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Galaxy Run Review

Review Spiel Studios By Dave Flodine, 4 months, 1 week ago
Galaxy Run Review

We should all know how the App Store works by now. A new game comes out, gains a lot of traction, and all of a sudden the store's virtual landscape is overrun with imitators. Considering how enjoyable last year's Run Roo Run was, it's surprising that the recently released Galaxy Run is one of only a few games we've seen approach its one-tap single screen platforming antics. It's up to the player to guide a stranded astronaut home via small doses of precision platforming. Each collecti…

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Don't Shoot Yourself! Review

Don't Shoot Yourself! Review

“Don't shoot yourself!” Once just sensible piece of advice, this statement is now the title of an iOS game. This game has a simple premise: survive long enough to shoot 100 bullets. How hard can that be? As you might expect, it's tougher than it sounds. You take control of a small arrow which finds itself trapped inside a number of oddly-shaped prisons. Normally this solitude would be good for such activities as introspection and self-discovery. But the arrow has a problem…

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Pathogen Review

Review Gameblyr, LLC By Dave Flodine, 5 months ago
Pathogen Review

Ah... the carefree life of the virus: only interested in the act of self-replication and the consumption of every other organism on the planet. Fittingly, the disease-themed Pathogen is a competitive game between two players (either another human or an AI) in which the goal is to infect and consume the board until nothing but your counters remain. While the developer wishes to give the game an 'easy to learn, hard to master' tagline, we're not quite sure it applies here. To be honest,…

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Anomaly 2 Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Anomaly 2 Review

When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality. Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving th…

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Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

Review Crescent Moon Games By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

If you're a fan of picking off crudely-drawn targets a long distances, then you may have played stickman sniper game Clear Vision. We're guessing the creator of Optical Inquisitor has, as the it borrows the look, concept, and violent death scenarios from the 2012 shooter. In fairness, it's not a lack of originality which makes Optical Inquisitor a dodgy game. After all, Clear Vision itself was paying tribute to a long line of ultraviolent flash games. No, what makes Optical Inqui…

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Steampunk Tower Review

Steampunk Tower Review

Most tower defence games get their title from the numerous weapon towers which players must erect to protect themselves. In the case of Steampunk Tower, the developers have gone one step further, and put a bloody great tower in the middle of the screen to act as a support structure for your weapon towers. It's a bit like Inception, only with towers. Anyhow, this being a steampunk game, you must use a mixture of 1930s-era tech to fend off wave after wave of moisture-powered monstrositi…

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Strata Review

Review Graveck By Dave Flodine, 7 months ago
Strata Review

Strata is a ribbon-based puzzle game that requires a large amount of forethought. Though we often rally behind puzzle games which give our fingers something to do while our brains dissect the problem, you might be surprised to learn that we took to Strata in a big way. It's a game about laying coloured ribbons on grid filled with coloured tiles. Criss-crossing two ribbons over a tile activates the colour beneath. The catch is that the tile will only light up if the ribbon layed on top…

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Worms™ 3 Review

Review Team17 Software Ltd By Dave Flodine, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Worms™ 3 Review

Though the Worms series has been a staple of joy-filled multiplayer gaming since the mid '90s, the franchise's previous forays into the mobile space have been plagued with control issues. We are happy to report, then, that Worms 3 addresses many on the concerns of previous iOS titles, and delivers an experience worthy of the Worms name. You begin by building your team. As always, you are provided with a quartet of invertebrates to name and accessorise. This time, however, you are give…


Defense Technica Review

Review Com2uS USA, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 8 months, 1 week ago
Defense Technica Review

Defense Technica is a tower defence game which harks backs to early entries in the genre. While many modern TD games send enemies stomping towards you along pre-determined paths, Defense Technica makes you use your own towers to steer and funnel your enemies where you want them. This old-skool formula is married with a card system that acts as a replacement for tower upgrades. Though these cards - which are bought via IAPs - are supposed to be an optional feature, the game does a very…

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rymdkapsel Review

Review webbfarbror AB By Dave Flodine, 8 months, 1 week ago
rymdkapsel Review

Part real time strategy, part tower defence, part exploration - rymdkapsel is certainly a unique proposition. It's one of those games where your initial playthrough is all about familiarising yourself with the mechanics so that you can start again and tackle the game proper. In fact, you'll have to take numerous runs at rymdkapsel's tough cycle until you manage to discover the secrets of the monoliths, and survive all the attack waves. Like any real time strategy title, rymdkapsel's c…

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RAVENMARK: Mercenaries Review

RAVENMARK: Mercenaries Review

About a year and a half ago Witching Hour Studios released Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion, a turn-based strategy game striving to bring the spirit of Fire Emblem and Advance Wars to the App Store. It featured some rewarding gameplay for strategy buffs, provided you were willing to meet it on its own terms. Ravenmark: Mercenaries does a lot better at easing a new player into its mechanics through a narrative-laced tutorial. That said, while the core game is relatively easy to pick up,…

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Star Command Review

Review Star Command, LLC By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Star Command Review

Star Command has been on the radar for a few years now, being the result of two kickstarter campaigns (one before Double Fine made crowd-sourcing mainstream), and a lot of ambitious ideas. The game that has been released is a small section of the developers' original vision, and what was supposed to be a grand entry into the mobile 4x genre plays like an interesting take on games like Faster Than Light. Even though we're dealing with a smaller scope here, there's still a great experien…

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Master of Alchemy - Vengeance Front Review

Master of Alchemy - Vengeance Front Review

Isn't it interesting what sort of ideas can be turned into tropes in a specific genre? By now everyone has played some version of that puzzle mechanic where you guide the path of a laser with angled mirrors. Likewise, most of you have probably played the game where you have to guide the droplets into a vat through the use of angled barriers. Master of Alchemy: Vengeance Front is a new version of that, complete with steampunky contraptions and reverse gravity. Each level starts with a…

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Abalone® Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Abalone® Review

We've spoken about the renaissance of board games on the iOS before, but one great thing about it aside from fans of these games having digital and portable copies of their favorite titles, is for gamers to experience games in this category that they have never come across. This is the case with us here at AppSpy and Abalone. On the surface it looks like a version of Chinese Checkers but once the rules of the game are explained you'll find one of those games that is simple to learn, bu…

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Block Fortress Review

Block Fortress Review

[Editor's Note: I've been playing the game quite seriously since recording the footage and I must say my personal experience mirrors much of what has been said below; the game has a wealth of depth, but scratching more than the surface can be very, very difficult. If the game looks appealing (as it did to me), search out some guides and you'll be lost for hours!] Games like Block Fortress can be quite a challenge to review. Not only does the game have a imposing learning curve to unde…

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