Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 4,488 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 16% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Lowest review score: 10 Deal or No Deal
Score distribution:
4,488 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is packed full of good times guaranteed to please fans of platforming games.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb re-creation of a popular and unusual Dungeons & Dragons board game, with excellent usability, tough AI opponents and little multimedia tweaks that really add to the experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An action adventure on the most ambitious scale – a stunning achievement, and a showcase PSP title.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Supremely addictive and utterly charming, Viva Piñata ranks as an absolutely essentially DS purchase.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful and unique use of the iPad. Under its smarts, Gentlemen! hides a brilliant one-on-one battler.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Doug dug. is the game Dig Dug was always meant to be. And after just three short decades, it's great to finally be able to appreciate a game that - until now - has been wrongly called a classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great mobile offering just got even better, as Gunman Clive emerges as one of the best platformers on the 3DS.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike many games that assert themselves to be the fairest iPad launch title of them all, Mirror's Edge has the slick visuals and fluid gameplay to back up such a claim.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Witty, varied, challenging and gorgeous to look at, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is one of the finest physics-based puzzlers on iOS and an outstanding start for Rovio Stars.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new gold standard for tower defense, PixelJunk Monster Deluxe has it all thanks to layered strategic play, action elements, and online cooperative play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    rustration, fury, and eventual elation - it's all in a day's work for OlliOlli 2. A near-perfect sequel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Velocity 2X is aglow with ambition, ideas, and design smarts. A modern shoot-'em-up perfected.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A consummately executed physics racer with a chunky Minecraft aesthetic and an irresistible just-one-more-go factor, Blocky Roads provides quite a ride.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful, super engaging arcade squiggler, Magic Touch ranks with Nitrome's best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This puzzle game with a heart is a splendid endorsement of the genre and the DS.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious yet inviting freeform platform-adventure that strikes the perfect balance between depth and accessibility.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vast, lonely game about space and time and death, Out There is by turns funny, exciting, and fresh.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who never played the original Velocity, then Ultra is a must. But if you have already had your fun with the Minis version, you may want to carefully consider how much leaderboards and Trophies will add for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly one of the system's best titles to date, Logan's Shadow brightens up the PSP library with a thrilling mixture of remarkably entertaining gameplay and astonishing presentation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Setting a new benchmark for castle versus castle titles, Paladog manages to push genre forward by giving you a greater grip on gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skullduggery! has a clever control scheme, some brilliant ideas, and a lot of retro charm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lyne is a slick, contemplative puzzler that you'd be a fool to miss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Limbo is fantastic and essential - as long as you've never played it before on another platform.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is a welcoming, massive, varied, and superbly executed RPG for all to enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A supreme stealth action game that isn't just true to the MGS canon but offers exciting new elements for both singleplayer sneakers and multiplayer junkies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N+
    Another DS classic in the offing - N+ is pure video game brilliance, unsullied by needless distractions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A House Divided picks up the threads of the previous Walking Dead chapter and weaves them into a rich, satisfying, and suspenseful follow-up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not as community focused as it could be, but Tank Domination is nonetheless a superb-looking tank combat game with oceans of tactical depth to explore.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some frustrating chaotic elements, Threes! is a dashing, intelligent, and deceptively simple treat. This is your next essential puzzler.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A bright light in a increasingly dull genre, Framed is a puzzler with enough going for it that you can look past its little problems.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most successful translations of a boardgame in years, Carcassonne is charming, captivating and competitive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressive and feature-rich enhancement of the endless-runner concept, Catcha Catcha Aliens! may rely on celebrity connections to get itself noticed, but it has the quality to stand on its own merits.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scintillatingly brilliant puzzling. Again.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stellar combination of graphics, entertaining action, and robust multiplayer, Modern Combat 2 is one heck of a shooter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spellbinding combination of hidden object and adventure gaming, Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials is as captivating to behold as it is to play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning MOBA that's been made with mobile in mind, but without compromising on the tactical depth or visual splendour of its PC-based influences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Equal parts a stomp down memory lane, a cheeky wink to the past, and a hardcore action-platformer, He Man: The Most Power Game in the Universe is a game that's worth wasting your time on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sid Meier's Starships is an excellent large scale strategy game, that's nevertheless pleasingly bite-sized.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Four of the best shooters money can buy in a single collection, Raiden Legacy is shooter perfection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still in a league of its own, the premier portable management sim is back and better than ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional tennis game whose combination of exquisite control and alluring content results in one of the most rewarding sporting experiences around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the lack of multiplayer is a huge shame, there's more than enough single player and social content in Need for Speed: Most Wanted to make it a must-buy.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that prizes exploration and creativity above all else, The Blockheads is a great way to waste a couple of days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that pushes the DS to its limits and though it's a simulation in nature, GRID always puts fun ahead of cold accuracy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous to look at and with a control system to suit every taste, Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is a great flight and fight sim.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros is as fast, frenetic, and wonderfully satisfying on handheld. And this pint size version has more of everything - including fighters, trophies, and modes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A bright and rather brilliant puzzler, Twisty Hollow is a great way to waste a few hours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll come for Big Sky Infinity's gorgeous visuals, and stay for the addictive masses of content and online leaderboard climbing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A breath of fresh air, Dragon's Crown proves that arcade beat-'em-ups still have a lot of fight left in them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Japan's biggest RPG finally arrives in the west and the wait has most definitely been worth it. Dragon Quest IX is possibly the finest example of the genre available on Nintendo's handheld.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Completely wonderful in every way, Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a must for fans of the franchise, and anyone who enjoys the platforming genre.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castle of Illusion combines old school challenge with impeccable presentation to create a fitting tribute to one of the 16-bit era's finest platforming classics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An energising and hilariously funny version of Hamlet, Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be is a crucial gamebook for literature buffs and comedy fans alike.
