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Fans of Minecraft that don’t want to pay for the game have Yacko’s iLands on Facebook as an alternative. In this persistent 3D game, players are given a rotating selection of block types for free each week, or can pay one price to unlock them all. Once they’re ready to build, players use the scroll wheel or the number keys to select their block type, and simply click to place them in the world, building small and quaint or grand and impressive structures, one block at a time.
Aeria Games’ upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) Chaos Heroes Online has entered closed beta, as the company prepares for a full launch of the title this Fall. In Chaos Heroes Online, players will compete against other real-world players, as two teams of five gamers work to destroy each other’s base. The game is the official successor of DotA Chaos, which started as a mod in Warcraft 3.
After announcing the game at Casual Connect in July 2014, RealNetworks’ GameHouse division has announced the official launch of Slingo Adventure on Facebook. RealNetworks acquired the Slingo brand last year, and GameHouse has been hard at work ever since, creating a game that combines bingo and slot machines in a new way to attract both existing franchise fans and completely new players.
After an initial release on iOS and Android devices, Battle Nations has officially launched on Steam, giving a whole new set of players the chance to get in on the tactical, turn-based combat experience. The game was released in beta on Steam via the platform’s Early Access program earlier this year, but this official launch introduces new content to gamers, as Valve and Z2 have partnered to bring Team Fortress 2 content to the game.
Casual casino game fans have a new option to try on Facebook, as Royal Wins has launched Mojikan’s Kash Karnival on the platform. The game takes players to a colorful carnival, where they’ll have access to games in two distinct areas, the Adventure Casino and the Skill District. In this way, the game offers something for players looking for skill-based action games, as well as something more casual.
GameSamba, in partnership with CBS Interactive and NGames, has announced the upcoming release of Star Trek: Alien Domain, an officially licensed multiplayer online strategy game in the Star Trek universe. Available via web browser, the game is set in the realm of Fluidic Space and will challenge players to balance the use of their resources, establish new colonies and research defenses for their base. Players will also have access to competitive multiplayer encounters, and will play the game as a member of either the Federation or the Klingon Empire.
In an effort to avoid the stigma associated with pay-to-win freemium games, independent developer Wyrmbyte has announced the removal of all microtransactions from its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Dragons & Titans. Available on Steam and Facebook, the game now offers all former in-app purchase content in a single bundle called the Titan Pass, but a base version of the game remains free for all users.
SongPop developer FreshPlanet has released its newest game on Facebook: TravelPop. The geography and culture quiz game asks players to view images of geographical landmarks, iconic dishes and more from around the world, and quickly answer “yes or no” or “this or that” questions about them. Players can challenge friends or random opponents to one-on-one matches, first choosing a country, and then picking a topic within that country.
Qublix Games has released its newest puzzle title on Facebook: Fruit Farm Frenzy. In each level of the game, players help a raccoon drop fruit onto the screen to make matches of three or more fruits that touch in some way. That is, gamers can form horizontal and vertical lines of fruit, but diagonal and L shape matches also qualify. When matched, these fruits are removed from the screen. Players will need to drop enough fruit in each stage to finish specific goals, without letting rogue fruits reach the top of the screen and end the game.
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