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Infinity Blade blows up big time
Mo' Money, Mo' money

Developers have flocked to the iOS and Android apps market with some addictive games that are raking in huge profits. Games like Angry Birds are massive hits on both iOS and Android devices (the former is a paid game, while the latter is a free, ad-driven game). The latest hit game application for the iPhone is from Epic and is called Infinity Blade.

Infinity Blade has now become the fastest grossing app for the iOS platform. Gamasutra reports that the game generated $1.6 million in the first four days it was available on the App Store.

The game sells for $5.99. As of right now, the game has 271,424 users.

Infinity Blade beat the record set by a cutesy game called Cut the Rope that sold over a million in the first ten days it was available.  Infinity Blade pushed Angry Birds Seasons HD and Angry Birds HD into the second and third sports on the top chart for paid apps on the iPad.

Infinity Blade is a 3rd person RPG game that has incredible graphics that many didn’t believe was actually possible with iPhone hardware. Critics have not only praised the graphics, but also the gameplay of the Infinity Blade. 

You can catch reviews of the game here and here.

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By theplaidfad on 12/13/2010 12:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
The game is addictive. But if you're anything like me, you play it through. It only took me one day (8 hours) to get to a point in the game where I've unlocked everything, can no longer level up, and I'm playing the same victory cut scene over and over.

I suppose it was worth the $5.99 for the addictive entertainment it provided, but the fun ended quickly. The planned updates will be needed quickly if the game is to keep up the pace it set so easily.

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By aharris on 12/13/2010 2:34:49 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, but those 8 hours were some of the most fun I've spent on the iPhone and their ideas for future updates are promising.

And what's with everyone calling this game an RPG? It's no more an RPG than Call of Duty... absolutely an Action/Fighting game with slight RPG elements: fantasy setting, magic, & gear upgrades.

Also as a heads up: the game does get slightly choppy at times on the iPhone 4, but that's somewhat expected given the progressive graphics of this game on a CELL PHONE :o

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By Keeir on 12/13/2010 4:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think people have gotten spoiled...

Some games on the iphone do indeed provide many more hours at lower cost...

but as a starting point? ~8 hours of fun for only 6 dollars? thats not even 1 dollar an hour. Its rare for me to get 40-50 hours out of games that I pay 40-50 dollars for on traditional console systems.. With a moderate update of few more hours and it cheaper than renting a 1 dollar movie... I can't really say something bad about the value or the length of such an inexpensive game...

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By MozeeToby on 12/13/2010 5:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Slightly off topic but... I just picked up Fallout 3 for $10 on Amazon. 100+ hours of quality gameplay comes to about $.10 per hour, that's some bargain basement entertainment right there.

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By jimhsu on 12/14/2010 5:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
At least for this, I have to disagree. Then again, I don't have a console.

1 dollar an hour seems high (i.e. too expensive). For me to pay $40-50 (and not borrow it from a friend, for example), I'd expect at least 100 hours of gameplay, which automatically disqualifies about 80% (probably more) of the games out there. The few exceptions (Oblivion/Fallout, the X3 series, Supreme commander (not the crappy second one)) have truly provided quality entertainment - hundreds of hours, each. I'll reserve my judgment on Starcraft 2 for now, but I did buy it.

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By psonice on 12/14/2010 4:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
I've finished it too. Not got all the level ups though, still a couple of swords left.

But chair are promising updates for it - they're supposed to be unlocking the dungeon area "during december" if i remember right. There's talk of multiplayer and more expansions too. We'll have to see if they're free or paid.

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