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 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:07:03 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Fire Emblem Heroes' latest event honors the series' more tragic figures <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vdsz/fire-emblem-heroes.jpg" width="200" alt="Fire Emblem Heroes' latest event honors the series' more tragic figures " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sure, <em>Fire Emblem Heroes </em>has been around for over a year now, but the game's still going strong, and so Nintendo continues to reward the game's fans with ongoing bursts of new content. The latest in the cycle is the Fallen Heroes Summoning Event, which starts on February 22. <br><br>The game's latest event features three new characters who've all fallen to the side of evil at some point in the series. If you're still working your way through the games (<a href="/r/3DS/Fire+Emblem%3A+Awakening/review.asp?c=48480">we really encourage you to get on that</a>), you may want to avert your eyes to avoid some slight spoilers.<br><br>Okay, all set? The first new character headed to <em>Fire Emblem Heroes’</em> prolific shores is Fell Incarnation Robin, who you have the misfortune of meeting should Lucina suffer a bad fate in <em>Fire Emblem Awakening</em>. Staying true to the canon, Bad Guy! Robin can call on the fell dragon Grima to fight at his side. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=76746'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Fire+Emblem%3A+Heroes/news.asp?c=76746 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:51:00 GMT The best iOS and Android updates this week - Bubble Witch 3 Saga, The Walking Dead No Man's Land, Galaxy of Fire, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vcfn/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The best iOS and Android updates this week - Bubble Witch 3 Saga, The Walking Dead No Man's Land, Galaxy of Fire, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Wednesday's dawned once again and with it comes our list of exciting updates. <br><br>Be it new levels, new arena, new features, or just general fixes, whoever said your favourite games couldn't get even better?<br><br><strong>Bubble Witch 3 Saga<br><br></strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1095254858">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.bubblewitch3&hl=en_GB">Android</a></li><br><br></ul><br><br>Alright, so it's not the biggest update in the world but this latest version lets you spot special 'Release the Owls' levels much easier than before. A helping hand is always welcome, ey?<br><br><strong>Candy Crush Jelly Saga</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Bubble+Witch+Saga+3/news.asp?c=76744'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Bubble+Witch+Saga+3/news.asp?c=76744 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:42:23 GMT Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! is a turn-based exploration game which'll make you think twice about eating your veg <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pityr/8-battle-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! is a turn-based exploration game which'll make you think twice about eating your veg" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you had a bunch of fun with <a href="/r/iPad/Holy+Potatoes%21+A+Weapon+Shop%3F%21/review.asp?c=74799">Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!</a> you're bound to enjoy Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! just as much, and lucky us it's on the way to iOS next week. <br><br>*<em>Note - this trailer is for the Steam release of the game</em>*<br><br>HPWiS is a tactical, turn-based space exploration game where you've got to manage your own spaceship, craft weapons, and - well - explore space. Follow the story of two sisters on the search for their grandfather... and did I mention they're all vegetables? <br><br>It's a little like HPAWS in a way, except rather than focusing on simulation it's all about the combat as you'll be using the weapons you craft to get the edge on your enemies. Explore new worlds, manage your ship, and pet the fat space cat, 'nuff said.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Holy+Potatoes%21+We%27re+in+Space%3F%21/news.asp?c=76743'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Holy+Potatoes%21+We%27re+in+Space%3F%21/news.asp?c=76743 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:25:52 GMT Alto's Odyssey cheats and tips - Everything you need to level up and get high scores <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gzeu/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Alto's Odyssey cheats and tips - Everything you need to level up and get high scores" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Alto’s Odyssey</em> is finally on our mobile devices and we can’t get enough sand boarding action in. The only issue is that there’s a few things <em>Alto’s Odyssey</em> doesn’t tell you, and it might be difficult to get high scores without the necessary knowledge.<br><br>Never fear, that’s why we’re here after all. Below we’ve got a bunch of fresh <em>Alto’s Odyssey</em> tips and advice that’ll have you cruising to new high scores in no time.<br><br>So take heed of our words below and you’ll be smashing through <em>Alto’s Odyssey</em> like you were born to board.<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//IMG_1631.PNG" alt="altos odyssey" /><br><br><strong>The shape of you<br><br></strong><br><br>You best quickly start remembering the shapes of rocks and any other obstacles, because it won’t be long until you’ll only be able to see the silhouette. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/feature.asp?c=76742'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/feature.asp?c=76742 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:44:50 GMT The Battle of Polytopia - 7 more mobile 4X games worthy of Civ <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kdvqds/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The Battle of Polytopia - 7 more mobile 4X games worthy of Civ" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In case you haven't encountered it, <em>The Battle of Polytopia</em> is a really rather fabulous mobile strategy game that a lot of people are playing right now.<br><br>It's actually been around for a couple of years now, but a recent multiplayer update has reinvigorated interest in the game.<br><br><em>Polytopia</em> belongs to the 4X strand of the strategy genre, which stands for 'explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate'. In other words, you're responsible for building a mini-empire from scratch, then going out and conquering others.