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The Monday Musing - Here's to 10 years of the iPhone

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
The Monday Musing - Here's to 10 years of the iPhone

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone. It’s strange to think that it’s been a whole decade since Apple basically revolutionised mobile communication. And accidentally revolutionised mobile gaming. It’s strange to think that for the first few years of its life, gaming was an also-ran in the minds of the people at Apple. It was a nice side-line, but few could have predicted that it’d become a multi-billion dollar industry. So today’s Monday Musing is a bit of a love letter to that slab of glass and plastic that’s been hanging around in your bag or your pocket for the past decade. And a toast as well, to another ten years of excellence.…

Everything about Everwing: Part 1 - The basics

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 1 - The basics

We’re going to try something a little bit different on AppSpy this week. Don’t fret too much though, because all the excellent regular content you’ve come to love and expect will still be hitting your eyes through your internet pipe. But we’re also going to be going deep on Everwing, because it’s an amazing game and I’ve spent hours playing it, and I really want you to do the same. So expect a series of guides to walk you through all of the ideas that the game throws at you. In this first one we’re going to look at the basics of the game, and give you a few tips to get you started. Come back later in the week where we’ll look over more advanc…

Why Facebook Messenger Games was the biggest thing to happen in mobile gaming in 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Why Facebook Messenger Games was the biggest thing to happen in mobile gaming in 2016

There’s an argument that the cultural value of a game can be defined not by the units it sells or the money it makes, but on the impact it has on the way we do things. In this case, on the way we play. And that’s certainly what’s happened with the first raft of Facebook Messenger games. It’s not that they’ve given us any revolutionary gaming experiences, it’s that they’ve shifted the concept of play into a completely different sphere. Essentially they’ve grasped two of the most important mobile gaming trends of the past couple of years - asynchronicity and social - and then wrapped them up inside the entrails of an app most of us use on a dai…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 6th January

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 6th January

Well Friday has rolled around again, like some sort of inevitable ball of week-ending glee. And here in AppSpy land that can only mean one thing - it’s time to tell you, our avid and loyal readership - what the best games of the week are. There’ve been some gems this week, too. And some not so gems. That doesn’t make sense, but you get the point that I’m trying to make. But hey, it’s the first week of January, so let’s give the App Store a break, yeah? And let’s write a list of five games that have come out in the last seven days that you might want to smush your face into. Castle Creeps Sure, it’s just a tower defence game, but it’…

5 retro platformers we'd love to see joining Mega Man on iPad and iPhone

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 retro platformers we'd love to see joining Mega Man on iPad and iPhone

The Mega Man games have come to mobile! And by the looks of it they’re pretty terrible. But that didn’t stop the content gears in my brain from whirring into action. What, I thought to myself, other old games would I like to see on mobile. And so this list in all of its nefarious glory was born. It is a controversial list, I will not deny it, but then that’s sort of the point of these things really. Anyway, here are some classic older franchises that need to make their way onto mobile sooner rather than later. And if they could make a better job of it than Mega Man, that’d be splendid. Castlevania Who wouldn’t want to play Castlevania on the go? I mean, su…

The Thursday Find - Breakout Ninja

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Thursday Find - Breakout Ninja

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for the Thursday find, our weekly look at a hidden gem that’s crept out on the App Store over the past week. And this week we’ve got a bit of a doozy for you. It’s a sharp angled one-tap arcade game that does things a little differently. You might have noticed that games that do things a little differently are our favourite sort of games here at AppSpy. And that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since we’re a little different too. So here’s this week’s Thursday find. If you’ve got an interesting game you’d like to point us towards, feel free to do it in the comments below. Plea…

The 5 best Gameloft iPhone and iPad games, ranked in order

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The 5 best Gameloft iPhone and iPad games, ranked in order

There’s a new Modern warfare game coming out this year. Which got me thinking, what are the five best Gameloft games that you can play on mobile right now? Seriously, these are the sort of things that keep me up at night. Looking back through the dev’s catalogue, there’s a lot of gems there, so it was pretty difficult to whittle them all down to a list of just five. But I managed to do it, because that’s pretty much my job. And then I put them in a slightly controversial order. Go me. If you disagree or if, heaven forfend, you agree, then let’s get a bit of a chat going on in the comments. That’s what they’re there for, after all. And who knows, yo…

