Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest news 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 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:19:56 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 400 - Sega Forever, The Little Acre <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 400 - Sega Forever, The Little Acre" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> 400 episodes, eh?<br><br>You know when this thing started there was no such thing as an iPad. "Who would want a big phone that can't make calls?" they said.<br><br>And there were right. The iPad fell quickly into obscurity in the summer of 2010, only to be superseded by the Atari HoloPlate, upon whose bioelectric porcelain membranes I now type these very words.<br><br>This week's podcast is brought to you in association with HoloPlate, and features chat about the new Sega Forever program, news on <em>Street Fighter 4: Championship Edition</em> on iOS, and reviews of <em>The Little Acre</em> and the New Nintendo 2DS XL.<br><br><strong>Download episode 400:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep400.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play) <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74441'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74441 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:18 GMT Could Rockstar be bringing L.A. Noire to the Nintendo Switch? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ebzx/header.jpg" width="200" alt="Could Rockstar be bringing L.A. Noire to the Nintendo Switch?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yes, I know. Now that <em>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle</em> has officially been announced the rumour well's gone dry...until today, that is. <br><br>Flagged up by <a href="http://comicbook.com/gaming/2017/06/20/la-noire-remastered-rumours-vr-support-and-first-person-mode-com/">WWG</a> earlier this week, the rumours flying around the Switch world at the moment regard a certain detective game, <em>L.A. Noire</em>. According to multiple sources, the game could potentially be getting remastered and re-released not only on the Switch, but also on Xbox One and PS4. <br><br>Cooler still, it's also rumoured that the aforementioned remaster is likely to get a first person mode, similar to the one used in <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em>. This should also be compatible with PSVR for that true, immersive experience.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PlayStation+VR/LA+Noire/news.asp?c=74429'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PlayStation+VR/LA+Noire/news.asp?c=74429 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:37:53 GMT Shot Online Golf is coming to mobile – and you can test it <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ytchpck_shot_online_golf_logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Shot Online Golf is coming to mobile – and you can test it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Shot Online</em> is a golf game first developed by Webzen Onnet for PC. A real-time MMO, it allows you to tee off with competitors around the world whilst developing your skills and gaining that coveted pro status. There are RPG elements, too, with quests, upgrades and trading to transform you into a golfing master fit for the Masters.<br><br>This year, Webzen is bringing the putting action to the mobile platform - and you can help out by joining the closed beta. Limited to players who register for early access, testers can download the game online and get a feel for the courses until the 28th of June. Players will receive in-game rewards for completing holes and logging in daily, but most importantly you’ll be able to give the Webzen team your honest feedback ahead of the full release.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shot+Online+Golf%3A+World+Championship/news.asp?c=74421'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Shot+Online+Golf%3A+World+Championship/news.asp?c=74421 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:37 GMT Chances of Darkest Dungeon coming to iPad/tablet 'extremely high' <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sdxui/darkestdungeon1280jpg-19c48c_1280w.jpg" width="200" alt="Chances of Darkest Dungeon coming to iPad/tablet 'extremely high'" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> So this isn't exactly <a href="/r/iPad/Darkest+Dungeon/news.asp?c=71980"><em>new</em> news</a>, but it's exciting news as the co-founders of Red Hook Studios took to Reddit last night and held an AMA to celebrate the release of <em>Darkest Dungeon</em>'s first DLC. <br><br>The major piece of information to take away from the Q&A sesh is that <em>Darkest Dungeon</em> is highly likely to come to tablets. When one Reddit users asked, "<em>Any chance of an iOS release?</em>", RedHookTyler's response was, "<em>We would rate the chance of a tablet release as "extremely high"!</em>"<br><br>The likelihood of it coming to iPhone is slim to none. As another user pointed out, <em>Darkest Dungeon</em> would have to be a tablet game because of the screen size, like <em>FTL</em>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Darkest+Dungeon/news.asp?c=74423'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Darkest+Dungeon/news.asp?c=74423 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:44:00 GMT The Nintendo Switch's BIG system update lets you find paired controllers, change the display colour, and more <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="The Nintendo Switch's BIG system update lets you find paired controllers, change the display colour, and more" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you haven't heard already, there's been a new Nintendo Switch firmware update come out overnight and it's a bit of a beast. <br><br>The main things to take away here are that you can now add friends from your Nintendo 3DS/Wii U lists, change the user icons in the main menu (now including some more Splatoon headers), like/dislike news articles, adjust the maximum headphone volume, and you can invert the colour scheme just to really mess with your head. <br><br>Here's the full patch notes for the Switch update 3.0.0:<br><br><ul><br><br><li>Add Nintendo 3DS/Wii U friends to list.