Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Mobile) 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 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:33:07 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer 100 years of Finland independence - A tribute to the spiritual home of mobile gaming <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rdlt_finland_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="100 years of Finland independence - A tribute to the spiritual home of mobile gaming" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today's the day that Finland celebrates 100 years of independence. Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää, Suomi!<br><br>Given the disproportionate impact that this compact Northern European country of 5.5 million people has had on the mobile games industry, we've planned a bunch of features to mark the occasion.<br><br>Just think about it: Finland gave us <a href="https://www.nokia.com/en_int" target="_blank">Nokia</a>, the original mobile phone trailblazer and creator of the first mobile game hit in <em>Snake</em>.<br><br>It also gave us <a href="http://www.rovio.com" target="_blank">Rovio</a>, the maker of <em>Angry Birds</em>. What would mobile gaming look like without <em>Angry Birds</em>?! <br><br>More recently, <a href="http://supercell.com/en/" target="_blank">Supercell</a> has been inspiring countless imitators with its polished, highly social strategy games. How many games over the past few years have been some kind of variation on <em>Clash of Clans</em> or <em>Clash Royale</em>? Too many to mention. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:15:00 GMT Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vcdtm/413f5kp_jjl_1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finland celebrates its <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">100th Independence Day</a> today, and to join in with the celebrations, we've listed 10 of the best pieces of Finnish inventions and technology.<br><br>Finland has a strong history of creating hardware and technology that changes the world, as you’ll soon discover as you go through this list.<br><br>So many incredible pieces of tech, things that you can’t imagine the world without today. Let’s take a look at just ten…<br><br><strong>Nokia 1100<br><br></strong><br><br>When it comes to legendary pieces of tech, few things have the recognition that Nokia phones do, and the 1100 might be king among them all. The, at-the-time, tiny wonder was a revelation, and to top it off, Finland invented SMS messages too. Where would we be without them? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:53:00 GMT The 25 best Finnish characters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xlmp/ab_android_beta.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best Finnish characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that Finland has a pretty intriguing history when it comes to the characters that it's created.<br><br>And since it's <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">Finland's 100th independence day</a> today, we thought that was something worth celebrating.<br><br>In this list we're going to look at 25 of the best. Some of them you'll have heard of, some of them you won't, and at least one of them has a funny name.<br><br><strong>Red Bird</strong> - Angry Birds<br><br>Red Bird has become the Finnish pop culture export of recent times. From smash hit games to a blockbuster Hollywood movie, from novelty socks to kid's backpacks, it's hard to think of something that hasn't been branded with his cheery visage. I mean, his visage isn't actually that cheery. He's an Angry Bird after all. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT The Big Indie Pitch wraps up 2017 in Dundee and Colchester <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wwapo/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="The Big Indie Pitch wraps up 2017 in Dundee and Colchester" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>(This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://PocketGamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>)</em><br><br>There has been a frankly ridiculous number of Big Indie Pitches this year, taking place all over the world in the UK, US, Jordan, South Korea, and more.</p><br><br><p>But we're not done just yet - we've still found time to sneak in two more events before 2017 is out, with one in <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/956/the-big-indie-pitch-in-dundee-2017/" target="_self">Dundee on November 30th</a> and the last in <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/1115/the-big-indie-pitch-at-the-games-hub-essex-2017/" target="_self">Colchester on December 14th</a>.</p><br><br><p>So if you're a UK-based developer, or just really want to take part, then you've still got time to get your game in front of a panel of industry experts and potentially win some fabulous prizes - and it's totally free to enter.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=75996'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=75996 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:03:18 GMT Dive into battle with Naval Storm TD on Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-amcowyw_main_icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Dive into battle with Naval Storm TD on Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ready to try something new? <em>Naval Storm TD</em> has arrived, and it’s changing everything you thought you knew about naval strategy games. This brand new game from GameSpire is the first and only naval tower defence game. <em>Naval Storm TD</em> is definitely set to make some waves with its deep strategic combat and intense action.<br><br><em>Naval Storm TD </em>sees you protecting your island’s defences against armies that seek to tear you apart. You’ll need to rely on an impressive arsenal to see each battle through. The game features a robust free construction mode that allows you to build a defence that suits you best.<br><br>Build up barricades and platforms where you see fit. Planning things out is made all the more exciting with a wide array of offensive and defensive towers that have numerous upgrade options. Plus, you can supplement your defenses with wealth of powerful weapons. You’ll have access to machine guns, torpedoes, and mines, to name just a few. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Naval+Storm+TD/news.asp?c=75491'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Naval+Storm+TD/news.asp?c=75491 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:03:00 GMT Pocket Gamer is hiring a freelance Guides Editor! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hvks/pglogo.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer is hiring a freelance Guides Editor!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oi, you - want to work for the world's leading mobile games site, writing guides for the best games while just wearing your pants? Then we have awesome news for you!<br><br>That's right, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> is hiring a Guides Editor (please note the pants part is entirely up to you). This is a freelance role that will be paid on a per-article basis.