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The Godfather game is out, here are some other films that could be mobile games

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Godfather game is out, here are some other films that could be mobile games

There’s a Godfather game out right now on the App Store. A tie-in to a film that came out more than forty years ago. Let’s be honest here, it’s not something any of us have been clamouring for in that time. But it did set my thinking about which other classic films I’d “like” to see getting the mobile game treatment. In my defence it’s Friday and it’s been a very long week. So here’s a list of other legendary movies that I think would make excellent mobile games. And by excellent I almost certainly mean absolutely terrible. The Deer Hunter A harrowing tale of survival and terror in the deep south. An allegorical story of how violence…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Five - Advanced tips

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Five - Advanced tips

In this last part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we’re going to look at some more advanced tactics to set you on the road to heroic glory. We’re going to focus on tricks you should use in battle to get the most out of your characters, with one eye on the sort of tips that are useful no matter what the makeup of your army is. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the guide as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it, and make sure you keep coming back to AppSpy for more hints and tips on the biggest mobile games in the not-too-distant future. Keep your rangers safe Your ranged units are going to get in trouble as soon as they get attacked by a melee unit, since they can’t…

The Thursday Find - Heart Star

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Thursday Find - Heart Star

This week's Thursday find is all about hearts. Which is sort of fitting since it's Valentine's Day next week and that's all about hearts too (well, sort of, but this isn't really the place to discuss that. Have a Google). It's a platforming puzzler with some nice touches and an impressive chunk of levels. And it's out right now. And you can grab it by clicking the emboldened name just below the next paragraph. But what's it called? What's it all about? Why am I still splurging out so much preamble? Those are all good questions, so let's go and answer some of them. Heart Star Heart Star is a game about getting two characters to the same spot. The controls are simple – you've got but…

Lords of the Fallen is out right now on iPad and iPhone, here's everything you need to know

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Lords of the Fallen is out right now on iPad and iPhone, here's everything you need to know

Lords of the Fallen is a new mobile game that has ties with the console game of the same name. So we thought it'd make sense to give you a breakdown of just what that means. So here, in handy list form, is everything you need to know about the game that just hit the App Store. Well, almost everything. We don't know any hacks or anything crazy like that. It's premium And when I say premium, I mean super premium. You're looking at a ten pound spend to get the game installed on your device. Which is, well, pretty expensive in this day and age, let's be honest. But it also has consumable IAPs. They're not necessary to complete the game or anything like that, but one of them costs £48.9…

The best games on sale on iPhone and iPad right now - February 8th

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The best games on sale on iPhone and iPad right now - February 8th

Wednesday, Wednesday, gotta write a list of the best games on sale on the App Store on Wednesday. Everybody's looking forward to reading and consuming the list, then acting on its suggestions. That was a pretty catchy song, I think you'll agree. And it also managed to spell out exactly what I'm up to in this here list. All that stuff I said up there. Wicked. If you like the look of any of the games, then you can click on their emboldened names to be taken to the App Store, where you can download them to your heart's content. Probably just once, but that's more than none, right? Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business – 99p / 99c A tongue-in-cheek point and click adventure w…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part four - Challenges, friends, and training

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part four - Challenges, friends, and training

In this part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we're going to have a look at how you can get the most out of every play session, avoiding IAPs in the process. The best idea is to focus on gathering resources, toughening up your team, and hitting the challenges. We're going to break that down for you in slightly more complex chunks though. Join us tomorrow when we'll be covering some tips and strategies you're going to need when you're deeper into the game. Don't worry, you don't have to thank us. Well, me. You don't have to thank me. What are the challenges? It's a good idea to check the challenges and quests regularly so you know what you're aiming for. The game is fun to play whatever y…

The Tuesday best of - Text based adventures

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Tuesday best of - Text based adventures

In this week's Tuesday best of we're going to take a look at the finest text adventures that money can buy on the App Store. These games are the most interesting, the best written, and the most innovative. There's derring do in a steampunk Victorian era, a conversation that basically happens over text, and Hamlet but with more jokes. So if you like your games written down and your digital pages ready and waiting to be turned, then check out this here list, and click on the game's name to head to the App Store to grab it. 80 Days A wonderful, enigmatic retelling of the story of Phileas Fogg and his adventures around the world. You're playing as Passepartout, who's helping to guide Fogg…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Three - Levelling up, skills, and rewards

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Three - Levelling up, skills, and rewards

In this third part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we’re going to have a look at some of the menus you’re going to be using while you play the game. Specifically we’re going to focus on the ones you’re going to be using to upgrade your characters. Mainly because the game isn’t very good at explaining what they do and why you need to be using them. We’ll also throw in a few hints and tips about collecting your rewards, and how you can get more currencies to help you out. Levelling up A lot of the crystals you get can be used to power up your heroes to make them tougher. This is important, as you’ll want to keep ahead of the levelling curve to m…

The Monday Musing - Fire Emblem, Super Mario Run, and the angry fan response

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Monday Musing - Fire Emblem, Super Mario Run, and the angry fan response

It’s fair to say that the release of Fire Emblem: Heroes has been the big talking point in mobile over the past few days. That’s not really a surprise, since it’s Nintendo’s second mobile game, and first real foray into the free to play world. I think the most interesting point that’s come out of the discussions is that people don’t really know what they want. What do I mean by that? Well, look at the backlash that surrounded Super Mario Run. That was essentially a premium game with a demo. You played for a bit, then if you wanted to keep playing you had to buy the whole thing. This, apparently, was tantamount to daylight robbery. But with Fire Emblem…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 4th February

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 4th February

It’s the weekend! Happy weekend everyone. I hope you’re out and about expressing yourself in however you see fit. And if you’re not, I hope you’ve got a good game to keep you company. You don’t? Well that’s awful. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you out with things like that. How about I go right ahead and write a list about the five best iOS games that hit the App Store this week? Sounds good? Ace. Well, here’s the list then. And I hope you find something on it that’s to your liking. Or if not, that you have a lovely old time reading it. Pixel Craft A mix of modern and old fashioned arcade sensibilities come together to mak…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Two - Units and the weapon triangle

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Two - Units and the weapon triangle

In this second part of our guide we’re going to look at the different types of units you’re going to be using while you’re fighting your way through Fire Emblem. There are four different types, and we’re going to break them down for you piece by piece, to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with. Come back next time and we’ll have a long hard look at the battle system itself, and see if we can’t find some ways to make sure you’re kicking evil hero butt. Red Sword Red Sword characters are strong against Green Axes but weak against Blue Lances. As you can tell from the name they’re the characters t…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part One - The basics

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part One - The basics

Well, Fire Emblem: Heroes is out. What did you think of it? I’ll be honest, I’m a fan. I think it’s a solid casual RPG that does things differently from a lot of other games on the App Store. And that’s always a good thing. But if you’re just starting out in the game, you might need some help finding your feet. And that’s where this guide comes in. We’re gonna walk you through the hints, tips, and strategies you’re going to need to win. In this first part we’re going to cover the basics, but come back over the next few ways and we’ll work our way through some of the tougher aspects of the game together. Because that’s what g…

The Thursday Find - Pixel Craft

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
The Thursday Find - Pixel Craft

This week’s Thursday find is a blocky arcade shooter with more than a handful of twists. It’s sharp, it’s fun, and it’s the perfect size for mobile play. It doesn’t have the elegance of a bullet hell shooter, but it does have the delightful twitchiness and the big neon explosions. Oh, and it’s called Pixel Craft. Which is both an excellent name, and sort of a bit of a pun. So that’s why it got my vote. Not that there’s anyone else here to vote for it. Pixel Craft Imagine if Crossy Road and Space Invaders made the beast with two backs while most of the 80’s watched on and cheered. Actually, don’t imagine that, but that’s ba…

Fire Emblem Heroes is out tomorrow - Here's everything we know

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Fire Emblem Heroes is out tomorrow - Here's everything we know

Well, here’s a turn-up for the books. It looks like Nintendo’s next mobile game is a lot closer than we thought. And I do mean a lot closer. It’s so close you can almost smell it. Smell that? That’s what it smells like. Fire Emblem Heroes is, according to Polygon, going to come out tomorrow. That’s right, mark your calendars. Or don’t bother, because it’s coming out tomorrow and it’s pretty much nearly tomorrow already. We’ve also got some more details about what the game is going to be like. And apparently it’s a departure from the model that Nintendo used with Super Mario Run. Because Fire Emblem Heroes is free to play. With tha…

The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - February 1st

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - February 1st

It’s Wednesday. At least, I think it’s Wednesday. I’ve sort of lost track of time. I’m going to say it’s Wednesday, and you can all just agree with me because I’m super cool and get to write all the words. Anyway, with it probably being Wednesday it’s time for us to round up the five best games that are on sale on the App Store right now. It’s not what you might call a vintage week for games being on sale, but there are a few here that you should definitely consider picking up if you haven’t already splashed some of your cash on them. Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition While a new version of the game might have graced the App Store…