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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:55:02 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer 14 spectacular indie games you may have missed at E3 2018 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sbjy/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="14 spectacular indie games you may have missed at E3 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We know E3 2018 was quite some time ago now, but there's no reason why we can't jump back and look at some of the games we checked out at the time.<br><br>Specifically, we're looking at the entrants to the Big Indie Pitch at E3 2018, our own special event where indie devs can show off their game to a handful of journos and industry experts to get direct feedback on how their mobile game is looking.<br><br>As ever, there was a wide array of titles, spanning VR and mobile, with entrants from across the globe swinging by to show us their wares.<br><br>But there can be only one winner, and this time around the coveted baseball bat went to Spellfast by Built Games, a multiplayer word game which impressed our judges with its simple but engaging gameplay.<br><br>Want to know more about the other games on show? Click the link below and you'll learn everything you need to know about the games of the Big Indie Pitch at E3 2018. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=78627'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=78627 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:58:10 GMT Things are getting aquatic in Minecraft's new underwater update for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wkti/1.jpg" width="200" alt="Things are getting aquatic in Minecraft's new underwater update for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> One of the biggest games of all time has just gotten a little bit bigger with a brand new update. Minecraft has added in a whole host of underwater-themed features and content for mobile and Switch.<br><br>The update includes nine underwater biomes complete with plants and sea life, a zombie-like enemy called The Drowned which lives in the deepest depths of the sea, and bubble columns that essentially act as underwater lifts.<br><br>There are also shipwrecks to be explored where treasure maps can be found, as well as a new Trident weapon to keep The Drowned at bay.<br><br>It's impressive to see a game as old as Minecraft still receiving updates and new content today. We can only expect to see even more coming to the game from Mojang, but exploring the deep seas will tide us over until the next update. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Minecraft+%2D+Pocket+Edition/news.asp?c=78027'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Minecraft+%2D+Pocket+Edition/news.asp?c=78027 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:40:15 GMT Convince robots you're one of them in comedy VR game They Suspect Nothing <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hxcs/they-suspect-nothing-oculus-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Convince robots you're one of them in comedy VR game They Suspect Nothing" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Fresh off the release of the Oculus Go, developer Coatsink has launched VR title They Suspect Nothing, a comedic mini-game collection.<br><br>You're the last human left on earth, and in order to infiltrate a fully robot society, you must perform a number of tasks. These can range from piloting a drone to managing rush hour in an explosives plant, and each must be completed lest you alert your robot overlords to your humanity.<br><br>There are twelve different mini-games to complete, and you can both customize your own robot and compete with other players for a spot on the leaderboard.<br><br>Buying the game now also gets you some DLC which is planned for later this year and will add four new minigames to the experience, which isn't a bad deal at all. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/They+Suspect+Nothing/news.asp?c=77380'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/They+Suspect+Nothing/news.asp?c=77380 Wed, 2 May 2018 15:32:40 GMT How did The House of Fables go about creating Trains VR? We chat to the development team to find out <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gnzd_banner-banner-trainsvr-logo-1518791361_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="How did The House of Fables go about creating Trains VR? We chat to the development team to find out" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Trains VR</em> has left the station at The House of Fables and is now available on the new <a href="http://pxlme.me/QbzJmC1y">Oculus Go platform</a> and <a href="http://pxlme.me/G__9fu7f">Gear VR</a>. You can download the game to fulfil childhood dreams of model railway construction, but that isn’t all.<br><br>Not only does the casual puzzler allow players to painstakingly create their own miniature tracks, thanks to the power of virtual reality, they get to ride the pint-sized locomotives around them afterwards.<br><br>There’s more to it than simply laying down tracks and hopping on board. Users must also pick up cargo and use switches, tunnels and turntables to solve logistical problems along the way. They are encouraged to experiment and get creative while enjoying the simple pleasures of model railway building, without the drawbacks of the real-life pastime, such as space demands and the possibility of losing tiny pieces. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Trains+VR/news.asp?c=77376'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Trains+VR/news.asp?c=77376 Wed, 2 May 2018 11:36:00 GMT Check out the video of our Catan VR Twitch stream right here <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vhcm/catan-promo-poster-large-no-logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Check out the video of our Catan VR Twitch stream right here" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Wait. Hang on. You're telling me you didn't check out our stream of Catan VR last week? Ah that's okay, I know we're all busy, plus you've got a chance to catch up.<br><br>How can you do that? <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital/videos/all">Well just click on this link right here</a>. Not only will you be able to watch the Catan VR stream, but you'll be able to watch videos of our Terraforming Mars and Scythe: Digital Edition streams too.<br><br>And make sure you <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/latest.asp?sec=46">keep checking back on TableTap</a> to find out when we're next going to be taking to Twitch. I promise it's going to be great. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77235'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77235 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:49:12 GMT Today's the day, we're live at 5PM GMT on Twitch with Catan VR <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vhcm/catan-promo-poster-large-no-logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Today's the day, we're live at 5PM GMT on Twitch with Catan VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The time is fast approaching! In an hour and a half we're taking to Twitch to show you something really pretty special. The lovely James Gilmour is going to play some Catan VR.<br><br>That's right, the VR version of one of the most famous board games in the world, played specifically for your entertainment.<br><br>Catan VR is, as the name suggests, is Catan, but in VR. There are some really interesting ideas in the game, like music, blowing wind, and plenty more besides. And you'll be able to check them all out with your eyes, as Mr. Gilmour uses his smooth voice to explain them to you.<br><br>The stream will kick off at 5PM GMT, and you won't want to be late to this one. Because you might miss something, and then all of your friends will laugh at you for the rest of your life. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77196'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77196 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:35:16 GMT Tomorrow on Twitch TableTap is playing the rather special Catan VR <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vhcm/catan-promo-poster-large-no-logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Tomorrow on Twitch TableTap is playing the rather special Catan VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oh you lucky lot, have we got a treat for you. Tomorrow at 5pm GMT (that's Thursday 12th April if you're calendar fan), we're taking to the Twitch streams again to show off some more board game goodness. And this time we've got something pretty special to show you - Catan VR.<br><br>So not only will everyone's favourite Twitch host James Gilmour be talking to you, he'll also have a VR headset strapped over his face. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than that.<br><br>If you're unfamiliar with Catan VR, it's the classic board game, reimagined for the 21st century. Using the latest VR technology, the game transports you to the titular island, where you can get to grips with single or multiplayer versions of the game.<br><br>You can <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital">check out the stream at the link here from 5pm GMT on Thursday April 12th</a>. But click there now and you'll be able to see archived video of our first two TableTap streams, where James plays engine building games <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/236126688">Scythe</a> and <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/246558769">Terraforming Mars</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77177'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Catan+VR/news.asp?c=77177 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:42:00 GMT PGConnects: A Most Curious Murder is an immersive VR murder mystery for Gear VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xqevs_a-most-curious-murder_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGConnects: A Most Curious Murder is an immersive VR murder mystery for Gear VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I like it when VR games have a sense of place. I mean, that's sort of the point of the technology. It's suppose to put you in a different reality. A virtual reality, if you will. And A Most Curious Murder does just that.<br><br>Essentially it's a murder mystery game. You play a woman who's wrongly accused of a crime, and you need to break into a police station to find the evidence and work out who actually did it.<br><br>It's a wonderfully elegant idea, and in practice it works really well. As soon as you slip the headset on and wander into the corridors of the station, it does feel like you're somewhere else.<br><br>Walking in the game involves walking on the spot. The game recognises what you're doing and moves you forward. It might not be the most elegant solution, but it actually works surprisingly well. Even if you do look like a bit of an idiot while you're doing it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/A+Most+Curious+Murder/feature.asp?c=76495'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/A+Most+Curious+Murder/feature.asp?c=76495 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:14:12 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/Gear+VR/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/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/Gear+VR/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT New iOS, Android, 3DS, PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch games out this week: Final Fantasy Dimensions 2, Million Onion Hotel, Sonic Forces, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dhfrh/screenshot_abi_05.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, 3DS, PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch games out this week: Final Fantasy Dimensions 2, Million Onion Hotel, Sonic Forces, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> What a week it's been as it feels like we've had an utter mountain of new releases across the board. <br><br>From Switch games, to mobile, Vita, and 3DS, if you can't find something you fancy playing in this list then I just don't know what to suggest, friend. <br><br>We've even had a previous <em>Big Indie Pitch</em> winner launch their game this week, so we can't help but feel all excited and fuzzy inside. Aww. <br><br><strong>iOS/Android</strong><br><br><strong>Abi</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Lilith Games</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1170852506">iOS</a></li><br><br><li>Price: £2.99/$2.99</li><br><br></ul><br><br>"<em>One day in the distant future, the obsolete household robot Abi finds the hibernating industrial robot DD, and together they escape the warehouse in which they have been locked away. Once they get out, they discover that humans have mysteriously disappeared from the earth. Where did the humans go and what can explain their disappearance? It’s up to you, Abi, and DD to find out</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Abi/feature.asp?c=75799'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Abi/feature.asp?c=75799 Fri, 3 Nov 2017 14:23:00 GMT New iOS, Android, 3DS, and Nintendo Switch games out this week: The Talos Principle, Dragon Hills 2, Into the Dead 2 and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ndvkk/the-talos-principle.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, 3DS, and Nintendo Switch games out this week: The Talos Principle, Dragon Hills 2, Into the Dead 2 and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Thursday and you know what that means by now - it's time to check out what games have dropped this week and 'ho boy it's been a busy one. <br><br>From some proper belters to some delightful indie titles, let's take a look at what'll keep us busy over the coming weekend, shall we?<br><br><strong>iOS/Android</strong><br><br><strong>Swing King and the Temple of Bling</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: ZPLAY Games</li><br><br><li>Price: F2P</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zplay.swingking&hl=en">Android</a></li><br><br></ul><br><br>"<em>Swing King is a one-tap action puzzle game. Playing as a Mumbles the monkey, your goal is to unravel the secrets of ancient temples and collect hidden treasures</em>."<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/The+Talos+Principle/feature.asp?c=75572'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/The+Talos+Principle/feature.asp?c=75572 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:51:28 GMT Left 4 Dead creator's fantasy RPG The Well releases today on Gear VR <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ccrqkzx/-oh2uxzc_400x400.jpg" width="200" alt="Left 4 Dead creator's fantasy RPG The Well releases today on Gear VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Gear VR-users you might want to straighten up and pay attention because Turtle Rock Studio's latest game <em>The Well</em> looks a bit alright, and it's coming out today. <br><br><em>The Well</em> is a classically designed RPG built specifically for VR, with a storyboard art style and a dark atmosphere. Set in the fantastical world of Tholl, an ancient land filled with magical creatures, there are four playable classes to choose from: Mage, Warrior, Druid, and Rogue. Each class has their own arsenal of combat tactics and spells to use. <br><br>You'll need to assemble your team from a variety of companions and get ready to battle the demonic forces swarming the land by using tactical combat.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/The+Well+%28Gear+VR%29/news.asp?c=75552'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/The+Well+%28Gear+VR%29/news.asp?c=75552 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:39:00 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/Gear+VR/DIAMONST/news.asp?c=75399'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/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/Gear+VR/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Gear+VR/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT