Pocket Gamer UK's Scores

  • Games
For 4,150 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 Fire Emblem: Awakening
Lowest review score: 10 Deal or No Deal
Score distribution:
4,150 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nintendo again shows that it's the master of its own hardware with another sublime entry in the Zelda lineage. If you own a DS then this is an utterly essential purchase - it really is that simple.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately it's a testament to the game that the campaign's short length can't keep us from exalting Chains of Olympus's exceptional virtues. It's just too unbelievably polished, engaging, and entertaining a title to miss. Kratos may have wet our palate, but like every magnificent gaming experience ever made, we're already thirsty for more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of art and design. Its technicalities might take a little time to get to grips with but, once understood, this distinguished and exemplary video game demands to be savoured and adored.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An unlikely classic, Disgaea is one of the most perfect expressions of freeform strategy gaming it's possible to imagine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best handheld football game by a country mile. A must for anyone who loves football.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A pocket rocket that's sumptuous to look at, riotously funny and deeply rewarding. GTA: Chinatown Wars is one of Rockstar's and the DS' best ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is a staggering work of game design genius. Wonderfully inventive, devilishly fun and dizzyingly vast, it deserves a little big home on every PSP on the planet.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A phenomenal game with an impressive slate of features and superb design, Real Racing 2 is the epitome of iPhone and iPod touch gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pulled up from Davy Jones's locker, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge breathes new life into a classic while at the same time setting a new standard for adventure gaming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pulled up from Davy Jones's locker, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge breathes new life into a classic while at the same time setting a new standard for adventure gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Glyder 2 is a one-way ticket to fantastic gameplay, its combination of self-motivated exploration and dynamic goals ensuring a first class flight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ocarina of Time 3D is, and forever will be, pure unadulterated bliss, taking the original title and making it essential gaming all over again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exhaustive and, more importantly, finely balanced release, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing offers up a watershed moment for karting on iPhone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Anomaly Warzone Earth is one of the most entertaining and enthralling real-time strategy games on iOS.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Move over Minesweeper, ta ta Tetris, leave it out Lemmings - Pullblox is the new puzzling gaming god in town.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An effortless and elegant puzzler, Splice is a wonderful expression of the freedom the App Store can offer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Strategy role-playing at its finest, Fire Emblem: Awakening marries sophistication and character development in a way rarely found in the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you SteamWorld Dig: Your new favourite Nintendo 3DS game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A true evolution of the series, Pokemon X and Y is the most important, expansive, exciting monster-battling title since the earlier days of the franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Utterly phenomenal. Tearaway is inventive and joyous in equal measures, making for one of the best adventures this year, on any platform.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the finest action-adventure experiences you can have on any device, let along mobile, Wayward Souls is an essential purchase.
    • 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
    One of the best platform outings in all of gaming, an instant classic when it first appeared, which even with some newness thrown in remains almost perfect today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock-and-roll gameplay to a J-pop beat, LocoRoco is a perfectly rounded handheld puzzler.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scintillatingly brilliant puzzling. Again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Judged on fun, depth and the amount of recharges you'll be forcing into your DS, 42 All-Time Classics is a winning formula. We heart it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not even dodgy tunes stop Elite Beat Agents being one of the most entertaining and accessible games on DS.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is Yoshi's Island DS huge, cute, innovative and beautifully presented, its layering of light platforming skills and hardcore item collection mean it's ideal for all abilities.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dazzingly deep, Lunar Knights is a complex and satisfying game with some nice tricks up its sleeve, although it is short by role-playing standards.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The natty storyline will make you grin, while the perfectly pitched gameplay and glorious multiplayer mode will make you sing: a near-perfect light-hearted and innovative music title for the PSP.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's been a long time coming but DS owners finally have a decent brawler to enjoy - Bleach: Blade of Fate offers peerless scrapping action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's their season: FIFA 07 is the best portable football sim to date bar none.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indeed, it's somewhat ironic that only now, with the integration of Wi-Fi, Pokémon has become the community game it's always pretended to be. Casting a retrospective eye upon the series, it would appear that every game since the series started in 1995 has just been a level up. This, finally, is the real deal. [JPN Import]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indeed, it's somewhat ironic that only now, with the integration of Wi-Fi, Pokémon has become the community game it's always pretended to be. Casting a retrospective eye upon the series, it would appear that every game since the series started in 1995 has just been a level up. This, finally, is the real deal. [JPN Import]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The third game in the much-loved lawyer-sim series makes a watertight case for classic status.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This puzzle game with a heart is a splendid endorsement of the genre and the DS.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant game for Star Wars fans and DS fans alike, The Complete Saga combines childlike simplicity with fiendishly hidden depth, providing an involving experience you'll find difficult to beat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Subtle, hugely addictive and massively fun, this is a rare strategy title that manages to be as accessible as it is deep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a sniper taking aim from out of nowhere, SOCOM: Tactical Strike sets sights on PSP and emerges as one of the year's best. Phenomenal visuals, tight tactical gameplay, and unparalleled multiplayer make this a must-have title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One for experienced series fans, Advance Wars: Dark Conflict marches in near-flawless fashion to strengthen the cause of turn-based strategy gaming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Charm and originality waft through the air like the rhythmic beats of its fantastic gameplay - Patapon is as close as you can get to portable pleasure without an 'adults only' rating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Worlds Ends With You is a deep and multifaceted adventure with clever combat, innovative features and a worrying shop-till-you-drop addictivity.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N+
