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Hands-on with Duke Dashington, the smashing puzzle platformer wot wot

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 hours, 22 minutes ago
Hands-on with Duke Dashington, the smashing puzzle platformer wot wot

In Duke Dashington you attempt to guide the daring and handsome titular character through maze after maze of tricky platforming, using only dashes. It's reminiscent of the Wario Land platformers in a lot of ways. The constant dashing from area to area, the sense of comic peril, and the detailed pixel art all combine to hint at this being a port of some long-forgotten Game Boy classic. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 2 - Making Fire

Feature By Peter Willington, 23 hours, 22 minutes ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 2 - Making Fire

As a complete newbie to Minecraft: PE, I've found that even basic human needs are often a struggle to fulfill. Last week I needed to quickly create shelter, this week I'm in need of light to make the nights pass quicker. But just how do you go about making a light to mine by? And also: what happened to Bertie? Did he survive the cold hard night? Find out in the video below.…


Hands-on with Alone..., the solitary highscore chaser

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 4 hours ago
Hands-on with Alone..., the solitary highscore chaser

Minimal, fast, responsive, and with just a tinge of melancholy, Alone... is a tough highscore chaser for fans of tough highscore chasers. There's a bit of leniency in there for new players, which should encourage more people to give it a go, but getting a respectable score will take a good deal of effort, concentration, and practise. Here's Alone... in motion...…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 22 hours ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

The terrible trio - James, Harry, and Peter - get a bit cocky in this episode of our ongoing series with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. They think they can take on both the Plesioth and the Gypceros. They are mistaken. Missed the last episode? Catch up here.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 3

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 22 hours ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 3

James and Harry are joined by special guest (and super duper community manager) Danny in this episode of our series. The trio take on a pack of Blangos, the Khezu, and even a swarm of Hermitaurs, kicking all sorts of monster butt in this iPhone and iPad version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Missed the last episode? Click here for the previous installment.…


10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 21 hours ago
10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Over the past few days, I've been on the hunt for the most spectacular, over-the-top, completely ridiculous video replays of Bad Piggies that I could find on Everyplay. What I've found has not disappointed. So in no particular order, here are my top 10. Which is your favourite? I love the ambition here, and you really start to root for the contraption to succeed. Unfortunately though, that's not the case... This combo allows you to flip the machine you've built and stick to the roof of caves. Ingenious! I literally can't begin to describe how awesome this video is. Just... honestly just hit play. This might be my personal favourite. These classic aircraft look cool, but they also fly be…


Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Epic Eric's gameplay is very enjoyable, I don't want to take anything away from that in this hands-on video. It's a lot of fun to work out how to get from one section of a level to another, without touching the ground, using momentum to carry you from start to flagpole. But what I think is really cool about Epic Eric is... well... see for yourself...…


Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 4 hours ago
Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Since I'm currently reviewing Alien Creeps TD for Pocket Gamer, I thought I'd bring you a quick look at the game in motion, in support of the seven day review you'll find over on PG. At its slimy heart Alien Creeps TD is a tower defence game with solid presentation and a good level of challenge. It doesn't try to break the mould too much, and I guess that for a lot of TD fans, that won't really matter too much. Click play below for my hands-on.…


Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 22 hours ago
Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

NimbleBit's latest entry in the Tiny Tower series is out now, and I'm giving it the old college try over on Pocket Gamer. So I thought “hey, I could do a quick hands-on with it too, just to show you what it looks like”. I'm resourceful like that. So here's some gameplay footage of Tiny Tower Vegas. If you want to find out more, check in with my review.…


Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 2 hours ago
Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Tony Hawks Pro Skater was originally released on the 31st August 1999 on the first PlayStation, so to celebrate this momentous occasion we've gone ahead and collected together the best skateboarding games available on iOS, including the newest (and currently only available in New Zealand) Tony Hawks game. That Harry Slater joins me for this episode, as we guide you through what's worth your time when it comes to skateboarding on iPhone and iPad, as well as geeking out about punk rock. You may be slightly too busy to watch the full thing, and if that's the case you can skip to each of the games featured via these incredibly handy links. 1. Tony Hawks Shred Session2. True Skate3. Transwor…


The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 2 hours ago
The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

On the 25th August 2014 the AppSpy and Pocket Gamer teams were having a well-deserved break or the Bank Holiday Monday. Well, most of them were anyway. I decided to jump onto our Twitch channel and bring you a collection of the very best single screen multiplayer games you can get for your iOS device. Without James, Harry, or even Lovely Danny to help me, I decided to rope in my girlfriend - Alix Briskham of Opposable Games - to help me show them off. Also I played a bit of King of Fighters '98, to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, just because I felt like it. If for some reason you haven't got 60 minutes to spare today, don't fret: you can use these handy links to skip straight…


Hands-on with Shurican, in which Flappy Bird meets ninjas in Hell

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 5 hours ago
Hands-on with Shurican, in which Flappy Bird meets ninjas in Hell

We've got a quick look at Shurican for you today. It's an endless action game in which you attempt to fly through a hellish corridor of enemies, obstacles, and traps, hoping to get a better score than your mates. It's not the most original game you'll play today, but it's certainly one of the toughest. It's also free, so it's worth giving it a shot if you're up for something a little off the beaten path. Here's our hands-on.…


Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 22 hours ago
Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

What would happen if you were to take the video game adaptation of The Walking Dead, and give it to Zen Studios to make a pinball game based on it? Probably exactly what you think would happen: you'd get an awesome game of pinball, and it'd be called The Walking Dead Pinball. I went hands-on with the game recently to bring you early footage of the game in motion, click play on the video below to see it in action.…


Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Do you hate yourself just a teensy little bit? Well if you'd like to hate yourself a bit more, you can always download Phases: Infinite Zero. It's one of the hardest platforming games I've had the pleasure / misery of playing, and I like myself a little bit less for not being able to get past Phase 1. It's also a beauty to behold, the controls are spot-on, and it run flawlessly. Here are my first impressions with the game.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

We always knew we wanted to do something video-related about Minecraft: Pocket Edition here on AppSpy, but in all honesty, neither James or myself are particularly great at the blocky world builder. And that's what's lead to us starting this Let's Play series. I'm going to try and learn everything I possibly can about surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and you're going to learn with me. I'll be playing the game every week and trying to survive in the harsh but beautiful world that is Minecraft, capturing it all for posterity. If you're a Minecraft: PE veteran, then I want to read your tips. If you're a newbie, you'll be able to play along with me. So without further ado, let's kick…