The event, which is highlighted by “A Very Big Indie Pitch,” packs in networking opportunities with two content tracks: East meets West global publishing stage and the Indie Rock Stars game creation stage. There will also be world class speakers, interactive workshops, an exhibition area, and a Pocket gamer Party amongst other events and displays.
Host company Steel Media‘s chief, Chris James, is clearly excited. “Pocket Gamer has spent 8 years doing everything in its power to help the mobile games industry grow and to help the amazing people inside it to achieve the respect and success they deserve,” he says. “PGC2014 is the next natural step in that journey and I think it’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done.”
Keith Andrew, the Editor for PocketGamer.biz, broke the news to everyone earlier today. This new look is just the beginning of a series of changes that are planned and will continue to crop up in the coming weeks, and users are encouraged to report any errors you might find while browsing around as these things tend to happen when websites go through big changes like this.
148Apps and Android Rundown (both via Steel Media) are holding a 2014 reader survey for the week, and taking a couple of minuted to answer some basic questions will give you a shot at winning an iPad Mini! Just go here and fill out the necessary info.
You can also check out the terms and conditions here if you’re so inclined. If you’re interested in entering I’d suggest hopping to it sooner rather than later as the survey will only be going until March 4, 2014. Telling us we’re awesome isn’t a requirement of course, but we love compliments all the same.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 27th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Pocket Gamer guys are at it again, creating a new guide for the Where’s My… Games. The Pocket Guide to Where’s My… Games includes guides for Where’s My Water? (Swampy, Cranky, and Allie), Where’s My Perry?, and Where’s My Mickey? So, if you ever need help with those games make sure to check out the expert video guides and walkthroughs for them. It even has a breakdown of the basics, hidden items, secrets, and achievements.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 25th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
The Pocket Guide to The Room – iPad edition is designed for Fireproof Game’s point-and-click title, The Room. The Pocket Gamer teams provides an expert guide on how to make your way through the game with step-by-step walkthroughs. Also, it features a making of series so that fans of the game can learn more as they get the help they need to progress through the game.
Don’t get stuck during any segments of the game, download the app and get the help you need!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 27th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Pocket Gamer has released a new interactive guide that provides players with tips and walkthrough strategies for commanding a squad of itty bitty soldiers. The Official Guide to Tiny Troopers 2 – iPad edition has been created by the experts at Pocket Gamer with the help of the developer of Tiny Troopers 2, Kukouri.
The guide features level-by-level walkthrough strategies and tactics, details on the complete arsenal in Tiny Troopers 2, and a breakdown of all the essentials; including operations & missions, command points, medals, multiplier, collectables, rank, achievements, and more!
So, if you are having some small issues with your tiny troopers, make sure you get some big help by checking out this free guide.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 15th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Issue 8 of Swipe Magazine has arrived, bringing the iOS fan even more information on the world of app gaming. This month’s issue features XCOM: Enemy Unknown on the cover and has 20 key tips within to help players have better luck against those alien invaders. Issue 8 also focuses on the best titles from this year’s E3, letting people know of what they have to look forward to. Over 80 games are featured in this month’s issue, packed with reviews, videos, and more!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 17th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
The Official Guide to Star Command HD is the official interactive guide by Pocket Gamer, giving you all the ins and outs of space combat. You’ll find all the information and tips needed, which has been put together by the experts at Pocket Gamer, along with input from Warballoon Games. Aimed for beginners, you’ll have access to tactical information and a mission-by-mission walkthrough, along with a breakdown of the crew, ships, rooms, and more!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 15th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Pocket Gamer has launched the first issue of iTips Magazine, a helpful guide that provides hints, tips, and walkthroughs for every one of the current top 40 titles available on the iPad. Should you not know some of the games, each title in the magazine also features a review by Pocket Gamer. iTips Magazine gives you an interactive digital experience for your tablet and can be downloaded now for free.
✔ 40 of the biggest and most popular iPad games
✔ Comprehensive hints, tips and walkthroughs for guaranteed gaming goodness
✔ Don’t know a game? Don’t worry. Every title included is accompanied by a Pocket Gamer review to help your decision-making
✔ World-class editorial content from one of the top iOS gaming sites, combined with Steel Media’s renowned design and production ethos
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on February 21st, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Swipe Magazine, the interactive digital publication from Steel Media (our parent company), has just released Issue Five, which contains all sorts of great game news and reviews from the best iOS app sites out there, including 148Apps. Give it a look today.
