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, 21 Aug 2018 03:50:34 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Valleys Between arrives worldwide next week <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qbcnfk_27545545_142150459813514_1716012238231133240_n_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Valleys Between arrives worldwide next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>The beautiful puzzle-turned-world building game <em>Valleys Between</em> will be heading to iOS worldwide next week. If you like pretty, atmospheric little indie games, Little Lost Fox’s debut title should suit your collection quite nicely.</p><br><br><p><em>Valleys Between</em> sees you cultivating forests and creating rivers to maintain the natural balance of your world. Eventually you’ll even build small settlements as you spread your creation across the map. It all happens on a hexagonal grid, swiping up to plant a tree, or down to create rivers. Corrupted land will make your task much more complicated.</p><br><br><a href="/r/iPhone/Valleys+Between/news.asp?c=77170">We previewed <em>Valleys Between</em></a> earlier this year, finding it to be a beautiful meditative experience that’s great to play in short bursts. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Valleys+Between/news.asp?c=78446'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Valleys+Between/news.asp?c=78446 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:54:11 GMT Grandia and Grandia II are getting remastered for Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xcrx/grandia-nintendo-switch.jpg" width="200" alt="Grandia and Grandia II are getting remastered for Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>Classic JRPG series <em>Grandia</em> is headed to Switch, and its getting a bit of a makeover to boot. Publisher GungHo, who also worked on the<em> Lunar</em> RPG series, announced today that <em>Grandia</em> and <em>Grandia II</em> will be remastered in HD for Nintendo’s flagship console.</p><br><br><p><em>Grandia</em> is a classic RPG series that originally appeared on Sony PlayStation and the SEGA Saturn, attracting a dedicated following that persists to this day. While the English voice overs are a bit rough, the game’s known for its intricate sprite artwork and creative battle system that veers away from the typical turn-based combat one finds in games from this era.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Grandia/news.asp?c=78445'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Grandia/news.asp?c=78445 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:50:57 GMT 14 things we learnt from today's Nintendo Indie Highlights presentation <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ghaymq_monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom-switch-frog-throwing-bombs-with-his-tongue_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="14 things we learnt from today's Nintendo Indie Highlights presentation " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today we heard a rumour or two about Nintendo holding a super sudden and secret Nindie presentation this afternoon and, for once, the rumours were actually true. <br><br>Thrown up in a <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/1031511486772989952">sudden Tweet</a> via Nintendo Europe we got a new Indie Highlights video filled with 22 minutes of indie goodness. <br><br>If you think you're in for only sneak peeks and announcements, though, you're going to be pleasantly surprised... or perturbed depending on the state of your wallet.<br><br>Because we're nice, we've meticulously gone through the footage and listed out everything you need to know right here, so keep on reading. Ahhh, so easy and convenient. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=78444'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=78444 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:02:00 GMT PG Indie Month - Why I love FTL: Faster Than Light <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yvvfj/670px-0_1600_0_898-ftlslider5.jpg" width="200" alt="PG Indie Month - Why I love FTL: Faster Than Light" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's <a href="r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=78364">Indie Month on Pocket Gamer</a>. Throughout August, we'll be shouting about those small independently made games even more than we normally do. Which is already quite a lot.<br><br>Compiling a list of the biggest indie game classics on mobile has gotten me to thinking about my own mobile indie favourites. One game in particular seems to sing out: <a href="r/iPad/FTL%3A+Faster+Than+Light/review.asp?c=58776">FTL: Faster Than Light</a>.<br><br>The only game Subset Games has brought to mobile to date is now more than four years old, and it doesn't even work with the vast majority of iOS devices on the market. Still, it remains a reference point for me whenever a mobile game of true substance crops up.<br><br>Here are some of the reasons why.<br><br><strong>Out of this world</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/FTL%3A+Faster+Than+Light/feature.asp?c=78443'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/FTL%3A+Faster+Than+Light/feature.asp?c=78443 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:01:49 GMT Get your lemon and honey ready, because we're getting ill with Pandemic on tomorrow's stream <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ovcmm/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Get your lemon and honey ready, because we're getting ill with Pandemic on tomorrow's stream" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Disease is going to be the theme of the day in tomorrow's TableTap Twitch stream. Not because James has the sniffles, but because we're going to be playing the awesome Pandemic for your viewing pleasure.<br><br><a href="/r/iPad/Pandemic:+The+Board+Game/review.asp?c=54342"> What is Pandemic</a>? It's a game about trying to stop the spread of infectious diseases around the world. You can play on your own, you can play with friends, but your ultimate goal is making sure the population of the planet doesn't die.<br><br>And that's what James Gilmour is going to be doing in front of your very eyes tomorrow from 5pm UK time. Well, it's what he's going to be trying to do. Whether or not he's successful in his quest remains to be seen.