Games for the weekend: Run Roo Run

Run Roo Run is a simple to learn, yet hard to master side-scrolling game that rewards accuracy. If you were a gamer that toiled over Mario to get the timing of jumping from pipe to pipe just right, then this is the game for you.

Games for the weekend: Trenches II

Trenches II is the latest in a lineup of World War I-themed games from Thunder Game Works. Falling somewhere between Plants vs. Zombies and Flight Control, Trenches II offers slightly more advanced, compelling gameplay, so much so that it approaches the realm of real-time strategy gaming.

Games for the weekend: Dragons Rage

For the last two weeks, the game that has captured my attention the most is Prativo Group’s Dragons Rage. For just $0.99 (iPad and iPhone), you can submerge yourself into a world where dragons are feared and fought by peasants branding pitchforks.

Games for the weekend: Modern Combat 3

I’m starting to think there’s a union rule: In every shooter, the helicopter, plane, train, or automobile you use to arrive will be destroyed. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation for iOS is no exception, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Shadow Cities finds that mobile gaming is surprisingly stationary

Grey Area co-founder and CEO Ville Vesterinen, at GigaOM’s Mobilize 2011 on Tuesday, discussed a growing trend: location-based gaming. One of the company’s most significant discoveries about mobile games has to do with how little they seem to actually be played on the run.

Please Stay Calm thinks location is key to mobile MMOs

New iPhone MMORPG Please Stay Calm takes a lot of what makes freemium gaming titles successful on the App Store, and adds in a dash of zombies, and a heaping helping of location services. It’s social survival horror in your backyard — and it’s pretty awesome.

Subscription gaming service GameTanium launches on Android

Exent is launching the first subscription mobile gaming service for Android called GameTanium Mobile, which allows users to gain Netflix-style all-you-can eat access to more than 75 games for $4.99 a month. It’s another sign that gaming on Android is improving.

Annotation hack brings Tic Tac Toe to YouTube

Thought YouTube was about passive video watching? Think again: YouTube producer Rutter Jared has put together an interactive Tic Tac Toe game by utilizing the site’s annotation feature. The game consists of 131 videos and more than 1000 annotations and producing it took an entire month.

The Secret to The Heist’s Success

MacHeist and tap tap tap Tuesday released The Heist, an iPhone puzzle app that provides a real-world reward. The app is a huge success so far, topping the U.S. paid charts. So how did the app come about, and why is it doing so well?