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Hands-on with Solar Max, the float-about-in-space-until-you-die-of-asphyxiation-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Solar Max, the float-about-in-space-until-you-die-of-asphyxiation-em-up

I really wanted Solar Max to be fun, because its art style and soundtrack is wonderful: I'm a sucker for pixel art and chiptunes, and this features great examples of both. The core idea of Solar Max is cool too. You float around space, trying to find air tanks, to refill your oxygen levels and continue playing for longer. But the gameplay just isn't there. Items are too small to pick up with any regularity, and there's no radar to see where the next pick up that you should be headed to is located. On top of that, the jet pack you're using is ineffective at turning and guiding your hero in the cold gravity-free environment of space. Here's Solar Max in motion.…


Hands-on with Time Tangle - Adventure Time, the uncharacteristically derivative adventure starring Finn and Jake

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Time Tangle - Adventure Time, the uncharacteristically derivative adventure starring Finn and Jake

Adventure Time is a series that is always trying to break down pre-conceived notions of gender, race, age, and any other social construct you care to mention. It's a pioneering animation that manages to appeal to kids and adults, with seemingly something for all ages to enjoy and learn from. It is bold, it is cute, it is welcoming, it is amusing, and above all it is original. Time Tangle - Adventure Time is a derivative auto-runner that will cost you $2.99 / £1.99.…


Crazy Taxi - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Crazy Taxi - EncyclAPPedia

Blowing the dust off of the great tome that is EncyclAPPedia, we're going to shake things up and make some "crazy money" with Axel, B.D. Joe, Gina, and Gus, in Crazy Taxi. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Hands-on with Animal Boyfriend, in which I train Brian Thumper to be my perfect lover

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Animal Boyfriend, in which I train Brian Thumper to be my perfect lover

I'll keep this intro short: in this hands-on with Animal Boyfriend I choose the human / animal hybrid that I'd like to date, pick a name (with a bit of help from the AppSpy community), and then begin the slow but steady process of teaching him how to be a better human being, just like I explained in our news story. In Animal Boyfriend there are spelling mistakes everywhere, confusing menus aplenty, and very little animation and sound. It's niche, and it's odd. But that's all totally okay, and I'll tell you exactly why that is in the video below.…


Hands-on with Rusted Emeth, the JRPG where you fight giant monsters in huge mechs for cash and glory

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Rusted Emeth, the JRPG where you fight giant monsters in huge mechs for cash and glory

After it was released on Android a month or two back, Rusted Emeth is now out on iOS. It's a cool concept for a JRPG: many people have become hunters who collect bounties after defeating massive creatures in battle using their Golems (heavily armoured mechs). The visuals are a little basic, but keep with Kemco's usual 16-bit aesthetic, and I'm really liking the fact that the controls are optimised for touchscreens, and aren't virtual sticks. I fired up Rusted Emeth so I could show you the opening moments, click play below to see them.…


Hands-on with Micromon, a monster battler that's Pokemon in all but name

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Micromon, a monster battler that's Pokemon in all but name

Some people are going to look at Micromon and get very very angry. They're going to say things like “this is such a flagrant copy of Pokemon”, and “this 'Glareon' design looks a heck of a lot like Flareon”, and “Nintendo should take these chancers to court”. But you know what? They shouldn't say those things. Because this is the closest any of us are going to come to playing a Pokemon game on iOS for at least the next 5 years. And even if Micromon is impersonating another game, it's a damn convincing impersonation. Here's my hands-on explaining more.…


Hands-on with Tank Biathlon, where tanks are raced to see which team can smash a shed in the fastest time

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Tank Biathlon, where tanks are raced to see which team can smash a shed in the fastest time

The Tank Biathlon is an actual real thing. It is, in many ways, the perfect subject for a video game: dumb, explosive, and competed in by males with a propensity for aggression. A company called Grotburn OU thinks Tank Biathlon would make a great game too, and has therefore gone and created Tank Biathlon, a free-to-play minigame collection of sorts that, as I note in the video, feels a lot like Track & Field: Tank Edition. The controls are spotty, the announcer annoying, but those visuals are very nice indeed and the concept is pretty fun. Also you drive through wooden sheds with enjoyable regularity, which is surprisingly fun.…


Hands-on with Zanac MSX, a classic cult shooter revitalised

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Zanac MSX, a classic cult shooter revitalised

Zanac is a shoot-em-up classic, a cult one. If you're over a certain age, or a follower of shmups, you might have run into it in the past, but to everyone else it's - at best - a case of “oh yeah... I think I've heard of that”. Now's the time for you to hopefully rectify that, with this excellent port of the MSX version, titled Zanac MSX. It has touch controls, controller support, high speed emulation, and it's free. Please note: at the time of recording the game was available and then unavailable, and at the time of publication remains unavailable. We contacted D4 Enterprise to find out what's going on, and they've told us the game will be available next week. Expect to see i…


