Train2Game News Game moment GIFs on mobile

Megacool, a mobile game technology startup based in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway, has today announced that the company’s API, which allows mobile game developers to add a seamless way to share game moments through GIFs, is now available for iOS, Android and Unity developers. 

Addressing a need in the mobile game market for cost-effective marketing tools, the Megacool API has exited beta with nearly one million GIFs already shared and is now available for all developers at megacool.co.

Megacool’s technology lets players record a short clip of the gameplay, for instance a high scoring round or a winning move, in the form of a GIF without impacting game performance. With only a few quick taps, players can send that GIF as well as a download link for the game directly to a specific friend or contact via SMS text message and other social channels. This helps spread the game organically and virally through digital word-of-mouth between friends, which players trust more than traditional in-game advertising.

Similar to the way that Snapchat lets users capture 10-second clips of what is going on in their lives, Megacool lets users capture one to 10-second clips of what is going on in their mobile gaming life, and share it with friends just as easily. Developers who have participated in the Megacool beta with deep integration in their games have seen a 10% conversion rate of shares to installs, as well as a 10% rate of re-engaging lapsed users.

“Traditional user acquisition for mobile games, consisting of in-game advertisements in the form of disruptive video and static interstitials, is fundamentally broken,” said Nicolaj Broby Petersen, founder and CEO of Megacool. “In a system where the biggest publishers on the market can buy up advertising inventory and drive pricing up, only they can compete. Developers needs new and innovative ways to spread their games in a cost-effective way.”

Megacool’s API has been developed to address the specific needs of mobile game developers and marketers who have been squeezed out of the high-cost mobile game advertising market. Founded in June 2015 by the creators of Dirtybit, a leading Norwegian mobile game studio that launched and grew the Fun Run series of games to more than 100 million downloads, Megacool represents a new and unique option for developers to grow their player base and drive downloads. Megacool has grown directly out of the team’s experience and success in growing the Fun Run series without a single dollar spent on marketing or user acquisition.

“We found early on that the key to the success of Fun Run was how it was being shared virally between users, driving downloads without a single advertisement,” Petersen continued. “Our goal with Megacool is to give developers the tools to make the most valuable method of sharing, word-of-mouth between trusted friends, easier than ever inside of their games.”

“Megacool consistently drives new users for us that spend more and retain better than organic users at a fraction of the cost of traditional UA channels. We see double digit conversion from GIF referral to install,” said Kevin O’Neil, founder of Candywriter, a mobile game developer with nearly 30 games and apps in their portfolio that have been downloaded more than 60 million times.

In the months ahead, Megacool will continue to refine and add new features to its API, including further customization options for developers around what types of clips can be recorded and what can be included when a clip is shared. In a future update, Megacool will also add the ability for players to edit their GIF recordings by overlaying their own text, similar to pictures and video shared on Snapchat and Instagram.

To learn more about Megacool please visit www.megacool.co . 

Train2Game Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy

Fans can take on a musical showdown with internationally renowned artist and actress, Ariana Grande, as SQUARE ENIX® announced a special in-game collaboration with FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®. 

Starting August 18 through September 1, all players will be able to acquire “Chic Ariana,” the second Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for the game. In order to obtain her character, players must complete the first stage of the “Musical Showdown” event.

Players will also get a chance to battle an epic new boss, the “Bard Spirit” in order to obtain special rewards and event exclusive gear. Equipment specifically for Chic Ariana such as “Fashionable Dancewear,” “Microphone Stand” and “Magical Scrunchie” will all be available to equip for battles.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store and on Google Play. 

This title is developed as a collaboration between SQUARE ENIX® and gumi Inc. (developer of the hit title Brave Frontier)

Train2Game News SEGA Forever


In celebration of a simpler time – an era that came before cool kale, hyper-connectedness, DIY artisanal bjeer-making, and social media mayhem – SEGA Networks Inc. is bringing a growing collection of classic video games from every console era to your mobile device for free. 

The collection, called SEGA Forever, is a re-awakening of archetypal gaming, an ode to the deep and diverse SEGA catalogue, and the beginning of a retro revolution that will transport players back through two decades of console gaming.

Each game in the SEGA Forever lineup is free-to-play, ad-supported, playable offline, and includes added features like cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. For players who prefer a pristinely ad-free mobile gaming experience – folks who want to play SEGA just like they remember playing in their basement, without interruptions from parents, siblings, or homework – we’ve rolled back the price so each game can be purchased without ads for $1.99. As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

“Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way,” explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

The first batch of SEGA Forever games has been carefully curated, boasting both blockbusters and core fan favorites; The collection will officially kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive / Genesis titles, all of which will be available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, where they will be accompanied by iMessage sticker packs:

    Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception

    Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favourite RPG from 1989

    Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI

    Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery 

Following the launch, the SEGA Forever collection will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. 

To stay up-to-date with launch news, share your love of the golden age of video games, cast your vote in polls, share your opinions in surveys, and interact with other SEGA fans, check out the SEGA Forever website and follow our dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

*Please note that playing games from the SEGA Forever collection does not technically count as “time travel,” although intense feelings of nostalgia have been linked to exposure and extended play.

Train2Game News Fabble’s Adventure

Train2Game student, James Mahon, has been working to create a game inspired by kids, for kids.
​The game, Fabble’s Adventure, started with a bad drawing of the character ‘Fabble’, ‘Fabble’ being an urban word for ‘fabulous’. Fabble is a rice grain who some say looks like an astronaut or an eskimo but it’s a rice grain.

Fabble had a name and a face, all that was missing was his personality. James then saw a toddler running around enjoying himself when suddenly, he fell down flat on his face. James’ gut reaction was to laugh but then he realised; Fabble should have the personality of a toddler! 

Every hero needs a villain. After meeting a little boy at a New Year’s Eve party, James and the boy drew some doodles out and the boy drew a picture of a monster with a big head and big red eyes. He coloured it in and explained the picture to me; his name was Ghosthead, a bug that lives underground. The big red eyes shoot lasers and he gets angry easily.

The hero and villain were born thanks to the inspiration of children. 

The whole idea still seemed a bit incomplete, Fabble needed a friend or a sidekick. Left to James’ imagination once more, it was thought A little pink jellyfish can be his sidekick. She was given the personality of a baby and was named ‘Minx’ because she acts mischievously. 

James said:

“I was studying with Train2Game at the time. I was able to use everything it taught me to write a concept and build a working prototype. Since then, I was working hard to get the art into the game and make it all work. One year and five months later, I finally released the game on mobile! The game is heavily inspired by kids so I have to thank them for being in the right place at the right time.

I’m working my way into the gaming industry. I’m a versatile designer with a good work ethic. I’m passionate about the player’s experience and creating content the player will remember.”

You can view the Facebook page for the game here

https://www.facebook.com/fabblesadventure

James Mahon’s portfolio can be viewed here.

www.coroflot.com/jamesmahon/portfolio

Fabbles Adventures can be downloaded now on Android from the play store.

Train2Game News Power Rangers Legacy Wars

Synchronous multiplayer game developer nWay, alongside Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier next-generation global content leader, and Saban Brands, creators of the iconic Power Rangers franchise, today released the highly anticipated, real-time multiplayer fighting game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars on iOS and Android devices. 
With detailed models and animations, the fast-paced mobile fighting game allows players to battle against others in real time over LTE or a Wi-Fi network.

“With Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, we worked closely with Saban Brands and Lionsgate to produce a console-quality game for an iconic franchise that will satisfy fans and gamers,” said Taehoon Kim, CEO, nWay. “We hope gamers will embrace Legacy Wars as a groundbreaking fighting game, allowing players to battle each other in real time over their mobile network.”

As the first video game to feature Power Rangers from Lionsgate’s highly anticipated feature film, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is also the first video game to feature iconic, fan-favorite Rangers and villains from Power Rangers’ 24-year history fighting alongside one another.

“Lionsgate’s ongoing focus is bringing world-class IP to outstanding developers to make games that delight players and fans,” said Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin. “Saban Brands and nWay have been ideal collaborators in the creation of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, a fantastic real-time multiplayer experience that fits perfectly with a franchise that’s always been about being a superhero with your friends.”

“In Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, fans can imagine themselves as their favorite Power Rangers while connecting with other fans around the world,” said Janet Hsu, CEO, Saban Brands. “With nWay and Lionsgate, we’ve brought to life the opportunity for gamers to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind, interactive Power Rangers experience.”

