Company:  Halfbrick

Halfbrick's next game has bears. They win.

Mar 10, 2014

Art is stupid. Bears are awesome. You might disagree with one (or both) of these statements, but you know who doesn’t care? Halfbrick. The makers of Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, and Colossatron are about to take the art world by storm – by tearing it apart with Rory the Bear.

The next game from Australia’s mobile masters is Bears vs. Art, their “first true puzzle game,” according a press release issued today. And thanks to an early launch in Australia and Canada, you don’t have to go by the press release alone.

The object of the game is to destroy the art in 125 galleries by taking the shortest route possible (while avoiding a multitude on security measures). Mostly because bears are awesome.

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There’s no date yet on a worldwide release, but with a soft launch already live, we don’t imagine you’ll have to wait too long to get grizzly on a Picasso. 

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Colossatron: Massive World Threat Review

Dec 19, 2013

If they ever add the world Halfbrick to the dictionary, I’m pretty sure the definition will read “guaranteed mobile gold.” After all, we’ve come to expect nothing less from the house that Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride built. Their latest offering Colossatron puts players in control of an interstellar space monster with a snake-like body out to destroy every city on Earth.

And yet it’s nothing like what you’re expecting.

Your initial guess – especially based on the term “snake-like body” – might be that this is Halfbrick’s attempt to update the old school Nokia-era classic Snake. And if that’s not your guess, you might think that it’s an action game full of rampaging and smashing. But believe it or not – and if you’re looking at the screenshots, we’ll understand if it’s not – Colossatron is a wholly original twist on match-3.

Colossatron: Massive World Threat

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Halfbrick’s Band Stars is headed to mobile

Sep 16, 2013

After a bit of a rocky start, Halfbrick’s Band Stars is getting ready to rock out loud once again, as the cult music management game is packing up its dusty gear and setting off on a tour of your mobile screen soon.

Band Stars was initially developed by Six Foot Kid and published by Fruit Ninja success story Halfbrick, where it appeared as a simple Flash game as part of Google+ Games before disappearing from the gaming world completely when the online games service was shut down in June of 2013. Well now it looks like both companies are returning to the oft-forgotten game in attempts to give it new life on the mobile platform.

We reviewed the original web-based version of Band Stars last summer, and found it to be one of the rare instances where that Halfbrick name didn’t sit alongside the utmost quality in casual gaming. The original Band Stars was buggy, lacked the depth of any great music management game, and just all-around wasn’t a very fun time. So here’s to hoping that Halfbrick was able to work out all the kinks this time around for the mobile release, and that we can all get to pumping out some much smoother jams soon!

The mobile version of Band Stars already saw a soft-launch in Australia back in August, and now the Canadian version is next on the list with its own App Store release today. We’ll be sure to let you know when Halfbrick’s Band Stars will be playable in your country as soon as we hear those guitar solos ring!

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Halfbrick announces Colossatron: Massive World Threat

Jul 19, 2013

After a vague teaser trailer was released on the developer’s blog earlier this week, it became pretty clear that Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick was up to something. Well we can now tell you that the mysterious new game has been officially unveiled by Halfbrick at PAX Australia, and it carries the quite intimidating name of Colossatron: Massive World Threat.

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Is Halfbrick teasing a new game?

Jul 16, 2013

Halfbrick Studios should be a pretty familiar name around these parts, as the developer has helped shape the mobile games industry with trademark titles such as Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, and most recently, Fish Out of Water. Well now it looks like Halfbrick has begun teasing another new game they have hiding up their sleeves, as a vague teaser video has appeared on the developer’s blog this morning.

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Fish Out Of Water Walkthrough

Apr 22, 2013

Fish Out of Water is an arcade game from Halfbrick wherein you will fling fish alongside the ocean as far as you can, and with as many skips as possible. Choosing the correct fish and learning how to fling the fish are vital to getting a good rating. With Gamezebo’s quick start guide you’ll have all of the tips, tricks and walkthroughs you’ll need to get ahead of the game.

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Fish Out Of Water Review

Apr 18, 2013

After the runaway success of their casual smash hits like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Halfbrick Studios had set the bar pretty high for themselves for any follow-up release. While their latest bubbly and fish-focused adventure may not have the lasting power and widespread appeal of some of Halfbrick’s past greats, Fish Out of Water is still an incredibly fun and friendly frolic through the bottom of the sea.

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Fish Out Of Water Preview

Mar 26, 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a sad and lonely rock for the past couple of years where there’s not a smartphone or iPad to be found, you’ve probably heard of Halfbrick before, or played their mobile-defining games Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. The renowned mobile developer has been cryptically hinting at a new beach-themed game on their website for a few weeks now, and today they have finally parted the sea to reveal their next exciting project that will take the mobile world by storm: Fish Out of Water.

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Band Stars Review

Jul 30, 2012

It was inevitable that someone would eventually attempt to replicate the glorious management action found in the super-popular Kairosoft mobile games. Since the very beginning when Game Dev Story got our creativity pumping, the Story series has been a phenomenal source of entertainment.

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Flying on bullets: Halfbrick dishes on new content for Jetpack Joyride, and the future of Barry Steakfries (Casual Connect)

Jul 24, 2012

Since its release, Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride has done what the casual observer would call “well.” But let’s be honest: the casual observer doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This game has been downloaded over 35 million times, won a design award from Apple themselves, and captured the hearts and jetpack-loving minds of mobile gamers everywhere. That’s a lot more than just “well.” So take that, casual observer! Whoever you are. 

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