Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions 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 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:07:09 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Black Desert Mobile is the MMORPG to watch this year; launches in South Korea next week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ohizih/4.jpg" width="200" alt="Black Desert Mobile is the MMORPG to watch this year; launches in South Korea next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <br><br><p><em>Black Desert Mobile</em> is <a href="/r/iPhone/Black+Desert+Mobile/news.asp?c=75893">almost ready for its big debut</a> in native South Korea, with developers Pearl Abyss setting an official launch date for February 28. Earlier this month, the game had a brief beta test, and <em>Black Desert Mobile</em> has already seen 4 million people pre-register.</p><br><br><em>Black Desert Online</em> has been noted for its unique action RPG combat that lightly mimics fighting games. Other than that, <em>Black Desert</em> features your usual MMORPG trappings—fishing, crafting, the works, though it does change things up with some true-to-life features. If you’re into farming, for example, you can tame and capture wild horses to sell on the market. Pearl Abyss hopes to faithfully translate the game’s combat and layered systems to mobile while accommodating the platform’s need for simplified controls. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Black+Desert+Mobile/news.asp?c=76772'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Black+Desert+Mobile/news.asp?c=76772 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:13:59 GMT Capture ghosts in AR with Ghostbusters World <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mbkro_ghostworld_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Capture ghosts in AR with Ghostbusters World" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p></p><br><br><p>2018 is about to get a lot more spooky as Sony unleashes legions of ghosts from the beloved <em>Ghostbusters</em> universe on the world. <em>Ghostbusters World</em> is an upcoming AR game in the spirit of <em>Pokemon GO</em>.</p><br><br>Your main mission will be to battle and capture a multitude of ghosts you may recognize from the <em>Ghostbusters</em> movies, TV Show, comic books, and more. There will be new ghosts thrown into the mix, too.<br><br>The game is arriving on both iOS and Android, taking advantage of the latest AR technology that’s recently arrived on both platforms. We’ll have more details for you at the Game Developers Conference in March.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ghostbusters+World/news.asp?c=76771'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ghostbusters+World/news.asp?c=76771 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:09:53 GMT Mobile World Congress 2018 - Which gaming smartphones will be announced? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tvowz/mwc_2018_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Mobile World Congress 2018 - Which gaming smartphones will be announced?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The annual Mobile World Congress event kicks off in Barcelona on Monday 26th February, and runs until Thursday 1st March.<br><br>Why should you care? We're all just here for the games, surely.<br><br>While MWC doesn't tend to focus specifically on mobile gaming, it is the largest smartphone event of the year. As such, most of the major smartphone players will have a presence.<br><br>Basically, if you want to see what the biggest smartphones of the first two-thirds of 2018 will be, then you should pay attention to what's going on in Barcelona over the coming week.<br><br>Here's what we're expecting to see (and not see) at MWC 2018.<br><br><strong>Samsung Galaxy S9</strong><br><br>The biggest MWC news will likely belong to Samsung. Expect the Korean company to hold a big event around the show to announce its next flagship phone.<br><br>Given that the announcement of a new Samsung Galaxy phone is second only to the announcement of a new iPhone on the attention scale, we're pretty excited. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=76770'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hardware+Group+Test/feature.asp?c=76770 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:25:18 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 432 - Alto's Odyssey, Layers of Fear: Legacy <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 432 - Alto's Odyssey, Layers of Fear: Legacy" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We take to the dunes this week to discuss the launch of the hugely anticipated sandboarding(!) sequel <em>Alto's Odyssey</em>.<br><br>There's also info on the latest - and possibly last - <em>Rime</em> update, plus the upcoming arrival of <em>Lichtspeer</em> on mobile.<br><br>New releases <em>Glitch Dash</em> and <em>Dice Brawl: Captain's League</em> are put under the microscope, and James chats to <em>Layers of Fear: Legacy</em> producer Rafal Basaj about cramming all of that spookiness onto the Switch.<br><br><strong>Download episode 432:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep432.