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Retry | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Retry | Hands-On

Retry is the latest game from Rovio. Well, technically, it's the first game from Rovio LVL11, the company's new publishing arm created to focus on game experiences that aren't related to Angry Birds. The game is a single-tap affair in which you must guide your tiny aeroplane from airfield to airfield, avoiding environmental obstacles and severe weather effects along the way. It's also really, really, really hard. How hard? Let me show you with my hands-on video below.…


AppSpy Plays: World of Tanks Blitz - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: World of Tanks Blitz - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern)

If today’s your first day back at work after yesterday’s bank holiday you may be having a case of the late Monday blues but, fret not, we know precisely two sights that'll cure what ails you: Tanks and explosions. That’s right, Wargaming.net’s World of Tanks Blitz has just soft-launched in several European countries and, seeing as we’re the sneaky sort, we’ve snagged a copy and will be taking to the battlefield live on our Twitch channel at 5pm in the UK, 9am Pacific Time, and 12 noon Eastern Time. So come along and join us on the AppSpy + Pocket Gamer Twitch channel to get a preview of the game and give us some pointers. Just try not to flood the chat…


Fruit Shake | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Fruit Shake | Hands-On

Fruit Shake is a match-3 puzzle game with a few sweet twists on the Candy Crush Saga formula. Firstly, the confectionary has been ditched in favour of far healthier pineapples, berries, strawberries, and the like. Second, tiles aren't four-sided, they're hexagonal, which presents its own challenges. Third, there's a spin ability included, in which you can tap and hold a tile to turn the surrounding icons round it. Being a bit tired of the genre now, I cautiously decided to give Fruit Shake a go. You can see the results below.…


AppSpy Plays: Bridge Constructor Medieval - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern)

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Bridge Constructor Medieval - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern)

I've a confession to make: I am rubbish at building bridges, as demonstrated in my hands-on with Bridge Constructor Medieval. Thankfully, our man Alex here at AppSpy isn't half-bad, which is why we gave him the game to review. Since he really liked it - as we did when we gave it another quick go during Eye on the App Store - we just had to return to it for an AppSpy Plays. Live on Twitch we'll be attempting to forge mighty bridges, in an effort to stop as many horses from falling to their explosive dooms as possible. We'll need your help if we're to succeed, so come join us back here at 5pm UK, 9am Pacific, and 12pm Eastern, or over on our Twitch channel. Watch live video from AppSpy on…


Eye on the App Store: Botanicula, Intake, Bridge Constructor Medieval, and Gear Jack: Black Hole (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Eye on the App Store: Botanicula, Intake, Bridge Constructor Medieval, and Gear Jack: Black Hole (Twitch catch-up)

Another week, another batch or iOS games has been released, spore-like, onto the App Store. Thank goodness for Eye on the App Store then, where we run you through the most interesting looking releases live on Twitch to give you some initial impressions, and hopefully help you decide what to spend your iTunes credit on. Sprouting forth for your viewing pleasure this week is architect-'em-up Bridge Constructor Medieval, pretty auto-runner Gear Jack: Black Hole, the ultra-hardcore Intake: Be Aggressive, and the leafy loveliness that is Botanicula. If you missed the stream, you can catch up below.…


Superfrog HD | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Superfrog HD | Hands-On

If you're over a certain age, and you're European, then you may well fondly remember Superfrog, the cult classic Amiga platformer from 1993. The amphibious one has made a return in Superfrog HD, so I've donned my rose-tinted spectacles to give it a go for your viewing pleasure. You can see my hands-on with it below. Once you're done, make sure to hop on over to YouTube to subscribe to our channel.…


The Boom Beach Diary - Week 4

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
The Boom Beach Diary - Week 4

It's all about shooting bad guys and destroying buildings in this week's episode of The Boom Beach Diary. I've spent the last 7 days aggressively fighting my enemies, and though I've been prevailing against the AI ones, the human ones are a little tougher than I first expected. Thanks so much for your advice and tips so far, you can see how I've been implementing your sagely advice to the defence of my Home Base in this video too (though I still have a long way to go until I'll be truly happy with my setup). Click play on the video below, go watch it directly on YouTube, and don't forget to leave your words of wisdom in the comments. And hey, if you love Boom Beach, go check out The Boom…


Suited Up | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Suited Up | Hands-On

At first blush, Suited-Up looks a bit naff. The visuals are pretty basic, and the platforming doesn't look like it'll be all too exciting. But it's actually pretty rad when you're playing it: it's a hardcore one button game, with a sizeable amount of content, lots of content creation tools, and plenty of opportunities to shout swears at your iOS device. Seriously, this game is hard. Take a look at the video below, see the novel screen tilting mechanic in action, and silently judge me as I struggle to beat the first level of the second set of stages.…


