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The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! Wow, you guys stepped up to the plate this week. Istako deserves a mention for his lengthy dissection of the different kinds of free to play. It’s interesting that while there is not consensus of what games fall under each category (for example Real Racing 3 had some contention for if its IAP was unobtrusive or not), the different approaches to free-to-play were thorough. Most of our commenters are ok with free-to-play being used as a demo for the larger game. It’s sort of reminiscent of the XBLA system, where every game has a trial. You download the whole game, get to play for a little while, and then if you enjoy it, you can pay money to contin…


News Wrap-Up | 30th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year ago
News Wrap-Up | 30th August 2013

It's been a long time coming, but the first trailer for Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas has washed up onto the shores of the internet. This RPG adventure has had a lot of iOS fans frothing in anticipation for ages, largely thanks to its delightful visuals and Zelda-esque sensibilities. Thankfully, the island hopping gameplay shown in the trailer looks to fulfil the promise of those early teasers, even if it all looks a bit too Wind Waker for its own good. It's due to dock with the App Store this autumn, so keep your eyes on the horizon for more news. Angry Birds announcements are coming thick and fast at the moment. Hot on the heel of Rovio's Angry Birds Star Wars II reveal, the Fin…


Preview | Anomaly 2

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year ago
Preview | Anomaly 2

There were some fans of 11 bit studios' tower-offense hit Anomaly Warzone Earth who were a little disappointed that last year's follow-up, Anomaly Korea, wasn't a fully-fledged sequel. Well, dry those eyes, strategy lovers, for we bring you tidings of great joy. The custodians of the series have comfirmed to us (face-to-face, no less) that Anomaly 2 is due to hit the App Store later this year.  What's more, we got to go hands-on with the latest build of the game at Gamescom 2013 last week. Don't believe us? Just peep out the video below to see the game in action.…


Preview | Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year ago
Preview | Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

The Galaxy on Fire franchise is known for delivering two things: entertaining ship-to-ship combat, and searingly beautiful visuals. However, rather than trot out another arcade space shooter, developer Fishlabs has decided to take the series in a different direction for its third iteration. Due to arrive on iOS later this year, Galaxy on Fire: Alliances is the team's first pass at a strategy MMO. To find out exactly what we can expect from this free-to-play spin-off, we caught up with Fishlabs CEO Michael Schade at Gamescom 2013, who was on hand to show off the game and walk us through the basics.…


The Question

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! It’s another Monday and it’s time for another question. We’re going to go for a broad topic again this week. Last week I asked about pricing to gauge the general consensus of value our audience has in regards to iOS games. This week we’re going to discuss those games that at least initially offer no monetary barrier. Yes, the question this week is: What is your opinion on free to play gaming? This covers the gamut. You can talk about games that use free to play as a demo (having the full game be unlocked for a fee), you can talk about free games that are supported by advertising, or you can talk about the freemium model of game des…


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! The Answer is a little late this week, but you all know that I wouldn’t leave you hanging... so here we are. Once again our community gave me a lot to think about in terms of what constitutes value for an iOS game, and why. We had readers who won’t move passed the $0.99 mark because of the screen size and nature of most iOS games, and on the other end we had those willing to pay $20 if they got a deep, satisfying console-esque experience for the price. Most hovered in-between, preferring to pay as little as possible but willing to go higher if the experience was worthy of it in their eyes. Like our readers, I prefer the $0.99 price point, but I t…


The Question

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! It’s another Monday and it’s time for another question. This one has been brewing in my head for a while... When it comes to pricing, the App Store is certainly its own beast. Pricing and value are completely independent of any other gaming platform, with the normal price point of a game to be expected to be only a couple of dollars. With the glut of free to play and $0.99 games, there are those who won’t even pay that, and while it sounds ridiculous, you can somewhat see their justification for such a stance. Then you have companies like Square Enix, and Gameloft (before it moved into the free to play sphere). They have constantly been p…


News Wrap-Up | 16th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 16th August 2013

New mutants, jobs, and building in Pixel People update Freemium world-builder Pixel People has been updated yet again. Having cultivated your own blocky Utopia, the new update lets you take a day trip to visit and explore your friends' cities.There's a laundry list of content additions, too, including 12 new buildings, 20 new mutants, and 30 new job types. It's free to download right now. The Room: Epilogue to debut on August 29th Creepy box-puzzler The Room scooped numerous awards when it arrived on iOS last year. Though developer Fireproof has already confirmed the sequel, which will appear later this year, fans of first game will be able to explore The Room further on August 29th via…


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! Another week, another round of great comments from our community. I realise that the question was a little tricky, but you all rose to the challenge. Let’s see what you had to say. Infinity Blade was brought up for its uniquely touch screen only controls while masquerading in the production value of a console or handheld title. Bastion was mentioned for taking a game from another system and adapting it superbly for iOS. Star Wars: Falcon Gunner shows off the immersive possibilities of an augmented reality game, and the use of tilting for racing games such as Real Racing 2 show off how fine tuned the accelerometer can be. When pondering the question, a…


The Question

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! It’s another Monday so it’s time for our third question (yes, I am going to constantly counting these from week to week). Now we’ve talked about favourite games, and we’ve talked about the exciting strengths of the iOS platform, so for this week’s question I thought we’d sort of combine the two... What game makes the best use of the iPhone’s unique control scheme, and why? Whether it’s touch, tilt, camera, or microphone, there have been plenty of games that have offered unique ways to play that aren’t available on other systems. Your choice may be because of originality, uniqueness, or just the amount…


News Wrap-Up | 9th August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 9th August 2013

Cut the Rope: Time Travel gets Disco Era update Om Nom is taking yet another step back in time this week, courtesy of Cut the Rope: Time Travel's Disco Era Update. In addition to meeting Om Nom's groovy ancestor, you have to wrap your perm around the new disco ball mechanic, which requires you to use the shiny spheres to keep the spotlight away from those all important candies. It's free to download, so fill your cuban-heeled boots. Pirate Legends TD sails onto the App Store next week We love a bit of tower defence here on AppSpy, It's one of those genres that feels like it's been designed exclusively for the App Store. With that in mind, you might want to keep an eye out for Pirate Leg…


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! For our second edition of ‘The Question’, I asked you what excited you so much about the iPhone platform. The majority of the responses mentioned not only the portability of the platform (as everyone takes their phone with them no matter where they go), but the accessibility of games as well. With dozens of titles released each week, it’s true that players are never at want for gaming content. Of course it is difficult to separate the good from the bad when there is such a consistent slew of releases, but that’s why Appspy is here, to help steer you right! Now for my answer. What excites me most about the iOS platform more than anythi…


The Question

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Question

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! Well, it looks like ‘The Question’ was a rousing success, so for the foreseeable future, we shall continue this segment here on the site. Our first question was a little broad, so I thought that this week we’d get more specific. Mobile gaming has really come into its own and changed the scope of the entire industry since the release of the iPhone (and especially since the release of the iPad). That being said, there are still those that refuse to accept iOS as a gaming platform. In a lot of cases, the criticism is valid, what with an over reliance on PC and console ports as flagship releases, as well as the problems developers still have i…


News Wrap-Up | 2nd August 2013

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 year, 1 month ago
News Wrap-Up | 2nd August 2013

Kingdom Rush: Frontiers expanded its horizons on iOS this week, following the arrival of the Rising Tides update. Download it, and you'll get access to three new beach-based levels, plus a handful of new enemy types, including the scaley Greenfin Manhunters. To help you tackle these saltwater scourges, you can now call upon two new heroes: a great big crab / turtle thing called Karkinos, and a shape-shifting, Last Airbender-looking monk by the name of Kutsao. You'll also want to keep your eye out for the Leviathan. Those tentacles mean business. You have been warned. It's no secret that we loved slick, smooth platforming of Mikey Shorts. Because of this, we've had our eye on the hookshot-…


The Answer

Feature By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
The Answer

Hey there loyal Appspy readers! Well at the start of the week I asked you all what your favourite iOS game was, and was pleased at the numerous varied responses. I admit it was a tough question, and the reasoning for the picks showed that. Everything from time spent playing to nostalgia was covered, and many of you had a hard time cutting your options down to only one title. For instance if I was to select my answer based on time spent playing, my pick would be a game like Punch Quest or Bike Baron. I have loaded these titles up for a quick gaming session of only a few minutes literally hundreds if not thousands of times over the last couple of years. If nostalgia was the criteria, perhap…