Jun 27

Meet Medha, Our New Marketing Intern

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Medha is our newest team member here at MobilityWare. Let’s learn a little more about her!

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Background

I grew up in Cupertino, CA but came down to Southern California to study at UC Irvine (the weather down here is better too!). I’m majoring in Business Administration and have a double minor in anthropology and psychology/social behavior (yes, that’s a mouthful!). In my free time, I love mobile games and biking, but not at the same time of course.

When did you first get interested in gaming?

I really only got into gaming when I got my first iPhone my first year of college. I never really played video games as a kid, but once I started playing on my phone I was hooked.

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

It seemed like such a unique and interesting job position when I first heard about it, and when I got to meet people from the company at a career fair, I was even more excited. How cool is it to work in mobile games?!

What is your favorite game of all time?

Bejeweled. It was the first game I ever played on my phone, and it got me addicted from there.

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Kim Possible, from the online Kim Possible game. She does all this action and running around. It’s awesome!

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Jun 25

Solitaire, Vegas-style

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Even many long-time fans of Solitaire may not know about an alternative way of playing the game. Under the Vegas scoring system, you “pay” $52 to play (so you’re starting with a score of -52). For every card you play into the foundations (piles), you earn $5. You can only go through the deck once if you’re playing Draw One (three times if you’re playing Draw Three), but you don’t have to complete the game with all 52 cards in the foundations to win. If you get at least 11 cards in the foundations ($55), you come out on top. If you do clear all of the cards, that’s like hitting the jackpot.

There’s also the option of doing “Vegas Cumulative” scoring in our app. In this style of gameplay, winnings and losses carry over from game to game, letting you keep track of your long term winnings or losses.

Both game modes can be found under “Settings” if you want to give it a try. Let us know what you think!

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Jun 23

Meet Brian, Our New Mobile Game Development Intern

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Brian is the latest addition to our MobilityWare team. Let’s learn a little more about him!

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Background

I was born and raised in Irvine, CA, and am getting my B.S. in computer science from UC Irvine. Other than games (duh!), I’m really into photography these days.  

When did you first get interested in gaming?

I first got interested in computers when I was in elementary school, but I always knew that I wanted to build games. I began to get more serious about it in high school, and of course I went on to major in computer science when I got to college.

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

I met a couple of people from MobilityWare at a career fair and the more I learned about the company, the more interested I became. It seemed like a really exciting opportunity, and when I came in to interview, I saw how friendly all the people here were and what a cool place this is to work. 

What is your favorite game of all time?

Half Life 2. It got me deeper into other games, and it really defined my high school years.

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Gordon Freeman, from Half Life 2. He’s a scientist/one-man army—can’t beat that!

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Jun 19

Your Favorite Solitaire App Will Be Available on Amazon Fire

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Yesterday, there was a lot of publicity around Amazon’s introduction of its Fire Phone, the company’s first foray into the smartphone market.  Everyone was abuzz about some of the Fire Phone’s unique features—the awesome 3D effects Dynamic Perspective feature, the Firefly feature that can detect and let users buy things instantly in the real world, the unlimited photo storage, etc. Granted, those are all very cool, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a Fire Phone to check them all out. But what’s gotten us really psyched is that our beloved Solitaire apps are going to be on the Amazon Fire Phone’s app store. Solitaire, FreeCell and Spider are all available (and in the Top 12 of the Cards category!)  So if any of you are lining up to get a Fire Phone of your own, rest assured that your Solitaire addiction can continue uninterrupted. Now we just have to muster a little patience, since the Fire Phone isn’t available until July 25. Good thing there’s Solitaire to keep us occupied until then.

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Jun 17

CRAZY SHOE DAY

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We have so much fun at MobilityWare, we thought why not let our feet get in on the action too. Enter the “Fabulous Footwear Festival” (a.k.a. Crazy Shoe Day), our company-wide contest in search of the most fabulous, original get-ups for feet that our uber creative employees could come up with. We had some pretty wacky entrants as you can imagine (we are a bunch of gamers, after all). Here are the day’s highlights:

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Our Winner: Lisa R. How could this not come out on top? It’s got a mash-up of our games—graBLOX, Solitaire, and Blackjack are all represented against the colorful backdrop of red hot socks. Topping it all off with the Hawaiian leis sealed the victory!

 

Others took a different approach and added some razzle dazzle to their submission:

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Here are our two winners, celebrating their well-deserved victories:

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Jun 13

The Word is in from our Solitaire Fans, and that word is “Addicting”

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We’re certainly feeling the love from our Solitaire fans. While we’ve been nursing a serious addiction to Pop Tarts and Game of Thrones, our Solitaire gamers have found themselves hooked on our Solitaire app. That’s enough to make us put down the Pop Tart, turn off Game of Thrones, and say THANK YOU! We’re flattered and thrilled by all the love we’re getting from you. Here are some of our favorite fan comments:

  • “Awesome!! - This is probably the best Solitaire game out there!! Plus it’s pretty addicting!!!” (5 stars)
  • “Addicting – I know this seems stupid for a teenager to be addicted to an old person’s game, but I admit this game is so addicting!!!!! I play on it all the time; I recommend this game to anyone; every age group!!!!!” (5 stars)
  • “Obsession – Solitaire is habit forming, must play 10 games a day or perish.” (5 stars)
  • “Can you spell addiction?! – I feel like I need to join Solitaire anonymous. I love this game & this app! I can’t think of anything I would change. Thank you.” (5 stars)

 

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Jun 9

Top Ten Fun Facts about Spider Solitaire (Part 10)

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The long awaited conclusion to our Late Show-inspired Top Ten list is finally here as we reveal the #1 most fun fact about Spider Solitaire. Did we miss any factoid that you like about the game? Share them in the comments below!

