mobile gaming

Dead Trigger hits 1 million iOS downloads after free-to-play switch

Dead Trigger hits 1 million iOS downloads after free-to-play switch

Earlier this week, Madfinger made its mobile FPS Dead Trigger free-to-play on the iOS App Store. That iOS transition came after and earlier switch to free-to-play on Android, with Madfinger saying that the piracy rate on Android was just too great. It seems that piracy was driving the decision to go free-to-play on iOS as well, but whatever the reason, the switch appears to have worked: Dead Trigger has hit 1 million downloads on iOS, just a few days after going free-to-play.

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Gameloft teases its first Unreal game with a bloody image

Gameloft teases its first Unreal game with a bloody image

Gameloft has started teasing its first game made with the Unreal engine, and it looks like it's going to be big. We don't have much to go on at the moment - only a single image and the knowledge that this will be made with the Unreal engine - but we're tempted to think that it's something along the lines of Infinity Blade. Of course, the picture below is open to interpretation at the moment, but Gameloft says it has hidden a hint within the image. Have a look and see if you can spot it:

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Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

Reviewing a product like the Nintendo 3DS XL is a strange affair. The mobile gaming market has changed dramatically over the last several years thanks to the advent of iOS and Android, both offering games that approach the quality of what you would expect to find on a Nintendo or Sony handheld for a fraction of the price. It’s hard to look at the 3DS XL without a cynical eye either given that 3DS sales are starting to slump, with Nintendo recently reporting a decline in revenue and posting a net loss of around $220 million. Is the 3DS XL the boost that Nintendo needs in a world that’s rapidly forgetting the traditional portable gaming handheld? Let’s find out.

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Original Final Fantasy now available on Android

Original Final Fantasy now available on Android

The game that made Squaresoft (remember back when it was called Squaresoft?) a famous name with gamers is getting a new re-release today. The first Final Fantasy has arrived on the Google Play Store, giving players young and old the perfect opportunity to travel into the past and see where it all began. The game itself is compatible with Android 2.1 and up, so this will work on a pretty wide range of Android devices, and it even comes with a fresh coat of paint too.

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Zynga posts $22.8 million loss in Q2 2012 report

Zynga posts $22.8 million loss in Q2 2012 report

Zynga's report for its second quarter has landed, and some things about it aren't looking too hot. The social games giant reported a loss of $22.8 million for the quarter, which is down from the $1.4 million the company made during the same quarter last year. Revenue, on the other hand, was up for the quarter, rising 19% year-over-year to $332 million, so the news isn't all that bad.

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Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

EA confirmed yesterday that it would be pulling its two Rock Band games from the iTunes App Store by July 31, 2012. Although gamers will still be able to play them locally, both Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will not be available to download after the 31st. There was actually a bit of hint about it back in May when gamers opened the game and were shown a message stating that the game would expire by the end of the month. EA said it was an error, but it may have suggested something about the games' eventual removal from the App Store.

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Samsung confirms Angry Birds TV app plans

Samsung confirms Angry Birds TV app plans

Samsung and Rovio are going after a couple different segments of the population - those who own an Internet-connected Samsung TV and have somehow managed to never play Angry Birds, and those who own an Internet-connected Samsung TV and cannot get enough Angry Birds. Given that the former consists of people who have never downloaded Angry Birds on their phone or tablet, and never downloaded it onto a game console, it's the latter category that is probably the bigger chunk here.

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More investment opportunities brought David Jaffe to mobile and social games

More investment opportunities brought David Jaffe to mobile and social games

When David Jaffe announced earlier this year that he would be leaving Eat, Sleep, Play - a company which he co-founded - in order to pursue opportunities in the casual games market, it took a lot of people by surprise. After all, he made the announcement about about week before Twisted Metal even hit shelves, when it seemed like Eat, Sleep, Play was gearing up to create a new line of Twisted Metal games for the current generation. Now, in a new interview with Gamasutra, we're finally finding out why Jaffe left the world of console game development behind in order to focus on mobile and social games.

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Amazing Alex tops the mobile charts

Amazing Alex tops the mobile charts

Did we really expect anything else? The next game from Angry Birds creator Rovio has managed to climb to the top of the mobile gaming charts after just one day. Already a global phenomenon, the 99-cent iPhone game is the best-selling iPhone app in no fewer than 35 countries. Meanwhile, the $2.99 high-def version is the best-selling iPad app in 50 countries.

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