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The Boom Beach Diary - Week 2

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
The Boom Beach Diary - Week 2

I'm into my second week of The Boom Beach Diary, in which I've been documenting my recent progress through the game. Since episode one, I've been upgrading my base and changing up my layout based on the excellent guidance I've been receiving from you via the comments here on AppSpy, on YouTube, and on The Boom Beach Community. This week, I show off all my hard work, nab another Resource Base, and highlight my next big challenge: bettering my battle strategies. Have yourself a watch of this week's entry in The Boom Beach Diary below, then chuck any pearls of wisdom you might have in the comments.…


Harmonix announces music-powered auto-runner Record Run

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Harmonix announces music-powered auto-runner Record Run

Rock Band developer Harmonix has announced its new free-to-play runner, Record Run, is expected to hit iOS in May. Revealed at PAX East, Record Run appears at first glance to be a pretty standard runner. Where the game differs from other runners on the App Store is that you can import your own music to generate levels, with the song's beat dictating the pace. Once you've completed a level you can share your highscore with the world, and give other players the chance to purchase and download the song to challenge your leaderboard dominance. In his PAX East panel, Harmonix’s studio head Alex Rigopulos said that Record Run is just one of several “very different" mobile gam…


AppSpy Plays: FTL: Faster Than Light live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: FTL: Faster Than Light live on Twitch (5pm BST | 9am PDT | 12pm EDT)

The end of the week is finally upon us. Our plans to start the evening include cosy slippers, a warm cup of hot chocolate and, of course, a nice bit of streaming. Each week we play recent App Store releases we believe will be a spot of fun, so today we’re going to start playing fiendishly popular starship roguelike FTL: Faster Than Light over on the AppSpy Twitch channel. If you haven’t yet seen or played the iPad version, but have heard people rambling on about how swish it is, come watch us invariably run out of fuel, get attacked, and have our entire crew die from suffocation. As per usual, feel free to ask us any questions you have, offer advice, say hello, or just fill ou…


Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review

Review TinyCo, Inc. By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review

Our feelings towards Family Guy as a show oscillate wildly. While at times its offensive jokes can seem cruel and almost bigoted, when they hit their stride the writers and performers can deliver big laughs. What Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff manages to do is strip away any uncertainty, handing you a package containing the show's worst aspects in a box that looks remarkable similar to the one which houses The Simpsons: Tapped Out. The  game is predicated on rebuilding the…

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Age of Empires: World Domination is planning to conquer touchscreens this summer

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Age of Empires: World Domination is planning to conquer touchscreens this summer

Klab Inc. is bringing Microsoft’s real-time strategy franchise Age of Empires to iOS this summer in the form of Age of Empires: World Domination. The mobile reimagining of the RTS classic will bring with it a number of changes. If you were a fan of the series on PC, then the most important of these alterations will be the touchscreen controls. Removing the quick clicks of the mouse controlled originals, Klab Inc’s are promising intuitive gesture controls and a "revolutionary battle system". Like the original games, World Domination will feature the ability to build your empire from history's great civilizations. Your choice of faction will dictate the structures available whe…


Arcade shooter Robots Love Ice Cream has just invaded the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Arcade shooter Robots Love Ice Cream has just invaded the App Store

Everyone enjoys ice cream, but none more so than the robots in Ayopa Games’s new shoot-‘em-up Robots Love Ice Cream. Blending Galaga with Defender, Robots Love Ice Cream asks you to protect planets from mechanised marauders intent on stealing all of their chilled snacks. You will have to shoot the invaders from the sky by driving your ice cream van armed with weaponized Mr Whippy around each of the games tiny 2.5D worlds. You can upgrade your tasty arsenal of popsicles and hot fudge fundays by collecting Sprinkletonuim from fallen enemies. These will help you build your combos and highscore as you try to complete the game’s many challenges. If Robots Love Icecrea…


Word Monsters Review

Review Raketspel AB By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Word Monsters Review

Rovio's latest addition publishing adventure is the fiendishly tricky word game Word Monsters. Developed by Raketspel, this free-to-play puzzler blends wordsearch gameplay with gravity manipulation, creating a game that demands fast thinking and forward planning. You have to find all of the words in each of Word Monster's tile puzzles. Each round has a theme - one may have you searching for animals, while another will be spent locating girls' names. This does make things tricky at fir…

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Trials Frontier Review

Review Ubisoft By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Trials Frontier Review

Trials Frontier wastes no time getting you into the action. There’s no title screen as you load the app - instead, the game begins with an onscreen prompt showing you how to start your engine. Before we'd even seen the title card, we were scudding along the 2.5D path towards an explosive finale. The game's first three tracks lay out all the controls. Your right thumb controls acceleration, while your left thumb manipulates your rider’s center of gravity, letting you j…

