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XCOM®: Enemy Unknown iPad Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
XCOM®: Enemy Unknown iPad Review

The iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown represents something of a gamble. Developer 2K China has spent time and money of porting last year’s console and PC strategy favourite to iPad and iPhone. This is no companion app – XCOM iOS is the real deal. Apart from some derezzed visuals and a slightly smaller map count, what you’re looking at is the complete XCOM experience in portable, touchscreen form. If you were abducted by aliens and missed the hype surrounding the gam…

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Rovio publishes Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Rovio publishes Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

With Angry Birds steward Rovio now taking smaller devs under its expansive wings, we're going to see some new iOS games with some seriously flashy trailers. The first game to get the Rovio Stars big budget video treatment is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. It's a 3D physics puzzler that bears a passing resemblance to Rovio's own bird-flinging franchise. However, instead of catapulting fowl towards pigs, you must swipe blocks of ice to free your viking buddies from their frosty tombs. You won't just be liberating Nordic warriors, though. There are chests of treasure to grab, quests to complete, and bosses to fight along the way. We suggest you have a look at the Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage t…


Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review

Temple Run has a lot to answer for. Since the monumental success of the 3D auto-runner, it has become the default template for developers looking to score an accessible, family-friendly hit. Despicable Me: Minion Rush is the latest Gameloft movie tie-in to follow this trend. You take control of one of Gru's yellow helpers, whom you must direct left and right, up, and down towards collectable bananas, and away from oncoming hazards. If you've ever played an endless runner, you know ex…

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour receives Meltdown Update

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour receives Meltdown Update

The latest episode in Gameloft's premiere FPS franchise Modern Combat has just received its biggest update yet - and we have the video to prove it. Entitled the 'Meltdown Update', this downloadable expansion to Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour adds new maps, weapons, and multiplayer modes.  First off, you can now explore the Fracture, Extraction, and Backfire maps. These will see fighting for your life on the streets of Barcelona, and blasting your way accross the ice of Antarctica. As for fresh firepower, you'll gain acess to a Special Forces sniper rifle. Oh, and a grenade launcher pistol. That's right: you get a pistol which launches grenades.  Merry Christmas. You can also also…


Pinball Rocks HD iPad Review

Pinball Rocks HD iPad Review

Pinball Rocks HD is an odd franchise. On the surface, it's a free-to-play pinball title, featuring a selection of purchasable rock 'n roll-themed tables. However, browse through the song selection menu, and you discover the trappings of a music game, one which is keen for you to shell out cash for extra tunes. In actual fact, the expandable soundtrack is just that: a soundtrack. The only way music impacts gameplay is thematically. While the basic free-to-play table is dressed in gener…

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Omicron HD iPad Review

Review Canupa By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Omicron HD iPad Review

The colour-tapping casual puzzler Omicron has been on the App Store for a couple of years now. However, clearly bored by the flat visuals and limited modes of the original, the devs have decided to completely overhaul and re-launch the game via a recent update. The core gameplay remains the same as always. You are presented with a colour at the beginning of every round. It's your job to tap every matching tile that appears, with the intention of clearing the screen. Successfuls taps a…

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Way of the Dogg Review

Review 505 Games (US), Inc. By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Way of the Dogg Review

It may surprise you to hear this, but Way of the Dogg, a blacksploitation, time manipulating rhythm fighter starring rasta rapper Snoop Lion, isn't zany enough. You'd think a game that casts Snoop as a kung fu guru who possesses the secrets of time travel would be chock full of psychedelic visuals, crazy characters, and inventive special moves. Instead we have a perfectly competent rhythm game, one which arguably works better on iOS than it does on consoles, but which fails to take f…

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown out on Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
XCOM: Enemy Unknown out on Thursday

Strategic UFO shooter XCOM: Enemy Unknown is due to appear on the App Store this Thursday. This release will be an almost identical port of the acclaimed console and PC title of the same name.  If you've never stumbled across the console version, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based strategy game which places you in command of a military response unit. You job is to monitor,  manage and repel UFO incursions. Here's what you need to know: Firstly, it'll be available on iPhone and iPad.  Secondly, as it's a port of a recent console release, you're going to be dealing with a pretty hefty file size. We're talking gigabytes rather than megabytes here, meaning you might have to m…


