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Hands-on with Mirrored, the entirely creepy first person adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Mirrored, the entirely creepy first person adventure

Mirrored is a cross between The Room, Myst, and an episode of The X-Files. It's got all those typical adventure game elements you'd expect from a game like Myst, the intrigue and “escape the room” feel of The Room, plus the ominous atmosphere of the adventures of Mulder and Scully. But Mirrored is more than the sum of its parts, as I show you in this quick look at a very early build of the game.…


Hands-on with Castaway Paradise, the Animal Crossing-inspired desert island adventure

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Castaway Paradise, the Animal Crossing-inspired desert island adventure

If I had just been shipwrecked on a desert island, I'm not sure whether the sight of a talking pig in people clothes would be a comfort, or confirmation that I was suffering from a nasty case of the bends. This is precisely you find yourself in upon booting up Castaway Paradise, a new island-based Animal Crossing-esque life simulator. With nowhere else to go and surrounded by chatty animals who all need odd jobs done, you set about fixing fences, watering plants, and customising your new home as you see fit. Curious? Then simply have a peek at our hands-on video above.…


Hands-on with ORBB, the peaceful planetary puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with ORBB, the peaceful planetary puzzler

You might notice a slightly different tone to my voice in this hands. It's mostly due to me feeling extremely serene, and wonderfully calm, even if I wasn't doing brilliantly at the game in front of me. That's because that game is ORBB, a title designed to be super super super chill. Here's how I got on...…


Hands-on with Pixel Boat Rush, the racer with big waves and big guns

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pixel Boat Rush, the racer with big waves and big guns

  When I started practising for my boat license, I never expected to be schooled by a shouty drill sergeant stereotype pulled straight from Full Metal Jacket. Yet that's exactly what happened when I fired up Pixel Boat Rush, a low-fi side-scrolling boat racer set to appear on the App Store tomorrow.  Though the angry instructor is a bit obnoxious, his words are worth heeding, as there's more nuance to this extreme sport than you might think. Check out the video above to see what I mean.…


Hands-on with Pumped BMX 2, the intense BMX simulation game with bold cartoon visuals

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pumped BMX 2, the intense BMX simulation game with bold cartoon visuals

At first blush it's easy to assume that Yeah Us!'s latest is going to be an auto-runner, or an arcade-centric action game. It's bright and chunky and very colourful indeed. But after a few minutes with it you quickly realise that Pumped BMX 2 is about as hardcore as it gets for extreme sports games on mobile. As you'll see in the hands-on video, I've become a big fan of Pumped BMX 2 in the small amount of time I've had with it, but I'm still nowhere close to mastering its deep trick system, and fiendishly tough courses.…


Hands-on with Adventure Xpress, the magic-filled match-3 puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Adventure Xpress, the magic-filled match-3 puzzler

If you're after another match-3 puzzler to help fill the space on your iOS device, then Adventure Xpress appears to be a quality choice. In my quick look at the game, I find a puzzle title that's incredibly well conceived, looks and sounds great, and plays just fine too. There seems to be plenty of content in here to keep you busy too. And did I mention that Adventure Xpress is about a fantastical postal delivery service, fending off attackers with its various swords and magic? Awesome.…


Hands-on with Call of Duty: Heroes, in which clans of soldiers clash in modern warfare scenarios

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Call of Duty: Heroes, in which clans of soldiers clash in modern warfare scenarios

If you were waiting for a Call of Duty game to come along that was effectively a take on Clash of Clans, then you're in luck, as Call of Duty: Heroes is currently in soft-launch. We don't know when it'll go global, but we wanted to get an early look at it and bring you our first impressions of this strategy management game with links to the main Call of Duty canon.…


Hands-on with Skullduggery!, the head-banging, bone-bouncing platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Skullduggery!, the head-banging, bone-bouncing platformer

Skullduggery! is a game about banging your head against a wall. Not the frustrated 'I've just locked my keys in the car and now I have to walk to Shropshire' headbanging, you understand. No, Skullduggery! is all about tactically bouncing your bonce off of flat surfaces to navigate your way across side-scrolling levels. To reach the the pipe at the end of each maze you must pull back on your brain stem, before releasing your finger and launching your bony face into the great unknown. To see this macabre mechanic in action, check out our hands-on video above.…


