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Phobia as a Game Concept

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Phobia as a Game Concept

Well clustrophobia at least. Claustrophobic is a high score game that will be out in the App Store this Thursday. The thing that stands out in the gameplay video i'm about to show you, is how the level starts closing in on you, and how the sound design enforces this feeling. A great concept and use of a core idea if nothing else. Have a look for yourselves! [PKCLsoft's website]…


Undead Soccer coming January 17th

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Undead Soccer coming January 17th

Developer CGMatic has teamed up with BulkyPix to release a new take on the flick football genre, Undead Soccer. Rather than using your finger kills to score goals, here you'll use them to hold back waves of everyone's favourite iOS enemy, zombies. The game sees you taking control of a star player who gets sent off half way through a match. After a shower and a sleep, you awake to find that everyone in the world has been turned into a flesh munching creature of the night, and only your silky footballing skills can save you. Cue lots of football flicking, as well as plenty of boosts and bonuses, as you work your way through a variety of stadia and scenarios, kicking balls in the faces of the…


Ghostbusters goes live in Canada

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Ghostbusters goes live in Canada

Ghostbusters is a new freemium title from Beeline, the developer behind the likes of Smurf Village and Snoopy's Street Fair. You shouldn't let that put you off though, because it looks like there's a lot of promise in this new, fully licensed game. Starring all of your favourite Ghostbusters, the game sees you defending New York from paranormal threats. With a hand drawn, cartoon look, and a mission based system, comparisons could be drawn between this and Double Fine's Middle Manager of Justice. So you'll be busting ghosts, and building up a team of different Ghostbusters, each with their own specialisations. There are 'busters that heal, 'busters that trap ghosts with goo, and your stand…


Apple deals a blow to app store scammers

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Apple deals a blow to app store scammers

The number of scam apps on the App Store has been on the increase, and Apple hasn't really been doing much to protect their customers from them. That is until now, with new rules going into force over night. One of the ways scammers got around Apple's vetting process was to submit an app with the correct screenshots, name and description, then change everything wholesale once the app had passed review. Thankfully that's now a thing of the past. In a short statement on their developer blog, Apple had the following to say: "Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an upd…


Metacritic top iPhone/iPad games of December 2012

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Metacritic top iPhone/iPad games of December 2012

Ok, so readers of the site will know that every month along with our own top of the month lists, we write up an article based on the Quality Index's top games of the month. They're an aggregate site that is part of the same media network as us, and often it's interesting to compare the lists to see if there's any crossover. Over time however, it seems their primary audience for aggregating scores has grown into a much different demographic than Appspy's audience. While this means that posting their findings is even more interesting thanks to this descrepancy, the list doesn't really speak well to our audience anymore. What's the solution then? Why to introduce a list from another aggregate…


Bouncy er...uh... Bouncing into the App Store on Jan 10th

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Bouncy er...uh... Bouncing into the App Store on Jan 10th

That's this week. I dunno about the game personally. It's a trampoline game set in a post-apocolyptic wasteland. I guess the premise is enough just to warrant a look. Here's the trailer! I guess it's one way to keep yourself from going mad when the world is crumbling around you.…


Time Surfer slides onto iOS

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Time Surfer slides onto iOS

The developer of the pretty impressive Bean's Quest, Kumobios, has released its next game onto the App Store. Called Time Surfer, it's a mix of Tiny Wings, saturday morning cartoons, and the end of the world. You play as the titular surfer and have to slide your way through the undulating apocalypse at the end of time, collecting gems and cake, and generally having a jolly old time before the fire at the end of the universe catches up with you and you blink out of existence. The big twist here though is the ability to rewind your mistakes. Grab enough gems and you can scroll back a few seconds, cancelling out a mistake and keeping your run going that little bit longer. There are special ch…


More Juicy Site Updates!

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 11 months ago
More Juicy Site Updates!

Good news everyone! Our hard working techies have been mashing together keyboards and wrestling PCs down with network cables (or so is my understanding of these things) and the end result is a working RSS feed. How does this help you? For starters our Twitter and Facebook feeds are back at full speed, so make sure you follow us! Secondly, if you're an RSS afficionado, then you may need to re-add our feed to make sure it's behaving properly - you can use the link above to get things rolling (http://www.appspy.com/rss). Lastly, we have two important updates in the pipeline. We know you've been keen to get updates on when your flagged games get discounted, and Mike should have the system ac…


QI's Top iPhone Games of 2012

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
QI's Top iPhone Games of 2012

