The Total Recall Game just launched on Android and iOS to mark the upcoming feature film based on a remake of the 1990 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new movie is expected to have a different plot compared to the original, and the first-person shooter game will follow the same storyline as the remake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung is hoping that Smart TVs will take off, Rovio is on a quest for total screen domination... why not pair the two together? Rovio and Samsung have announced a partnership that will see Angry Birds making the jump to the ES7000, ES8000, and ES9000 Smart TVs. The redesigned game will take advantage of the motion sensors found in the televisions. Angry Birds also leverages the new Smart TV SDK, allowing the app to run natively on the television without the need for an additional set-top box or console.
Yesterday, Rovio announced that its latest game, Amazing Alex, would finally launch for iOS and Android devices. True to its word, the game is now available on both respective app stores. On iOS, the game costs $0.99 (and £0.69) while a $0.99 and free version is available for Android. The game sees you manipulating physics along with different objects in order to solve puzzles.
Ready for Rovio’s next mobile game? The company purchased the intellectual property rights to Casey’s Contraptions back in May, saying that it was going to revamp the game with new levels and updated graphics. Now Rovio has said that Amazing Alex will debut on iOS and Android tomorrow, on July 12th. While a rebrand and relatively minor update might not be all that exciting, it will bring the game to a new audience through Rovio’s brand and marketing pizzazz.
We’ve all had some good practice at launching a few thousand or so virtual birds into virtual air, and now Rovio may have plans to shake things up a little but allowing users to take the other side by playing as one of the green pigs. After two years of being the target, it seems as if it’s officially time for the pigs to take revenge on their avian rivals.