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GameBox for Facebook brings Flash-based social games to iPad

GameBox for Facebook brings Flash-based social games to iPad
Stuart Dredge

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Devices / iPad / August 4th 2011 at 11:30AM

Taking on iSwifter, but one of its two supported titles already has an iOS version.

A new iPad app is helping people play Flash-based Facebook games despite the fact that Apple's tablet doesn't support Apple's technology. GameBox for Facebook was released on the App Store yesterday with a £1.99 price point.

For now, it supports two titles: Army Attack and CityVille. The latter is already available as a native iPad app from its publisher Zynga, however. GameBox's developer says support for more games will be added as time goes on.

The app is a direct competitor to iSwifter, which also makes playing Flash-based social games its big selling point. GameBox uses a similar idea of processing games in the cloud to ensure they work on the iPad.

How popular will these apps be? The biggest social games are increasingly coming to iOS as native apps, while Facebook is reportedly working on its own mobile web platform - Project Spartan - and encouraging developers to explore HTML5 as an alternative to Flash.

Apps like iSwifter and GameBox may appeal in the short term, but it's hard not to see a limited time window on their success before industry shifts make them redundant.