Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 4,351 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 SteamWorld Dig
Lowest review score: 10 Deal or No Deal
Score distribution:
4,351 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lack of a useful targeting system and assorted minor flaws keep Chinatown Wars from perfection, yet not from wowing with its awesome gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game of immense quality, Sentinel 3: Homeworld represents the best of the tower defence genre with both depth and immediate action.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So much bigger than the original, Labyrinth 2 brings a slickness and depth to play that lifts rather than overloads its puzzle core.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This updated version of Tactics Ogre ranks among the best tactical experiences on the PSP with features that make it easier for newer players yet don't dilute the challenges or rewards for veterans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is fantastic fun, offering the speed and variety of a top notch action game with the vibrant colour and characters of a great comic book.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game of superior quality that packs robust multiplayer and functional controls, Starfront: Collision establishes a new standard in portable real-time strategy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few games have managed to enhance their own reputation and addictiveness as admirably as Infinity Gene. It's the 1978 arcade classic happening all over again, now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A consummate professional, PES 2010 proves just what we've been missing: a solid football sim with impressive AI, excellent controls, and a knack for the passing game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The battle between flora and undead fauna remains as fun as ever in this accomplished iPhone and iPod touch version.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies HD remains rooted in the comic tower defence gameplay that made previous versions such a pleasure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to brilliant design, fantastic gameplay and its in-built rumble device, Drill Dozer is one of the best 2D platformers you'll ever play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best of the three GBA re-issues, Final Fantasy VI Advance is a timeless dollop of role-playing adventure gaming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fantastic retro presentation meets intriguing modern design, Forget-Me-Not is a breath of fresh air.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With an air of professionalism, First Touch Soccer delivers a consummate football experience, representing a new high water mark for the genre on iPhone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A smashing update to The Incredible Machine puzzle genre, the social features of Casey's Contraptions really make it stand out from the crowd.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic adaptation of an excellent boardgame, and a must-buy for strategy fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique, bizarre and totally great, Persona 3 Portable is an Otaku's dream and the strongest antidote to run-of-the-mill JRPGs going.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Luxor on the iPhone is everything we hoped it would be and more. It's currently the best marble-popper on the App Store.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Utterly intense, but ridiculously addictive at the same time, Pudding Panic's marriage of fear and food delivers a puzzler without comparison on iPhone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deathsmiles mixes up the formula to drag in bullet-hell fans and lowers the barrier to entry to encourage newbies. Everyone with a passing interest should try out this smart, compulsive and thrilling blaster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully presented and utterly compelling, Async Corp. is one of the best iOS titles you'll play all year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brimming with content, eminently replayable, and much improved over previous iterations, Sid Meier's Pirates! is a must-have for any self-respecting iPad buccaneer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, challenging and thrillingly different, Groove Coaster is a treat for the eyes, the ears, and the soul.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shift 2: Unleashed is bigger and better than its predecessor, with a lot more variety of races and excellent single-player career mode.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A title-winning performance from Full Fat - this is flicking brilliant.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wooords's ease of use and challenging puzzles ensure that it's a must have for word buffs and puzzle fans of all abilities.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything a sequel should be, iBlast Moki 2 HD might be the best £1.99 you'll ever spend.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnetic Billiards packs an original gameplay concept, tweaked to near-perfection, and steeped in character. This is what indie gaming should be.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant second outing in the Edge series, brimming with good ideas, and polished to a remarkable sheen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jetpack Joyride is simplistic fun, but Halfbrick's suite of bonuses, unlockables, leaderboards, and achievements makes it near irresistible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    StarFox 64 3D reminds us why we've been begging Nintendo for a proper sequel for nearly 15 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb word-strategy game with enough polish and charm to overlook its lack of multiplayer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Machinarium is irresistible - a splendid little point-and-click adventure bolstered by a truly artful sense of character, storytelling, and world design.