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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Harry Slater'

Super Mario Run isn't too expensive, and here's why

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 day ago
Super Mario Run isn't too expensive, and here's why

It’s the question that’s been keeping some of us up all week - is Super Mario Run too expensive? Well since it’s Friday I thought I’d put my brain in gear for a little bit longer and have a good old think about it. And since I’ve had that think already, I thought I’d write a brief article going over the main arguments for and against the pricing structure that Nintendo has decided to use for its first outing into the mobile world. You might agree. You might disagree. You might sit on the fence somewhere in the middle, kicking your shoes up and down and uhming and ahing about what to do. Wherever on the spectrum you sit though, feel free to shout at me in…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - December 9th

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 day, 3 hours ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - December 9th

Another week has been and gone. Did you get up to much good stuff? Or did you just sit around thinking to yourself, ah it's nearly the end of the year, there's not much point trying to start anything new now? Guess which I did. Anyway, the end of a week means that it's time for us to have a look at the best games that came out in that said week. And all in all it's been a pretty impressive seven days for mobile gamings. We've got some great ports, and some great new original mobile games of every sort. So maybe it it time to try something new. Maybe it's time to try something new like one of the games on the list? Go on, treat yourself. Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore A big swooshy swoopy…

The Thursday Find - HoverCrash

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 day, 23 hours ago
The Thursday Find - HoverCrash

Oh hi there, Thursday. Where have you been hiding? And what have you been doing while you’ve been hiding there? Oh god Thursday, why are you covered in blood? Oh no, no Thursday put down the axe. Okay, while I deal with this it’s probably time for a Thursday find. This week’s is a game that owes a lot to the past and a lot to the present. And probably a lot to the future. Although I’ve not been there so I can’t be completely sure. But if you like endless runners and retro futurism then this could well be the sort of game that makes you go “ooooh, that combines two of my interests.” Now where was I? Oh yeah, the axe. THURSDAY, don’t make me hu…

The AppSpy retrospective - The 3 best games of January 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 days ago
The AppSpy retrospective - The 3 best games of January 2016

It’s that time of year again. Everything is winding down, the nights have drawn in, and people are looking longingly at January when we can start this whole hideous charade of life again. But people are also making game of the year lists. That sounds like a lot of fun to me, but also not the sort of thing that AppSpy would be. Because we’re not normal. We’re the rebels, we’re out there, fighting the good fight in the only way we know how. I mean I’m probably going to do one of those as well, but I also thought we could have a look back over each month of the last 12 in turn and remind you of some of the ace games that came out. So without further ado, let&rsq…

Supercell's iPad and iPhone games ranked from worst to best

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 days, 1 hour ago
Supercell's iPad and iPhone games ranked from worst to best

In the first of a new series of features, we’re going to have a look at the work of a single developer on the App Store. But rather than doing it in a nice way, we’re going to have a right big fight. This time around we’re looking at Supercell, and ranking its iOS games from the worst to the best. Who knows, you might even be surprised by the conclusions that we reach when we get to the end of the article. All of the games here are good, but some of them are just more gooderer than the others. If you disagree with us, well feel free to have a right old slanging match in the comments. Call us idiots, say that we smell bad like poop. Just say anything, I’m so lonely.…

The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - December 7th

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 days, 3 hours ago
The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - December 7th

It’s Wednesday, so that can only mean one thing. It’s time to take a look at the best games that are on sale on the App Store right now. It probably means other things as well, but let’s not concern ourselves with them. There’s a few gems here, and we’re only too happy to help you to save a bit of money. So if you’ve been umming and aahing about whether you should spend on these, now’s the time to take the plunge. And as we all know plunging is a lot of fun. It’s the capitalist version of freedom of expression. Or something like that. Anyway here are the games. Red 7 A super simple digital version of a super simple card game. This one&rsq…

Clash of Clans is getting its own cartoon, and these mobile games should too

Feature By Harry Slater, 4 days, 1 hour ago
Clash of Clans is getting its own cartoon, and these mobile games should too

How do you know when a mobile game is doing well? Is it when it gets a spot during the Superbowl adverts? Is it when you see adverts for it before big film releases like Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Nah, it’s none of them. It’s when it gets its own series of cartoons. Angry Birds did it, Where’s My Water did, even Cut the Rope did. And now it’s the turn of Clash of Clans. Eat your heart out Candy Crush game show. Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming cartoon, which is due to land in just 3 days time on December 9th. That’s not very long at all, in pretty much every measure of time. Almost inevitably this got me thinking about other games it&rsquo…

The Tuesday Best Of - The 5 best mobile point-and-click adventures ranked in order

Feature By Harry Slater, 4 days, 4 hours ago
The Tuesday Best Of - The 5 best mobile point-and-click adventures ranked in order

There are a lot of point and click adventures on the App Store. Some of them are good. Some of them are bad. Some of them are mediocre. But which are the best? Which are the finest examples of the genre you can get on mobile? Well that's what this week's Tuesday Best Of is all about. We're going to rank the five best point-and-tappers in order. And we're not afraid to do it. We're a bit crazy like that over here at App Spy. So without further ado here's the list. And if you agree, disagree, or just want all of this to stop, then feel free to stick your own no-doubt revolutionary ideas in the comments all the way down there. 5 Tales from the Borderlands This is, without a doubt, Telltal…

The Monday Musing - What do we want to see from the iPhone 8?

