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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:52:32 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - INSIDE, Life is Strange, FEZ, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rsvgi/520x293bb.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch games out this week - INSIDE, Life is Strange, FEZ, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> For what started out as a pretty poor week in terms of mobile games, how the tides have turned in the offering we have now on this very fine Thursday. <br><br>Not only can we get our hands on long-awaited puzzlers, but we've also had several unexpected titles pop up out of nowhere and, oh, it's a good week to be a mobile gamer. <br><br><strong>iOS/Android</strong><br><br><strong>Box Boss</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Noodlecake Studios</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1219063332">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.boxboss&hl=en_GB">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Price: F2P</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Though it was supposed to launch last week, Noodlecake Studios eventually brought us this opportunity to defeat the Box Boss with little more than our fingers and a pocket full of dreams. Collect the cubes and swipe fast enough to survive what's coming.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76202'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76202 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:32:31 GMT The time-looping mystery game The Sexy Brutale's upcoming Switch patch should fix performance issues <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rgnbe/dp-az30waaanse9.jpg" width="200" alt="The time-looping mystery game The Sexy Brutale's upcoming Switch patch should fix performance issues" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If any of you partook in Tequila Works' fantastic murder mystery over the weekend, you might have found that its Switch port was... less than fantastic. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sexy Brutale fans,<br><br>We wanted to let you know that we are working on a patch for the Switch version. The patch is to improve performance and resolution on handheld and TV mode, to solve some freezing issues, and to fix some text strings. We hope it can be ready next week!</p><br><br>— TheSexyBrutale (@SexyBrutale) <a href="https://twitter.com/SexyBrutale/status/940898449129689088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <em>The Sexy Brutale</em> is a real head-scratcher where you have to stop guests at the casino mansion from being murdered by its staff. To do this, you can turn back the clock by 12 hours and re-live the same day time and time again.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Sexy+Brutale/news.asp?c=76201'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Sexy+Brutale/news.asp?c=76201 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:41:04 GMT VS. Super Mario Bros is headed to the Switch on December 22nd <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hajzwccj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="VS. Super Mario Bros is headed to the Switch on December 22nd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yep, you read that right. Japan should be feeling properly nostalgic this Christmas as <em>VS. Super Mario Bros</em> arrives on the Nintendo Switch. <br><br><em>VS. Super Mario Bros</em> is the arcade version of <em>Super Mario Bros</em> (1985) in which you'll take up arms as either Mario or Luigi and a pal will take up the latter. I know, that was totally not obvious, right?<br><br>Not long after <em>Mario Bros</em> arrived on the Switch's Arcade Archives, this second entry is but one of many more to come. Of course, there's no sign of Ninty's ever-awaited virtual console as of yet, but we this is an okay solution for now right?...Right?<br><br><em>VS. Super Mario Bros</em> arrives on the Japanese Switch eShop on December 22nd for 823 yen. Though you can pick the title up anyway thanks to the Switch's open region, it's highly likely the game will launch simultaneously worldwide as well . <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/VS+Super+Mario+Bros/news.asp?c=76199'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/VS+Super+Mario+Bros/news.asp?c=76199 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:17:06 GMT Bandai Namco December 15 event - What's in store for Switch owners? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-myzc/namcobandailogo.jpg" width="200" alt="Bandai Namco December 15 event - What's in store for Switch owners?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Bandai Namco is due to hold an event on December 15th to announce a bunch of new Nintendo Switch games.<br><br>As one of the biggest and best established Japanese developers around, this could be a pretty big deal for Nintendo's flourishing console.<br><br>As strong as the Switch's 2017 sales have been, this has largely been off Nintendo's back. The company could really do with more third party support to shore up its new console for 2018 and beyond.<br><br>Thankfully, it looks like we're going to get just that. So what are we expecting from Bandai Namco this Friday?<br><br>Here's what's rumoured.<br><br><strong>Dark Souls Remaster<br><br></strong><br><br>Rumour has it that Bandai Namco will be announcing a remastered version of its classic action-RPG, <em>Dark Souls</em>. If you haven't heard of <em>Dark Souls</em>, it's only one of the most influential games of the past decade. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Namco+Bandai+Games+news/feature.asp?c=76193'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Namco+Bandai+Games+news/feature.asp?c=76193 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:30:00 GMT Greek mythology aRPG Titan Quest is getting a Nintendo Switch port <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kagy/titan1.jpg" width="200" alt="Greek mythology aRPG Titan Quest is getting a Nintendo Switch port" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 12 years after its initial release, the popular RPG <em>Titan Quest</em> is coming to Nintendo Switch, bringing mythological beasts and tons of loot to consoles.<br><br>As revealed by <a href="https://www.thqnordic.com/article/titan-quest-coming-all-current-gen-console-platforms-2018">THQ</a>, the console edition will be <em>Titan Quest</em> adapted with UI and controls suited for gamepads and improved textures.<br><br><em>Titan Quest</em> takes the endless loot and nuanced character building popularized by <em>Diablo</em>, and gives the action a Greek Mythological sheen, pitting your ancient warrior against gorgons and minotaurs and cyclops. 28 classes, myriad skills, and hundreds of armor and items lets you construct your character in any number of styles, from axe-wielding brute to agile spellcaster, from Druid and Sorcerer to Juggernaut and Assassin. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Titan+Quest/news.asp?c=76195'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Titan+Quest/news.asp?c=76195 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:04:00 GMT Image & Form's Steamworld Heist launches on Nintendo Switch later this month <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ognfoa/steamworld-heist-screenshot-04-1030x579.jpeg" width="200" alt="Image & Form's Steamworld Heist launches on Nintendo Switch later this month" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The acclaimed and thrilling turn-based <em>Steamworld Heist</em> is bringing its 2D tactics to the Switch on the 28th.<br><br>In Heist, you lead a rusty crew of robot pirates as they battle both rival gangs and the might of the galactic empire, in challenging tactical battles. As your crew expands - from the aggressive heavy-hitter Ivanski to the agile sniper Dora - you gain new abilities and strategies, where positioning, cover, and the precision of your manually-aimed shots matter.<br><br><a href="r/iPad/SteamWorld+Heist/review.asp?c=72051">Our review</a> of the iOS release described <em>Steamworld Heist</em> as a taut balancing act of weapons, classes, and clever management of abilities and action points, "intensely satisfying" in the more difficult missions. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/SteamWorld+Heist/news.asp?c=76180'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/SteamWorld+Heist/news.asp?c=76180 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:25:24 GMT Kickstarted post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 is headed to Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gapvc/waste1.jpg" width="200" alt="Kickstarted post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 is headed to Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The challenging and choice-heavy turned-based RPG <em>Wasteland 2: Director's Cut</em> has been revealed as an upcoming Switch release, on <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianFargo/status/940686857179774976/">Twitter</a> earlier today.<br><br>Kickstarted in 2012, <em>Wasteland 2</em> is a modern sequel to the 1988 original, putting you in control of a squad of Desert Rangers to explore the post-apocalyptic civilization of Arizona and LA. Much like Fallout and similar games, choices, consequences, and skill checks are the foundation of <em>Wasteland 2</em>; your choices will decide the fate of communities, the rise of factions, whether people live or die, if sections of the map flourish or become uninhabitable.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Wasteland+2%3A+Director%27s+Cut/news.asp?c=76179'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Wasteland+2%3A+Director%27s+Cut/news.asp?c=76179 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:41:37 GMT Review: The Sexy Brutale - A brutal, sexy murder-mystery game? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lvftv/24958944_10155311030248175_3297393773796008999_o.jpg" width="200" alt="The Sexy Brutale - A brutal, sexy murder-mystery game?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> A game that's got murder, mystery, masquerade, and a <em>Groundhog Day</em>-like key element sounds pretty great, right?<br><br><em>The Sexy Brutale</em> has rave reviews on Steam and there was a surge of excitement surrounding the Switch's release, but the experience is a bit mixed overall. <br><br>Though it's endearing and utterly brilliant in some regards, it's also lived up to Tequila Works' current game-porting reputation, and that's not a good thing. <br><br><strong>When the clock strikes twelve</strong><br><br>You play as Lafcadio Boone 'The Sinful Preacher', as you regain consciousness in a mansion filled with soon-to-be-dead guests. A Bloody Girl rises from the floor and provides you with a mask and task to stop the guests from being murdered.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Sexy+Brutale/review.asp?c=76168'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Sexy+Brutale/review.asp?c=76168 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:55:39 GMT Review: Mantis Burn Racing review - An excellent arcade racer for Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kpxtsev/mantis-1.jpg" width="200" alt="Mantis Burn Racing review - An excellent arcade racer for Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ever since <em><a href="r/Switch/Mario+Kart+8+Deluxe/review.asp?c=73753">Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</a></em> landed on the Switch back in April, there's been only one answer to the question, 'what do you play after <em>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</em><em>?</em>'<br><br>Unfortunately, the answer to that is, 'more <em>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</em>'.<br><br>Part of that is down to the sheer quality of Nintendo's mascot racer, of course. But the uncomfortable truth is that there aren't any other really good arcade racers for the Switch.<br><br>Or at least, there weren't until <em>Mantis Burn Racing</em> turned up.<br><br><strong>Dirty racing</strong><br><br>Not that <em>Mantis Burn Racing</em> has to worry too much about direct <em>Mario Kart</em> comparisons. It's a budget eShop release, for one thing.<br><br>VooFoo's game also bears more resemblance to the classic <em>Micro Machines </em>series. It's there in the top-down, zoomed-out view and direct controls, if not the setting. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mantis+Burn+Racing/review.asp?c=76159'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mantis+Burn+Racing/review.asp?c=76159 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:11:11 GMT High-speed racing and Greek mythology merge when The Next Penelope releases on Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uotfkyz/next2.jpg" width="200" alt="High-speed racing and Greek mythology merge when The Next Penelope releases on Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Transplanting the classic Odyssey to a far future, <em>The Next Penelope</em> pits your racer against other suitors and massive bosses, in your quest to find your lost husband, in this genre hybrid coming to Nintendo Switch on the 21st.<br><br>As you travel across the world of 3044, your skilled hero must engage in challenging races and other missions to progress closer to the lost Odysseus. The races take inspiration from games like Wipeout, making speed boosts and using special powers key in finishing first.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Next+Penelope/news.asp?c=76156'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Next+Penelope/news.asp?c=76156 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:18:52 GMT Hot Five: Tiny Metal got a big reaction, Shadowverse gave us some cards to reveal, and Marvel Future Fight's introduced loot boxes <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-adbzb/unnamed__1__38_.jpg" width="200" alt="Hot Five: Tiny Metal got a big reaction, Shadowverse gave us some cards to reveal, and Marvel Future Fight's introduced loot boxes" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oh the weather outside is frightful, and nothing else is relevant from that song because it's cold and a little bit snowy here in England after the passing storm. <br><br>But that's okay. It's been a great week in terms of news and chatter, with the release of some truly brilliant games to boot. What were the best five things to happen in the news this week, you say? Well, let's take a look. <br><br><strong>Tiny Metal got big love</strong><br><br><a href="/r/Steam/Tiny+Metal/news.asp?c=76103">After a bit</a> of a lengthy wait, the turn-based strategy game <em>Tiny Metal</em> finally got a release date for Steam and Nintendo Switch. Arriving later this month, you've got to outwit your enemies (yes, including your friends) using your own combination of soldiers, weapons, and more. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=76148'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=76148 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:00 GMT Discover hundreds of wacky guns when Enter The Gungeon releases on Nintendo Switch next week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bmvki/gun4.jpg" width="200" alt="Discover hundreds of wacky guns when Enter The Gungeon releases on Nintendo Switch next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Taking influence from games such as <em>Binding of Isaac</em> and <em>Spelunky</em>, <em><a href="r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/feature.asp?c=75561">Enter The Gungeon</a></em> is bringing randomly generated dungeon, myriad guns and modifiers, and intense challenge to Switch on December 14th.<br><br>As a brave "gungeoneer" (among the many gun and bullet-related puns in <em>Gungeon</em>), you descend into the ever-changing depths to find its fabled treasure, a weapon that can shoot through time. But all manner of traps and enemies await between you and your goal, from walking bullets firing bullets to bullet mages to the laser-firing "Ammoconda" and other relentless bosses. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Enter+The+Gungeon/news.asp?c=76154'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Enter+The+Gungeon/news.asp?c=76154 Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:47:24 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 422 - Reigns: Her Majesty, Amazing Katamari Damacy <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 422 - Reigns: Her Majesty, Amazing Katamari Damacy" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week the team rolls into a new kingdom, swelling and absorbing mobile news facts along the way to offer to their new queen.<br><br>By which I mean they will be discussing Tinder-style monarch sim <em>Reigns: Her Majesty</em>, and the newly-launched auto-roller <em>Amazing Katamari Damacy</em>.<br><br>They also cover the Switch version of <em>The Sexy Brutale</em>, the latest <em>Breath of the Wild</em> DLC, and <em>Portal</em>'s unlikely pairing with <em>Bridge Constructor</em>.<br><br>Plus, James gets to chat to the folks behind <em>GRID: Autosport</em>'s new mobile port.<br><br><strong>Download episode 422:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep422.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong>  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76152'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76152 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:34:49 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/Switch/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=76133'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=76133 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:41:24 GMT The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2 is available right now <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cnchqq_zelda-breath-of-the-wild-the-champions___-ballad_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2 is available right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There were plenty of things I was expecting to wake up to this morning, like cat vomit and unwashed dishes, but <em><a href="/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/review.asp?c=73174">The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</a></em>'s second DLC wasn't one of them. <br><br>The first part, <em>Master Trials</em>, released way back in late June and we thought it was definitely <a href="/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/review.asp?c=74581">something worth investing in</a>. All in all, this first part offered up plenty in terms of gear and modes, but lacked in story. Enter: <em>The Champions' Ballad</em>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/news.asp?c=76141'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Legend+of+Zelda%3A+Breath+of+the+Wild/news.asp?c=76141 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:09:55 GMT