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.
Big Farm developer Goodgame Studios has announced the upcoming release of its newest title on browser and mobile devices: Shadow Kings. The MMO building and strategy game sees players creating their own cities in a fantasy setting. The once-peaceful world has been thrown into chaos by an army of orcs, goblins and trolls, and players must work together to defeat this new darkness.
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.
Hooqt’s platform for casual online gaming is described as being built “by gamers, for gamers.” The platform’s first game, The Little Vikings, is an ambitious release, with Hooqt claiming it’s one of the largest social games ever created. In it, gamers take on the role of a Viking, exploring their own island to make a settlement while completing quests.
Upon arrival, the island is covered in fog, and is revealed as players manually explore the land around them. To start, users complete quests by constructing cottages, chopping down trees and other basic tasks, but the game eventually expands to include combat against enemies like killer rabbits that appear on the island.
GSN Games has announced the launch of its latest slot machine within the Games by GSN Facebook app: Treasures of Cleopatra Slots. The game is also available on GSN.com, and offers a contest to users playing outside the Facebook platform. On either platform, the game takes players to an Egyptian themed machine, where they can win big Tokens by matching themed symbols.
User-powered content platform ROBLOX has announced a milestone for its Developer Exchange program, which allows game creators to earn money from the virtual currency earned from their ROBLOX games. The ROBLOX platform gives users the tools they need to create and share independent games with millions of players around the world.
Goodgame Studios’ browser farming game Goodgame Big Farm has passed a milestone, as more than 25 million people have registered to play the game. That figure translates into some equally large in-game stats, as Goodgame has released an infographic of interesting figures from the title’s past. For one, more than 362 million units of cow feed are produced each month.
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