What’s New on Google+ Games
The Google+ Games platform is finally beginning to pick up speed with seven new titles appearing on the Games tab in the last month or so. Here’s what’s new:
Uno Boost, GameHouse - Uno Boost is a single player variation on the popular card game, challenging players with a variety of computer opponents and allowing them to use Boost cards – power-ups the player can swap in to make matches and help them win. We reviewed the Facebook version in May.
Millionaire City, Digital Chocolate - Digital Chocolate’s city-building sim follows the developer’s other hit, Zombie Lane, onto Google+. Millionaire City adds a real estate twist to the traditional city building genre, requiring players to purchase land before they can build, then sign contracts with tenants to collect income from buildings. We reviewed the game when it debuted last year.
Shadow Fight, Nekki - Originally launched for Facebook on in May, Nekki’s multiplay fighting game is now available for Google+. The game uses stylized silhouettes rather than full player avatars, and allows players to challenge their friends or compete in tournaments for domination of a worldwide leaderboard. We did a full review of the game in June.
Slotomania, Playtika – Playtika’s slot machine simulation is the first gambling game to be added to the social network since Zynga Poker debuted with the games tab. The game is a fairly straight-forward slots game, but the more players use a machine, the more experience it will gain and the more prize money there is to be won. Developer Playtika also brought the game to iOS recently. Our review of the Facebook version can be found here.
Gol Mania, Vostu – The Brazilian developer’s multiplayer real-time soccer game has been a solid performer on Facebook since its debut in September and is now available on Google+. Players can compete in short game against friends or random opponents, and can either earn or purchase in-game coins to purchase new stadiums or play more games. Our full review of Vostu’s game can be found here.
Happy Kingdom, Happy Elements – Beijing-based developer Happy Elements has brought its older Facebook game Happy Kingdom to Google+. Back in March the game was one of the fastest growing games on Facebook, but has now dropped off to just 20,000 MAU and 4,000 DAU according to our AppData traffic tracking service. In October, Happy Elements announced a second round of funding totaling $30 million.
Bug Village, Glu Mobile – While every other title on this list got its start on Facebook, Glu Mobile’s Bug Village move directly from mobile to Google+ — much like Rovio’s Angry Birds, which served as a G+ Games launch title. Available for both iOS and Android, Bug Village challenges players to build a village for a friendly collection of insects, farming food and placing buildings. Our sister site Inside Mobile Apps reviewed the iOS version of the game in April.
Google+ launched its games tab on August 11 with 16 games previously established on Facebook and iOS. Since that date, new games have been slowly trickling onto the platform as developers submit game concepts to Google for approval. Google’s own game developer, LabPixies, currently has two games on the platform.