More boardgames that deserve the Really Bad Chess treatment

Really Bad Chess is a really good game that’s sort of like chess if you only vaguely understand the concept of chess. It’s worth picking up, it’s out now, so give it a crack, see what happens.

But it also got me thinking – what other classic boardgames should get the Really Bad treatment on mobile? I mean that’s the sort of question we’re all asking ourselves right now, yeah?

Eh, I’m tired, let’s just get on with this.

Really Bad Monopoly

To be honest when I play Monopoly it’s really bad anyway. I mean I’m pretty much the worst venture capitalist ever, I just want everyone to be happy. Here have my money, buy yourself something nice.

Anyway, this could work like that. A boardgame where you scoot around in a giant shoe giving money to people because you’d rather see all the world succeed than build around your part and laugh as everywhere else burns.

Really Bad Scrabble

It’s Scrabble, but instead of using words that actually exist, you just have to make up awful swearwords, complete with descriptions.

And you don’t get points, you ju…

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Solitairica and 4 more iOS solitaire games with a twist

Solitairica is out now on the App Store, bringing a delightful RPG twist to the classic single-player card game.

It joins a surprisingly fertile sub-genre of games that take solitaire and apply some video game magic to form something new and exciting. Often that involves RPG elements, but it seems as if anything goes – from golf to pirates.

If you’re fed up of dealing yourself the same old cards, download a few of these onto your iPhone or iPad.

Solitairica

Solitairica

The latest addition to this list is Solitairica from Righteous Hammer Games. It’s a colourful Unreal Engine-powered card battler that utilises solitaire rules as its basis, but stirs in some RPG elements. Clearing cards adds powers up various special abilities for fending off a colourful assortment of monsters, whilst drawing a fresh card allows those beasties to attack.

Card Crawl

Card Crawl

One of the most moreish iOS games of recent years, if we were to rec…

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New iOS games we’re looking forward to this week – Space Marshals 2, Riptide GP: Renegade and more

Each week a fresh batch of iOS games hits the App Store, and it can be easy to overlook or miss a few. We thought it would be a good example, then, to round up some of our most eagerly anticipated games headed for a release some time over the coming days.

This week we’re looking forward to a console-quality arcade racer, a top-notch twin-stick action game sequel, a colourful card game, and more.

We should supply the caveat that no release dates are set in stone, particularly when it comes to Apple’s App Store. But as far as we know, all of these games are set to launch this week.

Space Marshals 2

Space Marshals 2

The first Space Marshals was an uncommonly polished top-down twin-stick shooter with a hefty dollop of stealth and an appealing sci-fi western theme. Now Pixelbite Games (the maker of the Reckless Racing series) is ready to launch the sequel, Space Marshals 2.

Expect the game to feature 70 weapons and 20 missions – at least at first. One of the great things about the first game was the support that Pixelbite provided after release, so expect plenty of add-content in the follow-up.

Solitairica

Solitairica

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Where to watch Pokemon XY, the Pokemon movies, and more

With Pokemon GO seemingly taking over the world and Pokemon Sun and Moon set to do the same in November, it could be said that Pokemon‘s popularity is reaching a new peak(achu).

Of course, a large part of Pokemon‘s enduring appeal over the best part of two decades has been the long-running animated show based on its world.

The good news is, it’s never been easier – or cheaper – to watch these slickly produced, family-friendly cartoons. Here’s a run down of some of the key avenues for getting your Pokemon anime fix.

Pokemon TV app

First Movie

The first way to watch Pokemon is also the cheapest. It’s the Pokemon TV app for iOS, and it’s free to download. The app provides a rotating roster of shows taken from each of the many periods of the series, and there’s always one of the movies available too. It’s a great jumping on point.

Netflix

XY

There’s a fair chance you’re already paying for a Netflix subscription. If that’s so, you have access to a range of Pokemon content. Right now, in the U…

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Best new films and TV to watch on Netflix this week: Sicario, Black Sheep, and more

It’s Friday, which for many exhausted people will mean an evening in front of the box watching Netflix.

