Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Virtual Reality) 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 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:19:47 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Day of action reminds us to help young gamers stay safe online <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yzwn/malwaresquare.jpg" width="200" alt="Day of action reminds us to help young gamers stay safe online" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>Where would we be without the internet? Us mobile gamers know the value of being online. It's an essential tool for education, information, community, and creation. But the darker side of the internet does exist, no matter how much we don't think about it, and there's a special event running nationwide today to remind young tech users to stay safe.</p><br><br><p>With the help of Into Film, The Industry Trust for IP Awareness has launched a short educational animation titled "Stay Safe Online – Meet The Malwares" for <a href="https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/" target="_blank">UK Safer Internet Day</a> (Tuesday, 6th February).</p><br><br><p>The animation is meant for educational usage in schools, helping teachers to promote internet safety to children in a time when the internet is arguably at its most dangerous. It teaches kids how to identify different kinds of malware when finding film and TV content online and what that malware can do to a computer.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/news.asp?c=76599'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/news.asp?c=76599 Tue, 6 Feb 2018 00:15:00 GMT PGConnects: Skytropolis is Sim City but you build to the sky <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rrdqgw/ss_dd5cf66319e486977842286cae3a9e24b7299542.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Skytropolis is Sim City but you build to the sky" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Windows Mixed Reality offers some nice benefits. For one, no bulky base stations to orient yourself and the controllers - definitely handy. On the other hand, no real controller tracking for when you the controllers are out of view of the front of the headset. Awkward. That doesn’t prevent MR from being an excellent and intuitive platform for games though, as <em>Skytropolis</em> proves.<br><br><em>Skytropolis</em> was as intuitive and easy to understand as a VR (or MR, whatever) game can be. You’re building a city on a skyscraper, making platforms and walkways for citizens to use, and putting down housing, community spaces, restaurants and more - pretty much everything you need for a thriving city. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Skytropolis/feature.asp?c=76480'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Skytropolis/feature.asp?c=76480 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:56:00 GMT PGCLondon: Hands-on with Bad Day to Fly, VR Dogfighting Sim <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-goua_12_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGCLondon: Hands-on with Bad Day to Fly, VR Dogfighting Sim" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Virtual reality is definitely the best place to be flying. Whether it’s feeling the vertigo from your elevation or being able to barrel roll through the air and induce a little bit of motion sickness, virtual reality is just a natural fit for flight sims.<br><br>Using the HTC Vive motion controllers, <em>Bad Day to Fly</em> allows you to control a cockpit while shooting down alien invaders. Using one controller held horizontally as a flight stick, and another essentially as a laser pointer. You fly quite naturally with the flight stick’s tilt, and with a few straightforward shooting and flight controls mapped to the triggers and touch pad. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bad+Day+to+Fly/feature.asp?c=76473'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bad+Day+to+Fly/feature.asp?c=76473 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:24:02 GMT PGConnects: Hands-on with Hyper VR Party Ware <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pthwje_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Hands-on with Hyper VR Party Ware" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The one sentence pitch for <em>Hyper VR Party Ware</em> was "<em>WarioWare</em>, <em>but VR</em>" which, as far as pitches go, is pretty strong.<br><br><em>Hyper VR Party Ware</em> is a collection of mini games, in case it wasn’t obvious, which includes beer pong, basketball shooting, darts, throwing shurikens and more. The variety of games whizz past at a brisk pace as you’re barraged with different challenges.<br><br>Talking to the developer, Shuttershade Games, they talk about the inspiration for the game. Despite offering use of his VR headset to his younger sibling and friends, they quickly grew bored with it. You can’t easily jump in and out of VR experiences, sadly. But this was the catalyst for <em>Hyper VR Party Ware</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Hyper+VR+Party+Ware/feature.asp?c=76466'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Hyper+VR+Party+Ware/feature.asp?c=76466 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:36:03 GMT PGConnects: Hands-on with Skyfront, the high-flying VR FPS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cmoxu/ss_9459a8e5380fc96327948f94abf080085af82a8f.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: Hands-on with Skyfront, the high-flying VR FPS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There are plenty of solutions out there for locomotion in VR. Physics based movement systems, on rails experiences and even traditional controller inputs have all been well tried and tested but getting the perfect amount of freedom of movement in a 3D VR space is still difficult.