Company:  Zynga

FarmVille 2: Country Escape Review

Apr 17, 2014

Along with death and taxes, the only other certainty in life is that casual gamers love farming. It’s a good thing too, because otherwise Zynga’s FarmVille 2: Country Escape would be showing up unfashionably late to a party the company started itself with FarmVille back in the halcyon days of Facebook gaming. As it is, this fully mobile installment has much improved graphics and a fair bit of charm, but at the expense of the creative freedom that made the original such a monster hit.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape

This is the part where I’d usually go into the setting and object of the game, but this one should require little explanation. You’ve got a family farm to fix up, so you’ve got to get busy growing crops and harvesting resources from plants and animals, most of which can be crafted into more complicated and lucrative products at the appropriate stations: the dairy churns out milk products, the windmill can grind grain into flour, etc.

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Evil Genius Online Review

Apr 1, 2014

To be blunt, Tears for Fears got it wrong. I wouldn’t want to rule the world in its current state. It’s just too much hassle. Now if I could do it in the style of a James Bond villain, well, that’s a different story. Evil Genius Online helps you do just that, assembling an army of henchmen and an array of cool gizmos fit for global domination. It’s all done with a wink, helping elevate what is otherwise a pretty average social game experience.

If that opening paragraph gave you thoughts of Gru from the first Despicable Me or the Monarch from Venture Bros., you’re on the right track. That’s if you didn’t play the original Evil Genius, the PC game released back in 2004. In any case, Evil Genius Online gives you an abandoned government silo, an ambitious assistant named Penny Foxworth and a couple of Minions to get your career as a criminal mastermind underway.

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Evil Genius Online Walkthrough

Mar 31, 2014

Evil Genius Online is an online strategy game from Rebellion. Gamezebo’s quick start guide will provide you with some tips and hints to brave the skies and last as long as possible in this punishing arcade experience.

 

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Zynga going back to the mobile future with FarmVille 2: Country Escape

Mar 3, 2014

Zynga’s new CEO is confident that he can get the company into the mobile future, or at the very least, to the present. But what mobile gamers can expect first are some offerings very much rooted in past successes.

Former Xbox chief and EA executive Don Mattrick is that CEO, and he’s ready to face Wall Street types today for the first time. He also gave an exclusive interview to the San Francisco Chronicle that detailed what the company has up its sleeve over the next few months as it finally launches a concentrated assault on the mobile market after floundering in its efforts for quite some time.

Initially, Zynga is banking on a long overdue mobile-first FarmVille game called FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Unlike previous, half-hearted efforts to bring the brand to smartphones and tablets, this one is a full-featured game that has the company saying all the right things. Most notably, it can be played offline, and it won’t require you to spam friends to advance (wait, can it really be FarmVille then?).

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A natural move for Zynga

Jan 30, 2014

Zynga is spending $527 million, to purchase NaturalMotion, developers of the hit CSR Racing franchise and the critically acclaimed Clumsy Ninja (well, we liked it).

NaturalMotion was founded by Torsten Reil, who utilized his PhD work at Oxford’s zoology department to create incredibly realistic and highly well-animated and lifelike mobile games, whether it be for horses, cars, or ninjas.

NaturalMotion brings pretty highly-coveted, high quality mobile franchises, filling a huge hole in Zynga’s current mobile roster (which a cynic would criticize as being derivative). It’s a good, but very expensive buy.

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Zynga leads the way with Bitcoin payments for 7 games

Jan 6, 2014

When I put together my Top 10 Predictions for 2014 last week, I actually dropped an 11th prediction -- that bitcoin would start to make inroads as a currency for games. Which is a bummer, because had I kept it in there, I would already have proven myself to be an able prognosticator.

The Verge is reporting that Zynga has quietly announced it has added Bitcoin support for seven of its web games.

Starting today you can buy items on Zynga.com in FarmVille 2, CityVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, CastleVille, Hidden Chronicles and Hidden Shadows with Bitcoins via a test partnership with Bitpay.  Per Zynga’s post on Reddit, they are making this move because they say that Bitcoin is getting too big a payment method to ignore.  Surely the other reason is that it’s a good bit of publicity to start the new year with, and that it positions Zynga as a leader amongst game developers (where it is usually accused of being a follower).

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Zynga’s Solstice Arena is now available on PC

Oct 15, 2013

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Last month we brought you the news that Zynga’s acclaimed mobile speed-MOBA game Solstice Arena had taken the battle to the Mac platform, and today we have word that PC owners are now among those listed who can get in on all of the fun. That’s right: Solstice Arena is now live for PC on Steam!

What’s great about the new PC version of the game is that it features full cross-platform support, so you can now play Solstice Arena against other gamers on the same server who are playing on their iPhones and iPads or Mac computers. All of the exhilarating and short-burst action will still be happening in real time, and Zynga has made sure to note that Solstice Arena has been built specifically for the PC platform ever since the early days of the game’s development cycle.

Completely balanced to hold up against its mobile counterparts, Solstice Arena on PC features intuitive single- and multi-touch mouse button controls, making it the perfect way to get in a few quick sessions on your desktop PC at work, and then a few more on your iPhone during the train ride home.

The new free-to-play PC version of Solstice Arena is available to download right now on Steam, and don’t forget to let us know your favorite way to play this action-packed MOBA down in the replies!

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Ninja Kingdom Walkthrough

Sep 20, 2013

Dojo Mojo is a free-to-play action game from Zynga where you battle with friends for supremacy over your land. Deploy various troops to invade neighboring villages. Send out coastal attacks and a menagerie of ninjas to do your bidding. Gamezebo’s quick-start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

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CastleVille Legends Walkthrough

Sep 19, 2013

CastleVille Legends is a simulation/town building game created by Zynga. You play as the steward of a kingdom that’s fallen under a wizard’s evil spell. To restore the kingdom, you must grow crops, raise animals, send your heroes to explore ancient ruins, and sell whatever food and goods your kingdom produces. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to restore your kingdom’s glory.

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Zynga brings speed-MOBA Solstice Arena to Mac

Sep 19, 2013

Here’s something you might not have expected to wake up to in the world of Mac gaming this morning: Zynga has taken their popular mobile speed-MOBA Solstice Arena to the Mac App Store. For those keeping score at home, this is the first notable move Zynga has made in the desktop downloads space.

I say first “notable,” because Zynga’s real money gambling titles in select markets were downloadable too – but with a limited geography as well as a limited appeal (and one that must not have worked out too well, considering Zynga’s decision to step out of the cash gambling business), those titles lacked the potential that Solstice Arena has to reach a large audience on desktops.

And that potential is huge.

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Free-to-play has quickly become a dominant force in the world of gaming, but depending on your platform, success seems largely tied to genre. On desktop, one of the hottest free-to-play genres is MOBA. From League of Legends to DOTA 2, everyone seems to love diving into team-based matches of territorial dominance. 

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