Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Android Wear) 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 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:19:15 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer The 25 best Finnish characters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xlmp/ab_android_beta.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best Finnish characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that Finland has a pretty intriguing history when it comes to the characters that it's created.<br><br>And since it's <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">Finland's 100th independence day</a> today, we thought that was something worth celebrating.<br><br>In this list we're going to look at 25 of the best. Some of them you'll have heard of, some of them you won't, and at least one of them has a funny name.<br><br><strong>Red Bird</strong> - Angry Birds<br><br>Red Bird has become the Finnish pop culture export of recent times. From smash hit games to a blockbuster Hollywood movie, from novelty socks to kid's backpacks, it's hard to think of something that hasn't been branded with his cheery visage. I mean, his visage isn't actually that cheery. He's an Angry Bird after all. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT Review: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jcal/31sqkxtkv9l.jpg" width="200" alt="Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review - The ultimate Nintendo Switch portable battery?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD makes a very bold claim: it can power the <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/hardware_review.asp?c=73163">Nintendo Switch</a> as fast as when docked, but when you're on the go.<br><br>If true, that's quite the prospect. It would solve the problem of the relatively poor battery length - one of the major concerns for Switch owners.<br><br>This isn't just a portable battery for Switch owners though. Given the USB-C charging port, and two USB ports, this is also perfect for those with a fancy new MacBook and iPhone.<br><br>It will also charge those at optimal speed as well. So what you're really getting for your money - potentially - is all of the benefits of charging at mains when you're on the go.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>You're not buying a portable battery for its appearance, but it is worth mentioning that the PowerCore+ is a sleek and very premium looking product. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Anker+PowerCore%2B+26800+PD/hardware_review.asp?c=75216 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:59:24 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfkfi/play-nyc-twitter-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.<br><br>The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/feature.asp?c=74952'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/feature.asp?c=74952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:32 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT Last chance to enter Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Vancouver 2016 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xynaj/na-cxc_verybigindiepitch_jpg_176.jpg" width="200" alt="Last chance to enter Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Vancouver 2016" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>(This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>)</em></p><br><br><hr /><br><br><p><strong>UPDATED: Last chance to enter - final few spaces left.</strong><br><br>Pocket Gamer Connects is coming to Vancouver from 28th-29th June, and that means <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/latest.asp?t=bip">The Very Big Indie Pitch</a> is too.</p><br><br><p>So, if you’re an indie developer working on your next mobile, VR, wearable, or handheld game, then why not come along and enter our unique event that is dedicated to showcasing the best and brightest of the indie development community.</p><br><br><p><strong>Pitch Perfect</strong></p><br><br><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/792/the-very-big-indie-pitch-pg-connects-vancouver-2016/">The Very Big Indie Pitch @ PG Connects Vancouver 2016</a> takes place over the course of the two days that make up Pocket Gamer Connects Vancouver.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=69905'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=69905 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:48:00 GMT Pitch your mobile and VR games at the Big Indie Pitch @ Gamefest Berlin 2016 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xdcvjp/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="Pitch your mobile and VR games at the Big Indie Pitch @ Gamefest Berlin 2016" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>(This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>)</em></p><br><br><strong>Update on April 14 at 09:45:</strong> last chance to sign up - Deadline for entries is midnight on April 15.<br><br><hr /><br><br>So what’s next for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/latest.asp?t=bip">Big Indie Pitch</a>? Well after an <a target="_blank" href="r/iPhone/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=69494">impressive display at GDC 2016</a>, the Big Indie Pitch is next off to Germany for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gamesweekberlin.com%20">International Games Week Berlin</a>.<br><br>If you’re an indie developer currently working on a mobile, handheld, VR, or even smartwatch game, and you’ll be in Berlin on April 22nd, then consider entering our <a target="_self" href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/793/big-indie-pitch-gamefest-berlin-2016/">Big Indie Pitch @ Gamefest Berlin 2016</a>, sponsored by Amazon Appstore. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=69610'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=69610 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:47:00 GMT 10 weird stories from the last 10 years of Pocket Gamer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wejuih/pg10logo-onlight-stacked-pink-600px.jpg" width="200" alt="10 weird stories from the last 10 years of Pocket Gamer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a tumultuous ten years at Pocket Gamer. We've had ups, we've had downs, and we've had moments that veered pretty close to the insane.<br><br>Not naming names, but some of us have veered much closer to insanity than others. And all in the name of creating glorious content for you, our beautiful and loyal readers.<br><br>So we figured our tenth anniversary was as good a time as any to have a look back at some of the weirder moments in Pocket Gamer history.<br><br>They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, they'll make you wonder how we ever got this far in the first place. Enjoy!<br><br><strong>That time Cara Ellison's phone shouted at her about beef</strong><br><br>I don't care what you say, Cara's Crap Apps was the finest column this website has ever produced. It ran for three editions, but the best moment in that brief canon came in the form of <em>BEEFWAR</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69506'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69506 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT PG is 10: The History of Mobile Games - 2006 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wejuih/pg10logo-onlight-stacked-pink-600px.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: The History of Mobile Games - 2006" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <br><br>Pocket Gamer<span style="font-size: 10pt;"> celebrates its tenth birthday.<br><br>In internet terms, that’s pretty ancient.<br><br>To mark the occasion, and to illustrate just how old and wise we are, we’ll be taking a look back at the games, trends, and general happenings for each of the years we’ve been around.<br><br>Those of you who can count will realise that it all started for Pocket Gamer in 2006 – a scarcely believable time before the iPhone existed. Depending on your age, what follows will either leave you feeling nostalgic, depressed, or simply amazed that we could even function as a society.