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Pocket Titans Review

Pocket Titans Review

Pocket Titans is a turn based strategy title that's easy for anyone to pick up and play, and utilizes a unique control system. In most turn based strategy games, you use movement and action points to put your character in the most advantageous position possible, allowing you attack your enemy while avoiding repercussions. This priciple still applies to Pocket Titans, but instead of moving players, you move the landscape. Each stage takes place on a five by five square grid. Each row…

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Everyday Spelunker Review

Everyday Spelunker Review

Spelunker is a platformer created in 1983, remembered fondly by owners of PCs and Commodore 64s. The game was notoriously difficult, and falling to an untimely death was a frequent occurance. Factor in traps, hazards, and a ghost that just won't leave you alone, and you have an experience that could only be remembered fondly by masochists. Now, Spelunker has been faithfully ported to the iOS under the title Everyday Spelunker. So, 30 years on, how does the game stand up? Now, we coul…

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Henophobia is what happens when you mix chickens and pinball

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Henophobia is what happens when you mix chickens and pinball

Yes apparently we have pinball chickens to thank for our resources and brains not being harvested by extraterrestrials. Henophobia may not be the prettiest game to look at but mixing pinball mechanics with the gameplay of a lot of physics puzzlers, and you have an entertaining concept (especially because the pinball paddles are moveable with your thumbs). Have a look at the trailer and see for yourselves. The game is due out on November 17th. Try to conceal your eggscitement (cause... you know, there's a chicken).…


XO9 is for those that like to play Tic Tac Toe in their Tic Tac Toe

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
XO9 is for those that like to play Tic Tac Toe in their Tic Tac Toe

We've had a few submissions over the years for Tic Tac Toe apps here at Appspy, but never brought attention to them. The reasoning was that Tic Tac Toe is such a simple game, even the greatest presentation isn't going to polish up the app enough to get people that interested. I was ready to dismiss XO9 today until I watched the trailer. It's your standard game of Tic Tac Toe, but in order to make your mark on the board, you have to win a smaller game of Tic Tac Toe. Watch the trailer to see what I mean. Now the reason the game is so simple, is once you know the correct strategy to win a game, the worse you'll get is a stalemate. How will a game play out if…


Soccer Moves Review

Soccer Moves Review

Soccer Moves' turn-based soccer gameplay presents a profound metaphysical question. Sure, the goal is to move, pass, and score a goal by outwitting your opposition. However, your teammates are exact replicas of one another, raising a deeper question about the various roles we assume and shift between in the games we play. We're just kidding - it's about balls and that. Instead of employing the grids used in most turn based strategy titles, Soccer Moves uses a radial system to co…

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Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

Man, the fifth Broken Sword game... it seemed not too long ago I was playing Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, and impressed that this small but beloved adventure franchise had been able to make a third game. Now thanks to Kickstarter, the series was funded last year for a fifth outing, and the day of release is almost upon us. The PC will recieve the first episode of the game on December 4th with both Android and iOS to follow suit. It seems one of the hangups is that while it is easy to send an Android version of the game to all those who donated at the tier to receive one, Apple doesn't make things as easy, and Revolution have not found a way to distribute it yet. This is a m…


Vlad Review

Review vhlamlab By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Vlad Review

With a name like Vlad, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bulkypix's latest interactive effort is about the nocturnal adventures of a vampire. Though the game is dark and eerie, it has nothing to do with the children of Dracula, and everything to do with rearranging blocks. It's up to the player to move sentient blocks around each stage in order to help a squiggly-blobby thing called Vlad reach an object at the end of the level. Vlad moves forward automatically, stopping if he encoun…

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BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

Earlier this year, Gaijin Games released Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on PC and consoles. Now, the team has ported the game to iOS, and slimmed-down the title to the slightly more manageable Bit.Trip Run! Fans of the game might be worried that this mobile version has lost more than just its unweildy title. However, we can report that the entire game has been adapted faithfully to the touch screen, albeit with a few tweaks here and there. That said, it's no…

