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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Battle Riders Review

Review Valentin Ciampuru By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
Battle Riders Review

Racing sims can be a bit clinical. You'll often get endless menus filled with gear ratio sliders and engine tuning options, when all you really want to do is slam your figurative foot to the floor and burn some rubber. Battle Riders is an antidote to the serious-headed racers of the world, so much so that the Deathrace 3000-inspired vehicles you drive also have massive guns slapped on the side of them.  Question is, does it deliver the high octane, armour plated goods? Watch the…

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iPhone 6: good news for games?

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
iPhone 6: good news for games?

Now that the dust has settled on Apple's keynote, it's time to take stock. We've all heard the impressive GPU stats on the iPhone 6, and gazed longingly at the massive 1920 x 1080 screen on the iPhone 6 Plus - perfect for playing the next wave of A8-powered games. But are there any downsides to Apple's decision to keep fragmenting its hardware releases? Have developers started to lose faith in the platform?  Check out the video above to see AppSpy's take on the matter.  …


The Walking Dead Pinball Review

Review ZEN Studios Ltd. By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball is an odd creature. On the one hand, it's another solid instalment of Zen's popular pinball series. You get the same realistic physics and weighty flippers that series fans have come to rely upon, and a themed table which recreates environments and situations from the critically acclaimed Telltale series. The question which Pocket Gamer's Jon Munday asks, however, is whether people really want to revisit the emotional tale of Clementine and Lee through the me…

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Duke Dashington Review

Review Jussi Simpanen By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Duke Dashington Review

What do you get when you splice Tomb Raider's spike-infested temples with 8-bit platforming sensibilities, then throw in a protagonist who takes styling tips from Wario? The answer is Duke Dashington, a swipe-based retro platformer which offers healthy doses of challenge in micro portions. As Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater discovered, getting out of a collapsing pyramid in ten seconds flat can be a tricky business.  Thankfully, the struggle is generally a rewarding one. Watch the…

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Angry Birds Stella Review

Review Rovio Entertainment Ltd By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Angry Birds Stella Review

So here we are again. Rovio has released the latest spin on its ever popular Angry Birds franchise. This time, however, the ladies are the stars of the show, with pink bird Stella taking the starring role in a new all-female cast. As Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater discovers, though, nothing much has changed beneath the game's frosted veneer. This is still Angry Birds, albeit with no dudes and added wait timers.  Is this a feminist triumph? Or is this a slightly patronising spin-off…

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The Nightmare Cooperative Review

Review Lucky Frame By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Nightmare Cooperative Review

Roguelikes are everywhere at the moment. You can't fire up iTunes without clapping eyes on a Dungelot or a Wayward Souls peeping out of the milky whiteness. However, as Pocket Gamer's Craig Granell discovered, The Nightmare Cooperative shouldn't be dismissed as yet another tile-based puzzler. Yes, it's filled with randomised dungeons and chance encounters and lots and lots of death. But there's a clever team dynamic at play that elevates it beyond the average swipe-powered puzzle adv…

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First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

News By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

The first gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella has surfaced online.  Rovio has been promoting this newest (and pinkest) addition to the Angry Birds family through US bookstore Barnes & Noble ahead of the game's release this Thursday.  Handily for those of us stuck in the UK, a member of AngryBirdsNest  was on hand to play through the first seven levels of Angry Birds Stella, and record the results on their phone. A quick glance at the video confirms that unlike the RPG-themed Angry Birds Epic, this game sticks far closer to the traditional swipe-and-fling Angry Birds formula. There are some differences, of course. Early levels are structured more like mazes, built…


Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Bioshock Review

BioShock is great. Deservedly held up as a premiere example of digital world building and interactive storytelling, it's a game which drags you through your TV and submerges you in a nightmarish world of neon and noir. Andrew Ryan's failed utopia, populated with genetically modified maniacs and lumbering, drill-armed childminders, is one of the most atmospheric, immersive, and effectively-realised video game settings ever conceived. The gameplay elegantly fuses traditional gunplay w…

