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Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Urban Trial Freestyle is a port of the home console and handheld title, and here at AppSpy we've been very keen to keep tabs on its development. We had the world first live stream of the game yesterday, and today we have an early look at the game, just before it careers into the App Store.http://www.twitch.tv/appspy I'm really liking this premium trials game, especially the wonderfully precise tilt controls that let you place the bike exactly where you want it to go (if you're a good enough player, of course). There's a bunch of content in here too, plus downloadable levels, unlockable costumes, and upgradeable bikes. Click play on the video below to hear more of my thoughts, and see cra…


Modern Combat 5: Blackout release date is declassified

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Modern Combat 5: Blackout release date is declassified

Gameloft has revealed the release date of Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and it's just two weeks from now: July 24th. This military first-person shooter's single-player campaign has you following Phoenix, a soldier who becomes embroiled in a plot that has him traveling the world from Venice to Tokyo. A handful of Spec Ops missions are also on hand for those of you playing alone, letting you take on a collection of short burst missions on the go. Multiplayer modes focus on fast-paced squad battles. Modern Combat 5 adds the ability for you to form persistent squads with friends, alongside just jumping into games with random teams. With four different classes to choose from, and a range of game…


Entire catalogue of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures on sale today, Catacombs of the Undercity going free

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Entire catalogue of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures on sale today, Catacombs of the Undercity going free

Tin Man Games has just slashed the price of its entire catalogue of Gamebook Adventures, including offering Gamebook Adventures 5: Catacombs of the Undercity for free. It seems 3 Magic Shots approached the publisher and asked it make one of its apps free as part of a daily deal. Looks like Tin Man Games has decided to go one step further: to celebrate its first ever free app it's also cutting the price of the whole Gamebook Adventures series. While the usual £3.99 / $5.99 price tag is great for fans of the choose your own adventure genre, it may be a little steep for newcomers, so with a healthy 66% price cut (and a free game to boot) this should give people on the fence the c…


Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

By now, AppSpy community, you should know that I'm a fan of the cute, and the sweet, and the oh-my-gosh-kawaiiiiiiiiiii. My fondness for the adorable led me to Pick A Pet, a match-3 puzzler from Irish studio SixMinute, that's just come out on iOS and Android. It's a fun little game, even if it is a little similar to other games in the genre. If there's a unique hook here it's that you're accompanied by a pet, and each of the game's different (and delightful) pets confers a special ability upon the player that will help you through the many stages that lie in wait. Here's a video of the game running, take a look...…


Back to Bed is an award-winning puzzler, and it's sleepwalking onto iOS and Android this August

News By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Back to Bed is an award-winning puzzler, and it's sleepwalking onto iOS and Android this August

I saw Back to Bed a long time ago, when it was doing the rounds at UK conferences and showcases. It looked neat, but was a little rough around the edges and needed a bit of polish. Fast forward one year, and the developer of this sleepy puzzle adventure - the appropriately named Bedtime Digital Games - is set to release the final version in August, first on PC / Mac, and a little later on on iOS and Android. Take a gander at the trailer. The visual style of Back to Bed is definitely influenced by surrealist artists like Dali, but the logic-defying gameplay is closer to something out of the mind of Escher. You control a small dog-like creature who can scamper about each stage freely, an…


Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

I love skateboarding in games, I adore punk rock, and mobile games are my jam. So when I heard that TransWorld Endless Skater was coming out this week on iOS and Android, and that it contained both skating and punk, I leapt at the chance to do a hands-on video for you lovely guys and girls of AppSpy. Unfortunately I'm not entirely convinced by what the game has to offer. The controls take some getting used to, but once you do they work really well. The different environments look decent, and the fact that they're randomly generated is a neat twist. But the tricks don't look all that impressive, and the skateboarder is clumsier than a traditional auto-running character but more nimble than…


Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

In this early impressions video of Lumo Deliveries, I call it “a time-waster”, but that doesn't mean Lumo Deliveries is a waste of time. It's a super-casual delivery game in which you build up your company from one person with a van to... well... more people with vans. There are wait timers galore, and very little of what you might call “gameplay”, but there's a certain appeal in its visual direction and that ever-so compulsive loop of levelling up your crew. I've done a hands-on with the game, take a look at its wheels in motion below, and when you're done there tell us how you define what a “game” is, in the comments.…


We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Urban Trial Freestyle will be arriving on the App Store this Thursday for £1.49 / $1.99. But how will it stand up against the competition? Find out for yourself in our exclusive hands-on with the iOS version today! Throughout the stream we'll be giving away four large Urban Trial Freestyle T-shirts signed by Julien DuPont, the Red Bull trials rider who served as a consultant on the game. Be prepared for four bike trials-related questions to answer for your chance to win! The show kicks off as usual at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern over on our Twitch channel. Be there right on time for a bit of banter as we wait for the regulars to roll in. If you'd like to be a regular,…


Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

For my money, Solstice Arena is currently the best MOBA-on-the-move, but that might well all change soon, as I've been playing Fates Forever, and it's pretty special. The first thing you'll notice when you hit that play button below is how pretty this thing is. Fates Forever draws from a painterly palette, and its 3D models and animation are top-tier. But it's the gameplay that shines the brightest. Everything about it feels custom-made for touchscreen gaming, with a responsive and sensibly laid-out UI, ten minute matches, and solid multiplayer. Have a watch of our hands-on video and then let me know if you think MOBAs are a good fit for tablets (and mobiles) in the comments.…


Kritika: Chaos Unleashed is an action RPG from Gamevil, pre-registration event has exclusive limited-time avatars up for grabs

News By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Kritika: Chaos Unleashed is an action RPG from Gamevil, pre-registration event has exclusive limited-time avatars up for grabs

In-depth and incredibly involving traditional RPGs are all well and good, but sometimes you just want to fight enemies, crush bosses, gain experience, collect loot, and enjoy the pleasant combat-focused grind of an action RPG. Gamevil's Kritika: Chaos Unleashed is hoping to scratch that particular itch when it's released upon the App Store and Google Play on the 15th of July. The gameplay is very much hack-and-slash, with characters that will sport different abilities and moves: the Berserker is a big heavy powerhouse, while the Cat Acrobat is more nimble. When you're not fighting you'll be in the workshop crafting and enhancing weapons to improve your chances in combat, and your skills…


Sonic Jump Fever is leaping onto the App Store this Thursday

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Sonic Jump Fever is leaping onto the App Store this Thursday

Sega’s spiky blue hero is about to make yet another journey to the App Store, in upcoming free-to-play leaper Sonic Jump Fever. In fact, Sonic Jump Fever is a revamp of the 2012 game Sonic Jump, which thrust the speedy hedgehog into vertical leaping levels akin to Doodle Jump. This new free-to-play take on the concept has you focus on leaderboards and score attacks. You must race against the clock to scale each level's dizzying heights - collecting coins along the way - as you try and beat your friends' highscores, and compete on the Game Center leaderboards. It is free-to-play of course, so you can expect plenty of purchasables to help your ascent. We just hope that this won…


OTTTD just got even more OTT with new endless mode and enemies

News By Alex Beech, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
OTTTD just got even more OTT with new endless mode and enemies

The wonderfully fast-paced mix of RTS and tower defence that is OTTTD just got even more bombastic with a brand new update. OTTTD was never short on challenge, but this update bolsters the toughness with a new endless mode. Containing five missions, this mode has you holding back unending swarms of walking eyeballs and floating sharks in an attempt to make your mark on the leaderboards. If five endless missions weren’t enough, the campaign has also had an overhaul. Another five missions have been added here also, along with 20 new enemy types to test your mettle. To help you in your ongoing war, Herocorp has sent in additional supplies. A tactical field guide offers you a com…


Hands-on with Midnight Star, the first person shooter from the co-creator of Halo

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Midnight Star, the first person shooter from the co-creator of Halo

When you discover that there's an FPS, set in space, from one of the creators of Halo, coming to iOS, I think it's safe to say that you should get a teensy bit excited. As soon as I found out that Midnight Star was in production, I knew I was going to simply have to bring you early access footage of the game in motion, and that's exactly what you'll see if you click play below. The game is in soft launch at the moment, and it's likely that it'll be there for quite some time as the Industrial Toys team smoothes out the wrinkles on this first person shooter with pedigree, but for now here's a glimpse of an early part of the game.…


Hands-on with MMX Racing, the monster truck drag racer with astonishing graphics

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with MMX Racing, the monster truck drag racer with astonishing graphics

If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to get behind the wheel of some seriously powerful (and seriously massive) vehicles, but didn't want to actually bother learning how to drive them, then now might just be your chance. MMX Racing is a drag racer akin to CSR Racing, but instead of pootling about in suped-up sports cars, you're driving something that could probably crush a tank. I went hands-on with the game, and while I liked the mini-game-based racing, it was the visuals that really blew me away. Seriously, click play below and take a look at what I mean.…


Hands-on with Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores, in which I shoot the lungs out of a dinosaur

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores, in which I shoot the lungs out of a dinosaur

As we noted last week, Glu is going to unleash a horde of blood-thirsty dinosaurs upon the App Store pretty soon. That's pretty irresponsible, if you ask me. Thankfully Glu is also providing you with the means to shoot said dinosaurs with high-calibre weaponry: in Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores. I had access to an early build of the game, so I thought go on the hunt to give you some hands-on impressions. Seeing as this is AppSpy, and I know you lovely lot like a bit of ultra-violence, I decided to show you a section in which I shot out the lungs of a Hadrosaurus, and another bit where a T-Rex got it square in the chops. Also I get ripped limb-from-limb at some point too. Click play below fo…