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Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Earthcore: Shattered Elements, could this be your new CCG obsession?

Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon TCG Online, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, Hearthstone: seems like every other developer wants a taste of those collectible card game big bucks these days. Earthcore: Shattered Elements is the latest entry in the genre hoping to draw you in with its fancy art direction, high level of polish, and easy-to-understand yet deep mechanics. But it's hard too, and will absolutely test your card flinging skills when it's evetnually launched globally. Currently in soft-launch, you can check it out for yourself via the link underneath our impressions video. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Satellina, the Divekick of bullet hell shooters

Remember Divekick? It basically stripped back 2D fighting to two mechanics, allowing players to master the move set quickly and get to grips with the truly exciting aspects of brawlers. Satellina does that too, but for bullet hell (or danmaku) shooters, allowing those not keen on investing dozens of hours in the latest shmup to experience the raw thrill of learning patterns and chasing scores through precision of movement. Take a look.…

We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
We're back! (well, most of us are) - AppSpy's Sunday Service

It's 2015 and the AppSpy team is back. Here's a selection of what we got up to this week. The Big Stories 1. Nintend-who? These are the best Mario, Pokemon, Zelda etc alternatives on iOS. 2. Need For Speed: No Limits is free-to-play, a mobile exclusive, and... yeah, it's not bad... 3. PS4 and Xbox One game Flockers is coming to iOS, and we have the world's first gameplay footage. 4. What are the 7 biggest new iOS and Android IPs coming in 2015? These are! 5. Taichi Panda stars a giant panda beating the snot out of other bipedal animals. AppSpy Recommends Look at how bloomin' lovely Drop Wizard is. LOOK AT IT. This week Drop Wizard charmed us with its visuals and sound, then snagg…

Hands-on with Metamorphabet, the lovely little letter prodder

Feature By Mark Brown, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Metamorphabet, the lovely little letter prodder

Metamorphabet might be better described as a learning toy than a game, but there are still some very light puzzle elements in here for you to discover and solve as you poke and prod letters of the alphabet to make them turn into nouns. The presentation is just lovely, and its laid back structure might just make it one to consider if you've a young one eager to start playing on the iPad. Here's what it looks like in motion.…

Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Berry Rush is out now, is strong early contender for AppSpy's Best Butterfly 2015 Award

I played the soft-launched version of Berry Rush back in September, and you know what? It's good stuff. Essentially a cutesy auto-runner for kids, Berry Rush stars Strawberry, Orange, Raspberry, and the rest of the gang from the Strawberry Shortcake line of animations, gifts, and toys. It also features a flipping massive butterfly that I'm sort of in love with the idea of riding in real life, though I suspect that dream may never be realised. Sigh... Great... now I'm in a butterfly deprived funk. Just what I need! Anyway, Berry Rush has just gone global, the sweet new trailer is right underneath this sentence, and you can now grab it for iPhone and iPad via the link below said trail…

Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Area 777, in which the odds are always in your favour

[adult swim]'s new game - Area 777 - is a tower defence title crossed with slots. Obviously. It's incredibly well presented, the characters in it are brilliantly written, and the whole thing exudes charm, as you'd expect. But it's a very odd, very hands-off experience, as I explain in this hands-on. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush, the endless (speed) runner

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush, the endless (speed) runner

See, I say “endless speed runner” because this Game Boy visuals-adorned endless runner's moment to moment play feels a lot closer to playing the classics of yore as fast as you possibly can, than just your average auto runner. 1-bit Ninja Remix Rush is as tough as it is pretty, mind, so if you're thinking you can just download and beat the highscore in my video, think again.…

The 12 best Nintendo alternatives on iOS - who needs Mario, Link, and Samus anyway?

Feature By Glen Fox, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
The 12 best Nintendo alternatives on iOS - who needs Mario, Link, and Samus anyway?

