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Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

We've done some funny thing on our iOS devices over the years. We've chucked birds at pigs. We've cut ropes to feed candy to a small green monster.  However, we've never guided a naked man on a bicycle across an ever-shifting plane of ice and snow. Until now. You see, this bizarre scenario is precisely what you'll be faced with if you download new puzzle-platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice. Created as a kind of quasi-sequel to one of developer Damp Gnat's Flash games, Icycle: On Thin Ice comprises a series of gorgeous-looking multi-screen levels. The aim is to get your nude cyclist across the screen, collecting objects and cash - and (hopefully) picking up some clothes - along the way.…


Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

If you happen to live in New Zealand, you may have noticed that you can now download Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! from the App Store. While I don't live in New Zealand, I do have a magical portal which allows me to cross time zones, download games from faraway lands, and zip back to Blighty before my Cornflakes go soggy. Thanks to this geography-defying temporal disturbance, I have managed to coax the feathery racer onto my iPhone, and record a little hands-on so that the rest of you can see what you're missing. Remember, this is the soft launch version of Angry Birds Go!, so the game may change between now and the game's global release date, December 11th…


Tiger Style website reveals new game as Spider sequel

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Tiger Style website reveals new game as Spider sequel

About a month ago, Tiger Style, the developer behind Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, and Waking Mars put up a new website with a cryptic screenshot and quote. Here at Appspy we were quite excited at the prospect of a new game from the studio considering their track record. Well it's official now, the new game is titled Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, and is a sequel to the exploration focused leap-a-thon that the first Spider offered its players. The game is scheduled for Spring 2014, so there's a ways to go, but it looks like it will be a cross-platform release. You can keep up to date by following the developers via social media links at the bottom…


Angry Birds Go! soft launches in the New Zealand App Store

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Angry Birds Go! soft launches in the New Zealand App Store

That's good news for all you kiwi Angry Birds fans. The Angry Birds kart racer has shown up in the New Zealand App Store a couple of weeks before its December 11th release date. This soft launch may be like other soft launches, in that Rovio is testing out the free-to-play mechanics in a smaller economy, and tweaking where necessary. Yup, the game is free-to-play, but it is yet to be seen how in-app purchases will affect play itself. To remind you of what the game looks like, here's the gameplay trailer if you haven't seen it... The game looks gorgeous, and the karts, characters, and weapons all look like they contribute to a fun mobile kart racing time. We'll let you know more upon…


Gesture your way to victory with Blek

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Gesture your way to victory with Blek

I love to be surprised by ingenuity in game concepts, and the upcoming Blek by a team of brothers in Vienna certainly qualifies. I could explain how you collect dots by using gesture input, but that wouldn't sound very impressive, so I'll let the trailer explain things instead. One can only imagine the horrors awaiting in the later levels. Nevertheless, it looks like a fantastic new brand of puzzle game. It's out next week on December 3rd for the iPad. You best start practising your swiping in a straight line now.…


Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Assassin's Creed Pirates | Hands-On

Ubisoft has just announced that Assassin's Creed Pirates, its seafaring iOS tie-in to console release Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, will drop anchor in App Store waters on December 5th. However, it just so happens that we've got our hooked hands on a preview build of the privateering sim, and have been putting it through its peg-legged paces. Cast as salty scoundrel Alonzo Batilla, you must sail the seas of the Caribbean blowing up other ships, looting treasure, and generally being a bit piratey. If you want to see what all of that looks like, then cast your eyes over our hands-on video below, in which I guide you through the first 15 minutes of the game.…


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming to iOS next month

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming to iOS next month

It was inevitable, we suppose. After the critical and commercial success of the iOS versions of GTA III and GTA: Vice City, it was only a matter of time before Rockstar got around to porting its first Los Angeles-inspired epic to iPhone and iPad. Well, it turns out that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to tear up the App Store in December. That's THIS December. Next month. Within four weeks. Just like the other iOS ports in the crime sim series, GTA: San Andreas will feature contextual touchscreen controls. According to a press release from Rockstar, there will be no less than three different control variations for steering vehicles, and support for those new iOS controllers we'…


Catch your breath in surreal adventure The Inner World, out on iOS tomorrow

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Catch your breath in surreal adventure The Inner World, out on iOS tomorrow

