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Hands-on with Wars and Battles, in which hex-based strategy war gaming is actually way more entertaining than it sounds

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Wars and Battles, in which hex-based strategy war gaming is actually way more entertaining than it sounds

These super involved strategy games that play out on hexagonal tiles are often a real drag, and I just can't find much energy to get into them. But Wars and Battles is a bit different. It's no less serious and po-faced than the other games on the market, but once you've got the hang of the simple controls, you stop faffing about fiddling and instead start thinking tactically about your approach to the varied situations you're given. Wars and Battles is pretty cool by my book, here's what it looks like in motion.…


Hands-on with Checkpoint Champion, a game of drifting, boosting, and beating your peers

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Checkpoint Champion, a game of drifting, boosting, and beating your peers

While I'm not very good at Checkpoint Champion - on account of it being very hard indeed - I am better than at least one of my colleagues, and that is more than enough for me. Checkpoint Champion is a twitchy drift-em-up where you race from one checkpoint to the next, trying to shave fractions of seconds off of your previous time to really stick it in the craw of your friends and loved ones. It's pretty good too, as you can see in my hands-on video below.…


Hands-on with Candy Crush Soda Saga, a very fizzy match-3 puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Candy Crush Soda Saga, a very fizzy match-3 puzzler

What do you think you'd get from a huge developer making a pseudo-sequel to one of the most popular and financially successful video games of all time? More levels? Sure. More game mechanics? Definitely. Improved presentation? One would hope so. That's all present and correct in Candy Crush Soda Saga, King's follow up to Candy Crush Saga, but is there much else to get excited about if you've already had your fill of candies? Watch my hands-on to find out.…


Hands-on with Million’s Lovers - Tricks, Likes, Treats, where an adorable dog does tricks on command

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Million’s Lovers - Tricks, Likes, Treats, where an adorable dog does tricks on command

Million's Lovers - Tricks, Likes, Treats is an auto-runner, there's no getting away from that. If you're sick of endless runners, then this probably won't bring you back to the fold. But it adds two very important things into the mix for those that aren't yet done with the genre. The first is a QTE style input system for performing tricks as a dog, which keeps you on your paws. It's a flexible system, and the controls work well for it, but there's still a lot of tension in getting it right, since if you screw up too often you fail the level. The second is an incredible art style, one highly evocative of games like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. It looks amazing in motion, and ser…


Hands-on with Golfinity, the game of infinite golf, obvs

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Golfinity, the game of infinite golf, obvs

How much golfing on your mobile do you think you could potentially handle? Some? A lot? Loads? How about an infinite amount of golf. Yeah, what about that? Huh? If that sounds like your cup of tee, Golfinity is absolutely for you. It's a fantastically minimal golf-em-up, with ace controls, solid leaderboard support, and obviously plenty of content. Check out my hands-on with the game below.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 10 - Off Adventuring

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 10 - Off Adventuring

Perhaps it's a foolish desire, but for a few episodes now I've wanted to explore the wilder areas of the land I'm inhabiting. I want to feel the wind through my hair, see the horizon stretch out before me, plot a point and just head for it and see what happens. Armed to the teeth, I set out in this episode to do exactly that. How does it turn out? How do you think? Also: darkness! If you somehow missed a previous episode you can catch up via our Playlist on YouTube.…


Drifting, desserts, and death-dealing - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Drifting, desserts, and death-dealing - AppSpy's Sunday Service

You need a quick catch up on everything cool from the world of mobile and tablet gaming? You just found it with AppSpy's Sunday Service. The Big Stories 1. We went hands-on with the rather smashing Day of the Viking. 2. We got all hot under the bonnet with the trailer for Drift Girls. 3. We cooked up all sorts of delicious Minecraft-themed treats. 4. We discovered that some smart types in Bristol are making some sweet looking robots. 5. We saw 9 awesome things you can do in Strung Along. AppSpy Recommends Undoubtedly the most curious release this week is The Sailor's Dream. If it were a PC game you might call it a walking simulator: you pootle about the world to explore its l…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 18

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 18

Things get terrifying in this episode, as the monsters aren't just found in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. When things aren't about as spooky as things can get, James and myself get on with some serious hunting, hanging out with the AppSpy community and smashing any foolish marks that might try and get in the way. Not quite up-to-date with the series? Catch up via our playlist.…


