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Hands-on with 80 Days, the Jules Verne-inspired steampunk adventure book

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months ago
Hands-on with 80 Days, the Jules Verne-inspired steampunk adventure book

My first encounter with Jules Verne's sci-fi classic Around the World in Eighty Days was not through the novel itself. Though I'd love to say I was lounging around reading French literature at the age of 6, in truth I was watching quaint, already outdated cartoons like Around the World With Willy Fog. Though the cartoon adaption turned the globe trotting Phileas Fogg into a talking lion, Inkle's upcoming digital adventure book 80 Days is a little more faithful to the original text. In the game - which will be released this Thursday - you assume the role of Fogg's assistant Passepartout who must help his companion win a bet to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days. I'll admit right no…


Kemco's RPG Band of Monsters goes from $7.99 to free for a limited time on iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Kemco's RPG Band of Monsters goes from $7.99 to free for a limited time on iOS and Android

We all like something for nothing, and Kemco is offering RPG fans with iOS and Android devices exactly that. One of their role playing games - Machine Knight - has just hit 1,000,000 downloads on Android, so to celebrate Kemco is giving away another of its RPGs for free. It's called Band of Monsters, and considering that the game is usually priced $7.99 / £5.49, this promotion represents quite the saving on this usually premium title. Not convinced by the trailer? All you need to know is that you'll be going on a long quest to tame monsters around the world, combining them with one another when caught to make all-new monsters, and using them to fight in classic JRPG-style battles.…


Modern Combat: Sandstorm - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months ago
Modern Combat: Sandstorm - EncyclAPPedia

Kicking off Modern Combat Week here on AppSpy, we're taking a quick look at the game that started the whole series off: Gameloft's first take on the mobile first person shooter, Modern Combat: Sandstorm. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Hands-on with Game of Thrones: Ascent, the mobile strategy baa-ba baba-baa-ba baba...

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Game of Thrones: Ascent, the mobile strategy baa-ba baba-baa-ba baba...

Games of Thrones: Ascent has been around for a while now. Originally released as a Kongregate and Facebook game, before being ported over to the iPad, it has been unavailable on iPhone since its inception. Until now. Last week, the mobile phone-owning crowd were finally invited to the Game of Thrones: Ascent party. Which, as those who've read the books or follow the TV show will know, will probably play host to several murders and at least one use of the word 'bastard'. The game itself plays out as a strategy adventure in which you must rise from the rank of nobleman in an effort to claim the Iron Throne. You complete quests, improve your lands and title, and occasionally remind people…


We’re streaming a Modern Combat Retrospective live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
We’re streaming a Modern Combat Retrospective live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

It's just a few days until Modern Combat 5: Blackout hits the App Store, so we're celebrating over on Twitch this week with Modern Combat week! We're starting the week with a retrospective of the past four iOS titles: Modern Combat: Sandstorm, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. Come watch us play through snippets of each, and be sure to tell us in the chat room which were your favourites, and what you're looking forward to in the latest installment! The show starts over on our Twitch channel in its usual 5pm BST / 9am PDT slot, so make sure you arrive in time for the full retrospective. Did you catch our Modern Combat 5: Blacko…


Asphalt 8 gets war-torn Venice track to celebrate the launch of Modern Combat 5

News By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Asphalt 8 gets war-torn Venice track to celebrate the launch of Modern Combat 5

As you may have already heard, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is blasting its way onto the App Store this week. What you may not know is that Gameloft's new military shooter is also invading other games - specifically, high octane arcade racer Asphalt 8: Airborne. As part of an unusual cross-promotion, Asphalt 8 players will be able to zoom around a Venice track which is being bombarded by explosions, helicopters, and some more explosions. This perk is part of a Time Limited Event which expires when Modern Combat 5 goes live on the App Store on July 24th. What's more, navigate the war-torn track with skill, and you might even win a free copy of Modern Combat 5. You can download Asphal…


Hands-on with Star Admiral, the 3D sci-fi CCG

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Star Admiral, the 3D sci-fi CCG

With Hearthstone stealing hearts, and Magic 2015 breathing new life into Wizards of the Coast's long running series, the collectible card game genre has never been more high profile.  Star Admiral is another addition to the CCG canon. However, while it's technically a card game as far as the rules are concerned, the units you deploy are proper spaceships rendered in full 3D. Depsite the flashy visuals, the mechanics of play will be familiar to genre fans: drop units into the field of play, attack enemy units, and try to defeat the opposing warlord. I went hands-on with Star Admiral earlier today. Here's video evidence:…


Hands-on with Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Gameloft's bombastic shooter sequel

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Gameloft's bombastic shooter sequel

