Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 4,439 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Kick-Ass: The Game
Score distribution:
4,439 game reviews
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it takes you to the limits of frustration, Blitz Racer also delivers the arcade racing goods with admirable style and uniqueness, making it a great choice for anyone with two thumbs and five minutes to kill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mos Speedrun is a fun old skool platformer with tight controls and some neat tricks that help make it stand out from the crowd.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Max Adventure doesn't try to reinvent the twin-stick shooter, instead providing a delightful experience fit for all the family.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trainyard is a quietly beguiling puzzler with an excellent tutorial and a generous supply of levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A few corners have been cut to facilitate the transition but Football Manager Handheld 2010 is a tactical feast for football fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An action-role-player, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time also contains a great multiplayer mode. Only occasional bugs knock off some of the polish.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Not nearly as derivative as it first appears, this is a game that seamlessly combines various retro games with contemporary smartphone gameplay styles to create something new, and flirtatiously fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well put together anti-shooter, Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider is a rich and rewarding experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far better than it has any right to be after all these years - but just lacking that killer flair that would have made it a new age classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid – often brilliant – simulation, which for some may prove a little too realistic for its own good.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Cosmonauts takes the worn-out trajectory shooter genre and makes it feel fresh and new.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tense and atmospheric, with a compelling mission system, Into the Dead scares the endless runner genre back into action.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Detective Grimoire goes a long way towards involving you in a funny, wacky cartoon murder mystery. But the case is not quite as complex as you might hope.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game Dong Nguyen and Terry Cavanagh might make if they teamed up: Wave Wave is the new jam for all masochists who enjoy video games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The start of something magical, Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure will no doubt blossom into the next Professor Layton or Phoenix Wright for 3DS.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever castle defence and twin-stick shooter combination, Bug Heroes has the fortitude of a cockroach to withstand the nuclear blast of criticism and earn a solid recommendation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rimelands: Hammer of Thor fits snugly into the turn-based role-playing genre, but offers enough variation to keep the action fresh and exciting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pandemic: The Board Game is a tense and tricky strategy game that's surprisingly well suited to solo play.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Rally done right: WRC 4 is an excellent racing game and should be a instant buy for any self-respecting Vita owner with a thing for speed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the core gameplay grows a little samey, Marvel Contest of Champions is hugely fun and accessible, despite freemium annoyances.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    A great pair of tables for any pinball fan with an iOS device, offering a great balance of fun, immediacy and long-term high-score challenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An open-world battle racer with more crash-bang-wallop than a brass band in a bar-room brawl. It just needs a smidgen more dev to realise its full potential.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saving Private Sheep 2 is a smart physics-puzzler in a familiar outfit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tapper World Tour is a shot of fun arcade gameplay and colourful graphics that will have you asking for a second round.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days delivers magical gameplay, though it forgets to summon a good story along with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gorgeous looking, chunky free to play brawler that's a lot more fun than it has any right to be.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Primal Flame's gentle atmosphere and level-building shine new light on familiar game mechanics.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    A gorgeous looking intense blast of bullet-hell madness, AngerForce - Strikers lacks a little edge, but it's still worthy of your time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tapper World Tour is a shot of fun arcade gameplay and colourful graphics that will have you asking for a second round
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not without its flaws, Band Together is strong enough to still be enjoyable in spite of them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone: Mercenary is the best first-person shooter on the Vita, even though that's not saying much. It feels great, looks outstanding, and has a hugely addictive online multiplayer mode.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Its influences may be obvious, but this charming and compelling puzzler deserves to find an audience of its own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fieldrunners 2 is another top-notch tower defence game. A wonky difficulty and overlong battles dampens the fun, but this is well presented and full of content.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The superbly implemented web-slinging and touchscreen combat of Spider-Man 3 more than makes up for the lack of mission variety.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple, short, but immediately engaging, Hungry Giraffe is a game that will devour your time as readily as its protagonist devours tacos.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clever and expertly put together, Night Sky pays heed to the limitations of touchscreen devices and in doing so creates a memorable, entertaining experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A serious test of gaming skill wrapped in a very cute and technically accomplished package, fans of old skool arcade action platforming titles will find hours of masochistic entertainment here.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Elegant, deep, innovative, and most importantly fun, Osmos and its effervescent gameplay makes for one of the most tactile experiences on iPad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a beautiful chaos that will feel great to hardcore gamers, but casual folks may put it down after a few minutes. Who's That Flying?! is an excellent choice for gamers who like to sweat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This smart scrolling shooter is one that revels in its Japanese spiritual iconography and risk / reward systems of play, making for a delightful but tough minis release.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pretty but uncommonly difficult and trickier still to master, Rocket Racing will reward your dedication with an excellent example of momentum-based fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy games released on DS, ANNO 1701 brings micro-management to the mainstream.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine sliding-block puzzler with a core mechanic that manages to be both simple and original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a two-year hiatus, the Tiger Woods franchise makes a triumphant return to the DS with this exceptionally entertaining golf simulator.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy to lose yourself in the rich world, immersive lore, and forest of side-quests of The Shadow Sun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From negotiating the labyrinthine levels to cracking heads, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows brilliantly captures the essence of Spidey.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stunning to look at and play, but viciously tough to beat, Pulse: Volume One's relative lack of content and replay incentive is the only dissonance in an otherwise perfect cadence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bird Zapper! is match-three done well with solid gameplay, fun power-ups, and attention to the little details.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Miss the days of Beatmania? Meet the new king of Japanese-style rhythm action madness, straight out of South Korea.