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A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 26th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 26th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour reviews the colorful physics-puzzler Part Time UFO, praising its perfect-for-mobile design, intuitive controls, and addicting gameplay. Over on Pocket Gamer, Harry Slater presents a patented Harry’s hot take arguing that the best way to create a faithful Harry Potter game is through the magic of FMV. Tre Lawrence on Android Rundown writes a retrospective on the Android port of Sonic CD, revisiting its unique time travel mechanic and great soundtrack, although its controls may not match the quality…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

The zen puzzler is somewhat rare on mobile. Often many of the more minimalist games that avoid timers or other pressure still revolve around mechanics that can be challenging or tricky. The figurine winding of Zenbound and the silhouette construction of Shadowmatic fall into the category of simple, calmly paced puzzlers and so does this week’s hidden gem Knotmania. Rather than untying ropes or threads, Knotmania takes a more quirky approach: untangling living creatures, a twisted knot of squirming textured worms. Begin tugging and dragging and, as expected, they resist and twist away, moving in slow graceful movements as if through water or in zero gravity. With both a single worm o…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour provides his impressions of Alto’s Odyssey, praising its mesmerizing sense of place and aesthetic, the addicting flow of its mechanics, and the engaging evolution of the first game’s design. For Pocket Gamer, Jon Mundy provides a list of worthy titles for the player looking for Metal Gear Solid-style gameplay on the go, if the recent Metal Gear Survive isn’t sating that niche. The long range assassinations of Hitman: Sniper, the camera-hacking sleuthing of Republique, and several others make…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Many horror games rely on jump scares and creepy atmosphere, but the stealth/horror/puzzle hybrid Dark Echo takes a different approach, instead conjuring horror from the unknown and unseen, through minimalist visuals and immersive audio. While other mobile games like Papa Sangre and The Nightjar have delivered gameplay through sound, Dark Echo melds visuals with sound; every level starts out with a black screen, your white footprints the only color amid the surrounding dark. Move forward and lines emanate in all directions, the sound of your footsteps visualized, bouncing off the walls and revealing the environment. Without sound, you are blind. Your goal is simply to find the exit. Howev…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 12th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 1 week ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 12th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour plays a round of the Chinese release for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile; the graphics may not be as detailed as its PC and consoles cousins, but it looks like the tension and action of its gameplay has made the transition. For Pocket Gamer, the App Army provides a wide range of impressions for the recent release Purrfect Date, a visual novel with a feline twist. Amusement, confusion, disappointment, and other reactions make for quite a divisive response. Tre Lawrence on Android Rundown offers a ve…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Five Card Quest

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Five Card Quest

Developer Rocketcat is best known for their popular RPG and action roguelike releases Mage Gauntlet, Wayward Souls, and Death Road To Canada, but amid their larger titles lies a smaller and intriguing outlier of a game, the turn-based minimalist roguelike Five Card Quest. Selecting a trio of warriors from powerful Priest, the dagger-wielding Rogue, and more, you  battle room-by-room through grid-based dungeons. The focus here are those battles, an interesting blend of card game and lane-based strategy; tour party is one side of the screen, enemies on the other, spread out across three lanes. From each warrior’s deck, you choose abilities and attacks, all revolving around the ta…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Euclidea

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Euclidea

Math-based puzzlers tend to revolve around computation and sums, but Euclidea isn't like most games in that niche; rather than numbers, geometry is the focus, constructing figures and shapes with minimalist tools and within a minimalist aesthetic. Euclidea starts out simple, easing you into its collection of geometric brainteasers by teaching how to create line segments, select points, draw circles. And then gradually, the challenge begins to increase, as you use intersecting circles to create equilateral triangles and perfectly bisect lines. But the game isn't completely merciless. As you master the simpler tasks like deducing parallet lines, Euclidea provides tools that automatica…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of January 29th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of January 29th

AppSpy is only one facet of the larger network that makes up Steel Media, and all manner of interesting and informative articles made their way to pages of our sister sites. This weekly features highlights some of those stories. Over on our YouTube page, you can find a helpful tips video for the recently released card game-roguelike hybrid Meteorfall; keep that advice in mind and you’ll be a monster-slayer master in no time at all. Emily Snowden on Pocket Gamer shined a light on the isometric puzzler Valleys Between, a game about carefullly molding and managing life in an gradually expanding world. Meanwhile on Android Rundown, the adventure game Broken Sword received a retrospect…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Good Fences is an unasssuming little gem of a puzzler for iOS and Android, the kind you might not give a thought at a glance due to its simple aesthetic and mechanic that are hard to get across in screenshots. This geometric brain-teaser takes a very simple concept and wrings over a hundred challenges of shape placing and rotating out of that central mechanic. Take a look at that screenshot below, that is Good Fences at its simplest. Every stage presents you with a shape, and it's your job to surround it with copies of that same shape. It's such a basic seed of a puzzle concept, where even a less-complex shape can prove to be a tricky prospect to surround due to how corners and sides might…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Ending

