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 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:40:28 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Erin: The Last Aos Sí is a turn-based RPG journey through Celtic mythology <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zemf/iphone-screenshot-1.jpeg" width="200" alt="Erin: The Last Aos Sí is a turn-based RPG journey through Celtic mythology" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Erin: The Last Aos Sí</em> is a challenging tactical RPG that pits your mystical heroine against creatures and foes from Celtic myth, available now on iOS and Android.<br><br>As Erin, you travel from mission to mission on the map screen, entering locations to engage in turn-based battles, utilizing series of runes to unleash powerful elemental spells. Combat is based on timing; getting hit while preparing a spell will interrupt your attack, forcing to find a balance between fast attacks, defense, and devastating magic.<br><br>Furthermore, spell casting is done by performing movements on the touchscreen, such as swiping or tapping icons at the right time, adding another layer to the battles. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Erin%3A+The+Last+Aos+Si/news.asp?c=73431'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Erin%3A+The+Last+Aos+Si/news.asp?c=73431 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:51:08 GMT Hot Five: Asmodee Digital has a whopping sale, Apple phases out the iPad Air, and Stellar Wanderer finally hits Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tvpu/capture_107_.jpg" width="200" alt="Hot Five: Asmodee Digital has a whopping sale, Apple phases out the iPad Air, and Stellar Wanderer finally hits Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Can you believe it? Another week has come and gone and you know what that means - it's time for yet another Hot Five. <br><br>There's been a good mix of interesting newsbits, cracking releases, and - well - some generally great games to play or to look forward to. <br><br>But that's enough of my yammering, let's just get down to it. <br><br><strong>Stellar Wanderer flies onto Android</strong><br><br>Crescent Moon were careful with this one as it took just over a year for <a href="/r/Android/Crescent+Moon+Games+Stellar+Wanderer/news.asp?c=73373"><em>Stellar Wanderer</em></a> to jump over from iOS and rear its head on Android. Despite earning a 6/10 initially, it's been long enough now that whatever bugs previously plagued the iOS version should have hopefully been resolved, but I guess we'll just have to play it to find out.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=73419'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=73419 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Orphan Black: The Game is an isometric puzzler take on the popular sci-fi series <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oxsg/iphone-screenshot-1.jpeg" width="200" alt="Orphan Black: The Game is an isometric puzzler take on the popular sci-fi series" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Based on the acclaimed TV show, <em>Orphan Black</em> has you guiding a trio of clones through stages of deadly traps and enemies, in a new puzzle game available on iOS.<br><br>Heavily reminiscent of the GO games, you move through each of <em>Orphan Black</em>'s levels in turn-based fashion, avoiding enemies and activating switches and tiles to create a safe path to the exit.<br><br>The story-driven puzzler takes you from isolated forests to suburban homes and beyond, introducing challenging elements such as shifting floors, force fields, and more. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Orphan+Black%3A+The+Game/news.asp?c=73428'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Orphan+Black%3A+The+Game/news.asp?c=73428 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:10:00 GMT Best new iOS and Android games this week: Sunless Sea, Death Road to Canada, Card Thief and more <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ahgic_sunless-sea_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Best new iOS and Android games this week: Sunless Sea, Death Road to Canada, Card Thief and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hello, and welcome to our regular look at the best mobile games of the past seven days.<br><br>Every week we run through the best and most interesting games to have hit the App Store and Google Play Store.<br><br>This week we've got a couple of gems that aren't just iOS-only, as has been the unfortunate trend so far in 2017, but iPad-only. But if you've got one of Apple's tablets, they're well worth getting.<br><br>Android fans don't have an awful lot to choose from this week, but that's okay. There's only one game you need to be playing, as you'll see. <br><br>Have you been playing anything different this week? Let us know in the comments below.<br><br><a href="r/iPad/Sunless+Sea/review.asp?c=73412"><strong>Sunless Sea</strong></a><br><br>By Failbetter Games - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sunless-sea/id1133500069?mt=8">buy on iPad <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Game+of+the+Week/feature.asp?c=73427'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Game+of+the+Week/feature.asp?c=73427 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:00 GMT Minimalist arcade game Puk goes on sale once more for 0.99p / 0.99c <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hbcl/puk_2.jpg" width="200" alt="Minimalist arcade game Puk goes on sale once more for 0.99p / 0.99c" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Developer Laser Dog's library is one of minimalist games, both in aesthetic and design. However, it was their first game <em><a href="r/iPad/PUK/news.asp?c=53481">Puk</a></em> that probably best encapsulates that style, and it's currently for the low price of <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/600112527">0.99p / 0.99c</a> on iOS.<br><br>Your goal in <em>Puk</em> is simple: blast balls at bumpers of varying size, their size affecting how many hits it takes from them to disappear completely. The controls are only flicking on balls to send them ricocheting across a level, a mechanics that extends across 1,000 stages.<br><br>A tight timer, limited balls, gates, and walls that can make a simple level a tricky challenge add surprising variety to <em>Puk</em>, an element that earned the game a <a href="r/iPad/PUK/review.asp?c=49941">Silver Award</a>. Multiple difficulties offer new tests of your skills if you're finding the game too easy or hard; Shadow throws the hardest levels at you earlier, while Light eases you in with more basic levels. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/PUK/news.asp?c=73426'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/PUK/news.asp?c=73426 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:09:05 GMT Could RPG classic Planescape: Torment be coming to iPad? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rlnrqi/planescape.jpg" width="200" alt="Could RPG classic Planescape: Torment be coming to iPad?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Between <em><a href="r/iPad/Star+Wars%3A+Knights+of+the+Old+Republic/review.asp?c=51291">Knights of the Old Republic</a></em>, <em><a href="r/iPad/Baldur%27s+Gate+II%3A+Enhanced+Edition/review.asp?c=56674">Baldur's Gate</a></em>, and <em><a href="r/iPad/Icewind+Dale%3A+Enhanced+Edition/news.asp?c=62462">Icewind Dale</a></em>, mobile has been graced with a fair number of classic RPGs. But ask an genre enthusiast, and the name <em>Planescape: Torment</em> would likely be in that list. Unfortunately Planescape hasn't made its way to mobile yet, but that might be changing. <br><br>A mysterious countdown has appeared on <a href="http://planescape.com/">a site specifically about <em>Planescape</em></a>, set to end on Monday. While that alone wouldn't indicate a possible mobile version, publisher Beamdog <a href="https://twitter.com/BeamdogInc/status/845339742501830656">is also spreading the word</a> about this countdown. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Planescape%3A+Torment/news.asp?c=73425'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Planescape%3A+Torment/news.asp?c=73425 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:43:00 GMT Top 5 best gaming phones for under £200 (Spring 2017) <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vpyph/motogtitle.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 5 best gaming phones for under £200 (Spring 2017)" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel are great phones. But who has £600 free to spend on a smartphone these days?<br><br>You do? Lucky thing. This article isn't for you. We'll be updating our top money-no-object smartphone recommendations a little deeper into the year, when there's something worthwhile to add.<br><br>For those of you who have significantly less to spend on a phone, there's some good news. You can get a stylish, capable, and gaming-ready handset for less than £200.<br><br>Here are five of favourites that are currently available in the UK.<br><br><strong>Moto G5 (£180)<br><br></strong><br><br>Motorola (and parent company Lenovo) has long made the best sub-£200 smartphone on the market. For years now the Moto G has been our go-to pick at this price range. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Top+5+Android/feature.asp?c=73424'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Top+5+Android/feature.asp?c=73424 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT The 25 best word games for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zgrk_type_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best word games for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Word games. They're just a subset of the puzzler genre, aren't they?<br><br>In a sense, yes they are. But they're also so much more. Playing with language draws on an extra set of skills to the usual spatial and logical conundrums. It calls on your vocabulary and your spelling skills.