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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Harry Slater'

100 day game Super-Fluid hits the App Store

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
100 day game Super-Fluid hits the App Store

Super-Fluid is the result of one hundred days of hard work. Created as part of Virgin Media's 100 Day challenge, the game is a side scrolling puzzler. The game was built by a team of four graduate developers from the University of Essex in the UK, who after forming Surface Tension Studios were propelled into a heady century of developing, testing, and getting advice from some of the best in the business. "We’ve had a fantastic time and would like to thank Virgin Media for giving us this amazing opportunity." said Dave Pearson from Surface Tension in a press release. "We've always wanted to work in the games industry and now thanks to this competition it's really happening. We&rsqu…


Sword of Fargoal 2 gets Kickstarted

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Sword of Fargoal 2 gets Kickstarted

The best success stories are always the ones that skirt dangerously close to failure. So it was with Sword of Fargoal 2's Kickstarter adventure, which saw the retro Rogue-like scrape past its funding amount with seconds to spare. The game is a true sequel to a C64 dungeon crawler that came out more than a quarter of a century ago and challenged you to raid randomly generated dungeons in order to discover and reclaim the titular sword. This new polished version will feature new monsters, new dungeons, new heroes - pretty much new everything really, while drawing on the legacy of the original. If you fancy trying out some old school dungeon crawling action and you can't wait for Fargoal 2,…


Gamevil releases Zombie Gunner

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Gamevil releases Zombie Gunner

If slaughtering zombies is your cup of tea, then the App Store is likely a favourite haunt. And Gamevil has just added an extra bag to the urn with Zombie Gunner. The game is a side scrolling, cartoon shooter in a similar vein to Metal Slug, and casts you as Andrew, a civilian with a surprisingly impressive arsenal who's out to rescue his daughter from the stinking clutches of the undead horde. Like most of Gamevil's output, Zombie Gunner is free-to-play, meaning you can pick up the app for nothing, but you'll have to pay for certain items or to boost your coffers of currency. The game is available from the App Store right now, and it's probably worth a go just to see those gorgeous car…


Ivy the Kiwi? makes it to iOS

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Ivy the Kiwi? makes it to iOS

Ivy the Kiwi?, Yuji Naka's impressive vine swinging platformer, has finally made its way on to the App Store, bringing with it all of the former head of Sonic Team's design nous and charm. The game is all about guiding a stranded, flightless Kiwi through 50 levels, with the ultimate goal of reuniting her with her mother. Ivy's too young to jump or fly though, so you need to help her by pulling vines down for her to swing on. Highly praised when it first came out on Windows Phone, and when it was released on the Nintendo DS, the game is perfectly at home on touchscreen devices, and is a must buy for anyone with a penchant for platforming fun. Best of all, it's launched at a discounted pr…


Crazy Taxi skids onto the App Store

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Crazy Taxi skids onto the App Store

Sega's Arcade and Dreamcast classic Crazy Taxi should be making its way to an App Store near you anytime soon, bringing with it the smell of burning rubber and the sound of mid-nineties punk rock. The game, for those of you who haven't played it, is all about delivering fares to their destination before the time runs out, with some point scoring power sliding and insane jumps thrown in for good measure. It's the latest in an increasingly long line of Sega properties that are making their way onto iOS devices. We've already seen a swathe of Sonic games, but there are more Dreamcast classics on the horizon too, so watch this space. Crazy Taxi should set you back around $4.99 once it lands…


He-Man brawler coming to iOS

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
He-Man brawler coming to iOS

If, like me, you have a soft spot for mid eighties cartoons, then you're going to be leaping around, giddy with joy at the announcement over on IGN that a new He-Man brawler is heading to iOS devices. The game is a side scrolling hack-and-slasher, and features seven different areas of Eternia, split into twenty seven different levels, for you to brawl your way through. The game is published by Chillingo, and developed by Glitchsoft, who created the pretty darn good Star Marine: Infinite Ammo. As you can tell from the screenshot above, it's looking gorgeous, with chunky sprites that pay homage to the original cartoon. There's no firm release date yet, although we expect the game will be…


Rocketcat Games releases a trailer for Punch Quest

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Rocketcat Games releases a trailer for Punch Quest

Rocketcat Games, the developer behind the really rather wonderful Super Quickhook, and the equally wonderful Mage Gauntlet, has released a trailer for its next game, Punch Quest. The game looks like a homage to the side scrolling beat 'em ups of the 16bit era, complete with rideable dinosaurs and explosive button mashing combos. There appears to be a decent dollop of humour in the game too, with costume changes and ridiculous enemies all adding to the chortle value of the sprite based brawler. And if Rocketcat's pedigree is anything to go by, we should all be in for a treat. Punch Quest is sitting in Apple's decision making lap right now, being pawed over by the powers that be to make sur…


True Axis releases a teaser trailer for True Skate

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
True Axis releases a teaser trailer for True Skate

