Facebook has today announced its games of the year for 2014, highlighting the best games from the worlds of both Facebook and mobile gaming. The winners were selected based on player ratings, strength of Facebook implementation, growth and overall game quality, while Facebook’s staff also made some selections for the best games they played this year.
Sweet Smash Story company Renatus Media has announced the release of its newest game on Facebook: Bubble Milk Hero. While storylines in match-three or bubble-shooting games aren’t typically the main attraction, the story here is a doozy. The game follows Supercat and his hamster sidekicks on a quest to save Earth from the alien invaders who landed in a small country house. The kicker? Only milk from space cows can help Supercat fulfill his destiny.
MX Digital’s new Facebook game MX Casino combines celebrity personalities Hulk Hogan, David Hasselhoff and Dennis Rodman with a social casino experience on Facebook, as users attempt to “get on the A-List” with the stars. The game features five slot machines to start (with one more coming soon), but only two are available to players as they first begin to play. The rest are unlocked as players bet and win virtual currency, leveling up to higher levels.
After announcing the game at Casual Connect in July 2014, RealNetworks’ GameHouse division has announced the official launch of Slingo Adventure on Facebook. RealNetworks acquired the Slingo brand last year, and GameHouse has been hard at work ever since, creating a game that combines bingo and slot machines in a new way to attract both existing franchise fans and completely new players.
After an initial release on iOS and Android devices, Battle Nations has officially launched on Steam, giving a whole new set of players the chance to get in on the tactical, turn-based combat experience. The game was released in beta on Steam via the platform’s Early Access program earlier this year, but this official launch introduces new content to gamers, as Valve and Z2 have partnered to bring Team Fortress 2 content to the game.
In an effort to avoid the stigma associated with pay-to-win freemium games, independent developer Wyrmbyte has announced the removal of all microtransactions from its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Dragons & Titans. Available on Steam and Facebook, the game now offers all former in-app purchase content in a single bundle called the Titan Pass, but a base version of the game remains free for all users.
SongPop developer FreshPlanet has released its newest game on Facebook: TravelPop. The geography and culture quiz game asks players to view images of geographical landmarks, iconic dishes and more from around the world, and quickly answer “yes or no” or “this or that” questions about them. Players can challenge friends or random opponents to one-on-one matches, first choosing a country, and then picking a topic within that country.
Developer Bright Future and publisher Travian Games have reached a new milestone with their browser-based game Rail Nation, as one million players have signed up to become virtual railway managers. This success comes on the heels of the release of Rail Nation USA, a scenario added to the game back in May.
While free-to-play games are already huge money-makers for mobile and browser developers, console developers are racing to secure their own piece of the pie. At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Sony announced a variety of free-to-play titles for its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 home consoles and PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system.
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