February 4 | by Lewis

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Today we announced we will be making the official game for Marvel’s next hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier!  I’m so hyped for this game and movie, you can’t even begin to comprehend my excitement levels.  I’ll try to contain myself for this blog post and I’ll do my best to make sure I don’t type in all caps.  I’ve been waiting since the first Captain America movie ended to see what Marvel had in store for the second movie and after seeing the trailer during the Super Bowl, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed!  It’s great to see Captain America back in action and it looks like the movie is packed with some great fights against the Winter Soldier.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the movie trailer, fear not, because I included it below.  Definitely check it out!

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If you’re interested in checking out our teaser trailer for the official game check out the video we released earlier today.  I hope you guys are as excited for this game as I am!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Official Game / Teaser Trailer

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January 15 | by Lewis

Catch Ferrari Fever in Asphalt 8: Airborne!

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Buckle up racers, because Asphalt 8: Airborne just got a hot new update! Get it now on iPhone, iPad, & Android and slide behind the wheel of the red-hot LaFerrari and other glamorous sports cars! Plus, start getting rewarded for racing daily and your epic win streaks!

What are you waiting for? Hit the track today:

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January 7 | by Lewis

Heroes of Order & Chaos Developer Q&A

Happy New Year folks!  For my first blog post of 2014 I wanted to bring you an update on what’s going down with Heroes of Order & Chaos.  Recently, our Game Community Manager Andreea took some of the popular questions on the HOC forums and sat down with Lead Designer mingming.  They talked about lots of possible future changes including a potential 1v1 map, fixing ranking issues, overall game balancing, new skins and more!  Check out a few of the answers below and make sure you head over to the Heroes of Order & Chaos forums for the full Q&A here:

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Q: Are you considering adding a 1 vs 1 map? A: We’d like to add more maps and more modes to the game but we need to think of how many players would actually be interested in 1-on-1 matches and how it’s going to affect the game itself.  Actually, we have made some attempts to let players have a taste of this kind of competition with the new custom mode, which allows players to create a variety of games.  We are curious to see what will be players’ favorite setup in the custom game mode.

Q: What are you doing to combat the ranking abuses we have seen lately?

A: We are making some technical improvements on our reporting tools.  This means that we will start banning players much faster and harshly if we see misconduct.  We won’t be resetting the ranks, but we will introduce a different type of ranking in 2014.

Make sure that you head over to the forums for the rest of the interview.  Also, stay tuned for a Developer Diary blog about the Under Realms Map.  See you on the Rift!

 

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December 17 | by Lewis

Parents: Get on Top of In-App Purchases

It’s quick and easy to configure your iOS or Android device so that your password has to be typed in every time a purchase is made.
Here’s how:

Apple iOS

Gain tighter controls of in-app purchases on iOS devices, open ‘Settings’ then choose ‘General’ and ‘Restrictions’. Then tap ‘Enable Restrictions’, choose a PIN and enter it a second time to confirm. Now set ‘Require Password ‘to ‘Immediately’.

Google Android

Open the Google Play Store app and click your device ‘Menu’ button and then ‘Settings’. Under ‘User Controls’ you’ll find an option to ‘Set or Change PIN’. Tap this and type your chosen PIN, tap OK and then re-enter the PIN to confirm. Then tick the box next to ‘Use PIN for purchases’.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Start by opening the ‘Menu’ and then ‘Settings’. Then tap ‘Parental Controls’, choose ‘On’ and then chose a password and re-enter to confirm.  Now click ‘Password-Protect Purchases’ to ‘On’.

 



June 25 | by Callum

Exclusive Ice Age 4 Trailer in IAV!

Ice Age: Continental Drift is drifting into theaters in no time and we have the exclusive new trailer! That’s right, the only place to see the latest trailer for Ice Age 4 is within Ice Age Village. You won’t find THIS anywhere else! Be sure to visit the “movie theater” in your village to get a sneak peek at the world exclusive trailer and if you haven’t started playing, get IAV free on iPhone, iPad, & Android.

And enjoy our fancy new infographic celebrating you, the fans! Are you building one of the 18 million villages?



June 22 | by Callum

Asphalt 7: Heat

Asphalt 7: Heat has rip-roared its way onto the Apple App Store as the series returns in spectacular high-octane fashion – and I must say, is already receiving some damn impressive critical acclaim. Plus, wanna know something super cool? It only costs £0.69 / $0.99! You literally couldn’t steal a car for less than that…

For those of you unfamiliar with the Asphalt series, you’re in for a surprise!

