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Massive sci-fi adventure Out There warping onto the App Store this month

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Massive sci-fi adventure Out There warping onto the App Store this month

Ambitious space-based exploration sim Out There is due to warp onto the App Store later this month. The aim of this "dark and melancholic" adventure to build a ship capable of intergalactic travel, and then roam in the universe is search of resources, confrontations, and civilisations composed entirely of sentient, bipedal acorns. Probably not that last one. According the preview conducted by sister site Pocket Gamer, there's plenty to get excited about. There's a hefty plot, a ridiculously large expanse of space in which to boldly go, and the promise of diplomatic misunderstandings with alien species. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. If you like what you see, keep you…

Check out the nightmarish teaser for upcoming survival horror Knock-Knock

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Check out the nightmarish teaser for upcoming survival horror Knock-Knock

If, like me, you adore survival horror games, you've probably has your eye on Knock-Knock for some time. Well, prepare to have that eye filled with flickering lightbulbs, filthy walls, and other creepy imagery, courtesy of the game's brand new trailer. If you're unfamiliar with Knock-Knock, it follows the exploits of an insomniac wandering around his house being harrased by malevolent spirits. Partially funded via Kickstarter, the game popped up on our rader because of its fantastic art and animation. Some of the beasties look pretty unsettling, too. Plus, as it seems you only have a candle for protection, there's a chance we might actually feel under theat when trying to escape t…

Upcoming mobile game Hitman GO to bring Agent 47 to touchscreens

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Upcoming mobile game Hitman GO to bring Agent 47 to touchscreens

Taking the stealth and murder themes of IOI's Hitman and transplanting them successfully into a mobile game is, we imagine, a daunting task. However, that's precisely what Square Enix Montreal has just done, creating the entirely new turn-based strategy expereince Hitman GO. Resembling a board game, the turn-based phone and tablet title will see you moving Agent 47 along set paths on a grid. You will have to plot the course to his target, avoiding the attentions of unwanted eyes. Once you have made your move, the guards and other enemies will take their own turns, potentially blocking your path or blowing your cover. As this is Agent 47 we're talking about, you'll be able to utilise disgu…

Roguelike sequel Dungelot 2 is waiting to kill you forever on the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Roguelike sequel Dungelot 2 is waiting to kill you forever on the App Store

We liked Dungelot quite a bit here at AppSpy. Red Winter Software's casual take on the merciless roguelike genre was a thrilling and compulsive tile-tapper, and served as a great introduction into the cruel world of permadeath. Which makes all the more excited to see Dungelot 2 arrive on the App Store. From what we can gather, the team hasn't attempted to reinvent the wheel so much as refine the existing formula. The RPG elements remain, meaning you can gather coins, learn new spell, and steal stat-boosting artifacts. The randomised nature of the dungeons hasn't changed, either. Every grid-based level is different, leaving you with no way to predict whether the next tile you tap hides t…

Help scientists in the fight against cancer with Play to Cure: Genes in Space

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Help scientists in the fight against cancer with Play to Cure: Genes in Space

It's not often that you get to play games and do something good, and even rarer that playing could actually improve human life. But that is exactly what Play to Cure: Genes in Space enables you to do. Developed by Cancer Research UK, the game actually has you analysing genetic data to aid scientists in their search for the causes of breast cancer. The game is broken in to two main sections. In the first stage you are shown a map of a section of space filled with a valuable space dust. You must plot a course through the densest areas to collect as much of this valuable resource as possible. In fact, this star map is actually genetic data. By highlighting these areas you are indicating to s…

Retro platformer Super Obstacle Boy leaps onto iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Retro platformer Super Obstacle Boy leaps onto iPhone and iPad

It doesn't matter if you were born in the '80s or the naughties, Super Obstacle Boy's pixel-art aesthetic will prove instantly familiar. This retro platformer's old-school ethos is not limited to its appearance, though. Instead of a nice, safe tutorial and a few levels of hand-holding, players will be treated to 128 punishing levels filled with spikes, pits, and a host of other blocky dangers. The goal is simple – don't die, reach the end of the stage, and eventually claim back Rescue Girl who has been captured by Dr. Negative. If you jump over to the App Store now you can grab Super Obstacle Boy for just £1.99 / $2.99. However, if you download it and can't get past the…

Angry Birds Stella: Rovio's new Angry Birds game puts women first

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Angry Birds Stella: Rovio's new Angry Birds game puts women first

After teasing us with a some character silhouette's yesterday, Rovio has lifted the lid on its latest Angry Birds game. It's called Angry Birds Stella, and, if the promo blurb is anything to go by, this one's going out to the ladies. In fact, with all the talk of BFF's and "(fr)enemies" in the Finnish dev's announcment blog post, it sounds more like it's pushing an interactive episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic than another Angry Birds game. Describing Angry Birds Stella, the blog states: "There will be plenty of fun and adventure, but the bunch of passionate pals will also have to deal with some serious issues in order to protect their friendship and the environment they…

The Bydo Empire invades the App Store again in R-Type II

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
The Bydo Empire invades the App Store again in R-Type II

