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The Monday Musing - Final Fantasy XV and mobile ports

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 3 days ago
The Monday Musing - Final Fantasy XV and mobile ports

Whether you like it or not, there’s been a huge influx of ports on the App Store over recent years. As the power of the hardware has caught up with recent consoles, devs are looking more and more to their back catalogues for gems they can release on mobile. But what’s the most important thing about a mobile port, and how can you as a consumer pick the duds out from the classics? Well that’s what this week’s Monday musing is about. And it seems fitting with the release of Final Fantasy XV this week, since that’s a game that’s probably going to end up on the iPhone 32 S in about 15 years time. So let’s leap into the this the only way I know how - fac…

The 5 best games that have Black Friday discounts on iPad and iPhone

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
The 5 best games that have Black Friday discounts on iPad and iPhone

Okay so we might have found other things we could do with our money yesterday, but now we're going to have a look at the very best games you can get for dirt cheap on the App Store right now. Because that seemed like a good idea, I guess. There are lots of games on sale, as you might expect. But I'm not the sort that's going to give you an exhaustive list. I'm the sort that's going to cherry pick the games he likes and then tell you why you should definitely spend some money on. If you must. Therefore, without further ado or hesitation, here are the five games that, if you don't have them already, you should definitely be spending money on this Black Friday. Peace. Out There A dark and…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 25th November

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 25th November

Another week has wandered past like a friend you only ever see briefly. Now as it disappears into the middle distance we like to call the recent past, it’s time to take a moment to consider just what happened over the past seven days. I mean, not consider consider, let’s not get too introspective here. I’m sure we’ve all done terrible things since last Friday, but let’s just move on and not dwell on them. Instead let’s look at some games that came out recently. Phew, dodged a bullet there. Okay here’s the best five games that came out this week. To be honest it hasn’t been the best week, but then all those Americans are giving thanks for thei…

4 things you should do with your money rather than buying mobile games in the Thanksgiving sale

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
4 things you should do with your money rather than buying mobile games in the Thanksgiving sale

It’s Thanksgiving time in America. I really only understand what that means from films that I’ve seen, so I’m sure all you Americans are up to hijinks and shenanigans with turkeys and footballs. But Thanksgiving also means sales! Cheap things! Games that don’t cost quite as much as they did a few days ago! Black Friday! Cyber Monday! All of those things are essentially anathema to me though. So instead of making a list of the ways you could save yourself a few quid this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a list of the things you could do with your money instead that might actually benefit the world. Support a charity So you’ve got some money to spend, but ra…

5 celebrities who should be getting their own mobile game like Nicki Minaj

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
5 celebrities who should be getting their own mobile game like Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the latest in a lengthening line of celebrities to get their own iOS game. I’m going to lay this out there right now, I don’t know who Nicki Minaj is or why she’s famous and I honestly have neither the time nor the inclination to go and find out. But I do know some other celebrities. Like maybe five of them I guess? If only there was something I could do with that information in order to create content out of the fact that Miss Minaj is getting a game. Oh wait yeah fine it’s a list. A vaguely satirical list that I’ve written while half asleep. But there we go, that’s life. Here are five celebrities that should also have their own iOS games…

Valkyrie Connect from Ateam combines Norse mythology with Japanese roleplay

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 2 weeks ago
Valkyrie Connect from Ateam combines Norse mythology with Japanese roleplay

Japanese developer Ateam released Valkyrie Connect in summer this year, exclusively for the local market. The company built on the same formula that made its 2015 roleplaying game Unison League a hit – collaborative real-time battles and vibrant anime graphics. But the game has now been released worldwide in most major languages, so we can all get in on the action. The developers have mined the wealth of quirky mythology from Norse history to give Valkyrie Connect a unique twist, whilst characters are shrunken to adorable chibi proportions. Gameplay involves strategically picking your favourite characters to fight ever-more-dangerous opponents. There’s an autoplay function to…

WeGo Interactive’s new RC racer Re-Volt 3 lets you tear up the tarmac on both IOS and Android

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 2 weeks ago
WeGo Interactive’s new RC racer Re-Volt 3 lets you tear up the tarmac on both IOS and Android

Be sure not to set yourself in a tailspin this week and take to the track in WeGo Interactive’s new RC racer Re-Volt 3, the latest in the immensely popular mobile racing franchise that’s available to download now on IOS and Android devices. Re-Volt 3 isn’t afraid to put you through your paces with over 20 pulse-pounding courses in which to drift, swerve, and race through. But don’t worry, there’s over 70 types of remote-control vehicles to master, upgrade, and customise during your career as a pro RC race car driver. Pedal to the metal either solo in the game’s story mode or with friends around the world, it’ll be hard not to feel immersed whilst…

Why Pokemon should come to mobile sooner rather than later

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Why Pokemon should come to mobile sooner rather than later

