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In collaboration with OpenFeint's Free Game of the Day, Flick Buddies is available to download for your Apple ios device, Free, for TODAY only. Flick Buddies, developed by Brisbane indie studio, Bane Games, is a casual and frantically fun game with support for four player and single player mode.
Flick Buddies is so easy to play, you'll be battling in seconds with the simple flick of your finger. But don’t let the simplicity fool you! You’ll need to call upon all your skills to navigate the plethora of obstacles and quick reflexes to activate your array of special abilities. Flick Buddies supports up to four players at once and includes a single player mode (for when friends are scarce). Players will have a choice of five themes of nutty characters and environments, spread over twenty four unlockable levels. So what are you waiting for, start clicking and get flicking!
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Submitted by compactjerry on Wed, 23/02/11 - 6:34 PM Permalink

Taking a game's idea and making it 'better' is one thing, but blatantly ripping off another's brand is just plagiarism. The game virtually looks identical.

What is surprising though is how this game got through Apple's supposedly stringent review process.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 23/02/11 - 9:28 PM Permalink

Wow! they have even gone as far as copying the font on the title, somehow they just want to confuse people into thinking its the same game.

People hear about Fruit Ninja from their friends or see people playing it so they might like to try it. They go to the app store searching for fruit and see a few results and may download the Fruit Slayer game instead because it looks the same.

Submitted by Ben (not verified) on Fri, 25/02/11 - 5:40 PM Permalink

"...but I don't consider myself a competitor to FruitNinja. It's just my version of their application."

Well when you're releasing it to the same market as FruitNinja - on the same platform and store in fact - I'm afraid you ARE competing with them. Especially when you release it for free.

If you thought that Veggie Samurai went a bit too far in plagiarising Halfbrick Studios' hit App Store game, Fruit Ninja, you may be a surprised to see how a new slicing game called Fruit Slayer has managed to go even further.

While Veggie Samurai surprised Halfbrick Studios by copying Fruit Ninja's core gameplay modes and mechanics so well, the Fruit Slayer developer was fairly open in admitting to copying Fruit Ninja's idea for his heavily inspired game.

Robert Neagu, the developer behind Fruit Slayer explains to PocketGamer...

(Robert Neagu) Well, i used their game mechanics but i added a few changes to it. Mostly things i would want in Fruit Ninja. So, yes, it's deliberate. I know that this is not really a good thing to do but I don't consider myself a competitor to FruitNinja. It's just my version of their application. I'll try to add more stuff in that would differentiate the 2 apps more than it does now.

Robert didn't stop at copying the game mechanics however, as you can see that Fruit Slayer looks extremely close to Fruit Ninja in aesthetics as well, from the colour schemes, the brown cutting board, to the fruit splats and sprays, right down to using the same font type for the logo.

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At first glance, the App Store game Bullistic bears a striking resemblance to the popular physics based game, Angry Birds.

Bullistic was developed by Melbourne digital media company, Millipede. They create a whole range of stuff for many kinds of clients, from concept art, illustration, and design work, to Flash games and apps for educational / E-learning or marketing purposes. They also do front end and backend work for websites.

And as you find with the disciplines and talent in digital media companies, their skills cross over pretty well for App Store development. Remarkably, the idea for Bullistic came about when Millipede was constantly asked by clients if they could do them an Angry Birds clone...

Bullistic is a free game we released as:

a) a free gift to clients and friends as a joke. We are ‘web for hire’ game dev company and are continually asked ‘can you build us something like Angry Birds?’, so we thought we’d give it a go.

b) an ode to the most successful and fun game on the App Store – Angry Birds

Since its release on the App Store on the 13th of January, Bulltastic has been downloaded well over 140,000 times. The popularity of the app has surprised the studio, and it's likely to receive a whole lot more attention after being featured as "New & Noteworthy" on many App Store locations around the world, as well as making prominent news on sites like Kotaku.

What is also suprising to Millipede is the negative feedback they've been receiving for their "Angry Birds clone". Angry Birds, however, was certainly not an original title and was preceded by games like Crush the Castle...

...we are getting canned on the App Store! People are ripping us to shreds for copying Angry Birds. But what more can we do? We put it in the app description. We are giving the game away for free. We admit this is an ode to Angry Birds. We love Angry Birds... ah well.

The huge response to Bullistic has prompted Millipede to develop it further with promises of a huge update later this month. While it already features Game Center leaderboards and achievements, the developer plans to ditch the ad support down the road and replace it with purchasable in-store items. Also coming are optimisations, more refined artwork, and extra levels.

For a full rundown on the development roadmap for Bullistic, check out Millipede's special page on Bullistic here.

If you're interested in checking out the app, it won't cost you a cent. It's free and downloadable from the App Store here.

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There's one worthy thing to note about Blue Tongue Entertainment's de Blob, apart from being an awesome game itself, and that is that the promotion for de Blob came with some highly humorous and incredibly gorgeous cinematics as well. Publisher THQ has continued the fine tradition by commissioning these two new trailers below in anticipation of the launch of the follow up, de Blob 2, which comes out late next month! Of course, these excellent animated shorts were created in South Australia by the insanely talented team at The People's Republic of Animation. They've got quite a knack for producing these, and if you've seen all the work they've done previously, you'll definitely agree. Check out their website for a backlog of their fine work at www.thepra.com.au!
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Apple have unveiled a page within iTunes which displays the top ten downloaded apps of all time as the appstore races towards hitting the 10 billion apps downloaded milestone.

The top ten lists are categorised by platform and whether they are paid or free apps, but the category we're most interested in is the All-Time Top Paid iPhone Apps category simply because Flight Control, by Melbourne's Firemint, has hit the #10 spot in that list.

All-Time Top Paid iPhone Apps

1. Doodle Jump
2. Tap Tap Revenge 3
3. Pocket God
4. Angry Birds
5. Tap Tap Revenge 2.6
6. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
7. Traffic Rush
8. Tap Tap Revenge Classic
9. AppBox Pro Alarm
10. Flight Control

To celebrate this achievement, Firemint has decided to share more of their sales data, revealing that Flight Control has amassed an incredible 3,881,634 sales so far. One of the charts Firemint has released show the sales spikes that Flight Control has received during the various game upgrades, hardware and iOS functionality releases, and holiday periods. It goes to show that Firemint has been able to consistently take great advantage of those opportunities to boost up more even sales for Flight Control.

The other chart that Firemint has released shows that a huge chunk of Flight Control's sales come from Australian customers. While we're a relatively small country with a population of just 21 million, we've managed to hit the third position in sales listed by countries behind the U.S and Great Britain, and ahead of much larger populated countries such as Germany, France, and Japan.

I guess with a 110% and 115% subscriber penetration of mobile services, which means that there are more handsets subscribed to mobile services than there are people in the country simply due to people owning more than one handset, we're definitely a nation that has really adopted mobiles and mobile gaming.

Anyway, congratulations to Firemint for gaining yet another great notch in the Flight Control success story!

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The folks at N3V Games who launched their fundraising campaign for the Queensland Premiers Flood Relief Appeal have announced they've raised nearly $2,000 for the cause. 50% of the revenue spent on in-game items by players of the free-to-play multiplayer online game, Runes of Magic, will be donated to the appeal. There are only a few days left, so if you're a Runes of Magic gamer, you'll be assured that whilst you're getting your special in-game mount, you'll be doing your it to help out Queensland as well.

(Press release)

Australian players of the free to play massive multiplayer online game, Runes of Magic have helped raise nearly $2,000 to donate to victims of the Queensland Floods by purchasing special charity mounts made available by the games publishers, Frogster and N3V Games.

Frogster and N3V Games last week announced that they would donate 50% of all purchases made on special in-game items to the Queensland Premiers Flood Relief Appeal.

The special charity event kicked off at 12am on Saturday January 15 and will finish at midnight on Sunday January 23rd. Players enthusiastically took up the offer to do their bit by purchasing 272 mounts over the weekend period and a total of 326 mounts have been bought so far.

Players of Runes of Magic can do their bit to help the victims of the flood by buying the Star Mount (permanent) or Flame Mount (permanent) for their in-game character. The mounts cost 225 in-game diamonds and Frogster and N3V Games will donate 50% for each mount sold to the Queensland Premiers Flood Relief Appeal.

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Drop Spider Games is proud to announce the release of Golem Defense HD on the iTunes App Store. Priced $US 3.99 for iPad.

Build and control an army of Golems to drive back an invading evil force. Liberate the land and crush the invading spawn. You will need to make decisions with lightning speed, plan your attack, build your defenses and resolve clashes between good and evil.

Golem Defense is a frictionless and highly accessible fantasy real time strategy game. Just using swipes of the finger you command and construct armies to attack foes and regain entrenchments. The game-play scales from a five second to tutorial to multi-headed battles lasting 15 minutes, guiding the player through each new concept one at a time.

The game is a classic struggle for control of the land via the dwellings or huts on it. You must use your golems to free possessed huts, while the invading evil attempts to possess the free huts. The first to gain control of all huts wins.

Also help directly by squishing marauding spiders with your finger and exorcise Golems that have been possessed by ghosts. Use the pinch gesture to zoom in to see the action, or pull out to get a full over view of the on-going battle.

Features for this HD version are:-

  • More and smoother animations.
  • Voice audio prompts.
  • Stereo Music tracks.
  • Higher fidelity backdrops.

Download Golem Defense HD here now: http://itunes.apple.com/app/golem-defensehd/id412976576?mt=8
See the website for more information: http://golemdefense.com/

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Trainz iPad Holiday Sale!

N3V gets in the holiday mood by slashing the price of Trainz Simulator for the iPad.

Australia, 21.12.2010 - N3V Games, developer of the world’s best train simulation game, “Trainz” today announced that as a special holiday gift they will be reducing the price of Trainz Simulator for the iPad by 30% on Christmas and Boxing Day.

Trainz Simulator for iPad has roared up the charts and is regularly in the top 50 highest grossing apps in many countries around the world.

Sale Details:

  • Available on Christmas Day and Boxing Day only
  • US Price reduced from $11.99 to $7.99
  • UK Price reduced from £6.99 to £4.99
  • Europe Price reduced from 9,99 € to 5,99 €
  • Australia price reduced from $14.99 to $9.99
  • All other territories reduced by over 30%.
  • For more information about Trainz Simulator for iPad visit our website - www.trainzmobile.com

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    Drop Spider Games is proud to announce the release of Golem Defense on the App Store. Priced $US 3.99 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch and iPad. The prequel to the Golem Crusades PC +300K downloaded game, with over 50,000 YouTube hits. Build and control an army of Golems to drive back an invading evil force. Liberate the land and crush the invading spawn. You will need to make decisions with lightning speed, plan your attack, build your defenses and resolve clashes between good and evil. Golem Defense is a frictionless and highly accessible fantasy real time strategy game. Just using swipes of the finger you command and construct armies to attack foes and regain entrenchments. The game-play scales from a five second to tutorial to multi-headed battles lasting 15 minutes, guiding the player through each new concept one at a time. The game is a classic struggle for control of the land via the dwellings or huts on it. You must use your golems to free possessed huts, while the invading evil attempts to possess the free huts. The first to gain control of all huts wins. Also help directly by squishing marauding spiders with your finger and exorcise Golems that have been possessed by ghosts. Use the pinch gesture to zoom in to see the action, or pull out to get a full over view of the on-going battle. Download Golem Defense here now: http://itunes.apple.com/app/golemdefense/id406829947?mt=8 See the website for more information: http://golemdefense.dropspider.com.au/
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    In good holiday spirit, the folks at THQ sent an editor at Kotaku an awesome cake in the form of Blue Tongue's de Bob.

    As you can see in the picture, it looks like a pretty accurate effort, although one wonders how de Blob's ears and limbs managed to remain stern and intact after its transport to Kotaku HQ.

    Head on over to Kotaku for the rest of the cake pictures of de Blob!

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