Two big names in the casual gaming space made some waves this week, with PopCap announcing that they are expanding on the “Blitz” name (which began with Bejeweled Blitz) with a new Facebook game, and I-play announcing the launch of a new game for the PC that takes us to the Jazz Age of the Roaring 20′s.
PopCap Bringing Zuma Blitz to Facebook
Zuma is PopCap’s second best selling franchise, and while 20 million units (of one form of another) have been sold worldwide, the game will soon be coming to Facebook in the form of a free social game, Zuma Blitz.
Zuma Blitz is expected to launch on Facebook in about three weeks, and will launch with weekly tournaments and leaderboards, and an experience point system that will see users unlocking new features and “capabilities” over time. Time extenders, score multipliers and “Hot Frog” speed modes will be available, as well as a “Treasure Chest” currency-based system that will be used for you to get your hands on said power-ups.
You’ll be able to keep track of your friends’ performance in more ways than just looking at their high score, as you can see their medals and achievements and their experience level. Just as Bejeweled Blitz has been greatly updated (and arguably improved) since the app’s launch on the site, so too will Zuma Blitz see regular updates that will add new content, like new levels.
“We’ve received a ton of feedback regarding how players consume Bejeweled Blitz and other leading social games, and incorporated a number of those insights into this initial phase of Zuma Blitz, with more to come,” said Jason Kapalka, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at PopCap, via a company press release. “Zuma is a very different game than Bejeweled, so the social adaptation has gone in different directions. Zuma is already a fast-paced arcade game, so the challenge was to make it feel approachable to players of all skill levels, even with just sixty seconds to play.”
We’ll be sure to bring you the news when the game launches in full on Facebook sometime next month.
I-play Releases Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby on PC
I-play and Oberon Media have announced the launch of a new game for the PC entitled Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby. The game is the first installment in the new “Classic Adventures” franchise, which will take classic pieces of literature and turn them into video games.
The Great Gatsby is a hidden object game with a twist, in that it will offer moving landscapes, and will recreate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing through a personal library that can be assembled via various mini-games and puzzles.
Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby is now available to download at I-play’s website for $19.95. Check out the official trailer below to see if the game is right for you.