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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Peter Willington'

Hands-on with Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update, the creepy expansion hoping to entangle you in its webbing

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update, the creepy expansion hoping to entangle you in its webbing

After we reported that Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update was out in the wilds of the App Store, I raced off to start playing it and bring you a look at some of the content in this expansion. It's safe to say that it's easily comparable to the high quality of the main game, but there are some extras included that Hearthstone players will want to seriously think about investing in for online play. I run through them briefly in my hands-on video below, as well as showing you a match in motion.…


Hands-on with Rush Horizon, the endless-racer for nineties arcade fans

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 1 hour ago
Hands-on with Rush Horizon, the endless-racer for nineties arcade fans

AppSpy was first on the scene for coverage of Rush Horizon, and with good reason: the game looked like a slice of sun-drenched arcade racing in the promo materials we were sent. Now that I've been hands-on with the game, I can confirm that Rush Horizon absolutely delivers on its promise of nostalgic-yet-modern arcade racing, inspired by the gaming greats from the eighties and nineties. Rad Racer, Out Run, Hang-On, Ridge Racer: there's a bit of everything in here, and since this is an endless-racer, there's a spot of Temple Run mixed in too. Rush Horizon is currently in soft-launch, here's my early look at the game.…


Hands-on with Tiny Realms, the strategy management title that puts its focus on the word 'strategy'

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 3 hours ago
Hands-on with Tiny Realms, the strategy management title that puts its focus on the word 'strategy'

Strategy management games are a dime a dozen at the moment, so it takes something special for a new one to capture the imagination of mobile gamers. Tiny Realms appears to be a fairly standard iteration on the Clash of Clans formula, but when you see the battles in motion, you start to see the big differences that one small change can make. I explain in the hands-on video below what this change is, so click play and take a look at our preview of the soft-launched version of the game.…


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game from Combo Crew devs jump kicks its way onto iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 5 days, 5 hours ago
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game from Combo Crew devs jump kicks its way onto iOS and Android

The official game of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is out now on iOS and Android. While the AppSpy team isn't massively excited by the upcoming film, this video game adaptation - named, rather appropriately, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - has firmly grabbed our attention, as it's developed by the team behind Combo Crew. The game's plot - which is written by one of the authors of the comic book series - revolves around you recapturing the streets of New York City as the Turtles, playing as either Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, or Michelangelo against the evil forces of the Foot Clan. To do so you'll brawl through stage after stage of mutant goons and end-of-level bosses,…


Hands-on with Assassin's Creed Memories, the card battler that manages to make aerial assassinations a bit dull

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 22 hours ago
Hands-on with Assassin's Creed Memories, the card battler that manages to make aerial assassinations a bit dull

As a long-time fan of the Assassin's Creed series, I've been eagerly awaiting another really strong mobile tie-in game since the rather smashing Assassin's Creed Pirates. The news of a card battler - which as regular viewers will know is one of my favourite genres - being combined with Assassin's Creed was exciting indeed. It's with a heavy heart then that I have to report that Assassin's Creed Memories is a bit dull, or in the very least the soft-launched version in the Australian App Store is a bit dull. Slow-moving, overly-complex, and only the faintest of connections to the Assassin's Creed universe make the game in its current state a disappointment. Here's my hands-on video explainin…


Hands-on with Balance of the Shaolin, the game of zen-like balance and oddly aggressive birds

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Balance of the Shaolin, the game of zen-like balance and oddly aggressive birds

Balance of the Shaolin could be compared with a Twitch game (along the lines of Flappy Bird), and a minigame collection (such as WarioWare). The actions you can make in the game are limited to correcting your balance left and right, and jumping in place, but the dangers of each stage change with the scenery. You have to avoid the strikes of rogue monks, leap over lava, dodge the attacks of passing birds, and so on. Balance of the Shaolin is a cute, simple game, and the presentation is wonderfully retro. Here's what it looks like in motion...…


Hands-on with Epic Gamer!, the iOS trivia title that tests your gaming knowledge

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Epic Gamer!, the iOS trivia title that tests your gaming knowledge

I always got told that games won't teach you anything, but I've learned plenty from them I reckon. 1. You can take three or four shots anywhere on the torso before dying, but a headshot is always fatal. 2. If you're given two paths in a road to walk down, you should always investigate both, just in case you miss a cool piece of treasure. 3. All spiders are pure evil and will try to kill you at the very earliest opportunity they get. I've also picked up a fair few factoids about games over the years, and I'm about to have that knowledge tested with Epic Gamer!, a trivia title about video games, for mobiles and tablets.…


