Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:01:59 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Things are getting seriously smelly in Fortnite's version 4.4 update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qzmyeq/fortnite-ios-switch-update-stink-bomb.jpg" width="200" alt="Things are getting seriously smelly in Fortnite's version 4.4 update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've already talked about how PUBG Mobile's huge update launched earlier today, but Fortnite's got one for us too. This time we're getting more gear, a new limited-time mode, and a few decent fixes for good measure. <br><br>In terms of new gear (aside from the Russell-like 8-bit outfit you can buy from the shop), you've got the new Stink Bomb to mess around with. Clear out rooms easy-peasy with this smelly grenade, and pick off your enemies like gnats. Laughing maniacally while doing so is optional, but recommended.<br><br>Of course, you can't actually smell anything. The gas just deals five damage every half-second, and with a nine-second duration that's not something you're going to want to hang around in.   <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77841'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77841 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:30:00 GMT 63 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jzwog/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="63 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're super fortunate to see such an abundance of gorgeous games released per week, but it's about time Pocket Gamer showed soft launched games a little love in list form. Ongoing, that is.<br><br>Without further ado, check out which titles are in soft launch right now.<br><br><strong>Armed Heist</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Av SOZAP</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/armed-heist/id1163705851?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iOS</a></li><br><br><li>Country: Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines</li><br><br></ul><br><br>If you're into this sort of things, Armed Heist puts you right in the shoes of an A-Class criminal and lets you work through varying degrees of challenging 'jobs'. Pull of heists, earn cash, and reap the rewards of your efforts. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:52:09 GMT Some of the best euro board games on the App Store are on sale for ridiculously cheap right now <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cbxu/lehavre.jpg" width="200" alt="Some of the best euro board games on the App Store are on sale for ridiculously cheap right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you love board games, and you also love not spending very much money, then this is the post for you. That's because a whole bunch of Codito games are currently on sale on the App Store for the low, low price of just 99p / 99c.<br><br>There are some real gems here, including a couple designed by every eurogamer's favourite, Reiner Knizia. As well as that there's one of the best worker placement games for iOS, and much, much more.<br><br>To help you make your purchasing decisions I've stuck the games in a list below, with links to download them as well as links to our reviews. Don't say I never do anything for you, okay?<br><br><em><a href="/r/iPad/Agricola/feature.asp?c=74706">Click here to read about the best worker placement games for mobile</a></em><br><br><ul><br><br><li><a href="/r/iPad/A+Brief+History+of+the+World/review.asp?c=53686"><strong>A Brief History of the World</strong></a> - <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/490152130">buy for iPhone / iPad</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Le+Havre/news.asp?c=77840'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Le+Havre/news.asp?c=77840 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:25:39 GMT PUBG Mobile introduces first-person perspective, Mini-Zones, and more in its new update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fscvol/pubg-mobile-android-first-person-mode-screenshot.jpg" width="200" alt="PUBG Mobile introduces first-person perspective, Mini-Zones, and more in its new update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a hot minute since we got the last update in PUBG Mobile and this one's introducing a whole host of features -namely, the new Royale Pass among smaller, miscellaneous bits. You can grab the game right now on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1330123889">App Store</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tencent.ig&hl=en_IN">Google Play</a>. <br><br>PUBG Mobile's been in desperate need for monetisation for a little while, especially given Fortnite's successes so far on the platform, and Royale Pass is where it starts. Or, rather the 'Elite Royale Pass'. <br><br>By completing daily and weekly missions you'll earn points and increase your rank. By completing more missions you'll also get additional crates and unlock more rewards by reaching a new Royale Pass rank. Alternatively, if you don't fancy grinding you can just buy ranks outright to unlock rewards. The paid-for Elite Royale Pass unlocks elite missions to earn more points and rewards for each rank. The first season starts in mid-June (so, around now-ish). <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77838'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77838 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:11:24 GMT Unholy Heights gives monsters a safe place to unwind at the end of the day <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-psptoaa/unholy-heights-screenshot-an-early-part-of-the-game.jpg" width="200" alt="Unholy Heights gives monsters a safe place to unwind at the end of the day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><strong>Welcome to </strong></em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/writer.asp?a=290&sec=11"><em><strong>Susan Arendt</strong></em></a><em><strong>'s latest column on Pocket Gamer. In 2018 we've recruited the best writers and most experienced gamers in the industry and asked them to inspire us. This week Susan looks at the underreported monster housing crisis.</strong></em><br><br>You ever think about the bad guys in video games? You know, the orcs and the cacodemons and the bats and whatnot. Ever wonder what it's like for them to head home at the end of a long day of being bashed in the head by a band of overzealous adventurers?<br><br>Probably not, you reek of hero privilege. Fortunately, Unholy Heights gives you the opportunity to right that particular wrong as you do your best to give monsters a comfortable, affordable place to put up their feet (or tentacles, or smoke tendrils, whatever) at the end of a hard shift. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Unholy+Heights/feature.asp?c=77837'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Unholy+Heights/feature.asp?c=77837 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:31:03 GMT Review: Muse Dash review - A coming together of a runner and a rhythm game <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rvgq_muse-dash-ios-review-screenshot-a-spooky-level_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Muse Dash review - A coming together of a runner and a rhythm game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It sometimes strikes me as strange that there aren't more autorunner / rhythm game mashups on the App Store. They're two genres that fit so well together that when a new one comes out, it always puts a smile on my face.<br><br>And Muse Dash does just the same. It might have a few niggles here and there, but the core of the gameplay, the beating heart if you will, is good enough that for the most part you can overlook them.<br><br><strong>Running with keys</strong><br><br>The game sees you controlling an anime character with a guitar and a sick outfit. You need to get from A to B, fighting enemies and avoiding obstacles along the way. And it's there that the rhythm twist comes in.<br><br>Rather than having a jump or attack button, there are two circles hovering just in front of you. Hit the right of the screen and you swing at the bottom circle, hit the left and you swing at the top. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Muse+Dash/review.asp?c=77836'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Muse+Dash/review.asp?c=77836 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:43:36 GMT It's official - Nintendo Switch Online is intended to replace the Virtual Console <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="It's official - Nintendo Switch Online is intended to replace the Virtual Console " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Folks worried about the end of the Virtual Console can breath a sigh of relief. <a href="http://www.ign.com/g00/articles/2018/06/15/e3-2018-why-nintendo-sees-switch-online-as-the-virtual-console-successor">According to <em>IGN</em></a>, Reggie Fils-Aime, president at Nintendo of America, explained that Nintendo Switch Online, <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77431">the console’s online service arriving this September</a>, will be the successor to the Virtual Console.<br><br>Reggie explained:<br><br>"The Virtual Console successor is Nintendo Switch Online, right? With the mentality that says we're going to be offering a slate of games, and it's a slate that's going to increase over time. For many of these games, there's going to be additional online capability provided in those games. That's the vision we have for how to best bring our legacy content to Nintendo Switch." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77835'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=77835 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 02:52:42 GMT Westworld Mobile arrives this week <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-vpaa_westworldthumb_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Westworld Mobile arrives this week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Apple revealed today that <em>Westworld Mobile</em> is launching quite soon - this week in fact. The game, which was created by the same folks who brought you <em>Fallout Shelter</em>, puts you in charge of your own wild west theme park, and even includes some original story bits and dialogue that fit into the main <em>Westworld</em> story.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/wxYNXRWQMV">pic.twitter.com/wxYNXRWQMV</a></p><br><br>— App Store (@AppStore) <a href="https://twitter.com/AppStore/status/1008741132501692417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br><br><a href="/r/iPhone/Westworld/news.asp?c=77046">We got a chance to play the game at GDC</a> and found that it manages to set itself apart from its predecessor, <em>Fallout Shelter</em>. You’re still essentially building a subterranean base for your robot creations, but things do start to vary from there. Players are in charge of managing their own robo-resort, building robots and ensuring that they entertain customers to the best of their abilities. If you overwork your hosts, though, things could end badly. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Westworld/news.asp?c=77834'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Westworld/news.asp?c=77834 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 02:45:53 GMT Runbow's coming to Switch eShop in July and we're practically purple with glee <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qiirg/runbow_visual_3.jpg" width="200" alt="Runbow's coming to Switch eShop in July and we're practically purple with glee" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Even if you've not been with us too long you may recall us chatting about Runbow not too long ago. While it's been in the process of coming to Nintendo Switch, we've now got a proper release date - July 3rd. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Runbow has a set release date for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PS4?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PS4</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NintendoSwitch?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NintendoSwitch</a>! The digital Version will be available on the 3rd of July, while the Retail version will release in Q3 and contain two sets of stickers and all DLCs. <a href="https://twitter.com/13amgames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@13amgames</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Runbow?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Runbow</a> <a href="https://t.co/HZe5fj2MQh">pic.twitter.com/HZe5fj2MQh</a></p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Runbow/news.asp?c=77833'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Runbow/news.asp?c=77833 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:21:54 GMT Pokemon GO is finally getting a Trading System so it's time to make some friends <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dmfct/pokemon-go-ios-android-trading.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO is finally getting a Trading System so it's time to make some friends" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's hard to believe it's coming up two years since Pokemon GO first sent the world crazy for digital beasties, and Niantic is finally bringing in a much-anticipated Trading system. I know, it's super exciting and it'll start rolling out this week.<br><br>You can read the full specs right here on Pokemon GO's <a href="https://pokemongolive.com/en/post/friendsandtrading/">official blog</a>, but I'll do my best to sum it all up. <br><br>The 'Friends' feature lets you connect with real-life pals so you can keep an eye on what they're up to. If you're feeling super generous you can send them items and trade Pokemon with them, or you can just keep an eye on their stats to make sure you're still better than them. <br><br>To get a friend, you'll need to exchange Trainer Codes and accept their request. You can increase your Friendship levels by sending them goodies and by taking part in Raid or Gym battles, and as your levels build you'll unlock bigger bonuses together.