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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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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, 2 weeks 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:…


Hands-on with Monster Snack, the colour matching auto-flyer where you try to escape a gigantic fish

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Monster Snack, the colour matching auto-flyer where you try to escape a gigantic fish

Monster Snack is an auto-runner with a small twist: to keep running (well, flying) you need to match the colour of the gems flying past your ship, to the colour of your engine. On paper that might be quite an easy task, but as you begin hurtling forward at great speeds, with the ever-present threat of a giant fish behind you that just waiting for you to run out of power so it can eat you whole, it's a whole lot trickier. Here's my hands-on with Monster Snack, which is out right now on iPhone and iPad.…


Hands-on with Sentinel 4: Dark Star, the sci-fi tower defence game for iPhone and iPad

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Sentinel 4: Dark Star, the sci-fi tower defence game for iPhone and iPad

The tower defence genre has quietened down a little over recent months and years, but for a while there you couldn't browse through any of the “top games” lists on the various app stores without running into one. Sentinel 4: Dark Star is the long-awaited sequel to much-loved tower defence game Sentinel 3: Homeworld, which came out way back in 2010. And even though the build I went hands-on with for this preview video was early, it's shaping up like it's definitely going to please the hardcore fans of the genre.…


Hands-on with Blood Bowl, the totally confusing adaptation of the classic Games Workshop tabletop game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Blood Bowl, the totally confusing adaptation of the classic Games Workshop tabletop game

I have been playing video games for a quarter of a century now, and I have been covering them in an editorial capacity for coming up on 6 years. I'm well-versed at how games work, and I've played plenty of duds. But I can't recall any I've played, certainly in recent memory, that have left me as bewildered and confused as this iPad and Android tablet adaptation of Blood Bowl. It's an accurate take on the Games Workshop game that inspired it - a game I used to love playing as a teenager - but in hiding away so many of the systems that govern play, Blood Bowl gives so little information to the player that you struggle to understand why a throw succeeded or failed, why one die is better than…


Hands-on with Epic Arena, the 3D strategy board game that pits Order against Chaos

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Epic Arena, the 3D strategy board game that pits Order against Chaos

If you prefer your board games digital, and like both strategy and collectible card games, then Epic Arena is probably one for you to check out. It's free-to-play, nicely presented, and provides plenty of challenges to tackle. Both human and computer opponents are on offer, with lots of special missions to flex your creativite muscles when it comes to quickly winning battles. I had a quick go with Epic Arena, here's what happened.…


Hands-on with Re-Volt 2, the F2P iOS RC racer

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Re-Volt 2, the F2P iOS RC racer

Initially created by Acclaim Entertainment - hands up if you remember those guys - the Re-Volt series has quite the storied history, if you go looking for it. But today we're talking about Re-Volt 2, the recently released free-to-play racer for your mobile telephone or tablet computing device. After spending a little time with it I've found the freemium elements to be a little intrusive at times, but the decent vehicle handling, fun bonus items, and oodles of content help make up for the energy system and focus on grind.…


Hands-on with MZR, the fast-paced maze game that makes me feel like Sandra Bullock

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with MZR, the fast-paced maze game that makes me feel like Sandra Bullock

I get all giddy about MZR in this hands-on with the game, for a number of reason. Primarily it's a superb and extremely fast maze game, where you need to determine which of the multiple paths that fire out from your starting position, will reach their goals the fastest. On top of this, the presentation is in another league. Simultaneously retro and ultra modern in both its visual design and soundtrack, it's phenomenally good looking in motion. Plus, as I point out in the video at one point, MZR makes me feel like Sandra Bullock. It's that good, so take a look.…