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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…


Excellent RTS Autumn Dynasty is back on the App Store, free for a week

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Excellent RTS Autumn Dynasty is back on the App Store, free for a week

Feudal RTS Autumn Dynasty is back on the App Store, and available to download free-of-charge for a limited time. The acclaimed game, which throws you into an ancient, beautifully-drawn world on the brink of revolution, recently  vanished from the App Store without warning. According to developer Touch Dimensions, this was a result of the team's contract with publisher Bulkypix coming to an end. However, to mark the upcoming release of the game's sequel, Autumn Dynasty -Warlords, the developer has uploaded the original back onto the App Store minus the price tag. This not only allows those who previously bought the game to re-download it and continue to receive updates, but also giv…


Hiversaires creator releases hand-drawn puzzle adventure Oquonie onto the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hiversaires creator releases hand-drawn puzzle adventure Oquonie onto the App Store

Oquonie, the latest minimalist brain-teaser from the creator of Hiversaires, is now available on the App Store. Set in a hand-drawn, black-and-white world, Oquonie is a peculiar puzzle-adventure which seems to delight in confusing the player. There are no instructions or intelligible text to explain the plot or purpose of the game. You are simply placed in a grid-based, isometric world, and left to your own devices. A couple of exploratory taps later, and you'll find you can move your character around the office environment, and interact with objects. To escape each area, you must solve strange riddles by deciphering unusual symbols, and negotiating with a series increasingly bizarre l…


Tengami | Hands-On

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

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now breathe out slowly.  Take in your surroundings. Hear the rustling of the leaves outside your window. Feel the smooth, sculpted curve of the mouse beneath your palm.  Know that you are a tiny grain of sand, a tiny part of a small beach at the edge of an ever-expanding ocean of hidden knowledge and as-yet unseen wonder. Excellent. You are now ready to watch me play Tengami, the extremely zen papercraft puzzle adventure due to hit the App Store tonight.…


Bug Heroes 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Bug Heroes 2 | Hands-On

Developer Forsaken Media is just about to release Bug Heroes 2, the follow-up to its insect-centric "tactic action / defence hybrid" game. In it, you take control of a pair of insect soldiers, and attempt to fend off waves of creepy crawlies, and prevent them from smashing up your base and stealing your food supplies. I got to grips with Bug Heroes 2 about an hour ago, and am pleased to report that the game has bags of promise. It's smooth, easy to handle, and overflowing with colour and character. We'll have to play a little further to find out how the free-to-play model affects the Bug Heroes 2's gameplay. However, to get a taste of what the game has in store for you, check out the…


Retro dungeon-crawler Coldfire Keep creeping onto the App Store at midnight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Retro dungeon-crawler Coldfire Keep creeping onto the App Store at midnight

Old-school dungeon-crawler Coldfire Keep is set to appear on the App Store later tonight. This first-person adventure appears to be walking in the footsteps of classic PC adventure games like Eye of the Beholder. Though it looks like a standard FPS, the game restricts your movement to a grid. This system mean you advance through the world one tile at a time, and can only turn through rigid 90-degree angles. You take control of four characters, each with their own skills and unique talents. Their quest to save their hometown will take them though dark dungeons, and pit them against all manner of viscious beasties. As you can see from our hands-on video, Crescent Moon Games is clearly an…


The insect invasion continues in Bug Heroes 2, out tonight on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
The insect invasion continues in Bug Heroes 2, out tonight on iPhone and iPad

Multiplayer online battler Bug Heroes 2 is bringing insect warfare back to your touchscreen tonight, when it goes live on the App Store. Part tower defence, part third-person shooter, this colourful free-to-play sequel puts you in charge of a pair of courageous insects, and tasks you with protecting your base from incoming enemies. Combat plays out from an over-the-shoulder perspective, allowing a nice view of the action as slice up kamikaze fleas heavily armoured snails. You can also jump between squad members at the touch of a button, and issue orders to your teammate by tapping the environment. However, in addition the freeform combat, Bug Heroes 2 includes a strong tower defence mec…


