Train2Game News IMGA 2017 Global Gaming Awards


The IMGA has today opened their call for entries in the 2017 edition of their global gaming awards. 

Now in its 14th year, the IMGA invites all game makers – indie developers, studios, publishers, students and researchers – from all countries to enter their game. Participants have until December 31, 2017 to submit their entries. The competition is free, and entrants may submit multiple games for consideration. 

After an online judging selection to determine the shortlisted nominees, the 14th IMGA Global finalists will be announced in February. The winners will be revealed during the award show in San Francisco on March 20, 2018, which will be taking place at the same time as GDC (Game Developers Conference) and Game Connection. Last year’s Grand Prix winner was the worldwide hit Pokémon GO (Niantic). Previous awarded games include Her Story (Sam Barlow), Monument Valley (Ustwo), Badland (Frogmind) and many others.

“For the 14th year running, the IMGA will highlight the top achievements in the gaming world. As usual with its two-round unique judging session, the competition will give big studios and indie developers an equal chance of winning the Grand Prix. We can’t wait to discover the best games of the year!” says Maarten Noyons, IMGA’s CEO and founder. “Moreover the talent and creativity of a woman or a man will be honoured by the Game Artist of 2017 Award, a new category that was launched last year.”

Developers, studios and publishers from all continents are invited to enter their mobile games from September 15 until December 31. The IMGA Global competition is also open to AR and VR games. Eligible games must be published in 2017 or have yet to be published, and must be downloadable in a playable version. Entrants across the globe can submit their games for free on the official IMGA website.

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 Futurama Mobile Game


​ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD! Jam City, via its game studio TinyCo, and FoxNext Games announced that their mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is available TODAY on the App Store and Google Play. 
TinyCo has released two new animated trailers alongside the game, one of which reveals the game’s all-new story created by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, and the FUTURAMA writers. This story sets the stage for a galactic adventure that will take players across the universe in search of ancient alien artifacts to restore the fabric of spacetime after it is transformed by one of the universe’s most recognizable yet enigmatic creatures: the Hypnotoad.

To view the new trailers on YouTube, please visit https://youtu.be/A-1n0K5noOo for the launch trailer and https://youtu.be/BKRrpnxupfI for the story trailer.

Additionally, please find the official Video News Release (VNR) video for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Ksykde9fuyg

“Hypnotoad has always been one of Futurama’s most mysterious amphibians,” said Matt Groening. “In this game we finally get to learn much more about his bizarre abilities and mating habits. Perhaps too much more.”

Created in partnership with FUTURAMA creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening and his Curiosity Company, along with Executive Producer David X. Cohen, original FUTURAMA writers, and Rough Draft Studios, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow blends simulation, combat, galactic exploration, and choose-your-own-adventure gameplay together to bring the escapades of the Planet Express crew to life. Players will experience new stories from the writers of FUTURAMA that are filled to the brim with the wit, charm, and sci-fi hijinks that fans have come to know and love. Today’s launch is just the beginning for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, however, as the game will be updated with new characters, quests, and stories every week.

“Bringing FUTURAMA back in such a new and ambitious form was extremely difficult,” said David X. Cohen, FUTURAMA Co-Developer and Head Writer. “Especially for the people I was bossing around and yelling at.”

Jam City:  Licensed and Original IP

In addition to its popular original IP games such as Cookie Jam and Panda Pop, Jam City has made a science out of turning some of the world’s largest entertainment franchises and brands into hit mobile games. The mobile gaming publisher is the creator of 6 of the Top 100 Highest Grossing games played nationwide across both iPhone and Android devices.

“We are Futurama fanatics,” said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. “As such, it is quite an honor for us to collaborate so closely with Matt Groening and David X. Cohen on Futurama:  Worlds of Tomorrow.” 

“Jam City has a unique heritage of translating original TV brands, like Futurama, into mobile gaming platforms that will be played by tens of millions of fans worldwide,” DeWolfe continued. “By blending contemporary culture and science fiction, we have created a next gen mobile experience for core fans and those who are new to Futurama. We could not be more thrilled to continue the Futurama story here at Jam City.”

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is free to play and is available NOW on mobile devices via the App Store and Google Play. To connect with FUTURAMA fans and developers, please visit: www.fb.com/playfuturama , www.twitter.com/playfuturama , and www.JamCity.com .

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 Crazy Taxi free on mobile


​Local taxi companies and drivers around the world, unite! 

After almost two decades of Crazy Taxi games and millions of rides analysed, SEGA is proud to announce it will soon launch Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire, allowing local taxi companies to take back the power from ridesharing conglomerates.

To celebrate the upcoming launch and make sure that drivers around the world have enough time to practice their crazy driving skills, the mobile version of the original Crazy Taxi which was previously £4.99/€4,99, is available for free (with ad support) on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and on Google Play for Android devices from here on out. Controller compatibility has also been added on top of the existing touch controls, and players who have already purchased the game will retain the game without advertisements.

Everyone should be able to fight against powerful ride-sharing company PRESTIGE MEGACORPORATION and its infamous leader Edelbert Von Güber. Whether you are on an iPhone, iPad or Android device, start your training and await further instructions: your time will come soon.

No time for brakes; customers in various states of inebriation from all nations are expecting you. Train hard, stay crazy.

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 CaptoGlove funded

The​ world’s first wireless wearable controller, CaptoGlove, has reached another milestone by securing its Kickstarter funding in 13 days.  
The incredibly versatile CaptoGlove allows users to control video games, VR/AR, mobile & smart devices through simple hand gestures.  The first units are in production and are expected to ship to early Kickstarter backers in May.

To celebrate their funding success, CaptoGlove has announced a Stretch Goal to add a pressure sensor to the thumb of the glove for expanded functionality.  This sensor will leverage the touch sensitivity of the finger and be able to perceive various levels of pressure (<100g to >10kg).  This will enable future customization, as well as more precise measurements of what the finger is doing.

“Our community of backers have been our biggest evangelists and have helped us quickly achieve our funding goal, as well as provided valuable feedback on additional features and capabilities they’d like to see in CaptoGlove,” said Paolo Trotta CEO of CaptoGlove. “It is because of this response we decided to add a Stretch Goal of a pressure-sensitive pushing sensor to the thumb, which will pave the way for integrating CaptoHaptic Kit in the future.”

The first CaptoGlove prototype was created five years ago as a way to help a father regain coordination and mobility after a stroke.  Its success was incredible and its precision allowed the glove to next be modified to help train military pilots.  Again demonstrating unparalleled accuracy in replicating flight simulation hand movements, CaptoGlove finally teamed up with world-renowned sports glove company, Reusch to create a truly next-generation wearable wireless controller for video games, virtual reality platforms, mobile devices, professional training, drones, smart home products and more.

Check out CaptoGlove in action on its YouTube channel or see more about the Kickstarter campaign and how the CaptoGlove was created with this video here.

CaptoGlove Kickstarter reward tiers are still available at significant price discounts to expected retail prices until April 24.

CaptoGlove key features include:

            Intuitive Control – CaptoGlove interprets natural hand movement as control gestures, which allows for a quick and easy learning curve.  Create up to 20 control gestures per glove (or 40 with a pair). All gestures are completely customizable through the free iOS/Android/PC app.

            Gaming Ready – CaptoGlove can be used to play any past, present or future PC game, delivering a uniquely immersive experience on a variety of platforms including VR, AR, XR, first person shooters, flight/racing sims, and more;

            Plug & Play – Connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to virtually any device.  No need for a specially prepared area or additional equipment such as trackers or cameras. CaptoGlove delivers up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single battery charge.

            Endless Application Potential – Its smart design and upcoming SDK release will offer tech enthusiasts a wealth of potential uses.  From health rehabilitation and smart home device control, to piloting drones and professional training for police, first responders, pilots, doctors, etc.;

            Quality – Textile developed in Italy with world-renowned sports glove maker Reusch.  Comfortable, breathable and made from high quality textiles that can be washed by removing a single sensor.

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 Kingdom Hearts Mobile

Fans will soon be able to learn more about the KINGDOM HEARTS history with the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], the relaunch of the critically acclaimed mobile RPG formerly known as KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ. 
As part of the free update next month, the game will soon have a new “Union Cross” multiplayer mode and more ways to customize the player’s avatar.

With KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], players can create teams of six from their party members or through a matchmaking feature to fight hordes of Heartless enemies and powerful bosses. Players can also take on quests of increasing difficulty as well as unique new missions. 

To help these teams of friends communicate with each other, the game will now include emotes and text bubbles. Players will encounter both familiar and new faces as the story of the Unions continues to unfold, and the new “Theater Mode” will allow players to relive the drama and rewatch cutscenes.

Fans can pre-register for the update on the official website (https://form3.square-enix.com/a.p/816/) to obtain exclusive smartphone wallpapers and in-game rewards. To commemorate the relaunch and the one-year anniversary of the original app release, players will also receive in-game presents by logging in after the update.

To watch the new opening movie, visit: https://youtu.be/kycDgmjpGsg.