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Here’s a quick bullet point guide as to what’s included in Issue 5:
A preview of Real Racing 3
An RPG review extravaganza
An interview with the developer behind Anomaly Korea
Hints and tips guide to Hundreds
iPad Basics: because iPad ownership is only easy if you know how…
The usual selection of hardware/apps roundups
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and as everyone knows, Jeff Scott listed sale apps and watched that list grow: “As another year draws to a close, millions of people will find iOS devices and iTunes gift cards waiting for them under the tree. That means lots of people looking for apps and games to download and that means it’s time for a HUGE sale. This year does not disappoint with tons of apps and games on sale and a ton going free for Christmas week.
If you enjoy this list, feel free to tweet or share this post on Facebook.
Here are our picks from the best of the best apps and games on sale. And as a reminder, you can always find the latest apps and games on sale at our iOS Price Drops page.”
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-11-29 :: Category: Games
Then away to GiggleApps we ran with a dash, and checked in with Amy Solomon, who had this news flash: “The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred Robots is a personal favorite retelling of the classic holiday story of the same name.
If one were to check iTunes, one could find multiple apps adapting this traditional Christmas story, and this app is a top choice of mine for a few reasons.
Although I am not always a fan of computer generated animation, especially when it boasts a 3D effect.
I do, however, love the bright, colorful and wonderfully stylized look of this computer-generated app, with interesting photographic elements and textures along with a 3D look for a very interesting visual experience. There is a wonderful use of perspective, and the placement of that would be the camera if one were shooting live action as well, as quick camera movements highlights the benefits of working with computer graphics.”
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-01 :: Category: Books
Then at last we arrived at AndroidRundown, to see what was new in KickStarter-town: “Stands for smartphones are a very usual kickstarted project because they are all generally very simple and relatively cheap to make. We have done a few here for this blog post, and I was trying to stay away from them, but after seeing the crazy look of this week’s KickStarter Spotlight project I had to do it. This week I am showing off Simply Amplified’s Symphony Shells. They are 3-D printed phone stands that are shaped like real-life oceanic shells. They come in three separate forms, the urchin; small and spiked, the murex; arched and pointy, and the nautilus; square and twisting. All can be done in a very colorful and ornate tie-dye pattern or simply come in a solid or di-chromatic color scheme. My initial favorite is the nautilus simply because of its epic size and crazy spiky, square spiral. These really are very beautiful designs and any of them would display a smartphone with style and aplomb.”
This week at 148Apps.com, we turkey trotted our way into Thanksgiving and the holiday season with a tremendous list of apps for sale, courtesy of site founder Jeff Scott: “Black Friday is the biggest sale day of the year for the big box stores. And the same is true for the App Store. But the good thing about the App Store is there’s virtually 0% chance of getting trampled while trying to get that $39 laptop everyone is racing for.
This week and into Monday we’ll likely see hundreds of iOS games and apps on sale at some really great prices. We’ll be updating this post frequently through Monday with the best of the sale apps and games.”
The holiday spirit continued at GiggleApps.com, with Amy Solomon’s review of Wombi Toys: “Wombi Toys – a toy workshop for kids is a new interactive app that my son is really enjoying.
My son always get so much out of immersive role-playing apps, be it mini-games or more open-ended adventures which allow my son to cook for animals, plant a garden, pretend to be a doctor, fix a car or play tea party.
For those parents who know exactly the genre of app I am talking about, it is worth getting to know Wombi, a Swedish developer with a wonderful sense of style.
They have developed a series of really fun jigsaw puzzles of different themes and other apps that I have also enjoyed, so I was super-excited for the release of Wombi Toys – a toy workshop for kids which allows children to play toy-themed mini-games, building or fixing a very nice variety of toys such as wind-up car, painting alphabet blocks or using a hand pump to inflate a ball as each of these games are cute and fun, tactile as well as intuitive.”
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-10-18 :: Category: Games
Finally, AndroidRundown.com writer Carter Dotson shared some unfortunate news: One of the biggest names of the early days of touchscreen mobile gaming is about to finally fade away: parent company GREE is shutting down OpenFeint, effective in December.
OpenFeint may not be as fondly remembered on Android as it is on iOS. It was the first real service to provide leaderboards and achievements, a much-desired feature. However, the platform failed to expand upon that core functionality once Game Center kicked in and became ubiquitous; while features like cloud saves were implemented by OpenFeint (and seen in games like INC which provided cross-platform saves) they never took off with developers or the public. However, the service was still purchased by GREE, and has been languishing recently as it transitions in to the GREE Platform.”
And, as the tryptophan kicks in, we bid you a fond adieu this week. But make sure you keep track of all the latest sales, contests, reviews and news items by following us on Twitter and Facebook. See you next week. Gobble gobble.
This week at 148Apps.com, we kicked off October by interviewing the developer of iOS horror game Organ Trail. Rob Rich writes, “I make no attempt to hide my adoration for Organ Trail: Director’s Cut. I love this game and I’m proud of it. So having the opportunity to ask The Men Who Wear Many Hats – specifically Ryan Wiemeyer, co-owner and designer – a few questions was quite exciting. From the Flash game with over half a million fans to their new Greenlight venture, it’s all fair game for these enterprising haberdashers. Okay so they don’t necessarily make the hats but you get the idea.”
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-08-09 :: Category: Games
Nothing nearly as frightening was happening at GiggleApps.com this week. Amy Solomon reviewed Tizzy Seasons, saying, “Tizzy Seasons is a delightful application for young children which teaches about each of the four seasons. Not a word is spoken or seen as text within this application, making this app a very nice selection for children no matter their language background. Start by choosing a boy or girl character and then a season with a tap, each charmingly expressed within four beautifully crafted scenes and each coming together as four corners of a background image, yet showing each season’s differences with the use of color and other details.”
And last, but certainly not least, founder Jeff Scott announced across all 148Apps sites, including 148Apps.biz, “We are very excited to announce that 148Apps and our network of sites have been acquired by our friends at Steel Media! 148Apps joins the amazing network of app related sites such as Pocket Gamer, Pocket Gamer.biz, AppSpy, Padvance, Quality Index, and more.
For more than four years 148Apps has covered the world of iOS apps and games. It started as a passion of mine and has now expanded to include the best writers this side of Mars. Now along with the Steel Media portfolio of sites, we have mobile apps and games covered from every angle.”
From interviews, to reviews, to exciting, game-changing news – this week had it all. Keep track of the latest developments across the mobile app world by following us on Twitter or Liking us on Facebook. See you next week!
We promised you ginourmous news on Friday. Unfortunately (or fortunately for our sun starved faces), the first real day of summer in San Francisco got in the way of us releasing the news yesterday. Drum roll, please…..
For more than four years 148Apps has covered the world of iOS apps and games. It started as a passion of mine and has now expanded to include the best writers this side of Mars. Now along with the Steel Media portfolio of sites, we have mobile apps and games covered from every angle.
We’ve included the press release below for the full details. Please get in touch if you have any questions. My contact details are on my author page. We are so excited to get things going. Onward and upward!
For Immediate Release
Steel Media acquires 148Apps Network
Founder Jeff Scott to spearhead Pocket Gamer publisher’s newly formed US venture
Bath, UK – 2nd October 2012 – They say everything’s big in America, so it’s rather appropriate that Steel Media’s acquisition of 148Apps and associated sites should be its biggest deal yet.
Launched soon after the appearance of the iTunes App Store in July 2008, 148Apps set off with, and has since kept to, a remit of providing readers with leading iOS app insight. The site’s imposing number of reviews and news has continually targeted the very best content for iOS device owners and 148Apps has deservedly garnered a reputation as one of the finest and most respected examples of iOS-dedicated editorial coverage around.
Of course, the real value to any website is the people who create it, so Steel Media is delighted to confirm that 148Apps founder Jeff Scott will remain on board and assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of our US ventures. Alongside his proven team, Jeff will therefore continue to focus on providing world-class iOS editorial coverage while also benefiting from the evolution that the backing provided by one of the largest publishers within the mobile gaming media sector will inevitably facilitate.
But the ambition doesn’t end there. The acquisition, which in addition to 148Apps also includes b2b sister site 148Apps.biz, Google-focused Android Rundown, child-friendly Giggle Apps, the already popular Best App Ever Awards, and the App Hall of Fame, is intended as the latest stage of the publisher’s ongoing expansion strategy, following on from last month’s acquisition of Padvance.
Working alongside existing management and editorial teams, Jeff will also be responsible for driving forward Steel Media sites and activities in the US – from new launches to further acquisitions and possible brand extensions.
“It’s a thrill to join Steel Media and become part of the team behind great sites like Pocket Gamer. Bringing 148Apps into the Steel Media portfolio of mobile focused sites allows us to create the broadest coverage of games and apps in the mobile space,” said Jeff Scott, 148Apps founder and Editor-in-chief. “When starting the 148Apps Network over four years ago, my goal was to create a site that helped app lovers find the best of the best on the App Store. Joining with Steel Media helps us expedite that goal of guiding readers through the swell of nearly two million apps.
“The team at Steel Media will help us build out the next generation of mobile app sites. As we brainstorm the next big idea in our coverage of mobile, we are already seeing the benefits of the new larger company.”
“I’m delighted and hugely excited to welcome Jeff and the 148Apps team into the SM family, expanding our already impressive portfolio of owned sites and Alliance network partners (which include leading independent mobile content sites such as Slide to Play, Gamezebo, TouchGen, to name but three) to provide a strong position within the mobile gaming media sector,” said Chris James, Steel Media MD.
“Adding this respected US-centred network to our strong UK and European sites, plus AppSpy in Australia and partner projects in Asia, we can now combine our passion and market knowledge with genuine international presence. What’s more, in Jeff we have a passionate and determined professional ideally placed to help guide and push the US side of our business forward.”
Chris James: chris [at] steelmedia.co.uk
Jeff Scott: jeff.scott [at] 148apps.com
Notes to editors
About Steel Media
Steel Media is a leading mobile consumer technology publisher based in the UK. With a team boasting over 90 years of experience in consumer and contract publishing, the company currently publishes Europe’s biggest mobile and handheld gaming website PocketGamer.co.uk, which is licensed internationally, the leading mobile games industry portal PocketGamer.biz, consumer friendly iOS digital magazine swipe, the Pocket Gamer Guides range of interactive game companion apps, and leading iPhone video review portal AppSpy.
Steel Media also runs critical aggregator Quality Index and app-promotion service Free App Alliance, as well as the Smartphone Alliance advertising network covering over 50 leading independent sites and 35M+ monthly users. Other activities include the syndication of content to mobile operators and handset manufacturers, and the provision of a range of editorial, design and other contract publishing services to a number of leading blue chip brands including Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Mobile and ARM.
For further information on the Pocket Gamer network or Steel Media, contact Chris James: chris [at] steelmedia.co.uk
About the 148Apps Network
148Apps launched in July 2008 to cover the 500 apps available at the launch of the iTunes App Store. From there we have expanded our coverage and tirelessly tracked the growth of the app industry to nearly two million apps via editorial reviews and news, while never losing sight of the need to provide readers with world-class insight into the very best in iOS applications.
Alongside the growth of the App Store, the 148Apps network has also expanded to include b2b site 148Apps.biz, Google-focused Android Rundown, child-friendly Giggle Apps, the popular Best App Ever Awards, and the App Hall of Fame, amongst others.
For further information on the 148Apps network, contact Jeff Scott: jeff.scott [at] 148apps.com
Steel Media has worn many hats in the iOS world. They are an iOS ad publisher, publish the website pocketgamer.co.uk, and AppSpy video reviews. They also run The Free App Alliance, the iPhone Alliance and the iPhone and iPad Quality Indexes – meta-review sites dedicated to iOS apps. Who better then, to put out an all iOS magazine than this group? And, they have done just that with Swipe, an HTML 5 built, interactive magazine that will help you decide which apps and accessories you want or even need.
The first issue hit the App Store earlier this week and the launch issue covers some killer iPhone and iPad gear, a top-ten list of best RPGs and it even has a world-exclusive interview with Rovio covering their next game Amazing Alex.
The magazine gets it content from members of the iPhone Alliance community (which includes 148Apps Network sites), which is comprised of the best and most highly vetted global iOS review sites. This gives the magazine breadth and diversity of opinion not found elsewhere. The app really focuses on interactivity, and while it is only available on iPad right now, Steel Media is at work on an iPhone build that will use the smaller screen real estate to maximum advantage.
Swipe is completely free, no subscription or IAPs, so if you grab a copy, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.