Hands-on with Star Wars: Commander, the strategy management game with wookies

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 4 hours ago
Hands-on with Star Wars: Commander, the strategy management game with wookies

When I wrote the announcement story for Star Wars: Commander, I compared it with Clash of Clans, because quite honestly that's what the App Store description suggests it plays like. After a little time with the game, I can confidently tell you that, yes, Star Wars: Commander is very much fashioned in the style of a Clash of Clans. But don't hold that against it: Clash of Clans is still great fun, and this time around the blend of strategy and management also features adorable Jawas, and the odd cameo by Han Solo. Here's my early preview of Star Wars: Commander, based on the soft-launched Australian version...…


Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update is now live on iOS

News By Peter Willington, 6 days, 5 hours ago
Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update is now live on iOS

If you've been slinging cards in Hearthstone for a while now then you might well be looking for more adventures to embark upon. The new Curse of Naxxramas update should be just what you're after if that's the case, as it adds five new Wings to the single player campaign of Hearthstone. The first of these Wings is titled The Arachnid Quarter, and will be free for a limited time during launch. After that it will join the rest of the Wings as a piece of paid content, unlockable with real money or Gold. Each Wing will set you back $6.99 / £4.99. Curse of Naxxramas contains 15 new bosses to defeat, 30 new cards to acquire, and a Heroic Mode which, once beaten, unlocks a new card back f…


Hands-on with Poptile, the elegantly designed, highly addictive, and really quite generous free-to-play block puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 22 hours ago
Hands-on with Poptile, the elegantly designed, highly addictive, and really quite generous free-to-play block puzzler

The maker of Bicolor and Mr Flap is releasing a new block-matching game this week called Poptile, and as the video below shows, I thought it was rather good. You simply need to keep the blocks at the bottom of the screen reach the top, but doing so can be tough. Each time you tap to remove a block, all the blocks move up one place, and so the trick is to match as many blocks of the same colour as you can. There are some power-ups on offer to provide assistance too, should you need them. Get some friends involved in this and I reckon you'll have a great time trying to out-do one another's scores on Poptile's leaderboards. I know I did.…


Hands-on with Soccer Physics, the ridiculous football game where you'll use just one button in every match

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 23 hours ago
Hands-on with Soccer Physics, the ridiculous football game where you'll use just one button in every match

There's been a spate of excellent games recently that have taken the sport of soccer (or football, if you're not American) and made something silly and fun and new from it. SnapMatch Soccer was one, Uppercup Football is another, and now Soccer Physics has been added to the group. Much like its creator's previous games, Soccer Physics is a simple one button game that has you controlling your team with just the one button, and therefore any strategies and nuance that comes from this blunt approach to control emanates from a lot of skill from the player, and a pinch of luck. I absolutely adored the time I spent with Soccer Physics, here's why...…


Kemco's RPG Band of Monsters goes from $7.99 to free for a limited time on iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Kemco's RPG Band of Monsters goes from $7.99 to free for a limited time on iOS and Android

We all like something for nothing, and Kemco is offering RPG fans with iOS and Android devices exactly that. One of their role playing games - Machine Knight - has just hit 1,000,000 downloads on Android, so to celebrate Kemco is giving away another of its RPGs for free. It's called Band of Monsters, and considering that the game is usually priced $7.99 / £5.49, this promotion represents quite the saving on this usually premium title. Not convinced by the trailer? All you need to know is that you'll be going on a long quest to tame monsters around the world, combining them with one another when caught to make all-new monsters, and using them to fight in classic JRPG-style battles.…


Modern Combat: Sandstorm - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Modern Combat: Sandstorm - EncyclAPPedia

Kicking off Modern Combat Week here on AppSpy, we're taking a quick look at the game that started the whole series off: Gameloft's first take on the mobile first person shooter, Modern Combat: Sandstorm. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Minecraft: Pocket Edition - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Minecraft: Pocket Edition - EncyclAPPedia

Today we turn to the page of the EncyclAPPedia marked 'Minecraft', and take a quick look at Mojang's ground-breaking game of world-building and blocky survival. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Hands-on with Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers, the approachable yet utterly hardcore collectible card game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers, the approachable yet utterly hardcore collectible card game

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is out now on iPad and Android, so we grabbed a copy of the game and fired it up to throw around some magic-imbued cards. We've covered the game closely - from pre-release builds, to surprise launches - and thankfully we've not been left wanting with the finished product. Though the initial game is free to download, after the first campaign you'll need to cough up some cash for each chapter, or buy them in bulk upfront. It's a premium product, with a premium price tag, and as I note in my video below, it'll be interesting to see how well that goes down, now that the free-to-play HearthStone is out and in direct competition with it. Are you a Magic: T…