FlowPlay, a developer specializing in virtual game worlds and technology, has announced its partnership with Girlstart, a nonprofit that inspires girls to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to bring an in-game fundraising campaign to two of its titles. From now until January 5, players of FlowPlay’s ourWorld and Vegas World virtual games can raise money for the Girlstart STEM programs by purchasing a branded item within each game.
Facebook has today announced its games of the year for 2014, highlighting the best games from the worlds of both Facebook and mobile gaming. The winners were selected based on player ratings, strength of Facebook implementation, growth and overall game quality, while Facebook’s staff also made some selections for the best games they played this year.
Belka Technologies has launched its newest title on Facebook: Cower Defense. This mix between a tower defense game and a city-builder sees an alien army invading a planet full of cows, with players challenged to help the cows defend their planet through level-based missions. Along the way, players will build and research new technologies at their home base, unlocking additional troop types, or “towers,” for their army.
Eva Studio has released its newest puzzle game on Facebook, bringing holiday cheer to players on the platform. The game is called simply “Merry Christmas,” and it asks players to complete match-three levels alongside Santa Claus. The game offers traditional match-three mechanics, as players swap the locations of two symbols to create a line of three or more matching symbols in a row.
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.
Word Wizard studio Qublix has launched Solitaire Safari on Facebook, a Tri Peaks-style solitaire game that takes players to the African savanna as they meet friendly animals and work to survive the heat. In each level, players must collect key Water Cards by clearing cards one number higher or lower than the active card on the discard pile.
Vizor Interactive has launched a new Thanksgiving content update in Klondike: The Lost Expedition on Facebook. The game now includes a (temporary) Wild Garden location, and challenges players to fill a Cornucopia with “fruits of Autumn,” which are harvested from the trees in this land. This Cornucopia is a special Thanksgiving building for players’ villages, which can be upgraded depending on the amount of fruit players collect.
Arkadium’s Bubble Boo has launched in beta on Facebook, challenging players to pop the bubbles surrounding critters called “Boos,” to free them before running out of shots. Each level has a different arrangement of bubbles to clear, and different kinds of Boos to free (usually) across multiple waves. These Boos have special abilities, including those that make levels more challenging, so gamers must free Boos as quickly as they can before things get out of hand.
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