Big Fish Brings Android Games to Its Millions of PC and Mac Players

Big Fish Android Developers Can Now Monetise On More Than One Billion PCs and Macs Without Extra Development Work

Luxembourg, 23 October 2013Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, has just added the ability to offer any Android game, free-to-play or premium, to its worldwide PC and Mac audience. Powered by BlueStacks’ technology, Big Fish can now satisfy its 80 million+ PC and Mac players’ pent-up demand for popular games, previously only offered on smaller screen mobile devices, and brings them to a full-screen native PC or Mac experience.

“Big Fish is now able to offer Android games to the more than a billion consumer PC and Mac ‘devices’ worldwide,” said Paul Thelen, Founder and CEO of Big Fish. “This is a win for both our customers and game developers. Android developers can, for the first time, access a huge player base through Big Fish’s global PC and Mac app store. And our customers on PC and Mac will now be able to enjoy many new games previously not available to them, including hundreds of hit free-to-play games not supported natively on PC or Mac.”

Game developers launching games with Big Fish can make their Android games playable on PCs and Macs within the Big Fish PC and Mac app store by simply implementing Big Fish’s ecommerce APIs. Working with Big Fish, Android developers will introduce their popular games to a new audience, increasing revenue and brand exposure.

“This deal is a huge win for mobile developers who want to offer their games to PC or Mac players without having to do any work,” said BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma. “There is no one bigger in the casual gaming space than Big Fish and there are many developers that we have worked with in the past interested in this new market opportunity.”

Big Fish has one of the largest worldwide developer networks in casual games, with more than 140+ exclusive partnerships. By enabling Android games for a PC and Mac audience this network will continue to expand, especially with mobile-only free-to-play developers.

Big Fish has distributed more than two billion casual games to PC and mobile devices around the world since the company was founded in 2002. The largest contributor of growth in the last two years has come from an expansion into mobile and free-to-play businesses.

Big Fish Studios’ “Fetch” now also available on iPhone

LUXEMBOURG – August 9, 2013- “Fetch, Big Fish’s highly successful adventure game about a boy set out to rescue his beloved dog, is now available in the App Store for the iPad and iPhone. Originally released for the iPad only, Fetch” brings its unique visual style of an animated movie and gameplay to a wider range of devices, allowing more gamers to enjoy its charm. Gamers can also now get a taste of the story before unlocking the full adventure whilst on the quest to help Milo rescue his beloved canine companion Bear who was mysteriously abducted by a rogue fire hydrant.

“Fetch is a unique game that tugs at the heart strings of pet lovers and gives people of all ages a sense of passion and determination when they play – everyone just wants to help Milo find Bear!” said co-creator and Game Designer Chris Campbell.

Big Fish’s Award-Winning and Top-Grossing Game, “Fairway Solitaire,” Now Available on Android, Windows 8, Windows 8 Phone, iOS and PC

Big Fish Continues to Expand Android Catalogue on Google Play and Amazon

Luxembourg (June 28, 2013) – Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, is giving players on almost any device the chance to play its popular and addictive solitaire game, “Fairway Solitaire”. The winner of many awards, including IGN’s 2012 People’s Choice Award for “Best Mobile Board Game of the Year,” “Fairway Solitaire” is an inventive solitaire game that incorporates a golf theme and virtual currency into a familiar card game and turns it into a one-of-a-kind strategic mobile experience and is now on Google Play and Amazon. To date, “Fairway Solitaire” players have played more than 8000 man years on the “Fairway Solitaire” greens and they have had a lot to keep them entertained — 350+ handcrafted holes, witty golf announcers and an entertaining cartoon storyline, starring a meddlesome gopher named Gutsy McDivot.

Built in-house by Big Fish Studios, “Fairway Solitaire” is offered on multiple platforms and supports 11 languges (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Russian).  Unlike most solitaire games, which rely almost exclusively on the luck of the draw, Big Fish’s “Fairway Solitaire” incorporates strategy through golf elements, such as long drives, golf clubs that can be played as cards, hazards like sand traps and rough cards, and more. Playing the right golf club with the right Golf Shop power-up can be the difference between a double bogey and a perfect score/hole-in-one.  Success on each hole earns the player virtual currency that can be used to buy extra irons, power ups in the Golf Shop, and even bonus golf courses.

“Fairway Solitaire” is available from Big Fish Games, Amazon.co.uk, Google Play, iTunes Store for iPad and iPhone, Windows 8, Windows 8 Phone, and is also available for PC in Big Fish Games site.  A trailer is available.

