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G.I. JOE Strike is Coming to iOS this Summer

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 13th, 2015

This past G.I.JoeCon, 2015 proves that the franchise is alive and well. As such, Backflip Studios is working with Hasbro to bring a new game for our favorite ninja from the classic cartoon withG.I. JOE Strike. You'll play as Snake Eyes as he fights his way through enemy ninja to face off in the ultimate showdown against his rival, Storm Shadow.

“The G.I. JOE brand is a treasured gem. The adventures of G.I. Joe vs. Cobra has sparked the imaginations of generations of fans, whether they grew up on the G.I. Joe comics, the cartoons or the movies,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios, in a press release. “G.I. JOE Strike blends the unforgettable environments of the original mini-series with the new-age reimagining of the beloved characters, giving players of all ages something to connect with.”

G.I. JOE Strike is set to be released early this summer. Go Joe!

Roll Your Mobile Dice in YAHTZEE with Buddies.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 9th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Scopely and Hasbro have brought the classic game of YAHTZEE to mobile in YAHTZEE with Buddies. The app offers a game faithful to the original with easy to learn gameplay and multiplayer or solo options. You can also play in the daily and weekly tournaments to go head to head with players all around the world. The tournaments give you a chance to win fun cutom dice.

YAHTZEE is one of the world’s most beloved games, with millions of players worldwide,” said Walter Driver at Scopely. “We’re thrilled to expand the reach of this iconic family game to today’s generation of mobile players around the globe.”

You can download YAHTZEE with Buddies for free on the App Store. The game will also be available for the Apple Watch when it makes its debut later this month.

Transform and Roll Out - Transformers: Battle Tactics is Now Available for iOS

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

DeNA and Hasbro Inc are pairing up to bring another game from the latter's Transformers franchise to iOS.

It's called Transformers: Battle Tactics, and is a turn-based game that brings to bear the comic book story Combiner Wars and the historic Transformers Generations universe.

▪ Compete in live real-time PVP showdowns with players from around the globe while earning rare TRANSFORMERS characters, valuable resources, and prestige at the top of the leaderboards

▪ Collect iconic TRANSFORMERS characters while teaming up AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters side-by-side.

▪ Calculate strategic decisions by leveraging unique TRANSFORMERS character modes to take control of the battlefield in any situation and obliterate the enemy.

▪ Link TRANSFORMERS characters to create powerful Combiners to deal devastating damage in battle!

▪ Connect with friends to form leagues and seek advantage over the competition. Earn powerful rewards and placement at the top of the leader boards.

Transformers: Battle Tactics is available now for free (with optional in-app purchases).

Transformers: Battle Tactics will be Coming to the App Store in 2015

Posted by Rob Rich on December 10th, 2014

Today DeNA and Hasbro have announced a new, upcoming Transformers title, Transformers: Battle Tactics.

Okay, but what is Battle Tactics?

Well, according to the announcement info it's going to be a turn-based tactical game with a single-player campaign as well as player-versus-player combat. A whole lot of series favorites will be available to add to your team, from obvious choices like Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee, to characters who haven't been featured in Michael Bay movies, like Wheeljack, Thundercracker, and Arcee. Each bot has their own strengths and abilities, and these can change depending on whether they're in robot or vehicle mode.

Transformers: Battle Tactics will be released sometime next year as a free download, but if you want to tease yourself a bit you can register on the official website to earn some extra goodies like wallpapers and Recruit Tokens (which I assume have some sort of in-game value).

Hasbro and Backflip Studios Release NERF Hoops.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AN AVERAGE DAY ON THE COURT :: Read Review »

NERF Hoops, by Backflip Studios, is a flick it to win it style game. It harkens back to days gone by as a teenager, tossing a NERF ball into the hoop stuck to the back of your door.

Swipe your finger to make a shot and and become the NERF Hoops champion on the leader boards. Just be careful - you will have to adjust for wind, cars, and sometimes even zombies! Players can challenge friends or practice by themselves.

You can pick up NERF Hoops for free on the App Store.

Autobirds Roll Out! Rovio has Announced an Angry Birds/Transormers Crossover

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 16th, 2014

Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. are combining one of the most downloaded games world-wide with one of the most cherished 80s cartoon classics. Angry Birds Transformers roll out! The Autobirds will face-off against the insidious Deceptihogs. From the video it looks like we can look forward to seeing characters like Redimus Prime and Chucklebee.

Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio, said “We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds. This mash-up is going to appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”

Later this year they will also be introducing Angry Birds Transformers TELEPODS. The toys will allow players to add characters and upgrade powers in the game.

Look out for these ro-birds in disguise later this year.

Hasbro Arcade Offers an Arcade Full of Mini-Games From Transformers, Barrel of Monkeys, Candyland, and Monopoly

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 13th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hasbro Arcade gives gamers new ways to connect with their favorite Hasbro brands by offering exclusive mini-games that include Transformers: Beast Hunters, Barrel of Monkeys, Candyland: Sweet Match, Nerf Rebelle, and Operation Rush. Users can even play a game of My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Monopoly. It also provides information on the latest Hasbro toys and games.

Angry Birds Star Wars II Is Announced, Adds Interactive Toys That Teleport Into The Game

Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 15th, 2013

Rovio Entertainment announced Angry Birds Star Wars II, which will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies. Things are in place to take a twist towards the dark side in the upcoming game as well as players can choose to "join the pork side" and play as one of the evil piggies.

Angry Birds Star Wars II is set to get even more interesting as Hasbro is adding an interactive capability to the gameplay and content of the game by releasing Telepods. Think Skylanders; Telepods are physical toy characters that players can place on their iPhone or iPad camera and scan it into the game. There will be over 30 physical characters at launch for players to teleport into their games, Skylanders style.

Being a fan of Skylanders myself, I'm highly interested in checking out this new Angry Birds experience, which will launch on the App Store this September, 19th.

Angry Birds Star Wars was a blockbuster hit for us and Lucasfilm with over 100 million downloads since its release. We are thrilled to be able to introduce the exciting next chapter in the Angry Birds Star Wars saga to our fans around the world,” said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment, in a press release. “Some of the most amazing character additions are versions of young Anakin, Mace Windu and Darth Maul. Hasbro’s TELEPODS technology also provides a great way to extend the experience beyond the app and bring a whole new dimension to the gameplay.”

YO JOE! - G.I. Joe: Battleground Engages In Card-Battling Missions

Posted by Andrew Stevens on July 4th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

G.I. Joe: Battleground is now available, adding G.I. Joe-themed card-battling action to the App Store. Players can select to participate in missions as part of G.I. Joe team or they can join the Cobra organization in its quest for world dominance. There are hundreds of cards to collect for players to build their strongest team, cards that feature an art-style that's similar to the classic animated series.

G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND is a salute to all of the G.I. JOE fans around the world. The app experience is fast, fun and players can expect to recruit and see all of their favorite characters from the storied G.I. JOE universe,” said David Phan, producer of G.I. JOE: BATTLEGROUND, in a press release.

Upwords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on January 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VERTICAL VOCABULARY VICTORY
A board game that sticks to what it made it a success, but may fall victim to a lack of audience.
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UNO Goes Multiplatform

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 26th, 2012

At this point it is safe to assume that any electronic device with some kind of a screen most likely has some permutation of UNO available for purchase.  If that wasn't the case before, it sure is now, thanks to HasbroMattel and Gameloft and the upcoming release of their newest entry into the UNO franchise: UNO & Friends.  While this in and of itself isn't that big of news, what makes it interesting are the new multiplatform features coming to the game.

The title is planned to launch on iOS and Android this fall, wit hNintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita versions coming early next year.  What makes this so cool is that all versions of the game will be able to play together simultaneously.  Taking things even one step further, there will also be a Facebook version of the game as well, that can also be used to take part in the action.  Suddenly the concept of playing games with friends became even more enticing.  Have fun ignoring all those game requests from family members and former classmates!

Monopoly Is Updated For The 21st Century With Monopoly ZAPPed

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The board game of Monopoly is an impressive 112 years old. That means plenty of time for multiple different varieties of the game. Vying away from the likes of Simpsons, Lord of The Rings and World Cup soccer editions, now there's a new and technologically advanced variety in the form of Monopoly zAPPed.

Monopoly zAPPed relies upon special credit cards that can be scanned with an iOS device. Keeping up with the 21st century focus on using plastic rather than cash to spend, these devices automatically transfer funds between players' accounts once swiped. A selection of mini games also stem from the app which can help players escape jail and jail fines.

It all makes for a fun twist on the traditional Monopoly experience and is bound to keep fans happy.

The app is available now and is free to download. Although, bear in mind that the Monopoly zAPPed board game is required to use it fully.

Bake Virtual Cupcakes With Easy-Bake Cupcakes!

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 27th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Here's an app that easily makes me ravenously hungry. It's Hasbro's Easy-Bake Cupcakes!. It's a cute app that lets people make, bake, decorate, eat and share virtual cupcakes from their iOS device.

All the user needs to do is pick their Easy-Bake cupcake mix, fill the pan with cupcake batter and water then mix and slide the pan into the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven to cook. A quick shake of the iOS device gets the cupcakes out of the pan (if only reality were that easy) then users can choose from a vast number of frostings and candy toppings to create their perfect cupcake.

9 different cupcake batters are available with 17 types of frosting, 15 types of decorations, 9 kinds of plates and 6 tablecloths. That's a heck of a lot of choice.

As is quickly apparant, Easy-Bake Cupcakes! is an ideal app for kids. Adults may well be cynical enough to notice the corporate advertising within but will still no doubt quite like to eat cupcakes after messing around with the app. For kids though, this is a fun way of 'creating' cakes. They can even share their creations via email or Facebook afterwards.

It's out now and it's free.

Bop It! Now Available For The iPad

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 19th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Bop It!, the frantic reaction based game, is quite a hit here with my young cousins, much as it was when I was a kid. So it's nice to see Bop It! offered in another format. Sure there was an iPhone version earlier this year but what child can resist an iPad version of Bop It!? Exactly.

Priced at $2.99, Bop It! HD offers everything we all know and love about the original Bop It! game. Fast reactions and careful listening are vital in order to succeed with the choice of playing alone or teaming up with friends in the new All Play mode, only available in this iPad incarnation.

Multi-touch controls and the accelerometer ensure that the only restriction here is the player's ability to react in time. 4 different modes, Classic, Basic, Extreme and Blitz, keeps the action feeling fresh. Players can even unlock Bopjects as they progress.

All the fun with a cool modern twist. The ideal way to entertain the kid and at a mere $2.99. Check it out now.

Pictureka! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Kirby on December 8th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LOUD AND PROUD
The game is fair, but the presentation is terrific - if you can stand all of the noise.
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