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Hands-on with Dragon Quest, the JRPG masterpiece, rejuvenated

Feature By Peter Willington, 1 week, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Dragon Quest, the JRPG masterpiece, rejuvenated

Originally released on the Famicom back in the mid-eighties, Dragon Quest is about as “classic” as classic JRPGs get. Koichi Nakamura, Koichi Sugiyama, Yuji Horii, and Akira Toriyama all collaborated on this genre defining first entry in the series, laying the groundwork for decades to come. It's now available on iOS and Android, so I've grabbed a code to show you the very early moments of the game, to give you a sense of how the game plays.…


EXCLUSIVE: iBomber 3 teaser trailer points to Metal support on iOS 8

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
EXCLUSIVE: iBomber 3 teaser trailer points to Metal support on iOS 8

iBomber was never a slouch in the visuals department, even back when it dropped its first payload 5 years ago, but iBomber 3 could well be a massive step forward for the series. We've just received the very first (and crushingly short) teaser trailer for the newly announced title... The eagle-eyed will spot that the logo now contains a metal texture, and the song playing in the background is classic metal track 'Ace of Spades' by Motörhead. I've confirmed with the developer - Cobra Mobile - that this teaser is indeed a nod to Apple's new Metal on iOS 8, functionality that should make games look even more impressive on iPhone and iPad. Could iBomber 3 have drastically improved visu…


Hands-on with RGB Express, a tiny little delivery of puzzling loveliness

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with RGB Express, a tiny little delivery of puzzling loveliness

Here's the deal: you have various coloured trucks, and each needs to pick up a parcel and deliver it to its destination. The truck can't double back on itself, and if you collide two trucks together then... well... you don't want that. RGB Express is cute and dinky and delightful, and it's just the right level of challenge to keep you thinking and experimenting, without frustrating. Here's my hands-on with the game.…


CounterSpy™ Review

CounterSpy™ Review

Whether you're crawing around under a cardbox box in Metal Gear Solid, or straddling a hallway while an unsuspecting guard strolls beneath your crotch in Splinter Cell, there's nothing quite like a good stealth game. Counterspy is a cartoon love letter to espionage thrillers and cold war unease. This side-scrolling roguelike casts you as a secret agent trying to infiltrate a military base and prevent the imminent launch of a Soviet nuke. As Pocket Gamer's Giles Armstrong found, the i…

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Gemini Strike Review

Gemini Strike Review

While developer Cave has got the vertically-scrolling shooter market pretty much sewn up, games like Dodonpachi come with a fairly stiff price tag. Enter Gemini Stike, an arcade-inspired blaster with lots of lasers, big bosses, but zero barrier to entry. But can a free-to-play shmup really hold its own against the premium powerhouses already available on iOS? Jon Munday from Pocket Gamer thinks shooter fans may find room in their heart for Gemini Stike's old-skool charms, albeit with…

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Battle Riders Review

Battle Riders Review

Racing sims can be a bit clinical. You'll often get endless menus filled with gear ratio sliders and engine tuning options, when all you really want to do is slam your figurative foot to the floor and burn some rubber. Battle Riders is an antidote to the serious-headed racers of the world, so much so that the Deathrace 3000-inspired vehicles you drive also have massive guns slapped on the side of them.  Question is, does it deliver the high octane, armour plated goods? Watch the…

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Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 4 - Shining Light

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition,  Episode 4 - Shining Light

In the latest episode of my journeys through the lands of Minecraft: PE, I begin fortifying my home from attacks by exploding cactus things, simply by using torches. There's also a moment when I try to tickle a wolf with a feather in order to make it like me, and I begin journeying even further into the newly-discovered underground cave. Plus: physics?…


Hands-on with Spider-Man Unlimited, in which Spidey turns his hand to auto-running

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Spider-Man Unlimited, in which Spidey turns his hand to auto-running

