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 Fri, 26 May 2017 10:25:51 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer's board game retrospective - BattleLore: Command <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sqxhj/matt-battlelore_0960.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer's board game retrospective - BattleLore: Command" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're a fan of American board games then there's a pretty good chance you've heard of Fantasy Flight Games. It's one of the biggest publishers of what are sometimes called Ameritrash games.<br><br>Where European games are usually strategic and deep, Ameritrash games usually focus more on luck and the rattle of dice. And super cool miniatures.<br><br>What you might not know is that one of Fantasy Flight's most famous franchises, <em>BattleLore</em>, is available on iOS and Android. And it has been for a while. It's called <em>BattleLore: Command</em>, and it's pretty damn good.<br><br>The game is all about fighting battles, be they against the AI, or against other players. It's a hex-based scrap to the death with a really interesting campaign mode and a lot more going on besides.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/BattleLore%3A+Command/feature.asp?c=73923'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/BattleLore%3A+Command/feature.asp?c=73923 Fri, 26 May 2017 09:55:44 GMT Review: Pokemon: Magikarp Jump review - The most sensible silly game you'll ever play <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mybpce_magikarp-jump-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon: Magikarp Jump review - The most sensible silly game you'll ever play" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Oh cool a new<em> Pokemon</em> game on mobile! I mean, after <em><a href="/r/iPad/Pokemon+GO/review.asp?c=70656">Pokemon GO</a></em> we're all waiting to see what's next for the franchise on our phones, so this is going to be something special and exciting, right? Let's have a look.<br><br>Er. What? It's all about Magikarp? Well it is called <em>Magikarp Jump</em>, so I guess that was to be expected. Maybe it's a cool autorunner that sees you... Oh. It's not that is it? It's a tamagotchi game with some clicker bits.<br><br>Right then. That's, disappointing, I guess? Still I'll stick with it, for review purposes. Oh and now my Magikarp is getting a massage from the mayor. And I've got a Pikachu. Ooooh and I can upgrade my berries. And now it's two hours after I started.<br><br><strong>Magic fish</strong><br><br>This is the process that I went through when I first loaded up <em>Magikarp Jump</em>. It is a game that's both utterly content in its lunacy and surprisingly staid at the same time. It's a game about a competition involving bouncing fish where you don't get to bounce any fish. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pok%C3%A9mon%3A+Magikarp+Jump/review.asp?c=74122'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pok%C3%A9mon%3A+Magikarp+Jump/review.asp?c=74122 Fri, 26 May 2017 09:54:10 GMT Magic-heavy dungeon crawler Rogue Wizards is out now on iPad and iPhone <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pojf/steamworkshop_webupload_previewfile_318720740_preview__2_.jpg" width="200" alt="Magic-heavy dungeon crawler Rogue Wizards is out now on iPad and iPhone" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em><a href="r/iPad/Rogue+Wizards/news.asp?c=73341">Rogue Wizards</a></em> is an isometric dungeon crawler with a explosive arsenal of magic and a colorful aesthetic, available now on iOS after releasing on Steam last year.<br><br>Pulled into a mystical battle against an evil wizard, you wield weapons and magic against monsters within randomly generated dungeons. As you explore the isometric corridors tile-by-tile, you gather loot and engage in tactical turn-based battles.<br><br>Enemies are varied and powerful, unleashing health-sapping status effects, buffing other monsters, covering areas with ice, fire, and poison. However your arsenal is equally versatile; aside from stats and gear, you can find and upgrade magic runes to gain devastating powers such as chain lightning and summoning meteors. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Rogue+Wizards/news.asp?c=74121'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Rogue+Wizards/news.asp?c=74121 Fri, 26 May 2017 05:19:22 GMT Tropical survival game Don't Starve: Shipwrecked is discounted to 99p/99c in first sale <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ysibzwj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Tropical survival game Don't Starve: Shipwrecked is discounted to 99p/99c in first sale" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the start of summer only a month away, <em><a href="r/iPad/Don%27t+Starve%3A+Shipwrecked/news.asp?c=72570">Don't Starve: Shipwrecked</a></em>'s first sale on iOS is aptly timed; while the main game is set on various often dreary biomes, <em>Shipwrecked</em> transports the challenging survival to a tropical isle.<br><br>What made <em>Don't Starve</em> compelling and brutally hard remains intact: the hostile landscape, filled with dangerous fauna and other threats; the need to manage hunger and sanity; the crafting, research, and scavenging.