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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Get FTL: Faster Than Light on iPad 33% cheaper till July

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Get FTL: Faster Than Light on iPad 33% cheaper till July

Excellent sci-fi roguelike FTL: Faster Than Light has just received a 33% price cut courtesy of a surprise summer sale. Created by Subset Games, FTL: Faster Than Light puts you in command of a ship which is being pursued by an advancing rebel fleet. The aim of the game is to journey across seven sectors of space, during the course of which you must disable drones, do battle with pirates, collect scrap, and upgrade your vessel. As this is a roguelike, death is final, forcing you to restart your voyage after every your ship is reduced to space dust. Each run is such a unique and compelling adventure, however, that you'll you'll want to hire a new crew and get back out into the cosmos befor…


Hands-on with Very Big Indie Pitch winner AG Drive, the WipEout-style futuristic racer

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Very Big Indie Pitch winner AG Drive, the WipEout-style futuristic racer

In case you were wondering where my voice had got to this week, it was with me in Helsinki, where I was participating in the Pocket Gamer Connects conference. While there, we threw an AppSpy co-sponsored event called the Very Big Indie Pitch. If you're unfamiliar with the VBIP, it's a regular event where loads of indie developers get a chance to push their games into the eyeline of games journos, publishers, and industry types. Each pitcher has 3 minutes to grab our attention, after which they must move to the next table. Think X-Factor with more games and slightly less singing. Though there were some great entrants, many of which you'll be seeing in AppSpy hands-on videos over the com…


E3 2014: Hands-on with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite iOS on iPad

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
E3 2014: Hands-on with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite iOS on iPad

We've been interested in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite iOS since it first landed on the Japanese App Store. A spruced-up port of the 2009 PSP game, it features tweaked visuals, and a completely overhauled control system designed exclusively for iOS. However, as our Japanese is a little rusty, we were delighted when Capcom revealed that the creature-battling epic was on its way to the North American App Store.  Naturally, the moment we arrived at E3, we immediately sprinted over the Capcom booth to get our hands on the English version. Here's some direct-from-iPad footage of Peter fighting a massive red dragon. And mostly losing. …


E3 2014: Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper on iPad

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
E3 2014: Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper on iPad

While Hitman Go was a critical success for Square Enix - we thought it was a fantastic and original interpretation of the Hitman series -  there were some franchise fans who felt that it was lacking in the gunplay department. If you were one of these people, then fear not: Hitman: Sniper should scratch that itchy trigger finger of yours. Due to be released on iPad later this year, this tactical gallery shooter is all about being one with your sniper rifle. You have to assess your targets and their surroundings, planning several shots ahead to ensure you make your mark, and the alarm isn't sounded by a startled bodyguard or keen-eyed maid. We sent our own mercenary-for-hire Peter…


Top 5 World Cup games on iPhone and iPad

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Top 5 World Cup games on iPhone and iPad

It's here, and there's no escape. Whether you bleed football, or prefer to watch others bleed football until all the football has dripped from their stitched leather veins, the World Cup has begun. It's started. Deal.  If you love the beautiful game, the time has come to wrap a scarf around your shins, shove a vuvuzela up your nose, and shout at a bunch of blokes chasing a ball till one of them - entirely unprovoked - kicks it at his mate. However, if you like footy - or soccer, if you must - but prefer letting your fingers do the dribbling, then we strongly recommend you check our Top 5 World Cup games on iPhone and iPad.…


Hands-on with Broken Age, Double Fine's quirky point-and-click adventure

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Broken Age, Double Fine's quirky point-and-click adventure

Broken Age was the game the brought Kickstarter to the attention of the masses. Initially titled 'Double Fine Adventure', it was conceived by studio founder Tim Schafer as a way to revisit a more tradtional style of game, one which might be difficult to fund through private investors. Several months and millions of dollars later, Schafer released Broken Age: Act 1 on Steam. In it, you jump between two seperate narratives: one sci-fi scenario about a young boy trapped on a ship, and another following a girl who is about to be sacrificed to a monster to save her village. Today, as was initially promised in the Kickstarter campaign, Broken Age finally arrived on iPad. It's available now for…


Hands-on with Fluid SE, the aquatic, Pac-Man-inspired twitch puzzler

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Fluid SE, the aquatic, Pac-Man-inspired twitch puzzler

Radiangames make good, clean games. Whether it's the frenzied neon drama of Inferno+, or the smooth, dual stick gunplay of JoyJoy, you can usually expect a certain level of polish and quality from the team's mobile releases. In this regard, Fluid SE is not different. It features the same curved mazes and gliding physics synonymous with the developer's work. It offers a decent amount of challenge, and early signs suggest a healthy replayablility factor. Instead of making you shoot plasma cannon till you can shoot no more, however, Fluid SE has you munching down yellow pellets in classic Pac-Man style while racing against the clock. It'll be out at midnight tonight, and will set you back &…


Hands-On with VVVVVV, the super-tough, gravity-shifting platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-On with VVVVVV, the super-tough, gravity-shifting platformer

