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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:38:03 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 415 - Warhammer Quest II, Game of Thrones: Conquest <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 415 - Warhammer Quest II, Game of Thrones: Conquest" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We crawl through some dungeons this week to tackle tactical turn-based strategy sequel <em>Warhammer Quest II</em>.<br><br>Emily recounts her happy time spent playing <em>Campfire Cooking</em>, while James hates <em>Game of Thrones: Conquest </em>a lot.<br><br>We're also joined by <em>Braid</em> creator Jonathan Blow, who tells us how his ambition first person puzzler <em>The Witness</em> arrived on iOS.<br><br><strong>Download episode 415:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep415.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=75656'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75656 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:20:00 GMT The stunning card game Brave Hand soft-launches on Google Play before November's worldwide release on iOS/Android <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-lvcihp_brave_hand_screenshots_master_5_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The stunning card game Brave Hand soft-launches on Google Play before November's worldwide release on iOS/Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's almost the weekend and I've just the news that eager, Android-using card game-lovers want to hear. The striking card game <em>Brave Hand</em> is currently available for testing on Android. <br><br>If you haven't heard of it yet, Brave Hand is a simple card game all about luck and skill. The more you play, the more story you'll unlock as you learn about the Wanderer and the Guardian across 16 hand-painted themes. <br><br>Between the enjoyable design and endearing story, there are three game modes - Brave mode, Boost mode with powerful boost cards, and Jumbo Deck mode consisting of 90 cards. <br><br>The game will be free to play with optional IAPs, and is so far slated to launch in November on iOS and Android. If you've got an Android device, however, feel free to <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heartshapedgames.bravehand">try it out now</a> in its soft launch.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Brave+Hand/news.asp?c=75653'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Brave+Hand/news.asp?c=75653 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:02:26 GMT Tickets now available for Clash Royale's Crown Championship finale, taking place in London's Copper Box Arena December 3rd <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-stblg/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Tickets now available for Clash Royale's Crown Championship finale, taking place in London's Copper Box Arena December 3rd" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In case you're not aware just yet, <em>Clash Royale</em> will soon be hosting the final of their global competition to find out who exactly has what it takes to be the best of the best. <br><br>When the competition kicked off in August there were over 27 million players battling it out to earn their place at the top of the list. 16 players are still in the running but only one can take home the crown and the $150,000 mega-prize. <br><br>If you want don't want to miss the grand final you can watch it on <a href="https://go.twitch.tv/clashroyale">Twitch</a> or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_F8DoJf9MZogEOU51TpTbQ">YouTube</a>, or if you want to be in the action you can grab yourself a ticket to the live event in London's Copper Box Arena. This'll cost you £40 per ticket, but you've got a few mystery items waiting for you if you decide to partake.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=75645'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=75645 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:41:58 GMT Pokemon GO introduces Ghost-type Pokemon from the Hoenn Region just in time for Halloween <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yenz/halloween2017.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon GO introduces Ghost-type Pokemon from the Hoenn Region just in time for Halloween" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Because last year's Halloween event was so ghost-filled, we'll be seeing the arrival of Ghastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and their pals again in <em>Pokemon GO</em> - only this time they're bringing more spooky souls along with them. <br><br>This is the first time Pokemon from the Hoenn Region will be showing up in the <em>GO</em> universe, but there'll be more where that came from later this year. According to the blog post, Pokemon from the <em>Ruby</em> and <em>Sapphire</em> games should make their way to the game around December. <br><br>Pikachu's also decided to get in on the festivities this year as you'll be able to see it sporting a dashing (and adorable) witch's costume. Plus, going out and about with your buddy Pokemon this Halloween will earn you double the Candy by catching, hatching, and transferring Pokemon.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=75634'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pokemon+GO/news.asp?c=75634 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:18:00 GMT Stardew Valley's sleep bug can be managed by sorting your chests on the Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-japt/capture.jpg" width="200" alt="Stardew Valley's sleep bug can be managed by sorting your chests on the Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you've been playing the heck out of Stardew Valley, odds are that you've encountered a bug or two so far. The dreaded sleep bug is a pretty awful one, but Chucklefish Games' programmer, tccoxon, has some insight as to how you can manage it in the meantime. <br><br>As posted on <em><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/776cpg/stardew_valley_on_the_switch_update_from/">Reddit</a></em> earlier today, the sleep bug is a particularly awkward one which crashes the game whenever you try to sleep at the end of the day and save your game. Apparently two things help to cause this crash: <br><br><ul><br><br><li><em>At least one of the following core tool items must <strong>not</strong> be in your inventory when you sleep: Pickaxe, Axe, Hoe, Watering Can, Scythe. If you have the Return Scepter, that counts too.