Free-to-play Babel Rising 3D reaches one million downloads in two weeks

Free-to-play Babel Rising 3D reaches one million downloads in two weeks

Aug 20, 2012

The free-to-play version of Advanced Mobile Applications’ Babel Rising 3D has been downloaded more than one million times on Google Play in two weeks, the developer has announced.

In Babel Rising 3D, players use divine powers to call down lighting strikes and meteor showers, trigger massive earthquakes, and summon vengeful floods to repel waves of Babylonians who are trying to construct the famous tower. Since its release on July 26, AMA says the game has received a 4.5/5 rating by over 15,000 users and sits in the U.S. and European top 10 free download charts.

“We are delighted with the success of Babel Rising 3D. It is the result of listening to players and working in close partnership with game developer Mando Productions to enhance their experience and offer new content,” says Guillaume Campion, head of production at AMA.

“To see our game reaching one million downloads is an overwhelming satisfaction. It’s also a great pleasure to see the achievement of the work done with our partners” adds Michel Bams, co-founder of Mando Productions.

AMA says future updates to Babel Rising 3D will bring new items and a new game mode.

Disney Junior ID Now Available on Sprint Phones

Disney Junior ID Now Available on Sprint Phones

Aug 14, 2012

Looking for something to occupy the kids with during a long car trip? Disney today launched Disney Junior ID — a pack full of family-friendly content for preschoolers — on Sprint Android-powered smartphones.

The Disney Junior ID pack automatically downloads apps, widgets, and wallpapers from television shows and other Disney Junior-related content, allowing kids to play games or watch episodes on demand.

The pack includes the following:

  • Disney Junior Games, including Izzy’s Pirate Puzzles and Jake’s Treasure Hunt.
  • Disney Junior Facebook: Parents can get the latest tips, recipes, and sneak peeks on what is happening on all of the Disney Junior Facebook pages.
  • Disney Junior Videos: Select episodes of Disney Junior shows on demand. Full episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Doc McStuffins are among those available using the Sprint TV app.
  • Disney Junior Wallpaper: Customize your phone with wallpapers featuring your child’s favorite Disney Junior characters.
  • The Disney Junior ID pack is free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint and is available on select ID-capable devices, including LG Viper 4G LTE; LG Optimus Elite; LG Optimus S; LG Marquee; Motorola PHOTON 4G; Samsung Galaxy S II; Samsung Epic 4G; Samsung Conquer 4G; Samsung Transform; Samsung Replenish; Kyocera Milano; and ZTE Fury.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies now available on Android

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies now available on Android

    Aug 6, 2012

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, the fan-favorite iOS app based on the popular Zombies mode from Treyarch’s first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops, is now available exclusively for 30 days on Sony’s Xperia smartphones including controls optimized the Xperia Play’s hardware controls.

    Adapted by Ideaworks Game Studio and distributed by Glu Mobile, Inc. in partnership with Activision, the app includes the Kino Der Toten, Ascension, and Call of the Dead: Director’s Cut maps. It also comes with Dead Ops Arcade, a 50-level twin stick top-down shooter that challenges players to survive as many rounds as they can against wave after wave of the undead.

    Zombies features both solo play and 4-player co-op over Wi-Fi. There are six tiers of content to unlock, including new areas and better weapons, through the in-game CoD Point System (single-player only).

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies costs $6.99 and is available from Google Play.

    Temple Run Reaches 100 Million Downloads

    Temple Run Reaches 100 Million Downloads

    Aug 3, 2012

    Temple Run infographicPopular mobile action game Temple Run reached a new milestone this week; it has now been downloaded more than 100 million times.

    More than 32 million Android users have downloaded the game, developer Imangi Studios says, while more than 68 million have downloaded it on iOS. Over 10 billion sessions of Temple Run have been played since August 2011, equaling a combined time of 54,000 years spent playing the game.

    “We never imagined that the game we were making and loved would be so well received around the world,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “The last year has been incredible for us, and we are grateful to fans of the game. We hope to be able to provide them with more entertainment from the brand for years to come.”

    In June 2012, Imangi teamed up with Disney Pixar to launch a Temple Run: Brave movie tie-in that is currently one of Google Play’s top paid apps.

    Temple Run’s 100 million downloads milestone comes in the same week as the game’s one year anniversary on iOS.

    Big Fish Debuts New Cloud Gaming Service

    Big Fish Debuts New Cloud Gaming Service

    Jul 25, 2012

    Casual game publisher Big Fish has officially launched its new universal cloud gaming service, Big Fish Unlimited, in the United States.

    Big Fish Unlimited allows customers to stream games from the company’s 2,500+ catalog instantly on a variety of connected devices. About 100 titles are available now, and more will be added every week. People can access a rotating roster of 20 ad-supported games for free, or pay $7.99 a month to choose from the service’s premium catalog. Game progress is saved remotely, allowing players to easily continue their sessions across devices.

    Although the service is currently available on PC browsers only, the company plans on adding support for Mac, tablets, smartphones, connected TVs, and other platforms over the coming year. It will also be available on Roku later this year thanks to a new strategic partnership between the two companies.

    “Big Fish Unlimited is a new way for customers to enjoy our games,” added Paul Thelen, founder and CEO of Big Fish. “While our downloadable PC and mobile games businesses are thriving, Big Fish Unlimited enables us to quickly reach new customers on new devices and in new territories.”

    “Customers are increasingly adopting connected devices, and they expect games to be instantly accessible and playable across those devices. Big Fish will launch Big Fish Unlimited on PC browsers and tablets this quarter. Through our strategic alliance with Roku, we are adding a third screen: the connected TV. This marks the first time that customers can choose where to play, because our service is powered by the cloud and game progress will follow customers from device to device,” said Will O’Brien, vice president and general manager of cloud gaming at Big Fish. “The game play mechanics of our catalog of casual titles are ideally suited to this new delivery technology; anyone with a typical broadband internet connection will be able to use this service.”

    Big Fish currently offers its games in 10 languages to a global customer base, and says it plans to expand Unlimited outside the U.S. in 2013.

    Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam Review

    Professor Pym and the Secret of SteamProfessor Pym and the Secret of Steam is a charming steampunk game from fledgling video game developer Naoplay. As the eponymous professor, you must climb a gauntlet of spinning cogs and fiery blasts in an attempt to escape the toxic fog slowly rising beneath you, all while collecting coins that can be used to purchase power-ups and performance boosts in the game’s online store.

    Professor Pym features simple, “one-touch” gameplay that’s easy to grasp. A quick tap of the touchscreen sends the professor leaping into the air in whatever direction he happens to be facing. Sometimes lighter taps didn’t register, though, forcing me to miss a jump. It’s a minor nuisance, one that’s easily remedied by using a firm finger, but it’s noticeable.

    Professor Pym and the Secret of SteamThe game’s 50+ levels become more challenging as you go along, tossing obstacles such as spiked wheels, ice, and magnetic strips in your path. Items like gas masks and shields can provide a helping hand, but most of the time they’re not necessary. Professor Pym is designed with the casual crowd in mind; it’s not an overly difficult game.

    If you’re competitive-minded, or you’re looking for replay value, there are over 40 achievements to earn and leaderboards to climb. While Android lacks the kind of features that Game Center offers on iOS, there are at least proprietary leaderboards and achievements built-in. There’s no reason for Android fans to feel left out of the fun.

    Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam is free to download and play – for the first 10 levels, at least. Forty additional premium levels are available for $0.99, and gears can be bought for powerups to provide a boost for those difficult levels. If you’re looking for a new time waster, give Professor Pym a chance. There are far worse ways to spend that wait at the doctor’s office.