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

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 weeks 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 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 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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.…


Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

The Banner Saga started life as a Kickstarter project. Unlike some of these crowd funded products, however, this one actually came to fruition, and turned out to be pretty good. Though it's been available on PC for some time, this story-driven action-RPG has only just appeared on iOS. I walk you through the game's storytelling dynamics and showcase the intricate combat in the video above. …


Hands-on with Run Sackboy! Run!, the LittleBigPlanet auto-runner coming to mobiles

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Run Sackboy! Run!, the LittleBigPlanet auto-runner coming to mobiles

Much like seeing Pokemon on your iPad, controlling Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet on your mobile feels a bit weird, a bit out of place. Not that we're complaining mind, especially since he's starring in a pretty decent auto-runner. I had a quick look at the game, and already I can report that, while it's occasionally a bit “safe” feeling, it's definitely the high level of quality you'd expect.…


Hands-on with Monsu, the auto-runner featuring devilishly compulsive collectible cards

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Monsu, the auto-runner featuring devilishly compulsive collectible cards

If you're not yet completely sick of auto-runners, then you're in luck: there's a new one from Boomlagoon that's rather fun indeed. Monsu is the titular hero, and as well as avoiding chasms and bouncing on foes while running left to right, you'll also be nabbing collectible cards along the way to help you in your quest. Here's my quick hands-on with the game.…


Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper, Square Enix's long-range assassination sim

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Hitman: Sniper, Square Enix's long-range assassination sim

We got our first glimpse of Hitman: Sniper at this year's E3, where Peter was able to sit down with a nice man from Square Enix and watch him run through a level or two. As of a few hours ago, the game is now live in the Canadian App Store, meaning anyone from The Great North with an iPad and an itchy trigger finger can download the game and start picking off Russian gangsters with cold detatchment. This is a soft-launch build of the game, so elements of the experience may be tweaked before it goes global. Those of you outside of Canada should check out my hands-on video above to see what Hitman: Sniper has to offer.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Space Pirate Popet, the super-cute animal matching chain-maker

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Space Pirate Popet, the super-cute animal matching chain-maker

Generally speaking, match-three puzzlers focus on a single variable: usually colours, sometimes shapes. Space Pirate Popet, on the other hand, lets you match tiles by both colour and animal type. What's more, you can mix and match the two, allowing to create uber chains filled with blue dogs and pink giraffes and other psychadelic bestial creations. Take a look at our Tokyo Games Show hands-on above.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Rad Boarding, the mountain surfing, lava-dodging trickfest

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Rad Boarding, the mountain surfing, lava-dodging trickfest

When we attended the Tokyo Games Show a few days back, we got the chance to try our hands at a whole heap of unreleased - and largely unheard of - mobile games. Among the pile was Rad Boarding, an impressive looking endless-surfer which puts an emphasis on speed and style. It also throws a massive, sinister bear into the background from time to time, which definitely didn't creep us out one little bit OH JESUS WHAT WAS THAT SOUND oh it's just a door slamming nevermind anyway watch the vid above.…


Hands-on with Inferno 2, the gorgeously neon game of shooty shooty

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Inferno 2, the gorgeously neon game of shooty shooty

If you played Inferno+ you're probably very excited indeed to hear that there's a new game in the series out in the neon wilds. I went hands-on with Inferno 2 to take a quick look at what's on offer in this arcade-y twin stick shooter. What I found was intense action, whip smart level design, and a deep levelling system. Take a look.…


Hands-on with The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, the very British murder-mystery sleuth-'em-up

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, the very British murder-mystery sleuth-'em-up

Though we saw many games at EGX 2014 last week, The Adventures of Betram Fiddle was the one which made us smile the most. This is partly due to the game's quirky cartoon art style and cute Victorian setting, but mostly because this point-and-click adventure tells its tale of a very British explorator investigating murders in London with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Pocket Gamer's Mark Brown introduces us to the basics of Bertram Fiddle in the video above. …


Hands-on with Overkill 3, the cover shooter where you take cover and shoot

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Overkill 3, the cover shooter where you take cover and shoot

Overkill 3 is a videogame with guns and men in it. If you fire the guns in Overkill 3 at the men in Overkill 3, the men in Overkill 3 fall over. Sometimes these men don't get back up again because they are dead. Other times they look like they are dead, but they are not dead, they're just pretending to be dead. When this happens, you must fire your gun at them a second time until they stop pretending to be dead and become actually dead. Then a helicopter appears and points happen and sometimes I don't know why I even bother.…