Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest features 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 Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:08:58 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Pop Bloons in the Land of Ooo when Bloons Adventure Time TD hits iOS and Android this month <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ddgwt/bloons.jpg" width="200" alt="Pop Bloons in the Land of Ooo when Bloons Adventure Time TD hits iOS and Android this month" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you love Bloons and Adventure Time, well you're just going to have a field day with this. It was announced today that Cartoon Network and Ninja Kiwi have partnered up to bring Bloons Adventure Time TD to mobile later this month.<br><br>This is a crossover experience you won't want to miss as those pesky Bloons invade the Land of Ooo. The monkeys need to team up with Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and more to save the kingdom. <br><br>Featuring the real voice cast of Adventure Time, there are over 15 adventures and 50 maps to get through with more than 200 weapons and 30 Bloon-shredding powers at your disposal. This tower defence game also offers up 50 allies, a few new monkey heroes, an original story, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Adventure+Time+TD/news.asp?c=78431'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Bloons+Adventure+Time+TD/news.asp?c=78431 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:26:24 GMT Review: A Way to Slay review - A hack and slash game with a smart puzzling twist <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mqxove_a-way-to-slay-ios-review-screenshot-an-early-hit_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="A Way to Slay review - A hack and slash game with a smart puzzling twist" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Have you ever wondered how the lone hero in all those films manages to take down a whole bunch of assailants without getting fatally wounded? Me too, which is why A Way to Slay is such an interesting proposition.<br><br>It mixes together a puzzler and an action game, slathers the whole thing in thick red blood, and finishes it off with some of the most pleasing, and brutal, murdering animations you're going to have seen in a long time.<br><br>It's not without its problems, but when it's getting things right it offers up a unique, tactical, time-chasing experience that's full to the brim with swords and slaughter.<br><br><strong>Hack the planet</strong><br><br>You're playing as a warrior facing seemingly insurmountable odds. It's up to you to mount those odds. Essentially, every turn you need to choose which of your assailants you're going to kill. Double tap on them and you'll execute your attack. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/A+Way+to+Slay/review.asp?c=78430'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/A+Way+to+Slay/review.asp?c=78430 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:24:18 GMT Next week on Twitch there's going to be a Pandemic, and not just because James is so hench <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kvjv/pandemic-ipad-01.jpg" width="200" alt="Next week on Twitch there's going to be a Pandemic, and not just because James is so hench" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The weekend is almost upon us, but here at TableTap we've got our eyes firmly fixed on the future. To be precise, we've got our eyes firmly fixed on Tuesday, when we're taking to the Twitch airwaves once more to stream Pandemic.<br><br>Never heard of Pandemic? Well, it's a digital board game adaptation that sees you trying to stop the spread of some deadly viruses.<br><br>You can play on your own, you can play cooperatively with friends, but the end goal is the same - try not to let the population of the world perish.<br><br>We reviewed the game when it first came out and gave it a shiny Silver Award. Our reviewer described it as "a tense and tricky strategy game that's surprisingly well suited to solo play." <a href="/r/iPad/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/review.asp?c=54342">Click here and you can read the review in its entirety</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78429'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=78429 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:16:02 GMT Review: Thunderdogs review - An online multiplayer shooter with a few technical issues <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-aciq_thunderdogs-ios-review-screenshot-fighting-above-a-city_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Thunderdogs review - An online multiplayer shooter with a few technical issues" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The .io games that have become popular on mobile over the past couple of years are often missing one very important ingredient - charm. They might get the mechanics right, but there's nothing for the eyes, or the heart, to really latch on to.<br><br>Not so with Thunderdogs. It's a meatier prospect than some of the games that have inspired it, adding a couple of extra levels to the running-around-in-an-arena template of the .io genre.<br><br>For one thing you're flying rather than running, and collecting the bones that defeated dog-fighters drop when they explode. There's plenty to unlock and upgrade as well, which adds even more depth to things.<br><br><strong>Fight them in the air</strong><br><br>The controls are simple. Drag a joystick around on the left of the screen to fly, mash your finger into the right of the screen to fire. Because you're flying a plane it might take you a moment to get to grips with the floatiness of the controls, but once things click you'll be swooshing around the screen no problem. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Thunderdogs/review.asp?c=78426'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Thunderdogs/review.asp?c=78426 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:47:25 GMT Fortnite heads up our 5 best battle royale games video feature <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rlrvmz/fortnitevideothumbnail2018.jpg" width="200" alt="Fortnite heads up our 5 best battle royale games video feature" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>PUBG might have established the genre on PC, but what are the five best mobile battle royale games? Well, obviously Fortnite is on that list. But here, in this sexy five-minute video by our James, are our recommendations.