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1st April 2009

NY Times Launches Crossword Application Made In Canada

magmic gamesOttawa – The New York Times launched today a new crossword application for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch models. Developed by Ottawa’s Magmic Games, the crossword application is designed to closely NY Times Crosswordmirror the print crossword experience, with a simple user interface and three different puzzle views. It features the daily puzzle from the newspaper, 30 classic puzzles edited by Will Shortz, crossword editor, The New York Times, and an archive of more than 4,000 puzzles.

Other features include the ability to:

* Send messages and compare solve times with other users
* Compete against top players through the online leader board
* Write in pen or pencil
* Solve puzzles on the grid or directly from the clues list
* Highlight related clues automatically

The New York Times crossword application is available for a one-time cost of $9.99 through the Apple App Store. Magmic is also developing a NY Times version of Sudoku.

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31st March 2009

IUGO Announces Two Upcoming iPhone Titles

IUGOVancouverIUGO has announced the upcoming release of two new titles which have been originally designed “from the ground up” specifically for the iPhone. Due out this spring, these two games will be available in the Apps Store for purchase and download.

Starhogs

Rig up your hogs, strap yourself in, and head out into orbit for the fiercest battles this side of Uranus. StarhogsObliterate the competition with a Cruise Missile or close in for some potshots from your Vulcan gun with this turn-based strategy experience. Not your style? Don’t worry, you’ve got more than 20 ways to kill someone. Nuke some asteroids for an extra payday, but remember, they’re the only thing protecting you from a re-entry hangover you won’t wake up from.

Take out some chumps and unlock heaps of new gear in 32 campaign levels, or ride into the online arena to face curly tails from all over the universe. But remember, in space no one can hear you squeal. Starhogs is due for release in April 2009.

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30th March 2009

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco Selects PhoneGap for Launch Pad Competition

Panel of Judges Picks Nitobi’s PhoneGap As One of Five Chosen from Over 80 Applications

NitobiVancouverNitobi Inc. has announced that its PhoneGap project has won a coveted spot in Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s Launch Pad taking place Thursday, April 2 during the Web 2.0 Expo, in San Francisco.

Nitobi will present PhoneGap along with four other companies to a panel of industry experts including Anand Iyer of Microsoft BizSpark, Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb and Matt Marshall of Venture Beat. Nitobi CEO, Andre Charland, will showcase PhoneGap in front of a live audience at Web 2.0 Expo, the leading global gathering of developers, designers, marketers, and business professionals building the next generation Web. John Battelle, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Federated Media and Program Chair of Web 2.0 Summit, will host the live competition where each company will present for five minutes for feedback from both the judges and audience members.

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16th March 2009

Cookie Jar And Namco Bandai Develop Gadget iPhone Game

GadgetToronto – Equipped with an amazing array of gadgets, including a mallet-wielding robot arm and spring-loaded shoes, the world’s first bionic detective, Inspector Gadget™ has crash landed onto Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices and is available from the AppStore for $5.99.

Inspector Gadget makes its iPhone debut with a little help from Namco Bandai Networks Europe, who developed the game in conjunction with Cookie Jar Entertainment, the producer of the hit cartoon series. The game is being published internationally for Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices by Namco Networks America, a publisher and developer of mobile games and entertainment for mass-market casual gamers.Inspector Gadget ScreenShot

Using various gadgets and gizmos, players help guide the world’s most absent-minded detective battle against the evil Dr. Claw in a classic platform action game. Players guide the Inspector in his mission across six action packed levels and six mini-games. The game features both Story mode and Quick Play mode, which allows players to play previously unlocked levels.
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4th March 2009

IUGO To Demo New Game At GDC

IUGOVancouverIUGO Mobile Entertainment is proud to announce its new pinball game Freeballin’ for the iPhone! Named by IUGO’s very active gamer community in a recent contest, Freeballin’ will be one of the newest products from IUGO on display at the upcoming GDC.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come in IUGO’s awesome upcoming title:

Endless hours of pinball entertainment spread across four unique, beautifully rendered playfields, including the Jungle and Cityscape themes. Over a half a dozen playfields in total, including boss battles!Freeballin'

Play in three distinct gameplay modes:
Score Attack is the classic pinball experience to get the highest score possible with your limited supply of orbs
Time Attack forces the player to get to a target score as quick as possible
Adventure Challenge has the player collecting artifacts from three different themes with the help of game-changing powerups.

Freeballin’: This is pinball like you’ve never seen before!

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19th February 2009

Ludia Serves up Hell’s Kitchen Game for iPhone and iPod Touch

LudiaMontreal – Interactive entertainment company Ludia today announced the launch of its Hell’s Kitchen game for iPhone and iPod touch on the Apple App Store. Based on the Granada America television phenomenon, iPhone and iPod touch owners can now feel the show’s pressure-cooker atmosphere anytime, anyplace along with the acerbic commentary of Gordon Ramsay who judges and rates player performance at each stage of the game. Players can also unlock recipes from the show as a reward for progress in the game.Hell's Kitchen

“Hell’s Kitchen viewership has grown each season and fans of both the show, and of Gordon Ramsay, have become increasingly dedicated,” said Katrina Moran, executive vice president for Digital Media, Granada America. “We are pleased that new and existing fans can now enjoy a Hell’s Kitchen experience on-the-go via the revolutionary iPhone and iPod touch.”

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10th February 2009

Cerebral Vortex Games To Develop iPhone Game Ghost Breaker

Cerebral VortexSt. Catherine’s ONCerebral Vortex Games Inc., a St. Catharines, Ontario-based developer of casual videogames, is pleased to announce that they have been granted funding from the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Screen-based Content Initiative.

The funding will be used to develop a prototype iPhone/iPod Touch game, codenamed “Ghost Breaker.” More details on this action-horror title will be revealed at a later date.

“The Screen-based Content Initiative is funding 60 projects chosen from over 330 proposed projects by 167 different companies. Our game is one of the lucky 60, and one of only six videogame concepts approved,” said Keith Makse, President of Cerebral Vortex Games. “Once again, our games stand out from the crowd.”

“The iPhone offers many opportunities for innovative gameplay,” said Jason MacIsaac, Design Director with Cerebral Vortex Games. “That’s why Ghost Breaker is a natural fit.”

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