Indie Creator of CandySwipe Fumes Over Candy Crush Saga Trademark Move

The maker of a little-known match-3 game involving candy pieces says he's being steamrollered by the scorched-earth trademark strategy of the casual gaming powerhouse Candy Crush Saga, despite the fact his game and its name are two years older. » 2/12/14 6:45pm 2/12/14 6:45pm

Welcome To Mobile Gaming, Angry Dungeon Keeper Fans

After spending the better part of two years covering the mobile gaming beat for Kotaku, I found myself puzzled over the anger surrounding the free-to-play features and rating policies of EA Mobile's new Dungeon Keeper game. Then it hit me — you guys must be new. » 2/07/14 5:00pm 2/07/14 5:00pm

Here's How You Eat All the Pellets in Snake and 'Win' the Game

In real time, this playthrough takes 13 minutes, 17 seconds. Sped up in the .gif above, it's 2:06. It's the amazing solution to a version of Snake, a genre of casual game going back almost 40 years, so old its original form is all but lost to memory. » 4/09/13 3:42pm 4/09/13 3:42pm

A Sunglass-Wearing Bowling Polar Bear Signals WildTangent's Move to…

The company famous for making step one in setting up your new computer removing the WildTangent Games App takes its casual gaming show on the road with Polar Bowler 1st Frame, the iOS extension of the original inner tube polar bear bowling PC game. » 1/23/13 3:55pm 1/23/13 3:55pm

Bake Shop Drop is Not a Game to Play If You're Counting Calories

A drop-based matching game recently launched on Facebook from Broken Bulb Game Studios, Bake Shop Drop is an addictive little game that has me quite conflicted—do I play another round, or run to the store for cupcakes? » 1/15/13 10:55am 1/15/13 10:55am

From Casual to Hardcore Gamer in 10 Easy Steps (or 40 Years)

While the folks at the iTunes gaming division might have trouble rooting out copycat games, what they excel at is making lists. In creating a list of ten games that can take a mobile gamer from casual to hardcore, those Apple list-builders have created a mini history of gaming in portable form. » 1/02/13 12:55pm 1/02/13 12:55pm

The Redesigned Games.com Makes It Easier to Play New Games on Any…

AOL's destination for competitive casual gaming features more than 5,000 games to play. Today a sleek new multi-platform redesign for Games.com makes it much easier for players to find and play them. » 10/09/12 1:25pm 10/09/12 1:25pm

Konami Jumps into Major League Baseball—but It's on Facebook

For those wondering what publisher would pick up a Major League Baseball license this coming year, it's Konami but, alas, it is not for any console title. MLB Dream Nine is now out on Facebook, and it's about what you would expect—a rigored click-this player-management simulation that has very little to do witb the… » 10/03/12 10:00pm 10/03/12 10:00pm

University Researchers Discover Cure for FarmVille Bots

If you are a company who rakes in millions making social games for Facebook, I have good news for you. Researchers at N.C. State University have developed the means of more accurately detecting bot accounts without alerting their owners, so the game's developers can shut them down and kick those freeloading sons of… » 9/29/12 5:00pm 9/29/12 5:00pm

Sons Of Anarchy Game Adaptation Has 'No Traction,' But That's Better…

Done right, the well regarded FX biker gang series Sons of Anarchy would seem to be a natural fit for a game adaptation. It's got guns, violence, antiheroes and a natural open-world setting. Doing it right, however, takes a lot of money and commitment. That is is why the series is getting "NO TRACTION" toward a video… » 8/12/12 5:00pm 8/12/12 5:00pm

The Games Are Everywhere, But the Money's Still in Consoles

There's this constant argument lately among gamers, over who really plays, what counts as a game, and where all the business is, anyway. » 6/22/12 10:00am 6/22/12 10:00am

Zynga's Next Big Game Sounds Like ... a Farmville Sequel

Zynga's next big Facebook game is an improved version of FarmVille currently beta testing under the name Big Harvest, reports TechCrunch. Their source says the game is being tested out in the Phillippines. » 5/13/12 1:00pm 5/13/12 1:00pm

Average Gamers are Going To Hate BioShock Infinite‘s 1999 Mode

When you first spin up BioShock Infinite later this year don't expect to see the recently-announced retro-difficult 1999 mode on the main menu. That's because it's so tough Ken Levine doesn't want "the non old-school, hardcore gamer" stumbling into it. » 1/23/12 12:00pm 1/23/12 12:00pm

Rumor: Zynga Preps Employees For Friday IPO As Analyst Says Company…

Farmville creator and king of casual games Zynga is in the midst of preparing employees for a Friday IPO, a source close to the company tells Kotaku. » 12/13/11 8:20pm 12/13/11 8:20pm

What Happened To Evony?

"Come play, my Lord", the ad beckons. "Save your lover!" it cries, as two seductive porcelain-skinned women lean into each other. "Start your journey now, my Lord", says another ad, this one featuring a busty, blonde bombshell in the process of removing her clothes. Any of this ring a bell? » 10/18/11 1:00am 10/18/11 1:00am

The Hardcore Gaming Myth

Do you ever use a word without fully understanding what it means? I have a friend like that. He uses the word "frumpy," but I'm fairly sure he's never opened the dictionary to find out just what it means. In his mind, "frumpy" means "bloated" or "bored" or whatever he needs it to mean in his present case of… » 9/23/11 2:00pm 9/23/11 2:00pm

Short Name. Big Booth. Mystery to Westerners.

This booth was one of the biggest booths at the Tokyo Game Show. It took up one tenth of the entire show floor. It wasn't Sony's. It wasn't Square Enix's. It wasn't Capcom's. The booth belonged to Gree. So what the hell is Gree? » 9/20/11 8:00am 9/20/11 8:00am

Angry Birds Maker Says It's Worth More than PopCap

Whatever Electronic Arts is spending to acquire PopCap, its casual gaming rival Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, would cost more. That's according to ... well, Rovio. » 7/13/11 7:30pm 7/13/11 7:30pm

Is 'Familyville' Zynga's Answer to The Sims on Facebook?

Some URL sleuthing by the domain-watching site Fusible revealed that the domain familyville.com has changed hands and hosts in a manner similar to URLs for Zynga properties like Cityville. » 6/25/11 1:00pm 6/25/11 1:00pm

1 vs. 100 Finds New Life on Facebook

People sometimes forget that 1 vs. 100, the MMO gameshow offered by Xbox Live from 2009 to 2010, is based on an actual gameshow of the same name and format, running in several countries, including the U.S. from 2006 to 2008. Though Microsoft declined to bring it back for a third season, it'll be resuscitated as a… » 4/09/11 3:00pm 4/09/11 3:00pm