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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Preview | Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year ago
Preview | Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

The Galaxy on Fire franchise is known for delivering two things: entertaining ship-to-ship combat, and searingly beautiful visuals. However, rather than trot out another arcade space shooter, developer Fishlabs has decided to take the series in a different direction for its third iteration. Due to arrive on iOS later this year, Galaxy on Fire: Alliances is the team's first pass at a strategy MMO. To find out exactly what we can expect from this free-to-play spin-off, we caught up with Fishlabs CEO Michael Schade at Gamescom 2013, who was on hand to show off the game and walk us through the basics.…


News Wrap-Up | 16th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 16th August 2013

New mutants, jobs, and building in Pixel People update Freemium world-builder Pixel People has been updated yet again. Having cultivated your own blocky Utopia, the new update lets you take a day trip to visit and explore your friends' cities.There's a laundry list of content additions, too, including 12 new buildings, 20 new mutants, and 30 new job types. It's free to download right now. The Room: Epilogue to debut on August 29th Creepy box-puzzler The Room scooped numerous awards when it arrived on iOS last year. Though developer Fireproof has already confirmed the sequel, which will appear later this year, fans of first game will be able to explore The Room further on August 29th via…


News Wrap-Up | 9th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 9th August 2013

Cut the Rope: Time Travel gets Disco Era update Om Nom is taking yet another step back in time this week, courtesy of Cut the Rope: Time Travel's Disco Era Update. In addition to meeting Om Nom's groovy ancestor, you have to wrap your perm around the new disco ball mechanic, which requires you to use the shiny spheres to keep the spotlight away from those all important candies. It's free to download, so fill your cuban-heeled boots. Pirate Legends TD sails onto the App Store next week We love a bit of tower defence here on AppSpy, It's one of those genres that feels like it's been designed exclusively for the App Store. With that in mind, you might want to keep an eye out for Pirate Leg…


Kid Tripp Review

Review Michael Burns By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Kid Tripp Review

Freddie Mercury once sang that, "Pain is so close to pleasure". Though we suspect he wasn't singing about tough-as-nails pixel-art auto-runners like Kid Tripp, he might as well have been. Like the 8-bit platformers of old, Kid Tripp is designed to test your both your memory and your reflexes to breaking point, in the hope of delivering the ultimate gaming reward: the thrill of a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. And, for the most part, Kid Tripp fulfils its brutal ambitions.…

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News Wrap-Up | 2nd August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 2nd August 2013

Kingdom Rush: Frontiers expanded its horizons on iOS this week, following the arrival of the Rising Tides update. Download it, and you'll get access to three new beach-based levels, plus a handful of new enemy types, including the scaley Greenfin Manhunters. To help you tackle these saltwater scourges, you can now call upon two new heroes: a great big crab / turtle thing called Karkinos, and a shape-shifting, Last Airbender-looking monk by the name of Kutsao. You'll also want to keep your eye out for the Leviathan. Those tentacles mean business. You have been warned. It's no secret that we loved slick, smooth platforming of Mikey Shorts. Because of this, we've had our eye on the hookshot-…


Tiny Thief Review

Review Rovio Stars Ltd. By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Tiny Thief Review

In the often humourless, frequently bullet-riddled world of gaming, a little charm goes a long way. Tiny Thief, the genre-straddling adventure puzzle mash-up from 5 Ants Games has enough charm to rescue an entire battalion of macho, grey cover shooters from their gravel-voiced funk, and still have a bit left over to make a funnel web spider look cute. As the title suggests, you take control of a pint-sized pickpocket whom you must guide to an exit without being spotted. To do this, yo…

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Get Pocket Gamer's Doodle Jump Companion Guide on iPad now

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Get Pocket Gamer's Doodle Jump Companion Guide on iPad now

Mobile games are often perceived as throwaway experiences - games which can be picked-up, played for five minutes, and then discarded. Some games, however, stand the test of time. Lima Sky's Doodle Jump is one of these games. And now, you can dive deeper into the world of Doodle Jump than ever before with The Official Pocket Gamer Companion Guide to Doodle Jump. Produced by AppSpy's sister site Pocket Gamer (in conjunction with Lima Sky), the Companion Guide to Doodle Jump is packed with history, trivia, interviews, and strategies relating to the squiggly platforming classic. Download the app, and you'll gain access to tips from a record-breaking Doodle Jump champion. You'll even find an e…


