As we celebrate the Christmas holiday season, mobile developers are hoping to snag a bit of your time with themed content updates in many popular games on iOS, Android and beyond. Here’s a look at just a handful of the updates available, which should offer a little something for every type of gamer.
Mobile games company DeNA has announced the development of Blood Brothers 2, the sequel to the original fantasy role-playing game Blood Brothers, which has been played by more than 35 million users around the world since its release in 2011. Blood Brothers 2 is set one century after the first game, and takes players back into the dark world of Arnashia, where they’ll build and recruit a new army while uncovering the game’s secrets.
Today, service marketplace Fiverr has announced an update to its Android application, introducing seller features not previously available on any mobile platform. The app, which was originally released in March 2014, now gives Fiverr sellers new options, like the ability to update and respond to their Gig orders in real-time, without needing to be on a traditional computer.
Star Girl developer and publisher Animoca has announced the launch of Tiffany Alvord Dream World on iOS and Android devices. The game stars Tiffany Alvord, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on YouTube after she began uploading her songs to the video sharing network in 2008. Today, Tiffany has over 2.2 million subscribers, and those fans (and mobile gamers) can now experience a world of music and fashion as they work to become a star under her instruction.
Electronic Arts has announced the release of SimCity BuildIt on iOS and Android devices. The free-to-play installment of the classic city-building franchise has been designed specifically for mobile devices, and combines the classic “zone” building from previous SimCity installments with a hefty crafting system for constructing and upgrading new buildings.
G5 Entertainment has announced the release of Survivors: The Quest, its newest free-to-play game on iPad devices. The game stars three playable characters, trapped on a deserted (but once populated) island after their plane crashes and everyone else disappears. The island is inhabited by ghosts, and old buildings speak to its history as a scientific research facility. Players will need to take care of their survivors, ensuring their needs are met, while working to uncover the mystery of the island and ultimately find a way to escape.
Zynga has today announced it is resurrecting and redesigning one of its previously shuttered Facebook games as a mobile experience. Empires & Allies, which was removed from Facebook in 2013, is being reimagined as a new mobile experience, developed using the insights and player feedback Zynga has accumulated over time.
Following a release on iOS devices in July 2014, Inkle’s 80 Days has launched on Android phones and tablets. The game is set in an alternate-history version of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days, and sends players on a real-time race around a steampunk world. Users play as Phileas Fogg’s French valet Passepartout, and must use their “strategy and cunning” to help their boss safely travel around the world.
Withlocals has announced the launch of its travel guide app, which connects travelers with local hosts throughout Southeast Asia. The platform connects travelers with locals in their potential travel locations, allowing them to plan and book activities or plan trips with locals, or even eat home dinners with local hosts (as examples).
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