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 Fri, 22 May 2015 20:10:11 GMT Copyright (c) 2015 Pocket Gamer 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 Pocket Gamer Hall of Fame <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jatzo/pgpromo_hall_of_fame_250x121.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Hall of Fame" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> What do baseball, rock 'n' roll, and the WWE have in common?<br><br>Nope? Give up? God, this is too easy.<br><br>Well, each of these fine cultural institutions has its own official Hall of Fame.<br><br>(As a side-quest, see if you can guess which Hall of Fame legendary US outfielder Pete Rose belongs to. Clue: it's not the one you think.)<br><br><strong>All-time greats</strong><br><br>Inspired by these three great establishments and fuelled by equal measures of alcohol and nostalgia, the powers that be at Steel Media decided to establish a Pocket Gamer Hall of Fame in August 2012.<br><br>In this venerable Hall, we celebrate the contribution of brilliant writers who have risen to prominence on these hallowed <em>PG</em> pages and left an indelible impression on the site's readership. A veritable who's who of the mobile games business, if you will. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Hall+of+Fame/feature.asp?c=44401'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Pocket+Gamer+Hall+of+Fame/feature.asp?c=44401 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:20:00 GMT Review: iPhone 5S <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wxxa/iphone5s.jpg" width="200" alt="iPhone 5S" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The way some people have been carrying on, you'd think that Apple had launched a stinging surprise-slap to the face of consumers with the iPhone 5S.<br><br>Why, it looks just like the <a href="r/Mobile/iPhone+5/handset_review.asp?c=45445">iPhone 5</a>. That's an awful lot of money (prices start from £529) for old rope.<br><br>Take a step back, of course, and you'll see that it's always been this way with the 'S' range.<br><br>Both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 3GS before it stuck to the design template set out by their immediate predecessors. Apple reliably brings out a brand new iPhone design every other year, and those designs remain fresh for the entire length of a 24 month contract and beyond.<br><br>The iPhone 5 is one of the lightest, slimmest, and best-looking smartphones on the market - and so, by extension, is the iPhone 5S. Only the similarly sharp and metallic HTC One has managed to get close to this level of fit and finish over the past year. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/iPhone+5S/handset_review.asp?c=54649'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/iPhone+5S/handset_review.asp?c=54649 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:52:00 GMT Review: Nokia Lumia 1020 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kzqya/nokia_lumia_1020_01.jpg" width="200" alt="Nokia Lumia 1020" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Camera phones have been with us for over a decade, but Nokia's latest smartphone has to be the closest anyone has come to producing something that can genuinely answer the critics who say a phone camera could never substitute a standalone.<br><br>With the inscribed words '41 Megapixel', 'Zeiss', and 'PureView' appearing on the protruding lens, the Lumia 1020 clearly wants to brag about its imaging credentials, and since the launch of the Lumia 920 Nokia has supported its Lumia phones with a range of applications to get the best photos, in a range of conditions.<br><br>The Lumia 1020 has a unibody polycarbonate case that allows for a range of bright colours, although in the case of the 1020 you only have black, white, or yellow to choose from - so far at least. Our review device came in rather garish yellow. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+Lumia+1020/handset_review.asp?c=54045'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Nokia+Lumia+1020/handset_review.asp?c=54045 Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:03:00 GMT Hudl around: Tesco launches affordable high-spec tablet <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-binn/hudl-thumb.jpg" width="200" alt="Hudl around: Tesco launches affordable high-spec tablet" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might have become accustomed to visiting Tesco to buy a smartphone or tablet, but from September 30th, you'll be able to buy a tablet that's actually made by the giant supermarket behemoth itself.<br><br>As the first device in what might one day be a comprehensive range, the Hudl tablet is starting out by enticing those on a budget.<br><br>Tesco hopes Hudl can stand its own against more expensive tablets, such as Google's Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle.<br><br>Hudl features a 7-inch 1440x900 pixel (243PPI) display, dual-band Wi-Fi, 16GB of expandable storage space, plus a 1.5GHz quad-core processor that surpasses the usual expectations for a tablet that will retail at £119.<br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;">What's more, Tesco Clubcard owners can double up their points and potentially bring the price of the tablet to just £60 when paying with vouchers.</span> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Hudl/news.asp?c=53954'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Hudl/news.asp?c=53954 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:24:37 GMT Review: Bird Hunt <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bcgjxp/bird-hunt-java-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Bird Hunt" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Like the developers of many Java games we've previously reviewed, <em>Bird Hunt</em> creator Interactive Exchange has drawn influence from other successful games.<br><br>In this case, Interactive Exchange uses the basic idea of <em>Duck Hunt</em> as its source material.<br><br>Instead of waiting for ducks to fly from behind a bush here, though, you target the birds that are flying on and off the screen for points.<br><br><strong>Fowl fun</strong><br><br>Your aim is to pick up the requisite number of points to clear a stage.<br><br>By bagging the desired bird, charmingly shown in the top-right corner with a crosshair over its face, you earn a point. By hitting the wrong one, you'll lose a point.<br><br>Furthermore, there's a timed mode if you don't fancy playing through set stages. It's all just more of the same, though, with the pressure of time being the only difference. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Bird+Hunt/review.asp?c=53614'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Bird+Hunt/review.asp?c=53614 Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:00:00 GMT