    • 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.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Zen has outdone itself with the follow up to its original pinball release. This game has grand visions of what pinball can be, and executes on absolutely every single one of them.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A thrilling combination of fantasy novel and RPG, Sorcery! offers a wonderfully fresh take on interactive fiction.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An achievement on multiple levels, Infinity Blade is an engrossing game that should be recognised for its gameplay as much as its graphics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not even dodgy tunes stop Elite Beat Agents being one of the most entertaining and accessible games on DS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blueprint 3D is a magical marvel: more than just a bold experiment, it's also ridiculous good fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An inspired blend of infinite runner, free to play gaming, and retro classics, Platform Panic is a pixel-perfect way to end a great year of smartphone gaming.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliantly put together fighter that crackles with great idea and measured, well balanced scraps.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully knitting together the Star Wars and Lego worlds in presentation and ambience, this is a game that showcases the PSP's extraordinary capabilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Luftrausers lacks in sheer amount of stuff, it makes up for by being a finely crafted thrill ride of satisfaction and fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A word game that's as addictive as it is entertaining, Letterpress is a brilliant addition to anyone's app collection.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant touchscreen-focused brawler, Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile is a worthy addition to the fighting genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may initially appear to be somewhat basic and the pesky language barrier presented by this Japanese import is a shame, but Bangai-O Spirits remains an unmitigated blasting brilliance that every DS fan should indulge in, and one of the strongest DS titles we've encountered so far. [JPN Import]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All the thrills and excitement of its console brothers, with surprisingly dependable controls. A lack of modes and almost useless multiplayer dampens the fun, though.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Radiangames squeezes its frenzied twin-stick experience into a level-led maze game, and it's just as satisfying and addictive as the rest of the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brightly coloured, cleverly designed platform-puzzler, Kami Retro is recommended for quick doses of challenging fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This Layton may not take after his famous dad, but his thrilling, fast-paced mysteries make this the gaming equivalent of a page-turner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mikey Shorts is a speed-run platformer that's all about learning levels and nailing jumps with expert precision. If you prefer to take it slow, though, Mikey's unimaginative design will fail to thrill.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderfully formed block-breaker, Mad Blocker Alpha should be a constant presence on your PSP if you have even the slightest interest in puzzlers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're interested in making music, the KORG DS-10 is a robust and powerful tool. But those looking for a more accessible DS sonic experience may struggle to make the most of it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything you'd expect from a sequel to a million-selling game, although it doesn't quite have the immediacy of the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep Dungeons of Doom is an extremely bright take on the RPG with an intuitive timing-based battle system and gorgeous pixel-art visuals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An old fashioned, dauntingly dense tower defence game that's positively crammed full of systems to learn and avenues to explore.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Giving the impression of an interactive cartoon, Where's My Water's physics-heavy puzzling should appeal to everyone, despite its childish exterior and some control irritations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not exactly a revolution, Bomberman Land Touch! 2 is a worthy successor to a worthy title, with a credible single-player mini-game campaign and a truly superb range of multiplayer options.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With some of the best tilt controls we've encountered, Crazy Hedgy is an entertaining and surprisingly substantial platformer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Land-a Panda boasts excellent visuals, a long-term challenge and engaging physics-based gameplay, only slightly undone by some minor control grievances.

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