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Magnetized Review

Review ZHI-YU HONG By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Magnetized Review

During your first few minutes with Magnetized, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is going to be a basic puzzler with a single mechanic. Instead, the developer Rocky Hong slowly introduces three different spins on the maze-navigating formula which layer to produce something both addictive and dynamic. As with all time-gobbling puzzlers, the core of Magnetized is simple. You must guide a small block through a colourful maze, ideally picking up three collectibles en route. The…

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Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 6 months ago
Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

Get ready to don your surgical gown and anaesthetise the morality centre of your brain: Macabre medical game Surgeon Simulator is officially coming to the App Store. Bossa Studios, the developer behind the sadistically humorous Surgeon Simulator 2013 has been toying around with the idea of porting a version of the game to iPad since last year. Speaking to sister site Pocket Gamer in 2013, developer Tom Jackson said that the team had been working in a new control system to allow players to slice and dice efficiently on touchscreen devices. It looks like they must have cracked it, as Bossa Studios has just posted a teaser trailer (above) confirming that Surgeon Simulator is "coming s…


Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

If you were to draw a Venn diagram depicting fans of '80s movies and fans of classic point-and-click adventure games, we're pretty sure you would see a significant overlap. If you happen to fall in this catch-all catagory, Glitch Games' Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD - which hit the App Store yesterday - might be of interest to you. Ferris is a mule on the run. As the headteacher of the local school - and owner of the wayward donkey - it is up to you to hunt him down. To do this, you'll need to talk to the townfolk, and solve puzzles which play out in classic point-and-click adventure style. As the referencial title suggests, Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD is filled to the brim with…


Sly Cooper tie-in Bentley's Hackpack sneaks onto the iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Sly Cooper tie-in Bentley's Hackpack sneaks onto the iPad

An iPad port of PS Vita and PS3 game Bentley's Hackpack made an unexpected appearance on the App Store yesterday. Bentley's Hackpack is a collection of the three hacking mini-games from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The initial download is free, and offers demos of all of the three mini-game types: Spark Runner, Alter Ego, and System Cracker. Each of these games takes clear inspiration from an arcade classic. Spark Runner is a maze style game where you must gather collectibles on your way to the exit. Alter Ego harkens back to classic side scrolling shoot-'em-ups, and System Cracker is essentially gallery-shooter Combat with a neon coat of paint. While Sony certa…


Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

News By James Gilmour, 6 months ago
Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

Gooey liquid-based puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 has just been updated with 15 new levels. Players who download the game's first free content update will unlock the previously inaccessible fifth island. Provided you've collected the 170 stars required to gain entry, you'll be able to explore the island and tackle a brand new batch of fluid-centric conundrums. Also, according to developer Holy Water Games, you can now share your high scores via Facebook if you want. Just bear in mind that most of your friends will probably hate you for it if you do.  We thought Feed Me Oil 2 was an agreeably slick package, calling it "another tight and satisfying puzzle experience" in our review. You can dow…


Mega Jump 2 Review

Review Get Set Games By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Mega Jump 2 Review

Game development is all about making tweaks. A change here, an improvement there, and pretty soon a bare-bones idea is transformed into a stunning game. Thus, having already built a solid foundation with vertical platformer Mega Jump, you'd hope that Get Set Games could perfect is monster-centric take on the genre with the sequel. Mega Jump 2's tilt-based action is as responsive as ever, with you directing tiny hero Redford back-and-forth across the screen with subtle hand moveme…

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Retro RPG sequel Across Age 2 HD slashes its way onto iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Retro RPG sequel Across Age 2 HD slashes its way onto iPad

Things have changed since FDG's nostalgic RPG Across Age was released on the App Store back in 2010. Though old-skool Zelda-alikes were relatively thin on the ground four years ago, iOS gamer have since been drowned in a tidal wave of similarly styled retro-JRPG experiences. Unlike many of these one-shot copy / paste efforts, however, the newly released Across Age 2 HD - which is now available on iPad - does build on an established RPG franchise. And, to its credit, it doesn't seem to stick as closely to the cookie-cutter approach of some of its peers. The basic premise remains unchanged. You're cast as returning heroes Ales and Ceska, and must jump headfirst into another ti…


Apple ordered to refund $32.5 million to parents over in-app purchase policy

News By James Gilmour, 6 months ago
Apple ordered to refund $32.5 million to parents over in-app purchase policy

