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Transformers NES game returns as Q Transformers: Mystery of the Returned Convoy on iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Transformers NES game returns as Q Transformers: Mystery of the Returned Convoy on iOS and Android

Hardcore Transformers fans will know that us lot here in the west missed out on a couple of NES / Famicom games based on the much-loved licence. The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy is one such game, and was, in truth, a slightly cynical cash-in that tried to bridge the gap between the events of two TV seasons - as the Transformers movie that fulfilled this role in the west was not shown in Japan for quite some time. The game follows Ultra Magnus as he attempts to find the killer of Autobot leader Optimus Prime, and has gone down in Transformers history as being completely apocryphal to the canon of the series. It's also known for being difficult. Really really really difficult. So lege…


First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

News By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
First gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella surfaces

The first gameplay footage of Angry Birds Stella has surfaced online.  Rovio has been promoting this newest (and pinkest) addition to the Angry Birds family through US bookstore Barnes & Noble ahead of the game's release this Thursday.  Handily for those of us stuck in the UK, a member of AngryBirdsNest  was on hand to play through the first seven levels of Angry Birds Stella, and record the results on their phone. A quick glance at the video confirms that unlike the RPG-themed Angry Birds Epic, this game sticks far closer to the traditional swipe-and-fling Angry Birds formula. There are some differences, of course. Early levels are structured more like mazes, built…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 4

The terrible trio - James, Harry, and Peter - get a bit cocky in this episode of our ongoing series with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. They think they can take on both the Plesioth and the Gypceros. They are mistaken. Missed the last episode? Catch up here.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 3

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 3

James and Harry are joined by special guest (and super duper community manager) Danny in this episode of our series. The trio take on a pack of Blangos, the Khezu, and even a swarm of Hermitaurs, kicking all sorts of monster butt in this iPhone and iPad version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Missed the last episode? Click here for the previous installment.…


10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
10 mind-blowingly awesome fan-made Bad Piggies contraptions

Over the past few days, I've been on the hunt for the most spectacular, over-the-top, completely ridiculous video replays of Bad Piggies that I could find on Everyplay. What I've found has not disappointed. So in no particular order, here are my top 10. Which is your favourite? I love the ambition here, and you really start to root for the contraption to succeed. Unfortunately though, that's not the case... This combo allows you to flip the machine you've built and stick to the roof of caves. Ingenious! I literally can't begin to describe how awesome this video is. Just... honestly just hit play. This might be my personal favourite. These classic aircraft look cool, but they also fly be…


Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Bioshock Review

BioShock is great. Deservedly held up as a premiere example of digital world building and interactive storytelling, it's a game which drags you through your TV and submerges you in a nightmarish world of neon and noir. Andrew Ryan's failed utopia, populated with genetically modified maniacs and lumbering, drill-armed childminders, is one of the most atmospheric, immersive, and effectively-realised video game settings ever conceived. The gameplay elegantly fuses traditional gunplay w…

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Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Epic Eric's gameplay is very enjoyable, I don't want to take anything away from that in this hands-on video. It's a lot of fun to work out how to get from one section of a level to another, without touching the ground, using momentum to carry you from start to flagpole. But what I think is really cool about Epic Eric is... well... see for yourself...…


Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Since I'm currently reviewing Alien Creeps TD for Pocket Gamer, I thought I'd bring you a quick look at the game in motion, in support of the seven day review you'll find over on PG. At its slimy heart Alien Creeps TD is a tower defence game with solid presentation and a good level of challenge. It doesn't try to break the mould too much, and I guess that for a lot of TD fans, that won't really matter too much. Click play below for my hands-on.…


Cor blimey! Dragon Quest VIII receives 25% discount on iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Cor blimey! Dragon Quest VIII receives 25% discount on iOS and Android

