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, 20 Sep 2018 10:52:00 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Arachnophobes be warned, Respawnables' new update is a bit creepy crawly <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bojma_invasion_23_09_typeofspiders_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Arachnophobes be warned, Respawnables' new update is a bit creepy crawly" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Not long ago, Respawnables enjoyed the last leg of summer with a super-soaking update. Now, it's getting a bit creepier with a plague of gigantic robotic spiders. Is it on me? I feel like it's on me.<br><br>Yep, a huge army of spider drones is scurrying about Respawnables and no one really knows why. They're cropping up all over the place, so I wouldn't bother clambering up on a chair or luring them into the bathtub. <br><br>Though the drones are tricky to keep track of, your scoped weapons can see right through them and there's a new weapon to aid you further. The CT-HU Gear gives you an advantage when using scopes, plus there's a convenient spider tracker helmet available.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Respawnables/news.asp?c=78722'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Respawnables/news.asp?c=78722 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:42:22 GMT Hearthstone Deck Guide: Big Spell Mage <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pnlfejp/league-explorers-ios-01.jpg" width="200" alt="Hearthstone Deck Guide: Big Spell Mage" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Big Spell Mage is perhaps the best of several attempts to make the most of the Mage Death Knight card. Frost Lich Jaina is very powerful has proved too slow to be competitive. Especially since Ice Block got removed from Standard play.<br><br>The Boomsday expansion, though, gave the deck a few extra defensive pieces to make up for the gap. Right now it's one of the very best decks around.<br><br><strong>Card Choice</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>2 x Arcane Artificer</li><br><br><li>2 x Raven Familiar</li><br><br><li>2 x Polymorph</li><br><br><li>2 x Dragon's Fury</li><br><br><li>2 x Blizzard</li><br><br><li>2 x Meteor</li><br><br><li>2 x Astromancer</li><br><br><li>1 x Flamestrike</li><br><br><li>1 x Dragoncaller Alanna</li><br><br><li>1 x Frost Lich Jaina</li><br><br></ul><br><br><ul><br><br><li>2 x Doomsayer</li><br><br><li>1 x Gluttonous Ooze</li><br><br><li>1 x Voodoo Doll</li><br><br><li>2 x Bright-Eyed Scout</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=78697'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=78697 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:00:00 GMT Dive deeper into Chloe's story in Life is Strange: Before the Storm, out now on iOS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pkjsr/life-is-strange-before-the-storm-ios-rachel-amber-chloe-hugging.jpg" width="200" alt="Dive deeper into Chloe's story in Life is Strange: Before the Storm, out now on iOS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've played Life is Strange you'll know all about its fantastic story and believable characters. Well, now you can play its prequel, Before the Storm, on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1293250289">App Store</a>. <br><br>Where the first games revolves around Max and Chloe's friendship, Before the Storm takes place before Max returned to Arcadia Bay. Chloe forms an unlikely friendship with the popular Rachel Amber (a name you might recognise from Life is Strange). <br><br>While you don't have the ability to rewind time, you still have choices to make and multiple endings to achieve. Chloe has an interesting 'Backtalk' ability which can either pay off or provoke the wrong person.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Life+is+Strange%3A+Before+the+Storm/news.asp?c=78721'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Life+is+Strange%3A+Before+the+Storm/news.asp?c=78721 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:03:42 GMT Review: Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War review - A Games Workshop take on Clash Royale <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ldgu_warhammer-age-of-sigmar-realm-wars-ios-review-screenshot-using-a-super-move_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War review - A Games Workshop take on Clash Royale" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The midcore mobile MOBA isn't just a fine example of alliteration, it's also proven to be one of the most popular genres for developers to play around in. <a href="/r/iPad/Clash+Royale/review.asp?c=69269">That's mainly thanks to Clash Royale</a>, which set the template that almost every other game of that ilk follows.<br><br>And Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm Wars is no exception. Anyone who's played Supercell's smash hit is going to be instantly familiar with pretty much all of the mechanics that the game has to offer.<br><br>But there's enough going on in the game elsewhere, from gorgeous graphics to game-changing special characters, that it's worth checking out on its own merit.<br><br><strong>War-hammer, good god y'all</strong><br><br>The game is a one-on-one game of cards and slaughter. Each game lasts for three minutes, and you're aiming to score the most victory points by the end of that time. VP are given for destroying your opponent's tower, and for killing their hero. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Warhammer+Age+of+Sigmar%3A+Realm+War/review.asp?c=78720'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Warhammer+Age+of+Sigmar%3A+Realm+War/review.asp?c=78720 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:55:27 GMT Black Void Studios told us why you should fund Alpha Bunker, now live on Kickstarter <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nsigva_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Black Void Studios told us why you should fund Alpha Bunker, now live on Kickstarter" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Apocalyptic nightmare-scapes have always had a grip on our imaginations. It’s hard to resist the grim fascination we all have with the end of the world, and now Black Void Studios promises to let you play out all of your post-apocalyptic adventures in <em>Alpha Bunker</em>, a new mobile game that’s just landed on Kickstarter.