Category Archives: Massive Multiplayer (MMO)

Lots of drama with developer Machine Zone recently, and this last one is an interesting one. Machine Zone is the developer of Game of War: Fire Age [Free], currently the Top Grossing Game on the App Store. So, the company isn't poor. According to a story in The Verge, a Machine Zone employee was intercepted by FBI agents as he was boarding a plane to Beijing for allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company. Apparently, the employee was unhappy with his position in Machine Zone and decided to download data to use as a bargaining chip in an attempt to get more money. What makes the story interesting is the type of data this employee stole, data that was so important that FBI got involved; it wasn't anything to do with the game's code or the company's structure, but, rather, information about player behavior, including how users spend money in the game. The breach didn't include any credit card information or the like, simply information about players' in-game habits and behavior...

You might have heard of a tiny little game called Clash of Clans [Free], a game that has spawned many imitators, has been raking in the dough since its release in 2012, and is currently sitting nicely in second place in the App Store's Top Grossing Games. But how did this game manage to become so popular that everyone uses it as a stand-in phrase for "very popular and very successful mobile game?" Well, Clash of Clans' server programmer, Jonas Collaros, revealed what he sees as the secret behind the game's success. In the most recent Game Developers Conference, Collaros claimed that the secret to Supercell's success is the company's simple principle: the game should be free. That reason alone, always according to Collaros, has enabled gamers to download the game and make it a part of their daily lives...




Tactile Wars [Free] had, how shall I put this mildly, a rocky start in life. The game went through what I suppose was a successful soft launch and then got released with plenty of App Store fanfare, grabbing the much-coveted Editor's Choice Award from Apple, an award that can really take a game's revenue into the stratosphere. Unfortunately for the game, the award had pretty much that precise effect, and I say unfortunately because the great influx of players knackered the game's servers to the point where it became literally unplayable. All players would see was a "Connection is Lost" little sign informing them of their current inability to join this online-only game. In a way, Tactile Wars' predicament was reminiscent of that of many recent AAA console and PC games that tried to go online-only (looking at you, Simcity) only to realize soon after launch that servers are fickle little creatures, bound to melt into a puddle when you need them most...

It's really tough to describe a game like Agar.io [Free]. It hearkens back to the old age of computing, back when Prodigy and CompuServe allowed users access to games at the cost of an hourly rate. There's something soothing about the experience, and since it's free and gets right into the action in seconds, you may as well try it out...

Imagine an MMO RPG where you venture through fantastic worlds with great environment variety, fun enemies, and an entertaining story. I know, this description fits most good MMOs, so now imagine that in this MMO you get to play as one of over a hundred different characters, each with his or her own skills, special moves and powers, and you've got the new LEGO game, Funcom's LEGO Minifigures Online (LMO) [$4.99], the iOS version of the original computer game. The game offers a variety of fun worlds and environments, one included with the game and four more as IAPs, an incredible amount of ridiculous characters to play as, and the usual LEGO gameplay fare of fighting, smashing, and building...

It's been a long time coming, but as was announced last week, Funcom have released LEGO Minifigures Online [$4.99] into the App Store. The game is an MMO-like adventure which features a vast array of the crazy characters and locations from the world of LEGO. It was originally revealed way back in August of 2013, and officially launched on desktop platforms in October of last year as a free to play game. However, Funcom didn't like the direction the game was going, so they made a couple of pretty big changes to the game...

Have you ever seen a trail derail or a Juggernaut slowly grind to a halt? If you've been following Zynga's finances the last few years, then you have. The once-mighty icon of F2P success, for many the personification of the bleak but unavoidable future of mobile gaming, has lost 40% of its share price over the past year alone. Earlier this week, Zynga announced that it's closing down its data centers and moving back to Amazon's cloud computing services, which it had abandoned in 2011 in a move that for many signified the company's immense growth potential...

Kixeye'sVEGA Conflict [Free] has been out for some time on Android and desktop. If you aren't familiar with this Facebook integrated game, think Clash of Clans with space ships and a much more interesting combat system. The IAP is real, The in-game timers are real, but this is still a hot game. What I have been wondering though is how much gameplay is lost in translation to iOS. VEGA is not your typical Facebook game. Sure you have to sit around and wait on timers and micro manage your space town. The town, to me, isn't really where the game takes place. It's kind of more like an extended UI for the best part of the game, the combat. You get to outfit and pilot a fleet of ships with a very simple interface that has some surprising depth and a high level of skill needed to master. ..

Tankers, prepare to roll those tanks out of the garage because World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is releasing its 1.8 Update around 5:30 pm PST tomorrow, April 22nd. As we described in a recent article, this update introduces Battle Missions, a new (and, hopefully, actually useful) Tutorial Mode, as well as a Demo Account System that allows new players to jump right into battle without wasting time creating a full account...

