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Coldfire Keep | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 9 months, 1 week ago
Coldfire Keep | Hands-On

It's not often you get a brutal-as-all-heck, first person dungeon explorer for your mobile telephone. But that's exactly what Steve Jarman and Crescent Moon Games have cooked up with Coldfire Keep. Scouting around dank pits filled with crafty creatures and treacherous traps, it's up to you and your party of warriors, rogues, and mages to defeat evil, save the day, and generally be bloody heroic. "Does this old-school style of game translate well to iOS?" you ask. "Definitely, yes," I reply. Here's my hands-on impressions in video format to show you why.…


Control a super-powered, dancing Abraham Lincoln in Second Chance Heroes

News By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Control a super-powered, dancing Abraham Lincoln in Second Chance Heroes

Have you ever looked at a game and thought that the designers just put every crazy idea they had in a single barmy projecy and hoped that it would work? Rocket City Studios seem to have done just that with their new free-to-play title Second Chance Heroes. We can imagine the design meeting now. The lead designer probably led with: "Guys - we should make a  Diablo style game with looting," before a few eager new team members piped up with: "Oh! It should have historical figures, and Abraham Lincoln should hurl tornadoes."  All before an intern chipped in with: "Dancing! There should be combat dancing!" The result is a feature list that reads like a fever dream, but which definitel…


Amiga mobster adventure The King of Chicago now available on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Amiga mobster adventure The King of Chicago now available on iPhone and iPad

Cinemaware has just brought its gangster-themed adventure The King of Chicago to iPhone and iPad. Known for developing Amiga games based around movie genres, Cinemaware has been more active recently, following a successful Kickstarter campaign to revive its '90 flying game Wings. In the meantime, though, the team has decided to take the concrete shoes off another of its Amiga creations: the mobster-populated point-and-click adventure The King of Chicago.  Following the story of an up-and-coming wise guy, the game has you doing drive-bys, executing hits, and regularly inviting your enemies to watch their backs and sleep with the fishes.  This is a direct emulation of the origi…


Dr. Eggman returns in latest Sonic Dash update

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Dr. Eggman returns in latest Sonic Dash update

Sonic hasn't had much time for his old enemies recently. In the free-to-play runner Sonic Dash, he has spent most of his time fighting off Zavok, Zazz, and other strangely named members of the Deadly Six. However, a new update has brought with it a blast from the past, in the form of one Dr. Eggman, otherwise known as Sonic's original nemesis Dr. Robotnik. In the new Dr. Eggman Boss Battle sections, you have to guide Sonic around a series of traps, and avoid attacks from the levitating, goggle-sporting maniac. You'll even get to leap into the air and sabotage the lunatic's signature hoverchair. You can download the Sonic Dash update for free right now. In fact, the game itself is free - w…


LEGO® Star Wars™: Microfighters Review

Review Warner Bros. By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
LEGO® Star Wars™:  Microfighters Review

The latest Lego game to hit iOS, Lego Star Wars: Microfighters, tries to combine two massive properties -  Lego and Star Wars - in the form of a vertical shump. Despite the collective might of huge brands, however, Microfighters never manages to rise above the mundane. All of the game's craft are based on the Star Wars Microfighters toys, which appear as stylishly scaled down interpretations of the movie craft they represent. There are fleets of tiny A-Wings, AT AT-Battle Tanks,…

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Apple tells new games with 'Flappy' in their titles to flap off

News By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Apple tells new games with 'Flappy' in their titles to flap off

It has been an odd few weeks on the App Store. First, after reaching critical mass – and making a lot of money - Flappy Birds was removed from the App Store by creator Doug Nguyen. Now it seems that Apple is rejecting games with word 'flappy' in their title. The company's strict new line over the use of 'flappy' came to light over the weekend, when Mind Juice Media's Ken Carpenter tweeted about the rejection of his new creation, Flappy Dragon, from the App Store. Apple directed the developer to the App Store review guidelines. Specifically, the App Store custodian highlighted guideline number 22.2, which states "Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations will b…


Spectrum-era adventure Doomdark's Revenge is now available on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Spectrum-era adventure Doomdark's Revenge is now available on the App Store

