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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Tiny Thief Review

Review Rovio Stars Ltd. By James Gilmour, 1 year, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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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Top 3 iOS games June 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 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, 3 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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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