On any given day in Apple’s iOS App Store there are 100 apps that rise above all others – where the owners of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads decide with their hard-earned dollars which cream rises to the top. Because we’re curious types, we decided to pick a random day, grab all Top 100 paid app icons and break them down into our own unscientific categories to see if there’s any science behind what’s popular and what’s not. The results may surprise you!
Late last week we ran a story about a sale that PopCap Games, creator of the best-selling Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled games was running to help victims of the tsunami in Japan. They discounted all of their iOS titles for 48 hours, and pledged to donate all of the proceeds to the Red Cross Japan Relief fund. We had no idea how successful to sale would end up being.
If 2011 has had one overriding theme in iOS gaming thus far, it's definitely the mass acceptance of the platform. We've written several times on this blog about the ways in which we've seen iOS gaming come into its own and become a massively popular gaming medium.This may be one of the final validations we need. A free-to-play iOS MMORPG called Pocket Legends is now being advertised nationally on networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.
Late last year a new motorcycle game showed up on the App Store called iTrials. It was a physics based game in which players tried to complete increasingly insane courses as fast as possible while doing stunts and navigating obstacles. There was just one problem. There was already a game that matched that exact description called "Trials."
Gameloft has made a lot of money for themselves by - shall we say - taking inspiration from other classic video games. For a while most iOS gamers were willing to accept this for a variety of reasons. For one, "inspiration" and even outright copying has been around since the earliest days of video gaming. Many were also just thrilled to have near-copies of their favorite games on their iProducts. Gameloft's new MMO Order and Chaos may be too much for some gamers to stomach though.
Take this one with a grain of salt, but a new report claims that Apple may slip out a modest iOS 4.3.1 update in the next two weeks, mostly to squash a few bugs -- and probably squash jailbreak attempts as well.
The highly celebrated casual games develop PopCap has announced today that for 48 hours, beginning Saturday at 12:01 AM PDT, all of their iOS games will be on sale. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Red Cross for Japan's tsunami relief fund. The sale ends at midnight on Sunday March 20. For the duration of the sale, all of their iPhone games will be reduced to 99 cents and iPad games will be $1.99.
Get Outta My Galaxy, an action puzzle game from Finnish iOS developer Ookoohko, has released to the App Store today. The interesting-looking 3D action game caught our attention because it bears a striking resemblance to one of the best Mario games ever made, the Nintendo Wii's Super Mario Galaxy. After seeing video of it in motion though, its pretty clear that the resemblance is only passing. On closer inspection, Get Outta My Galaxy looks similar because of the spherical levels, but the gameplay is completely different.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual video game awards ceremony last night in London. The awards come every year as a way to showcase excellent game design across the industry. They highlight winners in a number of categories, and this was the first year that an iOS game took home the honor of Best Handheld Game.
One of the most exciting games of 2011 has just become available on the App Store today. The latest game in the long-running Rainbox Six tactical shooter series has had a lengthy hype campaign ramping up over the last few months, and now we've got the chance to try it out for ourselves. Shadow Vanguard was developed by Gameloft which has essentially dominated the iOS shooter genre with games like N.O.V.A. 2 and Modern Combat 2. We're looking forward to seeing what they're able to do with the Rainbow Six series.