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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:23:41 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer The Shadowverse World Grand Prix takes place on December 23rd/24th in Tokyo <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hdvj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The Shadowverse World Grand Prix takes place on December 23rd/24th in Tokyo" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just to make this winter season that much more exciting, Cygames has just reminded us that the <em>Shadowverse World Grand Prix</em> is just around the corner.<br><br>First covered what feels like years ago back in <a href="/r/iPhone/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=75480">October</a>, the <em>RAGE Shadowverse World Grand Prix</em> is an invitational tournament which'll separate the adults from the kids and the ultimate champion from the lot of them.<br><br>Taking place in Tokyo on December 23rd and 24th, 24 players from across the globe have been invited to try their hand at winning the world championship. Though each of the participants are guaranteed $1,000 in prize money, there's a prize pool of a whopping $120,000 up for grabs. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76203'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76203 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:51:47 GMT Face the darkness in the action platformer Flora and the Darkness, available on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xld/520x293bb__5_.jpg" width="200" alt="Face the darkness in the action platformer Flora and the Darkness, available on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's time to face the darkness and fight in <em>Flora and the Darkness</em>, a charming new action platformer from 1DER-entertainment. Flora is a mystical light being who sets out on a journey to flee the encroaching darkness and save her home planet.<br><br>The game features a gorgeous art style with lush blues and greens, and each level is filled to the brim with items to collect, challenges to complete, and yes, even tough bosses. Here's what we learned about <em>Flora and the Darkness</em> from our time with the game.<br><br><strong><br><br>A race to freedom</strong><br><br><em>Flora and the Darkness</em> plays a bit like an auto-runner platformer. Little Flora will run automatically, putting you in control of jumping to ensure that she makes it through each level safely. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Flora+and+the+Darkness/news.asp?c=76178'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Flora+and+the+Darkness/news.asp?c=76178 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:01:14 GMT [Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gmzpwk/wvcqzird.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] You can now pre-order apps and games on the App Store" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated December 12th, 12:09 PM</strong> - Though this update will be available worldwide, it's still in the process of rolling out. The US and a few other markets have already seen the pre-order section, but most of us, including the UK, have yet to have it arrive.<br><br><hr /><br><br>So, here's an interesting tidbit for you this fine Tuesday morning. The App Store now lets you pre-order apps, and it's rather interesting. <br><br>According to Apple's <a href="https://itunespartner.apple.com/en/apps/news/40079633">partner post yesterday</a>, the App Store's now releasing the app page ahead of time so that consumers can put their cash in early and hopefully be aware of it sooner. It'll also show the release date, which is pretty great.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/App+Store/news.asp?c=76171 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:25:00 GMT Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's next update brings a garden feature, outfit crafting, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfs/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's next update brings a garden feature, outfit crafting, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've been on <em>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</em> recently, you'll know that there's yet another big update on the way. This time we've got even more crafting to look forward to. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's some news about next month's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PocketCamp?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PocketCamp</a> update! There will be a garden feature and outfit crafting. I also heard a familiar face will appear… Stay tuned! <a href="https://t.co/VlTQgVzdch">pic.twitter.com/VlTQgVzdch</a></p><br><br>— Animal Crossing UK (@AC_Isabelle) <a href="https://twitter.com/AC_Isabelle/status/940144146064531457?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> A bit like <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=76160">Clash Royale</a></em> this morning, this latest update struck a couple of areas at once. Firstly, gardens are coming (which also coincides with the game's new timed event), giving you the opportunity to plant and grow different sorts of flowers. If you're feeling super nice you can even water your pals' plots and vice versa.