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Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month, 1 week ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

After the success of our Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS stream last week, we're back for more. In fact, we'll be revisiting MHFU each Friday for a fair few weeks, with some treats in store! So, for this second episode of Monster Hunter Freedom Friday, James and Peter will hopefully heed the advice of Harry, acclaimed Prince of Reviews over at Pocket Gamer, and actually put on some armour before venturing out into the wilderness. They're not going to forget to pack their Bovril this time either. We're all still learning the ropes, so if you're an experienced Monster Hunter please join us and send some tips our way via the in-game chat! The show will start as per usual at 5pm UK / 9am…


Hands-on with Hellraid: The Escape, a creepy combo of The Room and Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Hellraid: The Escape, a creepy combo of The Room and Amnesia: The Dark Descent

SHHH! Shhh... Shhh. Hey everyone, I'm trying to keep my voice down for this one, as it's a bit spooky. Hellraid: The Escape plonks you in an unending hell of torture and suffering in which you must creep about dank environments unnoticed by the undead guards and beasties. It's in first person and you're basically defenceless, which gives it a vibe of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but its many puzzles are solved with swipe gestures, leading me to make comparisons with The Room as well. And boy is its visual and audio presentation top-notch. You have to see and hear this one running to really appreciate the work that's gone into it. So click below to take a look at Hellraid: The Escape, whi…


Hands-on with Planet-HD, where you'll lose time and time again but that's totally okay dude

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Planet-HD, where you'll lose time and time again but that's totally okay dude

In Planet-HD you try your best to steer a planet away from the path of one very erratic asteroid, a timer ticking down that begs you to do better than your previous run. This might not sound like a happy, zen-like experience, but curiously it verges on becoming one. The trance soundtrack, the complimentary colours, the simple gameplay, and the continual words of encouragement, they all combine to make for a very positive game of dodging planetary impacts. Take a look at my hands-on video with Planet-HD below.…


Hands-on with Fanatic Earth, the JRPG about alien plagues, fighting baddies, and saving ladies in exchange for fine dining

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Fanatic Earth, the JRPG about alien plagues, fighting baddies, and saving ladies in exchange for fine dining

Kemco has just released Fanatic Earth onto the iOS and Android app stores, and here's the elevator pitch that got me excited for that happening; Xilleon City is the last remaining bastion of humanity, which has seen the majority of its population wiped out by an alien disease. You play as a man with probably The Best Hair Ever who is unfortunately suffering from a spot of amnesia, and pretty soon you find yourself in trouble with a gigantic (and undoubtedly evil) corporation called Cyphate. If the above synopsis, and the below video is something you reckon you'll want to invest a few dozen hours in, then you best go grab Fanatic Earth now, as it's currently celebrating its launch with a sa…


Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Today I've been playing Bike Rivals from Miniclip, which is currently in soft launch in a few territories. It's a fast-paced trials-esque game, presented in a simple but effective 2D style, and sporting rock-solid controls that are a mix of tilt and touch. There's been a fair number of these trials games recently, but Bike Rivals distinguishes itself from the pack by being more arcade-oriented than Urban Trial Freestyle and Trials Frontier. Here's a quick hands-on showing how I got on with the game.…


Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Here's a curiosity for all you Marvel fans: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting an iOS game all of its own. Who would have seen that coming a few years ago, eh? What with the new movie on the horizon - which looks ace, by the way - it's been seen by the bigwigs at Marvel and Disney that it's only right for smartphones to get a tie-in. The game - named Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon - isn't out at the moment, at least not globally, but it has been soft-launched on iOS in Malaysia's App Store. It's an arena battle game in which you control a team of heroes and must fight wave after wave of bad guys, and then level up your heroes and kit them out with new gear. Here's my early…


Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

The premise of Super Battle Tactics is simple: you have a team of vehicles, most of which are tanks, and all of which are gaudily decked out in bright colours. You take that team into a battle arena, and pit it against your opponent, who also has a team of colourful military vehicles. You then roll dice to see which team strikes first, and how powerful each vehicle's gun is going to hit that turn, and then proceed to shoot up the place. It's really good fun, and there's a fair chunk of tactical depth in there too. The aesthetic also reminds me of M.A.S.K., and similar vehicle-based cartoons of the eighties, which is definitely no bad thing either. Here's a video of Super Battle Tactics ru…


Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

I quite like Sonic Jump Fever. As endless jumpers a la Doodle Jump go, it's pretty good, and adds a few neat extras to keep the play exciting. There are bonuses to pick up, special boosts to implement, and leaderboards to conquer so that you can lord it over your friends on Facebook. The tilt controls are responsive, and the presentation is suitably bright. There are loads of enemies too, but they're partly the reason I've got all in a tizz about Sonic Jump Fever. Click the play button below and you'll find out exactly what's got me in a froth.…


Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Secret Files: Tunguska came out on PC, Nintendo Wii, and DS between 2006 and 2010. Four years on and it's time for smartphones to get a version, and you'll be pleased to know that it's a pretty decent port, from what we've seen so far. As reported in my hands-on video below, the touchscreen interface is used intelligently, the graphics are high fidelity, and the voice acting is crisp (if a little hammy). There's 12 hours of gameplay in this premium release, and the story is loosely based on real-world events - revolving as they do around the massive explosion that occurred in the Tunguska region in 1908 (click here to fall down a Wikipedia rabbit hole), with a bit of suspense and intrigue…


Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Urban Trial Freestyle is a port of the home console and handheld title, and here at AppSpy we've been very keen to keep tabs on its development. We had the world first live stream of the game yesterday, and today we have an early look at the game, just before it careers into the App Store.http://www.twitch.tv/appspy I'm really liking this premium trials game, especially the wonderfully precise tilt controls that let you place the bike exactly where you want it to go (if you're a good enough player, of course). There's a bunch of content in here too, plus downloadable levels, unlockable costumes, and upgradeable bikes. Click play on the video below to hear more of my thoughts, and see cra…


Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

By now, AppSpy community, you should know that I'm a fan of the cute, and the sweet, and the oh-my-gosh-kawaiiiiiiiiiii. My fondness for the adorable led me to Pick A Pet, a match-3 puzzler from Irish studio SixMinute, that's just come out on iOS and Android. It's a fun little game, even if it is a little similar to other games in the genre. If there's a unique hook here it's that you're accompanied by a pet, and each of the game's different (and delightful) pets confers a special ability upon the player that will help you through the many stages that lie in wait. Here's a video of the game running, take a look...…


Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

I love skateboarding in games, I adore punk rock, and mobile games are my jam. So when I heard that TransWorld Endless Skater was coming out this week on iOS and Android, and that it contained both skating and punk, I leapt at the chance to do a hands-on video for you lovely guys and girls of AppSpy. Unfortunately I'm not entirely convinced by what the game has to offer. The controls take some getting used to, but once you do they work really well. The different environments look decent, and the fact that they're randomly generated is a neat twist. But the tricks don't look all that impressive, and the skateboarder is clumsier than a traditional auto-running character but more nimble than…


Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

In this early impressions video of Lumo Deliveries, I call it “a time-waster”, but that doesn't mean Lumo Deliveries is a waste of time. It's a super-casual delivery game in which you build up your company from one person with a van to... well... more people with vans. There are wait timers galore, and very little of what you might call “gameplay”, but there's a certain appeal in its visual direction and that ever-so compulsive loop of levelling up your crew. I've done a hands-on with the game, take a look at its wheels in motion below, and when you're done there tell us how you define what a “game” is, in the comments.…


We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month, 1 week ago
We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Urban Trial Freestyle will be arriving on the App Store this Thursday for £1.49 / $1.99. But how will it stand up against the competition? Find out for yourself in our exclusive hands-on with the iOS version today! Throughout the stream we'll be giving away four large Urban Trial Freestyle T-shirts signed by Julien DuPont, the Red Bull trials rider who served as a consultant on the game. Be prepared for four bike trials-related questions to answer for your chance to win! The show kicks off as usual at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern over on our Twitch channel. Be there right on time for a bit of banter as we wait for the regulars to roll in. If you'd like to be a regular,…


Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

For my money, Solstice Arena is currently the best MOBA-on-the-move, but that might well all change soon, as I've been playing Fates Forever, and it's pretty special. The first thing you'll notice when you hit that play button below is how pretty this thing is. Fates Forever draws from a painterly palette, and its 3D models and animation are top-tier. But it's the gameplay that shines the brightest. Everything about it feels custom-made for touchscreen gaming, with a responsive and sensibly laid-out UI, ten minute matches, and solid multiplayer. Have a watch of our hands-on video and then let me know if you think MOBAs are a good fit for tablets (and mobiles) in the comments.…