Classic '80s text adventure Doomdark's Revenge has just been released on the App Store. Originally developed by Mike Singleton and released in 1985, Doomdark's Revenge was the follow up to his earlier game The Lords of Midnight. Continuing the original game's story, Doomdark's Revenge casts you in the role of Luxor the Moonprince. After destroying the Witchking in the first game, Luxor must now do battle with his daughter, Shareth the Heartstealer, in order to rescue his bewitched son. With five races to recruit, each lead by their own lord, you must build allegiances and friendships to grow your army before marching on Shareth's forces. This is easier said than done, as many lords can on…


R-TYPE II Review

Review DotEmu By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
R-TYPE II Review

These days, the notion of guiding a spaceship from left to right in the hope of stopping an alien invasion is rather quaint. In the days of R-Type, however, this flavour of sci-fi blaster was still considered cutting-edge. Irem's side-scrolling shooter series introduced massive power-ups and screen-filling bosses to a generation of gamers. As a result, seeing these games faithfully reproduced in the palm of our hands creates a strange nostalgia. As far as content and visuals are…

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Card Wars - Adventure Time | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 9 months, 1 week ago
Card Wars - Adventure Time | Hands-On

"The fun will never end, it's Adventure Time!" claims Adventure Time's theme tune. But does this slogan apply to digital card games that also sport the Adventure Time monicker? To find out, I recently downloaded, played, and captured footage fromCard Wars - Adventure Time. What's it like to play? Is it true to the cartoon series? Was it worth the purchase? And is it just Magic: The Gathering with a comedy cartoon wig on? Find out by pressing that shiny play button below.…


Cartoon Network transports Card Wars - Adventure Time from the Land of Ooo to the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 9 months, 1 week ago
Cartoon Network transports Card Wars - Adventure Time from the Land of Ooo to the App Store

Card Wars is a card game that was created for Cartoon Network's cult-TV show Adventure Time. Now, you can play that game yourself on your iPhone and iPad From the very beginning you will be faced with tactical decisions. Every character has their own unique ability that affect the course of matches. Your character, combined with your choice of deck, will dramatically change your tactical options.. Once into the action, you must lay down four lanes. These will dictate which card can be played in each path. Some of your cards are only playable in swamps, while others can only be placed in cornfields. You also have to manage magic (a resource that limits actions per turn), which al…


Classic characters unite in the debut trailer for Tales of Asteria

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Classic characters unite in the debut trailer for Tales of Asteria

Namco Bandai has revealed that Tales of Asteria, the latest adventure in the long-running Tales RPG series, will be coming to iOS in Japan this spring. Following hot on the heels of the US release of Tales of Phantasia, the new game will unite six characters pulled from other episodes in the saga. Among the six will be Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia, and Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia. According to a report in Gematsu, the plot will revolve around "fragments of a star that makes wishes come true." Though the character roster may feature familiar faces, Tales of Asteria's combat will play out via the new "cross slide battle" system. The game will also feature voice acting, a…


Dungelot 2 creator admits 'fail' after pulling the game from the App Store

News By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Dungelot 2 creator admits 'fail' after pulling the game from the App Store

The developer behind Dungelot 2 has pulled the game from the App Store only two days after its release due to bugs and poor feedback from players. Speaking out on his Facebook page and Twitter account, Dungelot creator Dmitry Mitrofanov wrote: "I've removed Dungelot 2 from sale at the moment. We admit fail and will relaunch with new update." According to Pocket Tactics, Mitrofanov conceded that that game has "tons of bugs," and that "ratings were very bad" Indeed, at the time of its removal, Dungelot 2 had earned a less than dazzling two and a half star rating on the App Store. While many customers complained about the game's new and aggressive free-to-play monetisation system, others…


R-Type II | Hands-On

Feature By Peter Willington, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
R-Type II | Hands-On

Those pesky Bydo are back again, and it's up to you to defeat them once more in this iOS re-release of R-Type II. Being the sequel to classic side-scrolling shooter R-Type, you can of course expect lots of shooting, tons of grotesque enemies, and a smattering of powerful bonus weapons to tinker with. How kind has time been to this late eighties shooter? Find out as I take the R-9 Custom out for a spin around the galaxy.…