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5 mobile games that you could play instead of Watch Dogs 2

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
5 mobile games that you could play instead of Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 isn’t a game about watching dogs. And quite frankly that’s a terrible shame. What it is, however, is a game about cyber crime and hacking stuff and wearing caps. Well, I mused to myself over my evening sherry, those are all things that you can already do on mobile. If only someone was in the position to create some sort of content about that. And then when I’d finished my third sherry I realised that someone is in that position. And that it’s me. And that I was drinking Irn Bru. What? Oh yeah here’s a list of games that are a bit like Watch Dogs 2 on iOS. Republique Republique is sort of like Watch Dogs 2 if in Watch Dogs 2 you played the prog…

4 mobile stealth games that are just as good as Dishonored 2

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
4 mobile stealth games that are just as good as Dishonored 2

It’s a pretty sneaky week on consoles, what with Dishonored 2 and Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection stealthily swooping their way onto those big black boxes we all have stuck under out TVs. But it’s not just consoles that do stealth gaming well. Oh me oh my no. There’s plenty to choose from on mobile as well. If only someone was content savvy enough to create a list of them… Oh. Wait. I am. So here’s a list of some of the best stealth games that money can buy on mobile. You might agree. You might disagree. You might not care. Whichever path you choose though, make sure you’re loud and vociferous about it in the comments. Republique Okay so…

The Thursday Find - Neon Chrome

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
The Thursday Find - Neon Chrome

Oh hi there, and welcome to The Thursday Find. In this potentially regular feature we’re going to highlight a new game that’s just hit the App Store that might have passed you by. Why are we doing this? Well it’s part of our ongoing effort to make sure we’re separating the wheat from the chaff - basically we want to ensure that you know about the best games, so you can play them and be happy. So let’s just get on with it shall we? I mean I’ve set everything up nicely, it would seem annoying if I filled a paragraph with nothing just because I like having three paragraphs at the start of an AppSpy feature. Neon Chrome This week’s Thursday find is n…

The Wednesday Wonder - That time I was real good at Snake

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
The Wednesday Wonder - That time I was real good at Snake

Because I’m a sucker for alliteration, please give a standing ovation to the Wednesday Wonder. In this potentially regular feature, I’m going to take a look at one of the modern wonders of the smartphone gaming world. It might be a game, it might be a developer, it might even just be a thing that happened to me once. That’s the wonder of the Wednesday Wonder. All you know for sure is it’s going to be wonderful. Join me next week maybe for another look through the mobile gaming archive. But for now, here’s the first entry in the series. It’s an exciting one, I’m sure you’ll agree. Right? RIGHT!?! That time I was the king of Snake For this We…

5 other bits of the Harry Potter universe that should be made into mobile games

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
5 other bits of the Harry Potter universe that should be made into mobile games

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a mobile tie-in game. It’s coming out tomorrow. And it’s a hidden object adventure. I mean, that hardly fills my wizarding heart with joy. But it did set my mind a-wriggling about what sort of games Harry Potter and its spin-off series should be getting. And once my mind gets a-wriggling there’s really nothing anyone can do to stop it. So here is the product of my mind wriggle. It’s a list of bits of the Potter universe that I think would make excellent mobile games. Where to Find Them Okay so we’re getting a game based on the first half of the new film’s name, but why can’t we get one based on the se…

The Tuesday Best Of - Super tough platformers

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
The Tuesday Best Of - Super tough platformers

Welcome to the first of possibly many Tuesday Best Ofs. In this potentially ongoing feature I’m going to look at slightly obscure genres and give you three recommendations that I think you need to try out. This week we’re looking at super tough platformers. I’m not talking nice and easy platformers. I’m talking SUPER TOUGH. The sort of platformers that make you wish platformers had never been invented. Hopefully there’ll be something you haven’t played in my three picks. And if you’ve got things you’d like to suggest yourself, feel free to whack them in the comments below. Because sharing is caring, and here at AppSpy we definitely care. Lea…

What do we know for sure about Super Mario Run after Nintendo's announcement?

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
What do we know for sure about Super Mario Run after Nintendo's announcement?

I think it’s fair to say that the biggest mobile release of what’s left of this year is going to be Super Mario Run. In fact it might be the biggest release of the year full stop. Sorry Pokemon GO, I’m sure you were real big but quite frankly, who cares? And today Nintendo has hit us with some new information about what we can expect from Mario’s first outing on mobile. To be honest, it’s pretty exciting just typing that. Anyway, without further ado, here’s a break down of what we now know to be cold hard facts about the auto-running event of the century. Possibly even the millennium. Maybe even ever. Yeah, that’s right. Ever. When it’s comi…

4 things PES 2017 needs to do to win the mobile footballing crown

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
4 things PES 2017 needs to do to win the mobile footballing crown

