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The Monday Musing - When did movie games get good?

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
The Monday Musing - When did movie games get good?

In this week's Monday Musing I thought it was time to have a think about tie-in games. Or, more specifically, games that have a massive license attached them. Now, if you grew up when I did (the past), then you'll know that movie tie-in games used to be appalling. I mean, seriously, movie tie-in game was a byword for terrible. These were cheap cash-ins designed to ride on the hype of a blockbuster. And to be honest, some of that still shines through nowadays. There's a mobile game tie-in for Ben Affleck's latest film. Which is a gangster epic. And not exactly the sort of thing that you'd expect to have a mobile game tie-in. But things have definitely got better. Star Wars: Force Arena m…

Star Wars: Force Arena guide - Part 1: The Basics

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
Star Wars: Force Arena guide - Part 1: The Basics

This week we're going to be taking a look at Star Wars: Force Arena, the new mobile MOBA set in the Star Wars universe. It's got Luke, it's got Leia, it's got a load of other characters and a lot of scrapping to boot. But there are plenty of mechanics and menus as well, and they might throw you off when you're getting started. Don't worry though, because that's what we're here for. In this series we're going to walk you through the basics and then throw some more advanced tips and tricks at you. You'll also find a lot of coverage over on our sister site Pocket Gamer. I mean, don't tell anyone, but it won't be as tip top as what you'll find on AppSpy, but that's life. Anyway, here goes. Th…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - January 13th

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - January 13th

The week has drifted by like a vape cloud in a trendy Shoreditch hotspot, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lay down and let the weekend have its wicked way with you. There’s still time for one more chunk of content. And it’s a good chunk. It’s the five best games that came out on iPhone and iPad this week. What more could you want? I mean loads of stuff, loads and loads of stuff. But this is what you’re getting. There were some really great games this week, and I reckon everyone’s going to find something exciting and entertaining out of this little lot. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth A dark and wonderfully awful action RPG that sees you workin…

Everything about Everwing: Part 5 - Quests and advanced tips

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 5 - Quests and advanced tips

In this final part of our Everwing series we’re going to take a look at some of the advanced tactics you can use to make even more cash as you play. Namely we’re going to look at using quests, new characters, and extra dragons to fill up your coffers when you’re not even playing. We’ll also give you some tricks for getting the most out of the time you’re playing the game, since we’re pretty sure that you’re going to be playing an awful lot after you’ve read all of this. Quests Quests are missions you can send characters on to earn you gold when you’re not even playing. They last for a set amount of time, and when they’re done yo…

The Thursday Find - Star Wars: Force Arena

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
The Thursday Find - Star Wars: Force Arena

This week's Thursday Find is actually a pretty big name. And when I say pretty big I mean absolutely massive. Seriously, it's huge. It's so big I'm not going to type it in this paragraph, I'm going to type it in the next one. Star Wars: Force Arena has just come out. It's a MOBA, it's full of Star Wars characters, and we reckon that it's definitely worth your time. Don't believe me? Well, I don't really care. But I'm still going to write a bunch of words to prove to you that you're very, very wrong. These words, in fact. Star Wars: Force Arena What would happen if Clash Royale walked into a fight between a Jedi and a Sith while a bunch of Stormtroopers and Rebel fighters cheered them o…

Everything about Everwing: Part 4 - Dragons and characters

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 4 - Dragons and characters

In this section of our series on Everwing, we’re going to look at the items you’re going to be spending your money on when you get deeper into the game - new dragons and new characters. It’s with these purchases that the real scope of the game starts opening up. You’ll be earning money when you’re not even playing, evolving your creatures, and setting yourself goals for each play session. In the last part of the series we’ll look at some advanced play tactics, but for now let’s find out the best ways to spend all of your hard earned cash. Dragons Your dragons are the companions you’re going to take into each battle with you. There are a num…

The 5 best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - January 10th

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
The 5 best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now - January 10th

It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for our look at the best games that are on sale on the App Store right now. It’s been a bit of a slow week for price cuts, but we’ve dug deep and discovered some gems. And let’s be honest here, this is the time of year when we all go a bit crazy for a deal. Mainly because we don’t have any money, we’re pretty depressed, and we’re desperate for anything to distract us from the crushing loneliness. But don’t you worry, AppSpy is here to help. Not with the crushing loneliness unfortunately, but with the not having to spend very much money to look at shiny things. Sorry. Here’s the list. Lifeli…

Everything about Everwing: Part 3 - Power-ups, special enemies, and gems

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 3 - Power-ups, special enemies, and gems

