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, 20 Feb 2018 11:12:22 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Minecraft's Bedrock Edition should be coming to Switch 'soon' and here are a few things to look forward to <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-uljhbf_1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Minecraft's Bedrock Edition should be coming to Switch 'soon' and here are a few things to look forward to" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Last week Microsoft took to <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/228761234">Twitch</a> to show off the upcoming Bedrock Edition of Minecraft and it looks like it's well on the way to being Switch-ready. Hurrah!<br><br>The stream was almost two hours long with the first half-hour going over introductions, little details, and the fact the Switch version will have two online systems - a Microsoft account log-in (for playing cross-platform between Switch, mobile, and console) and a Nintendo log-in for playing with your Switch friends. <br><br>One of the major points the team makes is that while this version of the game is taking a little longer to release, the reason behind it is: detail. A lot of time and care is going into it to make its launch as successful as possible, and we're happy to hear it.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Minecraft+%28Switch%29/news.asp?c=76725'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Minecraft+%28Switch%29/news.asp?c=76725 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:54:30 GMT Kingpin Bowling will become your go-to bowling game this March <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-woxbp/kingpin.jpg" width="200" alt="Kingpin Bowling will become your go-to bowling game this March" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Bowling games are a great fit for touchscreen devices, but we don’t see a whole lot of them. Frosty Pop Corps is changing that with their latest arcade entry, <em>Kingpin Bowling</em>, hitting the App Store this March.<br><br>Frosty Pop is always good for approachable, bite-size mobile experiences with a high sheen of polish, <a href="/r/iPhone/Sprnkls/review.asp?c=75311">with games like <i>Sprnkls </i>in their portfolio</a>. <em>Kingpin Bowling</em> looks to carry on that tradition with its fun little spin on the endless runner. You’re basically steering a bowling ball down an endless lane, swerving around pins, collecting donuts (because, why not?), and jumping over obstacles. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kingpin+Bowling/news.asp?c=76723'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Kingpin+Bowling/news.asp?c=76723 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:40:17 GMT Mega Man heads to Nintendo Switch with the Mega Man Legacy Collection <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fqfk/legacycollection.jpg" width="200" alt="Mega Man heads to Nintendo Switch with the Mega Man Legacy Collection" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Capcom <a href="/r/Switch/Mega+Man+11/news.asp?b=related&c=76107">is celebrating <em>Mega Man’s</em> 30th anniversary</a> in a big way, bringing ten classic <em>Mega Man</em> adventures to Nintendo Switch this May. The <em>Mega Man Legacy Collection</em> and <em>Mega Man Legacy Collection 2</em> are headed to the eShop, and will be available starting on May 22.<br><br>The first <em>Legacy Collection</em> bundles the first six <em>Mega Man</em> games into a neat, and now, portable, little package, while the second part will include <em>Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10</em>. The collection adds some extra bells and whistles to the game, including a handy rewind feature that lets you practice particularly difficult parts of the game by holding a button and rolling back your gameplay. You’ll also be able to pick up or leave the game whenever and wherever you’d like. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mega+Man+Legacy+Collection/news.asp?c=76722'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mega+Man+Legacy+Collection/news.asp?c=76722 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:31:18 GMT Best iOS and Android sales this week - Her Story, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, You Must Build a Boat, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fqitpu/unnamed__1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Best iOS and Android sales this week - Her Story, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, You Must Build a Boat, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's the beginning of the week (in case you couldn't tell already) which means it's time to take a look at those delicious, delicious sales. <br><br>A few titles from last week's sale piece are still worth snapping up, but the weekend's been good and we've got a roster of games for you to get your hands on.<br><br><strong>10000000</strong><br><br><ul><br><br><li>Platform: <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/544385071">iOS</a> (also on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eightyeightgames.tenmillion&hl=en_GB">Android</a>)</li><br><br><li>Price: 99p/99c</li><br><br></ul><br><br>If you're a fan of dungeon crawling and, RPGs, and match-something puzzlers, you're going to want to add this classic to your library.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Her+Story/news.asp?c=76720'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Her+Story/news.asp?c=76720 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:33:08 GMT Secret of Mana - 5 other SNES cult classics that need a modern revamp <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pwlc/secretofmana-iphone.jpg" width="200" alt="Secret of Mana - 5 other SNES cult classics that need a modern revamp" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Classic SNES JRPG <em>Secret of Mana</em> received a console re-release last week, with Vita owners finally given something new to cheer about. We're crossing our fingers that a Switch version will follow before too long, given its heritage.<br><br>This was no simple port, however. Rather, Square-Enix took the basic structure of the 2D original and then completely remade the game in 3D.<br><br>You could say that it's the continuation of a company approach that saw a number of early <em>Final Fantasy</em> games remade in 3D for the Nintendo DS (and subsequently mobile). But <em>Secret of Mana</em> was more of a flawed, singular cult classic than any in that all-conquering series.<br><br><em>Secret of Mana</em>'s recent 3D reworking got us to thinking - which other SNES cult classics would benefit from a spruced up re-release, ideally on handheld platforms? