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Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Colossatron: Massive World Threat Hands-On

Colossatron: Massive World Threat, Halfbrick's monstrous take on the match-three genre, will go live on the App Store at midnight tonight. Match-three games are big business nowadays, with the like of Candy Crush Saga reaping millions of dollars on a monthly basis. However, Australian developer Halfbrick has approached the genre from a drastically different - and rather ingenious - angle. You have to monitor the progress of a giant snake-like robot which comes crashing down to earth with the intention of destroying everything in its path. Your specific job is to bolt coloured modules onto the body of the snake as and when they appear. Snap on three matching modules in a row, and your su…


Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Cut the Rope 2 Hands-On

Candy-catching sequel Cut the Rope 2 has just appeared on the New Zealand App Store. It'll be heading to the UK and US at midnight tonight, and will cost 69p / 99c. This time around, developer Zeptolab has freed loveable green monster Om Nom from his boxy prison. Turns out he's been abducted by spiders, and must munch his way through a variety of outdoor environments in order to get home. Beyond the visual changes, Cut the Rope 2 features a couple of new gamplay mechanics, and some extra characters. To help Om Nom on his quest, you'll need to take control of 5 Nommines, each of whom have a special ability.  For example, in the hands-on video above, you'll see me interact with a Nom…


Ghost no more: real-time multiplayer comes to Real Racing 3

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Ghost no more: real-time multiplayer comes to Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 has expanded the scope of its multiplayer mode, with a new update now letting you compete wirelessly with other racers in real-time. When Real Racing 3 first appeared on the App Store earlier this year, EA and developer Firemonkeys made a point of promoting the game's Time Shifted Multiplayer feature.  This neat innovation let you compete against the ghosts of other players in your Game Center list, even when those players were offline. However, due to popular demand, the Real Racing 3 team has decided to update its popular free-to-play racer with a good old-fashioned mutliplayer mode, allowing you to go head-to-head against your friends in real-time.  Accompany…


The Walking Dead: Season Two is now available for iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
The Walking Dead: Season Two is now available for iPhone and iPad

Grab your hankies and prepare to have your heart broken all over again: The Walking Dead: Season 2 has just gone live on the App Store. The first episode in this continuation of the multi award-winning interactive drama reunites us with plucky young survivor Clementine as she tries to find her way through a world ravaged by zombies. If you've played through the first season of The Walking Dead on iOS, then the decisions you made will carry over into the new narrative, directly affecting the way in which this season's story unfolds. Expect a review of the first episode very soon. If you just can't wait to find out what has happened to Clementine, then you can download Episode 1 of The Walk…


Nintendo looking to experiment with smartphones and tablets

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Nintendo looking to experiment with smartphones and tablets

If there's one prevailing line of discussion related to gaming I've heard more than any other this year, it's that Nintendo should change its status from a console manufacturer to a third party publisher. Basically, people think they should stop making consoles and handhelds, and put their games on other systems, and especially smartphones and tablets. "Think of how Pokemon would sell on the iPhone" the advocates of such change insist. However, while it seems like a good idea of the surface, one has to wonder about the financial validity of selling a game for a few dollars on iOS that you've been selling in the millions this year on 3DS handheld at a much higher retail price. Nintendo is…


Apple unveils its Games of the Year for 2013

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Apple unveils its Games of the Year for 2013

It's that time of the year when everyone is compiling their best of the year lists, and Apple have just dropped theirs on the App Store. I think you will find the results surprising. In the category of iPhone games, the winner is Ridiculous Fishing, a game that recieved a high amount of critical praise, and a pretty glowing review from us earlier in the year. Congrats to Vlambeer and his tale of redemption! Runners up in this category were Simogo's Device 6, and Epoch 2 from Uppercut Games. I'm quite surprised to see Device 6 take the runner-up spot over Year Walk, as it seemed to be talked about a lot more, but there you go. And while we weren't as excited about Epoch 2 as others might ha…


Gling requires some circular logic to understand

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Gling requires some circular logic to understand

...cause you're drawing circles to get the glow worm to the flower. Comedy! Anyways, check out this brief gameplay trailer for Gling. It's got a unique gameplay mechanic that has the potential to get downright devious in later levels. The game is available now, and is free. [App Store Link]…


