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Episode 2 of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us skulking onto the App Store in early February

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Episode 2 of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us skulking onto the App Store in early February

Telltale Games has announced that the second episode of The Wolf Among Us will stalk onto the App Store during the first week of February. Given the excitement triggered by the return zombie saga The Walking Dead - and the hype surrounding the recently announced Game of Thrones interactive series - you'd be forgiven for thinking that Telltale had forgotten all about its fantasy comic book adaptation The Wolf Among Us. Since the first episode launched on iOS in early December of last year, we haven't heard hide nor hair from lupine detective Bigby Wolf, or the other fairytale inhabitants of Fabletown. Thankfully for fans of the first chapter, a post on Telltale's forum has confir…


Avoid alien invasion by a whisker in tower-defence shooter Naughty Kitties

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Avoid alien invasion by a whisker in tower-defence shooter Naughty Kitties

Naughty Kitties is the inevitable result of a culture obsessed with paranoid invasion fantasies and pictures of cute cats. You've got your basic Independence Day-style alien invasion setup: extra-terrestrials are descending from space with the intention of using your entire planet as an interstellar conservatory. The only way to stop this from happening is to launch a fish-shaped ship to meet this invaders headfirst, and make sure you and your fellow cats keep the craft flying and firing until the alien menace is defeated. Oh yes - you're a cat, by the way. See: The latest free-to-play game from Coconut Island, Naughty Kitties is part shooter, part tower defence game. The game involves…


Massive isometric RPG Avadon 2: The Corruption infecting iPads on February 28th

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Massive isometric RPG Avadon 2: The Corruption infecting iPads on February 28th

If you're the kind of gamer who likes their RPGs isometric and covered in grids, then we've got some good news for you. Spiderweb Software has revealed that its massive RPG follow-up Avadon 2: The Corruption will be coming to iPad on February 28th. As you might expect, the sequel to Avadon HD is rammed full of geometric dungeons, ye-olde weaponry, magic systems, and textures that look like they've been lifted out of an Amiga game from 1992.  Story-wise, you'll be assuming the role of a servant of the Black Fortress charged with sorting out the civil war that's been making Avadon such an off-putting holiday destination. If it's anything like the first game, Avadon 2: The Corruption…


Battle Supremacy Review

Battle Supremacy Review

Atypical Games and Revo Studios are probably best known for the historically-slanted Sky Gamblers flight sim series. For their latest foray into our recent and violent past, the developers have decided to try their hands at tank-based warfare in the WWII blaster Battle Supremacy. And, though it's not as deep or uncompromising as a full-blown tank sim, the game occupies arcade-shooter territory with a respectable degree of confidence. The campaign sees you trundling across France, Russ…

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Be attracted - or repulsed - by the brutal mazes of Magnetized

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Be attracted - or repulsed - by the brutal mazes of Magnetized

You know that bit in the first Batman movie when the Batman fires a grappling hook from the side of the Batmobile so that hooks around a vertical girder, thereby allowing the vehicle to zoom around a corner at full speed?  Well, imagine the Batmobile is a black block, and the grappling hook is a visible strand of pure magnetism. Are you doing it? If you are, then you should have a pretty good idea how Macca Cloud's new maze-based puzzler Magnetized works. Each level begins with the hero block flying straight down a neon corridor. There are magnetic blocks dotted around the 80 mazes, each of which can be triggered by holding your finger to the screen. You can only activate one magne…


Ingenious line-drawing puzzler Blek now available on iPhone

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
Ingenious line-drawing puzzler Blek now available on iPhone

It's a good time to be a puzzle fan with an iPhone. Not only can you tackle the ingenious line-based conundrums of the recently released - and rather excellent - LYNE, and the liquid delights of fluid puzzer Feel Me Oil 2, you can finally try Blek. The iPad crowd has had exclusive bragging rights over this nifty gesture-powered join-the-dots puzzle game for a few weeks now. You've seen them: eliminating coloured blobs by flicking their smug fingers across their oversized tablet devices, occasionally shooting you and your petite iPhone pitying glances while baring their polished teeth through barely-contained sneers. But no more. No more must you tolerate their self-satisfied condesce…


See the gross miracle of birth in first Mewgenics footage

News By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
See the gross miracle of birth in first Mewgenics footage

Team Meat has just given us the first glimpse of its upcoming cat breeding sim Mewgenics in action, via an animated GIF posted on its blog.  And, as you might expect from the creators of Super Meat Boy, the footage is a bit weird.  Though the GIF (below) only runs a few seconds long, it show a female cat giving birth to two kittens, while the daddy cat looks on expectantly.  As Team Meat co-founder Edmund explains, the footage demonstrates the way in which kittens inherit physical traits from both their parents. For example, the first kitten delivered possesses the spotted body markings of its mother, but the head shape of its father. What the GIF doesn't reveal is that…


Joe Danger Infinity Review

Review Hello Games By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Joe Danger Infinity Review

Joe Danger was one of those games that leapt effortlessly from the console realm, and managed to land perfectly on the mobile platform. The sequel, Joe Danger Infinity, reminds us precisely why we loved the first game, and gives us a generous selection of meticulously designed levels, colourful characters, and new vehicles to discover. Rather than assuming control of Joe himself, the sequel has you taking charge of a Joe Danger action figure. Given his diminutive proportions, the full…

