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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

WipEout-inspired anti-gravity racer Flashout 2 out on iOS tonight

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
WipEout-inspired anti-gravity racer Flashout 2 out on iOS tonight

You like WipEout, right? Well so does Polish developer Jujubee. So much so that it's followed up its WipEout-inspired anti-gravity racer Flashout 3D with a brand new sequel. Drifting onto the App Store at midnight tonight, Flashout 2 brings a bunch of new features to the sci-fi racing franchise. For starters, you'll get to try out 10 new international tracks, spanning locations including London, Paris, and Moscow. Additional game modes have also been added, giving you access to a Burnout-style Elimination race, and the violent Destruction mode.  Beyond the tweaked physics and narrative-driven career mode, however, the most notable new feature is the inclusion of online multiplayer.…


Supercell's militaristic Clash of Clans successor Boom Beach landing on iOS this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Supercell's militaristic Clash of Clans successor Boom Beach landing on iOS this Thursday

Mobile gaming goliath Supercell is poised to release its first new App Store offering since the chart-dominating hit Clash of Clans. It's called Boom Beach, and it's due to hit the App Store on March 27th. The game has been available in soft-launch form in Canada for a number of weeks now, so we have a pretty good handle on what it's all about. And yes, as you would expect, it has more than a few things in common with Clash of Clans. You take control of a band of soldiers who must land on a beach, and fortify it. You'll need to create barracks to raise an army, and build tanks and other military equipment to defend your position. Once you've established your own stronghold, you can set…


Metronomy releases sci-fi game based on the music video for I'm Aquarius

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Metronomy releases sci-fi game based on the music video for I'm Aquarius

If you follow the band Metronomy, you may already have the group's latest earworm I'm Aquarius lodged in your skull. However, the folks at Mutant Labs have gone a step further, creating a rhythm-based avoidance game for iOS based on the song. The game involves piloting the brightly coloured spaceship (based on the craft seen in the I'm Aquarius music video) through a pulsing minefield of asteroids, obstacles, and lasers.  Naturally, the action plays out to the sound of the title song, which has been remixed exclusively for this interactive experiment. There are leaderboards to climb and social media integration to abuse, but you'll mostly be floating through space and bobbing your hea…


Apocalyptic stunt racer Trials Frontier crashing onto the App Store next month

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Apocalyptic stunt racer Trials Frontier crashing onto the App Store next month

As you may already know, the Canadians have been doing jumps and breaking bones in Trials Frontier for three months now. However, we've just discovered that the rest of the world can get in on the bike-flipping fun when the game goes global on April 10th. As well as being the first official iOS incarnation of the popular Trials franchise, Trials Frontier is also the series' first foray into freemium territory. Set in a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque world, the game has you riding your bike over a series of obstacle courses, attempting to perform the wildest stunts your thumbs will allow. Along the way, you'll encounter a colourful cast of characters we will set you missions, and p…


Angry Birds Go! gets icy new track in Sub Zero episode

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Angry Birds Go! gets icy new track in Sub Zero episode

The slopes of Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! just became a lot more slippery, thanks to the game's new snow-themed Sub Zero episode. Transforming this colourful racer's dusty tracks into an icy slalom, the update brings coats the latest episode in wintery snow. Just in time for spring. Hooray. You'll also get access to eight new carts, which can be purchased and customised to suit your driving style. Plus, if you want to save some coins, you can splash out on a starter pack, which gives you a handful of new carts and some bonus swag to boot. Meanwhile, in the world of physical objects, you can buy more Telepod toys to beam into the game, giving you yet more ways to throw…


Eye on the App Store: 999: The Novel, Scallywags, Braveland, Fairway Solitaire and Angry Birds Epic (Twitch catch-up)

News By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Eye on the App Store: 999: The Novel, Scallywags, Braveland, Fairway Solitaire and Angry Birds Epic (Twitch catch-up)

Eye on the App Store: 999: The Novel, Scallywags, Braveland, Fairway Solitaire and Angry Birds Epic (Twitch catch-up) Just in case you missed yesterday's Eye on the App Store Twitch broadcast, we've rather handily popped it onto our YouTube channel. We covered 999: The Novel, Scallywags, Braveland, Fairway Solitaire and Angry Birds Epic for this week's new releases. Should any of those strike your fancy, all you need to do is scroll down just a wee bit further and hit play. We cover the latest releases the day before they're out every week so, to make sure you don’t miss out next time, remember to follow our Twitch channel and you'll get an e-mail the moment we go live.…


Eye on the App Store: Angry Birds Epic, 999: The Novel, and more streaming at 5pm GMT / 9am PST on Twitch

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Eye on the App Store: Angry Birds Epic, 999: The Novel, and more streaming at 5pm GMT / 9am PST on Twitch

Wednesday afternoon got you down? Fret not. Your second-favourite British duo are going to be back today at 5pm GMT / 9am PST, over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. All the latest iOS games will be thoroughly vetted right in front of your very eyes so you'll know which ones are worth spending your pocket change on. Rovio’s new RPG Angry Birds Epic has launched on the Canadian, Australian and Kiwi App Stores, so we’ve ventured abroad virtually to snap it up for a bit of live British criticism. Meanwhile, Aksys Games’s 999: The Novel has appeared on the App Store. The first game in the Zero Escape series never made it to European shores until now, so we’ll see wha…


Match tiles to activate nuclear breath in upcoming Godzilla game

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Match tiles to activate nuclear breath in upcoming Godzilla game

