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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:25:48 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Hot Five: Love You to Bits arrives on Android, the Switch eShop gets a 'Sales' bit, and Time Recoil sneaks out on iOS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oouvc/header.jpg" width="200" alt="Hot Five: Love You to Bits arrives on Android, the Switch eShop gets a 'Sales' bit, and Time Recoil sneaks out on iOS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sunday has rolled around once again and you know what that means by now - it's time for a smoking <em>Hot Five</em> to end your week right. <br><br>A lot's gone on over the past seven days but these five were simply the best of the best, and who can blame you?<br><br>New releases, updates, and long-awaited announcements were all key in this set, so let's take a look. <br><br><strong>This bundle's gotten humble</strong><br><br><a href="/r/Android/Humble+Bundle+for+Android/news.asp?c=75605"> Yes, it's the</a> second Humble Mobile Bundle of the month and it's certainly packed full of excellent games. This time around it's a Herocraft-themed bundle, including all of the company's best games and then some. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=75654'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=75654 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT Sci-fi action game Icey is now available on the App Store <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lvact/icey1.jpg" width="200" alt="Sci-fi action game Icey is now available on the App Store" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> While a <a href="r/Switch/ICEY/news.asp?c=75604">Switch port</a> is still in the works, iOS players can check out <em>Icey</em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">'s fast-paced combat a tad bit sooner, as the game has released on iPad and iPhone.</span><br><br>As the titular Icey, you dash, slash, and dodge through waves of enemies and stages, earning money to unlock new moves and abilities and expand your combat moveset.<br><br>Character action games such as DMC are the inspiration behind Icey's melee, so juggling, mid-air combos, perfect parries, and other skillful moves lets you defeat the game's robotic bosses and foes.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/ICEY/news.asp?c=75658'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/ICEY/news.asp?c=75658 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:47:07 GMT Review: Putty Pals review - Co-op platformer ideal for Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-osrzc/putty-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Putty Pals review - Co-op platformer ideal for Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> While <em>Zelda: Breath of the Wild</em> is an extraordinary game, it was <em><a href="r/Switch/Snipperclips/review.asp?c=73212">Snipperclips</a></em> that arguably defined the strengths of the platform at launch.<br><br>Here was a bright, accessible co-op multiplayer puzzler that perfectly highlighted the console's inclusive twin-controller setup.<br><br>For all the games that have flooded onto the eShop in the months since the Switch launched, it's surprising few have followed <em>Snipperclips</em>'s lead.<br><br>Now there's <em>Putty Pals</em>, a humble co-operative platformer from a small Melbourne-based developer that just so happens to fit the Switch like a glove.<br><br><strong>Flying the co-op</strong><br><br>Both players here control a coloured blob that can jump, link arms with the other, and turn into a makeshift trampoline to send their partner flying into the air. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Putty+Pals/review.asp?c=75657'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Putty+Pals/review.asp?c=75657 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:40:50 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 415 - Warhammer Quest II, Game of Thrones: Conquest <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 415 - Warhammer Quest II, Game of Thrones: Conquest" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We crawl through some dungeons this week to tackle tactical turn-based strategy sequel <em>Warhammer Quest II</em>.<br><br>Emily recounts her happy time spent playing <em>Campfire Cooking</em>, while James hates <em>Game of Thrones: Conquest </em>a lot.<br><br>We're also joined by <em>Braid</em> creator Jonathan Blow, who tells us how his ambition first person puzzler <em>The Witness</em> arrived on iOS.<br><br><strong>Download episode 415:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep415.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75656'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75656 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:20:00 GMT A crowd-funded board game version of Fightlings could well be on the way <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-vuys_fightlings_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="A crowd-funded board game version of Fightlings could well be on the way" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might remember a few weeks ago that we went hands-on with a game called <em>Fightlings</em>. It's a mix of <em>Pokemon GO</em>, a CCG, and the card game pairs. You <a href="/r/iPhone/Fightlings/news.asp?c=74918">can read all about it by clicking here</a>.<br><br>Well if that got you interested, you might be even more interested to hear that a tabletop version of the game has just gone live on Kickstarter. This physical version obviously doesn't have the <em>PGO</em> trappings, but it still looks pretty darn interesting.<br><br>It's sort of a deck builder, but it also throws in card-battling elements. You're trying to find pairs of cards in a hidden deck, then using them to smack your opponent in the face until their hit points get down to zero. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fightlings/news.asp?c=75655'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fightlings/news.asp?c=75655 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:43:38 GMT The stunning card game Brave Hand soft-launches on Google Play before November's worldwide release on iOS/Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-lvcihp_brave_hand_screenshots_master_5_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The stunning card game Brave Hand soft-launches on Google Play before November's worldwide release on iOS/Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's almost the weekend and I've just the news that eager, Android-using card game-lovers want to hear. The striking card game <em>Brave Hand</em> is currently available for testing on Android. <br><br>If you haven't heard of it yet, Brave Hand is a simple card game all about luck and skill. The more you play, the more story you'll unlock as you learn about the Wanderer and the Guardian across 16 hand-painted themes. <br><br>Between the enjoyable design and endearing story, there are three game modes - Brave mode, Boost mode with powerful boost cards, and Jumbo Deck mode consisting of 90 cards. <br><br>The game will be free to play with optional IAPs, and is so far slated to launch in November on iOS and Android. If you've got an Android device, however, feel free to <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heartshapedgames.bravehand">try it out now</a> in its soft launch.