Author: Kathleen Yin

Analysis – Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a thing of singular beauty, a gem rarely seen on the mobile game market. Available on all main mobile platforms, it is an absolute treasure due to its longevity in a shifting market and the lasting impression it leaves in the player’s mind. Released in April 2014, Monument Valley was developed on Android and iOS mobile platforms by the studio Ustwo, followed by a Windows Phone port in 2015. Loosely classified as a isometric platformer, the player avatar, a little white figure with no distinguishing figures except a conical hat and a white cape, traverses up...

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Analysis – Pokémon GO

In July 2016, an incredible phenomenon swept across the mobile gaming industry. A relatively unknown game development company released the latest installation of a long-standing franchise, opting for the game’s initial release to be only in Australia and New Zealand, and using characters conceived almost twenty years ago. And yet, the game was downloaded 10 million times within the first week of release, and earned USD$160 million in revenues within a month. The shares of one of the world’s largest gaming company increased by USD$9 million in five days as a result, and 231 million people became active players...

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