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Hands-on with Top Gear: Race The Stig's New York update

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Top Gear: Race The Stig's New York update

I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoy watching a bit of Top Gear from time-to-time. The three presenters - I believe they're called Curly, Shortstuff, and Gramps - have an undeniably watchable rapport with one another, and though the show's supposed to be about cars, it's actually more about their antics in cars. There's an auto-runner loosely based on one of the other personalities in the show: The Stig, and it's called Top Gear: Race The Stig. In the TV programme The Stig is a faceless driver extraordinaire that cannot be beaten, and in the game he's an inevitable game over screen chasing after your car in this endless driver. The latest update places you in a race against The Stig in Ne…


Hands-on with Mighty Adventure, the auto-running platformer with a twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Mighty Adventure, the auto-running platformer with a twist

Just when you think the games industry is done with the auto-runner, someone comes along and tries to put a fresh spin on it with a new game, hoping to rekindle everyone's interest in a genre that is starting to feel past its prime. Mighty Adventure is one such a game, and the new angle here is that you control not one character, but three, each with their own special power. How this works in practise is occasionally a bit iffy, but I should point out that the video you see below is of an early build of a game that's not due out for a few weeks, so there's still time for improvements to be made. Are you still enjoying auto-runners? Dash over to the comments to let us know.…


Hands-on with Hay Ewe, the fluffy action sheep-based puzzler where sweets fall from the sky

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Hay Ewe, the fluffy action sheep-based puzzler where sweets fall from the sky

Developed by a group of ex-PopCap peeps called Rocket Rainbow Studios, and published by Team 17, Hay Ewe is a puzzle game where you must guide Matilda the sheep to save her flock, collecting loads of sweets along the way for bonus points. We're playing a very early build of the game today, but the finished article is set to feature over 100 levels, special items and boosts to aid your dangerous journey, and a level editor to create your own stages. Being published by Team 17 - them of Worms fame - I did ask whether or not the Super Sheep would be making an appearance at any point. The representative wasn't giving anything away, but didn't rule it out. I've got my fingers crossed. Press pl…


Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores will launch next week, allows you to shoot out a velociraptor's heart

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores will launch next week, allows you to shoot out a velociraptor's heart

Word has just reached us that Glu will be releasing Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores onto App Store's the world over next week. Glu is the company behind Eternity Warriors, Frontline Commando, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and the disturbingly popular Deer Hunter series. Though I'm thoroughly repulsed at the thought of shooting deer, digital or otherwise, I am totally, absolutely, 100% completely behind blasting dinosaurs with guns until they explode, and happily that's exactly what Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores will let you do. Dino Hunter's gameplay is similar to Deer Hunter's, in that you'll be plonked into wild locations, handed a powerful weapon, and told to blow animals to smithereens in a ra…


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite multiplayer madness, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite multiplayer madness, live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Happy Independence Day to all our American readers! We are so totally over your ancestors wasting all that delicious tea. Honest. Rather aptly, today we’ll be playing a game that stands for freedom, liberty, and justice - Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS! Up to four players can battle together in this optimised version of the PSP classic, so what better way to showcase just what's on offer via our Twitch channel? It's going to be an AppSpy / Pocket Gamer love-fest with hosts James and Peter being joined by Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater, King of Reviews. Expect gigantic beasts, cats with stretchers, running away, and mirth aplenty. Give the chaps some support in the Twitch ch…


Hands-on with World Zombination, the strategic tower defence game with hordes of zombies

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with World Zombination, the strategic tower defence game with hordes of zombies

Though it's still in beta, we wanted to bring you an exclusive first look at World Zombination, a handsome-looking tower defence game with loads and loads of zombies in it. You play as either the survivors or, in a neat twist, the infected, and must defend your city from an imminent invasion. Carefullly placing units with different types of skills and abilities is what's required to succeed, and the game has a few subtleties in its gameplay that will no doubt intrigue fans of the genre. Watch our hands-on video below, then chime in in the comments with what you think of this currently unreleased title.…


Hands-on with Rapid Star: The Space, the bullet-infested shmup with an auto-runner lilt

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Rapid Star: The Space, the bullet-infested shmup with an auto-runner lilt

Auto-runners are ten a penny these days, and shmups aren't exactly a brand new idea on mobiles and tablets, but if you combine the two - and add a Scramble aesthetic - you end up with something quite unique. Enter Rapid Star: The Space, a terrible name for a pretty solid game. You control the ship on the left of the screen, it automatically fires lasers into baddies, and you dodge any bullets headed your way. The game is brutal, and it certainly doesn't expect you to survive for very long, so at the end of a run you're given a score and can compete with friends for highscores. Take a look at the hands-on below for footage of the game in motion.…


Hands-on with Civilization Revolution 2, the game where Queen Elizabeth conquers distant planets

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Civilization Revolution 2, the game where Queen Elizabeth conquers distant planets

