In celebration of both Shark Week on the Discovery Channel and the premiere of the film Sharknado 2: The Second One on SyFy, Zynga has updated its Hit It Rich! Casino Slots with a new Sharknado slot machine. The game is based around the SyFy film, and sees players helping hero Fin stop the “shark madness” after a storm hits Los Angeles, dropping sharks into the city.
Product discovery platform Freeway has had a great first month on iOS devices, attracting users with the chance to win free real-world products via simple scratch games. The app was supported by 12 partners and $30,000 in products for its first month of launch, and users have played Freeway’s games over 1 million times in less than a month.
Gameloft has announced the launch of Modern Combat 5: Blackout on smartphones and tablets. The latest installment in the company’s popular first-person-shooter series takes players to Venice on a mission to secure weapons of mass destruction from an armed terrorist group. As a hero named Phoenix, players will travel from Venice to Tokyo as the plot unfolds to reveal an “uncomfortable secret.”
Mobile game company Gamevil has announced the launch of Ocean Tales on iOS and Android devices. The title mixes elements from city-building games as well as simulation and adventure games, as users are challenged with returning a port town to its former glory, while becoming a master of the high seas.
Dreamgate Studios has announced the upcoming release of its first mobile title, Light in the Dark. Created by a team of industry veterans, with experience with top franchises including Bioshock, Fallout and X-Com, the game combines physics and puzzles in level-based play. Gamers are challenged with reuniting colorful totem creatures with their babies, with doing so requiring the manipulation of colored light beams.
Today at Casual Connect in San Francisco, RealNetworks’ GameHouse division has announced the upcoming release of Slingo Adventure, a new mobile and Facebook title in the long-running Slingo franchise which combines bingo and slot machines into one gameplay experience.
RealNetworks acquired the Slingo brand last year, and GameHouse has been hard at work creating a new experience for existing franchise fans and newcomers alike. Speaking with us, GameHouse vice president of studio Ken Murphy said the team’s goal was to create “a really modern adaptation of the classic franchise.”
Ad-free music service Radical.FM has launched on Google Play, bringing Android users access to the service’s 25 million searchable tracks and pre-created stations. While the existence of a free, commercial-free radio experience might be hard to believe, Radical.FM offers its ad-free service on a “pay what you can” donation basis. This business model allows Radical.FM to support artists, composers and labels for the music streamed within the app.
After a successful launch on iPad earlier this year, Disruptor Beam has announced the launch of Game of Thrones Ascent on iPhone and Android devices. The game has also been updated, offering “more content than ever before,” as users jump into the world of Westeros, and work either with or against each other in a persistent world.
Marvel and Disney Interactive have today announced the launch of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the official mobile game for the film set to hit theaters on August 1. The game stars a variety of heroes and villains from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe, and sees gamers controlling multiple characters on screen at once, against waves of oncoming enemies.
User-created content platform ROBLOX has announced the launch of is ROBLOX Mobile app for Android. ROBLOX allows users to create games in multiple genres, including support for multiplayer features, gameplay physics, social features, hosting, moderation and more, which are handled via ROBLOX’s cloud-based service.. ROBLOX on Android will allow users to play these created games, and play with others across Mac, PC or other mobile devices.
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