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Endless-run-and-gunner John Mad Run is available for free on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Endless-run-and-gunner John Mad Run is available for free on the App Store

Happymagenta’s new endless runner John Mad Run has just dashed onto iPhone and iPad. You take control of John as he runs for his life through a series of industrial levels. John is wanted dead, not alive, so you'll have to slice, shoot, and burn your attackers without remorse if you want to survive. As the trailer below shows, John Mad Run follows fairly a standard endless-runner formula. You must jump between three paths, avoiding or killing enemies as you see fit. Footsoldiers are occasionally accompanies by larger enemies such as tanks, so you'll need to rifle through your arsenal to find something sturdy enough to blow the tracks off a Panzer. If that sounds like your pa…


Clan Wars update brings real-time versus battles to Clash of Clans

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Clan Wars update brings real-time versus battles to Clash of Clans

The phenomenon that is Supercell’s Clash of Clans just got a little more phenomenal, with the arrival of the long awaited head-to-head battles in new Clan Wars update. Clan Wars lets you pit your clan against others from around the world in real time. No longer will you be restricted to sending your barbarians to ravege your opponent’s village while they sleep. Instead, you can now meet them face-to-face on the field of battle. Leading your army to victory over your opponent’s forces will not simply earn you bragging rights. Your clans will clash on specially designed battlefields brimming with bonus loot for you to collect. The Clan Wars update is live right now, and…


Eye on the App Store: Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Trials Frontier, and more

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Eye on the App Store: Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Trials Frontier, and more

It's Wednesday again, which means it's nearly time for another instalment of Eye on the App Store, our weekly round-up of the week's upcoming App Store releases. First up is Crazy Taxi: City Rush, a new free-to-play Crazy Taxi game from the fellows behind Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash. It’s just been soft-launched in Canada, with the worldwide release due for a bit closer to summer. Trials Frontier, meanwhile, is the latest incarnation of the the physics-based motorcycle game series that sees you trying very hard to not fall over yet doing so regardless. We’ll also be covering Robots Love Ice Cream, SideSwype, and give you some news about Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff…


See exclusive footage of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

News By James Gilmour, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
See exclusive footage of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

As you may have heard, Fox accidentally released Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff onto the App Store 48 hours early. Assuming it was a soft-launch rather than an accident, may people started posting videos of the game on YouTube, and streaming gameplay on Twitch. However, within hours of the app's appearance, reports appeared saying that FOX was flagging YouTube videos containing footage of the game. What's more, AppSpy community member HansKaosu had his Twitch account shut down altogether, apparantly as a result of streaming the game live. Given that the game had publicly appeared on the App Store, and that no-one did anything remotely illegal in downloading it, it seems a bit harsh that p…


Episode 3 of Telltale's noir fairytale The Wolf Among Us slinks onto the App Store tonight

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Episode 3 of Telltale's noir fairytale The Wolf Among Us slinks onto the App Store tonight

The third episode of Telltales's adventure gameThe Wolf Among Us is coming to the App Store at midnight tonight. Titled 'A Crooked Mile' continues to follow the big bad sheriff, Bigby Wolf, as he investigates a string of murders in Fabletown. As always, the choices you have made in the previous episodes will impact events in the third chapter. Will Bigby release his inner animal, or remain a wolf in sheep’s clothing? It's up to you to decide. As you can see from the trailer, the combination of fairytale characters and film noir stylings give the game an impressive  Be warned, however, if you haven’t finished previous chapters, then the trailer could spoil a few…


Digital edition of classic board game Talisman receives multiplayer update

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Digital edition of classic board game Talisman receives multiplayer update

Based on Games Workshops's Talisman board game, Talisman Prologue HD came to the App Store nearly a year ago. Now, it has finally received its long promised multiplayer update, allowing you to quest with friends locally or online. Developed by Nomad Games, Talisman Prologue HD was well received when it released last year, despite only featuring a single player campaign. However, the boardgame was originally designed to be played by numerous players at once. With 10 different characters choose from, each with their own strengths and alignments, playing with friends ensures almost endless ways for the game's 50 scenarios to unfold. Board game fans who haven’t grabbed a copy of Talis…


Glowforth to release chilly platform adventure Last Inua as soon as April 23rd

News By Glen Fox, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Glowforth to release chilly platform adventure Last Inua as soon as April 23rd

Glowforth will release their debut title Last Inua on the App Store in a couple of weeks. Last Inua is a platform adventure in which you take control of an Inuit father and son duo - Ataataq and Hiko respectively - who are on a quest to save the world. You see, their world of the mythical North is under attack by the ancient demon Tonrar. And, as it transpires, Hiko, a boy gifted with supernatural powers, may be the only one who can save it. These abilities allow Hiko to turn into a ball of light to follow a set path through the air. He can also create a path of light which allows him and his father to easily navigate difficult, or non-existant, terrain. It is up to Ataataq, then, to p…