The Monday Musing – Why Donald Trump should play First Strike

Ah Monday, the jewel in the crown of our human suffering. All days are not born equal, and Monday is definitely born worse. I’m sorry Monday, it’s not your fault, you just ended up in the worst possible place.

To try and alleviate some of the malaise, Monday is when we here at AppSpy like to have a muse about things. It might not be funny, it might not be right, and it might sound a lot like a stream of consciousness, but that’s all you can really expect from us on this most miserable of days.

And since nuclear war is on everyone’s minds at the moment, I thought I’d take the opportunity to muse about a game that made nuclear annihilation fun, but also absolutely terrifying. You can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it. And if you or someone you know is scared about dying in a nuclear holocaust, watch the film Threads.

First Strike

First Strike might seem like a neat mobile strategy game, but it’s a little more than that. Scratch the surface and you’ll find it’s actually about making horrific decisions that are going to impact, in some cases literally, the lives of millions of people.

It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure, but the choices you’re making all involve murdering large swathe of the population with nuclear hell fire. And the end result is always the same. Sadness and death.

There’s a lot going on here, and it’s all co…

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The Monday Musing – What AR gaming needs to do to succeed

Well, last week was all about the AR wasn’t it? AR this and AR that and the new iPhone is expensive but it does AR things so that’s cool. Is AR the future of gaming? I don’t know. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure it’s the present of gaming yet.

So in this week’s Monday Musing I’m going to have a muse about what AR games need to do in order to to become an important force in mobile gaming. I’ve got some hints, I’ve got some tips, and I’ve got a whole shed full of mad ideas.

If you’ve got any ideas that you think might help, feel free to chuck them into the comments section at the bottom of the article. I’m pretty sure that, together, we can make AR gaming incredible. Or completely non-sensical.

What’s it for?

This is the biggest question that AR games have to answer. Of the raft of them that came out last week, there aren’t that many that can properly justify the fact that it uses AR. It’s the same thing that happened with AR games on the 3DS and the Vita.

Sure, it’s a nice gimmick, and it’s fun to play around with for a bit, but if I’m playing a platform game do I really need to have it set in my dirty living room? Pokemon GO certainly justified its existence by placing its characters into the real world.

But developers are going to have to find more interesting applications of the technology if it’s going to really spark player’s imaginations.

Where’s it for

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The Monday Musing – Everything you need to know about Titanfall: Assault

Well, Monday has flobbled into view, weary from its exertions at the weekend, dreaming of a Tuesday that it knows will never come. Poor Monday, so despised by all and sundry, all it wants to do is live a little, but it never can.

What it can do is provide the perfect platform for the Monday Musing. After all, both of the words start with M. It’s like it was meant to be, pre-ordained in the glimmering ether. Or some such nonsense.

This week I’m going to have a muse about Titanfall: Assault. It’s a card-battler in the Clash Royale mould, and it’s set to hit the App Store later this week. Here’s everything you need to know about what the game has to offer.

What is it?

It’s a real time strategy game with a bit of MOBA thrown in there for good measure. You’re in charge of your troops, sending them in to battle. The scraps last four minutes, and a minute in you’ll be able to drop a massive Titan into the fray.

The aim is capturing bases. So you need to make sure you’re defending as well as attacking. Throw your troops too far ahead and you’ll find yourself screwed if your foe begins a concentrated attack.


How does it capture the ethos of the console game?

Well, with the Titans mainly. Obviously this isn’t an FPS with wall running. But it lifts a decent chunk of ideas from the main Titanfall series and wraps it all up in a more mobile-friendly package.

You’re sending g…

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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 Monday Musing – What does E3 mean for mobile gaming?

Well it’s that time of the year again. The good and the great and the average of the gaming industry have gathered in Los Angeles to paste giant billboards on the side of buildings and get the hype trains started for the latest AAA releases.

But here at AppSpy we’re far more concerned with the mobile side of things. And that got the cogs in my brain whirring round something rotten. It made me wonder whether mobile gamers should even be that bothered about what’s going on at E3?

So I decided to write a piece of content about it. After all, content makes the world go round. Or at least I assume it does. It could be something to do with science, but I tend not to bother myself with such unimportant things as gravity and what not.

E3 – is it for me?

Look, the big publishers and developers are getting better at mobile. Take a look at Square Enix’s GO games, or Nintendo’s push into the medium with Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem: Heroes. But they’re still lagging behind plenty of other mobile-focused companies.

