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CastleStorm - Free to Siege Review

CastleStorm - Free to Siege Review

Castlestorm: Free to Siege is a smorgasbord of gameplay styles. At its core it is a tower defence game, but it ladels in construction, brawling, and even physics destruction elements in its gameplay stew. You begin each stage facing off against your medieval enemy along a 2D path. Sometimes your goal will be to stop all of the advancing attackers. At other times you'll need bring down the enemy's fortifications using any or all of the plentiful combat systems at your disposal. The fi…

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Expansive 3D RPG The Shadow Sun gets hefty price reduction

News By Alex Beech, 4 months ago
Expansive 3D RPG The Shadow Sun gets hefty price reduction

Developer Ossian Studios has sliced the price of its fantasy RPG The Shadow Sun by more than half. The Shadow Sun has you controlling your hero from a third-person perspective through a 3D world. There are ten hours of story to quest your way through, made up of 70 different areas, all filled with their own dangers and secrets. The Shadow Sun takes clear inspiration from other Western-styled fantasy RPGs. This should come as no surprise considering it was developed by industry veterans whose collective works include contributions to Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate, and The Witcher. The limited time sale has cut The Shadow Sun's price from £5.49 / $7.99 to £1.99…


Cave Story developer unleashes amphibian platformer Keroblaster onto the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 4 months ago
Cave Story developer unleashes amphibian platformer Keroblaster onto the App Store

Daisuke Amaya, developer of the acclaimed PC and Nintendo DS game Cave Story, has just released his new platformer on the App Store. Keroblaster is a classically-styled 2D platformer. Taking clear inspiration from the 8-bit era in both graphics and gameplay terms, the game has you jumping between lo-fi platforms blasting anything in your path. The whole thing looks like it could be based on a long forgotten 80’s Saturday morning cartoon about a suave, jetpack-wearing lizard out to save the world. However, unlike licenced games of the period, Keroblaster may actually be quite good, as Amaya’s previous work demonstrates he's a dab hand at creating tight platformers. If you fa…


Eye on the App Store: Warhammer 40K: Carnage, Last Inua, Castlestorm: Free to Siege, 2-Bit Cowboy, and Gunship X (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Eye on the App Store: Warhammer 40K: Carnage, Last Inua, Castlestorm: Free to Siege, 2-Bit Cowboy, and Gunship X (Twitch catch-up)

Each week we wage war against the latest releases on Apple's App Store, mowing down the legions of cannon fodder until we find the true heroes in the battle against boredom. On Wednesday May 7th, we set our sights upon Warhammer 40K: Carnage, Last Inua, Castlestorm: Free to Siege, 2-Bit Cowboy, and Gunship X, live on Twitch. If you weren't about for our live stream (held, as always, at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern) then don't fret: you can still catch up by watching our recording of it below. However, you missed out on an epic Warhammer 40k: Carnage code giveaway and developer Q&A, plus a chat room full of talk of the hottest new games (and narwhals, obviously). Make sure yo…


Last Inua - An Arctic Adventure Review

Review Creative Mobile Games By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Last Inua - An Arctic Adventure Review

Set in a frozen tundra, Last Inua is a chilly tale of isolation and desperation. An evil demon called Tonrar is trying to destroy the world. Only one person is able to stop him: a boy named Hiko who is blessed with a supernatural power. Unfortunately, these powers are too much for his adolescent body to handle, so his loving father, the powerful Ataataq, must help him on his quest. Their journey plays out in the form of a 2D puzzle platformer in which you switch back and forth be…

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Sega’s Dragon Coins mixes monster training with penny shove combat

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Sega’s Dragon Coins mixes monster training with penny shove combat

Sega’s new free-to-play game Dragon Coins takes the monster training mechanics from Pokemon, and adds combat based on coin-dozer arcade machines. Its an odd combination, but play a little and it starts to make sense. You take a team of five monsters into battle, each of whom sits under one of the five lanes down which coins can be nudged. Dropping coins in the top of the coin dozer pushes the existing penny pile forward, causing some to fall into the monster channels, and the monster to attack. Much like the arcade machines Dragon Coins mimics, this leads to an addictive mix of tactics and luck during battles. Collecting different coloured coins has different effects. For example,…


New Modern Combat 5 classes and XP system revealed

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
New Modern Combat 5 classes and XP system revealed

Gameloft has just revealed more details about Modern Combat 5: Blackout, outlining the game’s multiplayer classes and level progression system. Last week's announcement focused on the upcoming shooter's mission structure. This new reveal has swung the focus back towards multiplayer, outlining the four character classes: Assault, Heavy, Recon, and Sniper. The four soldiers types are all archetypal, with Recon equipped for close range, the Sniper specialising in distance, and the other classes sopping up everything in between. That said, the class list does show an absence of any support roles, indicating that the focus is on all-out action. We've also been given details a…


The Boom Beach Diary - Week 5

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
The Boom Beach Diary - Week 5

