Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Apple Watch) 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, 28 Jun 2017 20:13:10 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer 7 things we learnt from Apple's WWDC Keynote <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xsouk/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="7 things we learnt from Apple's WWDC Keynote" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just as was predicted, the WWDC Keynote last night was a long one and covered a fair few interesting areas, including hardware. <br><br>But don't bother going off and hunting down the information, because we're super awesome here at Pocket Gamer, we've done it for you. What are the most important bits of information from last night? Well..<br><br><strong>Apple Watch OS 4</strong><br><br>To kick things off yesterday, the Apple Watch is getting a bit of a tweak this autumn. Aiming to be the best workout pal/home assistant a piece of tech can be, the upcoming watchOS is looking pretty neat. <br><br>To really pump you up in terms of exercising, your Apple Watch will give you daily inspiration and give a little extra push in the evening to help you meet your goals. In the long run, you've also got monthly challenges and feel-good celebrations when you reach your targets - but no celebratory cheese burgers for you. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+news/feature.asp?c=74220'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+news/feature.asp?c=74220 Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:40:00 GMT We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-izepc/pocket-gamer-logo.jpeg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey, you there. Yes, you with the face. Are you good at video games? Do you know how to whip up a mean spreadsheet? Do you speak the language of HTML as fluently as you do your mother tongue?<br><br>If you answered yes to all of the above questions, we may have a job for you.<br><br>You see, we're looking for freelance guide writers - though to describe them as writers is a bit misleading. What we're really looking for is someone who can create wiki-style spreadsheets of data, and make them look nice on our site in a speedy manner.<br><br>We will be honest - there won't be an awful lot of writing involved, as it's mostly data entry and getting the HTML code just right. You may also need to pop into PhotoShop to spruce up a few images as well.<br><br>For an example of what we're looking for, take a look at <a href="/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=68703">this</a>. As you can see, it's just a big table of the cards available in <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Clash%2BRoyale/review.asp?c=69269">Clash Royale</a></em>. That's exactly what we're looking for. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016 Wed, 17 May 2017 16:14:29 GMT The narrative adventure Lifeline: Whiteout goes free on iOS for the first time <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-aats/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The narrative adventure Lifeline: Whiteout goes free on iOS for the first time" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Lifeline: Whiteout</em> is the fourth installment in the Lifeline series, and it's just gone free on iOS for the first time ever. <br><br>As narrative adventures go, the Lifeline series is iconic. <em>Lifeline: Whiteout</em> follows a similar path to the previous titles, in which a lost adventurer's only hope for survival is you - no pressure. Your choices throughout the story guide him along his path to survival and ultimately decide his fate. <br><br>Just to make things even more immersive your protagonist, V. Adams, sends you real-time notifications to let you know what's going on. And, of course, just like any good narrative adventure once you're done you can play the game all over again, making different decisions to lead your character down a different path. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Lifeline%3A+Whiteout/news.asp?c=72596'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Lifeline%3A+Whiteout/news.asp?c=72596 Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:48:58 GMT Review: Pokemon GO Apple Watch review - Better late than never? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bginf_4591345_larger_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO Apple Watch review - Better late than never?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Make no mistake - <em>Pokemon GO</em> would have stood the test of time had Niantic been more timely with its updates.<br><br>But sadly, the damage seems to have been done. The second generation launched last week - almost six months after launch - and has so far completely failed to arrest the decline.<br><br>So what chance does the latest update have when all it offers is Apple Watch support? Very little.<br><br>Not only does no one actually own an Apple Watch, but the implementation of it leaves a lot to be desired.<br><br><strong>How does it work?<br><br></strong><br><br><em>Pokemon GO</em> on Apple Watch functions like any other fitness app. You tell the app you're about to go for a walk and it keeps track of your steps, distance covered, time taken, and calories lost.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/review.asp?c=72557'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/review.asp?c=72557 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:13:00 GMT Pokemon GO arrives on Apple Watch just in time for Christmas <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zfwimo/apple-watch.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO arrives on Apple Watch just in time for Christmas" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just in time for your Christmas Day walks, <em>Pokemon GO</em> has finally released on Apple Watch. <br><br>Originally demonstrated in Apple's Keynote in September, the addictive AR game about catching micro-monsters has just got so much easier to play. Given that the Apple Watch was advertised around its fitness capabilities, it marries with <em>Pokemon GO</em> perfectly.<br><br>Combing gameplay, imagination, fitness, and the real world, this version of <em>Pokemon GO</em> works a little like the Plus accessory - only, more high-tech. Discover and interact with nearby Pokemon with a tap, and collect items from Pokestops. Once one of the little beasties does pop its head out you can catch it from your iPhone as normal.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=72548'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=72548 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:13:00 GMT Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qeew/1236651_10151859559445915_783863852_n.jpg" width="200" alt="Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today, Steel Media says goodbye to <em>Pocket Gamer</em>'s well-loved former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott. Don't worry though, as he's not going quite so far as you think!<br><br>He's staying in games, and will move on to an app development startup in Cardiff as their Community Manager, lending his skills earned at <em>Pocket Gamer</em> to help them grow. Best of luck to him!<br><br>Ray joined <em>Pocket Gamer</em> on November 30th, 2015, and his first day actually coincided with our official Christmas party. Ray then helped us to grow our community in the App Army and took over the social media reigns.<br><br>Eventually, Ray moved over to join our B2B marketing team, and helped promote our range of events and services during his time there.<br><br>Ray will be missed by us all, but let's not get caught up in the sadness, let's just wish Ray the very best for the future, and offer him these kind words from our colleagues. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:58:33 GMT Will you make the right decisions in The Virus: Cry For Help? We spoke with the developers behind this thrilling new app <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ttbn/android_512.jpg" width="200" alt="Will you make the right decisions in The Virus: Cry For Help? We spoke with the developers behind this thrilling new app" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> An epidemic has swept the globe, and now the world belongs to the undead. Sound familiar? It might be a horror trope that’s getting a little long in the rotting tooth, but when a formula works you don’t mess around with it. But you can improve it - and that’s exactly what POPCLAIRE have attempted to do with its latest release, <em>The Virus: Cry for Help</em>.<br><br>Trapped somewhere in a city that now belongs to the dead, a helpless survivor called Hanna is desperately trying to stay alive. And that’s when you receive her call for help.<br><br><em>The Virus: Cry for Help</em> is a real time horror thriller where Hanna will frequently send messages – and the really novel twist is that these messages can occur anytime within the app or via push notifications.<br><br>We spoke with one of the developers from POPCLAIRE about how they’ve put their own spin on the zombie survival genre. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/The+Virus%3A+Cry+for+Help/news.asp?c=71842'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/The+Virus%3A+Cry+for+Help/news.asp?c=71842 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:15:00 GMT Check out the trailer for Popclaire's new zombie inspired app The Virus: Cry for Help <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/stock_shots/gen_video_69x69.jpg" width="69" alt="Check out the trailer for Popclaire's new zombie inspired app The Virus: Cry for Help" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/The+Virus%3A+Cry+for+Help/video.asp?c=71861'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/The+Virus%3A+Cry+for+Help/video.asp?c=71861 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:57:13 GMT [Update] Gamebook XEZI: Story Mode is out now for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-naek_download_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] Gamebook XEZI: Story Mode is out now for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated 29th September, 13:55 PM</strong>: Get your running shoes on and raincoats ready as <em>XEZI: Story Mode</em> has just launched on iOS as promised. <br><br>Grab it here on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1145390940">App Store</a> for £1.49/$1.99. <br><br><hr /><br><br>If you remember <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1055590903">XEZI: A Silk Road Adventure</a></em>, a classic trading game, you may be excited to hear that its gamebook spinoff, <em>XEZI: Story Mode</em>, will be launching later this week.<br><br>After a mysterious plague hits your village, destroying everything you hold dear, you set out on a journey on the Silk Road to discover what caused the dreaded epidemic. Follow the clues along your way and form alliances with colourful characters. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/XEZI%3A+Story+Mode/news.asp?c=71523'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/XEZI%3A+Story+Mode/news.asp?c=71523 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:09:29 GMT Sentient Play's KOMRAD hits the App Store for mobile devices and Apple Watch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mqbq_komrad_-_app_store_screenshot_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Sentient Play's KOMRAD hits the App Store for mobile devices and Apple Watch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today Sentient Play has released <em>KOMRAD</em>, an interactive fiction text adventure for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.<br><br>Built during the Cold War, a computer of advanced artificial intelligence has been waiting alone and in the dark for thirty years after the Soviets forgot to turn it off. Lucky you, you're the first person to interact with it since 1985 and the world's fate rests entirely in your hands.<br><br>With several chapters to get through and many opportunities to slip up, your answers are imperative to the world's survival. After all, when you're introduced to a self-learning super computer with access to all kinds of military secrets, it's best to take things a little delicately.<br><br>Take the right path and you've gained an all-powerful best bud of whom you can teach about the modern world. Take the wrong one and…well, you know how these sorts of things end. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/KOMRAD/news.asp?c=71378'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/KOMRAD/news.asp?c=71378 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:12:00 GMT All this week's top stories about Apple's Super Mario Run and iPhone 7 reveals <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ksfxw/supermariorun457.jpg" width="200" alt="All this week's top stories about Apple's Super Mario Run and iPhone 7 reveals" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>One bucketful of stories has dominated the news this week. And that's the gaming joy rained down upon us by Apple’s September 2016 keynote.