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Trade in your rocket booster for a giant mech with new Jetpack Joyride update

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Trade in your rocket booster for a giant mech with new Jetpack Joyride update

Jetpack Joyride is great and all, but I've always felt it was lacking one important element: the ability to play as an enormous homicidal robot. Thankfully, the folks at Halfbrick have seen fit to correct this terrible oversight in the game's most recent update, codenamed 'S.A.M.'  If you can get Barry to collect three tokens, then the stubble-faced aeronaut will leap into the belly of the giant mech. Check it out: What's more, if you manage to hop inside S.A.M.'s metal chassis on five consecutive days, you'll unlock some bonus costumes for Barry.  And, for those of you who already have Christmas on the brain (for shame) you can now purchase Santa's rocket-equipped sleigh, an…


Document editing suite Polaris Office reduced from $19.99 to 99c

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Document editing suite Polaris Office reduced from $19.99 to 99c

We realise that we usually focus on games here at AppSpy. Still, even dedicated gamers like ourselves (very) occasionally use our iPhones or iPads for business purposes.  The Polaris Office suite has earned a reputation as one of the better document editing apps on the App Store. Basically, it lets you edit a wide range of MS Office documents (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint pages) using your Apple tablet or phone. It also interacts with filesharing services like Dropbox, allowing you to move your edited files back and forth between handset and PC. All this functionality comes at a cost, though. When Polaris Office originally hit the App Store last year, it came with a price…


Bacon the Game certainly not one for vegetarians

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months ago
Bacon the Game certainly not one for vegetarians

Most people love bacon. It's one of the many delicious meats given to us by pigs, and now it is the centre of a line drawing game for iOS. Draw a path through all the bacon so that your little avatar can eat all the bacon. A simple goal, and one that's easy to relate to. As you might imagine, the paths drawn become more complex as the game goes on. The trailer will tell you more! This greasy title is set to release on the App Store December 5th. Pretty fitting if you ask us... ham is a common Christmas meat, so why not play a game based around bacon in the same month?…


Rev your chainswords for the debut trailer of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Rev your chainswords for the debut trailer of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

Mere days after Games Workshop's tabletop corridor shooter Space Hulk lumbers onto iOS, another Warhammer 40K property has been sighted making a charge for App Store glory. According to its brand new announcement trailer, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will bring turn-based combat mechanics to the collectible card game genre, and shower both elements in a fountain of blood. Cooked up by the folks at HeroCraft, the game will be free-to-play, and is set to arrive in the spring of 2014. The trailer (above) shows some sturdy looking Space Wolves being equipped with weaponry via a card selection screen, before putting those weapons to devastating use against some Chaos Marines. As we don't ge…


Candy Crush Saga follow-up Papa Pear Saga ready to be plucked from App Stores worldwide

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Candy Crush Saga follow-up Papa Pear Saga ready to be plucked from App Stores worldwide

The pear flavoured follow-up to global success story Candy Crush Saga has just gone live on App Stores around the world. Papa Pear Saga is essentially developer King's take on PopCap's iconic ball-pinger Peggle. You chuck a marble at a floating cluster of fruit, and the marble eliminates every object it touches from the screen. There's a huge amount of luck involved in clearing a screen, but the game makes plenty of encourages noises and dole's out mad rainbow victory fireworks to make you feel like you've earned your three stars. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but if it enjoys half the success of Candy Crush Saga, then you, your mates, and your mum will all be playing it by tomor…


Enjoy a cornucopia of extras in Junk Jack X's Thanksgiving update

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Enjoy a cornucopia of extras in Junk Jack X's Thanksgiving update

We took a bit of an interest in the malleable digital playground that is Junk Junk X. So much so, in fact, that Peter and I documented some of our early, naive fumblings with the game in The Junk Jack X Files (below). However, while we were trying to work out which end of the pickaxe does the digging, the dev was busy knocking up the game's latest update. The 2.0.5 Thanksgiving update adds 100 new achievements, a collection of toys to mess around with, and some rare items to get your blocky mitts on. Of course, this is a seasonal update, so it also comes with the obligatory cornucopia full of Thanksgiving goodies. There are a ton of additional improvements in the changelog, including a…


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Review

Review Disney By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Review

Trying recapture past glories is a dangerous pursuit. Just because something worked for an audience 20 years ago, doesn't mean it's going to play to modern tastes. However, that hasn't stopped Disney from taking another run its beloved platformer Castle of Illusion. Originally released on consoles, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse draws inspiration from the 2D Mega Drive classic. Instead of a direct remake, however, this digital download is an all-new experience, featuring fre…

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Top 6 Rhythm Action Games on iPhone and iPad

Toplist By Peter Willington, 11 months ago
Top 6 Rhythm Action Games on iPhone and iPad

