Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest how tos 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 01:41:03 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer How to access the Japanese eShop on your Nintendo Switch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-hois_eshop-logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="How to access the Japanese eShop on your Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Nintendo Switch is even more flexible than you might have heard. Not only is it extremely portable, but it's also region free, so you can play games from any country.<br><br>This also means that you can access and download games from the eShop in other countries.<br><br>Why would you want to do that? Well, for one thing, there are going to be loads of games that ship first in Nintendo's native Japan - and some of those might never make their way West. You can also pre-download the <em>Splatoon 2</em> global testfire right now from the Japanese eShop, though you can't play it yet.<br><br>There are just a few hoops to jump through before you can access the eShop from other countries, though. Here's how to access the Japanese eShop on your Nintendo Switch.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/feature.asp?c=73314'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/feature.asp?c=73314 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:36:08 GMT Sharpen your silky skills with our beginners guide to Tiny Striker: World Football <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mgdh/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Sharpen your silky skills with our beginners guide to Tiny Striker: World Football" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It’s time to lace up those itty bitty boots again with <em>Tiny Striker: World Football</em> - Fat Fish Games’ sequel to the extremely addictive Tiny Striker.<br><br>Fat Fish Games has looked to make Tiny Striker: World Football a substantial follow-up from the original, adding deeper gameplay, more control over customization, and meatier modes. One of the most eye-catching new features is the newly added 3D perspective, which is sure to have fans of the series grinning with glee. Basically, everything’s bigger (yet tiny) in <em>Tiny Striker: World Football</em>.<br><br>With our handy guide to the game’s mechanics and progression system, you’ll be lobbing keepers and tricking defences in no time.<br><br><strong>Back of the net <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Striker%3A+World+Football/feature.asp?c=73107'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Tiny+Striker%3A+World+Football/feature.asp?c=73107 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:31:00 GMT Adventure puzzler Tiles & Tales has received a UK release – Here’s how to get started <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lfxfw/tnt_screen6.jpg" width="200" alt="Adventure puzzler Tiles & Tales has received a UK release – Here’s how to get started" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> German publisher European Games Group has officially launched <em>Tiles & Tales</em> in the UK – a free-to-play puzzler for the mobile.<br><br>The aim of the game is simple. Zanira is a medieval kingdom beset by monsters. Its survival depends on the bravery of a few plucky heroes taking on the forces of evil – and that’s where you come in. The gameplay of <em>Tiles & Tales</em> cleverly combines the tile-matching antics of popular puzzlers with turn-based RPG elements. There are loads of levels to complete as you progress across the kingdom, as well as daily and weekly quests to keep things interesting.<br><br>But every have-a-go hero needs a little helping hand, so here are some tips and tricks to get you started.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tiles+%26+Tales/feature.asp?c=72913'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tiles+%26+Tales/feature.asp?c=72913 Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:14:00 GMT 3 top tips for conquering Ninja Spinki Challenges!! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-oavkm/ninja_spinki_challenges.jpg" width="200" alt="3 top tips for conquering Ninja Spinki Challenges!!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So you’ve downloaded the new .GEARS and OBOKAIDEM Games release, <em>Ninja Spinki Challenges!!</em>, but you’ve already nearly launched your phone out of the window in frustration at the title – right? This game is a challenge, despite its kawaii layout and artwork, though once you’ve got the hang of it, it becomes a truly enjoyable little number. So today, we’re here to offer our top 3 tips on keeping little Ninja Spinki alive and kickin’:<br><br><strong>1. Patience is a Virtue</strong><br><br>With fast-paced challenge games such as this, it’s easy to get hyped up and start throwing your character around the screen mindlessly in a bid to dodge enemies. However, the key to success with <em>Ninja Spinki Challenges!!</em> is to be mindful about your movements – if you can get away with staying hidden in one spot, do it – don’t go running around like a virtual headless chicken. You can even avoid doom by waiting out the timer in a safe spot. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ninja+Spinki+Challenges/feature.asp?c=72871'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ninja+Spinki+Challenges/feature.asp?c=72871 Thu, 2 Feb 2017 17:47:00 GMT Master the Stone Age with our guide to Stonies, out now on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gane/upjers_stonies_screen4.jpg" width="200" alt="Master the Stone Age with our guide to Stonies, out now on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There’s something inherent in all of us that makes us curious about the past. History is littered with interesting time periods, and one of the most intriguing has to be the Stone Age.<br><br>Unfortunately, we don’t have a time machine, but game developer Upjers is looking to give us the next best thing. Entitled <em>Stonies</em>, the app simulation game allows players to guide a tribe, transitioning from cavemen to settlers, essentially going through the evolutionary stages of the early human era.<br><br>So just what are the things you need to know before venturing into the wilds? Look no further, as we guide you through your path to prehistoric glory.<br><br><strong>Congregate like a real tribe <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Stonies/feature.asp?c=72828'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Stonies/feature.asp?c=72828 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:56:56 GMT Vanquish your foes and rule the high seas with our guide to Playing Oceans and Empires <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lguny/one________pr__1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Vanquish your foes and rule the high seas with our guide to Playing Oceans and Empires" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you like nothing more than strategy, battle, and adventure you might just want to check out Joycity’s latest title <em>Oceans and Empires</em>.<br><br>Set between the 15th and 18th centuries, the aim of the game is to work your way up from the lord of a small island, to the undisputed ruler of the ocean. You’ll have to build friendships and strengthen your fleets if you want to fortify your island, and collect valuable resources that can be used to trade with others.<br><br>Crammed full of exciting battles and historic scenery, the game is guaranteed to kick your brain into gear and turn you into a strategic superstar. But don’t worry if you need help with getting to grips with things, because we happen to have this handy guide to help you on your way to becoming the overlord of the virtual ocean.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Oceans+%26+Empires/feature.asp?c=72454'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Oceans+%26+Empires/feature.asp?c=72454 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:24:00 GMT Super Cat Tales tips and tricks - How to be a puuurrr-fect platformer <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rwarau/1.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Cat Tales tips and tricks - How to be a puuurrr-fect platformer" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Super Cat Tales</em> is a platformer inspired by the good old days of <em>Super Mario Bros</em>. Run up walls, avoid enemies, and collect coins and bells - all while saving your furry friends along the way.<br><br>But don't let the cute visuals fool you, Super Cat Tales is every bit as hardcore as that game with a plumber in it. We've got your back though, with a bunch of tips to help you make every jump.<br><br><strong>Collect the bells</strong><br><br>In each level, there are certain activities you need to do in order to collect bells and they're not immediately apparent.<br><br>For the most part, bells are hidden in plain sight, but you may have to do something as obscure as knocking over all dandelions in a field for example. So just pay attention and do every little ridiculous thing that goes through your head.<br><br>At points you will need a particular number of bells to progress, so it's important to collect as many as you can. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Super+Cat+Tales/feature.asp?c=72198'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Super+Cat+Tales/feature.asp?c=72198 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:38:26 GMT 8 Ball Pool – Your Quick Start Guide To Potting Like A Pro <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tlsdzh_img_0523_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="8 Ball Pool – Your Quick Start Guide To Potting Like A Pro" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So, you've just racked up <em>8 Ball Pool</em>. But instead of feeling like Paul Newman in <em>The Hustler</em> you feel more like Paul Newman in <em>The Towering Inferno</em>. Seems like you'll never wield that virtual cue like a pro? Don’t fret. Here's our no-nonsense guide to becoming a true ballmaster.<br><br><strong><br><br>The Rules</strong><br><br><em>8 Ball Pool</em> first hit the scene ages ago but with Version 3.7.4 out last week it's climbing back up the charts. If you're a total newbie you might be unaware of pool's rules, or you might know different rules from the ones used in <em>8 Ball Pool</em>. This game's all about capitalising on your opponent’s mistakes so it's essential you learn the basics or you really don’t stand a chance.