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Hands-on with Pongu, the spangly new sci-fi take on Pong

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Pongu, the spangly new sci-fi take on Pong

Pong is an a staple of video games: one of the first games ever made, and a perennial classic that developers and gamers alike are constantly coming back to. Pongu is one such revisit, this time with a sci-fi look, and a few gameplay tweaks too. My hands-on video walks you through the very basics, but more importantly it shows how lovely looking it is. Seriously, look at it. Particles everywhere! You can get Pongu via the link below. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Star Wars: Galactic Defense, the Jedi-themed tower defence game

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Star Wars: Galactic Defense, the Jedi-themed tower defence game

If you're still a fan of the TD genre, and you're a big fan of the Star Wars universe, then you might well be interested to know that Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a pretty decent stab at the genre, and adds a bit of Lucas into a well-established formula. As you'll see in my hands-on with the game below, I'm not super enthusiastic about Star Wars: Galactic Defense, simply because it doesn't change things up all that much, but if you're after a solid tower defence, you could do much worse. The game's out now for free on iOS and Android. [App Store link][Google Play link][Amazon Store link]…


Hands-on with Jet Run: City Defender, the Temple Run / Space Invaders hybrid

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Jet Run: City Defender, the Temple Run / Space Invaders hybrid

Jet Run: City Defender blends the endless action of an auto-runner, with the sci-fi shooting of a classic shmup. It all feels a bit Rez, curiously. The presentation is an odd mix too, with big chunky block aliens attempting to take over a fairly normal looking human city. If you want to find out more, you can watch my hands-on video below... … or you could grab it from the App Store now to see it for yourself. [App Store link]…


Hands-on with Crossy Road, a modern day take on an amphibian classic

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Crossy Road, a modern day take on an amphibian classic

No one is going to argue that Crossy Road isn't a take on iconic Konami arcade game Frogger. But as an homage it's super high quality, and very entertaining in its own right. It blends the jumping gameplay of Frogger with an auto-runner like Temple Run, to create a polished (and very good looking) high score chaser. Here's my hands-on with the game.…


Hands-on with Meat Factory, where animal welfare meets arcade action

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Meat Factory, where animal welfare meets arcade action

Your job in Meat Factory is not, as you might be led to believe, to process cattle into delicious treats for omnivores. Instead it's to save cute little animals from being mashed up by a psychotic meat grinding machine. It's a pretty dark concept, but thankfully the bright visuals lighten the tone a lot. So does the arcade-oriented gameplay too, which feels a lot like playing a Game & Watch, such is its moreish simplicity. Here are my first impressions of Meat Factory, in video format. Meat Factory is out now, you can get it on the link below. [App Store link]…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 9 - Streaming Ahead

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 9 - Streaming Ahead

Significant progress is made in this episode of Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, our Let's Play / Let's Survive of Mojang's mobile masterpiece. There's mining, there's chest creating, there's monument building, there's the beginnings of an adventure, and there's another incident with a Creeper. So click play on the video and get stuck in with this jumbo-sized entry in the series. Also: vertigo! You forgot to watch a previous episode? Not to worry, you can catch up using our Playlist here.…


A frightful week - AppSpy's Sunday Service

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
A frightful week - AppSpy's Sunday Service

AppSpy's Sunday Service is your super quick catch up on everything from here on AppSpy that we think is totally amazing, wonderfully silly, and completely unmissable. The Big Stories 1. These are the 5 spookiest mobile games we could think of to make your Halloween week more ghastly... 2. … and these are the 5 best new game updates for Halloween. Terrifying! 3. I've collected up 11 videos of gamers almost soiling themselves playing Eyes - The Horror Game. 4. Drift'N'Drive is a whipsmart, super fast top-down racer, with some brilliant multiplayer stuff thrown in for good measure. 5. Cooking Fever's new Breakfast Cafe update includes the English Breakfast. Hooray for British cuisi…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 17

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 17

Do you like cats? I'm not a big fan, I must say. Harry and James literally cannot fathom how this is the case, and even my story about Max - an old cat of mine - doesn't convince them why I might feel like this. Even when Harry's stuff is being pinched by renegade cat burglers he runs to their defence! But still, there's monster hunting to be done in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, and we set aside (most of) our differences to tackle some big beasties. Plus we fight perhaps one of the best monsters we've come up against thus far. Behind on the series? Catch up with our nifty little Playlist on YouTube.…


Want 21 free premium games for your Android device? Get Sonic The Hedgehog, Eufloria, World of Goo, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage plus more for nada, now

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Want 21 free premium games for your Android device? Get Sonic The Hedgehog, Eufloria, World of Goo, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage plus more for nada, now

Amazon is giving away a bunch of top tier Android games and apps in celebration of Halloween. 21 games, and 15 utility apps to be precise, which equates to a saving of well over $100. These games aren't any old rubbish either. From big name games to indie darlings, there's a whole bunch of quality in here. The offer runs until some time on November 1st, so you'll need to be quick, and of course you'll need the Amazon App Store on your phone, but that's not much hassle for a bunch of absolute gaming gems for zero money down. The list of games (and apps) in full; Games Alpha Wave - [Amazon Store link]Blocky Roads - [Amazon Store link]Braveland - [Amazon Store link]Can You Escape - Adventur…


These 11 kids almost poop their pants playing Eyes - The Horror Game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
These 11 kids almost poop their pants playing Eyes - The Horror Game

What with Halloween upon us, it's time to dim the lights and play some spooky games. There aren't much more terrifying games than Eyes - The Horror Game, as these video replays from the world of Everyplay will attest. So crank up your sense of schadenfreude, and get ready to laugh at how these kids get along with Eyes - The Horror Game, before they spectacularly fail and then react in the following highly embarrassing ways... 1. Almost swearing, but catching himself (shhh, mum's next door) 2. "Ha-hoooooooooooo" 3. A sharp inhale of breath 4. Screaming like a baby 5. Sounding like Gambit from The X-Men 6. Actually throwing the iPhone away 7. Shifting the pitch of their vo…


Hands-on with Boogey Boy, the fright-filled auto-runner with terrifyingly lovely visuals

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Boogey Boy, the fright-filled auto-runner with terrifyingly lovely visuals

Boogey Boy has two modes: a story mode where you need to collect batteries, and an endless mode where you're going for highscores. Either way, you're running and leaping across platforms, and trying to avoid all manner of ghoulish beasts along the way, not least the giant ghost that's chasing you. I went hands-on with Boogey Boy, here are my first impressions from my time spent with the game. Fancy checking the game out yourself? Links to do so are below. [App Store link] [Google Play link]…


Hands-on with Titan Empires, the strategy management game where you take command of mighty heroes

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Titan Empires, the strategy management game where you take command of mighty heroes

As I note in my hands-on video, Titan Empires is definitely of the same mould as a Clash of Clans or a Tiny Realms, and if you've ever played a strategy management game you'll feel right at home here. But there are also some nice little tweaks and changes that have been made to the formula that keep things interesting - most prominent of which are the Titans. These special hero units can be fielded to help your regular troops out of a jam, and help add a little more richness to the gameplay mix. It's a neat game, and AppSpy has a Clan in there. So have a watch of our video of Titan Empires, and come join us if it takes your fancy. Want to download the game? Grab it on the links below.…


Genre Busters: top 5 spookiest mobile games for a frightful Halloween 2014

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Genre Busters: top 5 spookiest mobile games for a frightful Halloween 2014

Things are about to get really spooky. I decided to try and tackle some of the scariest games available for mobiles and tablets, from big AAA spin-offs, to intensely creepy indie gems. This was all done in the name of entertainment, and even though I was left all alone to fend for myself, I managed to come through without soiling myself. Well, okay, without soiling myself much. Too spooky for you? Get to the bits you want to see the most via the links below. 1. Limbo2. Dead Space3. Home4. The Walking Dead5. 5 Nights at Freddy's…


Hands-on with Synonymy, the elegant and challenging word puzzle

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Synonymy, the elegant and challenging word puzzle

If you're particularly wordy, a bit rambling with your sentences, wordy beyond belief, or just plain verbose, then Synonymy may be for you. It's an iOS puzzle game that asks you to get from word in the dictionary to another, simply by using synonyms. So you may start on “Heat” and need to get to “Plate”, and your path therefore may include “Cook”, “Chef”, “Restaurant”, “Kitchen”, “Eat”, and “Crockery”. Here's my first impressions of my time with Synonymy...…


Genre Busters: top 5 best Halloween game updates on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Genre Busters: top 5 best Halloween game updates on iOS

Each and every year games developers create updates for their games that reflect the various holiday seasons. Halloween is obviously no exception, with all manner of ghoulish additions made to the core gameplay of some of the most popular titles on mobiles. This year Danny and myself have steeled ourselves and have taken a look at the five we think might well be the best. Too creeped out to watch the whole thing? Here are links to the five games in the stream. 1. Crazy Taxi: City Rush2. Badland3. Jack B. Nimble4. Respawnables5. Fruit Ninja…