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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:32:47 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Part Time UFO, Outlast, Lichtspeer, and more <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bfolsz_evoland-2-ios-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Part Time UFO, Outlast, Lichtspeer, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Britain may be getting battered by snow today but that doesn't mean we can't get excited about all of the new titles out this week. <br><br>From fantasy MMOs through arcade shooters, explosive puzzlers, and beautiful little indie games, we've certainly got a hell of a roster to choose from. <br><br><strong>iOS/Android</strong><br><br><strong>3D MMO Villagers & Heroes<br><br></strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Mad Otter Games</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1183113853">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madotter.vhmmo">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Price: F2P</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Dive into this massive fantastical world and play through many different story-driven quests in this epic MMO. We're talking dungeons, wizards, dragons, dungeons, swords, warriors, sorcery, great monsters - did we mention dungeons? You get the deal.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Evoland+2/news.asp?c=76814'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Evoland+2/news.asp?c=76814 Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:55:00 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/AR/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76797'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76797 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT A Ghostbuster's dream or more of the same AR content? Here's our verdict on Pokemon GO-like Ghostbusters World <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rqjqerw/ghostbusters457.jpg" width="200" alt="A Ghostbuster's dream or more of the same AR content? Here's our verdict on Pokemon GO-like Ghostbusters World" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Over the weekend 4:33 Creative Lab announced that it'd be bringing <a href="/r/iPhone/Ghostbusters+World/news.asp?c=76771">Ghostbusters World</a> to mobile sometime later this year and whilst that's pretty darn cool, it's also curious. <br><br>One of the biggest questions I have is whether it'll differ enough from <a href="/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76561">top-runner in the AR world, Pokemon GO</a>, to give players an awesome experience without treading on Niantic's toes. <br><br>Because we love debating about these sorts of things, some of the Pocket Gamer staff have given their two-cents about the game and whether it'll be a hit or a miss in their eyes. <br><br><strong>Dave Aubrey</strong> (<a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/writer.asp?a=265&sec=7">Guides Guru and Giver of Advice</a>)<br><br>When there's something strange in the neighbourhood, it's only natural to reach for your phone. Once upon a time you would call the emergency services or a licensed professional to deal with your problems, but now we have smartphone apps, so you can deal with these things yourself. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Ghostbusters+World/feature.asp?c=76783'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Ghostbusters+World/feature.asp?c=76783 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:06:00 GMT AR apps are about to get even better with iOS 11.3, but what's the big deal? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ddyqy/63563.jpg" width="200" alt="AR apps are about to get even better with iOS 11.3, but what's the big deal?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Apple's got another update in store for us soon, this time heavily affecting one of its niftiest features, ARKit, but in a very good way. <br><br>Once it rolls out, ARKit 1.5 will be able to offer more freedom to developers and consumers as it moves from primarily flat surfaces and branches out to posters, doors, and walls. I know that sounds a little weird but bear with me. <br><br>ARKit 1.5 allows developers to transform more objects into cool, interactive experiences, such as posters, signs, and artworks. If you're not very impressed by the idea, just imagine what it could lead to.<br><br>As suggested in Apple's <a href="https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/01/apple-previews-ios-11-3/">article</a>, if we get to a place where museums and galleries can successfully integrate the technology into their exhibits, it could open up a totally new world of interactive learning.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Apple+news/news.asp?c=76488'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Apple+news/news.asp?c=76488 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:15:00 GMT Supercell, Playdemic, and GoGame win big at the first ever Mobile Games Awards <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jhdl/mobile-games-awards-logo-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="Supercell, Playdemic, and GoGame win big at the first ever Mobile Games Awards " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After what feels like forever we finally know the results of months of nominating, voting, and planning as the first ever <a href="http://www.mobilegamesawards.com/">Mobile Games Awards</a> in association with Game Insight has revealed its winners.<br><br>Hosted at the prestigious BAFTA 195 in London, it was certainly a night to celebrate as it marked the end of Pocket Gamer Connects. Everyone needed to put their feet up, don their best blazers, and grab a glass of fizz for good measure. <br><br>Without further ado, here're the grand winners.