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Everyday Spelunker Review

Review Tozai Games, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Everyday Spelunker Review

Spelunker is a platformer created in 1983, remembered fondly by owners of PCs and Commodore 64s. The game was notoriously difficult, and falling to an untimely death was a frequent occurance. Factor in traps, hazards, and a ghost that just won't leave you alone, and you have an experience that could only be remembered fondly by masochists. Now, Spelunker has been faithfully ported to the iOS under the title Everyday Spelunker. So, 30 years on, how does the game stand up? Now, we coul…

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Rayman Fiesta Run Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Rayman Fiesta Run Review

Rayman Jungle Run is a hard act to follow. With its dazzling visuals, tight-as-a-drum controls, and endlessly inventive levels, it set the standard for auto-runners on iOS. For the inevitable sequel, Rayman Fiesta Run, Ubisoft has pulled Rayman out of the trees and into the kitchen - or should that be 'la cocina'. You see, this sequel is all about food - specifically, Mexican food. Every aspect of every level has a distinctly Latin flavour. You'll smash pinatas and swing from da…

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Henophobia is what happens when you mix chickens and pinball

News By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Henophobia is what happens when you mix chickens and pinball

Yes apparently we have pinball chickens to thank for our resources and brains not being harvested by extraterrestrials. Henophobia may not be the prettiest game to look at but mixing pinball mechanics with the gameplay of a lot of physics puzzlers, and you have an entertaining concept (especially because the pinball paddles are moveable with your thumbs). Have a look at the trailer and see for yourselves. The game is due out on November 17th. Try to conceal your eggscitement (cause... you know, there's a chicken).…


XO9 is for those that like to play Tic Tac Toe in their Tic Tac Toe

News By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
XO9 is for those that like to play Tic Tac Toe in their Tic Tac Toe

We've had a few submissions over the years for Tic Tac Toe apps here at Appspy, but never brought attention to them. The reasoning was that Tic Tac Toe is such a simple game, even the greatest presentation isn't going to polish up the app enough to get people that interested. I was ready to dismiss XO9 today until I watched the trailer. It's your standard game of Tic Tac Toe, but in order to make your mark on the board, you have to win a smaller game of Tic Tac Toe. Watch the trailer to see what I mean. Now the reason the game is so simple, is once you know the correct strategy to win a game, the worse you'll get is a stalemate. How will a game play out if…


Sorcery! Part 2 to cast its spell on the App Store tonight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Sorcery! Part 2 to cast its spell on the App Store tonight

There is a man standing before you. In his right hand, he holds an unusual book. This book has only a single glass page, upon which words and images dance across like stones skimming the surface of a lake. The man touches the glass book with his finger. Suddenly, an new image flashes into existence upon its sleek, reflective surface: Before you can ask what this terrifying image means, this man flicks his enchanted finger and the creature is gone. The picture has now been replaced with the following text. "The second chaper of Steve Jackson's interactive adventure book Sorcery! will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight. All those who seek closure should muster their courage, sha…


Tunnel-runner Octagon rolls onto the App Store tonight

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Tunnel-runner Octagon rolls onto the App Store tonight

Regular readers might remember 3D auto-runner Boson X from its AppSpy review a few months back.  If you do, then the trailer (below) for Octagon, the tunnel-based auto-runner from developer Lukas Korba, might look oddly familiar. Just like Boson X, Octagon has you tapping either side of the screen to move your avatar around the interior of a tunnel in an effort to keep it on solid ground. Unlike the scientifically-themed Boson X, however, this geometric arcade title puts you in charge of a rolling octagon instead of a sprinting professor. Though there are a few of these tunner-runners around, they can be great fun when executed correctly. This one certainly looks bright, colourful…


Naught 2 Review

Review Blue Shadow Games S.L. By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Naught 2 Review

