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Hands-on with Mikey Boots, where shoes with jet propulsion are expectedly awesome

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Mikey Boots, where shoes with jet propulsion are expectedly awesome

In this follow-up to Mikey Shorts and Mikey Hooks, our eponymous hero is back for another round of time trial-focused platforming action, this time with jet boots. From my relatively short amount of time with the game, it's pretty clear that it's a quality release, with tight controls and a visual style that's reminiscent of classic British and European PC games. See how much fun flying about with rockets strapped to your feet is by clicking play on the video below.…


Hands-on with Etherlords, the next generation of mobile card battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Etherlords, the next generation of mobile card battler

Don't let its slick presentation and focus on strong dialogue and storytelling fool you, Etherlords belongs in the same genre as far more basic-looking games like Rage of Bahamut. Currently only available on mobile in Denmark, I'm really impressed by what I played of Etherlords during its soft-launch, and I think you will be too when it goes global in the next few days. Click play to see early gameplay footage.…


Hands-on with Valiant Hearts, the Catch-22 of video games

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Valiant Hearts, the Catch-22 of video games

Or maybe that should be “the M.A.S.H. of video games”? Either way, Valiant Hearts mixes comedy and tragedy in much the same ways as those two satirical works of anti-war fiction. At one moment you're saying a tear-filled farewell to your family, the next you're pootling about in your underwear, and then you're watching your friends get cut down by machine guns. Here's one final quick look at Valiant Hearts, before it's available worldwide.…


Hands-on with Gemini Strike, the free-to-play shmup from Armor Games

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks ago
Hands-on with Gemini Strike, the free-to-play shmup from Armor Games

You don't often see free-to-play shmups, so when Gemini Strike came along I knew I had to take a darn good look at it. The F2P stuff isn't half bad, and it doesn't feel too grind-heavy in its opening hour, which is a relief. If there's a weak area, it's the presentation. It just doesn't have the pomp and flash of the best shooters out there, which is a bit of a shame. Still though, the controls are solid, and the action well-balanced for all levels of play, so take a look at the video of Gemini Strike below and see if it's your sort of thing.…


Hands-on with Heavy Metal Thunder, the gamebook set in deepest, darkest space

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Heavy Metal Thunder, the gamebook set in deepest, darkest space

As I explain in the hands-on, we don't often bring you footage of gamebooks, because they're not the most exciting of videos. Nothing much moving, lots of text - that sort of thing. But I had to bring you a look at Heavy Metal Thunder, because it's super atmospheric, and very well put together. Click play on the video below for a look, then let me know if you pick up Heavy Metal Thunder, in the comments below.…


Hands-on with Stealth, where you're a ninja quietly shanking bad dudes

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Stealth, where you're a ninja quietly shanking bad dudes

Metal Gear. Tenchu. Assassin's Creed. Splinter Cell. These are all great examples of stealth action games, and Stealth reminds me a great deal of the first two titles. Stealth is top-down, slow-paced, your inventory can be quite limited, and to succeed you'll need to figure out the patterns of the patrols of the guards. Here's a sneaky early look.…


Hands-on with Duke Dashington, the smashing puzzle platformer wot wot

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Duke Dashington, the smashing puzzle platformer wot wot

In Duke Dashington you attempt to guide the daring and handsome titular character through maze after maze of tricky platforming, using only dashes. It's reminiscent of the Wario Land platformers in a lot of ways. The constant dashing from area to area, the sense of comic peril, and the detailed pixel art all combine to hint at this being a port of some long-forgotten Game Boy classic. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 2 - Making Fire

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 2 - Making Fire

As a complete newbie to Minecraft: PE, I've found that even basic human needs are often a struggle to fulfill. Last week I needed to quickly create shelter, this week I'm in need of light to make the nights pass quicker. But just how do you go about making a light to mine by? And also: what happened to Bertie? Did he survive the cold hard night? Find out in the video below.…


Hands-on with Alone..., the solitary highscore chaser

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Alone..., the solitary highscore chaser

Minimal, fast, responsive, and with just a tinge of melancholy, Alone... is a tough highscore chaser for fans of tough highscore chasers. There's a bit of leniency in there for new players, which should encourage more people to give it a go, but getting a respectable score will take a good deal of effort, concentration, and practise. Here's Alone... in motion...…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

The terrible trio - James, Harry, and Peter - get a bit cocky in this episode of our ongoing series with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. They think they can take on both the Plesioth and the Gypceros. They are mistaken. Missed the last episode? Catch up here.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 3

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

James and Harry are joined by special guest (and super duper community manager) Danny in this episode of our series. The trio take on a pack of Blangos, the Khezu, and even a swarm of Hermitaurs, kicking all sorts of monster butt in this iPhone and iPad version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Missed the last episode? Click here for the previous installment.…


10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Over the past few days, I've been on the hunt for the most spectacular, over-the-top, completely ridiculous video replays of Bad Piggies that I could find on Everyplay. What I've found has not disappointed. So in no particular order, here are my top 10. Which is your favourite? I love the ambition here, and you really start to root for the contraption to succeed. Unfortunately though, that's not the case... This combo allows you to flip the machine you've built and stick to the roof of caves. Ingenious! I literally can't begin to describe how awesome this video is. Just... honestly just hit play. This might be my personal favourite. These classic aircraft look cool, but they also fly be…


Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Epic Eric's gameplay is very enjoyable, I don't want to take anything away from that in this hands-on video. It's a lot of fun to work out how to get from one section of a level to another, without touching the ground, using momentum to carry you from start to flagpole. But what I think is really cool about Epic Eric is... well... see for yourself...…


Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Since I'm currently reviewing Alien Creeps TD for Pocket Gamer, I thought I'd bring you a quick look at the game in motion, in support of the seven day review you'll find over on PG. At its slimy heart Alien Creeps TD is a tower defence game with solid presentation and a good level of challenge. It doesn't try to break the mould too much, and I guess that for a lot of TD fans, that won't really matter too much. Click play below for my hands-on.…


Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

NimbleBit's latest entry in the Tiny Tower series is out now, and I'm giving it the old college try over on Pocket Gamer. So I thought “hey, I could do a quick hands-on with it too, just to show you what it looks like”. I'm resourceful like that. So here's some gameplay footage of Tiny Tower Vegas. If you want to find out more, check in with my review.…