<br><br><em>Skyfront</em>'s solution to this problem is guns. Guns are often heavily involved in many types of games and genres, so it's only natural it would be the movement solution, too. In<em> Skyfront </em>you simply aim your "weapon", fire, and your character will slowly but surely move in 3D space, in any direction.<br><br>It feels liberating to be able to move in any direction, and in this floaty first person shooter, it's important. Players can fly quickly around levels, ducking behind floating pieces of. Cover, or flying above all of the stage while watching other players move around, taking pop shots at them as they fly by. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Skyfront/feature.asp?c=76464'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Skyfront/feature.asp?c=76464 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:33:00 GMT 5 cool things for gamers from CES this week <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qkf_6dofblaster_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="5 cool things for gamers from CES this week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Every year the Consumer Electronics Show - or CES to its Mum - rocks up in Las Vegas to show the world what's coming in the world of gadgets.<br><br>This year's CES is just about wrapping up, so we thought now would be a good time to summarise the general themes and specific tech that might be of interest to the kind of people who like playing games on the go.<br><br>We're cutting through all the TV and smart fridge news to bring you the fun stuff. On this occasion that means AR tech, a VR headset, a great-value smartphone and a robot dog.<br><br>Yes, really.<br><br><strong>AR lightgun games<br><br></strong><br><br>We'll start with something of a CES 2018 trend. There were a few companies showing off AR gun peripherals on the show floow.<br><br>Merkury Innovations had the likes of the Holo-Blast Haptic and Merge Labs the 6DoF Blaster (pictured), but all basically amount to the same thing. You slot your smartphone into the top of a plastic toy gun, and essentially run through an AR-driven virtual light-gun games shooting and dodging stuff. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Smartphone+news/feature.asp?c=76396'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Smartphone+news/feature.asp?c=76396 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT Seasons greetings from Pocket Gamer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sqauh/christmaspocketgamer.jpg" width="200" alt="Seasons greetings from Pocket Gamer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>Merry Christmas everybody! Enjoying a day of celebration, food, family and (of course) gaming? From all of us here at Pocket Gamer Towers, we send you seasons greetings, we wish you happy holidays, and we hope you have a fabulous end to 2017.</p><br><br><p>Thanks for being part of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/apparmy/" target="_blank">the Pocket Gamer community</a> this year. It's been eventful, a year where a ton of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/latest.asp?t=game+review">amazing games</a> launched for the platforms we love. We hope you've been taking advantage of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Battle+Bay/feature.asp?c=76051">December's advent calendar</a> giveaways to pick up some freebies.</p><br><br><p>While enjoying your turkey sandwiches this week, read up on our list of the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=75998">25 best iOS and Android games</a> of 2017 (and also the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/feature.asp?c=76238">25 best Switch games</a>)! We've created a list of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=76265">the most influential mobile games of all time</a>, too. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=76308'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=76308 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:00:00 GMT The 20 best N-Gage and N-Gage 2.0 games <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gbn/nokia_n-gage_png_jpgcopy.jpg" width="200" alt="The 20 best N-Gage and N-Gage 2.0 games" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The N-Gage was ever-so-slightly ahead of its time. It was a gaming phone that first came out in 2003, created by Nokia in Finland. You could make calls, you could surf the web, you could play a version of Tomb Raider.<br><br>And then there was the N-Gage 2.0 that was basically a version of Xbox Live for Nokia phones. That lasted until about 2008. And it was pretty damn good.<br><br>But what were the best games on the now defunct platform? I mean that's probably not a question you've ever bothered to ask yourself, but we've gone right ahead and answered it anyway.<br><br>After all, we are celebrating <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">100 years of Finnish independence</a>. And what's more independent than a phone you can play games on?<br><br><strong><a href="/r/N-Gage/Reset+Generation/review.asp?c=8184">Reset Generation <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76116'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76116 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:00:00 GMT Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vcdtm/413f5kp_jjl_1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finland celebrates its <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">100th Independence Day</a> today, and to join in with the celebrations, we've listed 10 of the best pieces of Finnish inventions and technology.<br><br>Finland has a strong history of creating hardware and technology that changes the world, as you’ll soon discover as you go through this list.<br><br>So many incredible pieces of tech, things that you can’t imagine the world without today. Let’s take a look at just ten…<br><br><strong>Nokia 1100<br><br></strong><br><br>When it comes to legendary pieces of tech, few things have the recognition that Nokia phones do, and the 1100 might be king among them all. The, at-the-time, tiny wonder was a revelation, and to top it off, Finland invented SMS messages too. Where would we be without them? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:53:00 GMT 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/Virtual+Reality/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT We spoke to AVRLON VR Studio about what makes Elemental Combat worth playing <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ixupmy_release_youtube_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="We spoke to AVRLON VR Studio about what makes Elemental Combat worth playing" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Elemental Combat</em> is a brand new VR game that focuses on multiplayer. It’s an FPS but the shotguns have been replaced with martial arts moves.<br><br>And you’ll perform these moves with your actual hands thanks to motion controls. You probably won’t be a martial arts expert at the end though.<br><br>We spoke to David Gattig, CEO & Co-Founder of AVRLON VR Studio about what distinguishes <em>Elemental Combat </em>from its competitors. Here’s what he had to say.<br><br><strong>What do you think Elemental Combat brings to AR/VR which distinguishes it from other titles on the platform?</strong><br><br>“We believe that <em>Elemental Combat</em> brings to VR unique game play elements, a novel setting and a competitive structure that makes it viable for eSports in the future. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Elemental+Combat/news.asp?c=76054'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Elemental+Combat/news.asp?c=76054 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:37:00 GMT Pocket Gamer is hiring a freelance Guides Editor! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hvks/pglogo.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer is hiring a freelance Guides Editor!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oi, you - want to work for the world's leading mobile games site, writing guides for the best games while just wearing your pants? Then we have awesome news for you!<br><br>That's right, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> is hiring a Guides Editor (please note the pants part is entirely up to you). This is a freelance role that will be paid on a per-article basis.<br><br>We run several different types of guides on <em>Pocket Gamer. </em>There are <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Morphite/feature.asp?c=75441">tips and tricks</a>, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Modern+Combat+Versus/feature.asp?c=75422">wiki-style lists</a>, and <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/3DS/Pokemon+Sun%2FPokemon+Moon/feature.asp?c=72121&srch=Walkthrough">walkthroughs</a> to name just three. If you have experience writing any of them, we want to hear from you! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452 Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:43:49 GMT Review: Alienware 13 gaming laptop review - The ultimate portable VR device? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ooxd_alienware-13_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Alienware 13 gaming laptop review - The ultimate portable VR device?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When Dell sat down to create the latest Alienware, the goal was simple - make a device as capable at running VR as a beastly desktop PC.<br><br>So there's one thing you're getting for sure with the Alienware 13, and that's power. This is a hell of a machine that can run everything and run it well.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Alienware 13 is a good looking device that, unlike its competitors, is not interested at all in mimicking Apple. The housing is a mixture of brushed metal and plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. Instead, it balances getting the job done and looking stylish, while keeping the cost down. It's a solid job.<br><br>Flip open the lid and it gets way more impressive. The screen has a very welcome glossy glass finish that looks as premium as it feels. Elsewhere, the keys and touchpad have a neon-tinged glow that's sure to get heads turning. You can customise the colour and pattern of the light display as well. That's nifty. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Alienware+13/hardware_review.asp?c=75415'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Alienware+13/hardware_review.asp?c=75415 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:50:28 GMT Zenko Games brings RPG magic to life with Diamonst <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yskuum/app_icon_02.jpg" width="200" alt="Zenko Games brings RPG magic to life with Diamonst" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Zenko Games is taking <em>Pokemon GO</em> to the next level with their upcoming AR Game, <em>Diamonst</em>. It’s a full scale fantasy RPG whose story will unfurl in the real world.<br><br><em>Diamonst</em> takes its inspiration from classic RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest. Now, though, the action takes place in real life -- with your phone in hand, you’ll stumble across NPCs and vicious monsters in your own hometown. While the main story is single-player, you’ll be able to compete with other players in arena combat in the stylings of <em>Pokemon GO</em>, too.<br><br>At its core, <em>Diamonst</em> features team based combat that’s been inspired by other games like <em>Pokèmon</em> and <em>Yo-Kai Watc</em>h, but also card games like <em>Magic</em> and <em>Hearthstone</em>. You’ll have to make your <em>Diamonst </em>work together to ensure you can face off against the elemental types of opponent <em>Diamonst</em>. As you grow in power, you’ll be able to pull off impressive combos and increasingly complex strategies. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/DIAMONST/news.asp?c=75399'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/DIAMONST/news.asp?c=75399 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:01:25 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/Virtual+Reality/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT