Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (iPad) 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 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:13:53 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Face the darkness in the action platformer Flora and the Darkness, available on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xld/520x293bb__5_.jpg" width="200" alt="Face the darkness in the action platformer Flora and the Darkness, available on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's time to face the darkness and fight in <em>Flora and the Darkness</em>, a charming new action platformer from 1DER-entertainment. Flora is a mystical light being who sets out on a journey to flee the encroaching darkness and save her home planet.<br><br>The game features a gorgeous art style with lush blues and greens, and each level is filled to the brim with items to collect, challenges to complete, and yes, even tough bosses. Here's what we learned about <em>Flora and the Darkness</em> from our time with the game.<br><br><strong><br><br>A race to freedom</strong><br><br><em>Flora and the Darkness</em> plays a bit like an auto-runner platformer. Little Flora will run automatically, putting you in control of jumping to ensure that she makes it through each level safely. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Flora+and+the+Darkness/news.asp?c=76178'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Flora+and+the+Darkness/news.asp?c=76178 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:01:14 GMT Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day twelve: Pavilion: Touch Edition <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-flsjo_pavilion-touch-edition-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day twelve: Pavilion: Touch Edition" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? In reality, Christmas isn't anything like the movies. We rarely get snow in the UK, and we know more Scrooges than Santa Clauses.<br><br>But it's not all bad. To help spread some Christmas cheer, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> has decided to run its very own Advent Calendar. Each day, we'll give away one of the best games of the year from December 1st right up to Christmas day itself.<br><br>We don't want to spoil the surprise, so we'll publish the complete list of our best games of 2017 after Christmas. That's right in time for the January sales anyway, so you can grab yourself some of them on the cheap if you don't win.<br><br>But enough of all that. Let's take a look at today's offering.<br><br><strong><br><br>Pavilion: Touch Edition<br><br></strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Pavilion%3A+Touch+Edition/review.asp?c=73344">Pavilion</a></em> is a hauntingly beautiful experience. It's a puzzler in the same vein as <em><a href="/r/iPad/Monument+Valley/review.asp?c=58743">Monument Valley</a></em> with gorgeous hand drawn environments. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Pavilion%3A+Touch+Edition/feature.asp?c=76174'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Pavilion%3A+Touch+Edition/feature.asp?c=76174 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT Best iOS and Android sales this week - Ace Attorney, Runic Rampage, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iotc/a-good-snowman-is-hard-to-build-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android sales this week - Ace Attorney, Runic Rampage, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Happy Monday, one and all. It's time to take another look into the world of deals and price cuts, and see if anything strikes your fancy. <br><br>As always, this is an ever-changing list so what's here today might not still be active by the end of the week. Likewise, what isn't here today might pop up as the days go on, so do check back. We'll let you know when there's been more stuff added.<br><br><strong>A Good Snowman is Hard to Build</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Draknek Limited</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1040930654">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agoodsnowman&referrer=utm_source%3DBlog%26utm_medium%3DApp%26utm_campaign%3Dfeatured_sale">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Price: £2.99/$2.99</li><br><br></ul><br><br>The simplest of simple explanations, <em>A Good Snowman</em> is a super cute puzzler about being a monster and making snowman. It features a stunning art style, engaging content, lovingly crafted levels, and an original soundtrack.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/A+Good+Snowman+Is+Hard+To+Build/news.asp?c=76167'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/A+Good+Snowman+Is+Hard+To+Build/news.asp?c=76167 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:51:30 GMT Lord of The Rings: The Card Game is coming to Steam, and we want these LCGs on mobile <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fweqs/lord-of-the-rings-card-game.jpg" width="200" alt="Lord of The Rings: The Card Game is coming to Steam, and we want these LCGs on mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Asmodee has announced that it's bringing <em>The Lord of the Ring: The Card Game</em> to Steam.<br><br>Hopefully that means we might see the game coming out on mobile at some point. We don't have any details yet, but we will keep you posted.<br><br>Still, the partnership with Fantasy Flight Games got us thinking. Namely it got us thinking about what other Fantasy Flight living card gams we'd like to see coming to digital in the not-too-distant future.<br><br>If you don't know what an LCG is, it's sort of like a collectible card game, but there's less randomness. You buy a starter set, and you can play the game with that.<br><br>Expansion packs add more cards to the game, but you always know what you're going to get, unlike in a booster pack for a CCG.<br><br><strong>A Game of Thrones: The Card Game</strong><br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/feature.asp?c=76177'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Lord+of+the+Rings%3A+The+Card+Game/feature.asp?c=76177 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:28:27 GMT 63 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="63 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>Arena of Valor<br><br></strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Tencent Games</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/GB/app/id1150318642">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ngame.allstar.eu">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Country: France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:37:53 GMT Rusty Lake's next premium point and click puzzler Paradise arrives on iOS and Android in January <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-sqchp_intro_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Rusty Lake's next premium point and click puzzler Paradise arrives on iOS and Android in January" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've been waiting for it eagerly for the past year and today Rusty Lake took to Twitter to put us all out of our miseries as they announced <em>Rusty Lake Paradise</em>'s release date. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rusty Lake Paradise will be released on iOS, Android, Steam and Itch.io on January 11th 2018 and will cost 3 €/$ (taxes can differ)! Read more about last stages of development on our blog: <a href="https://t.co/ZkQ6MbVkVU">https://t.co/ZkQ6MbVkVU</a> and make sure to check out our secret Christmas gift :) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RustyLake?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RustyLake</a> <a href="https://t.co/AwmEX57Nfj">pic.twitter.com/AwmEX57Nfj</a></p><br><br>— Rusty Lake (@rustylakecom) <a href="https://twitter.com/rustylakecom/status/940525482797420544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> If you're a little out of the loop, or haven't tucked into any of Rusty Lake's games before, <em>Paradise</em> is the latest premium point and click title which follows the usual dark/twisted story pattern. Set on a small island in the 18th century, it's up to you to help your island be rid of the ten plagues following your mother's death.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Rusty+Lake+Paradise/news.asp?c=76176'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Rusty+Lake+Paradise/news.asp?c=76176 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:16:41 GMT Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a story-driven RPG headed to iOS and Android in 2018 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mxqt/49859223_max.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a story-driven RPG headed to iOS and Android in 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We know you're excited about Niantic's <em>Harry Potter: Wizards Unite</em> AR game, but that's not all Portkey Games is involved with. The story-driven RPG <em>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</em> is on the cards too, and it sounds pretty exciting. <br><br>If you're still upset your Hogwarts letter got lost in the post, <em>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</em> lets you live out a whole new sort of adventure. After making your own character, you can progress through the seven years of Hogwarts, participating in all magical classes and activities. Yes, that includes Defence Against the Dark Arts and Dueling. <br><br>"<em>What an honor it is for Jam City to develop a mobile game for one of the largest and most iconic brands in history</em>," said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City.  "<em>As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we have great respect for the millions of people throughout the world who have followed the Harry Potter stories for more than 20 years. This game is a labor of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.</em>" <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76175'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76175 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT Change time and deal with the consequences when the episodic adventure game Life is Strange hits iOS this Thursday <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rsvgi/520x293bb.jpg" width="200" alt="Change time and deal with the consequences when the episodic adventure game Life is Strange hits iOS this Thursday" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a couple of years since it was last whispered about, but <em>Life is Strange</em> is legitimately coming to iOS... this Thursday. <br><br>If you haven't had the chance to dive into this story-driven game yet, <em>Life is Strange</em> is a brilliant episodic adventure which follows photography enthusiast, Max Caulfield, as she returns to her birth town to go to university.<br><br>While she'll experience the usual uni-kid malarky like parties, general social awkwardness, and that will-they/won't-they romance, she's also got something the other kids don't - the ability to wind back time. <br><br>After reuniting with her old bestie Chloe Price, the two both quickly find themselves knee-deep in a seriously dangerous side to Arcadia Bay, and sometimes winding back the clock might cause more harm than good.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76172'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76172 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:52:03 GMT [Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmzpwk/wvcqzird.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated December 12th, 12:09 PM</strong> - Though this update will be available worldwide, it's still in the process of rolling out. The US and a few other markets have already seen the pre-order section, but most of us, including the UK, have yet to have it arrive.<br><br><hr /><br><br>So, here's an interesting tidbit for you this fine Tuesday morning. The App Store now lets you pre-order apps, and it's rather interesting. <br><br>According to Apple's <a href="https://itunespartner.apple.com/en/apps/news/40079633">partner post yesterday</a>, the App Store's now releasing the app page ahead of time so that consumers can put their cash in early and hopefully be aware of it sooner. It'll also show the release date, which is pretty great.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:25:00 GMT Thumper: Pocket Edition brings rhythm-driven madness to the App Store on January 24th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wuqr/narrow_tunnel_scrape-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Thumper: Pocket Edition brings rhythm-driven madness to the App Store on January 24th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Frenetic visuals, even more frenetic action, and a thumping rhythmic beat behind it all are <em>Thumper</em>'s stylish calling cards, and you'll be able to experience its unique brand of music game on your iOS device next month.<br><br>While the intense speed and challenging rhythm-driven gameplay remains the same as its console and PC brethren, this Pocket Edition lets you play <em>Thumper</em> with one hand in portrait on your phone.<br><br>Promising 60 FPS for its fast gameplay, Thumper unleashes your chrome beetle on nine twisting tracks besieged by metallic bosses, tapping and reacting to the beat for high scores.<br><br><a href="r/Switch/THUMPER/review.asp?c=74117"> Our Switch review</a> praised the game for its gorgeous aesthetic and smooth engaging gameplay, despite the lack of VR. You can preorder Thumper: Pocket Edition on the App Store for £4.99 / $4.99, ahead of its late January release. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/THUMPER/news.asp?c=76170'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/THUMPER/news.asp?c=76170 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:42:00 GMT Playdead's bleak platformer Inside releases on iOS this Friday <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-drwo/inside1.jpg" width="200" alt="Playdead's bleak platformer Inside releases on iOS this Friday" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> iOS owners waiting to play Playdead's follow-up to <em>Limbo</em> won't have to wait much longer; <em><a href="r/iPad/Inside/news.asp?c=75373">Inside</a></em> is arriving on the App Store on December 15th.<br><br>Amid a first wave of available App Store preorders, <em>Inside</em> is a unsettling and tense cinematic platformer through a dystopian landscape, following a boy through a harsh world where death lurks around every corner. Roaming hunters, brutal security systems, and other weird threats can kill you in an instant; quick reflexes and hiding are your own only advantages as you solve physics-based puzzles.<br><br>Much like its predecessor, <em>Inside</em> tells a minimalist tale through its bleak tone and aesthetic, its disturbing deaths, its increasingly surreal and odd imagery. You can find <em>Inside</em>'s App Store page <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1201642309">here</a>. The game will be a free download with an in-app purchase. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Inside/news.asp?c=76169'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Inside/news.asp?c=76169 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:59:25 GMT Review: Ruya review - A calming and different match-stuff puzzler <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jvrzj_ruya-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Ruya review - A calming and different match-stuff puzzler" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sometimes match-stuff puzzlers follow the same old boring formula.<br><br>You can pretty much predict when they're going to throw new mechanics into the mix, and if you've been paying attention you're going to be able to predict when the pay walls are going to slam down.<br><br><em>Ruya</em> is different. <em>Ruya</em> is calm and quiet and meditative. <em>Ruya</em> might be a game about matching things, but it's something more than that. It's an experience to quiet your mind, and one that never badgers you with IAP or garish colours.<br><br><strong>Match made in...</strong><br><br>The game takes place on a series of different grids. On each of these you've got a set number of coloured blobs to match. So far, so standard. The twist is, the game tells you which matches you need to make.<br><br>So while you choose the colours to get rid of, the game will tell you whether it wants a line of three or an L shape. And that adds an interesting layer to proceedings. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Ruya/review.asp?c=76166'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Ruya/review.asp?c=76166 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:29:15 GMT Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day eleven: Thimbleweed Park <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-asunb_thimbleweed-park-ios-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day eleven: Thimbleweed Park" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? In reality, Christmas isn't anything like the movies. We rarely get snow in the UK, and we know more Scrooges than Santa Clauses.<br><br>But it's not all bad. To help spread some Christmas cheer, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> has decided to run its very own Advent Calendar. Each day, we'll give away one of the best games of the year from December 1st right up to Christmas day itself.<br><br>We don't want to spoil the surprise, so we'll publish the complete list of our best games of 2017 after Christmas. That's right in time for the January sales anyway, so you can grab yourself some of them on the cheap if you don't win.<br><br>But enough of all that. Let's take a look at today's offering.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Thimbleweed+Park/feature.asp?c=76165'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Thimbleweed+Park/feature.asp?c=76165 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT [Update] Clash Royale gets new cards, big balance changes, a new arena, and more in today's update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mximh/blog-some_-_copy.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] Clash Royale gets new cards, big balance changes, a new arena, and more in today's update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated December 11th, 4:00 PM</strong> - As announced on its Twitter just now, a sudden and rather troublesome bug has forced the <em>Clash Royale</em> team to delay the new update until tomorrow, December 12th. Sorry, folks. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING NEWS: Uh-oh... We found a critical last minute bug that needs fixing before we can go live! The update (including new balance) will arrive tomorrow morning, Dec 12, instead of today. RIP ?? <a href="https://t.co/TOczvulUok">pic.twitter.com/TOczvulUok</a></p><br><br>— Clash Royale (@ClashRoyale) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClashRoyale/status/940247616721424385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <hr /> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=76160'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=76160 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:03:12 GMT Final Fantasy meets Pokemon GO in the upcoming Geo-location RPG, Go Adventure! <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qktf_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Final Fantasy meets Pokemon GO in the upcoming Geo-location RPG, Go Adventure!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Since the dawn of Niantic's AR triumph <em>Pokemon GO</em> last summer, a list of <em>GO</em>-like titles haven't been far behind. <em>Go Adventure</em> is the latest contender, but this one's pushing the boat out in terms of content. <br><br><em>Go Adventure</em> is a Geo-Location RPG where you've got to form a party consisting of yourself and your Datamon (virtual creatures), and create a custom player team if you don't want to play solo. Together with whatever's in your arsenal, you've got to capture territory and defend it from enemy players. <br><br>You can drop resource-gatherers on the map to reap in-game currency, battle other players (including AI), craft items from found material, interact with AI story characters, build/decorate your own base, level up your party, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Go+Adventure%21/news.asp?c=76164'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Go+Adventure%21/news.asp?c=76164 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:22:57 GMT