Casual Game News

Could statistics become Facebook’s Antennagate?

Aug 2, 2010

After months of falling traffic, many of your favorite Facebook games experienced huge gains this past weekend. According to Inside Social Games (the web site that analyzes the Facebook statistics that I just report on, thank you Inside Social Games for doing the hard work!), top games such as Mafia Wars, Zoo World, and Restaurant City experienced huge usage gains over the past few days.

There is no rhythm or reason to these huge upticks in game traffic after months of huge drops. We can easily explain game traffic drops. Facebook changed game notifications and the result was less virality and drops of game traffic of up to 25% per game. What then accounts for this huge gain, much of it over a 3-day period?

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Turn the beat around: An interview with Rhythm Spirit developer Carl Ahlund

Aug 2, 2010

An obvious derivative of the music-centric iPod, it’s no surprise that the iPhone has seen more than its share of rhythm games over the past few years. Monad Games’ recent release Rhythm Spirit, however, broke from the falling note trap that so many music games find themselves in, instead preferring a delicate blend of rhythm and combat that has met with tremendous critical success.

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Pay What You Want: Gish and Immortal Defense

Aug 2, 2010

How much do you think a download game should cost? A couple of developers are letting you put your money where your mouth is. Chronic Logic has just released version 1.6 of its indie platformer Gish and is letting players choose the price. Think the game is worth $1? $5? $50? Then that's exactly what you pay. Radical Poesis is also experimenting with a pay what you can model with its tower defense game Immortal Defense (with a minimum of $1.75).

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Call of Atlantis, Mecho Wars and more! Free iPhone Games for August 2, 2010

Aug 2, 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 match-3 masterpiece, a trucker’s adventure on the road, an otherworldly strategy game, and more!

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To Purchase or Not to Purchase – Is That the Question?

Aug 2, 2010

Making money from games has always been a challenge for game developers, and it has only been getting more difficult over the last several years as consumers demand more for less. Just ten years ago we lived in a much simpler age where consumers were conditioned to pay money for goods. People paid for an orange, they owned the orange and they ate the orange. This concept worked great for early games like Risk and Chutes and Ladders. The game designer was a sculptor of a fun product, and if someone wanted to own the game to play at their leisure, they would buy it.

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Zynga hires new CFO in infinite quest to go IPO

Jul 30, 2010

As reported by every blog that covers social games, Zynga has hired Dave Wehner, former managing director at Allen & Co., as its new CFO. What's next - acquisitions? IPO's? Speculate, we must!

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Most games are good for kids, but violent video games are still bad

Jul 30, 2010

Not all games are bad for kids. Or, so says Scott Steinberg and a litany of game experts, in his latest article for CNN, “Why does the media still think video games are bad for kids?” I totally agree, but when it comes to violent games, is that really the point?

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Win a copy of HexaLex for the iPhone!

Jul 30, 2010

Love Scrabble, but wish it had the challenge of six-sided playing pieces? We're giving away 10 copies of HexaLex for the iPhone this weekend. Want to win? Just become a member of our Facebook Fan Page, tell us your favorite word, and we'll select 10 winners at random on Monday morning. Good luck!

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SimCity Deluxe, We Farm and more! New iPhone Games This Week

Jul 30, 2010

Each week hundreds of new games hit the App Store, vying for your dollars. Join us every Friday as we sort through the pile and let you know which games should be on your radar. This week’s releases include a hook climbing experience from the makers of Canabalt, the latest version of the original city simulator, a brand new farming experience from ngmoco, and more!

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Point-and-Click Week, massive farming games sale, and more

Jul 30, 2010

It's Point-and-Click Week at GamersGate so if there are some adventure games missing from your collection now might be a good time to snap them up for 50% to 75% off. If farming is more your thing, Youda Games has put all farm games on its site (from Farm Mania to Farm Frenzy on sale. Keep reading for the complete list of download deals from around the Web.

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