Prince of Persia® The Shadow and the Flame Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Prince of Persia® The Shadow and the Flame Review

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame certainly looks the part. The ancient dungeons and booby-trapped palaces from the 1993 original have been handsomely fleshed out with an extra dimension for this iOS remake. Our gymnastic hero has apparently been hanging out with the Forgotten Sands-era prince, and has learned a few of the youngster’s acrobatic moves, including a natty backflip. He also engages in swordplay, which echoes the wait-and-parry system found in the Ubisoft&rsq…

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Riptide GP2 iPad Review

Review Vector Unit By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Riptide GP2 iPad Review

Riptide GP2 makes you work for your win. And when we say work, we don't just mean learning track layouts and honing your jetski riding skills. You see, this water-based racer throws you in at the deep end, presenting you with challenges that are initially beyond the capabilities of your jetski. If you want to get first place, you're going to need to upgrade your vehicle. And, if you want to get the cash to upgrade your vehicle, you're going to have to get your grind on. It's lucky, th…

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Rockstar puts all iOS Grand Theft Auto games on sale

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Rockstar puts all iOS Grand Theft Auto games on sale

With the long-awaited release Grand Theft Auto V only a couple of months away, Rockstar has decided to whet our appetites (for destruction) with an iOS GTA sale. This means that for a limited time you can grab GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: Chinatown Wars at the reduced price of £1.99 / $2.99 each. We were big fans of both the iOS ports of GTA III and GTA: Vice City, and would definitely recommend revisiting their crime-streaked streets to brush up on your car-jacking technique. If you more interested in depressing voiceover and bullet-time shoot-outs than vehicular manslaughter, then you'll be pleased to hear that Max Payne Mobile is also going cheap. You can pick up the noir bl…


Issue 8 of swipe magazine out now on the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Issue 8 of swipe magazine out now on the App Store

We know you like browsing the web for iOS gaming info. Otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this sentence. However, if you want to stay up to speed on all the latest App Store-related news, reviews, and previews - even when you're offline - we recommend you download the latest issue of Steel Media's free iPad-friendly digital magazine swipe. Why should you bother? Well, in addition to featuring reviews of iOS games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, and Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, swipe features an in-depth breakdown of this year's E3 trade show. You'll also get a ton of XCOM: Enemy Unknown content, including a review, and a guide to help you keep the world fr…


Sine Mora Review

Sine Mora Review

Sine Mora is a game about time. In this beautiful bullet-hell blaster - just like in real life - it's a commodity you never seem to have enough of. As you guide your futuristic aircraft through the near constant barrage of neon bullet-sprays, you'll find yourself glancing not at an energy bar, but at a timer. Every time you get shot in Sine Mora, valuable seconds are deducted from the clock. Let the timer reach zero, and it's game over. The only way to win time back is by destroying e…

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Deus Ex: The Fall Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
Deus Ex: The Fall Review

Shoot or sneak? Hack or attack? Immobilise or kill? These are the choices you are confronted with throughout Deux Ex: The Fall. Taking its lead from the console-based Deus Ex: Human Revolution, this iOS spin-off sticks very close to its heavily augmented gold-tinged roots. On the plus side, this means you get a some stellar visuals, and narrative-driven campaign featuring missions which can be completed using either aggressive or non-aggressive tactics. On the downside, it means you ha…

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Top 5 iOS Games from the Past 5 Years

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
Top 5 iOS Games from the Past 5 Years

As it's the App Store's 5th birthday today, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at some of our favourite iOS titles.  Let us know your 5 App Store favourites in the comments below. Alternatively, to share your picks with the PocketGamer.com, PocketGamer.Biz, and 148apps communities, head over to our Best App Ever page and post your list there. You can also join the discussion on Twitter by using #AppStoreTurns5.…


LIMBO Game Review

Review Playdead By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
LIMBO Game Review

There's a recurring set piece in Limbo which involves a spider. You're making your way through the grey fog, plodding towards the next jump or physics puzzle, when a set of spindly legs hove into view behind you. You can't run especially fast, but the spider is in no hurry. A rising terror creeps up your back as you push forward, desperate to escape the advancing arachnid's hairy, stabbing limbs. If you don't think fast, a grisly death awaits you. You run. You jump. You hope. You'll e…

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