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

Feature By Danny Russell, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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…


MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS Review

Review CAPCOM By Alex Beech, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS Review

When starting Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, it helps to know what you're getting into. It promises you the chance to bring down monstrous creatures in a fantasy equivalent of big game hunting, but it makes you work for every moment of enjoyment. Before heading into the field you have to familiarise yourself with the basics. As a port of a PSP title, there are a lot of controls crammed onto your touchscreen. The result is confusing mash of context dependent virtual st…

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BlazBlue: Battle Cards is a Western-made iOS card battler from the makers of a shaving game

News By Peter Willington, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
BlazBlue: Battle Cards is a Western-made iOS card battler from the makers of a shaving game

BlazBlue and portable gaming has had quite the history together since the series launched in 2010. The main games of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift II, Continuum Shift Extend, and Chrono Phantasma have had various PSP / Vita / 3DS releases to keep 2D fighters busy. Even super niche side-story stuff like BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale, BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma, and Xblaze Code: Embryo have hit handhelds. However, smartphones are still yet to pay witness to the deeds of Ragna the Bloodedge, Bang Shishigami, and Jin Kisaragi. That's all set to change this Fall, as Aksys Games has announced it will be publishing BlazBlue: Battle Cards for iOS (and possible Android…


Hands-on with Angry Birds Go!'s Multiplayer Update 1, in which all is not quite what it seems

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Angry Birds Go!'s Multiplayer Update 1, in which all is not quite what it seems

I've always said I like Angry Birds Go!, even when it's meant receiving death threats. It's a great kart racer, and though it has its faults, they're minimal. However, even I was wondering why multiplayer wasn't included when it was originally released back in December 2013. Rovio is fixing that with the first part of its big multiplayer update for the game, meaning that races with real people are now possible in Angry Birds Go!. Or are they...? It's not quite as black and white as that, as I explain below...…


Hands-on with Top Gear: Race The Stig's New York update

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Top Gear: Race The Stig's New York update

I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoy watching a bit of Top Gear from time-to-time. The three presenters - I believe they're called Curly, Shortstuff, and Gramps - have an undeniably watchable rapport with one another, and though the show's supposed to be about cars, it's actually more about their antics in cars. There's an auto-runner loosely based on one of the other personalities in the show: The Stig, and it's called Top Gear: Race The Stig. In the TV programme The Stig is a faceless driver extraordinaire that cannot be beaten, and in the game he's an inevitable game over screen chasing after your car in this endless driver. The latest update places you in a race against The Stig in Ne…


Hands-on with Mighty Adventure, the auto-running platformer with a twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Mighty Adventure, the auto-running platformer with a twist

Just when you think the games industry is done with the auto-runner, someone comes along and tries to put a fresh spin on it with a new game, hoping to rekindle everyone's interest in a genre that is starting to feel past its prime. Mighty Adventure is one such a game, and the new angle here is that you control not one character, but three, each with their own special power. How this works in practise is occasionally a bit iffy, but I should point out that the video you see below is of an early build of a game that's not due out for a few weeks, so there's still time for improvements to be made. Are you still enjoying auto-runners? Dash over to the comments to let us know.…


Hands-on with Hay Ewe, the fluffy action sheep-based puzzler where sweets fall from the sky

Feature By Peter Willington, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Hay Ewe, the fluffy action sheep-based puzzler where sweets fall from the sky

Developed by a group of ex-PopCap peeps called Rocket Rainbow Studios, and published by Team 17, Hay Ewe is a puzzle game where you must guide Matilda the sheep to save her flock, collecting loads of sweets along the way for bonus points. We're playing a very early build of the game today, but the finished article is set to feature over 100 levels, special items and boosts to aid your dangerous journey, and a level editor to create your own stages. Being published by Team 17 - them of Worms fame - I did ask whether or not the Super Sheep would be making an appearance at any point. The representative wasn't giving anything away, but didn't rule it out. I've got my fingers crossed. Press pl…


Plague Inc. to receive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes update

News By Alex Beech, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Plague Inc. to receive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes update

Ndemic Creations superb viral outbreak simulator Plague Inc. is about to receive another update, this time featuring content from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The simian flu featured in the movie kills humans, while also making apes smarter. This disease adds a new layer to the plague-spreading gameplay, because - on top of trying to keep the virus one step ahead of a cure - you will also be able to actively sabotage mankind's efforts to stop it by guiding your new primate pals. Communicating with your superior-simian friends as they spread the disease, you can guide them to smash research labs or keep them safe from detection while you try to crown them the new rulers of the pla…