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, 25 Sep 2017 05:28:57 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Cooking Fever tips and tricks - how to survive Hell's Kitchen <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-eojkj_cookingfeverhellskitchen_guide_icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Cooking Fever tips and tricks - how to survive Hell's Kitchen" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Cooking Fever</em> is a time management simulation that takes place across a series of themed restaurants. Players will cook and serve a variety of dishes to walk-in customers, including cakes at a bakery, hamburgers at a fast food court, lobster at a seafood bistro, and plenty more. The latest update added a new location for digital chefs to master: Hell's Kitchen, which attracts diners with its pan-seared tuna, peach iced tea, and modern décor.<br><br>Hell's Kitchen is the most challenging restaurant yet, with minimal amounts of cooking utensils and surfaces available to start and high costs for upgrades. Our tips below will help you maximize what little you have to work with so you don't get trapped in kitchen purgatory.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Cooking+Fever/feature.asp?c=75376'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Cooking+Fever/feature.asp?c=75376 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:39:10 GMT Hot Five: iOS 11 touches down, The Witness makes a surprise appearance, and Stardew Valley is still on the way <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lxps/520x293bb.jpg" width="200" alt="Hot Five: iOS 11 touches down, The Witness makes a surprise appearance, and Stardew Valley is still on the way" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Well, would you look at the time? It's Sunday again and you know what that means - it's time for another smoking Hot Five. <br><br>After what's been a quiet(ish) few weeks, this one certainly picked up the pace with not one, not two, but four big premium games, and that's just on mobile. <br><br>Plus, the app-ocalypse arrived with the launch of iOS 11, so a lot of gamers had to say goodbye to their favourite 32-bit titles. I guess it's been a busy one, to say the least.<br><br><strong>Another Stardew Valley update</strong><br><br><a href="/r/Switch/Stardew+Valley/news.asp?c=75315">Over the previous</a> weekend, Chucklefish CEO Finn Brice took to Twitter to help fill in all of the dirty details on what exactly is holding up <em>Stardew Valley</em>'s launch. If you're waiting on the game I'd suggest giving his Reddit post a read. There's no new information so far, but we'll keep you updated as always.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=75375'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Hot+Five/feature.asp?c=75375 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:04:49 GMT Playdead's dark cinematic platformer Inside will be making its way to iOS and Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-drwo/inside1.jpg" width="200" alt="Playdead's dark cinematic platformer Inside will be making its way to iOS and Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Revealed recently in Japanese site <a href="https://www.famitsu.com/news/201709/23142542.html">Famitsu</a>, Playdead's <em>Inside</em>, the follow-up to their popular <em><a href="r/iPhone/Limbo/review.asp?c=52028">Limbo</a></em>, will be coming to the Switch and iOS.<br><br>While <em>Limbo</em> had you walking, leaping, and dying through a hazy shadowed world, Inside's industrial dystopian landscape is much more detailed and visible, but no less nightmarish. As a nameless boy, you move towards an unknown destination, escaping gruesome fates and traversing increasingly disturbing locations.<br><br>Much like <em>Limbo</em>, <em>Inside</em> is a mix of physics-based puzzles and platforming, often with an element of deadly trial-and-error. Death is as much a narrative tool to convey the harshness of <em>Inside</em>'s environment as it is teaching you how to solve puzzles and avoid traps. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Inside/news.asp?c=75373'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Inside/news.asp?c=75373 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:22:21 GMT Pocket Gamer's best games of August giveaway - Smashy Duo <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cyukqw_smashy-duo-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer's best games of August giveaway - Smashy Duo" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's that time of the month again, when <em>Pocket Gamer</em> gives away a bounty of codes for last month's absolute best games to our wonderful community, the <a href="/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=65028">App Army</a>.<br><br>For those unaware, that's our diehard band of mobile gaming enthusiasts. In exchange for their critical thoughts, we give them codes for unreleased games on a weekly basis and you can join in the fun by simply signing up on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/apparmy">Facebook</a>.<br><br>That's a requirement to get a chance at a code in the giveaway, but more on that later. Let's kick things off.<br><br><strong><br><br>Smashy Duo</strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Smashy+Duo/review.asp?c=75160">Smashy Duo</a></em> is a fast-paced arcade game in which you control two heroes to whack balls at oncoming enemies to kill them before they, well, kill you right back. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Smashy+Duo/feature.asp?c=75362'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Smashy+Duo/feature.asp?c=75362 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 412 - The Witness, Morphite <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 412 - The Witness, Morphite" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We bear witness to the iOS port of <em>The Witness</em> this week, and see whether those maze puzzles really were built for touchscreen after all.<br><br>The <em>No Man's Sky</em>-flavoured <em>Morphite</em> gets a look-in too, alongside talk of Minecraft going cross-platform and <em>Ragnarok</em> playing itself.<br><br>We also pick the brains of Andrei Lopata, one of the creators of <em>Radiation City</em> and the Sky <em>Gamblers</em> series. <br><br><strong>Download episode 412:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep412.