Sunday, May 07, 2006

Electronic Arts brings out Orcs and Elves

Verizon Wireless customers will have the chance of enjoying Orcs & Elves later this month. Guys that created Doom are behind the title, so expect something pretty amazing. Electronic Arts starts to get in to the mobile game field after their recent purchase of Jamdat. Let’s give them some time after we judge this move.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

PlayerX booked Miami Vice

Many have been asking why a relatively small publisher and distributor, PlayerX, got Miami Vice into their stables. Because they care their partners, that’s why. They offer excellent service that can overtake bigger competitors who have degenerated back to corporatism. Now all they need to do is to produce a great game, easier said than done... Original news source The Inquirer has a picture of Miami Vice detectives. Do they look like Sonny and partners, what do you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mobile games for women

Here is an interesting article where Kristin Asleson McDonnell is telling about the history of LimeLife a start-up company that is making mobile phone games for women.

To me this seems to be an excellent idea, because all the women I know have mobile phones and they like to play those simple games that are readily installed on them. Mobile phone is the gaming platform for women.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Platform independent games

I was just wondering the fact that the most important features of mobile phones - voice and messaging - are interconnectable. Games are not. Games are severely limited by the specifications of different mobile devices.

Somebody should use Scalable Vector Graphics to produce games that could be sent to another phone, bit like email attachments. These games would work in every mobile device of certain low quality. We would have a flood of games in our hands...

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Nokia N-Gage becomes a platform

N-Gage is just another smart phone among others and now Nokia is planning to extend N-Gage’s special gaming features to its other smart phones. This wonderful move will eventually increase the number of devices, which are capable of running N-Gage games. Nokia pulls a carrot from the hat to tempt mobile phone game developers.

According to Nokia’s statements, it would be their high-end smart phones that would be fitted with N-Gagegy traits. People who use those phones really have some dough to spend. The rich people of today tend to work in some high technology field. This target group would have money and skill to use the phones, but what about the games... What kind of games they would be playing? Solitaire? That would be a blessing for mobile phone developers.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Blue Lava Wireless acquired by JAMDAT informed that JAMDAT has bought Blue Lava Wireless. They have paid a hefty price of 137 million USD in cash and in stock. In the core of the deal lies a 15 year Tetris license.

To my opinion this is a great move from JAMDAT. They have been very successful in producing simple mobile games for different platforms. Their most successful titles have been based on physical games like Yahtzee. This is a good example of the taste of mobile crowd. However, as JAVA applications have become more and more popular, JAMDAT has to meet the growing demand for more complex games. Tetris will fill just that spot, but still follow their basic product slate of serving mobile masses.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Turning a new page

Mobile Phone Games is the name and still there are no reviews over here. I bet that most people who surf to these pages are looking for reviews and downloads. To accommodate this need, I have decided to start a long-term project to develop the content.

  • I will set up sub categories for different gaming platforms and eventually analyze them.

  • I will start offering game reviews for all of these platforms.

I can’t give any timetables, but it will be a slow progress. I have very little time to dedicate for this blog, so foremost purpose is still to keep you guys posted on what happens on mobile phone gaming field’s big picture. If you want to offer your review here, I am more than happy to accept it.