Quotes:

  • Patrick Wylie, VP of Big Fish  Studios:  “We are very excited to launch ‘Fairway Solitaire’ on multiple platforms. In fact, to honor the event, I am making it mandatory for studio employees to dress in golf attire for the entire launch week of “Fairway Solitaire” on Android.
  • John Cutter, Creative Director and Lead Designer of Fairway Solitaire”: Fairway Solitaire was putting around in my head for years. Judging by the huge number of fans we have around the world, and the game’s many awards, I guess I was not wrong in thinking that two of the most inherently boring pastimes  – solitaire and golf — could combine into a game that people continue to play week over week.”

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Big Fish Casino UK — First Synchronous Multiplayer Mobile Roulette Game

Enhanced with Real-Money Betting Feature Powered by Betable

Luxembourg (June 6, 2013) Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, launched today the first synchronous multiplayer mobile roulette game into its mobile social casino, “Big Fish Casino UK.”  This version of roulette features real-money betting  powered by Betable and is available now at the Big Fish website.

“Big Fish Casino UK’s” roulette is European style, the most prevelant variation of roulette in Europe where roulette is one of the most popular table games. Most casinos in the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Italy and Germany receive nearly half of their gross gaming revenues from roulette.  The synchronous multiplayer gameplay of “Big Fish Casino UK” roulette gives players the real-time feel of standing around a roulette table with friends. It is the first mobile game to feature multiplayer play of up to 6 players.  All players can see the real-time betting of all other players at the table and the spin of the wheel.

“The fun of roulette is playing with other people. This was not just a feature — it was the main part of play for us, as we understand that winning and losing while others are watching heightens the play,” said Carey DiJulio, Vice President and General Manager of Big Fish Casino. “Adding roulette to ‘Big Fish Casino UK’ is one more way Big Fish is bringing the true feel and excitement of casino entertainment to our mobile players any time and anywhere.”

“Betable is the only platform capable of enabling developers to offer the social experience of  a casino on mobile devices and we are ecstatic that Big Fish is rolling out another game with multiplayer capabilities,” said Christopher Griffin, CEO & Founder of Betable. “By bringing social elements to casino games Big Fish has become a leader in the real-money play opportunity on mobile. Their strategy is clearly paying off.”

“Big Fish Casino” was the #1 top-grossing casino on iOS app worldwide in March and April of 2013,  according to App Annie. It leads Big Fish’s ever expanding free-to-play mobile game business that includes other innovative free-to-play games, such as “Match-Up!”, the first 16-player synchronous multiplayer bracket tournament game, and “Found,” a popular hidden object adventure.

“Big Fish Casino UK” is available for free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the Big Fish website.

 

 

Big Fish’s Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst Collector’s Edition Comes to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Darker Game Themes and Features Take Adventure Gaming to New Audiences

LUXEMBOURG – April 25, 2013 , Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, today announced the release of Mystery Case Files®: Escape from Ravenhearst, available now on the App Store. With more than 100 Million downloads, the Mystery Case Files series is one of Big Fish’s most successful puzzle adventure franchises. This tenth game in the series challenges players to solve the most intriguing and demented case yet, with a mixture of incredible gameplay mechanics, including morphing objects, and brilliantly designed door puzzles.

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst starts at the burned out Ravenhearst Manor, a mysterious 19th century mansion constructed by Charles Dalimar as a symbol of affection for his love, Emma Ravenhearst. From there players must follow the haunted past to learn more about the manor’s mysterious origins, unearthing harrowing new details in the Ravenhearst tale as they move through the game to a unforgettable climax.

“We designed this game to push the envelope in ways that leave mainstream consumers in awe,“ said Patrick Wylie, Vice President of Big Fish Studios. “Additionally long-time avid fans of Mystery Case Files will get huge doses of what they know and love. The game includes immersive adventure, an interactive story, cinematic art and rewarding puzzles. Even more so than its predecessors, this “chapter” of Mystery Case Files will tap the deepest recesses of every player’s psyche.”

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst’s legendary Ravenhearst manor reveals unimaginable facts about a disturbing, unsolved mystery. Its engaging storyline is complemented by haunting performances from live actors that fans from the series have come to know and love, and is underscored by an original music soundtrack. The Collectors’ Edition of Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst also features additional gameplay, an integrated strategy guide, and a special game-play bonus featuring the casebook.

Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst App is available for an introductory price of £1.99 from the App Store on the iPhone and iPod touch, and £4.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com

 

 

 

Big Fish Studios “Fetch” Now Available Exclusively on iPad

Just in Time for National Puppy Day, March 23rd, Fetch Pays Homage to Dog Lovers Around the World

LUXEMBOURG – March 21, 2013 – “Fetch, a one-of-a-kind adventure game from Big Fish’s internal Studios team, is now available exclusively on the App Store for the iPad. Built from the ground up for iPad, Fetch” delivers the visual style of an animated movie and gameplay that’s reminiscent of classic adventure titles.

The game takes players on a fantastic journey with Milo, a young boy whose pet dog Bear was snatched up by a mysterious fire hydrant right in front of his eyes. Following Bear, Milo discovers an animated world full of giant alligators, musical mice, pirates, robots and arcade cabinets that pay homage to classic games of the past. “Fetch” combines the best of adventure games with the excitement of arcade games, creating a game that appeals to both young and old; casual and core gamers.

In the world of “Fetch”, everything is interactive – meaning nearly everything you touch generates a response – whether it’s popping bubble wrap, illuminating a billboard or making a bird fly; even the cut scenes are interactive. The game was inspired by the team’s love for their pets and the main canine character was named after “Fetch” co-creator and Game Designer Chris Campbell’s own dog, Bear.

“Fetch” is a unique game that tugs at the heart strings of pet lovers and gives people of all ages a sense of passion and determination when they play – everyone just wants to help Milo find Bear!” said Campbell. “With Fetch we balanced the adventuring with mini-arcade games that will push competitive players to battle for top scores and earn prizes that move them forward in the adventure.”

Brian Thompson, co-creator and Art Director of “Fetch” added: “We wrapped all of this in a beautiful, graphic art style that feels both nostalgic and modern. And to support the player’s feelings of loss, hope and ultimately joy, we created a world with a feature film-like quality that is so immersive, people won’t want to stop playing until the final credits roll.”

“Fetch” Features include:

  • Arcade-style games in which the players blow up pirate ships, shoot skulls with a laser breathing snake, destroy evil dust bunnies in the biggest computer in the world and more. Once a player unlocks a mini-arcade game, they can replay it anytime to maximize their score and compete for the top spot on the Game Center leaderboard.
  • Explore a museum level that mimics the “Fetch” exhibit at MOHAI in Seattle – the first museum exhibit to take visitors step-by-step through the development process of a video game.
  • Play through multiple interactive game zones with 50 achievements and 42 collectible dog tags. Play through the streets, the sewers, a park and a museum. Discover a prehistoric ocean, pilot a rocketship and build a robot to complete the game.
  • More than 200 photos of real-world dogs appear in the credits.
  • Original sound effects and musical score were custom made for “Fetch” by Clean Cuts Sound Studios to give a sonic identity to the game.
  • Available in 11 languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Russian.

Pricing and Availability:
“Fetch” is now available for £2.99 in the App Store for the iPad  or at www.AppStore.com

Resources:

Fetch Website
Big Fish Website
Fetch trailers on YouTube
Fetch on Facebook
Fetch on Twitter
Big Fish Blog

 

 

“Match-Up! by Big Fish” Allows iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Players to Lose the Wait With Real-Time, Multiplayer Tournament Competition

Luxembourg (March 18, 2013) – Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, today announced that “Match-Up! by Big Fish” is now available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. “Match-Up! by Big Fish” is a real-time tournament game platform built for casual gaming on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The platform offers three types of popular skill-based games — Word, Match 3, and Mahjong — in which gamers can match-up against live opponents to win virtual currency, experience, status, and achievements. Developed in partnership with Jawfish Games, “Match-Up! by Big Fish” will change mobile social play from turn-based experiences into fast-paced synchronous bracketed tournaments of up to 16 players.

Built from the beginning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the groundbreaking synchronous tournament technology serving the “Match-Up! by Big Fish” game platform is what makes this game stand out. The servers can instantly connect hundreds of thousands of players in fast-paced, exciting simultaneous play. The technology takes live mobile play to a new level by including a “Spycam”, which lets opponents see each other’s game board while they play.

“‘Match-Up! by Big Fish’ solves that frustrating wait by instantly connecting players in competitive play any time they want,” said Chris Williams, Vice President and GM of Big Fish Free-to-Play. “Regardless of which game you choose, the gameplay is always fast-paced. Each tournament round is only 30 seconds, so a complete ‘Match-Up!’ tournament only lasts a few minutes. This new synchronous way of playing competitive casual games is undeniably more fun than the old turn-based approach.”

