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 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:51:47 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer The 25 best boardgames on Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-buwhxi_catan_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best boardgames on Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated January 23, 2018:</strong> New entries added<hr /><br><br>Most of us will have fond memories of playing boardgames with our families. However, I dare say most of us haven't really scratched the surface of what boardgames truly have to offer.<br><br>There are countless physical boardgames that are far richer, deeper, more strategic, and just plain more interesting than another round of Monopoly.<br><br>Fortunately, the advent of smartphones and tablets has led to a second life for many of these boardgames in streamlined digital form - and a fresh chance for everyone to check them out. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+Android+games/feature.asp?c=73065'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+Android+games/feature.asp?c=73065 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT Square Enix’s Lost Sphear has wandered onto Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fidt/01.jpg" width="200" alt="Square Enix’s Lost Sphear has wandered onto Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="/r/Switch/Lost+Sphear/news.asp?c=74176">Lost Sphear</a></em>, Tokyo RPG Factory’s newest melancholy RPG, launched on Nintendo Switch today. Much like the game’s predecessor, <em>I Am Setsuna</em>, <em>Lost Sphear</em> is very much a throwback to classic Square Enix RPGs, featuring an ATB system inspired by <em>Chrono Trigger,</em> and many other trappings from your favorite Japanese role-playing games of yore.<br><br><em>Lost Sphear</em> tells the story of Kanata, a young boy who awakes from a nightmare to find that his hometown is fading away. Kanata sets out with a few companions to restore the world, manifesting his memories into reality to recover what has crumbled away. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Lost+Sphear/news.asp?c=76484'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Lost+Sphear/news.asp?c=76484 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:47:59 GMT Atari hopes to crowdfund a new RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Switch - will it work? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vvvd/rollercoaster-tycoon.jpg" width="200" alt="Atari hopes to crowdfund a new RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Switch - will it work? " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p></p><br><br><p>Atari is, well, switching things up as it works to bring <em>RollerCoaster Tycoon</em> to the Nintendo Switch via investor crowdfunding platform <a href="https://www.startengine.com/">StartEngine</a>. The campaign’s set a goal of $10,000 to $1.07 million, and, if successful, the Switch will get its own original <em>RollerCoaster Tycoon</em> game, built from the ground up especially for the console.</p><br><br><a href="https://www.atari.com/corporate/atari-game-partners">Atari Game Partners</a> is teaming up with Nvizzio Creations, the folks who brought you <em>RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch</em>, the free-to-play version of everyone’s favorite theme park building sim. This all new <em>RollerCoaster Tycoon</em> title for the Switch features a classic career mode and sandbox options, as well a few challenge scenarios that will task players with completing tasks with time limits or other restrictions. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/RollerCoaster+Tycoon/news.asp?c=76483'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/RollerCoaster+Tycoon/news.asp?c=76483 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:44:52 GMT The best iOS and Android deals of the week - The Quest, Swim Out, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tfzv/iphone-screenshot-1.jpeg" width="200" alt="The best iOS and Android deals of the week - The Quest, Swim Out, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Somehow we've slipped into Monday after a too-short weekend, and that means it's time to take a look at what sales have popped up on iOS and Android. <br><br>Though we've got a bunch of new ones, a couple have rolled over from last week and, well, you definitely don't want to miss them. <br><br><strong>Asdivine Hearts</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/898215687">iOS</a> (also available on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kemco.execreate.asdivinehearts">Android</a>)</li><br><br><li>Price: 99p/99c</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Take on the adventure with four friends and a cat in this colourful 2D turn-based RPG. Customise characters, take on subquests,find rare items, and more. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Swim+Out/news.asp?c=76467'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Swim+Out/news.asp?c=76467 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:35:29 GMT Top 5 best gaming phones for less than £400 (Winter 2018) <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cwgj/p10.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 5 best gaming phones for less than £400 (Winter 2018)" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've already refreshed our recommendations for the best money-no-object smartphones, as well as those at the budget end of the market.<br><br>But as the best phones have gotten more expensive and decent phones have gotten cheaper, a new and prominent middle class has emerged. It's now possible to get yourself a phone that looks and feels much like a flagship device, but at around half the price.<br><br>Some of these are older flagship phones that are still a going concern and still perform more-than-adequately. Others are custom made for this section of the market.<br><br>Most importantly for where we're coming from, all of these phones are capable of playing games almost as well as their bigger, more expensive brothers.<br><br>Here, then, are five great gaming smartphones that won't cost you an arm and a leg.