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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sun, 5 Jul 2015 07:04:05 GMT Copyright (c) 2015 Pocket Gamer Less than two weeks to go: PG Connects San Francisco 2015 is ready to rock <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yogw/pocket-gamer-connects-san-francisco-logo-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="Less than two weeks to go: PG Connects San Francisco 2015 is ready to rock" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>[This story was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>]<br><br></em><br><br>For two days in early July, the West Coast will be celebrating.</p><br><br><p>No, not the Fourth of July weekend - though there's no doubt that'll be splendid - but rather the arrival of Steel Media's <a href="http://www.pgconnects.com/sanfrancisco">Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco</a> (#PGCSanFran) which runs on July 7-8.</p><br><br><p>That's because we've got two days packed with content that no sane member of the mobile gaming industry should miss out on.</p><br><br><p>From 5 tracks –</p><br><br><ul><br><br><li><strong>East Meets West</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>Indie Survival Guide</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>The Future of Mobile Gaming</strong>;</li><br><br><li><strong>Acquire, Engage, Monetize</strong>;</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=66159'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=66159 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:48:31 GMT E3 2015: Retro hero DotEmu is bringing PC classic Titan Quest to iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmbye/titanquestion.jpg" width="200" alt="E3 2015: Retro hero DotEmu is bringing PC classic Titan Quest to iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><br><br>Titan Quest</em>, that action-RPG you might have played on PC back in 2006, is coming to mobile.<br><br>The hack 'n slash classic is being developed for iOS and Android by DotEmu - the Parisian outfit that specialises in polishing up retro games and re-releasing them for modern devices.<br><br><em>Titan Quest</em> charges players with taking the role of a hero to fight monsters in classical settings like Ancient Greece and Egypt.<br><br>The mobile version retains the same 3D graphics of its PC cousin, with players moving the hero around using a virtual stick and virtual buttons.<br><br>DotEmu would not confirm a release date, but told <em>Pocket Gamer</em> at E3 2015 that we can expect it some time in late 2015. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Titan+Quest/news.asp?c=65900'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Titan+Quest/news.asp?c=65900 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:00:00 GMT [UPDATE] Massive developer-only PG Connects San Francisco 2015 offer now on <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yogw/pocket-gamer-connects-san-francisco-logo-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="[UPDATE] Massive developer-only PG Connects San Francisco 2015 offer now on" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>[Due to huge response to our promotion - and by popular demand - we've opened up a new allocation of tickets. Note that these are strictly limited and will be available for 2 days only. This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/">PocketGamer.biz</a>]</em><br><br>When we can, we like to give a little back to this industry of ours.<br><br>But this time the summer sun may have gone to our heads because, <strong>for the next 5 days only</strong>, we’re offering MIGHTY discounts specifically for a limited number of developers looking to attend <a href="http://www.pgconnects.com/sanfrancisco/schedule">PG Connects San Francisco!</a><br><br><strong>Developer passes…</strong><br><br>…for the 2-day show to you <strong>ARE JUST $100 PER TICKET</strong> (usually $300) - this includes access to ALL conference tracks, both expos, the epic after party, and lunch boxes on both days! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=65855'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Connects/news.asp?c=65855 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT [UPDATE] Mobile, smartwatch, and VR game developers: Enter the Very Big Indie Pitch at PGC San Francisco <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cxc/verybigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="[UPDATE] Mobile, smartwatch, and VR game developers: Enter the Very Big Indie Pitch at PGC San Francisco" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>[<strong>UPDATE</strong>: Good news! The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight GMT on the 15th June. If you have any interest in getting feedback, making press contacts, and being successful, enter NOW.]</em><br><br>Are you an indie developer? Are you currently working on a new mobile, smartwatch, VR, or handheld game?