We’ve seen it with Square Enix releasing its back catalogue of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games, we’ve seen it with shoddy ports of the first two Tomb Raider games, and now Nintendo is actively embracing mobile, I think it’s going to happen. What’s going to happen you say? Well I think we’re going to see the Pokemon games getting official ports onto iOS and Android. There’s almost literally no reason why this shouldn’t happen, and plenty of reasons why it should. And so I’ve made a list of the reasons why it should. You know, what with Sun and Moon being out now and that sounding like a lovely SEO trap for people to stumble upon. Eh here…

The Tuesday Best of - Auto runners

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
The Tuesday Best of - Auto runners

In this week’s Tuesday Best Of, I thought we’d have a look at the best runners on mobile. I don’t know why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. The endless and auto runner genre is often full of really terrible games, but these ones aren’t terrible. In fact they’re really good. Which is why they’ve made it onto this list. Makes sense if you stop and think about it. All of these games are well worth a play, so whether you’ve never picked them up before or you’re a veteran, why not spend some of Tuesday poking your screen while these games are happening on the other side of it. Boson X A wonderful chase through a particle collider,…

The Monday Musing - Why icons matter

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Monday Musing - Why icons matter

Look at it this way - there’s an awful lot of psychology going on on the App Store. It’s basically a shop, and shops are designed in such a way to make you buy as many things as possible. Although to extend that a little further, the App Store is more like a mall. It’s given its millions of tiny shops the chance to show off their wares, and it’s up to the individual proprietors of those shops to try and hawk their goods as effectively as possible. And to do that they need to showcase what they’ve got in as quick and precise a way as possible. Which is where the icon comes in. It’s usually the first thing you see when you’re browsing for a new game,…

4 iPad and iPhone games to warm you up this winter

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
4 iPad and iPhone games to warm you up this winter

Winter is closing in. It’s cold, it’s miserable, and you’ve probably started digging around in your drawers to find that scarf you so haphazardly stowed when spring rolled around. Unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, in which case it’s probably quite hot. But I’m not in the Southern hemisphere, I’m in the Northern hemisphere, so we’re going to roll with what I can see out of the window. And what I can see out of the window is endless miles of grey misery. God I love winter. Anyway, here are some of the best chilly games to really get you in the mood for going outside and trying to avoid hypothermia. Alto’s Adventure A wonderful…

The Friday Rant - Show a little love for the arcade games

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
The Friday Rant - Show a little love for the arcade games

This week’s Friday rant isn’t a negative rant. Rants don’t have to be negative. This is a positive rant - it’s me stood on my big silly soapbox shouting about one of the things we should cherish about mobile gaming. And that thing is the resurgence of the arcade game. I grew up in arcades, crunching over dirty carpets to get my hands on some obscure helicopter shooter based on an even more obscure American TV show (Airwolf. Check it out). Which is why I’m always going to have a soft spot in my chest for the sort of experience that Crossy Road is peddling. AND YES I GET THAT IT’S JUST FROGGER. Good lord you have to let that one go. Anyway, what was I s…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 18th November

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 18th November

Another week has passed us by, like so much time, moving in one direction, and then measured by our human hands into fathomable chunks. Time. Time. Tiiiime. Wow. So yeah it’s time to have a look at what I think are the best games that came out on iOS this week. You might disagree, but that means I disagree with you too. In the end, who’s the right one? That’d be me, because I can get into the CMS of the website and delete your comments. Bosh. Here’s a list. See you next week kittens. Go Rally A rally game. Oh wow, that’s novel. Actually it’s got some pretty cool ideas in it, including a track creation tool that pretty much lets you draw your own dirt…

5 mobile games that you could play instead of Watch Dogs 2

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
5 mobile games that you could play instead of Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 isn’t a game about watching dogs. And quite frankly that’s a terrible shame. What it is, however, is a game about cyber crime and hacking stuff and wearing caps. Well, I mused to myself over my evening sherry, those are all things that you can already do on mobile. If only someone was in the position to create some sort of content about that. And then when I’d finished my third sherry I realised that someone is in that position. And that it’s me. And that I was drinking Irn Bru. What? Oh yeah here’s a list of games that are a bit like Watch Dogs 2 on iOS. Republique Republique is sort of like Watch Dogs 2 if in Watch Dogs 2 you played the prog…

Make your mark across the seas in Joycity’s new strategic MMO Oceans & Empires

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 3 weeks ago
Make your mark across the seas in Joycity’s new strategic MMO Oceans & Empires

Fancy yourself as a captain of the high seas, a rogue musketeer or simply an honest sea merchant? Well you can rest easy knowing that Joycity’s new real-time mercantilism MMO, Oceans & Empires is now available to download from the Google Play and App Store. The strategic maritime adventure is now downloadable across the globe for players worldwide to plunder, dominate and clash in. Simply select your choice of 15 languages (with more to come), design your troops and fleet, and then let the explosive clashes begin. Will you be an honest trader or grow to fight for your alliance's victory? Oceans & Empires lets you dominate the trade routes your way. Seamlessly blending toget…