Mobile Gaming News Odds & Ends: Siri, StrawNinja, StarBurst, WoW and Bejeweled

Sat, Feb 6, 2010

Casual, Industry, iPhone, Mobile

Here’s a weekend web round-up of all the odds & ends in mobile gaming news from the past week – get your iPhone fix, around the web in 10 links or less:

Siri launches an iPhone personal assistant that actually works [for free!] (via VentureBeat) – “One of the reasons Siri tends to work pretty well is because it’s focused on just a few categories: restaurants, movies, events, local businesses, taxis, and weather. But co-founder and chief executive Dag Kittlaus said there are plans to add other categories soon.”

Gamezebo reviews StrawNinja: Just Run ($0.99), an iPhone game by Digital Play – “The simple, frenetic gameplay is easy to understand but hard to master. There is a free version on the iTunes store to get you started. Despite a couple of issues, it’s definitely worth taking StrawNinja: Just Run out for a swing.”

Apple platforms generate $25 million for Gameloft in 2009 (via Industry Gamers) – “Gameloft has been a big beneficiary of the iPhone boom. Last month, the publisher announced that it exceeded 10 million paid app downloads on the App Store and this week Gameloft noted that App Store revenues grew to 17.6 million euros (about $25 million) last year.”

Macworld reviews Star*Burst ($1.99), an iPhone game by TriplePoint client, Super Happy Fun Fun (and the creator of KLAX, via Gamasutra) – “Just when you thought a genre of puzzle had played itself out, along comes StarBurst. It succeeds by combining accessible basic gameplay, strategy to challenge the dedicated puzzle fan, and hours of fun for everyone.”

World of Warcraft auction house coming to iPhone (via FriskyMongoose) – “Blitz mode offers up everything you’d hope to find in the mobile version Bejeweled Blitz, setting a new standard for Facebook/iPhone connectivity.”

Console brands dominating App Store charts (UK, via CasualGaming.biz) – “Twelve of the 20 top grossing games in the UK App Store this week are based on console or PC brands. In fact, the top four places in the chart are filled with console/PC-derived titles: Grand Theft Auto, Rock Band, Broken Sword and Call of Duty.”

Gamezebo reviews Bejeweled 2 ($2.99 ), an iPhone game by PopCap – “Blitz mode offers up everything you’d hope to find in the mobile version Bejeweled Blitz, setting a new standard for Facebook/iPhone connectivity… In terms of iPhone gaming, Bejeweled 2 is a match-3 masterpiece. If you’re even the slightest fan of match-3 gameplay, consider this title a must-buy.”

iPad developers to benefit from multimillion dollar ‘AppFund’ (via IndustryGamers) – “Apple’s upcoming iPad launch has many developers excited about the potential of the tablet device. Some developers may have some brilliant ideas but don’t have the cash to get their product out there. That’s where AppFund comes in… to help entrepreneurs create and launch iPad and other tablet-based applications.”

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