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Brave+Hand/news.asp?c=75653'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Brave+Hand/news.asp?c=75653 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:02:26 GMT Pocket Gamer's best games of September giveaway - The Guides Axiom <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-kokf_guides-axiom-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer's best games of September giveaway - The Guides Axiom" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's that time of the month again, when <em>Pocket Gamer</em> gives away a bounty of codes for last month's absolute best games to our wonderful community, the <a href="/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=65028">App Army</a>.<br><br>For those unaware, that's our diehard band of mobile gaming enthusiasts. In exchange for their critical thoughts, we give them codes for unreleased games on a weekly basis and you can join in the fun by simply signing up on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/apparmy">Facebook</a>.<br><br>That's a requirement to get a chance at a code in the giveaway, but more on that later. Let's kick things off.<br><br><strong><br><br>The Guides Axiom<br><br></strong><em>The Guides Axiom</em> is a direct sequel to <em>The Guides</em>, with a bunch more tough code puzzles to crack. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Guides+Axiom/feature.asp?c=75652'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Guides+Axiom/feature.asp?c=75652 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:00 GMT New iOS, Android, PS Vita, 3DS, AR, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Warhammer Quest 2, Mmm Fingers, Game of Thrones: Conquest, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rhixtp/wq2_tet_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, PS Vita, 3DS, AR, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Warhammer Quest 2, Mmm Fingers, Game of Thrones: Conquest, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It feels like the days are only getting faster as Thursday's come around again... which is fine with me because <em>Super Mario Odyssey </em>releases in a week. Ya-hoo!<br><br>As you'll know by now today's the day we chat about what awesome games are out on the market this week. Though we'll have more games to throw at you tomorrow, so do stay tuned. <br><br>We've had a ton of new games release on iOS this week, but some tidy gems on Android too so don't be too disappointed just yet. I'll also be adding 3DS and Vita games as they launch.<br><br><strong>iOS/Android</strong><br><br><strong>Warhammer Quest</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Perchang</li><br><br><li>Price: £4.99/$4.99</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1216686234">iOS</a></li><br><br></ul><br><br>"<em>In Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times, you will lead your warriors across a war torn land and into dungeons for wealth and glory! Swing swords, fire arrows and cast spells as you fight through the denizens of Chaos. Success in battle is rewarded with new weapons, armours, skills and treasure</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Quest+2/feature.asp?c=75637'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Quest+2/feature.asp?c=75637 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:48:16 GMT Review: Time Recoil review - A slowed down and sped up top-down shooter <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jgdks_time-recoil-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Time Recoil review - A slowed down and sped up top-down shooter" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Time Recoil</em> is a shooter that plays by its own rules. Or at the very least it plays by the rules of a whole bunch of other shooters, but squishes those rules into new shapes to fit into the top-down blaster genre.<br><br>And it does it with quite a lot of skill. There are a few niggles here, as you might expect from a game that was built with physical controls in mind, but when things click into place it's super slick and super original.<br><br>There are a few problems with pacing too, but those are pretty easy to look past when you're gunning down hordes of bad guys, smashing through walls, and generally having a lovely old time.<br><br><strong>Into the cosmic future</strong><br><br>The game sees you playing a super-powered time travelling secret agent. You bounce between different, but really rather similar, time lines, stealing things, killing targets, and rescuing people to aid you in your fight against Mr. Time. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Time+Recoil/review.asp?c=75651'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Time+Recoil/review.asp?c=75651 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:38:13 GMT Fire Emblem: Warriors tips & tricks - Master the strategy mechanics of FE:W! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-efcaib/fire-emblem-warriors.jpg" width="200" alt="Fire Emblem: Warriors tips & tricks - Master the strategy mechanics of FE:W!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You’ve methodically battled across grids before, but have you used <em>Fire Emblem</em> characters to smash through hundreds or even thousands of enemies in one long combo? I think not.<br><br>That’s why you should get stuck into <em>Fire Emblem Warriors</em>, the new <em>Dynasty Warriors</em> spin-off from Nintendo and Omega Force, and we’ve got the perfect advice for your to master those <em>Fire Emblem</em> mechanics.<br><br><em>Fire Emblem Warriors</em> isn’t as simple as just mashing buttons, but with these <em>Fire Emblem</em> inspired tips, you’ll be able to return peace to Aytolis.<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//2017100520210500-3BE52CBB2C0B225168723895C1D1525E.jpg" width="460" height="259" /><br><br><strong>Divide and conquer!