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Independent Video Game Companies Gain Market Share As game play shifts from the console to the smartphone, the balance of power has tipped in favor of upstarts like Bolt Creative and Imangi Studios.

By Jason Ankeny Edited by Frances Dodds

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Sand Island may seem like a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. The remote tropical community is home to the pygmies of Tribe Ooga Chaka, a pint-size primitive culture destined to endure a seemingly endless series of horrible fates--everything from volcanic eruptions to meteor showers to swarms of man-eating fire ants, each set into motion by a single swipe of the fickle finger of fate.

Pocket God
Sand Island is just one of several fantastically exotic locales that make up the ever-expanding virtual realm of the smartphone game

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