Add ‘The Lego Movie’ props to your animated shorts in Skit! on iOS, Android

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In celebration of the launch of The LEGO Movie on DVD and BluRay, mobile developer Storytime Studios has announced a partnership with Warner Brothers to bring themed content to its video and photo animation app Skit!. The Skit! app allows users to combine their own photos with stock content, such as stickers, backgrounds and “props,” to create animated short films, or skits.

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Garfield turns 36 as Animoca’s Garfield games pass 30 million installs

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Animoca Brands’ Garfield franchise has passed 30 million installs on mobile devices. This news comes just in time for the famous fat cat’s 36th birthday on June 19, and will see Animoca offering discounts on the purchase price of paid Garfield apps, and a bonus 50 percent to all virtual currency purchases within free-to-play Garfield games.

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Amazon touts success of Kindle Fire HDX Mayday Button

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Amazon is pretty proud of its Mayday Button. The technology, available for free on Kindle Fire HDX devices, allows users to have near-instant access to a real support team member, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

Since launch eight months ago, the Mayday Button has become the most popular form of support-related communication for Kindle Fire HDX users, who have questions concerning everything from updating or installing apps to how to finish an Angry Birds level.

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Become the master of stones in XMG’s Dragonwood Academy

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Fashion Star Designer developer XMG Studio has launched its newest title, Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones. The collectible card game looks to entice players with “elegant simplicity” and “captivating art,” as users become students at the Dragonwood Academy, a wizard school for gifted youngsters. The goal of the game is to become the ruler of the school, battling schoolyard rivals and competing for bragging rights against others.

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Game Garden gives players their own fantasy farmland in Farmdale

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Mobile game developer Game Garden has announced the launch of its latest title, Farmdale. The title allows players to build a “fantasy farm,” complete with plants, animals, production facilities, a crafting system and more. From humble beginnings, planting wheat and raising chickens, players will grow their farmland into something to behold, unlocking new crops and animals as they complete quests.

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Team Chaos releases ‘Path of the Elders’ update for Dragon Academy

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Team Chaos has announced the largest update ever for its puzzle RPG game Dragon Academy, which sees players completing match-three levels without running out of moves. Via this new expansion, called ‘Path of the Elders,’ gamers can meet the Elder Dragon, complete dozens of new levels, and more.

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Playrise Digital launches Table Top Racing: Gamer Edition on Amazon and Samsung stores

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Playrise Digital has released a new version of its popular Table Top Racing mobile game to Amazon and Samsung gamers. Table Top Racing: Gamer Edition sees the ads and grinding removed from the experience, as players can access all of the game’s content with less work and time.

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Kobojo’s Facebook hit Mutants: Genetic Gladiators launches on mobile

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Social and mobile game developer Kobojo has announced the launch of Mutants: Genetic Gladiators on iOS and Android devices. The game was released on Facebook in 2013, and has been played by nearly 6 million players. In Mutants: Genetic Gladiators, players take on the role of a Psy Captain, challenged with controlling a group of minions, training and breeding them to discover new abilities and species, and then taking them into combat.

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Animoca crosses 220 million downloads, releases Star Girl: Valentine Hearts

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Hong Kong based mobile game developer and publisher Animoca has passed 220 million downloads across iOS, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The company has released over 300 apps since launching in early 2011, and today announces the release of the newest game in its popular Star Girl franchise, Star Girl: Valentine Hearts.

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Amazon hoping to drive Appstore downloads with Christmas week deals

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With new smartphones and tablets near the top of just about everyone’s holiday wish list, Amazon is hoping to drive all new users to its Appstore by offering a slew of deals, including free games and even a $5 credit to use on future purchases. (more…)

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