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The European Commission is investigating the term “free” as used for apps that contain in-app purchases. The consumer policy group representing the European Union is holding talks with Apple, Google and app makers in developing new policies that would require free apps to be completely free, with intentions of targeting terms like “Buy Now” or “Upgrade Now” from free-to-play apps.
For a limited time, you can download the arcade classic, Tetris, through the App Store App for free. The game app made by Electronics Arts updates the classic with new gameplay features. Usually priced at for $0.99, App Store users can get it for free until April 7, 2014.
Created by Soviet programmer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, the original game still holds a special place in gaming history. The game is considered the Greatest Game of All Time. It’s easily the most highest paid game of all time.
New York City is in full-blown Super Bowl mode with the big event happening this Sunday just across the Hudson at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. About a dozen blocks along Broadway are blocked to traffic beginning Wednesday for a “Super Bowl Boulevard” that features NFL stars, music and even a Times Square toboggan run. Hotels and cabs are full, and New Yorkers are wishing they had remembered to flee for somewhere warmer (and less crowded!).
We were not a big football family growing up, but on Super Bowl Sunday, I do remember one game that always preceded kickoff among my siblings: the paper football toss. We used a matchbook to flick over the TV room’s coffee table, but it’s the same idea. And now, of course, there are apps for this. So here are three paper football toss apps to bring back those memories and help complete your Super Bowl 2014 week. Read more
In the span of four short months, XBox gamers have been getting quite hungry for Pizza Hut – the game console app was able to genera a quick $1 million in revenue, especially on weekends.
In an interview with Polygon, Pizza Hut’s Director of Relations, Doug Terfehr, said, “It’s been a source of unbelievable growth for us… Just the explosion of people who wanted to download it, experiment with it, play with it with Kinect. Read more
A nor’easter (or, as we said in Maine: nor’eastah) whipped through New York and into New England Thursday night, dumping snow, snarling travel and closing schools. Some people might have the urge to take up their sled and head for the nearest hill. But if you’re stuck in the office, or prefer staying curled up on the couch on snow days, you can still enjoy the wintry scene via your mobile device.
Try one of these snow-themed game apps to get your fireside winter fix. (Descriptions via iTunes or Google Play, but all exclamation points were removed.)
5 Snow-Themed Game Apps
Stickman Snowboarder (Android/iOS): “Grind, spin, slide, grab, race and jump your way to glory as you tackle a variety of terrain from the ski slopes to the city. Grind on whales, avoid the crush of falling snowballs, launch off giant chilis and escape the cops.” Price: Free or $1.99.
Snow Slopes (Android): “Create the snow slopes that your characters surfs on. Snow Slopes lets you control your snowboarder with the slopes that you draw. Use your touchscreen to create the snow slopes you want in real time. Keep your character alive while collecting coins and power ups to keep the clock running. Perform front and back flips for additional bonus points.” Price: Free or $0.99. Read more
Did Santa leave you a new phone or tablet? Well let’s fill it with some free game apps to help pass the rest of the holiday week with a little more cheer. Here are five favorites to get you started, er, addicted fast.
Five Free Game Apps
QuizUp: Face off with your spouse, Facebook friend or a stranger in this trivia game that will test your wit across a multitude of subjects from the serious to the silly (iOS only).
Dumb Ways to Die: Defend your three lives in this super simple but satisfying game where you try to keep yourself from dying in a dumb way like being eaten by bear or stung to death by wasps (iOS/Android). Read more
Will Ferrell’s Anchorman team is losing no steam with the movie’s promotion. The latest marketing stunt is a mobile game that’s filled with scotch drinks and shrewdly named “Scotchy Scotch Toss.”
Sony said it has sold 2.1 million of its new PlayStation 4s in about two weeks. Fans snapped up a million of those units in the first 24 hours they went on sale Nov. 15.
“It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you,” wrote Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a blog post. “I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence.” Read more
Remember those pocket-sized Tamagotchi from high school? Admittedly, I never got one of those digital keychain pets, but ever since online games like Smurfvillage and Farmville started appearing, we’ve been waiting for the resurgence of Tamagotchis as a phone app.
The app allows you to choose between Toy or App mode. Toy looks just like the old school version with a Tamagotchi device, while app is a full screen colored pet. Once you get your Tamagotchi, you can feed it and clean its poop. There’s also a mini-game that you can play with your pet to increase its happiness.
The app is available for iPhone and Android (already over 600,000 downloads in just one month). The apps are ad-supported, but you can pay $0.99 for an ad-free version.
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