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78442'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78442 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:44:30 GMT Review: Evergarden review - A puzzler that understands how to use enchantment <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qinmn_evergarden-ios-review-screenshot-by-a-river_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Evergarden review - A puzzler that understands how to use enchantment" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There are some feelings that it's easy to capture in videogame form. There are others that require talent, precision, and a deep understanding of play from the developer if they're going to work.<br><br>One of those far more difficult feelings is enchantment. To be stolen away, enraptured entirely by the digital world presented to you, and to feel the desire to search out every nook and cranny of this strange new existence.<br><br>But Evergarden manages it wonderfully. And it does it with one of the most static and uninspiring genres on the App Store. This is a game that's much, much more than the sum of its parts.<br><br><strong>Matching</strong><br><br>Evergarden takes its ideas from a number of different sources, then weaves plenty of its own into the mix to ensure that you're never too familiar with it, and never too sure as to what's coming next. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Evergarden/review.asp?c=78441'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Evergarden/review.asp?c=78441 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:19:08 GMT City-building strategy meets real-time battles in new augmented reality game Clash & GO <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tekpd/1159_608_02.jpg" width="200" alt="City-building strategy meets real-time battles in new augmented reality game Clash & GO" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just when you thought that more couldn’t be done in the city/base-building genre, new mobile title <em>Clash & GO</em> has arrived to take things to the next level – literally. Launching for mobile devices today, the game utilises augmented reality (AR) to let players get up close and personal with their space- based strategic constructions.<br><br>The new title comes from developer Elyland, the same team behind the wildly successful Draconius GO which some players likened to “the game Pokemon GO should have been”. Now, with the release of <em>Clash & GO</em> they’re hoping to take things up a notch again by combining strategic city-building strategy with up close real-time battles that play out in immersive AR. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+%26+GO%3A+AR+Strategy/news.asp?c=78438'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+%26+GO%3A+AR+Strategy/news.asp?c=78438 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:00:00 GMT Best iOS and Android sales this week - Pocket RPG, JYDGE, Isoland 2, and more <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xbqd_untitled_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android sales this week - Pocket RPG, JYDGE, Isoland 2, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Happy Monday, one and all. As I'm sure you've copped on by now Mondays are a joyful time filled with coffee, distant thoughts of the coming weekend, and sales. Lots of glorious, shiny sales. <br><br>After all, when money's a bit tight and you see a game you've not had the chance to play yet at a fraction of the cost, it's madness not to pick something up.<br><br>Whether you're after an epic tower defence game, a curious point and click puzzler, an unmissable shooter, or more, take a look to see if something catches your fancy. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Supermonkey+2/news.asp?c=78440'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Supermonkey+2/news.asp?c=78440 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:19:36 GMT Review: Pilot Perils review - A charming if repetitive flier <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmtqr/pilot-perils-title.jpg" width="200" alt="Pilot Perils review - A charming if repetitive flier" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There are lots of games that have you tapping the screen to guide an avatar through twisty, hazard-strewn worlds. Too many to mention, in fact.<br><br>What matters in distinguishing them is the nature of those worlds and the precise mechanics of moving through them.<br><br>Or to put it another way, it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.<br><br><strong>Steampunk rocker</strong><br><br>Pilot Perils does its familiar thing with a fair amount of distinctive style. You're guiding a cute little steampunk pilot through a fantasy world filled with rusty spikes and crashing boulders.<br><br>The control system takes a few moments to master. holding left or right on the screen propels you in that direction, but in order to gain height you'll need to hold both sides together.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pilot+Perils/review.asp?c=78439'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pilot+Perils/review.asp?c=78439 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:54:50 GMT Legend of Solgard, Armed Heist, and the best battle royale games - Here's what you might have missed on AppSpy last week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rplpua/gxvvt4to.jpg" width="200" alt="Legend of Solgard, Armed Heist, and the best battle royale games - Here's what you might have missed on AppSpy last week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You may or may not already know this, but Pocket Gamer has <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJKOvdk-nVzDAFR_9MF64sw">its own dedicated YouTube channel called AppSpy</a>. You did? Oh, lovely! Have a great day!<br><br>But if you didn't, you may have missed the gorgeous array of content from last week, covering all the latest games, offering tips, and putting together lists of the best mobile games you can get your hands on.<br><br>Last week saw video man James taking a look at OLDTV, Legend of Solgard, and Armed Heist, as well as offering up tips for King & Assassins and a list of the five best battle royale games.<br><br>Want to know more? Just hit the link below to see each of the videos. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/AppSpy/feature.asp?c=78437'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/AppSpy/feature.asp?c=78437 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:54:28 GMT Overwatch just might work on Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dlhb/overwatch_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Overwatch just might work on Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With a number of big name franchises making their way to Nintendo Switch for the first time, there’s just one question on everyone’s minds—what about <em>Overwatch</em>? It turns out a Switch version of everyone’s favorite team shooter <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/feature.asp?c=73616">isn’t just a far-fetched dream</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.gamespot.com/articles/overwatch-on-nintendo-switch-is-feasible-but-starc/1100-6461195/"><em>Gamespot </em>asked Blizzard</a> senior producer Pete Stillwell if <em>Overwatch</em> could run on Nintendo Switch, to which Stillwell replied that it was “feasible”. However, Blizzard is currently focusing its efforts on <a href="/r/Switch/Diablo+III/news.asp?c=78432">bringing <em>Diablo III</em> to Nintendo Switch</a>, the first Blizzard game to appear on a Nintendo console in 15 years. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overwatch/news.asp?c=78433'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overwatch/news.asp?c=78433 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:12:40 GMT Diablo III is making its way to Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fxvkj/diablo-iii-serait-prevu-sur-switch-avec-du-coop-en-local.jpg" width="200" alt="Diablo III is making its way to Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>It’s really happening—Blizzard is definitely bringing <em>Diablo III</em> to Nintendo Switch. We’ve been privy to many leaks and <a href="/r/Switch/Diablo+III/news.asp?c=76837">odd teasers from Blizzard themselves</a>, but now it’s official. Blizzard shared the news today, complete with a new teaser trailer.</p><br><br><p><em>Diablo III </em>arrives on Switch in the guise of <em>Diablo III: Eternal Collection</em>, a bundle which will include the <em>Reaper of Souls</em> and <em>Rise of the Necromancer</em> add-on packs. It will look quite familiar to folks who’ve played the game on other platforms. It’s pure <em>Diablo III</em> dungeon-crawling and looting in all of its glory, although there will be a few Nintendo-specific touches as well.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Diablo+III/news.asp?c=78432'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Diablo+III/news.asp?c=78432 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:07:52 GMT Harry's hot takes: 5 things to expect from Gamescom 2018 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dtol/gamescom_2009.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: 5 things to expect from Gamescom 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Gamescom is happening next week. If you don't know what Gamescom is, it's basically several large hangar-sized building filled with videogames, swag, shouting, bright lights, and sweat.<br><br>Every year other, lesser sites, create lists that ponder as to what might happen over the course of Gamescom week. These lists are called predictions, and more often than not they're utterly incorrect.<br><br>The reason they're incorrect is that they lack the necessary heat profile to reach truth. They are cold takes, tepid at best, and so they are doomed to fail before they have even reached true maturity.<br><br>These takes though, the takes I'm hurling at you right now, are hotter than the core of the sun. They're so hot you need to wear protective clothing to just enter the same room as them. Here are my predictions for what's going to happen at Gamescom this year. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Gamescom+2018/feature.asp?c=78428'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Gamescom+2018/feature.asp?c=78428 Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT Pop Bloons in the Land of Ooo when Bloons Adventure Time TD hits iOS and Android this month <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ddgwt/bloons.jpg" width="200" alt="Pop Bloons in the Land of Ooo when Bloons Adventure Time TD hits iOS and Android this month" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you love Bloons and Adventure Time, well you're just going to have a field day with this. It was announced today that Cartoon Network and Ninja Kiwi have partnered up to bring Bloons Adventure Time TD to mobile later this month.<br><br>This is a crossover experience you won't want to miss as those pesky Bloons invade the Land of Ooo. The monkeys need to team up with Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and more to save the kingdom. <br><br>Featuring the real voice cast of Adventure Time, there are over 15 adventures and 50 maps to get through with more than 200 weapons and 30 Bloon-shredding powers at your disposal. This tower defence game also offers up 50 allies, a few new monkey heroes, an original story, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Adventure+Time+TD/news.asp?c=78431'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Adventure+Time+TD/news.asp?c=78431 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:26:24 GMT Review: A Way to Slay review - A hack and slash game with a smart puzzling twist <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mqxove_a-way-to-slay-ios-review-screenshot-an-early-hit_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="A Way to Slay review - A hack and slash game with a smart puzzling twist" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Have you ever wondered how the lone hero in all those films manages to take down a whole bunch of assailants without getting fatally wounded? Me too, which is why A Way to Slay is such an interesting proposition.<br><br>It mixes together a puzzler and an action game, slathers the whole thing in thick red blood, and finishes it off with some of the most pleasing, and brutal, murdering animations you're going to have seen in a long time.<br><br>It's not without its problems, but when it's getting things right it offers up a unique, tactical, time-chasing experience that's full to the brim with swords and slaughter.<br><br><strong>Hack the planet</strong><br><br>You're playing as a warrior facing seemingly insurmountable odds. It's up to you to mount those odds. Essentially, every turn you need to choose which of your assailants you're going to kill. Double tap on them and you'll execute your attack. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/A+Way+to+Slay/review.asp?c=78430'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/A+Way+to+Slay/review.asp?c=78430 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:24:18 GMT