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Smash Hit Review

Review Mediocre AB By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Smash Hit Review

If we had to invent a genre label for Smash Hit, we'd have to go with endless-shatterer. It's a fitting title for a game which involves flying unendingly forward through a world of glass, using marbles to shatter any obstacles in your path. This is harder than it sounds, however. Colliding with any object in the world sees you dropping ten of your marbles. Once they are all gone, it's game over. Thus selective and judicious hurling is what is required to successfully navigate fr…

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Knock-Knock. Who's there? AppSpy live on Twitch at 5pm GMT

News By Peter Willington, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Knock-Knock. Who's there? AppSpy live on Twitch at 5pm GMT

If you're about at 5pm GMT / 9am PST, then James and I would love to have you join us on the AppSpy Twitch channel. Well, I definitely would like you to join us. James probably doesn't want that many people tuning in, since he'll be making a fool of himself live on The Internet, screaming like a big girl's blouse as he tries to play creepy horror title Knock-Knock by Ice-Pick Lodge. But don't worry about James's feelings. Come and witness the horror of a manchild shrieking at an iPad in the dark. Join us. JOIN USSSSSSSS... Watch live video from AppSpy on www.twitch.tv…


Play the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game on your iPad

News By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Play the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game on your iPad

It was 1984 when Infocom's original The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game released. Now, 30 years later, the game is playable for free on the BBC 4 Extra website. The 30th Anniversary Edition of the game keeps Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky's original text adventure intact. However,  the interface has been given a visual overhaul to update it for a modern audience. This new look improves the gameplay, too. A visual representation of your current location allows you to keep track of interactive items. It also records how many moves you have made, letting you beat yourself up about your inefficient problem solving after each session. Keeping the original adventure intact m…


Free-to-play Facebook RPG Game of Thrones: Ascent coming to iOS

News By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Free-to-play Facebook RPG Game of Thrones: Ascent coming to iOS

Disruptor Beam and Kongregate have just announced a partnership that will bring the Game of Thrones: Ascent strategy RPG to iOS this spring. Game of Thrones: Ascent was originally released as a free-to-play RPG via Kongegate and Facebook. Set in Westerous, the game asks you to align yourself with one of the noble houses which rule the land, and undertake missions in order to increase your faction's standing and influence. It seems that this iOS edition of Game of Thrones: Ascent will bring with it all of the features of the Facebook version – even allowing you to sync accounts and continue your game on the go. It' important to note that is game has nothing to do wit…


Meets the stars of Telltale's upcoming adventure Tales from the Borderlands

By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Meets the stars of Telltale's upcoming adventure Tales from the Borderlands

Telltale has revealed the first story details of its upcoming episodic adventure Tales from the Borderlands.  Speaking on a panel at interactive conference SXSW, the creators of The Walking Dead: The Game explained that the new game, which is set in Gearbox's Borderlands universe, will focus on two new characters: a cyborg businessman called Rhys, and suave con artist named Fiona. According to Telltale's Kevin Bruner, the story will play out from the perspectives of both characters, leaving the player to decide who - if anyone - is telling the truth. "You never really play what actually happened," explains Bruner. "You're playing a Big Fish version of what happened." Rather than cha…


Feed smoothies to an Andalusian donkey with latest Hay Day update

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Feed smoothies to an Andalusian donkey with latest Hay Day update

The latest update to insanely popular farming sim Hay Day adds an important item which no farmer should be without: a smoothie maker. We've no idea how this fruit and yoghurt-blending contraptions work within the context of the game, so we're going to assume you strap it to a cow's udders and then feed it strawberries. Arguably more important than a smoothie maker, however, is the newly added ability to expand your land beyond its current limits. Once you've increased acreage, you can beautify your farm with new paths, fences, and other cosmetic flourishes. Finally, if you get bored of playing with the cows, you can get to know the newest member of Hay Day's menagerie: the Analusian donke…


New trailer for starship shooter Space Noir looks suitably spectacular

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
New trailer for starship shooter Space Noir looks suitably spectacular

N-Fusion interactive has just revealed the first trailer for Space Noir, a visually impressive space shooter due to dock with your iPad this summer. First, lets get the explanatory legwork out of the way. You assume the role of a bounty hunter chappy named Hal Markham. With the assistance of his AI companion Rhonda, you have to zoom around deep space blasting the frak out of any ship which stands between you and your mission objective. You'll have 35 different missions to complete, all of which will be divided up over five alien worlds. These missions have been cooked up by the guys behind first-person shooter Deux Ex: The Fall, so expect lots of cyberchatter, and an air of oppressive hope…


Block Fortress: War Review

Review Foursaken Media By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Block Fortress: War Review

Block Fortress: War brings a new level of strategy to Foursaken Media's Block Fortress franchise. A mix of tower-defence, direct hero control, and resource management, it offers a wealth of tactical options. However, while the choices are plentiful, they can lead to unnecessary confusion. Block Fortress: War's complexity comes from how it weaves it mechanics together. No one feature is difficult to mangage in isolation. But to be competitive you have to master them all. Take the…