<br><br><em>Shipwrecked</em> adds a naval wrinkle, tasking you with sailing the unfriendly seas, navigating the waves, traveling between islands, and dealing with natural hazards like monsoons. <br><br>You can purchase <em>Don't Starve: Shipwrecked</em> for 99p / 99c on <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1147297267">iPad and iPhone</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Don%27t+Starve%3A+Shipwrecked/news.asp?c=74120'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Don%27t+Starve%3A+Shipwrecked/news.asp?c=74120 Fri, 26 May 2017 04:14:43 GMT Review: Thumper Nintendo Switch review - Is it as good without VR? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mzcj_thumper-nintendo-switch-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Thumper Nintendo Switch review - Is it as good without VR?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Thumper</em> is a bit of an odd release on Nintendo Switch. It's a rhythm action game originally designed for VR, but has since been released without the VR aspect.<br><br>It's still a great experience, but one that isn't quite as impressive when you lose the extra immersion provided by VR. As a result, it's not quite a surefire purchase.<br><br><strong>Thumper<br><br></strong> <br><br>I'm not entirely sure what's going on in <em>Thumper</em>. You play as a flying beetle speeding on a train-like track through a dark and moody, almost psychedelic environment.<br><br>You'll come up against a bunch of different obstacles like barriers to smash, thorns to fly over, and tight corners to navigate.<br><br>Overcoming each of them is largely the same task - press a button at the right moment. Timing is key though, as you only have a split second window to react. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/THUMPER/review.asp?c=74117'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/THUMPER/review.asp?c=74117 Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT Review: Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels review - A literal trading card game <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-gcgdg_jaipur-ios-3_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels review - A literal trading card game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Jaipur</em> might be a game about trading in ancient India, but you really shouldn't let that put you off. This isn't a game about moving chits around a board, slowly building up your trading empire one painstaking step at a time.<br><br>It's actually a pretty fast-paced card game that sees you dealing in expensive wares, camels, and quick thinking.<br><br>All in all it's a lot of fun, and while it might not have the depth of strategy some gamers are looking for, there's enough here to keep most people happy for a good long while.<br><br><strong>Swapsies</strong><br><br>You're playing the role of a trader here, and the aim of the game is to end with more points than your opponent. To do that you need to sell the items you collect.<br><br>Everything is represented by cards. In the middle there's a market with five cards, and you've got a hand as well. You need to collect bundles of goods and sell them on, trying to make as much profit as possible. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Jaipur%3A+A+Card+Game+of+Duels/review.asp?c=74119'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Jaipur%3A+A+Card+Game+of+Duels/review.asp?c=74119 Thu, 25 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT Review: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Nintendo Switch review - Does it stave off Mario withdrawal? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xqhbg_wonder-boy-the-dragons-trap-switch-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Nintendo Switch review - Does it stave off Mario withdrawal?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap</em> is a Nintendo Switch remake of <em>Wonder Boy 3</em>, which originally launched on the Master System.<br><br>Rather than just jazz it up a bit for the re-release, developer Lizardcube has gone the whole hog and remade every single aspect.<br><br>The hand drawn visuals are absolutely gorgeous, the music wonderful, and it runs like an absolute dream on Nintendo Switch.<br><br>And that's terrific, because <em>Wonder Boy</em> is here to stave off Mario withdrawal until the moustachioed plumber makes an appearance on Nintendo's new platform.<br><br><strong>Boy, this is wonderful<br><br></strong><br><br>You play as Wonder Boy himself, who's on a mission to slay an evil robot dragon. Unfortunately, that doesn't go according to plan, and he gets turned into a baby dragon himself.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Wonder+boy%3A+The+Dragon%27s+Trap/review.asp?c=74111'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Wonder+boy%3A+The+Dragon%27s+Trap/review.asp?c=74111 Thu, 25 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT The Walking Dead: A New Frontier's final trailer is action-packed, intense, and nerve-wracking <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-dnubuvh/unnamed.jpg" width="200" alt="The Walking Dead: A New Frontier's final trailer is action-packed, intense, and nerve-wracking" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Okay, let me gather myself together for a second because <em>The Walking Dead: A New Frontier</em>'s final trailer has just been released, and I'm way too excited. <br><br><strong>*Spoiler warning - turn back now if you're not up to date*</strong><br><br>If, like me, you've already played the first four episodes then you'll understand the agony that episode four's cliffhanger left us in. Like every <em>Walking Dead</em> season, things are pretty screwed by now, so what've we got to look forward to in this epic finale?