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Hands-on with Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Armello has been generating a bit of buzz within the PC community recently. Something of a genre hybrid, it combines elements from tactical RPGs, strategy games and CCGs, and wraps them in a big boardgame-shaped package. Yesterday, we learned that the dev team behind this colourful and charming project is also hard at work on an iPad version of the game. Naturally we were curious, and managed to get our hands on a very early build of the iOS version.  And, after spending around 30 minutes with Armello, I can safely say that the game has worked its way into my top 10 most anticipated games for 2015. It's beautiful and beguiling, and though the systems are diverse, it doesn't overwhel…


Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

While I've seen some surprising things at this year's Gamescom, there are a few constants which provide comfort amidst the madness. The Fifa franchise is one of these constants, the latest iteration of which takes the form of Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, and is due to arrive on iOS in the very near future. Taking onboard the negative feedback Fifa 14 received regarding its gesture controls,  the team has opted to return to a button-based control scheme this year. There's now a dedicated throughball button, and the ability to active close ball control by double-tapping the floating joystick. The other big change is the franchise's new focus on Ultimate Team mode, which proved the mo…


Goat Simulator set to charge onto iPhone and iPad later this year

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Goat Simulator set to charge onto iPhone and iPad later this year

Bonkers sandbox destruction game Goat Simulator is set to charge onto iPhone and iPad sometime later this year. Having already wormed its way into the hearts of millions of PC gamers via a series of viral videos, Coffee Stains studio's surprise novelty hit is making the transition to mobile. Though it's still early days - the video above showcases the roughness of the current interface - the current build already lets you charge about the streets, ram pedestrians, and attach yourself to passing vehicles using only your tongue. Pocket Gamer's Mark Brown and I went hands-on with the game in a darkened Gamescom corridor. You can see the result in the video above.  …


BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

As you probably already know by now, BioShock is coming to iOS later this year. Mark Brown, editor of sister site Pocket Gamer, went hands-on with an iPad build of the game earlier in the week, and shared his experience in an exclusive AppSpy video (which can be found at the bottom of the article). Having aquired some footage show ing the mobile incarnation of Rapture from publisher 2K, I decided to fire up the Xbox 360 version of BioShock and see how the iOS visuals stand up against the original console graphics. Check out the results in the video above. Though we don't have a solid release date for BioShock on iOS, we do know that it'll be live on the App Store before the year is out…


Unreal Engine 4 on iOS: does it look any good?

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Unreal Engine 4 on iOS: does it look any good?

Angels in the Sky, the first game to utilise Unreal Engine 4 on iOS, hit the App Store last week. It's basically a gallery shooter with swish visuals. You float through an alien landscape using a pair of sci-fi cannons to blast waves of oncoming enemies.  There's not much to it beyond that. You can't steer your craft or even pick your targets. You just hammer the fire buttons and hope to survive the oncoming horde. However, though the gameplay itself is less than noteworthy, we felt obliged to put Epic's shiny new game engine under the microscope, and see whether it makes the iPhone 5S - the only device Angels in the Sky is compatible with - sing. Here are the results:…


Hearthstone Naxxramas second wing The Plague Quarter out now for iPad

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hearthstone Naxxramas second wing The Plague Quarter out now for iPad

The second wing of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas DLC series, titled The Plague Quarter, is now available on iPad. The second of five seperate patches - or 'wings' - which will make-up the complete Naxxramas update, this update adds three new bosses to defeat: Heigan, Loatheb, and Noth. Those who purchase the update will also gain access to four new cards: Stoneskin Gargoyle, Unstable Ghoul, Sludge Belcher, and Loatheb. These bosses and cards bring with them some new challeges and modes, including Heroic Difficulty mode. If you want to see what the first wing of the Naxxramas campaign looks like in action, then check out our hands-on video below. You can still download this episode f…


Telltale confirms The Walking Dead Season 3 is on the way

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Telltale confirms The Walking Dead Season 3 is on the way

Telltale has confirmed that its acclaimed interactive adventure The Walking Dead will return for a third season. The announcement was made at this year's Comic Con in San Diego, and later shared with the world via the developer's Twitter account. Given the ongoing success of the zombie-themed series, it's no surprise that Telltale is keen to continue building stories in the world of The Walking Dead. However, with the team already prepping Tales from the Borderlands and an interactive Game of Thones series for release before 2015, it's going to be a very busy year for the studio. Unfortunately, there's no word at this time whether Clementine will return in season three, or when the gam…