13th August 2011
Japanese publisher Capcom’s report for the most recent fiscal quarter makes for particularly interesting reading, given the increasing importance of its Mobile and newly created Beeline divisions to the company’s overall healthy bottom line. Grouped under the ‘Mobile Contents’ operational department, Capcom Mobile and Beeline contributed net sales of $150 million, up 79.8 percent from the same term last year.
OrangePixel's tough-as-nails pixel-art 2D platformer Meganoid has just received an enormous update. On the regular difficulty setting, there are now 90 levels in which to die - sorry, adventure through. And if your sadistic side still isn’t satiated, there are also 80 levels available in the Sarge mode. In Meganoid version 1.4.8, you can even attempt 50 of the previously completed levels backwards in what's called the Oreah mode.
Canadian developer Hothead Games has dealt out a shiny new update to its highly Qi rated free-to-play strategy game Kard Combat. In this updated version, players can utilise four new mages (Demon, Chaos, Deception, and Arcane), and try their luck in two new game modes: Challenge and Timed. Hothead has also applied a liberal amount of spit and polish to the turn-based card title, with graphics smoothened over and bugs sprayed with virtual insect killer.
The GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 gala event will take place on October 21st at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza, and the voting on the 14 categories is officially open. The award of most interest to the Quality Index, of course, is the Best Mobile game, which this year comprises 20 nominees. The contenders in the Mobile section read like a veritable whos’s who of iPhone gaming, including Dead Space, Cut the Rope, Real Racing 2, and Infinity Blade.
If you don’t already know, Qi trawls the print and online media for game and app reviews from respected sources like Macworld, TiPb, 148Apps, and GameSpot. A unique Qi formula is then applied to each site and publication to establish a definitive Qi score for the app or game. Top 5 recommendation lists, news round-ups, and regular industry analysis complement the dynamic Qi charts. Qi has its own Twitter feed, too, @qualityindex.
Notable changes to the Quality Index charts
Conjuring up painful memories of mid-‘90s boy band ballads and then, thankfully, extinguishing them in seconds comes Wooords, a freeform word game with more than a whiff of UK quiz show Countdown about it.
Test your vocabulary, speed, and ingenuity across three separate game modes by rearranging the nine magnetic letters on Stray Robot Games’s virtual fridge into as many legitimate English terms as possible.
Each of the randomly generated selection contains a ‘key’ letter with which to gain additional points, an element that contributed to No DPad’s 10/10 review: “It’s accessible, enjoyable, and best of all, it makes you think. I love games like this, and Wooords executes almost everything to perfection.”
There’s nothing particularly unique or irregular, meanwhile, about a video game franchise crossing the smartphone platform divide - tens of modern-day developers port their wares between ecosystems on a weekly basis.
What is slightly unusual about the fifth-placed title on Qi’s leaderboard this week Cordy, though, is that this fabulously accomplished 3D platformer has run, jumped, bounced, and swung FROM Android TO iPhone.
Rather atypically, too, you can download SilverTree Media’s console-quality experience for free, and guide the ‘little robot with a big job’ through four levels before committing your moolah to the rest.
On this particular occasion, it’s the Japanese publisher’s five-star retail venture Mega Mall Story that’s pulling in the iPhone window shoppers and attracting positive feedback on AppSpy’s comments form:
“It's got loads of content, and an easy to use interface…once you open your mall's doors, you might not put your iPhone down until the fifteen years (given to complete the game) have passed.”
Burger joint or sushi bar on the ground floor?? Mmmm, choice, choices…