Rovio on Monday announced that the company’s latest Angry Birds installment has been downloaded 10 million times in less than three days. Angry Birds Space launched last Thursday on iOS and Android devices, as well as on OS X and Windows PCs. In the fourth major Birds release, users are faced with new challenges such as zero-gravity planets and new gameplay features like slow-motion and lightspeed destruction. The game has over 60 levels, including some hidden ones, and Rovio has promised that it will receive content updates in the future. Since the game’s release, fans have dubbed it the best Birds game since the original. More →
Imangi Studios, the makers of the hit iOS game Temple Run, announced via the company’s Facebook page that the game will be coming to Android. Temple Run is a Indiana Jones-esque ”runner” game that has users sprint through obstacles and escape the dangers of the jungle. To control the character, users perform gestures to make him jump, duck and move from side to side. The title is currently the top free app in the App Store, with over 20 million downloads and 7 million daily active users. The game also features in-app purchases that allow users to buy different characters and power-ups for higher scores, however payment is not required. Imangi Studios said that the game will be available some time in February. More →
On Thursday morning, Fenix Fire Entertainment released a game called Roboto for Android and iOS devices. We’ve been playing the game for the past few weeks and even through a few early builds. The idea is simple: you’re a robot fighting across 30 different levels on your rocket board in attempt to save ‘robogirl.’ The graphics are beautiful, the soundtrack is solid and the gameplay is addictive, if just a hair repetitive at times. There are dozens of exciting iOS platformer games but Roboto sticks out as one of the best currently available for Android gamers. The title is loaded with acrobatic puzzles, five different weapons, power ups and armor upgrades, and OpenFeint/Game Center support. Roboto currently priced at just $2.99 until August 8th, after which it will jump to $4.99, so be sure to download it from the Android Market or iTunes App Store now. Read on for a link to the game from both stores. More →
According to new figures released by Nintendo on Friday, the company sold twice as many Nintendo DS gaming consoles as it did newer Nintendo 3DS devices. The Japanese firm revealed that it sold 386,000 Nintendo DS systems as opposed to just 143,000 3DS units in June, according to MSNBC. It’s likely that the popularity of the DS can be attributed to its lower price point, but the small pool of 3D games could also be hurting 3DS sales; game publishers have yet to release some of the most anticipated 3D titles, such as The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D. The gaming industry hasn’t jumped for the device as much as Nintendo had hoped, either. Although Nintendo said that it moved 400,000 units during its first week of U.S. availability, the firm also said overall sales were weaker than expected. More →
Rovio just pumped out the Mine and Dine update for Android, and its developers aren’t sitting still… on Tuesday the game publisher launched a teaser trailer for its new Angry Birds Seasons: Summer Pignic game. The short clip suggests that you’ll only have one bird on each level to knock out all of the pigs, which is definitely a tough twist on the standard fowl lineup. The update will be available for Android, webOS, iOS, and Symbian devices. Hit the jump for the full video. More →
Activision on Tuesday announced Call of Duty Elite, a new social network-style experience that will allow Call of Duty players to interact with one another in an entirely different way. The social network has three pillars: connect, compete, and improve. “Connect” will allow users to compete against friends, join groups, find players with similar interests, and enter tournaments. Activision will provide both web and mobile interfaces for managing your Call of Duty information from multiple devices. “Compete” will allow players to enter events and competitions with other players that have similar abilities, and Activision promises real world and in-game prizes. “Improve,” will provide users with a strategy guide to help them bump their gaming skills by following their performance and ongoing statistics. “The average Call of Duty player spends 58 minutes per day playing multiplayer,” Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said. “That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook. And yet, right now, there are very few tools to unite and super charge that social community. Whether it’s allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favorite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before.” Most features will be free, although a premium package will also be available. The service will enter public beta with Call of Duty: Black Ops this summer and will launch on November 8th with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Hit the jump for the full release and a demo video.
If you’re a Mac user, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Macheist, a deal site that bundles different Mac applications together for a ridiculously low price. While The Heist isn’t a bundled software deal, it’s an insanely addictive puzzle game for the iPhone based on a theme of trying to crack into a safe — hence the title. There are four different puzzle types and over 60 levels, each one with distinct themes and objectives. And, in addition, there’s a promised prize to any user that completes every level in the game. Not a bad hook, right? The game is built by developer TapTapTap, makers of the Camera+ iPhone app, and it’s available now for $0.99 in the App Store — and it’s currently sitting pretty as the No. 1 paid app.
Despite early reports that Rovio would push Angry Birds for Windows Phone out of the nest on May 25th, Microsoft said on Wednesday that the game won’t launch until June 29th. The good news is that there will be plenty of other new titles to hold Windows Phone users over. Hydro Thunder Go will debut on May 25th, Doodle Jump lands on June 1st, geoDefense will launch on June 8th, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 will be available on June 15th, and Plants vs Zombies will launch on June 22nd. Microsoft didn’t clarify why it pushed the launch out, but we suspect it’s just in an effort to offer a new game every week. Don’t forget: we’ll be reporting live from Microsoft’s Windows Phone press event in New York City next Tuesday at 10am, where we’ll hear more details on the platform. More →
PopCap Games announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with Amazon to offer Android games through Amazon’s Appstore. The first title, Chuzzle, will launch tomorrow and will be followed by the hit game Plants vs. Zombies later this month. Both titles will be free on the day of their debut, and will be available for $2.99 each thereafter. Each game will be exclusively available through Amazon’s Appstore for a two week period, after which they should also be available from the Android Market. We’ve played Plants vs Zombies on iOS a few times, and it’s definitely a game you’ll want to keep your eye out for. Plus, it’s free and there are zombies. It doesn’t get any better than that. Hit the jump for the full release from PopCap Games. More →
During a meeting with Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore, AllThingsD was able to confirm that Rovio’s smash hit Angry Birds game will be available for Windows Phone 7 devices beginning on May 25th. That will leave BlackBerry OS as the last modern operating system to lack support for the title. Belfiore didn’t comment on how much the game would cost, but we hope it’s in the free to $0.99 range. Rovio has launched a number of seasonal updates to Angry Birds and most recently published Angry Birds Rio. It remains unclear which version will hit the Windows Marketplace. More →
Stop dusting off your old Atari 2600 and get to the iTunes App Store, stat. Atari Interactive on Thursday announced the release of its Greatest Hits application for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The download is free and includes PONG, but there are also a number of in-app purchases available including many classic Atari Arcade and Atari 2600 games. The app offers original cabinet and box art for each game, and there are 25 different packs of four games that cost $0.99 a piece — or you can buy the entire collection for $14.99. Titles include hits like Asteroid, Missile Command, Air-Sea Battle with Bluetooth multiplayer support, Breakout with Bluetooth multiplayer, Battlezone, and more. Atari’s Greatest Hits is compatible with devices running iOS 3.0 or later. We know what we’re doing for the rest of the night. More →
Angry Birds Rio, the latest free game in the Angry Birds franchise from Rovio, is now available from the Android Market. The game features two episodes — a total of 60 different levels – complete with some gameplay twists built around Rio the movie. Rovio has added new achievements, as well as “hidden fruits” that you’ll discover as you play. Instead of attacking pigs, as usual, your goal is to liberate imprisoned birds by knocking them out of their respective cages. We played through the first few levels of episode 1 and are digging it so far; it has the same addictive gameplay we’ve come to expect from Angry Birds. The best part? Rovio will add episodic updates each month through November. Hit the jump for a gameplay trailer. More →
Doodle Jump for iOS has been out for as long as we can remember and it’s been blessed with a number of seasonal updates… but we’re particularly hyped up for the update that was pushed out Wednesday. Now Doodle Jump addicts — including the team here at BGR — can play against one another and test their jumping skills. In multiplayer mode, the first person to pass the 12,000 point mark wins, but the game throws some curve balls at you, too. For instance, if one player bounces off of a spring, another player can’t use that same spring. If one player falls, the game is over. We definitely had some adrenaline pumping while going head-to-head against one another. We love that multiplayer works over Wi-Fi, which allowed us to play against one another from different states. Yes, Jonathan won. Hit the jump for a link to the free update. More →