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Ubisoft Launches Trolls: Crazy Party Forest on Mobile

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Ubisoft announced the release of Trolls: Crazy Party Forest on iOS and Android. The city-building game is based on DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, which hits theaters in the U.S. Nov. 4.

In Trolls: Crazy Party Forest, each player will build a troll village in the forest where they can plant and harvest crops, craft items and throw parties. Before a user can throw a party, they’ll need to collect the necessary items to fulfill the party’s requirements, such as crops and crafted materials. During parties, users can earn up to three stars by completing short mini-games.

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At the end of a party, the player can spin a prize wheel for a chance to win new trolls or troll tokens that correspond with specific troll characters. Users can spend up to three stars to increase the likelihood that they will receive a specific prize. Players will need to collect the required numbers of troll tokens to recruit the corresponding trolls to their villages. As users recruit trolls, the trolls will automatically generate free currency over time.

In addition, players can interact with trolls and fulfill their requests for items such as crops and crafted materials. As a player fulfills a troll’s requests, the troll will earn experience points and it can level up over time. The higher a troll’s level, the more currency it will generate.

In a statement, Jean-Michel Detoc, executive director at Ubisoft Mobile Games, commented:

Our team has been incredibly enthused to work with DreamWorks Animation on such an entertaining property. We wanted to create a gaming experience that would immerse audiences into a colorful vibrant world where Troll happiness keeps the village alive and feels entirely authentic to the IP (intellectual property). Each aspect of the game has been designed for players to enjoy Trollastic elements from crazy hair, amazing Troll talents, and many possibilities to host unique themed-parties!

Trolls: Crazy Party Forest is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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Vimeo launches a TV store featuring top series from Lionsgate, STARZ

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Loving Twitter’s Newest Emoji

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Twitter teamed up with Focus Features on a hashtag-triggered emoji marking the release of feature film Loving.

Loving portrays the real-life story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, and Twitter explained the motivation behind the emoji—triggered by hashtags #ThisIsLoving, #VoteLoving and #LovingMovie—in an email to SocialTimes:

While many platforms have added emojis that represent same-sex couples, until now, there have been no emojis to represent interracial couples. To change this, Loving and Twitter created an emoji that celebrates interracial couples.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Twitter’s Loving emoji?


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Disney Releases Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot on Mobile

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Disney announced the release of Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot on mobile. The puzzle game is the follow-up to the original Frozen Free Fall, which has been downloaded more than 130 million times since its release in 2014.

The gameplay in Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot is comparable to Peggle, in that users will need to shoot snowballs at ice block formations in the center of the screen to destroy them. Each level challenges players to complete a different goal before running out of shots. For instance, one stage may ask players to destroy all of the red ice blocks on the screen, while another stage may asks users to drop gems to the bottom of the screen by clearing the blocks underneath them.

Players have access to power-ups that can help them complete stages. As an example, one power-up allows users to extend the game’s aiming trajectory line, so they can predict the path their next shot will take once it’s fired. Players begin with a few free power-ups, and they can purchase additional power-ups with coins, one of the game’s currencies.

In addition to normal winter levels, players can complete Olaf’s summer levels to earn free prizes, like extra coins.

Elsewhere, every few hours, users can spin a wheel for a chance to win coins or keys, another currency. Users can spend keys on treasure chests that contain extra prizes.

Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Apple is offering 10 movies for $10 to celebrate a decade of iTunes movies

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Twitter Promoted Stickers Go to the Movies

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The honor of the first Twitter Promoted Stickers campaign for a feature film went to Warner Bros. and its Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Twitter said in an email to SocialTimes that users in the U.S., U.K., France, Japan, Brazil and Spain will see four custom stickers in their libraries inspired by Newt Scamander, the main character in the movie, adding:

The photos act as visual hashtags, meaning that fans who tap on a Promoted #Sticker will be able to see all of the other photos from others around the world. This also allows Warner Bros. to see and engage with the people who are using their stickers in creative ways.

Readers: What have your experiences been like with Twitter Promoted Stickers?

For the first time ever, you can now add a little magic to your tweet with #FantasticBeasts stickers #StickTogether pic.twitter.com/9uJQHK1E3S

— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) August 29, 2016

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Disney Launches Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object on Mobile

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Disney announced the launch of Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object on mobile. The hidden object game asks players to help Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde solve cases by completing hidden object scenes.

In each normal scene, players are asked to find items on a list, which may include pieces of evidence or clues for the current case. Users can access hints if they need help finding objects.

As users progress, they’ll also unlock additional kinds of scenes. For instance, one scene may ask users to find as many hidden objects as possible in a limited amount of time, while another may ask them to “unscramble” a scene’s image by moving scrambled pieces of the image to their proper locations.

