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GREE Adds Crime City Developer To Their Stable

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 2nd, 2012

Social gaming company GREE is on quite the roll as of late.  Those of you that have been following this space for any length of time should remember this name as the company that snapped up cross-platform gaming juggernaut OpenFeint back in April of last year for a reported $104 million.  Since then the company has obviously continued to build on their current portfolio, announcing today that they have acquired Crime City developer Funzio for a reported $210 million.

The move seems to fall right in line with GREE's current stable of cross-platform social games.  Among the other titles that will now bear the GREE name will be Modern War and Kingdom Age, both of which already have their own established followings. This will help move the publisher one step closer to their goal of one billion worldwide users.  We can only assume that this will be followed by them running for public office and executing their plans for world domination.  Watch your back, they could be coming for your favorite social game next!

FREEday 4/20/12 - "I Will Choose a Path That's Clear, I Will Choose FREEwill"

Posted by Rob Rich on April 20th, 2012

Believe it or not, I actually really enjoy making these lists every week. It’s like a weird little iOS scavenger hunt. I feel like I’m finding little hidden treasures (and some not-so-hidden) to share with everyone. Makes me feel all special. So yeah, more free games this week. Several of them are pretty cool, too.

Bloody Western - In a world full of custom character-heavy freemium PvP iOS games (and lots of abbreviations), it’s important to have a theme that stands out. I’d say a graphically violent Old West stands out. Bonus points for getting to choose between being a law man or outlaw. Also dusters.

ILLUSIA 2 - I’m not entirely sure why Gamevil always releases cool games for free, but I’m not going to complain. And if they want to make the more refined (and gorgeous) sequel to one of the App Store’s premier RPG-platformers available at no cost, they’re more than welcome to. In fact, I think we should encourage this behavior by downloading it.

Kingdom Age - Build and run a kingdom. Fight rival players. Plenty of quests to complete and areas to explore. All of that’s pretty cool, but what I’m really interested in is the whole fantasy theme. What with all the monsters to fight and 100+ (!) units to command. Could be worth a look-see, I think.

A Bird’s Journey - Okay so I’ll admit it, I’m totally noting this one because of the visuals. I’m a sucker for interesting art styles, everyone should know this by now. Shut up! At least it looks cool. And it’s free.

Downhill Xtreme - Know what this reminds me of? The classic PlayStation title 2 Xtreme. There’s just something incredibly pleasing about beating the crap out of people while racing down steep inclines. Being able to do so while on the go just makes it more awesome.

Avon’s Flight - Yes, it’s another top-down SHMUP. Yes, I know there are a number of these on the App Store already, and a good many of them are free. But how many of them have space-bullets that are affected by gravity? Never mind that it’s technically a ridiculous concept because there really isn’t any gravity in space to begin with, it mixes things up and makes what could’ve been more of the same into something much more unique.