Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 3,945 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 14% 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 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Lowest review score: 10 Deal or No Deal
Score distribution:
3,945 game reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Underpowered in terms of excitement, but the ride you'll get from this solid, comprehensive package is never less than decent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not the finest poker sim around but a solid and comprehensive effort nonetheless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A little light on true 'classics' and over-reliant on shooters but excellently converted to PSP, which should at least delight the old-skool crowd.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Different, satisfying but also limited.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The basics are creatively executed, but, while enjoyable, the resultant experience falls far short of reinventing anything – let alone brilliance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Acid 2 is certainly big and complex, but unfortunately it's not particularly clever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gaming equivalent of a brussel sprout – despite being a solid experience, Harvest Moon DS' weak presentation leaves something of a bitter taste.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Something of a disappointment considering our expectations, uncovering Contact's charms demands significant patience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perfectly playable, but gameplay and economic niggles make it far from essential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Small isn't always beautiful, unfortunately.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But with even the most thumb-tied tot capable of completing Cars DS in less than five hours, any Pocket Gamer reader is likely to end up feeling pretty shortchanged.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun and the type of game the PSP desperately needs, but it is disappointingly restrained in both substance and creativity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Good graphical presentation and easier core gameplay makes Meteos: Disney Magic a kid-friendly puzzle game, but the spiky learning curve proves frustrating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 2007 is a solid annual update, but it lacks visual panache and touchscreen brilliance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brown and benign, ATV Pro may have a lot of deep mud but its fails to grip over the long term.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rather than deliver a tantalising treat, peeling away the skin of DK: Jungle Climber reveals bland play mechanics that can't be saved by the game's creative control system.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A tough puzzler that lacks immediate charm, but offers a lasting challenge for those who persevere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite biting off far more than it can chew, Thrillville provides an enjoyable – if somewhat limited – ride.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Death, Jr II inches its way closer to being a very good game but, too often, its action fails to match the creative promise of its scenario, character and art design.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For existing fans of trading card games, this is an addictive package offering potentially hours of exciting play. Everyone else may strongly disagree.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The absence of a two-player co-op mode mars what is otherwise an enjoyable – if rather simplistic and short-lived – journey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun for a while, Gunpey just doesn't possess the deep gameplay required to be a classic puzzle game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A marked improvement earns FIFA 07 a toehold in the DS Premiership, but it'll need to work harder next time to keep moving up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not the best Star Wars game in the canon – weak mission design and targeting issues hold it back – but it's still a fun distraction for series aficionados and PSP action adventure fans alike.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Combining a colourful cartoon world with the pinball table, Flipper Critters provides an interesting – if unspectacular – mixture of gameplay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pilot Academy offers moments of great enjoyment that are unavoidably affected by both the game and the PSP's shortcomings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A linear and repetitive experience, though one that certainly isn't short of occasional frantic moments of arcade greatness. But mediocre production values do restrict its potential and ultimate appeal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite being loveable and well-made, Pokémon Ranger's combat system is too shallow to grip your attention.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Avoid the poor multiplayer modes and occasional single-player slowdown, and Pro Evolution Soccer 6 offers a solid enough footy experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Resisting the action-packed role-playing adventure awaiting you in Alien Syndrome is futile. While not terribly innovative, it's a solid title with flaws that can easily be overlooked in favour of a good time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The presentation is great and there's lots packed in, but the core platforming of Rayman Raving Rabbids is unfulfilling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent multiplayer mode and loads of extras, but let down by poor control and often flawed design.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not that the Emperor has no clothes, but in Master of Disguise, Wario's garb looks distinctly threadbare, despite some cute ideas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A reasonable conversion of the successful casual PC game, Diner Dash isn't sophisticated or filling enough to truly satisfy DS gourmands.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A cheap and cheerful shooter, Touch the Dead isn't revolutionary, but it's a relatively well put together game that will satisfy your lust for zombie zapping.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A futuristic re-skin can't hide the flaws from appearing in one of this usually reliable series' weakest titles. Budding, but no full bloom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may lack the necessary depth to keep adult gamers contented but MySims will appeal to the younger generation of DS owners.