Tuesday May 7,2013 : MORE SOCIAL CASINO-STYLE GAME LAUNCHES
Big expectations from games developers
Two new social casino-style games have launched into the social and mobile environments titled Bingo Rider and StackJack.
Spanish social casino gaming company Akamon Entertainment's first game for mobile devices Bingo Rider is now available in the Apple Appstore and is currently available for iOS mobile devices and tablets, the game will be launched on the Android platform in the coming months.
Bingo Rider is a 90-ball multiplayer social bingo game where users share their gameplay experience through a shared-liquidity Akamon community that reportedly comprises over 11 million players.
Gameplay takes place in real-time, across all platforms and offers players multiple levels, social elements such as collectible cards, gifting capability and a chat option on the iPad version.
Vicenç Martí, chief executive officer of Akamon Entertainment, said: "The launch of Bingo Rider and five other mobile games throughout 2013 is the first step to turn Akamon into a mobile-first company, and will allow Akamon to consolidate its position as a main player in social gaming throughout the company's natural markets -Latin America and Southern Europe."
The company said it expects to record an impressive 20 million users by the end of 2013 and has already reached top position in Apple's Appstore under the categories of board and casino games in Spain, France, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia within the first week of launch.
Start-up games developer Lost Island Entertainment launched its first game titled StackJack 1.0 for iOS in the Apple AppStore, the first in a series of apps planned for development.
The game is described as "Blackjack Reborn for Adrenaline Junkies" and comprises simple gameplay where as cards are dealt, the player place them in one of five columns, building their blackjack hand up to the maximum of twenty one.
Once the player has done their best, the round finishes and bonus points are awarded. If the hand totals are high enough, the player makes it to the next round. If not, then the game is over.
StackJack also has a multi-player mode, where players can compete head to head with their friends using the same exact deck of cards.
Lost Island Entertainment and StackJack were co-founded by Christopher Cundey whose career experience lies in visual effects and graphics for motion pictures.
“I decided to start simple. A basic, fun, easy to learn game that can be picked up at any time but which takes practice in which to develop skills. Anyone who’s a fan of card games, casino games, or solitaire will love it,” said Cundey. “StackJack is just the beginning. We already have our next few games in the works at this time, and each one is really strong, and even more ambitious than the previous.”