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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Peter Willington'

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

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 4 days 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, 1 week, 4 days 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 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 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.…


We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

It's 2015 and the AppSpy team is back. Here's a selection of what we got up to this week. The Big Stories 1. Nintend-who? These are the best Mario, Pokemon, Zelda etc alternatives on iOS. 2. Need For Speed: No Limits is free-to-play, a mobile exclusive, and... yeah, it's not bad... 3. PS4 and Xbox One game Flockers is coming to iOS, and we have the world's first gameplay footage. 4. What are the 7 biggest new iOS and Android IPs coming in 2015? These are! 5. Taichi Panda stars a giant panda beating the snot out of other bipedal animals. AppSpy Recommends Look at how bloomin' lovely Drop Wizard is. LOOK AT IT. This week Drop Wizard charmed us with its visuals and sound, then snagg…


Dead Dragons is about dragons who are actually not dead, but they soon will be, maybe

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Dead Dragons is about dragons who are actually not dead, but they soon will be, maybe

Imagine this: you're part of a big human empire that - over 100 years ago - managed to wipe out the dragons that once plagued your lands. Then you find out that they're not all gone after all, and that maybe humans and dragons have a lot more in common than you first thought. That's the situation that the protagonist of Dead Dragons - a chap named Will - finds himself in, and it's up to him (and by proxy, you) to uncover their dragon-y mysteries across dozens of hours of JRPG. It's from Kemco, has a lovely 2D anime visual style, an intriguing battle system, and is out now on iOS and Android. [App Store link] [Google Play link]…


Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

I played the soft-launched version of Berry Rush back in September, and you know what? It's good stuff. Essentially a cutesy auto-runner for kids, Berry Rush stars Strawberry, Orange, Raspberry, and the rest of the gang from the Strawberry Shortcake line of animations, gifts, and toys. It also features a flipping massive butterfly that I'm sort of in love with the idea of riding in real life, though I suspect that dream may never be realised. Sigh... Great... now I'm in a butterfly deprived funk. Just what I need! Anyway, Berry Rush has just gone global, the sweet new trailer is right underneath this sentence, and you can now grab it for iPhone and iPad via the link below said trail…


Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

[adult swim]'s new game - Area 777 - is a tower defence title crossed with slots. Obviously. It's incredibly well presented, the characters in it are brilliantly written, and the whole thing exudes charm, as you'd expect. But it's a very odd, very hands-off experience, as I explain in this hands-on. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush, the endless (speed) runner

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush, the endless (speed) runner

See, I say “endless speed runner” because this Game Boy visuals-adorned endless runner's moment to moment play feels a lot closer to playing the classics of yore as fast as you possibly can, than just your average auto runner. 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush is as tough as it is pretty, mind, so if you're thinking you can just download and beat the highscore in my video, think again.…


Hands-on with Castle Rider, where a small white blob must collect stars and avoid being frozen

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Castle Rider, where a small white blob must collect stars and avoid being frozen

Team Signal's Castle Rider has been out for a while now, but this “endless ascension” title only just got onto our radar. It's a straightforward but fun action game, in which you need to balance a white blob on a ledge, avoiding obstacles, and collecting stars. The levelling up system is quite compulsive too. I went hands-on with it to give you some impressions on how it plays, you can nab Castle Rider from the iOS App Store via the link below this video. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Wheel & Deal, the neon-drenched car chase arena shooter

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Wheel & Deal, the neon-drenched car chase arena shooter

Pink neon, an eighties soundtrack, shooting at endless cops, game changing power ups, and huge amounts of overdrive: that's Wheel & Deal is all about. It's an arena shooter of sorts, albeit with some car chase mechanics thrown in there too, plus presentation that is equal parts Miami Vice and Tron. Wheel & Deal will be available 22nd January on iOS at an initial launch price of $1.99 / £1.49, here's what it looks like in motion.…


Hands-on with Powder - Alpine Simulator, the minimalist snow carver

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Powder - Alpine Simulator, the minimalist snow carver

Powder - Alpine Simulator is a cross between an endless action game (like Impossible Road) and a simulation game. It's definitely much more in the arcade camp than the sim, but the feeling of carving through the powder feels surprisingly authentic. It's not a “realistic” game by any means, but when you're swooping through the trees and between rocks, attempting to out run an avalanche, you won't much care. Grab Powder - Alpine Simulator on iOS for free now via the link below this video, after you've watched it of course! [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Vertical Golf, the sky high club swinging sim

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Vertical Golf, the sky high club swinging sim

When you think of all the hazards that can happen on golf courses, suffering from vertigo probably wouldn't be the first thing you'd come to think of. Going knee deep into water, getting sand in your shoes, and the occasional rogue golf ball? Sure! But experiencing an extreme aversion to heights? It's not a regular occurrence. Not unless you're playing Vertical Golf, in which instead of smacking your ball out towards the horizon, you're smashing it skywards. Vertical Golf is available right now, you can find it on the App Store if you follow the link below this video. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Flockers, an exclusive early look at the dark and fluffy puzzler from the makers of Worms

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Flockers, an exclusive early look at the dark and fluffy puzzler from the makers of Worms

Though the company is best known for the Worms series, Team17 has a long and storied history of making games in all sorts of different genres - such as Superfrog, Body Blows, and Alien Breed. For 2015 the studio is bringing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One puzzler Flockers to mobiles and tablets. In AppSpy's exclusive early hands-on with the game - which will be released on the 14th January - you'll see a few of the earlier levels, get a taste of the dark humour, and watch as I get to grips with the fundamentals of play.…


Hands-on with Need For Speed: No Limits, or 'what the Real Racing 3 team did next'

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Need For Speed: No Limits, or 'what the Real Racing 3 team did next'

As a fan of Real Racing 3, my interest was really piqued in Need For Speed: No Limits when I heard they'd gotten involved with the project. How would a race sim maker transition into making a more arcade-oriented title? Luckily I didn't have long to wait to find out, as the title has just now appeared on the App Store. Need For Speed: No Limits is currently in soft-launch in Taiwan, and the video below is from that version of the game. If you're interested in playing it for yourself, the link for which is underneath our hands-on video. [App Store link]…