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FinBlade is a British mobile game developer. FinBlade was founded by John Chasey and Fergus McNeill in August 2007. Many of the FinBlade team were previously at mobile game developer IOMO. [1]

The studio were one of the first supporters of the Zeemote Bluetooth analogue joystick for mobiles with their 2-Player Fireworks title announced in January 2008. [2]

Later that month the new studio received critical success when FinBlade won the TIGA Best Mobile Game category for Tomb Raider Anniversary, developed for the New Media division of Eidos Interactive. [3] This was followed in June 2008 where they were nominated in the Best New UK/European Studio category in the Develop Industry Excellence Awards. [4]

In the second half of 2008, making use of the Bedrock technology from Metismo the studio's output was largely focused on the Apple iPhone with numerous original and licenced titles appearing and charting on the App Store. [5]

Google Android support quickly followed with versions of many of their titles appearing for distribution on Handango, prior to billing support being added to the Android Market. [6] FinBlade later received nominations in the 'Best Casual Game' and '2009 Groundbreaker' categories for Tennis Slam in the Handango Champion Awards for the Android.

In June 2009 with the advent of a broader range of mobile content available on the iPhone FinBlade also started developing applications, commencing with Red Bull GP on the iPhone, published by Red Bull Racing, The Men Who Stare at Goats app promoting the film adaption of Jon Ronson's book, followed by a match report and news centre app for Liverpool F.C.. All the app titles reached the top of their respective category charts in the UK App Store.

In December 2009 the iPhone title Battleship, based on the Hasbro board game and developed by FinBlade, was published by EA Mobile to critical acclaim, described as the 'best board game adaption yet'[7] by cnet and receiving a Gold Award from mobilegamefaqs.com[8]

Android Titles

BREW Titles

iPhone Titles

Java ME Titles

External links

References

  1. FinBlade Opens Its Doors. Develop Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-09-29.
  2. FinBlade announces Zeemote Title. GamesOnDeck.com. Retrieved on 2008-10-17.
  3. FinBlade and Denki win TIGA Awards. Mobile Entertainment. Retrieved on 2008-09-29.
  4. Develop Awards Finalists Revealed. Develop Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-09-29.
  5. Sharpened 'Blade. Develop Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-10-17.
  6. Tennis Slam served onto Android. Pocket Gamer.biz. Retrieved on 2008-11-27.
  7. Battleship for iPhone: Best board game adaptation yet?. cnet. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  8. Battleship (iPhone) Review?. mobilegamefaqs.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
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