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Beat Racer review

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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

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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

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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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: THROWBACK OR OUTDATED?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.

Fire Emblem Heroes review

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By Campbell Bird on February 9th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES
Nintendo's latest is a mix between a gacha-style strategy game and Fire Emblem, with more emphasis on the former than the latter.


Fire Emblem Heroes celebrates its launch with special maps and extra orbs

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 7th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »

Fire Emblem Heroes only launched last week, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from rolling out a few fan events to keep folks excited about their latest mobile SRPG. Players will be getting special launch celebration maps each week which net players three Orbs rather than the customary one when they clear them.

3 excellent mobile games based on folklore

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 7th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ESCAPE THE RUNE :: Read Review »

Video games draw inspiration from many sources -- classic cinema, action flicks, novels, even internet memes. While games can tell stories in a huge variety of ways, some of the most compelling games use folklore and mythology as a source, pairing both classic art with these traditional stories. Here are three mobile games that do this exceptionally well.

Guild of Dungeoneering's second expansion arrives on mobile this week

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 7th, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROGUISH CHARM :: Read Review »



The mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering is getting fresh scoops of monsters and quests in its latest expansion, Ice Cream Headaches, out this Thursday on iOS and Android. If you haven't tried the game yet, it's a clever turn on the classic dungeon crawler, as players build said dungeons around the characters.

SpellTower getting a big update; teams up with Merriam-Webster

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FANTASTIC :: Read Review »



We've covered the sleek and stylish word puzzler SpellTower in the past, and now the game is back on the radar again with a huge new update -- the first in quite some time -- arriving on February 9.


This Week on PocketGamer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »



Every week we round up the top talking points from the past week of coverage over on PocketGamer.

Our UK-based sister website has been covering the portable gaming industry since 2006, so it’s always interesting to get their perspective on a fast moving industry.

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

Clash Royale let's you try Battle Ram early

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017


Thank goodness it’s the weekend, because you’re going to need the free time to dedicate to Clash Royale. They’re trying something new with the Battle Ram Challenge, giving players the chance to unlock the new card early. Here’s how it works.

3 "gacha" games like Fire Emblem Heroes that are well worth your time

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BITE-SIZED BATTLES :: Read Review »

Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes, is a gacha game set in the iconic Fire Emblem universe. If you’re not familiar with gacha games, it’s a game genre, or rather a monetization mechanic, that is hugely popular in Japan, and is starting to drift into western mobile games, too.

Derived from the gashapon prize machines in Japan, gacha games ask players to complete missions or pay real-life cash money to buy items that grant chances to randomly win powerful characters or items. It’s a bit like low-key gambling, but with an RPG attached.

While there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Fire Emblem Heroes, perhaps you’re curious about other games. There are plenty of games of a similar nature that promise robust gameplay and hours of entertainment. Here are three of our favorites.

Fire Emblem Heroes Beginner's Guide: How to fight your way to victory

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 3rd, 2017

Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's latest mobile offering, arrived today on both iOS and Android. It's a lighter version of the classic Fire Emblem games, though the core tactical RPG mechanics are still there. It's a great gateway game for people who are interested in the series, but don't know much about it. Heroes combines tactical combat with Japanese gacha monetization mechanics. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, we have a few tips to get you started.

Animal Crossing mobile delayed yet again

Posted by Jessica Famularo on February 1st, 2017


Animal Crossing: New Leaf launched in the west back in 2013, and since then folks have been itching for a new meandering town sim. Naturally everyone was thrilled when an Animal Crossing mobile game was announced alongside Super Mario and Fire Emblem mobile titles. While the Animal Crossing mobile game is still in the works, it's sadly been delayed a second time.

Golf Zero gets its first trailer; could launch end of February

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 31st, 2017

Designers Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila have been teasing twitter with a series of .gifs featuring their up-coming game, Golf Zero. The game draws clear inspiration from Super Meat Boy, in that it's a challenging platformer in which your little sprite has to dodge sawblades and spikes before eventually succumbing to a violent end. But this time, there's a golfing twist. Using some bullet time mechanics, you attempt to putt a golfball into a hole before your violent death. The game is looking pretty spectacular, especially now that we've got an even closer glimpse.

Ninja Spinki Challenges!! Beginner's Guide

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 31st, 2017


Ninja Spinki Challenges!!
is an addictive arcade-style title with a number of different trials to keep you hooked. Each mini-game requires its own unique set of tactics. If you want to truly master all facets of the game, you'll need some determination and a little bit of practice. We have a few tips to get you started.

Long-awaited galaxy explorer Prevail mysteriously appears on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 31st, 2017
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Prevail, a galaxy exploration game by British developer JohnnyTwoShoes, was announced over five years ago. The game drew a lot of attention, drawing in dedicated fans with its promise of sidescrolling action and seemingly endless space exploration. Based on released footage, exciting space battles frequently gave way to more peaceful exploration--the game was shaping up to be a rich experience that is often so hard to find on mobile.

Creature Quest Beginner's Guide: How to collect 'em all for sweet combos

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 28th, 2017


Creature Quest
is a new collectible critter game by the creator of Might and Magic, Jon Van Caneghem. The game boasts a lot of customization options for the diverse teams of creatures you can collect. As you improve, you can even create dungeons of your very own for other adventurers to come and explore. Starting out, though, you'll need to master the ins and outs of combat, which can be tricky given the layers of strategy involved. Luckily for you, we have a few tips that will ease the learning curve quite a bit.

Raw Fury delays Kingdom: New Lands

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 28th, 2017


Raw Fury's sadly delayed their kingdom builder, Kingdom: New Lands until later in the winter season. While the game was set to release next week, the developers decided to push the game back for unknown reasons. In fact, the team stated in a blog post that they can't reveal the reason for the delay. They simply cite that it was a decision the developers came to after talking to the game's creator.

This Week on Pocket Gamer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 28th, 2017


Each week we provide a round-up of the key talking points of the past week or so of portable gaming from our sister website, Pocket Gamer.

From the hottest iPhone and Android games to the latest developments from Nintendo HQ, the PG team tend to have it covered.

Last week was a little quieter than normal, though, and we’ll start with one possible explanation for that…