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Friday, April 11, 2014

04/11/2014 - Commando Jack Free to Play Game Now Available
Commando Jack, Fighting for FREEdom!

Our team here at Colossal Games created Commando Jack a couple of years ago as a paid game, but with all the changes to the market, we decided to find out if we can make Commando Jack Free To Play, without compromising the fun, or making players feel squeezed for just more money. Bringing Oscar Clark on board as our Strategy Director, we decided to take steps to gradually evolve the game into a service which responds to players and continually improves. This Easter brings our biggest release since we went Free To Play and introduces some great gameplay experiences which we feel brings more fun into the game whilst allowing users to spend money and get value as long as they want to play the game.

In this release, we have unlocked some of the great playing experiences, many as consumable items, but providing regular free resupplies, so everybody can enjoy them everyday.
  • Drone aerial strikes (UAV) provide a new perspective when raining damage on the Aliens.
  • Tactical Nukes allow you to clear away nearly all Aliens on screen, including the Sniper who climbs around the level, to avoid being hit by your turrets.
  • Instant Amalgamators, letting everybody access straight away, the biggest and most powerful of the turrets.
  • A selection of Powers, which you have to strategically switch between either extra Gun Power, Turret Power or Pickup Power (which doubles your build points from each kill made), at the optimal moment in the game.
  • Mixed and Elemental modes are now unlocked much earlier in the game and allow you to experience the coolest, most fun methods of play.
  • Much higher payout of in game coins across the board, allowing you to upgrade and access all the weapon types earlier.
  • The ability to unlock the Rocket Launcher gun by inviting your friends to play.
  • New Turret improvement system, giving you even more power to survive the most difficult levels.
  • Enhanced BattleTech system, allowing you to selectively improve the performance of different aspects of your arsenal, which further improves the use of the consumables, in a lasting manner.
...and also in this release, we’ve had some fun adding bunny ears!

We want to build engaging experiences, where the users feel joyful about making a purchase, and will constantly listen to our users and try to deliver the best experience as we can. If you have any comments, suggestions, or thoughts, we would love to hear from you at
support@colossalgames.eu

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04/11/2014 - GTA Online Capture Creator Update Now Available
GTA Online Capture Creator Update Now Available - Plus #CaptureWeekend Award Details


Adding on to the over 4 million player-created Deathmatches and Races, the Creator community can now make their own original customized Capture Jobs with the Capture Creator Update for GTA Online. Strategically place pick-ups, define weaponry, location and lots of other variables to make your own unique Capture Job for others to take on. We will also be reviewing your homemade Capture creations to stamp standout experiences as Rockstar Verified.

As a little bonus for early birds in the community who are planning to make the first Capture creation masterpieces this weekend, we're going to give 4 creators the opportunity to score a cool $GTA1,000,000 and the exclusive in-game CAPTURE license plate in the #CaptureWeekend Awards. The four official selections will also join the hallowed ranks of Rockstar Verified Jobs and be invited to join us on a future Rockstar Games live broadcast on Twitch to play through and talk about their creations.

To help you get started, we've created
a handy PDF guide that will walk you through the process of creating your own Capture Jobs. 

We're also extending the 2X GTA$ and RP period that was originally scheduled to end today through next week - so playing any Capture Jobs, including those made with the Creator tools will earn you twice as much GTA$ and RP until the end of the day on Sunday, April 20th.

To submit your published Capture Job for consideration, head to the GTA Online section of Social Club and find your created Jobs. In the details area of the Job you think is worthy, click the Edit Tags button at the bottom, add #CaptureWeekend to the edit box and click Save. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday. See
full terms and conditions here.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

04/10/2014 - Monster High Launches Ghouls and Jewels for iOS
Monster High Launches Ghouls and Jewels for iOS


Monstrously Fun Mobile Match-3 Game Unearthed on the iOS App Store

LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2014 – Today marks the launch of Monster High Ghouls and Jewels™, giving fans a voltageous new way to interact with their favorite ghouls. Developed by BluBox Games, the match-three puzzler is available for free on iOS devices and coming soon to Android. With daily rewards and new content coming each month, you’d have to be undead not to get your claws on Ghouls and Jewels.

