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Skylanders Trap Team™ iPad Review

Skylanders Trap Team™ iPad Review

Rather than try to make a spin-off, or a severely compromised portable version, Activision has made Skylanders Trap Team a full console quality experience. It's a sight to behold, and even though it practically requires the Portal be used with it at all times, it's a small price to pay. Watch the video above to hear the full review. Read the review transcript over on Pocket Gamer.…

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War Thunder live action trailer commemorates soldiers on the Russian Front during World War II

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks ago
War Thunder live action trailer commemorates soldiers on the Russian Front during World War II

Video games are a wonderful kind of fantasy: each title a virtual universe governed by its own rules, an alternative reality that can be anything, shaped into whatever we like. The real world is far crueller. It has wars where one side incorrectly believes it has the right to wipe entire races off the face of the Earth. Where people give their lives, willingly or unwillingly, in the pursuit of the ideologies of those in charge. War Thunder's new live action video effort is a surprisingly thoughtful nod to the latter, while promoting one of their products from the former. I can't quite work out if it's in good taste, so I'll let you decide for yourself...…


Hands-on with Skullduggery!, the head-banging, bone-bouncing platformer

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Skullduggery!, the head-banging, bone-bouncing platformer

Skullduggery! is a game about banging your head against a wall. Not the frustrated 'I've just locked my keys in the car and now I have to walk to Shropshire' headbanging, you understand. No, Skullduggery! is all about tactically bouncing your bonce off of flat surfaces to navigate your way across side-scrolling levels. To reach the the pipe at the end of each maze you must pull back on your brain stem, before releasing your finger and launching your bony face into the great unknown. To see this macabre mechanic in action, check out our hands-on video above.…


Hands-on with Terra Battle, the RPG puzzler from the creator of Final Fantasy

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks ago
Hands-on with Terra Battle, the RPG puzzler from the creator of Final Fantasy

Terra Battle is an RPG puzzler with a rare pedigree. Though it might not look like it at first glance, this tile-based fantasy experience is the brainchild of Hironobu Sakaguchi, the mastermind behind RPG classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. The game's combat system is based around sliding tiles alongside foes to perform attacks. Flank a foe with two heros, and you'll do more damage. There's a rock-paper-scissors dynamic at play which is dependant on whether your your enemy is weilding a sword, a spear, or a bow. This means you have to think about which hero is best equipped to fight each nasty, and how best to align and combine their powers with other members of your squad.…


Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 weeks ago
Monster Hunter Freedom Friday fan video makes us do a little weepy

Our dear Twitch stream regular Curtneedsaride, also known as Curtis Shideler, joined us for our regular Monster Hunter Freedom Unite last Friday and popped the above video in the chat room towards the end of our session. Collecting moments and sound bites from our glorious past broadcasts, it brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the AppSpy office. Very much appreciated Curt - should you ever need that ride we'll be happy to pick you up on the AppSpy bus (er... if it's ever in your neck of the woods). Remember to join us over on Twitch every Friday at 5pm BST / 9am PDT for Monster Hunter Freedom Friday! *mouth horn noises*  …


Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Marvel: Contest of Champions, the surprisingly sprightly gesture-based brawler

Though we admit that there's plenty of Marvel games on iOS (or any platform, for that matter), it might be worth adding Marvel: Contest of Champions to your watch list. Soft-launched in Denmark only hours ago, the game is a gesture-based brawler in the vein of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Orgins. The thing is, where those games always felt kinda slow and gluey on iOS, Marvel: Contest of Champions jumps, spins, and zings around the screen with joyful, hyperactive energy. It'll probably be a while before the game is available worldwide, but check out our hands-on video above to see the game in action. …


Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Hands-on with Skylanders: Trap Team, the toy-powered platformer which may cost you a fortune

