smr_header December 22

Super Mario Run

Today is a joyous day! It’s the day when I finally get to blog about a Nintendo designed and published game developed from the ground up for mobile. That game is Super Mario Run and I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time given that on this very blog I’ve written about why […]

gow_title December 14

Game of War, 4X Games and the Future of Mobile Mid-Core

Introduction Obtrusive UX, confusing gameplay, dated graphics. These are just some of the subjective comments I hear from many of my peers in the games industry about Machine Zone’s smash hit Game of War. And yet despite these criticisms the game has been a top 5 grossing game for over 2 years, and it’s successor Mobile […]

pokemon_go_logopng July 24

Pokémon GO! – Fad or the Future?

In the rare case that you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ll be aware of the cultural phenomenon that is Pokémon GO! A cross between an augmented reality game and an alternate reality game developed by Niantic, published by The Pokémon Company and partially funded by Nintendo. At the time of writing […]

Wow_logo_new November 06

Welcome to the World of Warriors!

Today is a momentous day! After 18 months of blood, sweat and tears from the team at Candylabs in Brighton, I’m delighted to unveil the latest game I’ve been working on – World of Warriors an action based RPG best described as “Game of Thrones meets Pokemon” with all of the awesome that such a […]

hearthstone June 22

Hearthstone – Analysis and Deconstruction

One of the biggest gaming success stories in the last 15 years has been Irvine-based developer Blizzard, whose games World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft have millions of active players around the world. However, despite the rise of mobile and tablet over the last 5 or so years, Blizzard took a long time to get […]

Title November 16

Boom Beach – Beta Deconstruction

Chances are that if your are reading this blog, you’ve played Clash of Clans and / or Hay Day by Supercell. The Finnish tablet games specialists recently sold a 51% stake to Japanese giant Softbank in an eye-watering deal worth $1.5 Billion dollars. Supercell have successfully managed to take these two games to high ranking […]

league_of_legends November 03

League of Legends – Deconstruction

Mobile / Social games aren’t the only type of games that use the F2P business model. There have been massive success stories over the last couple of years with games like Riot Games’ League of Legends and Wargaming Inc’s World of Tanks. Over the next few weeks, Microsoft and Sony will be releasing new consoles […]