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Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Bioshock Review

BioShock is great. Deservedly held up as a premiere example of digital world building and interactive storytelling, it's a game which drags you through your TV and submerges you in a nightmarish world of neon and noir. Andrew Ryan's failed utopia, populated with genetically modified maniacs and lumbering, drill-armed childminders, is one of the most atmospheric, immersive, and effectively-realised video game settings ever conceived. The gameplay elegantly fuses traditional gunplay w…

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Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Epic Eric, or should that be Epic Erica?

Epic Eric's gameplay is very enjoyable, I don't want to take anything away from that in this hands-on video. It's a lot of fun to work out how to get from one section of a level to another, without touching the ground, using momentum to carry you from start to flagpole. But what I think is really cool about Epic Eric is... well... see for yourself...…


Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Hands-on with Alien Creeps TD, the bold and bright tower defence game

Since I'm currently reviewing Alien Creeps TD for Pocket Gamer, I thought I'd bring you a quick look at the game in motion, in support of the seven day review you'll find over on PG. At its slimy heart Alien Creeps TD is a tower defence game with solid presentation and a good level of challenge. It doesn't try to break the mould too much, and I guess that for a lot of TD fans, that won't really matter too much. Click play below for my hands-on.…


Cor blimey! Dragon Quest VIII receives 25% discount on iOS and Android

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Cor blimey! Dragon Quest VIII receives 25% discount on iOS and Android

My favourite JRPG ever is Dragon Quest VIII, and I love the fact that I can now play it on my mobile. The other members of Team AppSpy tend to agree, and we like it so much, in fact, that we featured it in our list of the best Square Enix JRPGs on iOS. The game is currently on sale, sporting a not-too-shabby 25% off, bringing the price down to $14.99 / £10.49. So if you go get it now you'll not only be nabbing yourself a chunky 75 hours of glorious and inventive JRPG adventure, filled with memorable characters, an exquisite soundtrack, and highly detailed visuals, but you'll also be saving a few smackeroos at the same time. Will you be picking up Dragon Quest VIII at this discount…


Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Hands-on with Tiny Tower Vegas, where gambling with slot machines and adorable pixel art combine

NimbleBit's latest entry in the Tiny Tower series is out now, and I'm giving it the old college try over on Pocket Gamer. So I thought “hey, I could do a quick hands-on with it too, just to show you what it looks like”. I'm resourceful like that. So here's some gameplay footage of Tiny Tower Vegas. If you want to find out more, check in with my review.…


Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Genre Busters: top 5 best skateboarding games on iOS

Tony Hawks Pro Skater was originally released on the 31st August 1999 on the first PlayStation, so to celebrate this momentous occasion we've gone ahead and collected together the best skateboarding games available on iOS, including the newest (and currently only available in New Zealand) Tony Hawks game. That Harry Slater joins me for this episode, as we guide you through what's worth your time when it comes to skateboarding on iPhone and iPad, as well as geeking out about punk rock. You may be slightly too busy to watch the full thing, and if that's the case you can skip to each of the games featured via these incredibly handy links. 1. Tony Hawks Shred Session2. True Skate3. Transwor…


Heroes of Order & Chaos update adds Twitch integration

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Heroes of Order & Chaos update adds Twitch integration

The latest update for Gameloft's mobile MOBA, Heroes of Order & Chaos, has just gone live, and oh boy does version 1.7.0 come with some neat new features. Chief among them is the ability to stream your games via the magic of Twitch. This is the first time a mobile MOBA has included streaming support, and all the functionality you'd want from such a facility seems to be included - such as text chat, and microphone and camera support. We're big fans of streaming mobile games online, as you probably know by now, and it'll be interesting to see if this increases the number of mobile streamers out there. The new update also comes with three new heroes - a Fighter named Marithus, a Guard…


Wild Season is budding to be an adventure-filled alternative to Harvest Moon

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Wild Season is budding to be an adventure-filled alternative to Harvest Moon

Developed by Quickfire Games, and published by SOEDESCO, Wild Season is a top down farming sim with chibi visuals. You'll start off with a small out-of-shape farm, and hopefully build it up to be the pride of the local area, through a combination of hard work and farming smarts. You can also breed and race horses, spark relationships with NPCs, and improve the local town. Quickfire Games is hinting at including a storyline that goes beyond most games of this kind, and a mystery that can be uncovered as you progress. Consider our interest piqued. Wild Season will, according to the press release, be released on "PCs and tablets" in Q4 2014. We're going to assume that means iPad and Androi…


The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
The best single screen multiplayer games on iOS

On the 25th August 2014 the AppSpy and Pocket Gamer teams were having a well-deserved break or the Bank Holiday Monday. Well, most of them were anyway. I decided to jump onto our Twitch channel and bring you a collection of the very best single screen multiplayer games you can get for your iOS device. Without James, Harry, or even Lovely Danny to help me, I decided to rope in my girlfriend - Alix Briskham of Opposable Games - to help me show them off. Also I played a bit of King of Fighters '98, to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, just because I felt like it. If for some reason you haven't got 60 minutes to spare today, don't fret: you can use these handy links to skip straight…


BioShock emerges on the New Zealand App Store, out tomorrow worldwide

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
BioShock emerges on the New Zealand App Store, out tomorrow worldwide

The underwater first person shooter / interactive objectivism essay BioShock is out now on the New Zealand App Store, and will come to other territories from midnight. We've been covering the port of the 2007 shooter since the moment it was announced, with exclusive news and video access, plus an in-depth graphics comparison. Now you'll be able to revisit the art deco world of Rapture for yourself on your iPhone or iPad. If you're yet to play BioShock, then you're in for a treat. It creates a world where nothing is off-limits, where only progress and profit matter, and an entire population has fallen for a new form of substance that dramatically alters the human body. With different end…


Hands-on with Shurican, in which Flappy Bird meets ninjas in Hell

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Shurican, in which Flappy Bird meets ninjas in Hell

We've got a quick look at Shurican for you today. It's an endless action game in which you attempt to fly through a hellish corridor of enemies, obstacles, and traps, hoping to get a better score than your mates. It's not the most original game you'll play today, but it's certainly one of the toughest. It's also free, so it's worth giving it a shot if you're up for something a little off the beaten path. Here's our hands-on.…


Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with The Walking Dead Pinball, where cold steel and colder bodies combine

What would happen if you were to take the video game adaptation of The Walking Dead, and give it to Zen Studios to make a pinball game based on it? Probably exactly what you think would happen: you'd get an awesome game of pinball, and it'd be called The Walking Dead Pinball. I went hands-on with the game recently to bring you early footage of the game in motion, click play on the video below to see it in action.…


MLB Perfect Inning getting multiplayer update and roster revamp

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
MLB Perfect Inning getting multiplayer update and roster revamp

Players of Gamevil's MLB Perfect Inning will no doubt already have heard the newly-added commentary from Joe Buck added in the latest update to the iOS and Android baseball simulation. We've just received word that yet another set of sizeable additions to the game are coming, mostly in regards stats, transfers, and multiplayer. The update is scheduled for the 28th of August, and will completely update rosters and stats of teams for the 2014 season. A new Trading Block System will add further depth to the managerial aspects of the game, allowing you to put players up for offer and negotiate trade deals. A newly implemented leaderboard will also bring more competition to MLB Perfect Innin…


Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Phases: Infinite Zero, probably the hardest platformer you'll play this year

Do you hate yourself just a teensy little bit? Well if you'd like to hate yourself a bit more, you can always download Phases: Infinite Zero. It's one of the hardest platforming games I've had the pleasure / misery of playing, and I like myself a little bit less for not being able to get past Phase 1. It's also a beauty to behold, the controls are spot-on, and it run flawlessly. Here are my first impressions with the game.…


Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Episode 1 - Meeting Bertie

We always knew we wanted to do something video-related about Minecraft: Pocket Edition here on AppSpy, but in all honesty, neither James or myself are particularly great at the blocky world builder. And that's what's lead to us starting this Let's Play series. I'm going to try and learn everything I possibly can about surviving in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and you're going to learn with me. I'll be playing the game every week and trying to survive in the harsh but beautiful world that is Minecraft, capturing it all for posterity. If you're a Minecraft: PE veteran, then I want to read your tips. If you're a newbie, you'll be able to play along with me. So without further ado, let's kick…