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Land of the Dead

Not so much undead as short-lived

Juiced

Does this street racer offer a refreshing change of pace or will it be pipped to the post?

Thief: Deadly Shadows

Trip the light-fingered fandango as you prowl the streets picking pockets

Bubble Revolt

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing - unless you're a blue bubble

Driv3r

Forget the navy, if you really want to see the world join an organised crime ring and start stealing cars

Lemmings

Moveover Tetris the best puzzle game ever goes wireless, not so much oh no as oh yes!

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Bomb Jack

A classic coin-op flies onto mobile, let's hope it doesn't bomb!

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Puzzle Bobble

Oh no not another multi-coloured bubble game featuring cute dragons!

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Cars

Driven to distraction or simply up the wall?

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Turrican

Old school values in a shooting, blazing, lazering-fest

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Playman World Soccer

They say that the best football teams make the game look simple...

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Chu Chu Rocket

It's a thoughtful puzzle game with a quirky twist – gotta save the space mice from the space cats

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Miami Vice

Watch out gangsters, dapper Don Johnson’s heading your way and he’s looking sharp!

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Full Spectrum Warrior

Taking on the terrorists has never been so easy, or enjoyable…

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Luxor

Hmm… we Sphinx this puzzle game looks familiar. Oh the Ankhst!

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Super Bomberman

It's more packed full of explosives than a Wile Coyote master plan, but will this frantic action game fizzle or sizzle on your mobile?

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24

Jack's back, and he's intent on giving his grey matter as good a workout as his muscles

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Siege

If an Englishman's home is his castle, double-glazing salemen are the undead hordes

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Michael Vaughan's Cricket

A cricket game that's not longwinded and dull - howzat?