The tie-in mobile game for the upcoming Godzilla movie has been spotted stomping towards the App Store - and it's not the game you might expect. While developer Rogue Play's interpretation of the Warner Bros. movie does put you in control of the gigantic monster movie icon, it isn't a traditional arcade brawler or smash-'em-up. Instead of hitting punch and kick buttons to level skyscrapers, you'll be matching coloured tiles on the lower half of the screen to trigger Godzilla's devastating attacks. Yup - the new Godzilla game is a match-three puzzler.  However, before you roll your eyes so hard you find yourself staring at your own frontal lobes, Godzilla - Smash3 does contain its…


Sega announces mobile racer Crazy Taxi: City Rush coming to iOS this year

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Sega announces mobile racer Crazy Taxi: City Rush coming to iOS this year

Sega is to release a Crazy Taxi: City Rush, a new entry in the Crazy Taxi series created just for mobile devices, later this year. Developed in collaboration with franchise custodian Kenki Kanno and Sonic Dash creator Hardlight Studio, this iOS version of the arcade classic will be all about short, sharp bursts of reckless driving and virtual capitalism. As with the original Crazy Taxi, you'll be picking up fares and ferrying them to their destination as quicky as possible. The faster you complete each journey, the more time you'll have to attempt new runs. Instead of providing traditional driving controls, Crazy Taxi: City Rush lets you switch between three lanes of traffic with a swipe…


Rovio tries its hand at a fantasy RPG with Angry Birds Epic

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Rovio tries its hand at a fantasy RPG with Angry Birds Epic

Remember that teaser trailer we posted last Friday? The one featuring the Red Bird leaping out of a suit of armour? Well, it turns out that the video was Rovio's way of telling us that the next Angry Birds game is going to have more in common with Morrowind than Crush the Castle. The game in question is called Angry Birds Epic, a free-to-play fantasy RPG. There will be wizards. There will be warriors. There will be magic. And there will probably be a tsunami of associated merchandise. Combat takes the form of turn-based battles, just like the kind your daddy played when he was a nipper. Naturally, you'll be fighting an enemy force of sword-wielding piggies, battering them with weapons c…


Scalpel please: Surgeon Simulator out on iPad later tonight

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Scalpel please: Surgeon Simulator out on iPad later tonight

Gory, patient-punishing PC game Surgeon Simulator will check into the App Store tonight. This iOS version of the cult hit aims to recreate the sadistic surgery which made the original game so notorious. You assume the role of Nigel, a doctor who appears to have limited control over his motor functions. It's up to you to perform a series of delicate surgeries on Bob, a patient who will soon be writing a strongly worded letter to his medical insurance provider - if he has any fingers left to write with, that is. As you'd expect, the Surgeon Simulator team has tweaked the controls for touchscreens, meaning you'll be using gestures, taps, and swipes to guide your scalpel and activate the de…


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings onto iPhone and iPad this April

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings onto iPhone and iPad this April

Gameloft will be releasing the official mobile tie in to upcoming Marvel movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this April. The new game, in which Spidey faces off against new villains Electro and The Rhino, will play out in an open world Manhattan. Though it appears to be based on the same foundations as the 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man game, Gameloft says it has expanded the city, and improved the visuals. You'll also get to go toe-to-toe with a bunch of new villains, and experiment with some extra combos and special moves.  To be honest, we weren't blown away by the last Spider-Man game, which failed to live up to the surprisingly enjoyable Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. We'll have to wait un…


Meets the stars of Telltale's upcoming adventure Tales from the Borderlands

By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Meets the stars of Telltale's upcoming adventure Tales from the Borderlands

Telltale has revealed the first story details of its upcoming episodic adventure Tales from the Borderlands.  Speaking on a panel at interactive conference SXSW, the creators of The Walking Dead: The Game explained that the new game, which is set in Gearbox's Borderlands universe, will focus on two new characters: a cyborg businessman called Rhys, and suave con artist named Fiona. According to Telltale's Kevin Bruner, the story will play out from the perspectives of both characters, leaving the player to decide who - if anyone - is telling the truth. "You never really play what actually happened," explains Bruner. "You're playing a Big Fish version of what happened." Rather than cha…


Feed smoothies to an Andalusian donkey with latest Hay Day update

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Feed smoothies to an Andalusian donkey with latest Hay Day update

The latest update to insanely popular farming sim Hay Day adds an important item which no farmer should be without: a smoothie maker. We've no idea how this fruit and yoghurt-blending contraptions work within the context of the game, so we're going to assume you strap it to a cow's udders and then feed it strawberries. Arguably more important than a smoothie maker, however, is the newly added ability to expand your land beyond its current limits. Once you've increased acreage, you can beautify your farm with new paths, fences, and other cosmetic flourishes. Finally, if you get bored of playing with the cows, you can get to know the newest member of Hay Day's menagerie: the Analusian donke…


New trailer for starship shooter Space Noir looks suitably spectacular

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
New trailer for starship shooter Space Noir looks suitably spectacular

N-Fusion interactive has just revealed the first trailer for Space Noir, a visually impressive space shooter due to dock with your iPad this summer. First, lets get the explanatory legwork out of the way. You assume the role of a bounty hunter chappy named Hal Markham. With the assistance of his AI companion Rhonda, you have to zoom around deep space blasting the frak out of any ship which stands between you and your mission objective. You'll have 35 different missions to complete, all of which will be divided up over five alien worlds. These missions have been cooked up by the guys behind first-person shooter Deux Ex: The Fall, so expect lots of cyberchatter, and an air of oppressive hope…