Bridge Constructor Medieval | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Bridge Constructor Medieval | Hands-On

There's a reason I'm making videos about games for a living and not in architecture: I have a preternatural ability to create ugly hulks of structurally unsound junk that wouldn't support the weight of a gosling feather. So naturally I was the right choice out of the entire AppSpy team to put Bridge Constuctor Medieval, a game all about making bridges, through its paces. Here are the spectacularly poor results of such a senseless decision. Be kind.  Incidentally, the game itself is due to hit the App Store at midnight tonight. If you like what you see, you'll need to set aside £1.49 / $1.99 to grab it when it lands.…


Gear Jack: Black Hole | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Gear Jack: Black Hole | Hands-On

You may be a little bored of auto-runners and want them to go away now, but Gear Jack: Black Hole might just be able to change your mind on that. Click play on the video below and look how pretty it is in motion. See? Pretty, no? Not only that, but its simple jump, roll, and sneak gameplay is enhanced with power-ups, leaderboards, and the ability to share your replays with friends. Have a look, and tell us if you think this game is different enough to help revitalise the runner genre. If you're totally won over, you can download it free from the App Store at midnight tonight .…


Pac-Man Monsters | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Pac-Man Monsters | Hands-On

The Pac is back for another game on iOS. He's had plenty of adventures on mobiles and tablets already, of course. We've been treated to a faithful conversion of the arcade original, a jacked-up spin on the classic formula in Pac-Man Championship Edition, and a totally okay auto-runner in Pac-Man Dash. This time though, the chompy yellow one is starring in a puzzle game that's more than a little reminiscent of Puzzle & Dragons. I grabbed ten minutes today to have a play of the game, show you the basics, and give my first impressions.…


AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 5 live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: The Wolf Among Us – Part 5 live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

It’s another Telltale Tuesday today, so we’re going to be letting The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile out of the bag. It’ll be part five of our playthrough, but will pick up at the very start of the recently-released third episode in the series. We’re trying to play nice rather than tearing up the place whenever we get the chance, so if you’ve already played through this episode in a particularly violent fashion, come see what could’ve happened if you’d done things differently. As usual, pop over to the AppSpy Twitch channel at 5pm BST / 9am PST / 12pm EST to catch us live. While you're there, you might as well tap the “Follow” button to…


The Week in Video: Third Eye Crime, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Leo's Fortune, and more

Feature By Glen Fox, 2 months, 4 weeks ago

To celebrate the timely death of the working week, here's a round-up of all the best review, hands-on, and feature videos we knocked-up on AppSpy over the last five days.  Monument Valley review "Monument Valley is not only an exquisite piece of craftsmanship, but a genuinely delightful adventure with more 'wow' moments than most million-dollar blockbusters." Unpossible review "While Unpossible is a handsome beast, and does offer some initial thrills, the disconnect between your unseen avatar and its hazardous surroundings left us cold." The Boom Beach Diary: Week 3 "I've finally nailed the secret to obtaining larger quantities of wood in Boom Beach!" Leo's Fortune Hands-On…


AppSpy Plays: Wayward Souls (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months ago
AppSpy Plays: Wayward Souls (5pm BST | 9am PST | 12pm EST)

If you caught the Pocket Gamer Podcast live over on the AppSpy Twitch channel, you may have noticed one of the top games of the week we selected was Wayward Souls. From Rocketcat Games, the folks behind Punch Quest, Mage Gauntlet and the Grappling Hook trilogy, Wayward Souls is a dungeon-crawling roguelike which combines 16-bit visuals with the difficulty of Dark Souls. It really is as good as it sounds. We’ll be playing the first hour or so of Wayward Souls from 5pm BST / 9am PST / 12pm EST, so come and see one of the best iOS games of the week in action.. You can either stick about here till the show starts. or tune in live over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. Click the “…


Eye on the App Store: Third Eye Crime, Wayward Souls, Leo's Fortune, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months ago
Eye on the App Store: Third Eye Crime, Wayward Souls, Leo's Fortune, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Twitch catch-up)

The one thing more valuable than money in this life is time. Specifically your time. Your precious, precious time. Games in Apple's digital store aren't always super expensive, but you should only be spending the valuable hours and minutes of your day on the brilliant video games, not the rubbish ones, and so James and I are here to help you do exactly that. We've got four brand new iOS releases for you in this week's Eye on the App Store: Third Eye Crime, Wayward Souls, Leo's Fortune, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with us giving our first impressions of all of them. Though we broadcast the show live on Twitch at our usual streaming time (5pm GMT / 9am PST / 12pm EST), we also recorded th…