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=75372'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75372 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:45:39 GMT iOS 11 AR games round-up - 7 games that will make you wave your iPhone 8 around <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-baif_artitle_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="iOS 11 AR games round-up - 7 games that will make you wave your iPhone 8 around" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Apple launched iOS 11 this week, and with it comes ARKit.<br><br>What's ARKit, I hear you cry? Why, it's Apple's suite of developer tools targeted at augmented reality. Also known as AR.<br><br>AR apps layer digital information over the real world via your iPhone's camera and display. In a gaming context you can wage war on your dining room table, or battle Pokemon on a park bench.<br><br>This represents a big push for the iPhone maker, and there have been a bunch of AR games released alongside iOS 11. Here are some of the most interesting.<br><br>Oh, and you don't need an iPhone 8 to play these games. You will need at least an iPhone 6S or a recent iPad for some of them, though.<br><br><strong>The Machines<br><br></strong><br><br>This is the game that Apple used to show off the iPhone 8's AR capabilities at the phone's recent unveiling. It's a competitive multiplayer game played entirely in augmented reality - which means that you can engage in PvP Arena battles with your friends around the same table. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/feature.asp?c=75371'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/feature.asp?c=75371 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:20:37 GMT Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:42 GMT Everything new in Creature Quest since its big update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gauvitr/cq_appicon.jpg" width="200" alt="Everything new in Creature Quest since its big update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> VC Mobile has unveiled Creature Quest 1.4, the biggest update to the addictive mobile RPG thus far. There’s more to get excited about than just a few programming bugs getting squashed, so here’s the low-down on the highlights.<br><br><strong>Kingdoms</strong><br><br>The eagerly awaited Kingdoms mode factors city-building into the Creature Quest equation. You can now create your own home sweet home, plus take full advantage of the opportunity to enhance your creatures by constructing everything from castles to mines. Structures are powered by the creatures you assign to them, so the more powerful the creature, the more efficient your structures will be at generating resources for you. Over time, you can upgrade and expand your kingdom into new territory, netting you additional rewards. A strong kingdom can boost the stats of your creatures across all gameplay modes, so it’s worth spending some time growing and tinkering with yours. VC Mobile has also promised some nice new features for Kingdoms later this year, so stay tuned. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Creature+Quest/feature.asp?c=75370'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Creature+Quest/feature.asp?c=75370 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:44:00 GMT App Army Assemble: Morphite - No Man's Sky on mobile? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-jbpm_morphite-ios-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="App Army Assemble: Morphite - No Man's Sky on mobile?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Crescent Moon has always been ambitious. In fact, the developer is known for trying to squeeze massive experiences like <em>Skyrim</em>, <em>The Legend of Grimrock</em>, <em>Zelda</em>, and <em>Halo</em> onto mobile.<br><br>Well, not those games exactly. Crescent Moon creates games inspired by those but makes the experience fit better on mobile. It's the best of both worlds really.<br><br>And the latest is <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Morphite/review.asp?c=75340">Morphite</a></em>, which aims to cram the infinite <em>No Man's Sky</em> onto your iOS devices. According to our reviews editor extraordinaire, it works as well. We gave it a Gold Award and said that "While it might draw comparisons with No Man's Sky, Morphite heads out in its own direction, and it works much better".<br><br>We also asked our hardened bunch of mobile experts in the <a href="/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=65028">App Army</a> for a second opinion, and here's what they had to say. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Morphite/feature.asp?c=75369'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Morphite/feature.asp?c=75369 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:21:23 GMT Pocket Gamer's best games of August giveaway - Silly Walks <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wyuf_icon_sillywalks_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer's best games of August giveaway - Silly Walks" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's that time of the month again, when <em>Pocket Gamer</em> gives away a bounty of codes for last month's absolute best games to our wonderful community, the <a href="/r/iPhone/Pocket+Gamer/feature.asp?c=65028">App Army</a>.<br><br>For those unaware, that's our diehard band of mobile gaming enthusiasts. In exchange for their critical thoughts, we give them codes for unreleased games on a weekly basis and you can join in the fun by simply signing up on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/apparmy">Facebook</a>.<br><br>That's a requirement to get a chance at a code in the giveaway, but more on that later. Let's kick things off.<br><br><strong><br><br>Silly Walks</strong><br><br><em><a href="/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/review.asp?c=74966">Silly Walks</a></em> is a unique little physics adventure. You tap to make your food-based creature take a step forward on each food alternatively, and use this to navigate levels filled with obstacles and traps to avoid. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/feature.asp?c=75361'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Silly+Walks/feature.asp?c=75361 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT Spot It! Duel has been updated with some neat new features for iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qhswv/spot-it.jpg" width="200" alt="Spot It! Duel has been updated with some neat new features for iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Spot It! Duel</em> from Asmodee has just hit a million downloads. And, perhaps more importantly, it's been updated with some interesting new features.