</li><br><br><li>You'll now be notified when friends come online, though these can be turned off. </li><br><br><li>You can search for controllers that are paired to the console by opening the controllers menu and searching.</li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=74394'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=74394 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:10:41 GMT MU Origin’s latest update brings loads of new content <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-hapyg_mu_origin_logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="MU Origin’s latest update brings loads of new content" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> MU Origin looks to add even more fantasy fun in its latest update. The patch adds new events and boss challenges that are sure to appeal to players of all levels. If you’re looking for a fresh adventure, now’s the time to jump back into the thick of things. Here’s what’s new.<br><br>Webzen has introduced the Land of Ordeal, a new Server Boss Field that will add five new monsters for you to tackle in large scale battles of up to 100 people. The event is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and you’re given 30 minutes to beat these five bosses and accompanying monsters. Triumphant warriors will win random items from monsters, while the hero who deals the most damage to the boss will acquire rare loot. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/MU+Origin/news.asp?c=74380'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/MU+Origin/news.asp?c=74380 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:10:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 399 - E3 2017, Framed 2 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 399 - E3 2017, Framed 2" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Controlling dinosaurs with a hat. Rabbids playing <em>X-Com</em>. A <em>Metroid Prime 4</em> logo. <em>Alto's Odyssey</em> gameplay.<br><br>Yes, E3 2017 was a delight for mobile and handheld console fans. In this week's episode, James and Emily break down the best bits, then talk to Joshua Boggs about the making of <em>Framed 2</em>, the sequel to Hideo Kojima's fav game of 2014.<br><br>After that, we review the week's other new games, including <em>Angry Birds Evolution</em>, <em>Forma.8</em>, and <em>Mr Future Ninja</em>.<br><br><strong>Download episode 399:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep399.mp3">MP3</a></strong><br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong>  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74369'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74369 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:38:53 GMT The relaxing particle golf game Sarasa takes third place at E3 2017's Big Indie Pitch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-noisd/capture1.jpg" width="200" alt="The relaxing particle golf game Sarasa takes third place at E3 2017's Big Indie Pitch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finally, for the third place winner of the Big Indie Pitch at E3 2017, we've got <em>Sarasa.</em><br><br><em>Sarasa</em> by Aditya Valvi is a relaxing game of particle 'golf' that's accessible to everyone - both young and old. In it, you draw lines on-screen and in whatever ways you please to get the sand from one side of the level to the goal at the other end.<br><br>Given that the only rule is to get the sand into the goal, you can draw all sort of patterns to complete the puzzle, meaning that there's no one way to do it. Be effective or be totally creative, it's up to you. <br><br>With nine unique game modes to choose from and 81 levels of varying difficulty to play through in the main campaign, it'll certainly keep you busy for a little while. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74341'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74341 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:37:00 GMT Hamsterdam by Muse Games takes second place at E3 2017's Big Indie Pitch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ufrkpue/1.jpg" width="200" alt="Hamsterdam by Muse Games takes second place at E3 2017's Big Indie Pitch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <span style="font-size: 10pt;">From the creators of <em>Guns of Icarus Online</em> comes <em>Hamsterdam</em>, the Big Indie Pitch's second place winner. <br><br><em>Hamsterdam</em> by Muse Games is an upcoming (and adorable) fighting game in which you play as Pimm, a good-hearted hamster, as he aims to save his grandpa, his cafe, the citizens of Hamsterdam, and Hamsterdam itself from the notorious Rodent Gang. <br><br>By using the supreme martial arts skills taught to you by your grandpa, it's up to you to defeat the enemies scattered throughout the city. Earn and equip various bits of kit to aid you as you advance towards the malicious Marlo's headquarter restaurant and the final showdown.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74340'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74340 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:10:06 GMT A new in-game event, Rancid's Revenge, kicks off on Farm Heroes Saga tomorrow <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-esibu/farm-heroes-saga-guide-ios1.jpg" width="200" alt="A new in-game event, Rancid's Revenge, kicks off on Farm Heroes Saga tomorrow " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Coming this week, King's <em>Farm Heroes Saga</em> is offering up a limited-time in-game event to eager players. <br><br>We'll keep it short and sweet. <em>Farm Heroes Saga</em> is another popular match-three game by - uh - the king of match-three games.<br><br>Its in-game event, <em>Rancid's Revenge</em>, will feature a series of new levels and will set a timed challenge as you attempt to collect as many tiles from the game's main villain as you can. Each level offers up a new type of gameplay experience as you fight back Rancid and his attempts to cover the board in purple goo. Ugh. <br><br>Those who complete all five levels successfully will receive a special prize for dominating the challenge. To help you on your way, the folks over at King have offered up some helpful tips.