I've been toying around with Civilization Revolution 2 since yesterday morning, checking out this grand strategy offering from 2K Games and seeing what's new, what's improved, and what still needs work. I knew I'd be deciding what technologies to research next, training up troops for war, and trading goods with other civilizations while simultaneously plotting their downfall. What I didn't know I'd be doing was flying Queen Elizabeth to Beta Centauri and commanding the British Empire to victory on a distant planet. Take a look at the video below for alien barbarian-related fun.…


Hands-on with FallMan, the 'silly little trampoline-jumping sports game'

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with FallMan, the 'silly little trampoline-jumping sports game'

FallMan is about as indie as it gets. Juho Glad is its creator: a one-man-band indie dev creating the art, designing the gameplay, implementing the sound, handling the promotion... everything. It's his first game, but you wouldn't be able to tell. He describes FallMan as “Tony Hawks meets Flappy Bird”, and though the game is still a fair way out from being finished, the core elements are certainly in place to justify that bold claim. You have to keep a moustachioed gent bouncing on a trampoline, all the while performing death-defying tricks in the air for points. Make one mistake, it's game over, your score appears, and the protagonist rag dolls in slow motion. It's simple but…


Hands-on with Ortus, the digital multiplayer strategy board game

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Ortus, the digital multiplayer strategy board game

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best person to speak with about board games - my knowledge just about stretches to Talisman, but it's mostly lodged between Mouse Trap and KerPlunk. But sometimes a game like Ortus comes along and it immediately catches my eye. Ortus is interesting, because it's not just a digital board game, it's also a physical board game, and the two are being developed at the same time. The game itself is like a cross between chess, a hyper-advanced checkers, and a Games Workshop release, making for very methodical and deliberate play that relies on tactical nuance and forward thinking from each player. Check out the game being played in the video below...…


Genre Busters: Racquet Balls - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Genre Busters: Racquet Balls - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

How are you doing on this fine summer's day? Knee-deep in sport you say? Not sure which match to watch? Well, while we can't help you there, we can certainly help you stay stuck in your game of choice through any downtime. That is, if you join us for this week's episode of Genre Busters! Whether you prefer the quiet murmurings and sudden yelps of tennis or the cheering crowd and powerful punts of football, we'll be playing your summer sound over on Twitch shortly. Doubles partners James and Peter will serving our beloved Twitch audience the best football and tennis games over on our Twitch channel from 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern. We need you there to decide which title will t…


Hands-on with Zombie Catchers, where aliens feed zombies to humans

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Zombie Catchers, where aliens feed zombies to humans

As the succinct title of this article points out, Zombie Catchers is about controlling an alien who feeds the undead to the still living. That's a pretty gross thought on several levels. Part action game, tiny bit management title, you must run about various stages catching zombies with a multitude of weapons, before hauling them home to be turned into nourishment for the human population at one of your diabolical food kiosks. It controls well with its virtual buttons, it's got a strangely adorable visual style, and the soundtrack is spot on. Check it out:…


World of Tanks Blitz - We Need You! (Play with us today, live on Twitch)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
World of Tanks Blitz - We Need You! (Play with us today, live on Twitch)

In case you've missed our recent Twitchings, here's a heads-up: we need recruits to join us on the battlefield this today at 1700 hours BST, 0900 hours PDT, or 1200 hours EDT sharp. To get started you'll need to follow these guidelines before you can play with us: Listen up cadet! 1. Grab World of Tanks Blitz off the App Store - it's free! 2. Load up the game. Make sure you're set to the EU region in the top-right corner, then either create or login to your wargaming.net account. 3. Complete the tutorial - it'll only take a few minutes. 4. In your garage, tap the chat icon in the bottom left of the screen, then the search players icon in the top right corner of the screen. Searc…


Hands-on with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the new omg wtf ikr watevs I'm so over it you guys

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the new omg wtf ikr watevs I'm so over it you guys

So it's come to this. I've played enough free-to-play games to comfortably drain the wallets of 100 committed thumb-jostlers. I've flown futuristic hovercrafts. I've commanded armies to victory across the war-torn fields of feudal China. I've explored uncharted regions of faraway galaxies, and unlocked alternative dimensions with a flick of my wrist. Today, I helped Kim Kardashian choose a dress. She was so pleased that money literally popped out of her body and bounced along the boutique floor, upon which I scrambled to gather her casually discarded wealth like a grateful orphan chasing an abandoned crust of bread. The video below documents this event, which was just one of many humili…


Hands-on with Block Amok, the physics-based endless puzzler where artillery is always the solution

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Block Amok, the physics-based endless puzzler where artillery is always the solution

You are a sheep. You are driving a tank. In front of you is a teetering structure. You blow it up with your limited quantity of ammo. You're awarded points for doing so. Another structure appears. You're still a sheep. You still have command of your tank. You keep playing until you fail to destroy a structure. Video Games.…