Doodle Jump hits 10M downloads, Kinect port coming

Lima Sky's incessantly popular mobile game scores new sales milestone on second birthday; developer announces port for Microsoft's motion-sensing add-on.

Lima Sky's $0.99 platforming game Doodle Jump is one of the most popular paid games in Apple's App store and the Android Marketplace. Released in March 2009, the game has now sold more than 10 million units, and its developer has greater ambitions for it.

Lima Sky has announced that a Doodle Jump port for the Xbox Live Arcade is on the way. The game will be compatible with Microsoft's 10-million-selling Kinect motion-control device. Unfortunately, Lima Sky did not offer further details on the project, like when the game will be released, what it will sell for, or how the game will be played.

Doodle Jump is vaulting to the Kinect.

The mobile version of Doodle Jump is controlled by subtle tilts of a mobile device. Tilting the device alters the trajectory of main character Doodle the Doodler. With the Kinect able to fully track a person's body movements, it would seem likely that a similar control mechanic would be employed in the Kinect version.

Also included in Lima Sky’s announcement was word that a free multiplayer update is on the way for the iPhone version of Doodle Jump. Additionally, the iPad version remains in development, and a line of toys and a Doodle Jump comic book series are on the way.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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42 comments
shani_boy101
shani_boy101

A Kinect port? what a horrible idea. The whole point of the game is that you can just whip out your iPhone/iPod whenever and wherever you are and play for 5 minutes or so. You also don't look like an idiot. This sounds just as bad as the Angry Birds console port.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i see Kinect is getting some action its been too quite game wise since release

HappyBB
HappyBB

Where's the updated version for Android?

monson21502
monson21502

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BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@PixelAddict All good. Just saying it LOOKED bad. Personally I am dissapointed in the kinect so far. Not the technology but how they are using it. Maybe it is limited to what they are putting out. It is for sure more advanced than the eyetoy/ps eye. But so far all the games are playing just like eyetoy/ps eye games that work much better. It is DIFFERENT technology but so far the gameplay is the same. Which is dissapointing. I think move is similar in that regard though. It plays like a much more accurate Wii. I think Kinect is the most impressive technology. But I don't feel it is best for games overall. Basically here is what I think about each consoles right now as far as motion gaming is concerned. Wii: Motion is focused input. PS3: Motion is secondary focus with secondary move support. 360: More focus on kinect only games than second motion support. MS needs to focus on adding good secondary support with kinect. I don't think it will be like move though. I think it would have to be more of an additional thing. Voice commands seems a logical easy start that is actually useful. Maybe you can command friendly AI socom style? I can't see a complex AAA being played entire on kinect though.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@PixelAddict I have the xbox slim and so far so good.. I think they finally got it right. I'm not a hater but I was pissed off with MS over that and their DRM policies which I still have some issues with. Other than that I love my xbox and PS3 equally.. :)

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'd like to play this with a move myself, but what can you do. I don't have the original either (i've played two free knock-offs that are good enough, don't need to pay a buck for what I can get for free after all). Some of these games are fun but not everything needs a console port.

guyguyguy1234
guyguyguy1234

Doodle Jump kinect? I sweat just thinking about it

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@COPMAN221 I cringe every time I hear some xbox fanboy talking about how the YLOD was as prevalent as the RROD... It's true, the RROD was a terrible, terrible misstep in this generation, and I had a console that fell victim, too. I give M$ credit, I shipped it out on a Monday and had a replacement (with HDMI!) by the following Wednesday. I will say this -- advancements M$ made have actually worked. The old "look for the born-on date" rule applies (Jasper boards). Sucks such a thing would EVER have to be an issue... but it was. I think the current failure rate is much more in line with expectations in the electronics space.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Wow, playing this with Kinect will be a blast!

Maleek2K8
Maleek2K8

Nobody plays on that iphone they said

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@monson21502, WOW I actually agree with you. Something is better than nothing. Dare I tell you that I thumbs up your comment.. Oh wait I just did.. :)

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@PixelAddict, you are doing an outstanding job at proving my point. As for the PS3, I have commented in the past about the YLOD and Sony's outlandish prices for fixing something that is their fault to begin with BUT you and I both know that the YLOD was no where near as massive as the RROD. I'm sure you will disagree and again show your true colors. Like I stated before, I own both systems and each has its strong points and weak points. In the end, it's all about the games for me and both have them. :)

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

I noticed something slightly funny about the Kinect. Namely that theres no way to not buy it. I went to Best Buy the other day and asked where all the stand-alone Xbox's were. He actually laughed and said they usually get only 4 or 5 each shipment.I hate when I'm forced to buy gimmicky peripherals. I wonder how many of those 10 million Kinect users got it merely because they just didn't want to search for a stand-alone. Good marketing ploy I guess.