<br><br>The defining example of 4X strategy is the <em>Civilization</em> series on PC, or <em>Civ</em> to its fans. <em>Polytopia</em> is notable for successfully distilling this <em>Civ</em>/4X formula for mobile.<br><br>It's far from the only mobile game to offer a decent 4X experience on mobile though. If you've played <em>Polytopia</em> to death and are still hungering for that <em>Civ</em> fix on the go, try these out for starters. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76741'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76741 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:32:54 GMT Review: Tekken review - Does this mobile fighter stand up, or is it down for the count? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-itmr_tekken-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Tekken review - Does this mobile fighter stand up, or is it down for the count?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Fighting games are notoriously difficult to get right on mobile. There are a number of reasons for that, but two of them are the most obvious.<br><br>First, to get the biggest audience on mobile, your game needs to be aimed at the midcore players. And fighting games, with their combinations of quick reflex and complex strings of button presses, definitely sit at the so-called hardcore end of the spectrum.<br><br>And second, smartphones and tablets don't have any buttons. They don't have joysticks. They don't have any of the tactility that makes fighting games such a joy.<br><br>Which is why I'm always wary when a high-punching franchise makes its way on to mobile. But Tekken has, at the very least, tried to solve one of those major problems.<br><br><strong>Kicking it nu-skool</strong><br><br>The game plays a lot like Marvel's Contest of Champions. It's a one on one scrap-fest, that you control with a series of swipes and taps. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Tekken/review.asp?c=76726'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Tekken/review.asp?c=76726 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT [Updated] Everything you need to win at Hearthstone - Hints, tips, tricks, and guides <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wndz/hearthstone-03.jpg" width="200" alt="[Updated] Everything you need to win at Hearthstone - Hints, tips, tricks, and guides" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated on February 21st at 12:50pm:</strong> We've added our latest guide to the list, this one's about the Zoolock deck. Enjoy!<br><br><hr /><br><br>So you want to <a href="/r/iPhone/Hearthstone%253A%2BHeroes%2Bof%2BWarcraft/review.asp?c=59047">get better at Hearthstone</a>? Well you've come to the right place. At this hub page you're going to find all of our guides.<br><br>We'll help you with decks, we'll help you with hints and tips, we'll help you with the washing up.<br><br>Actually, we won't help you with the washing up. We're going to update this page every time we add a new Hearthstone guide, so make sure you bookmark it, or add it to your RSS feed, or come back to it every day to make sure you're not missing out on anything. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=76636'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=76636 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:48:52 GMT 5 top tips for defeating your opponents in Dice Brawl: Captain's League for mobile <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-izeoe/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="5 top tips for defeating your opponents in Dice Brawl: Captain's League for mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You've decided you want to be the finest captain of the seven seas in Dice Brawl? Well, it's good to have a hobby I suppose. Don't know what the game is? <a href="/r/Board+Game/Dice+Brawl%3A+Captain%27s+League/review.asp?c=76733">Well you can check out our review right here</a>.<br><br>Anyway, we've put together a list of hints and tips to make sure that you're going to be coming out on top in all the brawls that you face. Oh, and if you've got your own hints, feel free to toss them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.<br><br><strong>Think before you fight</strong><br><br>Sometimes it's tempting to jump straight into a brawl after you've landed on another player's fortress. But check how your health is doing, and the strength of the fortress before you make any rash decisions.<br><br>If you're in a strong position with the number of fortresses you own, and you're close to the end of the game, then getting into a dangerous fight could easily rip defeat from the jaws of victory. Play smart and you're in with a better shot. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Dice+Brawl%3A+Captain%27s+League/feature.asp?c=76740'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Dice+Brawl%3A+Captain%27s+League/feature.asp?c=76740 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:38:23 GMT Review: Alto's Odyssey review - Is this a desert boarding adventure worth embarking on? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ugtyx_altos-odyssey-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Alto's Odyssey review - Is this a desert boarding adventure worth embarking on?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's something playfully mesmeric about Alto's Odyssey. At its very best, when you're flowing through its dunes and ruins, there's a sense of connection that few other games on the App Store can manage to foster.<br><br>It helps that it looks so good. There's no slavish adherence here to what went before. Where the first game was bright whites and snow-capped mountains, here you're sweeping through an unforgiving desert painted in hues of deep orange and purple.<br><br>And while the core gameplay loop remains the same, there's still a beautiful thrill to everything that the game offers up. This is a game that a lot of people have been waiting for, and I'm glad to say that wait was worth it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/review.asp?c=76739'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/review.asp?c=76739 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:09:00 GMT Alto's Odyssey drops on iPhone, iPad and, Apple TV a day early but will it live up to the hype? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gzeu/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Alto's Odyssey drops on iPhone, iPad and, Apple TV a day early but will it live up to the hype?