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Top 3 iOS games June 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
Top 3 iOS games June 2013

June was quite a month for iOS gamers. Not only did we get some quality App Store exclusives and anticipated sequel, we also got ports of some top class console and PC titles. Let's see which of them made into AppSpy's top three, shall we? Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Bioware, Aspyr) $6.99 iPad-only First up, here's a port of game which originally appeared a long time ago, on a console far, far too big. Yes, classic Xbox RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic landed on iPad last month. Though it may be 10 years old, the game's intuitive combat systems, expansive environments, and rich narrative still give most modern RPGs a run for their money. It's a little pricey, but c…


League of Evil 3 Review

Review Ravenous Games Inc. By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
League of Evil 3 Review

League of Evil 3 is hard. You remember the first two games in the series? Remember restarting levels 20, 30, even 40 times, all the while cursing your disobedient thumbs for every mistimed jump overlooked bullet? Yeah. This one's harder. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on your appetite for punishment. You see, League of Evil 3 manages to embody everything that made the franchise the platforming powerhouse it is today. The controls are still some of the tightest yo…

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Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage HD Review

Review Nitrome By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months ago
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage HD Review

Physics puzzlers: there's a ton of 'em about. One's got birds in. It's quite popular. Now there's another one. It's got some birds in too. But mostly ice. Ice and Vikings. And birds. It's called Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. We think its dead good. Here's why. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is like a really good sandwich. It provides you with a nourishing core, surrounded by a bunch of easily digestible, but thoroughly satisfying layers. At its frosty heart, it's a game about slicing ice…

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Friday News Wrap-Up 21 June 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 21 June 2013

With the App Store arrival of a certain highly acclaim UFO-centric strategy game, it's been a pretty big week for iOS gaming. Let's get stuck in, shall we?   Modern Combat 4 gets Meltdown update The latest episode in Gameloft's premiere FPS franchise Modern Combat has just received its biggest update yet. 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 across the ice of Antarctica. As for fresh firepower, you'll gain access to a Spec…


XCOM®: Enemy Unknown iPad Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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

Review Sony Music Entertainment By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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…