In this part of our Everwing guide, we’re going to take a look at the power-ups, gems, and special enemies that you can use to improve your scores. You’ll need to know what does what and when if you’re going to succeed. But don’t you fret, we’ve put hours into the game to ensure that we’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about. There’s plenty more Everwing content coming up on the site as well, so if you’re stuck or you need some help, make sure you check back regularly to keep on getting the best scores you possibly can. The power-ups There are three different power-ups in the game, and they each have their own strengt…

The Tuesday Best of - Arcade games

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
The Tuesday Best of - Arcade games

This Tuesday I thought we’d have a look at the best arcade games on the App Store. Mainly because it seemed like a good idea when I thought of it and I couldn’t be bothered to think of anything else. I’ve gone pretty wide with the term as well, because that’s the sort of thing that I like to do. And you can’t stop me. Well, you could try. But you’d be doomed to fail from the get-go. If you think I’m wrong, or you think I’m super right, then feel free to have a shout about it in the comments. That is, after all, what they’re there for. Skiing Yeti Mountain A skiing game about skiing down a mountain. And there are yetis involved. Real…

Everything about Everwing: Part 2 - Enemies and bosses

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 1 week ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 2 - Enemies and bosses

In this article we’re going to look at the bad guys you’re going to be facing in a regular round of Everwing. We’re also going to break down the best way to, well, break them down. Getting to grips with what you’re facing and how you can kill it is key to getting the best scores and unlocking the most interesting dragons, so this is pretty much indispensable information if that’s your goal. If you’ve got your own ideas of how to kill the monsters, goblins, and weird fairies, then feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom. Standard waves Most of the waves you’re going to be taking on will be composed of standard goblins (and we&r…

The Monday Musing - Here's to 10 years of the iPhone

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Monday Musing - Here's to 10 years of the iPhone

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone. It’s strange to think that it’s been a whole decade since Apple basically revolutionised mobile communication. And accidentally revolutionised mobile gaming. It’s strange to think that for the first few years of its life, gaming was an also-ran in the minds of the people at Apple. It was a nice side-line, but few could have predicted that it’d become a multi-billion dollar industry. So today’s Monday Musing is a bit of a love letter to that slab of glass and plastic that’s been hanging around in your bag or your pocket for the past decade. And a toast as well, to another ten years of excellence.…

Everything about Everwing: Part 1 - The basics

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Everything about Everwing: Part 1 - The basics

We’re going to try something a little bit different on AppSpy this week. Don’t fret too much though, because all the excellent regular content you’ve come to love and expect will still be hitting your eyes through your internet pipe. But we’re also going to be going deep on Everwing, because it’s an amazing game and I’ve spent hours playing it, and I really want you to do the same. So expect a series of guides to walk you through all of the ideas that the game throws at you. In this first one we’re going to look at the basics of the game, and give you a few tips to get you started. Come back later in the week where we’ll look over more advanc…

Last week on Pocket Gamer

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Last week on Pocket Gamer

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Drink less? Exercise more? Collect every last coloured coin on Super Mario Run? Noble goals one and all. Our resolution is to talk to our family more. By that we mean the wider Steel Media family, which includes the likes of 148Apps and PocketGamer. To kick this group hug of an initiative off, then, we’re going to be taking a weekly look at what’s going on over at our sister website, PocketGamer. Switching things up We’re all about apps on AppSpy - the clue is in the title - but over on PG the remit extends to any kind of portable gaming. Again, the title. Do try and keep up That explains why the website has been getting…

Why Facebook Messenger Games was the biggest thing to happen in mobile gaming in 2016

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Why Facebook Messenger Games was the biggest thing to happen in mobile gaming in 2016

There’s an argument that the cultural value of a game can be defined not by the units it sells or the money it makes, but on the impact it has on the way we do things. In this case, on the way we play. And that’s certainly what’s happened with the first raft of Facebook Messenger games. It’s not that they’ve given us any revolutionary gaming experiences, it’s that they’ve shifted the concept of play into a completely different sphere. Essentially they’ve grasped two of the most important mobile gaming trends of the past couple of years - asynchronicity and social - and then wrapped them up inside the entrails of an app most of us use on a dai…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 6th January

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 6th January

Well Friday has rolled around again, like some sort of inevitable ball of week-ending glee. And here in AppSpy land that can only mean one thing - it’s time to tell you, our avid and loyal readership - what the best games of the week are. There’ve been some gems this week, too. And some not so gems. That doesn’t make sense, but you get the point that I’m trying to make. But hey, it’s the first week of January, so let’s give the App Store a break, yeah? And let’s write a list of five games that have come out in the last seven days that you might want to smush your face into. Castle Creeps Sure, it’s just a tower defence game, but it’…