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Rovio reveals fantasy-themed teaser for new 'epic' Angry Birds game

News By James Gilmour, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Rovio reveals fantasy-themed teaser for new 'epic' Angry Birds game

Rovio has just released an "Epic" trailer for an as-yet unnamed Angry Birds game. And, by the looks of things, the world-conquering franchise is about to step into the realms of fantasy. The video itself (see below) opens on a handsomely rendered suit of armour. The camera rises up the suit while a bombastic, Skyrim-esque choir and the sound of swords clashing swell in the background. Once the camera reaches the helmet, the pops open to reveal the Red Bird sitting inside. Given the fantasy theme of the teaser, it wouldn't be huge leap to suggest that the Angry Birds are going a bit sword-and-sorcery for their next adventure. In fact, as Angry Birds Nest spotted, if you pause Rovio's New…


Devious Dungeon Review

Review Ravenous Games Inc. By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Devious Dungeon Review

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true then last year's PC roguelike, Rogue Legacy, must be feeling pretty good about now, because Ravenous Games's new title, Devious Dungeon, borrows heavily from it. Both titles see you venturing through an ever-changing dungeon to defeat a reawakened evil. Success requires precision platforming skills, and a healthy dose of procedurally-generated luck. It is this combination of chance and challenge that makes the game…

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Nuclear armageddon sim First Strike to hit the App Store on March 12th

News By Glen Fox, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Nuclear armageddon sim First Strike to hit the App Store on March 12th

You know those plans for world domination you have tucked away? Well, prepare to put them to the test on March 12th, when nuclear strategy simulation First Strike is released on the App Store. First Strike is an RTS at heart. It features the same base-building, territory expansion and upgrade researching typical of the genre. The main innovation here is the game's interface, which takes the form of a rotating, fully-interactive globe. The premise is simple: you take control of a real country armed with nuclear weapons (otherwise known as a 'superpower'), and then set about conquering your neighbours. Putting your plan into action involves building a variety of nuclear weapons to attack…


Where's My Water? 2 gets 40 new levels in free update

News By Glen Fox, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Where's My Water? 2 gets 40 new levels in free update

The sequel to the Disney's water-themed physics puzzler  Where's My Water? has just received a sizeable update. Players will now have access to 40 new levels spanning two new locations: Pirate Cove and "Party in the Park. Also included are 70 challenges and six collectibles, as well as all new 'balloon mechanics'. As in Swampy the alligator's first mobile outing, Where's My Water? 2 has you carving a path though rock and soil to funnel water into a waiting pipe. Reptilian associates Allie and Cranky also make a return, each bringing their own unique twists to the gameplay. The game and new update is available now, and can be downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad free-of-charge. Check…


Fast-paced join-the-dots game Glint is out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Fast-paced join-the-dots game Glint is out now on iPhone and iPad

Yesterday saw Glint, a colourful, fast-paced game of join-the-dots, hit the App Store. Initially, all Glint asks you to do is use your finger to connect colourful dots. Any combination of two or more dots will disappear when you swipe across them. The aim to clear the screen quickly enough to prevent the play area from overflowing. The initially gentle pace does not last long, however. You soon be swiping against the clock, playing for time by ushering smaller, uncollectable dots into the hole at the bottom of the screen.  Eventually, you'll have to manage explosive dots, collectible rings, and score multiplying power-ups. Glint is a good example of how the simplest of concept…


Puzzle RPG Block Legend now available for iPhone and iPad

News By Glen Fox, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Puzzle RPG Block Legend now available for iPhone and iPad

Retro RPG puzzler Block Legend is now available from the App Store. The game sees you choosing from a large cast of heroes and performing classic JRPG tasks such as fighting monsters, exploring towns and completing a number of quests in a variety of regions. Traditional JRPG this is not, however, as the majority of the gameplay takes the form of a tile-breaking puzzle game. From the looks of the trailer, you'll be matching coloured tiles to gain experience, power up attacks, and defeat a horde or pixel-art beasties. You can download Block Legend from the App Store right now for a mere £1.49 / $1.99. Bear in mind the game contains no IAPs, so that one-off purchase is all yo…


There she blows! Assassin's Creed Pirates gets whale hunting in latest update

News By Alex Beech, 7 months, 3 weeks ago
There she blows! Assassin's Creed Pirates gets whale hunting in latest update

Being a pirate ain't all sword fighting and rum, you know. Sometimes you have to get down to the messy stuff – whale hunting, that were the real money is. Luckily, Ubisoft has just released an update to Assassin's Creed Pirates which adds whale hunting to the navel warfare gameplay. As well as letting you harpoon the gentle giants of the deep, the update also brings a handful of other new features. Those of a zoologically persuasion will be able to collect 50 species of Caribbean fish. If this isn't your cup of grog, however, there are also two new ships and six additional boss fights to unlock. A survival mode wraps up the list of updates, challenging you to live though a wave…