Feature By Harry Slater, 5 days ago
The Monday Musing - What do we want to see from the iPhone 8?

Ah Monday, what a perfect time to get introspective and think about some of the things that are going on in mobile gaming right now. But what is going on in mobile gaming right now? Not a lot, so let's put on our special magical future-looking spectacles and have a peer into the future of that sort of gaming what we all love so much. There'll be a new iPhone next year. There might even be two, who knows? 2017 does mark the tenth anniversary of the world-changing handset after all. But what do we want to see in the iPhone 8? What does Apple need to do to make sure it stays ahead of the gaming handset curve? Well, how about some of this stuff? More 3D Touch For gaming, 3D Touch could be…

We've got an exclusive new trailer for Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore for iOS

Feature By Harry Slater, 5 days, 2 hours ago
We've got an exclusive new trailer for Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore for iOS

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore is set to hit the App Store this Thursday. That's right, on December 8th you'll be able to fly around firing lasers at things and having a right old giggle. Sounds good, yeah? Well how's this for another sound that you might like? Here at AppSpy we've got an exclusive video that you're not going to be able to see anywhere else until tomorrow. That's pretty much what exclusive means, so you've learned something new today as well. Without further ado here is that EXCLUSIVE video. Yup, exclusive. I keep saying exclusive and I'm not entirely sure why. As you can see the video introduces some of the mercenaries who are going to be on your side in the big space th…

5 other apps that should have games like Facebook Messenger

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 1 day ago
5 other apps that should have games like Facebook Messenger

Yeah it’s another feature based around Facebook Messenger. That’s just the sort of thing that’s going to happen this week. And since this week is almost over, it might stop happening quite soon. Anyway, Facebook Messenger has games, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. So I wondered what other apps should have games? And why should they have games? And how many words could I suck out of this idea to form into a feature? Here then, for your reading pleasure, is the culmination of those three thoughts. Which I’m sure you’re going to agree is super, super, super exciting. Tinder Swiping left and right might be fun, but what if we turned the dating game into…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 2nd December

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 1 day ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 2nd December

It’s not been the most inspiring week for iOS gamers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some gems out there in the murk. Plus you could probably save your money for next week, or the week after, or your college education or whatever. We’ve had a dig around and found these five games that we reckon are more than worthy of some of your attention on iOS this week. Most of them are free, and then some of them are not free. Oh my it has been a long week. Anyway, here’s that list. Enjoy it, and let’s regroup on Monday with increased vigour and spirit, yeah? Apollo Justice Ace Attorney It’s been a while coming, but this will be welcomed by fans of sh…

5 games that we'd love to see on Facebook Messenger

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 2 days ago
5 games that we'd love to see on Facebook Messenger

Well Facebook Messenger has games now. We talked about it yesterday, remember? Probably not, your short term memory has likely been eroded by memes and gifs and I don’t know what else people use the internet for. Anyway, while there are some pretty decent little arcade games in the Messenger package, I got thinking about which other games I’d like to see making use of the new HTML5 protocols that Facebook is rolling out. So here’s a list of some games that I think would be brilliant as Messenger games. Feel free to add your own in the comments, if you feel like it. It’s entirely up to you. Be nice to know I wasn’t talking to myself though. Angry Birds Rath…

The Thursday Find - Colt Express

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 2 days ago
The Thursday Find - Colt Express

It’s always nice when something surprises you. Well, it’s always nice when something surprises you in a nice way. Like a snake in the toilet isn’t a nice surprise. Unless you’ve lost your snake. Anyway, this week’s Thursday find is just that - a surprise. It’s a game that clicks and fizzes in some interesting ways, that blends action and strategy. And the surprise is it’s based on a boardgame. So here’s why Colt Express is worthy of your attention, even if you don’t like boardgames. Or the Wild West. Or finding snakes in your toilet. Actually probably not that last one. Colt Express Usually when you see someone talking about a board…

The 5 best Facebook Messenger games you should be playing right now

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 3 days ago
The 5 best Facebook Messenger games you should be playing right now

Facebook Messenger now has games in it. I’ve only just managed to get to grips with it having gifs. And don’t get me started on stickers. What even are stickers? Anyway there’s quite a lot of games on there. 17 to be precise. But which are the best ones to play with your friends? Well your time is precious, and we can’t expect you to spend any of it figuring things like that out. But our time here at AppSpy is pretty much worthless. So here are the five Facebook Messenger games that you should start off your Facebook Messenger gaming career with. You’re welcome. Shuffle Cats Mini A clever little shooting gallery that sees you flicking cards at other cards…