This Week in Mobile Gaming - March 18th, 2011

This Week in Mobile Gaming


  • The iPad 2 is officially sold out, although you can still place your order to get one. You won't be able to walk out with one same day, but as of right now they are backordered. The online Apple store is showing orders will ship in 4-5 weeks. That said, if you are a bargain hunter and are thinking about picking up the first generation iPad to save $100 per model, act quick because stores are still selling out of those too!
  • Gameloft is developing a World of Warcraft clone, but for the iPhone. Dubbed Order & Chaos Online, features familiar characters, spells and environments. As of right now, there is only a Facebook page for the game with a trailer. No word on release date or price as of yet.
  • In effort to support victims of the Japan earthquake, developers are putting games on sale in the iOS app store with proceeds going to aid those affected. PopCap Games has their entire iOS catalog discounted and Capcom discounted Street Fighter 4, all to help Japan. There most likely will be, or already are, more sales out there (mobile or otherwise) with benefit to Japan, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Thanks to the iPad 2's new HDMI out feature, you can now view supported games on your HDTV. Check out the video below of Infinity Blade on a 50-inch flatscreen. My only question: why didn't he pick up the sack of gold in the beginning?!


General Mobile

Contrary to popular belief, developing successful mobile games may not be the cheapest route for developers. In a recent interview with Pocketful of Megabytes, Firemint (Real Racing HD, Flight Control) revealed that Real Racing 2 was in development for over 18 months and took up a $2MM budget. They have not revealed the return on the title but it just hit for the iPad 2, taking advantage of the faster graphics processing. Firemint's popular mobile title, Flight Control, is also available for the PlayStation Move.


Rainbow Six Shadow Vanguard iOS

Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard - The classic FPS that got many gamers hooked is now back, this time on iOS. This installment in the franchise is an original title, built just for iOS. It's best feature is the online 3-player co-op, where each member takes on the roles of stealth, demolitions or recon. The 11 campaign missions can be played in either solo or online co-op, and there is also a competitive online mode that features 5 maps. For $6.99 in the iOS app store you can get back into Rainbow Six (sans Ding Chavez).

Necromancer Rising iOS

Necromancer Rising - In this large world FPS, you are the last battle priest who's mission is to hunt down the Necromancer and destroy him and his minions. With RPG elements, the game has 16 character item slots, increased abilities and stats through progression and tons of weapon models. There are 49 bosses to battle and over 60 hours of gameplay. On sale for $3.99 in the iOS app store.

RobotNGun iOS

RobotNGun - An on-screen twin stick shooter, you play as a robot fighting through waves of enemy robots. In each level you earn experience you can use to unlock items and upgrades. There are 150 battles and 100 achievements in Game Center. The game is free for a limited time, regularly priced at $2.99 in the iOS app store.

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That's it for this week. Did you get an iPad 2? Looking forward to Gameloft's Order & Chaos? Playing any of our recommendations? If you have any recommendations, for any mobile platform, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @GameRant and @jonlavallee

Sources: TouchGen, PocketfulofMB

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