It’s been quite a while since we discussed Kingdom Conquest, SEGA’s action-strategy-MMO hybrid. Since then, the game has received a sequel, aptly named Kingdom Conquest II. SEGA will soon be releasing monster cards based on its classic franchises into Kingdom Conquest II in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis videogame console. The special cards feature artwork and characters from Altered Beast and Golden Axe, two arcade hits that are also available on iOS.
Chickens Can’t Fly from developer Amused Sloth has long been considered one of the best Xbox games for Windows Phone. Recently the game got pulled from that platform due to an In-App Purchase formatting bungle on Microsoft’s part, though it will return without Xbox features in the future. At the same time, Chickens Can’t Fly has migrated to iOS – currently the only place to get it!
World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the popular PC and XBLA tank combat game – won’t be coming out until 2014. But tank/shooter enthusiasts can play something a lot like it right now. Tanktastic comes from Ukrainian developer G.H.O.R. Corporation. With 12-player online tank battles, a promised stream of updates, and GameCenter Achievements, iOS gamers will be hard pressed to find a better way to get their tanks on.
Touch screens are perfect for newspaper-style games like Sudoku and crosswords. Why not make a game that combines both of those games then? That’s what Decoder Ring Gold from Chicago-based developer Babaroga sets out to do. Sequel to 2009’s Decoder Ring, the Gold version is a fun little freemium app for iPhone and iPad that should especially appeal to word game fans.
Perfect World Entertainment, the publisher of several popular massively multiplayer online PC games such as Star Trek Online, Forsaken World, and the upcoming Torchlight MMO has announced it will publish four iOS games this fall: Elemental Kingdoms, Arena of Heroes, BombBuds, and The Null Society. Let's take a quick look at their upcoming roster.
It’s been out for a while now, but Square-Enix’s original Chaos Rings remains one of the best and most popular Japanese Role-Playing Games on iOS. Like many RPGs, Chaos Rings is a lengthy game full of mysteries and secrets. Our occasional contributor and always RPG fan Paul has explored every inch of the game in order to bring you this in-depth strategy guide.
It’s been quite a while since we talked about Tango, the voice, video, and text messaging app for iOS and other platforms. Since then, the Tango service has expanded to include photo sharing and even games. The first of those games launched this week: Candy Block Breaker from Gameloft and Jetpack Jinx from Bubble Gum Interactive. Both are free to play.
The people behind youth smoking prevention campaign Truth have just released their own message game for iOS: Graffiti Collective. The basic theme is that smoking is really bad for you and the American cigarette companies do lots of awful things to keep people smoking. BUT even people who smoke like a hundred packs a day might just dig this free game's actual gameplay. As you can guess, it involves lots of awesome graffiti.
I like to think that games qualify as art. And like art, some games seek to promote messages rather than simply entertain. Not everyone will agree with what a message game has to say, but that’s how art works too.
We don't normally cover this sort of thing here, but following up on Talk Mobile Gaming, and our discussion on how to market apps, we thought we'd take a look at closer look at third-party options. Game and app developers have a lot to consider when choosing to market their products through in-game/app advertising. Which advertising networks reach the most users? Who gives developers the best deal? If a developer decides to use multiple ad networks, tracking and comparing the results of each network becomes a time consuming task of its own.