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/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76769'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=76769 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:36:45 GMT Compete for cash in new Angry Birds Champions <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rpnxecf_angry_birds_titlepicture_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Compete for cash in new Angry Birds Champions" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finnish developer Rovio Entertainment has paired up with GSN Games to offer a new way to play the world’s favorite bird-lobbing app. Red, Chuck, Matilda and Bomb et al are back, as are the pea-green Piggies, but this time round, there’s money to be won.<br><br>Using GSN Games’ WorldWinner platform, which takes popular titles and injects a bit of cash competition into proceedings, you can play <em>Angry Birds Champions</em> to win real money. This isn’t a casino app, though – you aren’t betting against the house. You’re testing your skill against other players online. Whether you succeed comes down to how good you are at knocking things down with your trusty slingshot. In fact, it’s the franchise’s first and only official tournament game offering prize money.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/news.asp?c=76768'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/news.asp?c=76768 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:25:00 GMT The Battle of Polytopia cheats and tips - List of EVERY unit and tribe <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kdvqds/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="The Battle of Polytopia cheats and tips - List of EVERY unit and tribe" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>The Battle of Polytopia</em> is here and with a brand new multiplayer update, refreshing the entire game for everyone that's been playing.<br><br>We've got a big list of the tribes and units you can expect to use in <em>The Battle of Polytopia</em>, so you can get brushed up on which tribe you should be using, and which units you should be investing your resources on.<br><br>We'll take you through absolutely everything you need to know, so read on for an essential primer on <em>The Battle of Polytopia</em>!<br><br><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/news.asp?c=76705&srch=polytopia">Remember to leave us your multiplayer codes to play with us here!</a><br><br>You can also check out our <em>Battle of Polytopia</em> tips on <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76753&srch=polytopia">getting started</a> and <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76754&srch=polytopia">combat</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76767'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/feature.asp?c=76767 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:15:00 GMT Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon return to Raid Battles in Pokemon GO, but you won't have a shot at them for long <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vmyp/169.jpg" width="200" alt="Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon return to Raid Battles in Pokemon GO, but you won't have a shot at them for long" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, Niantic announced that its Pokemon GO Legendary Week would starting from now and running through until March 5th, so update your phones, folks. <br><br>As it says on the team's official <a href="https://pokemongolive.com/en/post/legendaryweek022318/">blog post</a>, Kyogre and Groudon are joining Rayquaza for a seriously legendary week as they return to Raid Battles for a limited time. Given that these three have their own particular strengths/weaknesses, beating them's going to be as much a matter of smarts as it is skill. <br><br>Interestingly, you've got some stakes to be thinking about. If Rayquaza is beaten more than Kyogre and Groudon combined, you'll get more wind-preferring Pokemon hatching out of your eggs between March 5th and March 16th. Otherwise, you'll be getting a bunch of sunny/rainy day Pokemon instead.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76766'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=76766 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:25:10 GMT These mobile games feel more like Metal Gear than Metal Gear Survive <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-omecy/mgs.jpg" width="200" alt="These mobile games feel more like Metal Gear than Metal Gear Survive" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Metal Gear Survive</em> launches on console and PC this week, but in the lead-up to release there's been a distinctly negative reaction from fans of Konami's legendary stealth series.<br><br>Whether the game turns out to be good or not (the initial reaction seems to be pretty positive), it's not hard to see why.<br><br>This is the first <em>Metal Gear</em> game made in the post-Hideo Kojima era. The colourful series creator acrimoniously parted ways with publisher Konami immediately after <em>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</em> hit shops in 2015.