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So-so graphics, a poor saving capability and too few modes make SimCity DS a distinctly average version of what should have been a much more enjoyable experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simultaneously brilliant yet deeply flawed, Heroes of Mana brings novelty to DS strategy gaming. If only the path-finding was up to the standard of the rest of the game, this would be essential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's potential here but it's sadly squandered thanks to a frustrating control system and needlessly repetitive game modes. One for hardcore WWE fans only.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gems might not shine as brightly as you remember, but Namco Museum DS is a reasonable collection of bygone classics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gorgeous-looking Mario & Sonic goes for gold with multiplayer, despite stumbling across the finish line with a few lame events, the odd control issue and only moderately entertaining solo play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cutesy game based on a fun and original idea of drawing your own world. But, despite lots of innovation, the underlying game is unlikely to captivate older players.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unquestionably visually and aurally stunning, but in the end Final Fantasy II manages to somehow be simultaneously forward-thinking and painfully anachronistic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Instead of setting its sights on liberty, the game should have perhaps concerned itself with offering a more engaging experience. Still, decent multiplayer and great graphics prevent this from being simply ordinary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aside from its online gameplay, Planet Puzzle League has little new to offer over more engaging rivals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent mix of action and platform gameplay, but despite an interesting new feature, Crash of the Titans simply doesn't do enough to stand out in a sea of Nintendo DS titles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All the idiocy without the pain, Jackass: The Game delivers exactly what it promises: a relatively entertaining assortment of mini-games inspired by the show that only a fan could love.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Comprising some interesting twists on gameplay, Friend or Foe provides great co-op play but making your way through the game on your own isn't anywhere near as much fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Eternal Night tries its best to capture the classic Spyro recipe, but is let down by poor design, an unfair camera and infuriating difficulty spikes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the huge effort that's obviously gone into the graphics and the cutscenes, Beowulf's gameplay never really come to life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Charming children's game with a decent turn-based battle system and some neat ideas. It's a little short-lived and environments aren't too large-scale but nothing that should trouble younger players or stop them enjoying the faerie fighting fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not terrible, Zoo Tycoon 2 suffers from a lack of sheen that creeps like dry rot into the foundations of the game, dulling the whole experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it doesn't quite measure up to the best of the virtual pet breed, Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys is an almost satisfying game that younger Shrek fans will enjoy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent enough experience for younger players, the nine mini-games of EA Playground provide plenty of addictive – if not hugely challenging – fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fantastically funny and an unwavering faithfulness to the source material help make this rather average 3D action adventure worth a furtive glance – it's just a shame that it's over so quickly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun, but flawed, if you're looking for some strategy for younger DS players, you could do a lot worse than Ecolis.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    About as hardcore as a whimpering puppy and a bit low on content to boot, but this breezy title makes for a decent enough casual game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A brave effort to bring vision training to the masses, Sight Training won't appeal to most and is undone by the blind spot of dullness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Sims gets a survival game. A neat package of exploration and item-finding, but one that does get a bit tedious for all but the keenest of collectors.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Melodrama isn't enough to carry Apollo Justice, a game that feels considerably more weighed down by dialogue and little actual gameplay to speak of than its predecessors.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lack of online play and other minor shortcomings sully MX vs ATV Untamed, although the experience still manages to rev up some excitement.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A competent - if technically unimpressive - racer which is enhanced by some neatly branching track design and overall charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Solidly constructed and as compelling as ever, Jewel Quest on the DS suffers from the wealth of high-quality alternatives on the platform and a somewhat superfluous story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ninja Reflex is undeniably attractive and polished, but unfortunately it gives up its secrets far too quickly to be considered good value for money.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nanostray 2 looks gorgeous and is eminently playable, but sadly it lacks imagination and becomes disappointingly repetitive all too quickly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not the cheap cash-in you might have feared and yet still a portable game that runs contrary to all the aims of the PC original.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Maths Training looks good on paper and has a few good ideas, but forgets the importance of making learning fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You won't want to rock and roll all night with this hand-cramping game that doesn't have the right tunes to back up an inventive slate of multiplayer modes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It isn't an ancient Chinese secret how Kung Fu Panda spices up side-scrolling action with great graphics and interesting touch-based combat moves. Controls are frequently cumbersome, but the originality of it all makes it worth the trouble.