The last time I played mobile games with any regularity was all the way back in 2004. My phone had some kind of proto-Bejewelled game on it, and I used to while away the bus trip home from school inanely matching coloured gems. Before that, it was Snake (or even better, Snake 2!), but it wasn't long before the simple games and repetitive play lost my interest entirely.
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Briefly: The Sims 4 just got a neat mobile app that lets you access the game's gallery features from Android smartphones and iPhones. This is a nice way to check out other players' Sims or houses when you're on the go. Sadly, you can't use it to monitor your Sims from afar. Download it on Google Play and iTunes.
Flappy Bird is officially no more. True to the word of the game's creator, Dong Nguyen, the app is gone from both Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Unless you already downloaded it, you won't find one of the world's most popular video games anywhere.
In the leadup to the next election, however long that will take, we'll undoubtedly have to sit through lots of jibber-jabbering about the carbon tax, and mining, stopping the boats, and bla, bla, bla. A new app on iOS and Android lets you do what you always wanted to - engage in "physical heckling".
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been having a rough year, having allegedly been caught on tape smoking crack, and then subjected to the great and terrible scrutiny of Gawker. At least he got a video game out of the deal. Can you help Ford avoid reporters and crack pipes long enough to earn the cash to buy back the incriminating video?
Today Google officially announced Google Play game services, a suite of features aimed at making Google Play a real cohesive game platform rather than a just a random pile of titles in no particular order. Top developers like Glu Mobile and Gameloft are lining up to enhance their Android titles with achievements, cloud saves, leaderboards and real-time multiplayer using Google+ friend circles.
I've been rather hard on Activision's mobile Wipeout game in the past, largely because it's based on a silly television obstacle course show and not my beloved series of PlayStation hovercar racing games. Today I'm just so happy to see a new game in the Android paid charts that I don't care. C'mere Wipeout, you big lug.
Another week, another 20 Android apps vying for attention on the top paid and free charts. All the usual suspects are present and accounted for — 19 games that have been poking about the rankings for weeks, months and even years. There's only one fresh face here, though technically it's been rotting for ages.