Zynga’s Skateboard Slam pulls out some solid tricks and coasts over the finish line without ever breaking a sweat, although its upgrade and level unlocking systems seem cynically balanced to drive additional in-app purchases. In a fun, surprisingly deep, but ultimately somewhat frustrating experience, you stack up gnarly trick combos and race through four vibrant worlds of 10 levels each in a challenge-based single-player campaign, along with multiplayer match-ups.
Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
It looks as though Zynga might be getting the life preserver it so desperately needs after a year of disappointments, but it's coming from an unlikely source. According to AllThingsD, Don Mattrick, long known as the head of Microsoft's interactive entertainment division (in other words, its Xbox entertainment system) will be stepping down from his role at Microsoft to take the helm at Zynga. To many observers, however, it's a classic case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
A computer may still be the desired platform with which to have a true multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience, but when you’re on the go and have a hankering for some genre action, your phone is quickly becoming the next best option. No stranger to online games, Zynga is the latest developer to throw its hat in the mobile MOBA market with Solstice Arena, a free-to-play title that provides the ideal balance of portability and strategy without skimping out on what makes the style of play so fun to begin with.
Tuesday finally saw Apple pull the trigger on the latest update to OS X Mountain Lion, and as usual for Cupertino, the release notes barely scratched upon the biggest improvement: No more viewing iMessages out of order on the Mac! But Apple was busy on other fronts, satisfying local government with a report on its new Campus 2 project while preparation has begin for WWDC 2013. Read on to find out more details!
As recently as 2011, people were predicting that social gaming giant Zynga was going to play a big hand in killing off gaming consoles and perhaps even traditional video games through its Facebook franchises. Considering that Zynga announced today that it's laying off 520 employees — that's 18 percent of its workforce — that no longer seems to be the case. As reported by AllThingsD, Zynga claims the layoffs herald a transition toward a focus on mobile games.
Draw Something 2 is exactly the kind of sequel we'd expect from a casual gaming juggernaut like Zynga: It's slickly refined, nicely expanded, and slathered with silly marketing tie-ins. Seriously, when will pop starlet Carly Rae Jepsen continue the game that it made us send "her" during the tutorial? All the same, this follow-up builds upon the sketch-guessing sensation by adding more social features and ways to interact, while wrapping everything up in a flashier package.
Last year, OMGPOP's Draw Something was a runaway hit on iOS devices everywhere. There was a time when it seemed like nothing could stop the hype train that was this Pictionary-like, asynchronous multiplayer drawing game. But after Zynga acquired the title -- well, things went south. Now, it seems OMGPOP is hoping to rekindle that fire with a sequel.
The dust has settled and just like that, the iPad mini is real. Tuesday's Apple event was a whiplash-inducing hour as company executives announced a wide swath of new and updated products at a breathtaking pace -- and for the first time we can recall, made one of its key products obsolete within the same year it was released. As third-gen iPad owners ourselves, we can feel your pain, but if you bought one recently, you might try to return it to an Apple Store and see if they'll take mercy on you. Read on to find out more!
While Apple users were out enoying the summer sun in their four- and five-star hotels that they may or may not have booked through Orbitz, Zynga unveiled that its expanding its gameplay and allowing users to play with each other across different platforms. The San Franciso-based game company may or may not be planning world domination. Meanwhile, there's talk in the bushes about a new Kindle Fire hitting Amazon's virtual store shelves soon, while Brightcove works on a sweet toolkit that might turn your Apple TV into a mini living room game console. Look out, Xbox 360!