<br><br>We run several different types of guides on <em>Pocket Gamer. </em>There are <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Morphite/feature.asp?c=75441">tips and tricks</a>, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Modern+Combat+Versus/feature.asp?c=75422">wiki-style lists</a>, and <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Sun%2FPokemon+Moon/feature.asp?c=72121&srch=Walkthrough">walkthroughs</a> to name just three. If you have experience writing any of them, we want to hear from you! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452 Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:43:49 GMT Review: OnePlus 5 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ktxk/sqoneplus.jpg" width="200" alt="OnePlus 5" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In this time of £1000 flagship efforts from Apple and Samsung, we arguably need OnePlus more than ever. For several years now, the upstart Chinese manufacturer has provided viable, cost-effective alternatives to the Android (and iOS) elite.<br><br>Yet when the OnePlus 5 launched back in June, it was notably pricier than its predecessors. With prices starting from £450/$479, it seemed as if OnePlus might have priced itself out of the market.<br><br>We needn't have worried. The OnePlus 5 is not only a fine phone, but for mobile gamers unwilling to compromise on performance it's a bit of a bargain.<br><br><strong>Design</strong><br><br>OnePlus isn't exactly renowned for its daring design, but you could always forgive that in a £330 phone. In a £450 phone, however, you might expect a little more finesse.<br><br>A little more finesse is precisely what you get, with a svelte all-metal body. Yes, the OnePlus 5 seems to borrow a few design tricks from the iPhone 7 Plus. But held in the hand it feels like a more svelte, manageable device even though it's exactly the same thickness (7.3mm) as Apple's super-sizer <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Android/handset_review.asp?c=75408'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Android/handset_review.asp?c=75408 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:35:30 GMT Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfkfi/play-nyc-twitter-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.<br><br>The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/feature.asp?c=74952'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/feature.asp?c=74952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:32 GMT We want YOU to intern at Pocket Gamer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hvks/pglogo.jpg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to intern at Pocket Gamer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Want to get your start in the glamorous world of games and tech journalism? Place your boot on the road to global media stardom? <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/news.asp?c=76417">We can help you out</a>.<br><br>There are internship opportunities across Steel Media's portfolio of websites right now.<br><br><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/news.asp?c=76417">Here's the latest description of our work experience process</a>.<br><br>Alternatively you can <a href="mailto:dave.bradley@steelmedia.co.uk">email our COO at dave.bradley@steelmedia.co.uk</a> with your CV, covering letter and relevant sample of your writing. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74853'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74853 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT The Honor 8 Pro stretches its legs in our VR test <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kffl/honor-duke-id-photos_blue_10_800.jpg" width="200" alt="The Honor 8 Pro stretches its legs in our VR test" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> First impressions are that the Honor 8 Pro is a premium bit of kit – regardless of the non-UK spelling of ‘honour’. But this isn’t your normal handset overview; we’ll be looking into how well this new handset handles the unique demands that VR places on mobile hardware. We can forgive a non-standard spelling if the Honor’s VR performance is up to scratch...<br><br><strong><br><br>Ingenious Honor<br><br></strong><br><br>You know this manufacturer is serious about its VR credentials when you realise that with a few deft folds, the packaging inserts form a Google Cardboard compatible viewer when combined with the back of the box. A pair of lenses are included, which simply pop into the viewer and give new users a free and convenient way to try out VR; for the first time in many cases. Honor; you have impressed us with your origami ingenuity. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Honor+8Pro/feature.asp?c=74200'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Honor+8Pro/feature.asp?c=74200 Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:27:00 GMT We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-izepc/pocket-gamer-logo.jpeg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey, you there. Yes, you with the face. Are you good at video games? Do you know how to whip up a mean spreadsheet? Do you speak the language of HTML as fluently as you do your mother tongue?<br><br>If you answered yes to all of the above questions, we may have a job for you.<br><br>You see, we're looking for freelance guide writers - though to describe them as writers is a bit misleading. What we're really looking for is someone who can create wiki-style spreadsheets of data, and make them look nice on our site in a speedy manner.<br><br>We will be honest - there won't be an awful lot of writing involved, as it's mostly data entry and getting the HTML code just right. You may also need to pop into PhotoShop to spruce up a few images as well.<br><br>For an example of what we're looking for, take a look at <a href="/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=68703">this</a>. As you can see, it's just a big table of the cards available in <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Clash%2BRoyale/review.asp?c=69269">Clash Royale</a></em>. That's exactly what we're looking for. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016 Wed, 17 May 2017 16:14:29 GMT Need friends in Fire Emblem Heroes? Share your friend codes here! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-asoo/fire_emblem_heroes_itunes.jpg" width="200" alt="Need friends in Fire Emblem Heroes? Share your friend codes here!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="http://r/iPhone/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/review.asp?c=72867&srch=fire+emblem">Fire Emblem Heroes</a> is finally here and, if you're anything like us, you're probably already humiliating your opponents on the battlefield and building up a substantial collection of heroes.<br><br>However, this is a game best played with a meaty friends list, as you can show off your best units and grab a couple easy feathers by greeting them.<br><br>Again, if you're anything like us, you probably spend most of your life like a vampire, shamelessly avoiding sunlight in the pursuit of completing every game in your collection 100%.<br><br>As a result, your friends list is probably, well, quite barren. Or maybe that's just us. Poor us.<br><br>Well, not to worry as Pocket Gamer is here to help connect you with other<em> Fire Emblem Heroes </em>experts. Simply share your in-game username and friend code in the comments, and add the others who have also done so! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/feature.asp?c=72943'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/feature.asp?c=72943 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:16:00 GMT