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.
Marvel has announced the launch of its newest Facebook game, Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics. This new title in the Marvel: Avengers Alliance series is a tactical combat game, which sees players engaging with Marvel heroes in 3D environments to defeat villains from the Marvel universe.
The game places players in the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. commander, in charge of a team of super heroes and a base of operations. Players will interact with characters including Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, while villains like Loki become available as the game’s story unfolds.
As part of this week’s earnings call, Zynga revealed its excitement surrounding the launch of FarmVille 2: Country Escape on iOS and Android. Launched on April 17, the game has already been downloaded more than four million times, with this early success also boosting the player base for FarmVille 2 on Facebook.
Zynga has announced a fitting new addition to its Hit It Rich: Casino Slots on Facebook, as players can now spin the reels on a FarmVille 2 slot machine. This machine marks the first time the world of FarmVille 2 has been available in a social casino game, and lets players earn virtual winnings using the famous animals and crops from the popular farming game.
Free-to-play game developer Kabam has announced a continuation of its global expansion, opening an office in Berlin, Germany. The office will start with 80 employees, and should grow to 150 before the end of 2014. Kabam’s Berlin office will work on the live operations of existing titles, as well as localization, quality assurance, marketing and “player experience services” for the European market, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the UK.
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