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=77832'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=77832 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:47:25 GMT Review: Zen Bound 2 Switch review - Strong structures but ropey value <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-etfu/gyeeizvbtu6or97rkq6e4i8lh-wacax2.jpg" width="200" alt="Zen Bound 2 Switch review - Strong structures but ropey value" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Over the last decade, novelties have risen to power, and then died a death in the gaming space. Remember the Wii's launch ten years ago? Wow. Remember the Wii U's death only two years ago? Wow.<br><br>Things can change fast in the gaming space, and those motion controlled games that were so prevalent in that era are, well, few and far between now. Which is why Zen Bound 2 is actually a wonderful game to pick up for Nintendo Switch.<br><br>In <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Zen+Bound+2/review.asp?c=20293">Zen Bound 2</a>, all you need to do is wrap string or rope around wooden structures in a neat or specific way, covering a certain amount of the object or touching certain nails that are protruding from it.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Zen+Bound+2+%28Switch%29/review.asp?c=77830'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Zen+Bound+2+%28Switch%29/review.asp?c=77830 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:35:34 GMT Can Command & Conquer: Rivals defeat the PC-to-mobile curse? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-esibux_command-and-conquer-rivals-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Can Command & Conquer: Rivals defeat the PC-to-mobile curse?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Welcome to the latest in our series of Pocket Gamer columns. We're taking the best games writers in the industry and giving them a platform. <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/writer.asp?a=9&sec=22" target="_blank">Veteran journalist Jon Jordan</a> is here each week examining the trends shaping your mobile games scene.<br><br>This week he considers whether he's the target audience for EA's forthcoming Command & Conquer: Rivals.</strong><br><br>Given the amount of time I've spent playing Command & Conquer over the years, the news Command & Conquer: Rivals is coming to mobile sends a little shiver of nostalgic anticipation down my spine.<br><br>And maybe that's the problem when bringing back old games, reimagined for a new platform - in this case mobile - and a new business model - free-to-play.<br><br>For while the games industry is surprisingly retro in attitude, very few retro projects gain widespread critical or commercial success. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Command+%26+Conquer%3A+Rivals/feature.asp?c=77828'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Command+%26+Conquer%3A+Rivals/feature.asp?c=77828 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:53:05 GMT Sonic gets a bit of a 'bad boy' makeover in the upcoming live action film <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zwgk/sonic-mania-switch-sonic-looking-dazed.jpg" width="200" alt="Sonic gets a bit of a 'bad boy' makeover in the upcoming live action film" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you think of Sonic the Hedgehog, some of your minds may go from 'beloved childhood classic' to 'starting point of the Sanic meme'. But, I don't know if any of you ever thought of our favourite blue hedgehog being delinquent material.<br><br>Over on <a href="https://deadline.com/2018/06/jim-gianopulos-paramount-sonic-the-hedgehog-produced-by-conference-1202406289/">Deadline</a>, an interview with Paramount's Chairman & CEO, Jim Gianopulos, finally gave us a clue as to what to expect from the upcoming live action film.<br><br>"<em>He's a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman. It was instantly engaging and it was good enough where you could see where it's going</em>." As reported in <a href="https://www.thewrap.com/jim-gianopulos-sonic-the-hedgehog-paramount-comeback/">The Wrap</a>'s interview, the main theme is friendship where Sonic and the local policeman will come together when both of them need a friend.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Sonic+The+Hedgehog/news.asp?c=77831'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Sonic+The+Hedgehog/news.asp?c=77831 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:34:00 GMT Celebrate the Pokemon Go Summer Tour with special events and Pokemon appearances <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmyp/169.jpg" width="200" alt="Celebrate the Pokemon Go Summer Tour with special events and Pokemon appearances" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Pokemon Go is in the midst of the Summer Tour 2018, and that means plenty of special events and increased Pokemon appearances for everyone.<br><br>On weekends throughout the summer players can help Professor Willow with his global challenge by completing field research tasks within the game.<br><br>For the purposes of the challenge, the world has been divided into four regions, and each region will have to complete a certain number of field research tasks in order to win bonuses.<br><br>The field research events will run from June 30th to July 1st, July 14th to July 15th, and there will be one more yet-undetermined weekend in the later summer. The challenges coincide with events being held in Dortmund, Chicago, and Yokosuka. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=77829'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=77829 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:56:43 GMT Dragon Ball FighterZ' Japanese Switch release comes with a free game and much more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rcsp/dragon-ball-fighter-z-switch-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Dragon Ball FighterZ' Japanese Switch release comes with a free game and much more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Thanks to the folks over at <a href="https://gematsu.com/2018/06/dragon-ball-fighterz-for-switch-launches-september-27-in-japan">Gematsu</a>, we now know when Dragon Ball FighterZ will be coming out for Switch, at least in Japan – September 27th.<br><br>FighterZ features a new "Extreme Type" control, making it easier to create special moves using L and R, along with other buttons. We also know that the game will support two player share play, with each person taking a Joy-Con to control their character.<br><br>In Japan, the Switch game will include a download code for the SNES game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, early access to the characters Goku and Vegeta, and a super rare card for the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Dragon+Ball+FighterZ/news.asp?c=77827'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Dragon+Ball+FighterZ/news.asp?c=77827 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:34:03 GMT