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Hands-on with MZR, the fast-paced maze game that makes me feel like Sandra Bullock

Feature By Peter Willington, 8 hours, 39 minutes ago
Hands-on with MZR, the fast-paced maze game that makes me feel like Sandra Bullock

I get all giddy about MZR in this hands-on with the game, for a number of reason. Primarily it's a superb and extremely fast maze game, where you need to determine which of the multiple paths that fire out from your starting position, will reach their goals the fastest. On top of this, the presentation is in another league. Simultaneously retro and ultra modern in both its visual design and soundtrack, it's phenomenally good looking in motion. Plus, as I point out in the video at one point, MZR makes me feel like Sandra Bullock. It's that good, so take a look.…


Hands-on with Sharknado: The Video Game, in which we discover that a tornado full of sharks does not a good game make

Feature By Peter Willington, 12 hours, 39 minutes ago
Hands-on with Sharknado: The Video Game, in which we discover that a tornado full of sharks does not a good game make

Don't be fooled by the “hilarious” “joke” that Sharknado: The Video Game is making. You may think it'll be a giggle to play as a man wielding a chainsaw while riding a gigantic shark as it flies through a tornado. But once the novelty of the above has worn out, you soon realise you're down $2.99 / £1.99, and all you have to show for it is a clunky and banal auto-runner. Here's a video going into more depth than you will ever need on Sharknado: The Video Game.…


Hands-on with Crazy Taxi: City Rush, in which I ask you if you're ready to make some crazy money

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Crazy Taxi: City Rush, in which I ask you if you're ready to make some crazy money

Well, are you? If you are, then I have good news: Crazy Taxi: City Rush is really rather fun (if a little stingy with the energy system). I went hands-on with the game to bring you this early look, based on the soft-launched version, just before the game launches on 31st July 2014, take a look.…


Temple Run - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 11 hours ago
Temple Run - EncyclAPPedia

Turn the EncyclAPPedia to page four and you'll find the entry for Temple Run, Imangi's superbly simple perennial auto-runner with a forgotten past, which celebrates its third birthday, in just a few days time. 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 Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, Episode 2: Field Trip, the brilliantly written puzzle adventure sequel

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, Episode 2: Field Trip, the brilliantly written puzzle adventure sequel

We were fortunate enough to grab an early code for this new episode in the Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery series, and we definitely wanted to bring you a first look video before the game's release. The sparkling writing is delightful and hilarious in equal measure, the voice acting is excellent, the puzzles challenging, and the visuals gorgeous, and frankly I can't wait to play a bit more. Oh I guess the video below does contain extremely minor spoilers.…


Hands-on with Deep Loot, a pixel perfect treasure of a diving game

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 7 hours ago
Hands-on with Deep Loot, a pixel perfect treasure of a diving game

The excitement of finding a sunken treasure in Deep Loot is palpable. When you happen upon a big golden chest full of goodies, or a precious lost artifact, or a rare dinosaur bone, and then add them to your ever-growing collection, it's like filling out the best sticker album ever made. Only the sticker album is comprised of pixel-rendered rarities, rather than this sort of thing. Deep Loot will surface on the App Store on the 31st July, but I've made an early little video of some of my first dives for you for a sneak peek. Here's how I got on.…


Hands-on with Puzzix, the blissful shape matching game

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 9 hours ago
Hands-on with Puzzix, the blissful shape matching game

Puzzix tasks you with matching corresponding shapes with one another, picking from a conveyor belt of candidates, and matching enough of them to remove them from play. It's a rather zen experience: the gradually shifting colour scheme, the slow fall of the puzzle pieces, and the tranquil music all combine to create a game that's very, very chill. I went hands-on with Puzzix, here's how I got on with it.…


Hands-on with Cubama, the fast-paced action puzzler that'll fit perfectly on your iOS device

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 12 hours ago
Hands-on with Cubama, the fast-paced action puzzler that'll fit perfectly on your iOS device

The idea of Cubama is deceptively simple: get a specific shape through a specific hole in a wall. The reality of doing so is far from simple. You rotate the shape with a single tap of the screen, and must do so quickly, lest your shape smash against the wall and a “game over” screen appear. Cubama is fast, often frantic, and it's rather good too. Here's my hands-on with it.…


