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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Demonrock: War of Ages | Hands-On

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Demonrock: War of Ages | Hands-On

Crescent Moon is preparing to release Demonrock: War of Ages on the App Store tomorrow. Set in a fairly traditional fantasy universe of elves, dwarves, and orks, the game turns the tower-defence mechanic on its head, getting you to charge towards you enemy's stronghold along a linear path. Sometimes you need to capture your foe's base. Other times you simply need to slay everything on screen. Either way, you'll be peppering goblins with arrows and battering warlocks with clubs over 40 levels before you can say "one ring to rule them all." See how I got on with Demonrock: War of Ages in the hands-on video below. You'll be able to download Demonrock: War of Ages from the App Store from m…


God of Light | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
God of Light | Hands-On

I've noticed a distinct illumination theme running through this week's new App Store releases.  First we had Primal Flame with its match-sparking mechanic, and now we have the God of Light shining its reflected beams into our eyes. This pretty puzzler is all about boucing a ray of light off mirrors, in order to redirect the beam through a series of gems, and towards a goal. Not only is God of Light easy on the eyes, it also comes with a suitably moody soundtrack from noteable trip-hop artist Unkle.  Check out how I got on with God of Light in the hands-on video below.…


Chair slashes the price of gesture-based brawler Infinity Blade III

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Chair slashes the price of gesture-based brawler Infinity Blade III

Infinity Blade III, the most recent entry in Chair's gesture-based fighting series, has just had its price slashed significantly on the App Store. Though it doesn't deviate too far from the swipe-powered combat which has defined the franchise, Infinity Blade III brings a few new features to the table. For starters, protagonist Sirus has been teamed up with new warrior called Isla, adding another upgrade tree to climb. The devs have also structured the game around a linear narrative, though that hasn't removed the necessity for low level grinding and repeating levels. However, as you can see from our video review, we were largely impressed with the titan-trouncing showdowns of Infini…


Autumn Dynasty Warlords | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Autumn Dynasty Warlords | Hands-On

Autumn Dynasty was a cracking example of how effectively manipulate the RTS formula to fit mobile devices.  The option to select troops by painting brushstrokes upon the game's environmental canvas was ideally suited to touchscreen gaming. The act of micromanaging your army and conquering neighbouring realms was exciting and intuitive, and the painterly, Okami-esque visuals helped the game stand out from the crowd. Now, developer Touch Dimension has returned to the feudal franchise with Autumn Dynasty Warlords. The team has put out some impressive sounding stats about the stylish sequel, including the promise of a non-linear campaign, and over 100 hours of gameplay. How do these boas…


Hijack military drones in upcoming hacking sim Stratolith

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Hijack military drones in upcoming hacking sim Stratolith

Whether it's Obama's foreign policy or the new RoboCop movie, talk of military drones is croppping up everywhere. I guess it was only a matter of time, then, before someone made a mobile game which lets you order your very own drone strikes. That game is Stratolith, a "hardcore" hacking sim from Ambi-On creator Winning Blimp which is coming to tablets this year. Though still pre-production, Stratolith has already captured our imagination. The team has published some preview screenshots show retro-looking radio equipment, and nautical scanners. From the look of things, the game involves hacking into drones remotely by hijacking the radio signals controlling them. By twiddling knobs and m…


See first images and trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
See first images and trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance

Some new images from Eutechnyx's upcoming defence game Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance have just surfaces online. One of the new piccies in question gets up-close and personal with one of the game's hero units, a Dark Angels tactical marine. Another features a gun-toting gretchin, a member of the Ork army which the Dark Angels will be squaring-off against. There are also some shots of space marine hardware, including an airborne Stormraven, and a Rhino tank.  Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance will put you in the heavy metal boots of the space marines, and task you with fending off ork attacks by defending four horizontal lanes. We don't have an exact release date, but the ga…


Create your own robot - and your own games - in new build-'em-up Principia

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Create your own robot - and your own games - in new build-'em-up Principia

After a spell of exclusivity on Android, impossible contraption game Principia has built itself a home on the App Store. At it's core, Principia is about using your noggin to create weird and wonderful structures. Sometimes, these structures will let you direct a small robot from one side of the screen to the other. However, with a little bit of graft and a basic understanding of mechanical engineering, you'll be able to knock up a fully functioning tank, complete with meaty tracks and working cannon. As you can see from the trailer below, your creations are limited only by your imagination. If you fancy testing those limits, you can download Principia for £2.49 / $3.99 from the App…


Conquer the Frosthald in fantasy boardgame UHR-Warlord on iPad

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Conquer the Frosthald in fantasy boardgame UHR-Warlord on iPad

Turn-based boardgame UHR-Warlords is out now in iPad. Set against a fantasy backdrop, the game takes place on a grid housing two warring armies. Assuming command of one of these armies, it's up to you to manoeuvre your forces into advantageous positions, and then unleash steely hell upon your foes. You can enlist a variety of warriors to wage your battles for you. There are sword swinging warriors, spell-casting mages, and stealthy assassins waiting to do your bidding. More creatures can be summoned using Uhrkraft, UHR-Warlords's active resource. In fact, all movements, spells, and actions are dependant on this regenerating currency. As you can see from the trailer above, the game's 3D…