<br><br>That's why we wanted to make a stand-alone list of a the best word games on iPhone and iPad. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=73381'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Best+iPhone+games/feature.asp?c=73381 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:30:00 GMT Splatoon 2 Global Testfire primer - The Switch demo that could tear you away from Zelda <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kobdz/sq_nswitch_splatoon2.jpg" width="200" alt="Splatoon 2 Global Testfire primer - The Switch demo that could tear you away from Zelda" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In just a few hours, Nintendo will kick off its <em>Splatoon 2</em> Global Testfire event for owners of the new Nintendo Switch console.<br><br>There's a very good chance that this doesn't mean anything at all to you, which is why we thought a little primer would be in order.<br><br>Let's start with the basics.<br><br><strong>What is Splatoon?</strong><br><br><em>Splatoon</em> is a team-based online third-person shooter that was released for the Wii U console in May 2015. It turned out to be a rare hit for the underperforming console late in its life. Which partly explains why we're seeing such a quick turnaround for this Switch sequel.<br><br>What was even more unusual was the fact that Nintendo made Splatoon at all. Two things the company is not renowned for is shooting games and online-focused games. Predictably, Nintendo aced it with one of the best games on the console. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/feature.asp?c=73423'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/feature.asp?c=73423 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:37:20 GMT Tiny Bombers mixes Crossy Road with Bomberman, out now for iPhone and iPad <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tttc/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Tiny Bombers mixes Crossy Road with Bomberman, out now for iPhone and iPad" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're after an 'easy to pick up' game for the weekend, the cutesy, blocky, <em>Bomberman</em>-like <em>Tiny Bombers</em> has finally touched down on iOS. <br><br><em>Tiny Bombers</em> is basically <em>Bomberman</em>, let's not beat around the bush, but in an endless form. So, rather than playing through levels, you're playing until you die - or, until you decide to put your phone down and get off the bus. <br><br>As endless games go, the further you'll get into it, the more obstacles and challenges you'll face. Though, on the same string as <em>Crossy Road</em>, don't dawdle as the level's collapsing behind you. <br><br>With intense, strategic gameplay to focus on, almost 20 characters to unlock and collect, and bonuses for your bomb to spice things up a little, it's a familiar but fun experience.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Bombers/news.asp?c=73420'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Bombers/news.asp?c=73420 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:34:00 GMT Lilith Games on working with Ubisoft to get the Prince of Persia in the hit RPG Soul Hunters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vyfbe/20170307.jpg" width="200" alt="Lilith Games on working with Ubisoft to get the Prince of Persia in the hit RPG Soul Hunters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Striking the perfect balance between fantasy, RPG mechanics, and side-scrolling action might seem like a tricky art to perfect, but it’s a challenge developer Lilith Games has continued to rise to following the release of <em>Soul Hunters</em> way back in 2015. Fast forward to today and the game continues to develop and evolve, adding in updates and fan favourite characters like Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and just recently one of Ubisoft’s most beloved classic heroes, Prince of Persia.<br><br><em>Soul Hunters</em> tasks its players to collect a series of mythological heroes, and then send them into battle in a unique blend of 2D real-time combat and strategic RPG mechanics. Every hero features unique, upgradeable abilities capable of dealing out massive damage, healing allies, and even stopping opponents in their tracks. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Soul+Hunters/news.asp?c=73418'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Soul+Hunters/news.asp?c=73418 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:45:00 GMT Review: The Elder Scrolls: Legends review - A CCG that takes its time, but gets there in the end <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ysnbeorw_elder-scrolls-legends-ios-3_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Elder Scrolls: Legends review - A CCG that takes its time, but gets there in the end" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The <em>Elder Scrolls: Legends</em> isn't <em><a href="/r/iPad/Hearthstone%3A+Heroes+of+Warcraft/review.asp?c=69916">Hearthstone</a></em>. I want to get that out of the way as quickly as possible. Sure it's a CCG set in one of the most famous RPG universes, but the similarities sort of end there.<br><br>This is a far more dour game, and it takes a while to get going. But there are some interesting twists to the formula here, and plenty for players to sink their cat-people teeth into if they're willing to stick with it.<br><br>Is it likely to be as successful as Blizzard's card-chucker? Probably not. But it's still more than worth some of your attention.<br><br><strong>Carded</strong><br><br>The game is a one on one card scrapper in the vein of <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Magic+Duels%3A+Origins/review.asp?c=66374">Magic The Gathering</a></em>. You've got a deck of cards, a character with a health bar, and a mana pool that lets you toss out your cardy creatures and spells. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/The+Elder+Scrolls%3A+Legends/review.asp?c=73414'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/The+Elder+Scrolls%3A+Legends/review.asp?c=73414 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT Alone Planet is an intense-looking, monochromatic puzzler by Immersion Studio, coming soon to iOS <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dnwv/2.jpg" width="200" alt="Alone Planet is an intense-looking, monochromatic puzzler by Immersion Studio, coming soon to iOS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Beijing-based Immersion Studio's got something interesting on the cards as their adventure puzzler, <em>Alone Planet</em>, will be coming soon to iOS.<br><br><em>Alone Planet</em> is a rather striking, monochromatic puzzler in which you're embodied as a small, ice-white, anthropomorphic creature, travelling through a rather perilous world, searching for a way out.<br><br>Along the way you'll face puzzles with teleporters, floating blocks, pressure pads, spinning spikes - even walls of spikes, and more. However, aside from just making your way through the various levels, you've also got some big, bad bosses to battle.<br><br>There's not too much information out at the moment, but the gameplay looks pretty tidy. Let's just hope that the game actually plays as good as it looks and that it's not a nightmare to control.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Alone+Planet/news.asp?c=73417'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Alone+Planet/news.asp?c=73417 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:07:00 GMT Royal Dungeon is Tigrido's latest pixel art puzzler, coming to iOS next week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-zzfhl/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Royal Dungeon is Tigrido's latest pixel art puzzler, coming to iOS next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Tigrido (<em>My Majesty</em>/<em>Temple of Spikes</em>) is back with another pixelated adventure with <em>Royal Dungeon</em>, coming to iOS next week. <br><br>The aim of the game is simple: help a royal couple escape from all sorts of nasty things waiting in the royal dungeon. <br><br>There's not an awful lot of information out about the game as of yet as Tigrido do like to keep us guessing. But thanks to a basic description and a trailer, we know that it's a pixel art puzzler with old-school, dungeon crawling vibes...without it being a dungeon crawler. <br><br>It looks more like <em>Link Twin</em> in the sense that you have two characters, each of which move simultaneously with each other. Instead of moving block-by-block though it looks like your characters will move until they're stopped, like <em>Red's Kingdom</em>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Royal+Dungeon/news.asp?c=73416'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Royal+Dungeon/news.asp?c=73416 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:36:43 GMT Review: Sunless Sea Review - A dark, gothic adventure <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-atlb/17499603_10154548406698175_1188716511_o.jpg" width="200" alt="Sunless Sea Review - A dark, gothic adventure " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Sunless Sea</em> is a gothic, exploration game set in the same universe as <em>Fallen London -</em> only this time you're headed out to zee. Or the sea, if you'd prefer.<br><br>When the world around you is pitch black and the oceans are quiet and unpredictable, how long do you think you'd last before crumbling into sheer madness?<br><br>That's the basic premise. Aside from managing your supplies, gathering information, and fighting big beasts out on the Unterzee, it's a matter of <em>when</em> you're going to die - not <em>if</em>. <br><br><strong>Row, row, row your boat</strong><br><br>You start off without a clue, having been thrown into the position of captain. You choose your name, choose your back story if you want to, choose your goal, and off to zee you go. <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Sunless+Sea/review.asp?c=73412'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Sunless+Sea/review.asp?c=73412 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT