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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:25:23 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Solve the mysteries of a bloodied castle in A Rose in the Twilight, out now on Steam and Vita <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-biojzw_rose-twilight-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Solve the mysteries of a bloodied castle in A Rose in the Twilight, out now on Steam and Vita" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you guys are fond of slightly macabre themes, silent storytelling, and intelligent puzzles, you may be interested in<em> A Rose in the Twilight</em> which released on PlayStation Vita and Steam this week. <br><br>In a mysterious castle, a young girl, Rose, wakes alone with a Curse of Thorns upon her back - this allows her to absorb blood and transfer it to static objects, staining them red and allowing them to move. After meeting a sleeping giant, the two must work together to solve the many deadly puzzles of the castle. <br><br>With Rose's powers and the giant's strength and impenetrability, it's up to you to unearth the blood memories to piece together a shattered past. You'll die a lot. Sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose, but always learn from it.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/A+Rose+in+the+Twilight/news.asp?c=73699'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/A+Rose+in+the+Twilight/news.asp?c=73699 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:46:36 GMT Destroy Wurst Zombies and Hipster Giants in Lichtspeer, out now on PlayStation Vita <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-igpt_12049737_982106995166594_2097575216709656902_n_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Destroy Wurst Zombies and Hipster Giants in Lichtspeer, out now on PlayStation Vita" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a while but the glorious neon arcade game <em>Lichtspeer</em> is out at last on PlayStation Vita. <br><br><em>Lichtspeer</em> is an action arcade game based in an ancient Germanic future - yes, you read that right. Against Hipster Giants, Penguin Vikings, and Wurst Zombies, you'll have to wield your mighty spear and restore balance to the universe. <br><br>In this utterly bonkers game it's up to you as Hans or Helga to please the gods in a burst of chaotic explosions, cartoon gore, and chunky blood-spurts. Beware even the fish lest it leap from the water and bite your head off. It'll probably still please the gods, but it won't please you. <br><br>Grab the game on the <a href="https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/lichtspeer-psvita/">PlayStation Store </a>now for £9.99/$9.99. Or, if you already own the PlayStation 4 version, you'll be able to download it on your Vita for free and continue where you left off.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Lichtspeer/news.asp?c=73624'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Lichtspeer/news.asp?c=73624 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:20:14 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - April 3 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qlvt_blyss_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - April 3" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Spring is here, which may have tempted many of you into going outside for a spell. You could use this as an excuse to socialise. Alternatively, pick up some of these bargains and indulge in some al fresco gaming.<br><br>Here at PG we run a weekly feature that supplies a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured here, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>We've got quite a varied mix for iOS gamers this week. There's work simulation, casual sports, blissed-out puzzling, frantic shooting, and rampaging goats.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Pocket Academy for 99p (was £4.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pocket-academy/id432080204?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73519'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73519 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:48:54 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 20 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uhlgqyv_leosfortune_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 20" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Feeling a little hard up at the moment? We hear you. Everything seems to have gotten so expensive.<br><br>That's why we run a weekly feature that supplies a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go. Please, don't thank us. It's what we do.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured here, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>This week iPhone and iPad games can grab several quirky platformers on the cheap, as well as a beloved RPG and an overlooked retro boat racer.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>The Bard's Tale for 99p (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-bards-tale/id480375355?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73364'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73364 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 13 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-axsg_roadtaken_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - March 13" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The chances are you've got a little less cash to burn than you might have had in previous years. Sucks, eh?<br><br>That's why we run a weekly feature that supplies a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go. We're nice like that.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured here, please do let us know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>Apple is celebrating indie games right now, so it's perhaps not too much of a surprise to find a bumper crop of iOS classics on sale right now.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Prune for 99p (was £3.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/prune/id972319818?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73299'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73299 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:37:56 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 20 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-kshpg_westport_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 20" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So the crazy post-Christmas sales are over. Think that means there are no more bargains to be had? Wrong!