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Capcom Update Smurfs' Village With Easter Theme

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Capcom Update Smurfs' Village With Easter Theme

One of the most controversial and talked about games on the App Store, Smurfs’ Village – eh, Smurfs?! Controversial?! YES! – has taken a leaf out of Angry Birds Seasons's book. Inspired by our second favourite Christian festival Easter, Capcom have updated their freemium social Smurfing title with all manner of tasty treats. For those without a Smurfing clue, Smurfs’ Village is a FarmVille-styled micromanagement game in which you rebuild the blue blighters’ home town in return for feeling good about yourself. That last part is a Smurfing lie. Anyways, in this Easter-themed update, you can purchase a very helpful Smurfling called Nat, as well as gift your friends a painted egg a…


Spazcon Review

Review TouchTilt Games Inc By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Spazcon Review

Barry may be a data entry clerk at Spazcon, but his dreams of becoming the company president are going to be short lived because trying to stay focused in this quirky platforming challenge by TouchTilt Games is the largest hurdle you'll have to overcome on this virtual quest. In order to work harder, longer, faster, stronger (or something like that), Barry needs coffee - lots of coffee. So it's up to you as the player to make sure that Barry collects all the coffee on a level before t…

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Sword & Sworcery EP Micro For iPhone To Launch Today

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Sword & Sworcery EP Micro For iPhone To Launch Today

Can’t get enough of that pixel-art flavour? Pining for some more iPhone retro goodness? Well, your luck is most certainly in, for the dream team of Superbrothers (publishers), Capybara (developers), and Jim Guthrie (singer-songwriter) have realised one of AppSpy’s fantasies. This top triumvirate’s debut iPad release Sword & Sworcery EP sent shivers down the spine, defying conventional description and positively revelling in the fact it was doing so. Interlacing elements of exploration, puzzle-solving, mystique, and combat into one gloriously decorated weave, this sophisticated adventure is now heading to iPhone for $2.99. As revealed by the makers on that trendy modern medium Twitt…


YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Review

Review Jackbox Games, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Review

If there's one thing I've always disliked about being a veritable sponge of useless facts, it's that people constantly tell you to go on a game show. Trust me, it's a problem, I have it and I'm sure others get it too. This is why I love quiz games, because then I get to thoroughly whup my friends without actually needing to know real useful facts. This is also why YOU DON'T KNOW JACK by Jellyvision Games is an insanely fun series, unfortunately its recent release on the App Store is a…

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Squid Drop Review

Review Nor Eagle By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Squid Drop Review

At first it's hard to see the appeal of a game like Squid Drop by Nor Eagle - all you can do is move back and forth while avoiding walls in an attempt to get a 'low score' (think 'high score', but negative because you're falling). After playing a few times and you'll eventually unlock point bonuses; then new areas; and before you know it hitting the New Game button is an adventure as you marvel at the potentially new treats you'll encounter. By touching and swiping the screen you can…

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Mos Speedrun Updated Quick As A Flash

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Mos Speedrun Updated Quick As A Flash

Talk about living up to its moniker! Faster than a bullet fired out the back of Usain Bolt’s spikes on a jumbo jet to Australia, developers Physmo have updated their retro platformer Mos Speedrun... ...just nine days after launching it on the App Store. If you’re one of those chaps or chapettes who goes misty-eyed at the very thought of pixel-art, chiptunes, and Super Mario Bros, Mos Speedrun should be right up your alley. To further persuade you to part with your dollar (well, $1.99 to be exact), Physmo have refined the game’s virtual D-pad, squished a few bugs, and expanded the heroine’s wardrobe. Your record time for each level is now permanently displayed on screen, too, whi…


Telltale Games Announce Law & Order: LA For iOS

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Telltale Games Announce Law & Order: LA For iOS

Probably most famous for their Tales of Monkey Island series, Telltale Games have branched out of late into the twin worlds of television and movies. A CSI tie-in here, and a Back to the Future adaption there: Telltale Games are certainly embracing the idea of promotional vehicles. One more to add to their film and TV canon is Law & Order: Los Angeles for iPhone and iPad, an upcoming crime thriller based on the NBC series of exactly the same name. We say ‘upcoming’ because outside of a ‘Coming 2011’ notice on Telltale’s registration page for Law & Order: Los Angeles, nobody else can shed any light on a release date. Members of the cast - including Do…


Air Penguin Review

Review GAMEVIL USA, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Air Penguin Review

Imagine you're a penguin collecting food for your friend's and family when, 'WHAMO!', a wild Global Warming appears and uses Sunny Day to melt your home in to tiny chunks of ice. Annoying as that may be, everyone you know is now stranded on the quickly forming islands of ice and it's up to you in Air Penguin by GAMEVIL to rescue them. The ultimate aim of each chapter may be to rescue an individual penguin, however on each stage your goal is simply to survive your trip to each flag. Yo…

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Streets of Rage 2 Review

Review SEGA By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Streets of Rage 2 Review

Trying to review games like Streets of Rage 2 can be difficult - other SEGA Genesis emulated titles for the App Store have suffered from a similar problem - notably, it's hard to separate the nostalgia from the reality that is in front of you. Some games have aged poorly while others have stood the test of time and despite its age Streets of Rage 2 manages to keep its charm in spite of the emulator that surrounds it. Despite the supposed defeat of 'Mr.X' in the original title, Adam Hu…

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Angry Birds Seasons Easter Update Available For iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Angry Birds Seasons Easter Update Available For iPhone

Let’s safely assume that you, and indeed the rest of the ENTIRE world, are familiar with the catapulting antics of those Angry Birds. Good. Rovio’s modern-day gaming phenomenon has seen more updates than a BBC News 24 broadcast, and here’s one more. Angry Birds Seasons for iPhone is, of course, one of the franchise’s spin-off titles, benefitting - as it does - from the same high number of refreshes and extra levels as the original. My favourite chocolate-related, bunny-friendly national holiday Easter is the source of the latest update to Angry Birds Seasons on this occasion, delivering 15 new stages, a rabbity theme, and golden eggs to players worldwide. It’s probably worth k…


One Single Life Review

Review FreshTone Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
One Single Life Review

So why did it take so long to write a review for a game that can essentially only be played once? One Single Life is the 'Schrödinger's cat' of video games - it is at the same time a combination of some of the best and worst elements of gaming and for that reason alone (and because it's free) people should give it a go. You'll love it or you'll hate it, but working yourself up in to a froth before playing the game makes for a temporarily amusing experience. It's hard to boil down…

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Zenonia On Sale To Generate Buzz For Zenonia 3

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Zenonia On Sale To Generate Buzz For Zenonia 3

Gamevil aren’t the first and they certainly won’t be the last developer to pull off the following cunning marketing trick on iOS: 'Generate buzz around upcoming sequel by heavily discounting prequel in run-up to launch.' It’s an oldie cross-promotional ruse, but a goodie nonetheless. So, Gamevil have decided to reduce the price of the well-received RPG Zenonia on iPhone to 59p on account of Zenonia 3 landing on 28th April. Unfortunately for fans of the role-playing series, Zenonia’s 5* successor Zenonia 2 hasn’t joined the promotion party. Back - or is it now forward? I’m so confused - to Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story... It’ll feature Retina display graphics, tons of impro…


Resident Evil Mercenaries VS. Review

Review CAPCOM By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Resident Evil Mercenaries VS. Review

Things have been looking a little rough in camp CAPCOM for a while now and although attempting to create an online competitive experience using the Resident Evil franchise may have sounded a little odd, it was a rich nugget of gaming worth exploring if only to break new ground. The inclusion of social-like features in their mobile games (e.g. Dead Rising) has reached its logical conclusion with Resident Evil Mercenaries VS. and players can now duke it out against each other (and zombie…

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Gamevil's Air Penguin Takes Flight On iPhone

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Gamevil's Air Penguin Takes Flight On iPhone

Not only is the penguin the flightless seabird of choice up here at AppSpy Tower, but it’s also our favourite confectionery. You don’t believe me?!? Well, why ELSE would we have dedicated two – yes, two – iPhone game stories this Friday to this aquatic avian? Regardless, the second of our penguin-related posts pertains to prolific publisher Gamevil’s latest iOS release, which went on sale in the App Store a few hours ago for 99c. Air Penguin is its name and careering through the air is the game. Hazards such as thin ice and stubborn seals will, natch, block your hero’s path...a path that ultimately leads to the rescuing of your stranded family. Hopefully. Head of Gamevil USA…


Ideal Bureaucracy Created Papa Penguin In 48 Hours!

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 4 months ago
Ideal Bureaucracy Created Papa Penguin In 48 Hours!

In the last two hours, I’ve checked my email, written a weekly round-up, and scoured news outlets for updates on Lionel Messi’s wellbeing. I know, I know: some of you will probably be thinking, “wow, what a productive young man that Richard Brown truly is!” Others may not be. One such group of fellows in the latter camp is Ideal Bureaucracy, a Russian game development studio who recently concocted an iOS game from scratch in 120 minutes flat. The cute, casual arcader Papa Penguin was the fruit of their incredibly intensive labour, and after five further days of bug testing and polishing, this Antarctic-based adventure was shipped off to Apple HQ. (Check Papa Penguin out here.) Id…