There are a few things you can say about the mobile gaming industry that you kind of know to be correct without having any actual facts to get in the way right?
One is that the industry is enjoying exponential growth and that some games like Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, The Simpsons and others seem to have taken the world by storm.
And the other is that most people are either: A, Not paying for their games at all or B, paying very little.
And if that’s your snapshot view well, you’d be largely correct. But because there’s such a mad scramble amongst every company with any kind of involvement in this area, there have been various studies as industry analysts, investors, publishers, marketers and literally millions of other business people around the world try to read the runes of where the market is headed next. [More...]
I’d merely skimmed over the press release and was delighted I had. For about sixty seconds in to Brain Guzzler, the thrillingly bloody new game from Flaming Pumpkin, I had a revelation. ‘It’s Snake!’, I squealed aloud, to no one in particular. ‘It’s just like Snake!’ Suddenly I was fifteen again, grasping my Nokia 3330, eyes locked and focused, battling to stay spirit level even as the school bus rocked at crazy, highly dangerous angles. From then on, I was hooked on that classic. But how does this gruesome 2014 reiteration square up in the long run? [More...]
In an age where computer and network surveillance are the hot-button issues of the day, JF2 have jumped into the fray with their new app Folr, free to acquire and available for iOS and Android. Folr is a real time, permission based tracking device that utilises GPS, allowing you to trace the whereabouts of children, husbands, boyfriends, friends and the elderly. Or indeed anyone in your contact list who you might care to spy on. Of course, this is not quite ‘1984′; the key phrase in the app’s full title is ‘permission based’. Folr requires the other party to consent to being watched, and in turn they are given the opportunity to watch you back if they wish. [More...]
Perched precariously atop a barstool belonging to a cramped, smoky dive in the middle of Kyoto, Japan, I squared up against the Stetson-wearing Tonny, owner and bartender of the Geronimo Western themed tavern. Our chosen field of combat was Connect Four. Garth Brooks’ greatest hits filled the room. The night was young. The stage was set. I don’t remember what combination of liquor constituted the ‘Tonny Bomb’ that I had imbibed upon arrival. I don’t remember where the bar was, or how I got home. But I do remember with unnatural clarity that Tonny proceeded to soundly whip me in every single game we played. As I played through 49 Tiles, the addictive, mind-bending little game for iPhone, memories of the fearsome Tonny and his bitter brew of defeat came flooding back to me (that’s the metaphorical brew, his physical brew was pretty good). Because I have a feeling Tonny might be very adept at this game too… [More...]
The portmanteau ‘edutainment’ is apparently a card carrying member of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This came as news to me, but it is in fact the perfect summation of Planet Factory Interactive’s new educational software ‘Make it for Teachers and School‘, developed for iPad. With a striking number of customisations and options available, ‘Make it’ attempts to tackle that most elusive of Holy Grails – making teaching fun. But does it pass or fail? [More...]