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Tetris from Electronic Arts and Block Breaker Deluxe from Gameloft are now available to download via the N-Gage client showroom. The name Tetris will be familiar to most game players, but you can still check out the specifics in our review of the N-Gage implementation of the game. We're not sure the masses will be rushing to download this one, especially with the likes of S-Tris available for free. Block Breaker Deluxe might be a better bet - it is a Breakout clone which was the first new N-Gage game we reviewed.
The official website for Nokia's Space Impact franchise has now opened, with lots of videos, screenshots and other bits and bobs. We particularly liked the news report in the Media section... :-)
Opening at 1800 GMT (so 7pm UK Summer time, 11am US West Coast) is the first official System Rush tournament. Organised by the N-Gage Arena Team, there are Arena Points (NGP) on offer. Register online in the first 15 mintues, and make sure to bring up the chat room at the top of the N-Gage forums as you race each other. Good luck!
We're a bit late with this we know, but apparently the mysterious Project White Rock game will be unveiled by Nokia on the 2nd of May in San Francisco. Click on the headline of this story for a very brief recap on what we know already...
Pocket Gamer have recently published a two-part interview with Lisa de Araujo, the main designer of Creebies for N-Gage. It's full of interesting details about the upcoming game, and reveals just how long it's been in production (since the original N-Gage, apparently!). Here's part one, and here's part two. (via the Official N-Gage Blog)
Nokia has today announced its first non-Nseries N-Gage-compatible phone, the 5320 XpressMusic. It's a music-oriented phone with dedicated music keys, 24 hours of playback time, a dedicated audio chip for better sound quality, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a high speed USB port for quicker computer-to-phone music transfers. It's also got 3.5G HSDPA which allows multi-megabit internet connections through the mobile phone network. Perhaps best of all though, it's going to launch sim-free and unlocked for just 220 euros plus taxes, about half the price of the N81 (which has a similar specification). The launch date should be some time this Autumn.
These N-Gage promotions seem to be appearing thick and fast! This one is very simple and easy to enter though: just play any Gameloft N-Gage game (Asphalt 3, Brain Challenge, Block Breaker Deluxe) on your N-Gage phone (currently N81, N82, N95 and variants) and upload at least one score to the Arena before the 18th of May 2008. Everyone who does this is automatically entered into a draw for a range of prizes.
Nokia are giving away FIFA08 for N-Gage-compatible phones absolutely free to a limited number of people in Europe (we don't know the exact figure but it's in the thousands at least). It's on a first-come-first-served basis, so the quicker you act the more likely you are to get the game free. The most reliable way of getting the game free is to install the FIFA08 demo directly on your phone in the N-Gage application, then go to the special N-Gage Play site (play.n-gage.com) on your computer's browser to get the activation link sent to your N-Gage phone as a text message. When the message arrives, just click on its link to activate the game. UPDATE: If you couldn't get it activated on the mobile site, try again through the PC site! (via Symbian Web Blog)
Space Impact: Kappa Base was released in February during N-Gage beta testing, then it vanished after the full launch. It's now back in the Showroom's "Available Games" section. If you can't see the game, click on the headline of this news item to find out how to make it appear. In case you want to know more about the game, here's AAN's review of SI:KB. (Thanks to Steve on AAS for pointing this out!)
The official N-Gage blog has announced that third party publisher Gameloft will be answering your questions at a future event. You can submit the questions by posting in the reply section of this N-Gage blog post. Questions can cover anything, including their current games and future plans for supporting N-Gage, or you can ask about other mobile platforms as well.