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AppSpy Plays: Star Horizon (Twitch catch-up)

News By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy Plays: Star Horizon (Twitch catch-up)

In case you missed out on our regular AppSpy Plays live stream last Friday, we’ve brought it back to life using modern technology on our YouTube channel (oh, and below too). On-rails sci-Fi shooter Star Horizon received a 4 out of 5 in our review last week. So, having not played it personally, Peter and I planted ourselves firmly in front of it to see what this looker could do. There was barrel-rolling, betraying, blame for one-starring missions and a trench run that looked awfully familiar... We had a great turnout for the live stream, taking some much appreciated advice from onlookers, including developer Tabasco Interactive who joined us in the chatroom. Aside from our regular '…


Get Assassin’s Creed Pirates for a steal on the App Store today

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Get Assassin’s Creed Pirates for a steal on the App Store today

If you've been on the fence about Assassin’s Creed Pirates, now might be the perfect time you climb onboard. You see, Ubisoft has just dropped the price of the naval battle game to £1.49 / $1.99 This mobile tie-in to Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag has you sailing the Caribbean as Alonzo Batilla, an eager young Captain willing to do anything to make his fortune. Taking part in fierce naval battles, you must scupper enemy vessels, and capture anything from frigates to Man-o-Wars to aid your conquest of the West-Indies. The latest update also lets you partake in whale hunting. It may be a little less glamourous - and it but more cruel - than the game's other…


Escher-inspired puzzle game Monument Valley will be turning heads this Thursday

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Escher-inspired puzzle game Monument Valley will be turning heads this Thursday

When the first trailer for Monument Valley was released back in December, its topsy-turvy gameplay and Escher art style turned our heads in more ways than one. Now, developer ustwo has confirmed that beautiful puzzler will be hitting the App Store this Thursday. In the game, you take control of a little girl named Aida who is looking for forgiveness. You must lead her to the top of a series of towers by manipulating the environment itself, moving platforms and re-positioning objects to clear a path to the exit. As you can see from the video above, Monument Valley is a gorgeous looking game, realising a world which is as aesthetically pleasing as it is mathematically precise. Keep your…


Sometimes You Die Review

Review Philipp Stollenmayer By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Sometimes You Die Review

Describing Sometimes You Die is surprisingly tough. Reducing it to its mechanical elements does the concept a disservice. However, recounting journey runs the risk of ruining the various twists and meta-commentaries contained within it. It asks you to think about what a game is, what you consider fun, and what you are prepared to endure in the name of entertainment. That may sound pretentious - and at its heart Sometimes You Die is just that - but it is none the worse for it…

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Clash of Clans meets Pokemon in Here Be Monsters on iPad

News By Glen Fox, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Clash of Clans meets Pokemon in Here Be Monsters on iPad

Ever wished that Clash of Clans had more Pokemon-style monster capturing? Well, you're in luck as Gamesys has just released Here Be Monsters HD. Rather ambitiously, the game allows you to travel the entire world capturing dozens of mythical monsters. Yes, you can finally have your very own Loch Ness monster. In order to capture these fantastical beasts, you'll need to craft a collection of traps and baits. There are 500 blueprints for different snares to collect, so there'll be no shortage of ways of nabbing your own Bigfoot specimen. The collecting gamepaly isn't limited to legendary monsters, mind. You'll also get the opportunity to capture rare and exotic animals on your journey…


AppSpy plays Star Horizon live on Twitch (5pm GMT | 10am PDT | 1pm EDT)

News By Glen Fox, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
AppSpy plays Star Horizon live on Twitch (5pm GMT | 10am PDT | 1pm EDT)

Clear your diaries, dear readers. We are inviting you to join us on the AppSpy Twitch channel this evening, where we will be playing Tabasco Interactive's new space shooter Star Horizon.  The stream will go live at 5pm GMT, 10am PDT, and 1pm EDT. And there will be lasers. If you're not familiar with the game, Star Horizon is a space-based flight sim. As such, you can expect to see us weaving past debris and blasting enemy craft to smithereens in true Galactica fashion. At review we gave Star Horizon an admirable 4 out of 5, describing it as "an enjoyable ride that takes us back to classic arcade shooters like Star Fox." To see the game in action, just f…


Inventive block puzzler Shapist reduced to 69p / 99c on iPad

News By Glen Fox, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Inventive block puzzler Shapist reduced to 69p / 99c on iPad

Sliding block-puzzler Shapist has just been reduced to 69p / 99c (down from £1.99 / $2.99) on iPad. Shapist at first appears no different to its block-manipulating genre cousins. It involves trying to clear a space in the shape that will allow you to move to the next level. There is no tutorial and no explanation as to how to proceed. It's pure intuitive trial and error from the get go. However, as you make your way through the game, you'll eventually come across mechanics brand new to the genre. Certain blocks can be shrunk or stretched to fit in a variety of different spaces. Others don't appear to want to move from their initial position, pinging right back as soon as you…


