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Crossy Road: here's what 63 goes on the prize machine looks like

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Crossy Road: here's what 63 goes on the prize machine looks like

One of the things I like about Crossy Road the most is unlocking new characters. Sure the refined Frogger-esque gameplay, and colourful blocky visuals are a big draw too, but it's the thrill of pulling the handle on the prize machine, crossing your fingers, and hoping you get something awesome out of it that's the real appeal to me. Which is why the below video, showing a peep on Everyplay putting 6300 coins into the machine, is super gratifying to those like me with a love for all things Gacha. Not got Crossy Road yet? What are you playing at? Rectify that error right now. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons, where children's drawings build the universe of a ridiculously adorable cartoon dog

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons, where children's drawings build the universe of a ridiculously adorable cartoon dog

While DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons is absolutely a game aimed squarely at children, that doesn't mean grown ups won't be able to appreciate its finer qualities. Take the eponymous hero, for a start. DogBiscuit is cute, expressive, and exceptionally well-animated. Then there are his mates, also named after tasty treats, the genius use of your kid's drawings to create the landscape, and the pleasantly paced story beats.…

Hands-on with Scapefall, the bleak action strategy game from Dark Realm Studios

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Scapefall, the bleak action strategy game from Dark Realm Studios

Scapefall is all about a never-ending fictional war on Earth that continues to consume each side until one is obliterated by the other. It's not exactly what you'd call a "happy" or "optimistic" game. But it is pretty cool from what we saw at Pocket Gamer Connects, so here's a video of it in motion.…

The 12 best PlayStation alternatives on iOS - or 'why Drake, Jak, and Kratos can jog on'

Feature By Glen Fox, 4 months, 1 week ago
The 12 best PlayStation alternatives on iOS - or 'why Drake, Jak, and Kratos can jog on'

A few weeks ago we ran a feature where I scoured the dark and dusty corners of the App Store to look for games that invoked the spirits of our favourite Nintendo franchises of yore. Sometimes they were shameless rip-offs, but the important thing is that they were good shameless rip-offs. Sony's PlayStation has a fair few decent exclusive franchises of its own too, so again I've braved the depths of the App Store to find you the 12 best PlayStation alternatives for your iPhone or iPad. Enjoy! 1. Crash Bandicoot = Shrek Forever After - Number one on our list goes to possibly the most popular PlayStation character of all time, Crash Bandicoot. Like Super Mario B…

Hands-on with Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, in which James learns about the 'other' football

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, in which James learns about the 'other' football

We didn't have an American member of the team on-hand at Pocket Gamer Connects to play Distinctive Games' latest title Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, but I think I pretty much nailed it. Not that the game's that fussed with reality: there's a special bonus item that shoots a bolt of lightning at your opponents, should the need arise. Here's what Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis looks like... [App Store link]…

Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Good old Mark's gone ahead and created a super handy video guide on how to unlock all the new characters from the latest update to Crossy Road. Two new animals are up for grabs - the Crab and Drop Bear - and the developers - Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall from Hipster Whale - have gone and chucked themselves in as playable characters too. Here's Mr. Brown to explain how to grab them for yourself. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with Adventure Time Game Wizard, the mathematical new level creation game starring Weird Al Yankovic

Feature By Mark Brown, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Adventure Time Game Wizard, the mathematical new level creation game starring Weird Al Yankovic

Adventure Time isn't exactly without mobile game tie-ins, but this new one - Adventure Time Game Wizard - is certainly the most interesting one we've seen in a while. It's effectively a structurally solid platformer, with a surprisingly flexible level editor that allows you to create your own stages and share them with your friends. Oh, and it stars musician Weird Al Yankovic as one of the new characters too. Neat huh? Here's our hands-on video, and the links to grab it for yourself are below. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

We saw Duo during Pocket Gamer Connects as part of the Very Big Indie Pitch, and though it's immediately clear that it's based on a classic game format, it's also very well put together and brings new ideas to the mix that should ensure it appeals to younger and more casual players. Here's one of the creators of the game to explain more about Duo, its inspirations, and its fresh new gameplay modes.…

Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

While Pocket Gamer Connects was generally a light-hearted affair, there was one game that really brought a strong sense of moody darkness to the whole shebang: Calvino Noir. Our pals at Pocket Gamer have written about Calvino Noir before, but this is the first chance us here at AppSpy has had to grab direct footage for you to see this thing in motion. And it was worth the wait, because as you'll see from the video, Calvino Noir is absolutely gorgeous, in its own smoky, sinister, brooding sort of way.…

Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Drift 84 is all about the drift, as you might expect. Whipping around corners at full tilt, slinging the back end out, and earning bonuses for looking so flipping awesome. It's pretty cool, and after we saw it at Pocket Gamer Connects, we had to bring you this hands-on video.…

Hands-on with Fugl, a soaringly beautiful flight game

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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.…