Apple has agreed to pay no less than $32.5 million in refunds to parents who were billed after their children made in-app purchases on the App Store without their consent. The original class action lawsuit, which saw parents seeking compensation after claiming that Apple's in-app purchase policy failed to prevent their kids from making unauthorized purchases, was actually settled by a US judge last year. However, it turns out that the promise of a $5 iTunes voucher for each affected customer (or up to $30 cash) wasn't enough for the Federal Trade Commission. By failing to alert parents to the 15 minute window of additional purchases their kids could make after entering a password, the Cup…


Revisit RPG history in Bioware classic Baldur's Gate II, out now on iPad

News By Alex Beech, 6 months ago
Revisit RPG history in Bioware classic Baldur's Gate II, out now on iPad

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition appeared iPad just over a year ago. A remake of Bioware's point-and-click RPG classic, the Overhaul Games-developed port was a collector's dream, cramming in all of the game's original expansions, and running on an improved version of the Infinity Engine. Now, the team has brought the Baldur's Gate II, a game widely regarded as one of the best RPGs of its time, to Apple tablets. Much like the iOS port of its predecessor, Baldur's Gate II will take advantage of an improved graphics engine, and contain all of the game's expansion packs. These include Throne of Bahaal and Fist of the Fallen, two self-contained adventures that…


Strike from the shadows in impressive new ninja platformer Shadow Blade

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
Strike from the shadows in impressive new ninja platformer Shadow Blade

Slick ninja platformer Shadow Blade has just sprung from the shadows of the App Store to deal a killing blow to your spare time. Nailing platforming mechanics on touchscreen devices is a tricky feat, one which many fail to accomplish. For every decent mobile platformer like League of Evil, there's an army of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Projects waiting in the wings. However, after a quick hands-on, we can report that the newly-released Shadow Blade from developer Dead Mage appears to be one of the good ones.  Taking control of a wall-leaping, sword-swinging ninja, you have to run, jump, and swipe your way through a series of treacherous environments and enemies. There are goons at every…


Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Review

Review Spawn Studios, Lda By Alex Beech, 6 months, 1 week ago
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Review

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has always been a game out of time. The original 2002 PC version was delayed by five years, by which time Duke's take on 80's action-movie stars was already D.O.A. Now, the iOS remake stands as a confused anachronism that struggles fit the mobile platform. Back in the da, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project's use of 3D to create a 2.5D run-and-gun platformer was worthy of note. The problem is, that twelve years on, the same trick does little to impress. A…

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Mega Jump 2 is leaping onto the App Store at midnight tonight

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 1 week ago
Mega Jump 2 is leaping onto the App Store at midnight tonight

Get Set Games's vertically-scrolling sequel Mega Jump 2 will be leaping onto App Stores everywhere at midnight tonight. Mega Jump 2 builds on the original Mega Jump's jump-based platforming action. It sees the return of monstrously cute hero Redford, whom you must guide up the screen and though a series of new platform-filled worlds, collecting coins as you go. This time out, however, Redford will be joined by some new friends. As well as adding some colour and variety to the character roster, these new protagonists have their own unique special powers to assist you in your quest for coins and gems. The other major change is that Mega Jump 2 is a free-to-play game. The op…


Fly a magic carpet with your face in head-tracking game Umoove Experience

News By Alex Beech, 6 months, 1 week ago
Fly a magic carpet with your face in head-tracking game Umoove Experience

Umoove Experience – or Umoove Experience: The 3D Face & Eye Tracking Flying Game to give it its full name – isn’t much of a game. What it is, however, is proof of what Umoove Ltd's face-tracking software can do, and an exciting jumping off point for more entertainment focused developers. It's hard to get excited about a short game that sees you flying around village trying to collect 14 potions. However, its Umoove Experience's peculiar control scheme which turned our heads - literally. After launching the game, Umoove asks you to place your face within view of your iPhone or iPad's front-facing camera. After a few seconds of calibration, the app is able to…


Episode 2 of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us skulking onto the App Store in early February

News By James Gilmour, 6 months, 1 week ago
Episode 2 of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us skulking onto the App Store in early February

Telltale Games has announced that the second episode of The Wolf Among Us will stalk onto the App Store during the first week of February. Given the excitement triggered by the return zombie saga The Walking Dead - and the hype surrounding the recently announced Game of Thrones interactive series - you'd be forgiven for thinking that Telltale had forgotten all about its fantasy comic book adaptation The Wolf Among Us. Since the first episode launched on iOS in early December of last year, we haven't heard hide nor hair from lupine detective Bigby Wolf, or the other fairytale inhabitants of Fabletown. Thankfully for fans of the first chapter, a post on Telltale's forum has confir…