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76162'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76162 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:13:14 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 422 - Reigns: Her Majesty, Amazing Katamari Damacy <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 422 - Reigns: Her Majesty, Amazing Katamari Damacy" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week the team rolls into a new kingdom, swelling and absorbing mobile news facts along the way to offer to their new queen.<br><br>By which I mean they will be discussing Tinder-style monarch sim <em>Reigns: Her Majesty</em>, and the newly-launched auto-roller <em>Amazing Katamari Damacy</em>.<br><br>They also cover the Switch version of <em>The Sexy Brutale</em>, the latest <em>Breath of the Wild</em> DLC, and <em>Portal</em>'s unlikely pairing with <em>Bridge Constructor</em>.<br><br>Plus, James gets to chat to the folks behind <em>GRID: Autosport</em>'s new mobile port.<br><br><strong>Download episode 422:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep422.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><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76152'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76152 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:34:49 GMT Pocket Gamer exclusive: Four new cards from Shadowverse's upcoming Chronogenesis pack <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hdvj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer exclusive: Four new cards from Shadowverse's upcoming Chronogenesis pack" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's about that time again where <em>Shadowverse</em> is starting to get hyped about its upcoming expansion pack, <em>Chronogenesis.</em><br><br>This pack'll have 138 new cards, a fair chunk more than it's previous pack's 104, plus three leader cards from the 1st Birthday Popularity Poll. The major reason for this increase is because of the introduction of <em>Portalcraft</em>, <em>Shadowverse</em>'s eighth class. <br><br>On top of these new cards, there's also be a new way to play: the Rotation play format. Here, cards from the five most recently released sets will be playable, and it'll join the current Unlimited play format, giving you two ways to dive into the game.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76143'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadowverse/news.asp?c=76143 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:57:00 GMT Hidden Folks, Splitter Critters, Super Mario Run, and more make Apple's top games of 2017 list <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uiczj_5275343_larger_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Hidden Folks, Splitter Critters, Super Mario Run, and more make Apple's top games of 2017 list" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After <a href="/r/Android/Google+Play/news.asp?c=76085">Google Play announced</a> its top games of 2017 on Monday this earlier week, it was only a matter of time before Apple followed suit with its own list. <br><br>Between iPad and iPhone, paid and free games, there's certainly a big ol' list to read through with some seriously good games on it. Bear in mind that some decisions vary by area, so the best iPhone/iPad games and Top Charts below are those picked in the UK. <br><br><strong>iPad Game of the Year</strong><br><br>As announced in the App Store's story this morning, the monochromatic hidden object puzzler <em>Hidden Folks</em> took the top spot for the 2017 iPad Game of the Year, and for good reason. We thought it was an excellent hidden puzzler when we played it, saying it was 'a puzzler perfect for those with an eye and ear for detail' <a href="/r/iPad/Hidden+Folks/review.asp?c=73004">in its review</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Mario+Run/news.asp?c=76129'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Super+Mario+Run/news.asp?c=76129 Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:54:00 GMT 50 Pokemon from Gen 3 are on the way to Pokemon GO later this week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ucogu/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="50 Pokemon from Gen 3 are on the way to Pokemon GO later this week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I know, I know. You haven't had two Pokemon stories in one day since last year, but it turns out that Gen 3 Pokemon ARE in fact on the way to <em>Pokemon GO</em>. <br><br>If you caught our <a href="/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76113">article earlier</a>, you'll know that Gen 3 was rumoured to be launching on <em>Pokemon GO</em> this Christmas season. However, it's been officially announced by Niantic now that 50 more of the beasts from the Hoenn region (from <em>Pokemon Ruby</em>/<em>Sapphire</em>) will be arriving on iOS and Android later this week. <br><br>Not only that, but a weather system is also being implemented so you'll need to keep an eye on the weather. Be it rain, shine, sleet, or snow, the patterns will affect what sort of Pokemon you'll encounter. Plus, the attacks of your own Pokemon will be more effective during certain conditions, i.e. Charizard's Fire Spin will perform best on sunny days. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76123'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76123 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:24:07 GMT Get a sneak peek at the hugely popular mobile game Subway Surfers' upcoming TV series <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mwnmq_subway_surfers_app_logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Get a sneak peek at the hugely popular mobile game Subway Surfers' upcoming TV series" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I'm sure you're well aware of the fact <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Subway+Surfers/review.asp?c=41532">Subway Surfers</a></em> will be coming to a TV box near you, but today we got a little look behind the scenes at the main characters.<br><br>With 1.6 billion downloads, <em>Subway Surfers</em> is a widely popular mobile game with an enormous following. The show tags along with protagonist Jake and his crew on all of their adventures. We don't know exactly what they'll be getting up to and whether it'll tie into the mobile franchise at all, but we'll keep an eagle eye out for more news. <br><br>As for that sneak peek, SYBO released descriptions and character art for the show's four main characters:<br><br><strong>Jake<br><br></strong><br><br><em>"Jake is a dreamer whose true love is art. He's also an idealist who sees the world with rose-tinted glasses and has big plans to make the world a better place… although he's not quite sure how just yet. At heart, though, Jake is a simple, black and white kinda guy who, above all, absolutely despises injustice."</em> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Subway+Surfers/news.asp?c=76122'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Subway+Surfers/news.asp?c=76122 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:11:45 GMT Pokemon GO's Ho-Oh Raid Battle has been extended by 48 hours <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmyp/169.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO's Ho-Oh Raid Battle has been extended by 48 hours" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated December 6th, 2:34 PM</strong> - Well, that's ironic. Just after we chatted about the Gen 3 rumours, Niantic's dropped the news themselves about the upcoming update. <a href="/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76123">Read up on it on our later post right here.</a> <br><br><hr /><br><br>Want to take part in<em> Pokemon GO</em>'s Raid against Ho-Oh but don't think you'll have the time? That's okay, Niantic's extending the battle for a further 48 hours as of last night so the world is your oyster, Trainers. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ho-Oh will be available to battle for an additional 48 hours, until 12/14 at 1 P.M. PST. Get out there, Trainers! <a href="https://t.co/FPnxZUOByr">pic.twitter.com/FPnxZUOByr</a></p><br><br>— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) <a href="https://twitter.com/PokemonGoApp/status/938188759274786826?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 5, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> After catching a grand total of 3,364,580,633 Pokemon during the Global Catch Challenge, Legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh came to the game for a limited time on November 27th. As announced on <a href="https://twitter.com/PokemonGoApp/status/938188759274786826">Twitter last night</a>, the Raid Battle event will be extended by an extra couple of days until December 14th, as opposed to December 12th. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76113'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76113 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:15:00 GMT You can't get two of Marvel Future Fight's new characters unless you gamble <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-bpcqt_ultimateherochest_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="You can't get two of Marvel Future Fight's new characters unless you gamble" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In the aftermath of the <em>Star Wars Battlefront II</em> loot box controversy, it looks like <em>Marvel Future Fight</em>'s <a href="http://www.mobirum.com/article/detail?cafeId=futurefight_en&bbsId=75&id=978663">most recent update</a> added more than just a few new characters to the mix with their new inclusion of Ultimate Hero Chests. Obvious to say, fans of the game aren't too chuffed. <br><br>Given that <em>Marvel Future Fight</em> is free to play, I won't insult anyone by saying that IAPs aren't a thing. No, if you don't want to grind for a character you could just use the bio selectors and buy your desired heroes outright. Not plausible for everyone, but it's still an option alongside getting different gear from free chests and Hero Chests. If you did want to splash out, usually your reward was worth what you paid for it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Marvel+Future+Fight/news.asp?c=76094'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Marvel+Future+Fight/news.asp?c=76094 Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:44:00 GMT Meet the best Clash Royale player in the world <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qfz/clashroyalewinner2017thumb.jpg" width="200" alt="Meet the best Clash Royale player in the world" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>What a night! 