The Pocket Gamer Awards 2010 celebrate four years of Pocket Gamer coverage of the industry, recognising winners in several categories across mobile and handheld gaming.
Firemint took home gongs in four categories, including the coveted Best iPhone Developer and iPhone Game of the Year titles.
Best Casual/Puzzle iPhone Game: Flight Control
Best Free iPhone Game: Real Racing GTI
iPhone Game of the Year: Flight Control
Best iPhone Developer: Firemint
Now – in case you’re not up with two of the greatest games to hit the iPhone, let me give you a quick rundown of what they’re all about:
Real Racing GTI is the limited, free version of Firemint Real Racing, itself one of the most acclaimed titles on the platform. Firemint Real Racing features an intuitive ‘pick up and play’ approach to handling, which means that even though it’s a pro-racing game, anyone who can drive a real car (and many people who can’t!) can race. Boasting some highly realistic graphics, Real Racing GTI was developed in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America, serving as the official launch vehicle (heh) for the 2010 Golf GTI in North America. Downloaded more than 5 million times, the teaser version has lead to an increase in sales of the full version of the game, where players gain access to more tracks and -importantly- more cars.
Flight Control is credited with the creation of the ‘line drawing’ genre, as you touch aircraft and drag a path to the correct landing zone – while avoiding collisions! More than 2 million copies of the game have been sold since launch, with the game also lavished in praise from the games industry for its “elegantly simple” gameplay style.
Firemint Community Manager Alexandra Peters accepted the awards:
“We’re incredibly grateful for this wonderful recognition. We’d like to sincerely thank Pocket Gamer, and congratulate them on four fantastic years – we’re looking forward to many more to come!”
Pocket Gamer themselves have published more than 10,000 news items and 3,500 game reviews in the four years they’ve been around, covering all handheld platforms including mobile phone, iPhone, PSP and DS.