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Sega releases Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper, then pulls it from the App Store within 24 hours

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Sega releases Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper, then pulls it from the App Store within 24 hours

I was meant to preview Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper yesterday. I was looking forward to it, too, as the 3DS game it's based on, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, is a quirky, entertaining serving of dance-based larks. However, once I'd hooked up my video capture device and cleared the game's tutorial, I found myself trapped in a weird update loop. According to the onscreen prompts, the date had changed on my iPhone, and the game needed to download new data to compensate for this sudden shift in timezone. Of course, the time on my iPhone hadn't changed. The problem was with the game itself - specifically, with the game's constant need for a network connection in order to work…


Worms 3 gets physical with updated controller support

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Worms 3 gets physical with updated controller support

Q: How many worms does it take to update a popular multiplayer strategy sequel?  A: None - they have to get a human to do it, because worms are terrible at coding and can't use keyboards properly and are worms. Objectively hilarious jokes aside, though, Worms 3 has actually been updated (by humans) to address some shortcoming highlighted by fans of the game. Apparently, what Worms 3 players wanted more than anything was the ability to play the game with one of those new iOS 7 controllers. You know, like the MOGA Ace Power or Steelseries Stratus. Well, in addition enjoying the newly-added cloud saving options, you can now launch airstikes at you wriggly foes with real physical butt…


Creepy kids and sinister surgery in upcoming psychological thriller In Fear I Trust

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Creepy kids and sinister surgery in upcoming psychological thriller In Fear I Trust

Developer Black Wing Foundation is preparing for weird out iOS gamers with its incoming episodic psyschological thriller In Fear I Trust. We got our first glimpse of this horror-inflected adventure last year when the team posted a short video showing the intro to the first episode. Now, having partnered with publisher Chillingo, the folks behind the weirdness have published the game's first official trailer (below). Thematically, it looks like In Fear I Trust is riffing on a whole bunch of horror archetypes. You've got the creepy hospital ward, strange experiements on human test subjects, and references to buildings being erected on sacred ground. In terms of actual gameplay, though, it…


RoboCop | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
RoboCop | Hands-On

So there was this great movie from the '80s called Robotic Policeman Man. It was all about this policeman who lost some of his man bits in a harrowing paperwork accident, and had to be fused with the office photocopier at a molecular genetic level so that he could carry on with his filing. As with all moderately successful films from the '80s, Robotic Policeman Man has fallen victim to Hollywood's first Prime Directive: Ignore all new and potentially interesting ideas in favour of rehashing old ones. They've decided to call the new film RoboCop, and have inserted a load of guns and Samuel L Jackson. Presumably, there will be a post credit scene in which Jackson will recruit RoboCop into th…


Bring forgotten toys back to life in eerie 3D puzzler Lost Toys

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Bring forgotten toys back to life in eerie 3D puzzler Lost Toys

What would you get if the took the rotatable 3D artifacts found in Zen Bound, and combined them with the twisty-turny mechanisms at the heart of The Room? We reckon you'd probably wind up with something that look a lot like Lost Toys, the eerie new 3D puzzler from developer Barking Mice. The aim of the game is to re-engineer a series of discarded wooden toys into their original forms. For some reason, these abandoned playthings have been distorted into unrecognisable shapes, and it's your job to rotate heads and reposition limbs until the wooden knickknack is back in working order. The challenge of Lost Toys is to fix each object in as few moves as possible, thereby turning the grey and…


Take the LaFerrari for a spin with the latest Asphalt 8: Airborne update

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
Take the LaFerrari for a spin with the latest Asphalt 8: Airborne update

Gravity-defying arcade racer Asphalt 8: Airborne has just received a virtual fuel injection in the form of some additional in-game rewards, and some shiny new supercars. Specifically, anyone who downloads the free update will be able to tear up the tarmac in a Pagani Huayra, and take a spin in the 2014 Lykan Hypersport. You'll also have the option to get behind the wheel of the Ferrari-in-chief, the LaFerrari. As well as delivering these shiny new motors to your garage, Gameloft is now gifting daily bonuses to players who log in on a day-to-day basis. Apparently, if you play the game daily, the bonus will build and build, probably culminating in the delivery of a real car to your actual ad…


[Updated] PlayStation Now streaming service to bring PS3 and PS4 games to tablets and smartphones

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 1 week ago
[Updated] PlayStation Now streaming service to bring PS3 and PS4 games to tablets and smartphones

Updated at 12:56, January 8th: SCEA marketing executive John Koller has just told CVG that all PlayStation games streamed to touchscreen devices via PlayStation Now will require the use of the DualShock 3 controller. "We didn't want to utilise touchscreen or anything like that," Koller said in the interview. "It requires the DualShock. The DualShock 3, specifically. To enable tablet and smartphone play, you've got to have the DualShock 3." Original story follows: Sony has revealed that PlayStation Now, the company's newly announced game streaming service, will eventually allow you to play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on internet-connected smartphones and tablets. The anno…