SPB has been making great mobile software for years. Their Mobile Shell product probably kept many a die-hard Windows Mobile user from ditching completely when the iPhone came out. They have some great iPhone apps (SPB TV, and SPB Wallet...two of my favs), but they haven't struck me as prolific game producers (see my Quads review here). That didn't stop them, however, from coming up with a free online game service called SPB Online games!
Looks like they have only 4 multiplayer games available at this time, they have a large community of users already tied into those games, and I'm sure they have more games planned. You can read the full release below, but looks like you can chat with players, play board games like checkers, reversi, etc. I didn't see mention of social network integration (twitter, facebook, etc.), but maybe they will add these features in the future...
October 28th, 2010 - SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer announces the launch of SPB Online Games on iPhone. With more than 100 thousands of registered players on the network and approximately 2 million game sets played SPB Online Games became very popular among Windows Mobile users. Now iPhone owners have an opportunity to get in touch with each other through joining the community of SPB Online Games players.
SPB Online Games is a collection of four instant online games (two versions of Checkers, Hexagon, or Reversi) that improve strategic and logic skills and can be played with real people from literally anywhere in the world, in real-time. The SPB Online Games don't require any registration or configuration and each game is really easy to start: it can be launched within 30 seconds and if interrupted - continued from the spot it was left off. The profile of each user can be configured and might include the name, picture, type of handset and network). The players can share their game experience in the real-time chat service.
The free ad-supported version is available to download from the App Store and can be upgraded to the paid ads-free version afterwards.
*** SPB Online Games for iPhone Main Features: ***
- One of the largest mobile online games communities
- Addictive game play
- Two game modes for different gaming scenarios
- Attractive graphics
- 6 different types of bonuses
- Online high scores
*** Pricing and Availability ***
SPB Online Games for iPhone is compatible with Apple iPhone, Apple iPod touch and Apple iPad devices with firmware version 3.0 and above. The iAD-supported version of application can be downloaded for free. It can be upgraded to the paid ads-free version for $0.99. SPB Online Games are also available for smartphones running Windows Mobile version.
*** Further Information and Downloads ***
SPB Online Games for iPhone webpage
SPB Online Games for iPhone screenshots
*** About SPB Software (www.spb.com) ***
SPB is a leading brand in mobile software, standing for a unique line of popular consumer products and partnerships with the world's most innovative handset makers and wireless carriers. SPB's software solutions deliver richer smartphone experiences and enable subscribers to do more with their mobile data connections. SPB Software is the maker of the world's single number one best-selling mobile application - SPB Mobile Shell. For more information, please visit www.spb.com.
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