FTL: Advanced Edition will include clone bay and mind control system

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
FTL: Advanced Edition will include clone bay and mind control system

Turns out FTL: Advanced Edition is going to be even more advanced than we thought by the time it hits the iPad later this year.  In addition to confirming the space exploration sim is nearly ready to enter the iOS sector, developer Subset Games has revealed a few new systems and features which FTL fans have never seen before. For example, the iPad version will offer a clone bay, allowing you to duplicate crew mates if they happen to perish during an unfortunate away mission.  You'll also be able to swap out your standard drone for a hacking drone. This handy unit will attach itself to enemy ships, and interfere with the vessel's weapons and sheilding systems. Alternatively, i…


FINAL FANTASY VI Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
FINAL FANTASY VI Review

In a world where magic no longer exists, a girl with hidden powers awakes. Pursued by enemies who would use her ancient skills for evil, she unites with a band of rebels, and finds herself fighting for her life - and the fate of the world - against the tyrannical reign of the Empire. So much has been written about Final Fantasy VI over the years that it's difficult to avoid retreading old ground when discussing it. However, considering its one of the most highly regarded RPGs ever mad…

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Take ramparts apart in CastleStorm, crashing onto the App Store this spring

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Take ramparts apart in CastleStorm, crashing onto the App Store this spring

CastleStorm, the physics-based seige sim which appeared on the PS Vita last year, will come crashing onto the App Store this spring. Combining the object-flinging element of Angry Birds with the base-reinforcement mechanics of a tower defence game, CastleStorm encourages you to erect mighty battlements, while simultaneously shattering your enemy's structures to the ground. Unlike the Vita version, this iOS port of Zen Studio's 3D smash-'em-up will be free-to-play. Despite this, the developer claims the game will still include four campaigns, four playable nations, and 150 different battle scenarios. Mobile gamers will also get access to previously unseen spells. We doubt one of them will…


Amiga mobster adventure The King of Chicago now available on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Amiga mobster adventure The King of Chicago now available on iPhone and iPad

Cinemaware has just brought its gangster-themed adventure The King of Chicago to iPhone and iPad. Known for developing Amiga games based around movie genres, Cinemaware has been more active recently, following a successful Kickstarter campaign to revive its '90 flying game Wings. In the meantime, though, the team has decided to take the concrete shoes off another of its Amiga creations: the mobster-populated point-and-click adventure The King of Chicago.  Following the story of an up-and-coming wise guy, the game has you doing drive-bys, executing hits, and regularly inviting your enemies to watch their backs and sleep with the fishes.  This is a direct emulation of the origi…


Dr. Eggman returns in latest Sonic Dash update

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 1 week ago
Dr. Eggman returns in latest Sonic Dash update

Sonic hasn't had much time for his old enemies recently. In the free-to-play runner Sonic Dash, he has spent most of his time fighting off Zavok, Zazz, and other strangely named members of the Deadly Six. However, a new update has brought with it a blast from the past, in the form of one Dr. Eggman, otherwise known as Sonic's original nemesis Dr. Robotnik. In the new Dr. Eggman Boss Battle sections, you have to guide Sonic around a series of traps, and avoid attacks from the levitating, goggle-sporting maniac. You'll even get to leap into the air and sabotage the lunatic's signature hoverchair. You can download the Sonic Dash update for free right now. In fact, the game itself is free - w…


Classic characters unite in the debut trailer for Tales of Asteria

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Classic characters unite in the debut trailer for Tales of Asteria

Namco Bandai has revealed that Tales of Asteria, the latest adventure in the long-running Tales RPG series, will be coming to iOS in Japan this spring. Following hot on the heels of the US release of Tales of Phantasia, the new game will unite six characters pulled from other episodes in the saga. Among the six will be Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia, and Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia. According to a report in Gematsu, the plot will revolve around "fragments of a star that makes wishes come true." Though the character roster may feature familiar faces, Tales of Asteria's combat will play out via the new "cross slide battle" system. The game will also feature voice acting, a…


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

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks 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, 5 months, 2 weeks 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…