These days, a child-centric game franchise is nothing without a warehouse full of plastic toys to accompany it. Disney Infinity has its Jack Sparrow and Sully figure waiting to be teleported into the game via a magical portal. Even Angry Birds has a line of polypropylene models of its squawking stars which you can plug into the action via some clever camera scanning tech. However, the grandaddy of the toy / game hybrid is the Skylanders series. Centred around a race of weird warrior creatures, this kiddy-friendly franchise was encouraging parents to part with additional cash to stock their childrens' shelves with figurines before it was cool. This week, Skylanders: Trap Team arrives on…


I'm not fibbing: this is the first gameplay video of Majestic Nights

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
I'm not fibbing: this is the first gameplay video of Majestic Nights

We've had our all-seeing eye on Majestic Nights since it was originally announced back in July, but it's only now that we're starting to see what this curious number's all about. This gameplay walkthrough shows off the traditional point and click elements, branching story options, cover-based shooting, and more, as we follow John Cardholder through this dark episodic adventure about conspiracy theories, set against the backdrop of yuppies, neon, and pop culture of a stylised 1980s.…


Skullduggery! will ask you to use your head from October 9th

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Skullduggery! will ask you to use your head from October 9th

ClutchPlay Games' new platformer has you rolling a skull around multiple lands across various times, taking on the afterlife with a combination of action puzzle solving and headshots, grabbing treasures, and trying to return home alive. Well... still dead, but less dead than you might be. That bit's a tad confusing. Best just watch the trailer for Skullduggery!, and see if you fancy checking it out when it comes to the iOS App Store on October 9th.…


Want to make your own level in Angry Birds? This video will show you how

News By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Want to make your own level in Angry Birds? This video will show you how

Rovio is set to celebrate its fifth BirdDay by allowing selected players to create the levels for their next update to Angry Birds. All you need to do is visit the official website, pick a theme, then submit your idea in the form of a photo or a drawing. The winners will be included in the BirdDay episode for Angry Birds when it launches on December 11th.…


Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 12

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Learn how to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite with AppSpy - Part 12

It was a week of failure. Harry's Internet was playing silly billys, and though James and I could play online in Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, we totally smashed our heads against the walls of the following missions: Supreme Ruler of the Swamp and The King of the Mountains. On the bright side of things though, we did start up our Multiplayer Meeting Post, so that's something. Want to see us not fail? Try one of these episodes.…


TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
TGS 2014: Hands-on with Chaos Rings 3, the surprisingly colourful new chapter of Square Enix's mobile RPG favourite

It's fair to say that Chaos Rings, the ongoing fantasy RPG series, has had a bit of a facelift since the last time we saw it. Just a quick glance at our exclusive footage of Chaos Rings III will reveal a sequel bursting with colour, 3D environments, and dudes with spikey hair.  Though this cartoony boldness may be par for the course with an RPG like Kingdom Hearts, the Chaos Rings franchise has always been a little more gritty and muted where its colour palette was concerned. However, the graphics aren't the only thing that's new about Chaos Rings III. Watch the video above to learn more.…


5 Beach Buggy Racing shortcut videos to make you feel the need for speed

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
5 Beach Buggy Racing shortcut videos to make you feel the need for speed

Shortcuts: you love 'em, I love 'em, Dick Dastardly loves 'em. They're in plentiful supply in Beach Buggy Racing, if you know where to look. Thankfully some of the community playing Beach Buggy Racing has taken to uploading video replays to Kamcord, to both show off their 1334 gaming skills, and reveal where the juiciest secrets are squirrelled away. Here's five of the best. Shortcuts in the snow! Shortcuts in the jungle! Shortcuts at the resort! Shortcuts on the pier! Shortcuts in the temple! Which are blocked! But you still get the idea! Found a cool shortcut in Beach Buggy Racing? Want to brag about it? Pop a link to a video of yours in the comments.…


Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

Feature By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Hands-on with The Banner Saga, the chilly RPG adventure with massive horns

The Banner Saga started life as a Kickstarter project. Unlike some of these crowd funded products, however, this one actually came to fruition, and turned out to be pretty good. Though it's been available on PC for some time, this story-driven action-RPG has only just appeared on iOS. I walk you through the game's storytelling dynamics and showcase the intricate combat in the video above. …