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 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:03:18 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Paragon on NVIDIA SHIELD: guide to essential structures <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-aaan_paragon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Paragon on NVIDIA SHIELD: guide to essential structures" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <script type="text/javascript">window._rtbms = window._rtbms || [];window._rtbms.push({"id": "69E13A29"});(function(r, s) {r = document.createElement('script'); r.type = 'text/javascript'; r.async = true;r.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'track.rtb-media.me/rtbm.js';s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(r, s);})();</script> <noscript></noscript> Now that <em><a href="https://shield.nvidia.com/games/geforce-now/paragon?ncid=pa-blo-pn-15242">Paragon</a></em> is available to stream on <a href="https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/shield-tv?ncid=pa-blo-pn-15244&ps-sku=945-12897-2500-001&ps-open">NVIDIA SHIELD</a> through <a href="https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/games/geforce-now?ncid=pa-blo-pn-15243">GeForce NOW</a>, it’s easier than ever to experience Epic Games’ incredible MOBA at its best. SHIELD owners can stream <em>Paragon</em>, along with over 60 other games, with a GeForce NOW membership ($7.99/month and free to try out for one month). <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Paragon/feature.asp?c=74250'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Paragon/feature.asp?c=74250 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:32:00 GMT An essential beginner’s guide to Shadowblood <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jnqamz/image_01.jpg" width="200" alt="An essential beginner’s guide to Shadowblood" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Shadowblood</em> is a new action RPG that is sweeping both iOS and Android with its thrilling hack n’ slash combat. The game’s rich fantasy artstyle is enticing, while the core game beneath is rich and full of fun things to explore.<br><br>Before you jump in, we have a few tips to get you get started. There’s a lot for a new player to master, but we know you’re up to the challenge.<br><br><strong>Choose a character based on your play style</strong><br><br>Each character in <em>Shadowblood</em> has their own unique skillset. While you can customize which abilities your character will learn, it’s best to choose a class that will suit your desired play style from the get-go.<br><br>Choose the Assassin if you prefer dual-wielding melee characters that can deal huge amounts of damage with a high Critical Chance. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shadowblood/feature.asp?c=74290'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shadowblood/feature.asp?c=74290 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:19:00 GMT A beginner’s guide to Art of Conquest <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-lvcih/sc552x414.jpeg" width="200" alt="A beginner’s guide to Art of Conquest" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Art of Conquest </em>is a new MMORTS that comes courtesy of Lilith Games. The central aim is to expand your mythical empire by battling and building across the divided lands of Nore. Basically get old-school colonial with five playable races including Human, Lich, Rakan Sylph, and Dwarf. But you don’t need to leaf through Sun Tzu’s bibliography to gain a tactical advantage in this war – have a read of our brief guide to <em>Art of Conquest</em> instead.<br><br><strong>Choose your hero</strong><br><br>Ah the two questions confounding gamers since long before Android even existed. Which hero do you want to choose? And what race shall I pick? That’s the first thing you have to decide when you start <em>Art of Conquest</em>. Each hero has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Art+of+Conquest/feature.asp?c=74286'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Art+of+Conquest/feature.asp?c=74286 Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:03:00 GMT Beginner's guide to playing poker <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uukf/pokeirsttitlemain.jpg" width="200" alt="Beginner's guide to playing poker" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Ah, poker. That timeless card game of strategy, probability and psychology. It's a game that's been mythologised in cinema and on TV over the years. <br><br>But let's face it - most of us don't really know how to play it, particularly those of us who aren't particularly down with gambling. <br><br>The current <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=73806">explosion of interest in social casino gaming</a> offers us a good chance to get to grips with it, as you can play from the comfort of your mobile against thousands of other players around the world without having to spend any real money (phew).<br><br>There are a whole bunch of great social poker games out there, but we're going to use <em><a href="http://pokerist.com/8c2" target="_blank">Pokerist</a> </em>(which features a really useful tutorial, among other things) to get you started on the road to poker mastery. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokerist/feature.asp?c=73808'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokerist/feature.asp?c=73808 Fri, 12 May 2017 12:57:00 GMT Battle Bay beginner's guide <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gwwn/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Battle Bay beginner's guide" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Rovio has launched a brand new game in <em>Battle Bay</em>, and it's been getting a lot of love online.<br><br>The <em>Angry Bird</em> dev has pulled out all the stops to put together a slick competitive online experience, but it doesn't quite look or play like much else on the App Store. Not exactly.<br><br>All of which might leave beginners a little confused at the outset. Here, then, are some tips to help get you started in Battle Bay.<br><br><strong>Wave goodbye<br><br></strong><br><br><em>Battle Bay</em> plays a lot like a tank battler but for one vital ingredient - the waves. The battlefield is constantly roiling and shifting in <em>Battle Bay</em>, and it's not just for cosmetic effect.<br><br>Many of the most damaging weapons in <em>Battle Bay</em> rely on line of sight to hit home, so if a wave comes up between your boat and your opponent's such weapons become useless. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Battle+Bay/feature.asp?c=73924'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Battle+Bay/feature.asp?c=73924 Wed, 10 May 2017 17:49:37 GMT Mario Kart 8 Deluxe beginner's tips - How to get started <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ttzc/mk8d.jpg" width="200" alt="Mario Kart 8 Deluxe beginner's tips - How to get started" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</em> hits shops today - and it's <a href="r/Switch/Mario+Kart+8+Deluxe/review.asp?c=73753">rather good</a>. Okay, so Wii U owners have seen much of this before, but there's no denying the sheer breadth and quality of the package.<br><br>Just compare it to the last portable <em>Mario Kart, Mario Kart 7</em>, and prepare to make a little startled face.<br><br>Of course, for many young whippersnappers - both literally and in gaming terms - this will be their first ever <em>Mario Kart</em>. You lucky, unsullied people. You're in for a treat.<br><br>You might not quite grasp some of the key tricks to success in the game, though. It's not all about going fast and taking the racing line, you know. Which is why we've assembled a few top beginner's tips for you.<br><br><strong>The turbo start<br><br></strong> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+Kart+8+Deluxe/feature.asp?c=73805'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+Kart+8+Deluxe/feature.asp?c=73805 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:13 GMT 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