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Kami Retro Updated and Reduced In Price

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Kami Retro Updated and Reduced In Price

Occupying a space somewhere between platforming, line-drawing, and strategy, Gamevil’s Kami Retro was well received by AppSpy on review last month. According to Andrew, though, the game’s underlying strength – its addictiveness – soon became its fundamental weakness, as Kami Retro’s 60 obstacle-strewn levels can be polished off too quickly by seasoned gamers. To encourage you to find out whether you agree with our lead critic, the publishers have lowered its RRP to 99c for a limited time. As a bonus, Gamevil have taken this opportunity to introduce a couple of new playable characters, an assortment of collectible golden eggs, and, least excitingly, an updated robot icon. A few…


Game Dev Story and Hot Springs Story On Sale

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Game Dev Story and Hot Springs Story On Sale

Two months after becoming addicted to – sorry, reviewing – Hot Springs Story, Andrew has finally recovered and got his own time management house in order. Which is, of course, great news for loyal readers of AppSpy, accustomed to his sharp insights and entertaining prose. The announcement by Japanese developer Kairosoft (makers of aforementioned Hot Springs Story) that they’re hosting an impromptu iPhone garage sale should also serve as a major boon to gamers worldwide. What this means is that you can now pick up the software development sim Game Dev Story for a paltry 99c and its sauna-focused sibling Hot Springs Story for only $1.99. Both of these engrossing time and assets-manag…


Order & Chaos Online Thoughts and Impressions

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Order & Chaos Online Thoughts and Impressions

Seeing as this game is going to take some time to reveal its full scope, I thought I'd try out something new with a thoughts and impressions video. Consider this a mid-point between a preview video and a final review; there's more conjecture and personal thoughts, however it's condensed in to something that could be used as a launching point for those looking in to Order & Chaos Online. Let me know what you think in the comments.…


Laser Dolphin Swims Into View On iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Laser Dolphin Swims Into View On iPhone

With the UK gearing up for only the second nationwide referendum in its history, politics is even higher up the agenda than normal. No matter the outcome in the upcoming Alternative Vote vs the first-past-the-post poll, David Cameron will be thankful for one thing...or rather mammal. For should the British Prime Minister ever find himself abducted by aliens, Dingo Games’s laser-equipped dolphin will almost certainly come to his rescue. (Yes, I know it sounds far-fetched, but, hey, Prince William’s security is just that much more stringent nowadays.) Anyways, Laser Dolphin features 50 levels of underwater adventuring, all of which are teeming with malevolence: electric eels, TNT turtl…


20 Extra Levels In Land-a Panda Update

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
20 Extra Levels In Land-a Panda Update

The eagle-eyed AppSpy readers among you would have spotted a certain Land-a Panda taking the title of Andrew’s Top iOS game of March. Somewhat appropriately – given that love is well and truly in the air after THAT wedding on Friday – the themes of Big Pixel Studios’s puzzle platformer are romance and courtship. The object of panda cannonball Yang Guang’s affection is the delightfully named Tian Tian, stationed patiently over the other side of the screen...presumably applying her makeup. It isn’t difficult to fall head over heels for Land-a Panda, and even less so now that the publishers have announced an update has just cannoned onto the App Store. Land-a Panda version 1.1 b…


Update To Angry Birds Rio Landing Next Week

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Update To Angry Birds Rio Landing Next Week

With news that the franchise recently passed 140 million downloads (across platforms), that its spin-off plush toys are selling like boiling cakes, and that an animated TV series is in the works, one wonders how and where Rovio’s Angry Birds will next take flight? Well, first things first, the Finnish publishers are cooking up an update to the movie tie-in Angry Birds Rio. Announced on its Angry Birds Facebook page earlier today, Rovio has warned its readers / gamers to hold on to your hats and get ready for more marmoset-mauling action. Reading between the - three - lines, Angry Birds Rio players can expect more levels, golden pineapples, and bananas, when the update goes live next…


Bruno Mars Takes Revenge On iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Bruno Mars Takes Revenge On iPhone

You may have heard: somebody’s getting married to somebody else this morning in some kind of Abbey. As a consequence of this romantic union, most of Great Britain is taking the day off and getting into the party spirit by playing CoD. But what’s the one element a ‘traditional’ party requires to go with a swing? Yep, music. So, without further ado, I present to you Bruno Mars: Honolulu-born singer-songwriter and the latest in a looooooooooooong line of artists to lend their name to a Tap Tap Revenge iPhone title. Bruno’s infectious harmonies have graced tracks like 'Nothin’ on You' by B.o.B. and 'Billionaire' by Travie McCoy in recent times, but it&rsqu…


Taste Robot Blood In Streets of Rage 3

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Taste Robot Blood In Streets of Rage 3

Hah, so you thought the Streets of Rage had been cleaned up for good and could now be renamed Streets of Relative Serenity?!? Guess again, soldier. Following on from the events of Streets of Rage 2 (you remember: Adam gets kidnapped, etc., etc., etc.), the third and final instalment in the side-scrolling series finds crime boss Mr X up to his old tricks. This time, however, he means business. Yup, he’s only gone and founded a scientific research company called RoboCy Corporation, with the intention of running the city remotely via an army of robo imposters. Quick as a flash, Axel, Blaze, Skate, and Dr Zan establish their own little taskforce and begin whupping android ass all over the…