<br><br><ul><br><br><li><strong>Game of the Year</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Golf Clash by Playdemic</li><br><br></ul><br><br></li><br><br><li><strong>Best Developer</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Supercell</li><br><br></ul><br><br></li><br><br><li><strong>Best Indie Developer</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Adriaan de Jongh & Sylvain Tegroeg</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Mobile+Games+Awards/news.asp?c=76485'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Mobile+Games+Awards/news.asp?c=76485 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:20:25 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/AR/Smartphone+news/feature.asp?c=76396'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Smartphone+news/feature.asp?c=76396 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Antihero, Duper Bros!, SteamWorld Heist, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bqpf/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Antihero, Duper Bros!, SteamWorld Heist, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hello, and welcome back to reality, beloved readers. Whether you were celebrating the Christmas period or not last week, you'll probably have noticed things were a little quiet in the mobile world. <br><br>Well, since the period following the App Store shutdown is always a little quiet we don't have the huge list of brand new titles we usually have, but that's okay.<br><br>Between new Switch games, the few notable new games to come out this week, and a handful from over the holiday period, I'm sure something might still catch your eye. <br><br><strong>iOS/Android/AR</strong><br><br><strong>Antihero</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Versus Evil</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1265355382">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.versusevil.antiherogame&hl=en">Android</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Antihero/news.asp?c=76329'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Antihero/news.asp?c=76329 Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:59:30 GMT Pokemon GO is finally set to launch in China later this year <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmyp/169.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO is finally set to launch in China later this year" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It feels weird to remember that <em>Pokemon GO</em> still isn't released worldwide, but rather that a few areas still have yet to get it. At last it looks like China will be getting their hands on the popular game by the end of 2018.<br><br>In an interview with the <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/8bf1964e-e5b0-11e7-8b99-0191e45377ec">Financial Times</a> this week, CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, finally revealed that <em>Pokemon GO</em> is set to release in China, though there's no solid launch date as of yet. <br><br>As Niantic works together with Chinese publisher NetEase, and considering the server issues <em>Pokemon GO</em> faced when it was first released back in 2016, there's a lot to think about before unleashing it upon the world's biggest mobile market. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76323'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76323 Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:38:04 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/AR/feature.asp?c=76308'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/feature.asp?c=76308 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:00:00 GMT New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Reigns: Her Majesty, Ashworld, The Sexy Brutale, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tfzrib/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - Reigns: Her Majesty, Ashworld, The Sexy Brutale, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> HEY GUESS WHAT? It's Friday tomorrow, which means there's only one day left before we don't have to be responsible, or as responsible, as usual for the following two days. <br><br>If you simply can't wait to get that Friday feeling, here's this week's list of simply the best new games to dive into, and there's some real stonkers this time around. <br><br><strong>iOS/Android/AR</strong><br><br><strong>Ace Attorney Investigations</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Capcom</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1227608370">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.capcom.kenji1en&hl=en_GB">Android </a></li><br><br><li>Price: F2P/£8.99</li><br><br></ul><br><br>This installment of <em>Ace Attorney</em> follows Miles Edgeworth as he investigates crime scenes to unearth the truth of each case he takes. Solve the puzzles around you, work with the police, and bring criminals to justice. Though the game is full price on Android, it's current free to play one iOS with optional IAPs to unlock its full content.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=76133'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=76133 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:41:24 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/AR/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76116'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/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/AR/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/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/AR/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT Pokemon GO developer's giving its debut AR title Ingress a huge revamp in 2018 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-nsgt/unnamed__2_.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO developer's giving its debut AR title Ingress a huge revamp in 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier this week, Niantic revealed that it'd be giving a little love and affection to its oldie-but-goodie AR title <em>Ingress</em>, and will henceforth be naming it <em>Ingress Prime</em>. <br><br>I know, this is a bit of a throw back. In 2012 <em>Ingress</em> originally arrived on Android with iOS landing a whole two years afterwards in 2014. Come 2018, <em>Ingress Prime</em> will apparently build upon the foundations of their beloved AR debut, and provide an overhauled version which changes... everything. Art style, narrative, and a totally re-designed user interface and sound design. <br><br>Set in a unique sci-fi universe hidden in-between the lines of our world, in <em>Ingress</em> you're divided into two factions - The Enlightened and The Resistance. In a show of cool augmented reality and massively multiplayer gameplay, you'll have to work together with your faction members to discover and capture Portals disguised as public art/landmarks in real life.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Ingress+Prime/news.asp?c=76098'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Ingress+Prime/news.asp?c=76098 Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:41:00 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/AR/Elemental+Combat/news.asp?c=76054'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/AR/Elemental+Combat/news.asp?c=76054 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:37:00 GMT