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Naught 2 Review

Review Blue Shadow Games S.L. By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Naught 2 Review

Naught was one of the better silhouette platformer-puzzlers to appear on the App Store in 2011. In it, you took control of a bipedal cat, whom you had to slide around cavernous levels by tilting your iPhone or iPad. It was tricky, but once you get a handle on the angles it was a pretty good time. Now, the spelunking feline has returned in a new game featuring spruced up animations, faster levels, and some seriously testing bosses. Most of these changes make Naught 2 a prettier, more e…

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Soccer Moves Review

Review Fuzzy Logic (Pty) Ltd By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Soccer Moves Review

Soccer Moves' turn-based soccer gameplay presents a profound metaphysical question. Sure, the goal is to move, pass, and score a goal by outwitting your opposition. However, your teammates are exact replicas of one another, raising a deeper question about the various roles we assume and shift between in the games we play. We're just kidding - it's about balls and that. Instead of employing the grids used in most turn based strategy titles, Soccer Moves uses a radial system to co…

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Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

News By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse due out on December 4th, mobile versions soon after

Man, the fifth Broken Sword game... it seemed not too long ago I was playing Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, and impressed that this small but beloved adventure franchise had been able to make a third game. Now thanks to Kickstarter, the series was funded last year for a fifth outing, and the day of release is almost upon us. The PC will recieve the first episode of the game on December 4th with both Android and iOS to follow suit. It seems one of the hangups is that while it is easy to send an Android version of the game to all those who donated at the tier to receive one, Apple doesn't make things as easy, and Revolution have not found a way to distribute it yet. This is a m…


Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Asphalt 8 ditches price tag, now totally free-to-play

"Asphalt 8: Airborne is a patchwork quilt of arcade racing tropes stitched together with skill and affection." That's how we described Gameloft's hyper-real racer when it landed on the App Store two months ago. Now, the feature-rich racer is going free-to-play, ditching its price tag for good and inviting all and sundry to take it for a test drive. Though this might come as a bit of a surprise to players who dutifully coughed up their 69p / 99c back in August, you can see that Gameloft had laid the groundwork for a transition to freemium before the game was released. The game's comprehensive upgrade and customisation options already had a fairly freemium vibe, and an in-app payment sys…


Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Enter the Clan Wars with Call of Duty: Ghosts companion app

Another day, another iOS companion app for a high profile console release.  This time, it's Activision offering stat-tracking fans a free way to interact with the newly-released Call of Duty: Ghosts via their iPhone or iPad. Provided you're running iOS 6 or higher, the Call of Duty app lets you control multiplayer match settings like squad selection and weapon loadouts from your touchscreen device. If you're the territorial type, you can also set up your very own clan, and compete against rival groups to seize control of the Clan Wars map. Attacks can be co-ordinated using the built in chat system. You can even use the Clan Emblem Editor to ensure your image of a skull is the best…


LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
LEGO The Lord of the Rings out on iOS 'soon'

It's only been a couple of weeks since we learned that the LEGO Star Wars games are coming to iOS in 2014. However, it looks like Frodo, Gandalf, and the rest of the Fellowship are going to beat Skywalker and friends to the punch. According to a press release which appeared on Touch Arcade, LEGO The Lord of the Rings has its scary, flaming eye fixed on the App Store, and is expected to appear 'soon'. Given the high quality of the iOS ports of LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes and the LEGO Harry Potter series, we've got high hopes for the smartphone-friendly version of this plastic-themed trip into Middle Earth. As soon as we have a concrete release date, we'll sound the Horn of Gondor. Until…


Chippy Review

Review GLITCHE.RS By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Chippy Review

Do you thrive in high pressure situations? I bet your CV says you do. If you genuinely do perform well in high intensity environments, then Chippy might be the game for you. Chippy is a time management game in the style of Diner Dash. You man the fryer in traditional British fish and chip shop. It's your job to keep customers happy by taking their orders and preparing their greasy yet nutritious dinners in a timely fashion. Things start off simple. To cook chips, you simply grab them…

