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Limber up for the Rio 2016 Olympics with these apps

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Limber up for the Rio 2016 Olympics with these apps

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio officially kick off tomorrow, August 5. Whether you're watching from afar or planning to head to Brazil to catch some of it live, here are some essential apps to enhance your experience. It's felt like Rio 2016 has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late, but once the opening ceremony kicks off on August 5, all attention will be on the sporting action. However you plan to follow the 306 sporting events spread across two weeks, several of these apps will come in handy. Rio 2016 Let's start with the most obvious one - the official Rio 2016 app. This is where you come for all the up to date event times and results, as well as for detailed sp…

Top new film rentals: Batman v Superman, 10 Cloverfield Lane and more

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Top new film rentals: Batman v Superman, 10 Cloverfield Lane and more

With so much competing media, it can be easy to miss the latest movie rentals on iTunes and other digital stores when they arrive. AppSpy is here to help. Netflix and Amazon Video are all well and good, but when it comes to watching the latest films mere months after they leave the cinemas, you still can't beat a good digital rental. This week, we've got angry superheros, supernatural mysteries, biting satire, and some good old-fashioned family fun involving talking animals. Batman v Superman Do you want to see the two biggest superheroes of all time punching each other in the face repeatedly? Your raised nose and furrowed brow may say no, but your inner 12-year-old is screaming yes. B…

Mobius Final Fantasy isn't the first mobile-focused Final Fantasy game

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Mobius Final Fantasy isn't the first mobile-focused Final Fantasy game

The western launch this week of Mobius Final Fantasy reminds us that it's not all about conversions of the big numbered console RPG series for Square Enix. Indeed, there are already some unique mobile-focused Final Fantasy games on the App Store. You can now play enhanced versions of Final Fantasies I through to IX (though Final Fantasy VIII has been skipped, for some reason) on your iPhone or iPad. That's a pretty spectacular thought. In addition to these conversions, however, there's a handful of Final Fantasy oddities on the App Store that have been made specifically for mobile - of which Mobius Final Fantasy is only the very latest. Final Fantasy Dimensions Final Fantasy Dimen…

Batman: The Telltale Series - Telltale's best games so far

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Batman: The Telltale Series - Telltale's best games so far

Batman: The Telltale Series hits the App Store this week, bringing a welcome sense of adventure and narrative sophistication to the Caped Crusader's typically action-heavy gaming oeuvre. Fortunately, the new Batman game has pedigree. The name Telltale might not ring any bells with you, but the developer is responsible for some excellent story-led games that demand meaningful choices from the player that will affect future episodes. What's more, Telltale's games typically have major intellectual properties attached, making them all the more appealing. Here are six of the most notable Telltale game series (there's no point skipping to later episodes here) on the App Store to get you in the m…

Creed and 5 more great boxing films available to stream

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Creed and 5 more great boxing films available to stream

Creed is this week's iTunes Film of the Week, meaning you can rent it for just 99p. Ryan Coogler's Rocky spin-off got us to thinking about other top boxing films that are currently available to stream or rent for a decent price. Whether you're talking about Robert De Niro, Steve McQueen, or Tom Hardy, there are some true acting heavyweights represented in the following list. Creed (iTunes, 99p) PIC: Warner Bros. Let's start with the inspiration for this feature. Ryan Coogler's Creed is an nicely poised spin-off from the Rocky series, with Stallone's battered ex-boxer reluctantly taking up training duties for Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed - who happens to be the son of his late frie…

Inside Out for £5 and other Pixar iTunes bargains

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Inside Out for £5 and other Pixar iTunes bargains

Inside Out is currently available to buy for just £5 on iTunes, though the offer won't be around for much longer. Fortunately, there are bunch of great iTunes deals on Pixar films right now. Here are some of our favourites. And if you're asking the question 'what's Pixar?' then shame on you! Pixar is the legendary computer animation studio owned by Disney, which has been responsible for some of the very best computer-generated movies ever made. Including these six... Inside Out As I've already made reference to, Inside Out is currently available to buy in HD on iTunes for just £4.99. Snap it up quickly, because there are many who reckon this is Pixar's best ever film. It's…

Pokemon GO isn't the only official Pokemon game on the App Store

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Pokemon GO isn't the only official Pokemon game on the App Store

Pokemon GO has seen the popular Japanese game franchise evolve into a fresh mobile form. But it's far from the first official Pokemon app. Whilst a disproportionate number of headlines seem to concern Pokemon GO right now, it's actually only the fifth officially endorsed Pokemon app to hit the App Store. Here's a run down of the four pre-existing Pokemon apps from The Pokemon Company on the App Store, which include an engrossing online battler and a delightful kiddie-friendly minigame collection. Gotta download 'em all! Pokemon TCG Online Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is undoubtedly the pick of the apps for Pokemon GO fans looking for more mobile Pokemon gaming goodness. Tha…

Best new films and TV to watch on Netflix this week: Hard Eight, Kung Fu Panda, and more

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Best new films and TV to watch on Netflix this week: Hard Eight, Kung Fu Panda, and more

