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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Hands-On

I won't waste your time with too much intro blurb. We all know why we're here. Rockstar has just released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iPhone and iPad. When the original game appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, it was the largest and most ambitious GTA experience ever commited to disc. Now, the folks at Rockstar have given their first Los Santos adventure a lick of paint, added some snazzy new shadows and reflections, and let it loose on the App Store. Here is a 10 minute video of me playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: We will have a review for you shortly. If you can't wait for the AppSpy verdict, you can download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for £4.99 / $…


Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Trials Frontier | Hands-On

Though we've seen a few Trials-esque games make their way onto iOS - Motoheroz and Joe Danger leap immediately to mind - we haven't been able to play Redlynx's original motorbike stunt-racer on our mobiles.  Until now. As of today, Trials Frontier, the first official mobile instalment of the Trials franchise, is available to download from the Canadian App Store. It should be noted that this is a soft launch version of Trials Frontier, and does not necessarily represent the quality of the finished product. Still, these restricted releases generally give us a good idea of what to expect from the global release. With that caveat out of the way, we invite you to check out our Trials Fro…


Top 7 Platformers on iPhone and iPad

Feature By Peter Willington, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Top 7 Platformers on iPhone and iPad

One of the very first games I fell in love with as a youngster was Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Ever since then I've had a soft spot for platformers. The App Store has tons of great games that require you leap from one ledge to another, occasionally crushing enemies beneath your feet. However, to save you sifting though the whole lot,  I've gone ahead and whittled them down to the seven crucial ones you absolutely must play. Oh, and as I note in the video, you'll find none of that auto-runner stuff in this list. I love a bit of Temple Run, but this video is dedicated to traditional-style platformers: with levels and goals and endings.…


Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

If you happen to live in New Zealand, you may have noticed that you can now download Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! from the App Store. While I don't live in New Zealand, I do have a magical portal which allows me to cross time zones, download games from faraway lands, and zip back to Blighty before my Cornflakes go soggy. Thanks to this geography-defying temporal disturbance, I have managed to coax the feathery racer onto my iPhone, and record a little hands-on so that the rest of you can see what you're missing. Remember, this is the soft launch version of Angry Birds Go!, so the game may change between now and the game's global release date, December 11th…


Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Ubisoft has just announced that Assassin's Creed Pirates, its seafaring iOS tie-in to console release Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will drop anchor in App Store waters on December 5th. However, it just so happens that we've got our hooked hands on a preview build of the privateering sim, and have been putting it through its peg-legged paces. Cast as salty scoundrel Alonzo Batilla, you must sail the seas of the Caribbean blowing up other ships, looting treasure, and generally being a bit piratey. If you want to see what all of that looks like, then cast your eyes over our hands-on video below, in which I guide you through the first 15 minutes of the game.…


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

As we reported yesterday, Square Enix has just released its 3D revamp of pseudo sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Picking up some 17 years after the events of Final Fantasy IV, the game lets you revisit old characters, and explore new storylines over several self-contained chapters. This is a Square Enix game, so the barrier for entry is pretty high - £10.99 / $15.99 to be exact.  While we will be reviewing The After Years, these RPGs take a little time to complete. To tide you over in the meantime, we've gone hands-on with the game and posted to the results for your perusal. [App Store link]…


Galaxy on Fire: Alliances | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months ago
Galaxy on Fire: Alliances | Hands-On

Galaxy on Fire: Alliances may not be the sequel you were expecting. In fact, it's not really sequel at all. Rather than creating another instalment of third-person ship-to-ship combat, developer Fishlabs has decided to take the series in another, more strategic direction. The result is a free-to-play game based around resource management and social co-operation, where you must unite with other players from around the world to form international armadas capable of bringing the universe to its knees. The open beta for Galaxy on Fire: Alliances went live in 14 countries today, including New Zealand and Canada. I went hands-on with the game earlier today. Here is the result: Incidentally,…