<br><br>Not only that, but <em>Metal Gear Survive</em> appears to have been made rather hastily from components of that aforementioned masterpiece. What's more, it's nothing like the <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> games we know and love. Instead of a single player military stealth adventure, <em>Metal Gear Survive</em> is a multiplayer-focused survival game with zombies in it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Metal+Gear+Solid+Touch/feature.asp?c=76765'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Metal+Gear+Solid+Touch/feature.asp?c=76765 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:20:00 GMT Best iOS and Android sales this week - Her Story, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, You Must Build a Boat, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fqitpu/unnamed__1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android sales this week - Her Story, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, You Must Build a Boat, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's the beginning of the week (in case you couldn't tell already) which means it's time to take a look at those delicious, delicious sales. <br><br>A few titles from last week's sale piece are still worth snapping up, but the weekend's been good and we've got a roster of games for you to get your hands on.<br><br><strong>10000000</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/544385071">iOS</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eightyeightgames.tenmillion&hl=en_GB">Android</a></li><br><br><li>Price: £1.19/99c or cheaper</li><br><br></ul><br><br>If you're a fan of dungeon crawling and, RPGs, and match-something puzzlers, you're going to want to add this classic to your library.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Her+Story/news.asp?c=76720'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Her+Story/news.asp?c=76720 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:47:55 GMT VEmpire - The Kings of Darkness might be worth another look at its current low price <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ipnb/vempire.jpg" width="200" alt="VEmpire - The Kings of Darkness might be worth another look at its current low price" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="/r/Board+Game/VEmpire+-+The+Kings+of+Darkness/review.asp?c=76219">VEmpire - The Kings of Darkness is an interesting one</a>. It's a deck-building card game with a lot going for it, but it takes a good long while before you actually get to grips with everything the game is throwing at you.<br><br>Right now though, it's on sale on the App Store. Rather than £6.99 / $6.99, you can pick it up for the much more reasonable £3.99 / $3.99. And I reckon if you're a fan of cards and horror, then it's probably worth that.<br><br>When we reviewed the game last year we said “if you stick with Vempire you're probably going to fall in love with it. If you don't, well to be quite frank, no one could blame you,” and gave it six out of ten. That's a Pocket Gamer six out of ten though, so it means the game is above average. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/VEmpire+%2D+The+Kings+of+Darkness/news.asp?c=76764'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/VEmpire+%2D+The+Kings+of+Darkness/news.asp?c=76764 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:05:15 GMT Review: SiNKR review - Blissful abstract puzzler for fans of HOOK <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-lmmlj_sinkr_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="SiNKR review - Blissful abstract puzzler for fans of HOOK" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>SiNKR</em> belongs to that sub-category of minimalistic, idea-driven puzzlers typified by the work of developer Rainbow Train. There's a lot of <em><a href="r/iPad/%22HOOK%22/review.asp?c=63534">HOOK</a></em> in <em>SiNKR</em>, in particular.<br><br>Indeed, hooks and sinkers are what <em>SiNKR</em> is all about, with a few lines thrown in for good measure.<br><br>This is a game that takes the basic principle of fishing - snagging a target and reeling it in - and then spins it out into a meditative abstract puzzler.<br><br><strong>On the line</strong><br><br>The idea here is to drag several pucks into their waiting ports using the automated hooks and reels provided.<br><br>Press the base of each reeling mechanism and the hook will be drawn in - along with any pucks snagged along the way. Pretty soon you'll encounter criss-crossing lines that enable you to shuttle the pucks around the levels. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/SiNKR/review.asp?c=76760'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/SiNKR/review.asp?c=76760 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:30:00 GMT Review: Payday 2 Switch review - An interesting shooter with a lot of handheld problems <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iifkv/payday-2-switch-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Payday 2 Switch review - An interesting shooter with a lot of handheld problems" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch can be pretty frustrating. Some of that comes from an inability to pull off the perfect heist, some of it because the squad AI falls short and that can lead to a lot of waiting around.