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.
Candy Crush Saga developer King has filed for its IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing some staggering usage figures in the process. For the month of December 2013 alone, King saw 1.2 billion daily game plays across its catalog of titles, including Farm Heroes Saga, Papa Pear Saga, and other games in the “Saga” franchise.
Insomniac Games has announced the closure of Outernauts on Facebook, and a progression of the franchise to other devices. The game saw players exploring planets in outer space, and had just 114,000 monthly active users (MAU) on January 31, its last day of operation. According to our app tracking service AppData, Outernauts had actually gained users in recent weeks, starting the year with 87,000 MAU.
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