Picture 14In an interesting turn of events, Gameloft sent us notice of an upcoming 99¢ game of theirs called Bailout War$. From their faux newspaper press release they sent out (below), Bailout War$ is going to be a castle defense type game but instead of a castle, you are protecting the White House from greedy bankers coming to take the taxpayer's money.

The game's premise sounds questionable at best, and we would have likely just passed on the announcement if it hadn't come from Gameloft. What is most interesting about it all is seeing yet another App Store giant seemingly targetting the casual crowd with a game designed to be released at only 99¢. We first saw this with EA's micro-studio 8lb Gorilla and their first project Zombies & Me [App Store], a game which got featured by Apple but never made it very high on the sales charts.

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I just hope that the gameplay in Bailout War$ is good enough that the game is worth playing once the "humor" of protecting bailout money from bankers wears thin. Other bailout-related games like Bailout America [App Store] and Squash the $treet [App Store] have had decent gameplay elements, but largely felt cheapened by the addition of these topical elements.

Regardless, Gameloft has been on a roll lately with high production value 3D games and games based off popular board games and other valuable intellectual property. While it's unclear at this point if Gameloft is going to further pursue the 99¢ casual market, Bailout War$ seems to represent yet another industry giant encroaching on the App Store turf previously claimed by indie developers.

  • spiffyone

    "The game's premise sounds questionable at best...."

    The hell it does. It's pretty much EXACTLY what's happening irl.

    BTW, cue the "doom 'n gloom" crowd who'll go on about this being the end of higher-end, larger production value games on the App Store, or a harbinger of their demise, even though, y'know...it's not that at all but rather Gameloft expanding their product base (similar to other devs, like EA).

    Oh, and cue the Gameloft haters, both legit and those who just want to troll. On the latter, they'll either pull double duty themselves or be joined by the typical trolls against this platform looking for cheap heat.

    • spiffyone

      I mean the banks taking tax payer money all willy-nilly like. Not the "taxpayer defense" stuff. Although, tbqh...that'd be cool. :)

  • spiffyone

    "The game's premise sounds questionable at best...."

    The hell it does. It's pretty much EXACTLY what's happening irl.

    BTW, cue the "doom 'n gloom" crowd who'll go on about this being the end of higher-end, larger production value games on the App Store, or a harbinger of their demise, even though, y'know...it's not that at all but rather Gameloft expanding their product base (similar to other devs, like EA).

    Oh, and cue the Gameloft haters, both legit and those who just want to troll. On the latter, they'll either pull double duty themselves or be joined by the typical trolls against this platform looking for cheap heat.

    • spiffyone

      I mean the banks taking tax payer money all willy-nilly like. Not the "taxpayer defense" stuff. Although, tbqh...that'd be cool. :)

  • Hobbes

    Yup, cause bankers stole it. Not like it was GIVEN to them, heavens no.

    • spiffyone

      If you'll recall correctly, the bailout was NOT supported by the vast majority of the American people. So...yeah...they kinda did steal it. Our representatives voted it in "in our best interest", but none of us were really keen on the idea. And the next round of elections will reflect that, btw, when the vast majority of those currently in office find themselves OUT of office.

      • spiffyone

        So, it wasn't only the banks. It was the politicians.

        Politicians working for corporate will rather than that of the American people?

        So much for "change". >:[

      • Yagami_Light

        Yeah. I laughed my *** off when Obama started doing the exact same things as Bush did. Judging from Obama's plummeting approval ratings though, people are finally seeing that these people are all the same. The change they promise is just a lie.

        Now with Obama's new health care bill, he is trying to force socialism on us just as hard as Bush was.

        It is too bad that you don't get to beat the **** out of all of the puppet presidents that we've had since Kennedy.

  • Hobbes

    Yup, cause bankers stole it. Not like it was GIVEN to them, heavens no.

    • spiffyone

      If you'll recall correctly, the bailout was NOT supported by the vast majority of the American people. So...yeah...they kinda did steal it. Our representatives voted it in "in our best interest", but none of us were really keen on the idea. And the next round of elections will reflect that, btw, when the vast majority of those currently in office find themselves OUT of office.

      • spiffyone

        So, it wasn't only the banks. It was the politicians.

        Politicians working for corporate will rather than that of the American people?

        So much for "change". >:[

      • Yagami_Light

        Yeah. I laughed my *** off when Obama started doing the exact same things as Bush did. Judging from Obama's plummeting approval ratings though, people are finally seeing that these people are all the same. The change they promise is just a lie.

        Now with Obama's new health care bill, he is trying to force socialism on us just as hard as Bush was.

        It is too bad that you don't get to beat the **** out of all of the puppet presidents that we've had since Kennedy.

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Maybe they weren't "designed" to be 99 cents but Gameloft isn't "entering the 99 cent market" - they already have 8 games available for 99cents

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Maybe they weren't "designed" to be 99 cents but Gameloft isn't "entering the 99 cent market" - they already have 8 games available for 99cents

  • slappy

    Give the bankers great big hook noses! LOL!

  • slappy

    Give the bankers great big hook noses! LOL!

  • Kita

    The problem with big game companies entering the 99 cent market is that they make games worth exactly 99 cents no more, no less. But with independent developers making games for 99 cents some of them tend to be worth way more than 99 cents and even get regular updates!! I don't think that applies to most indepedent developers though, usually they charge more at first then quickly drop it to get attention :)

  • Kita

    The problem with big game companies entering the 99 cent market is that they make games worth exactly 99 cents no more, no less. But with independent developers making games for 99 cents some of them tend to be worth way more than 99 cents and even get regular updates!! I don't think that applies to most indepedent developers though, usually they charge more at first then quickly drop it to get attention :)

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Psionic

    ah racial stereotypes. +1 win?

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Psionic

    ah racial stereotypes. +1 win?

  • Dark NRG

    EA's 8lb Gorilla was to put out a 99center every month.
    It's been a month since Zombies and Me.
    So much for that experiment :p

  • Dark NRG

    EA's 8lb Gorilla was to put out a 99center every month.
    It's been a month since Zombies and Me.
    So much for that experiment :p

  • ziekke

    Don't forget Bailout Bonanza by Playscreen!!!!!

  • ziekke

    Don't forget Bailout Bonanza by Playscreen!!!!!

  • Faros

    Another crAPP from gameloft, it sucks big time.
    Toucharcade, stop deleting me messages or i will report you

  • Faros

    Another crAPP from gameloft, it sucks big time.
    Toucharcade, stop deleting me messages or i will report you

  • I dropped the beans

    Are you for the bankers or against them in this game?

    • Yagami_Light

      I'd assume that you are against them, seeing as how you have to kill them, lol.

      • I dropped the beans

        Well if so, they had better watch out, bankers dont just own banks, the big boys dont like grass roots culture, well not if it goes against their plans and social directions. Remember, small crooks rob banks, big crooks own banks.

  • I dropped the beans

    Are you for the bankers or against them in this game?

    • Yagami_Light

      I'd assume that you are against them, seeing as how you have to kill them, lol.

      • I dropped the beans

        Well if so, they had better watch out, bankers dont just own banks, the big boys dont like grass roots culture, well not if it goes against their plans and social directions. Remember, small crooks rob banks, big crooks own banks.