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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Peter Willington'

Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Good old Mark's gone ahead and created a super handy video guide on how to unlock all the new characters from the latest update to Crossy Road. Two new animals are up for grabs - the Crab and Drop Bear - and the developers - Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall from Hipster Whale - have gone and chucked themselves in as playable characters too. Here's Mr. Brown to explain how to grab them for yourself. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…


Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

We saw Duo during Pocket Gamer Connects as part of the Very Big Indie Pitch, and though it's immediately clear that it's based on a classic game format, it's also very well put together and brings new ideas to the mix that should ensure it appeals to younger and more casual players. Here's one of the creators of the game to explain more about Duo, its inspirations, and its fresh new gameplay modes.…


Tiny Realms update brings a whole bunch of smack talk, faster progression for new players

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Tiny Realms update brings a whole bunch of smack talk, faster progression for new players

The rather fantastic strategy management game Tiny Realms has been updated to version 1.10.1, bringing with it a very nasty new gameplay upgrade: Taunting. If you manage to get three stars in a battle with a human opponent you can leave a mocking note with them as a parting gift - along with their base lying in ruins, of course. Also new to this update are multiple Starter Packs which will help new players progress through to mid-level content much faster. Here's what's in store... The update is available now, but if you've not grabbed the game yourself yet you can do so via the link below. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

While Pocket Gamer Connects was generally a light-hearted affair, there was one game that really brought a strong sense of moody darkness to the whole shebang: Calvino Noir. Our pals at Pocket Gamer have written about Calvino Noir before, but this is the first chance us here at AppSpy has had to grab direct footage for you to see this thing in motion. And it was worth the wait, because as you'll see from the video, Calvino Noir is absolutely gorgeous, in its own smoky, sinister, brooding sort of way.…


Sid Meier's Starships is coming to iPad in early 2015, adds more depth to Civilization: Beyond Earth

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Sid Meier's Starships is coming to iPad in early 2015, adds more depth to Civilization: Beyond Earth

If you're not up on your PC gaming news, then Civilization: Beyond Earth is a sort of mix of Civilization V and Alpha Centauri that's had a largely positive reception amongst hardcore strategy game enthusiasts. Sid Meier's Starships is coming to iPad (and PC and Mac) and is sounding a bit like a more tactical take on FTL and Out There, but set within the Beyond Earth universe: it's a turn-based tactical space combat game, in which you control a fleet of ships. More than that it'll actually have an impact on the main Beyond Earth game too, if you so desire. How? No idea. What we do know is that you'll explore the universe, protect your colonies, and spread peace throughout the cosmos, as a…


Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Drift 84 is all about the drift, as you might expect. Whipping around corners at full tilt, slinging the back end out, and earning bonuses for looking so flipping awesome. It's pretty cool, and after we saw it at Pocket Gamer Connects, we had to bring you this hands-on video.…


We went to Pocket Gamer Connects - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 5 days ago
We went to Pocket Gamer Connects - AppSpy's Sunday Service

We did pretty much nothing except attend and report on the massive Pocket Gamer Connects in London this week, so that's what we'll be focusing on for the AppSpy Sunday Service. The Big Stories 1. Progress is an amazing WarioWare-esque minigame compilation that you have to play for yourself 2. Tindrops impressed us at the Very Big Indie Pitch with its slick, minimalist design 3. Magic Flute by Mozart meanwhile is an ambitious new puzzler based on an opera 4. Elroy and the Aliens is a wonderfully well animated action game crossed with a point and click adventure 5. Oh and while we were seeing all that lot, the new trailer for Sons of Anarchy got released AppSpy Recommends We've been fa…


Hands-on with Beast Quest, Miniclip's huge new adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Beast Quest, Miniclip's huge new adventure

When you think Miniclip, you tend to think about well-presented but straight-forward arcade action games. Bike Rivals, Berry Rush, and the upcoming On The Run: they're all fun mobile experiences, but not exactly what you might call "ambitious". So I'll admit to being a little shocked when I saw the company's new (and massively impressive) action RPG Beast Quest at Pocket Gamer Connects. Here's what it looks like in motion...…


Hands-on with Emma's World, the colourful new monster popper

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Emma's World, the colourful new monster popper

Carpazzzi Soft's new game - Emma's World - has a gameplay mechanic that will be familiar to anyone who has had the chance to play Zuma's Revenge. It's a little derivative in that way, but it's all implemented well, and the little bonuses you use to level the playing field are fun to wield too. However, what I did really like about the game when I saw it at the Pocket Gamer Connects Very Big Indie Pitch was its presentation and a bigger emphasis on light-hearted storytelling. It's neat, so take a look at an early build in the video below.…


Hands-on with Elroy and the Aliens, the cross-genre cartoon adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Elroy and the Aliens, the cross-genre cartoon adventure

Pocket Gamer Connects was great, and the Very Big Indie Pitch had a huge amount of quality games to see from indie devs around the world. Elroy and the Aliens was easily one of the best games at the event, demonstrating a fast moving point and click adventure, fused with a brilliant bit of auto-runner design, plus light puzzle solving elements, and fantastically well-animated characters.…


Hands-on with Tindrops, the super slick one tap puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Tindrops, the super slick one tap puzzler

Tindrops is a casual one touch puzzle action game that blew us away at the Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects. The gameplay is incredibly simple to understand: just touch the indicated area on the screen, repeat. But the speed quickly ramps up, and pretty soon you're thanking your lucky stars that the visuals are so minimal and slick, as you'll need all that visual clarity to keep up.…


Hands-on with Progress, in which I make an absolute fool of myself for your amusement

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Progress, in which I make an absolute fool of myself for your amusement

With Progress, think the clever silliness of WarioWare, but presented in a wonderfully minimal style, and available for your tablet. This ended up winning out Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects, and deservedly so. So click play on the video below for a glimpse at a future favourite.…


Hands-on with Criminel, the dark and sinister sleuth-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Criminel, the dark and sinister sleuth-em-up

In Criminel you play a photographer in days gone by, snapping crime scenes in the hope of using the photographic evidence you collect to solve puzzling murder mysteries. We saw it during Pocket Gamer Connects, and were so blown away by the unique visual style and involving gameplay that we had to bring you this hands-on video.…


Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon TCG Online, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, Hearthstone: seems like every other developer wants a taste of those collectible card game big bucks these days. Earthcore: Shattered Elements is the latest entry in the genre hoping to draw you in with its fancy art direction, high level of polish, and easy-to-understand yet deep mechanics. But it's hard too, and will absolutely test your card flinging skills when it's evetnually launched globally. Currently in soft-launch, you can check it out for yourself via the link underneath our impressions video. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Remember Divekick? It basically stripped back 2D fighting to two mechanics, allowing players to master the move set quickly and get to grips with the truly exciting aspects of brawlers. Satellina does that too, but for bullet hell (or danmaku) shooters, allowing those not keen on investing dozens of hours in the latest shmup to experience the raw thrill of learning patterns and chasing scores through precision of movement. Take a look.…