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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:54:38 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Telltale Games lays off majority of staff ahead of studio closure <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-nioeds/unnamed__2_.jpg" width="200" alt="Telltale Games lays off majority of staff ahead of studio closure " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Telltale Games, the studio behind games like <em>The Walking Dead</em> and <em>Tales from the Borderlands</em>, laid off 250 employees yesterday, leaving behind a 25-person “skeleton crew” to tie up Telltale’s “obligations to its board and partners”. <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/21/17888162/telltale-games-layoffs-the-walking-dead">According to a report from <em>The Verge</em></a>, many former employees are saying they were let go with no severance.<br><br>The studio <a href="https://twitter.com/telltalegames/status/1043252010999410689">released a formal statement on Twitter</a> confirming the news:<br><br><em>Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement: <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Telltale+Games+news/news.asp?c=78756'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Telltale+Games+news/news.asp?c=78756 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:20:31 GMT Join in the celebration as Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War marks 500 days on the high seas <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uetjixb/11_en.jpg" width="200" alt="Join in the celebration as Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War marks 500 days on the high seas" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Inspired by the hit Disney franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War brings the swashbuckling, gold-plundering and rum-swigging fun to mobile. Players assume the role of pirates, tasked with building, battling and looting their way around the seven seas. You'll encounter choppy waters, with other players bent on taking what's yours - so upgrading your ships, training your troops and defending your fort is essential for survival. You'll also encounter a few familiar faces along the way, including favourites Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan.<br><br>The game's South Korean publisher, Joycity, is marking 500 days since <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War</em> was launched worldwide with a week-long celebration. It's an opportunity to reward loyal players (and new ones too) for joining the fun. The first reward comes in the form of the player appreciation log-in event. If you log-in during the week starting the 21 September, you'll be given all sorts of in-game goodies, including a 500 Day Anniversary Box - redeemable daily. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pirates+of+the+Caribbean%3A+Tides+of+War/news.asp?c=78732'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pirates+of+the+Caribbean%3A+Tides+of+War/news.asp?c=78732 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The thing with being the Pocket Gamer Podcast is anything that plays games and fits in your pocket falls within our remit.<br><br>Ipso facto: James, Em, and Ric find themselves debating the merits of the newly announced PlayStation Classic.<br><br>They also cover new releases like Life is Strange: Before the Storm on iOS, light-based puzzler Where Shadows Slumber, and more.<br><br>Plus James talks to the devs behind Oceanhorn 2 live from the Pocket Gamer Connects: Helsinki floor.<br><br><strong>Download episode 457:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep457.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> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:36:59 GMT Norse mythology-inspired RPG Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie lands on mobile <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bpdjz/phantomgate-the-last-valkyrie-artwork-promo-pic.jpg" width="200" alt="Norse mythology-inspired RPG Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie lands on mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yesterday, <a href="https://twitter.com/netmarbleus?lang=en">Netmarble</a> released its latest free-to-play RPG – Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie – worldwide for Android and iOS.<br><br>Phantomgate finds players thrust into a world inspired by the rich stories of Nordic mythology. It promises a truly engaging adventure as you traverse the perilous land of Midgard with a group of four unique partners in tow.<br><br>At launch, you can expect an eclectic mix of gameplay styles, from turn-based RPG combat to adventure game style puzzling, and even PVP elements. All of this is set to come together with an engaging narrative and console-quality graphics.<br><br>And if all that isn't tantalising enough, the game also offers a soundtrack and music video from producer Kurt Hugo Schneider and artist Macy Kate. You can check out the game's theme below. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78753'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78753 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:28:55 GMT Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kmmi/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today on their <a href="https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/1043138261370249217">Twitter</a>, Epic Games announced the start date for Season 6 of Fortnite.<br><br>The studio advised that we get in now to unlock those final few Battle Pass rewards, as Season 6 will be starting soon on September 27.<br><br>Thankfully we'll have a bit of help, with the added bonus of 400% Match XP all weekend, from now until 1pm UK time on September 24.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Season 6 is now dropping from the Battle Bus on September 27.<br><br>Celebrate its arrival and unlock those final Battle Pass rewards with an additional 400% Match XP all weekend, from now until September 24 at 8 AM ET (1200 GMT). Glide into the party! ??