Hands-on with Terra Battle, the RPG puzzler from the creator of Final Fantasy

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Terra Battle, the RPG puzzler from the creator of Final Fantasy

Terra Battle is an RPG puzzler with a rare pedigree. Though it might not look like it at first glance, this tile-based fantasy experience is the brainchild of Hironobu Sakaguchi, the mastermind behind RPG classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. The game's combat system is based around sliding tiles alongside foes to perform attacks. Flank a foe with two heros, and you'll do more damage. There's a rock-paper-scissors dynamic at play which is dependant on whether your your enemy is weilding a sword, a spear, or a bow. This means you have to think about which hero is best equipped to fight each nasty, and how best to align and combine their powers with other members of your squad.…


Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Our dear Twitch stream regular Curtneedsaride, also known as Curtis Shideler, joined us for our regular Monster Hunter Freedom Unite last Friday and popped the above video in the chat room towards the end of our session. Collecting moments and sound bites from our glorious past broadcasts, it brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the AppSpy office. Very much appreciated Curt - should you ever need that ride we'll be happy to pick you up on the AppSpy bus (er... if it's ever in your neck of the woods). Remember to join us over on Twitch every Friday at 5pm BST / 9am PDT for Monster Hunter Freedom Friday! *mouth horn noises*  …


Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Though we admit that there's plenty of Marvel games on iOS (or any platform, for that matter), it might be worth adding Marvel: Contest of Champions to your watch list. Soft-launched in Denmark only hours ago, the game is a gesture-based brawler in the vein of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Orgins. The thing is, where those games always felt kinda slow and gluey on iOS, Marvel: Contest of Champions jumps, spins, and zings around the screen with joyful, hyperactive energy. It'll probably be a while before the game is available worldwide, but check out our hands-on video above to see the game in action. …


Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

These days, a child-centric game franchise is nothing without a warehouse full of plastic toys to accompany it. Disney Infinity has its Jack Sparrow and Sully figure waiting to be teleported into the game via a magical portal. Even Angry Birds has a line of polypropylene models of its squawking stars which you can plug into the action via some clever camera scanning tech. However, the grandaddy of the toy / game hybrid is the Skylanders series. Centred around a race of weird warrior creatures, this kiddy-friendly franchise was encouraging parents to part with additional cash to stock their childrens' shelves with figurines before it was cool. This week, Skylanders: Trap Team arrives on…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 12

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 12

It was a week of failure. Harry's Internet was playing silly billys, and though James and I could play online in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, we totally smashed our heads against the walls of the following missions: Supreme Ruler of the Swamp and The King of the Mountains. On the bright side of things though, we did start up our Multiplayer Meeting Post, so that's something. Want to see us not fail? Try one of these episodes.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

It's fair to say that Chaos Rings, the ongoing fantasy RPG series, has had a bit of a facelift since the last time we saw it. Just a quick glance at our exclusive footage of Chaos Rings III will reveal a sequel bursting with colour, 3D environments, and dudes with spikey hair.  Though this cartoony boldness may be par for the course with an RPG like Kingdom Hearts, the Chaos Rings franchise has always been a little more gritty and muted where its colour palette was concerned. However, the graphics aren't the only thing that's new about Chaos Rings III. Watch the video above to learn more.…


5 Beach Buggy Racing shortcut videos to make you feel the need for speed

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
5 Beach Buggy Racing shortcut videos to make you feel the need for speed

Shortcuts: you love 'em, I love 'em, Dick Dastardly loves 'em. They're in plentiful supply in Beach Buggy Racing, if you know where to look. Thankfully some of the community playing Beach Buggy Racing has taken to uploading video replays to Kamcord, to both show off their 1334 gaming skills, and reveal where the juiciest secrets are squirrelled away. Here's five of the best. Shortcuts in the snow! Shortcuts in the jungle! Shortcuts at the resort! Shortcuts on the pier! Shortcuts in the temple! Which are blocked! But you still get the idea! Found a cool shortcut in Beach Buggy Racing? Want to brag about it? Pop a link to a video of yours in the comments.…