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run | Hands-On

You all knew it was coming. Where a blockbuster movie franchise passes, an endless-runner tie-in is sure to follow. Following in the well-worn footsteps of Brave, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now has its own Temple Run-inspired mobile game. Below you will find a short video showing the game in action. In truth, you could probably close your eyes and imaging playing Temple Run while being chased by bees and it would do the same job. Still, I am duty-bound to supply you with footage of new games, and supply I have. Now you have to do your part. It'll only take five minutes, and then we can all forget this ever happened.…


Epoch.2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Epoch.2 | Hands-On

For the most part, cover-based shooters have traditionally been a console experience. Ever since Gear of War popularised the magnetic wall mechanic, joypad jostlers have been inundated with third-person blasters which have you spending half the game bent double behind a pile of rubble like an arthritic bricklayer. However, in 2011, Uppercut Games brought a variation of this popular subgenre to the App Store. The game was called Epoch., and it condensed the popular cover-based shooting mechanic to a touchscreen-friendly tap-and-swipe system. We rather liked it, with our reviewer taking a particular shine to the innovate interface. Today, Epoch.2 rolled onto iOS. Our review is incoming, bu…


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas | Hands-On

Few indie games have generated as much buzz as Oceanhorn. Two years in development, Cornfox & Bros.'s Zelda-esque action RPG has been turning heads and widening eyes since the first screenshots appeared online. As of midnight tonight, Oceanhorn will go live on App Stores worldwide. However, if you can't wait till then to see the game in action, you can watch me play through the first 15 minutes in the video below. Be sure to check back soon for the AppSpy review.…


Star Wars: Tiny Death Star | Freeplay

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star | Freeplay

If you still have love in your heart for the 'Wars, then it can't have escaped your attention that Star Wars: Tiny Death Star came out last week. Developed by Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit, it's essentially a reskinned version of the popular tower management game, only with stormtroopers and ewoks and stuff. As it's one of those long-term investment games that don't lend themselves to traditional reviews, I thought I'd do a quick freeplay video to show you what Star Wars: Tiny Death Star has to offer. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as hotel proprietors.  …


Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 1 week ago
Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Dead Trigger, developer Madfinger's visually arresting entry into the zombie-shooter sub genre, was one of the surprise hits of 2012. As anyone who has ever typed the letter 'z' into the App Store's search bar will know, zombie games are ten-a-penny on iOS. Like the undead hordes that they portray, these games continue to shamble relentlessly towards us, with every fallen, bullet-ridden carcass immediately replaced by five more.  There was something about Dead Trigger, however, that managed to cut through the swathe of deadite-blasters and plunge a pipe wrench into the heart of mobile gamers everywhere. On October 23rd, Madfinger will release Dead Trigger 2. We've just got our hands…


The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 1 week ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Once again, AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. This week, James gets bored of waiting for Peter to return to homebase, and decides to lead a rescue party of one to recover him.  Will Peter and James be reunited? Can the pair survive another night without bedding or shelter? Will they actually achieve a single worthwhile goal in this entire series? Find out in The Junk Jack X-Files: Case 4. Previous episodes of The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1Case 2Case 3…


Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 1 week ago
Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

With the Caped Crusader polishing his baterangs in preparation for his big console comeback Batman: Arkham Origins, developer NetherRealm has been hard at work creating the obligatory iOS tie-in. As it turns out, this iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins actually has more in common with Injustice: Gods Among Us than its console cousin. It's a one-on-one brawler which puts the Dark Knight centre stage, and then chucks an assortment of Gotham's most sociopathic at his predictably scowling face. As it's only just arrived on the App Store, I thought I'd show you the first few levels to give you an idea of what to expect. Check back soon for the full review. …


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! It was quite a question this week right? It can be hard to answer just what kind of game you wish to make when no boundaries are set on the question. Jastootie, Darkscience, and Taekon all dreamed big to create a magnum opus, and they all agreed on no IAPs and a higher price point to accommodate it. While their pitches lacked specifics, they obviously see the strength and potential of the iOS platform and would be interested in creating significant gaming experiences for it. To be honest, I went the completely opposite path. One thing I enjoy is to look at a classic game or a modern game with simple mechanics and then to think of how to use what they did as…