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 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:48:40 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Review: Splatoon 2 review - Disappointing sequel or the Switch's first must have exclusive? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qffjfnn/splatoon-2-icon.jpg" width="200" alt="Splatoon 2 review - Disappointing sequel or the Switch's first must have exclusive?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Splatoon 2 </em>is a tough one to review, because you're going to have a completely different experience with it depending on whether or not you played the first one.<br><br>The problem - if there is one - boils down to that number 2 dangling at the end of the game's name. For returning players, it comes with expectations that just aren't met, which may result in buyer's regret.<br><br>Meanwhile, new players might avoid it entirely, assuming they need to have played the original to get what's going on here. That's a shame.<br><br>Because at its core, <em>Splatoon 2</em> remains one of the most fun and inventive shooters we've seen this generation, and one every Switch owner should have in their library.<br><br><strong>What's Splatoon? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/review.asp?c=74763'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/review.asp?c=74763 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:42 GMT SNK kicks the summer off right with sales on Metal Slug, Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Shodown II, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qsyh/unnamed__1_.jpg" width="200" alt="SNK kicks the summer off right with sales on Metal Slug, Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Shodown II, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Now that schools have broken up and there's been at least one major ice shortage, I guess that means summer's in full swing.<br><br>To celebrate, SNK is hosting a huge summer sale in which they've knocked the prices of all of their paid titles across iOS and Android until August 3rd. Ooh la la. <br><br>You can now get the following nine titles dirt cheap:<br><br><em><strong>Metal Slug</strong></em> - <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/574641836">iOS</a> (99p/99c), <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotemu.neogeo.mslug">Android</a> (99p)<br><br>"<em>Make your way through multiple battlefields and put an end to the Rebel Army Leader General Morden's evil plans! Not only a perfect port of the original NEOGEO game, in addition to its classic Arcade Mode, this perfect conversion of Metal Slug includes a Mission Mode, allowing you to select in which stage you want to play!</em>" <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Metal+Slug/news.asp?c=74766'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Metal+Slug/news.asp?c=74766 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:18:46 GMT The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - July 24 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ddzkag_yankai_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The best deals of the week in handheld and mobile - July 24" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Welcome our weekly round-up of the best deals in pocket gaming. As ever, we've got some bargain picks for you that will be difficult to resist.<br><br>It works like this: each week we bring the best deals in handheld gaming, predominantly covering the latest discounts for iOS and Android gamers.<br><br>We also cover a few deals on smartphones themselves, as well as a selection of handheld offers. Basically if it's portable and cheap, we're looking out for it.<br><br><strong>iOS games</strong><br><br>Arcade specialist SNK has a big sale on iOS games right now, but we've picked out just the three as part of our monthly round-up. After all, we had to squeeze in a couple of classic adventures and an oddball puzzler.<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Metal Slug 3 for 99p (was £2.99) - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/metal-slug-3/id530060483?mt=8">buy</a></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=74765'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/iPhone%2C+iPad%2C+and+Android+game+sales/feature.asp?c=74765 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:56:16 GMT Age of Solitaire mixes city-building and Solitaire and it's launching on iOS tomorrow, July 25th <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-yeiu_eng_800x1280_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Age of Solitaire mixes city-building and Solitaire and it's launching on iOS tomorrow, July 25th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Are you a fan of <em>Solitaire</em> or solo card games? You might want to keep an eye on <em>Age of Solitaire</em>, coming to iOS later this week. <br><br><em>Age of Solitaire </em>is a city-building card game which takes two popular mobile game genres and mashes them together a bit. Granted, there's not a whole lot of information about the game outside of the trailer, but we get the gist.