EA has announced that it’s bringing the Pogo brand to the App Store and, to celebrate, some of the community’s favorite Pogo games are going to be available for free. Those who download the free version of the app will receive Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo 21, Mahjong Safari and Sweet Tooth 2. The games will be ad-supported, but the commercials can be cut out by upgrading to the $2.99 version of the app. Those who are members of EA’s Club Pogo will also be able to play an ad-free version of the titles.
“We’ve been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years, and that experience has given us a deep understanding of the types of games that engage people and keep them coming back for more,” said Michael Marchetti, GM of Pogo for Electronic Arts.
“With the move to iPhone and iPod touch, we’re giving people new ways to play, share and compete-now any moment can turn into a fun moment.”
EA hasn’t detailed any future plans for the app, but we’re obviously hoping the future updates add more games to the fold and provide a continually growing catalog of challenges. The app will also support all the various Pogo community features, including the ability to earn tokens and increase your player rank. EA is also offering weekly badge challenges for a limited time, so there’s another opportunity to prove that you’re better than all your virtual friends.
While Pogo may not be an absolutely mainstream social gaming network, it’s still a fairly big deal and its inclusion on iOS will likely be welcomed by many. Most Pogo games tend to skew towards the casual crowd, but there’s nothing at all wrong with that and those who enjoy playing the games on Pogo.com will definitely love being able to take those same titles wherever they go and playing on the road. So if you’re already into Pogo or just wonder what it’s all about this is as good a time as any to check it out.