Asphalt 7: Heat ignites the adrenaline-fuelled car-racing nature of Asphalt, where you compete in ruthless showdowns at breakneck speeds across the world, from London to Rio de Janeiro, while behind the wheel of 60 cars from prestigious manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW and Audi!

For those of you who are familiar with Asphalt, then Asphalt 7: Heat packs even more of a punch than previous editions – providing beautifully rendered environments and vehicles for a mouth-watering experience. Plus, there’s new and improved multiplayer which lets you take on up to 5 of your friends locally or online – and then once you’ve burnt some rubber and left them for dust you can brag through the new Asphalt Tracker which lets you compare stats, show off achievements and challenge rivals.

All sounds pretty suave, am I right?

Oh, and for those of you wandering, the Android version will be available at the end of June!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! We’ll see you on the track…



June 1 | by Callum

Let out your inner diva in Fashion Icon!

It’s your first day in Paris and you’re already set to dazzle the fashion world with your fabulous style skills! Time to live out your dreams in the new social game, Fashion Icon, now available for free on iPhone, iPad, & Android. Hit the streets of the fashion capital of the world and create your own style with designer clothes from the dozens of chic boutiques. Create your dream outfits, start your own fashion blog, and show your rivals you’re a diva to be reckoned with, in Fashion Icon!

Me, Myself and I

Personalization is a major feature of Fashion Icon, so be prepared to change your look, starting with the color of your eyes, to the shape of your lips. And have fun with it! As you level up, get a chic new hairdo and discover the wonders of a new ‘do! You might even earn style points for it!

New Girl at the Party

Fashion Icon brings the party to a whole new level, as you’ll earn experience by going to events and showing off your outfit in style battles. Every girl’s got to know that fashion isn’t just about clothes, it’s also how you strike a pose. So prepare you best smile, and grab some tricks up your sleeve. The world of fashion is a competitive place, and rivals soon show up to challenge you. Luckily, you’re not afraid of these wannabes, and every success brings you and your blog new fame!

What To Wear… What to wear?!

One of the things you’ll love the most about the game is the fact that the outfits are very versatile, with more than 1000 pieces of clothing available! You’ll never get bored searching the racks at your favorite boutiques again! ;) Even cooler, whatever the season or trend, you’ll find an outfit to match! Search the racks and find some of this summer’s hottest fashion items: maxi dresses, peplums, mandarin orange heels… You name it; it’s all there!

Chat’em Up

Without admirers, there would be no “icons,” so get ready to turn some heads and start flirting. See if you can snag a real catch, because your BF’s cheer will boost your confidence. Your +1 might even give you a present or two if you’re lucky! Isn’t that something?

But remember not to hog the conversation. Pay attention to what your man likes and try to bring up his interests. Who knows, maybe it’ll be true love… If not, at least you’re going to have a great time!

Snag Your Dream Job

Hooked on all the latest trends? Decked out in neon and all the hippest fads? Why not use your fashion sense to make you some moola… you know… cold hard cash! Earn extra coins in Fashion Icon by writing about the Paris fashion scene. Work your way to the top of the blogosphere by creating and writing on your blog daily. And you might even be able to sneak a little celeb gossip on there to make a real name for yourself! So get typing, you’ll be a star in no time! :)

A Truly Fashionable Friendship

Aaah…Paris.. The best place on Earth for friends to have fun with fashion! Invite some of your best (& most fashionable) friends to join you in your quest to be the ultimate fashionista in a town filled with real fashion aficionados. You can follow your friend’s fashion faux pas and Parisian adventures on their style blogs and send each other special gifts… You’re going to have a blast! And if you’re in need of more fashion-y friends, you can post your Gameloft LIVE! ID on our official Fashion Icon forums. Cause everyone can use more friends!

And for those divas already playing, here’s a little tip for you: layer, layer, layer! Use a combination of jackets and tops to maximize your style points. Also, be sure to keep an eye on our Fashion Icon Facebook page, for more tips, news, & contests!