<br><br></strong><br><br>You’ll have up to four characters you can take control of at any one time in <em>Fire Emblem Warriors</em>, and while you’re busy capturing forts and defeating commanders, you should ensure your forces aren’t wasting their time. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem%3A+Warriors/feature.asp?c=75650'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem%3A+Warriors/feature.asp?c=75650 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:12:12 GMT The adventure platformer Cally's Caves 4 heads to iOS on November 7th <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-oyjyht_image4_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The adventure platformer Cally's Caves 4 heads to iOS on November 7th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After a fair while coming, <em>Cally's Caves 4</em> will be available on your iPhone or iPad in November.<br><br><em>Cally's Caves 4</em> is the next installment in the popular adventure platformer, <em>Cally's Caves</em> (duh). After Cally and the gang set off on a world-wide quest to find a cure for Rupert's curse, they stumble across a secret society with not-so-stable leader, Ivan Magnus. With your friend in the danger zone, it's time to take the maniacal leader down a peg. <br><br>Here come the numbers - there are 320 levels complete with enemies, 11 boss fights, 11 weapons with 88 forms, three game modes (Regular, New Game, and Survival), new costumes, an expanded weapons mod, and a brand-new story arc to enjoy. I'd say it's shaping up to be an enjoyable ride, don't you? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cally%27s+Caves+4/news.asp?c=75649'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cally%27s+Caves+4/news.asp?c=75649 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:09:05 GMT Jodeo is an experimental puzzler from 'hocus' and 'voi' developer, coming to iOS November 2nd <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wurne/8854.jpg" width="200" alt="Jodeo is an experimental puzzler from 'hocus' and 'voi' developer, coming to iOS November 2nd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today we learnt that Gamebra.in, developer of hocus, voi, and pocus, has another project coming to iOS, and next month at that. <br><br>It's taken three years but <em>Jodeo</em> is a somewhat experimental game based on an imaginary principle: if you put a 2D object in with a 3D object and add '<a href="https://twitter.com/gamebra_in/status/914072328404979712">chicken head</a>' physics how would they react together? That sounds bizarre but stay with me here. <br><br>Check out the video above for a look at how the game's going to play. It's not particularly straight forward at this point what the whole deal is, but there'll be 14 different conditions and 30 different experiments to work through. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Jodeo/news.asp?c=75648'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Jodeo/news.asp?c=75648 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:15:34 GMT Review: Wheels of Aurelia review - An enlightening narrative game that lacks drive <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-egfgw_icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Wheels of Aurelia review - An enlightening narrative game that lacks drive" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In my first ten minutes with Wheels of Aurelio I've discussed European sexual politics, found out the history of the town of Bracciano, and picked up a Juventus-supporting hitchhiker on an epic road trip along the west Italian coast.<br><br>I also found time to lose a road race to a smarmy jerk and promptly had to hand over the keys to my nippy sports car. Fortunately, a passing hippy gave me her camper van, which I've since used to rush my squeeze to hospital with suspected pregnancy complications.<br><br>You've hopefully realised that <em>Wheels of Aurelia</em> isn't like other mobile games. That's both the game's defining strength and its key weakness.<br><br><strong>Alfa female</strong><br><br><em>Wheels of Aurelia</em> is essentially a road trip game that celebrates conversations and driving - in that order of priority. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Wheels+of+Aurelia/review.asp?c=75647'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Wheels+of+Aurelia/review.asp?c=75647 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:07:39 GMT 50 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="50 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>AdVenture Communist</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Kongregate </li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1225683141">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.kongregate.mobile.adventurecommunist.google">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Country: Finland, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Canada</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Get ready to get tappy in this latest idle clicker. Become the leader of your very own communist state and collect the resources you need to build the ultimate super power. <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 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:46:00 GMT Eternity Guardians guide - its history and heroes <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lngp/20170830.jpg" width="200" alt="Eternity Guardians guide - its history and heroes" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Eternity Guardians</em>, the atmospheric action MMORPG from Shenzhen EZFun, tells a tale of good versus evil, as the mortal world strives to keep the evil gods at bay. It’s all based on Norse mythology, with many familiar players like Odin and Loki featured in the cast. <em>Eternity Guardians</em> weaves an intricate tale of struggle and triumph, so let’s break down the game’s back story and major characters.<br><br><strong><br><br>An epic tale of good versus evil </strong><br><br>The story of <em>Eternity Guardians</em> began over a thousand years ago when the humans and elves sealed away the evil dragon Nidhogg from the mortal plane. Humans, elves, and orcs lived together in peace for hundreds of years before the orcs started to encroach on the borders of human and elf civilization, inciting war. The orcs teamed up with the evil organization, Pandora, to invade the humans and elves, summoning the ancient gods in the process. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Eternity+Guardians/feature.asp?c=75646'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Eternity+Guardians/feature.asp?c=75646 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:04:00 GMT