Dead Trigger 2's Christmas update adds new missions, nearly doubles the size of the game

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Dead Trigger 2's Christmas update adds new missions, nearly doubles the size of the game

It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that I was telling you about the latest Dead Trigger 2 update. Though, admittedly, that's probably because it was only a couple of weeks ago. However, Madfinger has decided that 50 new missions isn't going to be enough to see you through the apocalyptic hell that is Christmas dinner with your family. To remedy this, the dev has decided you give you an extra 150 missions via a brand new festive update. The free expansion, which apparently doubles the size of the game, features new environments located in China. We doubt you'll have much time to admire the splendours of the orient, though, as you'll be too busy blasting through the extended story m…


Clementine returns to iOS this week in The Walking Dead: Season Two

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Clementine returns to iOS this week in The Walking Dead: Season Two

Telltale is poised to release the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two on iOS this week. With reviews of the console and Steam versions of the interactive zombie drama's second coming appearing all over the internet, we were naturally a little curious as to when it would shamble onto the App Store. Handily, Telltale answered our question via Twitter, revealing that iPhone and iPad owners will be able to continue Clementine's tale before the week is over. The Walking Dead: Season Two picks up a few months after the first series - and the expansion episode 400 Days - left off, with Clementine still trying to stay alive in a zombie-infested world.  If you've already played t…


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

With both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City already available on the App Store, it was only a matter of time before Rockstar's first journey to San Andreas got the touchscreen treatment. Completing the PS2-era trilogy, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the biggest and most ambitious sandbox Rockstar had ever created. This '90s flavoured tale of street gangs and turf warfare was an enormous game, both in terms of geography and scope. It offered players the chance to…

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Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Tomb Raider I | Hands-On

During my daily trawl through the App Store's latest releases, I unearthed an ancient artifact of historical significance. Though it's not quite The Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant, the original Tomb Raider is an important chapter in the Big Book o' Videogames. It introduced the world to gaming's most recognisable female protagonist, Lara Croft. It was one of the first forays into the realm of full-3D platforming. And it's now available for your iPhone and iPad.  To see how Core Design's classic action-adventure game holds up some 17 years after its release, I went hands-on with Square Enix's new iOS port. Here are the results: You can download Tomb Raider I for 69p / 99c r…


Visit ice planet Cryo in festive Junk Jack X update

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Visit ice planet Cryo in festive Junk Jack X update

Christmas has come early to block-based building bonanza Junk Jack X, with a new update adding a ton of festive content to the game. First off, players will notice the appearence of a new planet in the Junk Jack X universe. It's called Cryo, and it's covered in ice, so you'll want pour some anti-freeze on that gold-plated pickaxe. Ice isn't the only weather-related phenomenon you'll be dealing with, however. The update also brings with it a real time weather system, complete with rain and snow conditions.  You won't be trudging through drizzle without a purpose, either. There are now additional objects to build and position, plus new block types and plants to discover. If the snow…


Unlock every chapter for 69p / 99c in Ghost Trick holiday sale

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Unlock every chapter for 69p / 99c in Ghost Trick holiday sale

Just a quick heads up for all you app spys out there. Ghost Trick Phantom Detective is, of course, free to download. Thus it cannot go on sale, and thus it will never show up on the handy little price drop widgit we have on the right of the screen there. I am here to tell you that Capcom have lowered the IAP meaning you can now unlock all the chapters for 69p / 99c. You heard that right folks - just under a dollar to own one of the more intriguing DS adventures that made its way to the iOS platform. If you're still on the fence, check out our review, or click our link below to take you to the iTunes page. [App Store Link]…


Despite its name, Urp! doesn't look like it will give you indigestion

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Despite its name, Urp! doesn't look like it will give you indigestion

Unless you watch the trailer and eat everything that it shows up! Hiyoo!  Perhaps you should just watch the trailer... While the art is a bit stock standard, the level design looks quite impressive, using the different layers, and maze-like paths of the entire rotation of the level to the game's advantage. Exploring might be as enjoyable as solving the puzzles. Urp! is available in the App Store right now for $1.99 (AU) if you're interested. [App Store Link]…