9 amazing things you can do in Strung Along

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
9 amazing things you can do in Strung Along

In Strung Along you control a puppet on strings, trying to get them through increasingly challenging levels of obstacles and whatnot. Since it's heavily governed by its (usually robust) physics engine, it's allowed from some pretty awesome things to be done by its players. Many of these things have been captured by eagle-eyed peeps on Everyplay, and I've collected them all together into one convenient little list. So then, in Strung Along you can... Swing! Jump! Do a forward flip! Dance to EDM! Risk a groin injury! Walk on thin air! Not finish your sentences! Breakdance as if possessed by a demon! And make it to the final level! Think you can do better? Grab the…


Hands-on with Day of the Viking, where a princess asks you to squish invaders using giant boulders

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Day of the Viking, where a princess asks you to squish invaders using giant boulders

Day of the Viking's princess is not your typical damsel in distress. She's a mean, cunning, and I think slightly cruel leader of a group of forces that are Hell-bent on driving off a Viking invasion. Protecting her is a group of fearless warriors, utilising bows and arrows, as well as boulders, to turn back their aggressors. It's a silly and fun physics action puzzler, and one I rather enjoyed. Here's how I got on...…


Hands-on with Soccer Runner, the footie-focused endless runner featuring... Mr. Miyagi...?

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Soccer Runner, the footie-focused endless runner featuring... Mr. Miyagi...?

So yes, Soccer Runner has a slightly odd cameo in it. But aside from the inclusion of Kesuke Miyagi, and the football theme to proceedings, Soccer Runner is a fairly by-the-numbers auto-runner. You swipe to avoid obstacles by dodging or jumping or sliding, and there are special boosts to grab along the way that will aid you with your quest for a highscore. That said, there's a cool addition whereby you can kick the ball to break some obstacles, and the QTE sequences at the end of stages are nifty too. Here are my first thoughts on the game, captured in video form.…


Hands-on with Super Secret Service, where you must save the President from rogue paper airplanes attacks

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Super Secret Service, where you must save the President from rogue paper airplanes attacks

What would you do if the President was in (apparently mortal) danger from being struck by a paper airplane? Would you step up and get in the line of fire? What if, instead of a paper airplane, the projectile were a tomato? What then, hero? Test your mettle with Super Secret Service, a brand new endless action game by Austin Ivansmith. Fancy giving my highscore a run for its money? Download the game on the links below. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Store link]…


Hands-on with Bitcoin Billionaire, where earning fake Internet money and getting rich quick has never been easier

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Bitcoin Billionaire, where earning fake Internet money and getting rich quick has never been easier

Bitcoin Billionaire is a pastiche of Bitcoins and the clicker genre of games, by being a clicker game that is about Bitcoins. It's got a wry sense of humour, a wonderful aesthetic, and a moreish upgrade path that, once you're on, is difficult to get off of. I got a little time in with the game, click play on the video below to see how I got on. Oh and for those wondering: no, Bitcoin Billionaire doesn't actually generate Bitcoins for you. Pity.…


Hands-on with Contract Killer: Sniper, the brand new sniping game from Glu

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Contract Killer: Sniper, the brand new sniping game from Glu

Glu Mobile has a new sniping game out, and it's got the Contract Killer name attached to it. From my quick hands-on with the game, it appears to be business as usual for the now very well-established shooter franchise from Glu. You enter an area, shoot all the bad guys, perhaps complete a special objective, and when you win you upgrade a selection of powerful weaponry to allow you access to the next stage. I've had a decent time with Contract Killer: Sniper so far, here are my first impressions.…


Hands-on with Seabeard, the mind-bogglingly beautiful adventure on the high seas

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Seabeard, the mind-bogglingly beautiful adventure on the high seas

Seabeard is a new adventure game that's currently in soft-launch in a few territories. Its gameplay is kind of like a blend between The Legend of Zelda, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing, and it has a terrific sense of style that also feels like an amalgamation of those three console games. It's from Backflip Studios, it's free-to-play, it's coming soon. Get hyped, because I've a feeling it's going to be big.…