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FBI Gets Involved With Alleged Theft of Machine Zone’s Trade Secrets

Free-to-play is serious business. An employee of Machine Zone, the developers behind the highly successful free mobile title Game of War: Fire Age was arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jing Zeng, who worked as the firm’s director of global infrastructure, was intercepted by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane to Beijing. A federal criminal complaint alleges that Zeng was trying to make off with information on the behavior of the game’s millions of users, stolen from one of Machine Zone’s internal databases.

Via The Verge

Previews via AppSpy:

Video Preview of Monument Valley Devs’ New Game, Trick Shot

AppSpy has some attractive hands-on footage of Trick Shot, an upcoming physics puzzle game from one of the developers of Monument Valley, Jonathan Topf.

Via AppSpy

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Rovio to Cut Another 260 Jobs

The developers of Angry Birds continue to slim down by slashing 260 jobs.

The cuts will have an impact on every part of Rovio’s organisation, except for the Angry Birds movie currently in production in North America. With 260 fewer people to pay, the company will then restructure around three “primary business areas”: games, media and consumer products.

Via Gamesindustry


Plants vs Zombies 2 Updates With ’80s Goodness

The ’80s are large and in charge in Plants vs Zombies 2. Pull up your leg-warmers and tease your hair.

What’s New in Version 3.9.1
Get into the groove with Neon Mixtape Tour, Side A, and mix it up on the dance floor with Party DJ! You’ll chill out with sweet slow jams or speed things up with righteous rhythms, and prepare your plants as Punk Zombie, Glitter Zombie, and MC Zom-B move to the beat. Also included:

16 totally fresh levels
3 radical new plants – Phat Beet, Thyme Warp, and Celery Stalker
Plus, the sharp-shooting Cactus


Pacific Rim is Currently Free

Pacific Rim is now free, so it costs nothing to save the world from rampaging kaiju, In other words, no more excuses.

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News via Gamezebo:

Content From The Banner Saga Now in Kingdom Rush Origins

Ask and ye shall sometimes receive. Jim Squires from Gamezebo suggested via Twitter that a crossover between The Banner Saga and Kingdom Rush Origins would be cool. It appears Ironhide Game Studio and Stoic Studio agreed.

Effective immediately, Kingdom Rush Origins players will be able to access a new secondary hero in the second level of the game’s latest update: Bolverk the Varl. Bolverk had a small role in The Banner Saga, but (we’ve been told) may see some more screen time in the game’s impending sequel.

Via Gamezebo

Updates via Touch Arcade:

Stay Happy: More Happy Wheels is Coming

The extremely violent ragdoll physics simulator Happy Wheels is a huge hit on the App Store, and this is just the beginning.

If you were a huge fan of the browser version of Happy Wheels, you might have noticed that the iOS version is sorely lacking in content compared to its older sibling. Well don’t worry because according to a post by developer Jim Bonacci on the game’s official website the stripped-down version of Happy Wheels that was released on iOS was totally intentional.

Via Touch Arcade

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Scott Cawthon Outlines Future of Five Nights at Freddy’s

Scott Cawthon revealed what’s next for everyone’s favorite animatronic nightmare fest, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.

According to Cawthon, some of the plans are more certain than others since he’s still working on the update as we speak. If you are one of those who’ve beaten Night 6, the update will add all kinds of fun stuff in your extras menu, including a challenge menu, a cheat menu, and a twist on a familiar minigame, which means that those who can beat the challenges will have access to a new set of stars to earn. The preceding additions are going to be released for certain.

Via Touch Arcade


Hungry Helga is Currently Free

What time is it? Time to stuff fish in a Viking woman’s mouth. Hungry Helga is currently free, down from its usual price of $1.99 USD.

Reviews via AppSpy:

Final Fantasy VII Mobile: An Extremely In-Depth Video Review

Is Final Fantasy VII for mobile worth your time and money? AppSpy breaks that question down with a very in-depth video review.

Via AppSpy

News via Pocket Gamer:

Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament is Now Live

Hear ye, hear ye! Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament is now open!

The update is out now. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency. You can also win The Grand Tournament card packs as rewards in Arena Mode, or craft cards using Arcane Dust.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Hitman Sniper Updates With New Characters, New Weapons

Hitmen aren’t known for being lovers of rest and relaxation, so it’s no surprise to learn that Hitman Sniper recently received a substantial update.

