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Gangstar Vegas Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months 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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First trailer for Asphalt 8: Airborne

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
First trailer for Asphalt 8: Airborne

Gameloft has just posted the first trailer for upcoming racing sequel Asphalt 8: Airborne. While the series's trademark good looks are still intact, it's Asphalt 8: Airborne's array of stunt opportunities which have gained our attention. You see, thanks to a new physics engine, you'll be able to launch your supercharged racer off the tarmac and into the air, where you can perform gnarly spins and flips.  These hair-raising stunts can be performed over the game's eight new maps, which will take you "from the Nevada desert to the city streets of London". You can also look forward to a variety of different weather conditions, all of which will affect the handling of your vehicle. Socia…


Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD iPad Review

Review Ironhide Game Studio By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD iPad Review

Sequels can be tricky. You have to give the fans more of what they loved the first time out, while adding enough new elements to warrant a second visit. It's doubly difficult when you're following an acclaimed title like tower defence titan Kingdom Rush. Luckily for us, developer Ironhide has kept its cool and delivered another top tier instalment to artillery-oriented action. The team hasn't deviated far from the original template, but considering the quality of the original, that's n…

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See the debut trailer for Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
See the debut trailer for Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game

The movie fans among you might be familiar with upcoming mechs-vs-monsters flick Pacific Rim. Helmed by Pans Labyrinth and Hellboy mastermind Guillermo del Toro, the film promises to marry the old fashioned sensibilities of the Godzilla movies with the mech-heavy iron fisticuffs of Gundam. Of course, nowadays you can't have a blockbuster film without the obligatory tie-in mobile game. And, sure enough, Reliance Games has just posted the trailer for Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game. It's only a teaser, and we're not sure how much of it (if any) is actual in-game footage. However, if we had to guess, we'd say that this is probably going to be a gesture controlled brawler in the vein of Batm…


World War Z Review

World War Z Review

World War Z is a conflicted game. On the one hand, its developer has tried to revamp the first-person shooter genre by creating a new control system tailor-made for touchscreen devices. But, while the controls may be progressive, the gameplay all too frequently lapses into uninspired - and frankly quite tedious - shoot and collect missions. It's not all bad news, though. In fact, World War Z's drab, grey surface betrays stabs or real colour and excitement. The game is probably at is s…

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Friday News Wrap-Up 7 June 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 7 June 2013

With E3 looming on the horizon, this week has been a veritable smorgasbord of trailers and teasers. To save you tiring out your clicking finger, we've compiled the most interesting ones in this week's AppSpy News Wrap-Up. Enjoy.   Plants vs. Zombies 2 coming to iOS on July 18th It’s been a long time coming, but the Plants vs. Zombies sequel is nearly upon us. It’s called Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, and will shuffle onto our lawns on July 18th. Much like the most recent Cut the Rope sequel, this fertile follow up will propel the player between different periods of history. The developer has also announced that PvsZ 2 will be a freemium title. Shifting the franc…


Warhammer Quest iPad Review

Review Rodeo Games By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Warhammer Quest iPad Review

If you can remember the days when games were played on tables, not tablets, then you might recall Game Workshop’s Warhammer Quest. Now, Rodeo Games has brought the dice and cardboard RPG into the digital realm, attempting to encapsulate the treasure-seeking, goblin mashing thrills of the boardgame in an iPhone and iPad app. The good news for all of us is that they’ve made a pretty good job of it. The first thing you’ll need is familiarise yourself with your character…

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Gameloft unveils first Modern Combat 5 trailer

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Gameloft unveils first Modern Combat 5 trailer

Gameloft has just released the debut trailer for upcoming first-person shooter sequel Modern Combat 5. The teaser delivers almost exactly what you would expect a Modern Combat trailer to deliver. There are explosions, a veritable fleet of high-powered military vehicles, and enough flying bullets to make the geriatric cast of The Expendables nod creakily in approval. More specifically, the video hints at a set piece involving a helicopter mounted gun turret, and a high octane chase sequence featuring boats whooshing down a Venice canal. And guns. Did we mention the guns? Unfortunately, Gameloft hasn't seen fit to give us a release date. The developer has tagged the video as an 'E3 trailer…


HD overhaul for Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
HD overhaul for Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

Having just lifted the lid on its new iOS Deux Ex game, Square Enix has also delivered good news for Final Fantasy Tactics fans. It seems the Japanese developer decided that the visuals for Final Tantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions could do with spruce up, and has just given the game an HD graphical overhaul. Simply download the latest update, and your low resolution troops will be transformed into super-sharp soldiers of fortune. The update should also improve the draw speed of the visual, too. In non-aesthetic news, Cloud support has also been added, allowing you to access save files regardless of which iOS device you happen to have in your palm. What's more, Squeenix has slashed the…


Deux Ex: The Fall announced for iOS

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Deux Ex: The Fall announced for iOS

Prepare for imminent iOS augmentation: Square Enix's next Deus Ex game is coming not to home consoles, but to iPhone and iPad. Entitled Deux Ex: The Fall, the game will be a fully-fledged first-person RPG action title, just like its console counterpart Deux Ex: Human Revolution. The game's plot revolves around the supply of the drug which augmented humans (like protagonist Ben Saxon) require to survive. This time out, Square Enix's mobile division has taken on development duties, with involvement from N-Fusion (the team behind Air Mail) and Eidos-Montreal. Rather than being a neutered version of the console title, executive game director at Eidos Montreal Jean-François Dugas …


Azkend 2 - The World Beneath free on App Store

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Azkend 2 - The World Beneath free on App Store

Richly detailed match-three puzzle sequel Azkend 2 - The World Beneath is free to download for a limited time on the App Store. This act of temporary generosity can be attributed to the fact developer 10tons's next title Sparkle 2 is due out on Thursday, and the team is looking to stir up some noise for its upcoming release. Regardless of the reasons behind the game's price drop, fans of the match-three genre would be wise to give this unusual, narrative-driven puzzler a bash. The core puzzle elements are solid, and provide the spine for a quirky story campaign which sees you battling your way out of the centre of the Earth. You can download Azkend 2 - The World Beneath for free right now…


Deep Dungeons of Doom drops onto the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 3 months ago
Deep Dungeons of Doom drops onto the App Store

After going MIA for a few months following its initial release announcement, retro action adventure Deep Dungeons of Doom has finally appeared on the App Store. As you've probably already guessed from the trope-tastic title, this is a game designed to make lovers of fantasy adventure and pixel-art graphics roll over onto their backs and purr like kittens. Whether it tickles your furry underbelly or not will depend on your fondness for arcade style, one-on-one combat. As you descend through the game's steady stream of single screen dungeons, you'll come up against an increasingly tough line-up of fantastical opponents. Though the actual fighting mechanics consist simply of a block and an a…