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

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 2 weeks 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, 3 months, 2 weeks 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, 3 months, 3 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, 3 months, 3 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, 3 months, 3 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, 3 months, 3 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, 3 months, 3 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, 3 months, 3 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…


The Puzzle & Dragons and Ragnarok Odyssey Ace crossover has begun

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
The Puzzle & Dragons and Ragnarok Odyssey Ace crossover has begun

Match-three RPG phenomenon Puzzle & Dragons has just begun a brief crossover with Ragnarok Odyssey Ace. This union of franchises will give all Puzzle & Dragons fans the chance to add characters from the PS Vita RPG Ragnarok Odyssey Ace onto their monster hunting team. Expect heroes Marin, Angeling, Develing, and Grendel to make an appearance over the next couple of days. The uber successful Puzzle & Dragons - which has been download 32 million times worldwide - will also be visited by Cathy Crazy from Freak Tower, and Kite, Jell's Angel, and Balloons Penguins from Princess Punt. According to Siliconera, these crossovers will expire on April 6th, so you'll need to update your a…


Game Insight declassifies its unknown enemies in upcoming sci-fi strategy X-Mercs: Invasion

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Game Insight declassifies its unknown enemies in upcoming sci-fi strategy X-Mercs: Invasion

X-Mercs: Invasion is a sci-fi strategy game. It involves taking control of a military squad whom you must lead into battle against alien invaders. You are dropped into scuffles by a snazzy looking airship, and the ensuing combat plays out in turn-based fashion on a virtual grid. Once you've completed a fight, you can return to your base to upgrade squad members, research new weaponry, and monitor the global situation from your command room. If this is all sounding weirdly familiar, then you've probably played X-Com: Enemy Unknown, a game to which X-Mercs undoubtedly owes a sizeable creative debt. There does appear to be some subtle deviations from the X-Com formula, however. For exampl…


Tiny Space Adventure | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Tiny Space Adventure | Hands-On

You know that bit in Scooby Doo cartoons where the gang rushs between doors in a long corridor, entering one room and emerging from another, seemingly disconnected door further down the hallway? Well, that's a bit like how it felt to play new sci-fi puzzler Tiny Space Adventure. You take control of an astronaut who must navigate a series of doors to reach an exit. Along the way, you have to avoid getting frazzled laser barriers, or spotted by robot sentries. As you're popping in and out of identical-looking black doors, you need a decent memory and a good mind for pattern recognition to be successful. Which probably explains the trouble I had reaching the end of some of the levels. Check…


AppSpy Plays: Star Horizon (Twitch catch-up)

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Star Horizon (Twitch catch-up)

In case you missed out on our regular AppSpy Plays live stream last Friday, we’ve brought it back to life using modern technology on our YouTube channel (oh, and below too). On-rails sci-Fi shooter Star Horizon received a 4 out of 5 in our review last week. So, having not played it personally, Peter and I planted ourselves firmly in front of it to see what this looker could do. There was barrel-rolling, betraying, blame for one-starring missions and a trench run that looked awfully familiar... We had a great turnout for the live stream, taking some much appreciated advice from onlookers, including developer Tabasco Interactive who joined us in the chatroom. Aside from our regular '…


CLARC | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
CLARC | Hands-On

One game stood out when I blasted through the week's new releases on Twitch yesterday. It wasn't the WipEout-inspired Flashout 2, nor Clash of Clans successor Boom Beach. No, the game that captured my attention was an unassuming but charismatic offering called CLARC. It's an isometric puzzler in which you navigate an adorable maintenance robot through a series of corridors. Along the way you'll manipulate blocks with an anti-gravity beam, make friends with a missile, and try to power-up a robot disco.  The visuals are lovely, the controls are tight, and there's a robot disco.  Still not sold? Check out our hands-on video below to see CLARC in action.…


Eye on the App Store: Boom Beach, Flashout 2, Little Big Adventure, and more

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Eye on the App Store: Boom Beach, Flashout 2, Little Big Adventure, and more

It’s the middle of the week! You know what that means - Snowden’s favourite spies are back to give you your weekly injection of Eye on the App Store, going live today at 5pm GMT / 9am PST over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. Most of the games we’ll be covering will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight, so come get a heads-up on which games will suit your delicate taste buds before they’re locked to your iTunes account forever. Watch us grind up the walls something awful in Flashout 2, a futuristic racer heavily inspired by Sony’s WipEout series. Cult classic Little Big Adventure is alive and well on iOS almost 20 years after its initial PC release (apo…


Forever Lost prologue episode Cabin Escape: Alice's Story out now on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Forever Lost prologue episode Cabin Escape: Alice's Story out now on iPhone and iPad

If you're a fan of developer Glitch Games's point-and-click adventure series Forever Lost, then you're probably on tenterhooks waiting for episode three to arrive. However, to tide you over until then, the team has released a prologue episode called Cabin Escape: Alice's Story, which is available free from the App Store right now. The game exists in the same universe as Forever Lost, and features similar gameplay tropes. Playing as Alice, you find yourself trapped in a log cabin, and must examine your surrounding to find clues to help you escape. Your trusty camera returns, allowing you to photograph important items and locations to reference later. You'll also get some back story relat…