Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 3,999 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 56% 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 Kick-Ass: The Game
Score distribution:
3,999 game reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a fresh idea but somehow the block dropping antics of Art Style: KUBOS don't live up to its potential.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Imperfect handling and shallow gameplay leave DiRT 2 in the dust of more compelling, competent off-road racers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simple, addictive and entertaining concept that could have been dangerously compulsive with a little more balance and polish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    BreakQuest impresses with creative level design and novel physics-based play but sadly suffers from fundamental control issues.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bloodlines is a brave attempt at an open 3D world which, while visually breathtaking, is let down by repetitive gameplay and awkward camera controls.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A cute if unsophisticated castle defence game, Army Defender is fun to play but doesn't offer much of a challenge.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a good story, but those looking to emulate their favourite Belgium detective will find the repetitive brainteasers and limited sleuthing frustrating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Metal Torrent has the makings of a fantastic space shooter, but is severely let down by a lack of content.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An all-out attack on the eyes, Assault Squadron is a slick shooter that's too short for its own good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A shocking lack of features sends Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion plummeting well below expectations, gliding by on impressive graphics and polished controls.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too safe to really be spectacular, Artist Colony is nonetheless a playable people simulator that comes with a unique setting, but fails to truly build on its early promise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its flawed-yet-enjoyable core experience means Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess is charming but also frustrating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tron Evolution is a solid action/puzzle title but underneath the neon art style there's no much you haven't seen before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    One for CSI fans only, sloppy mini-games and annoying dialogue mar what could've been an engaging point-and-click adventure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A great-looking 3D maze game, Aerox is at its best when negotiating its flowing courses at speed - in spite of minor control and menu concerns.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While its ambitious scale is admirable, Aralon: Sword and Shadow possesses a myriad of flaws that yield clunky, unrefined gameplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Virtual City is an unfocused take on time management that explodes with variety to its own detriment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While pinball fans will continue to balk, Sonic Spinball is fun enough and quirky enough to remain fresh and relevant enough despite being relatively unchanged since it launched in 1993.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A highly formulaic role-playing game, Eternal Legacy has some redeeming qualities that support limited enjoyment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A dull introduction and occasional unfair difficulty spikes aren't enough to run The War of Eustrath HD, particularly in light of its interesting battle mechanics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A promising if scruffy brawler with an ill-advised open world element tacked on, Corporate Fury is destined for cult status.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it marks a steady improvement over the first game, Ghosts'N Goblins: Gold Knights 2 hasn't taken the strides necessary to lift it above decent status.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Ghosts 'N Goblins remains a perfectly reasonable platformer, it struggles to bring anything new to the table other than its innate difficulty made harder by awkward controls.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect offers in-depth turn-based strategy, but carries one too many shortcomings to be recommended beyond the hardcore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An attempt to address the deficiencies of the first iPhone game, SimCity Deluxe is likewise hampered by controls that simply don't befit the device.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dungeon Defenders never gets the opportunity to show off its creative gameplay due to a poorly designed interface.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An attractive and highly entertaining shooter, AirAttack is nonetheless liable to be shot down thanks to a lack of manoeuvrability.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An inadequate interface, poor localisation, and underdeveloped story make 1112, Episode 02 a disappointing follow up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it's a fun mix of match-three puzzling and role-playing, Dungeon Raid fails to set the two elements in a solid structure and so never gains any long-term appeal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An attempt at modernising classic arcade gameplay, Minotaur Rescue fails due to awkward, imprecise controls.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flying Hamster charms with bright colours and an adorable hero, but its shallow shooter gameplay is stuck in a wheel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    One of the oddest games you'll ever come across, Hamlet replicates the adventure gaming formula of yesteryear with obtuse puzzles that makes for a annoyingly difficult gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's little inherently wrong with Clumsy Bob and its sideways take on Doodle Jump but for the fact we've seen so many similar games before.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Attractive presentation can't make up for a lack of substance - just like a real circus!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An interesting idea that's technically well implemented, high score game Dead Runner is nevertheless thematically confused.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A cool concept let down by clumsy controls and difficulty sharper than the teeth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dracula: The Path of the Dragon strikes a supreme style, but doesn't stake claim to the depth of gameplay and satisfaction to support such an ambitious setting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Inotia 3: Children of Carnia is competent and unexciting, a by-the-numbers level-grinding game that lacks the polish and energy of its betters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Best described as The Desert Megan Fox, 2XL TrophyLite Rally looks beautiful, handles well, but lacks variation, challenge and depth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An honest, though underwhelming effort, 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011 toys too much with game balancing in an effort to deliver high drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A.D.D. lives up to its name as mediocre mini-game compilation that won't hold your attention for long.