The Tuesday best of – Hellblade is out, so here are the best psychological horrors for iPhone and iPad

Well, it’s Tuesday. I just went outside and got soaked to the skin. Don’t go outside if you don’t like getting wet and live near where I live. In fact it’s probably best not to go outside at all if you live near where I live, it’s pretty grim around here.

And speaking of grim things, today has seen the release of Hellblade on PS4 and PC. It’s a gritty hack and slash game with psychological horror elements. Obviously it’s not going to come to mobile, but it did get me thinking – what are the best psychological horror games on the App Store?

So that’s exactly what I’ve gone and written. A list of the three best psychological horror games for iOS. You can download them by clicking on the emboldened names below. And if you, inevitably, disagree, stick your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article.

Forgotten Memories

Do you like Silent Hill? Well the developer of Forgotten Memories certainly did. This is a creepy horror game that borrows heavily from Konami’s classic series. Not that that’s a bad thing. I mean, if you’re going to borrow you should definitely borrow from the best. There are spooky mannequins, weird shenanigans, and more than one moment where you’ll probably soil yourself. You know, in a good way.

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The Monday Musing – It’s too hot, here are some hot games

It’s too hot. Honestly, my brain isn’t working. I live in a greenhouse. All I can think about is how hot it is. The answer to that is it is very hot. Hot hot hot. There is heat everywhere and I am incapable of escaping it.

This may well be why I’ve gone ahead and written a piece of content about the best hot games on the App Store. Sure, it might not make much sense, but if you expected anything I did in this heat to make sense then you just don’t know me at all.

Click on the emboldened names of the games below to download them. And if you can think of other hot games, then put them in the hot comments so we can have a hot debate. It really is very hot.

Fire Emblem Heroes

It’s got fire in its name. Fire is the hottest thing in the world. Apart from my flat. My flat is hotter than fire. This is a smart casual RPG with a lick of lovely Nintendo polish. Although the polish is probably melting in the heat.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here

Galaxy on Fire: Manticore

It probably is hot enough right now that the entire galaxy could set on fire. It would not surprise me. That would make the title of this deep space shooter strangely prescie…

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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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Can’t wait for The Banner Saga 2? Here are the 6 best strategy games on mobile!

The Banner Saga was a bit of alright, wasn’t it? It combined some amazing storytelling, a branching narrative, and some of the deepest strategy combat seen on mobile.

Even better, The Banner Saga 2 launches this week on iOS and Android! If you’re just too darn impatient to wait another couple of days though, you can try the following six best strategy games on mobile. To the word vessel!

(I mean the article.)

The Banner Saga

Where better to start for a Banner Saga fix than with the original Banner Saga? This little viking story was beautiful, with amazing characters and compelling combat to boot. Just thinking about it has gotten me all excited for the sequel. Hey! That’s out soon! Cool.

Plague Inc.

Plague Inc. is awesome. It puts you in the shoes of a deadly virus or bacterium (do pathogens have shoes? Maybe cytoplasm is more accurate!), tasked with taking over the world.

In order to spread, you increase stats in transmissibility, temperature tolerance, deadliness, and more.

Ahhhh, world domination is fun.

FTL: Faster Than Light

FTL is a very cool sci-fi spaceship management sim. You’ve got to look after your crew and make sure they don’t die of oxygen starvation and the like (all pretty normal everyday stuff). You’ll face decisions about which planet…

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Finished with Pokemon GO? Here are 5 more top AR games

We doubt you are done with Pokemon GO just yet, but with reports of the first gamer to ‘catch ’em all’ filtering through, you might be before too long.

The good news for those bitten by the Pokemon bug (there are multiple types, you know) is that there are a whole bunch of traditional Pokemon games to get your teeth into, such as Pokemon X and Y on the Nintendo 3DS.

But what about if it was the whole mobile augmented reality (AR) edge that you loved about Pokemon GO? We have just the AR game alternatives for you.



Let’s start with the biggest and most obvious next step for Pokemon GO fans: Ingress. It was built by the team behind Pokemon GO, Niantic. Indeed, while Pokemon GO might look all cute and cuddly, it’s actually built on the solid foundations of Ingress. This time, though, there’s a rich science fiction story to follow, as you vie with rival factions for control of your city.

