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

Feature By Peter Willington, 18 minutes 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 hours, 18 minutes 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, 1 day, 3 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, 2 days, 3 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, 2 days, 20 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.…


Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 23 hours ago
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus - EncyclAPPedia

We started Modern Combat Week here at AppSpy by adding the original game to the EncyclAPPedia, and we're ending it by fixing our sights firmly on its sequel: Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus. What changed, what stayed the same, and what's the history behind this classic first person shooter for mobiles and tablets? Find out, by clicking play on the video below. 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 Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update, the creepy expansion hoping to entangle you in its webbing

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 3 hours ago
Hands-on with Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update, the creepy expansion hoping to entangle you in its webbing

After we reported that Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas update was out in the wilds of the App Store, I raced off to start playing it and bring you a look at some of the content in this expansion. It's safe to say that it's easily comparable to the high quality of the main game, but there are some extras included that Hearthstone players will want to seriously think about investing in for online play. I run through them briefly in my hands-on video below, as well as showing you a match in motion.…


Hands-on with Rush Horizon, the endless-racer for nineties arcade fans

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 23 hours ago
Hands-on with Rush Horizon, the endless-racer for nineties arcade fans

AppSpy was first on the scene for coverage of Rush Horizon, and with good reason: the game looked like a slice of sun-drenched arcade racing in the promo materials we were sent. Now that I've been hands-on with the game, I can confirm that Rush Horizon absolutely delivers on its promise of nostalgic-yet-modern arcade racing, inspired by the gaming greats from the eighties and nineties. Rad Racer, Out Run, Hang-On, Ridge Racer: there's a bit of everything in here, and since this is an endless-racer, there's a spot of Temple Run mixed in too. Rush Horizon is currently in soft-launch, here's my early look at the game.…


Hands-on with Tiny Realms, the strategy management title that puts its focus on the word 'strategy'

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 1 hour ago
Hands-on with Tiny Realms, the strategy management title that puts its focus on the word 'strategy'

Strategy management games are a dime a dozen at the moment, so it takes something special for a new one to capture the imagination of mobile gamers. Tiny Realms appears to be a fairly standard iteration on the Clash of Clans formula, but when you see the battles in motion, you start to see the big differences that one small change can make. I explain in the hands-on video below what this change is, so click play and take a look at our preview of the soft-launched version of the game.…


Hands-on with Assassin's Creed Memories, the card battler that manages to make aerial assassinations a bit dull

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 20 hours ago
Hands-on with Assassin's Creed Memories, the card battler that manages to make aerial assassinations a bit dull

As a long-time fan of the Assassin's Creed series, I've been eagerly awaiting another really strong mobile tie-in game since the rather smashing Assassin's Creed Pirates. The news of a card battler - which as regular viewers will know is one of my favourite genres - being combined with Assassin's Creed was exciting indeed. It's with a heavy heart then that I have to report that Assassin's Creed Memories is a bit dull, or in the very least the soft-launched version in the Australian App Store is a bit dull. Slow-moving, overly-complex, and only the faintest of connections to the Assassin's Creed universe make the game in its current state a disappointment. Here's my hands-on video explainin…


Modern Combat 5: iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 5 Graphics Comparison

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 days, 21 hours ago
Modern Combat 5: iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 5 Graphics Comparison

When I captured my hands-on with Modern Combat 5: Blackout, I recorded the footage while playing the game on an iPod 5th gen. This iPod runs on Apple's A5 processor, the same processor found in the most commonly owned iPhone model: the iPhone 4S. However, some pointed out that the visuals on display in the video didn't seem as impressive as the graphics seen when playing Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour on an iPhone 5. To see just how much difference processor speed makes to Gameloft's soon-to-be-launched military shooter, I decided to play Modern Combat 5 on an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 5c, and compare the results. Is the iPhone 4S version the ugly duckling to the iPhone 5S's beauti…


Hands-on with Balance of the Shaolin, the game of zen-like balance and oddly aggressive birds

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 22 hours ago
Hands-on with Balance of the Shaolin, the game of zen-like balance and oddly aggressive birds

Balance of the Shaolin could be compared with a Twitch game (along the lines of Flappy Bird), and a minigame collection (such as WarioWare). The actions you can make in the game are limited to correcting your balance left and right, and jumping in place, but the dangers of each stage change with the scenery. You have to avoid the strikes of rogue monks, leap over lava, dodge the attacks of passing birds, and so on. Balance of the Shaolin is a cute, simple game, and the presentation is wonderfully retro. Here's what it looks like in motion...…


Hands-on with Epic Gamer!, the iOS trivia title that tests your gaming knowledge

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Epic Gamer!, the iOS trivia title that tests your gaming knowledge

I always got told that games won't teach you anything, but I've learned plenty from them I reckon. 1. You can take three or four shots anywhere on the torso before dying, but a headshot is always fatal. 2. If you're given two paths in a road to walk down, you should always investigate both, just in case you miss a cool piece of treasure. 3. All spiders are pure evil and will try to kill you at the very earliest opportunity they get. I've also picked up a fair few factoids about games over the years, and I'm about to have that knowledge tested with Epic Gamer!, a trivia title about video games, for mobiles and tablets.…


Hands-on with Star Wars: Commander, the strategy management game with wookies

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Star Wars: Commander, the strategy management game with wookies

When I wrote the announcement story for Star Wars: Commander, I compared it with Clash of Clans, because quite honestly that's what the App Store description suggests it plays like. After a little time with the game, I can confidently tell you that, yes, Star Wars: Commander is very much fashioned in the style of a Clash of Clans. But don't hold that against it: Clash of Clans is still great fun, and this time around the blend of strategy and management also features adorable Jawas, and the odd cameo by Han Solo. Here's my early preview of Star Wars: Commander, based on the soft-launched Australian version...…


Hands-on with Poptile, the elegantly designed, highly addictive, and really quite generous free-to-play block puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 days, 19 hours ago
Hands-on with Poptile, the elegantly designed, highly addictive, and really quite generous free-to-play block puzzler

The maker of Bicolor and Mr Flap is releasing a new block-matching game this week called Poptile, and as the video below shows, I thought it was rather good. You simply need to keep the blocks at the bottom of the screen reach the top, but doing so can be tough. Each time you tap to remove a block, all the blocks move up one place, and so the trick is to match as many blocks of the same colour as you can. There are some power-ups on offer to provide assistance too, should you need them. Get some friends involved in this and I reckon you'll have a great time trying to out-do one another's scores on Poptile's leaderboards. I know I did.…