<br><br><em>Alpha Bunker</em> is set in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse. Huddled up in your bunker, you’ll be forced to defend your new home from the dangers of the desiccated outside world, including fellow desperate survivors and zombies.<br><br>Upgrade your base to build an impregnable stronghold, join up with other survivors, and build weapons to carve out a new life in the wake of disaster. Players can choose where they want to build their bunker—in the ruins of an urban sprawl, a rural countryside, or the rugged mountains. Scout for fuel, metal scraps, and other supplies, immerse yourself in the game’s crafting system, and engage in fast-paced turn-based combat to ensure you and your growing community of survivors live to see another day. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alpha+Bunker/news.asp?c=78716'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Alpha+Bunker/news.asp?c=78716 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:20:00 GMT Review: Rip 'Em A New One review - A slightly aimless action game <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fjht/rip-em-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Rip 'Em A New One review - A slightly aimless action game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Rip 'Em A New One nods back to a more innocent time, when top-down shooters ramped up the militaristic ultra-violence to Arnie levels.<br><br>Unfortunately, while it preserves the look and difficulty level, it falls short in the fundamental areas of controls and handling.<br><br><strong>Going commando</strong><br><br>The game casts you as a pumped up commando with an itchy trigger finger and a license to to level your immediate surroundings.<br><br>Each level funnels you through a daunting obstacle course of gun-toting grunts, snipers, RPG wielders and more. Along the way you can free captive soldiers, who will then join your assault (until they inevitably die mere seconds later - some liberator you are).<br><br>The controls are standard twin-stick shooter fare - the left virtual control stick for movement, the right for aiming and shooting. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Rip+%27Em+A+New+One+review/review.asp?c=78715'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Rip+%27Em+A+New+One+review/review.asp?c=78715 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:31:00 GMT Fairytale/Norse Mythology RPG mash-up Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie arrives on mobile <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mxqtbc/phantomgate_pre-registration_begins.jpg" width="200" alt="Fairytale/Norse Mythology RPG mash-up Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie arrives on mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Those looking for something a little bit different from their mobile RPGs will want to take note of <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/product.asp?p=Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie&i=29880&tab=art">Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie</a></em>, Netmarble’s all-new adventure that releases today for iOS and Android. Placing you in the role of a budding adventurer in search of your long-lost mother, as Astrid you’ll traverse lands and engage in unique turn-based battles in the bid to be successful.<br><br>Heavily inspired by both old folk fairytales and Norse mythology, these two concepts combine to create a world populated by small creatures known as ‘phantoms’. You gather these critters by thwarting any enemy standing in the way of your goal, building up your party so that you stand the greatest chance of winning when the time comes to enter turn-based combat. There are over 300 phantoms to collect in all – so get searching! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78712'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78712 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:30:00 GMT ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead shambles into closed beta <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oabca/abbey_portal___winged_horror.jpg" width="200" alt="ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead shambles into closed beta" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The trenches of World War One weren’t exactly a Saturday afternoon picnic, but in <em>ZWar1: The Great War of the Dead’s</em> alternative timeline, they’re so much worse. Ether Games’ mobile first-person-shooter, cum strategy hybrid, takes the term ‘horrors of war’ literally; select players can experience them first-hand, now that the game has entered closed beta.<br><br>Bullets and mustard gas and aren’t the only things you have worry about in <em>ZWar1</em>. The game takes place in a diesel-punk version of the WW1 era, where a villain known as the Black Reverend has used ‘Auferstehung Gas’ to raise an army of weaponised undead and opened portals to dimensions full of Lovecraftian horrors.<br><br>It’s trench warfare with added undead and extra-dimensional monstrosities roaming the battlefield. The action takes place from first person perspective and combines tower defence and light RPG elements, with a wave-shooter. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Zwar+1%3A+The+Great+War+of+the+Dead/news.asp?c=78702'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Zwar+1%3A+The+Great+War+of+the+Dead/news.asp?c=78702 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:29:00 GMT Missed the high kicks and low blows of our Onitama: The Board Game stream? Catch up right here <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-opjv_onitama-the-board-game-ios-review-screenshot-the-start-of-a-game_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Missed the high kicks and low blows of our Onitama: The Board Game stream? Catch up right here" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/311685454?tt_content=text_link&tt_medium=vod_embed" style="padding:2px 0px 4px; display:block; width:345px; font-weight:normal; font-size:10px; text-decoration:underline;">Watch ONITAMA | iOS & Android Launch Stream from AsmodeeDigital on www.twitch.tv</a><br><br>It's okay, you don't need to make any sort of excuses or apologies to us. We know everyone's busy, we know everyone has got stuff to do, so we're really not that upset that you missed our Onitama: The Board Game Twitch stream last night.