Tribal Wars 2 developer InnoGames has announced the open beta launch of its strategy MMO, Rising Generals, exclusively in the United States. For the development of the game, InnoGames was supported by American game designer Bruce Shelley, known for his work on the Civilization and Age of Empires series. In Rising Generals, players command their own military base, defending it against hostile attackers while unlocking new technologies over time.
Following a release on mobile devices, Game Insight’s Transport Empire has arrived on Facebook. The game sees players expanding their railroad business into a multifaceted corporation, transporting goods from town to town via locomotives, airships and steamships. Players start with a few trains, but will eventually unlock multiple locomotives, will expand their network to reach new production facilities, and more.
Independent developer Four Lights has announced the launch of Defenders of Time, its fast-paced tower defense game, on Steam. While the standard multiplayer game is available for $20, Four Lights has done something interesting, offering the entire single-player mode of the game in full, for free, via a download on the game’s website. In addition, users can invite up to three friends into the paid version of the game, for free, in order to make the game truly social for friends.
Atari has announced its partnership with Vegas World creator FlowPlay to launch Atari Jackpots on browser. The free-to-play casino title allows players to create an avatar that represents them in a virtual casino, which contains slot machines based on classic Atari brands, including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Tempest, Gravitar and Crystal Castles. Outside of slots, players can try to win virtual currency in Bingo, Video Poker, Solitaire and Blackjack modes.
Electronic Arts has revealed its plans to shutter PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies Adventures on Facebook. The game was released in 2013, and sees players defending a base from the undead. It features famous franchise plants like Sunflowers and Wall-Nuts, as well as new zombies and plants, like the Beet, which causes large amounts of melee damage to enemies.
Just days after announcing the upcoming closure of its hidden object game Hidden Chronicles, game developer Zynga has announced the closure of two additional games: Cafe World and CoasterVille. Cafe World, the developer’s first restaurant simulation game, has been around since 2009, where it rocketed to popularity, gaining over 8.6 million players in a week.
Meanwhile, CoasterVille was released in late 2012, and allows users to build their own amusement parks, complete with customizable roller coasters, bathrooms and decorations for guest amusement. Both games will bid farewell to Facebook on July 22, 2014.
As part of Zynga’s shifting focus from Facebook to mobile development, the developer / publisher has announced the upcoming closure of another Facebook title, Hidden Chronicles. First launched in January 2012, Hidden Chronicles asks players to solve the mystery of their uncle’s disappearance by completing dozens of hidden object scenes and repairing the family mansion.
Zynga announced the closure of its life simulation game YoVille in January 2014, triggering an instant reaction from players, who begged Zynga to reconsider its decision. When closure announcements are made, they’re traditionally final. However, Zynga has listened to its fans, and has reversed its decision to close the game on March 31, as was originally planned.
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