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Win yourself a new Honor 8 Pro smartphone in Pocket Gamer’s latest competition

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 9th, 2017

Would you like to get your hands on a brand new Honor 8 Pro? Well now’s your chance with Pocket Gamer’s biggest ever competition to date.

Let us know what you look for most from a gaming phone and you could be in with a chance of winning one of five brand new Honor 8 Pro smartphones.

The Honor 8 Pro is the brand new iteration of the Honor 8 device, which looks to build on all the best qualities of the former and more, boasting two 12 megapixel cameras, a stunning Quad HD display and an ultra sleek design.

With a 5.7 inch screen, you will be immersed for hours in your favourite games and videos which you can enjoy in superb cinematic quality. But that's not all, with the 4,000 mAh battery you won’t be left constantly thinking of your charger, letting you enjoy your pocket size accomplice wherever you go.

How to enter


To enter simply reply to the tweet below letting us know your requirements for a perfect gaming phone, followed by #PGamerWishlist, #honor8pro and @honorglobal. We'll look at all entries and decide on 5 lucky winners that will receive a new Honor 8 Pro



You’ve got until midnight on Monday 19th June to enter which is open to readers’ worldwide!

Competition rules

• The competition closes on Monday 19th June, at midnight BST, and no entries will be accepted after this date.
• You must use the hashtags #PGamerWishlist, #honor8pro and include @honorglobal in your reply for your entry to be considered.
• The winners will be notified by Twitter or Facebook shortly after the closing date of the competition – make sure you are following Pocket Gamer so your account can receive direct messages, or opened your Facebook account so you can receive inbox messages.
• The competition is open to readers worldwide.
• The winners will be the persons who the judges deem has answered the challenge in the most appropriate fashion.
• Pocket Gamer parent company Steel Media's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners of the competition.
• The competition is not open to employees of Steel Media or Honor or any of their agents involved in setting up this competition.
By entering, you agree to the official rules and Steel Media's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Here are the 12 winners of the Apple Design Awards

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 8th, 2017

Apple revealed the winners of its Apple Design Awards at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 yesterday. Celebrating the best in mobile App design, twelve programs, including both game and lifestyle apps alike, received awards from Apple for their sleek, stylish, and effective design.

Pokémon GO celebrates one-year anniversary with Solstice Event

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



Believe it or not, Pokémon GO launched nearly a year ago, setting the mobile gaming world on fire. Niantic's gearing up to celebrate Pokémon GO's one-year anniversary alongside 750 million global downloads with the new Solstice Event.

Zombie mayhem in Dead Plague, newly released on Android and iOS

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 8th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

You know that feeling when you’re sunbathing on a beach with a Mojito in one hand and a Rum Punch in the other, when a horde of the undead come bounding out of the palm trees towards you? Well Chinese developer GameSpire has basically given us that with its new mobile action game Dead Plague.

You play a guy in khaki trousers and a cowboy hat, dropped off in the tropics by BIOCORP to investigate an epidemic. But this isn’t an island-wide case of the sniffles. This is an outbreak of zombie flu! Luckily you’re accompanied by a trusty submachine gun to deal with the hungry locals.

Gameplay involves completing various objectives throughout the single-player campaign, surviving the onslaught of zombies as you go. Aside from your garden-variety runner zombies, you’ll also encounter the occasional special zombie, and bosses to boot. Luckily, this archipelago is peppered with munitions boxes equipping you with rifles, machine guns, grenades, mines – and of course ammo, so you should have the firepower to cope. Dead Plague uses a twin-stick style of controls, with the right side of the screen controlling aiming and firing, and the left controlling movement and direction.

The game provides a 3D bird’s-eye view of the action, with realistic lighting, vibrant colours and impressive dynamic weather effects, all lending believability to the sun-soaked setting.

If you fancy killing off zombies on the world’s worst tropical holiday, you can download Dead Plague from Google Play and the App Store.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Pocket Kingdom is launching at long last

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 7th, 2017
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's been quite some time since we had any news about Plug In Digital's upcoming puzzle game, Pocket Kingdom. Rest assured, though, the game will be in your hands quite soon -- on June 15, in fact.

