Like so many games available for mobile devices, simplicity can lead to some intense frustration that can be used to drive the gaming experience. Flappy Bird capitalized on this in a huge way with a simple concept that required nothing more than some well-timed taps on the screen. Developer Itatake.com has released their own concept for a game called 99 Rockets that is based on a simple concept, but execution can result in long periods of fun or frustration, depending on how you feel about such games. Read more
theScore esports app received a major redesign of both the Android and iOS versions of the esports-centered app to recognize the one-year anniversary of the initial launch. Developers theScore, Inc. say the redesign not only brings a better, fresher look to the app, it will help users navigate to the news they are looking for in a much easier manner. Read more
Fallout Shelter was brought to Android devices last summer, and Bethesda’s first mobile game easily became one of the best within weeks and months after launching. The game was named one of Google Play’s Best of 2015 and over ten million people have installed it to-date. As Bethesda continues pushing out fresh content, Fallout Shelter just keeps getting better over time.
Today’s Fallout Shelter update, version 1.4, adds a number of new items and features.
From the makers of Clash of Clans comes Clash Royale, a real-time multiplayer game featuring gutsy troops, mystical spells and sturdy defenses.
It’s no surprise Zynga is in a tough position as a company, especially considering they’re trying to offload their HQ after cutting staff multiple times over the past few years. And yes, that staff includes the CEO.
After Zynga peaked from its Facebook partnership, it brought on Don Mattrick to get the ship sailing in the right direction again. Mattrick had recently departed from Microsoft after the shaky Xbox One launch, which probably should’ve raised some flags. Either way, Zynga wasn’t happy with their performance under Mattrick, and the two parted ways. He was replaced by Mark Pincus, who was one of the original founders of Zynga. Read more
Social and mobile gaming have long been synonymous with Zynga, but the company has been quietly going about its business for the last few years. Its growth was largely due to a partnership with Facebook that came to a close back in 2013. Around the time of the partnership’s end, Zynga hired Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, to lead the company into a successful future with continued growth. Mattrick’s tenure didn’t last very long as the two parties split in April 2015. So Zynga was left putting one of its co-founders, Mark Pincus, back at the helm.
A turnaround hasn’t happened quick enough because Zynga’s headquarters at 650 Townsend Street in San Francisco is up for sale.
The iPhone, by Android standards, is severely underpowered in every way. However, it still works very well, and one of the reasons for that is its graphics chip. Now, the same company who makes its graphics chip is planning on making chips for low-budget Android phones.
Jimmy Buffet has managed to turn Margaritaville into a household name worth an extraordinary amount of money, and he’s never been afraid to push that brand into new territories. And yes, that includes mobile gaming. Read more
Back in 2014 Google introduced Google Play Games and it quickly became the fastest growing mobile gaming network of all time. Google was looking to blend many of the great features you get with a traditional gaming setup- leaderboards, achievements, sociability, etc.. -with the convenience and portability of mobile gaming. Since the release they have continued to make Play Games into a robust gaming network, and today it looks like it will be getting even better with the addition of Gamer IDs!
NVIDIA and Square Enix have announced a new partnership that will bring several of SE’s games to the SHIELD ecosystem. They’re adding five major titles to GeForce Now, which will allow users to stream high quality games directly to a SHIELD device. Read more