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Galaxy Run is an auto-runner... platformer... puzzler... kind of

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Galaxy Run is an auto-runner... platformer... puzzler... kind of

Rez has crashlanded on an unknown planet. The easiest way to repair his ship and get home is by running through a set of increasingly dangerous levels. Spiel Studios wished to create an auto-runner with single screen levels, slowly adding to the challenge and variety of the gameplay on offer. From the few examples shown in the trailer, it looks like they might have hit the ground running with the right formula (joke!). The has a one-touch control system, and will be available on December 4th for 69p / 99c. …


See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
See a giant floating skull bleed in the first trailer for Hero Siege

There's no shortage of top-down hack-'n'-slash games on iOS, especially ones with retro visuals. However, we do have to give the first trailer for dungeon-crawling gore factory Hero Siege props for cramming so much carnage into two minutes. The video wastes no time with pesky details like back story or character motivation, and cuts straight to the gratuitous blood-letting. Rats, skeletons, a giant death mask which hovers eerily in mid-air - all are remorselessly slashed to ribbons within the first 30 seconds. Check it out: The game's helmed protagonist isn't some psychotic wading through a cloud of red mist, though. In fact, he's performing a public service by saving the kingdom…


Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Robot cover-shooter Epoch.2 scraps launch price, now 50% off

Fans of hiding behind vertical surfaces with guns clasped purposefully in their hands might have noticed Epoch.2 popping up on the App Store last week. The chromed cover-shooter picks up the hydraulic baton from its 2011 predecessor. It features the same swipe-to-conceal, tap-to-target mechanics as the first game, but has been upgraded with a fresh story and some shiny new weapons. In celebration of its launch, Uppercut Games has decided to lower the price of Epoch.2 to £1.99 / $2.99. That's a 50% cut, if you're counting. Anyone who's on the fence should probably check out our hands-on with Epoch.2, which you can find below. The price drop is only temporary, though, so bear that in…


Don't Shoot Yourself! Review

Review Ayopa Games LLC By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Don't Shoot Yourself! Review

“Don't shoot yourself!” Once just sensible piece of advice, this statement is now the title of an iOS game. This game has a simple premise: survive long enough to shoot 100 bullets. How hard can that be? As you might expect, it's tougher than it sounds. You take control of a small arrow which finds itself trapped inside a number of oddly-shaped prisons. Normally this solitude would be good for such activities as introspection and self-discovery. But the arrow has a problem…

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See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
See the first Cut the Rope 2 teaser trailer

Zeptolab has just released the first teaser trailer for monster-feeding sequel Cut the Rope 2.  Despite being the fourth Cut the Rope game in the Russian developer's ongoing mobile franchise, the team has labelled this latest episode the "first true sequel". The teaser trailer (below) shows the series' ravenous protagonist Om Nom dangling from a rope as he is carried off into the sky, surrounded by his beloved candies. We still don't know much about the Cut the Rope 2, but both the trailer and clues from Zeptolab's PR department suggest that Om Nom will be leaving the confines of his boxes and exploring new environments. However, we have just learned that the game's full title is…


Parcel Panic 2 looks to ramp up the thrills

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Parcel Panic 2 looks to ramp up the thrills

We reviewed the original Parcel Panic back in early 2010, and while it was great to see a game following the spirit of Crazy Taxi, it just did not deliver the engaging speedy gameplay it should have. All these years later Mad Processor have created a sequel, and at least according to the trailer, it looks to be more of a high octane parcel delivery experience than its predecessor. Now the game is free, and you would have noticed the large amount of coins littering the game world in the trailer. We hope that the flow of coin collection and whatever upgrades or aesthetic changes available are well balanced to not intrude on what might be a fast paced race around town. The game is…


Solar Flux shows that the universe is indeed a beautiful place

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Solar Flux shows that the universe is indeed a beautiful place

Slingshotting around orbiting bodies, using propulsion to make it safely through hazards - it's all in a day's work for an astronaut. Although contrary to what the trailer for Solar Flux tells us, we doubt those space pioneers would want to relive the experiences via a mobile game. However, for those of us who will never get the chance to drift in the void of space, this physics puzzler might scratch our adventuring itch. Watch the trailer and see for yourselves. We have to say, we're loving the way asteroids and planets cast shadows from the game's various suns. Solar Flux has been available on iPad for some time now, but this is the first time the IP has appeared on iPhone. This new m…


Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous Review

Review One Man Left By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous Review

