Ngmoco announced on its website earlier this week that some of the game maker’s biggest iOS titles, including We Rule, Godfinger, and Touch Pets Dogs 2, are going to be shut down for good on March 31. The games will be off of Apple’s App Store later this week on February 1, so no new users will be able to download them, and the servers for the games will go offline at the end of next month, effectively ending the games completely.
Ngmoco didn’t give a clear reason for the shutdowns, but it’s not hard to guess: The company, once one of the biggest app developers on the App Store, has been fairly steadily transitioning over to Android titles in the past few years, and has seen a sharp decline in popularity on iOS. Not to mention that many of the figures who made the company so large, including former EA exec Neil Young, have left the company in recent days. In other words, it’s finally game over for Ngmoco on iOS.
Ngmoco was purchased by Japanese network DeNA a little while ago, and that company is still steadily trying to grow its own iOS sales and popularity. But Ngmoco as a brand is effectively done on the App Store, especially since these once-thriving games are shut down. One of the biggest names of the App Store’s first generation is finally on its way out the door.