Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 26th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Enjoy a nice cup of coffee this week, along with a free code for Cyto’s Puzzle Adventure when visiting your local Starbucks coffee shop. Starbucks App Store Pick of the Week occasionally has free game offerings for some of the more well known titles, such as Angry Birds Star Wars and Where’s My Perry?, but this is the first time it has picked a newer title for its selection.
Chillingo is likely the largest third party publisher on the App Store. With over 10 years of experience publishing mobile games and hundreds of games in the App Store, they have pretty much seen it all. Chillingo was acquired by EA in 2010 but has been pretty much left to their own since then. We take a few moments to talk with Ed Rumley, COO of Chillingo about the App Store and the past five years.
148Apps: How has the App Store changed Chillingo?
Ed Rumley, COO of Chillingo: Well, when Chillingo started out we were dealing with a hugely fragmented marketplace. If people think they know fragmentation now, they should have tried publishing games back in the Java/Pocket PC days. The App Store changed everything. It created a single marketplace where it was easy to get your game to consumers. Our focus shifted to almost 100% iOS shortly after the advent of the App Store and stayed that way until pretty much a year ago.
148Apps: Chillingo has published some of the biggest games on the App Store. Huge success with games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. Was the massive level of success of these games a surprise to you?
Mr. Rumley: We’ve always had a pretty good eye for something special, and we work with the best indie developers in the world. Obviously you can never tell if something is going to live up to the success you want for it but I think in almost every case over the past few years, whether it was Cut the Rope, Catapult King etc we’ve been quietly confident that we were onto something.
148Apps: In the five years since launch, the App Store has gone through considerable changes. The number of users has skyrocketed along with downloads, prices for paid apps has stabilized way lower than many expected, free to play has dominated the top grossing charts. If, knowing what you know about the App Store now, you could go back and influence the path of Chillingo five years ago, what would you say?
Mr. Rumley: I think if we were told what the App Store would be like between then and now we probably wouldn’t have believed it! I’m not sure we would have changed an awful lot, to be honest. We’ve always been good at spotting the rising trends in the mobile industry and what’s on the horizon. We did that effectively with the advent of the $.99 price point and we’ve always kept a close eye on the App Store, changing our business when and where appropriate. Since then, various free to play business models have emerged and you can see we’ve been embracing that—but on our own terms. Pixel People is a great example of a freemium title that people loved to play. It has the level of quality we have a reputation for, and was praised widely for putting the fun before the business model.
148Apps: What have you seen on the App Store, outside of apps published by Chillingo, that has surprised you most?
Mr. Rumley:I still can’t believe games like Real Racing 3 and Infinity Blade 2 are running on tablets and phones. The visuals, size and scope of games like these are console-quality, yet they all have the sort of gameplay that makes them totally unique as mobile titles. At the other end we are consistently blown away by what the indie developers is are capable of; games like Tiny Wings being made by just one person is amazing and I’ve lost a lot of time on games like Clear Vision and Stickman Base Jumper.
148Apps: Any predictions on what the App Store will be like five years from now?
Mr. Rumley:Different, that’s for certain. Judging by what has happened over the last past five years I would be mad to predict anything specific but will say that the quality of the games is only going to get better and the talent of the indie developer will never fail to surprise us!
Chillingo’s Gloomy Hollow is a new adventure title that’s coming soon, featuring hundreds of quests, lots of loot, and upgradable characters. Players will shoot, smash, and slash their way through undead enemies as they quest their way through different environments, reports Pocket Gamer.
It’s also reported that there will be multiple difficulty levels, so if players want to make things challenging while retrieving stolen Soul Crystals, they can. The Soul Crystals will restore the town to its former glory, so get ready to find those crystals and save the day!
Gloomy Hollow should be live on the app store soon, but until then, enjoy this newly released trailer.
Pocket Gamer reports that side-scrolling shooter, Storm the Train, has been updated with new character attributes, weapons, and other features. Each character has their own specific role (Graham – Soldier, Mason – Heavy, and Carrera – Medic) and players can switch between them at any time by swiping the screen. There are also new missions available for gamers to engage in.
✓ Each character has specific weapons, drones and a mech suit
✓ All characters share a common health pool
✓ New Poison Gun
✓ New Rail Gun
✓ New Gears of Gore (melee weapon)
✓ New Sticky Bomb Launcher
✓ New Healer Drone
✓ New Freeze Drone
✓ New Healer Mech Suit
✓ New Melee Mech Suit
Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 30th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
For one week only, Anomaly Warzone Earth HD and Anomaly Korea are currently available for $1.99. The standard Anomaly Warzone Earth is also available for 50% off, pricing at $0.99 cents. The Anomaly series is best known for its enjoyable tower offense gameplay.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 11th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Spring time reaches the land of Utopia in the latest Pixel People update. You can hunt for nine Easter eggs and have until April 30th to unlock a new bunny gene. Look for new buildings, animals and special events as you explore the new spring themed update.
✔ Unlock the Secret Hideout and figure out 14 secret jobs to be discovered
✔ Complete new missions to unlock more secret jobs as well as clues
✔ Six new buildings to add to your town including the Beach House, Chemical Plant, Carnival and more
✔ All new Special Events triggered by certain buildings – start with the Farm and uncover more ways to boost your town’s output
Damp Gnat games, creator of Wonderputt, is bringing a new version of its stylish Flash game Icycle to iOS with the help of publisher Chillingo. Icycle: On Thin Ice has players controlling a lovelorn dreamer riding a bicycle through icy set pieces that grow increasingly difficult over time. Players can collect ice crystals in the game for fancy hats and to even unlock the levels from the original Icycle in this new version, featuring vector graphics that scale perfectly to the many zoom levels in the game. Expect this one soon.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 21st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe can now be downloaded for free from the App Store. You will play as He-Man and engage in many battles so that you may defend the Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. Woohoo!
• Unlock Battle Armor He-Man Prize in Orko’s mini-game
• Share nostalgic Lore with your friends on Facebook!
• Fight Skeletor’s henchman, the evil King Hssss!
• Battle through all new secret sections of Grayskull Walls!
• Get new items like the Gem Doubler!
Posted by Jeff Scott on March 7th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Angry Birds, the biggest selling game of all time with over 1 billion downloads has gone free on the App Store for the first time. On the off chance that you haven’t bought it yet, grab it now for guaranteed fun. Both the iPhone version and the iPad Version are free for a week week as the App Store App of the Week.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on February 27th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Let the hunting begin. Chillingo has released a free update for their award-winning title, Puzzle Craft, called Treasure Hunt. In this new update you’ll be able to hunt for chests to discover rare treasures. Also, there will be new buildings, workers, and tools along with an increased level cap to 60.
- Build an Archaeologist to find treasure chests; open the chests with the correct chains of tiles to get valuable treasures.
- Build a Museum to unlock new collections; find unique items in treasure chests and complete collections to get an XP bonus.
- Max. level changed from 35 to 60
- Max. number of Workers for Hire changed to 75
Posted by Andrew Stevens on February 19th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Swing King, the physics-based puzzle game from Chillingo, is now available for free. In our review, Michael Halloran wrote “Swing King currently houses 92 different levels that span across several well-designed worlds. I would have to say that there is more than enough content to be played and I’m hopeful even more levels will be released in future updates.”