266211Ngmoco announced today that they had acquired iPhone developer Miraphonic, the developer of Epic Pet Wars [App Store].

Epic Pet Wars is one of the Mafia-type MMO games on the App Store that revolves around picking a pet, training and leveling it up for battle. The game is offered for free and makes money based on the sale of add-on pet races and respect points. The game has a loyal following on our forums and seems to fit right in with Ngmoco's recent push into Free + Paid DLC business model with Eliminate Pro and Touch Pets.

We've never provided much coverage to these types of games here on TouchArcade, but they do seem to have a large following amongst App Store customers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/elijahdoom Eli Mcfly

    Quite an acquisition.... but it is just more, or are these type of games realllly reallly stupid?

  • http://www.myspace.com/elijahdoom Eli Mcfly

    Quite an acquisition.... but it is just more, or are these type of games realllly reallly stupid?

  • GnarKill

    Yes they are very stupid. It one of those game types I wish could be erased and never return.

    • Eli Hodapp

      Sometimes the stupidest things in life make the most money. ;)

      • GnarKill

        Sad but very true. At my old office we called those games "Menu Quest", press a button and see what happens.

  • GnarKill

    Yes they are very stupid. It one of those game types I wish could be erased and never return.

    • Eli Hodapp

      Sometimes the stupidest things in life make the most money. ;)

      • GnarKill

        Sad but very true. At my old office we called those games "Menu Quest", press a button and see what happens.

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    how much?

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    how much?

  • Parker Mcg

    "Has a loyal following on our forum." Yep it does. A following that throws rocks and spits in the ground wherever they go.

    I officially don't like ngmoco:( anymore. (like my opinion matters :( )

    • acidbottle

      as childish as it sounds i have also lost a lot of respect for ngmoco ..

      but there ya have it, this is the future of iphone gaming, and quite possibly games as a whole.

      other than the C64 emulator DLC for for full games, i find this current trend of buying your progress or extra levels quite disturbing.

  • Parker Mcg

    "Has a loyal following on our forum." Yep it does. A following that throws rocks and spits in the ground wherever they go.

    I officially don't like ngmoco:( anymore. (like my opinion matters :( )

    • acidbottle

      as childish as it sounds i have also lost a lot of respect for ngmoco ..

      but there ya have it, this is the future of iphone gaming, and quite possibly games as a whole.

      other than the C64 emulator DLC for for full games, i find this current trend of buying your progress or extra levels quite disturbing.

  • Frej

    Well, i think it's nice that they're getting a new developer, Eliminate is great, if we can have even more guys working on it, it'll be the best!.. well it already is, but.. you know...

  • Frej

    Well, i think it's nice that they're getting a new developer, Eliminate is great, if we can have even more guys working on it, it'll be the best!.. well it already is, but.. you know...

  • funkitron

    oh boy, so they are really turning into the 'EA of the iPhone' like everyone suspected they would. can't make good games on your own so you go and acquire game developers (yes eliminate *might* be the exception to the rule). but this game is dumb, seriously ngmoco you wasted our time and your money.

    • Joker13z

      I thought ngmoco was just a publisher, not a developer, much like chillingo. So their job is to acquire game developers? Now I might be confused but I don't see your point.

      • Will090

        They're both, like a mini-gameloft. They published Rolando but made Touchpets, Eliminate, Topple, etc.

  • funkitron

    oh boy, so they are really turning into the 'EA of the iPhone' like everyone suspected they would. can't make good games on your own so you go and acquire game developers (yes eliminate *might* be the exception to the rule). but this game is dumb, seriously ngmoco you wasted our time and your money.

    • Joker13z

      I thought ngmoco was just a publisher, not a developer, much like chillingo. So their job is to acquire game developers? Now I might be confused but I don't see your point.

      • Will090

        They're both, like a mini-gameloft. They published Rolando but made Touchpets, Eliminate, Topple, etc.

  • menom

    oh well bit of a shame if it detracts from developing good stuff instead of working on 'Mafia-type MMO games'

    I see those games as the HERPES of software development

    but, hey, what do I know...

  • menom

    oh well bit of a shame if it detracts from developing good stuff instead of working on 'Mafia-type MMO games'

    I see those games as the HERPES of software development

    but, hey, what do I know...

  • http://slidetoplay.com STP_Tim

    Knew this day was coming. They were constantly posting ads on Twitter and their free Plus+ games.

  • http://slidetoplay.com STP_Tim

    Knew this day was coming. They were constantly posting ads on Twitter and their free Plus+ games.

  • Gregg

    You want herpes? Stroll over to the Storm8/Godfather/Playmesh camps... at least this game they acquired isn't all just UIWebViews and all that muck. "Girl wars, girls only."... seriously?

  • Gregg

    You want herpes? Stroll over to the Storm8/Godfather/Playmesh camps... at least this game they acquired isn't all just UIWebViews and all that muck. "Girl wars, girls only."... seriously?

  • wegmans

    OMG if anyone has any interest in investing in companies, please PM me on the forums. Seriously! EA is publicly traded, why not a startup?

  • wegmans

    OMG if anyone has any interest in investing in companies, please PM me on the forums. Seriously! EA is publicly traded, why not a startup?

  • arc417

    if social network games are herpes of the app industry, the Khalid Shaikh is AIDS, albeit more obnoxious and damaging

  • arc417

    if social network games are herpes of the app industry, the Khalid Shaikh is AIDS, albeit more obnoxious and damaging

  • MidianGTX

    Any chance if we backlash early enough ngmoco might straighten up their act?

  • MidianGTX

    Any chance if we backlash early enough ngmoco might straighten up their act?

  • Nohaterzaround

    Epic pet wars was the SH!T until NGmoco acquired the game. It sucks and it's just plain death there's people out there that want to play Epic Pet Wars but dumb developers from ngmoco are just lazy and useless!!! Seriously!

    Epic Pet Wars was the number 1 MMO type game in 2009
    EPW got just a little bit more than 4,000,000 players in less than 1 and a half year.

    What does that tell you? It was a good game until "YOU" ngmoco phucked it up!! What a shame and all little stupid games you create are usless... people want games with global rankings not stucked games that never ger updated!

    good example godfinger was just a dumb copy of pocket got... Topple was a wanna be copy of tetris but in a dumber way!! Get a life!