I know I know, you're all waiting patiently for the Appspy Top Games of 2012 video. Well Andrew and I spent the afternoon discussing our picks and the video will be out by the end of the week. To hold you over however, the Quality Index has released their list, so let's take a look and see what their aggregating scores have to say. 1. Bastion2. Beat Hazard Ultra3. Interlocked4. Punch Quest5. Word Wonders: The Tower of Babel6. Stone Age: The Board Game7. Reckless Racing 28. Pizza Vs. Skeletons9. Final Fantasy IV10. Wimp: Who Stole My Pants? HD It's an interesting list to be sure. 2012 was no doubt an amazing year for games on the ios platfor…


'Endgame Syria' Rejected by Apple

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
'Endgame Syria' Rejected by Apple

Endgame: Syria is a game meant to explore and address the current armed conflict happening in that part of the world. Watching an interview with the designer should explain why this was made and the video shows a little about how the game works. The reasons for the rejection according the the press release are that Apple forbids games that quote, "solely target a specific race, culture, a real government or corporation, or any other real entity". The release believes that since the game, "explores a real news event and aims to show users the range of factions and peoples involved in the situation", it fell under these forbidden guidelines and was thus rejected. The designer Tom…


IGF finalists announced, Super Hexagon and Year Walk up for awards

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
IGF finalists announced, Super Hexagon and Year Walk up for awards

It's that time of year again, awards season, and while the IGF might have had a shuffle round of their categories, dropping the mobile game section altogether, that doesn't mean there aren't iOS titles vying for some tltles. Four, in fact, have made the shortlists. Simogo's yet to be released, creepy looking adventure Year Walk is up for Excellence in Visual Art; LiquidSkitch for iPad is up for Technical Excellence; Terry Cavanagh's superlative Super Hexagon is up Excellence in Design; and musical tower defence game Bad Hotel is up for Excellence in Audio. It's certainly an eclectic bunch of picks, and it's sad to see that there are no mobile games up for the grand prize, although Sup…


NVIDIA announces new Android powered handheld console

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
NVIDIA announces new Android powered handheld console

CES 2013 is set to kick off today in Las Vegas, but we've already had the first big surprise of the show in the shape of NVIDIA's Project Shield, a portable, Android powered console that also streams PC games into the palms of your hand. Powered by the forthcoming Tegra 4 processor, which features a dedicated 72 core GPU as well as a quad core Cortex-A15, it's fair to say that Project Shield packs more punch than any Android device that's available on the market now. Couple that with a five inch screen that runs at a resolution of 1280x720, giving it a PPI of 294, and the fact that using a wireless connection you can stream games from your NVIDIA powered PC direct to your handheld, and you…


Ex-Rovio Employees Craft Noble Nutlings

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Ex-Rovio Employees Craft Noble Nutlings

A-yup. Three developers who worked at Rovio have formed their own studio, Boomlagoon, and their first game Noble Nutlings is being released on Janurary 10th. Here's the trailer. Well it's got the cutesy animals and it's got some interesting customization, along with Bike Baron-esque controls. Could be enjoyable. We'll have to see when it's released. The problem with using their Rovio pedigree as PR for their new game is that scrutiny of it will be high. Let's hope it rises to the challenge.…


Om Nom: Candy Flick brings Cut The Rope to real life

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Om Nom: Candy Flick brings Cut The Rope to real life

If you've ever wanted to see what Cut The Rope would be like in the real world, then Zeptolab has answered your slightly strange prayers with Om Nom: Candy Flick, a new augmented reality game that puts everyone's favourite candy obsessed green monster centre stage. You print out an image that the game provides and when you point your camera at it, Om Nom magically appears. It's then up to you to flick lumps of delicious stripy sugar into his waiting, gluttonous mouth.  It's unlikely that the game is going to revolutionise the AR genre, but it's nice to see a developer branching out with different ideas rather than just focusing on rehashing the same concept over and over and over. Th…


QI's top 10 iPhone Games for December 2012

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
QI's top 10 iPhone Games for December 2012

Well 2012 has come and gone, but we still have one month of the Quality Index to check out. These are the top 10 games of December according to the Quality Index. 1. Interlocked2. Stone Age: The Board Game3. Final Fantasy IV4. Stealth Checkers5. Air Hippo6. Build-a-lot 4: Power Source7. Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders8. BlastPoints9. Alpha Zero10. Minigore 2: Zombies I forsee perhaps Final Fantasy IV making the rounds on top lists, and maybe Minigore 2, but QI has its quirks and I every now and then some oddities crop up, such as Interlocked being an October release. In any case, Appspy has not covered the majority of the games on this list (as…