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Hands-on with Fugl, a soaringly beautiful flight game

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Fugl, a soaringly beautiful flight game

I don't think it's unfair to say that Fugl is a gorgeous looking game. Everything here is created using voxels for a pixel-y look that's super striking. We saw Fugl at the Very Big Indie Pitch during Pocket Gamer Connects, and were so blown away by its beauty that we just had to grab a video of it to show you fine people. And here is that video.…

We went to Pocket Gamer Connects - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
We went to Pocket Gamer Connects - AppSpy's Sunday Service

We did pretty much nothing except attend and report on the massive Pocket Gamer Connects in London this week, so that's what we'll be focusing on for the AppSpy Sunday Service. The Big Stories 1. Progress is an amazing WarioWare-esque minigame compilation that you have to play for yourself 2. Tindrops impressed us at the Very Big Indie Pitch with its slick, minimalist design 3. Magic Flute by Mozart meanwhile is an ambitious new puzzler based on an opera 4. Elroy and the Aliens is a wonderfully well animated action game crossed with a point and click adventure 5. Oh and while we were seeing all that lot, the new trailer for Sons of Anarchy got released AppSpy Recommends We've been fa…

Hands-on with Beast Quest, Miniclip's huge new adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Beast Quest, Miniclip's huge new adventure

When you think Miniclip, you tend to think about well-presented but straight-forward arcade action games. Bike Rivals, Berry Rush, and the upcoming On The Run: they're all fun mobile experiences, but not exactly what you might call "ambitious". So I'll admit to being a little shocked when I saw the company's new (and massively impressive) action RPG Beast Quest at Pocket Gamer Connects. Here's what it looks like in motion...…

Hands-on with Emma's World, the colourful new monster popper

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Emma's World, the colourful new monster popper

Carpazzzi Soft's new game - Emma's World - has a gameplay mechanic that will be familiar to anyone who has had the chance to play Zuma's Revenge. It's a little derivative in that way, but it's all implemented well, and the little bonuses you use to level the playing field are fun to wield too. However, what I did really like about the game when I saw it at the Pocket Gamer Connects Very Big Indie Pitch was its presentation and a bigger emphasis on light-hearted storytelling. It's neat, so take a look at an early build in the video below.…

Hands-on with Magic Flute by Mozart, the reality-bending puzzle game based on an opera

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Magic Flute by Mozart, the reality-bending puzzle game based on an opera

The latest Hollywood blockbuster? Definitely. Important figures from history? Sure. Actual real world conflicts? Of course. But operas? Nope, not many video games based on those. So it was with great interest that we checked out Magic Flute by Mozart - currently being made by LabLike - during the Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects in London, as that's exactly where the inspiration for this work came from.…

Hands-on with Elroy and the Aliens, the cross-genre cartoon adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Elroy and the Aliens, the cross-genre cartoon adventure

Pocket Gamer Connects was great, and the Very Big Indie Pitch had a huge amount of quality games to see from indie devs around the world. Elroy and the Aliens was easily one of the best games at the event, demonstrating a fast moving point and click adventure, fused with a brilliant bit of auto-runner design, plus light puzzle solving elements, and fantastically well-animated characters.…

Hands-on with Tindrops, the super slick one tap puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Tindrops, the super slick one tap puzzler

Tindrops is a casual one touch puzzle action game that blew us away at the Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects. The gameplay is incredibly simple to understand: just touch the indicated area on the screen, repeat. But the speed quickly ramps up, and pretty soon you're thanking your lucky stars that the visuals are so minimal and slick, as you'll need all that visual clarity to keep up.…

Hands-on with Progress, in which I make an absolute fool of myself for your amusement

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Progress, in which I make an absolute fool of myself for your amusement

With Progress, think the clever silliness of WarioWare, but presented in a wonderfully minimal style, and available for your tablet. This ended up winning out Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects, and deservedly so. So click play on the video below for a glimpse at a future favourite.…

Hands-on with Criminel, the dark and sinister sleuth-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Criminel, the dark and sinister sleuth-em-up

In Criminel you play a photographer in days gone by, snapping crime scenes in the hope of using the photographic evidence you collect to solve puzzling murder mysteries. We saw it during Pocket Gamer Connects, and were so blown away by the unique visual style and involving gameplay that we had to bring you this hands-on video.…

Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon TCG Online, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, Hearthstone: seems like every other developer wants a taste of those collectible card game big bucks these days. Earthcore: Shattered Elements is the latest entry in the genre hoping to draw you in with its fancy art direction, high level of polish, and easy-to-understand yet deep mechanics. But it's hard too, and will absolutely test your card flinging skills when it's evetnually launched globally. Currently in soft-launch, you can check it out for yourself via the link underneath our impressions video. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Remember Divekick? It basically stripped back 2D fighting to two mechanics, allowing players to master the move set quickly and get to grips with the truly exciting aspects of brawlers. Satellina does that too, but for bullet hell (or danmaku) shooters, allowing those not keen on investing dozens of hours in the latest shmup to experience the raw thrill of learning patterns and chasing scores through precision of movement. Take a look.…

We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

It's 2015 and the AppSpy team is back. Here's a selection of what we got up to this week. The Big Stories 1. Nintend-who? These are the best Mario, Pokemon, Zelda etc alternatives on iOS. 2. Need For Speed: No Limits is free-to-play, a mobile exclusive, and... yeah, it's not bad... 3. PS4 and Xbox One game Flockers is coming to iOS, and we have the world's first gameplay footage. 4. What are the 7 biggest new iOS and Android IPs coming in 2015? These are! 5. Taichi Panda stars a giant panda beating the snot out of other bipedal animals. AppSpy Recommends Look at how bloomin' lovely Drop Wizard is. LOOK AT IT. This week Drop Wizard charmed us with its visuals and sound, then snagg…

Hands-on with Metamorphabet, the lovely little letter prodder

Feature By Mark Brown, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Metamorphabet, the lovely little letter prodder

Metamorphabet might be better described as a learning toy than a game, but there are still some very light puzzle elements in here for you to discover and solve as you poke and prod letters of the alphabet to make them turn into nouns. The presentation is just lovely, and its laid back structure might just make it one to consider if you've a young one eager to start playing on the iPad. Here's what it looks like in motion.…

Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

I played the soft-launched version of Berry Rush back in September, and you know what? It's good stuff. Essentially a cutesy auto-runner for kids, Berry Rush stars Strawberry, Orange, Raspberry, and the rest of the gang from the Strawberry Shortcake line of animations, gifts, and toys. It also features a flipping massive butterfly that I'm sort of in love with the idea of riding in real life, though I suspect that dream may never be realised. Sigh... Great... now I'm in a butterfly deprived funk. Just what I need! Anyway, Berry Rush has just gone global, the sweet new trailer is right underneath this sentence, and you can now grab it for iPhone and iPad via the link below said trail…

Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

[adult swim]'s new game - Area 777 - is a tower defence title crossed with slots. Obviously. It's incredibly well presented, the characters in it are brilliantly written, and the whole thing exudes charm, as you'd expect. But it's a very odd, very hands-off experience, as I explain in this hands-on. [App Store link]…