Man of Steel Review

Review Warner Bros. By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Man of Steel Review

Having made decent cameos in both Injustice: Gods Among Us and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Krypton's favourite son has been in training for a brawler of his very own. It's a shame, then, that Man of Steel falls short of greatness. Instead of soaring into the clouds, this gesture-based brawler is weighed down by humdrum combat, and a disappointing lack of variety. As with Infinity Blade, fights are one-on-one bouts of gesture-powered pugilism. To let those fists of justice fly, yo…

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League of Evil 3 landing on the App Store June 27th

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
League of Evil 3 landing on the App Store June 27th

If there's one thing Ravenous Games knows, its 2D platformers. From the League of Evil series to Infestor and Random Heroes, the Canadian studio is a beacon to other iOS developers looking for examples of pixel-perfect touchscreen control systems. Which brings me to today's good news: League of Evil 3 is due to come leaping onto the App Store on June 27th. As before, you'll be guiding a partially mechanised super soldier through a series of hazardous envirnoments. Your mission: clobber the villainous scientists who have made you the (awesome) monster you are.  Judging by the screenshots, it looks like the dev is sticking fairly closely to the established formula of jumping, dodging,…


Friday News Wrap-Up 14 June 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 14 June 2013

Now that the E3 conference has wound down, we think it's time to take a deep breath and take stock of all the new iOS gaming info that's emerged during the show. With that in mind, here is your AppSpy News Wrap-Up. The Walking Dead - 400 Days When the curtain fell on episode five of Telltale's interactive zombie drama The Walking Dead: The Game, many of us felt that we had experienced something rare and special. Telltale's coders were borne high on the shoulders of the gamers everywhere, and subsequently promised us another season's worth of harrowing survival gameplay and heartbreaking decisions. What the team didn't tell us was that they were secretly working on an additional DLC epis…


Gangstar Vegas Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Gangstar Vegas Review

Gangstar Vegas is a textbook example of generation loss. If you're unfamiliar with the term, it describes the loss of quality that occurs when something is copied.  In the case of the Gangstar franchise, the source material is clearly Grand Theft Auto. For Gangstar Vegas, Gameloft has transplanted the shooting, mugging, and carjacking action of its GTA wanabee franchise to Nevada's infamous Vegas Strip. This is presumably in an effort to inject some colour and fun into the s…

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Despicable Me: Minion Rush out now

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Despicable Me: Minion Rush out now

With Despicable Me 2 due to arrive in cinemas later this month, the Hollywood hype machine is whirring into motion. One increasingly important cog in this noisy contraption is the tie-in video game. With that in mind, Gameloft has just released the trailer for its new iOS title Despicable Me: Minion Rush. It's a 3D endless runner in the vein of Temple Run, and stars the cute, yellow minions made famous by the first movie.  We'll have a review ready for you later today, but you can check out the trailer below in the meantime. If you want to try it out for yourself, you can grab it free for iPhone and iPad right now.    …


The Walking Dead - 400 Days DLC trailer revealed

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Walking Dead - 400 Days DLC trailer revealed

When the curtain fell on episode five of Telltale's interactive zombie drama The Walking Dead: The Game, many of us felt that we had experienced something rare and special. Telltale's coders were borne high on the shoulders of the gamers everywhere, and subsequently promised us another season's worth of harrowing survival gameplay and heartbreaking decisions. What the team didn't tell us was that they were secretly working on an additional DLC episode to accompany the first series. However, at E3 today, Telltale unveiled the first trailer for The Walking Dead - 400 Days. As you can see from the teaser (below), this episode moves away from the trials and tribulations of Lee and Clementine…


Deep Dungeons of Doom Review

Review Bossa Studios Ltd By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Deep Dungeons of Doom Review

Who'd have thought that one of the most sophisiticated pieces of handheld technology available today would play host to so many pixel-art games? MiniBoss's retro action-RPG Deep Dungeons of Doom is merely the latest in a long and block procession of games seeking to ape the 8-bit aesthetic of yesteryear. However, while we admit to having a soft spot for retro titles, a game cannot pass muster on nostalgia factor alone. Luckily for Deep Dungeons of Doom, it succeeds in providing a super…

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