Kids These Days
When Dong Nguyen suddenly pulled Flappy Bird from the app store, the manic decision was met across the world with rage, confusion and a whole lot of regained productivity. Well, that sweet period of respite from mind-numbing frustration is about to come to a sudden close.
A follow-up game called Swing Copters will hit Android phones this Thursday, Touch Arcade reports. The game will be free for download, or you can pay a dollar if you want to slowly chip away at your psyche ad-free.
Fun Fun Fun
For any parent who’s dreamed of their precious little Kale, Khaleesi or Katniss growing up to become a startup billionaire one day, this new board game’s for you.
In StartUp, released July 31, players compete to take their burgeoning companies from launch date to the opening of a corporate headquarters, a press release said.
The Facebookers Will Inherit the Earth
If you don’t know about Dots, congratulations. You’ve escaped being one of the 20 million players who are sucked into the dot-connecting frenzy. But for those who are hooked on the minimalist puzzle game, get ready to cancel whatever productive plans you had for the rest of the day: the team behind your addiction just put out a sequel.
There are a number of new features in TwoDots that add a little spice to the original Dots formula. The game boards come in all shapes and sizes, there are new challenges, 85 levels and new kinds of dots, like “anchor dots” in the underwater segment of the game’s story.
While many are scratching their heads over Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality company “Oculus Rift,” one developer has some strong words for the company.
When Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the enormously popular sandbox game Minecraft, heard the news, he immediately withdrew his support from Oculus Rift:
Good Job Internet
Just when that last Farmville fan’s pathetic updates have disappeared from your news feed, Facebook today announced the launch of a software kit that will allow programmers to create three-dimensional games for the social network.
Play Your Video Games
Today is a triumphant day for cat lovers everywhere, but especially for those who despise ironing. Hasbro’s Facebook stunt, devilishly proposed to distract us from the fact that Monopoly takes for-freakin-ever, has reached a delightful conclusion. Today reports that the iron token is getting the boot, and will be replaced with a sparkling cat token. Congratulations, Internet!
Tired of trekking all the way to Brooklyn for your retro video game fix? Lucky for you, Two-Bits Retro Arcade–which we wrote about back in June–finally opened its doors this past weekend, and it looks just as glorious as we’d hoped.
Play Your Video Games
When Google launched its new worldwide alternative reality game earlier this month, the web lit up with widespread questions. The game, called Ingress, allows users to move through the physical world with their Android devices, collecting pockets of energy in various locations that they can then use to complete virtual quests. It was an interesting idea, but on the surface appeared to not make any significant contributions to the company’s bottom line. Why would Google, which has $217.59 billion market cap, allocate time and resources to a free Android game?
Technology Review called it “augmented reality’s first killer app.” AllThingsD reported that because the game incorporates real stores and businesses into its plotline, it’s a natural next-level venue for advertisers–Zipcar, Jamba Juice and Chrome apparel have already all signs on to host ads on Ingress.
If getting the shit scared out of you at a Broadway showing of Cats was a rite of passage for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that the man responsible for that feline phenomenon is putting his immeasurable talents to good use by penning music for Nintendo Wii games. Oh, how the mighty have fallen…into the arms of Dance Dance Revolution.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has signed on for a game cleverly called “Sing & Dance,” coming to a Nintendo Wii near you in mid-September. As one Observer arts reporter remarked, “This is like the equivalent of Orson Welles doing commercials in the ’80s.”
It appears that Zynga, the evil mastermind behind FarmVille and Mafia Wars, is not completely hell-bent on destroying the world. The online game producer turned super villain announced today that it would help design a Facebook game to fight the oppression of women around the world.
The game is based on the novel Half the Sky, which follows the lives of women who have been victimized through sexual violence and trafficking, insufficient educational and financial opportunities and poor healthcare. It is part of a larger multimedia effort based on the book’s themes that will include a PBS miniseries as well as mobile games in India and Africa.