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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Alex Beech'

Epidemic sim Plague Inc. gets new scenarios and difficulty mode

News By Alex Beech, 7 hours, 45 minutes ago
Epidemic sim Plague Inc. gets new scenarios and difficulty mode

Plague Inc.’s latest "Mega" update adds four new scenarios, and an additional Mega-Brutal difficulty mode, to the game's disease-ridden playground. The new difficulty level brings the game’s hardest challenge yet. Random medical checks will now be in place, along with research and tech improvements, to fight your attempts to infect the globe. This will require you to constantly adapt your disease if it's to stand a chance of successfully eradicating humanity. To further test the resilience of your illness, Plague Inc.’s four new scenarios will have you facing a host of challenges. These include trying to adapt and survive in a world of artificial organs, and even trying&n…


Monument Valley Review

Review ustwo™ By Alex Beech, 1 day, 2 hours ago
Monument Valley Review

It would be easy to describe Monument Valley as an interactive M.C, Escher lithograph. But, while the game's topsy turvy environments certainly owe much to the Dutch artist’s work, giving you the ability to interact with a world of perspective-bending vistas, it is more than just a clever picture come to life. The aim of the game is to guide Princess Ida to the top of a series of towers. There are ten stages to complete, each containing a unique piece of architecture t…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has crawled its way on to the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 1 day, 7 hours ago
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has crawled its way on to the App Store

Gameloft’s run of Marvel movie tie-ins continues with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the new web-slinging brawler which has just swung onto the App store. As usual, you play as Peter Parker's costumed alter-ego as he swings around the streets of New York, getting into fights with thugs and super villains. Naturally, you'll go toe-to-toe with the film’s main antagonists Electro and Green Goblin, while also taking a deeper dive into Spider-Man lore to to battle the likes of Black Cat and Screwball. It won’t all be fisticuffs, however, with the game letting you swing through the city streets, leap from car to car, and even partake in aerial battles as you bring justice…


Gorgeous geometry-twisting puzzler Monument Valley to receive new levels

News By Alex Beech, 1 day, 8 hours ago
Gorgeous geometry-twisting puzzler Monument Valley to receive new levels

The stunning Escher-inspired puzzler Monument Valley is to receive additional levels in the future, developer ustwo has promised. Even though the game has only been out on iOS for a few weeks, ustwo’s Director of Games, Neil McFarland, is already considering the next content update. During the development process, it seems that the team were careful to only keep what worked within the narrative, leading to some ideas being cut from the finished game. Now, the London-based studio wants to revisit these concepts, and work them back into story. The effort put into the original ten stages was clearly painstaking, so just how long it will take it to make these new levels remains to be…


Hitman GO Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Alex Beech, 6 days, 6 hours ago
Hitman GO Review

Hitman GO is not the game fans of the series might expect. Rather than take the form of a standard third-person action game, Hitman GO plays out like a strategic board game. You begin by selecting a contract. Each of these mission play out on their own uniquely styled board. The settings range from a country club setting to more industrial locations, each with their own tile sets and enemy types. The goal is to guide Agent 47’s through the grid-based play area to his…

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Blizzard’s collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 days, 8 hours ago
Blizzard’s collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on iPad

Blizzard’s take on the collectible card genre, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, has just been released on App Store for iPad. Hearthstone mines Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft series as inspiration for its wolrd and characters. The depth of the franchise's lore ensures hundreds of different cards from which to build your deck, each with their own rules and art. The various card combinations offer a vast array of tactical options for CCG fans, while anyone who has played WoW will have a convenient shorthand for many of the individual card’s rules. Battles can be fought against other players, or against computer-controlled heroes from the WoW …


Instantion Review

Review Travis Fincaryk By Alex Beech, 6 days, 9 hours ago
Instantion Review

Like many of the best teachers, Instantion doesn't tell you the answers. From the very beginning, the 2.5D action puzzler is quite happy to leave you struggling with challenges, in the expectation that you'll eventually suss them out for yourself. This fits neatly with the game's virtual wire-frame world, which gives you the sense you're running simulated experiments under laboratory conditions. You have to hop your avatar over obstacles, and activate doors and bridges to get to…

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Turn-based assassination game Hitman GO will sneak onto the App Store at midnight

News By Alex Beech, 1 week ago
Turn-based assassination game Hitman GO will sneak onto the App Store at midnight

Hitman GO, a turn-based translation of the Hitman series, is making its move on the App Store at midnight tonight. We have been keeping an excited eye on Hitman GO since it was announced back in February. Square Enix Montreal’s new take on the franchise sends Agent 47 on a number of hits, each one styled as its own board game. Each board sets the scene with diorama environments for the infamous assassin to advance through. Though this change in scene has shifted the gameplay to a turn-based format, you will have to plan the barcoded assassin’s route to his target, and decide whether to sneak in and shank your unsuspecting victim, or charge in for a full-frontal assault.…


