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 Mon, 21 May 2018 15:39:03 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Will CryptoKitties' mobile release kickstart blockchain gaming? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uvgq/cryptokitties_china.jpeg" width="200" alt="Will CryptoKitties' mobile release kickstart blockchain gaming?" 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 <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/writer.asp?a=9&sec=22">Jon Jordan</a> is here each week examining the trends shaping your mobile games scene. </strong><strong>This week, he's considering mobile blockchain gaming.</strong><br><br>Did you miss me?<br><br>Wearing one of my other journalistic hats, this time last week I was in San Francisco for the first Blockchain Gamer Connects conference.<br><br>Held over two days, it was a <a href="https://www.blockchaingamer.biz/features/3009/10-key-trends-in-blockchain-gaming/" target="_blank">fascinating introduction</a> into the state of this new gaming sector: one which is both incredibly nascent yet potentially groundbreaking in terms of the impact it might have on mobile, PC and console gaming. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/CryptoKitties/feature.asp?c=77557'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/CryptoKitties/feature.asp?c=77557 Mon, 21 May 2018 12:30:00 GMT Gudetama Tap lets you cook and poke gross, weird egg creatures <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-eyavbo/gudetama-tap-android-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Gudetama Tap lets you cook and poke gross, weird egg creatures" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might not be familiar with Sanrio's weird egg character Gudetama, but it's become something of a cultural phenomenon – and it's got its own game now, to boot.<br><br>Called Gudetama Tap, it sees you cooking up new variations of the character, then tapping them to get more points to cook up more eggs. Sometimes they get mad at you, which seems reasonable given the amount of times you'll be tapping their lazy bodies.<br><br>If you're not sure what the hell any of this means, Gudetama (literally "lazy egg") is a depressed egg creature from the minds behind Hello Kitty. It's proven popular due to the fact that being depressed in 2018 is entirely relatable, and it has a weird butt, I guess? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gudetama+Tap/news.asp?c=77558'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Gudetama+Tap/news.asp?c=77558 Mon, 21 May 2018 11:55:27 GMT Fortnite is finally dropping onto Android this summer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kmmi/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Fortnite is finally dropping onto Android this summer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Worry no more Android fans – Fortnite, arguably the biggest game in the world right now, is hitting your platform sometime this summer.<br><br>There's not much more information than that right now, sadly, but Epic did outline a number of other changes coming to the game in its recent <a href="https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/state-of-mobile">State of Mobile</a> blog post.<br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/feature.asp?c=77000">Be sure to check out our ultimate guide to Fortnite to help you grab those Victory Royale's no matter where you are.<br><br></a></em><br><br>Chief among them is the ability to customise your HUD, allowing you to put your various buttons and joysticks wherever you like on screen if the default setup isn't working for you.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77556'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77556 Mon, 21 May 2018 10:54:00 GMT Review: Disney Heroes: Battle Mode review - An idle RPG that ticks all the right boxes <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ecxhh_disney-heroes-battle-mode-ios-review-screenshot-a-later-battle_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Disney Heroes: Battle Mode review - An idle RPG that ticks all the right boxes" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's something inherently compulsive about Disney Heroes: Battle Mode. It's not exactly likeable, but it's perfectly capable of wrapping its tentacles around you and pulling you in.<br><br>Plus there's the soft thrill of picking up and unlocking different characters from the worlds of Disney and Pixar. To be honest, I'm still playing it now because I like hanging out with Sully and Boo.<br><br><strong>Battle rattle</strong><br><br>The game is a simple, idle RPG. At least mechanically it's simple. You have very little direct control over your characters. Every now and then their character portraits will flash, and you'll be able to tap them and unleash a special move.<br><br>The real meat of the experience involves numbers. You're levelling up your roster of characters in a variety of different ways, adding special skills and toughening them up so they can take on different and more difficult challenges. