Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Play the Draw Something Boardgame

Hasbro and Zynga are teaming up to make Zynga social games as real life board games. That's right you can soon play the Farmville ; Words with Friends boardgames and more.
Which Zynga games are now real Boardgames?
Arriving soon the Hasbro manufactured Zynga games  include Words With Friends, FarmVille, CityVille and Draw Something. The massively popular social games should sell well just on the strength of their immense online presence. Of course Hasbro has been in the business of making popular family games for decades and a lot of their ideas have already made it into popular IPad apps(virtual Monopoly anyone?) So this app to board experiment should go down well for the Christmas gift market.

The Hungry Hungry Herd  boardgame draws inspiration from the characters of FarmVille. In that game, players try to gobble up the most apples. we cant but help notice a resemblance to Hungry Hippos though. In a great virtual cash udea owning the boardgame will also give you credit for ingane currency to be used online. Hungry Hungry Herd and the CityVille board game; and others will have  50 Farm Cash digital currency to keep their farms going online. The Zynga/Hasbro Hungry Hungry Herd game will sell for $22.99 and is for players ages four and up.
In CityVille Monopoly ; the "Real World" version of Cityville players race to build their dream cities. again there is a virtual currency bonus for buying the bosrd game and Players can get 85 City Cash to use in the online version of CityVille. You can buy locations such as the train station, the toy shop and the bakery. You can use stackable houses to build businesses, apartments and homes. And you can give and receive Mystery Gifts to improve the value of your neighborhood. Save up $24.99 if Cityville Monopoly is your Christmas Boardgame of choice.
In Words With Friends, the cynical amongst us will just see Hasbro and Zynga cashing in on a Scrabble clone; still its good to see them playing nicely instead of Hasbro suing Zynga over quite blatant copying! Again good news for the physucal and virtual Players who get access ways to improve their online Words with Friends game including Word-O-Meter, The Count and Tile Pile to boost their scores in the mobile or online versions. You get letter tiles and arrange them in a rack.
If a more contemporary online inspired scrabble game us your Judea if a good time then The game is available at most major retailers this month for $19.99. It is targeted at ages 13 and up and can accommodate two to four players.
In the Draw Something boardgame we see the app that has become globally popular and destroys its inspiration , Pictionary, in player base you will be able to show off your artistic capabilities. You choose a card and pick one of three items to draw, ranging in difficulty from easy to hard. The more difficult the item you’ve chosen to draw, the more coins received if another player guesses correctly. The game will sell for $19.99 and is for kids eight and up.
“We are thrilled to be working with Zynga to give their millions of fans an exciting experience with the Zynga games they love,” said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader of Hasbro Gaming in Pawtucket, R.I. “We love how gaming brings people together, especially during the holidays, and we can’t wait to offer friends and families even more great options to play.
The key word being Holiday he're ad we're sure that they have their eye on being the next big App inspired seasonal gift; we can't debate that it is Turning traditional game branding on its head, Hasbro and Zynga are teaming up to launch popular Zynga social games as Hasbro-produced board games for U.S. retailers.

The four games will hit store shelves this month and include Words With Friends, FarmVille, CityVille and Draw Something. Together, these games have been played by hundreds of millions of users on Facebook and mobile platforms. (Zynga currently has 306 million monthly active users for its mobile and social network games).
Because these social online games have reached deep in the zeitgeist of mass culture, the companies have decided to take the digital game brands and introduce them to the real world of family board games. Usually, board games are adapted to become online games.
The Hungry Hungry Herd (pictured right) game draws inspiration from the characters of FarmVille. In that game, players try to gobble up the most apples. This game and the CityVille and Words With Friends titles include special digital values that help enhance a player’s online or mobile game play. Parents can redeem 50 Farm Cash digital currency to keep their farms going online. You can choose from among a Gobbling Horse, Munching Pig, Snacking Sheep, or Chomping Cow. You let loose marbles into the middle and try to eat at many as you can. The game will sell for $22.99 and is for players ages four and up.
In CityVille Monopoly (pictured left), players race to build their dream cities. Players can get 85 City Cash to use in the online version of CityVille. You can buy locations such as the train station, the toy shop and the bakery. You can use stackable houses to build businesses, apartments and homes. And you can give and receive Mystery Gifts to improve the value of your neighborhood. It sells for $24.99 and is targeted at kids eight and up.
In Words With Friends, which closely resembles the Scrabble board game, players can play word combinations in the hope of scoring the most points. Zynga can’t call this game Scrabble, a brand that has been around for generations. But there are probably more people playing Words With Friends on the planet than there are playing Scrabble. Players get access to a bundle of digital features, including Word-O-Meter, The Count and Tile Pile to boost their scores in the mobile or online versions. You get letter tiles and arrange them in a rack.
As with the online version, the game gets more interesting if you can land a word in the Double Word or Triple Letter squares. The game has four tile racks and 104 tiles. The game is available at most major retailers this month for $19.99. It is targeted at ages 13 and up and can accommodate two to four players. It is also available at HasbroToyShop.com.
In Draw Something (pictured below right), a title that takes on Pictionary, players will be able to show off their artistic capabilities. You choose a card and pick one of three items to draw, ranging in difficulty from easy to hard. The more difficult the item you’ve chosen to draw, the more coins received if another player guesses correctly. The game will sell for $19.99 and is for kids eight and up.
“We are thrilled to be working with Zynga to give their millions of fans an exciting experience with the Zynga games they love,” said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader of Hasbro Gaming in Pawtucket, R.I. “We love how gaming brings people together, especially during the holidays, and we can’t wait to offer friends and families even more great options to play.”
Yes, cynicist hasbor and Zynga do want your seasonal gift money, but you must admit it is kind of cool to see apps now appearing on boardgames instead of the other way around. Now where was that copy of Hungry Hippos. Oops! I meant Hungry Hungry Herd!

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