Fight the future in new Plants vs. Zombies 2 sci-fi level pack

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Fight the future in new Plants vs. Zombies 2 sci-fi level pack

Popcap’s free-to-play tower-defense game, Plants vs. Zombies 2, has just received new set of levels, courtesy of the Far Future update. The update sends you and your army of botanical bombardiers into the future to battle an oncoming horde of sci-fi shamblers. As the game's 1970’s-style trailer shows, the update include two new plants - the wonderfully named Infi-Nut and Laser Bean - with which to battle your undead foes. The zombies also have their ranks bolstered with the addition of the new Jetpack Zombie. The Far Future update also introduces Power Tiles. These are scattered across the battlefield, and increase your plants' powers. Similarly, the effects of Plant Food ha…


Card battler Star Wars: Assault Team out now on the App Store

News By Glen Fox, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Card battler Star Wars: Assault Team out now on the App Store

Look out, Star Wars fans, your prayers have been answered. Yes, that's right: You're getting another free Star Wars-themed card battler.  In this one you'll be building your own 'assault team' out of your favourite Star Wars characters. You can join up with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Boba Fett, each of whom have their own stats, abilities, and unique attacks. Once you've got your squad together, you do what an assault team does best: assault things. You'll engage in combat with recognisable enemies from the franchise, and be rewarded you with loot and entirely new characters. Once you're feeling confident, you can try your hand out against other players in  PvP mo…


The Cap is back on the App Store in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
The Cap is back on the App Store in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now out in cinemas. And, by a startling coincidence, Gameloft's official iOS tie-in game has just appeared on the App Store. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game is a top-down smash-'em-up which places you in the role of Cap himself. The story, co-written by Marvel’s Christos Gage, sees the Captain battling a host of his iconic villains from his comic past, such as King Cobra, Taskmaster, and the Winter Soldier himself. To reach each villain you must battle past all manner of criminal thugs with little more than an overinflated sense of justice, a shield, and a squad of armed S.H.I.E.L.D operatives. Still, if thing…


FLASHOUT 2 Review

Review Jujubee By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
FLASHOUT 2 Review

If you are going to copy something, copy the best. We have to assume that is what Jujubee was thinking when it developed Flashout 2. Generously, you could think of it as an homage to Sony’s WipEout series, but it sticks so closely to the source material - right down to the graphic design - that it simply feels like a pale imitation. Races take place on metallic tracks that loop high above futuristic cityscapes. Though each track is littered with boosts, weapons, and jumps, they…

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CLARC | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
CLARC | Hands-On

One game stood out when I blasted through the week's new releases on Twitch yesterday. It wasn't the WipEout-inspired Flashout 2, nor Clash of Clans successor Boom Beach. No, the game that captured my attention was an unassuming but charismatic offering called CLARC. It's an isometric puzzler in which you navigate an adorable maintenance robot through a series of corridors. Along the way you'll manipulate blocks with an anti-gravity beam, make friends with a missile, and try to power-up a robot disco.  The visuals are lovely, the controls are tight, and there's a robot disco.  Still not sold? Check out our hands-on video below to see CLARC in action.…


Prepare for season 4 with Game of Thrones Ascent on iPad

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Prepare for season 4 with Game of Thrones Ascent on iPad

Popular Facebook RPG strategy game Game of Thrones Ascent has just been released for iPad. Based on the Game of Thrones TV series and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, the free-to-play game is set just after the death of the King’s Hand. It's up to you to harness the ensuing fallout to raise your character's status through the fiction's feudal hierarchy. You build your own character from scratch, deciding their upbringing, allegiances, and even what gods they will worship. Once established, you can send your noble on "thousands" or missions and quests, all in the service of expanding your territory and increasing your influence in Westeros. The gam…


Death isn't the end in fatalistic new indie platformer Sometimes You Die

News By Alex Beech, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Death isn't the end in fatalistic new indie platformer Sometimes You Die

Sometimes You Die is a new punishingly hard indie puzzle platformer from Philipp Stollenmayer. It seems influenced by games like Super Meat Boy, in which dying over and over is an integral part of the gameplay. But unlike other titles, Sometimes You Die it leaves your lifeless corpse in the level to aid in future attempts. You take control of a tiny silhouetted square which you must guide through each stage. Once dead, you will respawn and be able to bounce on through the level again, this time using you old corpse as a bridge or platform.   If you're prepared to put in the time, you can fill pits with dozens of cubic cadavers in service of getting just one of your squares to the…


TriBlaster Review

Review Bulkypix By Alex Beech, 5 months, 4 weeks ago
TriBlaster Review

If you've ever seen the 1981 arcade game Tempest in action, then TriBlaster’s influences will be immediately apparent. The new tube shooter utilises the same visual style and gameplay mechanics as the Atari classic, but it does so with enough flair to make it feel fresh. TriBlaster's early stages look like you are standing at the blocks of a neon-soaked 100m race track. As you progress though the levels, the shape of these stages begins to warp and twist to awesome effect,…

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