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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Rabbids Big Bang exploding onto iOS on October 17th

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Rabbids Big Bang exploding onto iOS on October 17th

Furry physics-puzzler Rabbids Big Bang is set to come crashing into the App Store's atmosphere next week.  An offshoot of Ubisoft's anarchic and far-reaching Rabbids franchise, Rabbids Big Bang is a single game with a single goal: keep your rabbid in orbit. You take control of two of the floppy-eared rabbids: one to venture boldy forth into the great unknown, and one to swing a baseball bat big enough to propell his buddy into the inky blackness of space. Once your rabbid astronaut has been whacked out of the planet's atmosphere, you need to fire off his jetback to guide him into the gravitation fields of suns, moons, and other planets. There you will find collectible coins…


Galaxy on Fire: Alliances delayed until 2014

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Galaxy on Fire: Alliances delayed until 2014

A few months back, we had a chat with Fishlabs CEO Michael Schade about the studio's upcoming sci-fi MMO Galaxy on Fire: Alliances. Here's the video to prove it: Anyhow, at the time of the interview, Schade said that the ambitious spin-off from the Galaxy on Fire space shooter series was on track to be released this November. Unfortunately, we've just learned through our sister site PocketGamer.biz that Fishlabs has decided to extend the beta testing period into November. This means that we won't see Galaxy on Fire: Alliances on the App Store until early next year. While this announcement might be a bit of a bummer for strategy fans, you should take solace in the knowledge that the clo…


F1™ Challenge Review

F1™ Challenge Review

Formula 1 is all about precision. Brake too late going into corner or accelerate too quickly coming out of one, and your championship hopes can be drowned in a pool of your opponent's victory champagne. Perhaps that's why The Codemaster's latest take on F1, a top-down arcade-style racer, feels a little strange. It presents you with a format usually reserved for skid-tastic, tyre-squealing follies like Micro Machines, and then asks you to control some of the fastest racing cars on the…

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First footage of Dragon Quest VIII on iPhone

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
First footage of Dragon Quest VIII on iPhone

A couple of days ago, it came to our attention that Square Enix, custodian of the Final Fantasy series and purveyor of expensive iOS remakes, was planning to bring the Dragon Quest franchise to the App Store. It seems the task of converting the PlayStation 2-era RPG into a touchscreen-friendly format is already well underway. In fact, the folks over at Siliconera have managed to rustle up some screenshots of the iPhone version of Dragon Quest VIII. As you can see, the biggest difference between the iPhone version and the PS2 original is the orientation of the screen, with Square Enix choosing to pair down the previously TV-optimised visuals into a portrait format.  While Dragon Que…


Duet Game Review

Review Kumobius By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Duet Game Review

Things have been getting terribly twisty in the world of iOS gaming lately. Duet, the twitch-based game of rotation and avoidance, is the latest in the recent spat of lo-fi spinathons. Like Pivvot and Super Hexagon before it, Duet takes a simple concept, dresses it up in basic block colours, and then begins to mercilessly test your reflexes without giving a second thought to your sanity or self worth. You take charge of two coloured orbs which are linked by a circle. It's your job to…

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The Junk Jack X Files: Case 3

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 10 months, 3 weeks 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months, 1 week 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, 11 months, 1 week 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, 11 months, 1 week 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, 11 months, 1 week 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…