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Alien Breed Review

Alien Breed Review

Sure, Alien Breed by Team17 may have been a bare-faced attempt at re-imagining the Aliens franchise as a top-down shooter, but if you never had a chance to experience the classic on an Amiga, you haven't lived. That last statement may be hyperbolic (just a tad), but players were subjected to claustrophobic corridors, quick-moving aliens that continued to appear seemingly out of nowhere and (best of all) had to deal with severely limited resources. The sense of fear and tension was ahea…

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ORC: Vengeance Review

ORC: Vengeance Review

One advantage of a touch-screen, especially a large one, is the ability to bring to life games that would otherwise require an external device (such as a mouse) simply by exchanging clicks for taps. As such the action-adventure RPG has been an obvious golden-goose for developers, however while many have attempted to capture the same frantic action of games like Diablo, ultimately the goose seems more like a white whale. ORC: Vengeance doesn't quite break the mold for iDevices, but it…

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Agent Dash Review

Review Full Fat By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years ago
Agent Dash Review

Full Fat's repertoire of games is full of rebuilt concepts; while we may have seen and loved the archetypes they take their inspiration from, the new spin or polished design makes it worth playing. Agent Dash is no different, taking cues from the long-popular Temple Run series, just don't expect each run to be an epic dash - an agent's job isn't easy and neither is this game. You can expect to be caught out and remain almost unaware of what happened thanks to two features of the game…

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Tentacle Wars Review

Tentacle Wars Review

Tentacle Wars isn't just content about giving us a fresh take on the real time strategy genre by taking place at the microscopic level, battling against invading cells. No, you also happen to be waging this war inside the body of an alien organism that takes its inspiration from the fever dreams of H.R. Giger. Based on the popular flash game, this mobile version brings a back and forth game of cellular conquest straight to your iPhone and iPad, where positioning and reinforcement are k…

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10000000 Review

Review EightyEight Games LTD By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
10000000 Review

What is it about the match-three concept that continues to be so addictive? For some it's the light puzzle aspect, for others its the way in which simple actions can result in a cascade of combos that feel like winning on a poker machine. It may seem strange to pair such gameplay with RPG mechanics, but it's an already long proven combination, thanks in-part to the way in which matching tiles manages to substitute for the monotonous grinding of turn-based battle. 10000000 by EightyEig…

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Crash Birds Islands Review

Review ANIMA Entertainment By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Crash Birds Islands Review

Oh to slip the surly bonds of Earth and take to the skies above. Flying always holds a fascination for man due to the freedom and wonderment such ability bestows upon us. Crash Birds Islands lets us live out this dream vicariously through three selectable birds. Sadly aside from the flying mechanics, there's not much more at play here. You'll see what we mean. You launch your bird at the start of each stage through dragging back a giant slingshot and letting go. Once airborne, you fla…

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Follow The Rabbit Review

Follow The Rabbit Review

Chilean developer GaMaGa have been kicking around since 2009, creating quirky games for browsers and more recently for mobile devices. Teaming up with Armor Games, the studio has re-purposed their old title 'Kermix' for touch screens and the end result is a game that is infuriatingly challenging, but oh so rewarding when you solve its puzzles. Instead of rolling a cube around the screen one block at a time, players now take control of a strange block-like monster that is chasing down…

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Sly Fox Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Sly Fox Review

Before we jump in to the review I'll let you in on a trade-secret of the reviewers at AppSpy. If a game we play generally defies conventional genres, we know we're going to have a good time reviewing the game. These unique ideas are generally applauded, whether or not they manage to succeed, and so, while Sly Fox by Black Fox Studios has some serious teething problems, it was worth the play just to see something different. Catching chickens to nom on isn't an easy thing for a fox, esp…

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The Dark Knight Rises Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
The Dark Knight Rises Review

If you haven't seen the latest in Nolan's series of Batman films, then be assured that we'll steer away from any spoilers here in the review. While Gameloft's tie-in game only tangentially follows the film narrative, it attempts to hit the main beats and as such it's a bit of a minefield for those yet to visit the cinema. The second concern we'll address is more or less the elephant in the room - the recent release of The Amazing Spider-Man gave us more than enough reason to be worrie…

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Fieldrunners 2 Review

Review Subatomic Studios, LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Fieldrunners 2 Review

When Fieldrunners by Subatomic Studios first launched, AppSpy wasn't even up and running. However, it was one of the very first to be reviewed and with good reason - Fieldrunners came to define the tower defense genre for touch devices, combining an open-layout system and grueling challenges that required players to design their mazes carefully to survive as long as possible. Almost four years in the making, the sequel finally hits, but with plenty of regular updates to the original a…

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Amazing Alex Review

Amazing Alex Review

If you're not already aware of it, this isn't the first time we've seen Amazing Alex on the App Store. Those who owned an iPad around mid last year should be aware of Casey's Contraptions (CC) by Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut - its Rube Goldberg inspired physics gameplay wasn't new, but it was seriously addictive. The game was subsequently bought out by Rovio, of Angry Birds fame, touched up, and now we have Amazing Alex for the iPhone and iPad. In this iteration you play as Alex,…

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METAL SLUG 3 Review

Review SNK PLAYMORE By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
METAL SLUG 3 Review

[Editor Update: It seems the iCade support is not 'official' - that is to say, without modifications, physical controls are not yet available for METAL SLUG 3. Hopefully this can be added in a later update.] If there's one game most responsible for causing me to waste my time at an arcade, it's probably NFL Blitz, but in a close runner-up is the METAL SLUG series in all of its incarnations. No matter which version or where I see it, I'll pump credits in to it. There have been many pre…

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Tiny Wings HD Review

Review Andreas Illiger By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Tiny Wings HD Review

With so many auto-runners and endless titles attempting to pack in bigger environments, faster gameplay and deadlier enemies, the appearance of Tiny Wings by Andreas Illiger wasn't just a breath of fresh air, it was a complete game-changer. All of a sudden gamers had objectives to complete with tangible rewards and challenging achievements to attempt - the fact that you were playing as a bird with tiny wings that's unable to fly properly was the cute icing on the cake. Now almost a ye…

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Magic 2013 iPad Review

Review Wizards of the Coast By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Magic 2013 iPad Review

I feel I would have to officially hand in my 'nerd card' if I ever lost the urge to want to play a casual game of Magic: The Gathering with my friends. Sure, some people are going to invest themselves more in the collectable card game than others, but all it takes is a pre-made deck and players looking to have fun and you'll find that the evening gleefully melts away. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 by Stainless Games is the first installment of Wizards of the Coast's popular CCG to m…

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Chasing Yello Review

Review dreamfab By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Chasing Yello Review

Do you remember that horrific animal-destroying child from Pixar's Finding Nemo? Now imagine you're a fish living in the home of a similar child and you're presented with one opportunity for escape - the river just outside your window. Would you take it? Even if you knew there was a slim chance of survival? Is the risk worth it for freedom? Philosophy aside, you can help Yello in his attempt to escape the clutches of a crazy young-girl by dashing along a twisting and dangerous river-ra…

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