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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Harry Slater'

The Witness heading to iOS

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
The Witness heading to iOS

In all the bluster over the PS4 reveal last night, you might have missed a pretty interesting snippet of information – The Witness, created by Jonathan Blow the man behind seminal mind warping platformer Braid, is coming to iOS devices. A puzzle game set in an open world, The Witness sees you interacting with a series of panels in order to manipulate the gorgeous looking island you find yourself on. The brain teasers on offer are non-linear, so if you get stuck on one you can wander over to the next and have a crack at that instead. In a post over at the PlayStation blog, Thekla Inc., the team working on the game, said that the game is really about “epiphany – that leap y…

Everplay gives you 1001 Attempts

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Everplay gives you 1001 Attempts

If you like your iOS games as hard, or harder than, nails, then Spellsword developer Everplay could well have a special treat waiting for you at the end of the month in the shape of 1001 Attempts. It's a game that's all about trying, dying, and trying again. Presented in a simple, retro style, the game throws you into an empty room and tasks you with collecting some gems. Of course, it's much tougher than that, as you can tell from the trailer we've embedded below. It doesn't take long for obstacles to start springing out of the walls, and that's when the real trouble starts. 1001 Attempts is tapping into the one-more-try arcade mentality that makes you push on even though your fingers are…

Chillingo releases The Gods: Rebellion trailer

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Chillingo releases The Gods: Rebellion trailer

Chillingo has released a trailer for its upcoming hack and slasher The Gods: Rebellion, and the Unreal 3 powered game looks like it's shaping up to be a pleasantly violent diversion from the drudgery of real life. Based on ancient Chinese legend, the game takes its visual cues from the likes of Diablo, throwing you into a sort of isometric world and then giving you lots and lots of things to kill. And, as you'd expect from a game powered by Unreal tech, it looks pretty impressive. Details are slim on the ground at the moment, but Chillingo has revealed that there'll be two distinct game modes to play through, and characters and upgrades to unlock. They've also stated the app will be univer…

Alien Breed creeps onto Android

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Alien Breed creeps onto Android

If you're the sort of Android owning gamer who goes misty eyed for the long forgotten days of the Amiga 500, then it's shaping up to be a pretty good week for you with the release of Team 17's xenomorph blasting classic Alien Breed onto the Google Play Store. The game borrows heavily from a slightly more famous series of films with the word Alien in their title, and casts you as a lone space marine trapped on a crashing space ship with nothing but a horde of slavering monsters to keep you company. Rather than coming out of the walls, these extra terrestrial slaughter machines tend to come out of the floors, and you'll need your wits about you if you plan on surviving through the 22 levels…

Metal Slug Wars hits Canada

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Metal Slug Wars hits Canada

If you've ever thought that the Metal Slug series of games was too focused on non-stop violence, platforming fun, and slapstick comedy, then you're in luck, because SNK apparently agrees with you. And to right that wrong, they've released Metal Slug Wars on the Canadian App Store. Rather than sticking to the tried and tested Metal Slug formula, the game is a massively multiplayer RTS that sees you storming the defences of the evil General Morden in order to try and put an end to his evil and nefarious insurrection. You'll get to build bases, train your troops and generally do all the fun things that an RTS lets you get along with. Who wants to take on giant bosses single handedly in battle…

Robert Bowling announces Breach & Clear

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Robert Bowling announces Breach & Clear

Robert Bowling, aka @fourzerotwo, former creative strategist at Infinity Ward has revealed that he's working with Saturday Morning RPG developer Mighty Rabbit Studios on a new tactical strategy game, Breach & Clear, for iOS and Android. The free to play title will let you build up a squad of Special Operatives, customising them in a way that best suits your tactics and play style, and then utilising their skills in a series of dangerous scenarios designed with the help of real-world soldiers. You'll also be able to take on your friends and foes in a multiplayer mode, as well as being able to unlock weapons and equipment used by the real special forces teams when they're out and about c…

Real Racing 3 to get a soft launch?

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Real Racing 3 to get a soft launch?

There's been a lot of news flying around this week about Firemonkey Games's gorgeous looking racer Real Racing 3, not least a controversy about how the once premium series has made the move to a free to play model. Still, if you're lucky enough to live in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, then there's a very good chance that you're going to be able to find out if the game lives up to, or is consumed by, the hype sometime today, with the game set for a soft launch in the coming hours. Our advice to you is check your App Store at just gone midnight local time tonight and you might find a Real Racing 3 shaped valentines present waiting for you. Don't expect it to bring you chocolates or rose…

The Room leads iOS Bafta nominations

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
The Room leads iOS Bafta nominations

