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Solar 2 iPad Review

Review Jay Watts By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Solar 2 iPad Review

Situations like this aren't as common as you'd think on the App Store. While there is a somewhat sinister undercurrent of releases that step over the line of 'inspired by' and in to 'theft', being able to play the 'real thing' doesn't always happen; at least not as quickly as this. Solar 2 by Jay Watts (also known as Murudai) is everything I had hoped to see from the recently released 'Tiny Solar'. No prizes for guessing that Solar 2 was the title having its content stolen. Ultimately…

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Puzzle Retreat Code #2

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Puzzle Retreat Code #2

As promised, here's the code you're looking for: 6FHAAAKAY3M4 Please be kind enough to comment if you've redeemed the App - failing that I'm sure a kind soul will let us know it's gone! Three more to go!…


Puzzle Retreat Code #1

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Puzzle Retreat Code #1

As promised, here's the code you're looking for: TRNLJLK7M6HA Please be kind enough to comment if you've redeemed the App - failing that I'm sure a kind soul will let us know it's gone! Four more to go!…


Code Giveaway - Puzzle Retreat

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Code Giveaway - Puzzle Retreat

Today you're all in luck! The fine lads over at The Voxel Agents have graced us with five codes for Puzzle Retreat to give away. I had thought about making up some sort of complicated competition to hand-pick winners, but then I thought, 'This game is too good to wait 'til later this week'. Instead, I'll be posting all five codes over the next 24 hours - first come, first served. Do try to be kind enough to say if you've activated the code - I'll endeavour to strike-out the posts once they're gone. Best of luck and while you wait, check out our review!…


FAA's Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
FAA's Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere

We're working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday. "G5's Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He's only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see. Fool. Throughout your search, you'll have to seek out over 1,000 unique items and complete 11 mini-games. Achievement fan? You'll be pleased to read that Letters from Nowhere features Game Center support, then." Download it now and get the best free apps every day from the Free App Alliance app.…


Ron Gilbert Opens For PAX Australia 2013

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Ron Gilbert Opens For PAX Australia 2013

While I was already excited by the prospect of seeing The Protomen, MC Frontalot, and the RoosterTeeth crew (again) at PAX Australia, this latest tit-bit has taken me over the edge. Gamers may know Ron Gilbert for his work on Monkey Island, DeathSpank, and more recently pairing up with Tim Schafer in discussing the 'Double Fine Adventure' on Kickstarter. I'd be putting it lightly if I said his work has been extremely formative for me, and perhaps many other gamers headed to the giant gaming event, so you can expect me to be there front and centre. We'll be covering the event live from Melbourne so you don't miss out on any juicy iOS news we can score. Want to head to PAX Australia 2013? T…


Top 3 iOS Games for January 2013

Toplist By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Top 3 iOS Games for January 2013

I hate playing the catch-up game, but with this extended dry spell of a release period, I guess there's no harm in clearing our backlogs. In the least it's made for a far more comprehensive list to choose from for January, so lets find out who topped the charts in AppSpy.com's Top 3 iOS Games for January, 2013. Table Top Racing (Playrise Edge) $2.99 Univ. Look, I may be the only one who played Table Top Racing and put it down without losing an iota of excitement from the hype, but even without my personal bias the game is a solid entry in to the 'Kart' genre. The key to its success is its simplicity; there's no bloat to weigh it down, so you can jump in, enjoy a race or two, and jump out…


Friday News Wrap-Up 8 February 2013

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 8 February 2013

It seems we're still in a bit of a dry period when it comes to game releases, and also news, so today's Wrap-Up is a bit shorter than usual. I guess there's nothing for it then but to jump straight to it... this is AppSpy.com's Friday News Wrap-Up for the 8th of February, 2013. Star Wars Pinball - Releasing as Standalone and IAP for Zen Pinball With all the recent news and nerdy rumblings about the production of Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX (as well as the spin-off films rumored to center around Boba Fett and Han Solo), it was only a matter of time before the franchise turned its hands to videogames once again. This time around we'll be able to get our hands on a Star Wars themed pinball…


METAL SLUG 2 Review

Review SNK PLAYMORE By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
METAL SLUG 2 Review

If you've followed our reviews for any length of time you'll know that our experience with the METAL SLUG series on the iOS platform has been... well not so great. Nostalgia manages to keep the game afloat, but emulation can only do so much to recreate the responsive controls and smooth visuals of the Arcade classic. METAL SLUG 2 doesn't do much to address the problems of previous releases, but it does have one thing in its favor... it was a much simpler game. As such players can take…

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After Burner Climax Review

Review SEGA By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
After Burner Climax Review

I'll readily admit that I have next to no idea what I'm doing when I play After Burner. In just about every instance I've simply done the best I can and never sweated the details. After Burner Climax was designed to punish such 'casual' mindsets - it was, after all, an Arcade title - but the iOS release has a leniency to it that actually makes the chaos more of an amusing distraction than a brutal smokescreen for the unrelenting enemy. Whether you jump in with the touch or tilt based…

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Cowbell Hero Review

Review Digital Hero Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Cowbell Hero Review

Digital Hero Games can't seem to let go of the Saturday Night Live sketch involving Will Ferrel and Christopher Walken. You know the one I'm talking about, it even has its own Wikipedia entry and haunts the actors to this day. Of course I'm talking about 'More Cowbell' and Cowbell Hero is a singular-minded Guitar Hero clone that (if nothing else) features some rockin' tunes, so I say why not? We'll not concern you with the story, though it does go to great lengths to justify its prota…

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Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell Review

Review Tin Man Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell Review

I was never a Fighting Fantasy sort of person - I was, in fact, more of a Choose Your Own Adventure kid - but regardless, the same is true of all of them. You'd play along for a few rounds and some kids would take far more seriously than others, but inevitably you'd give up and 'bookmark' your way to the seemingly impossible ending (possibly ignoring dice rolls in the process). House of Hell is the second of Tin Man Games' adaptions of the Fighting Fantasy series by Steve Jackson and…

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Tiny Solar Review

Review 6Nice Studio By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Tiny Solar Review

Editor's Note: It behooves us to acknowledge the source material for this game and the blatancy with which it attempts to not only copy the mechanics, but also the utter failure of its execution. For more information, check out 'Solar 2' here. Sometimes a game piques my interest, if for no other reason than it fascinates me. Tiny Solar by 6Nice Studio was one such game - whirling stars, planets, and asteroids had me wondering just what was going on; especially when the planets started…

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Puzzle Retreat Review

Review The Voxel Agents By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Puzzle Retreat Review

If you consider pure puzzle titles to be a boring chore, you can probably stop right here; that's not the most flattering of openings, but I know there's more than a few of you who balk at the idea of a game not having at least some sort of action element to it. For those of you who remain, Puzzle Retreat is a brilliant zen-like puzzler that takes the 'sliding block' concept quite literally. Your goal on each level is simply to fill the empty spaces with ice and other objects later on…

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Little Inferno iPad Review

Little Inferno iPad Review

Call me crazy, but I was saving myself for the iPad release of Tomorrow Corporation's 'Little Inferno', as such I can't provide much of a comparison to the console or PC versions. What I can say is that Little Inferno feels as though it was always destined for the iOS platform - it was conceptually _made_ for the IAP heavy, freemium dominant scene that is the App Store. In short, Little Inferno is champion the platform deserves, even if it doesn't need it specifically. The game starts…

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