Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest features (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, 19 Oct 2018 15:35:20 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Review: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood review - "One of the smartest mobile platformers we've seen in a while" <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jphqb_max-the-curse-of-brotherhood-ios-review-screenshot-pulling-out-an-evil-eye_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Max: The Curse of Brotherhood review - "One of the smartest mobile platformers we've seen in a while"" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The first step to making a successful game is ensuring that the basics are right. It doesn't matter how many amazing ideas you've got, if there's something wrong with the mechanics the player is engaging with, they're not going to care how smart the last level is.<br><br>That's something that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood understands. At first glance it's a really well put together but not exactly remarkable platformer. It sucks you into its world with the ease of its play, then once it has you it starts to throw some fascinating spanners into the works.<br><br><h3>Max level</h3><br><br>After accidentally casting a spell that gets rid of your little brother, it's up to you to try and save him from a giant chompy monster and a whole bunch of other miscreants. To do that you've got a few controls along the bottom of the screen. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Max%3A+The+Curse+of+Brotherhood/review.asp?c=79069'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Max%3A+The+Curse+of+Brotherhood/review.asp?c=79069 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:05:17 GMT Review: Galerider review - "A slightly frustrating take on the Panzer Dragoon template" <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rlnnm_gale-rider-ios-review-screenshot-the-main-menu_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Galerider review - "A slightly frustrating take on the Panzer Dragoon template"" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sometimes the controls of a game can throw you off whack from the get-go. If they're not familiar, or if they run counter to the muscle memory you've gained over your gaming career, you can end up frustrated.<br><br>That's probably going to happen in Galerider. Once you've got to grips with them, they're great, but the first hour or so of the game you're going to make mistakes, and get frustrated, because the movements you need to make won't have settled into your brain yet.<br><br>It's worth sticking with though, because once everything clicks there's a really interesting mix of an over-the-shoulder runner and an arcade shooter waiting for you.<br><br><h3>Harrier up</h3><br><br>The game owes a lot to the likes of Panzer Dragoon Saga and Space Harrier. You're flying around on the back of a dragon, weaving through scenery and blasting down monsters as you do. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Galerider/review.asp?c=79005'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Galerider/review.asp?c=79005 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:55:50 GMT Series Your Story Universe lets you befriend The Breakfast Club <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-euxauedku/series-your-story-universe-ios-artwork-promo-pic.jpg" width="200" alt="Series Your Story Universe lets you befriend The Breakfast Club " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> What Series Your Story Universe lacks in punctuation, it surely makes up for in its sheer abundance of loosely related shows.<br><br>Universal's latest foray into the world of interactive fiction is being touted as a platform for fresh new stories based around its most popular shows, such as – ahem – Vanderpump Rules.<br><br>Players will get the chance to create their own character, and they'll be challenged to make some mighty tough decisions along the way.<br><br>Upcoming stories will run the gamut from Saved by the Bell to Law & Order. And whilst you may feel that these shows are far too disparate to work together as part of the same package, I would be inclined to see that as a very good thing indeed. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Series+Your+Story+Universe/news.asp?c=79067'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Series+Your+Story+Universe/news.asp?c=79067 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:45:53 GMT Top 5 best gaming phones (Autumn 2018) <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dpdhi/iphone-xs-max.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 5 best gaming phones (Autumn 2018)" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're not primarily concerned with the latest smartphones here at Pocket Gamer. We're a portable gaming website, so our main concern is those little bundles of software that pop and ping.<br><br>But as long as your continued enjoyment of those games is tied to the biennial smartphone upgrade cycle, we'll keep on eye on the smartphone hardware world on your behalf.<br><br>We'll start our latest smartphone recommendation refresh at the top. If you demand the absolute best smartphone gaming experience, you'll probably be wanting to buy one of these handsets next.<br><br>If your budget is a little more modest, don't worry. We'll be rounding up the best smartphones under £400 and £200 shortly.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=79066'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=79066 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:52:04 GMT Catch up on every glorious moment of our Terraforming Mars stream right here <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qfxcpzi_ss_74b5423c1c7f31105b06e36dc345578b8da96f3b_1920x1080_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Catch up on every glorious moment of our Terraforming Mars stream right here" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/323864659?tt_content=text_link&tt_medium=vod_embed" style="padding:2px 0px 4px; display:block; width:345px; font-weight:normal; font-size:10px; text-decoration:underline;">Watch TERRAFORMING MARS | Launch Stream | http://bit.ly/2En0Vb6 from AsmodeeDigital on www.twitch.tv<br><br></a><br><br>We think it's fair to say that our Terraforming Mars stream on Wednesday was the finest we've done so far. Sure, there were a few technical glitches, but James Gilmour pushed through them with the inherent skills that a professional like him possesses. Or something like that.<br><br>Anyway, if you missed the stream, you've still got a chance to catch up. How? Simply press play on the embedded video above, and you'll be able to watch every second of every escapade that James and his guests got up to on Wednesday. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Terraforming+Mars/news.asp?c=79064'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Terraforming+Mars/news.asp?c=79064 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:04:45 GMT Uncover Roblox's Halloween recreation of Hogwarts at your own peril <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qusaqb/roblox-ios-artwork-halloween-update.jpg" width="200" alt="Uncover Roblox's Halloween recreation of Hogwarts at your own peril" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The previous occupants have long since abandoned the Sinister Swamp, a treacherous amusement park. You approach cautiously, doubting yourself with every step. Despite all the grisly tales you've heard, you just can't help but venture further and further in. And in the distance, what is that you see? Is that… Hogwarts?<br><br>And yes, that creaky old castle would indeed be Hogwarts as Roblox has partnered with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to bring us a Halloween event that's fit to make even the hardiest of players turn and run the other way, and it's starting today.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There’s no shame in playing with the lights on. ?? Survive the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Roblox?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Roblox</a> Hallow’s Eve event from 10/18 through 11/17 on <a href="https://twitter.com/GooglePlay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GooglePlay</a>: <a href="https://t.co/fI6KBNfGti">https://t.co/fI6KBNfGti</a> <a href="https://t.co/noDGYr489t">pic.twitter.com/noDGYr489t</a></p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/ROBLOX/news.asp?c=79062'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/ROBLOX/news.asp?c=79062 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:25:25 GMT Hearthstone Strategy Guide: Basic Decks <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xbqdu_hearthstone-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Hearthstone Strategy Guide: Basic Decks" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> When you're fresh to Hearthstone, the only cards you can rely on are the Basic set, most of which you get for nothing. To earn the rest, as we described in last week's guide, you'll need to play. And to do that you'll need a deck, but building one can be intimidating for a new player.<br><br>Luckily the Basic set hasn't changed since the early days of the game. So the best recipes for starter decks have barely changed too. We list one for each class below, all tried and tested. You'll see certain cards repeat over almost all of them. But nothing is set in stone so feel free to experiment with your own ideas too.<br><br>There's a code for each. Copy this, start the game and go into "my collection" and it should offer to build the deck for you. If you don't have all the cards, it'll offer suggestions for replacements too. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=79034'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=79034 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:31:20 GMT Hidden Folks is taking us on a trip to the seashore in this next update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-idoege/header.jpg" width="200" alt="Hidden Folks is taking us on a trip to the seashore in this next update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Well-loved monochrome puzzler <em>Hidden Folks </em>is getting a new expansion next week. If you haven’t spent much time with the game lately, it might be time to dust things off. Titled <em>The Beach</em>, this expansion will be sure to keep us feeling summery as the weather starts to grow colder.<br><br><em>The Beach </em>will include five brand new areas with 60 new objects to find. You’ll be able to grab it on both iOS and Android for under five pounds as an in-app purchase.<br><br>We’re quite fond of this little puzzle game, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Hidden+Folks/review.asp?c=73004">which has wooed us</a> with its charming hand-drawn artwork and quirky man-made sound effects. It’s essentially a hidden objects game, but <em>Hidden Folks</em> features another layer of detail, where you’ll be digging holes, mowing down hedges, and more to find whatever it is you’re looking for. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hidden+Folks/news.asp?c=79059'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Hidden+Folks/news.asp?c=79059 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:25:40 GMT Top 25 best tower defence games for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uqmdd/feat-ios-besttowerdefensegames.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 25 best tower defence games for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated October 19, 2018:</strong> New entries!<br><br><hr /><br><br>Looking back, we hadn't updated our list of the best tower defence games on iOS for a while prior to today.<br><br>There's a good reason for this, and it's nothing to do with negligence or laziness. Well, not entirely.<br><br>Put simply, the tower defence genre isn't anywhere near as popular as it used to be. We can count the number of notable releases in the genre since September 2016 on one hand.<br><br>Still, it remains a fun and mobile-friendly strategy sub genre with some downright classic games. What's more, you still see a little TD magic sprinkled across some of the popular hybrid genres of the moment. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71423'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71423 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:03:08 GMT Review: F1 Mobile Racing review - "A mix of mobile and AAA racing that just about manages to work" <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qimry_f1-mobile-racing-ios-review-screenshot-driving-down-the-finishing-straight_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="F1 Mobile Racing review - "A mix of mobile and AAA racing that just about manages to work"" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finding the right balance is key when it comes to making mobile games. You can build the most interesting experience in the world, but if you get your save points wrong and players keep losing progress because they have to put their phone down, you've definitely gone wrong somewhere.<br><br>Which is what makes F1 Mobile Racing so intriguing. It tries to bridge the gap between the casual and the hardcore, offering short-blast races that you can tailor to your own skill level. Sometimes it works really well, but other times it falls a little short.<br><br>A lot of that's down to the slightly wonky matchmaking, which will hopefully start to change now the game is out across the world. As it stands though, the game's got a great idea, it just needs to work on getting that idea out there. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/F1+Mobile+Racing/review.asp?c=79047'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/F1+Mobile+Racing/review.asp?c=79047 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:48:00 GMT Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - 5 mobile alternatives <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ypau/artwork-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-1010x505.jpg" width="200" alt="Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - 5 mobile alternatives" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched this week. Your console and PC-gaming friends have probably been going on about it incessantly.<br><br>You're not jealous though. Ah, who are we kidding? We'd love to be playing the latest fast-paced multiplayer shooter on our mobiles. But that's not going to happen any time soon.<br><br>So what's a smartphone gamer to do in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launch week? You could do worse than play these mobile alternatives.<br><br>Each game nails a certain element of Treyarch's latest, whether it's fast-paced multiplayer blasting or battle royale brilliance. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=79046'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=79046 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:47:26 GMT Review: Reigns: Game of Thrones featured review - "Does it take the Iron Throne or lose its head?" <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-eask_reigns-game-of-thrones-ios-review-screenshot-composite-of-a-scene-setting-image-and-a-war-summit_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Reigns: Game of Thrones featured review - "Does it take the Iron Throne or lose its head?"" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Making games for mobile isn't just about understanding the limitations of the platform, it's about embracing the inherent familiarity of mobile control. It's a trend we've seen with the rash of phone-within-a-phone games, but Reigns: Game of Thrones could easily slide into that bracket too.<br><br>It might seem strange that a game set in a fantastical interpretation of the war of the roses could reflect something so modern, but when you think about it the game is essentially two powerful forces of modernity crashing together.<br><br>On the one hand you've got the freedom of mobile play, and on the other you have the surprise cultural behemoth of the past decade. Everyone has phones, everyone likes Game of Thrones, what could possibly go wrong? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Reigns%3A+Game+of+Thrones/review.asp?c=79025'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Reigns%3A+Game+of+Thrones/review.asp?c=79025 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 GMT Mobile MMORPG RebirthM goes live in Brazil ahead of its global release <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zjxulq/rebirthm_b.jpg" width="200" alt="Mobile MMORPG RebirthM goes live in Brazil ahead of its global release" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>RebirthM</em> is an ambitious attempt to bring a fully-fledged, open-world MMORPG to mobile, and it’s just gone live on iOS and Android in Brazil.<br><br>Developed by South Korean studio Caret Games, the fantasy adventure promises to capture the scope, scale and narrative depth of its genre counterparts on PC.<br><br>Accessibility is often an issue in the MMO sector, but that certainly isn’t the case here. <em>RebirthM</em> declares war on grinding by helping players reach level 100 right at the start and placing no cap on their progression from there.<br><br>The game embraces many of the genre’s traditions by pitting players against epic boss battles, dungeon raids that parties of 20 can tackle, and real-time PvP contests. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/RebirthM/news.asp?c=79041'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/RebirthM/news.asp?c=79041 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:28:00 GMT F1 Mobile Racing races onto the App Store today <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qjkxih/f1-mobile-racing-screenshot-ios-race.jpg" width="200" alt="F1 Mobile Racing races onto the App Store today" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today's a great day for fans of F1 as the superb looking and free-to-play F1 Mobile Racing has just released onto the App Store.<br><br>The game had previously been in soft launch, with private playtests taking place in order for the development team to gather some all-important feedback.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You heard 'em. Get downloading. ?? <a href="https://t.co/TSSBiMRdUm">https://t.co/TSSBiMRdUm</a> <a href="https://t.co/fHYJQqwM2M">https://t.co/fHYJQqwM2M</a></p><br><br>— F1® Mobile Racing (@F1MobileRacing) <a href="https://twitter.com/F1MobileRacing/status/1052877517600755712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> On a <a href="http://blog.codemasters.com/community/10/f1-mobile-racing-coming-october-18th-to-ios-worldwide/">blog post</a>, the team discussed its continued efforts to release the game globally, saying that they wouldn't be 'resting on their laurels' until everyone can play F1 Mobile Racing – that includes an Android release which the team suggest is making 'strong progress' behind the scenes. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/F1+Mobile+Racing/news.asp?c=79040'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/F1+Mobile+Racing/news.asp?c=79040 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:31:21 GMT Arena of Valor 2018 Championship gets a whopping $600,000 prize pool <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jqasyfr/arena-of-valor-world-cup-promo-pic.jpg" width="200" alt="Arena of Valor 2018 Championship gets a whopping $600,000 prize pool " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, Tencent laid out its plans for this year's Arena of Valor International Championship, announcing a hefty $600,000 prize pool for competitors to duke it out over.<br><br>The championship will see 16 major clubs work their way from regional competitions all the way up to the semifinals and finals in Thailand, set to take place on December 15-16 – tickets for those go on sale November 19th.<br><br>The top four teams from the regionals will automatically progress to Thailand while the other 12 will hop on over to Vietnam to compete in a qualifier that's set to begin on November 23rd.<br><br>Fans will likely already know that season 2 of the Valor Series is currently underway, with weekly competitions taking place in the West to decide who will progress to the regional rounds that are scheduled for November 9-10 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=79039'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=79039 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:30:25 GMT