<br><br>From the trailer alone it looks like the more card rows you complete, the more your city will be built. With options to shuffle, grab a hint, watch an advert to get an extra card, and undo your last move, there may be a little more to it. <br><br><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">According to the developer on their <a href="http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?s=caa12e1732db3950f1d052cc77c9de4a&t=309220">forum</a> page,<em> AoS</em> will follow the traditional </span><em style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Klondike Solitaire</em><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"> rules, but let's hope there's something else hiding beneath that classic exoskeleton. </span>I guess we'll have to wait and see.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Age+of+Solitaire/news.asp?c=74764'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Age+of+Solitaire/news.asp?c=74764 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:22:00 GMT Shoot more bad guys in the arcade sequel Twisty Board 2's upcoming iOS beta <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-arse/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Shoot more bad guys in the arcade sequel Twisty Board 2's upcoming iOS beta " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Think back to October last year and you might remember a game called <em><a href="/r/iPad/Twisty+Board/review.asp?c=71730">Twisty Board</a></em>. Now, with the second on the way, <em>Twisty Board 2</em> is looking for iOS beta testers. <br><br>On par with the first in the series, there's not a lot of information about <em>Twisty Board 2</em> aside from a couple of lines of description and a 28-second trailer. "<em>Save your people! Survive & Defend your world from Q'Tath Mothership</em>."<br><br>The controls are the same as before - tapping left and right to steer and shoot various enemies - but the game itself looks like it's had a bit of a tidy. From the trailer alone we can see that there'll likely be a few more enemies, some special moves (slow motion after jumping off ramps in this case), and the usual coin-collecting mechanic to increase your score. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Twisty+Board+2/news.asp?c=74762'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Twisty+Board+2/news.asp?c=74762 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:39:00 GMT Test friendships and get cooking as Overcooked: Special Edition arrives on Nintendo Switch this Thursday <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-rqfqk_overcookedswitchdate3d__1__png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Test friendships and get cooking as Overcooked: Special Edition arrives on Nintendo Switch this Thursday" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I don't know if you've played <em>Overcooked</em> yet, but it is an utter hoot. Back in <a href="/r/Switch/Overcooked/news.asp?c=73158&srch=overcooked">March</a> we learnt that <em>Overcooked: Special Edition</em> was headed to the Nintendo Switch and now we've finally got a release date. <br><br><em>Overcooked</em> is a hilarious 2-4 player game in which you and your team choose your characters and attempt to strategise your way through a chaotic dinner service. That may not sound too crazy, but when the floors move, conveyor belts steal your ingredients, and you've got soup, and burgers, and fish and chips, and more to make it's a little challenging.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overcooked%3A+Special+Edition/news.asp?c=74761'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overcooked%3A+Special+Edition/news.asp?c=74761 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:52:00 GMT ROME: Total War - Alexander charges into battle on iPad this Thursday, July 27th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kafb/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="ROME: Total War - Alexander charges into battle on iPad this Thursday, July 27th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> At the end of last week we finally found out that <em>ROME: Total War - Alexander</em> will be dropping on iPad this Thursday, and we're pretty stoked for it. <br><br>If you've been a little out of the loop, the strategy game <em>ROME: Total War</em>'s upcoming addition, <em>Alexander</em>, is the second standalone expansion pack for the iPad series.<br><br>Like the PC expansion it re-imagines the military feats of Alexander the Great, allowing you to lead the Greek kingdom of Macedon to conquer the Persian empire. Take place in turn-based battles, command over 50 units unique to the game, and enjoy the high-resolution visuals, intuitive touch controls, and enormous 3D battles without having to play the base game, <em>ROME: Total War</em>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/ROME%3A+Total+War+%2D+Alexander/news.asp?c=74760'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/ROME%3A+Total+War+%2D+Alexander/news.asp?c=74760 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:41:20 GMT Best new iOS and Android games of the week: July 24 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fdlr_mallow_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Best new iOS and Android games of the week: July 24" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We're a day later than usual with our weekly round-up of the best iOS and Android games. Blame those pesky holidays.