This week, there were plenty of iPhone releases and news to discuss. Out of the numerous stories this week, we decided to pick the best 3 out of the mix in order to provide you with the best and most important news and just in time for the weekend. Today, We Farm from ngmoco was released in the US App Store along with EA Mobile’s SimCity Deluxe and PopCap removed the zombie resembling the late pop star from Plants vs Zombies.
We Farm Now Available
The counterpart to the popular iPhone game We Rule has been released in the form of We Farm. Instead of ruling a kingdom filled with peasants and cottages, you run a small farm filled with barnyard animals and crops in We Farm. According to the official We Farm webpage:
We Farm is a new kind of animal. Build a barnyard, raise critters and bring home the blue ribbon.
Invite your friends to take pictures with your prize-winning pig and patron businesses on your farm. Visit theirs for inspiration. And compete for the title of finest acreage this side of the Mississippi.
- Raise horses, pigs, sheep, ducks and even ostriches, then compete for the blue ribbon at the county fair.
- Make your farm your own with over a hundred buildings, animals and decorations
- Plant veggies, fruit and flowers to earn your keep
- Share your farm with your friends to earn extra coin and XP
This is all very exciting and sounds like loads of fun. If you’d like to check out We Farm for yourself, head over to the App Store and download it. Like its kingdom-ruling counterpart, it’s completely free to play.
EA Mobile Releases SimCity Deluxe
We discussed a few weeks ago that EA Mobile was releasing several new iPhone and iPad games this year, and SimCity Deluxe appears to be one of the first to be officially launched as it is now available on the App Store for $6.99. This isn’t considered a sequel, but rather just an enhanced version of the original iPhone version. TouchArcade shared some initial impressions of this new edition, saying “it certainly is an improvement over the original, and works rather well on the iPhone touch screen.” If you hadn’t played the original SimCity for iPhone, that chance appears to have come and gone as the original SimCity is now gone from the App Store seemingly for good.
TouchArcade’s biggest problem with the new version appears to be the lack of an iPad version. Commenting on the lack of such version: “The larger screen seems to be a natural fit for a game this complex, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that EA eventually realizes this as well.”
While many players adored the Thriller-esque Michael Jackson zombie in Plants vs Zombies, the estate of the King of Pop was less thrilled with the move. Due to this objection, the dancing zombie has been removed from the iPhone version and presumably the other versions will follow shortly.
PopCap told MTV Multiplayer: “The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in Plants vs Zombies based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson. After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of Plants vs Zombies on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway.”
The Michael Jackson zombie will be replaced by a disco dancing zombie instead.
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