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fussy controls and a bizarre battle system render Across Age nothing more than an average anachronism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Alice has visual flair, but she's a vapid romp, with platforming gameplay weighed down by its puzzles rather than uplifted by them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Armada: Galactic War has the makings of a fine online real-time strategy game, but it�s simply not ready for battle yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Too similar to the fluffy one's previous outings, Battle Bears -1 consists of overly familiar, repetetive gameplay in a sterile setting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it doesn't give you enough room to breathe, BioDefense: Zombie Outbreak borrows enough from the wider action strategy genre to make it an interesting proposition in the crowded tower defence genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A fun, but ultimately monotonous one trick pony, Braveheart is best suited to short bursts where its repetitive nature can be sufficiently tolerated.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bridge Odyssey is a good-looking game, but it's let down by its complex and frustrating control method.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Catacombs mixes classic hack 'n' slash gameplay with twin-stick shooter mechanics to pleasant effect, but it lacks the depth and variety necessary to fight its way to the top.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Modern Conflict HD is fun, but too limited and lightweight to capture hearts and minds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lazy effort that adds little value in relation to last year's instalment, NBA Elite 11 offers only superficial improvements that fail to move the ball forward in terms of gameplay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A clear advance from last year's wretched instalment, NFL 2011 fumbles with a number of issues new and old that prevent it from scoring big.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Customisable controls prevent this reloaded version of N.O.V.A. HD from shooting blanks but it could have been so much more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it suffers from loose physics and level design, The Package is inventive and challenging enough to be worth a purchase.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hybrid 2 is a playable, though clearly outdated action RPG that can't shake the sense that it's not at home on iPhone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shamelessly derivative and lacking likeable characters and an interesting storyline, The Jim & Frank Mysteries: Blood River Files is a well-intended but ultimately disappointing puzzle adventure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 4 refrain is too basic to be anything more than mildly enjoyable, its lack of depth, excitement, and polish preventing the delivery of a more satisfying experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As colourful and solid a match-three puzzler as it is, Swap This! doesn't have the outstanding features necessary to make it stand out from the rest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ramps has value in spades, but its physics puzzle play lacks the spark needed to make it stand out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Poor writing, conventional action, and a general lack of polish conspire to make Gangstar: Miami Vindication an underwhelming game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Red Star boasts astonishing production values and challenging gameplay, but the tacked-on touch controls and unforgiving difficulty are frustrating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition has all the elements of a good endless running game, but an underwhelming sense of style ruins its appeal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Thanks to its striking visuals and intense action Zombie Shock is instantly appealing, but the gameplay is dragged down by repetition and occasionally awkward controls.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zombie Wonderland has all the ingredients for a novel take on the zombie shooter, but repetitive gameplay and restricted movement mean the recipe isn't quite right.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A well-intended racer that has all the right features - however flawed they might be - but none of the excitement needed to get your heart racing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy II earns praise for its remastered visuals and updated gameplay, though it remains as off-putting as its original release.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flick Baseball Pro is a good-looking, yet unashamedly shallow game without the modes and features needed to really play ball.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A charming, though shallow effort at social gaming that offers little substance to match its free price.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Admittedly loyal to the band's latest release, Gorillaz: Escape to Plastic Beach is a scatterbrained affair that doesn't deliver in terms of gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Stifled by tricky controls, Heavy Gunner is visually striking but too repetitive to live up to its epic billing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite good looks and lots of variety, The Simpsons Arcade isn't as fun or as funny as it aspires to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Probably the most original and unique football sim to hit iPhone, Soccer Superstars sadly doesn't play quite as smoothly on the pitch, serving up an arcade take on the sport that feels a touch half baked.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    DynamoKid Touch has neither the instant appeal of Canabalt nor the breadth of play of a full platformer to make it fully satisfying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While MMA should be applauded for an innovative control scheme, it's ultimately cumbersome. This issue and the lack of multiplayer make it an underwhelming game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eliminate: Gun Range is too repetitive to be a classic, but it's a solid and playable demonstration of what the iPhone 4 can do.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some visual glitches, disjointed dialogue and lacklustre combat thankfully don't manage to entirely spoil an atmospheric, visually impressive horror romp.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a great setting, storyline and characters, it's a shame Hector: Badge of Carnage Ep1 falls down due to overly complicated, frustrating puzzles.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Glory Days - Tactical Defense is a solid enough tower defence title for the DSiWare service, but doesn't provide much in terms of innovation or variation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Without a compelling story or multiplayer it's hard to find a reason worth sticking with the plain strategy gameplay of Hills and Rivers Remain.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately a little bit of a plain Jane, Hooga hits all the right notes, but doesn't necessarily play them in the right order.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sticky is full of great gameplay ideas hampered by a restrictive camera and a sense that luck overrides skill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bringing a fair amount of character to the catapult set-up, The Horrible Vikings comes with too much baggage to really take on the genre's masters.