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Slayaway Camp review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 20th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BURIED ALIVE
The sliding block puzzling here is solid and it's paired with some campy horror movie tropes, but it doesn't quite come together to feel special.

Beat Racer review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 17th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DOIN' IT RIGHT
With slick visuals, a solid soundtrack, and neat mechanics, this rhythm game will keep you going the distance.


Gunhouse review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 16th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MATCH-DEFENSE
If you combine a bizarre take on match-three with tower defense, you end up with a pretty delightful and challenging game.

Hidden Folks review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 15th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM
This hidden object game is so detailed and charming that it's hard not to have a good time playing it.


Glitchskier review

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By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHOOT FIRST, ASCII QUESTIONS LATER
This glitched-out shooter has an amazing look and offers up some solid challenge.

OK Golf review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ON PAR
True to its name, OK Golf is a decent golf game.


Stagehand: A Reverse Platformer review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 10th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: THROWBACK OR OUTDATED?
This "reverse platformer" feels like a throwback to older mobile games, and not exactly in a good way.

Splitter Critters review

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By Campbell Bird on February 10th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TEAR-IFICALLY CHARMING
The puzzles here may not be the most challenging, but this game's got so much creativity that it hardly matters.


Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 18th, 2017

At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though. Some of the original 151 Pokémon have new evolved forms that require special items. Meanwhile, there are two brand new Eeveelutions for you to acquire. Let's go over the finer details. Onward, young trainer!

The best new games we played this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 18th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM :: Read Review »

It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to highlight some of the best we've played. Let's take a look, shall we?


Recruit more scallywags and discover new monsters in Oceans & Empires’ new grand update

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 17th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Get ready to show off your sea legs all over again in Oceans & Empires’ new grand update, which aims to make the act of rising to the role of seven seas ruler even more fresh and appealing, thanks to a richness of new content on both iOS and Android.

Craving more of a challenge when building up your fleet? Joycity have got you covered thanks to the addition of many new sea monsters now levelled between 31 and 33 to keep players on their toes. If this seems daunting at first fear not captain, because the update now also increases the max castle level cap from 30 to 32, letting you sail to success.

There’s even a new vessel to seek out in the form of a new tier 13 ship known as the Vulcan, but if that doesn’t make you raise an eye-patch or two, The new tier 11 ‘Sword Master’ troops certainly will. Providing you’re willing to continue dominating your foes and raise your castle to the new max level, you’ll be able to recruit these new landlubbers and add the Vulcan to your shipyard in no time.

Looking underneath the ship’s deck, Joycity have also found time to increase Oceans & Empires online stability, merging servers 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-11 to better help players enjoy the smoothest swashbuckling experience possible.

Oceans & Empires’ new grand update is available to download on iOS& Android from today onwards, so ready the sails up once again and seek victory.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner's.

Digby Forever Guide: How to dig to the deepest depths

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 17th, 2017

Digby Forever is a sparkling homage to arcade classics, and while you may be tiring of the number of arcade games being thrown at you, this endless digger finds many ways to stand out from the rest of the pack. The game manages to be challenging without punishing you needlessly. You'll have fun whether you win or lose, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to keep your drill spinning straight and true.

The best sales on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 17th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad



It's been quite the week in mobile games, but if the latest releases(there were some pretty darn good ones, in case you missed out) aren't really doing the trick, perhaps some of these discounted games will. Many of these premium games had their prices slashed or are completely free for the time being, so snatch them up while you can.

Why the new Fire Emblem Heroes update shows that Nintendo is listening

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 16th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »



It’s exciting to see Nintendo delving into the mobile sphere, regardless of whether it’s to give fans another platform to enjoy their fans or simply a sound business venture. Two of the company's announced mobile games have finally come to fruition, but they were slightly soiled by iffy free-to-play mechanics and other foibles. Nintendo’s mobile future was called into question, but now things are looking a little sunnier with the latest Fire Emblem Heroes update.

New Fire Emblem Heroes update adds new heroes and perks

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 16th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »

Fire Emblem Heroes received a sizeable update first thing this morning. The update features a batch of fresh content along with a few updates to the game's systems.

Pokémon GO is getting a bounty of new Pokémon and features

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 15th, 2017
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Well, after some, frankly, disappointing updates to Pokémon GO, fans are finally getting what they've always wanted - 80 brand new Pokémon, likely from Generation II. We'll be able to catch the Johto region starters--Totodile, Chicorita, and Cyndaquil--along with Pokémon like Bellossom and the new Eeveelutions, Espeon and Umbreon.

Postknight Beginner's Guide: Neither snow nor rain . . .

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 14th, 2017


Postknight gave us a pleasant surprise last week. What at first blush looks like another fantasy clicker game is actually a warm homage to classic RPGs with lots of juicy upgrades and other RPG trappings to keep us hooked for a good weekend or two. It's lightweight, making it a great game to pick up and put down during a commute, but with plenty of layers to dig into if you want something a bit more nuanced. There are a few things to remember if you're just starting out. Use these tips to become the greatest Postknight in all of the land.

Last week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by TPG Staff on February 13th, 2017



At the beginning of each week we like to take a look at what’s been happening of late over on our sister website PocketGamer.

As you probably gathered from the name, PocketGamer concerns itself with all things portable gaming. That includes mobile games, handheld games, and even Nintendo’s forthcoming Switch console.

Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PocketGamer team over the past week.

Take a look at Nimblebit's upcoming Bit City

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 10th, 2017

Nimblebit is always good for some light, well-designed fun, and the mobile development studio is likely holding to that with their upcoming game, Bit City. Various Nimblebit developers have been sharing screenshots of the game over the past few months, but this is the first official teaser for the game.

FTL creators announce new game Into the Breach

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 10th, 2017

Since its arrival on the App Store a few years ago, FTL has been entertaining mobile gamers with its irresistible style, regardless of the often absurd challenges it presents. Fans of that fine spaceship management sim will be pleased to learn that Subset Games has another sci-fi game in the works --Into the Breach.

In Into the Breach, the last vestiges of human civilization are hanging on despite a looming subterranean threat. The action plays out on an isometric grid, and you'll have to use your best turn-based strategy skills to win this fight. Massive insectoid monsters erupt from the earth, wreaking havoc. It's up to you, the player to stop them by commanding an army of mechs, all of which can be upgraded as you progress. The cities must be protected at all costs, as they are vital to powering your war efforts.

The game features more of the gorgeous pixel art that we saw in FTL, along with a soundtrack from FTL's composer, Ben Prunty. Subset Games says that Into the Breach will be available "when its ready". The game's only been confirmed for PC and Mac so far, but we expect we'll be seeing Into the Breach on mobile as well, if FTL is any indication.

Lords of the Fallen arrives on mobile tomorrow

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 8th, 2017

Lords of the Fallen is slashing its way onto mobile tomorrow, and this time it's taking a highly action-oriented approach with swipey combat. The game originally appeared on PC as a Dark Souls-esque dungeon crawler.

Old Man's Journey wanders back into the spotlight with a new gameplay trailer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 8th, 2017



People got a first glimpse of an early build of Old Man’s Journey at the 2016 Game Developer’s Conference, where it drew a lot of attention for its beautiful storybook visuals. Developer Broken Rules has now treated us to a fresh look at Old Man’s Journey’s gameplay, and we’re still just as excited for the finished product.

Pokémon GO is splashed with pink for Valentine's Day

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 8th, 2017
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Pokémon GO is kicking off its Valentine's Day festivities today, washing the app in waves of pink, hearts, and cutesy Pokémon. Niantic has a bunch of sweet treats for Pokémon GO addicts this time around. And yes, we're talking lots and lots of candy.

From today until February 15, you'll earn double candy every time you catch, hatch, or transfer a Pokémon. Keep your buddy close at hand, too -- they'll be scooping up candy twice as fast for the duration of the event.

Perhaps most importantly, though, this Valentine's Day event is the perfect chance to finally hatch some of the elusive baby Pokémon that were added to the game a few weeks ago. These new, second generation Pokémon are tough to catch, as they can only be hatched from eggs and those eggs are mixed with all of the older Pokémon you probably already have. Now, though, Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will all hatch more frequently from eggs.

If that's not enough for you, lures will now last for six hours, too. Chansey, Clefairy, and other pink Pokémon can also be caught at a higher rate.

How do you think the Valentine's Day event holds up to past Pokémon GO celebrations? Share your thoughts in the comments!