It's Friday, which for many exhausted people will mean an evening in front of the box watching Netflix. It can be hard to keep up with the comings and goings on the world's favourite streaming service, so each week we're going to be highlighting the best of the latest film and TV releases. This week we get off to a slightly serious start, with high-quality drama the name of the game. Don't worry, there's a little Kung Fu Panda to lighten things up. Tallulah Image: IMDb Ellen Page and Allison Janney reunite nine years after starring together in everyone's favourite teen pregnancy comedy, Juno. This time, Page stars as a young woman who steals a baby and turns to her ex-boyfriend's…

Road Not Taken and 5 other beautifully mysterious puzzle games

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
Road Not Taken and 5 other beautifully mysterious puzzle games

This week sees the launch of Road Not Taken onto the App Store, a simple puzzle game that's simultaneously full of beauty and mystery. Perhaps surprisingly, such a combination of elements isn't wholly unique on Apple's dazzlingly well-stocked App Store. There's a good bunch of iOS games out there that manage to tickle your brain, bathe your eyes, and tempt your curiosity all at once. Here are six of them, starting with the Spry Fox's new entrant itself. Road Not Taken Spry Fox has already made a name for itself in the puzzle game department with the innovative Triple Town, but Road Not Taken is another kettle of fish entirely. It might look like another clever grid-based block-shifter,…

Stranger Things: 7 films that inspired the Netflix hit

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
Stranger Things: 7 films that inspired the Netflix hit

Netflix has yet another hit on its hands with the eight-part sci-fi series Stranger Things. One of the big elements that has viewers of a certain age and disposition nodding approvingly is the host of '70s and '80s movie references The Duffer Brothers have managed to cram in. If you've binge-watched your way through Stranger Things and fancy going back to the source, you can rent or buy these classic '80s films from iTunes, or many of the usual digital media store suspects. For those who never saw these films but loved Stranger Things, you're in for a curiously familiar treat. Before we begin, we should list a SPOILER ALERT here if you haven't finished (or started) Stranger Things, as we'…

6 films that share the Bourne identity

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
6 films that share the Bourne identity

With Jason Bourne hitting cinemas and iTunes pushing The Complete Bourne 4 Movie Collection (snappy title), perhaps now would be a good time to reflect on the huge influence The Bourne Identity and its sequels have had on the action genre. From brutally unflinching hand-to-hand combat to a naturalistic shooting style in muted European settings, and right down to conspiracy-laden themes that reflect the political concerns of the time, traces of the Bourne series can be seen in most modern action films. Here are six films that have quite clearly been influenced by Matt Damon's iconic amnesiac assassin. Casino Royale Image: United Artists Corporation Daniel Craig's first stint as 007 was…

6 Nintendo properties that would benefit from the Pokemon GO treatment

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
6 Nintendo properties that would benefit from the Pokemon GO treatment

Pokemon GO is big. Really big. You know what happens when games get big, don't you? The companies involved (and everyone else for that matter) try to repeat the formula. In the wake of Pokemon GO, it seems obvious that AR gaming is going to be a big thing for the foreseeable future. If Nintendo's looking for another hit IP to apply Niantic's AR formula to (and we know it's getting into mobile gaming), we can think of some great candidates. And yes, we know that Pokemon GO isn't actually a Nintendo effort as such. But it did kind of come about through an idea by late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, and the Kyoto company also holds a major stake in The Pokemon Company. What, you think it's a coin…

Finished with Pokemon GO? Here are 5 more top AR games

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
Finished with Pokemon GO? Here are 5 more top AR games

We doubt you are done with Pokemon GO just yet, but with reports of the first gamer to 'catch 'em all' filtering through, you might be before too long. The good news for those bitten by the Pokemon bug (there are multiple types, you know) is that there are a whole bunch of traditional Pokemon games to get your teeth into, such as Pokemon X and Y on the Nintendo 3DS. But what about if it was the whole mobile augmented reality (AR) edge that you loved about Pokemon GO? We have just the AR game alternatives for you. Ingress Let's start with the biggest and most obvious next step for Pokemon GO fans: Ingress. It was built by the team behind Pokemon GO, Niantic. Indeed, while Pokemon GO mig…

Forget Batman v Superman - here are 7 superhero movies that deserve to be rediscovered

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months ago
Forget Batman v Superman - here are 7 superhero movies that deserve to be rediscovered

With Batman v Superman recently made available to buy on iTunes and other digital stores, we thought now would be a good time to look at a few oft-forgotten superhero films you can generally buy or rent for much cheaper. These ones don't suck, either. Head off on a tour of the usual digital movie sites this week and you'll doubtless get the hard sell on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film's release at retail has been nicely timed to coincide with Comic-Con, and the first trailers for follow-up films Justice League and Wonder Woman. Of course, as high-profile as Batman v Superman is, most sources will agree that it simply isn't very good. If you want to see a genuinely decent super…

7 classic sci-fi movies available on iTunes right now

Feature By Henry Vilar Martos, 2 months ago
7 classic sci-fi movies available on iTunes right now

Star Trek Beyond is out now at the cinema. Have you seen it yet? Either way, celebrate with some fantastic films on the iTunes store! It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek this year and the latest big screen instalment, Star Trek Beyond, hits the cineplexes this month. That’s awesome news for every sci-fi fan out there. Such an iconic series needs an equally emblematic build-up before you watch it, and that’s why we found our seven favourite films that, just like Star Trek, are quintessential in defining the genre. You can find any of these films on Apple’s movie store right now, so you can pick up your iPad or iPhone and rent them this minute. What are you waiting…