Halfbrick Launches CitrusJoy’s Yes Chef on Mobile

Yes ChefFruit Ninja developer Halfbrick has published a new game on mobile devices, a match-three title called Yes Chef. Developed by CitrusJoy, the game follows a culinary student named Cherry, who wishes to become a master chef, and will do so one match-three level at a time. Levels come in different base formats, and the game offers multiple upgrades for player development as the game progresses.

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PlayFirst’s Free-to-Play Diner Dash Launches on iOS, Android

Diner DashThe newest installment in the popular Diner Dash series has officially launched on iOS and Android devices, following Glu Mobile’s acquisition of Diner Dash developer PlayFirst in May 2014. Simply called “Diner Dash,” this free-to-play game follows the franchise’s time-management formula, and contains over 90 levels across three venues, as players manage the seating and serving of customers in Flo’s diner.

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Zynga Launches New Words with Friends on Mobile

New WWF LogoZynga has announced the launch of New Words with Friends on mobile devices, introducing a huge update to players of the multiplayer word game, with this update focused on introducing the features players have asked for most over the years. New Words with Friends now offers single-player gameplay for practicing one’s skills, a dictionary and more, all in celebration of the game’s fifth anniversary.

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Messaging App comiXchat Turns Your Conversations into Comics

Nubis’ messaging app comiXchat (pronounced Comics Chat) has launched today at New York Comic Con. The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices, and combines comic books with text messaging, as users are drawn into comic book scenes as they chat with their friends. The comiXchat app allows users to choose from a variety of standard avatars, and then animates these based on the tone and “attitude” of the text conversation between users.

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out Sees Treehouse of Horror XXV Update

Simpsons Tapped Out HalloweenIt’s October, which means Halloween is around the corner both in the real world, and in our virtual Springfields in The Simpsons: Tapped Out on mobile devices. EA Mobile has released the game’s latest Treehouse of Horror update, which sees players defending their town from an alien invasion. To do so, players will squish adolescent aliens wandering around their city’s streets, visiting friends for additional rewards, and even go trick-or-treating to collect crafting materials.

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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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Video Chat Community Vive Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Funding

ViveMobile video chat community Vive has today announced it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding, with participation from investors including SoundCloud, Evernote and ResearchGate. Vive launched out of beta in June 2014, and focuses on real connections between users, with a membership-only service that connects users of like-minds and tastes.

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Digital Strongbox Combines Password and Media Storage on iOS

Digital StrongboxIn response to growing concerns over mobile security, Ebb Labs has created Digital StrongBox, an app that combines password storage lockers and photo and video storage solutions into a single app, providing encrypted storage for a user’s data. When downloading Digital Strongbox, users create a pin of 4-8 digits in length that must be entered any time the app is accessed, and from there, they can store photos, identification numbers, website passwords, videos, text notes and more.

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Chat App Frankly Secures $12.8 Million, Launches SDK Business

FranklyFrankly has announced it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private Capital, Standford-StartX Fund and SK Planet. The Frankly Chat app allows users to chat with friends with a focus on privacy, as messages disappear seconds after they’ve been read. The app has been downloaded over 1.5 million times since its launch in 2013.

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Shadow Fight 2 Surpasses 35 Million Downloads on Mobile

Mobile developer and publisher Nekki has announced its most recent game, Shadow Fight 2, has surpassed 35 million downloads on iOS and Android devices. The game pulls in 1.5 million daily average users across both platforms worldwide, as players compete to become the best fighter possible while collecting rare armor and weapons.

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