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Dungelot 2 creator admits 'fail' after pulling the game from the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Dungelot 2 creator admits 'fail' after pulling the game from the App Store

The developer behind Dungelot 2 has pulled the game from the App Store only two days after its release due to bugs and poor feedback from players. Speaking out on his Facebook page and Twitter account, Dungelot creator Dmitry Mitrofanov wrote: "I've removed Dungelot 2 from sale at the moment. We admit fail and will relaunch with new update." According to Pocket Tactics, Mitrofanov conceded that that game has "tons of bugs," and that "ratings were very bad" Indeed, at the time of its removal, Dungelot 2 had earned a less than dazzling two and a half star rating on the App Store. While many customers complained about the game's new and aggressive free-to-play monetisation system, others…


Massive sci-fi adventure Out There warping onto the App Store this month

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Massive sci-fi adventure Out There warping onto the App Store this month

Ambitious space-based exploration sim Out There is due to warp onto the App Store later this month. The aim of this "dark and melancholic" adventure to build a ship capable of intergalactic travel, and then roam in the universe is search of resources, confrontations, and civilisations composed entirely of sentient, bipedal acorns. Probably not that last one. According the preview conducted by sister site Pocket Gamer, there's plenty to get excited about. There's a hefty plot, a ridiculously large expanse of space in which to boldly go, and the promise of diplomatic misunderstandings with alien species. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. If you like what you see, keep you…


Check out the nightmarish teaser for upcoming survival horror Knock-Knock

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Check out the nightmarish teaser for upcoming survival horror Knock-Knock

If, like me, you adore survival horror games, you've probably has your eye on Knock-Knock for some time. Well, prepare to have that eye filled with flickering lightbulbs, filthy walls, and other creepy imagery, courtesy of the game's brand new trailer. If you're unfamiliar with Knock-Knock, it follows the exploits of an insomniac wandering around his house being harrased by malevolent spirits. Partially funded via Kickstarter, the game popped up on our rader because of its fantastic art and animation. Some of the beasties look pretty unsettling, too. Plus, as it seems you only have a candle for protection, there's a chance we might actually feel under theat when trying to escape t…


Roguelike sequel Dungelot 2 is waiting to kill you forever on the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Roguelike sequel Dungelot 2 is waiting to kill you forever on the App Store

We liked Dungelot quite a bit here at AppSpy. Red Winter Software's casual take on the merciless roguelike genre was a thrilling and compulsive tile-tapper, and served as a great introduction into the cruel world of permadeath. Which makes all the more excited to see Dungelot 2 arrive on the App Store. From what we can gather, the team hasn't attempted to reinvent the wheel so much as refine the existing formula. The RPG elements remain, meaning you can gather coins, learn new spell, and steal stat-boosting artifacts. The randomised nature of the dungeons hasn't changed, either. Every grid-based level is different, leaving you with no way to predict whether the next tile you tap hides t…


Angry Birds Stella: Rovio's new Angry Birds game puts women first

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Angry Birds Stella: Rovio's new Angry Birds game puts women first

After teasing us with a some character silhouette's yesterday, Rovio has lifted the lid on its latest Angry Birds game. It's called Angry Birds Stella, and, if the promo blurb is anything to go by, this one's going out to the ladies. In fact, with all the talk of BFF's and "(fr)enemies" in the Finnish dev's announcment blog post, it sounds more like it's pushing an interactive episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic than another Angry Birds game. Describing Angry Birds Stella, the blog states: "There will be plenty of fun and adventure, but the bunch of passionate pals will also have to deal with some serious issues in order to protect their friendship and the environment they…


Rovio announces next Angry Birds game with image of new characters

News By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Rovio announces next Angry Birds game with image of new characters

Rovio has released a teaser image promoting a brand new Angry Birds game, complete with a collection of new characters. The image, which was posted on the official Angry Birds Twitter feed, shows the outline of six never-before-seen birds. The accompanying message reads: "Big adventure with new birds coming soon!" Until recently, Rovio had kept the physics-puzzler gameplay of the Angry Birds franchise true to its origins. Whether the action was set in a on a beach, in space, or in a galaxy far, far away, it always involved pinging birds at pigs with a simple gesture. Big adventure with new birds coming soon! #NewAngryBirds  pic.twitter.com/DWdZ7fBrXq — Angry Birds (@AngryBir…


Flappy Bird Addiction: A Survivor's Story

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Flappy Bird Addiction: A Survivor's Story

When Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen was asked why he pulled his viral hit Flappy Bird from the App Store, he didn't give the answer we were all expecting. Rather than cite the stream of hateful Twitter comments or concern over cloning allegations, the Vietnamese developer gave a simple reason: addiction. "[Flappy Bird] happened to become an addictive product," Nguyen explained in an interview with Forbes. "I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird." Though some have questioned the sincerity of this explanation, we have uncovered evidence that Flappy Bird addiction is not only real, but is destroying lives. The video above tells the stor…


