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Appboy Customer Engagement Platform For APP Developers

Here’s an interview with Appboy, a mobile app customer engagement platform company we met at the APP Nation Conference held in San Francisco in mid December They have raised 2.5MM in funding from Blumberg Capital, T5 Capital, Metamorphic Ventures, Accelerator Ventures and Bullpen Capital. (more…)

The Room IPad Game of the Year

Congratulations to UK based Fireproof Studios. Apple named their puzzle game The Room, The IPad Game of the Year. The Room game takes place in a dark room where you follow a trail of clues leading towards a new energy source. You must decipher these clues to hack into a ornate cabinet which contains a even more elaborate wooden container. You must slide hatches, solve mechanical and visual puzzles, using the swipe and touch functionality of the IPad.

The Room IPad Puzzle Game Download $1.99
The Room IPhone Puzzle Game Download $1.99

The Room definitely offers an unique and puzzling game experience the first time you play it. It took us a three days to solve the game the first time played during our holiday travels. The second time took one day. The third took two hours and we solved the room in 65 minutes on the fourth go round. There is only one way to solve each puzzle so once you figure it out and can store the solution in your brain’s memory slot the challenge dissipates. It would be great if they added a timer function to create a sense of urgency and to compare my score to other players. Mind you this comes from someone who still has yet to solve the Rubik’s Cube without taking it apart.

The Room costs $1.99 and consumers can play it on the IPhone and IPad using iOS 5.0 or later.

The Search Toobar Business Model Comes to Android

StartApp Android App Monetization

StartApp Android App Monetization

This post marks the launch of a new section dedicated to helping app developers grow their audience and revenue, and ultimately the the life time value of their users.

Have you ever developed a downloadable app for the PC, listed it on sites like Download.com, Tucows and Softonic? Did sales reps and business development folks from companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask, Conduit, Spigot and other tool bar providers bombard you with emails and calls begging you to add their toolbar to your apps install flow? (more…)

Space Keeper Free Android Game Download

Here’s Space Keeper, a unique new action arcade Android game from CodaWeb Interactive UG.

The game takes place in the year 2312 where all natural resources have dried up. You have to find and collect elements in outer space to create new sources of energy. The game mechanic employs lots of physics.

Obstacles include explosive particles, asteroids and aliens. You will need logic, speed and dexterity to succeed.

Space Keeper Free Android Game Download

Clay Jam Puzzle Arcade Game Out on iOS and Android

Sometimes game developers use programming languages like java or c++ and sometimes they use clay. What? Clay? As in the soft malleable stuff used to make ceramics? Yes that clay. Doesn’t the clay get stuck in the device? How many game developers use clay to create their games? One as far we know. A company called Fat Pebble just released Clay Jam, an extremely unique free puzzle arcade game made entirely of clay although we are sure they had to use some programming language to make the game work on mobile devices.

The game takes place in a land named Clay Jam where monsters live happily ever after until some characters named the Bully Beasts destroyed Clay Jam which lay dormant for hundreds of years. A stranger shows up vowing to rebuild the land but he needs clay for their task. He dispatched a blue pebble to collect and recover clay. You guide the pebble down the hill by drawing groves in the clay land towards the little creatures you must squash for their clay. You must flick the pebble at the Bully Beast to send him flying to earn more points.

Clay Jam offers one of the most unique game play experiences we have seen in a number of years. Consumers can play Clay Jam on either their IPhone, IPads or Android devices.

Clay Jam Free Android Game Download

Clay Jam Free iOS Game Download

Crazy Vampires iOS Puzzle Game Download

Humans defending vampires? What is the world coming to? Clearly the folks at CBE Software haven’t seen the latest season of True Blood because they released a puzzle game on the iOS platform called Crazy Vampires where you (the human) must guide the Vampires to their crypts before daylight burns them blacker than over done toast.

Crazy Vampires iOS Puzzle Game Download

As we mentioned about you must save the Vampires through the labyrinths to their crypts. You do this by rotating parts of the labyrinth to create new paths, using garlic and employing some creative use of spider webs all to redirect the vamps to their sleeping quarters.

iOS gamers can download a free version of Crazy Vampires which comes with 12 playable levels and 53 unlockable levels with a $1.99 purchase or you can buy the whole game for $1.99 upfront. Crazy Vampires combines reverse Tower Defense with puzzle elements to offer a biting good time.

Word Carnivale iOS Puzzle Word Game

Do you like word games? Do you like games like Bejeweled and Diamond Dash? If answered “yes” to these extremely challenging questions then you will enjoy Word Carnivale, a new word puzzle game created by San Diego based Playscreen.

In the playful carnivale themed Word Carnivale puzzle game you must create words from the letters on the balloons before the timer runs out. When you successfully create a word the balloons pop and balloons with new letters replace them. The game forces you to open an account using your Facebook login data or an email address. We guess this encourages virtual social interaction but we this irritates us. Just let us play the game without having to let the world know what we are doing. Is that too much too ask?

Consumers can play Word Carnivale on their IPhone, IPad, and IPod Touch devices for free as long they don’t mind advertising. You can pay $2.99 to remove the ads permanently.

Word Carnivale Free IPhone Word Puzzle Game

Word Carnivale Free IPad Word Puzzle Game

Cross the Line Puzzle Game Download

A new game called Cross the Line presents an interesting challenge for us because we can’t decide if the folks behind this game Chilibite Games(the publisher) and Codi Games (The creator) are lazy or brilliant. Consumers can play this puzzle game on both the iOS and Android platforms for $1.99.

Cross The Line offers a deceptively simple physics puzzle game which takes place on a blackboard. You must direct a ball over a line with one single swipe, unlike physics puzzlers like Angry Birds where you may get three or four chances to destroy the target.

You can bounce the ball off objects like blocks and the wall while aiming for power-up earning stars. To be clear you aren’t using the slingshot like mechanic in many games like Angry Birds. You are simply flinging the ball once. The puzzles get extremely difficult for those of you who get lost in your showers.

Cross The Line Itunes Puzzle Game Download $1.99

Cross The Line Android Puzzle Game Download $1.99

Zombies Office Horror Satire Game Download

It looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. Ever dread going into work? Do the management dolts frustrate you? Maybe the head of your division who is so incompetent that he can’t open a link emailed to him, sleeps with two of his female married direct reports and gets promoted. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then maybe a game called Zombies will help you blow off steam as you smash a few heads.

An indie game developer named Nic Gorrisen created Zombies, a self described “violent, sarcastic, 2D isometric rampage game” which takes place in a cube filled office environment where the IT Help Desk guy, our hero, must fend off the masses of drooling middle managers who happen to be zombies.

Gorrisen employs retro pixel visuals as you slash your way up the corporate ladder. The game includes some fun humor and an even better soundtrack and can be played on the PC($4.00), the IPhone ($0.99) and the IPad.

Zombies PC Game Download $4.00
Zombies IPhone/IPad Game Download $0.99

Freeze! Physics Puzzle Game Download

Gotta love those ambient music playing iOS puzzle games. We have been addicted to one called Connectrode since March of 2012. Then we discovered Dark Nebula and now comes Freeze! from German based Frozen Gun Games. (more…)

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