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, 17 Jun 2018 23:29:22 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 445 - Ark: Survival Evolved, Fortnite on Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 445 - Ark: Survival Evolved, Fortnite on Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's an island full of dinosaurs and you've got to survive.<br><br>No, it's not Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and no, you are neither Chris Pratt nor Bryce Dallas Howard (condolences).<br><br>It's Ark: Survival Evolved, out on iOS and Android right now. James and Ric find out if it's any good, and try to work out why Sony hates Switch Fortnite players so much.<br><br><strong>Download episode 445:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep445.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/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77822'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=77822 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:14:48 GMT Pocket Gamer Round Table - Did E3 2018 show that AAA developers are taking mobile seriously? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-iqjti_xbox-conference-phil-spencer-in-the-crowd_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Round Table - Did E3 2018 show that AAA developers are taking mobile seriously?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> E3 is winding down, which means it's the perfect time to look back over the week and wonder - where were all the mobile games?<br><br>It's never been a particularly major conference for the small screen, but a couple of high-profile titles did manage to slip through the net and get some screen time during the pre-show conferences of each of the major publishers.<br><br>But even if they are turning their attention to mobile, are these developers and publishers really taking it seriously? We decided to talk amongst ourselves about it - and you can read our thoughts right here.<br><br>Specifically, we asked ourselves:<br><br><strong>Did this year's E3 show that AAA developers are taking mobile more seriously?</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/E3+2018/feature.asp?c=77820'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/E3+2018/feature.asp?c=77820 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:27:00 GMT Review: Kind of Soccer 2018 review - The best referee-attacking sim to hit the App Store this year <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tptsc_kind-of-soccer-2018-ios-review-screenshot-a-dark-pitch_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Kind of Soccer 2018 review - The best referee-attacking sim to hit the App Store this year" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You can say many things about Kind of Soccer 2018, but none of them would involve its slavish dedication to the rules of the beautiful game.<br><br>In fact, it might be better called Kind of NOT Soccer 2018, because while there are shorts and balls and white lines on the pitch, scoring goals isn't the aim of the game here.<br><br>Instead you're trying to whallop the ref in the face with a well-placed shot. Which is certainly the kind of rule change I'd be happy to get behind in the real world.<br><br><strong>Pass and don't move</strong><br><br>The game takes place on an approximation of a football pitch. Your players are all static, and you can pass the ball between them by dragging a finger back on the one in possession and releasing.<br><br>The referee, slippery little bugger that he is, spends all of his time running around trying to avoid the ball meeting his face. Kick it too far, or miss a pass, and the referee gets a point. Smash his mug, and you get a point. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kind+of+Soccer+2018/review.asp?c=77819'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kind+of+Soccer+2018/review.asp?c=77819 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:00:00 GMT Review: 2018 World Football League review - A decent game blighted by adverts <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-nnhej_2018-world-football-leage-ios-review-screenshot-england-vs-costa-rica_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="2018 World Football League review - A decent game blighted by adverts" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 2018 World Football League is very much a game of two halves. On the one hand, it's a really interesting game that plays a little bit like Subbuteo.<br><br>On the other though, if it plays me another advert while I'm playing it for this review I swear to the footballing gods I'm going to hurl my phone out of the window and sue the developer to get me a new one.<br><br><strong>Flip it</strong><br><br>So, let's start with the good stuff. The game is basically played with bottle caps. You twang them around the screen using catapult-style controls, and your aim is to score more goals than your opponent.<br><br>There's a time limit here, but the game is also turn-based. One team has a flick, then it's the next team's turn. It's a neat idea, and while it misses out a lot of the tactical nuances of football, it also makes everything flow pretty well. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/2018+World+Football+League/review.asp?c=77818'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/2018+World+Football+League/review.asp?c=77818 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:58:11 GMT Skylanders fans can get a first look at new game Ring of Heroes on Android right now <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-foqp/skylanders-ring-of-heroes-android-artwork.jpg" width="200" alt="Skylanders fans can get a first look at new game Ring of Heroes on Android right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a while since Activision and Com2us announced that they were working on a Skylanders game for mobile, and while the release isn't here, we can at least get a first taste with the open beta for Android.<br><br>Skylanders: Ring of Heroes is now available for Android on the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com2us.slcbt.normal.freefull.google.global.android.common">Play Store</a>, and will be available until June 25, with the final game to come sometime later this year.<br><br>The game itself is a turn-based RPG, where you'll find and collect from over 60 Skylanders creatures, and form teams in order to battle your opponent. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Skylanders%3A+Ring+of+Heroes/news.asp?c=77817'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Skylanders%3A+Ring+of+Heroes/news.asp?c=77817 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:18:39 GMT Super Mario Party for Switch is bringing online multiplayer to the series for the first time <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cbynr/super-mario-party-switch-artwork.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Mario Party for Switch is bringing online multiplayer to the series for the first time" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Super Mario Party, just announced at E3 as coming out in October, will feature an online minigame mode, according to a tweet from Nintendo UK.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p dir="ltr" lang="en">A series first: in Super <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarioParty?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarioParty</a>, test your skills against other players in a new online minigame mode! Coming to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NintendoSwitch?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NintendoSwitch</a> on 05/10. <a href="https://t.co/dTaPDN0CcG">pic.twitter.com/dTaPDN0CcG</a></p><br><br>— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/1007356498320723969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 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/Switch/Super+Mario+Party/news.asp?c=77815'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Super+Mario+Party/news.asp?c=77815 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:16:00 GMT World of Demons preview - Hands-on with the first mobile game from PlatinumGames <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xsts_world_of_demons_logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="World of Demons preview - Hands-on with the first mobile game from PlatinumGames" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> World of Demons is a new mobile offering from Platinum Games, the quirky Japanese developer behind such hardcore favourites as Bayonetta, Nier: Automata, The Wonderful 101 and Vanquish.<br><br>This is a developer with serious pedigree when it comes to creating tight and distinctive action games. Which explains why we're so excited that Platinum is making its mobile debut this summer with World of Demons.<br><br>The game recently soft launched on the App Store in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, and I've been playing around with it. So how is it shaping up?<br><br><strong>Yokai the new</strong><br><br>World of Demons is a third person arena action game that sees samurai protagonist Onimaru slicing his way through waves of brainwashed yokai (Japanese spirits) in a bid to bring down a nasty oni (demon).<br><br>The controls are an interesting hybrid of classic virtual buttons and more modern mobile inputs. You move Onimaru with an invisible virtual joystick to the left of the screen, but he attacks automatically when you get close to an enemy. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/World+of+Demons/news.asp?c=77816'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/World+of+Demons/news.asp?c=77816 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:39:23 GMT What are some of the App Army's favourite mobile games so far in 2018? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zwbpix/pubg_icon.jpg" width="200" alt="What are some of the App Army's favourite mobile games so far in 2018?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's Friday and I'm pretty sure you know what that means. Aside from the promise of cold beers on a sunny afternoon and getting to read Harry Slater's <a href="/r/iPhone/Elder+Scrolls%3A+Blades/feature.asp?c=77812">glorious new Hot Takes</a>, it means it's time for our App Army to have their say. <br><br>Usually we focus on a specific game, but since it's E3 this week I thought it'd be fun to ask our game-loving community what their very favourite mobile game of 2018 has been so far. I mean, it's a tough ask I know, but we've been spoiled for choice and there's still half a year to go!<br><br>What have your favourite games been this year? Join in the conversation and let us know in those comments below.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77814'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/PUBG+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77814 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:40:16 GMT Review: Nick Football Champions review - It's football, but not as we know it <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-iujhb_nick-football-champions-ios-review-screenshot-taking-a-shot_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Nick Football Champions review - It's football, but not as we know it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Because it's the World Cup, there's been an impressive influx of football related games on the App Store. Some of them are pretty standard fare, others, like Nick Football Champions, like to do things there own way.<br><br>In this case, its own way involves mashing up Crossy Road, bits of New Star Soccer, and some hardcore tapping to create something that's less of a mess than it sounds like it should be.<br><br><strong><br><br>Liquorice kick</strong><br><br>You're playing a character from a one of the many cartoons represented here. You start off as Spongebob, and it's with him that you'll learn the basics.<br><br>When you're attacking, you've got five lanes at your disposal. You'll find them peopled by defenders, who you need to get past. You do that my switching lanes at the right time, or tapping the screen to sprint. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Nick+Football+Champions/review.asp?c=77813'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Nick+Football+Champions/review.asp?c=77813 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:16:32 GMT 5 mobile games to get you through the World Cup <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wris/flick-kick.jpg" width="200" alt="5 mobile games to get you through the World Cup" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> World Cup 2018 has kicked off! Over the next month, 32 national teams will compete for the biggest prize in football, if not sport.<br><br>Those of us who have been here before will know that the gaps in between matches can be pretty dull. Oh, sure, they're useful for eating and sleeping and bathing and working. But even when we're doing those things, we're basically just itching to get to the next match.<br><br>What we need is a distraction. Preferably a football-related one. These five mobile footy games should do the trick nicely. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Soccer+Stars/feature.asp?c=77809'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Soccer+Stars/feature.asp?c=77809 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT Harry's hot takes: E3 2018 interview special <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ubqm/the-elder-scrolls-blades-ios-andorid-landscape.jpg" width="200" alt="Harry's hot takes: E3 2018 interview special" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>This week's column features a conversation between Harry and Rodney "Rodders" Stockton, an up and coming young writer who just spent the past week enjoying the sights and sounds of E3. Harry assures me that Rodney knows what he's talking about, definitely exists, and isn't simply a foil for 600 words of bad jokes and poorly observed political and social commentary - Ed</em><br><br><strong>Harry:</strong> Hello Rodney.<br><br><strong>Rodney:</strong> Hey Harry! Man, what a week I've had. The stories I could tell you!<br><br><strong>Harry:</strong> Rodney, you're using too many exclamation marks. This column has a strict quota. I am now unable to use one for the next 800 years.<br><br><strong>Rodney:</strong> You would not believe the things I saw out in LA, man! There were billboards with pictures of games on them that were so tall I thought they might get caught up in the clouds! <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Elder+Scrolls%3A+Blades/feature.asp?c=77812'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Elder+Scrolls%3A+Blades/feature.asp?c=77812 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:51:21 GMT Donkey Kong and Sky Skipper join the Arcade Archives lineup <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tenyxe_arcade_archives_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Donkey Kong and Sky Skipper join the Arcade Archives lineup" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo put a neat bow on their E3 presentations today, announcing that the arcade version of <em>Donkey Kong</em> and the ultra rare <em>Sky Skipper</em> would be <a href="https://e3.nintendo.com/games/arcade-archives-donkey-kong-switch/">the next additions to Hamster Corp.’s <em>Arcade Archives</em> series</a>.<br><br><em>Arcade Archives Donkey Kong</em> comes bundled with three different versions of the original arcade game. Players will be able to try out the original Japanese version, a later patched version that addresses bugs, and the international version. The <em>Arcade Archives</em> is also introducing two new gameplay modes - Hi Score and Caravan mode - that will take advantage of online leaderboards.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Donkey+Kong+%28eShop%29/news.asp?c=77811'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Donkey+Kong+%28eShop%29/news.asp?c=77811 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:49:00 GMT Sony responds to the infamous Fortnite snafu <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-plaq/fortnite_icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Sony responds to the infamous Fortnite snafu " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sony has broken its silence over <a href="/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77801">the ongoing <em>Fortnite</em> debacle</a> in which players who had played the PlayStation 4 version were locked out of their Epic accounts for playing on the Nintendo Switch (or vice versa). Fans of the game were understandably angry, given that Sony had given no warning that accounts would be suspended.<br><br>“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience,” Sony said <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44477524">in a statement to the BBC</a>. "With... more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on <em>Fortnite</em> and all online titles.”<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77810'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=77810 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:21:03 GMT 2018 World Football League is a bit like Subbuteo, and it's out now for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lpouq/iphone-screenshot-4.jpg" width="200" alt="2018 World Football League is a bit like Subbuteo, and it's out now for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You might remember a few days ago we posted a <a href="/r/Board+Game/Subbuteo+Mobile/feature.asp?c=77700">feature about the football board games we'd like to see on mobile</a>.<br><br>Well, 2018 World Football League just landed on the App Store, and it's answered some rather specific parts of our prayers.<br><br>That's because the game is a bit like Subutteo. It's a turn-based, five-a-side affair that sees you flicking bottle caps in order to try and beat your opponents.<br><br>It's a neat little idea, and while it might not have the depth of Subbuteo, there is a lot to like here.<br><br>It's not without its problems though, so I'd suggest holding fire on downloading it before our review goes live tomorrow.<br><br>But if you love throwing caution to the wind and flipping things at balls, you <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1371447308">can grab the game from the App Store right now by following this link</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/2018+World+Football+League/news.asp?c=77808'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/2018+World+Football+League/news.asp?c=77808 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:57:08 GMT New iOS and Android games out this week - Bloons TD 6, ARK: Survival Evolved, Knights Chronicle, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xovo/arkthumb.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS and Android games out this week - Bloons TD 6, ARK: Survival Evolved, Knights Chronicle, and more " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been 'E3 this' and 'E3 that' this week, I know, but it doesn't mean we can't feast our eyes on a new selection of awesome games. <br><br>While the list may be a little smaller than usual, we're sure you're going to find something to dig into this weekend - or right now if you're feeling saucy. <br><br>From cutesy arcade games to HUGE scaly RPGs, intense fighters, and more, let's have a look at what's on offer.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/ARK%3A+Survival+Evolved/feature.asp?c=77807'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/ARK%3A+Survival+Evolved/feature.asp?c=77807 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:46:57 GMT