Mobile Game News Roundup: Halloween 2014 Edition

Fruit NinjaHalloween is quickly approaching, and it’s likely that many of your favorite apps have been updated with content to celebrate this spooky time of year. Here’s a look at some of the frightening new apps and content updates you can now download on your mobile devices. Happy Halloween!


Patrol the Streets in Meter Maid City on iOS

Meter Maid CityAirport Scanner developer Kedlin, in association with Pocket Gems Publishing, has announced the release of Meter Maid City on iOS devices. The game asks players to take on the role of a rookie parking enforcement officer, as they place tickets on vehicles, or even have them towed to the impound lot. The game is about more than simply ticketing illegal parkers, however, as players will need to avoid traffic, enraged citizens and more while on duty.


Rovio’s Retry Flies onto iOS, Android

Rovio has announced the launch of Retry on iOS and Android devices, a game that’s described as being so hard that players will think they’ve stepped into “an 8-bit time machine” to the year 1986. The pixelated, level-based action game sees players flying a tiny plane through side-scrolling courses, with subtlety being king when it comes to controlling the aircraft. Let’s just say the game is called “Retry” for a reason.


SAS: Zombie Assault 4 Launches on iOS, Android

Zombie Assault 4Game developer and publisher Ninja Kiwi has announced the launch of SAS: Zombie Assault 4 on iOS and Android devices. The latest installment in the zombie shooter franchise introduces a new class system, and offers what Ninja Kiwi calls “an unprecedented level” of character customization to players. The game takes players to the distant future, to a planet overrun by a virus outbreak. Players can experience the game through single-player story missions, or join forces with others in the up-to-four-player multiplayer mode.


myVegas Developer PlayStudios Raises $20 Million in Funding

myVegas BlackjackSocial casino game developer PlayStudios has announced it has raised $20 million in Series C financing to further the company’s growth. The round was led by Jafco Ventures, with participation from existing investors. PlayStudios is the company behind the popular casino titles myVegas Slots and myVegas Blackjack [pictured], with the latter launching at the beginning of October 2014.


Zynga Announces Zynga Poker Classic for Mobile

Zynga PokerIn early September 2014, game developer and publisher Zynga released a new and improved version of Zynga Poker on mobile devices. The game was completely redesigned with a modern, “sophisticated” look, better animations and improved sound effects. The app offered a new table design with all new cards and a smarter betting system, all in an effort to better mimic the real-life experience of playing Texas Hold ‘Em with others.

While the company’s intentions were good, player feedback has been mixed. While some users liked the game’s improvements, others preferred the original style of play. In an effort to please as many players as possible, Zynga has announced the upcoming launch of Zynga Poker Classic, the original game, which will return to mobile platforms later this year.


Camp Pokemon Launches on iOS

Camp PokemonJust a few weeks after releasing Pokemon TCG Online on iPad, The Pokemon Company has released another new mobile app in the extremely popular universe of these lovable critters: Camp Pokemon. The entertainment app is categorized as being made for ages 6-8, and takes players to an island filled with Pokemon-themed activities.


2K’s NHL 2K Skates onto iOS, Android

NHL 2K2K has today announced the launch of NHL 2K on mobile devices. The game was developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, in partnership with Virtuos, and introduces players to multiple gameplay modes, including a new My Career mode for shaping and living the career of a custom hockey player (this mode lasts multiple seasons). Another new mode, Mini Rink, allows players to compete in “competitive and fast-paced” three-on-three matches.


The Sims FreePlay Updated with Wizards for Halloween

The Sims FreePlay HalloweenSome magic has come to the world of EA’s The Sims FreePlay on mobile, as this year’s Halloween update is now available to download on iOS, Android and Amazon devices. This update comes along with a new store, new pets and new hobbies for players to enjoy during this spookiest time of the year. There’s even a new storyline here, as players must earn the help of Sim Town’s resident wizard, who will help them save the neighborhood from “impending doom.”


LambdaMu Games’ Pixel People Launches on Android

After an initial launch on iOS devices way back in January 2013, Chillingo has released LambdaMu Games’ Pixel People on Android devices, giving a new set of gamers the ability to create their own pixelated Utopia, one “job” at a time. This version of the game features 280 different Pixel People to discover, as well as more than 100 buildings to construct, as users combine or “splice” clones into different overall job types and individual professions.


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