Check it out on the App Store:
http://bit.ly/1jt6OjC

Ghouls and Jewels is Monster High’s first full-featured mobile game, designed to appeal both to fans and anyone who likes good puzzle games.

“Monster High has a wide variety of ways for fans to interact with its characters, but Mattel came to us because they wanted a mobile game experience different from anything else currently out there,” said Philippe Erwin, CEO of BluBox. “We’ve merged the brand’s unique twist with familiar match-three gameplay in Ghouls and Jewels, and think the result will not only entertain current fans, but expand the Monster High consumer base to completely new audiences.”

In Ghouls and Jewels, you’re the newest ghoul in school. You’ll need help from your beasties to navigate the horrors of high school in this freaky fab puzzle game. Fan favorites like Frankie, Draculaura and Clawdeen will guide you through over 100 creeperific puzzles as you collect creatures for crushing power-ups, buy killer boosts, match jumpy jewels and gore-geous gems. But first, you’ll style your Monster High avatar in hundreds of to-die-for fashions and accessories.

Ghouls and Jewels is now available to download for free on the iOS App Store, and is coming soon to Android devices. Be Unique. Be Yourself. Be a Monster. Learn more at MonsterHigh.com, and download the game now at
http://bit.ly/1jt6OjC.

About Mattel
The Mattel family of companies (NASDAQ: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel's portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and is also ranked No. 2 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel's companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at
www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.

About BluBox Games
Founded in 2005 by game industry veterans, BluBox Games is a mobile game development studio that specializes in creating unique, high quality experiences for entertainment franchises. Bridging the gap between the games, film and television industries, BluBox gives fans engaging new ways to interact with brands and IP, both existing and original. The BluBox team hails from the likes of Activision, EA, Warner Brothers, THQ, Digital Eclipse, Pandemic, Insomniac, SCEA, Universal Studios and Rockstar Games, and has a combined 75+ years experience on all platforms and genres. Learn more at
www.bluboxgames.com.

©2014 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

04/09/2014 - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle Demo Now Available
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: ALL-STAR BATTLE demo now available!

Get a first look at the most stylish fighting-game ever made!

The demo for JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: ALL-STAR BATTLE is now downloadable via the PlayStation®Network

The demo includes:
-Arcade Mode
-3 Playable Characters (Caesar A. Zeppeli, Jotaro Kujo, Dio Brando) 
-3 fights vs. COM

By playing the demo, players will be able to earn 100.000G in-game!*
Download the demo and unleash your most stylish combos!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle will be available on 25th April 2014 in Europe & Australasia. For the latest news and updates, join us on www.Fight-with-Style.com.For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games’ entire line up, go to
www.BandaiNamcoGames.eu.

© Hirohiko Araki & LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS / SHUEISHA Game © BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc.

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04/09/2014 - Secret Ponchos Gearing Up for PC and PS4 Early Access
Secret Ponchos Gearing Up for PC/Early Access Release in Addition to PS4


Vancouver-based Switchblade Monkeys is excited to announce that its spaghetti western multiplayer combat game, Secret Ponchos, is not only rustlin' its way to PS4, but will also be coming to PC later this year.

The team is busy getting Secret Ponchos ready for a beta launch this summer via Early Access, allowing them to ensure the final experience on both PC and PS4 is the best it can be. With a game like this - which blends exciting arena combat with the mastery of fighting games - Switchblade Monkeys feels it's important to get as many hands on the game as possible during beta. Early Access will help them do that, while the additional balance and polish will carry over to PS4 and the final PC version.

"Since we first previewed the game at PAX East there has been an overwhelming amount of demand to bring the game to PC in addition to PS4, and we always promised we would do our best," said Yousuf Mapara, creative director at Switchblade Monkeys. "We realized Early Access would be the perfect program for this; it creates an environment where we can self-fund development of the PC version to make it a reality, in addition to exposing all versions of the game to a broader round of polish and tuning that you can only get when developing with an actual beta community of players."

Play Secret Ponchos at PAX East. We'll have more news about the game in the coming weeks. Visit
http://secretponchos.com for more information.  

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

04/08/2014 - LEGO Friends Now Available for Nintendo DS
LEGO Friends Now Available for Nintendo DS!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the launch of LEGO® Friends for Nintendo DS™! Already available for Nintendo 3DS™, the popular video game now brings the collection of LEGO Friends building sets to life on the  Nintendo DS handheld.

