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9 must-see real life versions of mobile video games, featuring Surgeon Sim, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and more

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
9 must-see real life versions of mobile video games, featuring Surgeon Sim, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and more

Have you ever finished playing a game and been so into it that you can't stop thinking about it, even in day-to-day life? I have. There was a whole week after playing Assassin's Creed where every rooftop looked like a potential escape route from any angry Borgias I might run into while wondering around Bristol city centre. A bunch of other people clearly have too, as they've gone ahead and created real world versions of some of their favourite games. And these are 9 of the very best... Subway Surfers - A great video, one heck of an ending. Crossy Road - Do not try this at home folks. Angry Birds - This one gets bonus points for being interactive. Clash of Clans - I wouldn't want…

Hands-on with What on Earth!, where Trials meets LittleBigPlanet in a most spectacular fashion

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Hands-on with What on Earth!, where Trials meets LittleBigPlanet in a most spectacular fashion

… and if that headline didn't grab your attention, I don't know what will. Traplight Games has combined the world creation of Media Molecule's finest hour with the very best that RedLynx has to offer, and created something unique, something all of its own. I was super excited to see What on Earth! at Pocket Gamer Connects, and I'm really pumped for the soft-launch, which should be available very shortly.…

These are my 7 favourite Crossy Road characters, what are yours?

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
These are my 7 favourite Crossy Road characters, what are yours?

It's a question as old as time: “what are the best Crossy Road characters ever?” Obviously I already know mine, so I've had a scout around the Everyplay archives to find them and compile this big list of videos of people winning them in the prize machine. But I don't know yours, so make sure to let me know what they are in the comments at the bottom of the page. Dragon - It's mighty, it breathes fire, and it looks awesome... what's not to like? Capybara - They have one of these in Bristol Zoo, and I'm always tempted to jump into its enclosure and hug it. Pew Die Pug - Top marks for being a pug, bonus points for being a very specific pug. Doge - Wow. So Doge. Much…

Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months ago
Hands-on with Peter Potato, where your archenemy is a carrot

Do you really need any more than the title to know that you should definitely be watching this video of Peter Potato? No. Of course you don't. Your archenemy is a carrot, and that's amazing. Seriously, we didn't see any other developers at Pocket Gamer Connects with the flat out conviction to make a root vegetable the lead villain of a video game. For shame! [App Store link]…

Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months ago
Hands-on with Impatient Squirrel, the tile-sliding auto-runner

We've covered Impatient Squirrel here on AppSpy, being particularly impressed with its cross-genre play and charity angle. So when we had the opportunity to play it for ourselves at Pocket Gamer Connects we “went nuts” and leapt - squirrel-like - at the chance to do so. These puns doing anything for you? Ah well, here's what Impatient Squirrel looks like in motion...…

Crossy Road: here's what 63 goes on the prize machine looks like

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
Crossy Road: here's what 63 goes on the prize machine looks like

One of the things I like about Crossy Road the most is unlocking new characters. Sure the refined Frogger-esque gameplay, and colourful blocky visuals are a big draw too, but it's the thrill of pulling the handle on the prize machine, crossing your fingers, and hoping you get something awesome out of it that's the real appeal to me. Which is why the below video, showing a peep on Everyplay putting 6300 coins into the machine, is super gratifying to those like me with a love for all things Gacha. Not got Crossy Road yet? What are you playing at? Rectify that error right now. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons, where children's drawings build the universe of a ridiculously adorable cartoon dog

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Hands-on with DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons, where children's drawings build the universe of a ridiculously adorable cartoon dog

While DogBiscuit: The Quest for Crayons is absolutely a game aimed squarely at children, that doesn't mean grown ups won't be able to appreciate its finer qualities. Take the eponymous hero, for a start. DogBiscuit is cute, expressive, and exceptionally well-animated. Then there are his mates, also named after tasty treats, the genius use of your kid's drawings to create the landscape, and the pleasantly paced story beats.…

Hands-on with Scapefall, the bleak action strategy game from Dark Realm Studios

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Hands-on with Scapefall, the bleak action strategy game from Dark Realm Studios

Scapefall is all about a never-ending fictional war on Earth that continues to consume each side until one is obliterated by the other. It's not exactly what you'd call a "happy" or "optimistic" game. But it is pretty cool from what we saw at Pocket Gamer Connects, so here's a video of it in motion.…

The 12 best PlayStation alternatives on iOS - or 'why Drake, Jak, and Kratos can jog on'

Feature By Glen Fox, 2 months ago
The 12 best PlayStation alternatives on iOS - or 'why Drake, Jak, and Kratos can jog on'

A few weeks ago we ran a feature where I scoured the dark and dusty corners of the App Store to look for games that invoked the spirits of our favourite Nintendo franchises of yore. Sometimes they were shameless rip-offs, but the important thing is that they were good shameless rip-offs. Sony's PlayStation has a fair few decent exclusive franchises of its own too, so again I've braved the depths of the App Store to find you the 12 best PlayStation alternatives for your iPhone or iPad. Enjoy! 1. Crash Bandicoot = Shrek Forever After - Number one on our list goes to possibly the most popular PlayStation character of all time, Crash Bandicoot. Like Super Mario B…

Hands-on with Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, in which James learns about the 'other' football

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months ago
Hands-on with Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, in which James learns about the 'other' football

We didn't have an American member of the team on-hand at Pocket Gamer Connects to play Distinctive Games' latest title Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis, but I think I pretty much nailed it. Not that the game's that fussed with reality: there's a special bonus item that shoots a bolt of lightning at your opponents, should the need arise. Here's what Football Unleashed with Patrick Willis looks like... [App Store link]…

Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Crossy Road: here's how to unlock the Crab, Drop Bear, Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall

Good old Mark's gone ahead and created a super handy video guide on how to unlock all the new characters from the latest update to Crossy Road. Two new animals are up for grabs - the Crab and Drop Bear - and the developers - Andy Sum, Matt Hall, and Ben Weatherall from Hipster Whale - have gone and chucked themselves in as playable characters too. Here's Mr. Brown to explain how to grab them for yourself. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with Adventure Time Game Wizard, the mathematical new level creation game starring Weird Al Yankovic

Feature By Mark Brown, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Adventure Time Game Wizard, the mathematical new level creation game starring Weird Al Yankovic

Adventure Time isn't exactly without mobile game tie-ins, but this new one - Adventure Time Game Wizard - is certainly the most interesting one we've seen in a while. It's effectively a structurally solid platformer, with a surprisingly flexible level editor that allows you to create your own stages and share them with your friends. Oh, and it stars musician Weird Al Yankovic as one of the new characters too. Neat huh? Here's our hands-on video, and the links to grab it for yourself are below. [App Store link] [Google Play link] [Amazon Appstore link]…

Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Duo, the smart new take on a classic memory game

We saw Duo during Pocket Gamer Connects as part of the Very Big Indie Pitch, and though it's immediately clear that it's based on a classic game format, it's also very well put together and brings new ideas to the mix that should ensure it appeals to younger and more casual players. Here's one of the creators of the game to explain more about Duo, its inspirations, and its fresh new gameplay modes.…

Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Calvino Noir, the dark and filmic 1930s heist adventure

While Pocket Gamer Connects was generally a light-hearted affair, there was one game that really brought a strong sense of moody darkness to the whole shebang: Calvino Noir. Our pals at Pocket Gamer have written about Calvino Noir before, but this is the first chance us here at AppSpy has had to grab direct footage for you to see this thing in motion. And it was worth the wait, because as you'll see from the video, Calvino Noir is absolutely gorgeous, in its own smoky, sinister, brooding sort of way.…

Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Drift 84, the top-down racer that's just about to slide onto iOS and Android

Drift 84 is all about the drift, as you might expect. Whipping around corners at full tilt, slinging the back end out, and earning bonuses for looking so flipping awesome. It's pretty cool, and after we saw it at Pocket Gamer Connects, we had to bring you this hands-on video.…