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Block Fortress: War will be knocking your block off tonight on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Block Fortress: War will be knocking your block off tonight on the App Store

Much like previous Block Fortress titles, Block Fortress: War - which set to land on the App Store tonight - borrows the Minecraft aesthetic, and repurposes in the name of violence. The latest entry in the series is a fast-paced intergalactic tower-defence game in which you battle five alien races in your efforts to rule the galaxy. Each of the game's races has their own weapons and heroes, all of which bring their own strengths and weaknesses to the battlefield.  The tower-defence gameplay also features real-time strategy elements, with capture and control points helping to turn the flow of battle. Capturing these hotspots allow you to build additional upgrades and weapons ou…


Pixel-art roguelike Devious Dungeon charging onto the App Store tonight

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Pixel-art roguelike Devious Dungeon charging onto the App Store tonight

Pixel-art platformer Devious Dungeon is arriving on the App Store at midnight tonight. While combining 8-bit visuals, platforming, and randomised level design is not an original idea for a game, when it's the work of Ravenous Games (the developer of the fantastic League of Evil series) we find ourselves paying attention. The medieval-themed platform game will offer five differently themed environments to explore beneath the streets of the Kingdom. Each of these will offer unique enemies and challenges to overcome as you battle to collect increasingly impressive loot, and improve your chances of survival. The aquisition of gear is especially important, as you will uncover increasingly…


Demonrock: War of Ages Review

Review Crescent Moon Games By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Demonrock: War of Ages Review

On its surface Demonrock: War of Ages's isometric fantasy combat seems to ape classic dungeon crawlers like Diablo. Delve a little deeper, however, and you'll soon realise that this reverse tower defense game is far less broad in its scope. You are given a choice of four fighters. Two of these characters are unlocked, with the others available though IAP. Choosing which character to start with dramatically affects your experience – so making this initial selection esse…

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Pimp your ride with Real Racing 3's new customisation options

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Pimp your ride with Real Racing 3's new customisation options

Real Racing 3 now has new cars, new achievements, and a bevy of car customisation options thanks to the game's latest update. If you were a little tired of staring at the plain, unadorned bonnet of your Porsche, then this update is an answer to your ride-pimping prayers. The new update adds a comprehensive customisation suite to the free-to-play racer, letting you personalise your rims, and apply racing stripes and other aesthetic flourishes to your vehicle. Speaking of vehicles, developer Firemonkey has just invited Aston Martin into its virtual garage. This means you can now take a ride in a V12 Vantage S, a Vanquish, or the classic DB9. You can also pledge allegiance to a manufactur…


James & Peter Play: Out There (Twitch catch-up)

News By Peter Willington, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
James & Peter Play: Out There (Twitch catch-up)

Today James and myself played iOS space strategy game Out There live on Twitch for our first ever official AppSpy broadcast. If you weren't around at 2PM GMT to catch the talk about '90s pop act Babylon Zoo, which Star Trek captain was the best Star Trek captain, and how the periodic table works - plus loads of gameplay footage from Out There - then catch up now via the video below.…


Join us as we stream Out There live on Twitch

News By Peter Willington, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Join us as we stream Out There live on Twitch

At 2PM today your pals at AppSpy are kicking off something rather exciting! James and myself are going to be streaming ourselves playing tough-as-nails galaxy sim Out There for your viewing pleasure. As well as going where no mobile journos have gone before, we'll be giving you live feedback on our impressions of the game, chatting about games, and taking your questions. Want to take part? Come hang out with us today at 2PM... Watch live video from AppSpy on www.twitch.tv…


Procedurally generated mining game Mines of Mars out on Thursday

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Procedurally generated mining game Mines of Mars out on Thursday

If no one can hear you scream in space, then on Mars we suspect no one can hear you whimpering in the dark hoping that death doesn't find you. This is because the new trailer for Mines of Mars – which will be released onto the App Store on March 6th - is dripping with the kind of atmosphere and loneliness that is usually reserved for reserved for Metroid. This comparison is no coincidence. Developer Crescent Moon Games cites Nintendo's classic exploration game and Motherload in as their inspirations for the Mines of Mars. Set in dark and moody 2D environments, Mines of Mars is, at its core, a procedurally-generated mining game. It is not a complete sandbox however, as the explo…


Zynga announces upcoming FarmVille, Zynga Poker, and Word With Friends sequels for mobile

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Zynga announces upcoming FarmVille, Zynga Poker, and Word With Friends sequels for mobile

Zynga is working on mobile sequels for FarmVille, Zynga Poker, and Words With Friends.  Speaking on the company's blog, Zynga CEO Clive Downie he outlined how feedback from  users has helped refine each game, and how this has aided in creation of new mobile titles in each series. The first of these is FarmVille 2: Country Escape. This new portable edition of FarmVille 2 is an entirely new experience, but it will allow existing players to transfer commodities between their online and mobile farm. Also, for the first time in the series, you will be able to play offline, meaning you can continue to sow your seed even when on the train. New Zynga Poker is a slightly…


