mobile gaming

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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Zynga continues to fall as new mobile gaming kings rise

Zynga continues to fall as new mobile gaming kings rise

Zynga, for a brief while, was chief among game creators in the mobile gaming world, laying claim to some of Facebook's then-famous games. Its reign started slipping a couple of years ago, however, as mobile gaming trends shifted, and though it has tried different things to reverse that trend, the company has largely continued in its downwards spiral. All the while, competitors have risen to fill its void, most notable among them being King Digital, the company behind Candy Crush.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Snail Games shows off Obox, W3D gaming devices at CES 2015

Snail Games shows off Obox, W3D gaming devices at CES 2015

Pinching a bit of naming energy from the console kingpin, Obox has their Android gaming box on display at CES this week. Released by Snail Games, the Obox has some pretty devastating specs for an Android gaming device, and their controller is nothing to scoff at. With a top-end Tegra K1, you know the Obox can handle any game you toss at it. Snail Games is also rolling out their W3D gaming smartphone; a fresh take on mobile gaming for Android fans.

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Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i mobile gamepads now available

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i mobile gamepads now available

Mobile gamers have access to loads of high-quality games that are best played with a gamepad rather than on-screen controls. Mad Catz has announced two new mobile gamepads that fit the bill, giving smartphone users a controller with device mount that expands their gaming prowess. The C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i gamepads are now available from Mad Catz, but come with a catch -- they're only available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

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Sony, FTC settle issue on PS Vita ads; refunds coming

Sony, FTC settle issue on PS Vita ads; refunds coming

Sony is no stranger to over-the-top advertising. their recent ad had to be yanked for being a bit to risqué, and those PlayStation 9 commercials ahead of the PS2 launch were pretty impressive. When Sony released their PS Vita, a lot was promised, including the ability to play console games on the go. Today, the Federal Trade Commission and Sony have settled a claim that those ads were misleading, if not downright false. PS Vita consumers are also due a refund for the snafu.

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Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

The massively popular mobile game Dungeon Hunter 4 has received a new update bringing the expansion Descending Depths, and with it gamers are gifted with three new dungeons, as well as new features, additional gear, and all new bosses to take on. The game is available on both the App Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users, with the update being available to download now. Excited? We've got all the update details, as well as a video of the expansion, after the jump.

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Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, revealed this past summer that a new blockbuster would be assimilated into the game's bird-flinging world: Transformers. The thing is, you won't be flinging angry birds in this version of the series -- you'll be running on mechanical legs and using your robot arms to bring all sorts of blasting chaos instead. Such is the magic of the transforming suits and angry birds, which hold firm in their one and true mission in life: to destroy their enemies.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition heading to Windows Phone soon

Minecraft: Pocket Edition heading to Windows Phone soon

In a revelation that surprised no one, Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten has said that a port of the mobile edition of the popular game is already working on Windows Phone with a launch coming at an undisclosed date in the future. This could very well be the first fruits of Microsoft's acquisition of game dev studio Mojang, which handles Minecraft's development among other things. Whether it is just the least that fans of the game and the studio should be worried about remains to be seen.

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Fruit Ninja overhauled with big update

Fruit Ninja overhauled with big update

If you prefer your time wasting to come in the form of digitally slashing fruit, Halfbrick's latest effort will be sweet, sweet music to your ears: a massive Fruit Ninja update. Calling it "the biggest update ever", Halfbrick has more or less overhauled the game with new features, design changes, and improvements.

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