USA Today has announced the launch of its newest series of mobile apps called The Buzz. This collection of apps features news and content tailored specifically to individual college campuses across the country, with each college receiving its own app. To start, there are eight apps available for eight different colleges, with The Buzz apps supporting both iOS and Android devices.
Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory has officially launched on iOS devices, bringing a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience to players on iPad 2+ and iPhone 5S+. The game offers 3-vs-3 team battles, as players compete to destroy a giant crystal, called the Vain, in the enemy team’s base. The game was created by developers with experience at Riot, Blizzard, Rockstar and more, and takes advantage of Apple’s Metal SDK to offer an experience similar to what users would find on consoles.
Gamevil has announced the launch of Darkness Reborn on iOS and Android devices. Developed by Boolean Games, the title takes players to the land of Eirhenge, where they’ll head into combat against evil forces to save the world from destruction. Darkness Reborn offers both single-player and multiplayer game modes, including cooperative multiplayer among friends.
Global Gaming Initiative has released its newest game, Outbreak Responder, on iOS devices. The time management strategy game sees players assigning their workers to complete tasks relating to the prevention of the spread of Malaria in this virtual world, while racing against the clock. Outbreak Responder was created in partnership with Malaria No More, a charity whose mission is to end deaths from the preventable disease. Malaria No More will receive 50 percent of the game’s profits from in-app purchases.
Activision Publishing has announced the launch of Duck Commander: Duck Defense on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices. The game stars the Robertson’s, from A&E’s television series “Duck Dynasty,” and asks players to help the family complete tower defense levels by defeating – you guessed it – ducks (along with other forest creatures). In each of the game’s levels, players can build multiple varieties of towers, and will meet characters from the show that will help them out in different ways.
Mobile game developer Pixowl has announced the launch of The Sandbox EDU, a new version of its original pixel-art Sandbox app, which was released in 2012. The Sandbox EDU was developed in collaboration with teachers of K-12 students, and is optimized for play by users six to 12 years old. In the game, players are given both an open-ended playground and goal oriented missions, where they can design original art while interacting with content based on science, technology, engineering and math.
2K and Firaxis Games have announced the launch of XCOM: Enemy Within on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices worldwide. The strategy game was originally released on home consoles and computers, and offers what 2K calls a “triple-A gaming experience” for players. It’s also a standalone expansion of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which hit mobile in 2013.
In XCOM: Enemy Within, players are presented with new soldier abilities, new weapons and equipment, new enemies to battle, and new plot-driven missions.
Indie game publisher Gameblyr has today announced the release of Zengrams on iOS devices. Created by Andreas Boye, Zengrams is a minimalistic puzzle game, containing 70 levels that challenge players to drag paper shapes into dotted outlines, combing shapes into multiple colors, cutting larger pieces into smaller ones, an so on, all without running out of moves.
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