Comic book racing game SXPD: The Rookie is coming to iPad this May

News By Alex Beech, 1 week ago
Comic book racing game SXPD: The Rookie is coming to iPad this May

Blending a comic book story with fast-paced motorbike racing, SXPD: The Rookie is the new game from non-profit publisher OneBigGame. Directed by Earthworm Jim designer Dave Perry in collaboration with Little Chicken Games Company, SXPD’s gameplay draws inspiration from the classic ZX Spectrum game 3D Deathchase. Taking the handlebars of an SXPD police bike, you race through the streets of the new 52nd American state of New Royal, trying to take down outlaws with missiles and machine guns. The black-and-white 3D tracks that your bike speeds around could have fallen straight from a comic book panel, with occasional flashes of red and blue colour injecting some colour into the procee…


RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ Review

Review Atari By Alex Beech, 1 week ago
RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ Review

Initital impressions of Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 are decent. As with previous entries in the PC series, you must build up your theme park in order to attract customers and their money. Any cash you make can then be poured back into your park, creating an endless but satisfying cycle of development and expansion. Constructing your park is simple. You select the desired building from a list, and then drag it into place using the touchscreen controls. Every building, be it a merry-go-…

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Try and survive Hopeless: Space Shooter on the App Store now

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 1 day ago
Try and survive Hopeless: Space Shooter on the App Store now

Upopa has just fired the latest installment of its arcade Hopeless series, Hopeless: Space Shooter, onto the App Store,. Hopeless: Space Shooter has a lot in common Hopeless: The Dark Cave. You take control of armed glowing blobs and try to stay alive as monsters attack. The difference here is that rather than being attacked in the dark of a cave, the blobs must try and survive the emptiness of space. You must tap the attacking aliens as they approach the blobs. The dark levels have attackers popping in from nowhere. Some take two shots, so you'll have to pay attention to what is attacking, as well as where they are coming from. It isn't all mindless trigger twitching, however, as th…


Reaction-testing endless runner Unpossible coming to the App Store on April 17th

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 1 day ago
Reaction-testing endless runner Unpossible coming to the App Store on April 17th

Unpossible, a new Tron-styled auto runner from Acceleroto, will be dashing onto the App Store this Thursday. The game plays out on the back of a pipe. You have to dodge left and right past its various obstacles as you are propelled ever forward, testing both you reflexes and memory as you try and beat your previous best time.  Spinning around the pipe in first person looks like it will be a disorientating and dizzying experience, but the stylish world and fast twitch gameplay seen in the trailer have caught our interest. If you like your auto-runners bright and stylish, then keep your eyes peeled for Unpossible when it hits iPhone and iPad later this week.…


Robots Love Ice Cream™ Review

Review Ayopa Games LLC By Alex Beech, 1 week, 2 days ago
Robots Love Ice Cream™ Review

Any dimension where ice cream can be used to save humanity is okay by us. Robots Love Ice Cream inhabits just such a dimension. With robots trying to steal vital dessert supplies, you must cruise the galaxy in your weaponized ice-cream truck, blasting mechanical agressors out of the sky. Each invading robot looks like it has been taken straight out of a toy box. Their distinct appearances make each one easily identifiable, even during hectic moments. This ensures that you can ins…

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Theme park management game RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is out now

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 2 days ago
Theme park management game RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is out now

Atari’s new mobile entry in the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, has just come screaming onto the App Store. Keeping the franchise's core theme, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile has you building your own theme park and thrilling roller coasters in order to attract digital punters. The new touch interface is intended to make this easier than ever, letting you place your snack stands and haunted houses exactly where you want them in the game’s isometric landscape. The mobile game comes with 20 pre-designed coasters, but also offers you the chance to design your own. Unlocking new materials will let you build taller, longer, and faster coasters…


Harmonix announces music-powered auto-runner Record Run

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 2 days ago
Harmonix announces music-powered auto-runner Record Run

Rock Band developer Harmonix has announced its new free-to-play runner, Record Run, is expected to hit iOS in May. Revealed at PAX East, Record Run appears at first glance to be a pretty standard runner. Where the game differs from other runners on the App Store is that you can import your own music to generate levels, with the song's beat dictating the pace. Once you've completed a level you can share your highscore with the world, and give other players the chance to purchase and download the song to challenge your leaderboard dominance. In his PAX East panel, Harmonix’s studio head Alex Rigopulos said that Record Run is just one of several “very different" mobile gam…