</em></li> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Stardew+Valley/news.asp?c=75633'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Stardew+Valley/news.asp?c=75633 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:02:44 GMT 'Meganoid' developer should be bringing its open-world game Ashworld to iOS in December <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-czitpvd_banner_ashworld_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="'Meganoid' developer should be bringing its open-world game Ashworld to iOS in December" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Known for its fast-paced games, the one-man developer OrangePixel's latest game, <em>Ashworld</em>, is very nearly within reach and hopefully there's not too much longer to go. <br><br>Originally announced last December, <em>Ashworld</em> (initially <em>Ragelaw</em>) is an open-world game which mixes shooting, driving, and a little bit of platforming too while we're at it.  <br><br>Inspired by <em>Mad Max</em>'s universe, you're thrown head-first into an apocalyptic world filled with two types of humans. One type tries to rebuild civilisation. The other, called Ragers, are just out to maim, kill, and have a good time. There's also the Skellies which are night-walking undead-ish creatures which won't be too pleasant to run into unarmed.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ashworld/news.asp?c=75631'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ashworld/news.asp?c=75631 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:07:00 GMT Action platformer Tower Fortress has a new Steam trailer, but we're still waiting for an iOS and Android release date <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-asxwx_euaedak_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Action platformer Tower Fortress has a new Steam trailer, but we're still waiting for an iOS and Android release date" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In 2016 we learnt about a wicked little game called <em><a href="/r/iPad/Tower+Fortress/news.asp?c=71165">Tower Fortress</a></em>. Though it's been more than a year since its announcement we'll hopefully see it before the end of the year if its new Steam trailer is anything to go by.<br><br><em>Tower Fortress</em> is an action platformer which borrows elements from familiar classic platformers like <em>Sonic the Hedgehog</em>, <em>Metroid</em>, and <em>Contra</em>. Climbing the tower is your overall goal, but there's plenty of stuff that stands in your way. From monsters to obstacles and enemies, you've got to keep on your toes whenever you dare enter.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tower+Fortress/news.asp?c=75630'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Tower+Fortress/news.asp?c=75630 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:58:00 GMT Clash Royale's new Mirror Battle Challenge starts tomorrow on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-gnsvx/gameicon.jpg" width="200" alt="Clash Royale's new Mirror Battle Challenge starts tomorrow on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> A couple of days ago, <em>Clash Royale</em> popped a blog post up on their site showing off the new <a href="https://clashroyale.com/blog/news/what-is-mirror-battle">Mirror Battle</a> mode, and it's still looking pretty great. <br><br>As you would guess, Mirror Battle is a Special Event (found on the Events page), and takes place when both players have the exact same cards in their hand. From October 17th - 19th this week, players could take part in 'Daily Practice' to win 300 gold with three crowns, and a Mirror card with six crowns. <br><br>Starting tomorrow the Mirror Battle Challenge takes place and the rewards have yet to be stated. With the exact same decks and same starter cards there's literally no excuses here. The winner of the round is just better at the game, I guess.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=75628'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Clash+Royale/news.asp?c=75628 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:25:32 GMT Mighty Battles is a lane-based multiplayer shooter by Kill Shot developer, coming to iOS and Android November 16th <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bsidl/unnamed.jpg" width="200" alt="Mighty Battles is a lane-based multiplayer shooter by Kill Shot developer, coming to iOS and Android November 16th" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Remember when we were lucky enough to get our hands on Hothead Games' upcoming title <em>Mighty Battles</em> in <a href="/r/iPad/Mighty+Battles/news.asp?c=75212">September</a>? A month and a bit later we've learnt that there's not much longer to wait to see the game on mobile. <br><br>From the developer/publisher that brought us the popular <em>Kill Shot</em> franchise, <em>Mighty Battles</em> is a PvP, lane-based shooter with a bit of a twist. <br><br>The aim of the game is to destroy your enemy's base by deploying units and shooting down oncoming foes. The way you'll get a leg over your opponent in battle is to collect units from 40 different soldiers, vehicles, base defenses, and weapons, and build the ultimate team.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Mighty+Battles/news.asp?c=75620'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Mighty+Battles/news.asp?c=75620 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:00 GMT Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Ultra Challenge Pack DLC is available right now <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sbkpcl/mario-rabbids-switch-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Ultra Challenge Pack DLC is available right now" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you joined us <a href="/r/Switch/Mario+%2B+Rabbids+Kingdom+Battle/news.asp?c=75597">yesterday</a>, you'll know that there was a chance we'd see <em>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle</em>'s DLC start arriving today. Shockingly, that was bang on the money.<br><br>The first part of <em>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle</em>'s DLC is called <em>Ultra Challenge Pack</em>. It actually rolled out a little early in the UK, launching late yesterday after manually updating the game, and features a new single-player element, <em>Special Challenges</em>, and a co-op campaign, <em>Cataclysm Kerfuffle</em>. <br><br><em>Special Challenges</em> uses difficult maps that you can reach through four secret areas - one in each world. <em>Cataclysm Kerfuffle</em> uses five co-op maps and their unlockable hard modes to keep you and a friend arguing until the next part of the DLC launches.