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Ratchet & Clank headed to mobile

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Ratchet & Clank headed to mobile

The latest installment in the Ratchet & Clank series Into the Nexus is set to launch on Playstation 3 this November 12th. Alongside that, however, Ratchet & Clank-themed endless-runner Before the Nexus will be coming to mobile. The game will link up with its PS3 counterpart, and Raritanium you earn in the mobile game will allow you to unlock more weapons in the console game. We're seeing a huge ramp-up in companion apps which tie directly into major console releases. Games like Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4 all have mobile apps which let directly influence the full game from your iOS handset. I suspect we're only going to see more of this as we move forward…


The Occupant Review

The Occupant Review

The Occupant is the latest in a line of Slenderman-inspired survival-horror games. For some inexplicable reason, you find yourself trapped in an abandoned hotel with a creature known as the Occupant. Each stage has you fulfilling a series of tasks before you can move onto the next floor. As you complete these task, the creature is silently stalking the hallways in search of you. Let's make one thing perfectly clear; it's not the jump scares that make The Occupant creepy - rather, it's…

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Fans of survival horror should keep an eye on Forgotten Memories

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Fans of survival horror should keep an eye on Forgotten Memories

Psychoz Interactive have been working on their game Forgotten Memories - Alternate Realities for two years, and plan to release the pilot episode in a few weeks. The episode will be free, and will be a taste of the full game to hopefully help fun the Kickstarter Psychoz is going to launch to bring the full game to life. The upcoming pilot will be an hour long demo essentially, to familiarize players with the world and mechanics. The trailer that just released for Halloween should give you an idea of what to expect. It looks positively spooky, and more a return to classic survival horror. We'll let you know when the pilot releases on the App Store.…


The Incredible Corpse is a zombie stealth game...

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
The Incredible Corpse is a zombie stealth game...

...and not what you're probably thinking. You're not trying to sneak your way around hordes of infected. No, aliens have stolen everyone's brain and turned them into zombies, and its up to you to help the zombies stealthly assault the alien strongholds to get their brains back. Perhaps it might be easier if you just watched the trailer... The game will release at the end of November. The first chapter will be free, with the other chapters to follow costing a fee. The game looks entertaining enough to warrant a look at upon release. Also, the developers have launched a Kickstarter to support development, and add more features to the game. It's a pity they missed the Halloween window,…


Khaba is the most fun you can have trapped in a pyramid

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Khaba is the most fun you can have trapped in a pyramid

Well we're not certain if that's the case. Frankly I don't want to find out for myself. Pyramids are dark and scary places.Khaba is made by veteran designers with credits such as Just Cause 2, and Bionic Commando: Rearmed. You control Michael, an intrepid explorer that finds himself trapped in a pyramid. The only way out seems to be down, by solving puzzles based about reflecting and refracting light. As you descend, you learn more about this protagonist and what his quest truly entails. Have a look at the gameplay trailer to see some of the puzzle solving in action. It's not a particularly original puzzle concept, but the scenario is intriguing, and if the story holds up,…


Symmetrain is more than a clever pun

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Symmetrain is more than a clever pun

It also combines 'spot the difference' puzzles with a kind of endless runner experience. I know that doesn't sound too pleasant on its surface, but have a look at the trailer, and like me, I think you'll be...er, plesantly surprised. As you can see, it's got a really nice almost storybook art style, and looks like a quite relaxing experience... as you're straining your cognitive functions to spot everything that isn't in perfect alignment. The game is availble now on the App Store and will set you back $0.99. [App Store Link]…


Mega Dead Pixel Review

Mega Dead Pixel Review

So there's this happy little pixel falling through space. If it paints enough shapes or collects enough pixels, it will one day become the mega pixel, a wondrous being of liberation and. It's a fun existance while it last, but the ending of our story is always the same: the pixel crumbles back to its original form, and eventually is snuffed out of existence. A moment of silence, please. Mega Dead Pixel is an endless runner - or an endless faller, if you prefer. You move a descending p…

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