It was 25 years ago that R-Type II first appeared in arcades. As they were when the first game exploded onto the scene, young gamers were wowed by the side-scrolling sequel's massive bosses, fast action, and punishing difficulty. Now, a mere quarter of a decade later, developer DotEmu has ported the sci-fi shooter to iPhone and iPad. The Irem classic is set two years after the original R-Type. This timeout, you take control of the R-9c - an upgraded version of the original game's R-9 – to once again battle the evil Bydo Empire. Along with the classic weapons from the first game, the R-9c brings with it a few upgrades to help in the fight. A new shotgun laser and search las…

Rovio announces next Angry Birds game with image of new characters

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Rovio announces next Angry Birds game with image of new characters

Rovio has released a teaser image promoting a brand new Angry Birds game, complete with a collection of new characters. The image, which was posted on the official Angry Birds Twitter feed, shows the outline of six never-before-seen birds. The accompanying message reads: "Big adventure with new birds coming soon!" Until recently, Rovio had kept the physics-puzzler gameplay of the Angry Birds franchise true to its origins. Whether the action was set in a on a beach, in space, or in a galaxy far, far away, it always involved pinging birds at pigs with a simple gesture. Big adventure with new birds coming soon! #NewAngryBirds  pic.twitter.com/DWdZ7fBrXq — Angry Birds (@AngryBir…

Radiohead's first game Polyfauna merges music and mind-bending visuals

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Radiohead's first game Polyfauna merges music and mind-bending visuals

Radiohead has released its first game onto the App Store - an interactive musical experience called PolyFauna. Inspired by their The King of Limbs sessions, Radiohead has drawn on early computer life-experiments and creatures spawned from their subconscious mind to create the game's world. These images have then been realised by the digital designers at Universal Everything. Taking sounds from the song Bloom, this free app could most easily be compared to an interactive screensaver. As the games description states, the screen is a "window into an evolving world." In the context of the game, this means you can guide your floating avatar around the screen by tilting your device. You'll fi…

Clash of Clans developer Supercell releasing Boom Beach worldwide in March

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Clash of Clans developer Supercell releasing Boom Beach worldwide in March

While we in the UK and US have been patiently waiting for Supercell's latest free-to-play extravaganza Boom Beach to reach our shores, the game has been busy blowing up Canadian and Australian App Stores in beta form. However, we can now confirm that the watery follow-up to global sensation Clash of Clans will land on App Stores everywhere next month. Though Boom Beach is clearly influenced by Clash of Clans' building, fortification, and defence mechanics, Supercell CEO IIkka Paananen claims that this new freemium base-builder is a different beast. Speaking to financial journalists in a recent call, Paananen said: "We've made some risky choices. There aren't any clans in the game and…

Ollie around The Docks with new Touchgrind Skate 2 update

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Ollie around The Docks with new Touchgrind Skate 2 update

As thrilling as it is to soar through the air on a piece of wood with wheels nailed to it, skateboarding is only as fun as the park you're skating in. Luckily for fans of Touchgrind Skate 2, Illusion Labs has heard the cries of all you adrenaline junkies, and delivered a new skatepark to the game's roster: The Docks. Originally, the game contained three huge parks for eager boarders to stiffy, sack tap, and gay twist their way around (no angry emails, please - those are all real tricks). This additional new park is equally large, and brings with it a host of new waterfront appropriate challenges. This update also brings with it a host of tweaks designed to improve the game's already ti…

Assassin's Creed Pirates sets sale price at £1.99 / $2.99

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Assassin's Creed Pirates sets sale price at £1.99 / $2.99

Tired of your life as a respectable pillar of the community? Longing for a life on the high seas? Well, Ubisoft has just made a pirate's life even more appealing, having just slashed the price of Assassin's Creed Pirates on the App Store from £2.99 / $4.99 to £1.99 / $2.99. This mobile tie-in to the Assassin's Creed universe sees you playing the role of ambitious privateer Alonzo Batilla as he takes control of his own boat, and sets sail to become a scourge of the Caribbean. Manning your ship through swipe-based navel battles, and building a fearsome crew to aid you terrorise the seas, the game offers you a life of rum-swilling debauchery, without the risk of scurvy. Assass…

Flappy Bird creator claims he pulled the game because it was 'an addictive product'

News By James Gilmour, 2 years, 3 months ago
Flappy Bird creator claims he pulled the game because it was 'an addictive product'

Dong Nguyen has revealed that he pulled his mobile smash hit Flappy Bird from the App Store because it had become "an addictive product." Speaking about the game's removal in an interview with Forbes, the creator of Flappy Bird claims that it was the unexpectedly addictive quality of the game which led to its demise. "Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," Nguyen explains in the interview. "But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird." Despite being released in May 2013, Flappy Bird didn't make an impression on the App Store charts until last week. Thoug…

Darkest Dungeon reaches Kickstarter goal with 30 days to spare

News By Alex Beech, 2 years, 3 months ago
Darkest Dungeon reaches Kickstarter goal with 30 days to spare

With 30 days still to go, turn-based strategy game Darkest Dungeon from Red Hook Studios has already reached its Kickstarter goal of $75,000. Currently the turn-based dungeon crawler is destined for PC and Mac. The studio's stretch goals reflect this hardware choice, with additional characters, cinematics, and Steam mod integration all promised if the fund breaks the $500,000 barrier. What is particularly interesting about Darkest Dungeon is its approach dungeon crawling. While the goal will still be to hack your way past the forces of chaos to defeat a timeless evil, you will not be finding shiny weapons and armour to improve your four-person squad. Instead, you will be managing the team'…