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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

2K Drive | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
2K Drive | Hands-On

As you may already know, 2K released its very own answer to EA's Real Racing franchise at the tail end of last week. It's called 2K Drive, and it's a freemium game with a premium price tag. Actually, that not strictly true. You see, reports suggest that it was designed to be a free-to-play experience, but was transformed into a premium release at some point during production. It still has all the currencies and stuff, only you don't have pay money for them anymore.  Well, you can. But you don't have to. We don't think. Anyway, as it's a big-old game that'll take a little time to properly assess. However, in the meantime, here's a hands-on video to tide you over till the review…


Rayman Fiesta Run coming to iOS this autumn

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Rayman Fiesta Run coming to iOS this autumn

Ubisoft has just released the first trailer for the follow-up to its glorious iOS auto-runner Rayman Jungle Run. It's called Rayman Fiesta Run, and it looks dead spicy.  Early reports suggest that developer PastaGames has stuck pretty close to the winning formula it used for last year's App Store hit. You must guide Rayman through a series of exquisitely drawn, but very hazardous environments. As the running is handled automatically, the key to success is choosing when to jump, and when to batter enemies with your gloved, detatchable fists. Though we're clearly on familiar ground with this sequel, you should expect to encounter a few new features. For example, consumable power-up…


Ubisoft reveals debut trailer for Trials Frontier

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Ubisoft reveals debut trailer for Trials Frontier

Trials developer RedLynx has just released the first full trailer for upcoming iOS stunt racer Trials Frontier.  Concocted as a loose tie-in to its yet-to-be-released console sibling Trials Fusion, this free-to-play racer takes place in an even more distant future, and features even more stylised visuals. Though the decision to make free-to-play variations of premium properties usually raises a few hackles, RedLynx chief Tero Virtala believes it's the best way to get people playing. "We want a lot of players to play this game," Virtala told Eurogamer, "and more people are likely to give Trials a try if it doesn't cost them to test it out." Judging by the trailer (below) the game wil…


Call of Duty®: Strike Team Review

Call of Duty®: Strike Team Review

When is a first-person shooter not a first-person shooter? When it's also a tactical third-person RTS. In an apparent effort to give iOS gamers a Call of Duty game which harnesses the full potential of the touchscreen interface, UK developer The Blast Furnace has tried to capture the best of both worlds: a fully-fledged Call of Duty FPS which also let players command their squad from a drone's-eye view. The result is a Call of Duty: Strike Team, a game which tugs you in two different…

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News Wrap-Up | 6th September 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 6th September 2013

It's a little under two weeks until Angry Birds Star Wars II lands on iOS. To whet our appetites for yet more bird-flinging fun, Rovio has given us a glimpse of its new physical docks in action. Like the Skylanders portals, these telepods will allow you to transport the accompanying Star Wars figures directly into the game. As this sequel actually covers the movie prequels, expect to get your hands on a mini plastic Qui-Gon, a feathery Padme, and Jar Jar Binks. The launch date is set for September 19th. Many bothans die to bring you this information So we got a bit of a surprise when we signed into the App Store this morning. Rather than the usual landslide of free-to-play endless-runner…


Call of Duty: Strike Team | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Call of Duty: Strike Team | Hands-On

So we got a bit of a surprise when we signed into the App Store this morning. Rather than the usual landslide of free-to-play endless-runners, what should pop up on our screens but a brand new - and hitherto unannounced - Call of Duty game. I know right. It's called Call of Duty: Strike Team, and it's a CoD game with a difference. Rather than plumping for another 15 levels of military-themed first-person mayhem, Leeds-based studio Blast Furnace has created a game which is part FPS, part third-person strategy game. What does such a game look like, you ask? Well, just check out the video below to see me talk you through the first 15 minutes of Call of Duty: Strike Team. It's Call of Duty,…


Mikey Hooks Review

Review BeaverTap Games, LLC By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Mikey Hooks Review

Speed-run platformer Mikey Shorts, which appeared on the App Store last year, did a great job of demonstrating how precision platforming can be successfully achieved on a touchscreen. For the sequel, Mikey Hooks, Beavertap Games has upped the number of onscreen hazards, and given Mikey the ability to swing across chasms like a big-headed Tarzan. Things are a little more dangerous for Mikey this time out. Though the familiar flat-topped robo enemies return, they are now decked out…

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Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

Ashpalt 8: Airborne plays like a greatest hits compilation of arcade racers. Perhaps you enjoyed the powerslide from Outrun and Ridge Racer? Or the nitro boosts and takedown challenges from Burnout? Well, you'll find them all in Asphalt 8. The good news is that rather than Gameloft simply ripping off aspects of other games and mashing them randomly together, the dev has managed create a polished, adrenaline-infused racer which is way more fun than it has any right to be. One thing's…

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News Wrap-Up | 30th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 30th August 2013

It's been a long time coming, but the first trailer for Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas has washed up onto the shores of the internet. This RPG adventure has had a lot of iOS fans frothing in anticipation for ages, largely thanks to its delightful visuals and Zelda-esque sensibilities. Thankfully, the island hopping gameplay shown in the trailer looks to fulfil the promise of those early teasers, even if it all looks a bit too Wind Waker for its own good. It's due to dock with the App Store this autumn, so keep your eyes on the horizon for more news. Angry Birds announcements are coming thick and fast at the moment. Hot on the heel of Rovio's Angry Birds Star Wars II reveal, the Fin…


Preview | Anomaly 2

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
Preview | Anomaly 2

There were some fans of 11 bit studios' tower-offense hit Anomaly Warzone Earth who were a little disappointed that last year's follow-up, Anomaly Korea, wasn't a fully-fledged sequel. Well, dry those eyes, strategy lovers, for we bring you tidings of great joy. The custodians of the series have comfirmed to us (face-to-face, no less) that Anomaly 2 is due to hit the App Store later this year.  What's more, we got to go hands-on with the latest build of the game at Gamescom 2013 last week. Don't believe us? Just peep out the video below to see the game in action.…


Preview | Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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-…