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Dual Survivor | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Dual Survivor | Hands-On

It's not easy to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time. It's not easy learning how to juggle. However, if you want a real challenge of co-ordination, try guiding two silver balls simultaneously along two twisting paths filled with obstacles, pitfalls, and other hazards. If you want to see what that feat looks like, check out our hands-on video of Dual Survivor. Watch in detached amusement as I tear my hair out trying to progress past level six of this insanely challenging game of skill.…


Out There | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Out There | Hands-On

I love a bit of space exploration. Whether I'm searching for ore in Mass Effect's Nimbus Cluster, or fending off Rockmen in FTL (which is on its way to iOS, incidentally), you'll always find me with a smile on my face, and a Star Trek reference on the tip of my tongue. Which is why I was interested in pulling up the blast shield of space exploration sim Out There, the soon-to-be released sci-fi adventure from Mi-Clos Studio. Rather than throwing flashy, real-time 3D battles at your face every 60 seconds, Out There takes a more measured approach to the art of intergalactic travel. Instead of launching a never-ending volley of photon torpedoes, find yourself managing your ship's fuel…


Tengami | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Tengami | Hands-On

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now breathe out slowly.  Take in your surroundings. Hear the rustling of the leaves outside your window. Feel the smooth, sculpted curve of the mouse beneath your palm.  Know that you are a tiny grain of sand, a tiny part of a small beach at the edge of an ever-expanding ocean of hidden knowledge and as-yet unseen wonder. Excellent. You are now ready to watch me play Tengami, the extremely zen papercraft puzzle adventure due to hit the App Store tonight.…


Bug Heroes 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Bug Heroes 2 | Hands-On

Developer Forsaken Media is just about to release Bug Heroes 2, the follow-up to its insect-centric "tactic action / defence hybrid" game. In it, you take control of a pair of insect soldiers, and attempt to fend off waves of creepy crawlies, and prevent them from smashing up your base and stealing your food supplies. I got to grips with Bug Heroes 2 about an hour ago, and am pleased to report that the game has bags of promise. It's smooth, easy to handle, and overflowing with colour and character. We'll have to play a little further to find out how the free-to-play model affects the Bug Heroes 2's gameplay. However, to get a taste of what the game has in store for you, check out the…


Coldfire Keep | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Coldfire Keep | Hands-On

It's not often you get a brutal-as-all-heck, first person dungeon explorer for your mobile telephone. But that's exactly what Steve Jarman and Crescent Moon Games have cooked up with Coldfire Keep. Scouting around dank pits filled with crafty creatures and treacherous traps, it's up to you and your party of warriors, rogues, and mages to defeat evil, save the day, and generally be bloody heroic. "Does this old-school style of game translate well to iOS?" you ask. "Definitely, yes," I reply. Here's my hands-on impressions in video format to show you why.…


Card Wars - Adventure Time | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Card Wars - Adventure Time | Hands-On

"The fun will never end, it's Adventure Time!" claims Adventure Time's theme tune. But does this slogan apply to digital card games that also sport the Adventure Time monicker? To find out, I recently downloaded, played, and captured footage fromCard Wars - Adventure Time. What's it like to play? Is it true to the cartoon series? Was it worth the purchase? And is it just Magic: The Gathering with a comedy cartoon wig on? Find out by pressing that shiny play button below.…


R-Type II | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
R-Type II | Hands-On

Those pesky Bydo are back again, and it's up to you to defeat them once more in this iOS re-release of R-Type II. Being the sequel to classic side-scrolling shooter R-Type, you can of course expect lots of shooting, tons of grotesque enemies, and a smattering of powerful bonus weapons to tinker with. How kind has time been to this late eighties shooter? Find out as I take the R-9 Custom out for a spin around the galaxy.…


Dungelot 2 | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Dungelot 2 | Hands-On