<br><br>If you've nodded twice you are hereby encouraged to attend our next <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/716/the-very-big-indie-pitch-pg-connects-san-francisco/">Very Big Indie Pitch</a>, which is taking place during <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pgconnects.com/sanfrancisco/the-very-big-indie-pitch/">Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco</a> on 7th July.</p><br><br><p>The clue's in the name. The Very Big Indie Pitch is the bigger sibling of our regular BIP event, which sees indie developers engage in a speed-dating-styled pitching competition for fame (oh, and a promotional prize worth $thousands).</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=65547'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=65547 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:22:08 GMT Review: Nexus 9 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xljibr/nexus-9-image.jpg" width="200" alt="Nexus 9" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Nexus 9 is a strange beast. Where before Google's focus was on affordable yet competitive tech, 2014 saw the company make a u-turn - it released both a phablet and tablet at a premium price point with premium specifications.<br><br>The problem is, the Nexus 9 isn't going to persuade iOS fans to deviate from their yearly iPad upgrade - especially when their RRPs are so remarkably close.<br><br>The iPad Air 2 is the Nexus 9's closest competitor and is undoubtedly the better product in both build quality, value, and specification.<br><br>Not only that, but both Samsung and Nvidia have crept up with solid and comparably-priced tablets of their own. It really does beg the question - who is the Nexus 9 for?<br><br>A select few, if those sluggish sales are anything to go by. However, with stock Android, the impressive Tegra K1 processor, and the promise of software updates before anyone else (that includes Android M due out towards the end of this year) those who do take the plunge won't regret it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nexus+9/handset_review.asp?c=65662'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nexus+9/handset_review.asp?c=65662 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:00:00 GMT Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 review <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dcklct/microsoft-lumia-640-7.jpg" width="200" alt="Microsoft Lumia 640 review" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> For the longest time budget smartphones have been dominated by Android. Handsets like the Moto G and the OnePlus One offer close to flagship levels of performance for a fraction of the price.<br><br>But now there's a Windows Phone alternative in the shape of the Lumia 640. It might not pack quite as much of a punch as its Android rivals, but there's still a chance it could shape up to be a solid entrant into the mid-price bracket.<br><br>There are a few problems, of course, namely that the Windows Store is still lagging behind its competitors in terms of apps and games, but if you're looking to try an OS that's proud to be different, and you don't mind people saying "wait, is that a Windows Phone?" every time you whip it out in public, there's a lot here to like.<br><br><strong><br><br>Design & Features <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Microsoft+Lumia+640/handset_review.asp?c=65333'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Microsoft+Lumia+640/handset_review.asp?c=65333 Wed, 13 May 2015 15:00:00 GMT PocketGamer.biz is hiring <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iagze/pgbiz_logo_210x204.jpg" width="200" alt="PocketGamer.biz is hiring" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/">PocketGamer.biz</a></em>, <em>Pocket Gamer</em>'s industry-focused sister site, is looking for writers.<br><br>The successful candidates will have an interest in free-to-play mobile games and the business disciplines that have created billion dollar companies like Supercell, King, and GungHo Online.<br><br>This is a varied and exciting role that will give you the opportunity to write about a broad range of subjects, travel to events all around the world, interact with key industry figures, and actively contribute to the editorial strategy of the site.<br><br>The post will be part-time initially, working from home, and would suit freelancers looking for regular work. Salary details will be provided on application.<br><br>Send your CV and covering letter to jobs@pocketgamer.co.uk. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=62404'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=62404 Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:03:19 GMT PG Connects Helsinki success, Amazon announces Fire phone, and Angry Birds transform <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ztrsye/pgbiz_weekthatwas.jpg" width="200" alt="PG Connects Helsinki success, Amazon announces Fire phone, and Angry Birds transform" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In case you hadn't noticed, this week was all about our very own conference, PG Connects, which took place in the heart of Helsinki.