For a quick fire burst of snackable gaming, you can't beat a bit of bemani, or 'rhythm action' as it's become known. Popularised by Guitar Hero and the like, the music genre quickly became a staple of iOS gaming, with wannabe rock stars and bedroom DJs testing their skills on their touchscreen devices. With so many games to choose from, we thought it high-time we whittled the list down to the crucial six you absolutely must play. Oh, and don't think that we'll be covering any of that new age music stuff like Beat Hazard Ultra and Beat Sneak Bandit. That stuff has it's place and all, but this list is purely for the old-skool beat keepers.…


Second Chance Heroes - An action RPG with a lot of history

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months ago
Second Chance Heroes - An action RPG with a lot of history

...because you play as historical figures! Get it? *ahem* Anyways, Second Chance Heroes has been in development for a couple of years. Rocket City Studios is aiming for a 2013 release date, or failing that, an early 2014 one. The game looks like your average action role-playing game, but what makes this one worth a look is the four player co-op, and the chance to play as historical figures. Now, obviously, they don't use their real names in the trailer, but you can tell who they are. Have a look to see what we mean. If you wish to know the whole roster, names and all, this page on their website will inform and amuse. As for the game, we'll let you know when it's close to launch.…


Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun out now on iOS

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun out now on iOS

Critically acclaimed strategy game Skulls of the Shogun is finally available on the App Store. Originally released for Windows 8 last year, this ghoulish take on the turn-based strategy genre puts you in charge of a dead Japanese general. It's up to you to marshal your ghostly army, and cut a swathe of spiritual destruction through the forces of the underworld.  The game's humorous presentation, accessibility, and surprising depth earned it praise from critics and gamers alike. As you can see from the trailer below, it also looks fantastic. As 17-Bit Studios has kept iOS gamers waiting for so long, it has decided to throw in some bonus content previously only present on the Steam r…


Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

News By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Get on your bike and get your kit off in Icycle: On Thin Ice

We've done some funny thing on our iOS devices over the years. We've chucked birds at pigs. We've cut ropes to feed candy to a small green monster.  However, we've never guided a naked man on a bicycle across an ever-shifting plane of ice and snow. Until now. You see, this bizarre scenario is precisely what you'll be faced with if you download new puzzle-platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice. Created as a kind of quasi-sequel to one of developer Damp Gnat's Flash games, Icycle: On Thin Ice comprises a series of gorgeous-looking multi-screen levels. The aim is to get your nude cyclist across the screen, collecting objects and cash - and (hopefully) picking up some clothes - along the way.…


Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months ago
Angry Birds Go! | Hands-On

If you happen to live in New Zealand, you may have noticed that you can now download Rovio's free-to-play kart racer Angry Birds Go! from the App Store. While I don't live in New Zealand, I do have a magical portal which allows me to cross time zones, download games from faraway lands, and zip back to Blighty before my Cornflakes go soggy. Thanks to this geography-defying temporal disturbance, I have managed to coax the feathery racer onto my iPhone, and record a little hands-on so that the rest of you can see what you're missing. Remember, this is the soft launch version of Angry Birds Go!, so the game may change between now and the game's global release date, December 11th…


Tiger Style website reveals new game as Spider sequel

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months ago
Tiger Style website reveals new game as Spider sequel

About a month ago, Tiger Style, the developer behind Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, and Waking Mars put up a new website with a cryptic screenshot and quote. Here at Appspy we were quite excited at the prospect of a new game from the studio considering their track record. Well it's official now, the new game is titled Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, and is a sequel to the exploration focused leap-a-thon that the first Spider offered its players. The game is scheduled for Spring 2014, so there's a ways to go, but it looks like it will be a cross-platform release. You can keep up to date by following the developers via social media links at the bottom…


Angry Birds Go! soft launches in the New Zealand App Store

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months ago
Angry Birds Go! soft launches in the New Zealand App Store

That's good news for all you kiwi Angry Birds fans. The Angry Birds kart racer has shown up in the New Zealand App Store a couple of weeks before its December 11th release date. This soft launch may be like other soft launches, in that Rovio is testing out the free-to-play mechanics in a smaller economy, and tweaking where necessary. Yup, the game is free-to-play, but it is yet to be seen how in-app purchases will affect play itself. To remind you of what the game looks like, here's the gameplay trailer if you haven't seen it... The game looks gorgeous, and the karts, characters, and weapons all look like they contribute to a fun mobile kart racing time. We'll let you know more upon…


Gesture your way to victory with Blek

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months ago
Gesture your way to victory with Blek

I love to be surprised by ingenuity in game concepts, and the upcoming Blek by a team of brothers in Vienna certainly qualifies. I could explain how you collect dots by using gesture input, but that wouldn't sound very impressive, so I'll let the trailer explain things instead. One can only imagine the horrors awaiting in the later levels. Nevertheless, it looks like a fantastic new brand of puzzle game. It's out next week on December 3rd for the iPad. You best start practising your swiping in a straight line now.…