16-year-old SergioRamos:) scooped the <em>Clash Royale</em> world championship crown and $150,000 top prize in inaugural London event. The Mexican player beat US teen MusicMaster in a <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=76089">tense final</a> at London’s Olympic Park.<br><br>The <em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/product.asp?p=Clash+Royale&i=26919">Clash Royale</a> </em>World Championship Finals demonstrated that mobile eSports is coming of age, with a phenomenal showcase. In the game's first-ever global eSports competition, more than 27 million players from around the world entered the qualifying in-game challenge, making the Crown Championship the biggest mobile esports competition ever. Then the lavish set transported the audience of 1,000+ fans, streamers and press into the game world with huge screens displaying the action, massive character installations, and a general production level that would put <em>The X-Factor</em> to shame.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=76090'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=76090 Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:23:00 GMT We want YOU to nominate the Game of the Year for the Pocket Gamer People’s Choice Award <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uknx/peoples_choice_award.jpg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to nominate the Game of the Year for the Pocket Gamer People’s Choice Award" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It’s been another exciting year for great games on mobile - and now we’re looking to find out which game is the best.<br><br>And to do that, we’re asking the people that matter most: the players (which means you, reading this, right now).<br><br>As part of the industry Mobile Games Awards taking place on January 23rd and run by Steel Media, the company behind this very site, we’ve opened up nominations for the <em>Pocket Gamer</em> People’s Choice Award.<br><br>All you need to do is write the name of the game on <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/N1LioYiBFydZoToo2">this form</a> (also embedded below) - using the official App Store or Google Play game name - to nominate your favourite game that received a full release after November 1st 2016.<br><br>If you're not sure when the game was released, nominate it anyway and we'll take a look for you! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76080'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=76080 Fri, 1 Dec 2017 16:12:21 GMT Raise money to help fight AIDS in Candy Crush Saga, Soda Saga, and Jelly Saga <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pqvxo_7206_red_keyart_ccss_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Raise money to help fight AIDS in Candy Crush Saga, Soda Saga, and Jelly Saga" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the season of giving on its way, the mobile giant, King's, once again teaming up with the App Store and (RED) to help fight against AIDS. <br><br>From December 1st to December 8th, <em>Candy Crush Saga</em>, <em>Candy Crush Jelly Saga</em>, and <em>Candy Crush Soda Saga</em> will each be offering up limited-edition bundles.<br><br>By purchasing (CANDYLICIOUS)RED, (JELLYLICIOUS)RED, and (SODALICIOUS)RED, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Global Fund. This provides prevention, testing, treatment, counseling, and care services in the areas it's needed most. <br><br> Andreas Olofsson, Executive Producer, <em>Candy Crush</em> Saga says: "<em>We're delighted to be able to support such a great cause and help contribute to the fight for an AIDS-free generation. We hope our players will get on board with the campaign and be pleased to know that their spending is making a positive difference to the lives of people in sub-Saharan Africa</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/King+news/news.asp?c=76062'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/King+news/news.asp?c=76062 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:52:00 GMT Build a powerful team of battle-ready Phantoms in Phantom Chaser <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-stgf_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Build a powerful team of battle-ready Phantoms in Phantom Chaser " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With team-building features that are nothing short of impressive, and a colorful, stylized fantasy world full of quests and treasure, <em>Phantom Chaser </em>seeks to break the mold when it comes to mobile RPGs. This award-winning adventure is now coming to western audiences, so now you, dear reader, can set about collecting over 130 Phantoms based on eastern and western mythologies and join in on the action.<br><br>With your team of Phantoms, start your adventure by completing quests in Story mode, or head straight to the Battlefield, where you’ll find daily challenges like “River of Fire”, “Temporal Rift”, and “Scalar Tower”. Defeating these dungeons nets you some nice treasure and crafting items. Or, if you have competitive leanings, head to the Arena to fight it out with other real-life players. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Phantom+Chaser/news.asp?c=76023'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Phantom+Chaser/news.asp?c=76023 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:27:01 GMT