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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Danny Russell'

Last chance to nominate your favourite iOS and Android Apps in the Best App Ever Awards

News By Danny Russell, 1 week, 6 days ago
Last chance to nominate your favourite iOS and Android Apps in the Best App Ever Awards

There are mere hours left to vote for your preferred iOS and Android apps in the 7th Best App Ever Awards! Nominating shows developers just how much you love their apps, and can help the apps you choose stand out in the ever-crowded marketplace. It's easy enough cast a nomination, just head over to Best App Ever, pick your platform, category, then search for the app you want to nominate, and hit the "Nominate this app" button. We know you love games, after all, that's why you're here. However, everyone has a shortlist of go-to apps too - we just want you to nominate yours! You don't have to vote for each and every category, but we recommend you at least vote for the ones you're most pass…

Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Do you really need any more than the title to know that you should definitely be watching this video of Peter Potato? No. Of course you don't. Your archenemy is a carrot, and that's amazing. Seriously, we didn't see any other developers at Pocket Gamer Connects with the flat out conviction to make a root vegetable the lead villain of a video game. For shame! [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

We've covered Impatient Squirrel here on AppSpy, being particularly impressed with its cross-genre play and charity angle. So when we had the opportunity to play it for ourselves at Pocket Gamer Connects we “went nuts” and leapt - squirrel-like - at the chance to do so. These puns doing anything for you? Ah well, here's what Impatient Squirrel looks like in motion...…

Nominate your favourite iOS and Android games for the 7th Best App Ever Awards

News By Danny Russell, 1 month, 1 week ago
Nominate your favourite iOS and Android games for the 7th Best App Ever Awards

That time of the year has come! Whether you're a gamer, app user, indie dev, or big-time games industry publisher, chances are you'd like to see your favourite game of the past year get some recognition. The prestigious Best App Ever Awards, now in their 7th year, offer a great chance to give the limelight to games that may otherwise miss out. The difference with these awards? The nominated games are chosen by the public, all around the world. We've had millions of votes over the past seven years, and we're expecting millions more. This year we're hosting the iOS and Android simultaneously rather than staggering them, so if you enjoy dual wielding phones you'll be set for both. We reco…

AppSpy's Best Games of 2014 - Danny's Top 5

Toplist By Danny Russell, 2 months ago
AppSpy's Best Games of 2014 - Danny's Top 5

Just before 2015 hits, I'd like to share my top five iOS games of the year with y'all. It's perhaps no surprise that every entry on my list went down a storm when they were streamed on our Twitch channel. Maybe you won a code for one of these from us, or perhaps you've even played one with us - in any case these are all worth blowing all the iTunes credit you receive this Kwanzaa. Dargon Dragon Quest VIII Dragon Quest VIII was one of my favourite PlayStation 2 games, and this is a fantastic, albeit slightly chopped up, port. Yes it's vertically oriented, yes the voice tracks and some music has been cut, but the game itself is still very solid and rammed full of enough content to keep y…

The big AppSpy festive giveaway

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 1 week ago
The big AppSpy festive giveaway

To celebrate the season and the end of a most excellent year here at AppSpy, we've collected a whole bunch of swag for one lucky reader to walk away with! The competition's only open for 25 hours, so scroll down and read how to enter post-haste! In addition to a particularly exclusive AppSpy sticker set, the winner will be celebrating Yuletide with all of the following lovely stuff: Team 17 Worms plushSuper Sheep T-shirt (Large)Worms T-shirt (Large) with nine classic weapons emblazoned on the frontWorms holy hand grenade pin badge (x2) Armor Games Gemini Strike recruit launch kit with recruitment letter, two special issue T-shirts, and adhesive set; all packed in a neato genuine…

A glimpse of 2015 - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
A glimpse of 2015 - AppSpy's Sunday Service

It's Sunday! Oh, hope I didn't wake you up from your lie-in there. Time for our regular round-up of the happenings this week on AppSpy. Peter was away this week, but thankfully James and Glen manned the news, features, and latest hands-on to make sure we stayed alive and well. The Big Stories 1. The Banner Saga 2 was confirmed to be on its way to mobile. 2. The ride continues in new adventure game Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect. 3. Borderlands Online will be a Chinese free-to-play series spin-off. 4. The Witcher Battle Arena, a MOBA spin-off softlaunches in Sweden. 5. Our sister site Pocket Gamer gives away five games in its advent calendar. Stay tuned for five more this coming week!…

Our chums at Pocket Gamer are giving away a fantastic game from 2014 every day for a fortnight

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Our chums at Pocket Gamer are giving away a fantastic game from 2014 every day for a fortnight

'Tis the season, and to celebrate Pocket Gamer have pulled out all the stops with to ensure you're kept very busy for the lead up to Yuletide. From tomorrow, Pocket Gamer will guarantee one tip-top iOS game from 2014 goes free on the App Store every weekday until the 19th of December. We've seen the super-secret list, but we can't give any hints as to what's coming. As Samuel L. Jackson puts it: Let's give a round of applause to all the devs who have so generously scheduled their games to go free. Be sure to recommend the ones you grab to your friends around the dinner table this holiday season!…

Grab codes and catch us playing Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf on Twitch at 5pm BST / 9am PDT!

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
Grab codes and catch us playing Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf on Twitch at 5pm BST / 9am PDT!

I don't know about you, but today I fancy watching a stream of the latest entry in the Warhammer 40,000 game universe - Space Wolf! We did have a hands-on with an early version of the game a while back, but today we'll be playing a much more complete version. In fact, the folks over at Herocraft have given us an exclusive code for all you lovely readers to redeem yourselves a handful of digital cards in your copy of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. Once you download Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf just complete the tutorial and head on over to the shop to enter the code APPSPYSOFT for your free booster pack. (Let us know which cards you get in the comments!) What's that? You can't find it…

Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Our dear Twitch stream regular Curtneedsaride, also known as Curtis Shideler, joined us for our regular Monster Hunter Freedom Unite last Friday and popped the above video in the chat room towards the end of our session. Collecting moments and sound bites from our glorious past broadcasts, it brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the AppSpy office. Very much appreciated Curt - should you ever need that ride we'll be happy to pick you up on the AppSpy bus (er... if it's ever in your neck of the woods). Remember to join us over on Twitch every Friday at 5pm BST / 9am PDT for Monster Hunter Freedom Friday! *mouth horn noises*  …

Elysian Shadows promises to be a next-gen 2D RPG

News By Danny Russell, 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Elysian Shadows promises to be a next-gen 2D RPG

If you're itching for something like the RPGs of 16-bit yore, only with a modern sheen, then by jove you're in luck. Elysian Shadows is an upcoming Kickstarter-backed isometric 2D Action RPG that's managed to nab well over half its required funding in just 10 days. Yes, we have the odd retro-inspired RPG plop on to the App Store every fortnight or so, but this team is aiming to "push the envelope" by fusing 16-bit charm with modern techniques. In Elysian Shadows, you'll be able to lob anything in your inventory at baddies, bask in 3D lighting for 2D sprites, and witness the spectacle of particle physics that I have no idea how to explain. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the ga…

We're streaming Modern Combat 5: Blackout live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 7 months, 1 week ago
We're streaming Modern Combat 5: Blackout live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Only a couple of days left till Modern Combat 5: Blackout hits the App Store! As such, we're continuing Modern Combat week on our Twitch channel today, streaming an hour or more of Modern Combat 5: Blackout! In case you missed it, we had a Modern Combat retrospective yesterday. We found that as time has gone on, each iteration of the Modern Combat series has been tighter, more graphically oustanding, and even more explosive than the game before it. This bodes very well indeed for the latest entry in the series. The wonderful chaps and chapettes over at Gameloft have given us five fabulous (large size) Modern Combat 5 hoodies to give away to folks in the UK & Ireland. While one c…

We’re streaming a Modern Combat Retrospective live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 7 months, 1 week ago
We’re streaming a Modern Combat Retrospective live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

It's just a few days until Modern Combat 5: Blackout hits the App Store, so we're celebrating over on Twitch this week with Modern Combat week! We're starting the week with a retrospective of the past four iOS titles: Modern Combat: Sandstorm, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. Come watch us play through snippets of each, and be sure to tell us in the chat room which were your favourites, and what you're looking forward to in the latest installment! The show starts over on our Twitch channel in its usual 5pm BST / 9am PDT slot, so make sure you arrive in time for the full retrospective. Did you catch our Modern Combat 5: Blacko…

Dead Trigger 2 steals the show in the Best App Ever Awards for Android

News By Danny Russell, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Dead Trigger 2 steals the show in the Best App Ever Awards for Android

Everything's been tallied up and we're ready to announce the results for the very first Best App Ever awards to be given out for Android apps. There are well over 30 categories, each with deserving winners, but we're going to keep things simple by sticking to the game-related ones for this article. There's a link to the full list of winners at the bottom of this very article. The Best Arcade and Action Game was nabbed by Eurocenter's multiplayer gangster sim GraalOnline Era. The Doctor will be pleased to hear Tiny Rebel Games' Doctor Who: Legacy snapped up the award Best Brain and Puzzle Game. Gameloft goes home with recognition for UNO & Friends in the Best Cards and Casino G…

Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

We're live again today for Monster Hunter Freedom Friday! We've already had two sessions with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, and we're far from done yet. Peter is not about today, so Harry and myself, Danny, will be joining James to bash some giant monsters in with pointy sticks and so forth. Can you tell I haven't played much? Yipe. If you're a newcomer to the series, or a veteran keen to see what this updated port has to offer, why not pop over to our Twitch stream a little later today to see what all the fuss is about? We love receiving advice from our audience, so please join the chat room with any advice or pro tips you have for us. A bit of the ol' moral support goes a long…