Naught was one of the better silhouette platformer-puzzlers to appear on the App Store in 2011. In it, you took control of a bipedal cat, whom you had to slide around cavernous levels by tilting your iPhone or iPad. It was tricky, but once you get a handle on the angles it was a pretty good time. Now, the spelunking feline has returned in a new game featuring spruced up animations, faster levels, and some seriously testing bosses. Most of these changes make Naught 2 a prettier, more e…

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Soccer Moves Review

Review Fuzzy Logic (Pty) Ltd By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Soccer Moves Review

Soccer Moves' turn-based soccer gameplay presents a profound metaphysical question. Sure, the goal is to move, pass, and score a goal by outwitting your opposition. However, your teammates are exact replicas of one another, raising a deeper question about the various roles we assume and shift between in the games we play. We're just kidding - it's about balls and that. Instead of employing the grids used in most turn based strategy titles, Soccer Moves uses a radial system to co…

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Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

News By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

Man, the fifth Broken Sword game... it seemed not too long ago I was playing Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, and impressed that this small but beloved adventure franchise had been able to make a third game. Now thanks to Kickstarter, the series was funded last year for a fifth outing, and the day of release is almost upon us. The PC will recieve the first episode of the game on December 4th with both Android and iOS to follow suit. It seems one of the hangups is that while it is easy to send an Android version of the game to all those who donated at the tier to receive one, Apple doesn't make things as easy, and Revolution have not found a way to distribute it yet. This is a m…


Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

"Asphalt 8: Airborne is a patchwork quilt of arcade racing tropes stitched together with skill and affection." That's how we described Gameloft's hyper-real racer when it landed on the App Store two months ago. Now, the feature-rich racer is going free-to-play, ditching its price tag for good and inviting all and sundry to take it for a test drive. Though this might come as a bit of a surprise to players who dutifully coughed up their 69p / 99c back in August, you can see that Gameloft had laid the groundwork for a transition to freemium before the game was released. The game's comprehensive upgrade and customisation options already had a fairly freemium vibe, and an in-app payment sys…


Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

Another day, another iOS companion app for a high profile console release.  This time, it's Activision offering stat-tracking fans a free way to interact with the newly-released Call of Duty: Ghosts via their iPhone or iPad. Provided you're running iOS 6 or higher, the Call of Duty app lets you control multiplayer match settings like squad selection and weapon loadouts from your touchscreen device. If you're the territorial type, you can also set up your very own clan, and compete against rival groups to seize control of the Clan Wars map. Attacks can be co-ordinated using the built in chat system. You can even use the Clan Emblem Editor to ensure your image of a skull is the best…


LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

It's only been a couple of weeks since we learned that the LEGO Star Wars games are coming to iOS in 2014. However, it looks like Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest of the Fellowship are going to beat Skywalker and friends to the punch. According to a press release which appeared on Touch Arcade, LEGO The Lord of the Rings has its scary, flaming eye fixed on the App Store, and is expected to appear 'soon'. Given the high quality of the iOS ports of LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes and the LEGO Harry Potter series, we've got high hopes for the smartphone-friendly version of this plastic-themed trip into Middle Earth. As soon as we have a concrete release date, we'll sound the Horn of Gondor. Until…


Chippy Review

Review GLITCHE.RS By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Chippy Review

Do you thrive in high pressure situations? I bet your CV says you do. If you genuinely do perform well in high intensity environments, then Chippy might be the game for you. Chippy is a time management game in the style of Diner Dash. You man the fryer in traditional British fish and chip shop. It's your job to keep customers happy by taking their orders and preparing their greasy yet nutritious dinners in a timely fashion. Things start off simple. To cook chips, you simply grab them…

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Vlad Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Vlad Review

With a name like Vlad, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bulkypix's latest interactive effort is about the nocturnal adventures of a vampire. Though the game is dark and eerie, it has nothing to do with the children of Dracula, and everything to do with rearranging blocks. It's up to the player to move sentient blocks around each stage in order to help a squiggly-blobby thing called Vlad reach an object at the end of the level. Vlad moves forward automatically, stopping if he encoun…

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