“CSI” franchise creator and executive producer Anthony E. Zuiker, in partnership with family-friendly entertainment company Fanlala and nabi tablet creator Fuhu, Inc. have today announced “Mysteryopolis,” an animated video series that combines traditional videos with interactive games in a new genre focused on “gamified narratives.” Mysteryopolis debuts this week, exclusively on Fuhu’s new nabi Pass, a subscription service available on the nabi family of tablets.
Pixelberry Studios has today announced a new version of its popular high school simulation game High School Story, introducing an SAT-prep feature to players. The new update will tackle the teen stress epidemic by allowing players to easily study word vocabulary within the game. This update follows other cause-specific updates Pixelberry has released, including one focused on cyberbullying and another that highlighted teen eating disorder and body issues.
Earlier this year, Electronic Arts and PopCap announced the development of Peggle Blast, a free-to-play installment in the popular franchise, which challenges players to shoot balls at pegs to remove them from the screen. The company has now announced an official release date for the title, as Peggle Blast will hit iOS and Android devices on December 2.
Steel Wool Games and publisher Ripstone have announced the launch of Flyhunter Origins on iOS and Android devices. The game follows Zak, a janitor in an alien spaceship, who must save the day when some expensive bug cargo is jettisoned into space and crash-lands on Earth. Translating their experience as Pixar veterans into the mobile space, the team at Steel Wool Games has created a game that aims to provide “cinema-worthy animation” and an engaging storyline for players across not only mobile, but also PC, Mac, PlayStation Vita and Tegra-powered devices.
Last month, EA Mobile announced the development of SimCity BuildIt for iOS and Android devices. The free-to-play game is being specifically designed for “gamers on the go,” and will allow users to build the city of their dreams, making real choices that impact the future of their city.
In this new installment in the popular franchise, players will construct factories, build homes and commercial buildings, engage with a new crafting system, and even focus on certain specializations to keep their citizens happy, among other features.
Mobli [Left] and Pheed [Right]
Mobli Media, creator of the Mobli content sharing mobile app, has announced it has acquired fellow content sharing platform Pheed, in a cash and stock deal. The terms of the acquisition haven’t been disclosed, but Mobli has announced it will invest $10 million into the “remake” of the Pheed app, which will remain a stand-alone platform.
Super Evil Megacorp is preparing for the upcoming release of Vainglory, its multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) for iPad 2+ and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Set for release in October, the game sees players competing in 3-vs-3 team battles, as they control a single hero and work with their partners to destroy a giant crystal, called the Vain, in the enemy’s base. Vainglory takes advantage of the A8 chip technology and Metal SDK to create a console-like experience for players, even on smartphones.
While mobile users have plenty of options for shopping on their mobile devices, Bestie’s self-titled app wants to be the best, offering an Instagram-inspired view of products from a user’s favorite stores, as well as other users. Available to download for free on iOS (and also available on the web), Bestie allows users to follow the stores they love, and view products posted in a selection of categories, from “women” to home and office products. Users can shop for items from directly within the app, or share their favorite items with friends, which can also be purchased.
After a successful launch on iOS devices earlier this year, Nutrisystem has released its NuMi weight loss app on Android devices. The app provides one-on-one support for dieters looking to both slim down or just maintain their healthy weight once they’ve reached their goal. This is accomplished via thousands of recommendations for healthy eating while at home, activity suggestions based on a user’s free time and more.
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.
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