</p><br><br><p></p><br><br><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sBvYZaiXz8" target="_blank">App Store and Google Play links</a> to get all these game are on our YouTube page. Remember to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AppSpy " target="_blank">subscribe to AppSpy (our video brand) on YouTube</a> for more videos like this. And bookmark <a href="http://hubs.pocketgamer.co.uk/fortnite">our super duper Fortnite hub</a> now for regular Fortnite updates, news and guides.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/feature.asp?c=78427'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/feature.asp?c=78427 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:47:00 GMT App Army Assemble: Escape from Chernobyl - All style, but not enough substance <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-debrmc_03_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="App Army Assemble: Escape from Chernobyl - All style, but not enough substance" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Chernobyl is a place of mystery after one of the worst nuclear disasters in history all but wiped it off the map. In Escape from Chernobyl you've got to navigate the power plant and its surrounding area as you continue on from Radiation City's adventure. <br><br>Scavenge for weapons and gear, find out what happened to Lauren, and try to survive the zombies and mutations that reside within in this first-person horror game. <br><br>While that sounds all gravy on paper, the truth is in playing and we couldn't wait for our App Army to get their hands on it. What'd they think, you say? Let's find out. <br><br><strong>Andrey Velit (iPad Pro, iOS 11.4.1)</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Escape+from+Chernobyl/feature.asp?c=78424'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Escape+from+Chernobyl/feature.asp?c=78424 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:32:00 GMT What to expect for Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2018 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ikrt/nintendo-gamescom.jpg" width="200" alt="What to expect for Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2018" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Gamescom 2018 kicks off in Cologne, Germany next week.<br><br>Running from August 21 to August 25, this will be one of the biggest gaming shows of the year. Hundreds of hot new games will be exhibited ahead of their release.<br><br>So what can we expect to see from Gamescom 2018? You can bet your bottom dollar there'll be plenty to see on the Nintendo Switch front.<br><br>Oh, you want some more specifics? Sure, we can take an educated punt.<br><br>Here's some of the most exciting stuff we're expecting to see for Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2018.<br><br><strong>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Party playable</strong><br><br>We're just a few months out from the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo has confirmed that the epic brawler will be playable at Gamescom.<br><br>Sharing the top billing - if only because it will be making its playable debut at Gamescom - will be Super Mario Party. So, yeah. What about that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, eh? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Gamescom+2018/feature.asp?c=78425'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Gamescom+2018/feature.asp?c=78425 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:38:00 GMT No Longer Home already works on Switch, it just needs a bit more cash to get there <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tnjrzb/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="No Longer Home already works on Switch, it just needs a bit more cash to get there" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Look, yeah, <a href="/r/Switch/No+Longer+Home/news.asp?c=78385">we already covered No Longer Home passing its Kickstarter goal</a> and revealing a stretch goal to be ported to Switch. You know that. I know that.<br><br>But what we didn't know until recently is that the team at Humble Grove has already got the first game in the series, Friary Road, running on Nintendo's console. There's a video below if you don't believe me.<br><br>This is great news, and if that doesn't make you think "gee whiz I guess now I know it's not just a pipe dream I should go ahead and back it" then honestly, I don't know what will.<br><br>No Longer Home is described as a "magical realist point and click series", and it looks very personal and melancholy and stuff. I personally have had my eye on the original entry in the series, 29, for years, and can't wait to see it in the real world. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/No+Longer+Home/news.asp?c=78423'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/No+Longer+Home/news.asp?c=78423 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:08:00 GMT Check out 15 of the most exciting indie games we tested this summer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vkew/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="Check out 15 of the most exciting indie games we tested this summer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>The Big Indie Pitch is a competition for indie developers around the world to show off their games to a huge panel of industry experts in rapid-fire pitches. Got a game you want to show off? <a href="http://www.bigindiepitch.com/">Find out more on the Big Indie Pitch website</a>.<br><br></em><br><br>We may only be half way through, but 2018 has already seen some of the strongest Big Indie Pitches we’ve ever seen take place. Not only have we seen FINIFUGU && friends take the crown twice, but we’ve also seen the highly acclaimed anti-golf game What The Golf? take the title at the always competitive GDC pitch.<br><br>Well, hot off the heels of the first ever Big Indie Pitch in Estonia as a part of GameDevDays 2018 this year, we can now add the super stylish and extremely exciting Aeon Must Die! By Limestone Games to the list of 2018 Big Indie Pitch champions. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=78404'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=78404 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:00:00 GMT Keep yourself competitive in Hearthstone with our Boomsday Deck updates <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gewvnq_the-boomsday-project-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Keep yourself competitive in Hearthstone with our Boomsday Deck updates" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're two weeks past Boomsday. Those who were expecting the explosion to wreck the old meta have been in for a surprise. Plenty of new cards are seeing play, but all-new archetypes are thin on the ground.<br><br>That's good news for established players and for the game as a whole. It's also good news for you, as it means you can keep on running our suggested builds with only a few tweaks.