Surreal point-and-click adventure The Inner World is set to appear on the App Store tomorrow. This unusual story charts the exploits of Robert, a court musician with a flute for a nose. When his monastery's air supply is cut off, Robert must team up with roguish accomplice Laura to reactivate the wind fountains, and save the land from suffocation. As you can see from the trailer (below), the developer has opted to set simple, hand-drawn character designs against more detailed backdrops.  The Inner World received fair reviews when it landed on PC, with players heaping praise upon the game's unique and bizarre environments. We've yet to see how the puzzle mechanics will translate ont…


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years | Hands-On

As we reported yesterday, Square Enix has just released its 3D revamp of pseudo sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Picking up some 17 years after the events of Final Fantasy IV, the game lets you revisit old characters, and explore new storylines over several self-contained chapters. This is a Square Enix game, so the barrier for entry is pretty high - £10.99 / $15.99 to be exact.  While we will be reviewing The After Years, these RPGs take a little time to complete. To tide you over in the meantime, we've gone hands-on with the game and posted to the results for your perusal. [App Store link]…


Games Workshop classic Space Hulk coming to iPad on December 5th

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Games Workshop classic Space Hulk coming to iPad on December 5th

The iOS version of Games Workshop's tabletop classic Space Hulk will stomp onto iPads everywhere next week. Set in the Warhammer 40K universe and developed by Full Control, the tactical isometric blaster will recreate the Sin of Damnation campaign from the original game. As with most Space Hulk scenarios, this campaign involves guiding your squad of Space Marine Terminators through the claustrophobic corridors of an abandoned ship, fending off attacks from multi-limbed Genestealers. Though Space Hulk is only coming to iPads (sorry, iPhone owners) it will support cross-platform multiplayer, allowing you to do battle with other commanders via iPad, PC, and Mac. Space Hulk will go live on t…


History walks on four legs in remake of strategy classic M.U.L.E.

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
History walks on four legs in remake of strategy classic M.U.L.E.

If you've played a mutliplayer strategy game during last 15 years, then chances are you've been indirectly affected by the influence of M.U.L.E. One of the first titles to allow four players to compete on a single system, M.U.L.E. didn't break records commercially. However, its merging of real time and turn-based strategy gameplay did pave the way for many of the tactical multiplayer games we enjoy today. Now, the folks at Comma 8 Studio have taken it upon themselves to remake M.U.L.E. for iOS devices. Check out the trailer below: As in the original, M.U.L.E. Returns requires you to manage economic considerations and fend off foes while you attempt to colonise a planet. To achieve all t…


Land, ho! Ubisoft to release Assassin's Creed Pirates on December 5th

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Land, ho! Ubisoft to release Assassin's Creed Pirates on December 5th

Get ready to haul anchor, hoist the mainsail, and prime the cannons: Assassin's Creed Pirates is coming to iOS next week. A spin-off to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, this seabound adventure puts you in control of a sleuthing seadog named Alonzo Batilla. It's up to you to maintain Batilla's vessel and look after your crew as you sail across the Caribbean in search of the answer to an ancient - and probably profitable - riddle. Though the character interactions are handled via crude text bubbles, you will get the chance to steer your ship and do battle with other pirate vessels in real time. Early impressions are promising, with the game comprising loads of different combat mini-games…


Revisit the past today in Square Enix sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Revisit the past today in Square Enix sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Square has released its 2008 epilogue game Final Fantasy IV: The After Years onto the App Store. Originally released for mobiles in Japan, then later in episodic form on the Wii, the game picks up 17 years after the events of Final Fantasy IV. Over the course of 10 chapters, you will take control of numerous characters and complete mini-quests in an effort to once again save the world from evil. Like the DS remake (and subsequent iOS port) of Final Fantasy IV, this version of The After Years boasts newly-created 3D visuals. However, though the visuals gave been modernised, the series' turn-based combat system remains unaltered. The game comes with the predictably high price tag of £…


Shivah Review

Review Wadjet Eye Games LLC By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Shivah Review

Earlier in the year, Wadjet Eye Games brought their critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure Gemini Rue to the App Store. Before Gemini Rue, however, Dave Gilbert created The Shivah, a game which won him an adventure game competition and led to the formation of his company. Now all these years later, he's decided to upgrade the visuals to create the Kosher Edition. The question, of course, is whether the game holds up all these years later, and if it has made the transition to iOS unscath…

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Strand Review

Review Beachfront Media LLC By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Strand Review

Long-time fans of AppSpy should know of our love for puzzle games. Still, when a developer takes a simple idea such as connecting together numbers and circles by lines, then realises it with the level of style evident in Strand, it's difficult not to take note. Each board in the game features a group of circles. These circles are identified by a number, which identifies how many connections need to be attached to it. To create a strand and make a connection, you drag your finger from…

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