Tilt to Live 2 is subtitled 'Redonkulous'. This is quite a boast, especially considering the first Tilt to Live became pretty crazy over the years thanks to a series of bar-raising updates. So, given the twitch-based insanity of the original, could this sequel be that much crazier? The answer is a resounding 'yes'. Those who have played the original should feel right at home with Tilt to Live 2. As before, you must tilt your iDevice to move a tiny arrow around the screen, avoidin…

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Stealth Inc. Review

Review Curve Digital Games By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Stealth Inc. Review

Stealth Inc. is a platform puzzler with a cruel sense of humour. Like Portal's Chell before him, your little clone is trapped inside a testing facility filled with laser turrets, sentry robots, and spinning saw blades. It's up to you to guide the goggle wearing lab rat through a series of wickedly constructed death mazes, hacking into computer terminals along the way to open the exit. Being a port of a PC and console, the controls have been paired down a bit. It's definitely a little…

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Epoch.2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Epoch.2 | Hands-On

For the most part, cover-based shooters have traditionally been a console experience. Ever since Gear of War popularised the magnetic wall mechanic, joypad jostlers have been inundated with third-person blasters which have you spending half the game bent double behind a pile of rubble like an arthritic bricklayer. However, in 2011, Uppercut Games brought a variation of this popular subgenre to the App Store. The game was called Epoch., and it condensed the popular cover-based shooting mechanic to a touchscreen-friendly tap-and-swipe system. We rather liked it, with our reviewer taking a particular shine to the innovate interface. Today, Epoch.2 rolled onto iOS. Our review is incoming, bu…


Get a cheap scare courtesy of Papa Sangre II sale

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Get a cheap scare courtesy of Papa Sangre II sale

Those creepy buggers over at Somethin' Else have just cut the price of audio-powered survival-horror game Papa Sangre II. To the casual observer, Papa Sangre II might  be a bit of a tough sell. It's a game which harnesses the power of your imagination, trading in flashy 3D visuals for some weird noises and a virtual compass. However, whack on some headphones, close your eyes, and follow narrator Sean Bean's instructions, and you'll step into a beautifully conceived soundscape full of lost memories, brain-sucking insects, and zombie ducks.  Usually, this unnerving experience would set you back £2.99 / $4.99. For the next few day, though, that entry barrier has been l…


Can Gameloft's GT Racing 2 deliver 'the real car experience'?

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Can Gameloft's GT Racing 2 deliver 'the real car experience'?

2013 is the year of the mobile racing sim. We've had EA and FireMonkey's freemium hit Real Racing 3. We've also taken rival mobile racer 2K Drive for spin. Now, Gameloft is throwing its oil stained hat into the ring with another freemium rev-fest: GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience. With a title like that, you'd be forgiven for thinking that GT Racing 2 was all about taking the kids to school, getting stuck in traffic, and breaking down on the M27. Of course, what the game actually offers is yet another chance to hop into a licensed supercar and belt around Laguna Seca.  You'll have no shortage of events to work through - over 1,400 according to Gameloft - during which you'…


Hot Mess Review

Review Nicholas Ralabate By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Hot Mess Review

Hot Mess caused a bit of controversy when it was banned from the App Store not once but twice. You see, Hot Mess is a game about burning passion. More specifically, it's a game about locating burning passion, and then dousing those white hot with flames with a jet of cold water. You take control of a fire-fighting robot, who has been sent into a hotel to save the residents from a series of blazes. After an unexpected electric shock, the robot's targeting systems go haywire, causing hi…

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Gulp down Super Lemonade Factory Part Two for free right now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Gulp down Super Lemonade Factory Part Two for free right now

Teamwork-based platform sequel Super Lemonade Factory Part Two has just gone live on the App Store. Following in the wacky footsteps of the 2012 original, this second adventure reunites pixel-art pals Andre and Liselot. Utilising each character's individual skills, you must once again guide the duo through a series of hazardous, spike-filled environments. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, Super Lemonade Factory Part Two developer Shane Brouwer cites Master System II games as his biggest influences - specifically Alex Kidd. "Alex Kidd in Miracle World was bundled on the Sega Master System II, and part of that game and its level designs will influence everything I do," explained Brouwer. Having…


Core is a game of connections

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
Core is a game of connections

We have to admit that when we first fired up the trailer for Core, we weren't convinced. For whatever reason, simple art style and warpy music didn't really grab us. Keep watching however, and a rather intriguing puzzler starts to emerge, one which involves connecting and layering wires so that orbs can transfer energy to a corresponding square. Have a look for yourselves. Each puzzle seemingly has a few options, but the goal is to have the orb reach the square as quickly as possible. The game is free to download, so if it looks like you'd enjoy making a few new connections, you might as well give it a try. [App Store Link]…