Feature By Christian Valentin, 3 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Ending

Aaron Steed's Ending is a minimalist roguelike stripped of all the fluff and filler, exposing a challenging game of life and death decisions and strategic planning, where one wrong move can destroy you. Inspired by chess and board games, Ending casts you as a lowly @ sign, in a maze of dangerous ruthless enemies. Each symbol moves in a specific way or has a special purpose, from moving two spaces in a turn to only being able to attack from a certain direction or firing projectiles. When you move, they move, and one hit is enough to destroy you...or for you to end them. There in lies Ending's strategic gameplay: it's a game where every move must be considered, where you need to think five…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbar / Greyout

Feature By Christian Valentin, 3 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbar / Greyout

Sometimes it can be easy to forgot the power of words can play in games. Often words are merely relegated to mere UI indications or the names of cool new loot. Dialogue, flavor text, and logs of lore remind us of their importance, while the text adventures and 80 Days of gaming show us how effective well-crafted prose can be But outside of text adventures and word games, fewer still focus on blending the words themselves with the gameplay. Perhaps the most recent examples I can think of are Device 6's use of text to mirror the described environment and Type Rider's platforming journey through the history of typography. Blackbar and Grayout are two word games that use their text to tell thei…

Hidden Gem of the Week: RYB

Feature By Christian Valentin, 3 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: RYB

This is the first in a weekly series of features dedicated to highlighting interesting, lesser known hidden gems across iOS and Android. With the sheer volume and rate of new releases, it can be easy for a game to unnoticed, unseen; some here may be newer or older, but all are engaging in their own unique way. Picross, Paint It Back, Minesweeper, Hexcells. There’s something uniquely satisfying about a logic puzzler, perhaps how one can solve their challenges without guessing or mistakes, through pure deduction. RYB falls squarely in this category, a Picross-style puzzle game that eschews numbers and grids for colors and geometric shapes. Squares, triangle, hexagons, and other sha…

Everything you need to know about Antihero for iPhone and iPad

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Everything you need to know about Antihero for iPhone and iPad

Feels like only yesterday it was Wednesday. Probably because it was. Now it's Thursday, and that means it's time to give you the low down on the one new game on the App Store that you should definitely be playing this week. It's fair to say that it hasn't been the most exciting week for releases, but that's always the case in the post Christmas lull. Still, there has been some wheat among the chaff, including the really rather excellent game I'm going to recommend to you today. As usual, click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it. And if you'd like to share your own, no doubt very deep and meaningful, thoughts, feel free to do it in the comments section at the bottom of…

The AppSpy end of year awards: The 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of December 2017

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
The AppSpy end of year awards: The 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of December 2017

Here we are then, the last part of our look back at 2017 in mobile gaming. And, as usual, December was chock full of awesome games that you should definitely have already played. Don't worry if you haven't though, because we've provided links to download them. If this list has proven anything, I think it shows that mobile gaming has something to offer everyone. From incredible, mesmerising experiences, to small, more intimate stories. Here's hoping that 2018 can deliver the same. Oh, and make sure you keep coming back to AppSpy in the new year, because we're going to cover it all. That's right, ALL OF IT. Click here to read the best games of January 2017 Click here to read the best games…

The AppSpy end of year awards: The 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of November 2017

Feature By Harry Slater, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
The AppSpy end of year awards: The 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of November 2017

Okay, we're in the penultimate part of our round-up of the best games of the year. It's November now, we all remember some stuff that happened in November, right? I think I went over there, probably. I definitely had a lovely sleep or two. Tomorrow we're going to hit the games of December. In the meantime though, if you've not checked out the other parts of this series, poke the links below to check them out. And then we'll put this all to bed tomorrow. Lovely, lovely bed. Click here to read the best games of January 2017 Click here to read the best games of February 2017 Click here to read the best games of March 2017 Click here to read the best games of April 2017 Click here to read…