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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:48:38 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer 7 things we learned from WWDC 2018: Apple's Keynote <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-emwd_wwdc-2018-title_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="7 things we learned from WWDC 2018: Apple's Keynote " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the WWDC over for another year, there's definitely a few things to be taken away from Apple's latest Keynote. <br><br>While it didn't focus much on the mobile gaming-side of things as much as last year's (mainly because iOS 11 saw the re-launch of the App Store and the surprise release of Monument Valley 2), it wasn't a total bust by far. <br><br><strong>Some impressive statistics <br><br></strong><br><br>Yesterday's WWDC event say developers attending from 77 countries with 6,000 attendees in the conference hall itself.<br><br>Coming up to the App Store's 10th birthday, it was noted that there are over 20 million Apple developers, with 500 million visitors per week, and a collective earning of $100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion dollars). I mean, I think I've only ever heard that sum of money spoken of by Dr. Evil.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/WWDC+2018/feature.asp?c=77696'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/WWDC+2018/feature.asp?c=77696 Tue, 5 Jun 2018 11:52:00 GMT Interview - A closer look at Team Alto's stunning sequel, Alto's Odyssey <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rvebjmcu_05_waterdive_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Interview - A closer look at Team Alto's stunning sequel, Alto's Odyssey" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When <a href="/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Adventure/review.asp?c=64003">Alto's Adventure</a>'s sequel, <a href="/r/iPhone/Alto%27s+Odyssey/feature.asp?c=76742">Alto's Odyssey</a>, was announced everyone went nuts for the news. Rather than taking place in the same snowy mountains, this beautiful endless runner went somewhere warmer, introducing us to a series of new features whilst keeping its charm. <br><br>We gave the game a <a href="/r/iPhone/Alto%27s+Odyssey/review.asp?c=76739">well-deserved Gold Award</a>, saying "<em>Alto's Odyssey shows once again that simplicity doesn't need to mean simple. It shows that poise and grace are just as effective methods of engagement as noise and spectacle</em>."<br><br>Lucky us, Snowman Founder, Ryan Cash, Lead Producer, Eli Cymet, and Artist & Programmer, Harry Nesbitt, are giving us a look into Team Alto's world.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Alto%27s+Odyssey/feature.asp?c=76944'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Alto%27s+Odyssey/feature.asp?c=76944 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:37:07 GMT Ric Cowley joins the Pocket Gamer team as our new Editor <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sbqh/img_20180226_211729.jpg" width="200" alt="Ric Cowley joins the Pocket Gamer team as our new Editor" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Our previous Editor, Glen Fox, sadly left Pocket Gamer in the new year, but we're delighted to be welcoming Ric Cowley into the team as the big ol' boss man. <br><br>Ric, if you're not familiar with the name from his impressive list of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/writer.asp?a=251">reviews</a>, previously worked at our sister site, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/">PocketGamer.biz</a>, as Deputy Editor. He'll be bringing <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/">Pocket Gamer</a> up and away in this next leg of its journey, including guiding the site in its long-awaited relaunch later this year. <br><br>Though he's been with Steel Media professionally for over two years, and was an intern with the company before that, he previously wrote for publications such as SCAN: Student Comment and News, GamingLives, and snapped up an English Language degree at Lancaster University.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76797'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76797 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT Alto's Odyssey drops on iPhone, iPad and, Apple TV a day early but will it live up to the hype? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gzeu/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Alto's Odyssey drops on iPhone, iPad and, Apple TV a day early but will it live up to the hype?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yes, though Alto's Odyssey was due out on iOS tomorrow it looks like the sand-boarding endless runner has arrived with time to spare on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1182456409">App Store</a> for £4.99/$4.99. <br><br>Just last week we learnt that this next installment in the Alto franchise was touching down and, hey, we got pretty excited. It's been <a href="/r/iPhone/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=72343">over a year</a> since we first caught wind of the game and it wasn't until last summer that finally got a look at some of the game's <a href="/r/iPad/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=74333">footage at E3</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=76738'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Alto%27s+Odyssey/news.asp?c=76738 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:58:00 GMT The best mobile games don't require a separate controller. Do they? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-njidm/iosc.jpg" width="200" alt="The best mobile games don't require a separate controller. Do they?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Welcome to the latest in our series of Pocket Gamer columns. We're taking the best games writers in the industry and giving them a platform. Veteran journalist Jon Jordan is here each week examining the trends shaping your mobile games scene. Today: Jon digs through his drawers.</strong><br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It’s always a mistake to tidy up your shelves. You either find lots of things you’d forgotten you had but recently needed, which makes you feel stupid. Or you find lots of things you’d forgotten you ever had, which makes you wonder why you ever got them. You feel stupid.</span><br><br>That was definitely the case as I started tidying and almost immediately uncovered a mound of old game controllers. Ranging from various Dreamcast and DualShocks through a number of generic GameCube controllers that confused me as I’m not sure I ever had a GameCube (but I suppose I must have), I came across my collection of smartphone controllers. And there were loads of them. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/iOS+controllers/feature.asp?c=76715'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/iOS+controllers/feature.asp?c=76715 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:31:00 GMT Newly released Bring You Home is the next puzzler from 'Love You to Bits' developer and it looks absolutely awesome <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wmpuhkf_byh_screenshot_01_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Newly released Bring You Home is the next puzzler from 'Love You to Bits' developer and it looks absolutely awesome" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With very little warning, Alike Studio has just given us something to dig into this weekend with joy as <em>Bring You Home</em> arrives on iPhone, iPad, and tvOS. <br><br><em>Bring You Home</em> comes from the developer of fan-favourite, <em><a href="/r/iPad/Love+You+to+Bits/review.asp?c=69211">Love You to Bits</a></em>. If you haven't played that yet (firstly, what have you been doing?!), you'll want to list both of these games down on your 'To Play' list because they really are special. <br><br>Though a tad cleaner looking, <em>Bring You Home</em> is an adventure puzzler which follows Polo, an alien hero, who traverses the galaxy to rescue his kidnapped alien pet. While that may sound very similar to the dev's previous title, this time around there's one major twist - you don't control the character but rather the level itself.