May 31 | by Callum

6 Tips to Make Your Animals Go Nuts in Ice Age Village: Part 2

The first three tips weren’t enough for you? You had to have all 6? Well, welcome back Ice Age Village fans! And for those of you not playing Ice Age Village, you can start playing free on iPhone, iPad, & Android. So what’s stopping you! Don’t let Manny, Sid, and the rest of the herd down; keep reading for the rest of our Ice Age Village tips…

We are fa-mi-ly!

Animals are your main source of coins. So, try to complete as many families as you can, because every new member will give you 25% more coins! And be sure you get all your favorite characters including sloths, mammoths, & possums. Once complete, you can redeem the “Main Characters” collection for your own Sabertooth tiger. Diego will be thrilled! :)

Plus, stay on the lookout for sales and giveaways by joining our Ice Age Village Facebook page. You’ll be the first to know about our BEST Ice Age Village promotions!

The secret Shaolin in Scrat

Have fun daily with the Scrat Mini Game! Slice Piranhas and avoid the pesky spiky fish to earn rewards each day you play. The reward system is random, so if you’re lucky you might get the daily special prize. :) It changes, you guessed it, daily, and will help you expand your collections. Plus, you can win lots of coins & even ACORNS!

You need tokens to play more than once a day, so be on the lookout. Try clearing snow piles and collecting from fun buildings, because they might just drop some!

So start practicing your kung fu skills and get slicing!

More acorns you say?

Acorns are very helpful and fortunately there are tons of ways to earn them. You can buy them from the shop directly, but if you know your Ice Age Village well enough, you can get some for free!

Where could an acorn hide from Scrat in the Ice Age Village? The answer is a snow pile!! As soon as you see them, make sure they’re cleared, because there’s a chance they’ll drop acorns. Another way to get free acorns is from watching movies in your Movie Theater, so be sure to head to the movies often. And don’t forget to keep an eye on your collections. Redeeming them will make you go nutz with acorns!

So to recap, here are all of the ways you can get your paws on acorns… Scrat is going to be sooo jealous!

  • In the Shop
  • When You Add New Friends
  • In gifts: Send your friends presents everyday.. They might send you acorns in return!
  • In snow piles: Don’t let those suckers pile up!
  • By Playing Scrat’s Minigame
  • As a Daily Bonus
  • By Leveling Up
  • By Completing Missions
  • Using the Free Acorn Button

For more Ice Age Village tips, sales, contests, support issues, or just to connect with other Ice Age lovers, stop by the Official Ice Age Village Forum & our Facebook page. We will be sharing all things Ice Age so don’t miss out on all the fun!



May 30 | by Callum

6 Tips to Make Your Animals Go Nuts in Ice Age Village: Part 1

Scrat’s hunt for his favourite acorn has opened a crack in the Earth’s crust, sending the animals scurrying for safety. So it’s Manny, Ellie, Diego, and Sid to the rescue! Help the herd regroup and rebuild their vibrant community in Ice Age Village available for free on iPhone, iPad, & Android.

And for those of you already playing, we put together a list of the best tips and tricks in Ice Age Village. When it comes to IAV, it’s all about the acorns. So start stock piling them with these great tips and make your village the baddest in town:

Playing with friends is better!

Invite your friends to play & make new ones on the Ice Age Village forums. Once they’ve gotten started, you can stop by their towns and “like” their handy-work daily. You will give them reputation points and goodies just by saying you think their village is awesome! And as their reputation gets better, their gifts get better too. ;)

You can also leave them special gifts including coins and acorns. And don’t forget to watch out for Scrat while you’re visiting. If you catch him, he will give you extra coins every day.

To the North!

As your village grows you will need to expand. Try to get expansions that have decorations, so you can use them in your town. Big decorations like “Scrat in Ice” or a “Fire King Scrat,” will give your families a great bonus!

If you don’t have enough coins or acorns to get an expansion, but you’re still out of space, you can put away the families/fun stuff that give you the least coins and replace them with better ones. This will help you get more coins to expand. You can always replace the items later. They’re stored in your Inventory in “Collections.”

Pretty and rich ..Pretty rich?

Speaking of decorations, placing them throughout your village will make your village look awesome, and also give your animal families & buildings a coin bonus. Try to place your best decorations (we recommend the Carnivorous Flower) near the families that cash out the most. You’ll be racking in coins in no time!

Wait, where’s the last 3 tips?! Don’t worry, check back tomorrow for the rest of our awesome tips and tricks! I think your animals can wait 24 hours…



May 21 | by Callum

Order & Chaos Developer Interview

You asked and we answered! We’ve been compiling your questions throughout Order & Chaos: Online’s first year live and we got the answers straight from the producer, Arnaud Bonnard. Did we answer yours? Let us know in the comments and keep checking back for more great content in honor of the 1 Year Anniversary!

What were the hardest parts of making Order & Chaos: Online? Was there anything your team struggled to accomplish?

It depends on the development period. During the core development, there were 2 main issues. First we had to create an entire world with so much content that it would keep people hooked for months, now years! We knew how to do it, but just the scope was impressive. And our second struggle was, of course, getting it technically as flawless as possible in terms of server capacity, of security, and of general stability. We as a company were new to the MMO market and we had to learn a lot!

One year later, we’re still the clear iOS and Android MMORPG leader! Now the challenge is different: we have tons of ideas to add content to the game, on top of the player requested content. We obviously can’t create everything so we have to rework the priorities to ensure the best possible experience for our players.

What are the most exciting/fun aspects of creating a new game? (Coming up with a concept, seeing it come to life, watching it succeed?)

On this game, the most intense moment was launch day! We worked for so long on the game and there were so many challenges that when it went live for real and we saw lots of real players enjoying the game, it was really intense and satisfying! We get that same feeling every time we release an update. We have BIG content updates coming; I hope it will please our players!

Can you speak a little bit about the success of the game? What were the highs and lows?

The biggest success has been creating an amazing MMO! If your game isn’t cool, it won’t last. But Order & Chaos: Online is now entering its 2nd year! Our fan base is strong, the game universe is big, and it just keeps growing with new updates, giving Order & Chaos: Online the three main ingredients to keeping players engaged! But we still have challenges. We think about spam, gold farming, etc., issues that impact any MMO. We had to set up technical processes and customer support to reduce them.

How do you decide when to add new DLC & missions to a game?

Well, as you may have seen, we work hard to have new content very regularly. Between 1 and 2 months. I obviously can’t give too much detail on our future schedules, but we normally schedule 1 or 2 normal updates for new content, and then a bigger update comes with new content and new features. So we can maintain both a cool rhythm in production & for the players. The new elements are decided that way.

For Order & Chaos specifically, where do you get the ideas for new dungeons? From fans, writers, brainstorming?

Most of it comes from our original design document, because the world planned for Order & Chaos: Online is much bigger than the current one you’re playing. ;) There are already a lot of ideas in planning! Of course, we also check the official forum and posts on Facebook to see what’s expected by the community.

Why are the servers not linked on iOS, Android, & Mac? Are there plans to merge the servers?

There are 2 main obstacles that make linking servers very difficult to maintain. First of all, the operating systems themselves are different, which means there is adaptation to do. It’s not the hardest part, but it takes time which could have been used for something else, like creating new content. Second and the real issue is that linking the servers limits our ability to deliver new content and fix bugs quickly. If anything happens, and believe me it does on a MMO, you can’t release updates until they’re ready on ALL supported device. Otherwise some players wouldn’t be able to play the game while the updates and fixes are out of sync. Keeping everything synced across all devices is a major challenge.

For example, imagine we find a bug on the iOS version that requires a quick fix. We can’t fix it until it has been added to EVERY Android device. There are many hundreds of them. So what could be a quick fix turns into big delays and the player won’t be satisfied with their gaming experience. That’s mainly why we don’t “over-merge.” It might frustrate some players, but it ensures a smoother gaming experience for our players.

Why is it not available for the Asus Transformer Prime?

It is! It was just released for the TF101 and the TF201 on Google Play!

Will we ever release Order & Chaos on PC?

A stand-alone application you mean? I’m not aware of that for now. :)

Are there any tips or tricks that might help players level up faster?

Well it’s not original, but it’s a key in any MMO -> play together. Find friends to play with, it will be both more fun & more efficient.

Where do you think Order & Chaos is going in the future?

We’re working hard to bring more content to ensure O&C remains the richest mobile MMO. We’re also adding new graphic features, so that it continues to look cool on the latest devices. And we still have lots of ideas for the game and the community is still very active. We’re looking forward to another great year in Haradon!

Stay tuned for more Order & Chaos: Online goodies in honor of the 1 Year Anniversary.. You wont be disappointed! And if you haven’t experienced the epic MMORPG for yourself, then check it out on the App Store or Google Play



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