<br><br><strong>iPhone 6S</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=76479'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=76479 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:20:00 GMT PGConnects: Solve crimes in Victorian London in the latest episode of Silent Streets <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-datztyw_download_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Solve crimes in Victorian London in the latest episode of Silent Streets" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Mobile gaming, when it’s done right, can be a fluid experience. The raft if different input and output possibilities that a phone or a tablet has to offer can open up some intriguing avenues.<br><br>Which is how you end up with a Victorian detective story with augmented reality features, choose-your-own-adventure writing, and a step counter.<br><br>This is <em>Silent Streets: The Mockingbird’s Last Dive</em>, and every inch of it is dripping with style and neat ideas. From the art to the story, everything about the game is intriguing.<br><br><strong>Dirty old streets</strong><br><br>Even with the linearity inherent to the genre, it gives you a world that you want to explore. And there are a number of ways to do that. From interacting with the characters to actually stepping into the story thanks to some smart augmented reality tricks. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silent+Streets%3A+The+Mockingbird%E2%80%99s+Last+Dive/feature.asp?c=76478'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silent+Streets%3A+The+Mockingbird%E2%80%99s+Last+Dive/feature.asp?c=76478 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:55:10 GMT 64 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="64 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</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, 23 Jan 2018 15:46:27 GMT PGConnects: Line Wobbler is a joyous mix between an art installation and a dungeon crawler <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mdyqy/dsc09451.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Line Wobbler is a joyous mix between an art installation and a dungeon crawler" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There is something inherently joyous about play. Whether it’s running around with a stick or falling into a digital world, play lets us experience things in a different way.<br><br>Which is why <em>Line Wobbler</em> is so brilliant. Essentially it’s a 1D dungeon crawler. That you control with a mix between a sink plunger and a spring. Honestly though, bear with me.<br><br><strong>Line me up</strong> <br><br>The game plays out on a string of lights. You’re controlling a green light. Red lights are bad. Push the joystick forwards and you move along the lights. You attack by waggling the stick.<br><br>It’s enough to just release it and let the spring do the work, but giving it a bit of a thwack is way more fun. It reminds me of frantically bashing old joysticks to try and avoid a pixelated threat on the Spectrum. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Line+Wobbler/feature.asp?c=76476'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Other/Line+Wobbler/feature.asp?c=76476 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:48:54 GMT How easy is it to build a mighty deck in Shadowverse using only free-to-play methods? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hdvj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="How easy is it to build a mighty deck in Shadowverse using only free-to-play methods?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, it was announced that this Thursday, January 25th, <em>Shadowverse</em> will be streaming its <em>Packapalooza</em> to truly cement the fact that it's "<em>the world's most generous card game</em>".<br><br>Throughout January eight top Twitch streamers, including Kripparrian and Brian Kibler, have gone back to the beginning. After discarding their current accounts, these competitive players have been challenged to build new decks from scratch using only what's available for free in the game. <br><br>That includes the 50 free card packs given to new players, various rewards for completing solo story mode missions, and other in-game freebies. It doesn't look like there's any sort of cash prize, but I absolutely adore contests like this. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76477'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76477 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:39:13 GMT PGCLondon: Hands-on with Bad Day to Fly, VR Dogfighting Sim <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-goua_12_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGCLondon: Hands-on with Bad Day to Fly, VR Dogfighting Sim" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Virtual reality is definitely the best place to be flying. Whether it’s feeling the vertigo from your elevation or being able to barrel roll through the air and induce a little bit of motion sickness, virtual reality is just a natural fit for flight sims.<br><br>Using the HTC Vive motion controllers, <em>Bad Day to Fly</em> allows you to control a cockpit while shooting down alien invaders. Using one controller held horizontally as a flight stick, and another essentially as a laser pointer. You fly quite naturally with the flight stick’s tilt, and with a few straightforward shooting and flight controls mapped to the triggers and touch pad. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bad+Day+to+Fly/feature.asp?c=76473'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bad+Day+to+Fly/feature.asp?c=76473 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:24:02 GMT PGConnects: Two Words is a word game for people who love words and games <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oiggp/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Two Words is a word game for people who love words and games" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I stopped playing Words With Friends because it's stupid. It's the sort of game that should be brilliant, but it's too easy to win with stupid two letter words that land on the right squares. It makes me sick. I'm angry just thinking about it.