Flappy Bird creator claims he pulled the game because it was 'an addictive product'

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Flappy Bird creator claims he pulled the game because it was 'an addictive product'

Dong Nguyen has revealed that he pulled his mobile smash hit Flappy Bird from the App Store because it had become "an addictive product." Speaking about the game's removal in an interview with Forbes, the creator of Flappy Bird claims that it was the unexpectedly addictive quality of the game which led to its demise. "Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," Nguyen explains in the interview. "But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird." Despite being released in May 2013, Flappy Bird didn't make an impression on the App Store charts until last week. Thoug…


Flappy Birds flaps its last after being removed from the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Flappy Birds flaps its last after being removed from the App Store

After its sudden and meteoric rise to success, Flappy Bird has been pulled from the App Store by developer Dong Nguyen. Before fans panic, anyonewho already downloaded the game will still be able to play it. However, any newcomers to find out why Flappy Bird has been stuck at the top of the App Store charts for the past week will now be unable to grab the game for themselves. Though creator Nguyen hasn't given a precise reason as to why he chose to pull the game, it seems that he was having difficulty dealing with the unexpected shift from quiet indie dev to internet celebrity. On Saturday, he posted the following statement on his Twitter feed: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours f…


Dungeon Keeper: What did you expect?

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Dungeon Keeper: What did you expect?

There has been a lot written about the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper over the past week. There have been tantrums. There have been tears. There have been 1-star reviews. There has even been a scandal relating to the app's rating system which calls the business practises of EA and Mythic Entertainment into question. The thing is, it was always going to be this way. Dungeon Keeper 2014 was never going to be the game you wanted. Why? Let me explain:…


Kairosoft's Ninja Village stealthily appears out of nowhere for iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Kairosoft's Ninja Village stealthily appears out of nowhere for iPhone and iPad

After almost a year on Android devices, Kairosoft's Ninja Village finally reached the App Store yesterday. As you might expect, it’s quite different from Kairosoft’s most successful game, Game Dev Story, in that it has more ninjas. As the leader of a ninja clan, you must train and gear up your recruits to fight other armies, with the intention of unifying all of Japan. Most of your time will be spent managing your village and taking on battles. Oh, and taking part in the age-old Japanese tradition of recruiting ninja animals. To improve your infantry, archers, gunners, and cavalry, you’ll need money. This means starting up businesses to get the cash flowing in, and…


Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

Get ready to don your surgical gown and anaesthetise the morality centre of your brain: Macabre medical game Surgeon Simulator is officially coming to the App Store. Bossa Studios, the developer behind the sadistically humorous Surgeon Simulator 2013 has been toying around with the idea of porting a version of the game to iPad since last year. Speaking to sister site Pocket Gamer in 2013, developer Tom Jackson said that the team had been working in a new control system to allow players to slice and dice efficiently on touchscreen devices. It looks like they must have cracked it, as Bossa Studios has just posted a teaser trailer (above) confirming that Surgeon Simulator is "coming s…


Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

Gooey liquid-based puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 has just been updated with 15 new levels. Players who download the game's first free content update will unlock the previously inaccessible fifth island. Provided you've collected the 170 stars required to gain entry, you'll be able to explore the island and tackle a brand new batch of fluid-centric conundrums. Also, according to developer Holy Water Games, you can now share your high scores via Facebook if you want. Just bear in mind that most of your friends will probably hate you for it if you do.  We thought Feed Me Oil 2 was an agreeably slick package, calling it "another tight and satisfying puzzle experience" in our review. You can dow…


Apple ordered to refund $32.5 million to parents over in-app purchase policy

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Apple ordered to refund $32.5 million to parents over in-app purchase policy

Apple has agreed to pay no less than $32.5 million in refunds to parents who were billed after their children made in-app purchases on the App Store without their consent. The original class action lawsuit, which saw parents seeking compensation after claiming that Apple's in-app purchase policy failed to prevent their kids from making unauthorized purchases, was actually settled by a US judge last year. However, it turns out that the promise of a $5 iTunes voucher for each affected customer (or up to $30 cash) wasn't enough for the Federal Trade Commission. By failing to alert parents to the 15 minute window of additional purchases their kids could make after entering a password, the Cup…


Strike from the shadows in impressive new ninja platformer Shadow Blade

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Strike from the shadows in impressive new ninja platformer Shadow Blade

Slick ninja platformer Shadow Blade has just sprung from the shadows of the App Store to deal a killing blow to your spare time. Nailing platforming mechanics on touchscreen devices is a tricky feat, one which many fail to accomplish. For every decent mobile platformer like League of Evil, there's an army of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Projects waiting in the wings. However, after a quick hands-on, we can report that the newly-released Shadow Blade from developer Dead Mage appears to be one of the good ones.  Taking control of a wall-leaping, sword-swinging ninja, you have to run, jump, and swipe your way through a series of treacherous environments and enemies. There are goons at every…