Zynga brings FarmVille 2: Country Escape to Kindle

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Zynga’s popular iOS and Android game FarmVille 2: Country Escape launched last month to critical acclaim and praise from fans, and now, a new set of users can jump into this mobile farming experience. Zynga has announced the launch of the game on the Amazon App Store for Kindle devices.

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Pixelberry Studios celebrates Cybersmile charity, releases High School Story on Kindle

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High School Story developer Pixelberry Studios has released its high school simulation game on Kindle devices. Already available on iOS and Android, High School Story allows players to build the high school of their dreams, completing dozens of story missions that introduce players to all kinds of students, from preps and jocks to slackers and even the homecoming queen.

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Jackbox Games releases Word Puttz on iOS, Android

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You Don’t Know Jack developer Jackbox Games has announced the launch of Word Puttz on mobile, combining word games with a miniature golf course. In each level, the game challenges players to create words to form a path the golf ball can take to the hole, earning points related to the quality of their words.

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Puzzle Coaster: Design your own coasters to collect coins on iOS, Kindle

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Image via Marvelous Games

Marvelous Games, best known for its involvement with console games like Harvest Moon and No More Heroes, has announced the release of a casual mobile game on iOS and Kindle: Puzzle Coaster. The game takes players to the theme park and allows them to build and test their own roller coasters with the goal of safely transporting a train full of passengers from the beginning station to the end.

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You Don’t Know Jack now offers unlimited free daily play on mobile, Facebook

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Image via Jackbox Games

Jackbox Games has announced an exciting update for You Don’t Know Jack players on Facebook and mobile, as the game has transitioned into an unlimited free daily play format. This includes access to all current and new episodes on Facebook, iOS, Google Play and Kindle.

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Rocksauce Studios launches ReadRover app for self-published children’s authors

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Image via Rocksauce Studios

Austin-based Rocksauce Studios has announced the launch of a new mobile solutions product called ReadRover, which was designed for authors hoping to self-publish children’s books on mobile devices. The app and accompanying website look to create a user-friendly method for publishing on tablets, complete with audio support and support for reader interactivity.

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Rovio unleashes Angry Birds Star Wars II on mobile

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Rovio Entertainment aims to steal away our free time once again with Angry Birds Star Wars II, which has launched on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide. The game offers a line of over 30 playable characters, and is a follow-up to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, released in November 2012.

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E-book subscription service eReatah launches private beta

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eReatah has announced the private beta launch of its e-book subscription service, offering over 80,000 titles across all genres, with support from major book publishers including Simon & Schuster.

eReatah is described as the “first and only cross-genre e-book subscription service,” available on iOS and Android devices. Users can purchase one of three different monthly plans, and will gain access to e-books for 20-40% less than the average price.

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Mobile apps news roundup: AppShopper returns, Rebtel publicly launches its Voice Platform and more

AppShopper iconAppShopper returns to the Apple App Store – App discovery service AppShopper, which was pulled from the Apple App Store in December 2012 just like AppGratis recently, returned to the Apple App Store this week. The developers altered the approach of the app so that it doesn’t directly compete with the app store by focusing on social discovery through a core Wish List functionality.

Rebtel logoRebtel announces public launch of its Voice Platform for iOS and Android developers – Mobile VoIP company Rebtel announced the public launch of its free SDK for iOS and Android developers, which allows them to integrate free global calling capability into any app. The company first opened up its service in beta back in December 2012. Interested developers can go here to learn more.

Slant Six Games logoSlant Six Games releases Max’s Pirate Planet – Slant Six Games, the developer behind some titles in the SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals franchise for Sony PlayStation systems, released an interactive pirate board game for kids called Max’s Pirate Planet — A Board Game Adventure. The title is priced at $2.99 and available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire.

animocaAnimoca launches Thor: Lord of Storms – Hong Kong’s Animoca launched action-strategy defense game Thor: Lord of Storms, which is based on Norse Mythology. The title is available now for free on Android.

Plink logoPlink launches mobile app for iOS – Plink, a loyalty program that rewards users for making offline purchases, launched a mobile app for iOS. Now current Plink users from the web or Facebook can manage their account anywhere, while new users will be able to create an account and connect their credit or debit card to the account, so they can begin earning points by purchasing offline from more than 50,000 of Plink’s partners.

Zattikka logoZattikka launches Legacy of a Thousand Suns – Legacy of a Thousand Suns, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game originally for Facebook from game studio 5th Planet Games, made its way iOS this week. The mobile version of the game was developed by Spellgun Studios, which is part of games entertainment group Zattikka.

Drippler logoDrippler launches iPhone app, Android app reaches 5 million users – Drippler, the app that provides users with device-related content and information about their handset, launched an iPhone version of its app this week. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup also announced that it reached the five million total user mark across its suite of Android apps.

narr8NARR8 to launch editor tool for its motion comics app in late May – NARR8 announced that it’ll be adding a new editor tool to its motion comics app (review), which will allow users to create their own interactive stories with visuals, music and basic animation. The editor is slated to launch in late May.

Animoca: 7-inch tablets dominate the Android tablet market, Samsung the leading manufacturer

Animoca logoAndroid-focused mobile game developer and publisher Animoca today released Android tablet data gathered from its network of users, which showed that four of the five most used tablets were of the 7-inch screen variety, and Samsung devices were the first and second most popular tablets overall.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 (includes p3100 and p3113) took an 11.8 percent share and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 grabbed an 8.3 percent share. Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices also faired well, coming in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, with a 7.5 percent share for the standard Kindle Fire and a 4.9 percent share with the HD model. Another notable tablet was Asus’ Google Nexus 7, which generated a 3.8 percent share.

Beyond the No. 7  spot, the remaining tablets each claimed less than a one percent market share. So, given an error margin of 0.1 percent and the slight differences between the No. 8 tablet onward, Animoca says it couldn’t be sure of the correct ordering.

Developers should be creating mobile apps made for their target audience, and knowing which devices to develop for like tablets, in terms of screen size, hardware specifications, and platform market share, is important.

Animoca previously released similar data that analyzed for most used devices on its network, taking a look at the top Android smartphones in markets like the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

The Hong Kong-based game company collected data for this report from 978,000 users worldwide who used Google Play and played an Animoca game on a tablet device between February 18 to March 20.

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