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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:33:48 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Fantasy Life Online finally has an iOS and Android release date <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uujlja/fantasy_life_online.jpg" width="200" alt="Fantasy Life Online finally has an iOS and Android release date" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After numerous delays, Fantasy Life Online will be released in Japan on July 23rd. <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fantasy+Life+2/news.asp?c=64705">Level-5 announced the spin-off for their 3DS game, Fantasy Life, back in 2015</a> and after a tricky development cycle, they are finally able to let the world play the game.<br><br>Fantasy Life Online resembles its predecessor in a lot of ways. It's a life sim set in a fantasy world, so you can make a farm, go fishing, decorate your house, and of course battle mythical creatures - it is a fantasy game after all. If you enjoy Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, then there's a good chance that you'll enjoy this. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fantasy+Life+Online/news.asp?c=78107'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Fantasy+Life+Online/news.asp?c=78107 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:49:35 GMT Reigns: Her Majesty celebrates a huge new update with its very first sale <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ounind_download_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Reigns: Her Majesty celebrates a huge new update with its very first sale" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> As we mentioned <a href="/r/Android/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=78078">earlier this week</a>, Devolver Digital's second-in-series, Reigns: Her Majesty, was getting a huge update and it's just launched. Not only that, you can get both Reigns games are discounted for a limited time on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1171040772">App Store</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devolver.reigns2&hl=en_GB">Google Play</a>. <br><br>When we first covered the update news, we didn't have much to go on. We knew there were some new cards coming and had a look at a rather lovely picture of a frog doing froggy things, but - wow - this is a big one.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=78108'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Reigns%3A+Her+Majesty/news.asp?c=78108 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:22:48 GMT Niantic acquire Seismic Games for cool new AR projects <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wahqzq_marvel-strike-force-thanos_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Niantic acquire Seismic Games for cool new AR projects " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Pokemon Go creators, Niantic, released a statement yesterday announcing their acquisition of California-based game dev team, Seismic Games.<br><br>Seismic is known for the rather excellent Marvel Strike Force and Blade Runner Revelations. They'll still continue to work on their own games but will now also be working on AR projects alongside Niantic. It's tough to say what exactly the team will be developing, but just last month <a href="https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/68473/niantic-opens-up-a-preview-of-its-ar-real-world-platform/">Niantic showcased a few different AR experiences they're working on</a>.<br><br>They've hinted at an update to Pokemon Go's AR which shows Pikachu running around and hiding behind real-world objects. They also previewed a whole new AR multiplayer game called Codename: Neon, where you fire balls of light at your friends. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Marvel+Strike+Force/news.asp?c=78105'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Marvel+Strike+Force/news.asp?c=78105 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:46:00 GMT Don't worry if you missed our Scythe: Digital Edition stream yesterday - you can catch up right here! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ngdpj/scythe.jpg" width="200" alt="Don't worry if you missed our Scythe: Digital Edition stream yesterday - you can catch up right here!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yesterday AppSpy's marvelous master of video, James Gilmour, showed off some fresh new Scythe: Digital Edition footage, but it's okay if you weren't there. It would be nice if you were, but we know life gets in the way of things...<br><br>We're not too heartbroken... we promise... *sniff*<br><br>Ahhhh I'm just joshing you. The wonderful thing about technology and the internet is that you never have to miss anything again - unless it's not being recorded. <br><br>Lucky you, you can catch up on all of yesterday's events by watching the video above. It's so easy! If you can't see the video or are finding it tricky to play, you can go straight to Twitch and watch it there <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/asmodeedigital/videos/all">using this link</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Scythe%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=78106'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Scythe%3A+Digital+Edition/news.asp?c=78106 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:17:10 GMT Scopely and Telltale join forces to tell a new story in The Walking Dead universe <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hutcba/520x293bb.jpg" width="200" alt="Scopely and Telltale join forces to tell a new story in The Walking Dead universe" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> At this point The Walking Dead has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. They're dipping into a little bit of everything, but their many properties rarely crossover in any way. Until now.<br><br>Scopely, the devs behind the mobile game The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, and Telltale, famous for The Walking Dead adventure game series, are joining forces to tell a new story set in the zombie-infested universe.<br><br>For a limited time, Road to Survival will include a whole new storyline called Roadmaps which will feature familiar faces from the last season of Telltale's series of games. <br><br>Road to Survival is a free to play RPG, which has you build a camp, scavenge for resources and fight against both zombies and people. Telltale's The Walking Dead is a much more narrative-driven adventure game, which has you make tough choices that will effect the outcome of the game. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Walking+Dead%3A+Road+to+Survival/news.asp?c=78103'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Walking+Dead%3A+Road+to+Survival/news.asp?c=78103 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:32:28 GMT The 25 best multiplayer games on iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmxu/death-squared-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best multiplayer games on iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated July 18, 2018:</strong> New entries added<hr /><br><br>Unlike most of the other top 25 lists we assemble here on Pocketgamer, 'multiplayer' isn't a genre. Rather it's a mode of play that can be found in virtually any genre.<br><br>Picking 25 of the best multiplayer games on iOS is quite a wide remit, then. Especially when you consider that multiplayer can mean shared-handset, local multi-handset, or online.<br><br>What we've gone for, then, is a varied list of games that's hopefully somewhat representative of all the different multiplayer experiences you can have on iOS.<br><br>All share a single thing in common - they're all an absolute hoot to play with other people. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=68655'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=68655 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT Monopoly Slots proves that too much stuff can be an unwanted distraction <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gknus/monopoly-slots-ios-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Monopoly Slots proves that too much stuff can be an unwanted distraction" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><strong>Welcome to <a href="/writer.asp?a=290&sec=11">Susan Arendt's</a> latest column on Pocket Gamer. In 2018 we've recruited the best writers and most experienced gamers in the industry and asked them to inspire us. Today Susan takes a look at Monopoly Slots, and finds herself feeling empty despite her mad stacks of digital cash...</strong></em><br><br>Years of typing, combined with a wrist not built entirely to spec and a truly shocking attitude towards proper posture have left me with a pretty bad case of tendinitis in my left arm. When it flares up, I can't move my fingers particularly well, and so turn to my tablet for my gaming fix.<br><br>This past weekend I decided to indulge in two of my biggest guilty pleasure by downloading Monopoly Slots (don't judge). What I got was less a gambling sim and more a lesson in the importance of tutorials. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Monopoly+Slots/feature.asp?c=78100'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Monopoly+Slots/feature.asp?c=78100 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:00:00 GMT Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost adds limited-edition characters <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gjsc_07_the_gifted_beneath_the_moonlight_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost adds limited-edition characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/product.asp?p=Bungo+Stray+Dogs%3A+Tales+of+the+Lost&i=29660">Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost</a></em> has been out in the West for little over a week, and it’s already dishing out bonus content for fans to sink their teeth into.<br><br>For a limited time only, publisher Ambition is offering players the chance to snap up SSR versions of the characters Nakajima Atsushi, Dazai Osamu, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke and Nakahara Chuuya, all garbed in traditional Japanese kimonos.<br><br>The limited-edition characters will be available between 18 and 20 July, and fans who use the special 11-Play Scout during this period will be guaranteed one in their roster. The Scout can be played once per user for 200 Paid Ability Stones, the in-game currency. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Bungo+Stray+Dogs%3A+Tales+of+the+Lost/news.asp?c=78097'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Bungo+Stray+Dogs%3A+Tales+of+the+Lost/news.asp?c=78097 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMT The Arena of Valor World Cup could be the biggest mobile esports tournament yet <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pwoedb_new_arthur_kv_0802_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Arena of Valor World Cup could be the biggest mobile esports tournament yet " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>The Arena of Valor World Cup</em> begins this evening as Thailand, North America, and Singapore face off in high-stakes group battles for a chance at the $550,000 grand prize. Teams have been placed into four groups, with the top two moving on to the Knockout Stage.<br><br><p>If you’re watching from home, there are still some prizes to be won. <em>Arena of Valor</em> is hosting Swag Sunday on July 29 - the last day of the World Cup. Players who log in and participate in a match during that day will get a free DC Super Hero or Super-Villain.</p><br><br><em>Arena of Valor</em> is a hugely popular 5v5 MOBA from Tencent that plays a bit like League of Legends but features popular characters from the DC Universe. The game is dominating in China right now, although Tencent is hoping the game will gain similar traction in the west with <em>Arena of Valor’s</em> recent English-language launch and <a href="/r/Switch/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=77824">its upcoming Nintendo Switch debut</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=78099'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=78099 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:33:56 GMT The Kingdom Rush series is making a much-awaited comeback <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-vois_kingdom_rush_vengeance_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Kingdom Rush series is making a much-awaited comeback" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ironhide Game Studio revealed today that <em><a href="https://www.kingdomrushvengeance.com/">Kingdom Rush Vengeance</a> </em>will be the next title in the well-loved mobile game series. The team broke the news with the game’s first teaser video, which you can check out below.<br><br><p><em>Kingdom Rush Vengeance</em> is the fourth game in the <em>Kingdom Rush</em> series, and this time around the game is featuring long-time bad guy Vez’nan. Fans have been waiting for a new entry in the franchise since 2014. While there were hints at a new game <a href="/r/iPhone/Kingdom+Rush/news.asp?c=72765">all the way back in January 2017</a>, there’s been no news until today.