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The 5 best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - November 30th

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 2 days ago
The 5 best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - November 30th

The fact of the matter is we all like to save a bit of money. Maybe it’s eating mouldy bread every now and then, or finding leftover foreign currency and trying to get it exchanged even when you know there’s probably not enough for a sandwich there and it’s going to be really embarrassing. And that’s where this new regular feature comes in. Every Wednesday we’re going to have a long hard look at the five best games that are on sale on the App Store. We’ll point you in the right direction to make your money go that little bit further. And the names of the games will take you to the App Store. Even better! So without further ado, here are this week’…

4 non-Final Fantasy mobile RPGs that you need to play right now

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 3 days ago
4 non-Final Fantasy mobile RPGs that you need to play right now

The impact of the Final Fantasy series really can’t be diminished. But let’s not kid ourselves that it’s the only kid on the block. In fact on mobile the whole series is a bit on the expensive side. So with that in mind I thought I’d put together a list of other RPGs that are also worth your attention. I mean, that’s pretty much my job after all, telling you good things that you should go and play. And these are all games that you can only play on mobile. So no ports, no reimaginations, just games that were built from the ground up to fit in your pocket. The way all good games should be built. Here is that list, in all of its glory. If you’ve got your o…

The Tuesday Best of - Mobile Final Fantasy games

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 3 days ago
The Tuesday Best of - Mobile Final Fantasy games

Final Fantasy 15 has finally come out on consoles. It’s fair to say that this one has been a long time coming. But what does that mean for gamers of a more mobile persuasion? Er, not that much really. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look back at the FF series on mobile and make sweeping statements about which entrants are the best. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this week’s Tuesday Best Of. We’re going to pick the three best Final Fantasy games on mobile. Some of them might surprise you. Some of them might upset you. But all of them are really, really good, and I’m not all that bothered whether you agree or not. Feel free…

The 5 best haircuts in iPhone and iPad gaming

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 4 days ago
The 5 best haircuts in iPhone and iPad gaming

Sometimes you just have to write about the first thing that comes into your head. So that’s exactly what I’m doing. I don’t know why this came into my head, but here is a list of the best haircuts on the App Store. Now you may not have seen my hair, but I can tell you right now that it’s probably the most amazing hair that anyone has ever had on their head. It’s just really good. Accept it. I’m telling you this to prove that my credentials for writing this list are solid. I know hair. I know mobile games. I’m pretty surprised I haven’t written this list before if I’m honest with you. Anyway, here it is. Enjoy. Cloud Strife I think…

The Monday Musing - Final Fantasy XV and mobile ports

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 4 days ago
The Monday Musing - Final Fantasy XV and mobile ports

Whether you like it or not, there’s been a huge influx of ports on the App Store over recent years. As the power of the hardware has caught up with recent consoles, devs are looking more and more to their back catalogues for gems they can release on mobile. But what’s the most important thing about a mobile port, and how can you as a consumer pick the duds out from the classics? Well that’s what this week’s Monday musing is about. And it seems fitting with the release of Final Fantasy XV this week, since that’s a game that’s probably going to end up on the iPhone 32 S in about 15 years time. So let’s leap into the this the only way I know how - fac…

The 5 best games that have Black Friday discounts on iPad and iPhone

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks ago
The 5 best games that have Black Friday discounts on iPad and iPhone

Okay so we might have found other things we could do with our money yesterday, but now we're going to have a look at the very best games you can get for dirt cheap on the App Store right now. Because that seemed like a good idea, I guess. There are lots of games on sale, as you might expect. But I'm not the sort that's going to give you an exhaustive list. I'm the sort that's going to cherry pick the games he likes and then tell you why you should definitely spend some money on. If you must. Therefore, without further ado or hesitation, here are the five games that, if you don't have them already, you should definitely be spending money on this Black Friday. Peace. Out There A dark and…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 25th November

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 25th November

Another week has wandered past like a friend you only ever see briefly. Now as it disappears into the middle distance we like to call the recent past, it’s time to take a moment to consider just what happened over the past seven days. I mean, not consider consider, let’s not get too introspective here. I’m sure we’ve all done terrible things since last Friday, but let’s just move on and not dwell on them. Instead let’s look at some games that came out recently. Phew, dodged a bullet there. Okay here’s the best five games that came out this week. To be honest it hasn’t been the best week, but then all those Americans are giving thanks for thei…

4 things you should do with your money rather than buying mobile games in the Thanksgiving sale

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
4 things you should do with your money rather than buying mobile games in the Thanksgiving sale

