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Darkside Arriving in the App Store Next Tuesday

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Darkside Arriving in the App Store Next Tuesday

Generic name aside, if you look at the trailer, Darkside is shaping up to be a rather impressive twin stick shooter... at least visually. Being released on the 26th of June, Darkside will be free featuring the arcade mode and game center support. An in-app purchase of $0.99 will unlock two additional modes plus the ability to carry smart bombs. This is a more clever use of in-app purchases because it acts more like a demo that you unlock to recieve the full game. Try the standard mode at your leisure, and if you like what you see, there's a small price to play to get everything else. We'll see if Darkside is worth a look or a purchase upon its release.…


A Sequel to Boom Brigade - Out Now

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
A Sequel to Boom Brigade - Out Now

It seems a lot of the news this week is releases for this Thursday. Well, here's another. Remember Boom Brigade? It was a tactical tower defense / line drawing game all the way back in the distant year of 2009. Well it seems that almost three years later 10tons Ltd. have made a sequel. Here's a trailer of some of the gameplay... It looks to play very similar to its predecessor, but all this time later, it's hard to say whether or not such gameplay will resonate with gamers. Still it's been quite a while since both the line drawing and tower defense crazes of that period so it might be a blast of not only nostalgia, but a fun experience. We'll have a review of Boom Brigade 2 up in…


Suspect In Sight Review

Review Jujubee By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Suspect In Sight Review

I have to admit, there's something distinctly amusing about a game that takes a wide-swipe at the American culture - while TV shows and comedians are generally more than capable at fulfilling this task, there's something visceral about being able to partake in the joke directly. Suspect In Sight by Jujubee is a fun Arcade spin on shows like Cops and game modes like Vigilante from Grand Theft Auto, putting you in the seat of a police chopper as you tag-and-bag a never-ending series of s…

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Disco Kitten Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Disco Kitten Review

One should always read a game's description with a pinch of cynicism, if only to save yourself the disappointment that comes from false expectations. Disco Kitten markets itself as a unique rhythmic title, but in reality IJ Software and Chillingo's techno-kitty-themed game is more of a reflex tester than anything else. Once you shed the expectations of clever musical scores, strange patterns to replicate and other rhythm-game tropes, what you're left with is a title that soars above m…

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Fish Heroes Bringing Underwater Physics Action to the App Store

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Fish Heroes Bringing Underwater Physics Action to the App Store

Craneballs Studios is bringing their new game Fish Heroes to the App Store later this week on June 21st. The trailer doesn't tell much but gives a look at the cartoony art style, and there is some gameplay footage at the end. It's looking like an underwater version of the Wii game Boom Blox, and considering how fun Boom Blox was, it'd be nice to have a similar experience on a mobile device. We'll know more of course upon release.…


Squids Wild West Hitting App Store June 27th

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Squids Wild West Hitting App Store June 27th

For fans of the original Squids, released by The Game Bakers last October, the follow-up has been approved by Apple and is set to hit the App Store on the 27th of this month. The price will be $1.99 but it will be on sale the day of release for only $0.99. For extra information check out Andrew's hands on preview with the game here, or to get an idea of what to expect game wise, check out our review of the original Squids here. It will be interesting to see how the wild west theme affects the turn based gameplay. We'll certainly find out on launch day. [Hands-On Preview Squids Wild West - Review Squids]…


Floralia Review

Review Kensho By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Floralia Review

It can't be just coincidence that the majority of fireworks resemble blooming flowers. After all there's the same breadth of color and the unfurling from a central bud. The only real addition aside from the dizzying heights that fireworks reach are the explosions that start off this reaction. Well it seems that Kensho development thought the same thing when designing their high score game Floralia, a game of flowery fireworks and the combos they create. There are really two parts to h…

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Unlock Review

Review Miniclip.com By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Unlock Review