Whether meeting new LEGO Friends, building friendships or expressing a unique personal style, LEGO Friends for Nintendo DS delivers an exciting and fun adventure for players of all ages.  As they explore the world of Heartlake City, players enjoy a wide variety of activities including competing in horse riding shows, taking photos for the local newspaper and mastering skills at the karate dojo.  Players can also care for pets, training them to do tricks for the pet show, grooming and feeding them, and using their special skill to help them on adventures throughout the game. In a unique twist, players can even trade places with pets and play the game from their perspective!

Rated PEGI 3, LEGO Friends for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems can now be purchased at all major retail stores

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04/08/2014 - Saints Row Character Joins Cast of Divekick
Johnny Gat joins cast of Divekick

Chicago, IL - April 8, 2014 – Iron Galaxy, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of two button fighting games, announced today that Johnny Gat from the Saints Row game series will be joining the cast of Divekick Addition Edition + for the PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One. 

Iron Galaxy and Deep Silver Volition, creator of Saints Row, were connected by a series of tweets from fans:

• A fan of Divekick and Saints Row, @aSF_Gir had just finished the intro to Saints Row IV, and mentioned that Saints Row was the best thing he had seen this year aside from Divekick. 

• The official Divekick twitter responded noting that Saints Row IV might contain a few Divekicks of its own. As any game should!

• The official Saints Row Twitter account suggested Johnny Gat should be in Divekick.

• After several days of us doing nothing, convinced we were being catfished, we began work on getting Johnny Gat in the game! Johnny Gat comes to the Divekick world complete with his own Story Mode and bag of tricks. Gat will casually dodge traffic, use his Black Hole Launcher, or even call on the support of the famous Dubstep Gun while Divekicking his opponents in the face. A brand new stage, “Da Beech”, is also being added to Addition Edition +, and existing owners of Addition Edition will have the Johnny Gat and Da Beech updates rolled out to them for free after the game launches on Playstation® 4 and Xbox One. 

Players attending PAX East can be among the first to play Johnny Gat for themselves the Iron Galaxy booth #999 

Trailer Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ_CO2iTGr0

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Monday, April 7, 2014

04/07/2014 - Broforce Headed to Steam Early Access
BROFORCE DELIVERS FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY TO STEAM EARLY ACCESS

- A Pre-Emptive Strike on Your Summer -

Cape Town, South Africa – The world stands united as the hyper-explosive Broforce from developer Free Lives makes a pre-emptive strike on gamers worldwide with its unilateral invasion of Steam Early Access. Freedom-loving gamers can grab that latest version of Broforce on PC and Mac for $14.99 from both Steam and Humble via
broforcegame.com.

Broforce brings the shock and awe as gamers across the globe take control of an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Stroke your MURDER-BONER™ with up to four friends, locally and online, in non-stop, explosive run ‘n’ gun action and eliminate the terrorist forces that threaten our way of life. Adapt your tactics as you select bros from a massive roster of true 80’s and 90s action heroes, each with unique weapons and abilities. Set off incredible chain reactions of fire, napalm and limbs in the name of freedom. Then, as the dust settles, face off against each other in one of many competitive modes. Finally gain closure by answering important life questions that have been keeping you up at night: who would win in a flex-off between the Brominator and Brobocop?

The latest update to Broforce delivers a devastating payload of fun with new gameplay tricks like the Tactical Backflip, new white-knuckle missions, and the fearless Ripbro - the first female addition to the Broforce team. Broforce fans will be able to follow progress and receive updates each month before the game’s late summer launch as new missions, locations, modes, and bros are added through development.

“The team is excited to join forces with our fans over the next few months of Broforce development and get feedback on how they want to see the game grow and expand,” said Evan Greenwood, Director at Free Lives.

Follow development of Broforce via
freelives.net or on Twitter @Free_Lives if you think you can handle the intensity, bro.

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04/07/2014- Flat Earth Games Presents Town Craft for iOS and MAC
FLAT EARTH GAMES BUILDS TOWNCRAFT FOR iPHONE AND MAC

With an Extraordinary Level of New Content, Gamers Can Now Craft, Build, Explore and More This Spring

Sydney, Australia – April 7, 2014 – Flat Earth Games, the Australian development studio that launched the successful crafting-building-exploration game TownCraft last fall on iPad, has unveiled its newest construction –TownCraft will arrive on iPhone and Mac this spring and will update the current iPad version. The new game adds a whole new level of depth and challenge and an impressive volume of new content, including four new levels, 30 new resources, new building types and structures, 44 new quests, and much more.