In a video update just published by Wargaming.net, the popular company has announced the 1.8 update for World of Tanks Blitz [Free], the Mobile expansion of its huge PC tank game. The upcoming update will add Missions, a new Tutorial process, and improve the system of quick registration...

While Order & Chaos Online [Free] very well might be Gameloft's most blatant clone, it sure is popular. Originally released back in 2011, this World of Warcraft-like has seem a ridiculous amount of support from Gameloft, complete with new content, in-game events, PvP options, and loads more...

Sometimes you want your villain to have a face. Perhaps it’s Voldemort, Thanos, Zod or some creepy dude with a villainous “muahahaha” laugh. Then, there are the villains who have no faces. In the case of Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar [Free], you’re up against The Black Weep. No, this isn’t a group of Templars; rather, it’s a vile sickness - much like Resident Evil’s T-Virus - that turns its infected into headless-undead abominations. You’ve got to become the Avatar of Renown and save the world. Let the hero’s quest begin...

There's an Officially Licensed 'Firefly' Game Headed to iOS Next Year

If your thirst for all things Firefly wasn't quenched by the movie Serenity, and you own an iOS device, you're in luck. Fox Digital Entertainment has a Firefly game in the works titled Firefly Online scheduled to launch next summer. Gameplay revolves around recruiting crews and leading missions while trading various loots with other players. It's even going to be cross platform, so iOS and Android buddies can play together...

E3 2013: 'Ultima Forever' Doesn't Taste Much Like 'Ultima Online'

EA's upcoming Ultima Forever is a strange beast. The name Ultima invokes so many memories that fans of the series can essentially let their imaginations run wild on the possibilities of a iOS MMORPG of something like Ultima Online re-imagined for the modern age. The problem is, if you're hoping for an Ultima Online-like experience, I think you're going to be sorely disappointed as all the social interactions and amazing things that came of the notoriety system in UO are just nowhere to be found in exchange for these short little five minute dungeons that you can see in this video:..

I feel like I've said it a million times by now, and probably most recently (and most publicly) discussed the idea in a recent episode of the TouchArcade show where we got on the subject of how your iPad is basically as powerful (if not more so) than the PC's we played "classic" MMO's on a decade ago. So, where the heck are the shared experience MMO clients that let me take my game with me regardless of where I am or what client I'm connected with?! Sure, there's a couple of them (Spacetime Studios is particularly killing it.) but nowhere near as many as you'd think there'd be. The just-released Vendetta Online [$0.99 (HD)] seems like it's just what the doctor ordered...

When Growtopia first popped up on our radar at the beginning of this month, we thought it looked pretty darn cool. It looked like one of those 2D Minecraft-y games that seem to be all the rage lately, and we were excited to try it out. Well as of today Growtopia [Free] is officially in the App Store courtesy of a collaboration between developers Robinson Technologies and Hamumu Software. After spending just a short amount of time with Growtopia I have to say it's completely awesome so far...

It was way back in April of this year that we first took a look at an ambitious online multiplayer 2D sandbox game called Deepworld [Free], and at long last the game has found its way into the App Store. ..

'Armed Heroes' Sees Canadian Release, Trailer Is Pretty Flashy [UPDATE: Oh Hey All of its Assets are Stolen from 'Torchlight']

UPDATE: This is awkward. Moments ago we got an email from Travis Baldree, President of Runic Games, who gave us the heads up that every asset they've come across in the game so far is lifted directly from Torchlight. We'd usually catch stuff like this, but unfortunately Torchlight is amongst the bazillion Steam games I own and haven't played yet. The good news is, if you thought this game looked cool, Torchlight is available on Steam for the Mac and PC for $8.99 as part of Steam's massive summer sale. That's 40% off for those of you playing along at home. -Eli..

A Cross Platform Free to Play Online 'Ultima' Game is in the Works?!

When I look back on my life as a gamer, there are two ages: Before Ultima Online and after Ultima Online. I've attempted to explain why Ultima Online was so incredible, and really, I've never been able to fully do it. It's something that other UO players totally get, in that there was just something so... magical about the first year of the game's existence. The concept of the mass-market MMORPG was still so new that no one really knew what to do. The chaos that ensued, in a world where you could do nearly anything, was remarkable...

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was roll over and check to see if anyone had invaded my corner of the universe. Before I brushed my teeth, I queued technologies to research. At lunch, I sent my probes across the galaxy in the hopes of finding mineral-rich planets that would nourish my growing empire the way strange-tasting goulash was nourishing my body. I had to be prepared. It was still early, but soon there would be people looking to circumvent my attempts to create a few black holes...

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