Goodgame Studios has announced the launch of its newest title on browser and mobile devices: Shadow Kings. The strategy MMO was rapidly adopted by gamers, with over one million registrations for the game within the first week of its release. In the game, players are taken to a fantasy land where men, elves and dwarves once lived in peace. An army of orcs, goblins and trolls has threatened the land, so players must build and defend their medieval city from invaders.
Glu Mobile has announced the launch of Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores on Facebook, iOS and Google Play. The game was inspired by the company’s popular Deer Hunter 2014, and sees players traveling to a mysterious island inhabited by dinosaurs. As you might assume, this trip isn’t a relaxing vacation on the beach. Instead, gamers are challenged with hunting the island’s inhabitants, earning points for the accuracy and skill of their shots.
Strategy game specialist Nival has released Prime World: Defenders on two additional platforms: Facebook and Android. The game is already available on iOS, Mac, Windows and NVIDIA Shield, and offers cross-platform functionality for users to take their progress across platforms or devices.
Prime World: Defenders combines gameplay from the tower defense and collectible card genres, as players become treasure hunters in a story-driven campaign. The story revolves around stopping a mutant horde, with each level seeing players defending an altar on the path by building towers, casting spells and more to defeat enemies.
In the world of persistent, real-time social games, it’s not uncommon for something to go wrong. Whether it’s a quest window that won’t complete, or premium currency that suddenly vanishes, these issues cause headaches for players and developers alike.
Recently, players of FunPlus’ Family Farm Seaside experienced perhaps the biggest possible issue of them all: a (presumed) complete wipe of all of their data, taking them back to the game’s tutorial. The technical issue hit Amazon Kindle users hardest, resulting in an outage for players who were unable to login to their game, or unable to access their saved farms.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Zynga has released the results of its third annual Valentine’s Day survey in Words with Friends across Facebook and mobile. The survey asked players to rate the best love-themed words they could create in the app, along with the best celebrity players. The survey also took a look at how Words with Friends has strengthened real world relationships, or even created new ones.
Candy Crush Saga developer King has today announced plans to bring Papa Pear Saga to mobile later this fall. The game was originally released on Facebook in March 2013, and has climbed to over 18.9 million monthly active users, according to our app tracking service AppData.
This news is joined by a company milestone, as King’s entire portfolio of games on mobile, Facebook and King.com have crossed one billion daily plays.
GREE and Marvel Entertainment have released the first details concerning X-Men: Battle of the Atom, an upcoming mobile card battle game on iOS and Android. The game has been developed as part of the X-Men 50th anniversary celebration, and it will be released alongside the Battle of the Atom comic book event later this fall.
X-Men: Battle of the Atom will feature both single and multiplayer card battles, as players collect a variety of mutants from X-Men’s past, present and future, and battle villains, including some that may never have been seen before.
Mobile game developer Kiwi, Inc. has announced a new partnership with Sequoia Capital, resulting in $9 million in funding. The company has also received backing from AdMob founder Omar Hamoui, Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang and SV Angels.
Hungry Moose Games has launched its first app on Android, a side-scrolling platformer called 9 Lives: Casey and Sphynx, which combines puzzles and cooperative play into a whimsical new experience.
The game follows museum guard Casey and a temple cat named Sphynx through a gameplay setup that encourages dying in strategic ways to progress. 9 Lives features four large levels, along with a Jewel system for upgrades to each character’s abilities. Casey can be upgraded with crowbars and flares to reach otherwise inaccessible areas, for instance, while Sphynx can be upgraded to cling to ceilings and walls.
Throughout it all, players can use Green Throttle’s Atlas Controller for console-style play on the TV, but each control scheme leads to the same overall goal: to collect enough pieces of the broken relic of Bestet before our heroes’ luck, and lives, run out.
We had a chance to chat with Ric Williams, Co-Founder and President of Hungry Moose Games, a team comprised of ex-Bioware developers. Williams shed some light on the game’s design, and when users can expect the game to branch out to iOS.
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