What Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can learn from The Order of the Phoenix game

The big news in mobile gaming last week revolved around everyone’s favourite boy wizard. That’s because Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was announced. It’s an AR game built by Niantic. So that’s the creators of Pokemon GO taking on one of the most beloved popular cultural phenomena of our time.

Now, while other websites might be writing articles speculating about what the game might look like, and taking guesses at when the game is actually going to come out, I thought I’d do something a little different. After all this is App Spy, and we love to do things a little different around here.

So I’m going to take a look at the Harry Potter game that Wizards Unite should copy. It is, in my humble opinion, the second best console game ever made, and if Niantic learn from its lessons then it’s going to create something really, really special. But what is it I hear you scream? Well it’s…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Yeah, that’s right, the tie-in game for the fifth Harry Potter film is the second best video game ever made. You probably think I’m a crazy person now. You probably think I’ve been injecting drugs directly into my eyeballs in an attempt to see through time or something. Well, you’re wrong. I am being deadly serious.

But why is it so good? And why am I banging on about it like it’s the second coming of of the video gaming jesus? Well strap in, and I’ll break it do…

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3 reasons to play Thunder Armada – the new WWII naval stategy game from Chyogame

The bygone days of the Battleship board game might have past, but naval combat simulators still find an audience on mobile. Thunder Armada is Chinese developer Chyogames latest entry into the genre, drawing inspiration from the explosive exchanges across the seas during World War 2. Here are three reasons to set sail for its turbulent tides.

Realistic models

Thunder Armada features detailed models strictly based on the design of historical vessels from around the world, rendered in 3D. The British Nelson-class and American Iowa-class battleships feature alongside the likes of the Japanese super-dreadnought Nagato and Kuroshio destroyers. History buffs should find something to get excited about, then.

Strategic battles

Taking inspiration from the oceanic clashes in the Pacific and Altantic, Thunder Armada puts you in the midst of the action. You take strategic command during famous battles including Pearl Harbour and Midway Island, with text providing historical context during each campaign. Which formation you choose for you fleet directly impacts how the conflict unfolds, often more so than how you use the manual controls, so you can’t sit back and relax. You’ve got a war to win.

Familiar faces

Drawing further from the history books, T…

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The Monday Musing – What can we expect from King’s Call of Duty mobile game?

The big news over the last week has revolved around a job posting. Oh boo, you might say, that’s not that interesting, why don’t you go and write about something interesting Harry you useless sack of human garbage.

Well, when the job posting was on King’s website – yup, the developer behind Candy Crush, Bubble Witch, and a number of other puzzling mobile sagas – and it concerns Call of Duty – yup, the world’s foremost shooty bang bang man game – then I think it counts as interesting.

No, don’t worry, there’s no need to apologise, I’m used to the insults. Anyway, that’s what this week’s Monday Musing is all about. What can we expect from Candy Call of Duty Saga? Here are some ideas.

It’s not going to be a match-stuff puzzler

I mean, it’s just not going to be. I honestly can’t see how that would work, on any sort of level. Not just because matching guns to kill foreigners might be a little bit on the nose, but because the brand recognition that CoD brings doesn’t really tie in to that sort of genre.

And it’s that brand recognition that King-tivision is going to be banking on to, well, bank the big bucks it’s going to want to suck in from the franchise.

There will be action

I can’t imagine a CoD game without some sort of shooting. There was that CoD: Heroes game that was basically Clash of Clans with tanks and different moustaches, but I’m going to bet we can expect mor…

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BFB Champions Looks set to go from strength to strength on the back of its latest update

Receiving its first update after its initial launch earlier this month, Cybird is re-vamping its latest release – BFB Champions, adding loads of cool new features and even launching an exciting new footie themed competition.

After testing fairly new waters with its UK release, Cybird is breathing a new lease of life into the newest game by jamming the latest version full of great new features.

One of the biggest new features is a very useful tutorial to give you a better understanding of the game, as well as the addition of exciting new match scenes –showing off the footballing skills from popular Japanese comic Captain Tsubasa (which rather surprisingly inspired major European footballers such as Fernando Torres and Mezut Ozil to take up football).

But if you’re thinking that the fun ends with the update – then think again. Uniting with both football fanatic Youtubers and a host of footie influencers, Cybird is also launching a thrilling new competition designed to test your skills off the app and on the pitch.

