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Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 11 - Creeper City

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 1 week ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 11 - Creeper City

You want one full hour of Minecraft: PE? Cool! Then I'm here to give that to you. I decided to stream my latest adventure in AppSpy world live on Twitch, and it went swimmingly. Well, it did to begin with. After a while I got completely lost, realised I was alone, got a bit scared, and then decided I needed to make another shelter to keep me safe during the night. But just as I began to let my guard down, it all went wrong. I did make the biggest diving board ever though, so that's something I suppose. Also: creepers! Missed an episode? Catch up here.…

Tricking dogs, peeking at Pandora, and loads of games - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 1 week ago
Tricking dogs, peeking at Pandora, and loads of games - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Welcome to AppSpy's Sunday Service, the fastest way to catch up on everything you've missed from the world of mobile video games. The Big Stories 1. Playable Angry Birds cakes are an actual thing. 2. There's a fresh new trailer for Tales from the Borderlands. It's shaping up to be awesome. 3. Gamebanjo is a bloody huge collection of games, and it's now out on Android. 4. Million's Lovers certainly looks amazing, but you lot are wondering if its art style may have been borrowed from another game. 5. XCOM: Enemy Within is out now on iOS and Android. AppSpy Recommends Both myself and James have really enjoyed our time with Golfinity thus far. It's an endless putting game by Nimb…

Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 19

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 1 week ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 19

As we roll into episode 19 of our ongoing series playing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, James and I find ourselves once again in good company. The AppSpy community is here to help us beat the flipping flip out of any creatures stood in our way, and we're more than happy to reap the rewards. There's a particularly cool bit of armour on display in this episode, as well as a ridiculously awesome conch shell weapon, plus the usual end-of-the-week chat, so get stuck in. It's okay if you've missed a couple of episodes, as you can catch up via our playlist.…

7 ridiculously hard stages from Geometry Dash

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 1 week ago
7 ridiculously hard stages from Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash is a hard game, and features some absurdly challenging levels in it that will prove tough to even the most patient, dedicated, and skilful of hardcore video gamers. Seriously, some of the stages are stupidly, ridiculously, supremely difficult, and take ages to complete, let alone master. But just how hard is hard? I've collected a bunch of video evidence off of that Everyplay, and attempt to convey just how hard these levels are. Hard. Harder than hard. Harder than that. Harder than working out a very hard equation. Harder than a hard boiled egg that went to the school of hard knocks. Harder than 40 hard men from Chard, who have done hard time in prison for b…

Hands-on with Knituma, in which a bear is knitting a lovely scarf

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Knituma, in which a bear is knitting a lovely scarf

With winter setting in, we usually turn our attentions to keeping warm. Personally I've been shopping for a nice cosy hat, and some spangly new gloves to do exactly that. Yet no winter outfit would be complete without a scarf, and indeed no scarf could possibly be cooler than one knitted by a bear. If only I knew a bear like the one in Knituma: one obsessed with adding as many balls of wool as possible to the scarf they're knitting, so that the scarf stretches out to thousands of kilometres in length.…

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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 1 week 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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, 6 months, 2 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, 6 months, 2 weeks 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...…