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Hands-on with Dream Revenant, the stunningly beautiful first person adventure

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Dream Revenant, the stunningly beautiful first person adventure

I could write tens of thousands of words on the various elements that go to make up Dream Revenant. The hazy Summer light dappling through the branches of one of the game's sumptuous environments, the pitch perfect score and sound effects that build the delirious (almost creepy) atmosphere of the game, the supremely sophisticated storytelling and framing that permeates every moment of the intriguing narrative - any of these could be the subject of a lengthy discourse here on AppSpy. But instead, take a look at our hands-on video with the game to see it in motion, and see for yourself why I'm extremely excited to play further.…


Hands-on with Star Admiral, the space-faring collectible card game sans the cards

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Star Admiral, the space-faring collectible card game sans the cards

Treading a very thin line between collectible card game (CCG) and straight up strategy game, Star Admiral is as satisfying to play as it is a unique proposition. You're given a fleet (or deck), and must play ships (cards) in a tactical manner, attacking your opponent, and setting up traps in case of retaliation. I've really enjoyed my time with the game thus far, trying to collect as many of the 100 units on offer as possible, and challenging other players in online PvP. Star Admiral is currently in soft launch, and comes to iOS and Android soon. In the meantime, check out my hands-on impressions...…


My Little Pony squares off with the Minecraft-like building game Blocksworld HD

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 2 days ago
My Little Pony squares off with the Minecraft-like building game Blocksworld HD

Linden Lab’s Minecraft-esque building game Blocksworld HD is about to get infused with friendship and magic with the My Little Pony block set. Blocksworld HD lets you make all manner of environments with its range of building tools. From buildings, to vehicles, and even characters, the game supplies you with all manner of guides to inspire your creations. This new block set lets you build Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and the rest of the My Little Pony cast to prance around in a world of your very own design.  It isn't the first time the Pony’s owners Hasbro has joined forced with Blocksworld HD. If the technicolour equines are not your toy of choice, then you can alwa…


Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with SnapMatch Soccer, a curious blend of tackling, toe-punting, and tile-matching

SnapMatch Soccer is the game for people who like football, but don't like football games. A puzzler at its heart, SnapMatch Soccer is all about matching pairs of tiles on a grid, the result of which encourages your team to push onward and play better. Get enough matches and you'll be given the opportunity to take a shot on goal, and if you successfully match two goal tiles during your shot, you'll put it in the back of the net. Currently the game will only let you play the CPU, but there are plans to add PvP multiplayer, and besides there seems to be plenty of content to keep you going until then. It's fun stuff, if a bit tough, but the base idea is accessible to all, whether or not they…


Resident Evil invades zombie CCG RPG Deadman's Cross

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 2 days ago
Resident Evil invades zombie CCG RPG Deadman's Cross

Square Enix's zombie-styled collectible card game Deadman's Cross has just received an extra dose of undead. Thanks to a collaboration with Capcom, Resident Evil cards and quests are being added to the game for a limited time. Deadman’s Cross battles are the typical CCG fare, with the card combat linked by first-person hunts through the 3D world of New Livingstone. Now Raccoon City is being added to the list of areas available for you to stalk through. Along with the new environment, this crossover features a host of other Resident Evil themed extras. Cards featuring monsters from the Resident Evil series are available for you to collect and battle with, including the iconic N…


Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
Hands-on with FFFFF2P, the naff free-to-play game that makes fun of naff free-to-play games

Something about FFFFF2P has definitely rubbed me up the wrong way. The game is a (quite possibly deliberately) simple and slightly broken single screen platformer that commits loads of freemium cardinal sins. Adverts are present throughout, you're bombarded with interstitial ads during gameplay, and everything is up for sale, including winning the game. I guess the joke is that this is a title that's mocking free-to-play games. But in doing so FFFFF2P simply becomes a very bad example of a free-to-play game, and ignores many of the good aspects of freemium gaming. Ultimately, I suppose, I'm just not sure why you'd want to spend much time on a bad game of any kind, whether or not it's supp…


There are 'no current plans' to bring Dynasty Warriors Blast to the West

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 2 days ago
There are 'no current plans' to bring Dynasty Warriors Blast to the West

After yesterday's news that Dynasty Warriors Blast would be heading to Japanese iOS and Android devices this month, we got in touch with Koei Tecmo to confirm a Western release date. Dynasty Warriors fans may want to look away at this point. Or maybe just ensure nothing of value is on the table you're about to flip over. To quote a representative of the company: "there are no current plans to release Musou Blast to the Western territories". The news is a little disappointing for Musou / Dynasty Warriors fans, but we're not hugely surprised. Previous mobile Musou game Dynasty Warriors Slash is yet to hit our shores, and most of Koei Tecmo's mobile catalogue is absent outside of Japan. H…


Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Tunnel Ground, the story-driven mech combat game

As I note in the hands-on video you'll see below, Tunnel Ground still needs work for it to be a solid recommendation. The menus are raw, the pace is slow, the UI fiddly, and mission objectives a little unclear. But the game has continually gone through improvements since I was first made aware of it, the story is strong and very much central to the game, and the core gameplay is solid. It's a game with serious potential, basically. It's definitely worth a look at our hands-on with Tunnel Ground, let me know in the comments whether you're keen to see more mech games on mobiles.…


Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Tapslide, the indie puzzle game that could help you improve your spatial awareness

The aim of Tapslide is simple: match the tile pattern seen on the opposite side of the playfield. Actually succeeding to any degree of skill with Tapslide is another thing entirely. But it's only tough because most people's sense of spatial awareness is underdeveloped, malnourished, and in need of some TLC. So by playing Tapslide, you'll not only get better at the game but, in theory, at a whole bunch of other daily tasks as well. People say games don't teach you anything? Pah! Point them at the video below.…


Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, where defence of diabolical doers of evil is darn adorable

I was fortunate enough to get an early hands-on with Welcome to the Dungeon, the retro RPG-inspired defence game from the team behind Jelly Dash. When you thwack that play button, you'll notice that a lot of attention has been put into making the presentation look like a highly evolved 8-bit / 16-bit RPG, but the game is actually a lot closer to a simpler tower defence game with some gambling mechanics thrown in for good measure. You take your chances on a roulette wheel to summon new creatures, spin a one-armed bandit to see which enemies you'll face next, and then use strategy to place your monsters in the right order or your dungeon, so that you can best the pesky adventurers that invad…


Dynasty Warriors Blast is coming to iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Dynasty Warriors Blast is coming to iOS and Android

One of Koei Tecmo's official sites has unveiled Dynasty Warriors Blast for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and it's coming out this July in Japan. The official announcement on Koei Tecmo's website refers to the game being based on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title Dynasty Warriors 7, and indeed the screens so far suggest an intense action game similar to the console outings. But it's likely there will also be some significant differences between the home and mobile platforms too, and there are even vague hints that you will see the various warlords - many of which have starred in the series since 1997 - in a completely new way throughout the campaign. Premium characters will be available…


Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard, the ever-so cute action RPG MMO for iOS and Android

We brought you news of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard being released on iPhone and iPad (after a spell on Android) a few days ago, but I've now had a bit of time to put the game through its paces and see what it actually plays like. In the hands-on video below you'll see the core concepts of the game in motion, the versatile attacks, a few monsters, and the highly customisable (not to mention visually spectacularly) Soul Arts in action. So click play and take a peek, then pop into the comments to let me know if you'll be embarking on some of Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard's MMO action RPG quests any time soon.…


Google has released the augmented reality game Ingress on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 3 days ago
Google has released the augmented reality game Ingress on the App Store

Google is making interesting use of it world mapping technology with the augmented reality game Ingress that just hit the App Store. A sci-fi backstory frames Ingress. A new power source has been revealed by scientists and, while its benefits may be great some, worry that it may control the way we think. Now a secret war rages around us and you must pick a side: fight to free the power with the Enlightened, or protect our humanity with the Resistance. The goal of Ingress is to search the world around you for landmarks. Using your iPhone to track down targets, you then scan whatever notable marker you have found to activate a portal. Doing this adds to your factions Mind Points in th…


Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Plunder Pirates, the booty-full strategy management game from Rovio Stars

It's easy to make Clash of Clans when talking about Plunder Pirates because... well... well because it's a very clear inspiration for the game. But when you see it running it becomes clear how much more impressive this game is with its presentation: this is a super high quality production, with tip-top visuals and excellent soundtrack. The longer you play the game, the more you begin to realise that this isn't a simple knock off job, it's an evolution of the core strategy management genre ideas, with compulsive exploration elements thrown in for good measure. Take a look at the hands-on below, then let us know what you think in the comments.…


Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Uppercup Football, the hilarious one-button soccer game to cure your World Cup blues

I don't think I could hold my own in a big manly man talk about football down the pub. The current state of the Premier League is a mystery to me, and the only thing I know about the most recent World Cup is that this Brazilian man is very sad for some reason. But that hasn't stopped me loving the heck out of Uppercup Football. You have to get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and score a goal, like other games of soccer, but in your way are vikings, minefields, shrubbery, and all manner of other obstacles. It's all controlled by just one button, and getting a red card results in having a paper bag put on your head. Also one of my players looks like Skrillex. Awesome. Upperc…