And that means the mobile reveals we see from E3 just aren’t that interesting at the moment. Sure there’s the occasional gem revealed at a press conference, but in a very real way the AAA gang know that the audience at E3 doesn’t really care about mobile games.

Think about it this way, it’s a place to show off as many explosions and shiny pixels as you possibly can. And that’s not something you really get wi…

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The Monday Musing – Which other Pokemon deserve their own spinoff game?

Well, Magikarp Jump is a game. It’s quite a good game as well, so long as you don’t mind playing games where you don’t actually really do all that much. But it has stirred a thought deep within the recesses of my brain, and I have decided to release that thought onto the world.

And I’m going to do it in the form of glorious, glorious content. This piece of content in fact. It’s a list I like to call, what other Pokemon deserve their own standalone games. It seemed like a good idea when it first came to me, so I’m running with it.

Agree? Disagree? Want me to write more posts that detail hypothetical games that fictional characters should become engaged in? Well let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, let’s get cracking.


If Pokemon GO is a game about walking around, the Snorlax spinoff could be an antidote to that. You earn points by not moving. You earn more for sleeping. You earn even more if you’re sleeping in a place that means people can’t get past you. I can see no problems with the implementation of this idea.


This one would be a dark point and click adventure about a Raichu comi…

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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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The Monday Musing – The best WWE games for iPhone and iPad

In today’s Monday Musing I thought we’d have a look at the best WWE games you can download on mobile. Why did I think that? Because there was some important wrestling over the weekend and so everyone is searching for wrestling. SEO genius right here.

Anyway, the Undertaker might have retired, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up one of these games and do some throws, grapples, or whatever else it is that you do when you’re wrestling. I honestly don’t know.

As ever, click on the emboldened names of the games to download them. Oh, and if you think I’ve missed out a wrestling gem, which is entirely possible, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below.

WWE Immortals – Free

This game really shouldn’t be any good. It’s a fantasy brawler featuring your favourite WWE wrestlers as, like, weird versions of themselves. Honestly, it makes no sense whatsoever, but it’s a ridiculous amount of fun.

This is the game that Injustice should have been. Big and silly and with lots of punching. It’s not as good as Marvel Contest of Champions, but it’s not too far off. The very definition of a guilty pleasure.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here

WWE 2K – £7.99 /

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The Monday Musing – How retro is too retro?

Oh look, it’s Monday. When on earth did that happen? I don’t think I saw this one coming. Right, better think of a topic for the Monday music hadn’t I? Hmmmm. What to do, what to do, what to do?

Right, I’ve thought of something. How retro is too retro? One of the things that the App Store has perpetrated is an increase in games with one eye looking back to the perceived glory days of gaming.

But there have been games recently that have been trawling the back catalogues in ways that aren’t ever going to manage to spark the same sort of interest as they did when they first landed.

Old times

You see, the thing with old games is that quite a lot of them weren’t very good. They were tough, they weren’t very responsive, and quite frankly a lot of us only liked them because we didn’t know any better.

And when we go back, we find that there’s not really all that much to them. Because games iterate, because games change as the technology around them changes. And what we’re sometimes looking at is a sort of patchwork.

Games with a retro flair to them do need to get a few things right. And one of the main things they need to get right is realising that the past wasn’t really that great. And that the modern times are pretty damn good.

Especially when it comes to mobile gaming. Because mobile inputs are, quite frankly, nowhere near…

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The Monday Musing – The best Christmas gifts for the mobile gamer in your life

It’s Christmas. Well, it’s nearly Christmas. It sort of depends how you look at things. There’s definitely still time to get someone a Christmas present if that’s the sort of thing that you like doing with your time.

But what should you get the mobile gamer in your life? What gift could you possibly buy for someone who likes to spend all of their time with their nose buried in the likes of Clash of Clans?

Well, I don’t really know. But I’ve gone right ahead and put this list together anyway. There might be something on here that gamer would like. There might not be. Let’s get on with it and find out, yeah?

An iTunes gift card

You can’t really go wrong with this one. If the person’s got an iOS device and they like gaming, then getting them a gift card is basically an open goal.

You don’t have to choose anything specific for them, and they don’t have to awkwardly say thanks when you’ve got them something they don’t like.

A case

Nothing says personalisation like a case. And if there’s one thing that annoys a gamer it’s accidentally smashing their device to pieces before they’ve had a chance to complete a level.

So get a strong case that’ll make that expensive pocket computer unlikely to explode in a million extremely expensive pieces.

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