Gameloft's magnificent 17 mobile games to end '06
Dogz, Asphalt 3, Brain Challenge, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Meteos… and Noel Edmonds
Okay, the 'Magnificent 17' in our title was a play on the similar sounding movie name – let's not count our chickens until we've got our hands on them. But with Gameloft also recently revealing that 25 of its releases to date have now sold a million downloads each, you wouldn't bet against some of the new titles being hits too.
And the mobile games to come certainly span the gamut, from flirty Miami Nights: Singles in the City to quirky Dogz and onto the downright weird, such as Horse Riding Academy.
"We made a very special effort as we approached the end of the year to make certain that our line-up reflected the unlimited variety of tastes that are out there," said Gameloft's Gonzague de de Vallois. "We're confident that a large number of the remaining titles will soon join Gameloft's million-unit club."
So, ladies and gentlemen, read our whirlwind summary of the 17 titles then place your bets on which ones will make it:
Miami Nights: Singles in the City – Follow-up to best-selling life-sim game New York Nights.
Dogz – More virtual pets, with several choices of puppies, 10 places to explore, and multiple mini-games.
Brain Challenge – Gameloft's answer to the Nintendo inspired Brain Training craze.
Naval Battle: Mission Commander – Classic game now available in a Bluetooth multiplayer version, plus new rules.
Deal or no Deal – (UK only) Hosted by Noel Edmonds himself, the bearded one's rebirth moves onto mobile.
Asphalt 3: Street Rules – We're promised an 'underground' incarnation of the popular mobile racer.
Christmas Midnight Pool – Set in a snowed-in bar. Hmm.
Bubble Bash – 'Breaks new ground in mobile games based on classic arcade games', we're told. Bubble Bobble-alike, we presume.
King Kong Pinball – Come on, you remember the bit in the Peter Jackson movie where they all play pinball to see off the giant ape?
Gangstar: Crime City – Join a gang, grow a business empire, rule over your district and your city: if you're already doing that, then beating this mobile game version will be a doddle.
Real Golf 2007 – Billed as the first golf game on mobile to incorporate a 'true-to-life environmental influence'.
Special Crime Unit – A scientific investigation mobile game, inspired by certain TV shows. A murder on campus calls for the latest forensic tools.
Real Tennis 2007 – The pro tennis circuit shrunk onto your handset.
Rayman Raving Rabbids – Rayman fighting rabbits. It's French.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas – Tactical action somewhat inspired by the master airport novelist.
Horse Riding Academy – For 'young females', which seems a little sexist to old men who fancy donkeys, previous non-mobile versions of the game have apparently sold over 400,000 copies.
Meteos – The mobile version of the Nintendo DS puzzle game.
Dominos Fever (working title) – Now that even your gran plays poker, dominoes are apparently next big thing. Eventually they all fall down.