Social games news roundup: FarmVille on TV, Scarecrow in Oz and Robo5

By Mike Thompson Comment

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FarmVille coming to TV— A FarmVille animated series is in the works, and director Brett Ratner has signed on to be the series’ executive producer. According to Deadline, Ratner described FarmVille as “one of the most exciting brands out there today.” As hard as that statement may be to swallow, the good news is that a FarmVille TV show will probably still be better than Tower Heist or X-Men: The Last Stand.

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Scarecrow arrives in Oz— Spooky Cool Labs’ The Wizard of Oz is bringing the Scarecrow to the Yellow Brick Road. The developer is bringing Scarecrow’s Farm to the game, allowing players to harvest new crops and hire munchkins to bring in the harvests.

robo5-feature-graphic-V2-570x278Robo5 comes to Android [Launch]— Animoca’s just announced it launched its puzzle game Robo5 for Android exclusively through Amazon’s Appstore. The game first launched on iOS and was well-received by critics.

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 2.51.46 PMFeast or Famine arrives on iOS [Launch]— X4 Games’ new action-platformer Feast or Famine launched on iOS this week. The game is set in the Netolithic era and has players hunting animals, while designed to look like a cave painting. An Android version of the game is expected to launch soon.

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 2.13.41 PMgamesGRABR goes live— gamesGRABR, a new social network dedicated to both casual and core gamers, went into open beta this week. The network allows users to utilize a pinboard-like UI with instant play/buy capabilities. According to gamesGRABR CEO and co-founder Tony Pearce, the network will let gamers purchase just about anything they “grab.”

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 2.48.51 PMAppGratis surpasses 10 million users— App discovery firm AppGratis announced this week it’s secured over 10 million users worldwide, 3 million of which connect every day. The service regularly drives apps to receive between 500,000 and 1 million downloads, often sending apps into the top five positions on the iTunes App Store.

WMV_ICON_1024x1024 copy-XLDisney Mobile gets in on the Valentine’s Day spirit— Disney Mobile is feeling the love, adding Valentine’s Day content to Where’s My Holiday? The free update gives players 12 limited-time levels filled with hearts to play.