Have you ever sat down in a restaurant or entered a game shop and there were those clumped puzzles sitting there made out of wood or metal that required you to play around, trying to separate the pieces from each other? Unlock by Miniclip is a virtual representation of that concept. Each level has two or more blocks of varying shape melded together, and by rotating the puzzle, it's up to the player to take the pieces apart and free the monster from his cage. Taking the pieces apart is…

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Eager Beaver Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Eager Beaver Review

I'll simply mention the awkwardness that is the title of Eager Beaver by Gamagio and Chillingo and simply leave it at that. Thankfully the game has absolutely nothing to do with the gutter-mind interpretation and everything to do with its literal interpretation as you control Edgar, the only beaver who seems to enjoy creating dams with the help of junk laying about and his trusty wooden fork-lift. As you can imagine, your time will be taken up by the task of building dams with the fix…

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Pocket Planes Review

Review NimbleBit LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Pocket Planes Review

There's something already naturally addictive about simulation titles no matter the level of complexity involved in them. From the largest cities to the lowliest of farms - if it requires efficient development, people will find themselves coming back for more. The freemium model has exploited this human weakness, but not all games are created equal and NimbleBit are back on the scene with their latest title, Pocket Planes. Initially, players are handed the reins of a small, but well e…

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Kemco Post-E3 Trailer for 'Symphony of the Origin'

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Kemco Post-E3 Trailer for 'Symphony of the Origin'

For those of you that enjoyed Kemco's previous JRPG, Symphony of Eternity, the prequel, Symphony of the Origin is set to be released sometime in late 2012. Sporting a level up system based on weapon crafting, improved visuals and a whole new story, this looks like it could be a solid entry on the iPhone for RPG fans. Here's the trailer... We'll let you know more about the title closer to release.…


Inferno+ Review

Review Radiangames By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Inferno+ Review

Especially in the last five years, the twin-stick shooter genre has taken off. First with the success of Geometry Wars and then by the explosion of the games here on the iPhone. The problem arises in that so many of the games get the basic formula right that it gets hard to stand out from the crowd. There seems to be a check-list in place. Beautiful lighting and particle effects? Check. Great balance of weapons and monsters for high score play? Check. Tight and responsive controls? I'm…

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Friday News Wrap-Up 15 June 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 15 June 2012

Between E3 and the WWDC, we here at AppSpy have been spinning in circles dealing with all the hot little tidbits of information being leaked on to the Net. However, while our parent company has been shmoozing it up with the big-boys overseas, we're stuck here in Australia, so we may as well get back to work and present the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 15th of June, 2012. Swipe - New Digital Magazine For iDevice UsersWe're not above tooting our own horn when it comes to big achievements, so when we find ourselves being part of a great new magazine like Swipe, then we're happy to pimp it out a little. Currently available for free for iPad owners (though soon to be brought out for iPh…


Catapult King Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Catapult King Review

[This title was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 15th of June, 2012] In our time we've seen a lot of box-smashing, enemy crushing, physics-flingers come and go - some have succeeded, at least temporarily, while many others fall under the weight of trying to be another Angry Birds. Catapult King by Wicked Witch takes the gameplay to the third dimension, something that's relatively rare as it is, but also manages to pair it with incredibly fine-tuned contr…

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Popcap's 3rd Survey of Mobile Game Consumption Yields Interesting Results

News By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Popcap's 3rd Survey of Mobile Game Consumption Yields Interesting Results

A survey conducted by ISG and commissioned by Popcap Games has found that there is substantial growth within the mobile market. The survey was conducted amongst adults both in the USA and UK, with projections indicating there is now an addressable market of over 125 million people playing mobile games. Here are some of the highlights of the report:   * The ratio of new gamers playing mobile games has doubled over the last three years, with 44% of those surveyed having started playing at least one mobile game within the last month (as opposed to the 22% surveyed in 2009). * It is thought that tablets have brought in at least 11 million new players, with 9% of these new gamers usin…