This Week in Mobile Gaming - March 24th, 2011

This Week in Mobile Gaming


  • Square Enix is running a sale on all of their iOS games, roughly around 50% off, in celebration of their latest iOS title Final Fantasy III. The sale might be running just to save you a few bucks, since FFIII is $15.99 in the app store.
  • Metacritic have announced the addition of a new category among their rankings: iOS games.

Our addition of a robust iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch games section ... reflects the critical community's growing acceptance of the iOS platform as a legitimate, full-fledged gaming system whose games can compete with those designed for the more established, dedicated gaming systems.

General Mobile

Coming off of an announcement from Valve's Gabe  Newell regarding a forthcoming addition of a video recording option in Steam, it also slipped that there may be potential of iPhone and Android "expansions". No other information has been revealed as of yet on what the integration would entail, though it's hard to think of any negatives for the growth of the platform.

Square Enix has opened the doors to Hippos Lab. The new studio is wholly owned by Square Enix and will focus on developing original content specifically for smartphones. The move clearly confirms the success of Square Enix's mobile releases.

MocoSpace recently launched the HTML5 Mobile Game Developer Fund, a $1mm fund to promote the momentum in the HTML5 gaming space. The first three companies to received funding have been announced; New Game Town, Joyplay and Kooky Panda. New Game Town develops social games, Joyplay creates free online board and card games, and  Kooky Panda focuses on browser-based social gaming. Each developer will be bringing HTML5 titles to the MocoSpace online platform using the funding they were awarded.


Angry Birds Rio iOS Android

Angry Birds Rio - We all know what Angry Birds is, and this new installment still brings the same joy (read: addiction) as its predecessors. This release is a mashup between the popular bird launcher and a Fox/Blue Sky Studios upcoming film called Rio, also featuring fowl. The pigs are on vacation during this title, so in the first world is in a warehouse where you have to aim at caged birds to set them free. The second world takes place in the jungle and marmosets are your foe. There are currently two worlds available to play. Similar to the advent style of the Angry Birds Seasons holiday edition, the next world won't unlock until May, and there are three more after that to be available in July, October and November. The graphics are actually updated nicely, as well as the addition of a few new surprises. Continue your addiction for $0.99 iPhone/$2.99 iPad and completely free on Android.

Sword and Sworcery iOS

Sword & Sworcery - Focusing heavily on an artistic style and sound, this iPad only adventure game is definitely worth checking out. Your goal is to explore the realm as a warrior monk on a quest. Navigating the area in landscape mode, you can tap on points of interest and get information about it in a usually funny paragraph that you can send out in a Tweet. When you come across enemies, you'll have to turn the iPad into portrait where you can use your shield to block and slash with your sword. The game is definitely its own with its blend of style, and you can check it out for $4.99 in the iOS app store. As mentioned before, it's only on iPad right now but an iPhone version is expected in a month.

Pah iPhone

PAH! - Get ready to stand out in the crowd (read: receive awkward glances), as this is the first voice controlled game in the iOS app store. The premise is simple, guide the rocket ship through space while shooting meteors in the way. The catch is you have to yell "AHHHHH" to move the ship up and down, and "PAH" to shoot the meteors. Give it a try for $0.99 in the iOS app store.

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What do you think about Square Enix's focus on mobile gaming? What features would you like to see if Steam came to mobile? If you are playing any of this week's recommendations, or have some of your own, let us know in the comments!

Source: Metacritic, Kotaku

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