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GRL Games reveals “Word Chat” for iOS

Word Chat is the latest iOS game to be announced from Graeme Devine’s GRL Games. The goal of the game is to try and guess as many words as possible, perfferebly longer words before the timer counts down. Think of it as a much faster paced “Words with Friends”. The game supports video chat whilst you are playing promoting face to face chat with your friends, encouraging the social element to the game. A trailer for the game has been released as below and the game is set to launch on 1st September. Another game for your iPhones and iPads folks! Read moreRead more

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NewToy

NewToy was formed in 2008 by brothers Paul and David Bettner, before Ensemble’s closure in early 2009. The studio focussed on creating social games for the iOS platform with a vision to become the “Nintendo of the iPhone“. After a string of enormous success with their “With Friends” series of games, the studio was acquired by Zynga in December 2010. Since then the studio has worked to further fine tune their portfolio of games and created and Android version of the popular “Words with Friends”.

Latest news about NewToy:

  • Zynga closes Dallas studios (Formerly Bonfire Studios and NewToy)

    Yesterday Zynga announced the shocking news that it was closing its Zynga Dallas and Zynga With Friends studios. Prior to Zynga's acquisition of these teams they were known as Bonfire Studios and NewToy respectively. It was not long ago back in Febr...

  • Paul and David Bettner leave Zynga

    Ex Ensembler's Paul and David Bettner who set about forming the hugely successful mobile studio NewToy have confirmed that they have now left the mobile gaming giant, Zynga. Paul and David Bettner joined Zynga after NewToy was acquired in December 20...

  • Age & Orcs Must Die updates and some information about Zynga acquisitions

    Ok, so its been a while since the last update! Apologies for that! So what's been happening lately? First off, the beta testing for Age of Empires Online has come to end. Microsoft and Gas Powered are now wrapping up the game with final touches befor...

  • Zynga with Friends releases "Hanging with Friends"

    Zynga's "With Friends" studio, who used to be known as NewToy have just announced their latest game to hit the iOS market - "Hanging with Friends". Taking the hugely popular "With Friends" series further, this new game is based around the traditional...

  • Big update Friday: - Atomic City, Gnoll Hunters and something new from NewToy / Zynga

    Wow we have a pretty big update from Ex-Ensemble formed studios today Friday 3rd June 2011, infact its so big we have three studios involved - Robot, Windstorm and Zynga With Friends. Incase your're wondering the Zynga With Friends studio used to be ...

  • Zynga acquires NewToy

    Hot on the heels of Zynga's acquisition of Bonfire Studios last month, the social gaming giant has recently announced that they are acquiring another studio founded by ex Ensemble Studios members. This time it’s NewToy which is joining the ma...

  • Vijay Thakkar of NewToy discusses the benefits of quick and easy game patching

    Vijay Thakkar an ex-ES programmer who had a short spell as programmer and then lead programmer at Robot Entertainment is now at NewToy as their technical director. Vijay recently took to the stage at the GDC Online to give his insights about the need...

  • Quests on route to NewToy’s We Rule!

    If you have been enjoying NewToy's kingdom building game "We Rule" on the iOS platform then you will be pleased to hear the budding developer is about to release a whole new feature for We Rule  - Quests! According to the press release these ques...

  • We Rule nominated for various GDC online awards

    Good news for NewToy the developers of "We Rule" a game where players can create and rule their own kingdom on their iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. If you do not have an iOS device you can see how the game looks below: We Rule has proved ...

  • Paul Bettner of Newtoy also to speak at GDC Europe

    Paul Bettner from iPhone developer NewToy is also going to be presenting at GDC Europe along with Bruce Shelley (these are separate presentations). Paul's talk is titled "Keys to Successful iPhone Game Marketing". The talk is likely to draw on things...

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Age & Orcs Must Die updates and some information about Zynga acquisitions

Ok, so its been a while since the last update! Apologies for that! So what’s been happening lately? First off, the beta testing for Age of Empires Online has come to end. Microsoft and Gas Powered are now wrapping up the game with final touches before launching this August 16th. It wont be long now until eager Age fans get to play the next great game in the Age series which has sold over 20 million copies under Ensemble Studios. Luckily the bulk of the work on Age of Empires Online has come from prestigious ex Ensemblers at Robot Entertainment. Read moreRead more

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Zynga with Friends releases “Hanging with Friends”

Zynga’s “With Friends” studio, who used to be known as NewToy have just announced their latest game to hit the iOS market – “Hanging with Friends”. Taking the hugely popular “With Friends” series further, this new game is based around the traditional Hang Man game. One player is tasked with choosing a word while the other player has to guess the word by guessing which letters match the word. The player guessing only has a limited amount of guesses before the game is over and normally that player is hanged when the game is over. That’s not necessarily very positive so Zynga have brightened up the concept and made it feel a bit more positive – say hello to pretty colourful graphics! Read moreRead more

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Big update Friday: – Atomic City, Gnoll Hunters and something new from NewToy / Zynga

Wow we have a pretty big update from Ex-Ensemble formed studios today Friday 3rd June 2011, infact its so big we have three studios involved – Robot, Windstorm and Zynga With Friends. Incase your’re wondering the Zynga With Friends studio used to be called NewToy before they were acquired by the Zynga machine. The “With Friends” is a link to their previous titles, Words with friends and Chess with friends. Now that we know who we’re talking about lets delve straight into todays news! Read moreRead more

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Zynga acquires NewToy

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Quests on route to NewToy’s We Rule!

If you have been enjoying NewToy’s kingdom building game “We Rule” on the iOS platform then you will be pleased to hear the budding developer is about to release a whole new feature for We Rule  - Quests!

According to the press release these quests will bring:

-New Reasons to Explore
-Exclusive Loot
-New Quests Every Week Read moreRead more

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Bonfire Studios releases its first game “We Farm” for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad

Bonfire Studios today announces the release of its first iPhone game “We Farm” . We Farm is a strategy game for iPhone where players can build their own farm and raise animals to earn rewards such as blue ribbons to progress through the game. The official description is as follows:

We Farm is a new kind of animal. Build a barnyard, raise critters and bring home the blue ribbon.

Invite your friends to take pictures with your prize-winning pig and patron businesses on your farm. Visit theirs for inspiration. And compete for the title of finest acreage this side of the Mississippi.

  • Raise horses, pigs, sheep, ducks and even ostriches, then compete for the blue ribbon at the county fair.
  • Make your farm your own with over a hundred buildings, animals and decorations
  • Plant veggies, fruit and flowers to earn your keep
  • Share your farm with your friends to earn extra coin and XP
  • If anyone has ever played FarmVille on Facebook you may find a similar expierence with We Farm but on the iPhone/Pad platform. If your interested in finding out more a video says a thousand words so take a look at this demo video demonstrating how the game works when building your first barnyard.

    It looks like a great game and I wish Bonfire all the success with its release. Unfortunately I do not have an iPhone at the moment so am unable to offer a review but I would love to hear your comments. Post a reply to this blog or drop me a line on Twitter! Meanwhile I can provide some quick FAQ’s…

    When is the game available?

    Its available right now on the iTunes store for immediate download and is available FREE. So if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then what are you waiting for? Head over to the iTunes Store to purchase or click the link below:

    Purchase We Farm in the App Store

    How much does it cost?

    This game is free to play :)

    Who are Ngmoco?

    Ngmoco are publishing the game. You may have heard of them before as they have also worked in partnership with another studio formed by Ex Ensemble staff, NewToy with thier game “We Rule“.

    When was this game released?

    The game was available for download July 29th 2010.

    Where can I find more information?

    The official website for We Farm can be found at: http://www.ngmoco.com/we-farm/ which contains screenshots, videos, descriptions and blogs for the game – well worth checking out!

    What’s next for Bonfire Studios?

    Bonfire promises to produce further games for the iPhone / Pad platforms so keep an eye out for more iPhone games from Bonfire Studios soon!

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    Paul Bettner of Newtoy also to speak at GDC Europe

    Paul Bettner from iPhone developer NewToy is also going to be presenting at GDC Europe along with Bruce Shelley (these are separate presentations). Paul’s talk is titled “Keys to Successful iPhone Game Marketing”. The talk is likely to draw on things from the studio’s expierence in generating highly successful iPhone games including the highly popular Words / Chess with Friends series. Here is the session description from the GDC Europe website:

    Publishers and developers are constantly looking for ways to solve the biggest issue with creating games for iPhone, discovery. If people don’t know about your app and can’t find it, it’s impossible to make money in the market. The participants of this session will discuss what you need to do to have success in today’s iPhone market. From the effectiveness of advertising, to code giveaways and promotions, if you’re creating a game for iPhone, this session will better prepare you for the task of marketing your game.

    https://www.cmpevents.com/GDCE10/a.asp?option=G&V=3&id=642877

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    NewToy announce new iPhone game “We rule” in collaboration with Ngmoco

    Budding iPhone developers NewToy lead by ex Ensemble programmers has announced a new iPhone project in collaboration with Ngmoco a well known publisher on the iPhone platform. The new game titled “We Rule” sees players creating thier very own unique kingdom where they can heavily customise the kingdoms realms, shops, businesses, buildings, banners and crops. The official blurb from the Ngmoco website continues:

    You will collect taxes from your citizens and manage a variety of shops and businesses – from bakeries and inns to lumber mills and ore mines.

    There do not seem to be any screenshots of the game yet, but stick around and we’ll try and dig some out. Meanwhile check out what you can from the the graphic below. Certainly seems to be a big project but no doubt the Bettner brothers at NewToy are up to the task. For more information on the game the press release follows below and a link to the website.

    ngmoco has a new social game, We Rule, in the works. We’re excited to share it with you.

    In We Rule, you will govern your very own kingdom. You will act as a city planner and landscaper—customizing your realm with buildings, banners, and botany. You’ll decide what crops to plant and ensure they are harvested on time. You will collect taxes from your citizens and manage a variety of shops and businesses – from bakeries and inns to lumber mills and ore mines.

    We’re also pleased to announce we’re collaborating with App Store star Newtoy to create this innovative, next-gen social game. Newtoy has a strong development pedigree on a host of platforms – before iPhone and iPod, the team helped create Age of Empires and Halo Wars.  More recently they’ve engineered smash mobile hits Words with Friends and Chess with Friends.

    Soon you’ll have a chance to build a kingdom of your own. We’ll be revealing more about the game soon. And if you’d like access to exclusive info and screens, chat with gamemakers and help us make We Rule better, join the ng:community.

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