1. IT WAS ONE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S FAVORITE GAMES, AND HE PLAYED VARIOUS VERSIONS OF IT THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE

2. IT EVOLVED FROM AN EARLIER GAME CALLED “SCORPION”

3. IT WAS FEATURED IN A POPULAR NOVEL WRITTEN BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM CALLED “THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUS”, PUBLISHED IN 1930

4. AS OF 2005, IT WAS THE MOST PLAYED GAME ON WINDOWS PCs (BEATING OUT THE ORIGINAL SOLITAIRE!)

5. THE WORLD MASTER IN SPIDER SOLITAIRE IS SCOTT MCQUEEN FROM NEW ZEALAND

6. BOB ALBERS HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST GAMES PLAYED IN ADVANCED MODE. HE PLAYED 8,166 SPIDER SOLITAIRE ADVANCED MODE GAMES

7. IT WAS FIRST INCLUDED IN THE WINDOWS 1998 PLUS PACKAGE (THAT’S 8 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL WINDOWS SOLITAIRE WAS ADDED TO WINDOWS IN 1990)

8. KIRK DOUGLAS HAS BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING, “I HAVE ONE COMPUTER THAT MY WIFE GAVE ME. ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO, AND I DO IT EVERY DAY, IS PLAY SPIDER SOLITAIRE”

9. IT HAS INSPIRED THE CREATION OF MANY NEW VERSIONS OF SOLITAIRE

10. MOBILITYWARE SPIDER SOLITAIRE HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED 25.6 MILLION TIMES ON ANDROID AND iOS. THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING OUR GAME!

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Jun 6

Top Ten Fun Facts about Spider Solitaire (Part 9)

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We’re leaving you for the weekend with a bit of a cliffhanger. That’s because today we’re revealing the #2 fun fact about Spider Solitaire on our Late Show-inspired Top Ten List. You’ll have to wait until Monday to see what comes in at #1. Have a great weekend!

2. IT EVOLVED FROM AN EARLIER GAME CALLED “SCORPION”

3. IT WAS FEATURED IN A POPULAR NOVEL WRITTEN BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM CALLED “THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUS”, PUBLISHED IN 1930

4. AS OF 2005, IT WAS THE MOST PLAYED GAME ON WINDOWS PCs (BEATING OUT THE ORIGINAL SOLITAIRE!)

5. THE WORLD MASTER IN SPIDER SOLITAIRE IS SCOTT MCQUEEN FROM NEW ZEALAND

6. BOB ALBERS HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST GAMES PLAYED IN ADVANCED MODE. HE PLAYED 8,166 SPIDER SOLITAIRE ADVANCED MODE GAMES

7. IT WAS FIRST INCLUDED IN THE WINDOWS 1998 PLUS PACKAGE (THAT’S 8 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL WINDOWS SOLITAIRE WAS ADDED TO WINDOWS IN 1990)

8. KIRK DOUGLAS HAS BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING, “I HAVE ONE COMPUTER THAT MY WIFE GAVE ME. ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO, AND I DO IT EVERY DAY, IS PLAY SPIDER SOLITAIRE”

9. IT HAS INSPIRED THE CREATION OF MANY NEW VERSIONS OF SOLITAIRE

10. MOBILITYWARE SPIDER SOLITAIRE HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED 25.6 MILLION TIMES ON ANDROID AND iOS. THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING OUR GAME!

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Jun 3

Solitaire…App We Can’t Live Without

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Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is under way in San Francisco this week. To get things started, Apple showed a video that was essentially a thank you letter to app developers. In it, people were asked to name the app that they can’t live without. We were surprised and excited (and also humbled) when about halfway through the interviews, a man raves about his love for Solitaire. Now it’s our turn to say thank you. Thank you to him and to our other 135 million Solitaire fans who play our Solitaire app and “can’t live without it”!

See the whole video here:

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Jun 2

Top Ten Fun Facts about Spider Solitaire (Part 8)

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Happy Monday! Did you play a lot of Spider Solitaire over the weekend? Even if you did, we’re betting you don’t know this #3 fun fact about Spider Solitaire on our David Letterman inspired Top Ten List.

3. IT WAS FEATURED IN A POPULAR NOVEL WRITTEN BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM CALLED “THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUS”, PUBLISHED IN 1930

4. AS OF 2005, IT WAS THE MOST PLAYED GAME ON WINDOWS PCs (BEATING OUT THE ORIGINAL SOLITAIRE!)

5. THE WORLD MASTER IN SPIDER SOLITAIRE IS SCOTT MCQUEEN FROM NEW ZEALAND

6. BOB ALBERS HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST GAMES PLAYED IN ADVANCED MODE. HE PLAYED 8,166 SPIDER SOLITAIRE ADVANCED MODE GAMES

7. IT WAS FIRST INCLUDED IN THE WINDOWS 1998 PLUS PACKAGE (THAT’S 8 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL WINDOWS SOLITAIRE WAS ADDED TO WINDOWS IN 1990)

8. KIRK DOUGLAS HAS BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING, “I HAVE ONE COMPUTER THAT MY WIFE GAVE ME. ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO, AND I DO IT EVERY DAY, IS PLAY SPIDER SOLITAIRE”

9. IT HAS INSPIRED THE CREATION OF MANY NEW VERSIONS OF SOLITAIRE

10. MOBILITYWARE SPIDER SOLITAIRE HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED 25.6 MILLION TIMES ON ANDROID AND iOS. THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING OUR GAME!

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