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A sequel to New Star Soccer possibly in the works

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
A sequel to New Star Soccer possibly in the works

This is probably more from James' wheelhouse as Football is a much bigger deal in the UK where he resides, rather than Australia where I reside. For instance, I was actually unaware of New Star Soccer or its popularity (it won the BAFTA award for best sports game of the year), but in a recent studio profile from our sister site Pocketgamer.biz, developer Simon Read talks about his team's desire to create a full sequel that will span all console and handheld devices (including mobile of course). This is exciting news for fans of the game. If any of you wish to educate me on why you enjoy New Star Soccer so much, please do so in the comments!…

Brainsquare is set to test your grey matter

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Brainsquare is set to test your grey matter

The premise of Brainsquare seems simple enough - swipe coloured tiles around until they all line up with their corresponding pegs. Watching it in action though makes my brain squeal in terror. The trailer might instill similar reactions in you. Watch at your own risk! The game is from Sompom Creative Studio, a young indie studio based in Cambodia. Those with a penchant to test their mental wits will likely delight at the challenge held within Brainsquare. For the rest of us... well, the game is free, so why not give it a try? You might enjoy what it has to offer. [App Store Link]…

The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

Having floored the critics with is multi-award-winning interactive comic book adaptation The Walking Dead: The Game, Telltale Games is prepping fairytale-inspired follow-up The Wolf Among Us for the App Store. Based on another comic book property - this time the Fables series - The Wolf Among Us casts you as Bigby Wolf, a man with more than a little animal inside him. It's up to Wolf to get to the bottom of a grisly murder, the solving of which will involve interacting other characters pulled from the pages of folklore. Along the way, you'll be forced to make difficult decisions which could have huge repercussions further on in the game. As you can see from the trailer (above) fans…

Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

Echo Prime, the new sci-fi action-RPG from Hero Academy creator Robot Entertainment, has just warped onto the App Store. While Hero Academy took a turn-based approach to its fantasy fisticuffs, Echo Prime is all about real time swordplay and flying lasers.  Cast as a space marine-looking security operative, you have to a series of vessels and fight your way through an intimidating roster of bio-mechanical aggressors. Helping you along the way are Echoes - ethereal spirits who grant you special powers and perks which can be triggered during battles. There's a touch of Hero Academy's asynchronous multiplayer mojo in the mix, too. If you like, you can call upon other player's Ec…

Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

Everyone's favourite floaty-limbed hero is set to dash onto the App Store again next month. You see, Ubisoft, custodian of the Rayman series, has just announced that auto-runner sequel Rayman Fiesta Run will be available on iOS from November 7th. If you're familiar with last year's Rayman Jungle Run, then you'll understand why we're so excited for this fiery sequel. By combining the visual style of gorgeous console platformer Rayman Origins with short, ingenious levels, and a simple one-touch control scheme, developer Pastagames cooked up a real winner with Rayman Jungle Run. Though this follow-up has been developed by Ubisoft Casablanca, it looks like the team has stuck pretty close to…

Color Zen Kids is Colour Zen... for kids!

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Color Zen Kids is Colour Zen... for kids!

Color Zen is shaping up to be one of my favourite games this year so far. I have a soft spot for simple and elegant puzzle titles, the colour matching and wiping gameplay of the original just hit that sweet spot of pure engagement. Today on the App Store, Large Animal Games releases Color Zen Kids. The game is targeting the 3 - 5 year old market, and tries to make the shapes more engaging by creating animals out of them, which the player then rearranges to meld together, eventually leaving a swath of only one colour. Have a look at the trailer... I don't have any kids myself, so couldn't comment on whether the game might be too complex or not engaging enough for them, but I like how…

Pixel People receives a massive Halloween update

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Pixel People receives a massive Halloween update

For those of you still splicing together pixely humans to acquire new job types, you'll want to take a look at the latest update for Chillingo's Pixel People. Not only are there twenty four new jobs to uncover, plenty of new hideouts, new missions, and the ability to use candy as currency, but some of your townsfolk will be turning into zombies. That kind of thing is bound to have an effect on Utopia, and not in a positive way. For those of you unfamiliar with Pixel People, our review can be found here. Happy Halloween to the Utopia project!…

Apple unveils iPad Air and iPad Mini 2

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Apple unveils iPad Air and iPad Mini 2

It isn't be a new year without a new SKU of Apple products, and for those of you looking for an improved iPad, you now have a choice between the iPad Air, and the second generation of the iPad mini. The iPad Air is 7.5mm thick (which for our American readers is about a third of an inch). It also supposedly weighs only one pound. It uses the A7 chip architecture and boasts advanced wireless capability. It comes with an improved smartcase and looks to be an option for those who feel the iPad is too cumbersome a tablet. It will be available November 1st for US $499. The second generation of iPad mini, meanwhile, has a 7.9 inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It also contains the A7 c…

Baboon has you protecting animals against monkeyshines

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Baboon has you protecting animals against monkeyshines

Baboon casts you as the titular creature. Armed with a box and arrow, it's your job to protect these animals against the threat of poachers. Have a look at the trailer to see for yourself. While the gameplay doesn't seem that engaging, there's something about the presentation and the gameplay that intrests us. I kind of want to see how bizarre the game gets. Baboon is out on the App Store now for $2.99. Part of the proceeds go to the Colorado Wildlife Sanctuary. No reports on whether they allow their baboons to run around with archery equipment. [App Store Link]…

Terraria 2 should launch on iOS alongside PC version

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
Terraria 2 should launch on iOS alongside PC version

In the fight for the title of best 2D craft-'em-up on iOS, there are two major contenders: Terraria, and Junk Jack X. As you have probably noticed from AppSpy's ongoing series The Junk Jack X Files, we've taken to Junk Jack X in a big way. Developed from the ground-up for touchscreen devices, it features a slightly more intuitive interface than Terraria's, and more refined movement controls. However, the fight for mobile supremacy is not over. Terraria creator Andrew Spinks is preparing the battleplan for a second volley, revealing that Terraria 2 should arrive on iOS around the same time that the PC version is launched. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, Spinks said: "I am wanting to code Terra…

Dead Space talent behind F2P shooter Lawless

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
Dead Space talent behind F2P shooter Lawless

Publisher DeNA is having a stab at merging third-person shooting and free-to-play mechanics in upcoming gallery shooter Lawless. This 1990s-based blaster is the result of a team-up between two studios: Scattered Entertainment (responsible for freemium FPS The Drowning), and EightPixelSquare (founded by members of the Dead Space: Extraction team). According to Scattered Entertainment head Ben Cousins, Lawless will be "an intense skillful game designed as an ode to classic 'light gun' shooters and filled with the retro Californian feel of '90s bank robber movies." As you can see from the trailer (above), you'll be discharging rounds into law enforcers as you attempt to complete heists in…

EA is developing a mobile version of Battlefield

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
EA is developing a mobile version of Battlefield

Get ready to step back into the line of fire, military shooter fans: EA is currently is working on a mobile version of its Battlefield series. During an interview with the New York Times, head of EA's mobile development Frank Gibeau revealed that his team is in the process of bringing the console shooter franchise to smartphones and tablets. "We are working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance," Gibeau said. Having pointed out that Battlefield's Commander Mode also supports tablet-based play, Gibeau touched on another aspiration for the Battlefield series: cross-platform play. "We're embarking on something no one has ever done before - to get these g…

Sorcery! Part 2 due out in November

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Sorcery! Part 2 due out in November

When Sorcery! was released back in May it set a mighty high bar for all future gamebook releases, not only because of its innovative combat and spell system, but its visual flair, and the ability to return to any previous choice at any time. In addition to the release of Part 2 in November (titled Kare: Cityport of Traps), an update to Part 1 has gone into effect, allowing players to transfer their saves over to the new adventure. This sequel boasts double the content of its predecessor, and more complex story branching. Fans of gamebooks should be mighty pleased that November is right around the corner!…

A sequel to Sid Meier's Ace Patrol arriving before Christmas

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
A sequel to Sid Meier's Ace Patrol arriving before Christmas

The original Ace Patrol is a bit of a strange beast. In our review we were intrigued by a turn based approach to air combat, but the whole experience felt a little too disjointed. Well the sequel, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, is on its way sometime this fall (for those in the northern hemisphere), and will be tackling the battle between the US and Japanese that took place over the Pacific during World War II. The series has a host of fans, who will no doubt be gleefully anticipating this release. It's also be interesting to see what game changes have been made to the turn based dogfighting. Unlike its predecessor, Pacific Skies will be offered at a premium price point, w…

Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

News By James Gilmour, 1 year, 8 months ago
Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

The sequel to sound-based horror game Papa Sangre is hoping to make a big bang when it manifests on the App Store this Halloween. Like its predecessor, Papa Sangre II lets you step into the afterlife, and challenges you to escape using only one of your five senses: sound. Using your thumbs to tap out your character's footsteps, you must guide yourself around the Land of the Dead in complete darkness. To help you work out where you are, the game pipes 3D-emulating binaural sound through your headphones, allowing you to orient yourself by judging the distance and direction of objects in the environment. If that wasn't spine-tingling enough, developer Something Else has enlisted the vocal t…