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.
Environmental simulation game GreenYrLife looks to inspire Facebook gamers to help the world by making the act of “going green” a more accessible concept than players might initially believe. The game combines quizzes, informational videos, an experience points system, mini-games, virtual home decoration and more, into an experience that focuses on protecting Mother Nature.
In GreenYrLife, players receive a badge and title, and can upgrade that title by earning points. These points are earned by completing tasks within the game, like answering quiz questions or watching Green Tips videos.
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.
Creative Mobile has announced the launch of its new Facebook game, Drag Racing Social. The title is based on the popular Drag Racing series of mobile games on iOS and Android, and sees players using their spacebar and mouse to race against computer opponents in a fight to be the best drag racer around.
If a single Facebook friend is worth $1, then how much money is your Facebook profile worth? That’s the question behind an interesting new advergame called Trading Faces. The game is available on MahiFX.com, a financial trading website, and asks players to connect to their Facebook account to play.
From there, the app challenges players with making the most virtual money possible in a limited number of “trades,” as they trade one of their Facebook friends for another, based on the number of friends that person has on their account.
King has announced the upcoming launch of Bubble Witch Saga 2, taking players back into the magical world of one of its original breakout hits. The first Bubble Witch Saga launched on Facebook in September 2011, and still has over 11 million monthly active users, according to our app tracking service AppData.
After a soft launch in limited territories, Mind Candy has released Moshling Rescue for all users on Facebook. The game takes players to the land of Monstro City, where Big Bad Bill and his mischievous Woolly Blue Hoodoos have triggered an explosion at Moshi Volcano. The city has been buried, trapping moshlings inside. Players will need to join the city’s hero, a young girl named Ellie, as they complete match-three levels to bring the trapped animals home.
Game Insight has announced the latest title in its growing series of hidden object games: Mysterium. From the creator of Mystery Manor, Mysterium places players in a detective story, as they explore the mysterious Collector’s house, filled with mechanical contraptions. In addition, as players explore environments, they’ll travel the globe, from Paris to New York, and will encounter strange artifacts called Mysteriums.
Social game developer Plarium has announced the launch of its newest title on Facebook, Sparta: Wars of Empires. The game takes players to Greece in the 5th Century BC, and places them in the role of a Lord, having just returned home from combat against Xerses and the Persian Empire. The massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game (MMORTS) challenges players to build their city-state while also protecting their land from the continuing Persian threat.
Facebook games may offer some of the latest advancements in free-to-play gaming, but that doesn’t mean every game needs to be incredibly complex. A perfect example is “Save the Green Guy,” a new retro-style game which plays exactly as it sounds. Players move around a game board, rescuing a green man from red men by simply touching him.
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