EA Mobile’s Jason Willig Explains the Ideas Behind SimCity BuildIt [Interview]

SimCity BuildItLast 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.

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Mobli Media Acquires Content-Sharing Platform Pheed [Interview]

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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.

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Super Evil Megacorp Prepares for Launch of Vainglory on iOS [Interview]

vainglory 650Super 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.

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Bestie: The Instagram-Inspired Shopping App on iOS [Interview]

bestie 650While 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.

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NuMi by Nutrisystem Launches on Android [Interview]

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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.

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Disney Interactive Releases Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon [Interview]

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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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Action RPG Evolution: Battle for Utopia launches on Google Play [Interview]

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Back in April, My.com released Evolution: Battle for Utopia on iOS devices. The game takes players to the planet of Utopia, which is inhabited by unwelcoming monsters. Players become stranded on the planet during an expedition, and must build a base and complete quests in order to survive in their new home. Now, a new set of gamers can get in on the fun, as Evolution has launched for free on Google Play for Android devices.

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Trusper tip-sharing social network updated with “Music, Movies, Books” tips [Interview]

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Tip-sharing social network Trusper has begun experimenting with paid, brand-related tips on its service, as users are now able to purchase content within the app. The platform’s new “Music, Movies, Books” category allows users to share tips about their favorite songs or bands, movies and more, complete with links to sample or download these items on iTunes, Amazon or YouTube, without leaving the app.

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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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