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Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

SnapMatch Soccer is the game for people who like football, but don't like football games. A puzzler at its heart, SnapMatch Soccer is all about matching pairs of tiles on a grid, the result of which encourages your team to push onward and play better. Get enough matches and you'll be given the opportunity to take a shot on goal, and if you successfully match two goal tiles during your shot, you'll put it in the back of the net. Currently the game will only let you play the CPU, but there are plans to add PvP multiplayer, and besides there seems to be plenty of content to keep you going until then. It's fun stuff, if a bit tough, but the base idea is accessible to all, whether or not they…


Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Something about FFFFF2P has definitely rubbed me up the wrong way. The game is a (quite possibly deliberately) simple and slightly broken single screen platformer that commits loads of freemium cardinal sins. Adverts are present throughout, you're bombarded with interstitial ads during gameplay, and everything is up for sale, including winning the game. I guess the joke is that this is a title that's mocking free-to-play games. But in doing so FFFFF2P simply becomes a very bad example of a free-to-play game, and ignores many of the good aspects of freemium gaming. Ultimately, I suppose, I'm just not sure why you'd want to spend much time on a bad game of any kind, whether or not it's supp…


Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

As I note in the hands-on video you'll see below, Tunnel Ground still needs work for it to be a solid recommendation. The menus are raw, the pace is slow, the UI fiddly, and mission objectives a little unclear. But the game has continually gone through improvements since I was first made aware of it, the story is strong and very much central to the game, and the core gameplay is solid. It's a game with serious potential, basically. It's definitely worth a look at our hands-on with Tunnel Ground, let me know in the comments whether you're keen to see more mech games on mobiles.…


Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

The aim of Tapslide is simple: match the tile pattern seen on the opposite side of the playfield. Actually succeeding to any degree of skill with Tapslide is another thing entirely. But it's only tough because most people's sense of spatial awareness is underdeveloped, malnourished, and in need of some TLC. So by playing Tapslide, you'll not only get better at the game but, in theory, at a whole bunch of other daily tasks as well. People say games don't teach you anything? Pah! Point them at the video below.…


Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

I was fortunate enough to get an early hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, the retro RPG-inspired defence game from the team behind Jelly Dash. When you thwack that play button, you'll notice that a lot of attention has been put into making the presentation look like a highly evolved 8-bit / 16-bit RPG, but the game is actually a lot closer to a simpler tower defence game with some gambling mechanics thrown in for good measure. You take your chances on a roulette wheel to summon new creatures, spin a one-armed bandit to see which enemies you'll face next, and then use strategy to place your monsters in the right order or your dungeon, so that you can best the pesky adventurers that invad…


Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

We brought you news of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard being released on iPhone and iPad (after a spell on Android) a few days ago, but I've now had a bit of time to put the game through its paces and see what it actually plays like. In the hands-on video below you'll see the core concepts of the game in motion, the versatile attacks, a few monsters, and the highly customisable (not to mention visually spectacularly) Soul Arts in action. So click play and take a peek, then pop into the comments to let me know if you'll be embarking on some of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard's MMO action RPG quests any time soon.…


Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

It's easy to make Clash of Clans when talking about Plunder Pirates because... well... well because it's a very clear inspiration for the game. But when you see it running it becomes clear how much more impressive this game is with its presentation: this is a super high quality production, with tip-top visuals and excellent soundtrack. The longer you play the game, the more you begin to realise that this isn't a simple knock off job, it's an evolution of the core strategy management genre ideas, with compulsive exploration elements thrown in for good measure. Take a look at the hands-on below, then let us know what you think in the comments.…


Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

I don't think I could hold my own in a big manly man talk about football down the pub. The current state of the Premier League is a mystery to me, and the only thing I know about the most recent World Cup is that this Brazilian man is very sad for some reason. But that hasn't stopped me loving the heck out of Uppercup Football. You have to get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and score a goal, like other games of soccer, but in your way are vikings, minefields, shrubbery, and all manner of other obstacles. It's all controlled by just one button, and getting a red card results in having a paper bag put on your head. Also one of my players looks like Skrillex. Awesome. Upperc…


Hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the game that features the least safe mode of transportation yet devised

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the game that features the least safe mode of transportation yet devised

Strapping on a helmet hooked to a large chain that's being pulled ever-upwards by two rockets might not sound like the best course of action for someone looking to nip down the shops for some milk and bread, but if you're a sky tourist it's the only way to fly. Enter Sky Tourist Blitz Trip, the sequel to 2013's Sky Tourist, starring the reckless-yet-cheerful Petey Pendant. It's your job to navigate dangerous courses and grab collectables on your journey skyward, using the independently controlled rockets on the left and right of the screen to do so. I went hands-on with Sky Tourist Blitz Trip today, here's what happened...…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 5 months, 1 week ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

After the success of our Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS stream last week, we're back for more. In fact, we'll be revisiting MHFU each Friday for a fair few weeks, with some treats in store! So, for this second episode of Monster Hunter Freedom Friday, James and Peter will hopefully heed the advice of Harry, acclaimed Prince of Reviews over at Pocket Gamer, and actually put on some armour before venturing out into the wilderness. They're not going to forget to pack their Bovril this time either. We're all still learning the ropes, so if you're an experienced Monster Hunter please join us and send some tips our way via the in-game chat! The show will start as per usual at 5pm UK / 9am…


Hands-on with Hellraid: The Escape, a creepy combo of The Room and Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Hellraid: The Escape, a creepy combo of The Room and Amnesia: The Dark Descent

SHHH! Shhh... Shhh. Hey everyone, I'm trying to keep my voice down for this one, as it's a bit spooky. Hellraid: The Escape plonks you in an unending hell of torture and suffering in which you must creep about dank environments unnoticed by the undead guards and beasties. It's in first person and you're basically defenceless, which gives it a vibe of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but its many puzzles are solved with swipe gestures, leading me to make comparisons with The Room as well. And boy is its visual and audio presentation top-notch. You have to see and hear this one running to really appreciate the work that's gone into it. So click below to take a look at Hellraid: The Escape, whi…


Hands-on with Planet-HD, where you'll lose time and time again but that's totally okay dude

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Planet-HD, where you'll lose time and time again but that's totally okay dude

In Planet-HD you try your best to steer a planet away from the path of one very erratic asteroid, a timer ticking down that begs you to do better than your previous run. This might not sound like a happy, zen-like experience, but curiously it verges on becoming one. The trance soundtrack, the complimentary colours, the simple gameplay, and the continual words of encouragement, they all combine to make for a very positive game of dodging planetary impacts. Take a look at my hands-on video with Planet-HD below.…


Hands-on with Fanatic Earth, the JRPG about alien plagues, fighting baddies, and saving ladies in exchange for fine dining

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Fanatic Earth, the JRPG about alien plagues, fighting baddies, and saving ladies in exchange for fine dining

Kemco has just released Fanatic Earth onto the iOS and Android app stores, and here's the elevator pitch that got me excited for that happening; Xilleon City is the last remaining bastion of humanity, which has seen the majority of its population wiped out by an alien disease. You play as a man with probably The Best Hair Ever who is unfortunately suffering from a spot of amnesia, and pretty soon you find yourself in trouble with a gigantic (and undoubtedly evil) corporation called Cyphate. If the above synopsis, and the below video is something you reckon you'll want to invest a few dozen hours in, then you best go grab Fanatic Earth now, as it's currently celebrating its launch with a sa…


Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Today I've been playing Bike Rivals from Miniclip, which is currently in soft launch in a few territories. It's a fast-paced trials-esque game, presented in a simple but effective 2D style, and sporting rock-solid controls that are a mix of tilt and touch. There's been a fair number of these trials games recently, but Bike Rivals distinguishes itself from the pack by being more arcade-oriented than Urban Trial Freestyle and Trials Frontier. Here's a quick hands-on showing how I got on with the game.…


Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Here's a curiosity for all you Marvel fans: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting an iOS game all of its own. Who would have seen that coming a few years ago, eh? What with the new movie on the horizon - which looks ace, by the way - it's been seen by the bigwigs at Marvel and Disney that it's only right for smartphones to get a tie-in. The game - named Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon - isn't out at the moment, at least not globally, but it has been soft-launched on iOS in Malaysia's App Store. It's an arena battle game in which you control a team of heroes and must fight wave after wave of bad guys, and then level up your heroes and kit them out with new gear. Here's my early…