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+%2B+Rabbids+Kingdom+Battle/news.asp?c=75608'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+%2B+Rabbids+Kingdom+Battle/news.asp?c=75608 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:52:00 GMT Last call for entrants to the Big Indie Awards 2017, in association with indieSky <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-zacr_bigindieawards-logo-stack-on-light-1000x_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Last call for entrants to the Big Indie Awards 2017, in association with indieSky" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> My, my, my, a month has flown past in the blink of an eye and time's almost up to enter our first Big Indie Awards. Here's a friendly reminder before it's too late. <br><br>If you missed its announcement, the Big Indie Awards is a new thing we're doing at <em>Steel Media</em>, <em>Pocket Gamer</em>'s publisher, as it marks the end of a fabulous year of Pitching, giving pitchers and indie developers the chance to win some pretty cool prizes.<br><br>So long as you've got a mobile game in the works or releasing this year, you could be in the running to win $15,000 in marketing promotion to spend of <em>Steel Media</em>'s channels, tickets and an expo table at PG Connects worth $5,000, $5,000 in cash, global recognition, and a trip to the awards final in Shenzhen, China. Not too shabby, right? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=75598'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Big+Indie+Pitch/news.asp?c=75598 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:34:00 GMT Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Season Pass DLC, part one, could drop tomorrow on the Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-sjjzfg/3236983-0380814851-oxp12.jpg" width="200" alt="Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Season Pass DLC, part one, could drop tomorrow on the Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle</em> is one of those games that you don't think will work, but is actually amazing. Lucky us, the DLC's on its way pretty soon too. <br><br>Over the weekend, a new patch dropped on the game which, at the moment, doesn't look like it's done much. However, it could have been preparatory as on Reddit, user <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/76lh9f/mario_rabbids_kingdom_battle_season_pass_release/">ReedyBuilder pointed out</a> that their Season Pass receipt shows the first part of the DLC could come out as early as tomorrow. <br><br>The picture also shows the second part of the DLC as launching on January 16th 2018. Bear in mind none of this has been confirmed by Nintendo or Ubisoft, so do take all information with a pinch of salt to avoid disappointment.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+%2B+Rabbids+Kingdom+Battle/news.asp?c=75597'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+%2B+Rabbids+Kingdom+Battle/news.asp?c=75597 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:24 GMT The tactical roguelike ENYO needs iOS / Android beta testers for its next big update <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-eitf/enyo1.jpg" width="200" alt="The tactical roguelike ENYO needs iOS / Android beta testers for its next big update" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>ENYO</em>'s been out for a while now on mobile, but that doesn't mean it's done and dusted. No, developer TinyTouchTales has just called out as it's in need of beta testers for the game's next big update. Fancy giving it a go?<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ENYO Beta for version 1.2 is available for signup here: <a href="https://t.co/1teQv4qTPt">https://t.co/1teQv4qTPt</a><br><br>New enemies and the Odysee Mode added. <a href="https://t.co/raVKyOfnmU">pic.twitter.com/raVKyOfnmU</a></p><br><br>— ENYO (@enyogame) <a href="https://twitter.com/enyogame/status/919865930682916864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2017</a></blockquote> <em>ENYO</em> is a tactical roguelike where you'll grab your hook and shield and descend into the depths of the world as - er - Enyo, the Goddess of War. We thought its indirect tactical combat was pretty neat and gave it a lovely Silver Award in its <a href="/r/iPhone/Enyo/review.asp?c=71236">review</a>.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Enyo/news.asp?c=75596'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Enyo/news.asp?c=75596 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08:37 GMT Nintendo Switch eShop finally adds a 'Sales' section <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-pivmzg/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Nintendo Switch eShop finally adds a 'Sales' section" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Seven months after the Switch's release, Nintendo has finally added a 'Sale' section to the eShop.<br><br>I know, it seems like such a simple and stupid thing to write about but I genuinely didn't even notice the lack of a Sale section until I needed to find some discounted titles a couple of months back. <br><br>Going forward, anything that's actively on sale will appear in the area named 'Games on Sale' (US) or 'Current Offers' (UK). At this point in time you've got <em>Unbox</em> (UK), <em>The Bridge</em>, and <em>Infinite Minigolf</em> on sale. <br><br>Hopefully we won't have to wait too long before more offers start popping up.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=75595'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=75595 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMT Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 414 - The Talos Principle, Fire Emblem Warriors <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 414 - The Talos Principle, Fire Emblem Warriors" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's another good week for fans of first person puzzlers as <em>The Talos Principle</em> arrives on the App Store.<br><br>James, Em, and Glen discuss the new port, as well as chat to one of the creators of the game.<br><br>They also preview <em>Fire Emblem Warriors</em>, and review the latest <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> episode from Telltale.<br><br><strong>Download episode 414:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep414.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=75574'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=75574 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:00 GMT