<br><br>The game now has Daily Challenges. These only last for 24 hours though, as you might be able to tell from the name. It's a good reason to jump back into the game every day to make sure you're getting the best rewards.<br><br>And speaking of rewards, there's a new system there too. Each game gets you keys now, which you can use to unlock chests. Even if you lose, you're going to get some keys. More keys, more chests. You know it makes sense.<br><br>You can grab <em>Spot It! Duel</em> right now from the <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1199075455">App Store by clicking right here</a>, and from the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asmodeedigital.spotitduel">Google Play Store by clicking here</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Spot+It%21+Duel/news.asp?c=75368'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Spot+It%21+Duel/news.asp?c=75368 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:40:25 GMT Shadows Remain is an AR thriller by 'Dan the Man' developer Halfbrick Studios, coming soon to iOS <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wxxay_21687508_603019399821956_5661712522199018464_n_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Shadows Remain is an AR thriller by 'Dan the Man' developer Halfbrick Studios, coming soon to iOS" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the release of iOS 11 we've seen a huge surge of AR-related games hit the App Store, and it looks like Halfbrick Studios is joining the party. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">COMING SOON TO iOS - Shadows Remain, an augmented reality thriller game. <a href="https://t.co/Y1xIZ3mRiB">https://t.co/Y1xIZ3mRiB</a> <a href="https://t.co/6JzS63y6lt">https://t.co/6JzS63y6lt</a></p><br><br>— Halfbrick (@Halfbrick) <a href="https://twitter.com/Halfbrick/status/911213506657005569">September 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <em><a href="https://www.shadowsremain.com/">Shadows Remain</a></em> is an augmented reality thriller which combines 'mind-bending, perspective-based puzzles and an engrossing story' as you travel through different time periods to find your missing son.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadows+Remain/news.asp?c=75367'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Shadows+Remain/news.asp?c=75367 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:19:00 GMT Review: The Witness review - Still a brilliant, absorbing puzzle adventure? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-hpba_the-witness-ios-3_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The Witness review - Still a brilliant, absorbing puzzle adventure?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>The Witness</em> is a puzzle game unlike anything else. It's open world, and refuses wholeheartedly to so much as touch your hand, let alone hold it.<br><br>The game has been out on a variety of other platforms for a while now, and now it's finally made its way to the App Store. But has it been worth the wait?<br><br><strong>Witness me</strong><br><br>The game starts off with you alone in a tunnel. You walk down it, tapping the floor to move. There are a few simple sliding puzzles to solve to open the doors, and then you step out onto a beautiful island.<br><br>There are a couple more puzzles to solve to open a gate, and at that point the game leaves you to your own devices. You're not funnelled anywhere from then on. Explore at your leisure, poke and prod the devices you find and try to figure out what's going on.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Witness/review.asp?c=75366'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/The+Witness/review.asp?c=75366 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:07:38 GMT Pokken Tournament DX & Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite out this week - Best mobile alternatives <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mbmzw/king-of-fighters-2012-iphone-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokken Tournament DX & Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite out this week - Best mobile alternatives" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Like two angry, punchy buses arriving at once, both <em>Pokken Tournament DX</em> and <em>Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite</em> hit console this week.<br><br>That's two bright, frenetic one-on-one beat-'em-ups that manage to evoke that manic arcade brawler spirit - albeit in appreciably different ways.<br><br>All of which might have mobile gamers feeling a little envious. After all, this isn't a platform that's synonymous with slick one-on-one beat-'em-ups.<br><br>You might be surprised at what you can get, though. Here's a small selection of brawlers that should keep you (virtually) bloodied and battered.<br><br><strong>Skullgirls<br><br></strong><br><br>This is a brilliantly thoughtful mobile conversion of one of the more out-there beat-'em-ups of recent times. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=75365'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=75365 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:37:50 GMT Modern Combat Versus will arrive on iOS and Android 'really soon' <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hzvvx/modern-title.jpg" width="200" alt="Modern Combat Versus will arrive on iOS and Android 'really soon'" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Before you get your hopes up, no we haven't got a specific date for <em>Modern Combat Versus</em>' release just yet, but at least there's a little more information to check out.<br><br><em>Modern Combat Versus</em> was originally teased last year, would you believe it, and soft launched in April this year. It's an online-only arena first-person shooter which makes use of PBR (physically-based rendering), IBL (image-based lighting) and HDR (high dynamic range) technologies to bring true-to-life visuals to the game. <br><br>On launch, you'll have access to five multiplayer maps and tons of characters. These have apparently gone through a rigorous creation process, identical to the one used on AAA console games, so this thing should look pretty stunning come release day. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Modern+Combat+Versus/news.asp?c=75364'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Modern+Combat+Versus/news.asp?c=75364 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:20:00 GMT