Chaos Rings Omega Launching In May

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Chaos Rings Omega Launching In May

After much deliberation – well, approximately a year’s worth, to be fair – Andrew eventually whittled down the thousands upon thousands of iOS games released in 2010 to 10. The Top 10, we named it. And standing proudly aloft AppSpy’s best of the best compilation was Chaos Rings, a JRPG built by the veritable dream team of Square Enix and Media.Vision. The reasons for its incredible acclaim? Fast-paced combat, impeccable character development, and sublime visuals to name but three. Therefore, the news that a prequel entitled Chaos Rings Omega is launching on iPhone next month should leave you positively frothing at the mouth. Ok: very excited then. Japanese games magazine Famit…


Fast & Furious 5: Official Game Review

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Fast & Furious 5: Official Game Review

In a break from tradition, instead of waiting for this title to flop its way on the to US Store so we can post the review officially, I'm presenting our review of 'Fast & Furious 5: Official Game' by Gameloft in a temporary news post. Once the game is entered in to our system I'll shift this over to where it truly belongs ;) YouTube Review (Final Score: 4/5) Review Recently The Onion did a small skit about the latest car-porn film Fast & Furious 5, taking the usual pot-shot at the action extravaganza by claiming the script was written by a small child obsessed with explosions. However no one truly expects to see an action film like this for high-art; it's all about the m…


Race After 1977's Suspension and Handling Upgraded

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Race After 1977's Suspension and Handling Upgraded

1977 was, to say the least, a notable year for the makers of the iPhone. In that January, Apple Computer was incorporated. Five months later, the first Apple II series personal computers went on sale. So, yes, a significant period indeed for Mr Jobs & co. Xpect Games’s Race After 1977 probably won’t be considered a landmark for the Cupertino-based company in quite the same way, though a recent update should leave a friendlier legacy. One of Andrew’s main complaints about this post-apocalyptic racer was its ‘marshmallow suspension’, something the developers have addressed in version 1.1.0 as part of a wider handling tweak. Those always infernal framerate drops should be consign…


Rare Opportunity Unlocked - AMA

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Rare Opportunity Unlocked - AMA

I must regretfully inform my loyal readers that I am currently home sick and as such I'll have to delay some rather groovy reviews while I recover. However this does give me an opportunity to do something I've been meaning to do for a while now - an AMA (ask me anything). I do tend to get a lot of questions that repeat themselves now and then, but not everything is stalkerish enough to read absolutely everything I write ;) It should go without saying that I'd like to keep things clean, so do be considerate of others Hit me up on our Twitter (@appspy) to ask your questions (and to see my responses to any questions asked) - though if you don't have an account with Twitter you can always le…


Packs Of Top Trumps Coming To iPhone This Summer

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Packs Of Top Trumps Coming To iPhone This Summer

Ahhhh, Top Trumps. Which British teenage boy can forget the crestfallen look on his pal’s face as he bests the poor sap's Lambo’s brake horsepower with ‘his’ Ferrari F50’s?! And then prise the sap's supercharged Countach from out of a sweating palm and onto his burgeoning pile. Magical, I tell thee. Now imagine that same satisfying – nay, smug – feeling of contentment as you trump your bff over iPhone. Stop imagining. And just read. Publishers Connect2Media and developers Mobile Pie are teaming up to bring Winning Moves’s classic card game to iOS this summer. Greg Robinson, Connect2Media’s COO, explains thus: We are very excited to be extending the reach of the Top T…


Tackle Big Fishing On iPhone For $1.99

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Tackle Big Fishing On iPhone For $1.99

You’d be forgiven for thinking that football is the most popular participation sport in the United Kingdom. Well, that and Royal watching. Officially, however, fishing is Britain’s favourite pastime. Consequently, there are plenty of iPhone apps (the best of which is Gameloft's Fishing Kings) looking to lure a proportion of those keen anglers away from the lakes and onto the touchscreen. Liverpool-based Thumbstar Games are the latest to tackle this particular challenge, its Big Fishing title offering fishermen the chance to travel the globe in search of the perfect catch. The bait on the end of Big Fishing’s line includes five real-life maps, 56 different species, realistic fish mo…


Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro Kicks Off For iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro Kicks Off For iPhone

In footballing parlance, we are now entering a phase called ‘squeaky bum time’. To the less initiated, this means the professional soccer season is reaching a critical point across a host of European leagues. And, so, against this nail biting backdrop Gamevil has unveiled the 2011 Pro edition of its Soccer Superstars franchise. Will this RPG-cum-soccer sim rocket one into the roof of the App Store net? Or will it blaze one over the iPhone bar? That all depends on the reaction to a couple of new faces in the Soccer Superstars squad. Free kicks, corners, and headers are welcome additions to the first XI, while improvements to the AI in the semi-auto mode should make Soccer Superstars…