Grand Cru’s Supernauts passes 1 million downloads in six days [Interview]

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Earlier this month, Helsinki-based mobile developer Grand Cru released Supernauts on iOS devices. The game, which asks players to rebuild Earth in outer space, was a fast success, passing over one million downloads in its first six days on the market.

Combining Minecraft-esque material collection and world-building with puzzle solving, Supernauts has clearly struck a chord with mobile gamers around the world. We had a chance to chat with Grand Cru Co-Founder and CEO Markus Pasula about the game’s early success, and what we can expect from the team, and Supernauts, going forward.

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TapZen aims for mobile domination with This Means War! on iOS

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Mobile developer TapZen has thrown down the gauntlet, bringing its first title, This Means War!, to iOS devices with a simple goal: to dominate the mid-core strategy games space on smartphones and tablets.

TapZen is comprised of industry veterans with ample experience in creating both hardcore console titles (like Gears or War and Halo) and social free-to-play experiences (like Empires & Allies). It’s that experience, says TapZen General Manager Amir Rahimi, that makes TapZen poised to take over the current market.

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Pixowl brings ‘Snake’-inspired Grub to iOS [Interview]


San Francisco-based Pixowl has launched “Grub,” its newest free-to-play game on iOS devices. Grub is the follow-up to the company’s popular Doodle Grub from 2011, and sees gamers completing gameplay levels inspired by the classic arcade game ‘Snake.’

Using tilt controls, users navigate environments with the titular worm character, collecting apples and killing enemies like hedgehogs and wolves. Each level has a different challenge, from reaching a high score or eating large amounts of fruit to reaching a specific size as Grub grows.

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Celebrate the World Cup one mobile app at a time

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The World Cup is here, and whether you’re a casual sports fan or a diehard fanatic, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your favorite teams, or the sport of soccer in general, on mobile this year. Here’s a look at some of the soccer-themed updates and completely new apps, that are ready for use on your favorite smartphone or tablet.

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Rovio’s Angry Birds Epic brings RPG fun to mobile

If you’re still in love with Angry Birds, but are tired of flinging them out of slingshots, you’ll probably love Angry Birds Epic, Rovio’s newest game in the franchise. Angry Birds Epic offers an RPG adventure to players on iOS and Android devices, starring franchise favorites like Red and Chuck.

In Angry Birds Epic, the pigs have stolen the birds’ eggs (again), and it’s up to Red to go after them, defeating a variety of pig types along the way. Players will recruit additional birds as they complete each level-based combat encounter, and in true RPG fashion, can collect new loot, weapons and more as they progress.

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Starbucks providing nationwide wireless charging for phones

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Starbucks announced that the company will eventually install Powermat wireless charging mats in all of its coffee and tea houses. Starbucks will begin the roll-out with San Francisco locations, including Teavana locations. Boston Starbucks customers have already been exposed to the products’ initial trial.

“From WiFi and the in-store Starbucks Digital Network to mobile payment and digital music downloads, we have always tried to anticipate our customers’ needs early in the adoption curve and provide a world-class solution. (more…)

Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

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DeNA launches competitive match-three puzzle game World of Thingies on iOS

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Mobile game developer and publisher DeNA has announced the launch of its latest game on iOS devices, World of Thingies. Developed by DeNA Vancouver, the match-three puzzle game asks players to complete levels to collect the lost “Thingies” that were stolen by the evil Bossy Badsacks.

The game sees players traveling throughout the world of Landiland, completing fast-paced single-player boss levels, as well as multiplayer matches against other real-world opponents. In each game, players have up to three rounds to defeat their opponents, by earning more points in each timed round than the other player.

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Breakfree: an app that measures your smartphone addiction to help you quit

Mobile users who are uncontrollably glued to their smartphones can now take a more analytic approach to quitting by using a new app: BreakFree. The app aims to help users break free from their smartphone addiction by supplying usage data.

Even without a smartphone addiction, the data usage is bound to look disturbingly wasteful since the average adult is checking in on a smartphone 110 times every day. That’s once every 13 minutes of life. (more…)

The Sims FreePlay: Raise horses and ride the waves in this new update [Interview]

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The Sims FreePlay has been downloaded more than 100 million times worldwide, and EA Mobile is celebrating this milestone with the launch of a hefty new update for the life simulation game. This “Saddle Up” update brings multiple hobbies to the game, as well as the ability to buy and raise horses in a stable.

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