This Week in Mobile Gaming - April 1st, 2011

This Week in Mobile Gaming


  • Grasshopper Manufacture has developed a game for iOS where all proceeds will go to Japanese recovery efforts. Despite the name of the developer, the game is actually called Frog Minutes. Don't let the title stray you away, however, since there are plenty of grasshoppers and other bugs in the game. The game has you aid the frogs to eat up the bugs, all to fatten the frogs making it easier to catch them. You get stats for each frog you catch, making it a casual title. The game is $0.99 and for a great cause.
  • We almost lost all Star Wars content from iOS! Earlier this week it was announced that Falcon Gunner, an augmented reality Star Wars title, was going to be pulled from the app store due to it's franchise license expiring. The next day, it was rumored that all Star Wars games were going to disappear. Fret not, fellow fanboys, because the air has since been cleared and our games from a galaxy far far away will remain.
  • Rovio has revealed that their recent release, Angry Birds Rio, has already reached 10 million downloads. Not surprising for an Angry Birds title, but the wow factor is that this was accomplished in only 10 days.


  • The Android Marketplace now supports in-app billing, meaning your games can have paid upgrades and good within the app.

OpenFeint is making headway in being the go to gaming platform for Android devices. Since their launch on Android in November, they've brought 215 games to the platform, resulting in 200% growth in games. OpenFeint is up to 73 million users across all platforms. Most of the platform's users are located in North America, though rapidly growing internationally - primarily in Asia.

CEO of OpenFeint, Jason Citron, shares his vision:

At the end of the day, I should be able to destroy my brother’s high score in Fruit Ninja, whether I’m on my iPad or Droid X. Gamers and developers agree and want to use OpenFeint for this reason.

OpenFeint's VP of Marketing, Eros Resmini, speaks about recent partnerships with AT&T and The9:

At first, indie game developers chose iOS because it was the easiest way to distribute their games. As Google has improved the Android Marketplace and we’ve introduced game discovery and porting opportunities with AT&T and The9, iOS developers are more and more interested in Android.

The OpenFeint platform is the largest social gaming platform and supports over 5,000 games across iOS and Android. OpenFeint is backed by Intel Capital and The9.

and Recommendations

Collision Effect iOS

Collision Effect: This highly addictive game blends puzzle and action together, with visually pleasing effects. The object of the game is to brings same-color orbs, known as Zybbles, together, without colliding into other color orbs. In action mode, you have waves of Zybbles enter the screen and you have to strategically select the like colors to come together. Each wave has more Zybbles and faster speeds. Puzzle mode sets up a pattern of the orbs and you have to figure out the right pattern to move on to the next puzzle. Check it out for $0.99 in the iOS app store.

The Witcher Versus iOS

The Witcher Versus: Built around the Witcher franchise, this title focuses on strategic duels. You can choose your favorite class - Witcher, Sorceress or Frightener - and prepare your character to challenge other gamers to a duel. Similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors, you plan your attacks and defenses in advance, then watch them play out. The more you duel, the more experience you gain to strengthen your chances of victory. You can also loot various items, like weapons and amulets, to aid you in battle. Start dueling for $0.99 in the iOS app store.

Contract Killer iOS

Contract Killer: This shoot and cover sniper game puts you in the shoes of an assassin who is open for work. You obtain contacts throughout the city who give you leads to take out mob bosses or gang bangers. Different missions require certain weapons or energy which you can procure in the item shop by using money and credits earned from previous missions. There are 17 story missions, unlimited side missions and 20 different weapons. Aim down the scope for free in the iOS app store.

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That's it for this week. Were you one of the 10 million to download Angry Birds Rio? Do you use OpenFeint on your Android device? What are you playing on your mobile device this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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Sources: Kotaku, Engadget

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