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 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:57:19 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer's best games of July giveaway - Motorsport Manager 2 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wgxby_motorsport-manager-2-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer's best games of July giveaway - Motorsport Manager 2" 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>Motorsport Manager 2<br><br></strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPad/Motorsport+Manager+2/review.asp?c=74673">Motorsport Manager 2</a> </em>is the sequel to mobile's best racing management simulator. Christian West didn't reinvent the wheel though, and instead focused on refining it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Motorsport+Manager+2/feature.asp?c=75006'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Motorsport+Manager+2/feature.asp?c=75006 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT Square Enix's restaurant management sim Meshi Quest: Five Star Kitchen launches on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bkllq/key_art_590px.jpg" width="200" alt="Square Enix's restaurant management sim Meshi Quest: Five Star Kitchen launches on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today, Square Enix has served up a hot dish of their own as <em>Meshi Quest: Five-Star Kitchen</em> arrives on iOS and Android.<br><br><em>Meshi Quest: Five-Star Kitchen</em> is a restaurant management game where you'll have to cook, plate, and serve a variety of different dishes to hungry customers. That sounds simple, but time'll run away from you if you're not careful. <br><br>With over 200 dishes to make once you get into the game (but not all at once, thankfully), the main thing here is time management and pre-planning. Certain actions take a certain amount of time to achieve, so you don't want to have your customers leaving disgruntled, and trust me it's actually way harder than you'd think.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Meshi+Quest%3A+Five%2DStar+Kitchen/news.asp?c=75035'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Meshi+Quest%3A+Five%2DStar+Kitchen/news.asp?c=75035 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:59:00 GMT Silly Walks tips and tricks - How to waddle your way to victory <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wyuf_icon_sillywalks_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Silly Walks tips and tricks - How to waddle your way to victory" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href=" http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/review.asp?c=74966">Silly Walks</a></em> is a level-based arcade hobbler that sees your edible hero wobbling across a house, backyard, and gym in an attempt to save his imprisoned fruit friends. A number of obstacles stand in his way, including meat mallets, vacuum cleaners, renegade tennis ball machines, and other googly-eyed household objects.<br><br>The main challenge in avoiding these dangers and staying atop the sometimes narrow walkways derives from the fact that your character is controlled one step at a time, and he spins in circles when not moving. This requires you to time each step independently and wait for him to spin toward the correct direction in order to turn.<br><br>Our tips below offer suggestions on how to master this awkward walking style so you can three-star any level. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/feature.asp?c=75022'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/feature.asp?c=75022 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:38:51 GMT Brawl Stars tips and tricks - Choosing the right brawler for each map [Bounty] <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fwas_1_-_copy_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Brawl Stars tips and tricks - Choosing the right brawler for each map [Bounty]" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Brawl+Stars/feature.asp?c=74446">Brawl Stars</a></em> is a fast-paced mini-MOBA that pits two teams of brawlers against one another in a variety of rotating game modes.<br><br>While there are only sixteen brawlers currently available to choose from, selecting the right one for the mode and map you're playing can help tip the balance and outcome of a match.<br><br>Of course, in the right hands and/or with the right team, any character can be used on nearly any map with success. A lot of choices still come down to personal preference and comfort. Our recommendations below are based on solo-queueing and what we've had consistent wins with <em>or</em> gone up against and noticed other players using successfully.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Brawl+Stars/feature.asp?c=75018'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Brawl+Stars/feature.asp?c=75018 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:38:09 GMT Star Raiders is a stylish multiplayer RPG by 'Shoot the Dragons' developer <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qdsz_1334x750_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Star Raiders is a stylish multiplayer RPG by 'Shoot the Dragons' developer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Remember <em>Shoot the Dragons</em>? Well, its creator Weedo Games is bringing a new title <em>Star Raiders</em> to the table, and it looks pretty sweet. <br><br>After exploring different elements in <em>Shoot the Dragons</em>, Weedo decided to focus more on the multiplayer-side of mobile gaming in <em>Star Raiders</em>. Here, you and a bunch of other players inhabit the same world of Pandora and have to pillage, plunder, and punch your way through it. <br><br>How you decide to make your mark is up to you. Fight with, for, or against others, visit your pal's houses, take on big bosses, loot enemy raiders, and more. <br><br>There's not an awful lot of information out at the moment, but we'll keep you updated regarding <em>Star Raiders</em> as soon as we know more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Star+Raiders/news.asp?c=75034'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Star+Raiders/news.asp?c=75034 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:27:51 GMT Game of Dice rolls out a big new update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iidqd/update_title.jpg" width="200" alt="Game of Dice rolls out a big new update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Game of Dice</em>, the immensely addictive Monopoly inspired game by Joycity, is getting a massive update this week that brings some hefty changes to single-player and multiplayer, and some brand new goodies for you to dig into as well.<br><br>Players will get to jump into a brand new map -- the Cursed Tower, that allows the use of special Runes during matches. If you’re feeling nostalgic for older seasonal maps, you’ll have a chance to relive those memories, too. Joycity has added a “Map of the Day” that lets players play a different previous seasonal map each day.<br><br>Joycity’s introducing a new space on the board, “Place Rune”, which is probably the biggest change to the game yet. Landing on a “Place Rune” block allows you to get one property at random and grants a special skill to one of your existing properties. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Game+of+Dice/news.asp?c=75033'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Game+of+Dice/news.asp?c=75033 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:46:49 GMT New iOS and Android games out this week - August 17 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cnhcx_cat2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS and Android games out this week - August 17" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Welcome back to our regular feature taking a look at the latest in iOS and Android gaming. <br><br>It's not looking like a classic week, to be honest. Let's get that out there right away. But it's not bereft of interesting games.<br><br>Later in the week we'll picking out some truly noteworthy examples. For now, here's a round-up of what's fresh and promising in the world of mobile gaming.<br><br>Have you been playing anything else new this week? Do share with the rest of us in the comments below.<br><br><strong>Phantom Cat 2</strong><br><br>By Veewo Games - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-phantom-cat-2/id1153486225?mt=8">download on iOS<br><br></a><br><br>A new <em>Phantom Cat</em> means more adorable, stylishly drawn platformer action. We're always up for that. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=75032'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=75032 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:20:00 GMT Layton's Mystery Journey arrives on 3DS and 2DS XL October 6th <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dplo_laytons-mystery-journey-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Layton's Mystery Journey arrives on 3DS and 2DS XL October 6th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 3DS-users, it's time to get excited as Nintendo's announced that <em>Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy</em> will be arriving on 3DS in October. <br><br>You'll probably know by now that the game already launched on mobile last month, and we rated it very <a href="/r/iPad/Layton%27s+Mystery+Journey/review.asp?c=74739">highly indeed</a>, but 3DS is what the franchise was built around. <br><br>This time we're playing 'detective' with professor Layton's daughter, Katrielle and her colourful companions, as they set up an agency on Chancer Lane, solves perplexing puzzles, and search for Katrielle's missing father in the meantime. <br><br>This next instalment in the <em>Layton</em> franchise offers up more puzzles than ever before, including bonus puzzles daily from the game's launch day.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Layton%27s+Mystery+Journey/news.asp?c=75031'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Layton%27s+Mystery+Journey/news.asp?c=75031 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:58:00 GMT The quirky Metroidvania forma.8 is coming to the Nintendo Switch next week <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-asrcn_forma-8-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The quirky Metroidvania forma.8 is coming to the Nintendo Switch next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It may have already released on PC and console a while ago, and on <a href="/r/iPad/forma8/news.asp?c=74343">iOS</a> earlier this year, but<em> forma.8</em>'s still got some ground left to cover as it's coming to Nintendo Switch next week. <br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/forma8/review.asp?c=74350">Forma.8</a></em> is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania/action-adventure genre. Playing as a stranded exploration probe, it's your job to traverse a deadly, alien planet in search of a powerful energy source. <br><br>Between deviant enemies, desolate, dystopian landscapes, and ancient civilizations, not everything is straight forward. Thankfully, you've got a series of power-ups available, and plenty of chances to uncover secrets and admire the world's beauty. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/forma8/news.asp?c=75030'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/forma8/news.asp?c=75030 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:31:00 GMT Choose your own destiny in Tunnels & Trolls Adventures, out now on iOS and Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-getgv_1__3__png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Choose your own destiny in Tunnels & Trolls Adventures, out now on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Though it slipped out on mobile last week, today indie developer MetaArcade has announced that <em>Tunnels & Trolls Adventures</em> has officially launched on iOS and Android worldwide. <br><br><em>Tunnels & Trolls Adventures</em> is an ambitious RPG which brings both old and new <em>T&T</em> quests to multiple platforms. These adventures feature interesting characters, a neat dice-rolling mechanic, choose-you-own-adventure decisions, classic artwork, and more.<br><br>As you'll see from the trailer above, you've got a number of adventures to take part in, including <em>Naked Doom</em> and <em>Grimtina's Guard</em> (by Ken St. Andre), <em>Golden Dust </em>and <em>Red Death</em> (by Michael Stackpole, and <em>Buffalo Castle</em> - the first solo adventure made for any RPG.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tunnels+%26+Trolls+Adventures/news.asp?c=75029'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tunnels+%26+Trolls+Adventures/news.asp?c=75029 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMT Snipers vs. Thieves is a real-time 1-v-4 battler, out now on iOS and Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ejmf_1-real-time-battles_1502887103_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Snipers vs. Thieves is a real-time 1-v-4 battler, out now on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Are you a fan of wacky multiplayer shoot-offs? You are? Great - you might want to check out <em>Snipers vs. Thieves</em> which just launched on iOS and Android. <br><br>Today, PlayStack and Foxglove Studio released their new real-time, 1-v-4 multiplayer where, as the title suggests, you play either as a Thief or as a Sniper. Thieves have to steal as much loot as they possibly can, whilst Snipers have to protect their stash and take down the enemy team before they get to the getaway van. <br><br>Take down the enemy team as a Sniper using crazy weapons, including freeze bullets, head inflation, and explosive ammo. Or, as a team of Thieves you can disguise yourselves, dodge shots, and boost your speed. All in all, there are over 130 neat masks and gadgets to collect, not to mention a bunch of seasonal events to take part in.