<br><br>Javier's brother is a loose cannon anyway, so the brotherly fight we see in the trailer is likely brought on by Javier's earlier decisions. Plus, that promotional art makes it pretty clear that Kate didn't exactly come out of her accident alive so he can't be too happy about that. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Walking+Dead%3A+Season+Three/news.asp?c=74118'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Walking+Dead%3A+Season+Three/news.asp?c=74118 Thu, 25 May 2017 16:37:00 GMT New iOS and Android games out this week - May 25 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-subf_skullgirls_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="New iOS and Android games out this week - May 25" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Greetings! Welcome back to our weekly round-up of the latest game releases to hit the App Store and Google Play Store.<br><br>Pull up a seat while we round up the most interesting new iOS and Android releases of the week.<br><br>We don't know whether all of them are any good at this point, but don't worry - we'll be running through some of the better games of the week in a few day's time.<br><br><strong>Skullgirls</strong><br><br>By LINE Corporation - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/skullgirls/id1098137253?mt=8">download on iOS</a> / <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.linecorp.LGGIRLS&hl=en">download on Android<br><br></a><br><br>A weird, wonderful beat-'em-up conversions that's been thoughtfully modified for mobile play. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=74116'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Best+new+iOS+games/feature.asp?c=74116 Thu, 25 May 2017 16:30:00 GMT Review: VOEZ Nintendo Switch review - Is it worth playing on Ninty's latest handheld? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cups_voez-nintendo-switch-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="VOEZ Nintendo Switch review - Is it worth playing on Ninty's latest handheld?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>VOEZ</em> is a rhythm action game in a similar vein to <em>Guitar Hero</em>, but one designed entirely around touch.<br><br>In theory, it plays largely the same. There are a few different musical lanes, and notes drop down them in beat to the music. So far, so <em>Guitar Hero</em>.<br><br>Where it differs, is that the lanes move around the screen, keeping you on your tappy toes. You have to tap the lane right as the note hits the bottom of it, which is difficult when the lane could move at any moment.<br><br>There are a few different notes as well, which require more than just a tap. Some require swiping in a certain direction, while others require a tap and hold.<br><br><strong>Rhythm is a dancer<br><br></strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/VOEZ/review.asp?c=74114'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/VOEZ/review.asp?c=74114 Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 GMT The minimalist puzzler Cubiques hits iOS and tvOS on June 1st <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pdzmp/18622386_1347004698729951_7874279846314920121_n.jpg" width="200" alt="The minimalist puzzler Cubiques hits iOS and tvOS on June 1st" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Sometimes things don't have to be complicated to be a good puzzler, and <em>Cubiques</em> looks like it might use the right side of minimalism. <br><br>Staring down with an isometric viewpoint, <em>Cubiques</em> is a puzzler where your only goal is to visit every tile in each environment. As a little, red block, the challenge may seem pretty straight forward, but I assume you can't cross over a tile once you've already used it - otherwise it's not much of a challenge.<br><br>Details regarding the game is as minimal as its approach, however it looks promising and hopefully there'll be enough level variety to keep the mechanic fresh for as long as possible.<br><br>Coming to iOS and tvOS, <em>Cubiques</em> will be releasing on June 1st. We'll let you know its price point when there's more information available.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cubiques/news.asp?c=74115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Cubiques/news.asp?c=74115 Thu, 25 May 2017 15:44:53 GMT Mordheim: Warband Skirmish promises turn-based strategy at your fingertips <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-spbvsl_mordheim-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Mordheim: Warband Skirmish promises turn-based strategy at your fingertips " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Mordheim: Warband Skirmish</em> is a new multiplayer RPG from Legendary Games set in the Warhammer universe.