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Champ Man 15 is an iOS exclusive, Android owners left on the bench this season

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
Champ Man 15 is an iOS exclusive, Android owners left on the bench this season

Square Enix has confirmed that football management title Champ Man will be getting its annual update this year, and that the game will - rather expectedly - be called Champ Man 15. What's unexpected is that Champ Man 15 is exclusively headed to iPhones and iPads, with no word on whether Android owners will be able to get in on the fun this year. Want a trailer? Tough. Some screens? Sorry. But we do have the app logo for you. It looks like this; Other info on Champ Man 15 we've received covers off the essentials: it's free-to-play, will feature 440 real-life clubs in 23 leagues from around the world, and will include all the promotions, transfers, and stats from the 2014 / 2015 seas…


Hands-on with Micromon, a monster battler that's Pokemon in all but name

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Micromon, a monster battler that's Pokemon in all but name

Some people are going to look at Micromon and get very very angry. They're going to say things like “this is such a flagrant copy of Pokemon”, and “this 'Glareon' design looks a heck of a lot like Flareon”, and “Nintendo should take these chancers to court”. But you know what? They shouldn't say those things. Because this is the closest any of us are going to come to playing a Pokemon game on iOS for at least the next 5 years. And even if Micromon is impersonating another game, it's a damn convincing impersonation. Here's my hands-on explaining more.…


Hands-on with Tank Biathlon, where tanks are raced to see which team can smash a shed in the fastest time

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Tank Biathlon, where tanks are raced to see which team can smash a shed in the fastest time

The Tank Biathlon is an actual real thing. It is, in many ways, the perfect subject for a video game: dumb, explosive, and competed in by males with a propensity for aggression. A company called Grotburn OU thinks Tank Biathlon would make a great game too, and has therefore gone and created Tank Biathlon, a free-to-play minigame collection of sorts that, as I note in the video, feels a lot like Track & Field: Tank Edition. The controls are spotty, the announcer annoying, but those visuals are very nice indeed and the concept is pretty fun. Also you drive through wooden sheds with enjoyable regularity, which is surprisingly fun.…


More free MSX games headed to iOS: Guardic and Yokai Tanken Chima Chima coming this August

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
More free MSX games headed to iOS: Guardic and Yokai Tanken Chima Chima coming this August

A couple of days back I highlighted the excellent port of Zanac by D4 Entertainment, then went hands-on with it to show you how it plays, and subsequently had a moan on Twitter that more cult classics don't get the same level of treatment when they're ported. Clearly D4 Entertainment is in agreement with me, because after blowing me away with how it handled Zanac - which features new control schemes, a sleek conversion, and is ostensibly free - the company is doing the same with other MSX games. Shmup enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on Compile's experimental shooter Guardic, that does away with linear stages and allows you to pick your own path through the game. It has contro…


Hands-on with Zanac MSX, a classic cult shooter revitalised

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Zanac MSX, a classic cult shooter revitalised

Zanac is a shoot-em-up classic, a cult one. If you're over a certain age, or a follower of shmups, you might have run into it in the past, but to everyone else it's - at best - a case of “oh yeah... I think I've heard of that”. Now's the time for you to hopefully rectify that, with this excellent port of the MSX version, titled Zanac MSX. It has touch controls, controller support, high speed emulation, and it's free. Please note: at the time of recording the game was available and then unavailable, and at the time of publication remains unavailable. We contacted D4 Enterprise to find out what's going on, and they've told us the game will be available next week. Expect to see i…


Hands-on with Motorsport Manager, the super slick game of motoring management

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Motorsport Manager, the super slick game of motoring management

I'll get this hands-on preview off to a flying start by saying the following two things; 1. This hands-on is longer than most.2. That's mostly because I didn't want to stop playing. The game is still a little way out from being released, and with this TestFlight build I played there were a handful of very minor tweaks to be made, but these trifling issues aside, I don't think I've played a deeper, better looking, more compelling management game than Motorsport Manager in years. I waffle on enough in my preview, so click play below and check it out.…


BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

Feature By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
BioShock: iOS vs Xbox 360 Graphics Comparison

As you probably already know by now, BioShock is coming to iOS later this year. Mark Brown, editor of sister site Pocket Gamer, went hands-on with an iPad build of the game earlier in the week, and shared his experience in an exclusive AppSpy video (which can be found at the bottom of the article). Having aquired some footage show ing the mobile incarnation of Rapture from publisher 2K, I decided to fire up the Xbox 360 version of BioShock and see how the iOS visuals stand up against the original console graphics. Check out the results in the video above. Though we don't have a solid release date for BioShock on iOS, we do know that it'll be live on the App Store before the year is out…


Hands-on with Touch Racing 2, the top-down free-to-play RC racer

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hands-on with Touch Racing 2, the top-down free-to-play RC racer

