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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Though we admit that there's plenty of Marvel games on iOS (or any platform, for that matter), it might be worth adding Marvel: Contest of Champions to your watch list. Soft-launched in Denmark only hours ago, the game is a gesture-based brawler in the vein of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Orgins. The thing is, where those games always felt kinda slow and gluey on iOS, Marvel: Contest of Champions jumps, spins, and zings around the screen with joyful, hyperactive energy. It'll probably be a while before the game is available worldwide, but check out our hands-on video above to see the game in action. …


Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

These days, a child-centric game franchise is nothing without a warehouse full of plastic toys to accompany it. Disney Infinity has its Jack Sparrow and Sully figure waiting to be teleported into the game via a magical portal. Even Angry Birds has a line of polypropylene models of its squawking stars which you can plug into the action via some clever camera scanning tech. However, the grandaddy of the toy / game hybrid is the Skylanders series. Centred around a race of weird warrior creatures, this kiddy-friendly franchise was encouraging parents to part with additional cash to stock their childrens' shelves with figurines before it was cool. This week, Skylanders: Trap Team arrives on…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

It's fair to say that Chaos Rings, the ongoing fantasy RPG series, has had a bit of a facelift since the last time we saw it. Just a quick glance at our exclusive footage of Chaos Rings III will reveal a sequel bursting with colour, 3D environments, and dudes with spikey hair.  Though this cartoony boldness may be par for the course with an RPG like Kingdom Hearts, the Chaos Rings franchise has always been a little more gritty and muted where its colour palette was concerned. However, the graphics aren't the only thing that's new about Chaos Rings III. Watch the video above to learn more.…


Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

The Banner Saga started life as a Kickstarter project. Unlike some of these crowd funded products, however, this one actually came to fruition, and turned out to be pretty good. Though it's been available on PC for some time, this story-driven action-RPG has only just appeared on iOS. I walk you through the game's storytelling dynamics and showcase the intricate combat in the video above. …


Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper, Square Enix's long-range assassination sim

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper, Square Enix's long-range assassination sim

We got our first glimpse of Hitman: Sniper at this year's E3, where Peter was able to sit down with a nice man from Square Enix and watch him run through a level or two. As of a few hours ago, the game is now live in the Canadian App Store, meaning anyone from The Great North with an iPad and an itchy trigger finger can download the game and start picking off Russian gangsters with cold detatchment. This is a soft-launch build of the game, so elements of the experience may be tweaked before it goes global. Those of you outside of Canada should check out my hands-on video above to see what Hitman: Sniper has to offer.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Space Pirate Popet, the super-cute animal matching chain-maker

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Space Pirate Popet, the super-cute animal matching chain-maker

Generally speaking, match-three puzzlers focus on a single variable: usually colours, sometimes shapes. Space Pirate Popet, on the other hand, lets you match tiles by both colour and animal type. What's more, you can mix and match the two, allowing to create uber chains filled with blue dogs and pink giraffes and other psychadelic bestial creations. Take a look at our Tokyo Games Show hands-on above.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Rad Boarding, the mountain surfing, lava-dodging trickfest

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Rad Boarding, the mountain surfing, lava-dodging trickfest

When we attended the Tokyo Games Show a few days back, we got the chance to try our hands at a whole heap of unreleased - and largely unheard of - mobile games. Among the pile was Rad Boarding, an impressive looking endless-surfer which puts an emphasis on speed and style. It also throws a massive, sinister bear into the background from time to time, which definitely didn't creep us out one little bit OH JESUS WHAT WAS THAT SOUND oh it's just a door slamming nevermind anyway watch the vid above.…


Angry Birds AND Tetris movies confirmed, Hollywood officially scapes through the bottom of the barrel

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Angry Birds AND Tetris movies confirmed, Hollywood officially scapes through the bottom of the barrel

