Social and casual game developer PurpleKiwii has a lofty goal with its match-three Facebook game Monster Busters: to be the most advanced match-three puzzle game available. Its players apparently appreciate the effort, as the game has reached over 1.4 million monthly active players and climbing, according to our app tracking service AppData.
Monster Busters challenges players to complete match-three stages to rescue Gingerbread characters that have been trapped in a tower by evil monsters. Players make matches with colorful monsters, climbing the tower as they complete each floor’s levels.
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Casual game developer King has announced the first true expansion for Candy Crush Saga (our review), bringing a new Dreamworld location to match-three fans on Facebook. The new game mode takes players to a parallel world of dream levels, and offers twists on the traditional Candy Crush Saga gameplay.
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Core game developer Kabam has announced the launch of its Blastron robot shooting game on Facebook. Originally released on iPhone and Android (our review), the game sees players controlling robots in side-scrolling environments, using rockets, grenades and more to kill their opponents.
In an interview with Inside Mobile Apps, Win COO Yaniv Leven revealed plans for his company to produce a social sports betting game in early 2014.
A free-to-play action game where players collect demons while battling in hell, and it’s created by legendary designer American McGee?
Count us in (even if it makes our virtual feet burn).
“Our studio has a background making console and larger-scale PC games, so we’ve been trying to bring a bit of the quality and style and the 3D assets to the mobile and multi-player space,” says McGee. “This is actually our fourth title in the mobile/online space, and it’s taking everything we’ve learned, combined with the knowledge that DeNA has brought to the table, specifically with games within this genre, and we’ve wrapped it inside a story where the player is going into hell. I’ve been jokingly describing it as Pokemon in hell because you’re fighting against demons, then collecting these same demons and then doing the usual card collecting and upgrading of and skill-expansion of those units.
“We’ve also presented the fight mechanic in a pretty interesting way, as it’s much closer to a traditional RTS or RPG-style interface, so the player can engage with, in real time, the battles between the units as those things play out.”
Rumble Entertainment is starting to make some serious noise in the gaming space.
Not only did the company announce $17.5M in Series B financing led by free-to-play giant Nexon, but their first game, KingsRoad, already attracts over 1 million players per month in its open web and Facebook beta, with 40-percent of players joining in real-time cooperative play daily while spending an average playing time of over 1 hour per session.
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With Backyard Monsters Unleashed launching on mobile next week, Kixeye’s CMO, Brandon Barber, sat down with Inside Mobile Apps to talk about the new game in an exclusive interview.
Check out what Barber had to say as he talks Monsters and mobile in the site’s latest Insider Q&A.
Brandon Barber Interview
Space Ape’s Samurai Siege is rocketing up the iOS and Google Play charts, earning $65K per day on 950,000+ installs in just under two weeks.
How did they do it? Inside Mobile Apps sits down with Space Ape’s CEO, John Earner, to find out more about the game, and what he thinks of the comparisons to Clash of Clans.
Insider Q&A Interview: John Earner
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Zynga has today launched its latest Facebook game, Fairy Tale Twist. The free-to-play game transports players to a universe populated by the world’s most famous fairy tales, and challenges them to defeat the evil Rumpelstiltskin, who has placed a curse upon the land.
French developer Pretty Simple Games has revealed its plans to bring its wildly successful Facebook game Criminal Case to iOS. The hidden object game follows players through their rise to the top of the detective world, collecting evidence and solving cases with a bit of help from friends.