King to bring Papa Pear Saga to mobile this fall

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Candy Crush Saga developer King has today announced plans to bring Papa Pear Saga to mobile later this fall. The game was originally released on Facebook in March 2013, and has climbed to over 18.9 million monthly active users, according to our app tracking service AppData.

This news is joined by a company milestone, as King’s entire portfolio of games on mobile, Facebook and have crossed one billion daily plays.

Papa Pear Saga (our review) is a physics puzzle game that contains similarities to PopCap’s Peggle. Players are challenged with shooting Papa Pear out of a cannon at the top of the screen so that he hits all of the targets (acorns, carrots, etc.) on the way down the screen. The game currently has over 3.7 million daily active users on Facebook.

The mobile version of Papa Pear Saga will launch with over 120 levels, and will contain cross-platform play. Facebook gamers will be able to jump into the iOS or Android experience with their leaderboards, progress and previous high scores intact, and will carry on right where they left off.

“Papa Pear Saga is different to any of our other games. It still possesses that core King puzzle quality, but it will be our first mobile Saga game to have a physics element which we think will translate very well to mobile and tablet game play,” said Riccardo Zacconi, CEO and co-founder of King, via a company release. “It’s also astonishing to see game plays grow to over 1 billion a day. This is a tenfold increase since our first Saga game launch on mobile this time last year.”

As spotted by Gamezebo, Papa Pear Saga is already available in the Canadian iTunes store, meaning the worldwide launch on iOS and Google Play for Android can’t be far off.