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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'James Gilmour'

Conquer the Frosthald in fantasy boardgame UHR-Warlord on iPad

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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…