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Players will earn points as they complete scenes. Users can replay scenes to earn additional points, which go toward unlocking mastery stars for those scenes. Players can collect up to five mastery stars on each scene.

These stars are a type of currency, which can be used to examine evidence, talk to suspects and more. While some pieces of evidence can be examined instantly, other items need to be analyzed in the lab. Evidence takes time to analyze, but users have the option to spend premium currency to skip the wait. In addition, scenes require energy to begin. While energy recharges automatically over time, users can also purchase energy instantly with premium currency.

As players progress through each case, they’ll learn traits about the culprit, as well as traits about the suspects. At the end of each case, users can arrest the proper suspect by identifying the suspect whose traits most match the culprit’s.

While players can move on to new cases once they’ve solved their current crimes, they also have the option to continue earning mastery stars in their previously solved cases. Players can also spend stars to unlock an “additional investigation” for each case, which contains a second story for them to complete.

At launch, Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object includes 36 scenes and 18 bonus stages. Disney said additional clues, scenes and cases will be added to the game “in the coming months.”

Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The game is also available to download for free on the Windows Store for PC. The title is part of Amazon Underground, which means the game’s in-app purchases are free for users who download the game from the Amazon Appstore.

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Promoted Video: Video Ads Come to Pinterest

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Video ads have finally come to Pinterest, as the social network Wednesday announced the launch of Promoted Video.

Promoted Video ads are video ads with the Pinterest touch, as they also contain featured pins, which are aimed at encouraging users to take action after watching the videos.

Pinterest said in an email to SocialTimes that it ran alpha tests of Promoted Video with 12 partners during the second quarter, adding that it teamed up with Millward Brown on a study of the ad units and found that they delivered “significant brand lift metrics” across several verticals and were four times more memorable than ads without videos.

Product manager Mike Bidgoli said in a blog post introducing Promoted Video that Pinterest has seen videos posted to the social network increase 60 percent over the past year, adding that the feature is available to managed partners in the U.S. and U.K., and units can be reserved as premium inventory.

The 12 alpha partners included General Mills’ Old El Paso, Universal Pictures (for The Secret Life of Pets) and L’Oreal ParisGarnier.

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Bidgoli said partners that will launch Promoted Video campaigns Wednesday or “in the near future” include bareMinerals, Behr Paint, Kate Spade New York, Purina and Lionsgate. He added in the blog post:

Promoted Video brings together some of the best elements of Pinterest. According to recent data from Mary Meeker, 55 percent of people on Pinterest want to find or shop for products. Only 12 percent of people say that about social networks. And since 75 percent of the content people enjoy on Pinterest comes from businesses, we’re offering something unique and valuable to people and businesses alike. With Promoted Video, businesses can share their ideas with the people who are looking for them and make it easy for them to give these ideas a try.

While other platforms primarily offer video views, we’ve coupled Promoted Video with featured pins below the video. Now the 67 percent of people who say videos on Pinterest inspire them to take action can experience your brand and then simply click below to do more with your products and services.

Plus, with our new native video player, this all happens in one seamless experience.

Old El Paso marketing manager Meredith Schaffner added in the blog post:

We’ve run several campaigns with Pinterest and consider video a natural evolution on how we want to connect with our Pinterest audience. Our customers come to Pinterest with high intent, and the ability to show a recipe and our products through video is a unique opportunity to drive higher performance.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Promoted Video from Pinterest?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Fans celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary

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International Cat Day: Facebook Studies Differences Between Cat, Dog People

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Monday is International Cat Day, and Facebook released the results of its study on how cat people differ from dog people.

The social network analyzed aggregate anonymous data from 160,000 U.S. users who have posted photos of dogs, cats or both, and it shared its findings with SocialTimes:


  • Dog people have more friends, but cat people get invited to more events.
  • Cat people tend to be friends with other cat people and dog people other dog people; and they’re more likely to be friends with each other than with people who aren’t cat or dog people.


  • Sorry, it’s true: Cat people are more likely to be single than dog people.


  • Cat people are more likely than dog people to be fans of indoor activities like books, TV and movies.
  • Cat people are especially fond of fantasy, science fiction and anime.
  • Dog people prefer love stories and things about, well, dogs!
  • Cat and dog people equally love The Great Gatsby, Hunger Games, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory and Frozen.


  • Dog people are more concentrated in rural areas.
  • Cat people are more often found in cities.
  • Cat and dog people check in to roughly the same number of places each week.


  • Grumpy Cat? Cat people are more likely to say they’re feeling tired—but also happy and loved.
  • Overall, cat people express a wider variety of feelings on Facebook.
  • Dog people are more likely to express excitement or pride.

Cat people and dog people: What did you think of Facebook’s findings?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

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