<br><br>The great thing about portable gaming - well, one of the great things anyway - is that there is no one sales period. You can always grab a bunch of great deals, if you know where to look.<br><br>Thanks to us, the only place you really need to look is right here every week.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>It's a great week for iOS deals - particularly if you're a fan of classic strategy games. Oh, and Oddworld games. We've got some of those too.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>The Westport Independent for 99p (was £4.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-westport-independent/id1041987123?mt=8">buy</a></li><br><br><li>Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey for 99p (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/oddworld-munchs-oddysee/id1001248922?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73041'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=73041 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:35:39 GMT Celebrate Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary in style with a huge Vita sale <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fnfusu_ff3-dslogo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Celebrate Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary in style with a huge Vita sale" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's only Wednesday but already we've got a pretty huge sale on our hands as some of the <em>Final Fantasy</em> titles slash their prices on Vita for a limited time. <br><br>I think everyone and their nans knows about the<em> Final Fantasy</em> franchise, so I won't bore you with the details. Amazingly, <em>Final Fantasy</em> is celebrating its 30th anniversary, (can you believe it?), and as such has provided up with a lovely line-up of 11 titles that we can pick up for a reduced price. <br><br>Sadly the mobile ports aren't currently on sale, but we'll let you know if they eventually decide to join the party. <br><br>Grab the following titles now, 50% off:<br><br><ul><br><br><li><em><a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/final-fantasy-iii/cid=UP0082-NPUH10125_00-FINALFANTASY3PSP">Final Fantasy III</a> </em>- $4.99</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Final+Fantasy+III/news.asp?c=73002'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Final+Fantasy+III/news.asp?c=73002 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:28:00 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 13 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zxts_title-botin_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile - February 13" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're feeling the pinch at the beginning of 2017, new games and a new phone can feel like luxuries. There's nothing like a sale to help with a little justification, however.<br><br>That's why each week we bring you a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>If you've found any top deals that you think should be featured please do let us all know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>Perfectly timed to coincide with the launch of <em>The Lego Batman Movie</em> at cinemas, you'll currently find a bunch of similarly daft Lego games featuring Mr Wayne on sale.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Anime Studio Story for £1.99 (was £4.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/anime-studio-story/id1077611503?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=72964'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=72964 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:58:57 GMT The Zero Escape collection has been delayed on Vita in Europe, will release in March in the US <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pggxn/9personsjpg-41cd3a_1280w.jpg" width="200" alt="The Zero Escape collection has been delayed on Vita in Europe, will release in March in the US" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The <em>Zero Escape collection</em>, gathering <em>Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)</em> and <em>Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward</em> under one package has been delayed in Europe until "later this year".<br><br>If you happen to live on the other side of that big pond we call an ocean, you'll be pleased to know that this collection will be released on March 24th in the US.<br><br><iframe width="457" height="257" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/RI_TupcxjOw?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen><br><br>And you <a href="/r/PS+Vita/Zero+Escape%3A+Virtue's+Last+Reward/review.asp?c=46492">should be glad because both games are exceptional</a> and quite a unique breed of a visual novel and puzzler. Both games have been remastered and have seen quite an improvement in art as well as full voice acting.You'll also be able to experience the pure Visual Novel mode that was on the iOS version albeit without the special ending that was featured in it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Zero+Escape+Collection/news.asp?c=72915'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Zero+Escape+Collection/news.asp?c=72915 Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:45:42 GMT Visually striking metroidvania Forma.8 finally out February 23rd on Vita <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-davok_11_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Visually striking metroidvania Forma.8 finally out February 23rd on Vita" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We've been talking about <em>Forma.8</em> <a href="/r/Android/forma8/news.asp?c=71181">for a while now</a> and with good reasons: this metroidvania looks absolutely gorgeous and fun. We now know when you'll be able to get your hands on it, at least on Playstation Vita (with Cross-buy), as the launch trailer confirms its February 23rd release:<br><br>While the game was originally announced (in 2013!) for release on <a href="https://twitter.com/MixedBagGames/status/827527540071866369">iOS and Android</a>, it seems like those versions, alongside the <a href="https://twitter.com/MixedBagGames/status/826461163215024131">New 3DS one</a>, will be released later this year when they are ready. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/forma8/news.asp?c=72903'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/forma8/news.asp?c=72903 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:36:29 GMT The best deals this week in handheld and mobile <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-txyspl_unnamed-5_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals this week in handheld and mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Money a little tight at the beginning of 2017? We feel your pain. Fortunately, you don't need to go without your gaming fix if you shop smart.