<br><br>Ambling amongst the ruins of a war-torn city, players control a group of scavengers as they hunt for fallen fragments of the comet called Wyrdstone’s. These shards aren’t just to beautify their hovels – they’re highly valuable. Meanwhile, rival factions are vying for control of the empire, and your warband could make all the difference. Cue battle-cries.<br><br><input type="image" src="/FCKEditorFiles//3(26).jpg" width="457" height="257" /><br><br>Which faction you’re aligned with will make a difference to your play-style – will you ghost in the shadows ninja-like, picking off your prey with long-range weapons? Or charge in like a raging bull, flattening your enemies with melee attacks? There are three factions available at the outset - Middenheimers, Reiklanders and Marienburgers, each favouring different skills. Legendary Games has promised more factions as future DLC, including Witch Hunters, Skaven and the Undead. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Mordheim%3A+Warband+Skirmish/news.asp?c=74075'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Mordheim%3A+Warband+Skirmish/news.asp?c=74075 Thu, 25 May 2017 15:23:11 GMT Beastmen sacrificial chambers, rivers of blood, and more are shown off in new Warhammer Quest 2 screenshots <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rhixtp/wq2_tet_logo.jpg" width="200" alt="Beastmen sacrificial chambers, rivers of blood, and more are shown off in new Warhammer Quest 2 screenshots" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's been a couple of months since <em>Warhammer Quest 2</em> was announced, but today we've got some more screenshots to show off to you. I know, it's not as good as a release date, but patience is a virtue. <br><br><em><br><br>Warhammer Quest 2</em> is a turn-based dungeon crawler which forces you to work strategically instead of just hacking and slashing your way through battles. From the looks of things, there's not much room to move about in, so you'd best be ready to use that brain of yours if you want to come out on top. <br><br>If you're around at Warhammer Fest in Coventry this weekend, Perchang will be showing off the first playable demo, using the Dark Elf Sorceress and Empire Captain. Needless to say you'll get a chance to fight a bunch of Beastmen.   <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Quest+2/news.asp?c=74113'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Warhammer+Quest+2/news.asp?c=74113 Thu, 25 May 2017 15:06:00 GMT Review: Minecraft Switch Edition review - The best portable version of the block builder? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iunh/minecraft-switch-3.jpg" width="200" alt="Minecraft Switch Edition review - The best portable version of the block builder?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Unless you've been living under a (perfectly cubic) rock for the past decade, you'll know the deal with <em>Minecraft</em>. But, just in case, here's a quick refresher course.<br><br><em>Minecraft</em> is a survival game, where you must find food, brave the elements, and fight off freaky monsters who appear during the night. But you can also rip materials out of the earth (that's the "mine" bit), and turn them into tools and structures (that's the "craft").<br><br>It's a bit like playing Lego, but every time you need some new blocks you need to venture into a dark cave, jump over some lava, fight a few skeletons, and then try and find your way back to your house.<br><br><strong>Your-craft</strong><br><br>Really, you can play it however you want. The game simply drops you into a randomly cobbled together world and asks you to get on with it. You can build, you can explore, you can become a farmer, a trader, or a warrior. There are no goals, no missions, no quests: direction comes from within. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Minecraft%3A+Nintendo+Switch+Edition/review.asp?c=74112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Minecraft%3A+Nintendo+Switch+Edition/review.asp?c=74112 Thu, 25 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT The last major update to Albion Online will include big changes to Outlands, Hellgates, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vjjau/32182_135192383318223_592868662_n.jpg" width="200" alt="The last major update to Albion Online will include big changes to Outlands, Hellgates, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Wow, it feels like we've been anticipating this forever, but the final 'big' content update for <em>Albion Online</em> should be with us in a couple of weeks.<br><br>That probably doesn't mean much sitting as it is, but 'Hector' should start the countdown to the unique MMO's release in July. I'd explain the basics of the game, but I did a pretty darn good job of it <a href="/r/Android/Albion+Online/news.asp?c=70595">right here</a>, so feel free to nip over and check out one of baby writer Emily's first articles. Aww.<br><br>As for 'Hector', well, he's going to be a pretty big boy. Aside from experiencing a slightly better tutorial to work through, we've also got new merchants, new mounts and more.   <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Albion+Online/news.asp?c=74110'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Albion+Online/news.asp?c=74110 Thu, 25 May 2017 14:34:17 GMT