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Disney+Heroes%3A+Battle+Mode/review.asp?c=77554'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Disney+Heroes%3A+Battle+Mode/review.asp?c=77554 Mon, 21 May 2018 09:23:11 GMT TapTap Heroes will change the way you think about idle RPGs <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dvayp/taptapheroes_headerimage.jpeg" width="200" alt="TapTap Heroes will change the way you think about idle RPGs" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="http://m.onelink.me/aa5b29d">TapTap Heroes</a></em> is a new idle RPG adventure which has just arrived on iOS, and it’s changing up the game in some big ways. The game features classic idle tapping mechanics with a strategic twist and iconic art style that is sure to hook you within minutes. <em>TapTap Heroes</em> draws its inspiration from card games, RPGs, and strategy titles, meaning there is sure to be something here for everyone.<br><br>A refreshing take on the idle genre, <em>TapTap Heroes</em> encourages pleasures to devise strategies to create a powerful team of heroes. With over 200 characters and six factions to choose from, a whole lot goes into building your ideal party of seasoned warriors. Once your team is assembled, you’ll have to build your skills and create effective equipment builds to increase your power. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TapTap+Heroes/news.asp?c=77461'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TapTap+Heroes/news.asp?c=77461 Sun, 20 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT Touching narrative adventure game To the Moon is getting a full-length film <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bket_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Touching narrative adventure game To the Moon is getting a full-length film" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Kan Gao, creator of the beloved narrative adventure game <em>To the Moon</em>, revealed today that the game will be getting a full-length animated film. The movie is in active production right now.<br><br><em>To the Moon</em>, which was created in <em>RPG Maker</em>, surprised us all with its touching story when it initially launched a few years ago. The game tells the story of two scientists who use an innovative new technology to enter the memories of a dying elderly man to grant him his final wish.<br><br><p>The upcoming film is receiving funding from investors in China, while the movie will actually be made in Japan. Gao noted that top-notch animation companies are behind the project, though there are no details on who they are just yet. We do know, however, that <em>To the Moon </em>has a larger budget than the popular anime film Your Name.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/To+the+Moon/news.asp?c=77552'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/To+the+Moon/news.asp?c=77552 Fri, 18 May 2018 21:26:50 GMT Spectacular shooter Guns of Boom launching its first esports season this June <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nii_guns-of-boom-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Spectacular shooter Guns of Boom launching its first esports season this June " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Guns of Boom</em> is firing off its first ever esports season starting on June 9. Developer Game Insight is pairing up with ESL to launch the game’s entry into the esports scene, and will be offering $200,000 in cash prizes.<br><br>If you haven’t played it, <em>Guns of Boom</em> is one of the first games <a href="/r/iPhone/Guns+of+Boom/review.asp?c=74024">to prove that mobile first-person shooters</a> can, in fact, be good. Its elegant controls make gun play fast and smooth, so it’s easy to see why <em>Guns of Boom</em>, which has garnered 50 million players in its short lifetime, is moving into mobile esports.<br><br><p>Players level 22 or higher from North America and Europe are eligible to participate in the Go4 Open Cups this June. The competition will take place in <em>Guns of Boom’s</em> newly released PRO Play Mode, which was designed especially for esports. Created with fairness in mind, PRO Play Mode ensures all players <a href="/r/iPhone/Guns+of+Boom/news.asp?c=76187">are on an even playing field</a> in terms of stats, meaning pro matches will be purely skill-based.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Guns+of+Boom/news.asp?c=77550'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Guns+of+Boom/news.asp?c=77550 Fri, 18 May 2018 20:53:11 GMT Here's what you may have missed on Steel Media's other sites this week - May 18th <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ttzzj_friendslogosquare_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Here's what you may have missed on Steel Media's other sites this week - May 18th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//PocketGamerAndFriendsBanner(1).png" alt="Pocket Gamer and Friends" width="457" height="120" /><br><br>The week is winding down here at PG Towers, which means it's time to reflect on the past week, past experiences, past mistakes, lost loves, missed connections… sorry, where was I?<br><br>Oh, yeah! It's time to look at our sister sites and see what our friends at AppSpy and 148Apps have been producing this week, which is almost guaranteed to be golden.<br><br>So grab a cup of your chosen beverage, settle down on the sofa or at your desk, and take a look at the things you may have missed this week.