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Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

What would happen if you were to take the video game adaptation of The Walking Dead, and give it to Zen Studios to make a pinball game based on it? Probably exactly what you think would happen: you'd get an awesome game of pinball, and it'd be called The Walking Dead Pinball. I went hands-on with the game recently to bring you early footage of the game in motion, click play on the video below to see it in action.…


Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Do you hate yourself just a teensy little bit? Well if you'd like to hate yourself a bit more, you can always download Phases: Infinite Zero. It's one of the hardest platforming games I've had the pleasure / misery of playing, and I like myself a little bit less for not being able to get past Phase 1. It's also a beauty to behold, the controls are spot-on, and it run flawlessly. Here are my first impressions with the game.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

We always knew we wanted to do something video-related about Minecraft: Pocket Edition here on AppSpy, but in all honesty, neither James or myself are particularly great at the blocky world builder. And that's what's lead to us starting this Let's Play series. I'm going to try and learn everything I possibly can about surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and you're going to learn with me. I'll be playing the game every week and trying to survive in the harsh but beautiful world that is Minecraft, capturing it all for posterity. If you're a Minecraft: PE veteran, then I want to read your tips. If you're a newbie, you'll be able to play along with me. So without further ado, let's kick…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 2

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 2

In the first episode we ran into serious trouble with pink apes. In this episode it's a gigantic boar that becomes a thorn in our sides. It's always something, isn't it? We're better prepared this time though, and we've brought with us not just hot drinks, but cold ones too. Harry also made us wear clothes (which is only fair, I guess), and this has greatly increased our resilience to the monstrous nasties that inhabit the sprawling world of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. So grab a hot or cold drink of your own, get comfortable, and click play on the video below, to continue learning how to play Capcom's beastie-basher for iOS. Miss the last episode? Check it out here.…


Hands-on with Soul Historica, the Kemco JRPG with a whole lotta soul

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Soul Historica, the Kemco JRPG with a whole lotta soul

Life is full of big decisions. Should you try to save your best friend from certain doom, or help re-unite two lovers in dire peril? Should you trust the establishment and keep quiet, or speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves? Should you buy Soul Historica, the latest JRPG from Kemco? Conundrums all, I'll try to help you answer at least one of them in the video below.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 1

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 1

You know what's brilliant? Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is brilliant. We've got a review that says as much. But it's also dense. Very very very very dense. Because of this combination of challenge and quality, we called it "a slow, difficult, but rewarding crawl to greatness". So if you're new to the Monster Hunter series it can be a little off-putting to begin with, as you die again and again not quite understanding where you should be going, or what you should be doing, once you get there. Enter AppSpy, and an intrepid team of Monster Hunter players with varying levels of skill. Together we're going to teach you the ropes of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, as we ourselves learn them, and…


Hands-on with Pac-Man Friends, the game of balance, precision, and wakka wakka wakka

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Pac-Man Friends, the game of balance, precision, and wakka wakka wakka

The little yellow disc is back for another mobile instalment. This time you'll be tilting the Man of Pac about different maze environments, collecting Pac-Dots to open the door at the end, and escape with your pals in tow. Each of your new allies has different properties that makes them unique. One's invisible, for example, and can't be hurt by the ghosts that are looking to ruin your Pac-Day. From what I've played so far, it's not too bad, with one of my larger concerns being the plain art that fails to capture Pac-Man at his best.…


Hands-on with Spooklands, the arena combat game where you throw awesome sneakers at gross spiders

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Spooklands, the arena combat game where you throw awesome sneakers at gross spiders

Spooklands asks you to survive wave after wave of enemies as they encroach upon your precarious position, but only gives you one action with which to do that. Thankfully that action is “shoot”. Shooting also moves you across the screen, allowing you to dodge the hundreds of baddies coming your way.…


The best Square Enix JRPGs on the iOS App Store

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
The best Square Enix JRPGs on the iOS App Store

We'll be the first to admit that Square Enix's JRPGs are a little on the pricey side when compared to other iOS games, but we'll also tell you that the entry price is tiny when you consider their quality and value for money. Still, we know that splashing out on a game you might not like is a daunting prospect, so we've gone ahead and made a video showing off the very best of Squeenix's JRPGs that have so far appeared on Apple hardware. If you're not up for the whole hour-long stream, you can click the name of the title you'd like to see more of below, and you'll be whizzed straight to the part of the video that we start playing. 1. Chrono Trigger2. Secret of Mana3. Dragon Quest VIII4. F…


Hands-on with The Firm, the game of profit or death

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with The Firm, the game of profit or death

The Firm is darker than its premise. You're new at a big company that buys and sells shares. You must swipe left or right, depending on whether you think the company should purchase them. Get it wrong, or work too slowly and... Well, click the video to find out.…


Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

The Ensign is the prequel to A Dark Room, and it shares its sense of style and difficulty. Screenshots on the App Store can't really do a game like The Ensign justice, because so much of its appeal is hidden behind crude ASCII characters, black text on a white background, and relentless difficulty. Look beyond that though, and you'll find a mysterious world to explore, and a rich narrative to weave together. Here's my hands-on with the game.…


Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Quite often a game comes into the AppSpy office that you're really rooting for to be good, but winds up being a disappointment. Max Gentlemen feels like one of those. The visual comedy is spot-on, as is the soundtrack and audio FX, but the controls are awkward and the base gameplay just isn't that much fun. Take a look at my hands-on with Max Gentlemen in the video below.…


Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

I... So... Okay. Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II is a crossover endless action game featuring Guile from Street Fighter and a bunch of characters from a niche anime called Eagle Talon. It's super weird, incredibly self-referential, and a little bit broken - the audio falls apart occasionally, something I captured in this recording. You might call it Kuso-ge. Obviously this is a Japan-only game for now, if you want to try it out for yourself, here's a guide on how to get yourself an iTunes account from any country you like.…


Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

When I first heard about Dynasty Warriors Blast I was elated and really rather excited. Then I got in touch with Koei Tecmo and they said there were no plans to bring it to the west and I did a little cry. Then I thought “balls to it” and decided to bring you a hands-on with the game anyway, which you can see below (and play for yourself if you have a Japanese iTunes account).…


Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

With the App Store, it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, and that's definitely what I did as I downloaded Foodie Yama. I thought “oh this is cute and pixely and looks fun”, I'll definitely do a hands-on video for AppSpy of this. And I'm glad I did, because it is cute and pixely and fun. But it's also a bit derivative, as it's basically just Timberman but with a few extra bells and whistles. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…