Match-three puzzle games and dragons are, separately, two large themes in social and mobile gaming, and have previously been combined into hit gameplay experiences like Puzzle & Dragons. Now, Blue Boat has released its own combination of the themes, Dragon Pop, on Facebook. The game’s blitz-style format sees players clicking and dragging on dragon eggs to pop them, earning points and score multipliers as they go.
Social game developer Worldweaver has announced the launch of its newest game on Facebook: WordBog. The daily word game challenges players to make as many words as they can using a limited number of letter tiles, with tiles only being used once.
Start-up social game developer BIGMAN Entertainment has announced the limited availability of its new casino game on Facebook, BIGMAN Slots. The game is now available in five countries: Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Singapore and United Arab Emirates, and gives players a chance to take a spin on wheels designed with “RPG mechanics.”
When Kiwi CEO Omar Siddiqui first started the company, he knew right away that Android was the way to go.
“We saw the potential for growth that Android offered us at the time, and it was also the earlier days of Android, so it was less crowded,” said Siddiqui in a recent interview with Inside Mobile Apps. “Another factor that became more significant over time is the pace at which you can release games on Android. It’s a huge advantage in terms of tuning your game, fine-tuning it, and making it the best you can for consumers. That really attracted us as a way of rolling out our products and making them compelling. We’re also releasing our top products on iOS, so we’re not planning on being an Android-only shop, but we found Android to be a great place to launch our products and then rapidly iterate them as we try to make them more compelling for consumers.”
See what else Siddiqui had to say as he breaks down the challenges of developing for Android, how gaming companies can stand out in the crowded marketplace, and what a new dev can do to get their game noticed.
While many Facebook games in the base-building combat genre focus on modern or futuristic combat, Nexters’ Throne Rush takes players to a more medieval time, as they’re challenged with recruiting mages, knights, orcs, eagles and more to defend their base and attack enemy villages.
After launching Fairy Tale Twist on Facebook last August, Zynga has mixed things up a bit, renaming the game as Puzzle Charms. The move isn’t the first rebranding in Zynga’s history, as the company renamed FrontierVille to Pioneer Trail in 2011, and more recently, relaunched its ninja game Dojo Mojo as Ninja Kingdom.
Ludia has another hit on its hands with Pako King: DreamWorks Adventures on Facebook. While the game launched back in August, it’s just now taking off, climbing from 66,000 monthly active users (MAU) on December 24 to over 294,000 MAU today. The game sees players interacting with popular characters form the DreamWorks films, including Shrek, Po, Alex, Toothless and more.
Just as there are dozens of bubble-popping and match-three games on Facebook, the “kingdom-building combat” genre has also become incredibly popular on the service with games like Battlefront Heroes and Deep Space Fleet, among many others. Adding to this selection is Clipwire Games’ Critter Conquest, which offers both multiplayer combat and a level-based single player campaign.
Vancouver-based Fathom Interactive has announced Sky Pirates Racing 2 for Facebook, a follow-up to Sky Pirates of Neo Terra Racing, the company’s 3D racing game. The original game sees six players racing against each other in real time, using magically-powered gliders called Glidewings. The sequel will expand the game’s universe, offering new race modes, a single-player mode and more.
Gosu Group’s Battlefront Heroes is advancing on the Facebook battlefield, climbing to over 277,000 monthly active players, according to our app tracking service AppData. The game challenges players to build a military base, expand their army and defeat enemies to obtain resources.
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