<br><br>Each week we bring you a list of the best deals on iOS and Android games, smartphones, handheld games, and any other bargains that stand out related to gaming on the go.<br><br>Found any top deals that you think should be featured? Then please, let us (and your fellow pocket gamers) know in the comments below.<br><br><strong>iOS game deals</strong><br><br>Racing games, puzzlers, slightly creepy interactive novels... we've got a nice spread of genres in this week's iOS game deals collection.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Rush Rally 2 for 99p (was £1.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rush-rally-2/id967812288?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/news.asp?c=70448'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/news.asp?c=70448 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:44:22 GMT Sci-fi metroidvania forma.8 hovers onto PS Vita and Steam on February 23rd <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-davok_11_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Sci-fi metroidvania forma.8 hovers onto PS Vita and Steam on February 23rd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In development since 2012, <em><a href="r/Android/forma8/news.asp?c=71181">forma.8</a></em> is finally nearing release. Developer MixedBag's minimalist metroidvania brings atmospheric atmosphere, physics-based puzzles, and aerial combat to handheld, consoles, and PC this month.<br><br>As the titular scouting probe, you're stranded and lost on a mysterious alien planet. Escaping will not be easy, as looming bosses, hazardous landscapes, and challenging puzzles await between you and the secrets of this otherworldly place.<br><br><em>Forma.8</em> is designed in the style of metroidvania, granting you new abilities and power-ups as you explore the molten caverns and high-tech ruins. Short-range teleporting, bombs, and more offer new ways to fight back and explore the game's vibrant areas. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/forma8/news.asp?c=72888'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/forma8/news.asp?c=72888 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 18:28:00 GMT Review: Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea - a solid PS3 JRPG port <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gqdzh/atelier_shallie_plus_vita_review_screen_4.jpg" width="200" alt="Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea - a solid PS3 JRPG port" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If the Vita is good for anything, it's bringing ports of slightly older JRPGs to a generation of gamers that might've missed it first time round.<br><br>The latest such title is <em>Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea</em>, a rerelease of a PS3 entry into the popular Atelier series.<br><br>And to say that it is just a PS3 port, <em>Atelier Shallie</em> is actually a surprisingly good fit for the console, with bite-sized combat encounters, timeless cel-shaded graphics, and genuinely enjoyable gameplay even when on the go.<br><br><strong>A tale of two Shallies<br><br></strong><br><br><em>Atelier Shallie</em> follows two young girls called Shallie – one is a princess from a distant village come to seek water from Shellard to save it, and the other is a carefree girl from the city who just wants to get rich. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Atelier+Shallie+Plus%3A+Alchemists+of+the+Dusk+Sea/review.asp?c=72720'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Atelier+Shallie+Plus%3A+Alchemists+of+the+Dusk+Sea/review.asp?c=72720 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:40 GMT App Army Assemble: Xenoraid <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-npuq_screen_shot_2017-01-05_at_13_22_42_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="App Army Assemble: Xenoraid" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Each week, we get early access to an exciting upcoming mobile game and give it to a select few hardened mobile gaming experts that make up the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=65028">App Army</a>. We then feed these thoughts back to you, our audience, so you know whether it's worth your time or not. Gamer to gamer.<br><br>This week the App Army take a look at <em>Xenoraid</em>, a vertically scrolling space based shoot-'em-up.<br><br>Grab a copy of <em>Xnoraid </em>from the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1098089849">App Store</a> today.<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//xenoraid_screen_2.jpg" width="457" height="257" /><br><br><strong>Andy Nahm</strong><br><br>It's better than a lot of other shmups I've played. Instead of shooting in a fixed direction, your ship tilts, which changes your firing angle. An MFI controller works far better than touch screen, but you can still enjoy the game without one. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Xenoraid/feature.asp?c=72682'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Xenoraid/feature.asp?c=72682 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:23:20 GMT The vertically-scrolling shooter Xenoraid launches on Vita, but only in the US <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-npuq_screen_shot_2017-01-05_at_13_22_42_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The vertically-scrolling shooter Xenoraid launches on Vita, but only in the US" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Though <em>Xenoraid</em> is still slated to launch this week on iOS, the game's Vita release has gone live a couple of days earlier...but only in America. <br><br><em>Xenoraid</em> is a vertically-scrolling shmup in which you do what most people do in a sci-fi game - shoot and kill anything that moves. Yes, this spaceship-flying, bad-guy-killing, shooter is a treat for the eyes and ears, but it's also mostly random. Thanks to its procedurally generated levels, there's no predicting what's coming. Just point and shoot. <br><br>You can read more about the game in my <a href="/r/iPad/Xenoraid/news.asp?c=72609">previous article</a>. <br><br>Sadly the UK and EU has to wait another week until January 18th for the game to release on Vita/PS4, but those lucky folks in the US can get the <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/xenoraid/cid=UP4403-PCSE00897_00-XENORAID00000000">game now</a> for $9.99. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Xenoraid/news.asp?c=72665'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Xenoraid/news.asp?c=72665 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:29:41 GMT