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A sequel to Sid Meier's Ace Patrol arriving before Christmas

News By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 1 week ago
A sequel to Sid Meier's Ace Patrol arriving before Christmas

The original Ace Patrol is a bit of a strange beast. In our review we were intrigued by a turn based approach to air combat, but the whole experience felt a little too disjointed. Well the sequel, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, is on its way sometime this fall (for those in the northern hemisphere), and will be tackling the battle between the US and Japanese that took place over the Pacific during World War II. The series has a host of fans, who will no doubt be gleefully anticipating this release. It's also be interesting to see what game changes have been made to the turn based dogfighting. Unlike its predecessor, Pacific Skies will be offered at a premium price point, w…


Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Papa Sangre II lets you put Boromir in your ears

The sequel to sound-based horror game Papa Sangre is hoping to make a big bang when it manifests on the App Store this Halloween. Like its predecessor, Papa Sangre II lets you step into the afterlife, and challenges you to escape using only one of your five senses: sound. Using your thumbs to tap out your character's footsteps, you must guide yourself around the Land of the Dead in complete darkness. To help you work out where you are, the game pipes 3D-emulating binaural sound through your headphones, allowing you to orient yourself by judging the distance and direction of objects in the environment. If that wasn't spine-tingling enough, developer Something Else has enlisted the vocal t…


The blue blur is back in Sonic 2 Remastered next month

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
The blue blur is back in Sonic 2 Remastered next month

SEGA is porting a couple of its better Sonic games over to iOS this winter - namely Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed. Fans of the spikey-haired rodent may already own the first mobile version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which appeared on the App Store back in 2010. However, if the revamped version of Sonic the Hedgehog is anything to go by, this enhanced edition of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will bring some control improvements, and iron out a few performance-related creases. If racing is more your bag, then you'll be pleased to hear that the sequel to the refreshingly decent Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing will also be gracing the App Store in December. We pra…


Neurokult Review

Review Joerg Doneit By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Neurokult Review

Playing Neurokult is a stressful experience. Not stressful in a bad, 'the kids need new shoes and I spent my last paycheck fixing that leaky pipe in the water closet' way. The good kind of the stressful, where you're trying to keep 20 neon plates spinning as you dash barefooted between them on a moving electrified conveyor belt. Behind its computer chip aesthetic and hacker terminology, Neurokult is colour-matching puzzler. Each level presents you with a wall of coloured discs travell…

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The LEGO Star Wars series coming to iOS in 2014

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
The LEGO Star Wars series coming to iOS in 2014

Mobile gamers are no strangers to the charms of the LEGO games. Both the LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes franchises found their way onto the App Store, and did a pretty good job of recreating the humour and action of the console games. However, if you've been itching for developer Traveller's Tales to port the LEGO Star Wars titles over to your iPhone, then prepare to have your itch well and truly scratched. According to a report from Star Wars fan site Jedi News, Disney has given the go-ahead to bring the plastic adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi to Apple phones and tablets, with iOS versions of the original LEGO Star Wars games set to appear ne…


Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Review Warner Bros. By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Batman: Arkham Origins Review

The Batman found in NetherRealm's latest iOS brawler Batman: Arkham Origins is not the Batman with which you might be familiar. Sure, he's got his flying fists of vengeance, and a utility belt packed with batarangs and gadgets. And yes, he dishes out violent justice to a neverending procession of Gotham's most sociopathic. However, this Batman has limits - limits placed upon him by Arkham Origin's freemium structure. Unlike the driven, relentless crime fighter depicted in DC's comics…

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Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Dead Trigger 2 | Hands-On

Dead Trigger, developer Madfinger's visually arresting entry into the zombie-shooter sub genre, was one of the surprise hits of 2012. As anyone who has ever typed the letter 'z' into the App Store's search bar will know, zombie games are ten-a-penny on iOS. Like the undead hordes that they portray, these games continue to shamble relentlessly towards us, with every fallen, bullet-ridden carcass immediately replaced by five more.  There was something about Dead Trigger, however, that managed to cut through the swathe of deadite-blasters and plunge a pipe wrench into the heart of mobile gamers everywhere. On October 23rd, Madfinger will release Dead Trigger 2. We've just got our hands…


Get Machinarium: Pocket Edition for your iPhone now

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Get Machinarium: Pocket Edition for your iPhone now

I know we gave you a heads-up about the iPhone version of Machinarium last week, but if any game deserves to be repeatedly pushed to the front of your mind, it's this one. Machinarium: Pocket Edition is an iPhone-optimised version of Amanita Design's beautiful point-and-click adventure. Released on PC in 2009, it tells the story of a young robot who must travel across a wasteland to the strange city beyond in search of his girlfriend. Packed with brain-testing puzzles, an collection of eccentric robot characters, and gorgeous, rust-addled environments, Machinarium is a genuine delight, and one of the best point-and-click adventures in recent memory. If you already have Machinarium on i…


Step into Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War now

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Step into Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War now

Free-to-play specialist DeNA has just brought classic RPG property Dungeons & Dragons to iOS. You can leave your character record sheets and d20s where they are, though. This particular journey into The Forgotten Realms is less involved than your average D&D campaign, focusing less on character development, and more on the clanging of steel-on-steel. Arena of War is a top-down "battle roleplaying game" which puts players in charge of a small group of adventurers who are just itching for a fight. There are quests to tackle, powers to unlock and equip, and massive monsters to defeat. Your average Saturday evening in Krynn, then. Also, if you're an ardent fan of D&D mythos, yo…


FIST OF AWESOME Review

Review I FIGHT BEARS LTD By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
FIST OF AWESOME Review

Ever had one of those days where your hand suddenly grows to twice its usual size, develops the power of speech, and goads you into fist-fighting an army of bears? Well, unsuspecting lumberjack Tim Burr (I see what you did there) is having one of those days. Luckily, the star of nostalgia- powered pixel-art beat-'em-up First of Awesome is taking this development on the chin, still managing to crack wise while he punches the suddenly enormous bear population of earth into submission.…

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Profitable match-3 hit Puzzle & Dragons out in the UK

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Profitable match-3 hit Puzzle & Dragons out in the UK

It's one of the most profitable games Japan has ever produced. It features cute monsters battling one another in colourful explosions of violence, and it's become this year's interactive obsession for many handheld gamers. Believe it or not, we're not talking about Pokemon X & Y. The creature battler in question is none other than match-three hit Puzzle & Dragons. After a lengthy wait, it has finally come to the UK App Store, thereby giving us western-types a chance to see what all the fuss is about.  Developed by GungHo, this colour-matching cash cow charges you with gathering a team of collectible beasties together, before heading into a dungeon and facing the nasties insi…


Rabbids Big Bang Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Rabbids Big Bang Review

In Rabbids Big Bang, your rabbid astronaut spends an awful lot of time drifting through space hoping to bump into something interesting. Though we're actually talking about the mechanics of this space-based physics puzzler, this description neatly sums up our state of mind as we coasted through level after level, waiting for something exciting to happen. You take control of two rabbids. One of the floppy-eared psychos has a baseball bat, the other a spacesuit. The batter's sole purpos…

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The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Feature By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The Junk Jack X Files: Case 4

Once again, AppSpy editor James Gilmour (@Metal_Slag) and Pocket Gamer handheld editor Peter Willington (@xeroxeroxero) continue their adventures into the world of 2D craft-'em-up Junk Jack X. This week, James gets bored of waiting for Peter to return to homebase, and decides to lead a rescue party of one to recover him.  Will Peter and James be reunited? Can the pair survive another night without bedding or shelter? Will they actually achieve a single worthwhile goal in this entire series? Find out in The Junk Jack X-Files: Case 4. Previous episodes of The Junk Jack X Files: Case 1Case 2Case 3…


Try your luck at Dice Jockey

News By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Try your luck at Dice Jockey

The joke in the headline was made because dice are most commenly associated with gambling or board games (which often is gambling without the thrill of money being involved). Dice Jockey has timed and puzzle modes, but the general idea is that by rotating die, you line up dice of the same number, creating chains to either solve the puzzle or keep the game going a little while longer. The trailer will give you a better idea. This looks a little confusing as you seem to have to be familiar with where the numbers on a die are situated in relation to each other, but after a few levels and rolling the dice back and forth, you'd probably get a good grasp on the concept. The game is ou…