it or not, we're not talking about Pokemon X & Y. The creature battler in question is none other than match-three hit Puzzle & Dragons. After a lengthy wait, it has finally come to the UK App Store, thereby giving us western-types a chance to see what all the fuss is about.  Developed by GungHo, this colour-matching cash cow charges you with gathering a team of collectible beasties together, before heading into a dungeon and facing the nasties insi…


Rabbids Big Bang Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Rabbids Big Bang Review

In Rabbids Big Bang, your rabbid astronaut spends an awful lot of time drifting through space hoping to bump into something interesting. Though we're actually talking about the mechanics of this space-based physics puzzler, this description neatly sums up our state of mind as we coasted through level after level, waiting for something exciting to happen. You take control of two rabbids. One of the floppy-eared psychos has a baseball bat, the other a spacesuit. The batter's sole purpos…

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The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Once again, 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 gets bored of waiting for Peter to return to homebase, and decides to lead a rescue party of one to recover him.  Will Peter and James be reunited? Can the pair survive another night without bedding or shelter? Will they actually achieve a single worthwhile goal in this entire series? Find out in The Junk Jack X-Files: Case 4. Previous episodes of The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1Case 2Case 3…


Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

With the Caped Crusader polishing his baterangs in preparation for his big console comeback Batman: Arkham Origins, developer NetherRealm has been hard at work creating the obligatory iOS tie-in. As it turns out, this iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins actually has more in common with Injustice: Gods Among Us than its console cousin. It's a one-on-one brawler which puts the Dark Knight centre stage, and then chucks an assortment of Gotham's most sociopathic at his predictably scowling face. As it's only just arrived on the App Store, I thought I'd show you the first few levels to give you an idea of what to expect. Check back soon for the full review. …


Real Racing 3 update adds new track and Ferraris

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Real Racing 3 update adds new track and Ferraris

They're fast, they're red (or sometimes yellow), and they're now available to drive in Real Racing 3. No, we're not talking about the go-karts from '90s TV show Fun House. We're talking about Ferraris, three varieties of which have just been added to EA's free-to-play racer. Update your iOS app, and you'll be able to get behind the wheel of the FF, the F12belinetta, and the 458 Italia. Mama mia. To accompany these blistering new rides, developer Firemonkeys has thrown in a brand new track: Spain's Circuit de Catalunya. The update feature list also includes the addition of Time Trial Ghost Challenges, and the option to "personalise your racing experience" by customising your HUD. You can…


DEVICE 6 Review

Review Simogo By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
DEVICE 6 Review

In DEVICE 6, words will set you free. As you navigate your way through Year Walk developer Simogo's text-based adventure, you quickly come to realise that the words on screen are your eyes, your ears, your map, your compass, your salvation, and - potentially - your doom. You assume the role of Anna, a woman who is trying to escape the confines of an unspecified island. Like an '80s adventure book, her story unfolds via blocks of text punctuated by moments of interactivity. These momen…

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AppSpy hits 40,000 subscribers on YouTube

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy hits 40,000 subscribers on YouTube

As the title of this post suggests, we've just hit a huge landmark for our YouTube channel. If you head on over to the AppSpy video channel, you'll see we now have over 40,000 YouTube subscribers. Naturally, we’re absolutely thrilled, and just wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who has hit that beautiful red 'Subscribe' button. You guys are awesome, and we’re incredibly lucky to have such a faithful (and discerning) community. We have lots of exciting things lined up for the future of AppSpy, and loads more reviews, news, and features which we can’t wait to share with you. AppSpy has always operated under the mantra "We review, you decide." Thanks for deciding to…


Get hack-happy tonight with match-3 puzzler Neurokult

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Get hack-happy tonight with match-3 puzzler Neurokult

Hackers, take note: Cyberpunk puzzler Neurokult will break down the App Store's firewall at midnight tonight. That is to say, you can buy Neurokult for iPhone and iPad in a few hours. The App Store's security hasn't been compromised or anything. Relax already. Geez. So, why all this talk of hacking? Well, Neurokult gives players a window into an abstract world filled with neon colours and floating circuitry, and then asks you to connect coloured neurones together. It's essentially a match-three puzzler set against the clock. The circular neurones float from left to right, giving you a limited window to select the correct colour and tap them into oblivion. You have look out for curvebal…


Simogo's text-puzzler DEVICE 6 out at midnight tonight

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Simogo's text-puzzler DEVICE 6 out at midnight tonight

It hasn't been that long since Year Walk, the creepy exploration-puzzler from Beat Sneak Bandit creator Simogo, strode onto our iPhones. As of midnight tonight, however, prepare yourself to get textually excited by the studio's newest App Store project, DEVICE 6. This genre-merging effort combines elements from text-based adventures and puzzlers to tell the story of a young girl called Anna who awakes on an island with no memory of how she got there. If you've ever played Year Walk or Beat Sneak Bandit, you'll know that Simogo is a studio that likes to explore the leftfield. And, with talk of bizarre logic puzzles, sci-fi overtones, and paragraphs of text which turn into maps, it sounds…