</p><br><br>— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) <a href="https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/1043138261370249217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78749'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78749 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:06:00 GMT The Steel Media Family Round-up - September 21st <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ttzzj_friendslogosquare_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Steel Media Family Round-up - September 21st" 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>We did it, folks. We made it to the end of another week, and something only briefly caught fire at the office. Granted it was "the entire building" and now there's "criminal charges" being placed on me, but these things happen, y'know?<br><br>All sleep-deprived jokes aside, it's time for us to once again shine a light of the work of people who aren't us but are owned by the same company, and are therefore just as good as us.<br><br>So get the boys in, crack open a cold one, and take a look at what's been going on around the Steel Media family this week. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=78744'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=78744 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:58:19 GMT Kitty Powers' upcoming game, Speed Date, gives you 60 seconds to find love <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-oebqt_kitty-powers-speed-date-ios-love-heart-banner_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Kitty Powers' upcoming game, Speed Date, gives you 60 seconds to find love" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hi there, Kittens! If you're anything like me and just adore Kitty Powers' dating games, you'll be pleased to know that there's another one on the way. It's slated for release in late 2018, but platforms have yet to be confirmed. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Introducing Speed Date! <a href="https://t.co/erOimNjLdv">https://t.co/erOimNjLdv</a></p><br><br>— Magic Notion (@MagicNotion) <a href="https://twitter.com/MagicNotion/status/1043040336489021440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Kitty Powers' Speed Date (as the title suggests) gives you 60 seconds to find your client that special someone. To do this, you'll need to ask the right kind of questions and decipher what kind of guy or gal they fancy.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kitty+Powers%27+Speed+Date/news.asp?c=78751'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kitty+Powers%27+Speed+Date/news.asp?c=78751 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:42:17 GMT Teslagrad's mobile port will be fully touchscreen <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pnrtow/teslagrad-android-grumpy-king-old-man-big-beard.jpg" width="200" alt="Teslagrad's mobile port will be fully touchscreen " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There was chatter earlier this month that Teslagrad was on its way to mobile, and now we know for certain it's coming to iOS and Android. It's already up for pre-order on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1374372468">App Store</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Rain.Teslagrad">Google Play</a>. <br><br>For those of you who haven't been able to play it on one of its many platform releases yet, Teslagrad is a super cool platform puzzler set in a steampunk version of old Europe. Playing as a young boy, you suddenly end up right in the middle of an ancient conspiracy and it's up to you to figure out how to get through it.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Teslagrad/news.asp?c=78750'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Teslagrad/news.asp?c=78750 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:16:00 GMT Back To School Month: 5 mobile games for English students <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ukkk_typeshift-word-games_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Back To School Month: 5 mobile games for English students" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Back To School Month here on Pocket Gamer. After a seemingly interminable holiday, the kids are going back to school to start a new term.<br><br>We thought we'd mark the occasion with a series of features.<br><br>Whether you're a school returner looking to distract yourself from the misery of returning, or a parent celebrating the return of your free time, you'll be wanting a mobile game or three to help pass the time.<br><br>In this particular instance, we're looking at the games that might help English students get their words in order. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=78747'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=78747 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:07:39 GMT Back To School Month: 5 mobile games for maths students <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dggsu/hundreds_4.jpg" width="200" alt="Back To School Month: 5 mobile games for maths students" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Back To School Month here on Pocket Gamer. What does that mean? Well, that it's the month in which all the kiddy-winkles go back to school. Obviously.<br><br>We thought we'd mark the occasion with a bunch of features.<br><br>Whether you're a school returner looking to distract yourself from the misery of returning, or a parent celebrating the return of your free time, you'll be wanting a mobile game or three to help pass the time.<br><br>In this particular mini-series, we're looking at the games that might help out students of county stuff. Or, to give the subject it's official title, mathematics. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=78745'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=78745 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:26:00 GMT You can preorder Ticket to Ride - PlayLink on the PlayStation Store right this second <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hodp/1.jpg" width="200" alt="You can preorder Ticket to Ride - PlayLink on the PlayStation Store right this second" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We don't often write about PS4 games here at TableTap, so we're breaking with tradition a little bit here by smashing some words out about Ticket to Ride coming to PlayLink on PlayStation 4.