It's a well known fact that Nintendo aren't likely to publish their titles on platforms that aren't their own any time soon. Sure, we may get minigame advertisements of their larger counterparts, or even companion apps for console games, but don't hold your breath for an official release of Pokemon on your iPhone. Don't despair though, as the App Store does contain some pretty decent alternatives to most of what Nintendo has to offer. Perhaps they won't ever match the feel of a fully fledged Nintendo title but, in their own way, they more than make up for the company's lack of presence on the platform. Here then are AppSpy's top 12 best Nintendo alternatives on the App Store. 1.&nbs…

Hands-on with Castle Rider, where a small white blob must collect stars and avoid being frozen

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Castle Rider, where a small white blob must collect stars and avoid being frozen

Team Signal's Castle Rider has been out for a while now, but this “endless ascension” title only just got onto our radar. It's a straightforward but fun action game, in which you need to balance a white blob on a ledge, avoiding obstacles, and collecting stars. The levelling up system is quite compulsive too. I went hands-on with it to give you some impressions on how it plays, you can nab Castle Rider from the iOS App Store via the link below this video. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Wheel & Deal, the neon-drenched car chase arena shooter

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Wheel & Deal, the neon-drenched car chase arena shooter

Pink neon, an eighties soundtrack, shooting at endless cops, game changing power ups, and huge amounts of overdrive: that's Wheel & Deal is all about. It's an arena shooter of sorts, albeit with some car chase mechanics thrown in there too, plus presentation that is equal parts Miami Vice and Tron. Wheel & Deal will be available 22nd January on iOS at an initial launch price of $1.99 / £1.49, here's what it looks like in motion.…

Hands-on with Powder - Alpine Simulator, the minimalist snow carver

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Powder - Alpine Simulator, the minimalist snow carver

Powder - Alpine Simulator is a cross between an endless action game (like Impossible Road) and a simulation game. It's definitely much more in the arcade camp than the sim, but the feeling of carving through the powder feels surprisingly authentic. It's not a “realistic” game by any means, but when you're swooping through the trees and between rocks, attempting to out run an avalanche, you won't much care. Grab Powder - Alpine Simulator on iOS for free now via the link below this video, after you've watched it of course! [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Vertical Golf, the sky high club swinging sim

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Vertical Golf, the sky high club swinging sim

When you think of all the hazards that can happen on golf courses, suffering from vertigo probably wouldn't be the first thing you'd come to think of. Going knee deep into water, getting sand in your shoes, and the occasional rogue golf ball? Sure! But experiencing an extreme aversion to heights? It's not a regular occurrence. Not unless you're playing Vertical Golf, in which instead of smacking your ball out towards the horizon, you're smashing it skywards. Vertical Golf is available right now, you can find it on the App Store if you follow the link below this video. [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Flockers, an exclusive early look at the dark and fluffy puzzler from the makers of Worms

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Flockers, an exclusive early look at the dark and fluffy puzzler from the makers of Worms

Though the company is best known for the Worms series, Team17 has a long and storied history of making games in all sorts of different genres - such as Superfrog, Body Blows, and Alien Breed. For 2015 the studio is bringing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One puzzler Flockers to mobiles and tablets. In AppSpy's exclusive early hands-on with the game - which will be released on the 14th January - you'll see a few of the earlier levels, get a taste of the dark humour, and watch as I get to grips with the fundamentals of play.…

Hands-on with Need For Speed: No Limits, or 'what the Real Racing 3 team did next'

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Need For Speed: No Limits, or 'what the Real Racing 3 team did next'

As a fan of Real Racing 3, my interest was really piqued in Need For Speed: No Limits when I heard they'd gotten involved with the project. How would a race sim maker transition into making a more arcade-oriented title? Luckily I didn't have long to wait to find out, as the title has just now appeared on the App Store. Need For Speed: No Limits is currently in soft-launch in Taiwan, and the video below is from that version of the game. If you're interested in playing it for yourself, the link for which is underneath our hands-on video. [App Store link]…

7 brand new IPs coming to iOS and Android in 2015 that you need to know about

Feature By Glen Fox, 6 months, 4 weeks ago
7 brand new IPs coming to iOS and Android in 2015 that you need to know about

2014 was an excellent year for iOS and Android and that was largely down to an avalanche of incredible exclusive titles such as Monument Valley, World of Tanks Blitz, and Hitman Go.  The trend looks set to continue in 2015 with an exciting batch of games already announced. This year could even do one better than the last too, as a fair few of these titles are brand new IPs altogether, which is exciting when you consider that last year's biggest games tended to be ports or mobile versions of already established IPs. Here then are seven of the best of these brand new IPs that are headed to iOS and Android later in 2015... 1. Project Phoenix - Eagle-eyed AppSpy viewe…