Peter Parker is a beloved Marvel character, and he and his alter ego Spider-Man, are a source of inspiration to many people, young and old. They certainly are to me. So it's with a little sadness I have to report that my small amount of time with Spider-Man Unlimited has found it to be a fairly by-the-numbers auto-runner with combat elements. It's got some neat stuff packed away in there though, which I'll show you in my hands-on video below.…


Genre Busters: best futuristic racers on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Genre Busters: best futuristic racers on iOS

This is an important list to James and myself, as we were raised on eye-bleedingly fast racing games like WipEout, F-Zero, and Extreme G. Over the course of an hour we discuss futuristic racers new and old, reminisce over fallen franchises, and generally get all nostalgic. It's fun, you'll like it, so click play on the video below. No worries if you're not ready for a full hour of awesome, just click the links below to instantly jump to the content you want to see. 1. FlashOut 22. Repulze3. AG Drive4. Battle Riders…


Awesome! There's a new illo - Birth of the Cool trailer

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Awesome! There's a new illo - Birth of the Cool trailer

illo - Birth of the Cool is shaping up to be... well... pretty cool. It's a non-violent adventure game with action and puzzle elements from Raylight Games, where you'll be controlling the eponymous hero using touch, tilt, and microphone inputs, to navigate them through beguilingly stark worlds in a strange and unique narrative that's told completely without words. As you'll see in the trailer, there's a rewind mechanic in there just in case you make a mistake, the puzzles look left-field and off-kilter, and the visuals are stripped right back to the (still gorgeous) fundamentals. We're keen to see how illo - Birth of the Cool turns out when it comes to iOS and Android (and PSN, XBLA, Wi…


Hands-on with Kapsula, where racing puzzlers solve you

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Kapsula, where racing puzzlers solve you

Kapsula is set on a futuristic Russian communist planet, populated by clones who are all controlled by The Master. If that wasn't quite enough of an odd setup, the gameplay is somewhere between a cross of a racer, endless runner, and puzzler. Bizarre, but cool. Here's our video explaining why.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 7

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 7

While the cat's away the... something... something... Basically James was away for this episode so Harry and I run amok. A couple of members of the AppSpy / Pocket Gamer community join us in our ongoing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite quest, and show us their awesome armour sets while they lead us to easy victory after easy victory. Plus there's a lot of talk about pants. I think James might get mad when he gets around to watching the video below. Did you forget to watch the last episode? Rectify that.…


What is the Apple Watch? This five minute video explains all

Feature By Simon Reed, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
What is the Apple Watch? This five minute video explains all

Time is precious: there's a finite amount of it that we all have before the party's over, and using it wisely is the most important thing you can do. That's why people need watches, and why Apple thinks you need an Apple Watch. But since time is so precious, you probably didn't watch the entire Apple keynote the other day, as it was 90 minutes of tech chat and marketing buzzwords. What you need is a 5 minute video containing all the info you need. And you need it now. And here it is.…


Hands-on with Kitty Powers' Matchmaker, ooh err!

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Kitty Powers' Matchmaker, ooh err!

I adore Kitty Powers' Matchmaker. A dating game fronted by the gorgeous Kitty Powers, Matchmaker has a cheeky (and very British) sense of humour, and combines its sense of sexy silliness with unmistakably solid gameplay ideas. Helping young lovers find their “special someone” is a great deal of fun, and even if finding the perfect partner is tough, trying to do so never fails to paint a big grin across your face.…


Genre Busters: top 5 best Dreamcast games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Genre Busters: top 5 best Dreamcast games on iOS

The Dreamcast was originally release in America 9/9/99, so to celebrate Danny and myself decided to take a look at the greatest Dreamcast releases available on iOS. In this video, which we recorded from our live Twitch stream, we made some crazy money, drove remote controlled cars about a supermarket, launched mice in rocket ships, spray-painted all the walls, and went rocket jumping. Schedule too hectic for the full hour of hijinks? Here are the links to check out the various games we streamed. 1. Crazy Taxi2. Re-Volt Classic3. ChuChu Rocket4. Jet Set Radio5. Beben III…