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The Boom Beach Diary - Week 6

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months ago
The Boom Beach Diary - Week 6

We're a full six weeks into The Boom Beach Diaries, and it's only now that I'm starting to get really aggressive. With plenty of seriously meaningful upgrades having been made in the last seven days, and a brand new unit unlocked to cause maximum destruction, this episode highlights how destructive my army has become. You can see how my battle tactics have bettered and my Homebase improved in the video below, and once you have, don't forget to check out The Boom Beach Community over on Pocket Gamer.…


Genre Busters: Terrific Tower Defence - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months ago
Genre Busters: Terrific Tower Defence - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Get ready! Our second episode of Genre Busters will be starting over on Twitch in a short while. Today, James and Alex will be covering the perilous world of tower defence games. As incoming foes desperate to reach the end goal attack, the chaps’ll be emptying their arsenal in the hopes of toppling their foes. We’re after veterans of the App Store to come and join us over on Twitch for the show. Regale us with your tales of hard-fought battles that you almost didn’t survive, and tell us which your top tower defence game of all time is. As usual, we’ll end the Genre Busters ceremony with a vote to declare the most terrific tower defence game that’s ever graced…


Dragon Coins Review

Review SEGA By Alex Beech, 2 months ago
Dragon Coins Review

Upon hearing that Dragon Coins was free-to-play game with a Pokemon-style focus on monster collection, we were tempted to run screaming from our phones with our hands clasped tightly around our wallets. After digging a little deeper, however, we discovered a tactical RPG with coin-dozer combat that offers more than enough of its touch-based fun for free. Dragon Coins combat will be instantly familiar if you have ever visited a seaside arcade. A field of coins meets you as you sta…

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Peter Molyneux’s Godus has been soft launched on the New Zealand App Store

News By Alex Beech, 2 months ago
Peter Molyneux’s Godus has been soft launched on the New Zealand App Store

Peter Molyneux’s 22Cans has just soft launched Godus, the Populous creator's latest god sim, on the New Zealand App Store. Asking you to omnipotently rule over the settlers of an island, Godus initially puts you in charge of only two people. By caring for them and editing the landscape to suit their needs, they will begin to populate the island and allow you to grow in power as their civilization develops. This god simulator first launched on PC last September, but is only now making its way to iPad and iPhone. Adding touchscreen controls to the geometry shifting gameplay should be an ideal fit, allowing you expand or erode the landscape with a simple swipe of the screen.…


Run through Atari's latest version of Haunted House on iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Run through Atari's latest version of Haunted House on iPhone and iPad

As nothing smacks of innovation quite like converting an old IP into a mobile auto-runner, Atari and Kung Fu Factory have released a re-imagining of Haunted House. Don't expect a Retina-port of the 1981 survival-horror though: the game has been updated with cartoon silhouette animations, and gameplay centred on swiping a path through spiders, traps, and other assorted haunted nasties. As you play, you can grab power-ups and coins, building bridges over obstacles, and get the chance to level-up your character. The game is F2P, so there are IAPs to utilise or ignore, depending on your preference. As it stands, the action looks smooth enough, and the soundtrack peppy and in-keeping with the…


Table Tennis Touch Review

Review Yakuto By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
Table Tennis Touch Review

Table Tennis is part of videogaming lore. From helping to popularise gaming with Pong back in 1972, to Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360, the tabletop sport has a long and gloried history with gaming. Now, developer Yakuto has brought Table Tennis Touch to iPhone and iPad, a game that delivers one of the most faithful interpretations of the sport we have seen. The controls are simple and intuitive. Swiping upwards towards an approaching ball will return it, while jerking the p…

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Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

Developer Ten Foiled Hats has just released its vampiric match-three puzzler Darkin on iPhone and iPad. Ostensibly taking inspiration from Dungeon Raid, the German dev team has taken Fireflame's classic and updated it with several new features, a new aesthetic from the Tim Burton stable of kooky, and a little more polish. It's an interesting entry in the slew of match-three currently clogging up the App Store. When we looked at it on Twitch, we noted it had far more flexibility and strategic gameplay than other match-three games, with an interesting Puzzle & Dragons-esque feel and a health-system standing in for timers. Players can choose between attacking enemies, bagging hearts to…


Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

Hyper Square, a frantic twitch based puzzle game from Team Signal, is out now on the App Store. The gameplay revolves around swiping squares into portals to make them disappear. While the basics may seem easy, however, Team Signal adds increasingly more complex layers of mechanics, requiring you to resize and rotate tiles against the clock before flinging them into the requisite portal. Hyper Square’s vibrant aesthetic keeps the gameplay visually interesting and exciting, while also managing to increase its sense of urgency with its pulsing lines and colours. Despite this it remains quite minimal, ensuring that even at its most fraught you are able to follow what is going on.…


Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 1 week ago
Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

Ubisoft has just released an update to the highly-rated Rayman Run Fiesta, giving you a sizeable chunk of new features to spice up an already superb game. When we reviewed it back in November, we said: "Even more impressive than its excellent predecessor, Rayman Fiesta Run is a fiercely entertaining kaleidoscope of colour, wit, and wonder." Now that kaleidoscope has been updated with 16 additional levels, three new costumes to be unlocked, and a brand new boss battle. What's more, Ubisoft has added Nightmare Mode, an ironman challenge that sees you try to fight through 36 levels without dying. So prepare to get really familiar with the starting level. If you haven't already nabbed it, yo…


Free-to-play match-three puzzler Godzilla - Smash3 spotted in the App Store ocean

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
Free-to-play match-three puzzler Godzilla - Smash3 spotted in the App Store ocean

With the new Godzilla movie on the horizon, we were expecting a monster of a game to emerge from the ocean of the App Store. Not to disappoint, developer Rogue Play has unleashed Godzilla - Smash3, a free-to-play match-three puzzler. Never ones to run from danger, we have thrown ourselves headlong into the game’s monstrous maw. Taking control of the massive reptile, we advanced on the worlds cities, wiping out all manner of military defences. The top of the screen shows Godzilla’s path of destruction in full 3D, allowing us pick and choose our targets. You must control his attacks by matching coloured shapes on the grid beneath. This match-three gameplay follows a similar st…


Smashing-looking table tennis sim Table Tennis Touch out now on the App Store

News By Glen Fox, 2 months, 1 week ago
Smashing-looking table tennis sim Table Tennis Touch out now on the App Store

Table tennis has never looked this good before. At least, not on the App Store, where Table Tennis Touch has launched today at a price of £2.49 / $3.99. Though at first, that tag may seem pretty hefty, it's actually incredibly generous when you find out just how much content is on offer. First-off, there's a lengthy and difficult career mode which developer Yakuto Limited has promised offers opponents "so hard you may never win, ever." If challenge is your thing, you can't go wrong here, then. Maybe mini-games are more your style? Table Tennis Touch has you covered here with timed challenges - pitting your ball-manoeuvring skills against moving obstacles, smaller tables, and skitt…


The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 1 week ago
The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

As our favourite 'appy duo James and Peter host both our Twitch broadcasts as well as the Pocket Gamer Podcast, it makes perfect sense to combine the two. Now you can experience the Pocket Gamer Podcast a day early in a pure, uncut, and interactive form. ITProPortal's Alysia Judge is our special guest today, joining us to give you the latest news and reviews in the world of iOS and, dare we say it, beyond!  In case you hadn't noticed, we've been broadcasting live shows on Twitch every day this week, and we'll keep doing so from here on out! If you haven't already, please click the 'Follow' button over on our Twitch page to get an e-mail and Twitch app notification every time we go liv…


JoyJoy Review

Review Radiangames By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
JoyJoy Review

There is nothing new about JoyJoy’s premise. At heart it is a classic twin stick shooter formed from the same mold as Smash TV and Geometry Wars. What developer Radiangames has attemted to bring to this tried and tested formula is an attractive visual style, and versatile weapons system. You must guide your ship around an arena populated by ever increasing waves of enemies. Collecting them from fallen foes, you can hold a total of six ammunition types. These include spread…

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Badland update brings four player co-op to Day 1 campaign

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
Badland update brings four player co-op to Day 1 campaign

Frogmind’s latest update to its wonderfully floaty side-scroller Badland has added four player co-op The multiplayer levels are all modified versions of the game’s original Day 1 levels. These 40 stages have been tweaked for co-op play, and feature 120 new missions, plus seven new achievements, to test your group's skill. While the update will let you and your chums control your flying furballs using a corner of your iPad's touch screen, it also supports MFi controllers. If you have the controllers on hand, this allows you to all get a good view of the action without your friends' thumbs getting in the way. Playing through Badland with four other players will likely cha…


dEXTRIS Review

Review Chaotic Box By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
dEXTRIS Review

Dextris is twitch gaming distilled down to its purest form. Controlling two neon coloured blocks in unison, your simple task is to dodge left and right as you rocket endlessly upwards through its vertically-scrolling course. By default, the pink and blue squares you command sit happily in the middle of the screen. Holding the right side of the screen causes both blocks to shoot rapidly to the right and grind their way up the wall. Hold the left side, and you'll get the opposite result…

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