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App Update: Zombie Farm 2 Updated with Mini-games

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 28th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: :: Read Review »

One of our favorite free to play simulation games, Zombie Farm 2, has recently been updated with a couple interesting mini-games. To make visiting your neighbors farms a bit more compelling, you can now play tag with your neighbors zombies once there. In playing both of you get rewards. Other new game types are coming.

In addition, mini bosses have been added, evil creatures like Dr. Groundhog. Defeat these bosses to earn special rewards in the game. More bosses are coming soon. These are great ways to add a little real game play to this simulation type game.

Zombie Farm 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob LeFebvre on May 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
Take on the role of a social game farmer who plants both crops AND zombies in this sequel to the original hit, Zombie Farm.
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Experience Life As A Zombie With The Playforge's Zombie Life

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 14th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zombies are cool. That's why there are so many games centered around them. Also popular are social games which is precisely why The Playforge's Zombie Farm has been such a success with over 20 million downloads since its release last year.

The Playforge clearly aren't keen to sit back, though, and have released a new zombie social gaming title: Zombie Life. This time round, players take the role of a young zombie as they stumble their way through life in the real world. Comedic opportunities are abound thanks to the zombies needing to work in places like Burger Kong or the local grocery store, while staying consistently fresh and safely disguised. It's certainly an original idea for a freemium based social game and just in time for Halloween.

Check out the gameplay trailer below. Zombie Life manages to make zombies look pretty darn loveable in their quest for normality.

Zombie Life is available now for free with in-app purchases available.

Freemium And Free To Play Games Glossary

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on July 21st, 2011

Historically, 148Apps has steered away from official reviews of free games and apps. The idea was that users could download them with no real risk to their wallet, and find out on their own if the app or game was worth keeping on their iOS device. However, we've decided to change that unofficial policy because, frankly, there are more and more of them releasing every day. As the number of free to download apps increases, so does the number of wasted downloads and bandwidth. As always, we're here to help.

But before we could do that, we had to make sure that all of our writers were approaching these games from the same angle. Let's face it, all free games are not created equal. So we created a short term list for our writers, to help us all get on the same page when talking about them. We thought it might be a good idea to share this list with you too. Here is a list of typical terms that can be used to discuss this hot new genre of mobile gaming.

Game Types

Free to play (F2P) - This type of game allows play without restriction, but will often make in-app purchases available to increase the rate of progress or ease of success. Free to play games can be freemium games, Lite versions, or time-limited demos. This is the umbrella term for all these types of gaming business models, and as such can be applied to a wide variety of games in the App Store, like Pocket Legends, Tiny Tower, Farmville and Zombie Farm.

Freemium - A freemium game, then, is one in which developers allow players to download the game for free, and then charge a "premium" for extra or advanced features. Many of these kinds of games are feature or time limited, in that users must either wait for items to be built or harvested or pay for instant gratification. Other games offer weapons or other items for sale that cannot be acquired any other way (i.e., by waiting or earning more in-game currency). One example of this strategy is Gun Bros. The games mentioned above, like Farmville and Tiny Tower, can also be classified as freemium games, as they offer faster progress via the purchase of in-app items. Some freemium games allow a lot of gameplay before in-app purchases are encouraged, and others only allow a little, or have extreme waiting periods, like Smurfs' Village.

Ad supported - An ad supported game will include advertisements as interstitials, or banners, or within the game levels themselves. Some ad supported games will give an in-app purchase option to remove said advertisements. An example of this kind of game is Hanging With Friends, where gameplay is not restricted, but ads are shown until the "full" version is purchased.

Subscription based - These are games in which it is required to pay to play for a certain, limited amount of time. Many times, these games can seem like a freemium game, before the user hits a hard pay wall where they must subscribe. Order and Chaos, while not a free download, is an example of a subscription based game on iOS.

Social game - This type of game is really a misnomer, and can be applied to a broad spectrum of games, like time management games, farming games, and the like. The social aspect of these games is fairly small, and is typically simply visiting other players' farms and towns or viewing their progress in their own game. Social games are not to be confused with multiplayer or co-op gameplay.


Pay wall - This is the point in the game where players can no longer make any progress or complete any more game play without paying in some way. A soft pay wall is usually temporary, and involves waiting for game progress, like crops to grow. A hard pay wall is one past which there can be no game play or progress without purchase, similar to a time-limited demo on a console, or by completing a special offer or download of another of the game developer's games.

