FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches for free on iOS, Google Play

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After a soft-launch in limited markets, Zynga has announced the worldwide release of FarmVille 2: Country Escape on iOS and Android devices. The game is a brand new experience in the FarmVille franchise, which sees players starting a new farm near the coast as they craft and sell a variety of crops and resources.

While a new game, FarmVille 2: Country Escape does connect to the Facebook version of FarmVille 2, as players will be able to send valuable resources between both farms to make extra progress.

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Rebuild Quahog in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff on iOS, Android

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Last December, Tiny Village developer TinyCo announced its partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment to create a mobile game based on the popular Family Guy television show. Fans of the Griffins can now dive into the result of that partnership, as Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has launched on iOS and Google Play. The game sees players rebuilding Quahog after its destroyed in one of Peter’s famous fights with Ernie the Giant Chicken.

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Disruptor Beam announces Star Trek Timelines for web, mobile

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Game of Thrones Ascent developer Disruptor Beam has announced its new partnership with CBS Consumer Products, which will see the developer producing a new Star Trek strategy roleplaying game for mobile and web platforms. The game, Star Trek Timelines, will bring players into the Star Trek multiverse as they interact with characters from all eras of the franchise.

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Famiglia Rise and Fall: Take over your favorite real-world locations in this mafia MMO

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Gbanga Famiglia creator Gbanga has announced its newest title, Famiglia Rise and Fall. The sequel takes players to an open world, based on real world data, and in the process looks to turn the MMO into a title players will want to play anywhere, and at any time. To help support the title, Gbanga has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the app, which it hopes to release on iOS and Android.

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TabTale looks to help small indie developers with Crazy Labs publishing label [Interview]

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Educational app and game company TabTale announced its Crazy Labs publishing brand in late February, with the goal of creating fun new applications for audiences 13 years and older. Alongside the announcement of Crazy Labs came the reveal of Air Hockey Mania – Disky, an air hockey game developed by Playful Shark and Plaid Games.

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PopCap vets form collaborative game development team Fixer Studios [Interview]

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Inspired by the indie game-jam spirit, a group of industry veterans have come together to form a new mobile development team called Fixer Studios. Spearheaded by former PopCap Games manager Avery Alix, the “collaborative cloud” development team is made of a volunteer workforce, where members can join and scale the scope of their work based on their individual availability, previous experience and desire.

The team is comprised of around 30 members, but that number changes based on the availability of team members. The company is self-funded, and as members join or leave the group, the rest of the team reassesses current tasks to keep development on track.

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Pocket Gems launches interactive mobile story platform Episode [Interview]

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Campus Life developer Pocket Gems has announced the official launch of its interactive mobile story platform Episode. The app allows users to read visual stories, making decisions for the main characters along the way, and now features a Writer’s Portal for users to submit their own stories and see them brought to life on the platform.

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Mobile game news roundup: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Tiny Tycoons, Monster Match and more mobile favorites

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, game developers large and small are capitalizing on the holiday with themed content releases in their mobile games. From romantic hidden object scenes in Disney Hidden Worlds to Aphrodite butterflies in Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season of love this February, all without leaving the comforts of home.

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TabTale hits 300M downloads, 25M MAU

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Israeli publisher TabTale announced today some astonishing numbers, as their games and educational apps have not only hit the 300M download mark worldwide, but the company also boasts 25M monthly active users. What makes the numbers so staggering is the fact that back in December 2012, TabTale had only 20M downloads across all of its apps, so today’s announcement marks a 1,500% rise, while also boosting the company into the Top 10 of global publishing giants in terms of download volume. (more…)

Flirt Planet and the gamification of dating apps

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Can virtual flirting lead to romance in real life?

That’s the premise behind TrulySocial’s innovative new dating apps, Flirt Planet Meet and Flirt Planet Play, as users looking for love can now use their iPhone or iPad to practice their smooth moves on computer-controlled characters before actually interacting with other humans through the app. (more…)

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