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.
Drync, the mobile social network for wine drinkers, has secured $2.1 million in additional funding to expand its app offering and executive team. This funding is on top of the $900,000 the company secured in August 2013, and sees Drync bringing Brian Carr in as COO of the company. Carr comes from Springpad, an Evernote competitor.
HappyGiant’s Ninja Time Pirates is set to bring its historical mayhem to mobile gamers, as the game is now available to download on iOS. The action shooter / RPG contains a whimsical version of history, spanning back to World War 2, as gamers encounter famous historical figures, as well as aliens, in a storyline focused on popular conspiracy theories and time travel.
Mobile loyalty rewards program SessionM has announced its partnership with Scanbuy to bring SessionM’s “mPOINTS” rewards currency to the popular iOS and Android scanning app ScanLife. On its own, the ScanLife app allows users to scan QR codes and UPC numbers on products in the real world to learn more information online, but via this partnership, ScanLife users will actually be rewarded for doing so.
Social casino gaming company Idle Games has announced a major overhaul of its poker game Fresh Deck Poker. The update changes the game to Fresh Deck Poker: Reloaded, and refreshes the experience with a new layout, intuitive navigation and a new soundtrack, among other features. Included in this update is the launch of a “Rebuy Sit-N-Gos” game mode, which allows users to buy back into tournaments after they’ve been eliminated.
DeliX Software’s iPhone photography application Alayer has been updated to version 2.0, introducing a new social feature to users who wish to share their creations with others. The Alayer app focuses on adding layers to photos to change their appearance, including filters, hue or saturation changes. By making changes layer by layer, users have precise control over the final image, as one alteration doesn’t, by default, change another.
When it’s hard to find the right words to convey a current emotion or status, mobile users can now turn to an iOS and Android app to help them out. The Bugle app simplifies status updates by offering three simplified steps for crafting updates around a single attitude, noun and adjective. Whether positive or negative, the resulting status updates are designed to allow users to “say more with less.”
Popular shopping app Catalog Spree has released its first quarterly iPad Shopping Trends Report, which analyzes the way users browse and shop for items on their iPads. As the amount of mobile shopping options, and mobile shoppers, continues to increase, Catalog Spree saw the expected results, with its iPad app users reading 60 percent more catalogs and viewing 39 percent more catalog pages in Q1 2014, over Q1 2013.
Canadian game developer Frima Studio challenges players to save the world of Raia in Lightbringers: Saviors of Raia on iOS and Android devices. The game sees players working with friends and strangers to cleanse Raia of an infection and darkness, using the power of Light and other weapons. Also available on Facebook, the game’s cross-platform capabilities allow players to interact with others, even on different platforms.
Bandai Namco Games and Sync Beatz Entertainment have announced the official launch of “Kapi-Bara-San Kapi Crunch” on iOS and Android devices. The puzzle game introduces players to Kapi-Bara-San and his friends, which have been popular characters in Japan for the past eight years. Available for free, the game’s basic match-three Challenge mode asks players to create matches of blocks to remove them from the board and earn points.
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