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Final Fantasy VII G-Bike burning onto iPhone and iPad this year

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Final Fantasy VII G-Bike burning onto iPhone and iPad this year

Remember that bike racing mini-game from Final Fantasy VII? The one set at the Gold Saucer amusement park where spikey-haired saviour Cloud Strife rockets down a highway slashing at beasties with a comically oversized sword? Well, Square Enix has decided to repackage the concept as a stand-alone iOS game called Final Fantasy VII G-Bike, and it's coming to iPhone and iPad later this year. As you can see from the trailer, FFVII G-Bike looks very similar to mini-game upon which it is based. As it's basically an endless runner, we imagine you'll be swiping or tilting to steer your bike, while tapping to attack the stream of enemies being thrown at you. Speaking to IGN, Square produce Ichiro…


Final Fantasy Agito coming to iPhone and iPad in North America 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Final Fantasy Agito coming to iPhone and iPad in North America 'soon'

Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy Agito will be released in North America. Set in the Final Fantasy XIII universe, Final Fantasy Agito casts you as a young cadet who must train in the ways of creature combat, and save Orience from a terrible fate. Rather than step into the shoes of a pre-made character, this mobile RPG lets you craft your own scholar / warrior, and then guide them around Akademia taking on trials and gaining expererience. As you learn, you'll also encounter characters from the PSP game Final Fantasy Type-O, which is also due to hit US and Europe sometime this year. You'll be able to download Final Fantasy Agito for free "soon". …


E3 2014: Ubisoft unveils Just Dance Now mobile app

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
E3 2014: Ubisoft unveils Just Dance Now mobile app

Ubisoft has announced Just Dance Now, a mobile app which lets you bust a move while you're on the move. Revealed at Ubisoft's E3 keynote alongside the upcoming console game Just Dance 2015, this app turns your phone into a jukebox remote control, allowing you to transform any room with a TV into an impromtu dance hall. Once you've downloaded the app and synced with the Just Dance site, you simply beam the choreography to a second screen, and then let your iPhone's accelerometer keep track of your movements. According to Just Dance brand manager Jason Altman, you'll be able to use Just Dance Now to engage in dance-offs with other mobile players. In fact, though he has yet to test it with a…


Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

These days, most games set in a post-apocalyptic world revolve around running away from zombies.  It's refreshing, then, to discover a game set after a catastrophic nuclear event which has you beating a hasty retreat from massive insects instead of the undead. The game in question is Plantman, a puzzle-packed platformer which casts you as the manager of an oxygen plant. It's your job to maintain the facility, and keep the life-giving flora free of gigantic, mutant aphids. To do this, you'll need to learn how to lure insects, and then trigger electrified traps to blow these oversized pests into green goo. Curious as to what that might look like? Just watch our hands-on video below to…


Puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune on sale after WWDC Design Award win

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune on sale after WWDC Design Award win

The folks behind handsome puzzle platformer Leo's Fortune are celebrating their recent sucess at the WWDC Design Awards by putting the game on sale. Taking control of the mustachioed engineering tycoon Leopold - who happens to be a small ball of fluff - you must guide him through a series of hazardous levels which span five different lands. As well as sliding and jumping through tunnels and over chasms, Leo must inflate his fuzzy form to help him float across gaps, and push platforms into useful positions. Though the platforming antics feel familiar (and actually reminded us of Sonic The Hedgehog at times), it's the incredible presentation and cleverly conceived challenges which caught…


Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

Feature By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

We try to keep things short and sweet here on AppSpy. We know the score: you want to know which iPhone and iPad games to play, and you want to know now. Preferably earlier if possible. This is why we've decided to save you sifting through endless articles and videos by creating a weekly round-up of the most entertaining, interesting, or noteworthy iOS games to appear on the App Store every week. It's short. It's to-the-point. It's a shining beacon of hope in the dark and scary woods of mobile gaming. Go into the light. There are medals and achievements in the light.…


Hitman Go creators to release Hitman: Sniper for iPhone and iPad later this year

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hitman Go creators to release Hitman: Sniper for iPhone and iPad later this year

Square Enix Montreal has just popped the scope cap off its brand new Hitman project: a free-to-play shooter for iOS called Hitman: Sniper. Developed by the team behind the excellent board game-style mobile tie-in Hitman Go, this game is said to focus on "the subtlety of execution." We hope this means that you'll get to spend your time selecting locations and choosing the perfect moment to take out your target, as opposed to charging in all guns blazing. According to the announcement, the game will share a genetic link with Io-Interactive's Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the companion app that was released alongside Hitman Absolution. One of the thing we liked Hitman Go was the fact it had be…


See exclusive hands-on footage of Modern Combat 5: Blackout

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
See exclusive hands-on footage of Modern Combat 5: Blackout