All “Match-Up! by Big Fish” tournaments reward the winners with chips – a virtual currency that can be saved to buy into higher stakes tournaments. There are 16-player bracketed tournaments, up to 8-player elimination games, and best of 5 head-to-head competitions. Returning players are rewarded with chips for coming back to the game daily. While free tournaments are always available, the higher stakes games will offer more challenging gameplay and more intense competition. For players who like to see where they rank, the game includes leaderboards, stats, and achievements connected to Game Center. For players who like an extra competitive edge, they can purchase “boosts”, which give them unique advantages as they play in a match-up.

“Match-Up! by Big Fish” games include:

  • Word Rack: This game combines Boggle®-like play with Scrabble®. The winning player makes the highest value word within 30 seconds using as many letters as they can.
  • QBeez: This is a skill-based Match 3 game with a twist, literally. Tap on clusters of color blocks to have them disappear from the screen. Clear the screen quickly and strategize to ensure you have none remaining. If you are stuck, you can twist you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to slide the tiles to discover new matches.
  • Mahjong: The ancient game of Mahjong is now a competitive tournament. Quickly match pairs of tiles to clear the board before your opponents.

“Match-Up! by Big Fish” is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com <http://www.appstore.com/>

Big Fish’s Match-Up! Brings the First Real-Time, Multiplayer Tournament Competition to Mobile Social Play

Big Fish Partners with Seattle-Based Jawfish on Match-Up! Development

Luxembourg (March 4, 2013) – Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games, today announced Match-Up! by Big Fish, the first real-time tournament game platform built for casual game mechanics on mobile devices.  Developed in partnership with Jawfish Games, Match-Up! will change mobile social play from turn-based experiences into fast-paced synchronous bracketed tournaments of up to 16 players.

“Most mobile players are familiar with games like Word With Friends or Draw Something.  The main reason these types of games are abandoned is due to the lag time in waiting for a friend to return play,” said Christopher Williams, Vice President and GM of Big Fish Free-to-Play. “Match-Up! solves that frustrating wait by offering mobile gamers live multiplayer matchups any time with a variety of popular casual games to chose among.”

The groundbreaking real-time, multiplayer tournament technology serving the Match-Up! game platform is what makes this game stand out.  The servers can handle hundreds of thousands of simultaneous players in fast-paced, exciting real-time tournaments.

Match-Up! is an awesome game that shows how incredibly fun and engaging real-time tournament play can be, ” said Phil Gordon, founder of Jawfish Games and world-reknown poker player. “Building a scalable, lightweight synchronous tournament engine is an insanely challenging engineering problem and we’re the first to crack it,”

Match-Up! will be available in March 2013. Supported mobile platforms and included games will be announced at launch.

Over 100 million downloads: Big Fish’s Mystery Case Files® Series Once Again Poised to Break All Records with Shadow Lake™ for PC and Mac

Mystery Case Files®: Return to Ravenhearst, Most Popular Mystery Case Files To Date, Releases on iPad

 

LUXEMBOURG, November 21, 2012 – Big Fish, the leading global marketplace to discover and enjoy casual games, today released Mystery Case Files®: Shadow Lake, the ninth PC and Mac game in Big Fish’s blockbuster Mystery Case Files franchise, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times and is one of the most popular hidden object game franchises in casual game history. Mystery Case Files®  games were also published for Nintendo Wii and DS.

The latest Mystery Case Files® game stars actors Lea Thompson (Back to the Future I, II and III) and her daughter Madelyn Deutch, and uniquely combines into one exciting adventure a mix of gameplay mechanics, live actors, paranormal storyline, interactive game maps, mysteries to solve and puzzles to conquer.

 

Madelyn Deutch plays a tech on a reality TV show, Ghost Patrol,  that is covering the small town on the edge of Shadow Lake.  Lea Thompson plays the psychic medium, Cassandra, who reveals unimaginable facts about a disturbing, unsolved mystery.  ”I’ve never played anyone like Cassandra before, and it was a bit of a dream come true.  I like to play different kinds of people, and it was really fun playing a passionate psychic”, commented Lea Thompson.

Behind the scenes video

Incorporating the paranormal into Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake gave us a lot of latitude to take the game in interesting directions that players will appreciate.  Expect the unexpected!“ said Kale Stutzman, Director of Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake. “Further, working with Lea, Madelyn and the other talented actors made creating the game as much fun to make as it is to play.”