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kingdom+Rush+Vengeance/news.asp?c=78098'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kingdom+Rush+Vengeance/news.asp?c=78098 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:11:32 GMT Hungry Shark World has made a surprise splash onto Switch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xfro_hungry-shark-world-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Hungry Shark World has made a surprise splash onto Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ubisoft has just stealth released Hungry Shark World for the Switch for £7.99 / $9.99.<br><br>Hungry Shark initially made its home on mobile stores back in 2016 where it received a very impressive 500 million downloads, but today it makes it's console debut.<br><br>The cartoonish game has you swim around the ocean as a shark devouring your prey, whether it be fish, seagulls or even people.<br><br>You have to keep eating to stay alive for as long as possible while exploring the deep depths of the ocean below. There are 25 different sharks to unlock, 4 maps to explore and lots of missions to complete.<br><br>It a nice little arcade style game that seems like it will fit perfectly on Switch. Hungry Shark World is out right now on the Switch for £7.99 / $.99. If you’re interested then why not <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hungry+Shark+World/review.asp?c=69970">check out our review</a> so you can see if you'll be into it? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hungry+Shark+World/news.asp?c=78095'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hungry+Shark+World/news.asp?c=78095 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:21:24 GMT You're gonna have to get a microSD to play The Banner Saga Trilogy on Switch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gatb_screen_shot_2017-01-25_at_17_26_28_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="You're gonna have to get a microSD to play The Banner Saga Trilogy on Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> According to the box art, physical copies of The Banner Saga Trilogy on Switch will still need you to download some content and have a microSD card installed.<br><br>We don't yet know how big the file size will be, but since you need a microSD we can assume it will be around the Switch’s hard drive size of 32GB. There are Switch-specific SD cards now available, but it's not ideal for those who’d rather not fork out the extra cash so they can play the game.<br><br>I hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but it also appears as though folks on Switch will be getting the trilogy a little later than on other consoles. The Amazon release date indicates that the game will be out for the Switch on the 21st of September, while on other consoles it'll be out on the 27th of July.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Banner+Saga+3/news.asp?c=78093'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Banner+Saga+3/news.asp?c=78093 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:18:56 GMT The countdown is on! It's just over an hour until we take over Twitch with Scythe: Digital <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xjrf/scythe.jpg" width="200" alt="The countdown is on! It's just over an hour until we take over Twitch with Scythe: Digital" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In just under an hour's time, we're going to be live on Twitch, streaming some of the really rather wonderful Scythe: Digital Edition for your viewing pleasure.<br><br>It's a game of robots, war, and economic strategy, all set in a steampunk vision of early 20th century Europe.<br><br>I mean, if that sentence alone isn't enough to get you excited, quite frankly I don't know what is.<br><br><strong>A scything blow</strong><br><br>Oh, how about this one? Your host tonight is going to be none other than James Gilmour, one of the finest men to ever talk into a camera on the internet. And he's going to be streaming for 90 full minutes, just like the football.<br><br>The stream is set to kick off at 5pm UK time, so you've got an hour or so to put your affairs in order, put the kettle on, and tell anyone who might annoy you to be quiet. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TableTap/news.asp?c=78094'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/TableTap/news.asp?c=78094 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:00:00 GMT 59 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jzwog/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="59 games currently in soft launch on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're super fortunate to see such an abundance of gorgeous games released per week, but it's about time Pocket Gamer showed soft launched games a little love in list form. Ongoing, that is.<br><br>Without further ado, check out which titles are in soft launch right now.<br><br><strong>Armed Heist</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Publisher: Av SOZAP</li><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/armed-heist/id1163705851?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iOS</a></li><br><br><li>Country: Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines</li><br><br></ul><br><br>If you're into this sort of things, Armed Heist puts you right in the shoes of an A-Class criminal and lets you work through varying degrees of challenging 'jobs'. Pull of heists, earn cash, and reap the rewards of your efforts. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Assassin%27s+Creed+Rebellion/feature.asp?c=75070 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:31:33 GMT Big Company: Skytopia lets you build your own Columbia from Bioshock Infinite <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xfuxr/skytopia_banner.jpeg" width="200" alt="Big Company: Skytopia lets you build your own Columbia from Bioshock Infinite" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Goodgame Studios, known for Big Farm: Mobile Harvest, will be releasing their new game on August 2nd on Android and iOS.<br><br>Big Company: Skytopia, puts you in charge of building a floating city not so dissimilar from Bioshock Infinite's Columbia. You'll join famous scientists, like Marie Curie and Nikola Tesla, in constructing your city that prides itself on the advancement of science.<br><br>The game resembles your standard city builder game - gather resources so you can make buildings that will keep your citizens happy and improve your city.<br><br>The game's economy looks pretty straightforward and I imagine you'll get that same satisfying feeling of seeing your city grow bit by bit that you often get in these games. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Big+Company%3A+Skytopia/news.asp?c=78091'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Big+Company%3A+Skytopia/news.asp?c=78091 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:13:00 GMT