By Vikram Sethi
Zynga has announced, to quote the company, ‘brand spankin’ new play.’ Fresh off the oven are four new games – CastleVille, Zynga Bingo, Hidden Chronicles, and DreamZoo. The company has also announced the launch of three HTML5 version of its existing games for Facebook’s mobile apps site – Zynga Poker Mobile Web, Words With Friends HTML5, and Farmville Express. Zynga has also announced a new social games service called Project Z, enabled by Facebook Connect, whereby players can reserve their gamer identity tags, called zTags, and use them across games. Zynga’s just-launched Mafia Wars 2 is now available on both Facebook and Google+ games, Zynga added.
CastleVille: CastleVille is the latest addition to the “Ville” franchise. Zynga calls it ‘the most beautiful game’ the company has ever made. The game includes an original orchestral soundtrack, recorded in Seattle with a 75-piece orchestra and full choir, a first for social games.
Zynga Bingo: Zynga Bingo, along with Zynga Poker, will now create the new Zynga Casino franchise. Players can move their chips between the two games, and also be able to find friends while they’re playing, no matter which “table” they’re sitting at in either one of the games.
Hidden Chronicles: Hidden Chronicles combines memory and skills and is about mystery, discovery, and a little friendly competition. As players move through boards discovering hidden items, they unlock the story of Ramsey Manor, their home base in Hidden Chronicles.
DreamZoo: Coming soon to the Apple App Store in multiple languages, DreamZoo is Zynga’s first zoo-themed game that lets players collect exotic virtual animals.
Vikram Sethi is editorial intern with techtaffy.com. He can be reached at [email protected].