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Hands-on with Pixel Boat Rush, the racer with big waves and big guns

Feature By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pixel Boat Rush, the racer with big waves and big guns

  When I started practising for my boat license, I never expected to be schooled by a shouty drill sergeant stereotype pulled straight from Full Metal Jacket. Yet that's exactly what happened when I fired up Pixel Boat Rush, a low-fi side-scrolling boat racer set to appear on the App Store tomorrow.  Though the angry instructor is a bit obnoxious, his words are worth heeding, as there's more nuance to this extreme sport than you might think. Check out the video above to see what I mean.…


Anomaly Defenders Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Anomaly Defenders Review

The Anomaly series made a name for itself by reversing the standard tower defence formula, and putting you in charge of the advancing force you usually find yourself repelling. However, for Anomaly Defenders, the final entry in the series, the studio has reversed its own genre reversal, ending its tower offence saga with a normal tower defence game. Has the move unlocked a new dimension to the sci-fi combat favourite, or is Anomaly Defenders one reversal too many? Pocket Gamer's Harr…

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Hands-on with Pumped BMX 2, the intense BMX simulation game with bold cartoon visuals

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pumped BMX 2, the intense BMX simulation game with bold cartoon visuals

At first blush it's easy to assume that Yeah Us!'s latest is going to be an auto-runner, or an arcade-centric action game. It's bright and chunky and very colourful indeed. But after a few minutes with it you quickly realise that Pumped BMX 2 is about as hardcore as it gets for extreme sports games on mobile. As you'll see in the hands-on video, I've become a big fan of Pumped BMX 2 in the small amount of time I've had with it, but I'm still nowhere close to mastering its deep trick system, and fiendishly tough courses.…


Sleep Attack TD trailer will leave you spinning

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Sleep Attack TD trailer will leave you spinning

The big twist in Sleep Attack TD is that, in addition to placing down towers to defend your location, you can also quite literally twist the battlegrounds to work in your favour. So if powerful enemies are approaching from one angle, but your towers that will deal with them most effectively are in another location, you can simply spin the world around and bring the baddies to the area they'll be weakest in. Neat, eh? Sleep Attack TD will be available October 23rd on the App Store, and will be priced $2.99 / £1.99. Here's the trailer to keep you going until then.…


Mark of the Dragon is coming to iOS and Android this November, looks like Panzer Dragoon plus Clash of Clans

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Mark of the Dragon is coming to iOS and Android this November, looks like Panzer Dragoon plus Clash of Clans

Gamevil's latest game announcement is Mark of the Dragon, a title that promises that you'll "collect, tame, and control dragons and use them to grow (your) kingdom". The game's out on iOS and Android in November of this year, and the video we've just got our hands on - which you can see below - shows gameplay that looks a bit like a cross between Clash of Clans and Panzer Dragoon.…


Add 'bracelet that can play Tetris' to your list of novel gaming wearables

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Add 'bracelet that can play Tetris' to your list of novel gaming wearables

Yep, you read that right, a very clever person with an eye for fashion tech has created a bracelet that runs a full-on version of Tetris. It's not exactly the most handsome looking bit of jewellery, and the potential for other games on bracelets is perhaps a little limited, but nevertheless this is a very cool achievement in engineering.…


Darkness Reborn intro film shows new gameplay footage of the MORPG, Android Closed Beta registration now open

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Darkness Reborn intro film shows new gameplay footage of the MORPG, Android Closed Beta registration now open

As you'll see in the trailer below, you'll be tackling not one mighty boss in Darkness Reborn, but two: a double-headed dragon called Belphegor, and a fallen knight named Damien. Darkness Reborn appears to be taken a story-driven approach for its MORPG action, featuring flashy combat, dynamic camera angles, and special effects aplenty. What's potentially even more interesting, though, is that the game features multiplayer co-op dungeoneering, six player boss raids, and three on three PvP - all of which is completely synchronous. If you have an Android device, live in the United States or Canada, and feel like playing the game before anyone else, you can sign up for the Closed Beta here. T…


Hands-on with Adventure Xpress, the magic-filled match-3 puzzler

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Adventure Xpress, the magic-filled match-3 puzzler

