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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:15:56 GMT

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The Big Indie Pitch wraps up 2017 in Dundee and Colchester

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:03:18 GMT


(This article was originally published on our sister site

There has been a frankly ridiculous number of Big Indie Pitches this year, taking place all over the world in the UK, US, Jordan, South Korea, and more.

But we're not done just yet - we've still found time to sneak in two more events before 2017 is out, with one in Dundee on November 30th and the last in Colchester on December 14th.

So if you're a UK-based developer, or just really want to take part, then you've still got time to get your game in front of a panel of industry experts and potentially win some fabulous prizes - and it's totally free to enter.

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Nintendo softens the blow of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp server issues with gifts

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:29:00 GMT

(image) Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been out for a couple of days now and while people are loving it, there's also an underlying irritation - the server issues.

However, as announced today on Pocket Camp's notification board, Ninty are at least aware of it and are trying to make it right. In the meantime they're offering up some goodies to sweeten the deal. 

"Due to high traffic, we began experiencing server connection issues at around 18:00 (JST) on 21/11/2017," they begin. Interestingly enough, Ninty's offering up an offering of 20 Leaf Tickets to appease disappointed users which is always nice. Though the notice states it's for "Affected players", it's likely a worldwide deal, or one that applies to countries of high demand. 

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Deliria is a short and sweet sci-fi game you might have missed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT

(image) It's the future, Earth is in ruins, and a dimensional rift has allowed hostile creatures to creep between worlds. You're a member of a crew tasked with setting up a mining camp to harvest Delirium, a powerful mineral with paranormal properties.

The problem is - most of your crew is missing, your base isn't built, and you're not alone... So begins Deliria, a short slice of sci-fi for mobile developed by Eldritch Games and released earlier this year.

Gameplay involves wandering alien landscapes, building up the defence of your base camp, and taking on the shadowy monsters that aren't too happy about your arrival on Dimension LG7.

Though you can't wield a plasma rifle yourself, you can hire mercenaries to fight for you. You can also heal those injured in combat, and harness mysterious powers from artefacts.

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The Bronze Award-winning RTS Mushroom Wars 2 is headed to Switch

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:28:41 GMT

(image) As noticed on Reddit this morning, it looks like Mushroom Wars 2 is on its way to Switch.

Mushroom Wars 2 is a popular real-time strategy available on iOS, Android, and Steam. In it, you'll have to consider the best tactics to split up your tribes of orange mushrooms (offensive) and purple mushrooms (neutral) to attempt to take control of the battlefield. 

It builds on the core gameplay of its predecessor and brings us new abilities, a story-driven campaign of over 100 missions, 12 characters, and four tribes to lend yourself to: Shrooms, Proteus Aliens, Shii'Mori Amazons, and Grim Necromancers.

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Unlock the Japan-exclusive Farfetch'd in Pokemon GO's Global Catch Challenge

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:56:32 GMT

(image) It's been a little quiet on Pokemon GO's end for a little while, but it turns out Niantic were cooking up a big event for us to enjoy: the Global Catch Challenge. 

So? Why should you care? 

It's Pokemon GO's biggest ask to date as Niantic's set the task for trainers to catch 3 billion Pokemon in seven days in order to get the very best rewards. 

YouTubers IHasCupquake, Coisa de Nerd, and Rachel Quirico have travelled to Japan to host the challenge, which'll conclude on November 26th at the Pokemon GO Safari Zone event in Tottori, Japan. 

Though there are smaller prizes to be gained while you work through the milestones (see below), the main prize is to make the Japan-exclusive Farfetch'd available worldwide, and to bring Kangaskhan to East Africa. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild dominates the Golden Joystick Awards

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:33:00 GMT

(image) Last Friday we saw the 35th annual Golden Joystick Awards take place and it's certainly been a tougher competition than ever with this last year of gaming. 

Started in 1983, the Golden Joystick Awards is an award ceremony celebrating the best and most deservedly recognised video games of the year. Though originally voted for by the British public the votes were recently turned outwards, allowing anyone with an internet connection to pick their favourites. 

It's hardly surprising to see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild do well in its first year on the market, but overall it picked up a whopping four awards. Five if you include Nintendo's award for 'Studio of the Year':

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Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 419 - The loot crate problem, LA Noire

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:58:37 GMT

(image) As decorated veterans of loot crates and other traditionally mobile-centric money-making systems, the team tackles the Battlefront II controversy head-on this week.

They then chat to the creators of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and find out how they brought the series' famous nemesis system to mobile.

There's also talk of LA Noire's Switch debut, Rocket League's handheld hopes, and OCMO's incredibly tricky tentacles.

Download episode 419:

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Batman: The Enemy Within episode three gets a new trailer ahead of its November 21st release

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:07:56 GMT

(image) Yes, it's almost time for episode three of the second season of Telltale's Batman, and things are only getting more stressful for ol' Bruce Wayne. 

*If you're not caught up with the story so far, there may be some mild spoilers ahead so proceed with caution*

After the events of episode two left us in a bit of a predicament on many sides, this next episode of Batman: The Enemy Within looks like it's forcing poor Brucie to toe an even finer line with a bunch of very dangerous people. 

Having completed your first undercover mission with the ragtag group of criminals, you'll have made a choice at the end of episode two which will likely spell trouble for you in this next installment. Not only that, but an old friend has sprung up again and John Doe isn't looking so...sane. If he ever did. 

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Dragon Project is here to fill your mobile Monster Hunter needs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:58:00 GMT

(image) Dragon Project, the latest title from goGame and COLOPL, is an exciting mobile attempt at epic monster slaying. If you’re looking for a game where the monsters take center stage, where crafting and collecting powerful sets of armor and weapons is your bread and butter, look no further than Dragon Project.

Dragon Project sees prospective monster hunters set out in the magical world of Heiland, which has a bit of a beast problem. You’ll fight gnarly monsters on a quest to collect crafting materials, so you can create better weapons and armor to take on even bigger monsters. Featuring real-time multiplayer co-op Dragon Project is a fully collaborative experience, allowing you to team up with friends to take down Heiland’s most infamous critters.

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Feral Interactive reveals requirements to run GRID Autosport on iPhone and iPad

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:54:00 GMT

(image) In the second piece of GRID Autosport news this week, Feral Interactive has just revealed what it'll take to be able to run the AAA mobile game on your devices and, well, just take a look. 

As we mentioned yesterday, GRID Autosport is an upcoming racer which has been built specifically for mobiles/tablets. Both graphically awesome and with seemingly responsive touch/tilt controls, it looks like a must-have for any keen car enthusiasts and racers. 

The revealed specs today are enough to make those with older devices (such as myself) shed a sad, salty tear, though if we're being honest it's hard to say we didn't see it coming. Requiring a rather bulky 6GB of free space to install the game with all its DLC content, with a recommendation of 8GB, it's not for the faint-hearted. And, just to make some of you super sad, here are the devices that can play it:

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Get a first look at the upcoming AAA racing game GRID Autosport on iOS, November 22nd

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:16:45 GMT

(image) It's been a while in the making, but we'll be getting a first look at GRID Autosport next week, and you can too. Ain't that nifty?

As I'm sure you're aware by now, GRID Autosport is an upcoming AAA racing game published by Feral Interactive. In it, you'll have access to the full game with a single purchase, over 80 cars, five different racing styles, 22 locations with over 100 routes, and more. 

Not only does it appear visually gorgeous from its recent teasers, but it's also built from the ground up for mobile. That means, hopefully, its tilt/touch controls will be responsive and mostly flawless to give a neatly rounded racing experience. 

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ARMS' newest addition in update 4.0 is the Spirited Fighter, Misango

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:36:11 GMT

(image) Remember how we mentioned ARMS would be getting a new stage/fighter sometime soon? Well, Nintendo's drawn back the curtain this morning and revealed the latest update, 4.0.

Ninty's been teasing the release alongside ARMS' official Twitter account for the past week, and finally launched a video last night, showing off Misango, the Spirited Fighter.

Devoted to his homeland and fellow Misangans, Misango practices in his Legendary Temple Grounds stage. What makes this chap different from the other fighters is his ability to charge up with his companion entity, granting him powers like increased speed and protection. 

Aside from the fighter and stage, three new ARMS have also joined the roster: Scorpio, Glusher, and Skully. Though they're tagging along with Misango, other fighters will be able to unlock them eventually. 

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Stardew Valley developer ConcernedApe's working on new content as well as the multiplayer update

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:10:00 GMT

(image) Yesterday evening, Stardew Valley's solo developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) Tweeted out some interesting news regarding the coming months, and it's going to be a tough wait to hear more.

Stardew Valley is a farming/life simulator where you take over your grandpa's farm, make friends, and settle into your newly rural life. It's the type of game that's both moreish and utterly relaxing, as we mentioned in our review, and continues to hold a top place in the eShop charts (currently #3 in both the UK and US). 

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It’s your last chance to pre-register for exclusive rewards, ahead of Lineage 2: Revolution's launch

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:14:10 GMT

(image) Lineage 2:Revolution - the new full 3D MMORPG from Netmarble – is gearing up for launch, and there's a small time window left for players to pre-register. Joining an existing 1.5 million, those who do so can look forward to a suite of exclusive rewards for use in-game.

Lineage 2: Revolution is a free-to-play mobile iteration set in the same fantasy world, pitting players against each other in ambitious 50v50 PvP combat. Environments are rendered fully in 3D akin to its PC counterpart, with environments beautifully realised using Unreal Engine 4 to better help engross those who participate.

In order to stand a chance and hold your own within the world of Lineage 2: Revolution, it pays to upgrade gear, weapons, and acquire armour to better defeat your foes online. Luckily, those who pre-register for the game prior to the deadline’s closure tonight will garner free exclusive rewards for a much-appreciated edge. Both iOS and Android users will be treated to the Hero’s starter pack full of goodies and loot, while a full equipment set will keep your character protected and stylish.

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Fancy being Pocket Gamer's new Editor? Good, because we're hiring!

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:37:00 GMT

(image) Well, hello there! Here's a question for you - do you want to work for one of the world's leading mobile games site and help deliver a first-class editorial experience? You do? That's great 'cos we're hiring for such a person. 

This is a full-time role (40 hours) and pay will depend on experience. The role will be offered initially on a contract basis with an invoice at the end of each month. 

Steel Media is a fast-paced, small company where decisions are made quickly. First and foremost you need to manage multiple communications channels daily, via email, Skype and Google Docs and not be fazed by this.

As Pocket Gamer's new Editor you'll:

  • Manage, structure, and appraise the site's core team.

  • Manage the site's editorial budget and run a team of freelance contributors, and ensure communication is kept up between all contributors.

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