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Raiden Legacy Review

Review DotEmu By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Raiden Legacy Review

If you're at all a fan of the shoot-em-up genre (which are affectionately referred to as SHMUPs), you are probably familiar with Raiden. Alongside such canonical luminaries as Xevious, and R-Type, Raiden is a heavy hitter in a genre known for crazy weapons and having the screen littered with bullets. This release though is something of a compilation, farming together all three titles of the offshoot Raiden Fighters series that developer Seibu Kaihatsu released in the mid to late nineti…

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

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 6 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…


Dropple. Review

Review Foundation Mobile By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Dropple. Review

For a long time now, games have taken advantage of what seems to be an innate desire to collect things, especially if those things are shiny or have a sense of value to them. In Dropple, you are collecting water droplets, and these water droplets are a currency that allows you to buy all manner of helpful items, from shields, to magnets, to the ability to rewind time. Did I mention that you're a giant water droplet yourself? There's definitely a possible analysis relating to our consum…

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FAA's Free App of the Day – Shark Dash

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
FAA's Free App of the Day – Shark Dash

We're working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday. Today's title has a special place in AppSpy's collection of reviews as it completely defied expectations from Gameloft for 2012. A genuinely fun physics puzzler that we heartily recommend. "In Gameloft's Silver Award-winning physics-puzzler, you're tasked with helping a young plastic shark and his gang of miffed sea critters battle it out with a gang of ruthless rubber duckies. You do this across more than 96 levels and four colourful environments by launching your water-dwelling creatures through the air in the direction of their foes. Along the way, you can nab co…


Top 3 iOS Games for December 2012

Toplist By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
Top 3 iOS Games for December 2012

The Top 3 Games for December always feels like a bit of a tease when everyone knows the Top 10 for 2012 is just around the corner, but we've got to fulfill our obligations and chief amongst these is letting people know what's worth grabbing right now. So lets cut to the chase and showcase AppSpy.com's Top 3 iOS Games for December, 2012. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour (Gameloft) $6.99 Univ. After having about a month's worth of distance to consider Gameloft's latest entry in its modern-day shooter series, Zero Hour remains a solid shooter worth picking up, even if it doesn't match the highs of previous releases. Gameloft have deployed this title with the practiced skill that comes from having…


App Wrap Up (Weekend Edition, 7th Jan 2013)

Wrapup By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
App Wrap Up (Weekend Edition, 7th Jan 2013)

Well aren't you lucky readers! Not only did you get to end last week with myself and the App Wrap Up, but you get to start this week exactly the same way! As always we are going to be looking at a collection of game trailers that look like they have something interesting to offer, and I will make brief comments on them, and then link to the App Store in case you wish to purchase them for yourself (and if you do, be sure to tell us what you think of the game in the comments). Without further ado, let's get started!   Pixel Defenders Puzzle (Social Titans) You know how Puzzle Quest took Bejeweled, added some RPG mechanics and made a really engaging game? Well it looks…


NVIDIA announces new Android powered handheld console

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 6 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…


Luna Bears Review

Luna Bears Review

I posit a question. Can it still be called a platformer if the character isn't technically jumping? Luna Bears has all the hallmarks of a traditional platformer; death defying physicality, coins, stars, and other special collectibles, and even Mario Bros-esque sound effects. The thing is that Luna, the character the player controls is a star, and stars are mostly known for floating. This is exactly what Luna does... it's just that through this mechanic, there's also plenty of somersaul…

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Impossible Pixel Review

Review 99 Up Games By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Impossible Pixel Review

In the last few years we've seen a surge in what might be called 'pure platforming'. Games that center around the platforming mechanics we're all familiar with, that put them to use in gauntlet after gauntlet of skill based prowess and mastery. Impossible Pixel is this type of game. Each level has the goal of reaching the exit (and collecting a secret coin along the way if you are so inclined), but the trick is mastery over the jumps and leaps available to you to avoid the sting of dea…

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App Wrap Up (Week Ending, 4th January 2013)

Wrapup By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
App Wrap Up (Week Ending, 4th January 2013)

Look at this, the first App Wrap Up of 2013! *sniff* I might get emotional. True story, I had one planned a couple days ago, but dealing with the new backend ate it... so I've let some time drift between and now I'm ready to have a look at some game trailers for ios games that might have fallen under the rader, and look like they might have something interesting to offer. Let's kick off the year right and begin!   Delta Looper (Ratjutsu LLP) Kind of like Tilt to Live with a trapping mechanic (although power-ups allow you to shoot as well). Looks like a solid engaging high score title with decent enough presentation. [App Store Link]   Daredevil Rider (Bravo Game St…


Ex-Rovio Employees Craft Noble Nutlings

News By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 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, 6 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…


Parashoot Stan Review

Review Gory Detail Limited By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Parashoot Stan Review

It's getting harder and harder to review anything in the endless runner genre as they all follow the same mechanical template with little variation. Get as far as you can, die, use the currency collected to unlock perks to help you get further, rinse, repeat. Even with good presentation and the developer behind Conker's Bad Fur Day at the helm, Parachute Stan is an endless runner that follows the same template. I guess you have to take each game on its own merits, broader context aside…

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Hundreds Review

Hundreds Review

Semi Secret Software have a knack for minimalism. Their cult smash-hit Canabalt set the world ablaze as it refined and defined the auto-runner genre, remaining a steadfast favorite despite refusing to bow to and add the bloating of later popular titles. Hundreds is no less simplistic, visually or conceptually, but fans of both puzzle titles and skill-testers will quite literally have their hands full with this game. All you have to do to pass the level is to inflate one or more circle…

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Friday News Wrap-Up 4 January 2013

Feature By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 4 January 2013

This week's Wrap-Up may be small, but that's because we've got lots in store over the next week as we announce our Top 3 games for December 2012, and then dive right in to the one you've all been waiting for - our Top 10 for 2012. So lets not delay and jump in to the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 4th of January, 2013. iPhone5Mod EX Hybrid Controller - Suspiciously familiar For many the transition to a touch-only based system is unfamiliar, all the more-so because it's often tied to motion-based controls too. Being out of your depth is never fun, so iPhone5Mod have developed a somewhat familiar control system to connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth 3.0. Whether you strap on a keyboard…