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Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Plantman, the bug-zapping puzzle platformer

These days, most games set in a post-apocalyptic world revolve around running away from zombies.  It's refreshing, then, to discover a game set after a catastrophic nuclear event which has you beating a hasty retreat from massive insects instead of the undead. The game in question is Plantman, a puzzle-packed platformer which casts you as the manager of an oxygen plant. It's your job to maintain the facility, and keep the life-giving flora free of gigantic, mutant aphids. To do this, you'll need to learn how to lure insects, and then trigger electrified traps to blow these oversized pests into green goo. Curious as to what that might look like? Just watch our hands-on video below to…


Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Top 5 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week | 06/06/14

We try to keep things short and sweet here on AppSpy. We know the score: you want to know which iPhone and iPad games to play, and you want to know now. Preferably earlier if possible. This is why we've decided to save you sifting through endless articles and videos by creating a weekly round-up of the most entertaining, interesting, or noteworthy iOS games to appear on the App Store every week. It's short. It's to-the-point. It's a shining beacon of hope in the dark and scary woods of mobile gaming. Go into the light. There are medals and achievements in the light.…


Mario Kart 8 is not as good as Angry Birds Go!, and here's why...

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Mario Kart 8 is not as good as Angry Birds Go!, and here's why...

No, it isn't. It isn't. Isn't. Isn't. Isn't. Seriously, it's not. Okay, want more convincing? Fine. I've created a factually accurate three and a half minute long video for you, so that we clear this matter up once and for all. If you still think Mario Kart 8 is anywhere near as good as Angry Birds Go! after that then, well, I'll eat my hat. Oh and a huge thank you to Steve K Peacock, Mark Paterson, and Kyle Brown, whose awesome Mario Kart 8 replays I've pilfered footage from.…


Hands-on with Wrong Way Racing, the tough-as-nails one-tap racer

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Wrong Way Racing, the tough-as-nails one-tap racer

It may look sweet. It may look unassuming. It may have super-simple gameplay. But you know what? I think that if you give Wrong Way Racing a few minutes of your time, you might just be ensnared, as I am, by its one button dodging and wonderful sense of confusion and speed. A racer in looks only, this cutesy game of pure skill has you tapping the screen to change lanes and avoid oncoming vehicles. I think it's awesome. Click play below to find out why.…


Hands-on with Quadblast, the vibrant, highscore chasing tilt-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Quadblast, the vibrant, highscore chasing tilt-em-up

If you're after an arcade-centric game of avoiding and blasting enemies while an electronic dance music soundtrack thumps along in the background - and really, who isn't? - then Quadblast could well be the game for you. This free-to-play blend of dodging and shooting comes packaged in a bold and colourful aesthetic, and features perfectly pitched gyroscope controls. Press that trusty play button on the video below to see it in motion.…


Eye on the App Store: Rival Knights, Sky Force 2014, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Eye on the App Store: Rival Knights, Sky Force 2014, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

It's the middle of the week - you know what that means. No, not a general feeling of ennui and exhaustion! It means it's time for our weekly installment of Eye on the App Store over on our Twitch channel. As per usual, we'll be looking at the latest releases of the week. Some out at midnight tonight, some already out, and one that's returning to the App Store. A veritable mix on all accounts! Today our headliner are Rival Knights, Sky Force 2014, 99 Bricks Wizard Academy, and Scuba Diving Adventures, but there may be one or two more up our sleeves. Please come along to discuss all the games out this week, throw a question or two at us, and generally have a nice wee chat over on T…


Hands-on with Scuba Diver Adventures, Chillingo's drop-dead gorgeous diving sim

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Scuba Diver Adventures, Chillingo's drop-dead gorgeous diving sim

Though Scuba Diver Adventures initially came out very briefly a month ago, it was quickly pulled from the App Store due to having a scene that was a little too close to the recent Malaysian aeroplane accident. However, after a few tweaks, it's now heading back to iPhone and iPad for all to play. How are the IAPs handled in this free-to-play diving sim? Is it easy to control your character? Just how good are the visuals? And is this the worst acting in a video game in recent months. Check out our hands-on video below to find out.…


AppSpy Plays: Battleheart Legacy, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Battleheart Legacy, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Just in case our video review of Battleheart Legacy last week wasn't enough to help you decide on picking up Battleheart Legacy, we'll be playing it as part of our regular Twitch broadcasting. Our Alex called the game an "attractive, fully-featured action-RPG with elegant controls, let down only by its slightly laborious combat system." If you have already bought it, fret not - we still need you to come along and point our James in the right direction! Give us your best hints, tips, and techniques so that we can storm through the session for our onlookers. The stream starts over on our Twitch channel at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern, but we'll have a short little natter with…