    Another DS classic in the offing - N+ is pure video game brilliance, unsullied by needless distractions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From our perspective, echochrome is easily the best downloadable game currently available for PSP.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But lying at the heart is the same solid gameplay that was popular in the nineties - unforgiving at times, but a shining example of what makes the series great.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Invaders may now be the unfashionable side of 30 but it's still able to mix it up with the best modern gaming has to offer. This is a superlative modernisation of a classic game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its cracking fighting mechanics and excellent multiplayer options, Bleach: Dark Souls lives up to the very high standards of the beat-'em up series on DS.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully designed and a joy from start to finish - DS gets possibly the best version of Lego Indy of them all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Highly polished, finely-tuned, practically flawless - and that's just the golf balls. Open Tee 2 delivers the best portable golf game ever exclusively to PSP. Robust multiplayer tops a long list of reasons to pick up this hole-in-one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Supremely addictive and utterly charming, Viva Piñata ranks as an absolutely essentially DS purchase.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sim City goes all Bill and Ted's Awesome Reconstruction Adventure. Quite simply the only regional administration simulation you need to own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few games stand the test of time like Chrono Trigger. A role-playing classic, it's one of the very best the genre has to offer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disgaea DS is one of the finest strategy titles in existence - strategy role-playing fans should snap it up immediately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest V's western debut has been a long time coming but this reshaping of an undisputed genre classic in the form of Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a must for RPG fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resistance: Retribution is just what the doctor ordered - groundbreaking multiplayer, slick visuals, and an action-packed campaign make this one of the most impressive PSP games to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, it's sweet, but look beyond the cute visuals and you'll discover a slickly produced, deeply enthralling strategy game, which combines tactical planning with edge-of-your-seat scrambles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the must-have PSP games of the year, LocoRoco 2 delivers everything we could have wanted - more stuff to unlock and plenty of joyful, secret-packed levels full of weirdness and wonder.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem's DS debut has been a long time coming but it's unquestionably worth the wait. Shadow Dragon provides astonishingly compulsive turn-based action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is an action-packed platforming romp that punches above its weight and connects effortlessly. A Christmas must-have for young and old gamers alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Furious, tense and surprisingly deep, Space Invaders Extreme 2 is the gaming equivalent of a sugar-high. An addictive and compulsive experience, no shoot-em-up fan should pass this one by.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every trick this celebrated developer has learnt – from crafting a solid plot laced with dark humour to reckless driving and action-packed criminal endeavour – has been distilled into a game that demands your immediate attention.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario takes on the roleplaying genre again and comes up trumps once more. Mario & Luigi is a carefully crafted adventure that's worth exploring even if you're not a huge fan of the classic platformers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb portable version of the PS2 original, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days offers exceptional depth and charisma, along with a few new tricks of its own to make it essential SRPG fare.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's not quite as devastatingly original as Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks is still an utterly essential purchase and comfortably ranks as the undisputed DS event of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Pokemon game so far. Combines the addictive elements of the originals with the latest graphics to great effect. Just don't mention the Pokewalker.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Pokemon game so far. Combines the addictive elements of the originals with the latest graphics to great effect. Just don't mention the Pokewalker.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    WarioWare D.I.Y. is one of the best game creation tools we've yet witnessed and deserves to be picked up by each and every DS owner without hesitation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best DSiWare game yet, AiRace combines a great control scheme with pure speed to create a first-class flight.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful to look at, hugely engrossing to play and - most importantly of all - fun. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an essential purchase for anyone who owns a PSP, and should convince those who don't to rectify the situation promptly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a phenomenal aerial action game with every conceivable feature from online cooperative multiplayer and loads of missions to solid controls and customisable aircraft.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as involving, dramatic and downright addictive as its PS3 predecessor, Valkyria Chronicles II will have you glued to your PSP for weeks to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's basically more of the same, this latest Layton outing is the most enjoyable, attractive, addictive and refined one yet. An awesome reminder of why the Nintendo DS remains an essential mobile gaming platform.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War again slashes the misconception regarding PSP's gaming prowess wide open with another unadulterated and beautiful ballet of brutality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies belies its cartoonish appearance with a deep and engaging tactical experience providing lasting appeal.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oozing charm and smart design, World of Goo is the best physics puzzler available on iPad.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most successful translations of a boardgame in years, Carcassonne is charming, captivating and competitive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rolando 2 rolls up cool new features and a thorough fine-tuning for a sequel that's nothing short of golden.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N.O.V.A. 2 is a great shooter with a thrilling campaign and even better multiplayer that will have you hooked.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marriage of great graphics and solid role-playing, Chaos Rings works through minor hitches to provide enjoyable gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new approach to rhythmic gaming that marries substance with style, its unique gameplay proving you can provide a fresh experience in a saturated genre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinary example of how to properly remake a classic, Broken Sword: Director's Cut remasters the original with wise alterations that galvanise rather than degrade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rarely have we seen a zombie slaying FPS with this much life in it. Seamless online play and intense action make this an instant iPhone classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 11 offers innovative gameplay, impressive visuals, and an overall quality of design rarely seen in portable sports gaming.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stellar combination of graphics, entertaining action, and robust multiplayer, Modern Combat 2 is one heck of a shooter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Shift offers the best single-player racer on iPhone to date, with in-depth customisation and superior handling that almost make up in full the limited multiplayer offering.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Extraordinarily polished gameplay and high production values guarantee a blast, even if N.O.V.A. lacks the originality necessary to be an all-time classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best of old and new wrapped up in one package, the puzzle-platformer gameplay of Dark Nebula - Episode Two is too entertaining to put down.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's Golf! 2 is a superb combination of features and quality gameplay that will be tough to top.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A contemplative puzzle game that evolves the original with extra levels and high-definition graphics, despite the lack of any new gameplay elements.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flight Control HD is a high flying, high-definition remake of the iPhone original that does well by adding iPad-exclusive content.