If you're after another match-3 puzzler to help fill the space on your iOS device, then Adventure Xpress appears to be a quality choice. In my quick look at the game, I find a puzzle title that's incredibly well conceived, looks and sounds great, and plays just fine too. There seems to be plenty of content in here to keep you busy too. And did I mention that Adventure Xpress is about a fantastical postal delivery service, fending off attackers with its various swords and magic? Awesome.…


Hands-on with Call of Duty: Heroes, in which clans of soldiers clash in modern warfare scenarios

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Call of Duty: Heroes, in which clans of soldiers clash in modern warfare scenarios

If you were waiting for a Call of Duty game to come along that was effectively a take on Clash of Clans, then you're in luck, as Call of Duty: Heroes is currently in soft-launch. We don't know when it'll go global, but we wanted to get an early look at it and bring you our first impressions of this strategy management game with links to the main Call of Duty canon.…


Skylanders Trap Team prank video is directed by Jackass creator, voiced by Adam Carolla, actually quite funny

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Skylanders Trap Team prank video is directed by Jackass creator, voiced by Adam Carolla, actually quite funny

Here's the deal: Skylanders Trap Team is out soon, and it's awesome. You can watch our review here and gawp at its high definition full console experience loveliness. The game is primarily aimed at kids, and kids are easily tricked by grown-ups - grown-ups like Jeff Tremaine (the co-creator of Jackass) and comedian Adam Carolla. So the pair of them embedded themselves in a toy shop to prank a bunch of kids. What unfolds is a bit brilliant.…


Kapsula Review

Review Nicolas Saraintaris By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kapsula Review

What do you get when you combine a futuristic arcade racer with a match-three puzzler? The answer is Kapsula, a peculiar mash-up of genres and ideas from developer Beavl Games. In addition to making you navigate your vehicle around a minimalistic sci-fi cityscape, the game also encourages you to merge with other vehicles by crashing into them. You can then create chains of colour which must be wiped out for points. Pocket Gamer review Harry Slater was a bit bemused by the game, as y…

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Goat Simulator Review

Review Coffee Stain Studios By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Goat Simulator Review

Goat Simulator is a difficult game to review. On the one hand, it's a transparently broken game riddled with bugs, glitches, frame-rate issues, and optimisation problems. On the other hands, however, the whole game is a very conscious joke - one designed to poke fun at the subjective dullness of games like Truck Simulator and Train Simulator. As a result, it can be argued that the game is deliberately broken, and therefore cite its technical weaknessess as part of the joke. Harry Sl…

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Check out this footage of Chop Block's endless minimalist platforming

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Check out this footage of Chop Block's endless minimalist platforming

Vital Zigns' latest - Chop Block - is a hardcore platformer, and if you're a regular AppSpy viewer then you'll know I'm a sucker for a hardcore platformer. I'm immediately reminded of Super Meat Boy when watching the newly-released trailer for Chop Block: the minimalist art style, the need for precision, the spinning blades, and so on. Instead of Meat Boy, you'll be playing as Woodman, and it's your job to guide him away from dangers for as long as possible, until you're inevitably chipped. Chop Block is a free-to-play game and will be available on iOS and Android from October 9th.…


Splot is a hardcore platformer coming to iOS at the end of October, and it's got a brand new trailer

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Splot is a hardcore platformer coming to iOS at the end of October, and it's got a brand new trailer

We first saw Splot at Pocket Gamer Connects, and were really impressed by its surprisingly tough platforming, spot-on controls, and adorable visuals. A few months after we got our hands-on, Splot now has a release date, a price tag, and a new trailer. The game is coming to iOS (plus Windows and "possibly other platforms" according to the press release), and will be available October 23rd, with $3.99 / £2.49 being the entry price.…


Rogue Wizards is a light-hearted dungeon crawler, and it needs your support on Kickstarter

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Rogue Wizards is a light-hearted dungeon crawler, and it needs your support on Kickstarter

Rogue Wizards superficially appears to be a standard dungeon crawler: you enter a dungeon, you fight stuff, you get epic loot, you rinse, you repeat. But look deeper and you'll see that its world is procedurally generated, and no two weapons are the same either. That's quite an ambitious concept, but a very cool one in my book. A bunch of industry bigwigs seem to agree with me, including Dave Brevik (the creator of Diablo) who's calling it "one of the most promising RPGs in years". The game is targeting iOS and Android (and PC and Mac). Want to support it? Head over to Rogue Wizards' Kickstarter.  …