AR Defender 2

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Here Are 20 Free Apps to Help You Survive The Heatwave

Ah, the British summer. Overcast, rain, cold… No! Wait! For once, it actually is sunny!

You may be stuck at work during this recent heatwave, like us, or perhaps you’re heading for the beaches of Brazil, like our boss. But no matter where you are, there’s an app to help you get through the burning days.

We’ve compiled some of the most useful tools to guide your journey into the world of sweat and sunburn. The best thing about all these apps is that they will get you out of the house…. At the very least, you’ll catch more Pokémon.

Check the weather

To check whether there is a strong enough wind for you to surf the waves, or if it’s cool enough to enjoy a day in the park, you should look into AccuWeather. This app gives you very precise and localised minute-by-minute information on the weather in your area, as well as radar and satellite imagery.


Weather Underground takes it a step further with more specific information – like air quality or UV risk. There’s also a few neat tools, like comparisons to historical data and local forums, and any meteor…

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'Knights of Pen & Paper 2' Here Be Dragons Expansion Announced

'Knights of Pen & Paper 2' Here Be Dragons Expansion Announced
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a turn-based, retro style, pixel-art adventure full of danger, intrigue, death, and saving throws! Players assume the role of a group of teenagers, playing a classic pen & paper RPG to overcome dicey situations. As both …

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Summer’s officially here! Sort of! Hooray! – AppSpy’s Sunday Service

It’s officially British summer time, which means two things: 1. our streaming schedule goes back to 5PM UK / 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern, and 2. it’s not long until BBQ season.

Heck. Yes.

For the time being though, here’s AppSpy’s Sunday Service to catch you up on the world of mobile gaming.

The Big Stories

1. We’ve played Ubisoft’s new Driver Speedboat Paradise.

2. The Quest Keeper is a charming combination of Crossy Road and Wayward Souls.

3. The wonderfully atmospheric Zenith is coming to mobile.

4. The latest episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is out now.

5. Ticklefluff is an adorable creature, and the eponymous hero of …

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Got a new phone or tablet for Christmas? Here are 5 easy steps to use AppSpy to get the best games on the cheap

We know how it is: you get a new piece of gaming hardware, and you immediately think “this is awesome, I want to fill it up with super cool games… I wonder what’s cheap on the App Store?”.

You need wonder no longer – AppSpy is here to help you get all the best games and apps as cheaply as possible, and sometimes even for free!

Here’s what you do;

1. Ensure you’ve signed up for an AppSpy account. It’s free, and takes about 30 seconds to do.

2. Find any app or game you fancy playing. You can search for them here, or you can browse the very best iOS has to offer with our Top Rated list.

3. Having clicked through to the game, you should see a page that looks something like this. Now all you need to figure out is how much you think you’d like to pay for it. Personally I reckon $ 2.99 for BioShock would be a steal, so I simply select that price from the drop down box on the right of the page, under the blue text that reads “Start tracking apps and save money”.

4. That’s it, we’ll let you know whenever it goes on sale to that price (or below), and you can then decide if you want to buy it at its reduc…

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Clash of Clans meets Pokemon in Here Be Monsters on iPad

Ever wished that Clash of Clans had more Pokemon-style monster capturing? Well, you’re in luck as Gamesys has just released Here Be Monsters HD.

Rather ambitiously, the game allows you to travel the entire world capturing dozens of mythical monsters. Yes, you can finally have your very own Loch Ness monster.

In order to capture these fantastical beasts, you’ll need to craft a collection of traps and baits. There are 500 blueprints for different snares to collect, so there’ll be no shortage of ways of nabbing your own Bigfoot specimen.

The collecting gamepaly isn’t limited to legendary monsters, mind. You’ll also get the opportunity to capture rare and exotic animals on your journey.

There would be no point in hording these creatures without the means to show off your capturing prowess. With this in mind, you can build your very own homestead at any location in the world. Here you can perform a variety of actions, such as raising animals, growing crops, and hanging up those lovely souvenirs you’ve been collecting along the way.

The world has been entirely hand-drawn which leads to some truly…

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