<br><br><strong>148Apps<br><br></strong><br><br>Harry didn't churn out one of usual takes on 148 this week, but he did come up with a pretty tasty list of <a href="http://www.148apps.com/news/the-best-platform-games-for-mobile/">the best platforming games currently available on mobile</a>, and it's difficult to disagree with his choices. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=77548'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=77548 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:57:49 GMT TableTap is taking over Twitch again with a stream of digital board game, Scythe <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xjrf/scythe.jpg" width="200" alt="TableTap is taking over Twitch again with a stream of digital board game, Scythe" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Friday, the week is winding down, but that doesn't mean we're done with you yet. We've got one last special treat to kick off your weekend in style - that's right, it's time for another TableTap stream.<br><br>And this week over on Twitch, the erstwhile James Gilmour is going to be getting some hands-on time with the digital version of Scythe, which is being published by Asmodee Digital.<br><br>You might remember we had a crack at this one before. It's a game set in an alternate 1920s Europe, featuring giant mechs. It's all about trying to control chunks of land, growing your economy and your empire, and fighting with the other players.<br><br>The last stream, as you might imagine, was brilliant, and we're pretty sure this one is going to be too. The excitement kicks off tonight at 5pm GMT, <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital">and you'll be able to follow it all by clicking this link</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TableTap/news.asp?c=77546'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TableTap/news.asp?c=77546 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:30:13 GMT App Army Assemble: Tiny Bubbles - A clever, beautiful puzzler? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zbcjc_thumbnail_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="App Army Assemble: Tiny Bubbles - A clever, beautiful puzzler?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> One look at Tiny Bubbles and you'll basically get what the game is shooting for - lovely graphics, and simple puzzle action.<br><br>The combo <a href="/r/iPad/Tiny+Bubbles/review.asp?c=77457">proved a big hit with us</a> and scored a Gold Award from our reviewer, who called it "a clever and addictive experience that keeps things simple in the best way".<br><br>But what we think isn't always that important. So we handed the game off to our App Army, a group of eager mobile gaming fans, to see what they thought of the adorable puzzler.<br><br><strong>Raman Sharma (iPhone 6s)<br><br></strong><br><br>I have played so many matching games, but this game really stands out. The gameplay is simple but exciting. What makes this game interesting is that the player doesn’t need to swap bubbles to match them. Instead there are plain bubbles that can be filled with color, or colored bubbles can be transformed to a different color. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Bubbles/feature.asp?c=77545'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Bubbles/feature.asp?c=77545 Fri, 18 May 2018 14:40:41 GMT MMORPG Dragon Nest M opens pre-registration ahead of its mobile release <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-syyle/pr_news_2_148apps_pic.jpg" width="200" alt="MMORPG Dragon Nest M opens pre-registration ahead of its mobile release" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There aren’t too many fantasy-set JRPG franchises that can say they’ve ventured into manga, toy merchandise, and even film. Well <em>Dragon Nest</em> has done precisely that, now preparing to make the leap from PC to mobile for the very first time. Open for pre-registration now as <em>Dragon Nest M</em>, the game is set to launch very soon in North America.<br><br>Fully-optimised specifically for iOS and Android devices, <em>Dragon Nest M</em> maintains the 3D adventuring action fans of the series are familiar with, albeit with some subtle changes. The new mobile version features 3D non-targeting, for instance, complete with new stories to experience and fresh challenges to take part in. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Dragon+Nest+M/news.asp?c=77531'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Dragon+Nest+M/news.asp?c=77531 Fri, 18 May 2018 11:32:00 GMT Fabulous feline RPG Cat Quest is getting a sequel on mobile and Switch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xevxhh_cat-quest-2-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Fabulous feline RPG Cat Quest is getting a sequel on mobile and Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Remember adorable RPG Cat Quest? Loved it, you say? Well that's just grand, because developer The Gentlebros has announced that a sequel is in the works.<br><br>Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire, as it's called, will be coming to Android, iOS and Switch at some point in the future. There's not much else to go on right now, though a gameplay trailer is expected sometime soon.<br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=66626">If you're looking for an RPG to play right now, check out the 25 best currently available on iOS.