<br><br>Two Words, on the other hand, gets rid of all that pernickety Google-search tiny word nonsense. It gives you more points for creating a long word from your tiles. I'm happy just thinking about it. You can't see, but I'm doing a smile.<br><br>As the name suggests, the game is all about two words. You get a bunch of tiles, and you spell a word out of them. That word is then sent to the other player. They make their own word around it, then you get sent that word.<br><br><strong>Word up</strong><br><br>So there are no point modifying spaces, no blocking off chunks of the board. Sure, you can still Google a word with the letters that you've got, but if you're going to do that I don't really see the point of playing. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Two+Words/feature.asp?c=76475'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Two+Words/feature.asp?c=76475 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:16:05 GMT The magical platformer CreaVures is getting a free remaster for a very, very good reason <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-eocup_creavuresscreens_iphone_02_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The magical platformer CreaVures is getting a free remaster for a very, very good reason" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, Muse Games revealed that is was bringing <em>CreaVures</em> back better than ever to help raise awareness and optional funding for Unicef, a well-known children's charity. <br><br><em>CreaVures</em> lets you take control of multiple mythical creatures of miniature proportions. In pairs, the beasts need to work together to use their individual special abilities to solve platforming puzzles.  <br><br>It's been five years since the game arrived on mobile and, not too long after Muse Games got the rights back for the game, the team thought of the best thing to do with it. <br><br>"<em>The spirit behind creating CreaVures was one of conservation and perseverance. Inspired by relief efforts, we want to humbly do what we can to help,</em>" said Muse Games' Gwendolyn Fritscher. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/CreaVures+18/news.asp?c=76474'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/CreaVures+18/news.asp?c=76474 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:15:00 GMT Review: Blocky Racing review - A fun casual kart racer <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fcrs_blocky_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Blocky Racing review - A fun casual kart racer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you thought we were done with games adopting a <em>Minecraft</em> aesthetic and placing 'Blocky' in the title, think again.<br><br>While <em>Blocky Racing</em> wins no points for originality, however, it deserves more than to be dismissed out of hand.<br><br>This is a fun kart racer that sets itself apart from the crowd by some entertainingly tactile handling.<br><br><strong>Driving auto</strong><br><br>Don't expect <em>Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed</em> levels of 3D splendour here. <em>Blocky Racing</em> isn't that kind of fully fleshed-out kart racing game.<br><br>Rather, it adopts a fixed isometric viewpoint, with the odd bit of zooming out when you pick up speed on the straights.<br><br>Control is super simple - it's just left and right. By default those commands are situated to either side of the screen, though you can switch to a virtual control pad or steering wheel in the options menu. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Blocky+Racing/review.asp?c=76469'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Blocky+Racing/review.asp?c=76469 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT GRID Autosport adds a bunch of quality of life updates <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bbksh_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="GRID Autosport adds a bunch of quality of life updates " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p></p><br><br><p><em><a href="http://www.feralinteractive.com/en/games/gridautosport-ios/">GRID Autosport</a></em> has heard its fans, and is adding a few fixes that should help things move along a bit more smoothly. <em>GRID</em> is already a highly polished, premium App Store experience, but these new tweaks aim to help you fly around the track at greater ease.</p><br><br>Players will now find easier control defaults for Tilt, Wheel Touch, and Arrow Touch, and Arrow Touch has been implemented for all devices, which means folks playing on an iPad or iPhone SE can now drive with this control scheme. If you prefer to use an MFi controller, you’ll find your car handles a lot better following the big update. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/GRID+Autosport/news.asp?c=76471'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/GRID+Autosport/news.asp?c=76471 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:53:15 GMT Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is getting in the Olympic spirit with its new event <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ehukxd_screen_shot_2017-10-25_at_07_27_39_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is getting in the Olympic spirit with its new event" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p></p><br><br><p>It’s onto the next event in <em>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s</em> tireless schedule, as the game celebrates winter sports. The event takes<em> Pocket Camp</em> back to the regular events formula. Players will collect “Snowflakes”, an event exclusive currency, in order to craft special outfits, furniture, and a brand new Snow Park amenity.</p><br><br>Here are all of the special items you can craft during the event: <br><br><ul><br><br><li>Figure-Skate Shoes (100 Bells + 10 Snowflakes)</li><br><br><li>Snowboard Pants (100 Bells + 10 Snowflakes)</li><br><br><li>Snowboard Jacket (100 Bells + 10 Snowflakes)</li><br><br><li>Figure-Skate Outfit (300 Bells + 40 Snowflakes)</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76470'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76470 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:36:01 GMT