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It ain't pretty, but, by gosh, is it clever. Crush 3D's use of perspective is rare and intelligent, providing ages of synapse-teasing, neuron-firing fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What appears to be an early '90s throwback racer is, in actuality, an extremely forward-thinking game in terms of simplicity of play, online connectivity, and pricing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By limiting the number of units, and focusing on simple, explosive gameplay, iBomber Defense turns the tower defence genre into a more enjoyable spectacle.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Recalling the gameplay of Lost Vikings when it really hits its stride, Alien on the Run is an unassuming puzzler that doesn’t skimp on its challenge or humour.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With charming cartoon visuals and pin-sharp controls, Rocket Bunnies is addictive, planet-tapping fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A handful of new features, lessons, and a robust tool kit makes New Art Academy essential for anyone looking to further their drawing skills beyond doodling on Post-its.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An ingenious, superbly implemented logic puzzler that's sadistic and cerebrally satisfying in equal measure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shibuya is a fresh take on the block-dropping puzzler complete with neat progression system and excellent soundtrack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slick, polished, and an awful lot of fun, Sine Mora is a must-play for iPad shooter fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest very successfully mixes the depth of an RPG with a neat puzzle-based battle mode.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best titles yet for PSP, Jeanne d'Arc triumphs not just in its fictional reenactment of the Hundred Years' War, but in refining the tactical role-playing genre with rock-solid gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever blending of two licences, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star does exactly what you'd expect it to.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Polished and accessible strategy for armchair generals, with an occasionally frustrating combat system.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A truly independent voice amongst the blockbusters, this artistic puzzler deserves to be a breakout hit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good port of an excellent strategy game, Frozen Synapse is equally gripping whether your opponents are human or otherwise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A feature-packed RTS that's smart, intuitive, and has the gameplay chops to back up its gorgeous looks.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Outernauts: Monster Battle is an enjoyable monster breeding / battling game that reflects Insomniac's talent as a game studio.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy is worth your time on Vita, regardless of whether you have nostalgia for the PS2 versions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An addictive and alluring action platformer with a unique hook and lots to unlock, Muffin Knight comes highly recommended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A warm and endearing adventure that, despite a few problems, is still definitely worth a go.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Elegant, charming, challenging. Sweet Drmzzz is a masterclass in simple and intuitive game design, though won't be everyone's cup of tea.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God is equal parts fun and frustrating. The bright characters and fun world of Sorcery Saga make the remorseless autosaving of this hardcore dungeon-crawler easier to swallow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lovingly crafted selection of mini-games that will definitely put you in the mood for the real Olympics.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Children of Mana brings intelligence and charm into the realm of dungeon-based button bashing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a little too safe and familiar, but the delightful presentation makes this the best Where's My Water? game to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pacing issues and overly random gameplay detract from the elegance of Osmos.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Secret Tree of Life will give your brain a real workout, with challenging puzzles and plenty of intrigue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stylish, noir-inspired adventure with a sophisticated plot and deep characters, Hotel Dusk is the place to stay for smart DS gamers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might start out as a closed book, but the more you play 868-Hack, the more you'll find to enjoy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun, challenging and atmospheric with plenty of replay value, but the lack of online multiplayer is puzzling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An homage and a reinvention of the dungeon crawling RPG, 100 Rogues sparkles with wit and fine gameplay mechanic. It's just a shame technical issues have spoiled its sheen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big, brash and beautiful, Ace Combat X is a prime example of the PSP's capabilities and deserves a place in every thrill-seeking PSP owner's collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Baseball fans should retrieve their wallets immediately. You won't find a more immersive baseball game outside the ballpark.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A delightfully gory and unpleasant game book experience, Heavy Metal Thunder lays it on thick, but in the best possible way.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    A good-looking and playable racer, which with enough investment from the developers could conceivably become one of the best on the platform.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shaun the Sheep – Fleece Lightning will delight audiences both young and old with its simple controls and addictive racing fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puddle may take a while to fully get going, but once it does it gives you no excuse not to take the plunge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique take on the third-person action genre with satisfyingly different touchscreen controls.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite putting its own spin on the short Marvel comic series, Zen Studios has managed to strip back the Marvel lore so it appeals to pinball heads everywhere. It's as good as the firm's Plants vs Zombies table, if not better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With ultra-competitive multiplayer, thoughtfully designed bonus challenges, and plenty of content to see, PinWar should appeal whether you're a fan of pinball or not. This is a superb offering, especially with mates.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shattered Planet is unforgiving, brimming with traps, and lousy with monsters - but that's what makes it fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Star Thief probably won't last you very long, but it's an accessible and challenging casual game that underlines the importance of good presentation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've never played a gamebook, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is an entertaining, brilliantly designed introduction to the world of dice and bookmarks.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    A clever and well-put together-homage, Ittle Dew is let down slightly by some control issues, but it's still an entertainingly retro romp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hitman GO is a smart and satisfying puzzle game, with loads of content and plenty of variation. It's also totally adorable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A splendidly stupid shooter, Lock 'n' Load successfully mixes cartoon violence and a pleasantly heavy shooting mechanic to great effect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An addictive, brilliantly designed blast of twitch and score-chasing, Pivvot is a wonderful way to waste a few hours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2 builds on its predecessor's foundation for a murder mystery that is brimming with personality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst it might be another physics endowed puzzler with an anthropomorphic cast, Hank Hazard manages to lift itself above the anonymous crowd with some great design and a lot of fun.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Clever, charming, and an awful lot of fun, Runaway Snack deserves more than just a moment of your precious time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite being very similar to the first game, Sword & Poker 2 remains a beautifully balanced marriage of poker and dungeon crawling.

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