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Saddle up for new Kairosoft sim Pocket Stables

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Saddle up for new Kairosoft sim Pocket Stables

Management sim maestro Kairosoft has just released its latest mobile timesink onto the App Store. It's called Pocket Stables, and it's all about running a hairdressing salon. Just kidding - it's about horses. The game puts you in charge of a ranch, and tasks you with training up your thoroughbreds to competition standard. Once you've got your fillies in fine fettle, you'll enter them in races. If any of your horses turn out to be the next Seabiscuit, then you'll unlock more races, and be entered into global tournaments. A quick glance Pocket Stables confirms that Kairosoft is up to its usual pixel-art tricks again. However, previous efforts Game Dev Story and Grand Prix Story prov…

Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall confirmed for iOS

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall confirmed for iOS

Cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns will receive a brand new campaign in 2014, developer Harebrained Schemes has confirmed. Set in the anarchic state of Berlin, the Dragonfall expansion will explore a mysterious event which took place when the Awakened world was in its infancy. As well as added a full-length campaign to Shadowrun Returns, the dev team has promised to deliver a selection of new characters, weapons, and enemies. At present, the PC and Mac versions of Shadowrun: Dragonfall has been confirmed for January 2014, when they will launch with a price tag of $14.99. However, a report by Polygon states that the iOS version is expected to follow later. We broadly approved of Shadowrun…

Get ready to explore The Room Two on December 12th

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Get ready to explore The Room Two on December 12th

Fireproof Games has just confirmed that The Room Two will be heading to iPad on December 12th. After winning widespread critical acclaim - not to mention a BAFTA award - for their gorgeously spooky logic-puzzler The Room last year, the dev team started work on what they describe as the "difficult second album". Despite the warm reception the first game received, the creative minds responsible for the indie hit were more than aware of its limitations. "We know our first game had many weak points," explains Fireproof Games' Barry Meade. "It was on the simplistic side, it took place in an overly confined world, it ended quiet abruptly, and above all else, it was too damn short." The dev d…

Galaxy Run is an auto-runner... platformer... puzzler... kind of

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Galaxy Run is an auto-runner... platformer... puzzler... kind of

Rez has crashlanded on an unknown planet. The easiest way to repair his ship and get home is by running through a set of increasingly dangerous levels. Spiel Studios wished to create an auto-runner with single screen levels, slowly adding to the challenge and variety of the gameplay on offer. From the few examples shown in the trailer, it looks like they might have hit the ground running with the right formula (joke!). The has a one-touch control system, and will be available on December 4th for 69p / 99c. …

See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

There's no shortage of top-down hack-'n'-slash games on iOS, especially ones with retro visuals. However, we do have to give the first trailer for dungeon-crawling gore factory Hero Siege props for cramming so much carnage into two minutes. The video wastes no time with pesky details like back story or character motivation, and cuts straight to the gratuitous blood-letting. Rats, skeletons, a giant death mask which hovers eerily in mid-air - all are remorselessly slashed to ribbons within the first 30 seconds. Check it out: The game's helmed protagonist isn't some psychotic wading through a cloud of red mist, though. In fact, he's performing a public service by saving the kingdom…

Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

Fans of hiding behind vertical surfaces with guns clasped purposefully in their hands might have noticed Epoch.2 popping up on the App Store last week. The chromed cover-shooter picks up the hydraulic baton from its 2011 predecessor. It features the same swipe-to-conceal, tap-to-target mechanics as the first game, but has been upgraded with a fresh story and some shiny new weapons. In celebration of its launch, Uppercut Games has decided to lower the price of Epoch.2 to £1.99 / $2.99. That's a 50% cut, if you're counting. Anyone who's on the fence should probably check out our hands-on with Epoch.2, which you can find below. The price drop is only temporary, though, so bear that in…

See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

Zeptolab has just released the first teaser trailer for monster-feeding sequel Cut the Rope 2.  Despite being the fourth Cut the Rope game in the Russian developer's ongoing mobile franchise, the team has labelled this latest episode the "first true sequel". The teaser trailer (below) shows the series' ravenous protagonist Om Nom dangling from a rope as he is carried off into the sky, surrounded by his beloved candies. We still don't know much about the Cut the Rope 2, but both the trailer and clues from Zeptolab's PR department suggest that Om Nom will be leaving the confines of his boxes and exploring new environments. However, we have just learned that the game's full title is…

Parcel Panic 2 looks to ramp up the thrills

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Parcel Panic 2 looks to ramp up the thrills

We reviewed the original Parcel Panic back in early 2010, and while it was great to see a game following the spirit of Crazy Taxi, it just did not deliver the engaging speedy gameplay it should have. All these years later Mad Processor have created a sequel, and at least according to the trailer, it looks to be more of a high octane parcel delivery experience than its predecessor. Now the game is free, and you would have noticed the large amount of coins littering the game world in the trailer. We hope that the flow of coin collection and whatever upgrades or aesthetic changes available are well balanced to not intrude on what might be a fast paced race around town. The game is…