<br><br>There are times when the game doesn't clearly signpost that I was meant to wait in a certain spot. Instances cropped up where I'd have to drill into a safe room and stand aimlessly for several minutes. But an awful lot of my frustration came from playing the game in handheld mode.<br><br>This is Pocket Gamer, so I spent the majority of my time in handheld mode, playing in cafes and bookshops, attempting to pull off heists while squinting at the screen. My eyes losing details in the muddy visuals and tiny enemy characters.<br><br><strong>Hold me</strong><br><br>When stealth is working, Payday 2 is a much more enjoyable experience, but quite a few of the contracts are all out warfare. As soon as an alarm is tripped or the police are called, it becomes a shot in the dark. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/PAYDAY+2/review.asp?c=76763'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/PAYDAY+2/review.asp?c=76763 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:17:18 GMT PAYDAY 2 cheats and tips - Beginner's guide to being a career criminal <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fvezx/payday2_icon.jpg" width="200" alt="PAYDAY 2 cheats and tips - Beginner's guide to being a career criminal" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>PAYDAY 2</em> has finally swindled its way on to the Nintendo Switch, and we’ve been robbing banks, shooting cops, grabbing jewellery, all of it, and now we’re going to share with you what we’ve learnt.<br><br>You’ll need to load up with essential equipment, grab cash and go undercover, and if you’re new to <em>PAYDAY </em>that easier said than done. With our help though, we’ll take you from a petty thief to a career criminal.<br><br>So read on for everything you need to know to get started robbing banks in <em>PAYDAY 2</em>!<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//2018022312174300-120717FE38E5AA3A06E82B873633D680.jpg" alt="payday 2" width="460" height="259" longdesc="undefined" /><br><br><strong>Equipped for the job<br><br></strong><br><br>What kind of mission you’re embarking on will influence the loadout you should equip greatly, and your early equipment isn’t the greatest for quick missions. In fact, your base equipment will only give you access to a drill for breaking into gates and safes, and it’s a slow process. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/PAYDAY+2/feature.asp?c=76762'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/PAYDAY+2/feature.asp?c=76762 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:56:57 GMT Harry's hot takes: Monster Hunter World is rubbish in comparison to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-eus/img000007d6_bmp.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: Monster Hunter World is rubbish in comparison to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> What's that coming over the hill? Is it a reference to an outdated song? No, it's a steaming new batch of hot takes, fresh out of the opinion oven and delivered directly to your brain mouth via the medium of the internets.<br><br>Monster Hunter World might be making headlines left, right, and centre, but quite frankly it's a garbage game for complete reprobates and anyone playing it deserves your scorn.<br><br>Because we all know that the best way to play Monster Hunter <a href="/r/iPad/Monster+Hunter+Freedom+Unite/review.asp?c=60373">is Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for mobile</a>.<br><br>Actually we don't all know that, but being the fearless journalist that I am, I've created a list to scientifically prove, once and for all, and with no room for error, that Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is the best version of Monster Hunter. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Monster+Hunter+Freedom+Unite/feature.asp?c=76761'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Monster+Hunter+Freedom+Unite/feature.asp?c=76761 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:48:14 GMT Review: Purrfect Date review - Is it as weird as it sounds? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tqlc/28407917_10155499557428175_1436397251_o.jpg" width="200" alt="Purrfect Date review - Is it as weird as it sounds?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The idea of dating cats is initially disconcerting. Sure, you like cats but do you want to get that close with them?<br><br>Once get into Purrfect Date though, those hesitations fade away. What you're left with is an interactive novel that offers up wily characters, mystery, and hilarity.<br><br>While the game doesn't totally hit every note, it does a good enough job to keep you interested, if you're patient enough to put the time in.<br><br><strong>Here kitty, kitty</strong><br><br>Purrfect Date follows the story of six research assistants, though you'll be sitting through one story at a time. Arriving on Cat Island and eager to get to work you'll meet Professor Pawpur who'll run you through your gear, your duties, and where not to go.<br><br>In the middle of your first night you're lured to a forbidden part of the island where deadly cats run rampant. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Purrfect+Date/review.asp?c=76747'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Purrfect+Date/review.asp?c=76747 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:22:54 GMT