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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Hands-on with Snowboard Party, the thrill-seeking stunt racer which is all about the XP

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Snowboard Party, the thrill-seeking stunt racer which is all about the XP

I'm in two minds about Snowboard Party. On the one hand, the game is a surprisingly slick mobile interpretation of the SSX-style stunt racers popularised on consoles during the last decade. However, given the emphasis the game places on earning XP to unlock everything from tracks to characters to boards, I'm a little concerned about how long it takes to progress, and how obviously the IAPs are pushed - especially considering this is a premium release. Check out my hands-on to see what I'm talking about. …

Hands-on with Sneaky Sneaky, the utterly gorgeous top-down stealth-'em-up

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Sneaky Sneaky, the utterly gorgeous top-down stealth-'em-up

I love a bit of stealth. I often answer the doorbell by climbing out my bedroom window, repelling down the side of the house, then choking the postman out and recovering my Tesco clubcard vouchers before anyone knows I was even there. So what better game to start my day with than Sneaky Sneaky, an utterly gorgeous and extremely charming stealth game which is primed to hit the App Store at midnight tonight. Check out my hands-on video to see why you should add this one to your wishlist. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Storm Rush, the super glowy, super twitchy racer

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Storm Rush, the super glowy, super twitchy racer

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping quite like a twitch racer. You've no time to think, no time to plan ahead - you rely entirely on instinct, like a frightened doormouse fleeing an alpha predator. In the case of Storm Rush you're not a doormouse, but a non-specific floating entity trying to avoid glowing towers of energy falling from the top of the screen. Not quite as threatening as a chasing cheetah, perhaps, but it got my pulse up nonetheless. See me playing Storm Rush - which is out right now for iPhone and iPad - in the video above.…

The Banner Saga 2 will be coming to mobile, hopefully next year

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
The Banner Saga 2 will be coming to mobile, hopefully next year

More vikings! More snow! Even bigger beards! These are just three of the things we're hoping will feature in the upcoming sequel to wintery RPG The Banner Saga, which has just been confirmed for mobile devices. If you want to see the first footage of The Banner Saga 2 in action, and hear quotes from the developer, check out the video above.…

Sons of Anarchy to get its own The Walking Dead-style game series on mobile

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Sons of Anarchy to get its own The Walking Dead-style game series on mobile

With the final episode of the final series of Sons of Anarchy nearly upon us, we've already begun saying our farewells to Kurt Sutter's lovable bunch of leather clad bikers. However, Tuesday's finale may not be the end after all - at least not if you own a mobile phone. Check out the video above for more details.  …

Roller Polar Review

Review Nitrome By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Roller Polar Review

Dev studio Nitrome is making a bit of a name for itself. Landing on our radar last year with the excellently chilly physics puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, the team has once again looked to arctic conditions as inspiration for its latest mobile game. This time its Roller Polar, a twitch game that all about leaping over rocks, trees, birds, and snowmen. Seriously - don't get us started on the snowmen. Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater explains why you should really consider giving fros…

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Play The Witcher Battle Arena right now (if you happen to live in Sweden)

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Play The Witcher Battle Arena right now (if you happen to live in Sweden)

If you happen to have a Swedish App Store account, then you can now play CD Projekt Red's new mobile MOBA The Witcher Battle Arena right now. The game is only in soft-launch at the moment, and therefore limited to a single country at present. To learn more and see the game in action, check out the video above.…

See the first images of upcoming mobile shooter Borderlands Online

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
See the first images of upcoming mobile shooter Borderlands Online

So it seems that Borderlands is coming to mobile devices in full first-person glory next year.  This new extension of Gearbox's irreverent shooter series is called Borderlands Online, and will take the form of a cross-platform MMO. What's more, we have the first images. Check out the video above to learn more.…

oh my giraffe Review

Review Nico Prins By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
oh my giraffe Review

I think it's safe to say that we've all had our fill of endless-runners. However, we recommend you don't write of the entire genre before trying oh my giraffe, the extremely daft but surprisingly enjoyable savanna-based sprinter starring a giraffe with the most flexible neck in Africa. Harry Slater reviewed the game for Pocket Gamer. Check out the video to hear his verdict.…

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Hands-on with Lucha Amigos, the turtle twanging home invasion flinger

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Lucha Amigos, the turtle twanging home invasion flinger

Here's an odd one: is the act of home invasion more or less worrying if it's perpetrated by a trio of shell-skidding turtles? To answer that question properly you really need to play Lucha Amigos. It's a little bit Angry Birds, and a little bit Squid. It's also kinda bonkers, and relatively entertaining to boot. Peep the video above to find out more.…

Hands on with Bean Dreams, the upwardly mobile bouncathon where beans wear hats

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands on with Bean Dreams, the upwardly mobile bouncathon where beans wear hats

We quite liked Bean's Quest, a simple, silly, but admittedly entertaining platformer involving an endlessly jumping bean. As of this week, iOS users can now play the sequel, Bean Dreams, which brings with it even more levels of leaping, fruit collecting, and pink dragon liberation. Check out the video above to see the game in action.…

Hands-on with Shadowrun: Dragonfall, the definitive expansion to the Shadowrun universe

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Shadowrun: Dragonfall, the definitive expansion to the Shadowrun universe

The Shadowrun universe does a good job of capitalising on the twin fondnesses of 20- to 30-something gamers: cyberpunk styings and isometric RPGs. The first instalment of this Kickstarter funded rejuvination of the series, Shadowrun Returns, was a reminder of why we used to pour hours into role-playing games without voice acting or fancy FMV sequences. With the iOS release of Shadowrun: Dragonfall, developer Harebrained Schemes has taken the PC expansion - which added 20 hours of gameplay and a ton of refinement to the original game - and packaged it up as a standalone app. Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater went hands-on with the game to see if it's worth your time. Check out the video above…

Hands-on with Tomb Raider II, a PSone game that doesn't belong on iOS

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Tomb Raider II, a PSone game that doesn't belong on iOS

I'm not one of these 'angry gamer' types. Broadly speaking, I love games. Mobile games in particular. But playing Tomb Raider II makes me question my defense of touchscreen gaming. To my mind, these kind of console-to-mobile ports demonstrate exactly what you shouldn't do when trying to bring an old game to a new platform. Check out the video above to see why my panties are so tightly bunched.   …

Hands-on with Telltale's Game of Thrones, where winter is coming and everyone is from t' nuuurth

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Telltale's Game of Thrones, where winter is coming and everyone is from t' nuuurth

The first episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series is now live on the App Store.  Just like the HBO show and the books which inspired it, the game is chock full of warring houses, brutal slaying, and northern accents. If you want to a quick and relatively spoiler-free glimpse of the game in action, check our new hands-on video above. …

Hands-on with Fist of Jesus, the unholy beat-'em-up where disciples do hadokens

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Fist of Jesus, the unholy beat-'em-up where disciples do hadokens

I don't really know where to start with Fist of Jesus. While I personally don't consider a game where Jesus Christ teaches Judas how to clobber lepers to death with a holy fish to be blasphemous or troubling, I'm still a little surprised that Apple has allowed it onto the App Store. Regardless, it's here now. And of course, I just had to have a go. Check out the video above to see your saviour laying the smackdown. WARNING: Those of a sensitive religious disposition may tut disapprovingly.…