Remember that Angry Birds movie you all asked for?  No? Well tough, the upcoming animated flick has just got a release date and a confirmed cast list. Deal with it. However, there's a new movie coming which even fewer people asked for than the Angry Birds movie, and that's the Tetris movie.  No, I am not joking. Yes, it is a bit silly, isn't it. For more details watch the video above.…


Hands-on with The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, the very British murder-mystery sleuth-'em-up

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, the very British murder-mystery sleuth-'em-up

Though we saw many games at EGX 2014 last week, The Adventures of Betram Fiddle was the one which made us smile the most. This is partly due to the game's quirky cartoon art style and cute Victorian setting, but mostly because this point-and-click adventure tells its tale of a very British explorator investigating murders in London with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Pocket Gamer's Mark Brown introduces us to the basics of Bertram Fiddle in the video above. …


Hands-on with Overkill 3, the cover shooter where you take cover and shoot

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Overkill 3, the cover shooter where you take cover and shoot

Overkill 3 is a videogame with guns and men in it. If you fire the guns in Overkill 3 at the men in Overkill 3, the men in Overkill 3 fall over. Sometimes these men don't get back up again because they are dead. Other times they look like they are dead, but they are not dead, they're just pretending to be dead. When this happens, you must fire your gun at them a second time until they stop pretending to be dead and become actually dead. Then a helicopter appears and points happen and sometimes I don't know why I even bother.…


Hands-on with Vainglory, the magical Metal-powered mobile MOBA

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Vainglory, the magical Metal-powered mobile MOBA

Remember the Apple keynote a few weeks back? Remeber that studio with the silly name that came up on stage and demoed a really pretty MOBA? Well that game was Vainglory, and we've played the soft-launched version. Currently available for free in the Philippines, the game lets you take control of a variety of impressive looking fantasy beasties and set about laying waste to AI and online opponents. Pocket Gamer reviews man Harry Slater guides you through the basics of Vainglory in the video above.…


Is Assassin's Creed - Identity the mobile Assassin's Creed game we've been waiting for?

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Is Assassin's Creed - Identity the mobile Assassin's Creed game we've been waiting for?

I'll keep this brief: Ubisoft has just soft-launched Assassin's Creed - Identity in Australia and New Zealand. Unlike the card games and companion apps Ubisoft has served up to iOS gamers in the past, this fully 3D "action RPG" is a close to a full-blown Assassin's Creed game as we've ever seen on mobile. Like its console counterpart, the game lets you explore ancient cities, leaping from rooftop to rooftop before stabbing-up some unsuspecting nobleman. Watch our hands-on with the soft-launch version of Assassin's Creed - Identity below. You can download the game right now if you live in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of the world will have to wait until 2015 for the game to go glob…


FOTONICA Review

Review Santa Ragione s.r.l. By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
FOTONICA Review

Fotonica is an endless-runner. There, I said it. But it's also much, much more than that. It's an ode to '80s vector art. It's a mobile Mirror's Edge. It's an artsy speed sim set to by a throbbing, experimental soundscape. And, though not without issues, it's also a lot of fun, as Pocket Gamer's Craig Grannell found during his review. Watch the video above to hear the full review. Read the review transcript over on Pocket Gamer.…

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Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Review Scott Cawthon By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Five Nights at Freddy's is a weird game.  Cast as a night watchman, your job is to man the security desk at a children's restaurant. During the day, kids come to eat and be entertainent by the eatery's collection of animatronic animals, who laugh and dance and play with the squealing brats until closing time. At night, however, these souless automatons stalk the corridors of the building, looking for humans to stuff into bear suits.  It's your job to keep the building safe…

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

While it's fair to say that World War II has been covered from every possible angle in the gaming world, the First World War is comparatively under represented. Valiant Hearts: The Great War not only focuses on the first major global conflict of the 20th century, but does so in a far more subtle and nuanced way than your average military shooter. As Pocket Gamer's Jon Munday discovered, this point-and-click adventure uses both humour and solemnity to tell its story, a combination tha…

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