The Walking Dead: Season Two continues this Thursday on iPhone and iPad with A House Divided

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The Walking Dead: Season Two continues this Thursday on iPhone and iPad with A House Divided

Season two of The Walking Dead: The Game will continue on iPhone and iPad this Thursday, when the second episode, A House Divided, appears on the App Store. It's been nearly three months since developer Telltale brought us back into Clementine's harrowing world with All That Remains, the debut episode of the multi award-winning adventure's second season. While we felt it was a tad short, the first episode reassured us that the point-and-click adventure still has the power to shock. Most importantly of all, the conflict between characters remains the focus of the game, with the gore and horror serving as garnish for the meaty drama. You'll be able to download the new episode on Thursd…


The Bomb Bird is back in latest Angry Birds update

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The Bomb Bird is back in latest Angry Birds update

The Bomb Birds is back in Rovio's original feather-flinging sensation Angry Birds, courtesy of a brand new update. The latest content pack, which bolts 15 new levels onto the explosive Short Fuse episode, marks the game's 34th content update. I don't know about you, but that statistic makes us feel very, very old. As well as adding new levels, the update re-introduces us to the Bomb Bird, and his volatile Shock Wave power attack. If you haven't seen this high voltage special move in action, check out the Short Fuse trailer below. You can download the Angry Birds update for free right now.…


Beyond Space Review

Review Bulkypix By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Beyond Space Review

The game which Beyond Space wants to be and the game which Beyond Space actually is are two entities light years apart. Developer Bulkypix clearly intended to make an expansive space drama filled with intergalactic and interpersonal conflict. What they actually made was a good space shooter, weighed down by an overly verbose story and horrible voice acting. Max Walker, the star of Space Beyond, is an unfortunate soul. Despite being a talented fighter pilot, he is the ugliest man…

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Tiger Style slashes price of excellent bontanical adventure Waking Mars

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Tiger Style slashes price of excellent bontanical adventure Waking Mars

Sci-fi botanical adventure Waking Mars is currently on sale on the App Store. One of our favourite iPhone and iPad games from 2012, Waking Mars is a unique game about exploring the caves and plant life that lie beneath the Martian surface. Taking control of a scientist named Liang, you must use your jetpack to spelunk through the red planet's hidden caverns, and uncover the secrets of its alien ecosystem. It isn't long before you find yourself trapped underground. To escape, you'll have to learn to identify and cultivate plants in order to unlock areas, heal yourself, and eventually find your way back to base. We loved Waking Mars's elegantly simple controls, complex interactions, and…


Autumn Dynasty Warlords Review

Review Touch Dimensions By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Autumn Dynasty Warlords Review

There is a fine balance in strategy games between accessibility and depth. Make a game too easy and it won't hold your attention. Make it too deep and it becomes impenetrable to all but the most dedicated fans. Autumn Dynasty Warlords, from Touch Dimensions, strikes this balance perfectly. This is a particularly impressive feat, as even with the tutorial turned on, the game does little to hold your hand. Bar a few brief messages outlining the basic mechanics and interface, it leaves i…

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Kemco experiments with 3D in new RPG Alphadia Genesis

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Kemco experiments with 3D in new RPG Alphadia Genesis

It can be easy to laugh at JRPG factory Kemco. It is easy to imagine teams of designers and writers gathered around a conveyor belt assembling an endless stream of cookie-cutter RPGs. However, with its latest release, Alphadia Genesis, the developer has stepped outside of its comfort zone by experimenting with 3D visuals. Given the JRPG genre's focus on menu-based combat, 3D visuals have never been a priority. However, while the over-world map and story play out in 2D, Alphadia Genesis's combat takes place in the third dimension. This adds a little drama to the turn-based battles, as bosses now tower over your fleshed out team of tiny fighters. The new visual effects are joined by a twist…


Historical strategy game Tank Battle: East Front 1941 trundles onto iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Historical strategy game Tank Battle: East Front 1941 trundles onto iPhone and iPad

Hunted Cow has released another instalment in its ongoing WWII-era Tank Battle series. This time, the dev has shifted its focus from the conflict in North Africa to the Eastern Front - specifically, battles which took place during 1941. Tank Battle: East Front 1941 lets you take command of either the Russians or the Germans, and assume control over 44 different types of tank. It's your job to direct your units around the game's hex-based maps, and defeat your enemy in a series of turn-based skuffles. If you tackle the German Blitzkrieg campaign, then you'll be directing Parnzer 38ts and Wurfrahmen 40s across the map. Side with the Russians, and the BA-10 and Shturmovik will be at your disp…