PES 2017 is coming to mobile. We don’t know when, we don’t know how (magic?) but it is. And that brings one of the fiercest gaming rivalries onto handheld. Which is pretty exciting, if you stop and think about it. And I did stop and think about it. I stopped and thinked about it for a good long while. And from that thinking I created this piece of astounding writing. Astounding I tell you! What does PES need to do to ensure that when you think of mobile footballing games its is the first one that springs to mind? Well, it could do these things, and that might be a good start. Actually let us play football FIFA Mobile is really only half of a football game. You only get a ch…

The Monday Musing - Nintendo Switch and the future of mobile games

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
The Monday Musing - Nintendo Switch and the future of mobile games

Mobile gaming in its current form has been around for a while now. Touchscreen play has become the norm for a generation of players, and midcore strategy titles constantly top the charts. But change is the nature of everything. We either stagnate or we move on. So where is mobile gaming likely to go next? Well if you listen to Nintendo then mobile gaming is going to start to blur into the console ecosystem. At least that’s what the big N wants to happen with its recently announced Switch console. It’s certainly an interesting take on a new style of mobile play. A gadget that you can take out with you and continue the same gaming experience whether you’re on a bus or plug…

Friday rant - Where have all the good games gone?

Feature By Harry Slater, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Friday rant - Where have all the good games gone?

Look I’m not going to beat around the bush here. I just wrote a list of what I think are the five best games that came out on iOS this week. They’re good games, don’t get me wrong, but here’s the kicker - almost all of them came out elsewhere before they landed on mobile. F1 2016 isn’t a direct port, but it’s a squishing down of the console experience to fit on mobile. Rome: Total War, Steamworld Heist and RunGunJumpGun have all had other homes before they were welcomed into the mobile fold. That leaves us with Titan Brawl. Which is fine. Titan Brawl is a fine game and I won’t hear too many bad things said about it. What I will hear bad things said…

5 iPad and iPhone games you should definitely play this week

Feature By Harry Slater, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
5 iPad and iPhone games you should definitely play this week

Did you want to smash your face into some excellent mobile gaming this weekend? But are you utterly flustered by what’s come out? Can you just not make a choice? Are you stood in front of the counter at gaming subway still mumbling that you don’t know what sort of bread you like? Well stop it. You’re being silly. You know we’ve always got your back. And because we’ve always got your back we’ve made a list of the five best iOS games that have come out this week. Maybe you’ll grab them all, maybe you’ll grab just one of them, maybe you’ll ignore our suggestions entirely and stick to playing Flappy Bird. But whatever you do, one thing&rsqu…

4 TV series that deserve their own mobile game like Battlestar Galactica

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month ago
4 TV series that deserve their own mobile game like Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica: Squadrons is a mobile game based on, you guessed it, Battlestar Galactica. Now let’s all take a moment and figure out what sort of content we can create from that. OH WAIT I GOT IT. We could write a list of other TV series that we’d like to see turned into mobile games. That’s not going to take that long, and we’ll probably get a few giggles out of it as well. Feel free to add your own in the comments. Or just stand outside my window at 4 in the morning shouting up ones that I’ve missed. I’m really going to appreciate that. No honestly, I am so lonely. Castle I had to watch a lot of Castle because my ex-girlfriend really liked i…

4 reasons that F1 2016 is super exciting

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month ago
4 reasons that F1 2016 is super exciting

F1 2016 is out on the App Store right now. And that’s a pretty exciting thing to type. So exciting in fact that I’ve decided to create a list of reasons that it’s exciting. And no, before you ask it’s not all going to be “because cars is good”. I’m actually putting some thought into this one. So you’re welcome. Er, paragraph three. I could just fill it up with car noises, but if anything that’s going to prove paragraph two wrong. I think my favourite racing driver is probably Nigel Mansell. Because I respect a man who can pull off a stache in a helmet. That sounds a bit dodgy. Okay, list. It’s not free That’s exciting in…

5 reasons we're excited for Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month ago
5 reasons we're excited for Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore is just on the horizon. It’s super close. So close we can almost taste it. Like some sort of distant dreamy sandwich we can’t wait to drive our gnashers into. But it isn’t here yet, so I figured I’d just write a list of reasons why I’m excited about it and let that just sit here until the game actually turns up. Hard-hitting journalism, amirite? Oh also there’s a new teaser trailer for the game. Give that a watch and then we’ll dawdle into the list. Space I love space. I think of all my favourite places to have a fight, space is right up there. Mainly because it’s so massive and ridiculous. Like, it just goes…

3 games that need to be turned into movies like Neko Atsume

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month ago
3 games that need to be turned into movies like Neko Atsume

Neko Atsume is getting a live action film. Let that sink in for a bit. Real live cats, real live action. It’s basically the greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of the entire universe. And if you disagree I hate you. Obviously though that got me thinking about other mobile games I’d like to see turned into live action movies. Because that’s how the thought process of a millenial games journalist works, I guess. So here, in list form, are some other games that should, and probably will, be turned into films. If you’ve got your own suggestions stick them in the comments down there are the bottom of the page. Flappy Bird Imagine the tension. Imagine…