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SQUARE ENIX brings the Award-Winning KOOZAC TO Smartphone And Tablet Devices

19 Jan

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“Caught somewhere between Tetris and Sudoku”- BBC

LONDON (19th January 2012) — Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces it has acquired the license for the award-winning puzzle game KooZac™, and will soon be bringing a brand new Smartphone and tablet version of the game to iOS and Android devices.

 

Described by the BBC as “the ultimate in brain training” and “utterly addictive”, KooZac is an immersive puzzle game devised by Ben Cusack which has racked up 15 million plays online and picked up a Channel 4 “Best International Interactive Viral” award. With the original concept created following years of research into what makes an evergreen puzzle game, Square Enix recently moved to acquire the KooZac license, and also hired Ben Cusack in the process to head up its expanding mobile division.

“KooZac has all the makings of a classic puzzle game and heralds a new style of casual game for Square Enix Ltd and our expanding digital portfolio,” says Antony Douglas, Digital Sales Director, Square Enix Ltd. “Since its original online launch the game has enjoyed huge recognition from the media, the industry and its fans. The addition of Ben joining as Head of Mobile also gives us unparalleled expertise and insight into the world of mobile entertainment.”

“It’s hugely exciting to know the new version has the publishing and marketing support of Square Enix behind it,” comments Ben Cusack, creator of KooZac and Head of Mobile, Square Enix Ltd. “On a personal and professional level I look forward to taking KooZac to a much wider audience via the forthcoming Smartphone and tablet versions.”

 

About KooZac:

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The concept of KooZac is simple: position the falling blocks on top of each other to hit the target number and complete the set amount of combinations to finish each level. KooZac has proven to be a compelling game that appeals to gamers of all levels, and has been played in over 150 countries.

The fully updated and reimagined Smartphone and tablet version contains three game modes, all-new graphics and a simple user interface that take KooZac to a whole new level.

 

New Ways to Play

· Puzzle – Play through 60 levels, destroying the silver puzzle blocks and clearing the board by completing the targets.

· Endless – No level, no stage – compete against the world in Endless mode and use multi gems to rack up huge scores.

· Blitz – Complete targets and use boosts in order to get the highest score possible in one minute. By connecting with Facebook, players can compete with others for high scores on live leaderboards.

 

Product Summary

Title: KooZac

Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android (handsets tbc)

Genre: Puzzle

Release Date: Q1 2012

Related Links

Official Site: www.KooZac.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KooZac

About Square Enix Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 59 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/eu/en/.

Tag Games Announce New Self-publishing Arm ‘TAGPLAY’!

4 Jul

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On 01/07/2011,  the successful Dundee, Scotland based video games development studio Tag Games announced the launch of its new self-publishing arm ‘Tagplay’. This innovative business strategy will accurately reflect the distinction between the studio’s client-driven developments, which will continue under the Tag Games arm, and its own studio-driven developments, which will now be released under the Tagplay arm.

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Tagplay will be looking to cement itself quickly as a key player in mobile gaming development with its first title – ‘Funpark Friends™’. This freemium social-sim title has been designed and built from the ground up by the studio for mobile and online platforms and will allow players to create and customise extensive theme parks which other players can then innovatively interact with. Due for a 2011 Q3 release, this game will highlight the quality and social innovation of the Tagplay brand and will mark the studio’s transition from developing under the one-time-purchase model to the freemium model. This is an extremely important step for the studio as it acknowledges and adjusts itself to the increasingly overwhelming market demand for free gaming. Additionally, it can be announced that Tagplay will be seeking to expand upon the significant success generated by the studio’s own ‘Car Jack Streets™’ title with a successor title ‘Car Jack Streets 2™’, currently under development and due for a 2012 release.

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One of the principle objectives of the new Tagplay arm is the construction of strong studio-user connections and the hiring of Product Evangelist, Simon Adams, demonstrates a firm commitment by the studio to reaching out to modern players. Simon and Paul Farley, Managing Director and founder of Tag Games, elaborated:

Simon – “The gaming industry must accept that there is now a fantastically diverse range of people playing video games, and further, that it must adapt to the new desires and expectations of those players if it to continue to flourish. Tagplay has been constructed specifically with flexibility in mind so that the studio can continually develop fantastically engaging games that players young and old, old-school and new-school, will love to play. It is an exciting time to be a part of Tagplay and I am over the moon to be on board.”

Paul – “Indeed, it will be particularly important for Tagplay that it encourages open avenues of communication between itself and modern players so that it absolutely understands what those players want. Simon is the first person we have brought into the studio to develop both those avenues and the overall presence of the studio’s titles within the industry so he will play a crucial role in the success of Tagplay. If Simon and Tagplay can successfully incorporate the virtue of transparency-in-development to the studio’s already established virtues of high game quality and innovative social interactivity then Tagplay will surely have a recipe for success.”