Genre Busters: Console Calamities - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Genre Busters: Console Calamities - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Over here at AppSpy we like to start the week just like all the other whippersnappers our age. Lists, and plenty of 'em! And boy, do we have a list show on our Twitch channel for you today. Genre Busters: Console Calamities will be exploring the grimey underbelly of misled publishers and developers who sold their soul for a quick buck - trashy titles with the names of beloved console properties emblazoned across them. Whether they're riddled with IAP jiggery-pokery, flawed controls, and / or just downright dreadful intrusive ads, we're going to name and shame them. We want to know which you've been most disgusted by. If you have played any of these games, there's a good chance you will ne…


AppSpy Plays: Dragon Quest VIII, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Dragon Quest VIII, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Today we'll be playing the brand new release of Dragon Quest VIII that appeared on iOS just yesterday. As well as giving you the low-down on how this portrait port of the PlayStation 2 original looks, plays, and feels, we're going to give away four codes for the game that the lovely folk over at Square-Enix provided us with. Reckon you're a bit of a Dragon Quest boffin? Tune in and see if you can answer our questions to grab this rather brilliant, but rather expensive, classic Japanese RPG! We’ll be streaming from our Twitch channel from 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern time for around an hour. Get there early to take part in some news banter, and make sure you ‘Follow'…


Genre Busters: Our Top 4 Hackers (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Genre Busters: Our Top 4 Hackers (Twitch catch-up)

As part of our regular programming over on our Twitch channel, we look at some of the best games that we feel define a specific genre in Genre Busters. With Watch_Dogs dominating the multiplatform charts this week, we decided to focus on games which have you hacking, or indeed cracking, as an integral part of the game. A genre we call hackers, although our Twitch viewers have come penned an even better name for the genre - hacktastic games! We started the show with a quick demonstration of Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile, which allows iPhone and iPad users to infiltrate their friends' games and send the feds after them. Uplay has been inundated with folks trying to play this mode, b…


The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

We're hosting the Pocket Gamer Podcast live on Twitch again this week - it's almost as if we're continuing a trend! This is the perfect chance to see just what our faces look like while we're recording the podcast for our sister site, Pocket Gamer. Peter's off today so prolific Pocket Gamer newsman and reviewer Harry Slater will be joining us, alongside a new face in the shape of myself, Danny Russell. Expect us to discuss just how overpriced the iPhone, iOS, and Android releases of Dragon Quest VIII are, in addition to the rest of the week's new games and news for all handheld formats. We’ll be streaming from our Twitch channel from 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern time for a…


Hands-on with Circix, the head-scratching, line-drawing neon puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Circix, the head-scratching, line-drawing neon puzzler

You might not see it at the top of the App Store charts any time soon. Its basic visuals and sound may dissuade you from downloading it. But don't be fooled by Circix's unassuming nature: this puzzler is just as addictive as the best of them. The idea of the game is to connect the squares on the field with one another, creating enough connections to match the number on each of the squares. Sounds easy, and it is to begin with, but hit the harder levels and it becomes a mind-bending nightmare. Check out our Circix hands-on below.…


Hands-on with LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, the super sweet Japanese Disney game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, the super sweet Japanese Disney game

If you're a regular AppSpy viewer you may well remember the Twitch stream where we took a good hard look at some of the quality titles out on the Japanese App Store. One of the games that caught my eye was LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, a game that is currently exclusive to Japan, and features Disney characters such as Mickey, Donald, Piglet, Perry, and more. Having spent a little of time with it, I decided I just had to show you more of this hidden gem. Take a look at the hands-on video below and sound-off as to whether you'd like to see it in your local App Store.…


Genre Busters: Hackers - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Genre Busters: Hackers - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

The spies are back with another Genre Busters! This time, to celebrate the recent release of Watch_Dogs and its companion app, ctOS Mobile, we've selected some of our favourite iOS games that feature hacking. Haven't seen the ctOS Mobile in action yet? Catch our show from the tsart for a glimpse into how it works! Or have you been playing around with it already? Come along and let us know what you think! Undoubtedly you'll see a few games you know well, plus a couple that may have slipped you by. Did we miss any? Tune in and tell us! We need your help to decide which is the best, so please tune in to our Twitch channel at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern time to catch the show fom t…