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Pac-Man Friends has launched on iOS and Android, here's the first trailer

News By Peter Willington, 6 days, 12 hours ago
Pac-Man Friends has launched on iOS and Android, here's the first trailer

Got an iOS or Android device? Well, obviously. Like arcade action games? Most likely. Fan of Pac-Man? Probably, those first few games were pretty cool, and Championship Edition was good too. If your answer was a resounding yes to all of the above, then you might want to check out Pac-Man Friends, the little yellow puck's latest adventure on mobile devices. Pac-Man Friends is an "original arcade-style action-puzzler starring gaming's most historic characters" according to the press release I'm reading. It has 95 levels across seven worlds, and stars the titular hero, plus Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde, and apparently some new characters too. You'll rescue eight allies, each with unique po…


Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

Feature By Peter Willington, 6 days, 14 hours ago
Hands-on with The Ensign, the basic, brutal, and a bit brilliant rogue-like

The Ensign is the prequel to A Dark Room, and it shares its sense of style and difficulty. Screenshots on the App Store can't really do a game like The Ensign justice, because so much of its appeal is hidden behind crude ASCII characters, black text on a white background, and relentless difficulty. Look beyond that though, and you'll find a mysterious world to explore, and a rich narrative to weave together. Here's my hands-on with the game.…


PSA: Motorsport Manager is out August 21st and you should probably buy it

News By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
PSA: Motorsport Manager is out August 21st and you should probably buy it

If you were to ask me "hey, Peter, what's been the best game you've played in the last 3 months" I would slap you in the face as hard as I could, screaming "did you not see my hands-on with Motorsport Manager?" Then I'd try to calm myself down, and later apologise to you for my outburst. Sorry about that. But that wouldn't make the sentiment any less true: Motorsport Manager is complex, accessible, beautiful, personal, and I honestly believe that any fan of racing or management games will adore it. The game is made by Christian West, whose credits include Joe Danger Infinity and Geometry Wars Galaxies, and the game's handsome tilt-shift visuals, combined with deep and compelling gamepla…


Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Max Gentlemen, where you can never wear enough hats

Quite often a game comes into the AppSpy office that you're really rooting for to be good, but winds up being a disappointment. Max Gentlemen feels like one of those. The visual comedy is spot-on, as is the soundtrack and audio FX, but the controls are awkward and the base gameplay just isn't that much fun. Take a look at my hands-on with Max Gentlemen in the video below.…


The Simpsons: Tapped Out goes all Clash of Clans in new update

News By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
The Simpsons: Tapped Out goes all Clash of Clans in new update

The Simpsons: Tapped Out gets a lot of stick in the games press for being an overly simple, mindless game of tapping and wait timers, with no creative value whatsoever, and precious few original ideas to call its own. The bods at EA Mobile have gone ahead and added a whole new element to the game, no doubt to prove the haters wrong: they've brought war to Springfield. Extremely-heavily-inspired-by-Clash-of-Clans WAR! You can still do all the tapping you like, of course, but the new update allows you to raid other players, defend Springfield from attacks, and see how Homer and the gang would fare in fantasy warfare. If you're wondering just how inspired by Clash of Clans the new update…


Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II, probably the weirdest Street Fighter game ever

I... So... Okay. Waiting Guile: Takareet Fighter II is a crossover endless action game featuring Guile from Street Fighter and a bunch of characters from a niche anime called Eagle Talon. It's super weird, incredibly self-referential, and a little bit broken - the audio falls apart occasionally, something I captured in this recording. You might call it Kuso-ge. Obviously this is a Japan-only game for now, if you want to try it out for yourself, here's a guide on how to get yourself an iTunes account from any country you like.…


Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors Blast, the mobile Musou game you may never get to play

When I first heard about Dynasty Warriors Blast I was elated and really rather excited. Then I got in touch with Koei Tecmo and they said there were no plans to bring it to the west and I did a little cry. Then I thought “balls to it” and decided to bring you a hands-on with the game anyway, which you can see below (and play for yourself if you have a Japanese iTunes account).…


Destiny Companion now available for iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Destiny Companion now available for iOS and Android

The much anticipated spiritual successor to Halo - Bungie's new shooter Destiny - may not be out until September, but if you're an eager Destiny beaver you can go grab the companion app now. Destiny Companion lets you inspect your Guardian, compare your Grimoire score with others, and take a peek at the stats of others. You also get info on game updates, and have direct access to the Destiny forums. The eagle-eyed may notice that the app was released on 8th of June 2011, which is a fair few years before Destiny was announced. That's because it's technically a re-made version of the Bungie Mobile App, fact fans. The app will work regardless of whether you're playing on PlayStation or Xbo…


Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Foodie Yama, the pixel art chomp-em-up

With the App Store, it's very easy to judge a book by its cover, and that's definitely what I did as I downloaded Foodie Yama. I thought “oh this is cute and pixely and looks fun”, I'll definitely do a hands-on video for AppSpy of this. And I'm glad I did, because it is cute and pixely and fun. But it's also a bit derivative, as it's basically just Timberman but with a few extra bells and whistles. Here's what the game looks like in motion.…


Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Street Fighter X All Capcom, the ultimate Capcom crossover card battler

Here is a small list of some of the games with characters appearing in Street Fighter X All Capcom; Lost Planet, Viewtiful Joe, Asura's Wrath, Ghost Trick, Darkstalkers, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Final Fight, and Street Fighter. So yeah, being a Capcom mega-fan, of course I had to do a quick hands-on with this currently Japan-only card battler. And here it is...…


Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Pentumble, the fast-paced platformer that sucks (but doesn't suck)

Pentumble has you rolling around environments, sticking to walls, hanging upside down off of platforms, zipping around cogs, leaping over hazards, and so on. It's quick, it's tricky, and the controls are spot on. Here's me rocking through some early parts of the game for your viewing pleasure.…


All aboard the hype train from Valadeline: Syberia 3 screenshots revealed

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
All aboard the hype train from Valadeline: Syberia 3 screenshots revealed

Fans of the Syberia games have been waiting since 2004 to see how the events of Syberia 2 would resolve. Ten years is a very long time to wait, but finally there are now more details (and a few tantalising screens) of Benoît Sokal and Microids' third Syberia title. Syberia 3 is an adventure game, as you'd expect, and kicks off immediately after Syberia 2. New York corporate lawyer Kate Walker will uncover more of the mysteries surrounding Syberia, all the while interacting with the Youkol tribespeople. These screens show a marketplace of the Youkol, complete with Snow Ostriches, and our heroine Kate Walker. I'm currently working my way through the PC versions of the first Syber…


Pokemon Trading Card Game heads to iPad, AppSpy team expecting Hell to freeze over any time now

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Pokemon Trading Card Game heads to iPad, AppSpy team expecting Hell to freeze over any time now

Josh Wittenkeller - an extremely likeable chap who talks about Pokemon on The Internet - tweeted a very interesting picture from The Pokemon World Championship in Washington DC this weekend. As you can see in that link (and the pic below), it's the Pokemon Trading Card Game running on an iPad, the first time the game has been available on a non-Nintendo portable device. According to various poke-sources, it appears to be a version of the Windows and Mac game Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, but running on a tablet. So why's this exciting? First, the Pokemon TCG is a pretty cool card game that's been going since 1996 and has a loyal following, and getting to play it on iPad is going to…