Mobile Mystery Case Files fans can get in on the Mystery Case Files fun as well.  In addition to the release of the newest Mystery Case Files game for PC and Macs, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, the most popular Mystery Case Files game to date, is available today on iOS for the iPad and iPhone. Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst takes players to Ravenhearst Manor, a mysterious 19th century mansion constructed by Charles Dalimar as a symbol of affection for his love, Emma Ravenhearst. In this game, the Queen of England has summoned the player back to the now-decrepit mansion to shed some light on the manor’s dark past and put the mysteries of Ravenhearst to rest, once and for all.  Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst can be found at the Big Fish website or on Apple’s iTunes store.

More About Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake
Your skills as the Master Detective are needed once again!  This time, a psychic medium has reached out to you to solve the mysterious destruction of a town on the edge of Shadow Lake.  Armed with strange ghost pictures she drew while in a trance, you must canvas the town’s landscape, unlocking visions of a cursed object, and unexplained accidents.

Key Game Features:

  • Expanded Hidden Object Scenes  – Our favorite puzzle is back, but with a twist!  Now, instead of looking in just one room in a stack of items for your hidden objects, the hunt spans several rooms.
  • Map Travel  – With so many different locations to visit, we’ve included an animated 3D rendered  map that will allow you to travel between different places in the town quickly.  But you’ll still have lots of scenes within each location to navigate!
  • Collector’s Editions Exclusive Features – Our Collector’s Editions include several additional features, like bonus gameplay, puzzles, morphing objects, and exclusive production materials.
    Built-in Strategy Guide – Get stuck somewhere?  Not to worry!  Collector’s Editions come with a guide right in game to help with the trickiest puzzles!

Pricing and Availability
Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake will be available exclusively at www.bigfishgames.com. The trial version can be downloaded and played for free; the full Collector’s Edition version is available for £15.42. Big Fish Game Club members get a 30% discount off the price.

Big Fish Poised for Hyper-Growth of Free-to-Play Business in 2013

  • Industry veteran Chris Williams hired as Vice President and General Manager of Big Fish’s Free-to-Play (F2P)
  • Big Fish Casino, Top-10 grossing iPhone and iPad game, is first F2P offering on Big Fish’s PC and Mac app store
  • Found: A Hidden Object Adventure  is Big Fish’s first F2P hidden object mobile game published for the iPad

Luxembourg, November 16th, 2012 – Big Fish, global leader in casual games, is set to transform its Free-to-Play (F2P) initiative from an emerging business to a hyper-growth business in 2013. The company has now started to offer free-to-play games in-browser or as PC/Mac downloads to its 14 million plus monthly visitors.

Played either socially or as a single-player experience, these new F2P games will complement Big Fish’s current catalogue of 3000 premium casual games offered in ten different languages to customers in 150 countries. Over the next year, Big Fish will launch several new top-tier F2P games on its PC and Mac app store each month, and will focus on forward investing in products, developer partners and employees.

Big Fish’s F2P growth will be driven by:

  • Its massive direct-to-consumer relationship, which has been built over the past ten years and has distributed more than two billion PC and Mac games
  • High-quality F2P content created by the company’s network of more than 550 developers and the company’s own in-house studios.
  • Big Fish’s dominance in hidden object adventure games. Additionally, the company has a catalogue of 3000+ games available to convert to the F2P game mechanic.

Underlining Big Fish’s commitment to developing F2P, Chris Williams, a seasoned gaming executive, joined the company as Big Fish’s Vice President and General Manager of Free-to-Play. Williams will oversee Big Fish’s rapid expansion of F2P games in both the mobile marketplace and the company’s PC and Mac app store. Williams was most recently at PlayFirst Inc., where as Vice President of Products & Strategy, he was responsible for growing PlayFirst’s mobile business through new platforms, F2P games, and strategic partnerships.

Big Fish Casino, one of the top-10 grossing games on the iPhone and iPad this year, is Big Fish’s first F2P offering on its PC and Mac app store. In addition, Found: A Hidden Object Adventure is Big Fish’s first F2P mobile game to be released that leverages the company’s dominance in hidden object adventure gameplay. Playing off a popular TV series, Found: A Hidden Object Adventure leaves players stranded on a secret isle after an alarming plane crash. Players must tackle hidden object scenes, start collections, and barter and trade to turn the isle into their own tropical empire.

“F2P games are increasingly popular with gamers who have been introduced to digital games over the past few years via the rapid growth of social and mobile platforms. It is a natural extension to both our PC/Mac app store and to our mobile publishing business,” said Paul Thelen, Founder and CEO of Big Fish.