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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The Thursday Find – Breakout Ninja

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for the Thursday find, our weekly look at a hidden gem that’s crept out on the App Store over the past week.

And this week we’ve got a bit of a doozy for you. It’s a sharp angled one-tap arcade game that does things a little differently.

You might have noticed that games that do things a little differently are our favourite sort of games here at AppSpy. And that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since we’re a little different too.

So here’s this week’s Thursday find. If you’ve got an interesting game you’d like to point us towards, feel free to do it in the comments below. Please. Oh lord please talk to me.

Breakout Ninja

So imagine you’re a little ninja, and you’re trying to escape from a maximum security prison that’s surrounded by guards with red glowing eyes. What’s the best way to do it?

By tapping, obviously. This is a mobile game after all. But the game actually puts some constraints on your tapping, and by doing so it becomes a much more interesting and engaging experience

Rather than just jumpingover obstacles and kicking guards in the teeth, here you need to tap when the little ninja is within a circle. Tap at the right time and he’ll perform the required move. Get it wrong and your run comes to an ignominious end.

The circle…

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The Thursday Find – Island Delta

It’s Thursday, and it’s the last time that the App Store is going to get updated in 2016. So that means this is the last Thursday find of the year. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading them an awful lot more than we’ve enjoyed writing them.

We’ll be back when the year rolls over with even more exciting recommendations for you, but that doesn’t mean we’re not finishing with a flourish. Hell, everything we do here at AppSpy we do with a flourish. And a bit of a wiggle.

If you’ve got your own Thursday finds to throw about then feel free to add them in the comments below. And we’ll see you again in the new year for some more Thursdays and a lot more findings.

Island Delta

A twin-stick shooter that really only uses one stick. And doesn’t have all that much shooting in it. I guess you could call it something like a third person action adventure instead. But with puzzles. And a gravity gun.

All I know is that it’s an awful lot of fun. You’re working your way through a mad scientist’s base in order to free an AI helper that he’s kidnapped. And you’re doing it by picking things up, putting them on stuff, and throwing robots at walls.

That’s because you’ve got a gun that lets you pick objects up. You might need to pull a battery out of one hole and put it in another, or toss an explosive crate at a door in order to get past it…

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The Thursday Find – HoverCrash

Oh hi there, Thursday. Where have you been hiding? And what have you been doing while you’ve been hiding there? Oh god Thursday, why are you covered in blood? Oh no, no Thursday put down the axe.

Okay, while I deal with this it’s probably time for a Thursday find. This week’s is a game that owes a lot to the past and a lot to the present. And probably a lot to the future. Although I’ve not been there so I can’t be completely sure.

But if you like endless runners and retro futurism then this could well be the sort of game that makes you go “ooooh, that combines two of my interests.” Now where was I? Oh yeah, the axe. THURSDAY, don’t make me hurt you!


Hovercrash is what would happen if WipeOut had been created a year ago by the developers of Subway Surfers after watching Tron on repeat for about 18 hours. If that hasn’t piqued your interest then I don’t have much else to offer.

I’m gonna offer some more stuff anyway though, because Hovercrash does too. Firstly it offers more control than your usual endless runner. You’re not just swiping between lanes, you’re free to weave through the track.

And it offers something else too. There’s a risk and reward system built into the game. Lift your finger off the screen and your multiplier goes up faster. But you’re obviously in a far worse position to de…

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Throwback Thursday: Retro Gaming Expo recalls Portland's arcade glory days

Throwback Thursday: Retro Gaming Expo recalls Portland's arcade glory days
Lunch time at Glencoe High brought out the video game players in 1988. The arcade machines were tolerated as a fund-raising device, but administrators removed them after the Hillsboro district passed a new tax base that year. As Portland's 10th annual …

Portland Retro Gaming Expo This Weekend
Finally, the Retro Gaming Expo hopes to inspire the next generation of game creators and fans by including and explaining the mathematics, physics, art and storytelling. Admission for the event is available at a discount if purchased before midnight on …
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