What’s New in Version 1.3.1
What’s New in Version 1.3.1
– Added Everyplay integration: Record and share your best play sessions
– Introducing the Head of Security: He patrols and calls in reinforcements
– New rifle added: Aria – Gold (Unlocks all targets and Intel)
– Assassin Tier expanded to the 1000 best players
– Added Inverted aiming option
– Now allows for music playback in the game
– Metal integration and various performance improvements
– Will not connect to servers if connection is too weak
– Bug fixes and various improvements.


Speedball 2 Evolution On Sale for $2.99

Speedball 2 Evolution is a cross between hockey and football, so you know someone’s going to lose at least one tooth. It’s currently on sale for $2.99 USD, down from $4.99 USD.


The Nightmare Cooperative On Sale for $0.99

With a name like “The Nightmare Cooperative,” how can you go wrong? This excellent roguelike puzzler is currently on sale for $0.99 USD, down from $3.99 USD.

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Star Trek: Timelines Brings the Universe’s Characters Together

New information about the upcoming game Star Trek: Timeline reveals some key details about the title, including which characters are invited to the party (pretty much everyone).

The team behind the game emphasizes in every opportunity that it consists of great fans of the show, so they want to really bring the core principles and viewpoints of Star Trek into the game: optimism for the future, belief in progress and equality, and a love for exploration.

Via Touch Arcade

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“ClashCon” Celebrates Clash of Clans This Fall

Supercell recently talked about the reasons why Clash of Clans has been enduringly popular over the past weeks and months. It also revealed “ClashCon,” a celebration of all things Clash of Clans that will be happening in October.

Supercell has also recently announced that in celebration of the game’s third birthday, the company will hold its first ever convention, ClashCon, that aims to unite players from all over the world. The Con will take place October 24, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, Supercell’s base of operation. The company has promised that ClashCon will surprise Clash of Clans players but didn’t disclose any more about that.

Via Touch Arcade


Alphabear Updates With Game Rebalancing

A balanced bear is a happy bear. Alphabear is now a touch more even-handed thanks to some recent retooling.

What’s New in Version 01.06.01
So much good stuff in this update! Here are the biggest changes:

– We’ve done a major rebalance of the game. Difficulty increases per chapter should feel more even and rewards should feel more consistent.
– Bear naptimes are MUCH shorter.
– A couple dozen cute new bears spread across the chapters, to increase the variety of rewards (and because, well, why NOT add a bunch more cute bears?)
– Bear selection screen has been revamped to make it easier to browse your collection and select/unselect bears (pro-tip: you can now double tap a bear to select it quickly.)
– New “challenge missions” in each chapter, which are extra-hard, but always give rare rewards if you earn a gold egg!

News via Pocket Gamer:

Pokemon Shuffle Hits iOS and Android in Japan

Pokemon Shuffle, the free-to-play puzzle / battling game currently exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, recently hit the Japanese App Store and Google Play. An English-language release probably isn’t far behind, pika.

This is not Nintendo’s entry in the world of mobile, however. The Pokemon Company isn’t fully owned by Nintendo and has made plenty of iOS apps already. Nintendo’s first mobile game with DeNA will be announced this year.

Via Pocket Gamer

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How-Tos via AppSpy:

How to Unlock the Pac-Man Ghosts in Crossy Road

The Pac-Man ghosts have invaded Crossy Road. Maybe you need instructions on how to round them up and make them your own? AppSpy has you covered.

Via AppSpy


Pac-Man Comes to Crossy Road

Why did Pac-Man cross the road? To wakka wakka wakka, of course. Pac-Man and the ghosts are now in Crossy Road as part of a cross-promotion with Hipster Whale’s Pac-Man 256.

What’s New in Version 1.3.1
PAC-MAN comes to CROSSY ROAD as a completely free update.
Don’t forget to download PAC-MAN 256 by BANDAI NAMCO, Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets. Available now.

Interesting via Gamezebo:

Fallout Shelter Infographic Breaks Down the Game’s Numbers

The apocalypse can be fun! Just look at the infographic Bethesda put together for Fallout Shelter’s numbers so far.

The numbers they’ve pulled together are pretty startling, and have no doubt been helped by Fallout Shelter’s recent Android launch and iOS content update.

Via Gamezebo

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