<br><br>However, it'd be really great if you could do us a favour and watch the video of the stream we've embedded above. You don't have to, we're not going to send the boys round if you don't, we just think it's a really good stream and you're going to enjoy it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Onitama%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78711'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Onitama%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78711 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:51:48 GMT Best iOS and Android updates this week - Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Dead Trigger 2, and more <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-luoiidr_screen_shot_2018-09-19_at_14_55_39_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android updates this week - Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Dead Trigger 2, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Wednesday has crept about and if you're long-term Pocket Gamer readers you'll know what that means.<br><br>Some games may seem pretty perfect, but sometimes an excellent update is just what's needed to make a fantastic game even better. Whether it's new content, necessary fixes, limited events, or more, here's what's going on this week in the world of mobile gaming updates.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78707'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78707 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:56:00 GMT Flipflop Solitaire is yet another clever card game twist from Zach Gage <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-diwgwr/flipflop-solitaire-ios-screenshot-1.jpg" width="200" alt="Flipflop Solitaire is yet another clever card game twist from Zach Gage" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><strong>Welcome to <a href="/writer.asp?a=290&sec=11">Susan Arendt's</a> latest column on Pocket Gamer. In 2018 we've recruited the best writers and most experienced gamers in the industry and asked them to inspire us. Today Susan takes a look at Flipflop Solitaire, another clever card game from mobile genius Zach Gage...</strong></em><br><br>Zach Gage understands mobile games on, like, an atomic level. He just gets what makes something perfectly suited to being played on a phone, and regularly crafts elegant new takes on familiar games.<br><br>Spelltower doesn't reinvent the word game, it just makes it more beautiful and interesting. Really Bad Chess is... well, it's chess for people who can't stand chess. (Or at least who can find someone to play with who isn’t totally smug about winning.)<br><br>Sage Solitaire was a clever twist on ye olde phone standby of Klondike, but Flipflop Solitaire is something else altogether. It's the kind of thing you put on your phone and leave there forever. It's one of those games. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Flip+Flop+Solitaire/feature.asp?c=78708'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Flip+Flop+Solitaire/feature.asp?c=78708 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:16:36 GMT Big Big Baller cheats and tips - Rolling the biggest balls and winning <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qwez/big_big_baller.jpg" width="200" alt="Big Big Baller cheats and tips - Rolling the biggest balls and winning" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So you want to be a big baller? Well, that's no surprise, we all aspire to that. And the good news is, we have Big Big Baller to fulfil our wildest dreams.<br><br>Here you're going to slide your finger around the screen and roll objects in the world onto you, but only if you're big enough. It's basically Katamari Damacy, yeah.<br><br>It can be tough to start if you don't know how and where to roll, which is why we've got you covered. Here you'll get the info you need to make sure you come out on top in every single match. Roll towards victory.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Big+Big+Baller/feature.asp?c=78704'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Big+Big+Baller/feature.asp?c=78704 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:12:41 GMT Snake VS. Colors cheats and tips - How to play and score high <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ahizm/snake_vs_colors_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Snake VS. Colors cheats and tips - How to play and score high" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Once again, the snake is fighting things and even it doesn't understand how or why. And this time, instead of mere blocks, the snake is attacking colour itself.<br><br>Snake VS. Colors is simple and not, as you guide a snake around coloured obstacles, and gliding straight through others. Cheeky.<br><br>It starts off confusing, but you've got the basics, you'll be setting some really high scores. Just read on for everything you need to know…<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Snake+VS+Colors/feature.asp?c=78703'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Snake+VS+Colors/feature.asp?c=78703 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:00:19 GMT Ever wanted to see James Gilmour pull off some sick kung fu moves? Well you're in luck then <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cbtpew_onitama-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Ever wanted to see James Gilmour pull off some sick kung fu moves? Well you're in luck then" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Wouldn't it be nice just to kick back for an hour and a half and watch someone else playing one of the best digital board games of the past few weeks? Wouldn't it be nice if that someone was James Gilmour, and that game was Onitama?<br><br>We really hope you answered yes to all of those questions, because in less than an hour, Mr. Gilmour is taking to Twitch to play Asmodee Digital's Silver Award-winning game of kung fu, chess, and strategy.<br><br>The game's great, <a href="/r/iPhone/Onitama%3A+The+Board+Game/review.asp?c=78610">and if you click here you can read our complete review</a>. We don't have a review of James on the site, but we're pretty sure if we did he'd be a Platinum Award winner. He's pretty good. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Onitama%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78693'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Onitama%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78693 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:00:00 GMT 60 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="60 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> <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, 18 Sep 2018 15:45:00 GMT