The Thursday Find – Miles and Kilo

It’s Thursday. At least I think it’s Thursday. I’ve been so messed up by bank holidays and long weekends that it could be Sunday for all I know. Anyway, I’m going to treat today like Thursday, so that means it’s Thursday Find time.

Every fourth day of the working week here at App Spy we like to recommend you, our beautiful and talented readers, a game that you should definitely play this week. And so that’s exactly what I’m doing in this hot slice of content.

This week we’ve got a super challenging platformer for you. It’s mean, but also cuddly. So sort of like a bear. You’ll be warm in its loving embrace, but you almost certainly won’t be safe. As usual click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store.

Miles and Kilo

This is the sort of sequel to the excellent Kid Tripp. It’s a simple platformer that sees you controlling a podgy pixel boy and sometimes his podgy pixel dog. Think Alex Kidd with a modern sense of humour and ennui.

You run automatically, tapping on the screen to try and avoid the vast number of obstacles the game chucks at you. And when I say vast, I really do mean vast.

This is a challenging experience that refuses to pull any punches. Make one mistake and you’re back at the start of the level before you can scream out an expletive.

But like the best games, you’re rea…

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The Thursday Find – Cell 13

Oh Thursday, you beautiful ragamuffin. What have you been doing while the other days had their turn? Maybe we’ll never know. Maybe we’re not supposed to know. Ah well, them’s the breaks.

If you’ve been paying any attention you’ll know that Thursday is when we here at AppSpy go and find a game you should be playing this week. We call this service the Thursday Find. Because it sounds nice.

Today we’ve got a lovely puzzler for you. I mean, it’s not lovely, it’s hard as nails and you’ll probably scream at it a lot. But it’s really good all the same.

Cell 13 – £2.99 / $ 2.99

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Portal took place in 2D? And threw a bunch of other puzzling elements right in your face while it was at it? Well wonder no more, because Cell 13 is here.

The game sees you controlling an orb, rolling it through a series of challenges. The levels are made up of a whole bunch of puzzles, and there’s a surprising scale to all of them that’s going to make you do a smile.

The portals you’re rolling through are boxes. Roll into a box of a certain hue and you’ll roll out of its twin somewhere else on the level.

Tapping on the boxes moves the angle that you’re going to come out at. To begin with you’re tapping them to avoid rolling in to walls. But things get complex pretty quickly.

But it’s a good comp…

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The Thursday Find – A Snake’s Tale

It’s Thursday, so let’s have a think about the sort of thing we’d like to find today. I think I’d like to find an excellent iOS game, and then share it with all of you lovely people. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

But which one to choose? Oh, how about an interesting twist on a template you might have seen before? Yeah sure, let’s go for that one. But which one is it?

Well you’re going to find out soon enough. As ever you can click the emboldened name of the game below to download it. That covers everything I think, so let’s get on with this.

A Snake’s Tale

It’s sort of a pun you see. Because snakes are basically all tail. But this is also the story of a particular snake. So tale, tail, it’s all very clever. I just wanted to make sure you hadn’t missed out on any joke potential.

Anyway, the game is all about guiding a coiling, slithering snake around a series of tight levels. But this isn’t an action game, it’s much more like a puzzler. Think sliding-block head scratchers meeting classic Nokia 5110 gameplay and you’re about half way there.

It looks a bit shoddy in places, but there’s a lovely thread of thinking here. A Snake’s Tale is a game that gives you the space to have a consider about what to do next. And on the App Store that’s getting pretty rare.

Everything is controlled with a single finger. Y…

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The Thursday Find – Binary Dash

This week’s Thursday Find is a shiny platformer that’s got a lot going for it. It’s slick, it’s fun, and while it isn’t the most original game you’ve ever played, you are going to have a blast playing it.

What’s a Thursday Find? Why every Thursday here at AppSpy we dig out a gem that’s come out this week on the App Store. And we tell you a bit about it. And then tell you to go and download it. It’s one of the many services we provide here.

And you can download this week’s game by clicking on its emboldened name just below this paragraph. But what game is it? Well that’s a very apt question, and you’re about to find out the answer. No, really, you are.

Binary Dash

There are a whole load of platformers on the App Store, and while Binary Dash might not be at the top of the upper echelons of the genre, it’s still pretty damn good.

You’re guiding a plucky little square through a series of short, sharp levels. You only get one life, and if you die you’re dropped back to the start of the challenge.

The game isn’t just about jumping though. You can also swap the side of the floor you’re running on. Can’t leap over a wall? Well then switch sides and drop down it. Pretty clever, right?

There are a whole bunch of challenges to sink your teeth into here. And while things start off pretty easy, it doesn’t take that long b…

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The Thursday Find – Get Me Outta Here

Thursday. I have nothing to say about Thursday. Let us just get on with this and hope that Friday is a little bit more exciting than Thursday.

This week’s Thursday Find is an interesting arcade shooter that takes a while to build up a head of steam. But when it does it becomes a thrashing lunatic of rolling and blasting that you can tailor to your needs.

But what is it? Well you’re about to find out. Oh, and as per usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And by it I mean…

Get Me Outta Here

You wake up in an alien spaceship. You’re being probed. Probably. It’s pretty rubbish either way. So you do the only sensible thing – go on a murderous rampage to earn your freedom.

It’s a pretty standard set up, but the game wibbling around under the set up is anything but standard. There’s a complexity to the controls here that means you’re actually going to need to practice to get to grips with things.

That makes for a slow and slightly stodgy start. You’re going to be struggling with the swipes and taps to begin with. But once things start to click you’ll become an alien slaughtering machine.

There are different modes to play through and different weapons to unlock. Huge bosses stomp across the screen, wobbling bits of themselves at you in ignoble ways. And then…

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The Thursday Find – Mallow Drops

Well would you look at that? It’s Thursday already. How on earth did that happen? Oh, because of the relentless progression of time, coupled with the capitalistic structure of work and rest imposed on our lives. Fun and games.

Speaking of fun and games, Thursday is when we tell you about a game that’s come out this week that you definitely should play. And this week is no difference.

This time around we’ve found you a clever and engaging puzzler with a lovely art style and some really neat ideas. But what is it? Why it’s…

Mallow Drops – £2.99 / $ 2.99

Mallow Drops is a game about controlling the scenery to collect eggs. You can either tilt or tap, whichever you prefer, to twist the levels.

As they twist, your podgy little character will move around. Essentially each level is a puzzle that you need to solve. Grab all the eggs, move on to the next challenge.

Things start off reasonably simple, but soon the game is throwing new ideas at you quicker than you can say “I’ll be honest, I don’t think that’s how gravity works.”

Bits of the scenery start to move around as you try and create a path to the items you need. You’ll need to consider where your blobby friend is going to end up, as well as what’s going to change on the way.

And it’s all presented in gorgeous, thick pixels. There’s real charm here, from t…

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The Thursday Find – Dodge Blast

This week’s Thursday Find is a game that, at first glance at least, might look a little simple. I mean, scratch away the surface and you’ll find that the game is, in fact, pretty darn simple. It just so happens it’s a lot of fun as well.

It’s called Dodge Blast, and it’s out on the App Store right now, and it won’t cost you anything to download it and give it a go. But how does it play?

Well you’re going to have to read the rest of the article to find out, aren’t you? As ever, click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store.

Dodge Blast – Free

Dodge Blast is a game that takes the inherent shape of the old school arcade shooter, strips away a good chunk of it, adds a little bit more, and then runs away giggling.

You’ve got two buttons. One slides your ship from side to side along the bottom of the screen. The other fires your laser. Dodge and blast, as it were.

Waves of aliens roll in from the top of the screen, and it’s up to you to shoot them to pieces. Although it’s a bit trickier than that.

You can’t just stay in a corner shooting. Your ship only has three bullets, and you need to move to reload them. Special weapon power-ups give you more blast for your tap, but they’ll disappear if an alien hits your home base.

Get touched by one of your intergalactic foes and it’s gam…

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The Thursday Find – Heart Star

This week’s Thursday find is all about hearts. Which is sort of fitting since it’s Valentine’s Day next week and that’s all about hearts too (well, sort of, but this isn’t really the place to discuss that. Have a Google).

It’s a platforming puzzler with some nice touches and an impressive chunk of levels. And it’s out right now. And you can grab it by clicking the emboldened name just below the next paragraph.

But what’s it called? What’s it all about? Why am I still splurging out so much preamble? Those are all good questions, so let’s go and answer some of them.

Heart Star

Heart Star is a game about getting two characters to the same spot. The controls are simple – you’ve got buttons to move left and right, a jump button, and a final poker that switches between the two main leads.

From there the game grows into something intriguing and elegant, as you fathom out how you can get to the torch that marks the end of the level without plummeting to your death.

It’s not just a case of moving both around either, you need to cooperate, using different characters as platforms and sometimes carrying each other.

That’s because certain parts of the level disappear when you switch characters. So you might need to jump to a certain place with one of them, then switch characters and use their head as a platform for the ot…

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The Thursday Find – A Normal Lost Phone

This week’s Thursday find took a bit of digging up, but I got there in the end because I’m a tenacious so-and-so who doesn’t take no for an answer. Or at least not where mobile videogames are concerned. I’m not crazy or anything.

Anyone, this week we’ve got an interesting one for you. It does things a little differently, there’s not any action, and in all honesty all you’re doing is looking at a phone.

But while you’re at it you’ll reveal a mystery, and get to the bottom of a disappearance. And you might find out a lot about yourself along the way.

A Normal Lost Phone

As you might be able to tell from the name of the game, the premise revolves around finding a phone. From there you need to figure out what’s happened to the owner.

You start off reading some text messages, figure out how to find the WiFi password, work out how to open some emails, and take it from there.

It’s all simple. You’re doing precisely the sort of thing that you’d normally do on your phone. But there’s a strange feeling here, because you’re looking through the parts of someone else’s life.

And that makes you want to push on and find out more. Because there’s a mystery here. And the deeper you get into things the more unsetlling it gets.

This is an important piece of digital entertainment, because it doe…

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The Thursday Find – Star Wars: Force Arena

This week’s Thursday Find is actually a pretty big name. And when I say pretty big I mean absolutely massive. Seriously, it’s huge. It’s so big I’m not going to type it in this paragraph, I’m going to type it in the next one.

Star Wars: Force Arena has just come out. It’s a MOBA, it’s full of Star Wars characters, and we reckon that it’s definitely worth your time.

Don’t believe me? Well, I don’t really care. But I’m still going to write a bunch of words to prove to you that you’re very, very wrong. These words, in fact.

Star Wars: Force Arena

What would happen if Clash Royale walked into a fight between a Jedi and a Sith while a bunch of Stormtroopers and Rebel fighters cheered them on? Well, I reckon it’d be something like Star Wars: Force Arena.

It’s a mobile MOBA starring all of your favourite Star Wars characters. Seriously, I’ve already got Luke, Leia, Han, Grand Moff Tarkin, and the bad guy from Rogue One. Oh, and someone called the Grand Inquisitor. No idea.

They’re joined by an army of units. There are loads of different Stormtroopers, Wookiees with massive knives, tanks, and all manner of other Star Wars-y people to throw at your foe.

Battles are short and sweet, and while it doesn’t quite have the pick-up-and-playability of Clash Royale, it’s certainly more welcoming than the likes of Vainglory. You control everything with taps, whi…

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