Among the many weather apps available on mobile devices, Ben Lisbakken’s Weather or Not aims to offer something different: an experience that helps users “visualize the weather” and understand how it will impact their day-to-day activities. To do so, data from The Weather Channel is combined with a user’s calendar, which allows them to see the expected weather conditions for each task they have planned throughout the day.
Ironhide Game Studio has announced the launch of Kingdom Rush: Origins, the prequel to the original Kingdom Rush tower defense game, which hit iOS devices in 2012. In Kingdom Rush: Origins, players complete levels across three main level varieties and three difficulty levels, defeating 30 new enemy types and building towers with over 18 abilities.
Electronic Arts has announced the development of the newest title in the popular Need for Speed racing franchise, Need for Speed: No Limits. The game is being developed for smartphones and tablets by Firemonkeys, the studio behind Real Racing 3 and other mobile titles in the Need for Speed franchise. According to the developer, this newest installment is being built from the ground up to deliver a new experience to racing fans on mobile devices.
Comedy brand and popular YouTube channel SMOSH, in partnership with Roadhouse Interactive, has announced the launch of Food Battle: The Game on iOS and Android devices. The partially fan-funded title stars the most popular characters from the SMOSH brand, and sees players (as Anthony) defending the village of Tickputt against an invading donut army using food-based weapons like a “Celery Sword” and “Burrito Bombs.”
Mobile rewards company Kiip has announced its new engagement and loyalty platform, which aims to increase user engagement and retention in mobile apps through instant rewards. Traditionally, loyalty rewards are locked behind point systems, with users being required to earn a large number of points before receiving rewards. With this new system, users can be rewarded based on specific “moments,” when they’re already highly engaged.
Game of Thrones Ascent developer Disruptor Beam has today announced it has secured $3.2 million in Series A funding. New investors in this round included GrandBanks Capital and Midverse Studios, along with a number of angel investors. Disruptor Beam will using this funding for the continued development of its next game, Star Trek Timelines, as well as for its overall gaming platform.
After a launch on iOS devices way back in 2011, food truck tracking app Roaming Hunger has finally launched on Android devices, giving a new set of users a way to locate their favorite (or new) food trucks without bouncing between separate Twitter profiles, Facebook pages and websites for each individual truck.
Taking a break from traditional gaming apps, Zynga has released the FarmVille to Table Recipe Book on iOS and Android devices. Created as a collaboration between FarmVille’s own players, Zynga’s executive chef Matthew DuTrumble, celebrities and food bloggers, the app brings recipes to users, inspired by the dishes players can create in FarmVille 2: Country Escape on mobile.
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