</p><br><br><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/" target="_blank">iPhone 7</a> was unveiled as expected, <em>sans </em>headphone jack, but the mobile giant also welcomed Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto to the podium to reveal a fresh take on Super Mario. We knew that Nintendo characters were making their way to mobile, but this elevated it to a whole new level. An announcement doesn't come much bigger than that in our world.</span></p><br><br><p>But is this auto-runner signal a major positive shift for mobile gamers? Or will it be "the death of Nintendo"? We've spent all week stroking our chins and hiking the news trail, and here are all the stories we've run in one handy list:</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Super+Mario+Run/feature.asp?c=71325'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Super+Mario+Run/feature.asp?c=71325 Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:13:00 GMT Apple Event 2016 - Apple Watch 2 is better suited on-the-go <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hgwb/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Apple Event 2016 - Apple Watch 2 is better suited on-the-go" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> On top of the long-awaited iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus reveal at yesterday's Apple Event, Tim Cook also brought us a little bit of information about the upcoming Apple Watch 2.<br><br>The long and short of it is that the Apple Watch 2 has been built to be more sport-friendly, its three major factors on the Apple website being: superior sports watch, powerful health tool, and all-day assistant.<br><br>During the presentation the two most notable new features is the Apple Watch 2's new 'waterproof' status, and its new in-built GPS to remove the need to have your phone on you when you go for runs, etc. Though it doesn't cut out the need for an iPhone completely, it's a step in the right direction as the Watch become a more useful, more diverse tool. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch+2/news.asp?c=71317'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch+2/news.asp?c=71317 Thu, 8 Sep 2016 16:42:45 GMT 7 Nintendo games that NEED to be on mobile <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wrds_mario-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="7 Nintendo games that NEED to be on mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Last night, Nintendo and Apple dropped the mic after announcing <a href="r/iPad/Super+Mario+Run/news.asp?c=71300"><em>Super Mario Run</em> is coming to iOS this December</a>.<br><br>It's (almost) a proper <em>Mario</em> game on mobile! Who'd have thunk it?<br><br>This is the most exciting news I've heard since my mum said Christmas is back again this year, and it got my mind racing about what other Nintendo games might be amazing in your pocket.<br><br>We've already had <em><a href="r/iPhone/Miitomo/review.asp?c=69642&srch=miitomo">Miitomo</a></em> and <em><a href="r/iPad/Pokemon+GO/review.asp?c=70656&srch=pokemon+go">Pokemon GO</a></em>, and we know <a href="r/Android/Nintendo+news/news.asp?c=69877"><em>Animal Crossing</em> and <em>Fire Emblem</em></a> will be coming to a phone near you soon. But what other Nintendo franchises would rock our socks off on our iPads? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Super+Mario+Run/feature.asp?c=71311'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Super+Mario+Run/feature.asp?c=71311 Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:59:00 GMT Apple Event 2016 - Pokemon GO comes to Apple Watch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmyp/169.jpg" width="200" alt="Apple Event 2016 - Pokemon GO comes to Apple Watch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Excitingly, it's been announced at the Apple Event that <em>Pokemon GO</em> will be coming to Apple Watch later this year.<br><br>Pokemon trainers have so far walked 4.6 billion kilometres during gameplay, a fantastic achievement in getting people out and about.<br><br>The Apple Watch version works with the iPhone app, keeping a track on your calories burned and the distance you've walked – I guess, acting a little like a fit-bit.<br><br>The Watch lets you know when you near Pokestops, when Pokemon are around to catch on your phone, and also tells you when your eggs are hatching (after reaching the distance needed to hatch it). The main screen shows us our current level and what's needed to get to the next.<br><br>In a sense, the Apple Watch will act a bit like <em>Pokemon GO</em> Plus, acting as more of a companion app than an independent feature. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=71301'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=71301 Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:37:06 GMT Apple Watch-exclusive Cosmos Rings comes out of hiding and launches on the App Store <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-febnpc/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Apple Watch-exclusive Cosmos Rings comes out of hiding and launches on the App Store" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As quickly as utterings were teased it seems that Square Enix has now dropped <em>Cosmos Rings</em> on iTunes today out of absolutely nowhere. <br><br>After releasing a very sparse image last week, Square Enix has kept their lips sealed about this Apple Watch-exclusive title. Gorgeous as it is, <em>Cosmos Rings</em> cannot be played without an Apple Watch so don't buy it by accident.<br><br>"The Goddess is gone and time has stopped" – the description states. Got shivers yet? I do. It's up to you to navigate the Rift to save the Goddess of Time, and stand against the enemies that would see time stopped forever.<br><br><em>Cosmos Rings</em> flaunts its retro pixel art style as it should in this unique RPG, and it seems that the controls are quite literally as simple as they sound. It'll be interesting to see if this game can succeed on the Apple Watch where others have fallen. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Cosmos+Rings/news.asp?c=70870'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Cosmos+Rings/news.asp?c=70870 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:29:00 GMT