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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

AppSpy Plays: Wayward Souls (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Wayward Souls (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

If you caught the Pocket Gamer Podcast live over on the AppSpy Twitch channel, you may have noticed one of the top games of the week we selected was Wayward Souls. From Rocketcat Games, the folks behind Punch Quest, Mage Gauntlet and the Grappling Hook trilogy, Wayward Souls is a dungeon-crawling roguelike which combines 16-bit visuals with the difficulty of Dark Souls. It really is as good as it sounds. We’ll be playing the first hour or so of Wayward Souls from 5pm BST / 9am PST / 12pm EST, so come and see one of the best iOS games of the week in action.. You can either stick about here till the show starts. or tune in live over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. Click the “…


The Pocket Gamer Podcast - Live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am EST | 12pm PST)

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
The Pocket Gamer Podcast - Live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am EST | 12pm PST)

As part of our promise to go live more often over on our spangly new Twitch channel, we're going to be livestreaming the Pocket Gamer Podcast today for the second time ever. The very lovely Mr. Rob Rich, Editor of 148Apps will be joining AppSpy and Pocket Gamer regulars Peter and myself to talk about the latest news, releases, and what we've been playing. Expect us to touch upon stealth puzzler Third Eye Crime, roguelike dungeon crawler Wayward Souls, and platform adventurer Leo's Fortune. Consider this your cordial invitation to tonight's digital gathering. Please RSVP by going over to our Twitch channel and clicking the "Follow" button. The podcast will start at 5pm BST / 9am PST /…


AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 4 live on Twitch (5pm BDT | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 4 live on Twitch (5pm BDT | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

Not too long now until we stream part four in our series of AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us! We’re a fair bit into Chapter 2, so there’s a good chance we’ll be starting the most recently-released chapter today. Whether you’ve been joining us over the past few weeks, or you just want to get a feel of the game to see if it’s for you, be sure to join us today over on the AppSpy Twitch channel at 5pm BST / 9am PDT / 12pm EDT. If you hit the “Follow” button while you’re over there, you’ll receive notifications every time we go live so you never miss a show. Bonzer!…


Eye on the App Store: Hitman GO, Unpossible, Icarush, and more

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Eye on the App Store: Hitman GO, Unpossible, Icarush, and more

The question on everyone’s lips at the moment is “what am I going to do while everyone is laying comatose around me after the sugar overload this Easter weekend?” Well, if we're sure about anything over here on AppSpy, we know there’s always something out there worth playing. That’s why today on Eye on the App Store we’ll be giving you the lowdown on the games that’ll be launching at midnight tonight. Then, you can decide which tickle your fancy and pick them up to keep you busy over the Easter break. First up is Hitman GO, a game which takes rather different approach to the rest of the famously stealthy Hitman series. Here, Agent 47 is a tabl…


The pay-to-pay problem: An IAP too far

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
The pay-to-pay problem: An IAP too far

After dealing with the cooldown timer-packed abomination that was Rollercoaster Tycoon 4, I decided that it was time to address an issue that has been bothering me for a while. We're starting to see more and more premium mobile games appearing with free-to-play-style timers and energy systems secreted in their menus. Despite charging a flat fee up front, hese games will still throw up artificial barriers - and even lock you out altogether - unless you buy in-app purchases. The way I see it, this transparently unscrupulous practise - which I'm labelling "pay-to-pay" - is bang out of order. Here's why:…


AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 3 live on Twitch (5pm BDT | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 3 live on Twitch (5pm BDT | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

In just a short while we’ll be streaming the third part of our playthrough of The Wolf Among Us, Telltale's moody point-and-click adventure game. We're fairly far into the first episode now, and from here on out we plan to cover the entire series as each episode is released. When we last left our protagonist, Bigby Wolf, he'd just gotten a bit huffy and puffy and blew a Grendel (from Beowulf) in a bar fight. After choosing to arrest Tweedle Dee (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), the Woodsman (Little Red Riding Hood) escaped. As you may have noticed, The Wolf Among Us draws characters from folklore and fairytales, with its storyline taking place before Vertigo’s cult classic co…


AppSpy Plays: FTL: Faster Than Light live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
AppSpy Plays: FTL: Faster Than Light live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

The end of the week is finally upon us. Our plans to start the evening include cosy slippers, a warm cup of hot chocolate and, of course, a nice bit of streaming. Each week we play recent App Store releases we believe will be a spot of fun, so today we’re going to start playing fiendishly popular starship roguelike FTL: Faster Than Light over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. If you haven’t yet seen or played the iPad version, but have heard people rambling on about how swish it is, come watch us invariably run out of fuel, get attacked, and have our entire crew die from suffocation. As per usual, feel free to ask us any questions you have, offer advice, say hello, or just fill ou…


Eye on the App Store: Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Trials Frontier, and more

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Eye on the App Store: Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Trials Frontier, and more