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Bring+You+Home/news.asp?c=76546'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Bring+You+Home/news.asp?c=76546 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:08:00 GMT 10 indie projects that could be your next UK gaming obsession <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hfjpkjnlj/bip_457.jpg" width="200" alt="10 indie projects that could be your next UK gaming obsession" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Games! We love seeing new games. 2017 was a record breaking year for the <a href="http://www.bigindiepitch.com" target="_blank">Big Indie Pitch</a>, with developers from all over the world taking the opportunity to showcase their fresh projects to an expert panel of judges. They gained feedback, grabbed a drink, and some even bagged a prize.<br><br>For the last pitch of 2017 we hiked up to Dundee in Scotland in order to take the global pitching competition to Abertay University. It may have been one of our smaller pitches, but the talent was just as high as always, with Ant Workshop taking the crown with Dead End Job for Nintendo Switch. This was then followed in second place by another Switch title, Skye, with mobile board game Oil coming in third.<br><br>However, obviously the top three weren’t the only games to pitch. So take a look below as we highlight every single game featured in the competition. Some of these will be on your mobile phone one day, we reckon! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=76408'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=76408 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:28:00 GMT Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, but there's no need to panic <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-nznpxj/1.jpeg" width="200" alt="Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, but there's no need to panic" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As I'm sure you're aware, this week researchers revealed that Intel, ARM, and AMD had discovered gaps in the security system in their central processing units. While there wasn't much information about at the time, Apple <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394">confirmed yesterday</a> that both Mac and iOS devices are affected, but they're already working on a patch. <br><br>The security flaws, known as Meltdown (<em>rogue data cache load</em>) and Spectre (<em>bounds check bypass</em>), affect a wide range of devices including Mac and iOS products. Though the fault is applicable to nearly all modern devices, Apple has stated that there are no known exploits affecting customers at the moment.  <br><br>"<em>Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store</em>," it's suggested on the blog post. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Apple+news/news.asp?c=76334'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Apple+news/news.asp?c=76334 Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:58:46 GMT [Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmzpwk/wvcqzird.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated December 12th, 12:09 PM</strong> - Though this update will be available worldwide, it's still in the process of rolling out. The US and a few other markets have already seen the pre-order section, but most of us, including the UK, have yet to have it arrive.<br><br><hr /><br><br>So, here's an interesting tidbit for you this fine Tuesday morning. The App Store now lets you pre-order apps, and it's rather interesting. <br><br>According to Apple's <a href="https://itunespartner.apple.com/en/apps/news/40079633">partner post yesterday</a>, the App Store's now releasing the app page ahead of time so that consumers can put their cash in early and hopefully be aware of it sooner. It'll also show the release date, which is pretty great.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:25:00 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/Apple+TV/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76116'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/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/Apple+TV/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/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/Apple+TV/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT Jump Drive is a challenging warping runner coming to iOS on November 22nd <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-lqggns_jump2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Jump Drive is a challenging warping runner coming to iOS on November 22nd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're looking for a stylish and challenging arcade game, Jump Drive might fulfill that niche when it releases later this month.<br><br>Your spaceship is drifting through an endless gauntlet of danger and your only way to make it through safely is the ability to dash forward at incredible speed. Survival is a test of timing, as you make your dash at the perfect moments when saws, lasers, moving barriers, rotating force fields, and other hazards offer a moment of empty space to dash through.<br><br>Different unlockable ships provide tweaked stats to adapt to, while shields and other power-ups let you survive just a few months more during your journey. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Jump+Drive/news.asp?c=75822'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Jump+Drive/news.asp?c=75822 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 04:55:03 GMT [Update] The gory dwarven hack 'n slash, Runic Rampage, drops on iOS a day early <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lmiega/ss_0f4c88dfff6d1937aad537c1bef65db723f19754.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] The gory dwarven hack 'n slash, Runic Rampage, drops on iOS a day early" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated November 1st, 2:40 PM</strong> - Though originally set to release this Thursday, it looks like <em>Runic Rampage</em> has dropped a day early. <br><br>Enjoy a rather bloody and bitty experience right now for £3.99/$3.99 on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1267492435">App Store</a>.  <br><br><hr /><br><br>If you're not aware already, <em><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/615010/Runic_Rampage__Action_RPG/">Runic Rampage</a></em> is on its was to iOS this week, and it certainly looks like a bloody experience. <br><br>Play as the peeved dwarf, Grimbard, and rage through fantastical environments, swinging your mighty axe or hammer in <em>Runic Rampage</em>. Aside from the evident melee, master all sorts of spells and special attack combinations to deal fatal blows to your enemies.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Runic+Rampage/news.asp?c=75754'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Runic+Rampage/news.asp?c=75754 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 14:42:00 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/Apple+TV/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=75452 Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:43:49 GMT