Grind / Craft / Farm - This is what typically makes up the lion's share of activity within a freemium game. Farming, growing crops, building towers, managing customers are all examples of this type of activity. This can be contrasted with the generally accepted concept of a game having activities that are intrinsically rewarding in themselves, have some sort of conflict or skill acquisition curve, and will continue even if extrinsic rewards like crop growth are discontinued.

Daily/Monthly Active Users (DAU / MAU) - Typically used in the business of games, this term describes the amount these games are used as a measure of how many players are active in a game on a daily or monthly basis.

In-Game Currency - In-game currency is what is used for players to build or purchase objects to progress in the game. There can be two kinds of currency, generally, including an easily-earned currency as well as a purchasable type of currency, referred to below as in-game credits.

In-Game Credits - This is the type of currency is rarely awarded, but easily purchased; it allows players to rapidly progress in the game. Some games use this to negate the waiting for items to be built or ready to harvest, others use it to bypass building or growing altogether, while still others allow players to exchange it for the main form of in-game currency itself.

One thing to note is that many of these terms and game types are not mutually exclusive. Many games, like most things in life, are a mixture of the above, and new games are most likely in development that mix and match the game types (and invent new ones!) in new and interesting ways.

(More reading (Wikipedia) Free to Play, Freemium)

(Collaborators on this post: Jeff Scott, Carter Dotson, Jennifer Allen)

Zombie Farm Shuffles Its Way Onto The iPad

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 14th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE :: Read Review »

In an industry obsessed with zombies and social farming, what do people need? A combination of the two, duh! Which is exactly why iPad owners should be rather excited by the announcement that freemium hit Zombie Farm is now an universal app.

Previously downloaded by 15 million users, Zombie Farm is clearly really rather addictive. And why not? Where else can you farm and harvest your own zombie farm after all? The entire experience is cutesy yet zany. Following the typical social gaming experience, Zombie Farm is a freely available app with a whole bundle of different in-app purchases available if players choose to invest their money into the title.

The release of the universal app ensures that iPad owners can experience Zombie Farm at a high resolution covering the iPad's 1024x768 display. Also the user interface has been improved specially for iPad owners making it much easier to navigate. There's also much more control over alerts such as being informed of harvest or invasion poblems, thus giving players more of a heads up of an issue.

As well as that, Zombie Farm's latest update brings with it the Brainiac pack offering bundles of brains at a great discount rate, and an exclusive pet brain that can't be found anywhere else. There's also a new profile bar that allows players to switch between accounts easily, always handy.

Finally, there's been a plethora of bug fixes to ensure that players no longer lose any data, a problem for a minority of users in the past.

Intriguingly, the update notes also state that developers, The Playforge, are promising the ability to play alongside friends with new social features coming soon. It looks like the future could be very bright for Zombie Farm fans indeed!

Also, if you act now, you could win a brain, which is Zombie Farm's in-game currency. Head over to Twitter, and retweet (RT) the following linked tweet. Be sure to include the hastag:
Zombie Farm is now on the iPad! Universal app wants to give you BRAINS! RT this to enter to win a brain! #gimmebrainsZF

Apple Lists 2010 Top Apps

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 9th, 2010

As the year winds down and we look ahead to the next decade it's time for all those wonderful end-of-year lists we all get so excited about. Today we have some exciting news, as Apple has detailed all the top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPad, as well as the top grossing apps on each platform. Here's the full rundown, for your edification.

Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps

1. Angry Birds
2. Doodle Jump
3. Skee-Ball
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
5. Fruit Ninja
6. Cut the Rope
8. The Moron Test
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. Pocket God

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

1. Facebook
2. Angry Birds Lite
3. Words With Friends Free
4. Skype
5. Tap Tap Revenge 3
6. The Weather Channel®
7. Paper Toss
8. Bing
10. Talking Tom Cat

Top 10 Grossing iPhone Apps

1. MLB.com At Bat 2010
2. Angry Birds
3. Call of Duty: Zombies
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
5. FriendCaller 3 Pro
6. Zombie Farm
7. TomTom U.S.A.
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. Doodle Jump

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Zombie Farm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on April 5th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE
Zombie Farm is an odd mesh of Farmville with zombies. While the thought is interesting, it could use a bit more focus on the gameplay and less on the cutesy experience.
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