 

 

About Tag Games

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Tag Games is an independent game developer and publisher based in Dundee, Scotland. Tag has established itself as a leader in the creation of games for mobile and handheld platforms, earning critical acclaim and commercial success with both original titles such as Car Jack Streets and Astro Ranch as well as working with licensed and third party content on a commission basis.

Tag supports game development for most mobile and handheld platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android, Sony PSP, Sony Vita, Nintendo DSi/3DS, Blackberry, Pal, J2ME and BREW.

Tag’s reputation for flexibility, innovation and delivery is second to none, and our commission based client list reflects that. BBC, Endemol, Square Enix, Zed, Namco Bandai, Channel 4, Connect2Media, I-play and Big Fish Games are some of those on that list.

PowerSlide Penguin – Get ready for the slide of your life!

29 Jun

Get ready for the slide of your life. Somebody just took out a withdrawal from Chill City Bank — the illegal kind — and it’s up to Penn Gwynn to recover the loot. Slide across over 75 iced-over stages, barrelling into gems and cash while avoiding dynamite, polar bears, and evil snowmen in this light-hearted action-puzzler game.

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PowerSlide Penguin is available right now on App Store. In PowerSlide Penguin, you embark on a puzzle adventure with Penn Gwynn, the world’s only PowerSliding Penguin. Pengros, the dastardly Peg Leg Penguin, has stolen a ton of loot from the Chilly City Bank and it’s up to you to stop him and get it back!

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Main Game Highlights:
●    Seventy nine levels of fast paced Power Sliding puzzle adventure
●    Collect Coins, Rubies, Emeralds, Diamonds and big wads of Cash
●    Dodge Dynamite, Snowmen and even Dancing Bears!
●    Ricochet off walls, pinball against bumpers and smash through ice blocks
●    Master the Afterslide and perfect your PowerSlide skills

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PowerSlide Penguin is released in partnership of Cobra Mobile Games with  Chillingo.

PowerSlide Penguin App Store Links:
PowerSlide Penguin  59p   – http://itunes.apple.com/app/powerslidepenguin/id422036947?mt=8
PowerSlide Penguin HD   £1.19  – http://itunes.apple.com/app/powerslidepenguinhd/id433616246?mt=8

Want to know how amazing PowerSlide Penguin looks and plays? There’s a great trailer for the game on YouTube :

 

On Facebook? Why not visit the PowerSlide Penguin page to follow the game, you can find it here
- http://www.facebook.com/pages/PowerSlide-Penguin/143386205719651

While you’re on Facebook, why not pop over follow Cobra Mobile to see what other great games we
do and have coming out- www.facebook.com/CobraMobile

Want to discover other fresh and exciting games by Cobra Mobile? Of course you do… head over to
Apple’s App Store and Search for “Cobra Mobile” or simply visit www.cobramobile.com to get all the
latest news on Cobra and to see all our other exciting games you can play right now.

About Cobra Mobile
Cobra Mobile is a highly focused, creative and dynamically driven games development studio creating the next generation of innovative and must-play games  on iPhone and iPad. Cobra’s other iPhone hit games include, the iBomber series, the Low Grav Racer series, Mouse About and Numba. Based in Dundee,  Scotland,  Cobra Mobile is a leading iOS game development and technology company with an extremely creative and focused team bringing the best high quality, must-play games content to the ever-growing iPhone, iPad, and casual-play entertainment markets.

Train2Game student team set to release Postal Panic for iPad – 50% of the proceeds to go to the Princes Trust charity

29 Jun

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MILTON KEYNES – 28th June 2011 – Horizon Studios, an independent developer comprised entirely of students on Train2Game, the games design and development course run by DR Studios, are set to release their internally developed touch screen puzzle game Postal Panic for iPad on Thursday 28th June on the Apple App Store. The game will be available to download for free for the first three weeks and thereafter the game will be priced at 59p/79 cents.

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Postal Panic is the fun postcode delivery game. Your job is simple; deliver the parcels to the postcodes as quickly as you can.  As the Parcels come down the conveyor belt, you need to deliver them to the postcode displayed before they hit the bottom, starting in London and then going national. Postal Panic all about fast-fingers and good memories!

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Train2Game is also pleased to announce that following the first three weeks, 50% of the revenue from the game will be going to the Princes Trust, a youth charity that helps change young lives by giving practical and financial support, and developing key workplace skills.

 

 

 

FEATURES

• Accurate map of the UK postal code system

• Simple, intuitive touch & swipe game controls

• Single or Multiplayer with up to 4 players

• Addictively fun puzzle game play and scoring

• Learn the Post Code areas of the UK and impress your friends & family

For updates on Postal Panic head to the official website at http://postalpanic.horizonstudios.co.uk/

For more information on Train2Game head to the official website at www.train2game.com

About Train2Game

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Created in 2008, Train2Game (T2G) is the only online blended learning college that offers people the chance to qualify as a Games Designer, Games Developer, Games Artist and Animator or Games QA Tester with a TIGA Diploma and was created to meet the specific industry skills shortages as recognised by TIGA.