<br><br>Who knows: there may be some hot decks waiting in the wings to take off. But in the meantime here's the top picks to keep you climbing the ladder while we wait for the meta to settle. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=78418'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/feature.asp?c=78418 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:43:00 GMT The 25 best sports games on iPhone and iPad <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-vduqf_table_tennis_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best sports games on iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated August 17, 2018:</strong> New entries added<hr /><br><br>Videogames arguably started out as digital approximations of sport. What else is Pong but a game of virtual tennis?<br><br>As the form as increased in scope and complexity, so sports games have grown in scale and sophistication. Right now, you can play a staggering range of sports games right on your mobile phone or tablet.<br><br>Whether you're after a hardcore management simulation or a knock-about arcade blast, there's a sports-themed game for you to play on the go.<br><br>Here are 25 of the very best.<br><br>Oh, and if you're wondering where all the racing games are, we tend to give that its very own genre.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71657'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=71657 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 GMT Catch Celebi in Pokemon GO starting next week! <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-pzsh_celebi_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Catch Celebi in Pokemon GO starting next week!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We knew it would happen <a href="/r/iPhone/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=78214">eventually</a>, but now it’s official—Celebi is being released into the wild in <em>Pokemon GO</em> next week. The elusive Second Generation Legendary Pokemon will be available on August 20 as part of a Special Research task worldwide.<br><br>It’s unclear what Niantic’s asking of players specifically, but the Special Research task will be available to folks who’ve already completed up to the third group of tasks for the Special Research for Mew. If you’re still working on Mew past the third group, you can work on the Celebi and Mew tasks simultaneously. Niantic says the Celebi research will “test your skills as a Trainer”, so don’t expect this to be easy.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=78422'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=78422 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:43:00 GMT Blizzard walks us through the Boomsday Project's solo campaign <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gewvnq_the-boomsday-project-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Blizzard walks us through the Boomsday Project's solo campaign " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Boomsday Project, <a href="/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/news.asp?c=78325">the latest <em>Hearthstone</em> expansion</a>, is getting a new Solo Adventure quite soon. Titled The Puzzle Labs, this new single player mode places you smack dab in a dangerous laboratory full of—you guessed it!—loads of puzzles. Blizzard laid out all of the details in the latest Hearthside Chat.  <br><br>In the Puzzle Labs, you’ll be helping Dr. Boom solve over 100 puzzles, which span four different categories:<br><br><strong>Lethal</strong> - Take out the opponent in one go using the cards you’re given.<br><br><strong>Mirror</strong> - Ensure that both sides of the board are mirror images of each other, including minion positioning, attacks, and pretty much everything else. A tough one for sure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/news.asp?c=78421'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/news.asp?c=78421 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:40:05 GMT Welcome to an all-new Game Hub just for Fortnite fans! <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-qffmn_fortnitesquare457_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Welcome to an all-new Game Hub just for Fortnite fans!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>Calling all Fortnite fans! We've created a special zone on PocketGamer.co.uk for you. Yep, that's right: <a href="http://hubs.pocketgamer.co.uk/fortnite">the Pocket Gamer Game Hub for Fortnite mobile</a> is online now.</p><br><br><p>Your humble scribes have created scores of articles about Fortnite since we heard it was coming to mobile. Simply tons of <a href="http://hubs.pocketgamer.co.uk/fortnite/updates/78406/fortnites-v521-update-brings-in-the-heavy-sniper-rifle-and-two-limited-time-modes">news</a>, <a href="http://hubs.pocketgamer.co.uk/fortnite/features/77970/did-fortnite-just-win-harry-kane-and-england-the-2018-football-world-cup">opinion features</a>, tips and <a href="http://hubs.pocketgamer.co.uk/fortnite/walkthroughs/78345/fortnite-cheats-and-tips-a-full-list-of-every-location-in-the-game">guides</a> and more.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78420'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78420 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:53:00 GMT The deck-building PvP battler Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War heads to mobile later this year <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-javj_age-of-sigmar-realm-war-android-mighty-warlords_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The deck-building PvP battler Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War heads to mobile later this year" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Announced earlier today, Pixel Toys will be bringing Games Workshop's Age of Sigmar: Realm War to iOS and Android in a way that's yet to be seen on mobile. Though there's no definite date yet, it'll be launching sometime this autumn.<br><br>Realm War is a real-time PvP battler in which you'll collect, level up, and unleash your own warband decks in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Build your decks around three unit types - Generals, Heroes, and Summons - and meet each challenge with a different tactical response. <br><br>The real challenge here is knowing when to unleash Special Powers and when to play legendary cards. One wrong move and you'll have to kiss become a bloodthirsty Warlord goodbye.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Age+of+Sigmar%3A+Realm+Wars/news.asp?c=78419'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Age+of+Sigmar%3A+Realm+Wars/news.asp?c=78419 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:16:29 GMT