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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
There's this constant argument lately among gamers, over who really plays, what counts as a game, and where all the business is, anyway.
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.
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.
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.
"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?
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…
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?
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.
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.
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…