</a></em><br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are excited to announced <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CatQuest?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CatQuest</a> II as our next project! Reveal trailer coming soon! MEOW!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gamedev?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gamedev</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NintendoSwitch?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NintendoSwitch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Steam?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Steam</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PS4?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PS4</a> <a href="https://t.co/BCHuCdubAe">pic.twitter.com/BCHuCdubAe</a></p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cat+Quest+2%3A+The+Lupus+Empire/news.asp?c=77542'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cat+Quest+2%3A+The+Lupus+Empire/news.asp?c=77542 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:59:00 GMT PUBG Mobile has ten million people dropping in to play every single day <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pkiy_img_2080_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PUBG Mobile has ten million people dropping in to play every single day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Turns out a whole load of people really love PUBG Mobile, as Tencent has revealed that it's seeing 10 million players on the mobile battle royale game every single day.<br><br>What makes this stat even more impressive is that this isn't including players in China, which would no doubt bump that figure even higher if it were taken into account.<br><br><a href="/r/iPhone/PUBG+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77535"><em>Need some help with the new Miramar map on PUBG Mobile? Be sure to check out our guide for everything you need to know.</em></a><br><br>It's hardly surprising, given that PUBG is arguably the biggest and most influential game in the world right now, but getting ten million people to play your game every single day is no mean feat. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77541'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/PUBG+Mobile/news.asp?c=77541 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:28:00 GMT The best Dungeons and Dragons board game is currently on sale for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xbrug/pic1746726_md.jpg" width="200" alt="The best Dungeons and Dragons board game is currently on sale for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're not beating around the bush when we say that Lords of Waterdeep is one of the best board games on mobile. And right now the D&D tabletop adaptation is on sale for a couple of quid less than usual.<br><br>If you're not familiar with the game, while it's set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, it's not a tale of derring do underneath the ground. Instead it's all about subterfuge and city management above it.<br><br>Now that might sound a little on the dull side, but bear with us, because it's actually one of the best strategy board games around.<br><br><strong>Lords of chaos</strong><br><br>At review, for example, we called it "a superb re-creation of a popular and unusual Dungeons & Dragons boardgame, with excellent usability, tough AI opponents and little multimedia tweaks that really add to the experience."<br><br>It got a Gold Award as well. Those don't exactly grow on trees, you know. <a href="/r/Board+Game/Lords+of+Waterdeep/review.asp?c=55480">If you want to read the full review, then click here</a>. Trust us, even if you're not into this sort of game, then you're going to find something to love. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lords+of+Waterdeep/news.asp?c=77540'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lords+of+Waterdeep/news.asp?c=77540 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT Harry's hot takes: 7 franchises we'd love to see turned into rubbish idle RPGs <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mzzwj/94b2cc04-d5c6-4d18-b1a6-354ce966aed1.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: 7 franchises we'd love to see turned into rubbish idle RPGs" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've got a franchise, and you want to make a mobile game out of it, there's a very real chance that right now you're thinking about turning it into a rubbish idle RPG.<br><br>You know the genre I'm talking about. The one where the player doesn't actually do anything, but spends an inordinate amount of time trying to earn characters that they know and recognise to put into their team.<br><br>It's a beautiful representation of the empty, echoing nothingness that lives at the heart of both mobile gaming and every human endeavour.<br><br>And that makes it ripe for a hot take. So here are 7 other franchises I think are perfect for turning into time-heavy and mechanic-lite slogs into the maw of the abyss.<br><br><strong>Sports <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Dynasty+Warriors+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77539'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Dynasty+Warriors+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77539 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT