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

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 months, 1 week 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...…

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

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 months, 1 week 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, 5 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.…