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Vlad Review

Review vhlamlab By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Vlad Review

With a name like Vlad, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bulkypix's latest interactive effort is about the nocturnal adventures of a vampire. Though the game is dark and eerie, it has nothing to do with the children of Dracula, and everything to do with rearranging blocks. It's up to the player to move sentient blocks around each stage in order to help a squiggly-blobby thing called Vlad reach an object at the end of the level. Vlad moves forward automatically, stopping if he encoun…

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See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
See the first trailer for Battleheart's 'spiritual successor', Battleheart Legacy

We took a shine to Mika Mobile's adorable action-RPG Battleheart when it marched onto iOS a couple of years back. Its blend of real-time combat and polished 2D visuals coupled with an impressive skill system helped it win the heart of our reviewer, and the approval of a decent number of mobile RPG fans. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that the dev team responsible hasn't been sitting on its collective hands for the past 24 months. Allow us to introduce you to Battleheart Legacy, the "spiritual successor to Battleheart: The trailer above is our first glimpse of Battleheart Legacy in action. As you can see, the series has had a major graphical overhaul, and is now sporting new (but equa…


Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

News By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Tetris creator to release new game Dwice this Thursday

When the guy who created Tetris releases a new game, we can't help but take notice. And when tetromino godfather Alexey Pajitnov releases his latest iOS effort Dwice later this week, you'll might want to take notice too. Dwice is a shape-matching puzzler which marries the decending object mechanic seen in Tetris with the colour-matching mechanic seen in every other iOS game released in the past 3 years. The aim is to clear the screen by dragging triangles, circles, and squares through the geometric equivilants, thereby clearing the screen. To score big, you have to chaintogether as many objects as possible in a single swipe. It sounds pretty simple, but you soon learn that if you accident…


BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

Review Gaijin Games By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

Earlier this year, Gaijin Games released Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on PC and consoles. Now, the team has ported the game to iOS, and slimmed-down the title to the slightly more manageable Bit.Trip Run! Fans of the game might be worried that this mobile version has lost more than just its unweildy title. However, we can report that the entire game has been adapted faithfully to the touch screen, albeit with a few tweaks here and there. That said, it's no…

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Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game Review

Thor is one of the more straightforward superheroes in Marvel's expansive catalogue. Son of Odin, the allfather and ruler of of Asgard, Thor has no alter-ego or mysterious origin story. He's a god, who comes from a realm of gods, and who likes to hit things with a big hammer. However, Gameloft's free-to-play brawler Thor: The Dark World - The Official Game is anything but straightforward. In this messy top-down smash-'em-up, our hero's combat prowess is sidelined in favour of man…

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Ratchet & Clank headed to mobile

News By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Ratchet & Clank headed to mobile

The latest installment in the Ratchet & Clank series Into the Nexus is set to launch on Playstation 3 this November 12th. Alongside that, however, Ratchet & Clank-themed endless-runner Before the Nexus will be coming to mobile. The game will link up with its PS3 counterpart, and Raritanium you earn in the mobile game will allow you to unlock more weapons in the console game. We're seeing a huge ramp-up in companion apps which tie directly into major console releases. Games like Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4 all have mobile apps which let directly influence the full game from your iOS handset. I suspect we're only going to see more of this as we move forward…


The Occupant Review

Review David Turkiewicz By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
The Occupant Review

The Occupant is the latest in a line of Slenderman-inspired survival-horror games. For some inexplicable reason, you find yourself trapped in an abandoned hotel with a creature known as the Occupant. Each stage has you fulfilling a series of tasks before you can move onto the next floor. As you complete these task, the creature is silently stalking the hallways in search of you. Let's make one thing perfectly clear; it's not the jump scares that make The Occupant creepy - rather, it's…

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Anomaly 2 Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Anomaly 2 Review

When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality. Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving th…

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