<br><br><strong>What were we playing?</strong><br><br>Back in 2006, mobile gaming meant simplistic Java games played on feature phones with small non-touch screens and physical numerical keys. Suffice to say, while we faithfully covered the fledgling mobile games industry with a distinct sense that something big was about to happen, many of our biggest kicks came from a peaking handheld industry. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69377'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69377 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMT PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Damien McFerran <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-esd/damien-mcferran.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: Alumni Revisited - Damien McFerran" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>As part of our 10th anniversary celebration we've asked ten former key members of the PG team to share their memories and thoughts. Let's dive in…<br><br></em><br><br><strong>Who are you?</strong><br><br>Damien McFerran. [Clue: he's the one that isn't Miyamoto in the pic.]<br><br><strong>When did you work in the Pocket Gamer empire, and what did you do?</strong><br><br>I started reviewing mostly horrendous mobile phone games in the years before smartphones were a thing, before moving onto covering DS and retro features. When smartphones DID become a thing, I covered various Android and iOS releases.<br><br><strong><br><br>What are you up to nowadays?</strong><br><br>I'm still freelancing a lot, but my main job is being the editorial director of <em>Nintendo Life</em>, the world's biggest independent Nintendo-centric news, reviews and features site. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69376'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69376 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMT PG is 10: Happy Birthday to us! <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ydznk_chris_james_pg2006_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PG is 10: Happy Birthday to us!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The rumours are true (no, not those): in March 2016 Pocket Gamer is officially 10 years old.<br><br>Sometime back in March 2006 the founding fathers of Steel Media popped a cork (see accompanying photo for proof!) and unleashed a brand new site to the quite literally tens of adoring fans. We’ve been writing news, reviews and features about mobile games since the very foundation of the industry.<br><br>This means when the likes of Rovio, Gameloft and Glu were creating games for feature phones controlled by a numeric keypad (ask your parents kids) with little love or money in return, we helped promote them on operator portals, our site and in our PG high-street magazine (again, ask your parents kids).<br><br>When plucky upstart Apple tried to shake things up with a touchscreen device and its own store, our own app celebrated the arrival of a whole new wave of awesome games from studios like Lima Sky, Halfbrick, Firemint, and ZeptoLab. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69342'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Pocket+Gamer+10th+Anniversary/feature.asp?c=69342 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:00 GMT Developers of mobile, wearables, and VR games: Enter the Very Big Indie Pitch @ PGC London 2016 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cxc/verybigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="Developers of mobile, wearables, and VR games: Enter the Very Big Indie Pitch @ PGC London 2016" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>(This story was originally published on our sister site, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>)<br><br></em><br><br>Right, let's kick off with a checklist:</p><br><br><ul><br><br><li>You're an indie developer</li><br><br><li>You're currently working (or have recently completed) a mobile, VR, wearable, or handheld game</li><br><br><li>You're going to be in London on 18th-19th January 2016</li><br><br></ul><br><br><p>If that acurately describes you then you need to enter our <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/757/the-very-big-indie-pitch-pg-connects-london/">Very Big Indie Pitch</a> competition.</p><br><br><p><strong>Always pitching</strong></p><br><br><p>Taking place during the two days of Pocket Gamer Connects London (new for 2016 is a one-day VR-only pitch), this is a popular speed-dating style event in which you get three minutes to pitch your creation to industry experts sat opposite you, before moving onto the next table and repeating the experience.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=68427'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/The+Very+Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=68427 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:18:37 GMT Lifeline 2 brings us more real-time peril and adventure, now out on Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iqfoc/screen322x572.jpeg" width="200" alt="Lifeline 2 brings us more real-time peril and adventure, now out on Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> How did you like the first <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Lifeline/review.asp?c=65105">Lifeline...</a></em>, Android players? Not bad. Pretty good. Fancy playing the sequel now that you can?<br><br>Yes, <em><a href="/r/iPad/Lifeline+2/news.asp?c=67570">Lifeline 2</a></em> is now available on Android. It came out for iOS back in September so it wasn't too long a wait. <br><br>The idea of this real-time adventure sequel is pretty much the same except there's a change in setting.<br><br>So, yes, you'll get notifications throughout the day updating you on the journey of the person you're looking over. And, yes, you'll have to make decisions for them. <br><br>But this time you're not helping someone stuck on the moon. Instead, it's a woman named Arika who's out to get revenge for her family.<br><br>The story is written by the same people who wrote <em>Lifeline...</em>'s story (including Fables: The Wolf Among Us author Dave Justus) so hopefully it lives up to expectations. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Lifeline+2/news.asp?c=68343'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Lifeline+2/news.asp?c=68343 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:47:46 GMT Show Mike Bithell your game at the Big Indie Pitch @ Apps World London 2015 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xdcvjp/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="Show Mike Bithell your game at the Big Indie Pitch @ Apps World London 2015" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>(This article was originally published on our sister site <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz">PocketGamer.biz</a>)</em><br><br><strong>UPDATE: Final few places left.<br><br></strong><br><br>Anyone currently working on a mobile, smartwatch, VR, or handheld game and likely to be in the vicinity of Apps World London 2015 on November 19 is hereby encouraged to enter our <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/events/705/big-indie-pitch-apps-world-london/">Big Indie Pitch</a> competition.</p><br><br><p>It's a popular speed-dating style event in which you get three minutes to pitch your creation to industry experts sat opposite you, before moving onto the next table and repeating the experience.</p><br><br><p>You get immediate feedback on your game from leading journalists and established developers in mobile gaming, and the winners receive a promotional package across Steel Media's sites such as <em>Pocket Gamer</em>, <em>AppSpy</em> and more.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=67999'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android+Wear/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=67999 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:00:28 GMT