<br><br><strong>Here's a list of the main ways you can mess up…</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/8+Ball+Pool/feature.asp?c=72149'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/8+Ball+Pool/feature.asp?c=72149 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:48:00 GMT Juju on the Beat tips and tricks - How to stay alive long enough to get that all-important high score <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yisiqg/juju_on_the_beat.jpeg" width="200" alt="Juju on the Beat tips and tricks - How to stay alive long enough to get that all-important high score" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Juju On The Beat </em>is an endless runner that just took the App Store by absolute storm - and it offers quite a challenge thanks to its shape-shifting platforms, breakneck pace, and precision platforming.<br><br>The best part of this high score chaser is the retro version of the hit song 'Juju On That Beat' that drives you forward as you play.<br><br>Given the immense challenge here, we played <em>Juju on the Beat</em> extensively to provide you with these precious few tips so you can be the absolute best.<br><br><strong><br><br>Look ahead<br><br></strong><br><br>Anticipation is key to success in <em>Juju on the Beat</em>, so you should always be on the lookout for what's coming up and plan accordingly.<br><br>This means you won't have to rely so heavily on your reactions when those pesky platforms move or change shape. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Juju+on+the+Beat/feature.asp?c=72007'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Juju+on+the+Beat/feature.asp?c=72007 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:23:04 GMT Fallout 4: How to use the Pip-Boy companion app on iOS and Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-sofgxq_image_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Fallout 4: How to use the Pip-Boy companion app on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Companion apps are a bit crap. But if there's one time that a second screen makes sense, it's as a personal Pip-Boy in <em>Fallout 4</em>.<br><br>And that's exactly what Bethesda's iOS and Android app does. Once connected to your console or PC, your phone or tablet will show you everything your in-game Pip-Boy does, letting you change weapons or look at maps on the fly.<br><br>Here's a quick guide to setting it up. You just need a relatively modern smart device, and a copy of the game on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One.<br><br>First, make sure your console or computer is on the same wi-fi network as your phone or tablet. You can find information on your network connection in the settings menu for your console, computer, or smart device of choice. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fallout+4/feature.asp?c=68262'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Fallout+4/feature.asp?c=68262 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:17:00 GMT How to use a Bluetooth controller with Apple TV <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mvyo/appletv_biz.jpg" width="200" alt="How to use a Bluetooth controller with Apple TV" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Did you know that the Apple TV works with Bluetooth controllers? That's right - instead of trying to play <i>Galaxy on Fire</i> with a thin black rectangle, you can use something with buttons and sticks and ergonomics.<br><br>As long as it's a Made for iPhone (MFi) controller, and the game is compatible (it will say so in the Apple TV App Store), you just need to hook up the controller and start playing.<br><br>How do you hook up the pad, I hear you ask? Just follow this very simple guide.<br><br><strong>Find the settings app</strong><br><br>Return to the Apple TV home screen (press the button on the remote that looks like a TV set) and find the settings app. The icon is of a silver cog.<br><br><strong>Go into remotes and devices</strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Apple+TV/feature.asp?c=68192'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+TV/Apple+TV/feature.asp?c=68192 Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:56:38 GMT How to play Amiga games on your Android, with the UAE4Droid emulator <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ftrp/androidamiga.jpg" width="200" alt="How to play Amiga games on your Android, with the UAE4Droid emulator" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Amiga is 30 years old today. And gamers of a certain age are feeling a bit nostalgic for that ol' beige doorstop.We're remembering days of playing <em>Lemmings</em> and <em>Speedball</em> and <em>Simon the Sorcerer</em> and <em>Syndicate</em> and <em>Theme Park</em>. The day when you couldn't play Monkey Island because you lost the code wheel.The demo scene music on pirated games and the little plastic switch on floppy disks and Workbench and Deluxe Paint and naming your Worms after your friends. The good old days.Want to relive them on your Android? It's not to difficult. Follow this quick tutorial and you'll be playing Cannon Fodder in no time.First things first, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ab.uae&hl=en_GB">go download UAE4Droid off Google Play</a>. That stands for "Universal Amiga Emulator", which means it can do pretty much everything and play pretty much every game. Plus, it's free!You next need to get yourself an Amiga Kickstart ROM, which is a version of the Amiga operating system that powers this emulator. You've got three options.You can extract it from your own Amiga, if you've still got one. You can <a href="http://www.amigaforever.com/">buy the necessary ROMs from Amiga Forever</a>. Or you can find them online with some creative Google