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

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 5 days 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, 5 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, 6 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, 4 weeks 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, 4 weeks 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, 4 weeks, 1 day 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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.…


Hands-on with Kingdoms, the effortlessly cool minimalist board game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Kingdoms, the effortlessly cool minimalist board game

Kingdoms is cool. Very cool. For a bunch of reasons. The first is its design. Click play on that video below. See what I mean? Gorgeous, isn't it? The second is that it's been designed to be played by everyone. You, Poppa Joe, Auntie Sally, and even that mate of yours who thinks games are for dummies. The third is how intuitive the controls are. Want to take a square? Tap the playfield. Want to build a wall to bolster your defence? Tap and slide. Want to play with two people? It's all on the same device, iPhone or iPad. Very cool indeed.…


Hands-on with Romans in my Carpet!, the teeny-tiny strategy game from the creators of Ravenmark

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Romans in my Carpet!, the teeny-tiny strategy game from the creators of Ravenmark

Witching Hour Studios is best known for the Ravenmark games: titles where strategy is of paramount importance, and just one wrong move could lead to the total annihilation of your entire army. Romans in my Carpet! is the team's next game, and it's a fair bit different from the Ravenmark series. It's visually much cuter than the po-faced fantasy realism of previous efforts, and it seems a little less ultra-hardcore strategy, and a little more Advance Wars. Here's Brian Kwek of Witching Hour Studios to explain more:…


Eye on the App Store: World of Tanks Blitz, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month ago
Eye on the App Store: World of Tanks Blitz, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Hello all you lovely AppSpies out there! We may have missed Eye on the App Store last week with the boys being away in Helsinki, but James and Peter are back in tip-top form to bedazzle you with the best that the App Store will have to offer you from midnight tonight. To get you hyped up for our forthcoming World of Tanks Blitz multiplayer mayhem this Friday (details to follow tomorrow), General James Gilmour will venture onto the Battlefield to blow the opposition to smithereens. We'll also show you the pretty puzzler with a Zelda-inspired overworld Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, the superhero-led social city-builder Supernauts, silhouetted sequel Oscura: Second Shadow, and maybe…


Hands-on with Oscura: Second Shadow, the light gathering silhouette platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Oscura: Second Shadow, the light gathering silhouette platformer

Oscura was a fairly decent platformer. A moody, silhouette-styled game with creepy enemies and evil-looking machinery, it appeared on iOS back in 2011 in the wake of Limbo. Tonight, Oscura: Second Shadow hits the App Store, and aims to continue the journey of the light-bearing imp at the centre of the first game. As before, you'll be guiding him around hazardous environments filled with spiked beasties, water pits, lava, and other unpleasant obstructions. As you collect light shards, you open doors, and gain the ability to slow down time for a short period. This bullet-time effect helps you leg it past enemies who might otherwise outrun you, and can save your life if used wisely. The mos…


Hands-on with The Rhythm of Fighters, SNK Playmore's rhythm-action brawler

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with The Rhythm of Fighters, SNK Playmore's rhythm-action brawler

Whether its Han Solo busting moves in Star Wars Kinect, or Cloud Strife busting moves in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, it seems there's no franchise which can't be turned into a rhythm action game. The latest series to fall victim to the beat is The King of Fighters, the 2D brawler from SNK Playmore, which has been reinvented as a music-based tap-'em-up called The Rhythm of Fighters. While the visuals remain faithful to the series, the violence is controlled by tapping in time with dots which appear on the screen. Before long, you'll have to use expertly judged swipes and flicks to build combos and unleash special moves. The character list is a who's who of SNK characters, including fan favo…