A new study has shown the true earning potential that free iOS apps have achieved. The study compared several different types of advertisement-supported apps on iOS and Android platforms and analyzed how much money they were able to make per user. The results show pretty clearly that ad-supported apps can easily rival the paid variety in terms of earning potential.
Neverending one-button platformers have become extremely popular on the iPhone over the past year. Games like Canabalt proved you didn't need complicated design to engage players for hours. Now, indie developer Honeyslug is taking that formula a step further with their new release Poto and Cabenga. You control not one, but two characters with a single button.
There's an old saying: "If your father was horribly impaled by the God King while trying to rid the world of evil, you should probably follow in his footsteps and try to kill the God King as well."
It's not a popular saying.
Or good advice.
Still, this is the central theme of Infinity Blade, a medieval role-playing game in which you take on the role of a warrior who must fight his way through a castle and destroy a figure known as the God King. Along the way, you'll collect treasure, healing potions, new weapons, armor, and magic spells.
Tower defense games on the iPhone are extraordinarily common. Most of them fade into obscurity and are forgotten within days of their release. TowerMadness is one of the few and the proud that continues to stand above the rest and serve as a mark of quality. It's probably not as good or as popular as Fieldrunners, but this new update is definitely a step in the right direction.
Spacetime Studios has announced that they are working on a follow up to their well-known free iOS massively multiplayer game, Pocket Legends. Rather than a sequel to the successful fantasy game, they're switching genres altogether and crafting a whole new experience, with a science fiction theme. The game is dubbed Blackstar and is tentatively scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2011.
There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of awesome classic games currently available on the iPhone. We should know; we just picked up 10-15 of them during yesterday's awesome mega sale. But up until now there's been one glaring omission: Double Dragon. Now that omission has been rectified, and the classic NES beat-em-up will be arriving in the App Store soon.
In what can safely be called a "cautionary tale," a young girl named Madison (currently attending second grade) racked up a gargantuan $1400 bill for her parents this week while playing Smurfs' Village - a Farmville-esque freemium online game. The item that caught her eye? Dozens of barrels of delicious, delicious smurfberries.
There's officially no good reason to pay more than 99 cents for any game on the App Store today. We always thought Valentine's Day was the kind of holiday that specialized more in cheap pink teddy bears than smartphone software, but apparently we were wrong. The past couple of weeks have been positively flooded with huge iOS video game sales from major publishers, and now Sega, Capcom, and Namco are getting in on the action. Some of their very best games are included so check out the full list.
Apple lifers probably know the story of Marathon all too well at this point. The gaming series that made Mac gaming great in the mid-1990s could now possibly return on the iPad. However, the game's developer has reached a few roadblocks which are preventing the game's release as of now.
Just after news reached us about the potentially offensive Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman, we heard about yet another App Store game that is sure to ruffle some feathers in the United States. App Store developers seem to be on a never-ending quest to offend everyone in the country with their games. First we got Baby Shaker, then Karoshi, and now Smuggle Truck is set to become the focus of media ire across the country.