The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - January 4th

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - January 4th

Welcome back Wednesday wanderers, to the AppSpy article that makes sure that you’re getting the most out of the pennies you scrimp and save to spend on portable digital entertainment. And the sales section of the App Store is really kicking 2017 off with a bang. Can you kick things off with a bang? I don’t know, and quite frankly I don’t care, because I’m not going back and deleting that. So without further ado, or maybe with just a little extra ado, here are the five best games that are going dirt cheap on the App Store right this second. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The first episode of Telltale’s new zombie horror adventure only came out a couple of…

AppSpy's most anticipated iPad and iPhone games of 2017

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy's most anticipated iPad and iPhone games of 2017

I can feel it in my bones. Deep in the marrow. 2017 could well be the best year for mobile gaming that we’ve ever seen. Or it might be early onset arthritis. Either way, something is a-brewing. With that in mind I thought I should give you a heads-up on some of the games you should be looking out for this year. They all look genuinely interesting, but obviously you want to take these suggestions with a pinch of salt. They might be rubbish when they come out, and they might not come out at all. Such is the fickle nature of the App Store beast. With that in mind, here are some of the titles you should be adding to your watchlist in 2017. Framed 2 The original Framed was just that…

The Tuesday Best of - Fighting games

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The Tuesday Best of - Fighting games

Hello loyal AppSpy readers, and welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely festive period, ate and drank to your heart’s content, and didn’t end up brawling over the turkey with a relative you only see once a year. Actually I kinda hope you did do that last bit. Mainly because if you did, that intro leads into the next part of this feature with a lot more style. Because to kick the year off, we’re literally kicking off, by looking at the best fighting games on mobile. Some of them are traditional, some of them aren’t traditional, but all of them involve kicking and punching people in the face until they fall over. Agree with us? Disagree with us? Well make sure you m…

The 10 best AppSpy videos of 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
The 10 best AppSpy videos of 2016

Happy New Year from everyone here at AppSpy! We hope you're not too hungover and that you managed to see 2017 in with as much of a bang as you wanted. Whether that's a small bang or a big bang we've got your back. Don't you fret. We'll be back in the new year with more excellent content about mobile gaming and shiny things that we've seen, but we thought now was the perfect time to look back at some of the videos that we made in 2016. So without further ado, here are the ten best videos that we made in 2016. We hope you enjoy them, and we'll see you back here in a couple of days when normal service will resume. The best videos of 2016 First up we have this excellent piece about just how…

The 5 best free to play mobile games of 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months ago
The 5 best free to play mobile games of 2016

Well yesterday we had a look at the best premium games of the year, so now it’s time to look at the best free to play games. There are some proper corkers on this list, and you’d be silly not to play them. I mean, you can not play them if you want, that’s really up to you, I’m just trying to create content that some people might be interested in. That’s basically my job. Okay? Anyway, as per usual you can go to town on us in the comments if you think we’ve made any mistakes here. Just make sure you’re not too mean because we’re sensitive flowers and we’ll probably go and cry and not come back out until 2017. Pokemon GO Not just one…

The 5 best premium mobile games of 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months ago
The 5 best premium mobile games of 2016

It’s been a pretty good year for mobile gaming. And in this article we’re going to look at the 5 best premium games that have come out in the last twelve months. It might be a controversial list, but we’re like that here at AppSpy. Tomorrow we’re going to have a look at the 5 best free to play games of the year, but right now we’re checking out the games that you have to chuck down money for before you get to do anything. You might not agree with us, but that’s okay. And feel free to throw your own suggestions into the mix in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Go on, you know you want to. Punch Club A brilliant boxing simulator that t…

The AppSpy retrospective - The 3 best games of December 2016

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

And here we are. The final part of our look back at some of the best games that came out this year. December is usually a pretty quiet month, but that's just not been the case in 2016. In fact it might have been the best month of the year. As honourable mentions go we should probably point out the port of Rockstar's Bully, the pretty brilliant Colt Express, and the really rather good Fieldrunners Attack! But the list we've ended up with is even better. So for the last time, let's dip into the archives with our rose tinted spectacles and misty eyes and have a look at the best iOS games that came out in December 2016. Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore A massive space battler that sees the seri…

The AppSpy retrospective - The 3 best games of November 2016

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

Oh my word we're so near to the end I can almost taste it. One more retrospective after this and we'll have caught up with the entire year of mobile gaming. That's pretty exciting isn't it? But that doesn't mean we should ignore November. November was a pretty special month for iOS games as well. We've got a port, a shooter, and a cutesy platformer making up the games of the month. Join us tomorrow for the final piece of the puzzle, but until then, let's jump a little bit back in time and shout about just how good some of the games that came out in November 2016 on iPad and iPhone were. SteamWorld Heist A smart side-on strategy game that lets you bounce bullets off the walls to kill yo…