searching.You'll end up with some .rom files. More on those in a minute.You'll also need a game. Or, more specifically, the ROM files for the individual floppy disks for the game you wish to play.Again, Google is your friend. There are plenty seedy sites out there that will let you download old games for free. We won't link to them, but typing "speedball 2 Amiga rom" into your favourite search engine is a good bet.You'll end up with one or more .adf files - one for each floppy disk.Get the files onto your Android using whatever method you like. microSD card, USB transfer, or just download the files directly on your device. Whatever works for you.Open up UAE4Droid and hit the configure button.Tap 'ROM Location' and browse through the directories on your Android phone or tablet until you find the Kickstart ROM files you downloaded earlier.The question is: which one to pick. And ultimately, it depends on the game and there's no easy way of knowing which ROM will work with which game. An Amiga 1200 ROM is a good starting point, though.Then, tap 'Floppy 1 location' and find the .adf file for the first floppy disk for your game. Repeat this for floppies two, three, and four if needed.Go back to the main page and tap on 'Start Amiga'. Hopefully, the game will start playing. If it doesn't, change the Kickstart rom and try again.Controls are a little iffy, to be honest. You have to go into the options to swap the bottom-right button between left and right mouse button, and (on my tablet at least) the mouse cursor doesn't always stay under your finger.You can find options by scrolling down past the rom locations. Here you can toggle sound and set frame skip, edit all the controls, and use a physical controller. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Emulation/feature.asp?c=66652'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Emulation/feature.asp?c=66652 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:11:14 GMT How to add any game to Steam, and set custom cover art <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-imcqp/image.jpg" width="200" alt="How to add any game to Steam, and set custom cover art" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> One of the best things about Steam is that it keeps all your games in one place, making it easy to pick something to play or keep your collection tidy.<br><br>But not everything is on Steam. What if you want to put <em>Minecraft</em> in your game library, or an emulator, or a retro game not available on the store, or some tiny indie thing that can't get through Greenlight?<br><br>Luckily, Steam lets you add external games and apps to your library and doll them up with custom names, icons, and cover art. Want to see how? Follow our guide below.<br><br>Open up Steam and choose the library tab. From here, you'll see a button that says "+ Add a game…" in the bottom left corner. Click on it and then choose "Add a Non-Steam Game". <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Steam/feature.asp?c=65297'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Steam/Steam/feature.asp?c=65297 Mon, 11 May 2015 12:28:26 GMT How to take a screenshot on the Apple Watch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hjjaw/aw.jpg" width="200" alt="How to take a screenshot on the Apple Watch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Like any iOS device, the Apple Watch has a secret button combination that lets you take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen. It's super easy to do: here's how.<br><br>When you're on the screen you want to capture, press the digital crown and the friends button at the same time. There are only two buttons on the device so I think you'll be able to find them.<br><br>Don't hold them, just press. If you do it right you'll feel a vibration and a see a flash.<br><br>That's all there is to it. You'll find the screenshot under your camera roll on your iPhone. Now you can tweet it, email it a friend, or embed it in the world's shortest article. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch/feature.asp?c=65024'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch/feature.asp?c=65024 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:43:08 GMT How to get games on your Apple Watch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mqs/rr31.jpg" width="200" alt="How to get games on your Apple Watch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So the Apple Watch is here. And if you're anything like us, the first thing you'll want to do with it is see how it stacks up as a gaming machine. Well, my friend, here's how to get games on your device.<br><br>If you need something to play, check out our <a href="r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch/feature.asp?c=64953">list of Apple Watch games you can get right now</a>.<br><br>First things first, let's find a game. There are two places to look: you can find a game with Apple Watch support on the iPhone's normal App Store, or you can easily find compatible apps in the main Apple Watch app.<br><br>The difference is that apps you download from the App Store won't automatically install on your Watch (more on that in a second) but those that come from the Apple Watch app <em>will</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch/feature.asp?c=65015'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Apple+Watch/Apple+Watch/feature.asp?c=65015 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:19:28 GMT