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The Monday Musing - How Infinity Blade ruined mobile action games

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 1 day ago
The Monday Musing - How Infinity Blade ruined mobile action games

Time for the Monday Musing then. What shall I muse about this Monday? What caught my eye last week the deserves 350-ish words of semi-coherent ranting about? Oh, I'll tell you what, let's do something about Lords of the Fallen. It's a subpar Infinity Blade clone with an eye-wateringly high price tag. And it's stuffed full of IAPs as well. And that got me thinking. And as I thought, my mind wandering to strange and grim places, I came up with this. Infinity Blade ruined mobile action gaming. You see, the thing is, Infinity Blade did that big budget mobile action thing really, really well. And in doing so it unwittingly set a template. It laid a foundation for the annihilation of the entire…

Fire Emblem: Heroes - The complete guide

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 1 day ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes - The complete guide

Here you'll find all five parts of our guide to Nintendo's really quite good casual mobile RPG, Fire Emblem: Heroes. We cover a lot in this one, so if you want to get the most out of the game then it's definitely worth having a look over what we've got to say. Part one - The basics Part two - Units and the weapon triangle Part three - Levelling up, skills, and rewards Part four - Challenges, friends, and training Part five - Advanced tips…

Last week on Pocket Gamer - 13th February

Feature By Jon Mundy, 1 week, 1 day ago
Last week on Pocket Gamer - 13th February

It’s that time of the week where we check in on what our friends and colleagues at PocketGamer have been up to over the past seven days. The PG team is as obsessed with mobile games as we are, but they also cast their eyes to the wider world of portable gaming. If it’s a video game that you can play on the bus, in bed, or whilst walking along the street, they’re on it. Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PG crew over the past week. Best multiplayer games on Android From time to time PG will provided a chunky list of the best games in a particular genre. This week’s subject was a particularly interesting one, however: multip…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 12th February

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 2 days ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 12th February

It’s Sunday. And that can only mean one thing. We’re all horribly sad that the weekend has come to such a horrible yet inevitable conclusion. But there’s still time for one more thing. And it’s this one thing - a list of the five best games that came out last week. In no particular order, rather presented in the order that they came to me while I was sat on my sofa wondering what went wrong with my life. Join us next week for more exciting content about the world of mobile games. And probably a bunch of other stuff as well. Maybe sandwiches? I really like sandwiches. Voyageur A text-based adventure with its own unique style. It might get a little bit repetitive…

The Godfather game is out, here are some other films that could be mobile games

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 4 days ago
The Godfather game is out, here are some other films that could be mobile games

There’s a Godfather game out right now on the App Store. A tie-in to a film that came out more than forty years ago. Let’s be honest here, it’s not something any of us have been clamouring for in that time. But it did set my thinking about which other classic films I’d “like” to see getting the mobile game treatment. In my defence it’s Friday and it’s been a very long week. So here’s a list of other legendary movies that I think would make excellent mobile games. And by excellent I almost certainly mean absolutely terrible. The Deer Hunter A harrowing tale of survival and terror in the deep south. An allegorical story of how violence…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Five - Advanced tips

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 4 days ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Five - Advanced tips

In this last part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we’re going to look at some more advanced tactics to set you on the road to heroic glory. We’re going to focus on tricks you should use in battle to get the most out of your characters, with one eye on the sort of tips that are useful no matter what the makeup of your army is. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the guide as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it, and make sure you keep coming back to AppSpy for more hints and tips on the biggest mobile games in the not-too-distant future. Keep your rangers safe Your ranged units are going to get in trouble as soon as they get attacked by a melee unit, since they can’t…

The Thursday Find - Heart Star

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 5 days ago
The Thursday Find - Heart Star

This week's Thursday find is all about hearts. Which is sort of fitting since it's Valentine's Day next week and that's all about hearts too (well, sort of, but this isn't really the place to discuss that. Have a Google). It's a platforming puzzler with some nice touches and an impressive chunk of levels. And it's out right now. And you can grab it by clicking the emboldened name just below the next paragraph. But what's it called? What's it all about? Why am I still splurging out so much preamble? Those are all good questions, so let's go and answer some of them. Heart Star Heart Star is a game about getting two characters to the same spot. The controls are simple – you've got but…

Lords of the Fallen is out right now on iPad and iPhone, here's everything you need to know

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
Lords of the Fallen is out right now on iPad and iPhone, here's everything you need to know

Lords of the Fallen is a new mobile game that has ties with the console game of the same name. So we thought it'd make sense to give you a breakdown of just what that means. So here, in handy list form, is everything you need to know about the game that just hit the App Store. Well, almost everything. We don't know any hacks or anything crazy like that. It's premium And when I say premium, I mean super premium. You're looking at a ten pound spend to get the game installed on your device. Which is, well, pretty expensive in this day and age, let's be honest. But it also has consumable IAPs. They're not necessary to complete the game or anything like that, but one of them costs £48.9…

