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John Woo's violent blaster Bloodstroke currently staining the App Store red

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
John Woo's violent blaster Bloodstroke currently staining the App Store red

If you're craving more white doves and melodramatic close-ups in your games, then John Woo is probably the man you want helming the action. Luckily for you, his new game Bloodstroke just landed on App Stores globally, and is running towards your mobile devices with both barrels blazing. Taking control of private security specialist Mai Lee, you must swipe and tap your way through hordes of thugs as you search for the person that betrayed you. Penned by the legendary director himself, the game promises to deliver lots of gore and over-the-top violence. With its striking black and white comic style, the only other colour Bloodstroke will be offering is red – lots of red &ndas…


Super Smash Bros. inspired brawler Fright Fight hits iOS on February 12th

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Super Smash Bros. inspired brawler Fright Fight hits iOS on February 12th

Seemingly drawing inspiration Super Smash Bros, RPGs, and western horror, Appsolute Games has created Fright Fight, a new fighting game set to hit the App Store on February 12th. Pitting two or four players against each other in either solo or team based matches, Fright Fight is all about fast-paced multiplayer mayhem. You'll have four iconic horror characters to choose between: a yeti, a werewolf, the Grim Reaper, and a vampire. Each of these creepy combatants will have their own combos and moves, giving them their own unique fighting style. RPG elements will also allow you to upgrade each brawler to better suit you own pugilistic preferences. The trailer (above) shows F…


Superb puzzle sequel The Room Two is finally coming to iPhone this Thursday

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Superb puzzle sequel The Room Two is finally coming to iPhone this Thursday

Fireproof Games's puzzle hit The Room Two arrived on the iPad a little over a month ago. However, starting this Thursday, iPhone owners will also be able to unlock the game's mechanical mysteries, when the iPhone version of The Room Two appears on the App Store. Like its predecessor, The Room Two bowled us over when it came to the iPad last December, thanks to its atmospheric visuals, creepy audio, and diverse puzzles. However, while the eerie sequel retains the weathered, spooky environments that were a trademark of the original game, the game's puzzle-box based conundrums operate on a notably grander scale. How grand, you ask? Check out the glowing video review below for the a…


Bug Heroes 2 will come buzzing on to the App Store on February 20th

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Bug Heroes 2 will come buzzing on to the App Store on February 20th

Back in 2011, Foursaken Media released a little game called Bug Heroes that we quite enjoyed. Now, they are back with the sequel, Bug Heroes 2, which will hit the App Store on February 20th. The upcoming Bug Heroes 2 is set against the backdrop of a regular family home. When the residents of the house go out each day, their creepy-crawly roommates go to war. Offering a cast of 25 different insect infantry, the game lets you to choose a two-man squad to take into combat. Picking from units such as cockroach knights, waterbug pirates, and ant engineers, you must balance their strengths and weakness in combat to securing victory. Bug Heroes 2 will also offer co-op and competitive play, seemi…


Classic Japanese adventure novel Banshee's Last Cry comes to iOS as a free download

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Classic Japanese adventure novel Banshee's Last Cry comes to iOS as a free download

When you think of Japanese games, the first genre that usually jumps to mind is the traditional RPG. But the country also has a love of interactive novels. Though these text adventures are rarely released in the west, Aksys Games' latest release brings a classic of the genre, Banshee's Last Cry, to iOS for free. First published in 1994 by Chunsoft on the SNES, Banshee's Last Cry was one of Japan's first sound novels. Its popularity has seen it released on multiple platforms within the country, and now, after twenty years, Aksys Games has released an English translation on iOS. Playing very similarly to a choose-your-own-adventure book, the game charges you with solving a grizzly murder in…


Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider Review

Review Bytesized Studios Inc., By Alex Beech, 8 months, 4 weeks ago
Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider Review

There are few games that try to utilise the periodic table as a gameplay mechanic. Bytesized Studios has done just this, howeve,r with Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider, a collect-'em-up that mixes elements from Ikaruga, Osmos, and basic chemistry. Starting as tiny a hydrogen molecule, your aim is to build the little element up from Helium to Lithium, right the way  to Ununoctium, the largest theoretical element. To do this, you must gather positive and negative energy charge…


JRPG classic Tales of Phantasia now available for free in the US

News By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
JRPG classic Tales of Phantasia now available for free in the US

You might have noticed that the App Store is currently awash with retro-themed JRPGs. If you're looking for something an authentic slice of RPG histroy, however, then you'll be pleased to hear that Namco Bandai has just released the '90s SNES classic Tales of Phantasia as a free download. There's one catch, though: the game is only available in the US and Canada. Given you can download it for free, you might expect Tales of Phantasia to feature an aggressive in-app purchase model. But, according to Namco Bandai, you can play through the entire story without having to spend a penny - provided you are online and have a stable internet connection. Rather than charging you to unlock chap…