monson21502
monson21502

@GearsofRage9, at least kinect is getting support:wink:

magicalclick
magicalclick

Hard to imagine using my body to play this game.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@BILLNYE6983 I'll give you that, you make a valid point. Full disclosure: I see his comments on nearly every message thread, whatever the story may be... and his comments seem to always find their way to slamming M$ (sometimes even with valid points), but never, ever does he utter a single criticism for Sony. Look back through other stories, and you'll see my comments offer more of a balanced message floating somewhere around the feeling of "we-are-living-in-the-golden-age-of-gaming-and-I'm-happy-all-systems-are-doing-relatively-well-and-applaud-the-console-makers-efforts!" As an aside, I agree with you about the blatant PR piece. That piece was... sensational (and not in a good way). I own the Kinect, and I like what it can do, but there are some real limitations (so far). Who knows? Maybe software updates will improve the tracking to include higher resolution, but I'd say never to the point of that crazy marketing piece.

GearsofRage9
GearsofRage9

ok kinect you got Doodle Jump and Wipeout(TV Show) dont get much more casual than that

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@PixelAddict It doesn't change the fact that this was not about move and it does make you look like a rabid fan for deflecting legit critism into LOLPSMOVESTFUFANBOY. MS showed those BS kinect videos where people where doing things it will probably never be able to do (the one where the kid is scanning skateboards and the family is playing forza). It isn't some nefarious thing though not trying to say that. A lot of companies do that.

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

So simple. Yet so many sales.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@COPMAN221 Where'd you get the impression I was a one system owner? Man, I've owned every system there's been (except for the original Playstation) dating back to... the Atari 2600. Don't assume. You know what they say about assumptions...

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@COPMAN221: What promise? I don't remember MS promising core games but if your wanting that on Kinect then you will have to wait as they are focusing on casual first and core later but at least Project Draco and Steel Battalion have a ton of potential.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@PixelAddict, As most people here that know me know that I own both a PS3 and a 360. I am not a one system owner like yourself. What I asked was where are all the core Kinect games that MS keeps promising us? What does my question have to do with being a fanboy like yourself? Also for you not being such the fanboy why would you even mention the Move when this post has nothing to do with it? Looks like you have been exposed son...

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@PixelAddict where in my post did I bash the 360 or say something that is not true? I want the next 360 but what I don't want is the system failures that plagued the current system.. By your comments it is obvious that you are the disgruntled fanboy. Learn to read before you speak.. Enjoy your day :)

deltamirage
deltamirage

Ill stick to playing it on my mobile device, it just makes more sense.

puffadell
puffadell

don't really see this catching on

kickblocker
kickblocker

comic book series? is it just gonna be like 50 pages of him jumping up platforms

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@BILLNYE6983 @Hig1134 COPMAN221 exhibits fanboyism to the point it appears as though he is actually employed by Sony, so... it's hard to take anything he says on its own merit. That's all I meant.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@PixelAddict What did his comment have to do with move at all? Move regardless of being good or selling has already been heavily involved in its major releases. Kinect has so far offered none of games promised beyond simple party games.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@COPMAN221 Hilarious dude....I was just gonna say that but ya beat me to it.lol @PixelAddict Nobody even mentioned the move....where's the hypocrisy? Anyway, this wouldn't come out for move, move is an interface with a "CONTROLLER"...so PS3 gamers get games like Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4. Kinect is junk.

kvan33
kvan33

Doodle Jump is a decent 99 cent game for the iPhone. Not sure if I'd want to spend more than that to just wave my hand around using Kinect.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I just downloaded Doodle Jump Monday night. It's a fun little game. Not much to it. Good for a quick gaming fix. It'll be interesting to see how they do multiplayer. don't really care that it's coming to XBLA.

jecht_35
jecht_35

I love this game its so simple but yet very addictive perfect for travel gaming

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@COPMAN221 You going to be singing it's praises when they announce it for Move...? Hypocrite.

chadsk8r24
chadsk8r24

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6h05tly
6h05tly

It's really hard for me to find any games on the iPhone app store. Given that this is the first time I've heard of Doodle Jump, I am now interested in this app. And at 0.99, not bad too. Other than that, congrats Lima Sky on your success :)

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

"Doodle Jump Kinect port coming" Is this what they meant by hardcore gamer support? :(

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Never played Doodle Jump, but Android has a free clone called Abduction that is pretty fun to play when on the go.

Skreba
Skreba

One of the first apps I downloaded on my very first iPhone...and I still play it today. Would be very interesting to see how they do it on Kinect.