Google IO 2016 Coverage

More games get Chromecast support, ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Monopoly’ included


We’re just days away from Christmas and among the most popular gifts nestled under trees will be Google’s Chromecast. The little dongle does it all. Everything that a pricey media player can do is possible with Google’s $35 darling. Gaming is even in Chromecast’s wheelhouse. And Google wants everyone with a Chromecast (as well as soon-to-be owners) to know that a few more games are now Chromecast-enabled for you to play solo and alongside friends and family during the holidays.

There’s nothing quite like playing Angry Birds on your television while staying warm next to the fireplace.

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New ‘Play-Doh Jam’ game hits the Play Store with simple, addictive gameplay

play doh jamA new Play-Doh Jam game has been released onto mobile app stores from Backflip Studios (with Hasbro’s licensing, of course) that aims to offer a simple experience with Play-Doh balls. There’s really not much you can do with Play-Doh in the context of a game besides rolling it up into a ball and crashing into stuff, anyway.

The game is extremely simple, and all you have to do is guide your ball of clay across obstacles from your finger. The more things you roll over, the bigger your Play-Doh ball will grow. There are different monsters in the game, as well as tons of items, and a few different stages to play on, so there’s a decent amount of content to keep you or your kid engaged for a while.  Read more

Hasbro partners with Scopely to bring ‘YAHTZEE’ to the Play Store


For more than six decades, people have played YAHTZEE. All it takes to get started are dice. Then players can shout as much as they would like to stay true to the name. While so many games have gone digital, YAHTZEE has remained offline. That changes because Hasbro, who owns the rights to the game, has partnered with Scopely to release a version of YAHZTEE for mobile devices.

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Angry Birds Transformers is coming soon from Rovio and Hasbro


Just a few days ago, Rovio released its new role-playing and turn-based game called the Angry Birds Epic and is about to release the Angry Bird Stella later this year. However, this hasn’t stopped the Finnish game maker from working on another title.

Rovio announced today that it is working with Hasbro to release the Angry Birds Transformers that will come with the Angry Birds characters combined with those from the Transformers movie.

In addition, both the companies are working together to release new products such as the telepod along with the mobile game. Not much is known about the upcoming game but Rovio’s site states that the game will come soon, which could mean that it will be around the same time Angry Birds Stella hits. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

Court Rules No Similarity, Use or Function Between Hasbro and Asus’s Products

In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized.  Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product.  The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware.  In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:

“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”

The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard.  In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.

“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”

source: paidContent




Hasbro And Google Team Up To Create Nexus-Powered Robot Toys At Google I/O

Among the many things to come out of Google I/O, this has got to be the coolest.  Hasbro and Google are teaming up to bring you some cool (sorry only prototypes) Nexus-powered robots.  These little guys are the concoction of a Nexus S brain and a body containing a battery, a bluetooth radio and several servomotors.  The cool thing about these critters are that along with a set of commands to run the devices, they react to their environment utilizing sensors, the front facing camera and the touch screen.  In addition, the devices can communicate with Google’s cloud services via WiFi to perform facial and object recognition, in turn regulating how they behave.  If you shake one up, it’ll get dizzy.  If you rub one on the display it might get happy or angry.  Furthermore, these creations can take a picture of you and decide whether or not you’re a friend or an enemy.  Check out the pics below courtesy of our friends over at Engadget.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more