11200596001153827940Michael Vaughan's CricketMobileSony Ericsson V800game review Michael Vaughan's Cricket 06/07 Player One Limited Distinctive Developments Limited August 2004 http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/na-38532_6963310185-6/gx30-1_gif_jpgcopy.jpg http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/na-38532_6963310185-6/gx30-2_gif_jpgcopy.jpg http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/na-38532_6963310185-6/series40-1_gif_jpgcopy.jpg http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/na-38532_6963310185-6/series40-2_gif_jpgcopy.jpg http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/na-38532_6963310185-6/series40-3_gif_jpgcopy.jpg A cricket game that's not longwinded and dull - howzat? A cricket game that's not longwinded and dull - howzat? The sharp crack of leather upon willow can only mean one of two things, either it's cricket season again or Mistress Trixibell is holding one of her special garden parties. Thankfully we can spare you the sight of high court judges in ladies underwear as it's very much the former that we're discussing here today. Now, those of you who know a thing or two about the noble game of cricket will know that against all expectations and historical precedent, whisper it, England are actually rather good at the moment. One of the main reasons for their revival being our talented captain Michael Vaughan who generously lends his name to this mobile title and to be honest, unlike certain licenses we could mention, this time the game is well deserving of such high patronage. Distinctive Developments have managed to distil the game down to its essential elements to provide a game that is instantly playable for those who don't know Michael Vaughan from Johnny Vaughan, whilst offering a sustained challenge for the Wisden-toting faithful. Wisely, they've shied away from a full test-series option, concentrating instead on the shorter 20:20 game, a special 10-overs per side tournament and a series of comparatively short challenges where you'll have to try and recreate or beat historic situations, although there is also a one day international mode if you're feeling up to something more meaty. The game moves along at a respectable pace, so you don't have to arrange an official tea break in order to finish a match. Once you've picked your mode of play you can then select a squad from 16 test nations, nominate your top 11 and depending on who wins the toss decide whether you'll go into bat first or try and bowl out the opposition. Both can be controlled one-handed via a joypad and use the same down-the-wicket viewpoint which sounds limiting but is actually incredibly handy in helping you learn the best line to bowl or shots to play. Where batting is a matter of timing and shot selection (there are 7 basic shots on offer accessed by tapping a direction once or twice), bowling demands a little more finesse as you select a field-setting and type of bowler (spinner or pace) before the bowler starts his run up. Once the man in white (or rather blue, red or yellow – these are international kits!) has started moving you need to stop a vertical then horizontally moving target in exactly the right place before he hits the crease and launches the ball wicket-wards. Should the batsmen manage to make contact the scene switches to an overhead view so you can see where the ball is heading and whether there's a chance of a catch (or more likely whether your field setting looks woefully badly placed!). With straightforward bowl-outs, edges to slips and catches all making an appearance, there are plenty of ways to lose your wicket as you'll discover rather too often when you initially take the crease yourself - batting is trickier than it looks. Indeed it demands almost as much concentration as the real thing. However persevere and you'll soon be able to knock up a quick 50 before your middle order collapse, and collapse they may well do, as there seems to be a definite skills differential between top and lower order batsmen (as indeed there are between the international sides). Presentation is as solid as the gameplay, with well-thought out visuals, suitably understated complimentary sounds and plenty of nice touches such as the incidental animations for catches and umpire decisions and the appearance of Vaughan himself, popping up with praise or caustic remarks after good shots or dismissals. The game isn't perfect though, batting sometimes feels far too skittish, the lack of a 'save' facility is a very annoying oversight and members of the balmy army would rightly decry the lack of lbws, varied weather conditions, tiring bowlers or deteriorating pitches. None of these elements is really enough to distract from a thoroughly enjoyable game though, and most can be fixed in later editions which hopefully should occur, and most certainly will if England manage to win the Ashes! Pushing back the boundaries for mobile cricket games, it's the perfect accompaniment to a day out at Lords 8 The sharp crack of leather upon willow can only mean one of two things - either it's cricket season again or Mistress Trixibell is holding one of her special garden parties. Thankfully we can spare you the sight of high court judges in ladies underwear as it's very much the former that we're discussing here today. Now, those of you who know a thing or two about the noble game of cricket will know that against all expectations and historical precedent, whisper it, England are actually rather good at the moment. One of the main reasons for their revival being our talented captain Michael Vaughan who generously lends his name to this mobile title and to be honest, unlike certain licenses we could mention, this time the game is well deserving of such high patronage. Distinctive Developments have managed to distil the game down to its essential elements to provide a game that is instantly playable for those who don't know Michael Vaughan from Johnny Vaughan, whilst offering a sustained challenge for the Wisden-toting faithful. Wisely, they've shied away from a full test-series option, concentrating instead on the shorter 20:20 game, a special 10-overs per side tournament and a series of comparatively short challenges where you'll have to try and recreate or beat historic situations, although there is also a one day international mode if you're feeling up to something more meaty. The game moves along at a respectable pace, so you don't have to arrange an official tea break in order to finish a match. Once you've picked your mode of play you can then select a squad from 16 test nations, nominate your top 11 and depending on who wins the toss decide whether you'll go into bat first or try and bowl out the opposition. Both can be controlled one-handed via a joypad and use the same down-the-wicket viewpoint which sounds limiting but is actually incredibly handy in helping you learn the best line to bowl or shots to play. Where batting is a matter of timing and shot selection (there are 7 basic shots on offer accessed by tapping a direction once or twice), bowling demands a little more finesse as you select a field-setting and type of bowler (spinner or pace) before the bowler starts his run up. Once the man in white (or rather blue, red or yellow - these are international kits) has started moving you need to stop a vertical then horizontally moving target in exactly the right place before he hits the crease and launches the ball wicket-wards. Should the batsmen manage to make contact the scene switches to an overhead view so you can see where the ball is heading and whether there's a chance of a catch (or more likely whether your field setting looks woefully badly placed). With straightforward bowl-outs, edges to slips and catches all making an appearance, there are plenty of ways to lose your wicket as you'll discover rather too often when you initially take the crease yourself - batting is trickier than it looks. Indeed it demands almost as much concentration as the real thing. However persevere and you'll soon be able to knock up a quick 50 before your middle order collapse, and collapse they may well do, as there seems to be a definite skills differential between top and lower order batsmen (as indeed there are between the international sides). Presentation is as solid as the gameplay, with well-thought out visuals, suitably understated complimentary sounds and plenty of nice touches such as the incidental animations for catches and umpire decisions and the appearance of Vaughan himself, popping up with praise or caustic remarks after good shots or dismissals. The game isn't perfect though, batting sometimes feels far too skittish, the lack of a 'save' facility is a very annoying oversight and members of the balmy army would rightly decry the lack of lbws, varied weather conditions, tiring bowlers or deteriorating pitches. None of these elements is really enough to distract from a thoroughly enjoyable game though, and most can be fixed in later editions which hopefully should occur, and most certainly will if England manage to win the Ashes... 8

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

We’ll respond to one rhetorical question with another: is there any fun to be had when there’s no actual prize money?

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Sensible Soccer

A genuine gaming classic comes to mobile, but was it a Sensible move?

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Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

The sport of the future is here and it's on your mobile phone, but are you truly tough enough?

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Tetris Ultra

The latest attempt to fit a square peg into an L-shaped hole brings some fresh ideas to a genuine puzzle classic

11244616801148359943Tetris UltraPhoneSony Ericsson V800game review

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