It’s Thanksgiving time in America. I really only understand what that means from films that I’ve seen, so I’m sure all you Americans are up to hijinks and shenanigans with turkeys and footballs. But Thanksgiving also means sales! Cheap things! Games that don’t cost quite as much as they did a few days ago! Black Friday! Cyber Monday! All of those things are essentially anathema to me though. So instead of making a list of the ways you could save yourself a few quid this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a list of the things you could do with your money instead that might actually benefit the world. Support a charity So you’ve got some money to spend, but ra…

5 celebrities who should be getting their own mobile game like Nicki Minaj

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
5 celebrities who should be getting their own mobile game like Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the latest in a lengthening line of celebrities to get their own iOS game. I’m going to lay this out there right now, I don’t know who Nicki Minaj is or why she’s famous and I honestly have neither the time nor the inclination to go and find out. But I do know some other celebrities. Like maybe five of them I guess? If only there was something I could do with that information in order to create content out of the fact that Miss Minaj is getting a game. Oh wait yeah fine it’s a list. A vaguely satirical list that I’ve written while half asleep. But there we go, that’s life. Here are five celebrities that should also have their own iOS games…

Why Pokemon should come to mobile sooner rather than later

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Why Pokemon should come to mobile sooner rather than later

We’ve seen it with Square Enix releasing its back catalogue of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games, we’ve seen it with shoddy ports of the first two Tomb Raider games, and now Nintendo is actively embracing mobile, I think it’s going to happen. What’s going to happen you say? Well I think we’re going to see the Pokemon games getting official ports onto iOS and Android. There’s almost literally no reason why this shouldn’t happen, and plenty of reasons why it should. And so I’ve made a list of the reasons why it should. You know, what with Sun and Moon being out now and that sounding like a lovely SEO trap for people to stumble upon. Eh here…

The Tuesday Best of - Auto runners

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Tuesday Best of - Auto runners

In this week’s Tuesday Best Of, I thought we’d have a look at the best runners on mobile. I don’t know why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. The endless and auto runner genre is often full of really terrible games, but these ones aren’t terrible. In fact they’re really good. Which is why they’ve made it onto this list. Makes sense if you stop and think about it. All of these games are well worth a play, so whether you’ve never picked them up before or you’re a veteran, why not spend some of Tuesday poking your screen while these games are happening on the other side of it. Boson X A wonderful chase through a particle collider,…

The Monday Musing - Why icons matter

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
The Monday Musing - Why icons matter

Look at it this way - there’s an awful lot of psychology going on on the App Store. It’s basically a shop, and shops are designed in such a way to make you buy as many things as possible. Although to extend that a little further, the App Store is more like a mall. It’s given its millions of tiny shops the chance to show off their wares, and it’s up to the individual proprietors of those shops to try and hawk their goods as effectively as possible. And to do that they need to showcase what they’ve got in as quick and precise a way as possible. Which is where the icon comes in. It’s usually the first thing you see when you’re browsing for a new game,…

4 iPad and iPhone games to warm you up this winter

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
4 iPad and iPhone games to warm you up this winter

Winter is closing in. It’s cold, it’s miserable, and you’ve probably started digging around in your drawers to find that scarf you so haphazardly stowed when spring rolled around. Unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, in which case it’s probably quite hot. But I’m not in the Southern hemisphere, I’m in the Northern hemisphere, so we’re going to roll with what I can see out of the window. And what I can see out of the window is endless miles of grey misery. God I love winter. Anyway, here are some of the best chilly games to really get you in the mood for going outside and trying to avoid hypothermia. Alto’s Adventure A wonderful…

The Friday Rant - Show a little love for the arcade games

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks ago
The Friday Rant - Show a little love for the arcade games

This week’s Friday rant isn’t a negative rant. Rants don’t have to be negative. This is a positive rant - it’s me stood on my big silly soapbox shouting about one of the things we should cherish about mobile gaming. And that thing is the resurgence of the arcade game. I grew up in arcades, crunching over dirty carpets to get my hands on some obscure helicopter shooter based on an even more obscure American TV show (Airwolf. Check it out). Which is why I’m always going to have a soft spot in my chest for the sort of experience that Crossy Road is peddling. AND YES I GET THAT IT’S JUST FROGGER. Good lord you have to let that one go. Anyway, what was I s…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 18th November

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 18th November

Another week has passed us by, like so much time, moving in one direction, and then measured by our human hands into fathomable chunks. Time. Time. Tiiiime. Wow. So yeah it’s time to have a look at what I think are the best games that came out on iOS this week. You might disagree, but that means I disagree with you too. In the end, who’s the right one? That’d be me, because I can get into the CMS of the website and delete your comments. Bosh. Here’s a list. See you next week kittens. Go Rally A rally game. Oh wow, that’s novel. Actually it’s got some pretty cool ideas in it, including a track creation tool that pretty much lets you draw your own dirt…