The original Dungelot was a bit of a cult hit last year, and now the series is back with a new look and even more dungeons filled with casual rogue-like action. Having delved a little into the murky depths of the original game, I'm returning to the darkness to shine some light on this new outing. What's been changed? What's stayed the same? And what was Konami doing with the hearts in Castlevania? All will be revealed on my hands-on adventure, so click the play button on the video below to join me on my quest.…


Only One | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Only One | Hands-On

If you've ever watched Highlander then you'll know that there can be only one - one person with all the power, and all the glory. That's what Only One is all about too, except it's not a cheesy film featuring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. Instead, it's a pixel-art arena brawler for your iOS device. So, what do we make of this retro-tinged, blood-thirsty battler? Find out by clicking the play button on that video down there.…


Touchgrind Skate 2 - The Docks | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Touchgrind Skate 2 - The Docks | Hands-On

If you've absolutely wrung Touchgrind Skate 2 dry of content - finished all the competitions, beaten all of your friends in multiplayer, and completed every objective - but are still looking for something new, then I've got some very good news for you. Touchgrind Skate 2 has just been updated with a fresh skate park called The Docks. Being a bit of a deck head myself, I jumped at the chance to re-download the game and get stuck in with this brand new area. Take a look below then for a quick tour around The Docks and all the new tricking opportunities held there.…


Final Fantasy VI | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Final Fantasy VI | Hands-On

Square Enix continues its great tradition of rifling through its extensive catalogue of older titles, and seeing how much it can get away with charging for them. Their latest re-release is an iOS port of Final Fantasy VI. Seen by many as the pinnacle of 16-bit JRPGs, and held by many to be the best entry in the oeuvre, this touchscreen port of the genre favourite has many gamers excited - and concerned. Is the game still a classic? Is it worth your time and money? What's happened to those Super Nintendo visuals? And can you still perform wrestling moves on locomotives? All these questions and more are answered in our hands-on video.…


Flappy Bird Addiction: A Survivor's Story

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Flappy Bird Addiction: A Survivor's Story

When Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen was asked why he pulled his viral hit Flappy Bird from the App Store, he didn't give the answer we were all expecting. Rather than cite the stream of hateful Twitter comments or concern over cloning allegations, the Vietnamese developer gave a simple reason: addiction. "[Flappy Bird] happened to become an addictive product," Nguyen explained in an interview with Forbes. "I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird." Though some have questioned the sincerity of this explanation, we have uncovered evidence that Flappy Bird addiction is not only real, but is destroying lives. The video above tells the stor…


Supernauts | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Supernauts | Hands-On

Some things just don't work very well when they're combined. Electricity and water. Blackcurrant cordial and milk. Paul and Barry Chuckle. These are things that, though fine by themselves, cause pain, indigestion, and comic mischief when put together. So, could anything good come from combining the much-loved hardcore builder Minecraft, with super casual wait-em-up FarmVille, in a free-to-play mid-core game from Finnish startup Grand Cru? If our time with Supernauts is anything to go by, the answer is 'yes.' Here's why:…


Dungeon Keeper: What did you expect?

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Dungeon Keeper: What did you expect?

There has been a lot written about the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper over the past week. There have been tantrums. There have been tears. There have been 1-star reviews. There has even been a scandal relating to the app's rating system which calls the business practises of EA and Mythic Entertainment into question. The thing is, it was always going to be this way. Dungeon Keeper 2014 was never going to be the game you wanted. Why? Let me explain:…


RoboCop | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
RoboCop | Hands-On

So there was this great movie from the '80s called Robotic Policeman Man. It was all about this policeman who lost some of his man bits in a harrowing paperwork accident, and had to be fused with the office photocopier at a molecular genetic level so that he could carry on with his filing. As with all moderately successful films from the '80s, Robotic Policeman Man has fallen victim to Hollywood's first Prime Directive: Ignore all new and potentially interesting ideas in favour of rehashing old ones. They've decided to call the new film RoboCop, and have inserted a load of guns and Samuel L Jackson. Presumably, there will be a post credit scene in which Jackson will recruit RoboCop into th…