It's Wednesday again, which means it's nearly time for another instalment of Eye on the App Store, our weekly round-up of the week's upcoming App Store releases. First up is Crazy Taxi: City Rush, a new free-to-play Crazy Taxi game from the fellows behind Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash. It’s just been soft-launched in Canada, with the worldwide release due for a bit closer to summer. Trials Frontier, meanwhile, is the latest incarnation of the the physics-based motorcycle game series that sees you trying very hard to not fall over yet doing so regardless. We’ll also be covering Robots Love Ice Cream, SideSwype, and give you some news about Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff…


See exclusive footage of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
See exclusive footage of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

As you may have heard, Fox accidentally released Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff onto the App Store 48 hours early. Assuming it was a soft-launch rather than an accident, may people started posting videos of the game on YouTube, and streaming gameplay on Twitch. However, within hours of the app's appearance, reports appeared saying that FOX was flagging YouTube videos containing footage of the game. What's more, AppSpy community member HansKaosu had his Twitch account shut down altogether, apparantly as a result of streaming the game live. Given that the game had publicly appeared on the App Store, and that no-one did anything remotely illegal in downloading it, it seems a bit harsh that p…


AppSpy Plays: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

Whether you’re tired out from a tough week or planning to party the night away, there’s only one way to start your Friday evening / morning properly: over at the AppSpy Twitch channel. Today, we’ll be playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the developer's latest entry in the tongue-tangling genre that is the free-to-play digital collectable card game. The iPad version has been soft-launched in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, so you can come have a sneak peek before it hits the rest of the world. A word of warning though: the in-game accents aren't for the faint-hearted. To make sure you don’t miss out on us taking out magic-wielding maniacs wi…


Defend alien towers instead of blowing them up in script-flipping final act Anomaly Defenders

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Defend alien towers instead of blowing them up in script-flipping final act Anomaly Defenders

11 bit studios has announced the final chapter in its Anomaly series will turn the established tower-offence gameplay the franchise is known for on its head, putting you in control of the aliens as they defend themselves against an invading human army. Titled Anomaly Defenders, this third act (which was preceded by Anomaly Warzone Earth, Anomaly Korea, and Anomaly 2) appears to be a more traditional tower-defence game.  You're charged with fighting off the advancing human forces by erecting towers, and then upgrading them to improve their firepower and efficiency. These towers will have "special powers" which you'll be able to trigger in times of extreme crisis. In some ways, its o…


Blizzard's Warcraft-inspired card game Hearthstone has been soft-launched on iPad

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Blizzard's Warcraft-inspired card game Hearthstone has been soft-launched on iPad

Blizzard's Warcraft-inspired collectible card game (CCG) Hearthstone has just been soft launched on iPad in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Created by Team 5, a cluster of programmers within Blizzard, the game draws upon their experiences playing CCGs like Magic: The Gathering, and Jihad in the '80s. However, while this turn-based battler won't have you engaging in raids or grinding for wolves toes, Hearthstone is still firmly embedding in the Warcraft mythology. You choose your class from a familiar list (Warrior, Mage, Paladin etc.), and then do battle against the A.I., or another human opponent. The game already has 10 million registered users thanks to the beta release of t…


AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us - Part 1 (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us - Part 1 (Twitch catch-up)

With our Twitch channel output ramping up, you may have missed out on our playthrough of the first part of The Wolf Among Us yesterday. Fortunately, we have wrapped it up in a neat little video package, which you’ll find below. Developed by Telltale, the folks behind The Walking Dead’s game adaptation, this tale has also sprung out of a comic book franchise: the lesser-known, but equally loved, Fables. The story takes place before the Fables’ outset, and uses The Walking Dead’s cel-shaded graphical stylings and moody lighting to recreate the look and feel of the comic. Expect slightly off the wall versions of Toad of Toad Hall, Snow White, Red Riding Hood and,…


Eye on the App Store: FTL, Monument Valley, and more

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Eye on the App Store: FTL, Monument Valley, and more

It's Wednesday once again, so that can only mean one thing: New games on the App Store at midnight! To guide you through the best of them, join Peter and I for Eye on the App Store, our weekly show in which we take a look at the most exciting new releases 24-hours before they are released. Expect to see the long-awaited port of real-time roguelike space-sim FTL: Faster Than Light. We'll also be looking at the pretty and intricate platform-puzzler Monument Valley. There’ll likey be some other treats too... quite possibly a taster of Warhammer 40K: Storm of Vengeance, and the second act of Joe Dever's Lone Wolf. Join us live at 5pm GMT / 9am PST / 12pm EDT over on the…


Monument Valley | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Monument Valley | Hands-On

Monument Valley, the latest game from Whale Trail developer ustwo, is due to land on the App Store at midnight tonight. And if you like clever puzzles and oodles of atmosphere, you should consider adding it to your wishlist. This game is a far cry from the endless-runner antics of Whale Trail. In fact, the team behind Monument Valley's precise, architectural puzzles appear to have spent the last few months staring at Escher lithographs, rather than watching Free Willy. It's a game which plays with perspective and perception, forcing you to attack each maze as both a 2D and a 3D puzzle. You push and drag platforms to bridge gaps, and even twist and turn the tower itself to create impossible…