True Axis, the developer behind the award winning Jet Car Stunts, has released a new trailer showing off some gameplay from their upcoming skating flick-a-thon, True Skate. The game lets you control a digital skateboard with your fingers, swiping and tapping out tricks in a pretty similar way to how you'd perform them with your feet in real life. While it does bear some similarities to Touchgrind, a change in camera angle means you can see a lot more of the park spread out around you, and plan better routes through the various obstacles. True Skate should be hitting the App Store pretty soon, but in the meantime, check out the trailer we've embedded below to get a flavour of the skate boa…


Glu Mobile releases trailer for Deathdome

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Glu Mobile releases trailer for Deathdome

Glu Mobile has released the first trailer for its upcoming Infinity Blade style hack, slash, and blocker, Deathdome, and it's looking pretty impressive indeed. The trailer shows off a gritty, post apocalyptic wasteland that owes more than a little to 2K's Borderlands, and a little bit more than that to Mad Max 2. It looks like you're job is going to be pulverising mutant gladiators in the titular Deathdome, using touch screen swipes and taps to attack and dodge. The game is set to release for iOS and Android devices in the not too distant future, and you can check out the entertainingly violent trailer embedded below. Via Phandroid…


Hack and smash with Wraithborne from Alpha Dog Games

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Hack and smash with Wraithborne from Alpha Dog Games

There's nothing wrong with hankering after a bit of Unreal Engine powered iOS dungeon crawling, but with Infinity Blade Dungeons still a little way off, where does one turn to sate their violent, looty lust? Alpha Dog Games and Crescent Moon are hoping that you'll choose Wraithborne, a touch controlled fantasy that's dripping with the sort of violence and magic that true adventurers crave. The game looks set to include some intuitive touch screen features, such as tracing Runes with a finger to unleash your magical spells, and the environments you're going to be stomping around in look absolutely gorgeous. We've included a trailer below to give you a taste of what the game has in store fo…


Crescent Moon Games releases a trailer for Ravensword: Shadowlands

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Crescent Moon Games releases a trailer for Ravensword: Shadowlands

If you like your fantasy high and your games epic, then Crescent Moond Games's new iOS RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands is set to tick your boxes in ways you might not have thought possible. You might remember we reviewed the original Ravensword game, The Fallen King, many moons ago. It got a perfect score. And it looks like this sequel has improved on pretty much everything its predecessor had to offer. There's more than an air of Skyrim in the first trailer for the game, which you can check out below, and it will apparently sport more than 40 hours of play time for anyone who wants to see everything it has to offer. The game is slated for a release sometime before the end of the ye…


Mistwalker releases Blade Guardian

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Mistwalker releases Blade Guardian

Mistwalker, the studio set up by legendary Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, has released its second iOS game, a tower defence title caled Blade Guardian. The game certainly looks impressive, with blobby cartoon monsters, and plenty of levels for you to sink your defensive real time strategy teeth into. It's certainly a more conventional game than Mistwalker's first attempt at an App Store title, Party Wave, which drew on Sakaguchi's love of surfing to create a strange mix of dolphin poking and big wave catching. Blade Guardian should be available from the App Store right now, and it'll cost you $0.69 to find out if Mistwalker's magic touch with the JRPG can transfer to the some…


Madfinger teases Shadowgun: Deadzone

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Madfinger teases Shadowgun: Deadzone

Madfinger Games, the developer behind Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, has revealed a new teaser image for their upcoming third person multiplayer shooter, Shadowgun: Deadzone. The image shows a group of grizzled looking mercaneries, presumably all characters you can play in the blaster, standing around looking grizzled. You can check it out for yourself below. We gave the original Shadowgun a 4 in our review, and anyone who's seen it in action knows just how impressive the game looks. Hopefully Deadzone will be able to capture some of the frantic multiplayer action that mobile games have been lacking for a while. There's no firm release date for the game yet, which was first announced at th…


Rovio launches Bad Piggies at the App Store

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Rovio launches Bad Piggies at the App Store

If you've ever worried that maybe the green, egg stealing pigs in Angry Birds never get a chance to tell their side of the story, then fret no more, because Bad Piggies finally lets you set the record straight. The latest game set in the Angry Birds universe, Bad Piggies lets you build contraptions in order to save the poor defenceless piggies from the attentions of the annoyed avians. The game is still all about physics, but this time you're building rather than destroying, attempting to ferry your worried looking pigs to safety on a ramshackle vehicle of your own creation. You can pick up Bad Piggies from the App Store for just $0.99, and while it might not be the most original of tit…


God of Blades hitting the App Store today

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
God of Blades hitting the App Store today

If you long for a time when rock albums were adorned with blade wielding heroes and video games were much simpler fare, then God of Blades is going to be perfect for you. The game hits the App Store today, bringing with it plenty of hacking and slashing action, and a unique look that sets it apart from the rest of the side scrolling genre. There are new swords to collect and plenty of enemies to slay in an immersive single player campaign that's all about reclaiming your memories and saving your world from oblivion. God of Blades should be turning up in the App Store anytime now, and its blend of storytelling adventure and violent sword play make it well worth checking out.…