It can be hard to keep up with the comings and goings on the world’s favourite streaming service, so each week we’re going to be highlighting the latest film and TV releases.

This week, we have an intense Hollywood thriller, a jet black horror-comedy from New Zealand, and a slightly twisted American sit-com given a second chance to shine.

Sicario

Sicario

Image: Lionsgate

This gripping action thriller from Denis Villeneuve stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who joins a task force to bring down the head of a brutal Mexican drug cartel, played by Benicio Del Toro. If classy thrillers like Zero Dark Thirty are your bag, you’re likely to love Sicario – though it’s not for those with a nervous disposition or weak stomach.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Good Bad Weird

Image: CJ Entertainment

If you’re at all curious to see what a full-blown Korean spaghetti western would look like – and why on Earth wouldn’t you be? – there’s only one film for you this week. The Good, the Bad, the Weird

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Top new film rentals: Batman v Superman, 10 Cloverfield Lane and more

With so much competing media, it can be easy to miss the latest movie rentals on iTunes and other digital stores when they arrive. AppSpy is here to help.

Netflix and Amazon Video are all well and good, but when it comes to watching the latest films mere months after they leave the cinemas, you still can’t beat a good digital rental.

This week, we’ve got angry superheros, supernatural mysteries, biting satire, and some good old-fashioned family fun involving talking animals.

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Do you want to see the two biggest superheroes of all time punching each other in the face repeatedly? Your raised nose and furrowed brow may say no, but your inner 12-year-old is screaming yes. Batman v Superman may be stupid, overwrought, and a bit rubbish, but it features Batman and Superman smacking each other around on the way to becoming best superbuds. Enjoy.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

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Best new films and TV to watch on Netflix this week: Hard Eight, Kung Fu Panda, and more

It’s Friday, which for many exhausted people will mean an evening in front of the box watching Netflix.

It can be hard to keep up with the comings and goings on the world’s favourite streaming service, so each week we’re going to be highlighting the best of the latest film and TV releases.

This week we get off to a slightly serious start, with high-quality drama the name of the game. Don’t worry, there’s a little Kung Fu Panda to lighten things up.

Tallulah

Talluah

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Ellen Page and Allison Janney reunite nine years after starring together in everyone’s favourite teen pregnancy comedy, Juno. This time, Page stars as a young woman who steals a baby and turns to her ex-boyfriend’s mother (Janney) for help. It’s written and directed by Sian Heder, who writes and produces for Orange is the New Black, which should give you a hint as to the tone and pedigree of this indie flick.

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll

Kung Fu Panda

At the opposite end of the spectrum to Tallulah we have Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll – an animated short film that spins off from the first two Kung F

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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.

Ingress

Ingress

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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More classical music levels are headed to Piano Tiles 2 [Sponsored]


Piano Tiles 2 is the sequel to the viral hit sensation Piano Tiles (Don’t Touch the White Tile), and it’s out right now on iOS and Android.

It challenges you to tap a series of black tiles that appear in rhythm to whichever song you choose which boosts your score.

Just make sure you don’t accidentally tap anywhere else on the screen though. That’s game over, and you’ll be forced to try again if you want to beat that high score.

To learn more about what Piano Tiles 2 offers that others in the genre don’t, as well as the challenges faced during development and the plans for future updates, we spoke to Cheetah Mobile.

What do you think Piano Tiles 2 offers that you can’t get from any other title on the App Store?

“We looked at Piano Tiles 2 as helping everyone to fulfill a musical dream rather than it simply being a game.

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“To achieve that, we developed a pleasing, fresh, and elegant UI, and looked to provide as smooth a game playing experience as possible. We also added loads of beautiful songs, and included an endless mode to enrich the experience.”

What challenges did you face during development, and how did you overcome them?

“Our main challenge was in trying to…

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