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Hands-on with Sentinel 4: Dark Star, the sci-fi tower defence game for iPhone and iPad

Feature By Peter Willington, 14 hours, 57 minutes ago
Hands-on with Sentinel 4: Dark Star, the sci-fi tower defence game for iPhone and iPad

The tower defence genre has quietened down a little over recent months and years, but for a while there you couldn't browse through any of the “top games” lists on the various app stores without running into one. Sentinel 4: Dark Star is the long-awaited sequel to much-loved tower defence game Sentinel 3: Homeworld, which came out way back in 2010. And even though the build I went hands-on with for this preview video was early, it's shaping up like it's definitely going to please the hardcore fans of the genre.…


Hands-on with Blood Bowl, the totally confusing adaptation of the classic Games Workshop tabletop game

Feature By Peter Willington, 16 hours, 57 minutes ago
Hands-on with Blood Bowl, the totally confusing adaptation of the classic Games Workshop tabletop game

I have been playing video games for a quarter of a century now, and I have been covering them in an editorial capacity for coming up on 6 years. I'm well-versed at how games work, and I've played plenty of duds. But I can't recall any I've played, certainly in recent memory, that have left me as bewildered and confused as this iPad and Android tablet adaptation of Blood Bowl. It's an accurate take on the Games Workshop game that inspired it - a game I used to love playing as a teenager - but in hiding away so many of the systems that govern play, Blood Bowl gives so little information to the player that you struggle to understand why a throw succeeded or failed, why one die is better than…


Hands-on with Epic Arena, the 3D strategy board game that pits Order against Chaos

Feature By Peter Willington, 18 hours, 57 minutes ago
Hands-on with Epic Arena, the 3D strategy board game that pits Order against Chaos

If you prefer your board games digital, and like both strategy and collectible card games, then Epic Arena is probably one for you to check out. It's free-to-play, nicely presented, and provides plenty of challenges to tackle. Both human and computer opponents are on offer, with lots of special missions to flex your creativite muscles when it comes to quickly winning battles. I had a quick go with Epic Arena, here's what happened.…


Hands-on with Re-Volt 2, the F2P iOS RC racer

Feature By Peter Willington, 20 hours, 57 minutes ago
Hands-on with Re-Volt 2, the F2P iOS RC racer

Initially created by Acclaim Entertainment - hands up if you remember those guys - the Re-Volt series has quite the storied history, if you go looking for it. But today we're talking about Re-Volt 2, the recently released free-to-play racer for your mobile telephone or tablet computing device. After spending a little time with it I've found the freemium elements to be a little intrusive at times, but the decent vehicle handling, fun bonus items, and oodles of content help make up for the energy system and focus on grind.…


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

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 day, 17 hours 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, 1 day, 21 hours 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, 2 days, 14 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, 2 days, 20 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, 3 days, 14 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, 3 days, 16 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, 3 days, 18 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, 3 days, 21 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, 4 days, 14 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, 4 days, 16 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, 4 days, 18 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.…