Gamezebo Archives - December 2010

CAUSE OF DEATH: Can You Catch The Killer? Review: We choose our own adventure with EA's CAUSE OF DEATH: Can You Catch The Killer?

Dec 23, 2010

Don’t let the generic and overly long name fool you: Cause of Death: Can You Catch the Killer? is as heart pounding as any thriller on TV, even if it is essentially a text based adventure. The actual interactivity is quite limited, but the game is so well written and finely tuned that it doesn’t matter. It also features a great episodic structure that hopefully means we’ll still be playing Cause of Death for some time to come.

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Super KO Boxing 2, Tesla Wars and more! Free iPhone Games for December 23, 2010

Dec 23, 2010

Free games are all around us, but they may not be as easy to find as you’d think. We help you sort through the App Store to find the latest price drops and limited time offers so that you won’t have to spend a penny. Today’s free games include a modern twist on the Punch-Out formula, some Tesla inspired defense, a chance to spot the difference, and more!

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Jack of All Tribes Review: Jack of All Tribes is a time management / building sim hybrid that will keep you on your toes

Dec 23, 2010

What do you get when you mix Build-A-Lot, Gemini Lost, and My Kingdom for the Princess? Peggle?! No, what were you thinking? Wandering Willows? Closer, but not yet there. All kidding aside, the game I’m talking about is Jack of all Tribes, the newest release by developer DivoGames. With the previously mentioned role models and plenty of unique features and quirky ideas, the game is sure to please casual players of all shades.

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Do lower prices create lower expectations?

Dec 23, 2010

Ars Technica recently spoke to several indie developers, including Jolly Rover's Andrew Goulding and Machinarium's Jakub Dvorsky, about the challenge of deciding how much to charge for their games. Finding the pricing "sweet spot"on portals such as Steam or Apple's App Store can be tricky, since setting the price too high can turn buyers away, but setting it too low can create a perception of lower quality and condition people to expect cheap entertainment all the time. Click through to Ars Technica to read the full article.

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3bot Review: 3bot is easily one of the best iPhone puzzle games of the year

Dec 22, 2010

The best thing about the iPhone seems to be bringing back old games and making them feel fresh and new again, taking classic concepts and elevating them to a whole new level. 3bot takes the classic Q*bert formula and explode it into three dimensions – and does so brilliantly.

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Digital Chocolate launches VIP Games Network and Bar

Dec 22, 2010

Another day, another social games bar. Digital Chocolate has launched the VIP Games Network and Bar, a new cross-promotional tool for Facebook games.

Here’s how it works: Well, it works exactly like cross-promotional bars you may have seen on other Facebook games, such as Applifier and to a degree, Zynga’s Bar. The bar sites on top of the game on Facebook and participating game partners trade impressions with each other (for every ad served on game A for game B, game B serves an impression for game A) or buys installs.

But there are some twists.

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Treasure Story Walkthrough

Dec 22, 2010

Treasure Story is an inviting online treasure hunting simulation game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch developed by TeamLava. Develop your Treasure Story as you are given a tiny starter island you can expand and decorate, prepare foods to give yourself treasure hunting energy, and dig for treasure on various islands until you complete collections you can redeem for large cash and decor rewards. Gamezebo’s Treasure Story strategy guide and walkthrough will provide you with a quick start guide, tips, tricks, hints and cheats on how to win.

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The9’s $100 million mobile game fund

Dec 22, 2010

If you are a mobile games developer and are looking for funding, this is your lucky day.

The9, a leading games publisher in China, has announced a new $100 million to invest in publishing mobile games. The9 is so wealthy because it was smart enough to publish Blizzard’s World of Warcraft (WoW) in China. For those who don’t know, WoW is quite popular in China.

The problem is, The9 has lost the rights to publish WoW in China, so now it is flush with cash but without a cash cow.

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Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips Review: Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips is one of the best time management games of the year

Dec 22, 2010

Have you missed playing the job of an air traffic controller? If so I have great news for you: more than two and a half years after Airport Mania, its sequel Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips has been released. While the game lacks any sort of story, still features the same cutesy graphics, and does not get rid of the same old issues, it still manages to be one of the strongest time management games of this year.

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Doodle Devil, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal and more! Free iPhone Games for December 22, 2010

Dec 22, 2010

Free games are all around us, but they may not be as easy to find as you’d think. We help you sort through the App Store to find the latest price drops and limited time offers so that you won’t have to spend a penny. Today’s free games include a chance to play devil and create all sorts of strife and problems for humanity, a popular hidden object game, a treasure hunt below the ground, and more!

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