We just can't seem to keep PopCap out of the news feed today. First there was the heart-warming/wrenching story of the young Make-A-Wish boy who got to make a game with PopCap. Now, PopCap has announced that they have acquired a new game studio called ZipZapPlay that specializes in making social game experiences.
Better grab a box of tissues for this story. Owain Weinert is 9-years-old and has Leukemia, cancer of the white blood cells. When he enrolled in the Make-A-Wish program his wish was to create his very own video game. Today we're getting word that PopCap Games stepped up to fulfill the request and has created Allied Star Police which was designed by Weinert.
The Angry Birds phenomenon is clearly unstoppable. While in the past the seminal iOS title was rivaled by other classics like Cut the Rope and Flight Control, the bird-flinging sensation has sling-shotted completely off the map. While other iPhone successes are measuring their success in the thousands and millions, Angry Birds is in the tens and hundreds of millions. Is there no end to the anger?
It's hard to say for certain, but this might be our favorite iOS gaming story of the year so far. Back in February we reported on a game that we were pretty sure would ruffle a few feathers when it came out. It was called Smuggle Truck and the goal of the game was to transport illegal immigrants across the southern US border.
At the same time as Square Enix is expanding on its existing franchises on iOS, they're also rolling out a brand new franchise called Imaginary Range. The new product is being called a game-comic hybrid. In other words its mostly a comic book, but with interactive elements to try to capture some of the many gaming fans on iOS as well.
The iPhone’s user interface is pretty easy to get along with -- provided you can see it. Unfortunately, not everyone has the perfect vision required to see the diminutive text on their iPhone’s screen. Luckily, for those of us who have to squint ever time they want to look up a calendar entry or type something into Notepad, increasing the text size used in many of iOS’s core applications is only a few swipes away.
Back in February we wrote about a fantastic new platformer that was coming out called League of Evil. The game played very similarly to the independent gaming hit Super Meat Boy, which was (and still is) a very exciting thing for the iOS platform. Rather than struggling with touch screen controls like most iOS platformers, League of Evil excelled. Today we're getting word that the platformer has received its second big update.
Have no fear! Destructopus is here! Or at least it will be very soon on May 3rd. The game casts the player as a 10-story tall cephalopod of destruction as he makes his way through a world filled with environmental malfeasance and corporate greed. How will you save the world from such evils? Destructopus isn't the type to chain himself to a tree in protest. He gets his business done by crushing the buildings and killing the workers of these nefarious organizations.
We really enjoyed the iPhone version when it arrived in the App Store in mid-February. It wasn't perfect, but it was a great update of a classic franchise that gave iOS gamers almost as much dunkalicious fun for $4.99 as console gamers got for $49.99. There was some missing aspects though. Important stuff. With the launch of the iPad version we're pretty thrilled to say that those omissions have been rectified.
Maybe it's just because they have potentially the largest and most high quality gaming library of any company on the App Store, but we love it when EA puts on a garage sale and starts hawking their apps for dirt cheap. To "celebrate" (read: sell apps to people bored at Easter family functions) the Easter weekend, EA has launched a new sale on some of their best games.