<br><br>So what's been happening over the past seven or eight days? In my absence, I see that a whole bunch of excellent mobile games have been released. Let me tell you, catching up has been a pleasure.<br><br>Have you been playing anything different this past week? Let us know in the comments below.<br><br><a href="r/iPad/Layton%27s+Mystery+Journey/review.asp?c=74739"><strong>Layton's Mystery Journey</strong></a><br><br>By Level-5 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/laytons-mystery-journey/id1247111138?mt=8">buy on iOS</a> / <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Level5.LaytonMJEU&hl=en">buy on Android<br><br></a><br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=74759'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=74759 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:35:42 GMT Last Day Alive is a bullet-riddled, zombie-killing survival game and it's soft launched on iOS in Sweden <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gklig/screen520x924__3_.jpeg" width="200" alt="Last Day Alive is a bullet-riddled, zombie-killing survival game and it's soft launched on iOS in Sweden" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It wouldn't be a good week without a zombie game to sink our teeth into, so let me point you to <em>Last Day Alive</em> which just soft launched on iOS in Sweden. <br><br>You'll know Glu Games from their simple-but-addictive mobile games like <em>Restaurant DASH</em>, <em>Blood & Glory</em>, <em>Nicki Minaj: The Empire</em>, and more. <em>Last Day Alive</em>, however, takes up a slightly more bloody approach as you're thrown into undead chaos armed with shotguns, grenades, rifles, and more. <br><br>It's up to you to save trapped survivors from hordes of zees, lay waste to enemy bases to steal their resources, take on more active enemies as you compete against other players in solo or 2v2 matches, build your own epic base, and more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Last+Day+Alive/news.asp?c=74758'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Last+Day+Alive/news.asp?c=74758 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:05:00 GMT The 3 best weird-chess games for mobile <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yjilv/cheshscreenshot6.jpg" width="200" alt="The 3 best weird-chess games for mobile" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Let's be honest, chess is sort of the boss of board games. It might not capture the imagination like it once did, but there's still something pretty darn cool about it.<br><br>It's strict, endlessly replayable, and pits your skills against a foe who's just inches away.<br><br>That's all well and good, but mobile gaming offers up some really interesting weird chess games.<br><br>Games that take the basic formula, then shake it up, throw some other bits and bobs into the mix, and then see what comes out.<br><br>So I figured in this part of our genre round-up, we'd take a look at three of the best weird chess games that you can grab for your mobile right now. You're welcome.<br><br><strong><a href="/r/iPad/Chesh/review.asp?c=67922">Chesh</a></strong> - buy on <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/989385585">iOS<br><br></a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Chesh/feature.asp?c=74754'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Chesh/feature.asp?c=74754 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT Review: Big Sport Fishing 2017 review - A simple fishing game for the casual crowd <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gone_big_sport_fishing_2017_ios_review_screen_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Big Sport Fishing 2017 review - A simple fishing game for the casual crowd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It takes a certain amount of patience, determination, and skill to enjoy fishing, let alone actually want to take it up as a regular thing.<br><br>Yet <em>Big Sport Fishing 2017</em> throws the majority of that out the window, replacing it instead with a fast-paced, arcade-y approach to a typically serene pastime.<br><br>It's a fairly shallow affair that veers a little too closely into pay-to-win territory, but for some light-hearted fun when you've got a couple of minutes to kill, it's surprisingly good fun.<br><br><strong>Casting off<br><br></strong><br><br>Where most fishing games like to break down the experience into every teeny tiny step, <em>Big Sport Fishing 2017</em> gives you a rod, a lure, and a fishing spot, then tells you to have fun.<br><br>You can look around your casting area with a swipe of the screen, cast off your line by swiping up, and then wait patiently for the fish to start nibbling. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Sport+Fishing+2017/review.asp?c=74751'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Sport+Fishing+2017/review.asp?c=74751 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT Ubisoft's strategy RPG Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians has soft launched on iOS in Canada <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ebgjok/screen520x924.jpeg" width="200" alt="Ubisoft's strategy RPG Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians has soft launched on iOS in Canada" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Might & Magic</em> is back as its next installment, <em>Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians</em>, soft launches on iOS. <br><br><em>Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians</em> is a strategy RPG based in the same fantasy realm as the previous games. Collect elemental creatures, level up mighty warriors, and battle hard in this fast-paced, tactical game. <br><br>Choose your House of Magic, between Materia, Chimera, or Anima, customise and level up your hero, collect hundreds of magical beasts and upgrade them to unleash their true power, compete in PvP arena battles to rise up the ranks and earn ultimate bragging rights. <br><br>If you're in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, or Singapore check out the soft launch on the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1115265551">App Store</a> now. Android users it's also been running on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubisoft.runeguard&hl=en_GB">Google Play</a> for a few months, so be sure to take a look.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Might+%26+Magic%3A+Elemental+Guardians/news.asp?c=74757'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Might+%26+Magic%3A+Elemental+Guardians/news.asp?c=74757 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:38:14 GMT Lugia and Articuno are the first Legendaries available in Pokemon GO <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lfwozep/legendaryhero_-_copy.jpg" width="200" alt="Lugia and Articuno are the first Legendaries available in Pokemon GO" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> After <em>Pokemon GO Fest Chicago</em> came and went this weekend, everyone's hard work paid off as the first couple of Legendary Pokemon are now available to discover, battle, and catch. <br><br><em>Pokemon GO Fest Chicago</em> started off strongly, though technical difficulties put a bit of a downer on the fun. For those registered attendees of <em>PGFC</em>, however, you'll soon be able to claim a full refund, $100 in PokeCoins, special Eggs, and more. You can check it all out on this <a href="http://pokemongolive.com/en/post/pokemongofestupdate">blog post</a>. <br><br>As for the Legendaries, both Articuno and Lugia will be available from now to take on in Raid Battles (seen on the trailer above). Plus, Zapdos and Moltres will soon be on their way too. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=74756'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=74756 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:29:13 GMT Review: WWE Tap Mania review - One for fans of wrestling and tapping, and that's about it <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zpsxkq_wwe-tap-mania-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="WWE Tap Mania review - One for fans of wrestling and tapping, and that's about it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Do you like tappers? Do you like wrestling? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you should just go and download <em>WWE Tap Mania</em> now, because you're going to absolutely adore it.<br><br>If you answered yes to either of them, then you should keep reading. Because there's a chance that you might find something to like in WWE Tap Mania.<br><br>If you answered no to both of them, then quite frankly there's nothing here for you. You can stick around for the jokes, but other than that you'd be better suited spending your time finding something else to play.<br><br><strong>Bonesaw is ready<br><br></strong><br><br>The game sees you creating a team of WWE wrestlers, then heading out into the ring to beat the faces off of other WWE wrestlers. Your foes are much bigger than you, but they go down pretty easily for the most part. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/WWE+Tap+Mania/review.asp?c=74755'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/WWE+Tap+Mania/review.asp?c=74755 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:42:53 GMT A surreal adventure awaits in point-n-click The Franz Kafka Videogame <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ogqm/iphone-screenshot-1.jpeg" width="200" alt="A surreal adventure awaits in point-n-click The Franz Kafka Videogame" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> First written <a href="r/iPad/The+Franz+Kafka+Videogame/news.asp?c=55718">about three years ago</a>, the odd and otherworldly adventure game <em>The Franz Kafka Videogame </em>is finally available on the App Store courtesy of Daedalic.<br><br>The game isn't about Kafka, as you might expect, but takes you along a journey inspired the man's surreal style and storytelling. Your protagonist, a man named K, receives a job offer, but between home and his new workplace is a trip through a world that grows increasingly surreal and weird.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Franz+Kafka+Videogame/news.asp?c=74753'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Franz+Kafka+Videogame/news.asp?c=74753 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:18:16 GMT