Reviews & hands-on

  • Gaming

    Hands-on with Skylanders Spring Edition: Springtime Trigger Happy, Punk Shock, and Fryno review

    By 17 February 2014

    Publisher Activision is at the 2014 NYC Toy Fair and has just shown off three Spring Edition figures under its Wave 4 Easter line of the Skylanders video game series. The next installment in the Skylanders series, Wave 4, will include three new Spring...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Call of Duty: Ghosts review

    By 29 November 2013

    Call of Duty is the beating heart of the first person shooter genre, and a franchise that’s been in full swing for a whole decade. That’s pretty long in the tooth by any gaming series’ standards, and one that’s brought the latest instalment, Call...

  • Gadgets

    Hands-on: Mega Bloks Call of Duty Collector Construction Sets review

    By 4 November 2013

    As the gaming world prepare for the new Call Of Duty Ghosts, Mega Bloks has released a collection of Call of Duty construction sets for you to build so you can carry on playing when you're not in front of your console. The new sets, based on the franchise,...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Skylanders Swap Force review

    By 18 October 2013

    Skylanders: Swap Force is a game with a rich history behind it. We have to admit that back in 2011 when Activision invited us to interview Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, the two ex-Toy Story scriptwriters who penned the first Skylanders game, Spyro's Adventure,...

  • Gaming

    Skylanders Swap Force Gamescom 2013 preview: Hands-on with next-gen toy fun

    By 27 August 2013

    Skylanders and Skylanders Giants have been incredibly popular with kids of all ages, more so than even Activision expected when it first took the plunge into toy manufacture, but something tells us that it hasn't even reached its peak yet. We suspect...

  • Gaming

    Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer preview: Hands-on with Blitz, Search and Rescue and Team Deathmatch

    By 26 August 2013

    Whether it is on next-generation or not, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be an extremely popular title this Christmas. We've previously seen some of the single-player campaign gameplay, but Gamescom 2013 was all about getting us some playtime with the multiplayer...

  • Gaming

    Skylanders Swap Force preview and screens

    By 18 June 2013

    Skylanders is massive. Ask any six-year-old about it and you'll never shut them up about the collectable characters. It is Pokemon for the new generation. And it's actually really fun for adults too. The third in the now annual series is Skylanders Swap...

  • Gaming

    Call of Duty: Ghosts preview, screens and videos

    By 13 June 2013

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is the latest Call of Duty title to be announced and the latest CoD to look forward to when it launches later this year on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This time around we get a new storyline, new characters and new experiences...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Pitfall review (iPad / iPhone / iPod touch)

    By 14 August 2012

    Ah, 30 years ago; men had moustaches you could hang a coat on, TV mainly consisted of young women in skimpy outfits chasing rotund middle-aged men, and the number one games console was fronted in teak paneling (effect, anyway). Those, as they say, were...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review

    By 9 November 2011

    Modern Warfare 3 is, in some ways, a bit like buying a Spice Girls album, in that, no matter how cool you think you are, it's impossible not to sing along. This is what Call of Duty is, gaming fun in its purest form. There is nothing complicated about...

  • Online

    Amazon's top toy tips for Christmas 2011

    By 21 July 2011

    Like Hamleys, Microsoft, Hasbro, Currys/PC World and John Lewis before it, Amazon has held its Christmas in July event, showcasing all the gifts that it believes will not look out of place in Santa's bulging sack come the end of the year. And while there...

  • Gaming

    E3 Quick Play: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    By 17 June 2011

    With just months to go before Call of Duty fans will be able to get their hands on the next instalment in the franchise, we tracked down the game at this year's E3 to have a behind-closed-doors session with two of the new levels. Introduced to us by none...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Call of Duty: Black Ops review

    By 12 November 2010

    Let's not kid ourselves. If you were gung-ho enough to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops, you've already done it by now. You've already sprinted your way through the single-player campaign, had a quick run at the revamped Zombies mode, and you're probably only...

  • Gaming 3 out of 5

    James Bond 007: Blood Stone review

    By 6 November 2010

    This is what you call a missed opportunity. A totally original Bond game, scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter, voiced by Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, starring a digitised Joss Stone and developed by the team behind The Club and Project Gotham Racing,...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions review

    By 10 September 2010

    It's been a long time since anyone has got too excited about a Spider-Man game. For too long, the Web slinger has been ploughing the same old open-world, crime-fighting furrow, each version sinking a little further into the soil of mediocrity, and though...