When GREE promised to come storming into the US App Store, they weren't kidding. After the recent release of Zombie Jombie, the company has just launched their newest game, Alien Family. At this rate the App Store will be populated with nothing but GREE games by the end of the year.
- You've built impossibly high towers that strain all laws of architecture and touch the very face of God. You've managed cities that sprawl for miles and operate so efficiently that you're probably qualified to be mayor of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago at the same time. But have you ever cultivated a tree so huge and magical that unicorns live among its branches? Didn't think so, hot shot. But soon you'll get your chance with Tree World.
- After the Zynga acquisition of Draw Something creator OMGPOP, all eyes have been turning to the company's rivals to gauge their reactions. In the case of EA at least, the response has been little more than a yawn and a dismissive wave of the hand. According to EA Corporate Communications rep John Reseburg, buying up unproven properties really doesn't mean much.
- You constantly hear app developers talking about how they're trying to crack the American market, but if current trends hold then it may be Chinese users who everyone will want to woo in the near future. According to a new Flurry report, China has now surpassed the US as the nation with the greatest percentage of new device activations (24 percent vs 21 percent). Furthermore, new device adoption in China is growing at a very fast clip, while smartphone sales seem to go through peaks and valleys in the US.
- Chances are, if you're not currently in junior high or high school then you likely don't know about Habbo. Ask a teenage relative about it though, and you might just discover that it's one of the fastest-growing social networking platforms out there for young people. Now the platform is going to get even more exciting as we've learned that Habbo will begin welcoming social games to the service.
- It would seem that the UK is finally realizing that the future may just be in video games. Today, the nation's government announced that significant tax breaks are on the way for companies in the video game industry. The move is expected to generate or protect thousands of jobs while also creating significant revenue.
- 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for mobile social gaming, as a new report suggests that free-to-play mobile games my generate revenues of up to $500 million this year. We previously seen what a lucrative market virtual goods can be, and the total revenue of digital goodies is expected to reach $2.9 billion by the end of the year. When you consider a total pot of just under $3 million, the percentage of that mobile games alone are bringing in is staggering.
- Chaos Rings II is the type of game that doesn't make a great first impression. Players are plopped into an ill-defined world with a couple of characters they know nothing about and expected to figure it out as they go. Furthermore, at first blush the combat system looks identical to the original Chaos Rings, leading players to wonder if they just spent $18 on re-skinned characters and an incomprehensible story. Those who stick with it, though, will be richly rewarded, as Chaos Rings II introduces a terrific cast of characters, a beautiful world and a combat system which has evolved quite nicely from its predecessors. The price tag may be steep, but it's well worth it.