Posts Tagged big fish games

Cascade Review

Cascade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cascade is a fairly typical Match-3 game but it offers a minor twist in the form of what gems are at your disposal.

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Fairway Solitaire Blast Review

Fairway Solitaire Blast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fun to play in short doses, Fairway Solitaire Blast isn't quite as addictive as its predecessor was. At least not yet.

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Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! Review

Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! is a free-to-play action-packed match-3 title with a deep campaign and survival mode. Match zombies to kill 'em or toss a grenade for even more damage - it's all good!

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Dark Manor Review

Dark Manor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a little stingy on game time, but Dark Manor is a satisfying Free to Play Hidden Object game from Big Fish Games.

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Mystery Case Files: Escape From Ravenhearst Review

Mystery Case Files: Escape From Ravenhearst Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Players will not only be dealing with hidden objects that morph into other objects, but also puzzles and mini games that help solve the mystery.

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Big Fish Games previewed their new match three game, Zombies Zombies Zombies, for us today. The mechanic actually works well, here, as you tap same-color zombies in triangle patterns to have your apocalypse survivors blow hem to smithereens. There are a ton of fun power-ups, and playing it was super easy to get into, and very satisfying to play. Look for it to come out this summer.

Fetch Review

Fetch Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A charming tale of a boy and his dog, with some glorious visuals. Casual players might feel unsure at times what to do next, though.

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Match-Up! By Big Fish Review

Match-Up! By Big Fish Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering three popular varieties of casual game in one package, Match-Up! is a simple if far from revolutionary gaming experience.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened HD Review

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's rough around the edges but there's an intriguing if flawed adventure game within.

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Stardust Hero Review

Stardust Hero Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
There's a certain amount of randomness to success here, but Stardust Hero proves to be a highly entertaining Peggle-style game.

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Plunder! Review

Plunder! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Plunder! returns to the App Store, revamped and ready with even more strategic pirate adventures.

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Monument Builders: Eiffel Tower HD Review

Monument Builders: Eiffel Tower HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Giving players the chance to build the Eiffel Tower might sound exciting but not when Monument Builders: Eiffel Tower has anything to do with it.

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Drawn: Trail of Shadows Review

Drawn: Trail of Shadows Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
With a memorable art style and unique way of tackling puzzles, Drawn: Trail of Shadows is a quite special casual adventure game.

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Twisted Lands: Insomniac Review

Twisted Lands: Insomniac Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Twisted Lands: Insomniac follows a fairly predictable Hidden Object gaming path but its spooky storyline will keep players keen.

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Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery Review

Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's a little on the short side, but The Lighthouse Mystery is a fine example of the Hidden Object genre.

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Life Quest HD Review

Life Quest HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A life sim that should keep younger, less cynical gamers happy.

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Shiver: Vanishing Hitchhiker Review

Shiver: Vanishing Hitchhiker Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
One of the more enjoyable casual adventure games of recent times.

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Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come Review

Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
An excellent example of the casual hidden object genre.

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Burger Bustle HD Review

Burger Bustle HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Burger Bustle HD is a basic time management diner game with no flavor of its own

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Fairway Solitaire Review

Fairway Solitaire Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A freemium solitaire game that makes it all too tempting to buy new level packs.

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Spirit Of Wandering: The Legend Review

Spirit Of Wandering: The Legend Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Hidden Object gaming from the experts of the genre.

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Letters From Nowhere HD Review

Letters From Nowhere HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
An entertaining yet flawed Hidden Object title.

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Strange Cases: The Tarot Card Mystery HD Review

Strange Cases: The Tarot Card Mystery HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Use the mysterious tarot cards to find the necessary objects and solve the case.

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Sketch Up Review

Sketch Up Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Here's a geometry puzzle game that involves combining shapes together to create more complex shapes. Working quickly and strategically is key to completing each level.

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The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley Review

The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Hidden object gaming that's lacking some magic despite the name.

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Patchworkz HD Review

Patchworkz HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A unique puzzle that combines textiles and colors for challenging gameplay.

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Hot New Apps for 12/19/11

Here we have another roundup of the hottest apps on the App Store today. We check all the hot trending lists and list them here for you. Why? Because we like you. M – O – U – S – E!

DJ Pauly D – Beat That Boardwalk Christmas Edition
It’s that time of year, and what better way to celebrate than by dropping fat beats in a retro-arcade inspired platforming game? “Help DJ Pauly D collect candy canes and pick up presents while gifting his love to the Garden State girlies. Yeeah buddy!”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-02 :: Category: Games

Chicken Invaders 3: Revenge of the Yolk Christmas Edition (Full)
From Big Fish Games comes another holiday themed arcade-style romp with plenty of humor and plenty of poultry. Shoot the galactic chickens out of the sky to save earth from their nefarious invasion.
$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-12-18 :: Category: Games

Island Wars 2 Christmas Edition HD (Full)
Another trending Big Fish Game, this one has you defending your south pacific island from gift-stealing baddies disguised as none other than the fat man in red himself. Use a cannon to shoot down the enemies and take back Christmas.
$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-12-18 :: Category: Games

Stay Alive
Looks like arcade games are the trend of the day, right? This one involves piloting a space ship through obstacle courses and collecting power orbs along the way. The orbs can be spent to upgrade ship weapons, shields and ammo supply.
$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-18 :: Category: Games

Visual Schedule Planner
Bucking the trend above, yet still trending itself, is this special education app by Good Karma Applications, Inc. It is “a completely customizable visual schedule iPad app that is designed to give an individual an audio/visual representation of the “events in their day”. In addition, events that require more support can be linked to an “activity schedule” or “video clip” to help model the task even further.”
$14.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-16 :: Category: Education

Tiny Places Review

Tiny Places Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Stretch his tongue and send this little reptile flying as he escapes through holes in boxes in this casual title.

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Update: It appears as if the app was not long for the App Store as it is now removed. Was this perhaps just a miscommunication, or did Apple brass re-evaluate the merits of game subscriptions on the App Store only after public reaction?

Big Fish Studios is experimenting with a new way to generate revenue from their iOS games, by going to a business model that was used in previous incarnations of the mobile gaming market. Their new iPad app, Play Insantly, allows users to access a variety of games on their iPad from within the app. Play Instantly utilizes the new App Store in-app subscription service to allow users to pay $4.99 per month for unlimited access to the games in the app. As well, all users will be able to play for free for 30 minutes daily. The service is still in testing, but the Play Instantly app is now available from the App Store. According to Bloomberg, Big Fish had to work with Apple to get approval for their app and service. As well, the subscription cost will increase to $6.99 when more games are added to the service.

I asked one experienced mobile developer, Ryan Evans of Mirror Match Games, for his take. Ryan has worked in mobile gaming since the days of BREW and J2ME, helped develop Topple 2 and MazeFinger for Ngmoco, and is now working on titles such as the upcoming Let’s Play Reversi. Ryan expressed some skepticism as to the viability of the subscription model, noting how games like DC Universe Online on console and PC shifted from subscriptions to free to play, and saw dramatic increases in revenue. As well, he noted that games were offered on subscription plans in the days before the App Store, like how “a game like Prince of Persia would be $5.99 [to purchase outright] or $1.99 [per month]. Many users would pick the subscription price because it was lower, and the publishers would bank on users keeping the game on their phone for more than a few months and not noticing the recurring fees on their bill.” He also says that he thinks that “anything that causes users to be wary of downloading and trying products in the market, like a fear of incurring a subscription fee, is a negative for the industry.”

It will be interesting to follow if this is viable for any other publisher to follow as a business model. Publishers like Gameloft and EA have the kinds of back catalogs that could help provide a wealth of content for a similar service of their own. Will they? Time will tell.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-11-18 :: Category: Games

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Collector’s Edition Review

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Collector’s Edition Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Mystery Case files ports to iPad with stunning visuals.

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