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Snipers+vs+Thieves/news.asp?c=75028'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Snipers+vs+Thieves/news.asp?c=75028 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 GMT Review: Super Phantom Cat 2 review - More like decent phantom cat <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jbjwuotgj_super-phantom-cat-2-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Phantom Cat 2 review - More like decent phantom cat" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that <em>Super Phantom Cat 2</em> trades heavily on the Mario games. There are blocks to boop with your head, monsters to stomp on, and coins and stars to collect.<br><br>But eventually it spreads its wings a little, adding some reasonably interesting twists to the formula that should keep your attention.<br><br>It's not the most difficult platformer, and it's certainly not the most original, but there's a soft entertainment here that's hard to fault.<br><br><b>Toe beans</b><br><br>As you might be able to tell from the name of the game, you're playing a cat. Your friend gets kidnapped by a flying saucer, and it's up to you to get her back.<br><br>To begin with you've got some pretty standard platforming. Move around, jump over things, collect all of the shiny things that you see.<br><br>A few levels in though, things get a little more exciting. You start to unlock special powers. You can port between places, make vines grow from the ground, and more. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Phantom+Cat+2/review.asp?c=75025'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Phantom+Cat+2/review.asp?c=75025 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 GMT Review: Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2, episode two review - The story continues, sort of <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zqi_66_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2, episode two review - The story continues, sort of" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Episode one of <em>Minecraft: Story Mode</em>'s second season was unexpectedly good, so the standards were pretty high for this second episode, <em>Giant Consequences</em>.<br><br>But, after playing it's hard not to be a little torn by it. From predictable plot points to iffy elements, the whole thing just feels a little... blah. <br><br>That doesn't mean it isn't fun, though. No, it's got its good points just like it has its bad points. <br><br><strong>This hand is my hand</strong><br><br>Following on from the epic sea temple creature battle at the end of episode one, <em>Giant Consequences</em> jumps into it immediately with some action, decisions, and quick-time events. <br><br>After kicking the Admin's butt, he drops a clock which can magically alter the time and weather.<br><br>And though you fix things temporarily that tricky lad comes back as a rather adorable snowman, turning Beacontown into a snowy wonderland of doom.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Minecraft%3A+Story+Mode+%2D+Season+2/review.asp?c=74999'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Minecraft%3A+Story+Mode+%2D+Season+2/review.asp?c=74999 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:00:00 GMT The mobile board game news round up - August 17th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fqmyjrb/unspecified.jpg" width="200" alt="The mobile board game news round up - August 17th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's time to have a long hard look at some of the interesting bits of news from this week in mobile board gaming. We've got new releases, we've got sales, and we've got updates.<br><br>And because we love you, we've got links to everything so you can grab it all from the App Store and have a lovely old time without going too far from Pocket Gamer.<br><br>If you've spotted anything you think your fellow mobile board game-ists needs to know, then give everyone the heads-up in the comments at the bottom of the article.<br><br><strong><br><br>New releases</strong><br><br>There are a couple of big releases this week, from very different ends of board gaming spectrum.<br><br>First we've got <em>Bottom of the 9th</em>. It's a dice-rolling version of baseball that sees you creating your own team of grown-up-rounders superstars. <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1205620577">You can buy it here for £4.99 / $4.99</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Deus+Ex+GO/news.asp?c=75027'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Deus+Ex+GO/news.asp?c=75027 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:33:29 GMT Zlatan Legends drops on the App Store and it's not just a football game <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wqjplyr/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Zlatan Legends drops on the App Store and it's not just a football game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Little more than a <a href="/r/iPhone/Zlatan+Legends/news.asp?c=74915">week</a> after we got the first teaser trailer, <em>Zlatan Legends</em> is now out on iOS.<br><br>ISBIT Games, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's co-owned studio, gave away very little aside from the sci-fi element and whatever basic plot point Zlatan was setting up. Now, we know that <em>ZL</em> is an arcade sports game, but I admit not one I thought it would be. <br><br><em>Zlatan Legends</em> uses 'Driftball', an intergalactic sport in which you kick a ball through a scrolling arena, racing against the clock and trying not to touch the blue walls. Featuring arena play and hyper-competitive leagues, you can compete with people from all over the world to become a legend.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Zlatan+Legends/news.asp?c=75026'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Zlatan+Legends/news.asp?c=75026 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:58:00 GMT