<br><br>But hey, that's the sort of thing we like to do here, we're trendsetters, rule breakers, and various other things. Plus the game we're writing about is an awesome board game you can play with your smartphone, so it's right in our wheelhouse. We say wheelhouse now. Deal with it.<br><br>The game is a classic table top experience that sees you building a network of train tracks to connect up the world. We've reviewed the mobile version, and that should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. <a href="/r/iPad/Ticket+to+Ride/review.asp?c=30082">Click here and you can read it in full</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ticket+to+Ride/news.asp?c=78738'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ticket+to+Ride/news.asp?c=78738 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 GMT Flipflop Solitaire is out now on Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fkuz_flipflop_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Flipflop Solitaire is out now on Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You can find <em>Flipflop Solitaire </em>as of today on Google Play. Zach Gage’s creative spin on classic solitaire is a must have for mobile card game enthusiasts who missed <em>Flipflop Solitaire</em> when it launched on iOS last year.<br><br>In <em>Flipflop Solitaire</em>, you can stack your cards up, down, or both ways, giving you a bit more flexibility. There is one tricky caveat, though. You can only move cards of the same suit stacked together around the board, rather than picking and choosing how you want to separate your stacks. This adds an unexpected layer of challenge that will force you to rethink everything you knew about solitaire.<br><br>Columnist Susan Arendt <a href="/r/iPhone/Flip+Flop+Solitaire/feature.asp?c=78708">thinks the game is a mainstay</a> for any mobile library. It’s a classic you’ll turn to again and again. You can download <em>Flipflop Solitaire</em> on both <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1256860418">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.flipflopsolitaire">Android</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Flip+Flop+Solitaire/news.asp?c=78740'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Flip+Flop+Solitaire/news.asp?c=78740 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:55:23 GMT Multiplayer AR racing now available in Lightstream Racer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wrog/lightstreamracer2thumbnail.jpg" width="200" alt="Multiplayer AR racing now available in Lightstream Racer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>That iOS 12 update your iPhone and iPad enjoyed this week? You might not realise it pushed ARKit 2 your way. And that means improved AR experience. One game is taking advantage of that straight away. Lightstream Racer, the free 3D racing game from Virtual Arts, now features multiplayer racing in augmented reality! Here, check this out:</p><br><br><p></p><br><br><p>Nizar Romdan, boss at developer Virtual Arts, told us: "We used ARKit 2 on iOS 12 to enable players sharing an AR experience in the same location using two different devices. In other words, both players see the same virtual track through their iPhones or iPads synchronised thanks to ARKit 2."</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lightstream+Racer/news.asp?c=78739'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lightstream+Racer/news.asp?c=78739 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:22:00 GMT Review: Ammo Pigs: Armed and Delicious review - Those pigs are at it again <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-virox_ammo-pigs-armed-and-delicious-ios-review-screenshot-watch-out-for-snakes_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Ammo Pigs: Armed and Delicious review - Those pigs are at it again" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's strange how, when it comes to games that offer up a serious challenge, mobile gaming has more than its fair share. And you can add another to that list now with the release of Ammo Pigs: Armed and Delicious.<br><br>It's a game all about angry pigs trying to make sure that an evil AI doesn't murder all of them. But you're not going to come for the story, you're going to come for the razor sharp shooting action.<br><br><strong>Pig patrol<br><br></strong><br><br>If you've ever played a pixel art shooter on your phone before, you're going to have a pretty good idea about what to expect here. Leg it around chunky platforming levels, shoot everything that moves, try to get to the end without dying.<br><br>You've got a health bar represented by hearts at the top of the screen. When that runs out it's game over. But what that means changes depending on what difficulty setting you're playing at. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ammo+Pigs%3A+Armed+and+Delicious/review.asp?c=78737'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Ammo+Pigs%3A+Armed+and+Delicious/review.asp?c=78737 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:55:04 GMT Snake VS. Colors - 4 games to play next <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wncj/snake-vs-colors.jpg" width="200" alt="Snake VS. Colors - 4 games to play next" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> At the time of writing, Snake VS. Colors is sitting pretty atop the US App Store free game chart. It's number two here in the UK.<br><br>We've been checking out these break-out casual hits of late in attempt to see what makes them so popular. Typically, our answer is: "Some kind of dark social media magic".<br><br>Snake VS. Colors is actually quite fun, though, in its own limited way. It's a swipey endless runner with a retro aesthetic and a colour-swap mechanic.<br><br>Here are a bunch of games that we reckon you should be playing once you tire of Snake VS. Colors. Or, if it comes down to it, instead of that game. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Snake+VS+Colors/feature.asp?c=78736'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Snake+VS+Colors/feature.asp?c=78736 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:16:00 GMT