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Hands-on with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the new omg wtf ikr watevs I'm so over it you guys

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the new omg wtf ikr watevs I'm so over it you guys

So it's come to this. I've played enough free-to-play games to comfortably drain the wallets of 100 committed thumb-jostlers. I've flown futuristic hovercrafts. I've commanded armies to victory across the war-torn fields of feudal China. I've explored uncharted regions of faraway galaxies, and unlocked alternative dimensions with a flick of my wrist. Today, I helped Kim Kardashian choose a dress. She was so pleased that money literally popped out of her body and bounced along the boutique floor, upon which I scrambled to gather her casually discarded wealth like a grateful orphan chasing an abandoned crust of bread. The video below documents this event, which was just one of many humili…


Hands-on with Block Amok, the physics-based endless puzzler where artillery is always the solution

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Block Amok, the physics-based endless puzzler where artillery is always the solution

You are a sheep. You are driving a tank. In front of you is a teetering structure. You blow it up with your limited quantity of ammo. You're awarded points for doing so. Another structure appears. You're still a sheep. You still have command of your tank. You keep playing until you fail to destroy a structure. Video Games.…


Epic RPG The Banner Saga coming to iOS this summer

News By Alex Beech, 1 month ago
Epic RPG The Banner Saga coming to iOS this summer

The Banner Saga has made quite the name for itself on PC since it was released earlier this year. Now, developer Stoic Studios has confirmed that the acclaimed RPG is now destined for the App Store. Thrown into in a medieval viking world, you must journey through stunning 2D nordic environments on a mission to save civilization. With over 25 playable characters, there are plenty of ways for this grave story to play out. With every choice you make impacting the story and fate of your characters, each decision must be carefully weighed. Stoic Studio team is made up of ex-Mass Effect developers, so The Banner Saga’s pedigree is not in question. That said, we look forward to seei…


Hands-on with Kingdoms, the effortlessly cool minimalist board game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Kingdoms, the effortlessly cool minimalist board game

Kingdoms is cool. Very cool. For a bunch of reasons. The first is its design. Click play on that video below. See what I mean? Gorgeous, isn't it? The second is that it's been designed to be played by everyone. You, Poppa Joe, Auntie Sally, and even that mate of yours who thinks games are for dummies. The third is how intuitive the controls are. Want to take a square? Tap the playfield. Want to build a wall to bolster your defence? Tap and slide. Want to play with two people? It's all on the same device, iPhone or iPad. Very cool indeed.…


Supernauts Review

Review Grand Cru By Alex Beech, 1 month ago
Supernauts Review

Where Supernauts differs from other free-to-play world-building games like Clash of Clans or The Sims Freeplay, is that it doesn’t constrain your creativity with set structures. Instead it lets you make whatever you desire on your tiny world from a series of blocks, essentially taking the freedom of Minecraft, and applying it in a free-to-play context. The game takes place on an asteroid. Controlling your Supernaut you use the "zapper" - a device with a wonderfully '70…

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World of Tanks Blitz has just rolled onto iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 1 month ago
World of Tanks Blitz has just rolled onto iPhone and iPad

Having been soft-launched in selected territories a number of weeks ago, World of Tanks Blitz is now available in App Stores everywhere. If you're not familiar, World of Tanks Blitz is Wargaming’s iOS interpretation of its incredibly popular PC and Xbox free-to-play MMO World of Tanks.  However, this seven-on-seven tank combat game is not a straight port of the original series. Wargaming has created it from the ground up for touchscreen, and optimised the historically-inspired military battles mobile online play. Though it is free-to-play, World of Tanks Blitz doesn't feature timers or energy systems. Instead, in-app purchases allow you to buy and upgrade the game's…


Hands-on with Romans in my Carpet!, the teeny-tiny strategy game from the creators of Ravenmark

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Romans in my Carpet!, the teeny-tiny strategy game from the creators of Ravenmark

Witching Hour Studios is best known for the Ravenmark games: titles where strategy is of paramount importance, and just one wrong move could lead to the total annihilation of your entire army. Romans in my Carpet! is the team's next game, and it's a fair bit different from the Ravenmark series. It's visually much cuter than the po-faced fantasy realism of previous efforts, and it seems a little less ultra-hardcore strategy, and a little more Advance Wars. Here's Brian Kwek of Witching Hour Studios to explain more:…


Eye on the App Store: World of Tanks Blitz, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 1 month ago
Eye on the App Store: World of Tanks Blitz, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and more on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Hello all you lovely AppSpies out there! We may have missed Eye on the App Store last week with the boys being away in Helsinki, but James and Peter are back in tip-top form to bedazzle you with the best that the App Store will have to offer you from midnight tonight. To get you hyped up for our forthcoming World of Tanks Blitz multiplayer mayhem this Friday (details to follow tomorrow), General James Gilmour will venture onto the Battlefield to blow the opposition to smithereens. We'll also show you the pretty puzzler with a Zelda-inspired overworld Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, the superhero-led social city-builder Supernauts, silhouetted sequel Oscura: Second Shadow, and maybe…


UMAI! Review

UMAI! Review

Like a good plate of sashimi, Umai! understands that less is more. This sushi-munching puzzler has you controlling a monster's tongue as it tries to eat its way through a conveyer belt of fishy treats. You begin by selecting one of five peckish creatures. Each has a unique pixel art design that sits somewhere on a spectrum between distressing and wonderful. Once you've chosen, you are instantly surrounded by twelve plates of sushi. You control your hungry beast's frog-like tongue wit…

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Hands-on with Oscura: Second Shadow, the light gathering silhouette platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Oscura: Second Shadow, the light gathering silhouette platformer

Oscura was a fairly decent platformer. A moody, silhouette-styled game with creepy enemies and evil-looking machinery, it appeared on iOS back in 2011 in the wake of Limbo. Tonight, Oscura: Second Shadow hits the App Store, and aims to continue the journey of the light-bearing imp at the centre of the first game. As before, you'll be guiding him around hazardous environments filled with spiked beasties, water pits, lava, and other unpleasant obstructions. As you collect light shards, you open doors, and gain the ability to slow down time for a short period. This bullet-time effect helps you leg it past enemies who might otherwise outrun you, and can save your life if used wisely. The mos…


Hands-on with The Rhythm of Fighters, SNK Playmore's rhythm-action brawler

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month ago
Hands-on with The Rhythm of Fighters, SNK Playmore's rhythm-action brawler

Whether its Han Solo busting moves in Star Wars Kinect, or Cloud Strife busting moves in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, it seems there's no franchise which can't be turned into a rhythm action game. The latest series to fall victim to the beat is The King of Fighters, the 2D brawler from SNK Playmore, which has been reinvented as a music-based tap-'em-up called The Rhythm of Fighters. While the visuals remain faithful to the series, the violence is controlled by tapping in time with dots which appear on the screen. Before long, you'll have to use expertly judged swipes and flicks to build combos and unleash special moves. The character list is a who's who of SNK characters, including fan favo…


Hands-on with Ocmo, the hardcore platformer that AAAAAAARGH ALIEN SPIDER THINGIES!

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Ocmo, the hardcore platformer that AAAAAAARGH ALIEN SPIDER THINGIES!

If there's one thing that freaks me out almost as much as zombies, it's spiders. So when I was shown the creepy and crawly Ocmo, I took an immediate (and totally unfair) dislike to its star: a weird hybrid of spider, shadow, and alien. But after a while, Ocmo won me over. I think it was its innocent little eyes that, if you squint, form a grin as large as its fragile body can muster. The game is rock hard, mostly because moving through the environments is a tricky skill that you'll have to learn and master to finish the tougher levels. Your limbs are stretchy and can attach to the environment, but your only forward movement comes from a small jump, and your own inertia as you swing throu…


Plants vs Zombies 2 gets medieval with the first Dark Ages update

News By Alex Beech, 1 month ago
Plants vs Zombies 2 gets medieval with the first Dark Ages update

PopCap is sending Plants vs Zombies 2 back to days of yore with its new Dark Ages Part 1 update. These new levels take place at night. With no sun to help your plants grow you are forced rely on shine-creating flora like the Sun-shroom, the Puff-shroom (which costs nothing to grow), and a host of other new night loving plants. Gravestones have also been added to levels. These creepy monoliths can be smashed to give sunshine or plant food bonuses. Don't get too excited about your beefed up abourial arsenal, however, because the zombies have also had their numbers bolstered. An undead peasant zombie has taken its place among the shambling masses, while the medieval Gargantuar’s hul…


Hands-on with Size Does Matter, the bleeping tough chiptune rhythm-action game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month ago
Hands-on with Size Does Matter, the bleeping tough chiptune rhythm-action game

If you like rhythm action games, you'll likely be feeling a little unloved after Activision decided to stop making Guitar Hero every year, and Harmonix distanced itself from Rock Band. Not to worry though, as Size Does Matter is on the horizon. Developed by DOS Studios and published by Channel 4, the game is all about changing the size of a line of blocks you control so that it fits perfectly through walls of neon, all in time with a chiptune soundtrack that features music from Chipzel, Savant, Philter, and more. It's no walk over either: even the guy showing the game confesses he can't beat the later levels. Sounds cool, right? Plug in some headphones and watch our hands-on for more inf…


Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville Review

Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville Review

From the moment Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville starts it shows a clear love of its source material. The first choice the game has you make is between two different visual and audio treatments for the girls: one that matches the original series, and one for their new CGI interpretation. While this has no impact on gameplay, it shows a respect for the fans, letting them enjoy their favorite version of the heroes. The action begins when the evil monkey Mojo Jojo lures the…

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