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Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 431 - Florence, PUBG Mobile

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:44:12 GMT

(image) This week has it all: from plot-free sandboxes of endless multiplayer violence to short, heartfelt, narrative-driven experiences.

Yes, we take a look at the Chinese version of PUBG on mobile, then play Monument Valley co-creator Ken Wong's delightful interactive story Florence.

We also talk to the man himself, as well as checking out the rest of the week's new mobile releases including puzzler Death Squared, cat-romancing sim Purrfect Date, plus Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 on Switch.

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Registration is up for Hearthstone's 2018 Wild Open - Could it be you scooping the grand prize?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:36:13 GMT

(image) Want to get in on the 2018 Hearthstone Wild Open? Well registration is now open for the event. You've got until the 18th of February to sign up for your region's local qualifying rounds.

Those qualifiers will happen February 22nd to February 25th, and March 1st to 4th. Get through the qualifiers and you'll be heading to Burbank, California, to compete for a share of the prize fund of $25,000. Which is pretty cool.

If you want more information on just what the Wild Open entails, you can check out all of the rules and other information over on the Hearthstone blog by clicking right here.

Last year the tournament was won by Albeart 'Alb987' Reano from Italy. He took down Jesse 'Control' Chrysler on the way to winning what was apparently a memorable grand final. Who knows, this year, it could be you?

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Syrian refugee story, Bury Me, My Love, wins big at the Google Play Indie Games Contest

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:26:29 GMT

(image) At last, after 20 finalists were announced back in January for the Google Play Indie Games Contest the winner has been revealed: Bury Me, My Love by Playdius. 

Inspired by real-life, this Syrian refugee story tells the story of Nour as she tries to reach Europe in search for a better life whilst keeping in contact via mobile phone with her husband. 

Together with the two runners-up, Broken Rules' Old Man's Journey and Bart Bonte's Yellow, the top three contestants won €50,000 to use in digital marketing campaigns and €25,000 for social media campaigns. 

Congratulations to the rest of the top 10 finalists:

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Attention Clash Royale fans: there's a new expert in the house

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:42:00 GMT


We're rolling out a new series of video guides over the next few weeks. Yes we are! Clash Royale on Android and iOS remains consistently one of the top 20 most successful games out there, and millions of people are still playing it. Including us.

Towards the end of last year we covered the Clash Royale World Championship Finals which was the biggest mobile esports event in the world ever. We were inspired. And we want to get better at playing (if only so we can finally beat Chris who is violently good at this). So we recruited young Josh Jones to help us out. Here's his first video:

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Asmodee has bought the publisher of Catan, but what does that mean for the mobile versions of the game?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:25:52 GMT

(image) Asmodee keeps on growing. According to Polygon, it recently it purchased the games catalogue of Mayfair Games. If you know anything about board gaming, then you know that Mayfair is the publisher of Catan.

But that's not all. Asmodee has also purchased Lookout Games. Its stable includes Agricola. So that's two of the biggest names in board gaming that are now settled underneath the Asmodee banner.

What this is going to mean for digital distribution of Catan moving forwards isn't clear yet.

There've been a number of different Settlers of Catan games out on mobile, from a variety of developers and publishers, but this could see Asmodee Digital bringing them all into the same wheelhouse. As it were.

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Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 430 - Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Dandara

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 16:26:53 GMT

(image) This week, Em and James attempt to answer the burning question: just what is Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, and who is it for? 

They also cover the release of excellent mobile Metroidvania Dandara, the less than stellar mystery game The X-Files: Deep State, and the ridiculously retro Dig Dog.

Matchmaker extraordinaire Kitty Powers makes an appearance too, dropping by to talk about her new relationship game Kitty Powers Love Life.

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Six tinyBuild games will be announced for Switch tomorrow and these could be on the list

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 15:39:00 GMT

(image) It's pretty obscure news, but earlier today tinyBuild announced that it's got six games on the way to Switch and we'll know which ones tomorrow at 10 AM PST/7 PM CET/6 PM GMT. 

You can watch the stream on Twitch, Facebook, or YouTube

It's already got a couple advertised, so I can only assume Phantom Trigger and Mr. Shifty are excluded from the bunch, but looking at tinyBuild's games these could be the most likely contenders to be getting a port. Well, providing that none of the six titles will be totally unannounced/new games.

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Mario Kart Tour is going to be 'free to start' but what does that actually mean?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:33:00 GMT

(image) We've been talking about it since Mario Kart Tour was announced a couple of weeks back, but it looks like Nintendo's mobile title's got a price point.

Announced on Twitter yesterday, Rusty Lake showed off a blurred-out screenplay and pre-call to action. Not only is there a short film in the works but also another game, and obviously those won't fund themselves. There's no news on when the Kickstarter will be just yet, but we'll keep you updated when we know more.

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