Mobile Game News Roundup: Christmas 2014 Edition

My CountryAs we celebrate the Christmas holiday season, mobile developers are hoping to snag a bit of your time with themed content updates in many popular games on iOS, Android and beyond. Here’s a look at just a handful of the updates available, which should offer a little something for every type of gamer.

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Star Wars: Commander Receives ‘Echoes of the Force’ Update

Echoes of the ForceDisney Interactive has announced the newest content update for Star Wars: Commander on mobile devices. This “Echoes of the Force” campaign marks the introduction of two iconic characters to the base-building combat game: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. These characters are the first to use force and light saber powers during combat, as well as other special abilities that players can activate during gameplay. This event is being described the as the biggest content update for the game to date.

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Mobile Game News Roundup: Thanksgiving 2014 Edition

High School StoryThanksgiving is right around the corner (for those that celebrate it this week), and app developers are capitalizing on the holiday by giving us all something to be thankful for: content updates in popular games, from High School Story to Spider-Man Unlimited and beyond. Here’s a look at a few of those updates, available across smartphones and tablets.

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 Bot Fight Launches on Mobile

Big Hero 6Disney’s Big Hero 6 debuts in theaters on November 7, and Disney Interactive has today announced the launch of an official mobile game in anticipation of its release. Co-developed by Gumi, Big Hero 6 Bot Fight is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices, and follows Baymax and Hiro on a quest to stop the spread of a robot infection across San Fransokyo.

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HeartBit Interactive Reveals Doom & Destiny Advanced for Mobile

HeartBit Interactive has announced the development of Doom & Destiny Advanced, the second installment in the Doom and Destiny game franchise, which has achieved over one million downloads worldwide. In Doom & Destiny Advanced, players control the destinies of four nerds through a quest in a fantasy world. The game is inspired by classic gameplay titles, with what the developer calls “nostalgic” graphics and animations that take players back to another era of gaming.

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EA Sports Launches FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on Mobile

fifa 15 ultimate team 2EA Mobile and EA Sports have announced the launch of FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on mobile devices. This year’s game focuses on the most popular mode from the FIFA franchise, Ultimate Team, and allows users to collect and trade their favorite football stars and build their own fantasy team. The game features over 10,000 players from over 500 licensed teams, as well as over 30 real leagues and stadiums.

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Halfbrick Rebuilds Fruit Ninja for a ‘New Era’ on Mobile

Jetpack Joyride developer Halfbrick has announced sweeping new changes to its popular Fruit Ninja fruit-slicing game on mobile devices. A future update will introduce users to the new Fruit Ninja, which has been “rebuilt from scratch.” This update includes a new user interface design and other visual changes, as well as an enhancement to the game’s blades and backgrounds systems, which Halfbrick says adds an “exponential amount of depth and strategy to slicing.”

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Star Wars: Commander Launches on Android, Windows Phone

star wars commander 650After an incredibly successful launch on iOS in late August, Disney Interactive has announced the release of Star Wars: Commander on Android and Windows Phone devices. In Star Wars: Commander, players side with either the Empire or the Rebels in the Galactic Civil War, completing missions for Star Wars heroes and villains like Princess Leia and Darth Vader. The game has been downloaded more than five million times on iOS alone, and players have, for now, sided with the Dark Side more often than not.

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Mobli Media Acquires Content-Sharing Platform Pheed [Interview]

mobli pheed 650Mobli [Left] and Pheed [Right]

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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Light in the Dark Officially Launches on Mobile

light in the dark 650Dreamgate Studios has announced the official release of its Light in the Dark puzzle game on mobile devices. The game sees players reuniting colorful totems with their babies, which are found somewhere on maze-like levels. Each totem gives off colored light, which must be directed throughout the stage to hit the colored totem babies on the board.

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