We’re taking a look each week at what’s happening in the mobile space– what new games are out and a little bit about how they’re being marketed.
The Room Three (Fireproof Studios, $4.99, available for iOS)
Players that are fans of puzzle games would easily name The Room and its sequel as some of their favorite, especially given their detailed design. Now the series returns with The Room Three, complete with new puzzles to solve, and a solid atmospheric design and alternate endings. Fireproof’s previous Room games have been both critical favorites and best-sellers, with the series selling over 5.4 million copies to date across both platforms. The Room Three will no doubt follow suit, and has already earned a recommendation on Apple’s App Store as an “Editor’s Choice.” The trailer, located here, is chock full of suspense and melds cinematic shots with elements of gameplay.
The Room series has been a huge success for Fireproof Games, which now comprises 3 of 4 games they have produced. The developer has dipped their toes into VR with Omega Agent, a game created for Samsung Gear VR that promises “Secret agent training. With jetpacks,” is also puzzle-driven.
Bigfoot Hunter (R2 Games, free-to-play, available for iOS)
Fans of the classic game Pokémon Snap on Nintendo 64 have a lot to like about Bigfoot Hunter. In this newest effort from R2 Games, you’re tasked with taking pictures of Bigfoot and his friends, using a number of cameras and accessories to get the right one. The more good pictures taken, the more the player has the potential to unlock. Additional equipment can be purchased via in-game gems as well.
Bigfoot Hunter is the work of Dave Bisceglia, CEO of TapLap, and has earned awards at GamesBeat (winning first place) as well as Best Game at the recent GDC Next event. It definitely has that Pokémon Snap sort of appeal, but with a comical flair that appeals to kids of all ages.
With Bisceglia behind the game, Bigfoot Hunter should be receiving a fairly good media push over the next few days. The game is getting pretty good buzz on Twitter, with positive reviews and word-of-mouth.
The Peanuts Movie Official Storybook App (Cupcake Digital, $.99, available for iOS)
With The Peanuts Movie arriving in theaters today, Cupcake Digital has released a supplementary app that allows children (and fans of the characters created by Charles M. Schulz) to follow the storyline from the film, complete with narration. In addition, they can interact with coloring pages as well, adding stickers to each scene and even “partying” with particular characters from the Peanuts universe, including Snoopy in his “Joe Cool” guise.
Schulz’s work with The Peanuts has continued to appeal to young and old fans years after his death, and with the new movie receiving a huge promotional push (and set to take a second place finish behind the new James Bond film Spectre, with a reasonable box office draw), the app is sure to draw plenty of fans and the promotion behind The Peanuts Movie helps abundantly. Even “blockheads” will enjoy it.
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (WB Games, $4.99, available for iOS)
Lego games have done well on the mobile front, thanks to releases like Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. This week, the original franchise Ninjago gets a turn with Shadow of Ronin, an adventure based on the popular series. In it, players will take on enemies both on foot and in vehicles, using special Spinjitzu powers and other abilities.
Like most Lego games, this one looks to be fun for kids and parents alike. The ninja theme is “cool” enough for older players to accept, and younger fans of Ninjago can get into it as well. Plus, if previous Lego titles are any indication, the gameplay should adapt quite easily to tablets, with two different styles virtual D-pad and casual available. Go, ninja, go!
The Lego name should help push the game, especially with the recent success of Lego Dimensions for consoles. The cartoon series also has a strong following, so that will tie in as well. We won’t be surprised if the game gets cross-promoted with the show as well.