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Farm+Heroes+Saga/news.asp?c=74339'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Farm+Heroes+Saga/news.asp?c=74339 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:51:00 GMT Squeelings by Shovelware Games wins The Big Indie Pitch at E3 2017 <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-znjueet_icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Squeelings by Shovelware Games wins The Big Indie Pitch at E3 2017" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yesterday Pocket Gamer held another epic Big Indie Pitch, this time at E3 in Los Angeles. Of course, not matter the quality of participants there can only be one winner, and the master of mobile games is... *drum roll*<br><br><em>Squeelings</em> by San Diego-based Shovelware Games. <br><br><em>Squeelings </em>is a brightly coloured puzzler all about spreading happiness. A squeeling usually lives in a big group, cuddled up together to keep warm while looking absolutely adorable. However, with sad and grumpy squeelings also in play it's up to you to figuring out the best hugging strategy to cheer them up.<br><br>You'll have plenty of time to hug them, however, as you'll have 300 levels to get through. Don't worry, the game may look fluffy and cute but it won't baby you through any of the stages. You'd best come with your solving brain dialed up to 20.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74336'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=74336 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:07:03 GMT 5 tips for Pandemic: The Board Game <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kvjv/pandemic-ipad-01.jpg" width="200" alt="5 tips for Pandemic: The Board Game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Pandemic: The Board Game</em> is a viral game in the original sense of the word. In it, you take control of a crack team of specialists and jet around the globe cooking up cures for exotic and deadly diseases.<br><br>The actual board game proved super popular, and the digital version came out a treat, keeping the feel and pace of its cardboard predecessor while losing the clutter of cards and tokens. But it's notoriously tough, especially when you're just getting started.<br><br>With that in mind, we've cooked up 5 tips to help you marshal your forces against the impending outbreak, and give you a fighting chance of victory against the bacterial scourge. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=74300'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pandemic%3A+The+Board+Game/news.asp?c=74300 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 16:00:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 398 - Monument Valley 2, WWDC <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 398 - Monument Valley 2, WWDC" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> This week saw the release of what will likely be one of the biggest mobile games of the year. <br><br>Three years after the original, <em>Monument Valley 2</em> was announced, demoed, and launched, all in the same afternoon.<br><br>Naturally, we review the heck out of it, as well as chatting about WWDC, iOS 11, the revival of <em>Super Meat Boy Forever</em>, and the continuing mobile adventures of <em>The Guardians of the Galaxy</em>.<br><br>We also get to talk to <em>Golf Zero</em> and <em>Wrassling</em> developer Colin Lane about his gaming inspirations, and how to get started as a mobile game designer. <br><br><strong>Download episode 398:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep398.mp3">MP3</a></strong><br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong>  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74291'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=74291 Fri, 9 Jun 2017 17:33:00 GMT Severed, Old Man's Journey, and Splitter Critters among winners for this year's Apple Design Award <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tzoj/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Severed, Old Man's Journey, and Splitter Critters among winners for this year's Apple Design Award" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're aware already, at this week's WWDC the Apple Design Awards took place where five games and seven apps came out on top. <br><br>The Apple Design Awards recognises 'outstanding design and innovation' in both apps and iOS games, and the five video games chosen were without a doubt worthy winners - and some of our favourites, too. <br><br>Here's the full list of iOS games and a snippet of what Apple had to say about them. You can also check out the official <a href="https://developer.apple.com/design/awards/">page here</a> and check out the winning apps while you're at it. <br><br>In order of appearance:<br><br><strong>Blackbox, Ryan McLeod</strong><br><br>"<em>Designed and developed by one person, Blackbox was chosen as an Apple Design Award winner for being fully accessible, and offering unique and ingenious gameplay, deep iOS integration, and clever innovations</em>." [...] "<em>Blackbox challenges the player's ingenuity and creativity through innovative presentation and unique interactions. The result is a game that is impressively clever and unlike anything we've played before</em>." <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/news.asp?c=74266'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Apple+news/news.asp?c=74266 Thu, 8 Jun 2017 14:44:09 GMT Is Super Meat Boy coming to the Switch? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-woyu/super-meat-boy.jpg" width="200" alt="Is Super Meat Boy coming to the Switch?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Call this a far-off newsbit, but on Twitter yesterday Team Meat might have just hinted at some pretty interesting news...if we're not just flying off the handle. <br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks for the offer but I have plenty of Switches to test it on:) <a href="https://t.co/g2kAnt4cXv">https://t.co/g2kAnt4cXv</a></p><br><br>— Team Meat (@SuperMeatBoy) <a href="https://twitter.com/SuperMeatBoy/status/872553346812354560">June 7, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <em>Super Meat Boy</em> is a favourite indie title across pretty much every platform. With horrendously addictive gameplay that's as exciting as it is infuriating, bringing the game to the Switch would be an extremely logical move. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Super+Meat+Boy/news.asp?c=74260'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Super+Meat+Boy/news.asp?c=74260 Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:22:17 GMT