Solar Flux shows that the universe is indeed a beautiful place

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Solar Flux shows that the universe is indeed a beautiful place

Slingshotting around orbiting bodies, using propulsion to make it safely through hazards - it's all in a day's work for an astronaut. Although contrary to what the trailer for Solar Flux tells us, we doubt those space pioneers would want to relive the experiences via a mobile game. However, for those of us who will never get the chance to drift in the void of space, this physics puzzler might scratch our adventuring itch. Watch the trailer and see for yourselves. We have to say, we're loving the way asteroids and planets cast shadows from the game's various suns. Solar Flux has been available on iPad for some time now, but this is the first time the IP has appeared on iPhone. This new m…

Get a cheap scare courtesy of Papa Sangre II sale

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Get a cheap scare courtesy of Papa Sangre II sale

Those creepy buggers over at Somethin' Else have just cut the price of audio-powered survival-horror game Papa Sangre II. To the casual observer, Papa Sangre II might  be a bit of a tough sell. It's a game which harnesses the power of your imagination, trading in flashy 3D visuals for some weird noises and a virtual compass. However, whack on some headphones, close your eyes, and follow narrator Sean Bean's instructions, and you'll step into a beautifully conceived soundscape full of lost memories, brain-sucking insects, and zombie ducks.  Usually, this unnerving experience would set you back £2.99 / $4.99. For the next few day, though, that entry barrier has been l…

Can Gameloft's GT Racing 2 deliver 'the real car experience'?

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Can Gameloft's GT Racing 2 deliver 'the real car experience'?

2013 is the year of the mobile racing sim. We've had EA and FireMonkey's freemium hit Real Racing 3. We've also taken rival mobile racer 2K Drive for spin. Now, Gameloft is throwing its oil stained hat into the ring with another freemium rev-fest: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience. With a title like that, you'd be forgiven for thinking that GT Racing 2 was all about taking the kids to school, getting stuck in traffic, and breaking down on the M27. Of course, what the game actually offers is yet another chance to hop into a licensed supercar and belt around Laguna Seca.  You'll have no shortage of events to work through - over 1,400 according to Gameloft - during which you'…

Gulp down Super Lemonade Factory Part Two for free right now

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
Gulp down Super Lemonade Factory Part Two for free right now

Teamwork-based platform sequel Super Lemonade Factory Part Two has just gone live on the App Store. Following in the wacky footsteps of the 2012 original, this second adventure reunites pixel-art pals Andre and Liselot. Utilising each character's individual skills, you must once again guide the duo through a series of hazardous, spike-filled environments. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, Super Lemonade Factory Part Two developer Shane Brouwer cites Master System II games as his biggest influences - specifically Alex Kidd. "Alex Kidd in Miracle World was bundled on the Sega Master System II, and part of that game and its level designs will influence everything I do," explained Brouwer. Having…

Core is a game of connections

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Core is a game of connections

We have to admit that when we first fired up the trailer for Core, we weren't convinced. For whatever reason, simple art style and warpy music didn't really grab us. Keep watching however, and a rather intriguing puzzler starts to emerge, one which involves connecting and layering wires so that orbs can transfer energy to a corresponding square. Have a look for yourselves. Each puzzle seemingly has a few options, but the goal is to have the orb reach the square as quickly as possible. The game is free to download, so if it looks like you'd enjoy making a few new connections, you might as well give it a try. [App Store Link]…

Furiosity is the latest game by Bart Bonte

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Furiosity is the latest game by Bart Bonte

Bart Bonte certainly makes unique iOS games. From Sugar Sugar to Factory Balls (which we covered on the old App Wrap-Up column), these games an interesting puzzle ideas, and then make the player work very hard for their solutions.  Furiosity looks to be no different. The aim is to fill each screen with a single colour by tapping tiles. However, each set of tiles uses a different set of rules to determine how colours cycle. The examples in the trailer are simple enough to understand, but we can already tell that the later levels are going to be mindbending. The game was apparently created in response to Peter Molyneux's Curiosity, with the aim of turning mindless tappi…

See Katniss run in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 6 months ago
See Katniss run in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run

With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ready to set box office records ablaze next week, we were wondering when the inevitable tie-in iOS game would be annouced. No sooner had we turned our thoughts to Katniss and her trusty bow than we received arrow of knowledge right through our heads. As it turns out, the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run will come dashing onto the App Store later this month. Though developer Reliance Games hasn't officially confirmed the game's genre, the teaser poster suggests that it will be a 3D endless-runner in the style of Temple Run. Well knock me down with a mockingjay's feather. According the Lionsgate, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Panem Run wi…