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Hands-on with Pac-Man Friends, the game of balance, precision, and wakka wakka wakka

Feature By Peter Willington, 19 hours, 35 minutes ago
Hands-on with Pac-Man Friends, the game of balance, precision, and wakka wakka wakka

The little yellow disc is back for another mobile instalment. This time you'll be tilting the Man of Pac about different maze environments, collecting Pac-Dots to open the door at the end, and escape with your pals in tow. Each of your new allies has different properties that makes them unique. One's invisible, for example, and can't be hurt by the ghosts that are looking to ruin your Pac-Day. From what I've played so far, it's not too bad, with one of my larger concerns being the plain art that fails to capture Pac-Man at his best.…


Hands-on with Spooklands, the arena combat game where you throw awesome sneakers at gross spiders

Feature By Peter Willington, 22 hours, 35 minutes ago
Hands-on with Spooklands, the arena combat game where you throw awesome sneakers at gross spiders

Spooklands asks you to survive wave after wave of enemies as they encroach upon your precarious position, but only gives you one action with which to do that. Thankfully that action is “shoot”. Shooting also moves you across the screen, allowing you to dodge the hundreds of baddies coming your way.…


The best Square Enix JRPGs on the iOS App Store

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 16 hours ago
The best Square Enix JRPGs on the iOS App Store

We'll be the first to admit that Square Enix's JRPGs are a little on the pricey side when compared to other iOS games, but we'll also tell you that the entry price is tiny when you consider their quality and value for money. Still, we know that splashing out on a game you might not like is a daunting prospect, so we've gone ahead and made a video showing off the very best of Squeenix's JRPGs that have so far appeared on Apple hardware. If you're not up for the whole hour-long stream, you can click the name of the title you'd like to see more of below, and you'll be whizzed straight to the part of the video that we start playing. 1. Chrono Trigger2. Secret of Mana3. Dragon Quest VIII4. F…


Hands-on with The Firm, the game of profit or death

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 19 hours ago
Hands-on with The Firm, the game of profit or death

The Firm is darker than its premise. You're new at a big company that buys and sells shares. You must swipe left or right, depending on whether you think the company should purchase them. Get it wrong, or work too slowly and... Well, click the video to find out.…


Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

The Ensign is the prequel to A Dark Room, and it shares its sense of style and difficulty. Screenshots on the App Store can't really do a game like The Ensign justice, because so much of its appeal is hidden behind crude ASCII characters, black text on a white background, and relentless difficulty. Look beyond that though, and you'll find a mysterious world to explore, and a rich narrative to weave together. Here's my hands-on with the game.…


Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 days, 19 hours ago
Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Quite often a game comes into the AppSpy office that you're really rooting for to be good, but winds up being a disappointment. Max Gentlemen feels like one of those. The visual comedy is spot-on, as is the soundtrack and audio FX, but the controls are awkward and the base gameplay just isn't that much fun. Take a look at my hands-on with Max Gentlemen in the video below.…


Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

I... So... Okay. Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II is a crossover endless action game featuring Guile from Street Fighter and a bunch of characters from a niche anime called Eagle Talon. It's super weird, incredibly self-referential, and a little bit broken - the audio falls apart occasionally, something I captured in this recording. You might call it Kuso-ge. Obviously this is a Japan-only game for now, if you want to try it out for yourself, here's a guide on how to get yourself an iTunes account from any country you like.…


Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 days, 19 hours ago
Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

When I first heard about Dynasty Warriors Blast I was elated and really rather excited. Then I got in touch with Koei Tecmo and they said there were no plans to bring it to the west and I did a little cry. Then I thought “balls to it” and decided to bring you a hands-on with the game anyway, which you can see below (and play for yourself if you have a Japanese iTunes account).…


Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 2 hours ago
Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

With the App Store, it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, and that's definitely what I did as I downloaded Foodie Yama. I thought “oh this is cute and pixely and looks fun”, I'll definitely do a hands-on video for AppSpy of this. And I'm glad I did, because it is cute and pixely and fun. But it's also a bit derivative, as it's basically just Timberman but with a few extra bells and whistles. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…


Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 16 hours ago
Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Here is a small list of some of the games with characters appearing in Street Fighter X All Capcom; Lost Planet, Viewtiful Joe, Asura's Wrath, Ghost Trick, Darkstalkers, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Final Fight, and Street Fighter. So yeah, being a Capcom mega-fan, of course I had to do a quick hands-on with this currently Japan-only card battler. And here it is...…


Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 days, 19 hours ago
Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Pentumble has you rolling around environments, sticking to walls, hanging upside down off of platforms, zipping around cogs, leaping over hazards, and so on. It's quick, it's tricky, and the controls are spot on. Here's me rocking through some early parts of the game for your viewing pleasure.…


Hands-on with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, where XCOM, CCGs, and Space Marines become one

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, where XCOM, CCGs, and Space Marines become one

HeroCraft popped over an early build of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf the other day and, by gum, it's shaping up to be something pretty special. It's a turn-based strategy game, with card collecting elements, squad levelling, and an intriguing plot that's only just beginning to get started in the section of the game I'm showing you in the video below. It also features the Space Wolves, a legion of the Space Marines that has a mysterious and brutal past that's rarely explored in video games. So click play below for a super early look at Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf.…


Super Hexagon - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Super Hexagon - EncyclAPPedia

In today's EncyclAPPedia, we get incredibly frustrated that we can't last longer than 60 seconds in Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon. 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 Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Armello, the beautiful boardgame which conquered my heart

Armello has been generating a bit of buzz within the PC community recently. Something of a genre hybrid, it combines elements from tactical RPGs, strategy games and CCGs, and wraps them in a big boardgame-shaped package. Yesterday, we learned that the dev team behind this colourful and charming project is also hard at work on an iPad version of the game. Naturally we were curious, and managed to get our hands on a very early build of the iOS version.  And, after spending around 30 minutes with Armello, I can safely say that the game has worked its way into my top 10 most anticipated games for 2015. It's beautiful and beguiling, and though the systems are diverse, it doesn't overwhel…


Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, EA's latest mobile football sim

While I've seen some surprising things at this year's Gamescom, there are a few constants which provide comfort amidst the madness. The Fifa franchise is one of these constants, the latest iteration of which takes the form of Fifa 15: Ultimate Team, and is due to arrive on iOS in the very near future. Taking onboard the negative feedback Fifa 14 received regarding its gesture controls,  the team has opted to return to a button-based control scheme this year. There's now a dedicated throughball button, and the ability to active close ball control by double-tapping the floating joystick. The other big change is the franchise's new focus on Ultimate Team mode, which proved the mo…