We told you that last week’s Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff launch party was about as Hollywood as they get. Developer TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment rolled out the red carpet for several big-name voice actors from the show, including Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson), Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin), Phil LaMarr (Ollie Williams), and Gary Cole (Principal Shepherd). We had a chance to interview each of them about their favorite mobile games, Family Guy moments, and other characters they made famous. (more…)
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This is a review of the film Muppets Most Wanted. To play with the Muppets on iOS, check out the free download My Muppets Show.
The Muppets are a talented troupe of performers with a long history, and like any long-running band, they periodically require a jolt of enthusiasm to renew interest in the franchise. (more…)
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Remember Pixel People from LambdaMu, the free-to-play city building game so addictive that Chris was forced to delete it out of pure self-preservation? We had a chance to catch up with Pixel People’s creators at GDC, where they shared three new upcoming games (all of them freemium) that have the potential to be just as disruptive to our free time. (more…)
Crytek is best known for their gorgeous CryEngine graphics engine, which has powered all of the Crysis games on PC and consoles. Now they’re bringing a modified version of their signature technology to mobile devices in The Collectables, a free-to-play game published by DeNA.
After several days of intense play-testing, discussion, and debate, the International Mobile Gaming Awards have announced their picks for the best mobile games of 2013. These categories represent a wide range of achievements in gaming, including technology, sound design, storytelling, multiplayer, education, and more.
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Hey Austin gamers! Want to play GTA V on a movie screen, while raising money for charity? This weekend, Do-Gooder Gamers are hosting a big event at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and you can buy tickets here. If you can’t make the event, you can still tune in on their Twitch channel for a live-stream. (more…)
The IMGAs, which are entering their 10th year, are now accepting entries from mobile game developers and players alike. To submit an entry for this year’s awards, visit the official website and click on “submit your game” at the top. Previous winners have received thousands of dollars in multimedia advertising from the IMGA’s sponsors.
RoboCop is a fusion of man and machine, a being caught between technology and his humanity. We feel trapped in the same way when a particularly addictive app prevents us from putting down our iPad. Glu’s new free-to-download shooter RoboCop is an endless series of intense shootouts that will fuse your device to your hands. (more…)
March was a busy month for iOS gamers! At last week’s Game Developers Conference, we had a chance to see all kinds of new games and talk to developers about their pricing and marketing strategies. In our discussions, one game kept getting mentioned as an example of how to stand out in a sea of clones and still find success on the App Store: Ridiculous Fishing.
There’s a good reason why new Infinity Blade games always take center stage at Apple’s hardware unveilings. With each new installment, the series pushes the limits of what can be achieved visually on mobile devices. Infinity Blade III offers the incredible visuals that players are expecting, but it also feels like it’s reviving the same old mechanics, with only slight improvements.
Halfbrick Games has developed a reputation for making imaginative mobile games. After all, who would have predicted a game about slicing fruit would become a worldwide phenomenon? Their latest game, Colossatron, lets you witness the destruction of entire continents, but it doesn’t give you as much control as you might like. (more…)
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Movie tie-in games are universally regarded with suspicion. Often, their development isn’t motivated by the need for creative expression, but rather a cynical opportunity to piggyback on a Hollywood marketing campaign. There are exceptions, like Despicable Me: Minion Rush, a fun licensed game that has racked up an incredible number of downloads. But Anchorman 2: Scotchy Scotch Toss is a paltry app that is much less fun than the film that inspired it. (more…)
When talking to fans of the original film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I hear a lot of: “I love that movie, but I didn’t think it was as great the first time I saw it.” It’s been eight years since we first met Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and he’s still every bit as obnoxiously vain. It’s a lot of fun to watch him and his supporting cast of creeps tear up the sequel, but Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is another movie that might benefit from a bit of distance. (more…)
It’s a testament to the rapid rise of mobile gaming that last decade’s console blockbusters can now run entirely on your smartphone or tablet computer. In 2004, there was no bigger game than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, an open-world crime saga that propelled a young gangster around a satirical replica of California. While the mobile platform has its unique limitations, San Andreas is still a masterpiece of modern gaming. (more…)
Few companies can boast a portfolio of brands like Telltale. From movies (Back to the Future, Jurassic Park) to TV shows (Law and Order, Game of Thrones) and comics (Walking Dead), Telltale has shown that they are the experts at creating original episodic adventures. The debut episode of The Wolf Among Us, based on the Fables comics, is a dark, exciting mystery that will leave you wanting more. (more…)
With Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag available now on consoles, iOS gamers might be feeling a little left out. Fortunately, Ubisoft is releasing a mobile-specific pirate game set in the world of Assassin’s Creed on December 5, so you’ll be able to set sail with a crew of salty dogs from just about anywhere. We had a chance to go hands-on with an early build, so read on for our impressions.
Last year’s The Room from Fireproof Games was a smash success, generating over a million paid downloads and earning the honor of Apple’s iPad Game of the Year. It’s an intricate puzzle game, featuring a realistically rendered safe with dozens of clockwork latches and hidden compartments. Next week, Fireproof Games will release The Room 2, and we can tell they’ve taken this compelling concept even further. (more…)
If you were following us on Twitter last night, you would have seen a series of tweets from an extravagant party in San Francisco thrown by ZeptoLab, the creators of the Cut The Rope series. Between the giant outdoor projectors, costumed detectives, and up-close magic shows, we heard a very important announcement: Cut The Rope 2 will be available on the App Store in two weeks, and we had an early opportunity to try it out. (more…)
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Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft’s historical stabbing simulator, has a bit of a checkered past on iOS. Whenever the series tries to replicate the console games’ on-foot stalking and stealthy kills, it usually doesn’t translate well. Moving all the action to the deck of a pirate ship makes Assassin’s Creed Pirates a swifter, more mobile-friendly game.
If you’ve ever traveled during the holidays, you know that it’s become next to impossible to secure a wall outlet at any major airport. There’s nothing worse than having an iOS device loaded with games, music, and videos, only to see your battery level quickly plummeting. The Powerocks Magicstick is only one option for a portable USB charger, but the fun colors and compact size make it a good choice. (more…)
With so many iOS games available for download, developers are doing everything they can to lower the barrier of entry for people to try their games. That includes putting free games on the web using Flash, like Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, but we think there’s an even better way. App.io, a company that provides HTML 5 web demos of iOS apps, wants to give you a chance to play Nameless: The Hackers, without using Flash or having to download an app.