The content for all the courses was co-written and reviewed by two of DR Studios’ finest, gaming industry experts: COO Tony Bickley and CEO Clive Robert.

Dress up Rush HD is out in iTunes App Store.

18 Jun

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Who are the people behind this game?

G5 Entertainment: The leading publisher of the best casual games at the App store!

What is this game about?

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Dress up Rush HD

 

· 60 Challenging levels in 5 settings

San Francisco, California – June 16, 2011 – G5 Entertainment, well known for their best selling games like Virtual City, Supermarket Mania, and the Treasure Seekers series. On platforms such as iPhone, iPas, Mac, and the PC, has announced the release of their latest game Dress up Rush HD fo. Join Jane on her next adventure as she opens her own clothing boutique!

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Game Description:

Tired of average clothing stores, Jane decides to open her own boutique. Playing as Jane, users start small and upgrade their stores with original decorations, helpful tools, and unique clothing options. Provide top-notch service to clients to become a big boss in the fashion industry in Dress Up Rush HD!

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Features of the game include:

· 3 Different types of stores

· 130 Clothing items and accessories in 9 fashion collections

· Colourful graphics

· Hours of fast-paced time management fun

Youtube trailer:

 

Links:

http://www.g5e.com/games/dress_up_rush_ipad

Where to get this game?

Dress Up Rush HD for iPad is now available from the App Store for $4.99

Why do I need to get this game?

Because you deserve some stylish fun!

Now on iPad: Hector: Ep1 HD – We negotiate with Terrorists

16 May

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The “Fat Arse of the Law” has made his way to the App Store!  Developed in partnership with Straandlooper, today, Telltale games released Hector: Ep1 HD – We Negotiate with Terrorists on iPad which can be purchased from the App Store for £3.99/€5.49 ($6.99).  There is also a previously released PC and Mac version available to download for £8.75/ €9.99 ($9.99).

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Hector is a tough-talking, soft-bellied British cop with an unhealthy taste for all things criminal or smothered in curry. When terrorists strike in the crime-ridden town of Clapper’s Wreake, this drunken lawman becomes the only hope for justice. Now, the flatulent detective has a choice to make: carry out the terrorist’s curiously altruistic demands, or watch as his fellow officers are picked off one by one. Hector is still on the fence.

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We Negotiate with Terrorists is the first of a three episode game series.  Episode 2 – Senseless Acts of Justice and Episode 3 – Beyond Reasonable Doom will release on PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone in Fall 2011. 

Check out the PC/Mac version for $9.99

Check out the iPad version on iTunes for $6.99

Chillingo Launches Awesome New Title–’Vampire Rush’

28 Apr

Bloodsucking Tower Defense Battles Against the Underworld’s Evil Hordes!

 

Who are the people behind this game?

Chillingo – Leading Independent Games Publisher and division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS).
A-Steroids – Indie developer behind Vampire Rush

What is this game about?

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Vampire Rush & Vampire Rush HD (A-Steroids):
Nobody likes vampires, everybody likes heroes! Slay the evil hordes in this awesome tower defense game! 
You are Captain Greg, the glorious hero adventurer, on a mission to defend the Gates that lead from the Vampire Underworld to the world of the living. 
Discover an explosive combination of Tower Defense and Hack’n’Slash action genres in this unique title.

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Improve your sword combat skills, gain special abilities and don’t forget to place your Towers wisely to survive the countless Vampire hordes! With brand new exclusive-iOS features ranging from fun new levels, and awesome upgradable skills to new game modes and a fully revamped interface and graphics.

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Where can I get this game?

 

About Chillingo
Chillingo is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts and publishes innovative games and software for various platforms. Other hit iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ titles include Cut the Rope™, Angry Birds™, Helsing’s Fire, Predators™, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™, Minigore, iDracula, and Modern Conflict. For more information about Chillingo please visit http://www.chillingo.com, http://www.facebook.com/chillingo and http://www.twitter.com/chillingo

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile and POGO are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.  iPhone, iPod touch and iPad  are trademarks of Apple Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About A-Steroids
A-Steroids is a micro game development studio, part of SPL Partners holding. Previously known for bringing the unique location based title Underworld: a massively multiplayer online game simulating black market trade in the real world around you.
For more information, visit http://a-steroids.com/ and http://twitter.com/a_steroids

‘Play Kalei’, ‘Choo Choo Steam Trains’ and ‘A.I.R Defense HD’ now available on the Apple App Store

26 Apr

Who are the people behind these games?
Chillingo - Leading Independent Games Publisher and division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS).
LoadComplete – Indie developer of the new puzzle title, ‘Play Kalei’
Tom Cooper Indie developer of the new title, ‘Choo Choo Steam Trains’
Boxes Games – Indie developer of A.I.R Defense and A.I.R Defense HD

What game titles are being released?

