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Hands-on with Bungee Mummy, in which we learn to fling the dead

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Bungee Mummy, in which we learn to fling the dead

Bungee Mummy asks you to fling a mummy - i.e. a dead person wrapped in linens and whatnot - around various puzzle platforming stages. This is why video games are awesome. An act that would actually be pretty horrific (and not to mention dusty) in real life, is actually a perfectly pleasant activity for a free-to-play action game to ask you to partake in. Here's our hands-on video from Pocket Gamer Connects.…

Hands-on with Exit Strategy, where it's fun playing with portals

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Exit Strategy, where it's fun playing with portals

Here's the deal: in Exit Strategy you have no control over a constantly moving vehicle, other than to place portals in front of it and redirect its path towards the stars scattered around the level that you must collect before exiting the stage. It's pretty good, and it's free, and though there's a fair wedge of advertising in there too, you can pay to turn that nonsense off. Here's how I got on with it.…

Hands-on with Jungle Force, where goats shoot asteroids at sloths

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Jungle Force, where goats shoot asteroids at sloths

Jungle Force is from the same studio behind the warmly received Dawn of the Immortals and A Few Days Left. The team is known for making visually impressive and addictive free-to-play titles, but with Jungle Force it's gone one better. Sporting a really lovely pixel art style and top audio, plus a whole bunch of “one more go...”, as well as a bunch of cartoonish animals with dangerous weapons, Jungle Force is a neat tactical action game that's coming soon, and currently in soft-launch in a handful of territories. If you fancy giving it a go, you can grab it via the link underneath this video. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with The Wild, the hotly-anticipated new first person survival game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with The Wild, the hotly-anticipated new first person survival game

There's no denying that The Wild is the first person mobile game on everyone's lips right now. A survival game that owes much of its design to games like Day-Z and Rust, The Wild has been in development for some time now and is the work of Toonuva Games, a tiny indie dev out of Vermont with very big ideas. How are those ideas shaping up? Here's my very early look at the game.…

Hands-on with Melody Monsters, the musical match-3 from SongHi

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Melody Monsters, the musical match-3 from SongHi

We saw a bunch of games during Pocket Gamer Connects, and Melody Monsters was certainly one of the cutest. It's a match-3 puzzler to be sure, and definitely more in the Puzzle & Dragons camp than Candy Crush Saga, plus it's got really great presentation and a nice extras thrown in for good measure. Here's the lowdown.…

The 8 best JRPGs on the App Store NOT made by Square Enix

Feature By Glen Fox, 4 months ago
The 8 best JRPGs on the App Store NOT made by Square Enix

It's safe to say that Square Enix has made a lot of JRPGs. They've also put plenty of them on the App Store. Which - while great for fans of the genre - does mean that lesser known or brand new JRPGs get a bit lost amongst them. That's why I've made this list. All of these games are excellent JRPGs in their own right and shouldn't be ignored simply because they don't have the stamp of JRPG approval that being published by Square Enix comes with. 1. Symphony of the Origin - It's a safe bet that if you love JRPGs and you own an iOS device you've already played a Kemco game. Symphony of the Origin is one of their best and a great place to start for those who've yet to try…

Hands-on with The Detail, the mature crime adventure where every choice counts

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with The Detail, the mature crime adventure where every choice counts

We've got our hands on an early build of The Detail, a dark and gritty adventure game that'll be hitting mobiles and tablets soon. Life as a detective solving murder cases is pretty grim, as you'd imagine, but The Detail explores a number of subjects other titles dare to even touch upon. Here's how we got on with The Detail.…

3 brilliant Angry Birds-themed Rube Goldberg machines

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
3 brilliant Angry Birds-themed Rube Goldberg machines

If ever there was a game series ripe for the old Rube Goldberg treatment, it's Angry Birds. You've got the tense trial and error fun of physics already built right in to the gameplay, plus a target to be toppled through careful manipulation of the environment. It practically screams Rube Goldberg, does Rovio's bird-flinger. It's no surprise that other people on the Internet have though the same. Here's the best three captured on video and uploaded to YouTube. Small but perfectly formed I think Logan might be slightly spoiled That's a lot of takes…

Hands-on with Hue, the super promising indie platform that's all about colour

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Hue, the super promising indie platform that's all about colour

In Hue you control a little person wondering about on the screen, and you also control the colour of the backgrounds they're walking past. Why is that last bit important? Because by changing the colour from, say, red to blue, you'll reveal crucial pieces of the environment to help you progress past the various obstacles standing in your way. It's a very cool idea indeed, here it is in action.…

Fangs-on with Lamp and Vamp, where a vampire just wants some kip

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Fangs-on with Lamp and Vamp, where a vampire just wants some kip

The people behind Mucho Party have a new game, and it's called Lamp and Vamp. In Lamp and Vamp you need to guide a vampire from its point of origin, all the way to its coffin, avoiding hordes of angry mobs along the way. It's impossible to get a bit of peace and quiet these days, isn't it? We saw Lamp and Vamp during the Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects in London, and grabbed some footage for you to have a peek for yourself. Lucky we used dedicated hardware to capture it, and not mirroring, eh? Because you wouldn't be able to see the main character. Because he's a vampire. … and you can't see vampires in mirrors. Oh suit yourself.…

9 must-see real life versions of mobile video games, featuring Surgeon Sim, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and more

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
9 must-see real life versions of mobile video games, featuring Surgeon Sim, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and more

Have you ever finished playing a game and been so into it that you can't stop thinking about it, even in day-to-day life? I have. There was a whole week after playing Assassin's Creed where every rooftop looked like a potential escape route from any angry Borgias I might run into while wondering around Bristol city centre. A bunch of other people clearly have too, as they've gone ahead and created real world versions of some of their favourite games. And these are 9 of the very best... Subway Surfers - A great video, one heck of an ending. Crossy Road - Do not try this at home folks. Angry Birds - This one gets bonus points for being interactive. Clash of Clans - I wouldn't want…

Hands-on with What on Earth!, where Trials meets LittleBigPlanet in a most spectacular fashion

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Hands-on with What on Earth!, where Trials meets LittleBigPlanet in a most spectacular fashion

… and if that headline didn't grab your attention, I don't know what will. Traplight Games has combined the world creation of Media Molecule's finest hour with the very best that RedLynx has to offer, and created something unique, something all of its own. I was super excited to see What on Earth! at Pocket Gamer Connects, and I'm really pumped for the soft-launch, which should be available very shortly.…

These are my 7 favourite Crossy Road characters, what are yours?

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
These are my 7 favourite Crossy Road characters, what are yours?

It's a question as old as time: “what are the best Crossy Road characters ever?” Obviously I already know mine, so I've had a scout around the Everyplay archives to find them and compile this big list of videos of people winning them in the prize machine. But I don't know yours, so make sure to let me know what they are in the comments at the bottom of the page. Dragon - It's mighty, it breathes fire, and it looks awesome... what's not to like? Capybara - They have one of these in Bristol Zoo, and I'm always tempted to jump into its enclosure and hug it. Pew Die Pug - Top marks for being a pug, bonus points for being a very specific pug. Doge - Wow. So Doge. Much…

Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Do you really need any more than the title to know that you should definitely be watching this video of Peter Potato? No. Of course you don't. Your archenemy is a carrot, and that's amazing. Seriously, we didn't see any other developers at Pocket Gamer Connects with the flat out conviction to make a root vegetable the lead villain of a video game. For shame! [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months ago
Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

We've covered Impatient Squirrel here on AppSpy, being particularly impressed with its cross-genre play and charity angle. So when we had the opportunity to play it for ourselves at Pocket Gamer Connects we “went nuts” and leapt - squirrel-like - at the chance to do so. These puns doing anything for you? Ah well, here's what Impatient Squirrel looks like in motion...…