It's been a really strong week for progress in Boom Beach, and so this week's entry of The Boom Beach Diary has a lot to cover. Resources? Captured. Archipelago? Dominated. Headquarters? Upgraded. Strategies? Stratagised. Catch up by watching below, and make sure to check out The Boom Beach Community over on Pocket Gamer if you're after some tips and tricks.…


The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

We’re going live in less than an hour with the Pocket Gamer Podcast! “Why?” you ask? Well, our hosts with the most, James and Peter, moonlight for Pocket Gamer as well as AppSpy. We’re all part of the big, chummy Steel Media network y’see. Today, Pocket Gamer’s news and reviews man Harry Slater will be joining the usual crew. He’s up on all the week’s news and legend has it that he can even see into the future, so be sure to pitch any handheld gaming-related questions you have at him. Remember, from next week we'll be streaming every day, so please remember to hit the 'Follow' button on our Twitch channel to get a reminder the moment we go l…


Namco Bandai releases free-to-play Soulcalibur game on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Namco Bandai releases free-to-play Soulcalibur game on iPhone and iPad

Namco Bandai’s free-to-play take on its popular one-on-one brawler Soulcalibur has just hit the App Store. Titled Soulcalibur Unbreakable Soul, this mobile iteration of the series builds on its outlandish story mode, sending you on a quest to find the fragments of the evil Soul Edge. Before getting to the action, however, you are be treated to a tutorial of every system the game has to offer. While Unbreakable Soul’s gameplay may look familiar at first glance, its combat is based around queuing up moves. Cards at the bottom of the screen trigger attacks. Match three or more of the same cards together and you'll get a combo. As a free-to-play game, there are plenty…


Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Review

Review Roadhouse Games Ltd. By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Review

Within the 40K universe, Space Marines are walking tanks. If you are being invaded by hundreds of Orks, all you need is one of the Emperor’s finest to hold back the storm. This is exactly the feeling Warhammer 40,000: Carnage attempts to deliver. Rather than commanding a squad. you take control of a single Ultramarine ploughing through waves of Orks. Armed with only a bolt pistol and a combat knife you set out to find Captain Tychaeus, a space marine champion that has falle…

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AppSpy Plays: World of Tanks Blitz (Twitch catch-up)

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
AppSpy Plays: World of Tanks Blitz (Twitch catch-up)

James and I took to the virtual battlefields on Tuesday in recently soft-launched military MMO World of Tanks: Blitz. Jumping into our newly acquired tanks, we quickly formed a Platoon and started rolling around each combat arena as a duo, smashing the living daylights out of anyone who stood before us. Well, that was the plan, and though we certainly did to begin with, I think our luck was starting to run out about halfway through. If you weren't around for the Twitch stream (live daily @ 5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12pm Eastern), then never fear: you can catch up with the Past Broadcasts section of Twitch, or over on our YouTube channel, or by aiming your sights squarely on the play button b…


Neon spike-dodging scroller Dextris is out now on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Neon spike-dodging scroller Dextris is out now on the App Store

Chaotic Box’s new neon-soaked auto-scroller Dextris is out now on the App Store. Dextris sets you the simple goal of avoiding spikes as you whizz ever onwards up the screen. Responsive controls let you direct two blocks left and right past a series of pointy hazards. Pressing on the right of the screens causes both blocks move right, while pressing on the left of the screen will see them dutifully dodging to the other side. Hold down both sides of the screen, however, and the blocks shoot to opposite sides of the screen, allowing you to squeeze through tighter gaps. If you feel like giving Dextris’s colourful twitch gameplay a go then you can grab it from the App Store…


Eye on the App Store: Last Inua, Warhammer 40K: Carnage, Castlestorm: Free to Siege, and more

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
Eye on the App Store: Last Inua, Warhammer 40K: Carnage, Castlestorm: Free to Siege, and more

We’ll soon be having the midweek madness that is Eye on the App Store over on our Twitch channel. Each week, we have a look at games that are either due out at midnight or have just launched, so you can get an impression of what strikes your fancy. Be sure to tune in live as surprises can happen with devs popping their heads in and us dropping off a few redeemable codes. This week we’ll be covering a whole host of games. There’ll be the cool platform puzzler Last Inua, where two parka-clad characters use their powers to avoid yetis and venture onwards. Action-oriented Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is also on the cards, featuring plenty of finger-bashing ork-killing combos. Th…


METAL SLUG DEFENSE Review

Review SNK PLAYMORE By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
METAL SLUG DEFENSE Review

When we think Metal Slug, our minds turn to classic arcade side-scroller action. What we don’t think of is the tower defense genre. However, that is precisely the catagory which SNK Playmore's new free-to-play title Metal Slug Defense falls into. That's not to say that there isn't some crossover between the classic games and this new enterprise. Creating a 2D side-scrolling tower defense title has allowed the developer to lift art straight from previous Metal Slug games. Th…

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