Company:  Electronic Arts

Why are you so mad about Dungeon Keeper?

Feb 4, 2014

Late last week, EA launched the long-anticipated free-to-play mobile game Dungeon Keeper to both the App Store and Google Play. And the reaction has been nothing short of vitriolic.

But here’s the problem: I don’t really understand why.

For a quick primer, it’s probably worth taking you through some of the articles that have been lighting up my Twitter feed this week. It all started on Thursday – less than 24 hours after the game’s launch – in Play4Real’s wonderfully satirical article Our Dungeon Keeper Review for iOS Will Be Done in 8 Hours or Give Us a Dollar to Finish It Now. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but THEY DIDN’T REALLY CARE FOR THE GAME’S FREE-TO-PLAY NATURE.

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The Escapist’s Jim Sterling called it “one of the worst examples of a cancer that is eroding the market and has already destroyed the credibility of the once promising mobile game sector.” Kotaku later borrowed part of Sterling’s quote for a headline to a piece about the backlash Dungeon Keeper has seen – an article whose author admits, by the way, hasn’t actually played the game he’s writing about: “I can't even bring myself to download EA's newest mobile disaster for fear of tainting my memories of hours and hours digging and crafting on the old Bullfrog classic.” 

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Dungeon Keeper Walkthrough

Feb 3, 2014

Dungeon Keeper is a tower defense/real-time strategy game from Mythic Studio and EA. You play as the proprietor of a dungeon that must be dug out, developed, and defended against enemy threats. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to build the most awesome dungeon in the underworld.

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Electronic Arts confirms departure of Chillingo founders

Jan 6, 2014

Talk about an unfortunate pattern! It was just a few short days ago when we learned that CEO of the Electronic Arts-owned PopCap Games Dave Roberts would be stepping down from the company alongside chief game designer Jason Kapalka. Well now EA has confirmed to GamesIndustry International today that Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have both left Chillingo, which was acquired by EA for a cool $20 million in 2010.

In the years since its creation, the Chillingo name has risen to be one of the most prominent publishers of mobile games in the world. The company first helped mobile powerhouse games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope get off the ground way back in the day, and they continuously help to release wonderful new game experiences on the platform each and every week. Odds are you’ve probably played more Chillingo-published games than you even realized.

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There’s no word yet on what ultimately prompted the decision for Byatte and Wee to leave the company they started back in 2005, but it certainly doesn’t reflect too well on EA to have so many creative founders jump ship after their respective high-stakes acquisitions. This will certainly be a big blow to EA’s mobile business, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the future for Chillingo holds now.

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Heroes of Dragon Age Walkthrough

Dec 9, 2013

Heroes of Dragon Age is a collectable card game created by EA. Using collectable heroes and fighters, players take on enemies as they work through the untold history of the Dragon Age series. There is also an option to battle directly with other players at your skill level. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to raise an historic army.

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Heroes of Dragon Age Review

Dec 9, 2013

EA's Dragon Age series supplies an in-depth fantasy world that goes way beyond stories about noble heroes and evil dragons. The Dragon Age wiki contains thousands of pages with reams of information about Grey Wardens, archdemons, and Darkspawn. It stands to reason, then, that Dragon Age fans would love the supplementary story material in Heroes of Dragon Age. That may be the case, but the hands-off combat and rapidly-depleting energy system might actually send them packing for a more exciting region of Thedas.

Heroes of Dragon Age plays a good deal like many of the digital collectable card games available on the App Store and Google Play, which is an interesting thing to say because there isn't a card to be seen in-game. Instead of the usual static illustrations of warriors and sorcerers, you command small, animated figurine-like heroes and creatures from the Dragon Age universe. That means you can expect to have standard archers and mages at your command, but you may also command a Darkspawn or a demon or three.

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Heroes of Dragon Age's campaign stretches across several scenarios that link together to tell previously-unexplored stories from the overarching Dragon Age mythos. Each scenario pits you against the bad guys, but since this is Dragon Age, "bad guys" is a very nebulous term. Either way, you're on the left, the enemy is on the right, and if you don't knock down your target before they clobber you, you'll be sent limping home. 

