You know when this thing started there was no such thing as an iPad. "Who would want a big phone that can't make calls?" they said.
And there were right. The iPad fell quickly into obscurity in the summer of 2010, only to be superseded by the Atari HoloPlate, upon whose bioelectric porcelain membranes I now type these very words.
This week's podcast is brought to you in association with HoloPlate, and features chat about the new Sega Forever program, news on Street Fighter 4: Championship Edition on iOS, and reviews of The Little Acre and the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
Shot Online is a golf game first developed by Webzen Onnet for PC. A real-time MMO, it allows you to tee off with competitors around the world whilst developing your skills and gaining that coveted pro status. There are RPG elements, too, with quests, upgrades and trading to transform you into a golfing master fit for the Masters.
This year, Webzen is bringing the putting action to the mobile platform - and you can help out by joining the closed beta. Limited to players who register for early access, testers can download the game online and get a feel for the courses until the 28th of June. Players will receive in-game rewards for completing holes and logging in daily, but most importantly you’ll be able to give the Webzen team your honest feedback ahead of the full release.
If you haven't heard already, there's been a new Nintendo Switch firmware update come out overnight and it's a bit of a beast.
The main things to take away here are that you can now add friends from your Nintendo 3DS/Wii U lists, change the user icons in the main menu (now including some more Splatoon headers), like/dislike news articles, adjust the maximum headphone volume, and you can invert the colour scheme just to really mess with your head.
Here's the full patch notes for the Switch update 3.0.0:
Add Nintendo 3DS/Wii U friends to list.
You'll now be notified when friends come online, though these can be turned off.
You can search for controllers that are paired to the console by opening the controllers menu and searching.
MU Origin looks to add even more fantasy fun in its latest update. The patch adds new events and boss challenges that are sure to appeal to players of all levels. If you’re looking for a fresh adventure, now’s the time to jump back into the thick of things. Here’s what’s new.
Webzen has introduced the Land of Ordeal, a new Server Boss Field that will add five new monsters for you to tackle in large scale battles of up to 100 people. The event is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and you’re given 30 minutes to beat these five bosses and accompanying monsters. Triumphant warriors will win random items from monsters, while the hero who deals the most damage to the boss will acquire rare loot.
Controlling dinosaurs with a hat. Rabbids playing X-Com. A Metroid Prime 4 logo. Alto's Odyssey gameplay.
Yes, E3 2017 was a delight for mobile and handheld console fans. In this week's episode, James and Emily break down the best bits, then talk to Joshua Boggs about the making of Framed 2, the sequel to Hideo Kojima's fav game of 2014.
After that, we review the week's other new games, including Angry Birds Evolution, Forma.8, and Mr Future Ninja.
Finally, for the third place winner of the Big Indie Pitch at E3 2017, we've got Sarasa.
Sarasa by Aditya Valvi is a relaxing game of particle 'golf' that's accessible to everyone - both young and old. In it, you draw lines on-screen and in whatever ways you please to get the sand from one side of the level to the goal at the other end.
Given that the only rule is to get the sand into the goal, you can draw all sort of patterns to complete the puzzle, meaning that there's no one way to do it. Be effective or be totally creative, it's up to you.
With nine unique game modes to choose from and 81 levels of varying difficulty to play through in the main campaign, it'll certainly keep you busy for a little while.
From the creators of Guns of Icarus Online comes Hamsterdam, the Big Indie Pitch's second place winner.
Hamsterdam by Muse Games is an upcoming (and adorable) fighting game in which you play as Pimm, a good-hearted hamster, as he aims to save his grandpa, his cafe, the citizens of Hamsterdam, and Hamsterdam itself from the notorious Rodent Gang.
By using the supreme martial arts skills taught to you by your grandpa, it's up to you to defeat the enemies scattered throughout the city. Earn and equip various bits of kit to aid you as you advance towards the malicious Marlo's headquarter restaurant and the final showdown.
Coming this week, King's Farm Heroes Saga is offering up a limited-time in-game event to eager players.
We'll keep it short and sweet. Farm Heroes Saga is another popular match-three game by - uh - the king of match-three games.
Its in-game event, Rancid's Revenge, will feature a series of new levels and will set a timed challenge as you attempt to collect as many tiles from the game's main villain as you can. Each level offers up a new type of gameplay experience as you fight back Rancid and his attempts to cover the board in purple goo. Ugh.
Those who complete all five levels successfully will receive a special prize for dominating the challenge. To help you on your way, the folks over at King have offered up some helpful tips.
Yesterday Pocket Gamer held another epic Big Indie Pitch, this time at E3 in Los Angeles. Of course, not matter the quality of participants there can only be one winner, and the master of mobile games is... *drum roll*
Squeelings by San Diego-based Shovelware Games.
Squeelings is a brightly coloured puzzler all about spreading happiness. A squeeling usually lives in a big group, cuddled up together to keep warm while looking absolutely adorable. However, with sad and grumpy squeelings also in play it's up to you to figuring out the best hugging strategy to cheer them up.
You'll have plenty of time to hug them, however, as you'll have 300 levels to get through. Don't worry, the game may look fluffy and cute but it won't baby you through any of the stages. You'd best come with your solving brain dialed up to 20.
E3's coming to a close after a few days of ups and down, excitements and disappointments, but how will Nintendo do in the races?
With only half an hour scheduled and with Ninty on the case we're bound to get through a fair few titles, so let's hope we get some more details, some release dates, and maybe a surprise or two.
5:30 PM BST - Super Mario Odyssey
Here we go, the main game of the show. Accompanied with a - uh - buzzy jingle, Mario's getting into a bunch of different shinanigans, including marrying Peach (finally, jeez). Across a wide range of stunning environments, the game's looking pretty damn good, and will be releasing October 27th 2017.
Pandemic: The Board Game is a viral game in the original sense of the word. In it, you take control of a crack team of specialists and jet around the globe cooking up cures for exotic and deadly diseases.
The actual board game proved super popular, and the digital version came out a treat, keeping the feel and pace of its cardboard predecessor while losing the clutter of cards and tokens. But it's notoriously tough, especially when you're just getting started.
With that in mind, we've cooked up 5 tips to help you marshal your forces against the impending outbreak, and give you a fighting chance of victory against the bacterial scourge.
If you're aware already, at this week's WWDC the Apple Design Awards took place where five games and seven apps came out on top.
The Apple Design Awards recognises 'outstanding design and innovation' in both apps and iOS games, and the five video games chosen were without a doubt worthy winners - and some of our favourites, too.
Here's the full list of iOS games and a snippet of what Apple had to say about them. You can also check out the official
Today's surprise Pokemon Direct certainly raised a lot of questions, but were any of them answered in the long run? Most people believed today's announcement to be regarding the rumoured Pokemon Stars, and guess what?...they were wrong.
The first piece of news to come out of today's Direct is all about Pokken Tournament Deluxe, The Pokemon Company's upcoming Pokemon fighting game for Switch.
From the looks of things it'll have both couch multiplayer and wireless play for two players at a time. Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it's a bit of a revamped version of the WiiU title
If you want to see more of the game it'll be shown off during this year's E3 Treehouse Live, and will launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 22nd 2017.
The recently formed gaming company FoxNext has just bought up the L.A.-based (and soon San Francisco-based) game developer, Aftershock.
With three titles currently in development, the only announced one being a mobile strategy game for David Cameron's Avatar franchise. Though we still know very little about the game, president of FoxNext, Salil Mehta, said, "We are evaluating rollout but believe it will come out before the sequels. It's an incredible way for many global fans to experience the world of Pandora".
Mehta also said that overall FoxNext isn't looking to stamp Aftershock with a FOX imprint, but rather are keen to have the studio keep its unique and distinctive personality and culture.