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yes, though Alto's Odyssey was due out on iOS tomorrow it looks like the sand-boarding endless runner has arrived with time to spare on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1182456409">App Store</a> for £4.99/$4.99. <br><br>Just last week we learnt that this next installment in the Alto franchise was touching down and, hey, we got pretty excited. It's been <a href="/r/iPhone/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=72343">over a year</a> since we first caught wind of the game and it wasn't until last summer that finally got a look at some of the game's <a href="/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=74333">footage at E3</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=76738'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=76738 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:58:00 GMT The 25 best fighting games on iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uawjk/1024x1024bb.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best fighting games on iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated February 20, 2018:</strong> New entries added<hr /><br><br>You might be the world's gentlest vegan pacifist, with a subscription to The Guardian and a CND sticker on the bumper of your electric car. But put you in front of a good fighting game, and we guarantee you'll be baying for the blood of your rival.<br><br>A good beat-'em-up gets the adrenaline pumping like few other genres, but they can come in a variety of forms. They can also be joyous, humorous, and even thoughtful experiences.<br><br>The following list contains scrolling brawlers, one-on-one pugilism sims, fantasy hack-and-slashers, and strategic simulators. All proof that there's more than one way to punch a digital man. Which really should be a saying. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71788'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71788 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT Agent A is your super-cool alternative to The Room <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-flnofs/image.jpeg" width="200" alt="Agent A is your super-cool alternative to The Room" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><strong><em>Welcome to the latest in a series of columns on Pocket Gamer. We've sought out the best writers in the industry and given them a platform. The marvellous <a href="https://twitter.com/SusanArendt" target="_blank">Susan Arendt</a> is unearthing indie gems for us. This week she reveals how the adventure game <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Agent+A/product.asp?p=Agent+A&i=25163" target="_blank">Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise</a> makes us feel, well, cool...</em></strong></p><br><br><p>I have always wanted to be a spy. Not a real spy, of course, because it turns out that actual spycraft is pretty boring. Lots of sifting through information and data mining. No, I mean the kind of spy who decodes secret messages and dodges sharks while tossing bon mots at her arch-enemy. Where saving the world from lasers (it’s always lasers) involves brain power, not an itchy trigger finger. In other words, I’ve always wanted to be Agent A. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Agent+A/feature.asp?c=76737'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Agent+A/feature.asp?c=76737 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:21:00 GMT Sword Art Online returns to mobile with Sword Art Online: Integral Factor <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qlusy/integralfactor.jpg" width="200" alt="Sword Art Online returns to mobile with Sword Art Online: Integral Factor " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <br><br><p>There’s another <em>Sword Art Online</em> mobile game in the works. Launching on both iOS and Android, <em>Sword Art Online: Integral Factor</em> sees you trapped in a deadly VRMMORPG world once more. You can’t leave until you beat the game, and if you run out of HP, your life is forfeit in the real world, too.</p><br><br>It looks like <em>Integral Factor</em> has gotten a boost in graphics compared to its mobile predecessor, <em><a href="/r/iPad/Sword+Art+Online%3A+Memory+Defrag/review.asp">Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag</a></em>. Details are a bit sparse at the moment, but <em>Integral Factor</em> appears to be a free-to-play 3D action RPG. You can play online with others to climb through the game’s 100 different levels in the hopes of escaping the game with your life. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Sword+Art+Online%3A+Integral+Factor/news.asp?c=76735'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Sword+Art+Online%3A+Integral+Factor/news.asp?c=76735 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:43:42 GMT Hearthstone Deck Guide: Zoolock <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qmi/hearthstonelogo457.jpg" width="200" alt="Hearthstone Deck Guide: Zoolock" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Zoo Warlock - often shortened to Zoolock - has been a popular and competitive archetype since the early days of Hearthstone. It relies on a combination of the Warlock's card draw ability and cheap minions to flood the board with a "zoo" of creatures, hence the name.<br><br>Early versions of the deck were very aggressive. It remains competitive in the current meta, but the existing version is more flexible. It has much more defensive potential and can close out longer games, as well as rush down opponents.<br><br>Plus it's relatively cheap to build, so is a great choice for newer players.<br><br><strong>Card Choice</strong><br><br>Unusually, there are two quite distinct versions of this deck doing the rounds. The core cards for both are:<br><br>2 x Flame Imp<br><br>2 x Kobold Librarian<br><br>2 x Malchezzar's Imp<br><br>2 x Soulfire <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=76724'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=76724 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:33:00 GMT 74 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="74 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>Age of Magic</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Playkot Limited</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/age-of-magic/id1175370741?mt=8">iOS</a></li><br><br><li>Country: Canada, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Turkey</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Fight for the fate of the world in this turn-based RPG. Collect and upgrade heroes, battle against opponents in the arena, work through a grueling campaign, and maybe - just maybe - you'll be the True Mage the prophecy was talking about.<br><br> <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, 20 Feb 2018 15:21:15 GMT