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Much like its predecessors, WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 possesses plenty of breadth but precious little depth. A fun but dated take on the sports-entertainment franchise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A step in the right direction after the previous entry, but THQ really needs to shelve the touchscreen control for the inevitable 2010 version.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The DS version trumps the PSP edition, but it's a hollow victory - this is lightweight stuff that many players will find is only entertaining for a worryingly short a period of time.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Incredible Hulk isn't actually a bad game, but it's a shame that, despite shaking them up a little, it's not quite good enough to HULK SMASH! our preconceptions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The ability to play Arkanoid online is extremely welcome but ultimately this somewhat lightweight DS instalment fails to improve on previous versions of Taito's classic Breakout clone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like a martini with too much vermouth, Secret Agent Clank throws in more than its fair share of bizarre levels and mediocre stretches of gameplay for it to be a refreshing experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Playable and polished as always, Madden NFL 09 doesn't gain the franchise any yardage and fails to address some old control issues.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Twenty years at the top and Madden is faltering badly – this 'update' offers little in terms of new content and should only be considered if you've passed on the previous PSP instalments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Legend of Spyro trilogy finishes on a high note. It's imperfect, but highly enjoyable, lacking only polish and length.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Likeable, fun rhythm game that uses clips from Warner Bros' most famous cartoon enemies to spice up the action. Bit simplistic and lacks any outstanding features, but it is universally playable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Compared to some movie tie-ins it's a virtual masterpiece, compared to anything else though it's still only just above average.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a group of like-minded friends PictoImage is worth its weight in gold, but sadly the single player portion of the game is far less essential.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite high production values, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King's awkward stylus controls means this is one Arabian night worth sleeping through.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some nice ideas and a relatively fresh approach to the Bond franchise, but there are just too many rough edges to the core action to recommend a purchase.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A clone of the PS2 version down to the last detail – except the one that actually matters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It feels almost wrong to give such a polished game a downbeat review but there's no avoiding the fact that Buzz! Master Quiz is a case of concept and hardware being lamentably mismatched.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem with the game is that it plays to none of Sonic's strengths while simultaneously underlining all of the franchise's most famous faults. You're ultimately left with the conclusion that actually a Sonic The Hedgehog role-playing game probably isn't a very good idea. That said, BioWare has done the best it could with a difficult brief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Infinite Space's strong story and clever upgrade system manage to just about keep the ship afloat against the poor battle mechanics and torturous learning curve.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Clean, efficient and smooth to play, Ducati Moto just doesn't have the thrill or long-term appeal to make it a winner.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A point-and-click detective adventure which is a touch too linear and not particularly daring with its plot or characters. That said, murder mystery fans will enjoy the gradual whittling down of suspects through evidence gathering and problem solving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    One the series' die-hards only. Everyone else should bite the bullet and accept that for this season at least, FIFA's leagues ahead.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A charming, easy-to-play Dungeon Keeper clone with features that include cooking up captured monsters in soups and stews to level up your party of characters. It's simple but lengthy fun for all ages, but falls short for its limited dungeon building and too much repetition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Almost nothing to do with Transformers but a reasonably decent action puzzler nonetheless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flower, Sun and Rain is an incredibly ambitious release for the DS. Most will find it overly frustrating and just a bit too weird. Some will love it, though.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not all the mini-games on offer here are winners, but the structure of 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix not only minimises frustration but spurs you forward too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An interesting take on the tactical role-playing genre, Blue Dragon Plus isn't quite honed enough to fulfill its potential.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A new made role-player with a strong retro theme, Black Sigil provides plenty of game but doesn't mark out any new territory.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A simple squad-based touchscreen shooter with the occasional nice touch, Elite Forces: Unit 77 provides a B movie experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The 3rd Phantom is a workman-like tactical RPG which will come as manna from heaven for hardcore Bleach fans but fails to distinguish itself from the many other titles of this type already available.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An improvement over Fireteam Bravo 2, but not exactly groundbreaking.