Play with fire at midnight tonight in sparky arcade game Primal Flame

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Play with fire at midnight tonight in sparky arcade game Primal Flame

Firey dodge-'em-up Primal Flame will sputter to life on the App Store at midnight tonight. A gesture-based twitch game from developer Irrelevant Fish, Primal Flame is the digital embodiment of everything your mother told you not to do. You see, this is a game about playing with matches. To start, you strike your match by swiping the touchscreen. Once the match is lit, it's up to you to keep the flame burning. This isn't as easy as it sounds, however. You'll have to avoid raindrops, snowflakes, and falling leaves, all of which will extinguish your flame in a moment if they make contact. What's more, sentient plants will snake towards the light, ready to snuff out the flame-retardant in…


Pirate-themed puzzler The Voyage to weigh anchor on the App Store this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
Pirate-themed puzzler The Voyage to weigh anchor on the App Store this Thursday

Developer Mojo Bones is preparing to launch The Voyage, its pirate-themed follow-up to puzzler The Curse, onto the App Store. The Voyage pits you against the swindling seadog Captain Bodnar Bucklebeard. Over the course of game he'll throw no less than 100 different puzzles at you, ranging from number problems and pattern recognition tests, to mazes and sandwich preperation. Yes: sandwich preperation. A pirate's got to eat, you know. Tallking to sister site Pocket Gamer, Mojo Bones co-founder Stuart Ryall revealed that the dev team are "huge fans of the Monkey Island series - especially the humour - and this is pretty much our nod to the original series." This seabound brain-teaser is t…


New emulator lets you play Game Boy favourites in your iPhone web browser

News By James Gilmour, 5 months ago
New emulator lets you play Game Boy favourites in your iPhone web browser

Who wants to play Game Boy classic Mario Land on their iPhone?  Of course you do. However, with Nintendo refusing to jump onboard with the mobile revolution, the only way to play old Mario games is via emulation software - most of which requires a jailbroken iPhone to run. However, browser-based emulator Ben's Midi Gameboy allows you to play not only Mario Land, but authentic recreations of Tetris, Kirby's Dream Land, Bomberman, Bomb Jack, and a few other GameBoy games - all without downloading a thing. What's more, as the emulator is hosted online, anyone with an iPhone and a working web browser can use it. All you need to do is open Safari, visit the site, and start reliving your…


Cute auto-runner Mini Ninjas going free on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Cute auto-runner Mini Ninjas going free on iPhone and iPad

Square Enix's stealthy auto-runner Mini Ninjas is currently going free on the App Store. The colourful runner, which sees you guiding a posse of martial artists through oriental environments packed with collectible coins and concealed enemies, has been reduced as part of Apple's Free App of the Week scheme. In addition to letting you run and jump, Mini Ninjas gives you mystical powers. This allows you to cast shielding spells to protect against nasties, or turn yourself into a tornado to cut through the enemy ranks. You'll also find ninja allies trapped in cages. Free them, and you'll be able to use their powers to help you defeat the dragon which lies at the end of your journey. Mini Ni…


Delayed RTS sequel Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Delayed RTS sequel Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next Thursday

We mentioned yesterday that, following a leave of absence, handsome RTS Autumn Dynasty has returned to App Store, and is available free of charge. Since then, we have discovered the sequel, Autumn Dynasty: Warlords, will arrive on iOS on February 27th.  This sequel will expand on the gorgeous painted worlds of the original strategy game, dropping you back into a war-torn feudal-era China and tasking you with leading your army to victory. In fact, we were supposed to be knee deep in flags and flying arrows already, as developer Touch Dimension first planned to release Autumn Dynasty: Warlords back in November of last year.  However, according to the team, they delayed the…


Out There | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Out There | Hands-On

I love a bit of space exploration. Whether I'm searching for ore in Mass Effect's Nimbus Cluster, or fending off Rockmen in FTL (which is on its way to iOS, incidentally), you'll always find me with a smile on my face, and a Star Trek reference on the tip of my tongue. Which is why I was interested in pulling up the blast shield of space exploration sim Out There, the soon-to-be released sci-fi adventure from Mi-Clos Studio. Rather than throwing flashy, real-time 3D battles at your face every 60 seconds, Out There takes a more measured approach to the art of intergalactic travel. Instead of launching a never-ending volley of photon torpedoes, find yourself managing your ship's fuel…


Angry Birds Rio gets 26 new aquatic levels in High Dive update

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Angry Birds Rio gets 26 new aquatic levels in High Dive update

Rovio has added 26 new levels to its tropical bird-flinger Angry Birds Rio. The newly released High Dive update introduces fans of the feather-filled movie tie-in to the Brazilian Port Harbour environment. To complete these levels you'll have to smash through numerous shops and stalls, as well as plunge into the watery depths to liberate the dolphins trapped beneath. We imagine this update has been released to stir up interest for Dreamworks movie sequel Rio 2, which is due to hit cinemas within the next couple of months. Whether Rovio will release an accompanying follow-up to Angry Birds Rio, or simply bombard us with updates remains to be seen (my guess is the former). Owners of Ang…