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Hands-on with Beyond Gravity, the cartoony endless jumper in spaaaaaaace

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 9 hours ago
Hands-on with Beyond Gravity, the cartoony endless jumper in spaaaaaaace

After recklessly smashing your ship into an asteroid, and subsequently crash landing on a foreign planet, you must use your strangely powerful legs to jump from planetary body to planetary body, collecting nuts and bolts along the way, in an effort (I assume) to get home safely. Beyond Gravity isn't exactly hard sci-fi then, but it is a lot of fun, as the hands-on video below will attest. It's bite-sized fun, and the gameplay is all presented with a cheeky and cheery cartoon papercraft-esque style. Let me know if you're playing Beyond Gravity, in our comments.…


Hands-on with Alphabeats, where cool music and spelling combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 10 hours ago
Hands-on with Alphabeats, where cool music and spelling combine

In Alphabeats you must create words using letters that fall from the top of the screen to the beat of the music, avoiding incorrect spelling, and trying to use “rare” letters (QXZ etc) as much as possible. It's an odd mash up, and it's a rough diamond for sure. But it's quite moreish too, and extremely satisfying when you beat your friend's scores in the online leaderboards. The music is totally awesome as well, comprising a base soundtrack of ABXY, Absent Qualia, Big Giant Circles, Disasterpeace, Whitley Tower Haus, with more available as IAPs. Here's my hands-on video with the game...…


Hands-on with Bio Inc., the medical strategy game in which I killed our Danny with dementia

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 12 hours ago
Hands-on with Bio Inc., the medical strategy game in which I killed our Danny with dementia

Poor Danny. He's always so hard at work on AppSpy's Twitter, Facebook, and G+, and he's a regular on our Twitch streams, wielding The Ban Hammer of Justice with fairness and speed. But I think things have all gotten a little much for him, a little too stressful, as he just died of dementia. Well, he did in my hands-on with Bio Inc., at least. Bio Inc. is a strategy game in the style of Plague Inc., in that you gradually build up a disease in your subject, with the ultimate goal being their untimely death. It's pretty grim, but kind of fascinating too, and it will probably teach you a thing or two about biomedical science along the way. You'll certainly want to start washing your hands mo…


Hands-on with Epic Skater, the rad auto-runner made by ex-Tony Hawks devs

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 16 hours ago
Hands-on with Epic Skater, the rad auto-runner made by ex-Tony Hawks devs

Whenever we get sent an extreme sports game, my interests are immediately piqued, so when I was told that Epic Skater is being made by developers of some of the early Tony Hawks games - i.e. some of the best games ever made - my interest level rocketed off the charts. I wasn't disappointed. Epic Skater is a free-to-play single plane auto-runner that's currently in soft launch, in which you must leap obstacles, pull of the sickest of tricks, and grab coins while you're doing so. The controls are simple, responsive, and even manage to feel authentic to the sport itself. Kickflip down to the play button below for more on Epic Skater.…


Hands-on with Dream Revenant, the stunningly beautiful first person adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Dream Revenant, the stunningly beautiful first person adventure

I could write tens of thousands of words on the various elements that go to make up Dream Revenant. The hazy Summer light dappling through the branches of one of the game's sumptuous environments, the pitch perfect score and sound effects that build the delirious (almost creepy) atmosphere of the game, the supremely sophisticated storytelling and framing that permeates every moment of the intriguing narrative - any of these could be the subject of a lengthy discourse here on AppSpy. But instead, take a look at our hands-on video with the game to see it in motion, and see for yourself why I'm extremely excited to play further.…


Hands-on with Star Admiral, the space-faring collectible card game sans the cards

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Star Admiral, the space-faring collectible card game sans the cards

Treading a very thin line between collectible card game (CCG) and straight up strategy game, Star Admiral is as satisfying to play as it is a unique proposition. You're given a fleet (or deck), and must play ships (cards) in a tactical manner, attacking your opponent, and setting up traps in case of retaliation. I've really enjoyed my time with the game thus far, trying to collect as many of the 100 units on offer as possible, and challenging other players in online PvP. Star Admiral is currently in soft launch, and comes to iOS and Android soon. In the meantime, check out my hands-on impressions...…


Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

SnapMatch Soccer is the game for people who like football, but don't like football games. A puzzler at its heart, SnapMatch Soccer is all about matching pairs of tiles on a grid, the result of which encourages your team to push onward and play better. Get enough matches and you'll be given the opportunity to take a shot on goal, and if you successfully match two goal tiles during your shot, you'll put it in the back of the net. Currently the game will only let you play the CPU, but there are plans to add PvP multiplayer, and besides there seems to be plenty of content to keep you going until then. It's fun stuff, if a bit tough, but the base idea is accessible to all, whether or not they…


Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Something about FFFFF2P has definitely rubbed me up the wrong way. The game is a (quite possibly deliberately) simple and slightly broken single screen platformer that commits loads of freemium cardinal sins. Adverts are present throughout, you're bombarded with interstitial ads during gameplay, and everything is up for sale, including winning the game. I guess the joke is that this is a title that's mocking free-to-play games. But in doing so FFFFF2P simply becomes a very bad example of a free-to-play game, and ignores many of the good aspects of freemium gaming. Ultimately, I suppose, I'm just not sure why you'd want to spend much time on a bad game of any kind, whether or not it's supp…


Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

As I note in the hands-on video you'll see below, Tunnel Ground still needs work for it to be a solid recommendation. The menus are raw, the pace is slow, the UI fiddly, and mission objectives a little unclear. But the game has continually gone through improvements since I was first made aware of it, the story is strong and very much central to the game, and the core gameplay is solid. It's a game with serious potential, basically. It's definitely worth a look at our hands-on with Tunnel Ground, let me know in the comments whether you're keen to see more mech games on mobiles.…


Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

The aim of Tapslide is simple: match the tile pattern seen on the opposite side of the playfield. Actually succeeding to any degree of skill with Tapslide is another thing entirely. But it's only tough because most people's sense of spatial awareness is underdeveloped, malnourished, and in need of some TLC. So by playing Tapslide, you'll not only get better at the game but, in theory, at a whole bunch of other daily tasks as well. People say games don't teach you anything? Pah! Point them at the video below.…


Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

I was fortunate enough to get an early hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, the retro RPG-inspired defence game from the team behind Jelly Dash. When you thwack that play button, you'll notice that a lot of attention has been put into making the presentation look like a highly evolved 8-bit / 16-bit RPG, but the game is actually a lot closer to a simpler tower defence game with some gambling mechanics thrown in for good measure. You take your chances on a roulette wheel to summon new creatures, spin a one-armed bandit to see which enemies you'll face next, and then use strategy to place your monsters in the right order or your dungeon, so that you can best the pesky adventurers that invad…


Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

We brought you news of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard being released on iPhone and iPad (after a spell on Android) a few days ago, but I've now had a bit of time to put the game through its paces and see what it actually plays like. In the hands-on video below you'll see the core concepts of the game in motion, the versatile attacks, a few monsters, and the highly customisable (not to mention visually spectacularly) Soul Arts in action. So click play and take a peek, then pop into the comments to let me know if you'll be embarking on some of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard's MMO action RPG quests any time soon.…


Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

It's easy to make Clash of Clans when talking about Plunder Pirates because... well... well because it's a very clear inspiration for the game. But when you see it running it becomes clear how much more impressive this game is with its presentation: this is a super high quality production, with tip-top visuals and excellent soundtrack. The longer you play the game, the more you begin to realise that this isn't a simple knock off job, it's an evolution of the core strategy management genre ideas, with compulsive exploration elements thrown in for good measure. Take a look at the hands-on below, then let us know what you think in the comments.…


Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

I don't think I could hold my own in a big manly man talk about football down the pub. The current state of the Premier League is a mystery to me, and the only thing I know about the most recent World Cup is that this Brazilian man is very sad for some reason. But that hasn't stopped me loving the heck out of Uppercup Football. You have to get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and score a goal, like other games of soccer, but in your way are vikings, minefields, shrubbery, and all manner of other obstacles. It's all controlled by just one button, and getting a red card results in having a paper bag put on your head. Also one of my players looks like Skrillex. Awesome. Upperc…


Hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the game that features the least safe mode of transportation yet devised

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the game that features the least safe mode of transportation yet devised

Strapping on a helmet hooked to a large chain that's being pulled ever-upwards by two rockets might not sound like the best course of action for someone looking to nip down the shops for some milk and bread, but if you're a sky tourist it's the only way to fly. Enter Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the sequel to 2013's Sky Tourist, starring the reckless-yet-cheerful Petey Pendant. It's your job to navigate dangerous courses and grab collectables on your journey skyward, using the independently controlled rockets on the left and right of the screen to do so. I went hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip today, here's what happened...…