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Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 4

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 4

Here we are now on the fourth part of our list of developers we’d love to see make something for Panic’s Playdate. We’ve already included Asymmetric, thatgamecompany, Lucas Pope, SWERY65, Robert Yang, and Platinum Games. Next up, we’ve got a developer with serious storytelling chops and a team that specialises in horror. Giant Sparrow Despite only having put out 2 games, Giant Sparrow has cemented itself as one of the best storytellers in the medium. Both the Unfinished Swan and What Remains of Edith Finch are short, deeply moving titles that use basic gameplay hooks to explore themes of childhood, loss, mental health, and insidious families. Much like the best vig…

Classic puzzler Professor Layton and the Diabolical Book has launched for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Classic puzzler Professor Layton and the Diabolical Book has launched for iOS and Android

Layton: Diabolical Box in HD, the remastered version of DS classic Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, has just now popped up on the App Store and Google Play. Diabolical Box originally released all the way back in 2007. It was the second entry in the beloved Professor Layton series, following on from Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village. They were acclaimed shots of story-driven puzzling that hailed from Japanese developer and publisher Level-5. They’ve actually held up really quite well thanks to their simple anime-style visuals and accessible logic-based puzzles. They all follow Layton and his pal Luke on their mystery-solving adventures – think a more relaxed Ho…

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite takes the Pokémon Go formula in a wild new direction

News By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite takes the Pokémon Go formula in a wild new direction

Niantic’s highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to launch on iOS and Android on June 21st. Niantic is of course the studio behind the impossibly popular Pokémon Go and the hugely influential Ingress. This latest game sees the team bravely bringing its genre-leading augmented reality tech to a very niche series called Harry Potter. The AR market has been flooded with Pokémon Go copycats since its online discourse-dominating launch that, if you can remember back that far, saw everyone and their nan heading out to nab themselves a Squirtle. Despite its barebones state, Go provided one of the silliest, most memorable summers in recent memory. The worldwide…

Best mobile games of the year so far: Flappy Fighter

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Best mobile games of the year so far: Flappy Fighter

My next pick, the first fighting game on the list, seemingly came out of nowhere. Its intensely silly premise caused a sudden spike in chatter, spurring us all on to give it a go, with many at the time treating it as something of a goofy curiosity. That being said, the real surprise with Andrew Baxter’s Flappy Fighter, a mashup of 2013’s Flappy Bird and Street Fighter, is just how polished and smartly designed it is – so much so that it has the potential to become one of the best games of its type on mobile. Right now, with only 1 playable character and no online PvP, you could argue that it feels more like a demo than a full game. But, in the heat of battle, these conc…

Best mobile games of the year so far: Tropico

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Best mobile games of the year so far: Tropico

So here’s something slightly different, a strategy game, to mix things up. Honestly, I’ve lost count of what entry we’re on now – 10, maybe? 11? I don’t know. But what I do know is that 2019 has already been so packed with good games that I could easily keep this whole thing going until we’re bringing in the New Year. I won’t, probably, but I could, maybe. Tropico, everyone’s favourite dictator-simulator, launched on iPad last year, but only recently became available for iPhone. Like most strategy games, it’s all about long-term planning and weighing up the dozens of options given to you at any one time. Want to be a fairly progressive d…

Cosy Majora’s Mask-like puzzler 'Minit' comes to iOS on June 27th

News By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Cosy Majora’s Mask-like puzzler 'Minit' comes to iOS on June 27th

Developer JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom’s nostalgic hug of Zelda-lite puzzling, Minit, finally has an iOS release date of June 27th. This one first saw the light of day on PS4, Xbox, and PC back in April 2018, so it’s been about a year-long wait for the inevitable mobile port. The idea here is that you have a mere 60 seconds to explore your pixelated surroundings and work out how to break the curse laid on you by a magic sword. After your minute is up, you die – booting you back to the start of your quest. Sadly, for me at least, it’s the type of indie that’s mostly content to cater to those nostalgic for the games of yore – who could have guessed that in thi…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 1

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 1

The recent announcement of Panic’s Playdate handheld and its interesting method of game distribution has got me thinking up all sorts of dream collaborations. With the potential for more than one season of games, we could end up seeing dozens of awesome Playdate-exclusive projects from our favourite teams. A few of these developers could well feature in season 1, which would be lovely, but I’d also like to propose a few stranger picks. So here are the first two developers that I think could be a great fit for the weird and (hopefully) wonderful Playdate. Asymmetric Asymmetric’s western epic West of Loathing is one of my favourite games in recent memory. It’s bursti…

Best mobiles games of the year so far: The Gardens Between

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Best mobiles games of the year so far: The Gardens Between

I reckon, by now, I’ve probably offered up a varied enough selection of GOTY candidates to justify throwing in another premium, story-based title. I’ve got a racer, a runner, a couple of roguelikes, another runner, two platformers, and some that don’t fit quite as tidily into any of the above. The Gardens Between The Gardens Between tells the story of two kids who escape the mundanity of their suburban setting to head out on an adventure through their own memories. It sounds almost too painfully twee on paper, but part of the appeal here is that very precarious balancing act. The player takes on the role of a nameless, omnipresent being floating above and guiding the two…

Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad trots out Sam Fisher for a bit of 5v5 shooter action

News By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad trots out Sam Fisher for a bit of 5v5 shooter action

During what was one of the most uneventful conferences in what has been a lacklustre E3, Ubisoft announced its latest foray into the world of mobile gaming – Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. This one throws together a bunch of “iconic” characters from the Clancyverse, including Sam Fisher and that bloke from The Division. It looks to be a 5v5 tactical shooter of sorts, with a campaign mode and extensive customisation options to boot. While the game itself seems fine, it’s a bit upsetting to once again find my man Sam Fisher being relegated to little more than a cameo character. In the mix, we’ve got everyone’s favourite buff military dudes and their mil…

Best mobile games of the year so far: Ordia

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Best mobile games of the year so far: Ordia

Ordia, the ninth pick in our rundown of the best games of the year so far, is a single-finger platformer from developer Loju. It’s also the newest game to be featured here, having only just released earlier this month. Ordia As a one-eyed ball of goo, you’ll start out by launching yourself from the bubbling primordial ooze to the endless caverns above. The goal is to continue working your way forever upwards, hopping between handpoint nodes and dodging the odd spike or hungry worm as you go. It’s all controlled with one finger in a way that’s somewhat similar to Angry Birds. It’s a system that feels simplistic at first, but, as you progress, you’ll need…

Where is West of Loathing for iOS?

News By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Where is West of Loathing for iOS?

West of Loathing is one of maybe 5 games that I can say is consistently funny throughout the entirety of its runtime. Its writing is warm, light-hearted, and regularly chuckle-worthy. Memorable visual gags also abound in Asymmetric’s western-themed RPG epic, and its cast of goofball characters and silly locales make repeat plays impossibly inviting. All that being said, West of Loathing is currently only available on PC and Switch. An iPad version has been in the works for some time, as has an iPhone port, but news surrounding its release has long since dried up. From the very extensive amount of internet detective work I put into this, I gather that the iPad version has been ready…

Best mobile games of the year so far: The VideoKid

Feature By Cameron Bald, 2 years, 3 months ago
Best mobile games of the year so far: The VideoKid

In what is now the 8th entry in this extended rundown of the best mobile games of the year so far, I’ve looked to the runner genre and selected a great little 80s throwback called The VideoKid. The VideoKid This one is perhaps best described as a smart play on the NES classic, Paperboy. And while its boxy characters and environments might not be overly reminiscent of the era, the stellar audio work and garish colours positively scream retro fun. It also helps that it’s jam-packed with a silly amount of goofy references, from Back to the Future to ThunderCats. The tricky skateboarding gameplay sees you switching lanes to avoid incoming obstacles, snapping up coins, and occasion…

Catch up on Pocket Gamer's latest YouTube videos - (November 2nd)

Feature By Emily Sowden, 2 years, 11 months ago
Catch up on Pocket Gamer's latest YouTube videos - (November 2nd)

I think I speak for everyone when I let out a massive "ahhhhhh" and get ready to kick my feet up as the weekend peers in. But, we can't get too comfortable just yet, oh no. Before the alarm gets shut off and the pyjamas stay on, we should have a quick look at what's been happening with video this week. By now you should know that AppSpy's video channel has changed to Pocket Gamer's official YouTube channel. Don't worry, it's only the name that's changed if it's totally new to you, and it's the same fantastic content. Since James was on holiday until a few days ago, there isn't a tons of stuff to get through. Saying that, as always it's high quality and interesting stuff. Old School RuneSc…

5 strategy mobile games for iOS that play as good as they look

Feature By Emily Sowden, 3 years ago
5 strategy mobile games for iOS that play as good as they look

You might not want to think too hard on a Monday, and that's totally fine. But sometimes you'll be face-to-face with excellent mobile strategy games like these and it's silly not to give them a play. We've covered some of the best strategy games on the market before and we'll definitely stand by it. Of course, you can't and shouldn't judge a book by its cover – or, in this case, a game by its visuals – but it's nice to dig into a title that has style and substance, right? What I do know is that these mobile strategy games tick all of the boxes: content, audio, artwork, you name it. If we've missed out on your favourite, let us know in those comments below. The Banner Saga &nda…

The best mobile gaming videos from AppSpy's YouTube channel: September 6th

Feature By Emily Sowden, 3 years ago
The best mobile gaming videos from AppSpy's YouTube channel: September 6th

Another week is almost over and now's a brilliant time to take a look back at the past several days. I know I've been writing this round-up up on a Friday, but I figured there's no harm in doing it a day early. Why? James has been busy at work creating more fantastic content for you over on AppSpy's YouTube channel and I just can't wait to share it with you. Maybe you've seen it, maybe you haven't, but I'd highly recommend having a watch of what we've got in store. We're rich in reviews this week, but card game-lovers will definitely want to stick around to read what's been going on. QUARTO review Board game enthusiasts, you should really check this review out. It's only a couple of min…