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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 new N-Gage application has now officially launched, and allows anyone with an N81, N82 or N95 access to the gaming platform, with more phone models due to get the app soon. It generally works pretty well, but this special editorial argues that the app has some shortcomings which need fixing now that the platform has left beta testing.
Mobile Content Portal Mippin continues to launch new features for its user base, and today sees the highly inventive 'Free Games' section of the site launched. With a couple of hundred games (supplied by Greystripe) to be rotated on a regular basis, Mippin is giving users another sticky reason to use the site.
We suspect that the game of refreshing N-Gage's showroom each night may become a regular event. FIFA 08 was added to the show room at the begining of the week. It was part of the initial N-Gage preview client seen from last Autumn, but is now available in full, for real. The full version adds a number of extra options such as on screen tutorials challenges, and the option to play tournaments and full season, but the gameplay remains much the same.
Fed up waiting for N-Gage to go live? Console yourselves with this brand new games compilation from PDA maestros Astraware. After yesterday's announcement, and after a week or so of actual pre-release gameplay, Ewan presents his review of Astraware Boardgames, for both S60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3. Summary: classic games, well pitched and well implemented, Boardgames only falls short of Megagame status by a gnat's whisker.
As the games have started arriving, we've started reviewing. Up first is Gameloft's Block Breaker Deluxe, a clone of the Breakout/Arkanoid genre with a glittery 1980s twist. Can this glamour-filled remake stand out in an already-crowded field?
What would you like to see on N-Gage in the long term? We've come up with ten suggestions which we think are do-able and would be good for the platform, click here and see what you think of them. As always, comments are very welcome.
Popcap Games (or the online gaming equivalent of crack cocaine) have inked an agreement with Nokia to bring a number of their titles to mobile, and to use the SNAP mobile platform to provide multi-player support for the Java based titles. In rough terms, SNAP is similar to the N-Gage Arena, but primarily for J2ME applications, and it can also be run by a network provider as their own gaming portal (eg YourNetwork Gaming Portal, SNAP powered), which should make the networks as happy as the gamers.
At the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Fransisco Glu Mobile and Nokia unveiled a number of new N-Gage games. The Dark Knight ties in with the new Batman movie and sees you fighting to eradicate crime in Gotham city. SPEED RACER, also tying in with an upcoming movie, is a racing game while Super Slam Ping Pong is a fight title in the style of Super K.O. Boxing.
Yamake has broken cover, in the latest N-Gage press release. A 'game creating game,' players are able to pick and mix their own games from a range of mini-games, add in their own skins, themes, text, sound clips and movies from their PC. These can then be uploaded and shared with the rest of the Yamake community.