My favourite JRPG ever is Dragon Quest VIII, and I love the fact that I can now play it on my mobile. The other members of Team AppSpy tend to agree, and we like it so much, in fact, that we featured it in our list of the best Square Enix JRPGs on iOS. The game is currently on sale, sporting a not-too-shabby 25% off, bringing the price down to $14.99 / £10.49. So if you go get it now you'll not only be nabbing yourself a chunky 75 hours of glorious and inventive JRPG adventure, filled with memorable characters, an exquisite soundtrack, and highly detailed visuals, but you'll also be saving a few smackeroos at the same time. Will you be picking up Dragon Quest VIII at this discount…


Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

NimbleBit's latest entry in the Tiny Tower series is out now, and I'm giving it the old college try over on Pocket Gamer. So I thought “hey, I could do a quick hands-on with it too, just to show you what it looks like”. I'm resourceful like that. So here's some gameplay footage of Tiny Tower Vegas. If you want to find out more, check in with my review.…


Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Tony Hawks Pro Skater was originally released on the 31st August 1999 on the first PlayStation, so to celebrate this momentous occasion we've gone ahead and collected together the best skateboarding games available on iOS, including the newest (and currently only available in New Zealand) Tony Hawks game. That Harry Slater joins me for this episode, as we guide you through what's worth your time when it comes to skateboarding on iPhone and iPad, as well as geeking out about punk rock. You may be slightly too busy to watch the full thing, and if that's the case you can skip to each of the games featured via these incredibly handy links. 1. Tony Hawks Shred Session2. True Skate3. Transwor…


Heroes of Order & Chaos update adds Twitch integration

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Heroes of Order & Chaos update adds Twitch integration

The latest update for Gameloft's mobile MOBA, Heroes of Order & Chaos, has just gone live, and oh boy does version 1.7.0 come with some neat new features. Chief among them is the ability to stream your games via the magic of Twitch. This is the first time a mobile MOBA has included streaming support, and all the functionality you'd want from such a facility seems to be included - such as text chat, and microphone and camera support. We're big fans of streaming mobile games online, as you probably know by now, and it'll be interesting to see if this increases the number of mobile streamers out there. The new update also comes with three new heroes - a Fighter named Marithus, a Guard…


Wild Season is budding to be an adventure-filled alternative to Harvest Moon

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Wild Season is budding to be an adventure-filled alternative to Harvest Moon

Developed by Quickfire Games, and published by SOEDESCO, Wild Season is a top down farming sim with chibi visuals. You'll start off with a small out-of-shape farm, and hopefully build it up to be the pride of the local area, through a combination of hard work and farming smarts. You can also breed and race horses, spark relationships with NPCs, and improve the local town. Quickfire Games is hinting at including a storyline that goes beyond most games of this kind, and a mystery that can be uncovered as you progress. Consider our interest piqued. Wild Season will, according to the press release, be released on "PCs and tablets" in Q4 2014. We're going to assume that means iPad and Androi…


The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

On the 25th August 2014 the AppSpy and Pocket Gamer teams were having a well-deserved break or the Bank Holiday Monday. Well, most of them were anyway. I decided to jump onto our Twitch channel and bring you a collection of the very best single screen multiplayer games you can get for your iOS device. Without James, Harry, or even Lovely Danny to help me, I decided to rope in my girlfriend - Alix Briskham of Opposable Games - to help me show them off. Also I played a bit of King of Fighters '98, to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, just because I felt like it. If for some reason you haven't got 60 minutes to spare today, don't fret: you can use these handy links to skip straight…


BioShock emerges on the New Zealand App Store, out tomorrow worldwide

News By Peter Willington, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
BioShock emerges on the New Zealand App Store, out tomorrow worldwide

The underwater first person shooter / interactive objectivism essay BioShock is out now on the New Zealand App Store, and will come to other territories from midnight. We've been covering the port of the 2007 shooter since the moment it was announced, with exclusive news and video access, plus an in-depth graphics comparison. Now you'll be able to revisit the art deco world of Rapture for yourself on your iPhone or iPad. If you're yet to play BioShock, then you're in for a treat. It creates a world where nothing is off-limits, where only progress and profit matter, and an entire population has fallen for a new form of substance that dramatically alters the human body. With different end…