“We are excited and delighted to bring the TownCraft experience to the iPhone and Mac players,” said Leigh Harris, Lead Designer. "Players around the world have provided superb feedback, letting us know they genuinely appreciate the Zen-like approach to game design, huge amount of content we've been adding and the lack of in-app purchases. We believe players will love the expansive world and the depth of gameplay in our new version of TownCraft.”

TownCraft is an addictive, relaxing, and non-violent crafting and city-building game, set in medieval times; players are alone in the wilderness and must start a new town to be the toast of the kingdoms. Gamers begin by crafting the most basic of tools, tying a sharpened stone to a small piece of wood as a hatchet, but before long the town will be teeming and with travellers from all across the land. They'll buy wares at the local shops, come to check out the sights, have some food and drink at the tavern players build. They'll come looking to trade, work, fish, farm, forage, hire, fire, and explore the bizarre and distinctive world of TownCraft.

Key Features in TownCraft
  • Play a new world every time – no two worlds will ever be the same thanks to procedurally generated maps!
  • Players will test their skills at crafting, with hundreds of different objects to create.
  • Gamers can build bridges, jetties, workshops and windmills in the effort to create a fully functioning and self-sufficient town.
  • Players will order around muck-ridden peasants, who will manage their gold mines, stone quarries, crop fields, lakes, shops and taverns.
  • Users will play in a world with a real-time day and night cycle – workers will wake up, go to work, hit the tavern to meet some passing travellers later at night, and then get some shut-eye again.
  • Gamers can explore each new world and unearth countless resources, from cotton to canary eggs, gold to grapes, wheat to wax and stone to silver.
  • Players will follow an off-beat story as kingdoms vie for control.
TownCraft is produced with the support of Screen Australia, and is currently available on iPad on the APP Store for $4.99 (with no in-app purchases); it will be out on iPhone and the Mac this spring. For more information, keep in touch with Flat Earth Games on their Website www.flatearthgames.com.au, ‘like’ them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @fegames.  

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04/07/2014 - Little Orbit to Publish How to Train Your Dragon 2 Video Games
LITTLE ORBIT TO PUBLISH HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 VIDEO GAMES BASED ON THE UPCOMING FILM FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION


Become The Ultimate Dragon Rider This Summer On the Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, Wii U And PlayStation 3

Paris, France – April 07, 2014 - Little Orbit, a worldwide video game publisher, has entered a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation to bring the How to Train Your Dragon 2 video game to major platforms this summer.  Inspired by How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the wildly popular 3-D animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation, the game will feature all of the high-flying fire-breathing action and epic adventure that comes along with becoming the ultimate dragon hero! The game will release starting June to coincide with the film’s debut.

“We’re fortunate to work with DreamWorks Animation on such a treasured franchise,” said Matt Scott, President of Little Orbit. “The How to Train Your Dragon 2 video game will make a great companion piece to one of the most highly-anticipated films of the summer.”

How to Train Your Dragon 2 the video game lets players embark on a heroic adventure on their way to becoming a formidable dragon rider alongside the beloved characters from the film.  Choosing from a variety of riders and dragons, players will enter a dragon flight school filled with tournament events, challenging mini-games and exciting training exercises, all throughout the Viking Isle of Berk. 

“The action filled world of Dragons translates beautifully to the video game space. We are thrilled to be working with Little Orbit on creating a soaring, action-packed Dragon experience for young gamers,” said Chris Hewish, Head of Interactive for DreamWorks Animation. Developed by Torus Games, How to Train Your Dragon 2 the video game will be available for the Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, Wii U and PlayStation 3 this summer to coincide with the launch of DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2, which hits theaters starting June.   Published by Little Orbit, LLC, How to Train Your Dragon 2 the video game will be distributed in Europe by NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games and its entire line up, please visit the NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe official website at
www.NamcoBandaiGames.eu. For more details on the Little Orbit product portfolio, visit www.LittleOrbit.com

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