After the prestigious movie awards over the weekend, it's now the turn of the games industry in the UK to reward the movers and shakers of the last twelve months, and there's more than a few iOS games in the mix for the big prizes. Chief amongst them is The Room, which is up for four awards - Artistic Achievement, Best British Game, Best Debut Game, and Best Mobile and Handheld game. It's up against stiff competition in the Mobile and Handheld category from Incoboto, New Star Soccer, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, and The Walking Dead. As well as PS Vita title, Little Big Planet. Elsewhere, Terry Cavanagh's hectic and highly addictive Super Hexagon is up for Best British Game, and Simogo's e…

Fishlabs unveils Galaxy On Fire - Alliances

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Fishlabs unveils Galaxy On Fire - Alliances

So far the Galaxy on Fire games have been about flying around space, shooting anything that moves, but Fishlabs, the German developer behind the hugely succesful franchise, has decided to do something a little different for the next entry. Step forward Galaxy on Fire - Alliances, a free to play massively multiplayer RTS that sees you taking control of one of three different species - the Terrans, Vossk and Nivelians - and using your tactical nous, diplomacy skills, and resource management knowledge to take over a hitherto unexplored part of the cosmos. “Never before in the eight years of our existence have we worked on a title with a team as big as the Alliances team,“ s…

New trailer for Blitz Brigade

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
New trailer for Blitz Brigade

Two bits of news have just been released for Gameloft's upcoming multiplayer FPS, Blitz Brigade. First, there's a new gameplay trailer, which you can check out at the bottom of the article. Second, the game has been soft released in France. For those who don't know what that means, essentially the game has been given a small scale release in a single territory to test how it works and make sure it's robust enough for a global release. It also means, thanks to some Google Translate magic, we've been able to dig up some more info about the game. It looks like there are going to be five classes to choose from - soldier, gunner, doctor, sniper, and stealth agent (we expect that'll become secre…

Real Racing 3 set to hit the App Store sooner than expected?

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Real Racing 3 set to hit the App Store sooner than expected?

It looks like Real Racing 3 might be closer than we thought, after an eagle eyed member of the PocketGamer team spotted EA and Firemonkeys's high quality racer in the Game Center list of EA marketing guru Ben Clarke. If it's on a Game Center list, that means it must have been approved by Apple, and if it's been approved by Apple, that means it should be with us in the next few days. We've already shown you a couple of developer diaries in the past couple of months, so no doubt you're as excited as we are by the news. PG reports that there are 65 achievements to unlock in the game, and at least 40 different cars for you to collect and race on tracks from all across the world. We…

Random Heroes 2 details emerge

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Random Heroes 2 details emerge

Ravenous Games has released some new information on the upcoming Random Heroes 2. You might know Ravenous as the developer behind the League of Evil series, or the recent, really enjoyable platformer Infestor. Random Heroes 2 is set to follow in the pixel style footsteps of Ravenous's earlier games, but they've made a few tweaks to try and assuage the problems fans had with the first game. The controls are now customisable, you can move backwards and shoot forwards, and a sliding fire button lets you take control of your vertical aim. There'll be more 3 zones to blast your way through, each with 30 levels and a boss battle at the end. Throw in crystal skulls and stars you can collec…

Fathom Interactive releases Sky Pirates of Neo Terra Racing

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Fathom Interactive releases Sky Pirates of Neo Terra Racing

After a succesful semi-launch on the Canadian App Store, Fathom Interactive has unleashed their steampunk style flying cart racer world wide. Featuring plenty of characters and tracks, the game is available for free right now on iOS and Kindle Fire, and should be available on Android devices in the coming days. The game is the latest entrant into the Sky Pirates of Neo Terra series, and features artwork from renowned pop-art surrealist Camille d'Errico. Fathom are promising weekly content updates, including new characters and tracks. You can grab the game for your iOS device right now by clicking here, or stick around and check out the CG launch trailer below.…

Another new developer diary for Real Racing 3

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Another new developer diary for Real Racing 3

Firemonkeys has released a new developer diary for their upcoming racer, Real Racing 3, that sheds some light on the innovative new multiplayer modes that have been created for the game and giving us some more footage of the gorgeous looking game in motion. Asynchronous multiplayer is the order of the day, but it features a few new twists too, with the ghost cars you're racing against now more physical than ever. You can use them as makeshift brakes, clip their wheels, and generally drive like the person you're racing against didn't set their time a couple of days ago. There's still no concrete release date for the game, but it is expected sometime early this year. Until then, you'll just…

Rovio updates Angry Birds Star Wars

News By Harry Slater, 2 years, 1 month ago
Rovio updates Angry Birds Star Wars

Finnish super-developer Rovio has released a new content update for its IP mashing physics puzzler Angry Birds Star Wars which adds 20 more levels to the force themed, avian flinging adventure. Set after the battle on the ice planet Hoth, the new level pack takes you through an asteroid field that's packed with dangers, including pig-ified versions of the skittering, bat-like mynocks, who have a tendency to nibble on the power cables of space ships. There are pig troopers to contend with as well, and plenty of gravity wells to sling the bird-versions of your childhood heroes around as you try and grab the high score and take down the evil empire. It's just like being in the movies. The…