Steelseries Stratus controller gets a $20 price cut

News By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
Steelseries Stratus controller gets a $20 price cut

Two weeks ago, Steelseries began taking pre-orders for the Steelseries Stratus, the first officially licensed controller for iPad and iPhone. As of yesterday, the pad is now available to purchase from the US Apple Store. However, the manufacturer has decided to lower the price of the unit - originally listed as $99.99 - to the slightly more affordable sum of $79.99. However, before you early adopters cry foul, Steelseries has also confirmed that it will honour the $79.99 price for anyone who had pre-ordered the device. The pocket-sized peripheral is compatible with several iOS games from launch, including the likes of Bastion and Limbo - both of which we greatly enjoyed.…


Where's My Mickey? goes free on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
Where's My Mickey? goes free on the App Store

Where's My Mickey?, the rodent-themed tie-in to Disney's mobile hit Where's My Water?, has just had its priced slashed to absolutely nothing. With the combined popularity of both the physics-puzzler series and Disney's mouse mascot, the developer was probably hoping Where's My Mickey? would carve a chunk out of wallets everywhere, and trickle onto every iPhone and iPad in existence. This didn't happen, but it didn't stop us enjoying this new take on the series. Like the original game, Where's My Mickey? has you guiding water to its goal by creating furrows in the earth with a series of swipes. The only notable difference is that your target is now Mickey Mouse instead of a grimy allig…


RHYTHM THIEF & the Paris Caper Review

RHYTHM THIEF & the Paris Caper Review

Using the music mechanics established in the dance-tastic 3DS game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, Sega has just brought the series to iOS with Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper. The game's story follows Raphael, a character who, despite his youth, is already a renowned thief. His father has suddenly disappeared under mysterious ciircumstances, leaving behind only a coin with a strange mark on it. Deciding his criminal skills can help him find his missing parent,…


Breed dragons and create an empire in Doodle Kingdom, out now on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
 Breed dragons and create an empire in Doodle Kingdom, out now on the App Store

Descending from the clouds into a medieval world of dragons and castles, Doodle Kingdom - which hit the App Store today - promises something a little more down and dirty than its omnipotent predecessor Doodle God. Still utilising the series' algebraic gameplay, Doodle Kingdom will encourage you to add X to Y in order to make Z. In Doodle God, you could use this formula to create life. As the ruler of your own Doodle Kingdom, however, you get to add such delicious sums as "castle + dragon = burning castle." Where its predecessor offered a single path through all of creation, Doodle Kingdom offers more decisions for would-be rulers. You can return your kingdom to prosperity, breed dra…


Assist the world's greatest detective from your iPhone in Sherlock: The Network

News By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
Assist the world's greatest detective from your iPhone in Sherlock: The Network

Having just finished its third season, the BBC's modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Baker Street detective will have probably left fans itching for something to keep their wits sharp till the next adventure.  Luckily The Project Factory's Sherlock: The Network is here to keep you amateur sleuths occupied in the meantime. Drawing its inspiration from Sherlock's collection of underground communities, The Network asks you to become a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. This group of homeless helpers unearth information to aid the detective in solving the case. Taking cues from fellow private investigator Professor Layton, the game has you gathering data by solving puzzles o…


RoboCop Review

Review MGM Studios By Alex Beech, 9 months ago
RoboCop Review

Everything has gotten smaller since the eighties. Mobile phones don't need their own suitcases. You can fit a whole arcade in your pocket, and cyber policeman RoboCop has been transformed from a lumbering tank into a sleek, ninja-style killing machine. Developer Glu has taken advantage of all of these facts in its latest movie tie-in, RoboCop. In terms of gameplay RoboCop owes more than a little to the arcade classic Time Crisis. Though the camera perspective has shifted to third…


Magnetized Review

Review ZHI-YU HONG By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Magnetized Review

During your first few minutes with Magnetized, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is going to be a basic puzzler with a single mechanic. Instead, the developer Rocky Hong slowly introduces three different spins on the maze-navigating formula which layer to produce something both addictive and dynamic. As with all time-gobbling puzzlers, the core of Magnetized is simple. You must guide a small block through a colourful maze, ideally picking up three collectibles en route. The…

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Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

If you were to draw a Venn diagram depicting fans of '80s movies and fans of classic point-and-click adventure games, we're pretty sure you would see a significant overlap. If you happen to fall in this catch-all catagory, Glitch Games' Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD - which hit the App Store yesterday - might be of interest to you. Ferris is a mule on the run. As the headteacher of the local school - and owner of the wayward donkey - it is up to you to hunt him down. To do this, you'll need to talk to the townfolk, and solve puzzles which play out in classic point-and-click adventure style. As the referencial title suggests, Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD is filled to the brim with…