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Play Kalei + Play Kalei HD: The objective is simple in Play Kalei! Looking through the lens of a kaleidoscope – find the point on the photograph that correspondes to the matching image! Use the iPad 2′s built-in camera feature to snap your own photos and import them into the game!

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Choo Choo Steam Trains: Become the greatest train controller as you juggle up to four trains, flip railroad switches, navigate train crossings and collect coal to keep your steam engines stoked.

 

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A.I.R Defense HD: Protect the Earth from alien attack in this futuristic take on tower defense – NOW in Full HD! Use a variety of defensive fortifications quick fingers and even quicker thinking to keep the Pentagon in one piece during the massive alien invasion.

WHEN/WHERE to get these great games?


Play Kalei is available for iPhone + iPod touch at here.

Play Kalei HD on iPad at here.

Choo Choo Steam Strains is available for iPhone/iPod touch & iPad at here.

A.I.R Defense HD is available on iPad at here.

About Chillingo
Chillingo is a subsidiary of Electronic Arts and publishes innovative games and software for various platforms. Other hit iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ titles include; Cut the Rope™, Angry Birds™, Helsing’s Fire, Predators™, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™, Minigore, iDracula, and Modern Conflict. For more information about Chillingo please visit http://www.chillingo.com. http://www.facebook.com/chillingoand http://www.twitter.com/chillingo

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2010, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.7 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million units. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile and POGO are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.  iPhone, iPod touch and iPad  are trademarks of Apple Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Terra, Popular Free iPad Web Browser With Tabs, Adds Bookmark Import

25 Apr

Readdle, the publisher of the best-selling iOS applications for business and productivity, has announced the release of Terra 1.2, a new version of their popular free web browser for the iPad. Recently ranked as #1 free iPad
application in the US, Terra 1.2 adds bookmarks import from Safari, Firefox and Chrome making it easy to transfer bookmarks from the computer to the iPad.

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Terra for the iPad is designed for tabbed web browsing, featuring unlimited number of tabs that people can quickly switch between. There are a number of great features – on-page text search, full screen browsing, private mode and
ability to save web pages and download files for offline viewing. All of these come at unbelievable price – Terra is absolutely free.

Terra 1.2 makes it easy to transfer bookmarks from the desktop browser to the iPad. As Readdle’s customer survey shown, inability to import bookmarks from the computer was the main reason why people abandoned third party
browsers on the iPad. With Terra 1.2 this is no longer the case.

“Each day Terra users spend over 500,000 minutes on browsing the web which is equal to 1 year time period. These solid numbers grow every day. Now, with the added bookmarks import feature, we expect the product to grow even
more rapidly,” says Alex Tyagulsky, Readdle CMO.

Pricing and Availability:
Terra 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/terra-web-browser-tabs-full/id394704159?mt=8

BulkyPix 3D Twist & Match available for iPhone and iPad now

27 Feb

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WHO are the people behind this game?

Developer Sanuk Games and BulkyPix, leading publisher of the most unique, innovative and entertaining games on the App store

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WHAT is this game?

3D TWIST & MATCH (iPhone & iPad) — NOW AVAILABLE

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3D Twist & Match is a frantic puzzler set to challenge your finger dexterity and imagination.

How quickly can you rotate 3D objects and match them to their shaded silhouettes?

Manipulate the figures with your finger, spinning and rotating them to fit them into their shadows. Challenge your spatial visualization skills and make optimal moves to build combos!

With its intuitive controls, 3D TWIST & MATCH is easy to pick up. The gameplay is addictive and will keep you coming back again and again for intense game sessions!

Game Features:

• 10 themes: Beach, Halloween, Christmas, Jungle, Food, Vehicles, Tools, Music, Sport, Electronics…

• 3 Game modes: Arcade, Frenzy and Free Play

• 3 Levels of difficulty

• 200 objects to match

• Oodles of trophies to unlock thanks to Game Center compatibility

With its intuitive controls, 3D TWIST & MATCH is easy to pick up. The gameplay is addictive and will keep you coming back again and again for intense game sessions!

WHEN is this game available?

3D Twist & Match (iPhone) is available NOW. PlayStation Minis (PSP/PS3) and Nintendo DSiWare™ will be available at a later date.

WHERE do I get this game?

Worldwide on the Apple App Store.

Download this game for iPhone & iPad Price at only $0.99

WHY should I buy this game?

Cause everyone needs some great gaming!

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