<br><br>While we're sure you were eagerly keeping up to date with all of the news gushing out of Finland, you might have missed a few stories amid the downpour.<br><br>Don't worry about that though, because we've hand-picked the biggest stories of the week, giving you the chance to catch up on all of our Helsinki happenings.<br><br>Of course, the mobile gaming world waits for no man, and while we were globetrotting around Europe Amazon unveiled its long-rumoured Fire phone, Capcom opened itself up to the possibility of a takeover, and Rovio joined forces with Hasbro to make <em>Angry Birds</em> Transformers happen.<br><br>Here's the past 7 days in a nutshell:<br><br><strong>PG Connects</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/PocketGamerbiz/news.asp?c=60181'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/PocketGamerbiz/news.asp?c=60181 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:00:00 GMT Review: HTC One (M8) <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-atmay/htc-one-m82.jpg" width="200" alt="HTC One (M8)" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The original HTC One was close to being a work of art. With unibody construction, a stunning display that blew away the competition, punchy BoomSound speakers, and very solid performance it was right up there with the best of its contemporaries.<br><br>But despite bagging loads of awards, it didn't enjoy the commercial success it deserved. This year, HTC is working hard to make sure history doesn't repeat itself with its new One (M8).<br><br>Unfortunately, right from the off the new name might create a bit of confusion. Although fanboys will know the original as the M7, it's a rather confusing name that might even result in some people failing to realise that this is a new phone at all.<br><br><strong>Design & Features</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/HTC+One+%28M8%29/handset_review.asp?c=58892'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/HTC+One+%28M8%29/handset_review.asp?c=58892 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:19:00 GMT From Advance Wars to Tearaway - the 30 Platinum Awards of Pocket Gamer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hvks/pglogo.jpg" width="200" alt="From Advance Wars to Tearaway - the 30 Platinum Awards of Pocket Gamer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Late last year, handheld editor Peter Willington gave a Platinum Award - a.k.a. 10/10 - to papery Vita platformer <em>Tearaway</em>.<br><br>This happened to be the 30th Platinum Award we'd handed out. Which makes such awards pretty rare, seeing as we have been reviewing hundreds of games every year, in almost eight years of analysing handheld and mobile games.<br><br>So, we thought now would be a good time to look back through the <em>PG</em> archives and reminisce over all of the games that received a vaunted Platinum medal. Plus, it gave us a chance to do a little stat crunching.<br><br>Without further ado, then, I present to you the 30 most highly decorated games in <em>Pocket Gamer</em> history.<br><br><a href="r/GameBoy/Advance+Wars/review.asp?c=384"><strong>Advance Wars</strong></a> (Game Boy Advance, 2005)<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=55911'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=55911 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:00:00 GMT PocketGamer.biz Week That Was: Apple ignores F2P for GotY, Mavens take on sexism in the industry, and YouTube's false copyright claims create pain for indies <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ztrsye/pgbiz_weekthatwas.jpg" width="200" alt="PocketGamer.biz Week That Was: Apple ignores F2P for GotY, Mavens take on sexism in the industry, and YouTube's false copyright claims create pain for indies" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Unless you're in the parcel or mail delivery business, chances are good that you're wrapping up your last bit of work for the year and have thoughts of some well-earned time off.<br><br>But just because the App Store Freeze kicks off on Saturday doesn't mean that the mobile games industry has been sitting idle this past week.<br><br>Far from it, in fact. Things have been as busy as ever, but thankfully your friends at Pocket Gamer Biz are here to bring you the highlights of the week that was.<br><br><strong><br><br>Tools and platforms </strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Wearable tech gets another boost of talent, as ex-OpenFeint engineer Jakob Wilkenson <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/Awear+news/news.asp?c=56203">launched the Awear platform for wearable computing</a>.</li><br><br><li>Applifier thinks the PS4's video sharing is 'awesome' but <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/Everyplay/news.asp?c=56083">sees much more potential on mobile</a>.