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tremendous port of a great indie game, and a must-buy on iOS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Raising the game in terms of its slick and sleek delivery, FIFA 12 stands up to its big billing on the pitch, serving as EA's ultimate attempt on goal to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've ever complained about games being dumb, buy this game - it genuinely might make you that little bit smarter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mediaeval marvel, brimming with virtual life and character. Minor conversion issues aside, Oh! Edo Towns is highly recommended.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blueprint 3D is a magical marvel: more than just a bold experiment, it's also ridiculous good fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Time to dust off that 3DS and let Mario do what he does best - Super Mario 3D Land is pure entertainment from start to finish.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With staggering depth and surprising accessibility, Falcom have succeeded in making a traditional JRPG that both die-hard veterans and those uninitiated with the genre will love.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bold, blocky, and beguiling, Bernhard Schulenburg's puzzle platformer is an indie gem, a beautiful concept executed upon spectacularly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-buy for word fiends, SpellTower is an uncommonly attractive and thoughtfully designed puzzler.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 3DS gains itself another must-have title – a solid combination of timeless racing and robust online multiplayer that will be enjoyed for years to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fitting anniversary gift for a blockbuster franchise. Despite the odds, this is a largely successful port of an iconic game, and it's still massive amounts of fun to evade police, pull-off jumps and complete missions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still in a league of its own, the premier portable management sim is back and better than ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A faultless conversion of what is arguably Sonic's most accomplished adventure, Sonic CD on the iPhone combines amazing presentation with a surprising degree of depth and playability. This peerless 2D platform escapade is a must for any self-respecting iPhone gamer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliantly combining as stiff a task as you're likely to encounter with a perfectly pitched sense of fun, Kingdom Rush breathes new life into the tower defence genre, and has a whole lot of laughs doing it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A triple-A title that you can carry in your pocket, mobile gaming doesn't get any better than this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Got a 3DS? Get VVVVVV. Essential indie gaming, now on the go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful, articulate meander through the birth of a musical style, Jazz: Trump's Journey shows just how important and innovative iOS games have the power to be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clever and challenging spin on the tower defence genre, overlaid with an elaborate science fiction schtick which doesn't outstay its welcome.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A zany adventure with heart, humour, and a truly unique concept. If you missed this peerless cult classic on DS, do not let it pass you by again.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fast and furious, Reckless Racing 2 raises the bar for iOS racing games through a combination of deft handling, gorgeous looks, and addictive gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shogun manages to combine amazing graphics with demanding and addictive gameplay to create one of the finest 2D shooters available on the iPhone right now. Add in iPad and iCade support, and you've got an epic blaster that is sure to please arcade aficionados.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb golf game that's extremely easy to pick up yet as deep and complex as any 'serious' game, Everybody's Golf is the must-have Vita launch title.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an unlikely mix for sure, but Beat Sneak Bandit's smart blend of puzzling and beat-matching proves to be an ingeniously crafted delight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    100 Trials takes the roguelike concept, mixes in a slab of puzzling brilliance, and lets it simmer into something wonderful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An inventive noir brainteaser that's short but dense, filling out the package - not with fluff - but smart puzzles, visual gags, and a bucketful of inky black blood.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a pity that simultaneous multiplayer didn't make it into the Vita version of Rayman Origins, but that doesn't stop it from being an unforgettable platformer from the mind of Michel Ancel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pizza Vs. Skeletons is a weird, wildly unpredictable, and thoroughly entertaining roll-'em-up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captivating, elegant, and fiendishly clever, Waking Mars delivers a science-fiction epic that's a delight to explore, and rewarding to play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully designed, relentlessly inventive space oddity with genuine heart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is the best downloadable launch game for the PS Vita.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Conclusive proof that retro games can still mix it up with modern releases, Gridrunner is a shooter fan's dream come true. Sublime controls and a stern challenge make this one of the best blasters to grace iOS in ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant JRPG that builds on the successes of its predecessors. Chaos Rings II isn't quite perfect, but it more than justifies its premium price tag.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A homage to '80s pop culture and a legitimately entertaining role-playing title to boot, Saturday Morning RPG is as unique as it is enjoyable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic Astro Story's lofty premise is backed up by some surprisingly complex and multifaceted gameplay. Pre-warn friends and family before downloading, as they will have precious little of your attention afterwards.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This high-quality production dramatically streamlines the RTS genre for mobile play, while making sure it's packed with enough tactical depth to make its many skirmishes tense and exciting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Winter of the Melodias adds some fiendishly clever new ideas to LostWinds, without spoiling that sense of quiet discovery and childlike wonder.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cubis Creatures represents a memorable marriage of marvellous design and artful aesthetics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant little skating game, Penny Time is a hugely entertaining title that anyone can enjoy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few games are able to worm their way into your imagination and subconscious as well as New Star Soccer. You'll suffer the highs and lows of its simply presented matches with the grin of a true addict plastered across your face.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 3DS eShop scores another whopper, as Art of Balance Touch! is essential puzzle gaming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Score! Classic Goals is a fantastic idea, executed marvellously. Why did no one think of this sooner?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Velocity is an intelligent shmup that takes its presentation notes from the past while looking forward for its systems of play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pocket Plane is a perfect example of a freemium game done well, an addictive time sink that sucks you into its simple routines and refuses to let go.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heroes of Ruin is a landmark 3DS release, providing true online gaming that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection contains two of the very best stealth games of the last decade, lavishly updated and jam-packed with extra content.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brave and brilliant platform game, Astronot deserves to be played by as many people as possible.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb strategy game that offers up a complete package of single-player and multiplayer card combat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jeff Minter updates one of his favourite shooters and the result is a feast for both the eyes and the fingers. Regardless of whether or not you have an appreciation for vintage shooters, you should give this wacky wonder a spin as soon as it's convenient.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant, addictive shooter, Blazing Star might have a few niggles, but they're made up for with bombast and bullets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blessed with instantly appealing gameplay, engaging presentation, and plenty of long-term challenge, Super Mole Escape is a must-have download.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a lot of false FPS /TPS starts, Trigger Fist is the first iOS shooter that works within the limitations of the hardware, and it's remarkably good fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fast paced, gorgeous, and violent in all the right ways, Random Heroes deserves to be played by as many people as possible.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immeasurably enhanced by a beautifully realised universe and an original narrative, Bastion is one of the best action-adventure games on the iPad.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As brash and carefree as some of its protagonists, The World Ends with You: Solo Remix doesn't make a seamless translation to iOS, but it's worth the entry price all the same.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An alarmingly bonkers point-and-click puzzle title which is positively bursting with originality and insane conundrums, McPixel is short but most definitely sweet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully entertaining, perfectly balanced arcade blast, VS. Racing 2 offers the sort of addictive racing everyone can enjoy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most fun you can have destroying civilisation without becoming a government MP, Plague Inc. refines the Pandemic formula into a streamlined combination of strategy and twisted bio-horror.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Jungle Run is an outstanding example of bringing a franchise to mobile. This fast, tense, beautiful game is everything you loved about Rayman Origins, now perfectly suited to touch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While point-and-click fans will love every second, The Room is good enough to convert all but the most stringent naysayers to its cause.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant touchscreen-focused brawler, Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile is a worthy addition to the fighting genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best Pokémon games just got even better. This release pushes the DS to its limits and in doing so makes for one heck of a monster catching adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you already own the originals and were left wanting more then you'll be well-served with Pokémon Black and White Version 2. If you're new to the series, or you've just missed a couple of entries, you can't afford to miss this terrific RPG-lite adventure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twee and delightful, Kumo Lumo is a gorgeous game that shows how simple doesn't have to mean bland.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might take a while to learn even the basics, but True Skate is a game about precision and practice that offers the greatest rewards to those who put in the hard work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully presented mash-up of game and book, Blood of the Zombies is every bit as entertaining as you'd expect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Professor Layton's move to Nintendo 3DS is a hugely successful one, as Miracle Mask is one of the best Layton games to date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Punch Quest is funny, addictive, and just plain fun. Turns out that the auto-runner and beat-'em-up genres were a match made in heaven.