The best deals on the App Store this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 7th, 2017



It's another great week of discounted games on the App Store this week. There's even a number of free games thrown into the mix. If you're looking to try something new on the cheap, now's the time -- all of the games this week are excellent picks, even at full price.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends adds competitive 'Gauntlet' mode

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 7th, 2017
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO LEGENDARY :: Read Review »

Bethesda continues to provide support for The Elder Scrolls: Legends with a brand new gameplay mode that aims to bring out players' competitive spirits. Gauntlet mode is for players who want to test out their best decks.

SUP Multiplayer Racing beginner's guide

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 7th, 2017

SUP Multiplayer Racing takes your typical racing game and pares it down to its elements. Rather than steering your car for yourself, the controls have been reduced to two buttons -- one for jumping and changing lanes, the other for using your turbo abilities.

While it sounds simple, there's actually a lot of strategy involved. You'll need to learn how to take out your opponents, and use your boosts to your advantage. The game throws you right in with players of all abilities, so you'll have to figure things out quickly. Lucky for you, we're here to help.

Become a fantasy hero in Art of Conquest

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 6th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lilith Games is trying something new with its latest game, Art of Conquest. This massive new fantasy real-time strategy game places you at the head of a kingdom in the beautiful, but conflicted, world of Nore. Choose from one of five races, gather your loyal troops and set out to battle five other enemy kingdoms in deliciously deep strategy combat.

Recruit from a selection of 20 unique heroes and set out to explore the world. Art of Conquest favors exploration over sterile matchmaking, so players will have to explore the sprawling world map to find enemy strongholds to besiege.

Art of Conquest sets itself apart from the pack, giving players true independence in battle including in PVP mode. Rather than automated fights, players take full control of how the battle plays out. Place your units in formation before setting them loose on the enemy. Over time, your heroes will gain unique active abilities that, when used strategically, can completely shift the tides of battle.

Of course, there’s more to it than sheer shows of strength. You’ll need to build up your castle, construct siege machines, and cooperate with other players in your kingdom to become a true hero. Art of Conquest is a breath of fresh air in the world of base-building strategy games and is available now on iOS and Android.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Everything you need to know about Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 6th, 2017



Apple held its big annual WWDC keynote today, revealing a slew of new software and gadgets the company has in the works, including some exciting news for the mobile industry. Here are the top three things you need to know about the presentation.

Monument Valley 2 launches today

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 6th, 2017

Apple surprised us all today at the Worldwide Developer's Conference, revealing thatMonument Valley 2is out now on the App Store. The company made the announcement as they were demoing iOS 11, the upcoming operating system for Apple's mobile devices.

Noodlecake Games brings 'Flipping Legend' to iOS later this month

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 2nd, 2017

Hot on the heels of Bouncy Hoops, Noodlecake's latest release, comes Flipping Legend. The prolific indie publisher is hard at work this month it seems with two new games out this month.

The 5 best vacation planning apps

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 1st, 2017

If you've got dreams of a big vacation this summer, now's the time to start planning. Things can certainly be overwhelming, especially when you're starting from scratch. Don't be intimidated, though. Once you get started, things will start to fall into place. That's made all the easier by a bunch of helpful apps that truly streamline the process.

We've picked out five of the best apps to help you plan your next trip. Let's get to it.

We interviewed Honor to find out more about their latest smartphone, the Honor 8 Pro

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 1st, 2017

“Pro” by name and “pro” by nature, in almost every way Honor’s latest upgrade to its smartphone series intends to provide the hardcore mobile gamer with all the features they could ever need to maximize their fun. Not only is it packing much more power thanks to the addition of a 4,000mAh high density battery, but it also ups the display resolution of an already striking 5.7 inch display screen. Both allow the Honor Pro 8 to cater for longer play sessions on the go, however intense a game’s graphics may be.

The clever chaps over at Honor have even designed their latest device while keeping the future of gaming in mind. The Pro’s VR integration means that those who prefer to experience their worlds from the inside as well as out can look forward to being fully immersed without it ever feeling weighty, a handy side-effect of such a sleek yet comfortable outer case design.

Talking with the fine folk over at Honor, we recently discussed the Honor Pro 8’s various new systems and features which seem determined to remedy some of mobile gaming’s biggest drawbacks.

What key differences separate the Honor 8 Pro from the previous Honor 8 model?