I don't think it's unfair to compare Touch Racing 2 with the seminal Micro Machines or the under-appreciated Circuit Breakers. Touch Racing 2 is a top-down racer where you take multiple remote controlled vehicle types - a speed boat, race car, and off-road truck - and compete against others for glory, honour, and soft currency. There are a number of control options to find the setup you like best, the visuals lick along at a solid rate, and the upgrades for each vehicle feel significant and exciting. Take a look at my hands-on with Touch Racing 2, below.…


Attention: The Military Quarter is now available in Hearthstone

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Attention: The Military Quarter is now available in Hearthstone

An army of Hearthstone fans will no doubt be excited to know that The Military Quarter has now unlocked in the card battling behemoth from Blizzard. It requires that you've already purchased previous chapters The Plague Quarter and The Arachnid Quarter, and will cost you $6.99 / £4.99 to access it. Or some Gold. Whatevs. Need stats? We got stats; Dancing SwordsDeathrattle: your opponent draws a cardMana cost: 3Attack: 4Health: 4 Spectral KnightCan't be targeted by spells or Hero PowersMana cost: 5Attack: 4Health: 6 DeathlordTaunt. Deathrattle: Your opponent puts a minion from their deck into the battlefieldMana cost: 3Attack: 2Health: 8 Baron RivendareYour minions trigger their…


Sherlock: The Network goes free-to-try on iOS, coming to Android this summer

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Sherlock: The Network goes free-to-try on iOS, coming to Android this summer

Secretly, every person who has ever watched and enjoyed the Sherlock series on the BBC, has thought to themselves: "boy, I wish I could hang out with Sherlock, Watson, Mycroft, and the gang". I guess that's why Sherlock: The Network has been rather successful amongst fans of the series, as it lets you do exactly that, all the while solving a tough case full of intrigue, drama, and slightly phoned-in performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Mark Gatiss. If you were put off by the entry price of Sherlock: The Network, you can now try the first few cases for free, to see if you dig what developer The Project Factory is laying down, and then buy the rest via a single IAP o…


Chaos Rings 3 will come to iOS and Android in Japan this October

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Chaos Rings 3 will come to iOS and Android in Japan this October

Fans of mobile JRPGs rejoice: the next instalment of Square Enix's Chaos Rings saga has a release date, announced platforms, and some new screens for you to see. The game is titled Chaos Rings III and will be available on iOS and Android (with a special edition going to PlayStation Vita called Chaos Rings 3 Prequel Trilogy). The mobile versions will likely be identical, though the Vita outing will come with some extra fluff and a prologue explaining the events of the series to-date. Date? October 16th in Japan. Price? 2800 yen, which is about £19.49 / $27.99. Western release confirmed? Not yet, but we're chasing Square Enix for details. Hyped for Chaos Rings III? Let us know. F…


MSX shooter Zanac has received a stunningly good port on iOS

News By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
MSX shooter Zanac has received a stunningly good port on iOS

Classic games don't often get treated very well when a company ports them over to mobiles, but D4 Enterprise has blown me away with its treatment of Compile's legendary shoot-em-up Zanac, which has just been released on iOS. In Zanac, you pilot the AFX-6502 Zanac as you try to overcome the System, a race of bio-droids who are planning on destroying all of humanity. The game is generally recognised as a significant step forward for the shmup genre, and one step closer to the bullet-hell titles so popular today - the action is fast and explosive, there are plenty of power-ups, and enemies attack you from both air and land. This iOS version of Zanac is a straight port of the original MSX v…


Hands-on with Primitives Puzzle in Time, the minimalist puzzler that pits you against the clock

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hands-on with Primitives Puzzle in Time, the minimalist puzzler that pits you against the clock

Like many brilliant iOS games that have come before it, the core idea of Primitives Puzzle in Time is a simple one: drag a line from a starting point to a finish collecting stars along the way. And like those brilliant iOS game, there's a twist: you're against the clock, which only ticks down if you're drawing a line. Objects in the world only move when you do, opening and closing windows that represent your best opportunity to complete the dozens of stages included in the download. Believe me, nabbing all three stars in a stage is no mean feat. Primitives Puzzle in Time is minimal in its presentation, but a titanic challenge, and humongous fun. Take a look at my video for info.…


Hands-on with Why Does It Spin?, the action puzzler that will leave you spinning

Feature By Peter Willington, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with Why Does It Spin?, the action puzzler that will leave you spinning

In Why Does It Spin? you control a slowly rotating stick and must guide it through an obstacle course without touching the sides. It's a bit Operation, a tad Marble Madness, and a whole lot Kuru Kuru Kururin. Never mind what its influences are though, because the important thing you should know is that I really liked what I played of Why Does It Spin? during my hands-on time with it. Here's why.…