Mobile Gaming Roundup

Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming.

Developer id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment announced this week that the two companies have joined forces to create a new division of id Software, id Mobile. This new id.JPGdivision will develop games for cell phones, the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable. The two software developers have worked in the past on games like Orcs & Elves and DOOM RPG. The twisted minds at id Mobile are currently working on Wolfenstein for mobile handsets. Now that my id has been stimulated; I’m waiting for something to boost my ego and superego.

Indiagames is partnering with Glu Mobile to distribute Glu’s catalogue of wireless content in India. As part of the agreement, Indiagames will exclusively distribute games, wallpapers and ringtones for a number of Glu’s leading titles including Age of Empires® III Mobile, Atari® glu3.jpgLegends 3, with classic games such as Pong®, Asteroids Deluxe® and Super Breakout®, Brian Lara’s Cricket 2008, Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™, Insaniquarium™ Deluxe, DC Comics, Kasparov Chess, Looney Tunes and Zuma™, amongst others. We’ll have to wait and see if some Glu gurus come out of India.

The Terminator will be coming to a mobile device near you. Halcyon, which owns the rights to the Terminator franchise, is starting its own gaming company and making a game adaptation of terminator.jpgthe film “Termination Salvation: The Future Begins.” Unfortunately for Terminator fans, the game won’t be released until the summer of 2009, in tandem with the movie’s release. I guess you’ll have to keep reading MobileCrunch for another year and a half to keep up on this future development.

If you are thinking of getting an iPhone but are afraid there aren’t any games available on the unit, don’t worry. There are currently 132 games that can be played on the iPhone through the Safari browser. This isn’t much choice but Apple is encouraging developers to customize or Apple-logo4.jpgdevelop games for the iPhone. Be careful though, you don’t want to thumb-thump a crack in the iPhone screen.

I-play has bought the rights to make a mobile game based on the movie, Wanted. The film stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvory and Morgan Freeman. The game will be an action thriller, with a Angelina.jpgplot centered on a secret society of assassins. The movie will be released in March of 2008 and of course the game is slated for a similar launch time. I’m inviting Angelina over to discuss her role. Hopefully she’ll spend the night so I can raid her tomb.