News via Gamesindustry

Wooga Sets Launch Record with Agent Alice

Agent Alice, a hidden object game for iOS and Android, hit three million downloads in four days. That’s a launch record for the game’s creators, Wooga.

Agent Alice is a result of a market refocus by Wooga, which identified “ladies who love drama” as a rich seem of older women, with disposable income, who were being underserved by puzzle games.

News via Pocket Tactics

Criminel Coming This Week

Fans of noir detective games will be happy to hear Criminel hits the App Store this week.

Criminel puts you in the shoes of a detective hunting down murder suspects in turn of the century Paris and, if it plays anywhere as good as the trailer looks, we’re in for a treat.

Interesting via Pocket Gamer

Apple Rejects Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager, a game about space exploration and the “Space Race” of the ’50s, is already a hit on Steam. Mobile ports are incoming, but the iOS version was rejected because astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s name is attached to the game – even though he had a hand in making it.

We know that Apple is touchy when it comes to real people, companies, and countries being depicted in games. The reason for this is revealed in its App Store guideline 14.1.

It reads: “Any App that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm’s way will be rejected.”

That’s quite sensible thinking even if it restricts some creativity, and Apple recently used it to reject a game that satirized North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un(before accepting it a little later on).

But this ruling shouldn’t apply to Space Program Manager.

News via Gamezebo

Paris Hilton Mobile Games are Coming

Move over, Kim Kardashian. Socialite Paris Hilton is getting her own series of mobile games.

“Paris Hilton is one of the world’s most recognized names and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with her on mobile gaming titles,” said Animoca Brands CEO Robby Yung. “With Paris’s eye for what’s hot in the latest trends, and our experience at making popular mobile games, we are confident that consumers around the world will be receptive to Paris Hilton mobile games and themes.”