The best games on sale on iPhone and iPad right now - February 8th

Feature By Harry Slater, 1 week, 6 days ago
The best games on sale on iPhone and iPad right now - February 8th

Wednesday, Wednesday, gotta write a list of the best games on sale on the App Store on Wednesday. Everybody's looking forward to reading and consuming the list, then acting on its suggestions. That was a pretty catchy song, I think you'll agree. And it also managed to spell out exactly what I'm up to in this here list. All that stuff I said up there. Wicked. If you like the look of any of the games, then you can click on their emboldened names to be taken to the App Store, where you can download them to your heart's content. Probably just once, but that's more than none, right? Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business – 99p / 99c A tongue-in-cheek point and click adventure w…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part four - Challenges, friends, and training

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part four - Challenges, friends, and training

In this part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we're going to have a look at how you can get the most out of every play session, avoiding IAPs in the process. The best idea is to focus on gathering resources, toughening up your team, and hitting the challenges. We're going to break that down for you in slightly more complex chunks though. Join us tomorrow when we'll be covering some tips and strategies you're going to need when you're deeper into the game. Don't worry, you don't have to thank us. Well, me. You don't have to thank me. What are the challenges? It's a good idea to check the challenges and quests regularly so you know what you're aiming for. The game is fun to play whatever y…

The Tuesday best of - Text based adventures

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks ago
The Tuesday best of - Text based adventures

In this week's Tuesday best of we're going to take a look at the finest text adventures that money can buy on the App Store. These games are the most interesting, the best written, and the most innovative. There's derring do in a steampunk Victorian era, a conversation that basically happens over text, and Hamlet but with more jokes. So if you like your games written down and your digital pages ready and waiting to be turned, then check out this here list, and click on the game's name to head to the App Store to grab it. 80 Days A wonderful, enigmatic retelling of the story of Phileas Fogg and his adventures around the world. You're playing as Passepartout, who's helping to guide Fogg…

Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Three - Levelling up, skills, and rewards

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Fire Emblem: Heroes guide - Part Three - Levelling up, skills, and rewards

In this third part of our Fire Emblem: Heroes guide we’re going to have a look at some of the menus you’re going to be using while you play the game. Specifically we’re going to focus on the ones you’re going to be using to upgrade your characters. Mainly because the game isn’t very good at explaining what they do and why you need to be using them. We’ll also throw in a few hints and tips about collecting your rewards, and how you can get more currencies to help you out. Levelling up A lot of the crystals you get can be used to power up your heroes to make them tougher. This is important, as you’ll want to keep ahead of the levelling curve to m…

Last week on Pocket Gamer - 6th February

Feature By Jon Mundy, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Last week on Pocket Gamer - 6th February

Welcome to our round-up of the hot topics from the past week over on our sister website, PocketGamer. It’s a chance to reflect upon the past seven days or so in the wider world of portable gaming. Having been going since 2006, we reckon that this is something PocketGamer is pretty much uniquely qualified to cover. Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PG crew of late. Fire Emblem: Heroes Undoubtedly the biggest game release of the last week was Fire Emblem: Heroes. This is Nintendo’s second mobile game after the wonderful Super Mario Run, and while we didn’t find it to be quite as accomplished, it’s still a highly polished…

The Monday Musing - Fire Emblem, Super Mario Run, and the angry fan response

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
The Monday Musing - Fire Emblem, Super Mario Run, and the angry fan response

It’s fair to say that the release of Fire Emblem: Heroes has been the big talking point in mobile over the past few days. That’s not really a surprise, since it’s Nintendo’s second mobile game, and first real foray into the free to play world. I think the most interesting point that’s come out of the discussions is that people don’t really know what they want. What do I mean by that? Well, look at the backlash that surrounded Super Mario Run. That was essentially a premium game with a demo. You played for a bit, then if you wanted to keep playing you had to buy the whole thing. This, apparently, was tantamount to daylight robbery. But with Fire Emblem…

The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 4th February

Feature By Harry Slater, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week - 4th February

It’s the weekend! Happy weekend everyone. I hope you’re out and about expressing yourself in however you see fit. And if you’re not, I hope you’ve got a good game to keep you company. You don’t? Well that’s awful. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you out with things like that. How about I go right ahead and write a list about the five best iOS games that hit the App Store this week? Sounds good? Ace. Well, here’s the list then. And I hope you find something on it that’s to your liking. Or if not, that you have a lovely old time reading it. Pixel Craft A mix of modern and old fashioned arcade sensibilities come together to mak…