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MONOPOLY Bingo Review

Nov 19, 2013

My day job is in a casino, so I’ve seen on slot machines how the Monopoly brand gets people excited. EA is hoping to tap into that feeling in a different way as it unleashes Monopoly Bingo,a freemiumgame for mobile devices. The mash-up between iconic board game and number-marking pastime is exactly what it sounds like, yet somehow still falls short of what it could be.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you already know how to play bingo. Monopoly Bingo certainly figures that’s the case, throwing you right into the action in the first of many different rooms, each of which is themed after one of the Monopoly properties. The visual trademarks are all present and accounted for, from Mr. Monopoly to the sad inmate who is in jail and not “just visiting.”

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The overall goal is to level up and unlock more rooms/properties. In each round, you’re competing live against other players attempting to do the same thing, and there are only so many total bingos that can be scored before the round ends. Every number you mark earns you experience points, and bingos pay off with coins and extra rewards, particularly if you hit them early.

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Heroes of Dragon Age hits the Canadian App Store

Nov 4, 2013

Remember a few months ago when we first brought you word that Electronic Arts was hard at work on a mobile version of their popular Dragon Age franchise, to be called Heroes of Dragon Age? Well good news! It looks like the highly anticipated game is now live on the Canadian App Store, which is a strong indication that a full-fledged global release could be right around the corner.

Dubbed as the “Founders Edition” on the App Store, Heroes of Dragon Age promises to provide mobile gamers with an experience of “superior quality,” and just looking at those gorgeous screenshots of the role-playing fantasy world in action makes it impossible to doubt those assertions. Featuring hundreds of different characters from the Dragon Age universe, epic quests and even bigger boss battles, this sprawling free-to-play adventure is sure to be a must-have release for any fans of Dragon Age lore.

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Heroes of Dragon Age: Founders Edition can be downloaded right now on the Canadian App Store, and be sure to keep checking back on Gamezebo for any word as to when the game will be releasing in your own country as well.

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New update brings teenagers to The Sims FreePlay

Oct 10, 2013

In what Electronic Arts calls “the most requested feature” of The Sims FreePlay, a new “Teen” update has just gone live for the popular life simulation game that introduces teenagers into your virtual families.

The Sims FreePlay new “Teen” update will allow players to grow their Sims children into teenagers for the very first time, and let them partake in a number of real world teenage scenarios. The game’s little green alien character Osiris will use his supernatural abilities to morph your preteen characters into full-fledged teenagers, which is exactly how I entered my own teen years in real life as well.

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From going on a date in the park and sharing their first kiss, to attending Sim Town High and getting straight A’s, to starting their own band and becoming a famous Teen Idol, you’ll be able to teach your teenage Sims and help them grow into unique and aspiring individuals that you can surely be proud of in your golden Sim grandparent days.

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FIFA 14 Walkthrough

Oct 7, 2013

FIFA 14 is a free-to-play soccer game created by EA Sports. In it, you’ll build a team from scratch, play through various leagues, and compete online against other players. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

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EA closes North Carolina studio

Sep 30, 2013

One of the many caveats to working in the video game industry these days is that mass layoffs and studio closings have become all too common: and neither small nor multi-million dollar companies are completely safe from the sways of the industry’s constant changes and demands. So it is with a heavy heart that we here at Gamezebo have to announce today that Electronic Arts has made the decision to close down its North Carolina studio, which operated under EA’s “All Play” label and worked on casual and free-to-play mobile games.

The Escapist is reporting that the closing of EA’s North Carolina studio has been confirmed by an anonymous source, and a quick click on the studio’s now defunct website only seems to reinforce this fact. Luckily, the anonymous source has also claimed that “most” of the employees at the North Carolina studio have been offered jobs elsewhere at EA, so at least their talents will still be put to good use in the future.

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While there was no official reason given for the closing of EA’s North Carolina studio, it’s interesting to note that their latest mobile game, Monopoly Hotels, was recently rebranded as “Monopoly Hotels Moguls” just this past week, where it quickly rose once again to the top of the free-to-play charts.

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