And with plans for future updates including major new functions like the proposed mentor system, the more accomplished gamers will get to benefit from coaching the less skilled – and the addition of club unions or “guilds”, will let you and your mates play against rival clubs to earn rewards.

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The state of horror in 2016 – where have we come from, where do we go, and who turned out the lights?!

Horror films and games are a special quantity. They’re obviously designed to scare, but they’re incredibly hit and miss, with some quite terrible results.

They either end up managing to scare me (no thanks), or they’re bad, don’t scare me, and are boring (similarly, no thanks).

For that reason, I’ve never ‘got’ horror. I can understand it, sure: that adrenaline rush is the same one that keeps Alton Towers in business, but I’m quite happy in my epinephrine-free world of tea and blankets, thankyouverymuch.

No one can hear you scream ice cream

It’s a shame my cowardly brain thinks that way – mobile has been home to some truly great horror games over the years.

Dead Space showed a big console horror could work on your phone. As you would expect, controls are an issue, but the production values are off the charts – as is the scare-o-meter.

Limbo also crammed a console experience into a pocket device, but more importantly it showed there was a place for indie horrors on the App Store. Limbo is bursting with ideas, and succeeds not because of jumps scares or cheap tricks, but because its aesthetic and atmosphere are so powerful.

It’s also a rare beast in the horror world – not many scary games get you to directly care for another person. Most encourage empathy but only for the purposes of making the protagonist a proxy for you, the player. Conversely, Limbo…

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6 Nintendo properties that would benefit from the Pokemon GO treatment

Pokemon GO is big. Really big. You know what happens when games get big, don’t you? The companies involved (and everyone else for that matter) try to repeat the formula.

In the wake of Pokemon GO, it seems obvious that AR gaming is going to be a big thing for the foreseeable future. If Nintendo’s looking for another hit IP to apply Niantic’s AR formula to (and we know it’s getting into mobile gaming), we can think of some great candidates.

And yes, we know that Pokemon GO isn’t actually a Nintendo effort as such. But it did kind of come about through an idea by late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, and the Kyoto company also holds a major stake in The Pokemon Company. What, you think it’s a coincidence that you’ve never seen a Pokemon game on a Sony or Microsoft console?

Imagine the augmented reality possibilities with these five Nintendo franchises.

Splatoon

Platoon

Nintendo’s latest original IP turned out to be an unexpected success. Not because Splatoon isn’t great – it is – but because it launched on the flop Wii U console. Brought to a casual mobile audience, we reckon its vibrant and original paint-splattered world could do big numbers.

What’s more, Splatoon’s whole premise of territorial domination (through painting the floors and walls) between two distinct factions would wor…

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Locojoy Games title Mystic Castle now available from Google Play

If you’re looking for a text-based RPG with a fantasy setting, Locojoy Games’ 2016 release Mystic Castle deserves a place on your radar. Initlally released back in March this year with iOS compatibility only, the title is now available for free on Android devices, with an exclusive week’s release of a free iOS version (20th – 27th May). Straddling a number of genres, the game touches on city building, adventure and simulation; not forgetting its predominant lean towards RPG.  

The game unfolds with players adopting the role of alchemist, navigating the endless catacombs of a dangerous dungeon. Aiming to create your own underground city, players will face a wealth of different scenarios throughout the game, appearing in the guise of ‘events’ – be them skill progression, or gambling prospects. 

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Perfect for gamers who want a fully immersive game without the excessive commitment, Mystic Castle allows for strategic thinking and deep progression paths, but doesn’t bog players down with the need for consistent logging in or purchasing in-game add-ons. Game resources also restock whilst the app is out of use. 

For those looking to expand their world within the game, there comes the prospect of purchasable expansion packs – over 500 areas spanning 10…

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Price Drop: Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair HD (Full) (Games)


Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair HD (Full) 1.1

Device: iOS iPad Only
Category: Games
Price: $ 6.99 -> Free, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Free for a limited time! Don’t miss out!

Follow Mina once again to find the lair of the evil spirit called Strix in this captivating sequel to the beloved hidden object adventure!
It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina’s protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix’s lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute!

● 63 fantasy scenes to explore
● 27 puzzling mini-games to play
● Five mysterious chapters to enjoy
● Three difficulty modes: casual, adventure, challenge
● 20 stone dragons to collect and unlock achievements
● Game Center Support
● New iPad Retina Display Support
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