This week sees the launch of Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the fifth instalment in Gameloft's gung-ho military shooter series. As before, the game laces you into the steel toecaps of a battle-hardened soldier on a mission to do something brave and / or heroic. This mission involves handling enough high-powered weaponry to make Stallone weep, and taking out wave after wave of anonymous army dudes until all of the bullets in the world are gone. Ahead of its release on Thursday, we've gone hands-on with the first level Modern Combat 5: Blackout for your viewing pleasure. Check out the video below to see the game in action.…


Minecraft: Pocket Edition - EncyclAPPedia

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Minecraft: Pocket Edition - EncyclAPPedia

Today we turn to the page of the EncyclAPPedia marked 'Minecraft', and take a quick look at Mojang's ground-breaking game of world-building and blocky survival. EncyclAPPpediaɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪənounA video or set of videos giving information on many mobile games or on many aspects of one game and typically arranged entirely at random.…


Dead Trigger 2 steals the show in the Best App Ever Awards for Android

News By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
Dead Trigger 2 steals the show in the Best App Ever Awards for Android

Everything's been tallied up and we're ready to announce the results for the very first Best App Ever awards to be given out for Android apps. There are well over 30 categories, each with deserving winners, but we're going to keep things simple by sticking to the game-related ones for this article. There's a link to the full list of winners at the bottom of this very article. The Best Arcade and Action Game was nabbed by Eurocenter's multiplayer gangster sim GraalOnline Era. The Doctor will be pleased to hear Tiny Rebel Games' Doctor Who: Legacy snapped up the award Best Brain and Puzzle Game. Gameloft goes home with recognition for UNO & Friends in the Best Cards and Casino G…


Hands-on with Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers, the approachable yet utterly hardcore collectible card game

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers, the approachable yet utterly hardcore collectible card game

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is out now on iPad and Android, so we grabbed a copy of the game and fired it up to throw around some magic-imbued cards. We've covered the game closely - from pre-release builds, to surprise launches - and thankfully we've not been left wanting with the finished product. Though the initial game is free to download, after the first campaign you'll need to cough up some cash for each chapter, or buy them in bulk upfront. It's a premium product, with a premium price tag, and as I note in my video below, it'll be interesting to see how well that goes down, now that the free-to-play HearthStone is out and in direct competition with it. Are you a Magic: T…


Transworld Endless Skater Review

Review Supervillain Studios By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Transworld Endless Skater Review

The Tony Hawk series popularised the skateboarding genre back on the original Playstation. It's twitch-based gameplay made it perfect chasing high scores with friends, but proved difficult to replicate on touchscreen. Transworld Endless Skater has taken that trick-fueled formula and strapped on a unique control system to create a skateboarding endless runner. Once rolling, your skater moves forward automatically. You can switch between three lanes by swiping the bottom-left of th…

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Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 months, 1 week ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS with us live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

We're live again today for Monster Hunter Freedom Friday! We've already had two sessions with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, and we're far from done yet. Peter is not about today, so Harry and myself, Danny, will be joining James to bash some giant monsters in with pointy sticks and so forth. Can you tell I haven't played much? Yipe. If you're a newcomer to the series, or a veteran keen to see what this updated port has to offer, why not pop over to our Twitch stream a little later today to see what all the fuss is about? We love receiving advice from our audience, so please join the chat room with any advice or pro tips you have for us. A bit of the ol' moral support goes a long…


Upcoming CCG Assassin’s Creed Memories lets you hop through history

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Upcoming CCG Assassin’s Creed Memories lets you hop through history

Ubisoft has joined forces with Gree and PlayNext to deliver an all new free-to-play installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise: a CCG called Assassin’s Creed Memories. Digital card-battling has been increasing in popularity recently. The genre’s ability to mix the card combat with RPG leveling and strategic elements have sucked players in, while the booster-pack IAPs have attracted publishers and developers. Ubisoft seems to be planning to tap directly into this popularity, utilising its Assassin’s Creed franchise as the foundation. Inviting you into a new mobile Animus, you have to travel through history with the aim of building a powerful guild, recruitin…


Hands-on with Ninja Up, the high-jumping twitch timewaster

Feature By James Gilmour, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hands-on with Ninja Up, the high-jumping twitch timewaster

We're used to seeing ninjas portrayed as shadowy figures, most often found skulking around bamboo forests and running silently over rooftops. Gameloft's latest arcade iOS game Ninja Up throws stealth and subterfuge out of the window, focusing instead on catapulting a ninja warrior up the side of an office block in broad daylight. Rather than controlling the ninja directly, you must draw small elastic ropes onto the screen. These act as trampolines which propel your vertically ascending hero higher and higher. There are girders to avoid, and weird helicopter dudes who threaten to chop you into little ninja pieces. You can download Ninja Up for free on iPhone and iPad right now. To see wha…