</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/PocketGamerbiz/news.asp?c=56241'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/PocketGamerbiz/news.asp?c=56241 Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:21:00 GMT Review: LG Nexus 5 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-etybha/nexus_5_1.jpg" width="200" alt="LG Nexus 5" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Like every Nexus phone, the LG-built Nexus 5 is primarily a reference device, allowing developers to obtain the best hardware and the most current operating system for as little money as possible.<br><br>This emphasis on low price inevitably brings with it some limitations, and the Nexus 5 is no exception.<br><br>Despite packing the fastest processor currently available on the market, and a top-of-the-line 5-inch full-HD display, the phone continues to lack any form of storage expandability, and a smaller battery than you may have come to expect.<br><br><strong>Design & Features</strong><br><br>The original Nexus 4 wasn't exactly brimming with design features, but at least it had a rather fetching glass rear that shimmered when rocked from side to side.<br><br>The downside was that it wasn't particularly difficult to shatter the glass, which probably prompted the more conservative design this time around. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/LG+Nexus+5/handset_review.asp?c=55845'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/LG+Nexus+5/handset_review.asp?c=55845 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:29:00 GMT Review: Twisted Machines <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xqjss/twisted-machines-java-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Twisted Machines" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With <em>Twisted Machines</em>, Reliance Games is looking to offer something different in a mobile racer.<br><br>You see, Reliance takes you into a fictitious world where cars have become true behemoths that can achieve mind-bending top speeds.<br><br>Despite these high-octane claims, though, <em>Twisted Machines</em> is really just the same game as you've seen many times before.<br><br><strong>Start your engines</strong><br><br>After picking from a line-up of four of these "twisted machines", you must beat your opposition down a straight race track while avoiding obstacles along the way.<br><br>By pressing '2' or 'up' on the thumbstick / D-pad, you move forward. You move left and right, respectively, via the '4' and '6' buttons. By pressing '5' or the 'okay' button, you activate a turbo boost (when one's available).<br><br>It's a simple setup, sure. And if it wasn't for the bullish AI, it'd be pretty straightforward, too. The fact that every car practically handles identically doesn't help in the variety stakes, mind. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Twisted+Machines/review.asp?c=55679'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Twisted+Machines/review.asp?c=55679 Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT Win a Xperia Z1 and a Sony SmartWatch 2 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gfua/xperia-z1-thumb.jpg" width="200" alt="Win a Xperia Z1 and a Sony SmartWatch 2" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This Christmas, we've teamed up with Sony to give you the chance to win a Xperia Z1 smartphone and a SmartWatch 2.<br><br>In keeping with the theme of Sony's own Z1 HIDDEN campaign (see below), we've hidden a code somewhere on our site for you to search for.<br><br>As a clue, it's on a news story that has been created in the last week of November and might also have a Sony theme...<br><br>Hunt the code down it and submit the entry form below before the end of Friday 13th December, and you might have a particularly merry Christmas this year.<br><br>There's also another chance to win a Xperia Z1 as well as a luxury holiday, because Sony has hidden another Xperia Z1 in a water-based wonder of the world across the globe. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Xperia+Z1/feature.asp?c=55562'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Xperia+Z1/feature.asp?c=55562 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:12:00 GMT Review: Moto G <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yhbrt/moto-g-product.jpg" width="200" alt="Moto G" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Whenever you read a review of a low-cost smartphone, chances are you don't really take much interest. "Who the hell wants a cheap phone?" you probably think.<br><br>So after I reveal that Motorola's latest handset retails for a mere £135, without contract, it's likely that some of you will stop reading.But what if I ignore the price, and instead simply tell you that that Motorola has launched a new quad-core smartphone, with an HD display, strong battery life, a solid build (with changeable covers), and a performance that can beat Samsung's <a href="r/Mobile/Samsung+Galaxy+S+III/handset_review.asp?c=41835">Galaxy S3</a> or Google's <a href="r/Mobile/LG+Nexus+4/handset_review.asp?c=48046">Nexus 4</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Motorola+G/handset_review.asp?c=55454'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Motorola+G/handset_review.asp?c=55454 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT