TabTale Ltd. has acquired Sunstorm Games, a Las Vegas-based kids mobile game developer. TabTale is repeatedly ranked among the top 10 mobile game publishers worldwide as far as downloads on Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store. The company has more than 100 games released to date, and more than 600 million downloads of its mobile games and kids educational apps.
Outfit7 Limited has signed a licensing agreement for its Talking Tom and Friends franchise with Toyze, an app store for 3-D-printed customizable game characters. Users will be able to customize Talking Tom and Friends characters into 3-D models, share their creations on social channels, and bring them to life as 3-D-printed toys.
Toyze offers two options to model and produce toys. First is the free app for 3-D customization: The company’s intuitive, in-app 3-D editor allows users to personalize characters in 3-D view, add accessories and attributes, play with poses and sizes, and build their collections. Once completed, users can share their creation via Facebook, Instagram, and email with friends and family.
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DeNA and Hasbro, Inc.’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction – The Official Mobile Game, based on Hasbro’s toy brand and the Paramount Pictures film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is now available exclusively on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, bringing the blockbuster action to mobile devices. This fast-paced combat runner game immerses players in the Transformers universe as they help the Autobots defeat their Decepticon enemies.
Lego Systems Inc. has unveiled Lego Fusion, a play experience that combines traditional Lego brick play with app-based mobile games for kids ages 7 and up. The Fusion collection will include four: Lego Fusion Town Master, Lego Fusion Battle Towers, Lego Fusion Create & Race, and Lego Fusion Resort Designer, featuring Lego Friends characters and themes.
Each Lego Fusion kit consists of a distinct set of Lego bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app, and a unique Fusion capture plate, which is a small brick-building plate featuring a printed design that enables a smartphone or tablet’s camera to identify the size, colors, and layout of the Lego bricks built onto the plate. The apps will prompt kids to build a 2-D façade of a building onto the capture plate any way they like. Then, kids can import the façade into the app and transform the creation into a full 3-D building on screen. Once a Lego brick creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions will require kids to turn away from the screen and build another façade with their Lego bricks to progress in the game. Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual worlds.
Razor USA LLC has launched the Razor Trickshare app, a free download designed for both iOS and Android. The app was created to allow kids to learn and share tricks and moves that are possible on a scooter. It is available for download at iTunes and at Google Play.
The Tricktionary part of the app includes images of scooter tricks such as the backflip or tailwhip, and allows fans to take a photograph of themselves doing the same trick and to create an online Team Razor Trick Card to share with friends.
Tommo Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Humongous Entertainment Brand and most of its assets. The acquisition was initially announced last summer, when Tommo acquired the Humongous Entertainment Brand and over 100 classic game IP’s from Atari Inc. during the Atari assets bankruptcy auction. Humongous Entertainment was originally formed in 1992 and has sold more than 15 million games over 20 years.
Online kids destination Toon Goggles, the entertainment channel offering a diversity of kid-safe and parent-friendly programming, has partnered with Southern Telecom to launch a new free app for the Polaroid 7-inch Kids Tablet, providing viewers with instant access to Toon Goggles’ selection of animated and live-action content for children. The free Toon Goggles app is available now on the Polaroid Kids Tablet, a rugged, kid-friendly tablet with parental controls embedded right into its Android operating system.
In addition, the deal sees Southern Telecom adding Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s creative app Boom Goggles to tablets. The Boom Goggles app, developed jointly by Toon Goggles and Toon Boom, allows users to demonstrate their design skills instantly by creating their own stop-motion cartoons. Polaroid Kids Tablet users will be able to export their unique creations to the Toon Goggles platform, sharing their innovations with friends and family. Boom Goggles is available in the Google Play Store for free.