Hands-on with Motorsport Manager, the super slick game of motoring management

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Motorsport Manager, the super slick game of motoring management

I'll get this hands-on preview off to a flying start by saying the following two things; 1. This hands-on is longer than most.2. That's mostly because I didn't want to stop playing. The game is still a little way out from being released, and with this TestFlight build I played there were a handful of very minor tweaks to be made, but these trifling issues aside, I don't think I've played a deeper, better looking, more compelling management game than Motorsport Manager in years. I waffle on enough in my preview, so click play below and check it out.…


BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

As you probably already know by now, BioShock is coming to iOS later this year. Mark Brown, editor of sister site Pocket Gamer, went hands-on with an iPad build of the game earlier in the week, and shared his experience in an exclusive AppSpy video (which can be found at the bottom of the article). Having aquired some footage show ing the mobile incarnation of Rapture from publisher 2K, I decided to fire up the Xbox 360 version of BioShock and see how the iOS visuals stand up against the original console graphics. Check out the results in the video above. Though we don't have a solid release date for BioShock on iOS, we do know that it'll be live on the App Store before the year is out…


Hands-on with Touch Racing 2, the top-down free-to-play RC racer

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Touch Racing 2, the top-down free-to-play RC racer

I don't think it's unfair to compare Touch Racing 2 with the seminal Micro Machines or the under-appreciated Circuit Breakers. Touch Racing 2 is a top-down racer where you take multiple remote controlled vehicle types - a speed boat, race car, and off-road truck - and compete against others for glory, honour, and soft currency. There are a number of control options to find the setup you like best, the visuals lick along at a solid rate, and the upgrades for each vehicle feel significant and exciting. Take a look at my hands-on with Touch Racing 2, below.…


Hands-on with Primitives Puzzle in Time, the minimalist puzzler that pits you against the clock

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Primitives Puzzle in Time, the minimalist puzzler that pits you against the clock

Like many brilliant iOS games that have come before it, the core idea of Primitives Puzzle in Time is a simple one: drag a line from a starting point to a finish collecting stars along the way. And like those brilliant iOS game, there's a twist: you're against the clock, which only ticks down if you're drawing a line. Objects in the world only move when you do, opening and closing windows that represent your best opportunity to complete the dozens of stages included in the download. Believe me, nabbing all three stars in a stage is no mean feat. Primitives Puzzle in Time is minimal in its presentation, but a titanic challenge, and humongous fun. Take a look at my video for info.…


Hands-on with Why Does It Spin?, the action puzzler that will leave you spinning

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Why Does It Spin?, the action puzzler that will leave you spinning

In Why Does It Spin? you control a slowly rotating stick and must guide it through an obstacle course without touching the sides. It's a bit Operation, a tad Marble Madness, and a whole lot Kuru Kuru Kururin. Never mind what its influences are though, because the important thing you should know is that I really liked what I played of Why Does It Spin? during my hands-on time with it. Here's why.…


Hands-on with Airheads Jump, the colourful auto-jumper with the angriest Tikis you've ever seen

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Airheads Jump, the colourful auto-jumper with the angriest Tikis you've ever seen

If you're going to make an auto-jumper in the style of a Doodle Jump or Sonic Jump Fever, then you'd best make darned sure it's highly polished and has something a little new to offer fans of the genre. Tactile Entertainment is set to launch Airheads Jump on the 14th of August, and from what I've seen so far, it certainly nails the former. As you'll see in the gameplay video below, its colourful palette and cheery characters (except for some ever-so angry Tikis) is complimented by the fun and bright soundtrack, plus tilt controls that work wonderfully. There are 100+ levels to master, and a free-to-play system that doesn't feel restrictive, but from what I've played to this point, the gam…


Unreal Engine 4 on iOS: does it look any good?

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Unreal Engine 4 on iOS: does it look any good?

Angels in the Sky, the first game to utilise Unreal Engine 4 on iOS, hit the App Store last week. It's basically a gallery shooter with swish visuals. You float through an alien landscape using a pair of sci-fi cannons to blast waves of oncoming enemies.  There's not much to it beyond that. You can't steer your craft or even pick your targets. You just hammer the fire buttons and hope to survive the oncoming horde. However, though the gameplay itself is less than noteworthy, we felt obliged to put Epic's shiny new game engine under the microscope, and see whether it makes the iPhone 5S - the only device Angels in the Sky is compatible with - sing. Here are the results:…