Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (iPhone) 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 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:43:50 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Review: Vempire - The Kings of Darkness review - A bit too horrifying <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ngbzvhb_vempire-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Vempire - The Kings of Darkness review - A bit too horrifying" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Vempire</em> is a strange one. It's a deck-building card game that seems to throw most of the received wisdom about the genre out of the window. On the one hand, it's nice to play something that feels fresh.<br><br>On the other hand though, there's a lack of familiarity here that means you're going to be stumbling around in the dark a little while you get to grips with things.<br><br>Clumsy translation certainly doesn't help matters. But, once you start to understand what's going on, you're going to find yourself having a pretty lovely time.<br><br><strong>Fangs for the tips</strong><br><br>The game mixes together vampirism and European history into a strange melting pot of fangs, slaughter, and kings and queens who actually reigned on the continent a few hundred years ago.<br><br>That's mainly window dressing though. The real kick here is in the gameplay, and that's a bit harder to explain than 'oh yeah, the pope was a vampire back then.' <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/VEmpire+%2D+The+Kings+of+Darkness/review.asp?c=76219'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/VEmpire+%2D+The+Kings+of+Darkness/review.asp?c=76219 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:40:49 GMT Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day fifteen: Steredenn <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tkecco_steredenn-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day fifteen: Steredenn" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? In reality, Christmas isn't anything like the movies. We rarely get snow in the UK, and we know more Scrooges than Santa Clauses.<br><br>But it's not all bad. To help spread some Christmas cheer, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> has decided to run its very own Advent Calendar. Each day, we'll give away one of the best games of the year from December 1st right up to Christmas day itself.<br><br>We don't want to spoil the surprise, so we'll publish the complete list of our best games of 2017 after Christmas. That's right in time for the January sales anyway, so you can grab yourself some of them on the cheap if you don't win.<br><br>But enough of all that. Let's take a look at today's offering.<br><br><strong>Steredenn<br><br></strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPad/Steredenn/review.asp?c=73946">Steredenn</a></em> is a beautifully pixelated bullet hell that challenges you to take the fight directly to a bunch of dastardly space pirates. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Steredenn/feature.asp?c=76200'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Steredenn/feature.asp?c=76200 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT Review: Inside review - A worthy successor to Limbo? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nkzbe_inside-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Inside review - A worthy successor to Limbo?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Limbo/review.asp?c=52028">Limbo</a></em> was, and indeed is, one of the best platformers of recent years. So you can imagine how excited we all were when we heard that it's spiritual successor, <em>Inside</em>, was set to land on the App Store.<br><br>And now it's out, and it brings with it a sense of tension and dread that we've not felt in a mobile game since, well probably since <em>Limbo</em> came out to be honest.<br><br><em>Inside</em> has kept its cruel, malevolent heart then, but how does the game measure up on mobile compared to its console cousins? Actually, pretty darn well.<br><br><strong>Inside out</strong><br><br>Once again the game is a dark, morbid platformer. Rather than casting the world in silhouette, there's some colour this time round. But it doesn't do anything to add any cheer to proceedings. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Inside/review.asp?c=76218'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Inside/review.asp?c=76218 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:37:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 423 - Life is Strange, INSIDE, FEZ <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 423 - Life is Strange, INSIDE, FEZ" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Christmas has come 2 weeks early for mobile gamers! <br><br>Not only do iPhone owners get to roam Arcadia Bay in time-reversing adventure <em>Life is Strange</em>, they can also explore a grim factory of otherworldly doom in <em>Limbo</em> dev Playdead's second game <em>INSIDE</em>.<br><br>There's also a port of Phil Fish's acclaimed platformer <em>FEZ</em>, the launch of exquisite art puzzler<em> Gorogoa</em>, and a chat with one of the creators of <em>Dragon's Watch</em>.<br><br><strong>Download episode 423:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep423.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>  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76217'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76217 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:20:00 GMT Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is a match three puzzler based on the animated movie <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zuseuxbk_ferdinand_pocket_gamer_1280x720_2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is a match three puzzler based on the animated movie" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><br><br>Ferdinand: Unstoppabull</em> is a match three puzzler based on the animated movie, Ferdinand and it's just launched on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ferdinand-unstoppabull/id1251308266?mt=8">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Koukoi.Unstoppabull&hl=en_GB">Android</a> today.<br><br>Not only does it feature characters from the wacky movie, but it also contains all of the matching puzzle fun you've grown to love from the genre - though with a unique twist.<br><br>See, you're not matching for no reason, you're doing so to help Ferdinand and co bust out crazy dance moves. You can also upgrade each of these moves to increase the score they provide. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ferdinand%3A+Unstoppabull/news.asp?c=76215'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ferdinand%3A+Unstoppabull/news.asp?c=76215 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:12:00 GMT Brawl Stars' upcoming balance changes focus on Crow, Tickets, Coin Boosters, and more <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fwas_1_-_copy_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Brawl Stars' upcoming balance changes focus on Crow, Tickets, Coin Boosters, and more " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Though it feels like ages since anyone said anything about <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/brawl-stars/id1229016807?mt=8#">Brawl Stars</a></em>, it's still flowing, growing, and updating, and next week it'll be getting another round of balance changes.<br><br>This isn't the complete list of changes, but it is a little sneak peek (as they say on their <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Brawlstars/comments/7jzjek/update_incoming_bug_fixes_and_balance_changes/">Reddit post</a>) into what we can expect. The three major points to take note of are:<br><br><ul><br><br><li>"<em>Crow is getting a nerf! (Along with many more balance changes)<br><br></em></li><br><br><li><em>Tickets will become permanent and will no longer expire after an event (this will begin after the update drops next week) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Brawl+Stars/news.asp?c=76216'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Brawl+Stars/news.asp?c=76216 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:09:04 GMT Zombie survival game Into the Dead 2 gets a standalone seasonal event on December 20th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tkbp/into-the-dead-2_4.jpg" width="200" alt="Zombie survival game Into the Dead 2 gets a standalone seasonal event on December 20th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It doesn't feel like it's been a couple of months since <em>Into the Dead 2</em> arrived on mobile does it? Either way, PikPok's got wintry event in store for us just in time for Christmas called '<em>Frostbitten</em>'.<br><br><em><br><br>Frostbitten</em> is a standalone story which takes place in the midst of a bitter, zombie infested snowstorm. After receiving a distress call from a survivor, you've got to brave the storm, climb Frostbite Peak, and rescue the poor soul... whilst also battling hordes of chilly zombies, duh.<br><br>Aside from introducing us to a new story/character, you'll also be able to get your mittens on the GL-03 Krampus - a grenade launcher which'll only be available in this holiday event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Into+the+Dead+2/news.asp?c=76214'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Into+the+Dead+2/news.asp?c=76214 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:17:00 GMT Best iOS and Android sales this week - Ace Attorney, MEGA MAN, Dead Synchronicity, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iotc/a-good-snowman-is-hard-to-build-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android sales this week - Ace Attorney, MEGA MAN, Dead Synchronicity, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Happy Monday, one and all. It's time to take another look into the world of deals and price cuts, and see if anything strikes your fancy. <br><br>As always, this is an ever-changing list so what's here today might not still be active by the end of the week. Likewise, what isn't here today might pop up as the days go on, so do check back. We'll let you know when there's been more stuff added.<br><br><strong>Ace Attorney (Multiple)</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: CAPCOM</li><br><br><li>Platform: iOS</li><br><br><li>Price: Free</li><br><br></ul><br><br>Take to the courtroom as rookie defence attorney, Apollo Justice, visiting crime scenes, questioning witnesses, and collecting evidence to prove your clients' innocence. <br><br><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1136993233">Apollo Justice Ace Attorney</a><br><br><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1248661960">Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice</a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Mega+Man/news.asp?c=76167'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Mega+Man/news.asp?c=76167 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:58:00 GMT 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/iPhone/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76202'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Life+is+Strange/news.asp?c=76202 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:32:16 GMT Let our mobile Harry Potter quiz sort you into the right Hogwarts House <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yjjyd/hogwarts.jpg" width="200" alt="Let our mobile Harry Potter quiz sort you into the right Hogwarts House" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Since Jam City will be working with Portkey Games to bring us <em><a href="/r/iPad/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76175">Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</a></em> next year, we were pretty excited to hear that it'd be bringing us to Hogwarts. <br><br>In the story-driven RPG, you'll work through seven magic-filled years, taking classes and dealing with all of the usual witch/wizard malarky. <br><br>But, since we're super keen beans AND since we love mobile gaming we asked the question: can your mobile game preferences be used to sort you into Hogwarts houses? The answer: yes. Yes they can. <br><br>Think you're up to the task? Have a go on our quiz below and don't forget to scream about your houses from the rooftops - er - in the comments below. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76183'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76183 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:18:01 GMT Photographs is the next story-driven puzzler from the creators of 10000000 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zwey_photo1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Photographs is the next story-driven puzzler from the creators of 10000000" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Photographs</em> is the EightyEight Games's follow-up to <em><a href="r/iPhone/10000000/review.asp?c=43590">10000000</a></em> and <em><a href="r/iPad/You+Must+Build+A+Boat/review.asp?c=65711">You Must Build A Boat</a></em>, promising a collecting of unique stories each told through different kinds of puzzles and gameplay.<br><br>With pixel art from <em><a href="r/iPad/Thimbleweed%2BPark/review.asp?c=75332">Thimbleweed Park</a></em>'s Octavi Navarro, <em>Photographs</em> is described less as a puzzle game, but a narrative driven adventure told through its puzzles. The game will be divided into five distinct tales, taking you on a journey between times, locations, and characters presented through increasingly challenging puzzles. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Photographs/news.asp?c=76210'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Photographs/news.asp?c=76210 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:31:35 GMT Do we need TWO Harry Potter mobile games? YES says our expert panel <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dpea/hogwardsmysterylogo.jpg" width="200" alt="Do we need TWO Harry Potter mobile games? YES says our expert panel" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>Earlier this week, new outfit Portkey Games <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/news.asp?c=76175">revealed plans</a> for a second official Harry Potter title, this time with Jam City. <a href="http://www.harrypotterhogwartsmystery.com" target="_blank">Hogwarts Mystery</a> will be a mobile RPG where you can live seven years at Hogwarts, learning magic in class and duelling in corridors.</p><br><br><p>This comes just a month after Portkey revealed it's partnering with Niantic to make a Pokemon GO-style wand-'em-up, <a href="https://www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com">Wizards Unite</a>. It seems that 20 years after JK Rowling published her first book in the Potterverse, love for The Boy Who Lived and his chums remains at frenzy levels.</p><br><br><p>But is it all a bit too much? Does 2018 really need both Hogwarts Mystery and Wizards Unite? Will they be any good, and which of them will be best? <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PlayerUnknown%27s+Battlegrounds/feature.asp?c=76019">Once again</a> we hit the Reply All button and get our gaming experts to give their definitive analysis on what we know so far:</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/feature.asp?c=76209'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Harry+Potter%3A+Hogwarts+Mystery/feature.asp?c=76209 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:10:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day fourteen: Galaxy of Pen and Paper <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-edxb_galaxy-of-pen-and-paper-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar 2017 - Day fourteen: Galaxy of Pen and Paper" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? In reality, Christmas isn't anything like the movies. We rarely get snow in the UK, and we know more Scrooges than Santa Clauses.<br><br>But it's not all bad. To help spread some Christmas cheer, <em>Pocket Gamer</em> has decided to run its very own Advent Calendar. Each day, we'll give away one of the best games of the year from December 1st right up to Christmas day itself.<br><br>We don't want to spoil the surprise, so we'll publish the complete list of our best games of 2017 after Christmas. That's right in time for the January sales anyway, so you can grab yourself some of them on the cheap if you don't win.<br><br>But enough of all that. Let's take a look at today's offering.<br><br><strong>Galaxy of Pen and Paper<br><br></strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Galaxy+of+Pen+and+Paper/review.asp?c=74798">Galaxy of Pen and Paper</a></em> is a spiritual successor to the awesome <em><a href="/r/Android/Knights+of+Pen+%26+Paper/review.asp?c=46121">Knights of the Pen and Paper</a></em> series. This time around, the focus is on sci fi rather than fantasy. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Galaxy+of+Pen+and+Paper/feature.asp?c=76198'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Galaxy+of+Pen+and+Paper/feature.asp?c=76198 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT The Harbinger Expansion is out now for Talisman: Digital Edition <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-stibdad/tde_harbinger_screenshots_04.jpg" width="200" alt="The Harbinger Expansion is out now for Talisman: Digital Edition" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might remember a few weeks ago we told you that <a href="/r/iPad/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=75889">a new update was coming to <em>Talisman: Digital Edition</em></a> before the end of the year. Well, we were right. <em>The Harbinger</em> expansion is now live on iOS and Android.<br><br>It adds a whole bunch of new cards, as well as two new endings to the game, and three new characters. Exactly the sort of chunky expansion that <em>Talisman</em> fans are going to love. It's like an early Christmas present. Albeit an early Christmas present in the shape of an imminent apocalypse.<br><br>If you're feeling like having a look at stuff, might I suggest checking out the gallery at the top of the page. There you'll find some screenshots that show off some of the new cards and characters.<br><br>Or, if you'd rather just go grab the game, you can do that by <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/681942253">clicking here to get it for iOS</a>, or by <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nomadgames.talisman">clicking here to get it for Android</a>. The expansion will set you back £1.99 / $1.99 on the App Store, and £2.99 / $2.99 on the Play Store. You can also grab it on Steam. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=76208'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Talisman%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=76208 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:15:32 GMT Lineage 2: Revolution just got even bigger with its end of year update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vogzf/lineage_2_revolution.jpg" width="200" alt="Lineage 2: Revolution just got even bigger with its end of year update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you still haven’t quite gotten your fill of sieges to undertake, monsters to battle, and gear to upgrade, Netmarble is giving <em>Lineage 2: Revolution</em> players even more exciting reasons to spend time in its fully 3D world thanks to a colossal new update. Opening up three new servers, gameplay improvements and more, the revolution is just getting started.<br><br>Highly anticipated since launch, Fortress Sieges will now be available for the first time, letting every adventurer experience real-time PvP battles between clans. Taking place every Friday from now onwards from 20:30 – 21:00 PST, all will win their fair share of Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood regardless of outcome, but only the winning side can look forward to helpful in-game buffs. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lineage2+Revolution/news.asp?c=76207'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lineage2+Revolution/news.asp?c=76207 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:28:25 GMT