With E3 well underway, mobile developer Gameloft has let loose a salvo of new titles it'll be unveiling at the conference today. These include: Asphalt 7: Heat, The Amazing Spider-Man, Kingdoms & Lords, and Cosmic Colony.
Asphalt 7: Heat
Asphalt 7 is the latest in the iteration in Gameloft's long-running racing franchise, though it appears the gameplay has remained largely unchanged (read: racing games on phones still aren't very good), while graphics and the choice of vehicles have been noticeably stepped up. No release date has been announced.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Commissioned by the studio producing the movie of the same name, it's exactly what it sounds like: a movie game.
This morning, Google employee Steven Le posted a photo of the Android statue outside his office, which looked a bit stranger than usual:
While the statue's makeover was mysterious at first glance, a press release and accompanying video from Zynga soon clarified the situtation:
Indeed, the occasion was a promo of ZombieSmash!, a new Zynga game being launched on Google Play later this week. To be clear, the game is technically already on Play, but only in Canada; this week, ZombieSmash! will be made available globally.
Update: And we're live! You can download the app for $0.99 using the info at the end of the post.
Your down time is Zynga's bread and butter. Between Words with, Hanging with, and Scramble with Friends, Zynga has a pretty big monopoly on your social gaming. Today, the casual gaming giant is building out new territory in your world with a paid version of Scramble with Friends. This version removes those pesky ads and also doubles your token-earning fun. These tokens, by the way, are not the worst thing in the world.
If you're unfamiliar with how tokens work in Scramble with Friends, you earn one token, required to play one game, every twenty minutes. While this is annoying, especially for a paid app, it does also kind of force users to take a break.
Ah, Words With Friends. What was once one of the most anticipated games on Android quickly becme one of the most hated due to its bug-laden nature and lack of good support. The app has now received another update that NOT only brings "loads of bug fixes" - call me skeptical, but I'll believe that when I see it - but a new Words with Friends store. Yeah, a store.
So, what kind of things can you buy from this store? Let's call them... enhancements. While some of these "enhancements" seem to be basic and fair (like ad-removal for example), others ride the border of paidcheating.
Zynga, creators of the ever-popular Words With Friends, have just made Hanging With Friends available to Android users in the U.S. following its global release. The game is Zynga's twist on the children's game Hang Man, but it is not as gruesome as it sounds. The game features "cute characters in perilous situations," by which I mean adorable, doe-eyed cartoons hanging on to balloons suspended in mid-air over a pool of lava.
The game uses the familiar tile interface and scoring system from Words With Friends, and adds fun features such as lifelines and instant replays to add interest.
Exactly one week ago we told you that Words With Friends dropped Honeycomb support. At the time, there was little explanation as to what happened (even Zynga support staff was completely clueless), but things are starting to make a bit more sense now (albeit not much).
Zynga pushed an update to Words With Friends today that brought something new to the table: full Honeycomb support. I'm still not entirely sure why they decided to drop Honeycomb support for one week - but it doesn't really matter now, as WWF is now fully playable on your Android-powered tablet.
Ignore those two losses on the side - I forgot I was playing and lost by default.
If you play the popular Scrabble clone Words With Friends on a Honeycomb tablet, then you may have noticed something a bit odd lately: it no longer shows up in the app tray. That's because Zynga - apparently unknowingly to its support staff - dropped Honeycomb support from the game. When one of our readers tried to contact Zynga asking why WWF was no longer supported on Android 3.0+, this is the response that was received:
Thank you for contacting Zynga With Friends Customer Support!
Currently, Words With Friends and Chess With Friends are only supported on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android devices.
The success that the Angry Birds games have brought to Rovio is stunning, really: the company was reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy when it released the game, and today, revenue is estimated to be between $50 and 70 million annually. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that the company raised $42 million in funding earlier this month, and they enjoyed the luxury of picking and choosing their investors. They even reportedly determined the terms of investment - quite the reversal of roles.
Words With Friends, the wildly popular iOS game by everyone's favorite company Zynga, has come to Android, after weeks of anticipation. WWF is one of the most addicting and well made word games on the planet, and as of a few hours ago, you can download it for free from the Android Market.
Here's the best part: Words With Friends is cross-platform, so you can play up to 20 simultaneous games and kick your iOS buddies' butts all at the same time. In-game chat and push notifications that tell you when it's your turn will help keeping you addicted. According to Zynga, the game looks great on both Android handsets and tablets, so fire up all your brain cells - you're going to need them.
There have been some reports around the web that Google is investing in Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook game Farmville. We’ve talked about just how miserable the gaming situation is on Android, especially in comparison to other devices, and it’s a good sign that Google recognizes that and is trying to remedy it. Still, I can’t help that feel the company behind a game that’s so love-it-or-hate-it (and annoying) is necessarily the solution. That said, they do offer a number of popular games for the iPhone:
It’s hard to argue with the success of their games – Zynga games entertain 240 million users per day, and the company has only been around since 2007.