Regular AppSpy readers will know that I have a soft spot for Super Hexagon. This minimalist twitch masterpiece was cooked by Terry Cavanagh, whose previously gained noteriety for his gruellingly hard retro platformer VVVVVV. Initially released as a Flash game on PC, then later ported to Nintendo 3DS, VVVVVV has finally found its way onto iOS. At midnight tonight, you'll be able to download this punishing sci-fi patience-tester for iPhone and iPad. Cast as Captain Viridian, you must evacuate your space craft, which ihas been catapaulted into the VVVVVV dimension. For some reason, this means you can control gravity, letting you leap from floor to ceiling with a single tap of the screen. I w…


Final Fantasy VII G-Bike burning onto iPhone and iPad this year

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Final Fantasy VII G-Bike burning onto iPhone and iPad this year

Remember that bike racing mini-game from Final Fantasy VII? The one set at the Gold Saucer amusement park where spikey-haired saviour Cloud Strife rockets down a highway slashing at beasties with a comically oversized sword? Well, Square Enix has decided to repackage the concept as a stand-alone iOS game called Final Fantasy VII G-Bike, and it's coming to iPhone and iPad later this year. As you can see from the trailer, FFVII G-Bike looks very similar to mini-game upon which it is based. As it's basically an endless runner, we imagine you'll be swiping or tilting to steer your bike, while tapping to attack the stream of enemies being thrown at you. Speaking to IGN, Square produce Ichiro…


Final Fantasy Agito coming to iPhone and iPad in North America 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Final Fantasy Agito coming to iPhone and iPad in North America 'soon'

Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy Agito will be released in North America. Set in the Final Fantasy XIII universe, Final Fantasy Agito casts you as a young cadet who must train in the ways of creature combat, and save Orience from a terrible fate. Rather than step into the shoes of a pre-made character, this mobile RPG lets you craft your own scholar / warrior, and then guide them around Akademia taking on trials and gaining expererience. As you learn, you'll also encounter characters from the PSP game Final Fantasy Type-O, which is also due to hit US and Europe sometime this year. You'll be able to download Final Fantasy Agito for free "soon". …


E3 2014: Ubisoft unveils Just Dance Now mobile app

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
E3 2014: Ubisoft unveils Just Dance Now mobile app

Ubisoft has announced Just Dance Now, a mobile app which lets you bust a move while you're on the move. Revealed at Ubisoft's E3 keynote alongside the upcoming console game Just Dance 2015, this app turns your phone into a jukebox remote control, allowing you to transform any room with a TV into an impromtu dance hall. Once you've downloaded the app and synced with the Just Dance site, you simply beam the choreography to a second screen, and then let your iPhone's accelerometer keep track of your movements. According to Just Dance brand manager Jason Altman, you'll be able to use Just Dance Now to engage in dance-offs with other mobile players. In fact, though he has yet to test it with a…


Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

These days, most games set in a post-apocalyptic world revolve around running away from zombies.  It's refreshing, then, to discover a game set after a catastrophic nuclear event which has you beating a hasty retreat from massive insects instead of the undead. The game in question is Plantman, a puzzle-packed platformer which casts you as the manager of an oxygen plant. It's your job to maintain the facility, and keep the life-giving flora free of gigantic, mutant aphids. To do this, you'll need to learn how to lure insects, and then trigger electrified traps to blow these oversized pests into green goo. Curious as to what that might look like? Just watch our hands-on video below to…


Puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune on sale after WWDC Design Award win

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune on sale after WWDC Design Award win

The folks behind handsome puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune are celebrating their recent sucess at the WWDC Design Awards by putting the game on sale. Taking control of the mustachioed engineering tycoon Leopold - who happens to be a small ball of fluff - you must guide him through a series of hazardous levels which span five different lands. As well as sliding and jumping through tunnels and over chasms, Leo must inflate his fuzzy form to help him float across gaps, and push platforms into useful positions. Though the platforming antics feel familiar (and actually reminded us of Sonic The Hedgehog at times), it's the incredible presentation and cleverly conceived challenges which caught…


Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

We try to keep things short and sweet here on AppSpy. We know the score: you want to know which iPhone and iPad games to play, and you want to know now. Preferably earlier if possible. This is why we've decided to save you sifting through endless articles and videos by creating a weekly round-up of the most entertaining, interesting, or noteworthy iOS games to appear on the App Store every week. It's short. It's to-the-point. It's a shining beacon of hope in the dark and scary woods of mobile gaming. Go into the light. There are medals and achievements in the light.…


Hitman Go creators to release Hitman: Sniper for iPhone and iPad later this year

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hitman Go creators to release Hitman: Sniper for iPhone and iPad later this year

Square Enix Montreal has just popped the scope cap off its brand new Hitman project: a free-to-play shooter for iOS called Hitman: Sniper. Developed by the team behind the excellent board game-style mobile tie-in Hitman Go, this game is said to focus on "the subtlety of execution." We hope this means that you'll get to spend your time selecting locations and choosing the perfect moment to take out your target, as opposed to charging in all guns blazing. According to the announcement, the game will share a genetic link with Io-Interactive's Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the companion app that was released alongside Hitman Absolution. One of the thing we liked Hitman Go was the fact it had be…