Neil Young, an former Electronic Arts game producer who started his own iPhone development studio called ngmoco, gave an interesting keynote at iPhoneDevCamp 2 in San Francisco. Young tells why he quit EA to start his own iPhone development studio and what his plans for the future are.
The keynote is definitely worth watching, but here’s what he basically said about the iPhone and the plans of ngmoco. He thinks that the iPhone should try to do what the Nintendo DS is doing. As an example he told about Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, a game that cost $300,000 to develop and brought in $300 million. Small developers need to use the soft- and hardware they have just like Nintendo does with its not so powerful Nintendo DS. He says the iPhone has a lot of potential to beat both the PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo DS because it combines the best of the two.
Now it’s up to the small developers, he wants their ideas. He launched nglabs, a new part of ngmoco that gives the developers of 10 applications the opportunity to develop their own game. ngmoco will help them with the funding, each will receive $10,000 and ngmoco will publish the game. The developers can keep all the rights on their game.
Squirgle! is an action puzzle game that should keep you busy for hours according to Powerhouse Games, the developer of this iPhone and iPod Touch game. By rotating the octopi you need to collect as many gems as possible in the two different game modes packaged in a nice marine theme with relaxing music and easy controls. The game features 120 levels and unique power-ups along with a nice collection of sea creatures that color the game’s background. So far the game has been getting positive reviews with an average of 3,5 out of 5. Squirgle! is now available for $4.99.
Losing your keys, it can happen to anyone on the most annoying moments. Chudigi Software wants to train you for the moments you find yourself in this horrible situation. In Lost Keys a bunch of different objects are dropped on your screen and somewhere behind these objects are your keys. You have to move objects with your fingers on the touchscreen to find your way through the mess and find your keys and you have only 60 seconds. This would be cool as a free app, but we don’t think that this one is worth $0.99. You can order it here.
The Wall Street Journal recently had an interview with Apple’s Steve Jobs. He told WSJ that users have downloaded more than 60 million applications from the App Store in the first month. Most of these apps were free, but the total of sales so far was $30 million in the first month, so that makes an average of $1 million a day. Games account for more than 25% of all sales with 300,000 sales of SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball in the first 20 days. 300,000 times Super Monkey Ball priced at $9.99 gives SEGA a nice $3 million in sales so far.
“That’s a substantial business,” says Simon Jeffery, president of Sega’s U.S. division. “It gives iPhone a justifiable claim to being a viable gaming platform.”
SEGA seems to be very happy with the sales of their popular Super Monkey Ball game for the iPhone so they will certainly develop more games for the iPhone in the future.
Radius has been available for a while now but if you buy it in the coming two days, then you pay only $0.99, that’s $3 cheaper than usual. It’s a simple but enjoyable game perfect to kill some time, and some enemies that just keep rotating. For only $0.99 this is a steal.
Blackjack 21 from mobileage brings the extremely popular blackjack cardgame to your iPhone and iPod with nice play gestures, high resolution graphics and natural animations. You simply tap the chips to place a bet, swipe up to split your hand and swipe down to hit. The gameplay in Blackjack 21 looks very fluid, perfect for some pick up and play action. Available now in the App Store for only $4.99.