If you're a first-person shooter fan, then you've probably been keeping a close eye on the development of Gameloft's guntastic sequel Modern Combat 5. We've covered the game's new character classes and XP leveling system. We also touched upon the new Squad vs Squad multiplayer mode, which lets you create and customise your very own platoon from your friends list. However, up until now we've only seen snippets of the game in action.  Handily, our pals over at Pocket Gamer recently spent a day with the folks at Gameloft, and went hands-on with the game itself. They even had the presence of mind to grab some video evidence of the game in action. Here is that video:…


Penultimate episode of The Wolf Among Us out now on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Penultimate episode of The Wolf Among Us out now on iPhone and iPad

The fourth episode of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us is out now on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. As his investigation into Fabletown's secrets begins to draw to a close, Bigsby Wolf is struggling to keep it together, with the bottle on his desk growning increasingly empty, and his inner beast increasingly eager to make itself known. As usual, you should expect your choices to change the story as you cajole, press, and outright terrify the other Fables into coughing up their secrets as you chase down the conspiracy. In Sheep's Clothing is free for Season Pass holders, but will otherwise cost the usual £2.99 / $4.99. It's available via and in-app purchase right now.…


Watch_Dogs Multiplayer: iPhone vs PC

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Watch_Dogs Multiplayer: iPhone vs PC

As you may have heard, Ubisoft's much anticipated free-roaming hackathon Watch_Dogs landed on consoles and PCs everywhere yesterday. Not to leave the iOS crowd out in the cold, the devs accompanied the release of Watch_Dogs with an iOS (and Android) companion app, catchily titled Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile.  Rather than just letting you browse your inventory or peer at a map while on the bus (like most companion apps), this nifty addition to the Watch_Dogs universe allows you to compete head-to-head with console and PC players in a cross-platform game of cops and robbers. The player with the mobile app assumes controls of the city's police force and security systems, and must…


Run through Atari's latest version of Haunted House on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Run through Atari's latest version of Haunted House on iPhone and iPad

As nothing smacks of innovation quite like converting an old IP into a mobile auto-runner, Atari and Kung Fu Factory have released a re-imagining of Haunted House. Don't expect a Retina-port of the 1981 survival-horror though: the game has been updated with cartoon silhouette animations, and gameplay centred on swiping a path through spiders, traps, and other assorted haunted nasties. As you play, you can grab power-ups and coins, building bridges over obstacles, and get the chance to level-up your character. The game is F2P, so there are IAPs to utilise or ignore, depending on your preference. As it stands, the action looks smooth enough, and the soundtrack peppy and in-keeping with the…


Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

Developer Ten Foiled Hats has just released its vampiric match-three puzzler Darkin on iPhone and iPad. Ostensibly taking inspiration from Dungeon Raid, the German dev team has taken Fireflame's classic and updated it with several new features, a new aesthetic from the Tim Burton stable of kooky, and a little more polish. It's an interesting entry in the slew of match-three currently clogging up the App Store. When we looked at it on Twitch, we noted it had far more flexibility and strategic gameplay than other match-three games, with an interesting Puzzle & Dragons-esque feel and a health-system standing in for timers. Players can choose between attacking enemies, bagging hearts to…


Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 1 week ago
Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

Ubisoft has just released an update to the highly-rated Rayman Run Fiesta, giving you a sizeable chunk of new features to spice up an already superb game. When we reviewed it back in November, we said: "Even more impressive than its excellent predecessor, Rayman Fiesta Run is a fiercely entertaining kaleidoscope of colour, wit, and wonder." Now that kaleidoscope has been updated with 16 additional levels, three new costumes to be unlocked, and a brand new boss battle. What's more, Ubisoft has added Nightmare Mode, an ironman challenge that sees you try to fight through 36 levels without dying. So prepare to get really familiar with the starting level. If you haven't already nabbed it, yo…


See the first screenshots for the third episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
See the first screenshots for the third episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2

Telltale has released new info and screenshots of the forthcoming third episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2. Among other things, the images show that Clementine remains genetically predisposed to danger, and that William Carver - he with the moustache and gummed-up walkie-talkie - is to be voiced by series-newcomer Michael Madsen. The episode, titled In Harm's Way, uses the same moral choice system that won the series so many awards. Nothing Telltale has released suggests that this is going to be changed in any radical way, so expect the same split-second decision-making that will haunt you for days afterwards. In terms of storyline, perhaps most interesting is the appearance of cha…


AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 5 live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

Feature By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 5 live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

It’s another Telltale Tuesday today, so we’re going to be letting The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile out of the bag. It’ll be part five of our playthrough, but will pick up at the very start of the recently-released third episode in the series. We’re trying to play nice rather than tearing up the place whenever we get the chance, so if you’ve already played through this episode in a particularly violent fashion, come see what could’ve happened if you’d done things differently. As usual, pop over to the AppSpy Twitch channel at 5pm BST / 9am PST / 12pm EST to catch us live. While you're there, you might as well tap the “Follow” button to…