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

News By James Gilmour, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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…


This trailer for Crowman & Wolfboy certainly presents a mood

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
This trailer for Crowman & Wolfboy certainly presents a mood

...and that mood is primarily, "Damn, those are some creepy costumes!". Crowman & Wolfboy are on a journey to find humans while trying their hardest to escape the darkness. What gameplay is shown in the trailer is intercut with the aforementioned creepy costumed characters, but the whole ensemble is quite good at evoking a growing sense of unease and dread. Watch the trailer for yourself to see what we mean. The game is out on the App Store today and will cost $2.99. It looks like there's some interesting tandem moves between the two characters, and that alone might be worth a play of this macabre escape from shadow. [App Store Link]…


Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

Feature By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Batman: Arkham Origins | Hands-On

With the Caped Crusader polishing his baterangs in preparation for his big console comeback Batman: Arkham Origins, developer NetherRealm has been hard at work creating the obligatory iOS tie-in. As it turns out, this iOS version of Batman: Arkham Origins actually has more in common with Injustice: Gods Among Us than its console cousin. It's a one-on-one brawler which puts the Dark Knight centre stage, and then chucks an assortment of Gotham's most sociopathic at his predictably scowling face. As it's only just arrived on the App Store, I thought I'd show you the first few levels to give you an idea of what to expect. Check back soon for the full review. …


Real Racing 3 update adds new track and Ferraris

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Real Racing 3 update adds new track and Ferraris

They're fast, they're red (or sometimes yellow), and they're now available to drive in Real Racing 3. No, we're not talking about the go-karts from '90s TV show Fun House. We're talking about Ferraris, three varieties of which have just been added to EA's free-to-play racer. Update your iOS app, and you'll be able to get behind the wheel of the FF, the F12belinetta, and the 458 Italia. Mama mia. To accompany these blistering new rides, developer Firemonkeys has thrown in a brand new track: Spain's Circuit de Catalunya. The update feature list also includes the addition of Time Trial Ghost Challenges, and the option to "personalise your racing experience" by customising your HUD. You can…


Pandemic: The Board Game Review

Review F2Z Digital Media Inc. By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Pandemic: The Board Game Review

A viral epidemic is, I'm sure you'll agree, a pretty sizeable catastrophe. In Pandemic: The Board Game, no lees than four deadly viruses are spreading their way across the globe. It's up to four specialists to find the cures before these infections become uncontainable and wipe out humanity. One player can control all four specialists, or four players can work together around a single iPad. The game's rules are pretty simple and easy to understand. Each turn consists of four possible…

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DEVICE 6 Review

Review Simogo By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
DEVICE 6 Review

In DEVICE 6, words will set you free. As you navigate your way through Year Walk developer Simogo's text-based adventure, you quickly come to realise that the words on screen are your eyes, your ears, your map, your compass, your salvation, and - potentially - your doom. You assume the role of Anna, a woman who is trying to escape the confines of an unspecified island. Like an '80s adventure book, her story unfolds via blocks of text punctuated by moments of interactivity. These momen…

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AppSpy hits 40,000 subscribers on YouTube

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
AppSpy hits 40,000 subscribers on YouTube

As the title of this post suggests, we've just hit a huge landmark for our YouTube channel. If you head on over to the AppSpy video channel, you'll see we now have over 40,000 YouTube subscribers. Naturally, we’re absolutely thrilled, and just wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who has hit that beautiful red 'Subscribe' button. You guys are awesome, and we’re incredibly lucky to have such a faithful (and discerning) community. We have lots of exciting things lined up for the future of AppSpy, and loads more reviews, news, and features which we can’t wait to share with you. AppSpy has always operated under the mantra "We review, you decide." Thanks for deciding to…


Screaming at your phone in public? Elf Scare makes it ok

News By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Screaming at your phone in public? Elf Scare makes it ok

Well it at least gives you a reason. Elf Scare is primarily a social game. What we mean is that if the trailer is anything to go by, the developers want you to be playing in a social setting ,and preferably with friends around. This way the odd looks you get from those around you might be just of concern instead of, "I'm calling the men in the white coats!" Elves are trying to cross a bridge, and by screaming at them, you stop this from happening. Stamina is required though, as they keep coming, and if you let three across, it's game over. A simple premise to be sure, but the novelty is obviously in acting foolish. The trailer will explain... While this definitely isn't for anyone,…


Get hack-happy tonight with match-3 puzzler Neurokult

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Get hack-happy tonight with match-3 puzzler Neurokult

Hackers, take note: Cyberpunk puzzler Neurokult will break down the App Store's firewall at midnight tonight. That is to say, you can buy Neurokult for iPhone and iPad in a few hours. The App Store's security hasn't been compromised or anything. Relax already. Geez. So, why all this talk of hacking? Well, Neurokult gives players a window into an abstract world filled with neon colours and floating circuitry, and then asks you to connect coloured neurones together. It's essentially a match-three puzzler set against the clock. The circular neurones float from left to right, giving you a limited window to select the correct colour and tap them into oblivion. You have look out for curvebal…


Simogo's text-puzzler DEVICE 6 out at midnight tonight

News By James Gilmour, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Simogo's text-puzzler DEVICE 6 out at midnight tonight

It hasn't been that long since Year Walk, the creepy exploration-puzzler from Beat Sneak Bandit creator Simogo, strode onto our iPhones. As of midnight tonight, however, prepare yourself to get textually excited by the studio's newest App Store project, DEVICE 6. This genre-merging effort combines elements from text-based adventures and puzzlers to tell the story of a young girl called Anna who awakes on an island with no memory of how she got there. If you've ever played Year Walk or Beat Sneak Bandit, you'll know that Simogo is a studio that likes to explore the leftfield. And, with talk of bizarre logic puzzles, sci-fi overtones, and paragraphs of text which turn into maps, it sounds…