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Secret+of+Mana/feature.asp?c=76719'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Secret+of+Mana/feature.asp?c=76719 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:23:38 GMT Review: FLO review - A simple, elegant endless runner that will keep you coming back <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-eeqhw_flo-ios-2_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="FLO review - A simple, elegant endless runner that will keep you coming back" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Endless runners are particularly tricky beasts to write about, mainly because they tend not to have a whole lot going on in them.<br><br><em>FLO</em> is no different – it's very simply designed, revolves around one button, and doesn't try to do anything too flashy – yet it's very easy to lose an entire hour to in one sitting.<br><br>It's a combination of its elegant graphics and clever mechanics which will keep you coming back, but you will quickly find yourself wishing there was more going on.<br><br><strong>Roll on<br><br></strong><br><br><em>FLO</em> sees you controlling a ball rolling along an endless track while trying to avoid mines and a black wall of death which is constantly getting closer to you.<br><br>Its unique mechanic is that you can switch gravity with the tap of the screen – so if you're facing a hill, you need to switch to the other side of the central path to gain speed rather than lose it. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/FLO+Game/review.asp?c=76714'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/FLO+Game/review.asp?c=76714 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:44:22 GMT If you're looking for a board game deal for iPhone and iPad this Monday, Acram Digital has you covered <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wll/iphone-screenshot-1.jpeg" width="200" alt="If you're looking for a board game deal for iPhone and iPad this Monday, Acram Digital has you covered " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Acram Digital's two digital board games are currently on sale on the App Store for £2.99 / $2.99. So if you've got a bit of spare money lying around, both of them are worth picking up. Especially if you're into trains or empires.<br><br>The first of the two games is Eight-Minute Empire. At review we gave it a Silver Award and called it "a bright and super smart board game adaptation that won't suck hours out of your day."<br><br><a href="/r/Board+Game/Eight-Minute+Empire/review.asp?c=75204"> You can read the full review by clicking right here</a>. And if the idea of a grand strategy game that fits into a handful of minutes is appealing, <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/itunes/1164894268">you can click here to grab the game from the App Store</a>.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Eight%2DMinute+Empire/news.asp?c=76718'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Eight%2DMinute+Empire/news.asp?c=76718 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:43:15 GMT The pixel platformer Reed is finally making its way to iOS and we couldn't be more excited <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zhqb_unnamed_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The pixel platformer Reed is finally making its way to iOS and we couldn't be more excited" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Another little bit of pre-order news that slipped under our noses last week is that Reed will be launching on iOS on March 8th for £1.99/$1.99.<br><br>Reed is on of those unappreciated indie gems that appeared back on Google Play in 2016. Downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, in this rare case it's Android-users that'll tell you how good it is. <br><br>Playing as the last creation of a powerful supercomputer, you've got to help it to recover its cubes and help save the world from total destruction. Make your way through level after level in this striking pixel platformer, but prepare yourselves - this won't be a walk in the park.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Reed/news.asp?c=76717'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Reed/news.asp?c=76717 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:43:32 GMT The psychedelic action game Lichtspeer was great on Nintendo Switch but how will it hold up on iOS? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fhli/square_banner.jpg" width="200" alt="The psychedelic action game Lichtspeer was great on Nintendo Switch but how will it hold up on iOS?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Just as we wrapped up for the weekend on Friday Noodlecake Games announced it'd be bringing Crunching Koala's Lichtspeer to iOS on March 1st, and that makes me very happy indeed.<br><br>If you haven't yet had the pleasure, Lichtspeer is a lightspear-throwing adventure set in an ancient Germanic future (just go with it). Yes, it's as wild as it sounds and plays as good/weird as it looks. This game is frustratingly fast-paced and not for the weak of heart/patience, but it's oh-so-rewarding. <br><br>Having played it on the Switch I gave it a deserved Silver Award <a href="/r/Switch/Lichtspeer/review.asp?c=75238">in its review</a>, saying it was "<em>as fun and addictive as it is utterly bananas</em>." Though its iOS version lacks the two-player function of its Switch counterpart, it'll still offer up a great amount of challenge. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lichtspeer/news.asp?c=76716'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Lichtspeer/news.asp?c=76716 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:19:00 GMT The best mobile games don't require a separate controller. Do they? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-njidm/iosc.jpg" width="200" alt="The best mobile games don't require a separate controller. Do they?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Welcome to the latest in our series of Pocket Gamer columns. We're taking the best games writers in the industry and giving them a platform. Veteran journalist Jon Jordan is here each week examining the trends shaping your mobile games scene. Today: Jon digs through his drawers.</strong><br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It’s always a mistake to tidy up your shelves. You either find lots of things you’d forgotten you had but recently needed, which makes you feel stupid. Or you find lots of things you’d forgotten you ever had, which makes you wonder why you ever got them. You feel stupid.</span><br><br>That was definitely the case as I started tidying and almost immediately uncovered a mound of old game controllers. Ranging from various Dreamcast and DualShocks through a number of generic GameCube controllers that confused me as I’m not sure I ever had a GameCube (but I suppose I must have), I came across my collection of smartphone controllers. And there were loads of them. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/iOS+controllers/feature.asp?c=76715'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/iOS+controllers/feature.asp?c=76715 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:31:00 GMT This is the indie strategy game you should be playing – now with added multiplayer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vzoe/polytopialogo.jpg" width="200" alt="This is the indie strategy game you should be playing – now with added multiplayer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The popular indie strategy game <a href="http://www.midjiwan.com/polytopia.html" target="_blank">The Battle of Polytopia</a> has finally got its huge multiplayer update. And we couldn't be more excited. If you're not playing it already, this is the perfect time to get into it - it's free for single player games too, so don't be afraid to dive in.<br><br>Multiplayer's where it's at now, though. Aside from being the most anticipated update of the game so far it's also the biggest and opens up the universe further than ever before.<br><br><p> </p><br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I've been playing Polytopia's multiplayer update for the best part of a week now and, genuinely, I think this might be the next big thing on mobile. Absolutely hooked.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/news.asp?c=76705'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+Battle+of+Polytopia/news.asp?c=76705 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:54:00 GMT Subsurface Circular is making its way to Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-llqaqk/552x414bb__1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Subsurface Circular is making its way to Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Subsurface Circular</em>, the robot mystery adventure by Mike Bithell, creator of <em><a href="/r/iPad/Thomas+Was+Alone/review.asp?c=59510">Thomas Was Alone</a></em>, is coming to Nintendo Switch next month. It’s another game worthy of adding to your ever-growing collection of quality Nindies.<br><br>The game is a text-based mystery in which you investigate the disappearance of a large number of sentient robots. You’ll ride around the city’s underground subway system to speak to other robot workers, or Teks, and try to uncover clues. <em>Subsurface Circular</em> is quite understated, set in a single train car, but the story expertly reveals itself is small bits and pieces, keeping you hooked from the get-go. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Subsurface+Circular/news.asp?c=76713'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Subsurface+Circular/news.asp?c=76713 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:32:12 GMT Give your campsite some razzle dazzle in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's Crystal Collection Event <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ehukxd_screen_shot_2017-10-25_at_07_27_39_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Give your campsite some razzle dazzle in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's Crystal Collection Event" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The latest <em>Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp</em> event went live this weekend, <a href="/r/iPhone/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76691">fresh on the heels of the game's biggest update yet</a>. This time around, the game wants you to turn your campsite into a crystalline winter wonderland. The Crystal Collection Event will see you gathering crystal shards in the usual fashion—by completing animal requests. Once you gather enough, you can craft crystal-themed goodies. Here’s what’s up for grabs this time around: <br><br><ul><br><br><li>Crystal Mist: 10 crystal shards and 100 bells</li><br><br><li>Crystal Mist Elite: 10 crystal shards and 100 bells</li><br><br><li>Blue Rug: 15 crystal shards and 100 bells</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76712'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Animal+Crossing+Pocket+Camp/news.asp?c=76712 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:28:48 GMT Review: Nitro Racing GO review - A painfully pedestrian clicker <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pvyl/nitrogo.jpg" width="200" alt="Nitro Racing GO review - A painfully pedestrian clicker" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Do you like tapping your phone screen a lot? Do you like cars? Do you like arbitrary reward systems as much as you despise skill? Then boy, do I have a game for you!<br><br>Yes, <em>Nitro Racing GO</em> is a tapper/clicker. I understand that this fact may make a large proportion of you reach for the 'back' button. Don't worry, I won't be offended. I'd probably do the same.<br><br>Still here? Okay then. Let's hit the road. Or rather, tap it.<br><br><strong>Noisy tap-its</strong><br><br>So <em>Nitro Racing GO</em>. It's a clicker/tapper with a street racing theme. You hammer away at the screen with your finger - tippy-tappy, tippy-tappy - while a bar steadily fills up.<br><br>Oh, there's also a car driving along an endless highway while you're doing this, overtaking other 'racers'. But that's kind of by the by, as your tapping bears no meaningful relation to the action as far as I can tell. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Nitro+Racing+GO/review.asp?c=76711'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Nitro+Racing+GO/review.asp?c=76711 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:03:55 GMT App Army Assemble: Purrfect Date - A graphic novel worth sinking your claws into? <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-azcdphj_logo_-_purrfect_date_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="App Army Assemble: Purrfect Date - A graphic novel worth sinking your claws into?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ever wanted to get down and dirty with cats? By that I mean, ever wanted to befriend and potentially date them? <br><br>We asked our elite App Army that very question and someone them have some very definite opinions on the matter. But, will Purrfect Date be meowgnificent? Or will it leave them feline a bit rough?<br><br><strong>Theresa Kresleyu</strong><br><br>Purrfect Date is unusual game in own genre. Fans of visual novels should definitely play it. However, there are drawbacks: firstly, there is almost no black comedy in the game. Black and comedy go separately. Secondly, there are some unsuccessful game design decisions such as the lack of the ability to rewind already seen text, which complicates the replaying the game -  a mandatory attribute of any visual novel game!<br><br>The game is very good for fans of the genre, but if you get annoyed when you see a lot of text just skip this game. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Purrfect+Date/feature.asp?c=76710'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Purrfect+Date/feature.asp?c=76710 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:03:32 GMT