Hands-on with Quizzolve, the neatly designed quiz game

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Quizzolve, the neatly designed quiz game

Quizzolve is a straightforward, nicely put together but basic quiz game. It's got smart leaderboard support, a range of questions, some subtle uses of its premium currency, and though it's lacking sound, the visuals are minimal and neat. Quiz games don't often get much attention, so I decided to do a quick hands-on video of Quizzolve for those of you looking for a decent (and free-to-play) stab at the genre.…


Hands-on with Badass Trial Race, the Trials-esque racer from the Sky Tourist peeps

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 7 hours ago
Hands-on with Badass Trial Race, the Trials-esque racer from the Sky Tourist peeps

I got all excited when I heard that the folks behind Sky Tourist were making a new game, and doubly so when I heard it was a bit like the recent spate of high quality trials games, such as Trials Frontier, Urban Trial Freestyle, and Bike Trials. So it was a little disappointing when I went hands-on with the game - titled Badass Trial Race - only to find that it's a very simplistic effort that also has some crushingly aggressive free-to-play elements crudely bolted on. Oh well. Here's what Badass Trial Race - currently in soft-launch - looks like...…


Hands-on with Noah Ark Builder, the official... match-3 puzzler... of the new disaster movie

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 9 hours ago
Hands-on with Noah Ark Builder, the official... match-3 puzzler... of the new disaster movie

You might not immediately think a match-3 puzzle game would be suitable as the official movie tie-in of the new Noah movie. That's because it isn't, as evidenced by Noah Ark Builder. It's a fairly standard match-3 affair, and the only real ties to the silver screen source material are a few snippets from the film. The gigantic fictional flood barely seems to have any affect on the mechanics of this lacklustre tie-in.…


Hands-on with The Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition, the spooktacular puzzle adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 12 hours ago
Hands-on with The Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition, the spooktacular puzzle adventure

Combining the best bits of Tiny Thief, Broken Sword, and Scooby-Doo, The Phantom P.I. Mission Apparition is a charming, hilarious, and occasionally touching side-scrolling adventure. Packed with puzzles and rammed full of ghosts, it's your job to navigate haunted houses, solving mysteries and zapping ghouls. I went hands-on with the game recently, here's what I made of it.…


Hands-on with The King of Fighters '98, the best-of brawler from SNK and DotEmu

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 12 hours ago
Hands-on with The King of Fighters '98, the best-of brawler from SNK and DotEmu

As I explain in the hands-on video, I'm a big fan of fighters, so it should come as no surprise that I was first to call “dibs” on giving The King of Fighters '98's re-release a go. If you've got a good controller, the game plays exactly as you remember, and if you can handle touchscreen controls for fighters then you'll be well-served here too. The King of Fighters '98 is potentially going to disappoint a few fans, since it's not the fancypants enhanced version that came out on the last couple of generations of consoles, but if you're after an arcade fighting classic, it should be right up your street.…


Hands-on with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the arena brawler based on the Michael Bay movie

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 12 hours ago
Hands-on with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the arena brawler based on the Michael Bay movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out a day or so back, and we've been keen to see how this latest effort from the team behind Combo Crew has turned out. After a little while with the game, it remains difficult to say conclusively whether I really like it or not. On the one hand, the combo system can be exciting when you've chained together loads of hits, and the special attacks - where you call upon the rest of The Turtles to provide assistance - are impressive sights to behold. But the fractured mission structure, the IAPs in this premium title, and the lack of variety, is rather off-putting. Take a look at my hands-on with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles below to help make up your own mi…


Hands-on with Revolution 60, the self-serious yet schlocky sci-fi adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Revolution 60, the self-serious yet schlocky sci-fi adventure

Revolution 60 mixes a mid-nineties, early polygonal 3D PC aesthetic with ludicrous character designs and a story that often attempts to come off as serious and badass. The results are mixed, and that's mostly due to its gameplay, or lack thereof. Most of the actions in the game are QTEs, and the combat limps along early in the game. However, the cutscenes - i.e. most of the game - do look pretty boss, especially if the art style grabs you. Here's a hands-on video for you to get stuck into and see if you like what Revolution 60's throwing down.…