• The three products under Honor 8 series are equipped with different features and made available to meet users’ evolving needs and different preferences.

• The Honor 8 Pro is our super flagship product in 2017, it is the highest qualified and best performing smartphone ever created by Honor. It boasts the most outstanding features that a premium phone carries at only EUR500 price range: ultra-thin 6.97mm body with flush 12MP dual-lens camera, Kirin 960 and 6GB RAM, EMUI5.1, 4,000mAh high density battery and so on.

• The Honor 8 is our 2016 flagship product which boasts a futuristic design with 2.5D glass-made body with a 3D grate design on the back, carrying powerful features such as 12MP dual-lens camera, Kirin 950 and 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery.

What aspects of the phone make it ideal for gamers?

Users of the Honor 8 Pro could enjoy remarkable gaming experience even with the most demanding games, because:

• Games look better than ever on the Honor 8 Pro’s stunning display
The Honor 8 Pro’s 5.7-inch Quad HD display boasts the highest levels of color accuracy and detail, featuring a high resolution of 515ppi and support for 94.5% of the NTSC color gamut, displaying 16700K colors. Professional calibration brings the best out of the display, with color enhancement technology, sharpness enhancement in the display engine and a 2D image detail enhancer.

• Maximum performance with industry-leading hardware and software
The Honor 8 Pro is the best performing Honor smartphone ever, ready for the most demanding games and applications. Its octa-core Kirin 960 chipset boosts single-core and multi-core performance by 10% and 18% respectively, while the Mali-G71 GPU exceeds its predecessor in graphic rendering by 180%.
The industry leading Vulkan API delivers significant improvements to the Honor 8 Pro over its predecessor Open GL by relieving the CPU’s strain processing image gallery and UI effects, raising the device’s graphical and data processing capabilities. All-round graphic performance is enhanced up to 400%. The device also ships with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

• Gaming Performance Cruise, an exclusive industry-first feature pioneered by Honor
Game performance is often not primarily hindered by raw processing power, but by heat-related issues. When the processor begins to overheat, the CPU will run at a lower clock rate, impacting performance. Honor’s engineers have developed Gaming Performance Cruise in EMUI 5.1, the first feature to ship on any smartphone that intelligently maintains consistent performance, while reducing power consumption and thus heat issues – all to deliver a smoother gaming experience.

Gaming Performance Cruise reduces performance loss and power consumption by 20–30% during gaming and extends smooth playing time by 25–42%*.

Can you tell us a little more about the dual camera system. What are the benefits of this over a single camera lens?

• The Honor 8 Pro is packed with two 12-megapixel lenses, one monochrome and one RGB, which capture images simultaneously. The monochrome lens captures a black-and-white image with impressive details, while the RGB lens focuses on capturing color, leading to great color reproduction.

• The Honor 8 Pro blends in cutting-edge hardware and software. With data processed by the Prime image signal processor (ISP) and merged by a proprietary algorithm, the phone allows you to capture shots with superior detail, depth and color.

One of the big talking points of the Honor Pro 8 is the battery. Could you share some details on it?

• Long Battery Life: The 4000mAh high density (710 Wh/L) battery working alongside the advanced power saving features of the 16nm Kirin 960 chipset brings ultra-long battery life. Honor 8 Pro’s battery life can last 2 full days of regular use, almost 1.44 days of heavy use, enough for 108 hours for music streaming, 18 hours of video streaming, 10 hours of video playing on Youtube, and 7 hours of VR streaming on Jaunt.*

• SmartPower 5.0: The intelligent power saving technology can optimize power consumption of front office applications while ensuring their smooth operation; with its intelligent management of back office applications, SmartPower 5.0 can automatically identify and terminate processes with exceptionally high power consumption, preventing back office applications from activating the entire system too frequently, hence reducing the overall back office power consumption. In the meantime, it manages alerts to optimize power consumption when the phone is on standby.

*Data based on Honor lab tests. Battery life may vary based on usage patterns and network conditions.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Bouncy Hoops combines Flappy Bird and NBA Jam

Posted by Jessica Famularo on June 1st, 2017

Noodlecake Games launched Bouncy Hoops, their latest mobile game, today. The game's stylish retro graphics are reminiscent of NBA Jams, but the game is pure arcade score chasing. The developers liken it to Flappy Bird with basketballs.