flothumbDiner Dash was one of the first incarnations of the modern casual game: simple mechanics that are easy to learn and hard to master. Wikipedia says that publisher PlayFirst has seen over 550 million downloads of the game in its various versions, to say nothing of sequels and spin-offs. That’s probably why Glu Mobile, one of the more visible mobile game publishers, has snatched up the company. Glu’s stock priced jumped 8% this morning on the announcement.

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Glu Games Buys Diner Dash Publisher PlayFirst, Prepare For A Massive Order Of In-App Purchases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.