In the game, the evil space witch Rita Repulsa corrupts the Morphin Grid from within, hoping to destroy the legacy of the Power Rangers forever. Players must take on Rita and the virtual Ranger clones and monsters she’s created by teaming up with Zordon and using Zeo Shards to gain power.

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars features more than 40 characters, 500 different team compositions and 100 unique moves at launch. Each Ranger and villain has distinct animations and attacks specific to that character. 

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars features:

    Real-time online head-to-head battles;

    Console-quality graphics and gameplay;

    Iconic warriors from the new Power Rangers movie as well as classic Power Rangers and villains from the series;

    Customizable teams;

    Upgradeable warriors;

    Alliance system to chat, trade resources and share tactics with friends and other players online.

For more information about Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, please visit PlayLegacyWars.com.  Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is available now on iOS and Android app stores.

Train2Game News Mega Man Mobile

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today announced that it will be bringing the six original 8-bit Mega Man® games to iOS and Android devices in early January, just missing the Blue Bombers birthday by a few weeks. 
This is the first time all six of the original 8-bit Mega Man games have been made available on smart devices, 29 years since Mega Man first exploded onto the console scene.

These lovingly-crafted adaptations will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made the Blue Bomber such a popular and iconic character.  Each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed.  Each game will be available separately for $1.99.

The Games Releasing Include:

     Mega Man® Mobile – The evil Dr. Wily must be stopped in this classic action platformer, the original Mega Man!

    Mega Man® 2 Mobile- Dr. Wily resurfaces to threaten the world again! Only Mega Man can stand in his way.

    Mega Man® 3 Mobile – Fight berserk robots on uncharted planets. Mega Man must set a course for space to resolve this mysterious crisis.

    Mega Man® 4 Mobile – A year has passed since Mega Man’s battle in space. A new enemy appears – Dr. Cossack.

    Mega Man® 5 Mobile – Manic robots cause chaos in the city. How is Proto Man involved? Only Mega Man can find out!

    Mega Man® 6 Mobile – The Global Robot Alliance is formed, but this newfound peace is threatened by a new foe – the enigmatic Mr. X!

To pre-register or for additional information, please visit:

http://www.us.capcommobile.com/mega-man
https://www.facebook.com/megaman

Train2Game News DC Legends

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that DC Legends, a strategy role-playing game in which players collect and form unlikely alliances of Super Heroes and Super-Villains from across the DC Universe, is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Google Play for Android Devices.
To view the launch trailer, please visit the WB Games UK YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/Vyf219wmaZwhttps://youtu.be/Vyf219wmaZw.

As the shadow of the Blackest Night prophecy falls across every world, willpower alone cannot save the shattered DC Universe. Players will need to collect allies such as Green Arrow™, Doomsday™, Wonder Woman™, Batman™ and many more, to form teams of Super Heroes and Super-Villains that battle Nekron and the Manhunters. As players battle to decide the fate of all life in the universe, they can unlock the ability to make their heroes Legendary, acquiring remarkable new super powers, powerful stat increases, and enhanced character designs.

“We think DC fans will appreciate the authenticity and depth we’ve brought to DC Legends,” said Jonathan Knight, VP, Studio Head at ‎WB Games San Francisco. “The game delivers an experience that’s both exciting and engaging, empowering players to strategically customize their teams and upgrade their super powers, as they battle against other players across the world.”

In DC Legends, the battle against Nekron and the Manhunters spans across a wide variety of DC locales, including Metropolis, Themyscira, Thanagar and many more. The cinematic action and vivid environments bring each encounter to life as players unleash Superman’s™ Heat Vision or Bizarro’s™ Flame Breath on wave after wave of undead foes. They can also compete against other players in PvP combat and demonstrate their superior team-building skills as they climb the ranks in 14 unique Leagues with escalating rewards.

DC Legends is now available to download for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and Google Play for Android devices.

Follow DC Legends on Facebook and Twitter.

Train2Game News Mobius Final Fantasy


Delivering an uncompromised FINAL FANTASY® experience to a wide array of mobile platforms, SQUARE ENIX® announced that preregistration has opened for MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™.
Coming to iPhone, iPad and Android devices next month, this title offers players a completely new RPG adventure filled with deep character customization, ongoing live events and HD graphics that push the boundaries of the mobile platform.
Created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII and upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is the story of a man who wakes up in a world called Palamecia with no memory of his past. There, he finds himself tasked with bringing hope to the world by unraveling a mysterious prophecy around the legendary warrior of light.

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) that has already been widely acclaimed in Japan, and has received the App Store’s “Best of 2015” Award. Preregistration for the game begins today on the official registration site. Fans who preregister will receive FINAL FANTASY X-themed items, like the Tidus’s signature weapon, Brotherhood, and a Yuna character card along with other special rewards when the game launches on August 3.
The new announcement trailer can be viewed on 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ipfJv4Qp6g.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®, a brand-new FINAL FANTAS Y experience, co-developed by SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD and gumi Inc., will launch for free (with in-app purchases) on iOS and Android devices this summer.

The hit title has already drawn in more than six million players in Japan and is an entirely new role-playing adventure for the mobile generation. The title brings the classic FINAL FANTASY lore with legendary heroes from the franchise.

Adventurers will follow two knights of the kingdom of Grandshelt, and a young girl who suddenly appears before them, as they begin their quest to pursue a highly sought after crystal. Players will make their way through various types of dungeons to search for items, collect gil, uncover hidden paths, and venture new routes.

The title features:
· Traditional, turn-based gameplay with streamlined battle mechanics and intuitive touch controls, making it easy to pick up and play for newcomers as well as long-time fans
· Players will be able to move their characters through fields and dungeons to search for items, hidden paths, and new routes.
· High-quality CG animations of FINAL FANTASY summons
· Appearances from new and characters from past titles like the Warrior of Light, Cecil, Vivi, and Terra
· A complete RPG experience in an easy, portable format for mobile phones

The teaser trailer can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j_9M-ctbxbA.

Train2game News Warhammer 4k Tactical Objectives App Update

homescreenDerp Studios release 2.0 update to Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App.

Studio with former Train2Game students release major update to its Games Workshop licenced app.

Our friends at Derp Studios are releasing a major update to its Warhammer 40,000 tactical objectives app. Building on its already successful first release and taking part in the wider Games Workshop ‘Digital Assault’ and Warhammer Fest, which take place this weekend.

The update includes New Decks for the Tau Empire, Farsight Enclaves, Cadia, Raven Guard and Chaos Daemons. The update also includes some major new features: Users now have the ability to draw a card without advancing the turn counter, users may now manually add and subtract victory points from their total score and all purchased tactical objective cards are now downloaded from a server which has reduced the core app size significantly.

The latest update went live on Monday 9th May 2016 on both the Apple and Google Play app stores. To promote the release of the 2.0 update Derp are participating in Games Workshops’ “Digital Assault” on the Apple App store on 12th-19th May 2016. The Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App AND all other Games Workshop Products are 50% off (including in app purchases).

The event coincides and celebrates Warhammer Fest, in which Derp Studios will be attending at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK on the 14th and 15th May.

Chris Ledger, Derp Studios: ‘We’re delighted to launch 2.0. It’s been a long time coming, the community suggested some things and Games Workshop had released some new decks as well which we wanted to ship.’

‘The release of the original app was received really well. I know it can do a lot better though. Raising awareness of the app is the most challenging part. The app’s been doing fine, people are enjoying the convenience of it and should do even more with the latest update.’

‘It’s a nice feeling when people enjoy something you’ve designed. It’s nice in general to see a project come to fruition, especially a project that is well received. The UK, USA and Canada are the ones mostly buying it. We’ve had the odd download from the Far East which is pretty exciting. Even though Games Workshop is a UK company, their franchises are known worldwide.’

‘Most people either play at home or at their local gaming club or Games Workshop store. However we’ve been asked whether the app will be compatible for tournaments (which are extremely popular in the USA).’

‘Games Workshop have been fab, they’re very supportive and help out wherever they possibly can. Massive shout out to the licensing team, they’re the ones working with developers and publishers of all sizes.’

‘The previous version took up a lot of storage space on device. We’ve managed to fix that so IAP’s are purchased and then downloaded as opposed to them all being on the app behind a paywall. So we’ve resolved that issue.’

To see the full list of games and apps that are half price during this period go to: https://itunes.apple.com/collection/games-workshop/id25182?fcId=1107612129&ls=1&app=itunes

If you’d like to keep up to date with the Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App and Derp you can do so at the following social media addresses:

http://www.derpstudios.com
http://facebook.com/derpstudios
http://facebook.com/WH40kTO
@DerpStudios

For more information contact: mark@train2game.com

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