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Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Here's a curiosity for all you Marvel fans: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting an iOS game all of its own. Who would have seen that coming a few years ago, eh? What with the new movie on the horizon - which looks ace, by the way - it's been seen by the bigwigs at Marvel and Disney that it's only right for smartphones to get a tie-in. The game - named Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon - isn't out at the moment, at least not globally, but it has been soft-launched on iOS in Malaysia's App Store. It's an arena battle game in which you control a team of heroes and must fight wave after wave of bad guys, and then level up your heroes and kit them out with new gear. Here's my early…


Alphabeats is dropping rhythm-based word puzzles on the App Store now

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 5 days ago
Alphabeats is dropping rhythm-based word puzzles on the App Store now

Alphabeats is new music-inspired word-puzzler from Red Dragon, and is now available on iPhone and iPad. Alphabeats mixes Scrabble with Guitar Hero, asking you to create words from letters that appear in time to music. To create a word you must drag your collection of letters around the bottom of the screen, trying to collect the next letter in sequence while avoiding unwanted ones. With the audio playing a key role, it makes sense that developer Red Dragon has searched for the right music to suit the game. They seem to have had a clear vision in what they wanted, with the soundtrack supplied by a number of electro / chiptune artists including Big Giant Circles, ABXY, and Disasterpeace.…


Spooky point-and-click adventure series Blackwell out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 6 days ago
Spooky point-and-click adventure series Blackwell out now on iPhone and iPad

Blackwell is a classic point-and-click adventure series from Wadjet Eye, the first three parts of which have just materialised on the App Store. Rosa Blackwell has a relatively normal life. That is, until her aunt dies and she inherits Joey Mallone, a spirit guide that has been in her family for generations. Joey is a classic '40s film noir private eye, who just so happens to grant Rosa the power to communicate with the dead. You take control of both Rosa and Joey. Traveling through New York City, it is up to you solve supernatural mysteries by talking to the ghosts and spirits that fill the world. Point-and-click controls guide the duo around the game's 2D environments, which pro…


Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

The premise of Super Battle Tactics is simple: you have a team of vehicles, most of which are tanks, and all of which are gaudily decked out in bright colours. You take that team into a battle arena, and pit it against your opponent, who also has a team of colourful military vehicles. You then roll dice to see which team strikes first, and how powerful each vehicle's gun is going to hit that turn, and then proceed to shoot up the place. It's really good fun, and there's a fair chunk of tactical depth in there too. The aesthetic also reminds me of M.A.S.K., and similar vehicle-based cartoons of the eighties, which is definitely no bad thing either. Here's a video of Super Battle Tactics ru…


Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

I quite like Sonic Jump Fever. As endless jumpers a la Doodle Jump go, it's pretty good, and adds a few neat extras to keep the play exciting. There are bonuses to pick up, special boosts to implement, and leaderboards to conquer so that you can lord it over your friends on Facebook. The tilt controls are responsive, and the presentation is suitably bright. There are loads of enemies too, but they're partly the reason I've got all in a tizz about Sonic Jump Fever. Click the play button below and you'll find out exactly what's got me in a froth.…


Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is out right now on iPad

News By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is out right now on iPad

We've had our eye on Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers for a while now, but just as we weren't looking it's gone and snuck out the back door, and is now out in the wilds of the App Store. Sneaky. A continuation of the much-loved Duels of the Planeswalkers series, this new edition features big enhancements to building decks over the previous versions, plus an all-new single player campaign, and cards from the latest paper releases. Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is currently only available on iOS, with iPad gamers having a full seven day lead on those planning on buying it when it's released on July 16th for PC, Xbox 360, and Android. It'll come to Xbox One later in t…


Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Secret Files: Tunguska came out on PC, Nintendo Wii, and DS between 2006 and 2010. Four years on and it's time for smartphones to get a version, and you'll be pleased to know that it's a pretty decent port, from what we've seen so far. As reported in my hands-on video below, the touchscreen interface is used intelligently, the graphics are high fidelity, and the voice acting is crisp (if a little hammy). There's 12 hours of gameplay in this premium release, and the story is loosely based on real-world events - revolving as they do around the massive explosion that occurred in the Tunguska region in 1908 (click here to fall down a Wikipedia rabbit hole), with a bit of suspense and intrigue…


Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Urban Trial Freestyle is a port of the home console and handheld title, and here at AppSpy we've been very keen to keep tabs on its development. We had the world first live stream of the game yesterday, and today we have an early look at the game, just before it careers into the App Store.http://www.twitch.tv/appspy I'm really liking this premium trials game, especially the wonderfully precise tilt controls that let you place the bike exactly where you want it to go (if you're a good enough player, of course). There's a bunch of content in here too, plus downloadable levels, unlockable costumes, and upgradeable bikes. Click play on the video below to hear more of my thoughts, and see cra…


Modern Combat 5: Blackout release date is declassified

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 6 days ago
Modern Combat 5: Blackout release date is declassified

Gameloft has revealed the release date of Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and it's just two weeks from now: July 24th. This military first-person shooter's single-player campaign has you following Phoenix, a soldier who becomes embroiled in a plot that has him traveling the world from Venice to Tokyo. A handful of Spec Ops missions are also on hand for those of you playing alone, letting you take on a collection of short burst missions on the go. Multiplayer modes focus on fast-paced squad battles. Modern Combat 5 adds the ability for you to form persistent squads with friends, alongside just jumping into games with random teams. With four different classes to choose from, and a range of game…


Entire catalogue of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures on sale today, Catacombs of the Undercity going free

News By Alex Beech, 1 week, 6 days ago
Entire catalogue of Tin Man Games Gamebook Adventures on sale today, Catacombs of the Undercity going free

Tin Man Games has just slashed the price of its entire catalogue of Gamebook Adventures, including offering Gamebook Adventures 5: Catacombs of the Undercity for free. It seems 3 Magic Shots approached the publisher and asked it make one of its apps free as part of a daily deal. Looks like Tin Man Games has decided to go one step further: to celebrate its first ever free app it's also cutting the price of the whole Gamebook Adventures series. While the usual £3.99 / $5.99 price tag is great for fans of the choose your own adventure genre, it may be a little steep for newcomers, so with a healthy 66% price cut (and a free game to boot) this should give people on the fence the c…


Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

By now, AppSpy community, you should know that I'm a fan of the cute, and the sweet, and the oh-my-gosh-kawaiiiiiiiiiii. My fondness for the adorable led me to Pick A Pet, a match-3 puzzler from Irish studio SixMinute, that's just come out on iOS and Android. It's a fun little game, even if it is a little similar to other games in the genre. If there's a unique hook here it's that you're accompanied by a pet, and each of the game's different (and delightful) pets confers a special ability upon the player that will help you through the many stages that lie in wait. Here's a video of the game running, take a look...…


Back to Bed is an award-winning puzzler, and it's sleepwalking onto iOS and Android this August

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Back to Bed is an award-winning puzzler, and it's sleepwalking onto iOS and Android this August

I saw Back to Bed a long time ago, when it was doing the rounds at UK conferences and showcases. It looked neat, but was a little rough around the edges and needed a bit of polish. Fast forward one year, and the developer of this sleepy puzzle adventure - the appropriately named Bedtime Digital Games - is set to release the final version in August, first on PC / Mac, and a little later on on iOS and Android. Take a gander at the trailer. The visual style of Back to Bed is definitely influenced by surrealist artists like Dali, but the logic-defying gameplay is closer to something out of the mind of Escher. You control a small dog-like creature who can scamper about each stage freely, an…


Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

I love skateboarding in games, I adore punk rock, and mobile games are my jam. So when I heard that TransWorld Endless Skater was coming out this week on iOS and Android, and that it contained both skating and punk, I leapt at the chance to do a hands-on video for you lovely guys and girls of AppSpy. Unfortunately I'm not entirely convinced by what the game has to offer. The controls take some getting used to, but once you do they work really well. The different environments look decent, and the fact that they're randomly generated is a neat twist. But the tricks don't look all that impressive, and the skateboarder is clumsier than a traditional auto-running character but more nimble than…


Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

In this early impressions video of Lumo Deliveries, I call it “a time-waster”, but that doesn't mean Lumo Deliveries is a waste of time. It's a super-casual delivery game in which you build up your company from one person with a van to... well... more people with vans. There are wait timers galore, and very little of what you might call “gameplay”, but there's a certain appeal in its visual direction and that ever-so compulsive loop of levelling up your crew. I've done a hands-on with the game, take a look at its wheels in motion below, and when you're done there tell us how you define what a “game” is, in the comments.…


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

Feature By Danny Russell, 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,…