This Week in Mobile Gaming - April 21st, 2011

This Week in Mobile Gaming


  • SEGA is celebrating Easter by offering some of the titles in their iOS catalog at a discounted price. Through the 25th, you can pick up ChuChu Rocket! HD for $2.99, Super Monkey Ball for $0.99, Super Monkey Ball 2 for $0.99 and Altered Beast for $0.99.
  • Sword and Sworcery is now available for the iPhone in two flavors. You can get the standard version for $2.99 or the HD version that works on both the iPad and iPhone for $4.99. If you already snagged it for the iPad, the HD version is free for the iPhone. Don't forget to pick up the music from the game!


Robot Unicorn Attack has finally made its way to the Android platform. Originally a free game online and successful iOS game, this Adult Swim created title is a quirky runner-platformer. If it's successful enough, the Metal and Christmas spin-offs will be added to the Android Marketplace.

General Mobile

  • Mike Capps, President of Epic Games' Unreal Engine, recently spoke about the effect of cheap games on mobile devices versus the higher ticket AAA titles they generate and the uncertainty of the gaming's evolution in the near future:

We have not been this uncertain about what's coming next in the games industry since Epic's been around for 20 years. We're at such an inflection point. Will there be physical distribution in 10 years or even five? Will anyone care about the next console generation? What's going on in PC? Can you make money on PC if it's not a connected game? What's going on in mobile

If there's anything that's killing us [in the traditional games business] it's dollar apps. How do you sell someone a $60 game that's really worth it? They're used to 99 cents. As I said, it's an uncertain time in the industry. But it's an exciting time for whoever picks the right path and wins.

  • According to Flurry Analytics, mobile gaming is still on the rise and making a dent in the gaming arena. The iOS alone has surpassed PSP in software revenue, and both iOS and Android together are hot on the heels of Nintendo's portable software revenue. Take a look at the 2009-2010 charts below for the year-over-year growth.

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Angry Birds Seasons Easter

Angry Birds Seasons - Yet another update has come through for the illusive Angry Birds Seasons. You can now play a collection of levels with an Easter theme, complete with painted eggs and fake bunny ears. As per usual, there are bonus levels for finding the hidden eggs and extra levels for activating the Twitter link in game. This is a free update if you already own the app, if not the Seasons collection is $0.99.

Beyone Ynth iOS

Beyond Ynth - This is a creative puzzle adventure where you control a bug on a quest to bring light back to its kingdom by retrieving stolen illuminating diamonds. Over various environments, you have to push through boxes to traverse the areas. Each box has different platforms, openings and traits that you must figure out how to benefit from in each level. You'll have to avoid death from various elements like freezing weather, lava and extreme sun beams as you obtain the stolen diamonds. Temporarily free for Easter, so pick it up quick in the iOS app store.

One Single Life iOS

One Single Life - As the title says, you get just one life in this game. In this clever platformer, you get one chance to jump from one building top to the other. If you fall, you can never go back. There is a practice mode for each level prior to the "Real" thing so you can figure out when the best time to jump is. There is a statistic before each level saying what percentage of people will fail the level. There will be an upgrade with a tournament edition with leaderboards coming soon. Check it out for free in the iOS app store and see if you are among the projected 4% of players to be able to finish the game.


Follow me on Twitter @jonlavallee and let us know what mobile titles you've been playing and what you recommend checking out!

Sources: Industry Gamers, Flurry

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