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PlayScreen and Bass Pro Shops Sign Exclusive Content Deal for Crickler 2
BALTIMORE–Social/mobile game developer PlayScreen, LLC has partnered with Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Partners Entertainment to teach Crickler users about fishing, hunting, camping, and everything else about the Great Outdoors. The second major partnership between PlayScreen and content providers, this announcement cements Crickler 2 as the ideal destination for the biggest brands on the planet.
Starting November 25, five puzzles based on Bass Pro Shops content will be added toCrickler 2. Those who successfully solve any of the five puzzles will be entered in a contest worth $50 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards. However, players who are not one of the five lucky winners still have a chance to win: they will be entered in a “second chance” round also worth a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. The contest will run through December 2 and participants must brag on Twitter after successfully solving a puzzle to be eligible to win.
“We are incredibly excited to share our extensive knowledge of the outdoors with Cricklerusers,” says Chip Pedersen, President and Creative Director, Outdoor Partners Entertainment. “Mobile is here to stay, and smart brands are paying attention. We’re confident that this partnership with PlayScreen will drive sales, increase brand loyalty, and maybe even convince some players that hiking can be as fun as Minecraft.”
In Crickler 2, clues and words sit side by side—and the challenge is “just right,” thanks to adaptive difficulty based on real-time player performance. The game not only keeps players entertained with fresh daily puzzles, but it allows them to keep up with current events through puzzles focusing on the news of the day. Crickler 2 puzzles teach effortlessly thanks to the straightforward gameplay and “knowledge-based” format of each puzzle. Competing games have also tried partnerships with major brands, but superficial gameplay and limited engagement opportunities can only go so far.
“Creating an app or game from scratch is difficult. Companies shouldn’t have to dive into development if they need to reach mobile users,” says William Volk, Chief Creative Officer, PlayScreen. “I strongly believe we have the silver bullet for brands looking to expand to mobile.Crickler 2 makes it easy for players to learn from your brand’s exclusive content, then share it with the world via social media.”
Prolific users began submitting puzzles soon after Crickler 2 was launched. Twitter favorite UberFacts has successfully done the same with funny factoids. The arrival of a major brand such as Bass Pro Shops demonstrates the viability of Crickler as the mobile platform of choice for companies looking to reach mobile users.
Crickler 2 can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
About PlayScreen, LLC
From the very first iPhone game, even before the App Store was an app store, PlayScreen, LLC has been committed to creating the best in mobile, casual, and social games. PlayScreen strives to stay ahead of the curve with a single focus: the players. The company consists of gamers and veteran developers who combine strong design and gameplay with the elusive “fun factor.” To learn more about PlayScreen, please visit http://playscreen.com
About Bass Pro Shops Group
Bass Pro Shops® currently operates 77 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada visited by over 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops® also conducts an international catalog and Internet retailing operation—the American Rod & Gun® wholesale division—which sells to more than 7,000 independently, owned retail stores worldwide. Outdoor World® Incentives also sells Bass Pro Shops® gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America. The Bass Pro Shops® restaurant division has 28 locations. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (www.trackerboats.com) manufactures and sells Tracker®, Nitro®, SunTracker®, Tahoe®, Grizzly® and Mako® boats through Bass Pro Shops® retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. The Resort Group (www.bigcedar.com) includes Big Cedar Lodge® and other resort properties including restaurants and golf courses. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops® store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow Bass ProShops® on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.
About Outdoor Partners, LLC
Based in Chaska, MN Outdoor Partners LLC is a leading developer of interactive entertainment software for the outdoor enthusiast and video game player. The company develops its games for the leading console systems and PC, as well as fast-growing, emerging platforms such as iOS, Android and Facebook. Backed by a best-selling portfolio of licensed hunting and fishing games, the company’s next offerings includeBass Pro Shops® The Hunt: King of Bucks, Bass Pro Shops® MyGuide: Hunt and Bass Pro Shops® The Strike: Pro Angler. More information can be found online at www.outdoorpartners.net.
UberFacts’ Tweets Become Puzzles on PlayScreen’s Crickler 2 for iPhone
BALTIMORE–Social/mobile game developer PlayScreen, LLC has partnered with UberFacts to feature its content on Crickler 2: Daily Word Puzzle. More than 30 UberFacts-powered puzzles can already be found on the hit iPhone game, and new puzzles are being added daily.
Starting in 2009, Kris Sanchez’ UberFacts quickly gained followers on Twitter thanks to its funny, unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary factoids. It now sits at almost 3 million followers.Crickler 2: Daily Word Puzzle has hit #1 in both Free Puzzle Game and Free Educational Game categories in the App Store. The original Crickler, a web game carried by 40 newspapers worldwide, was created by Michael Crick—a veteran game designer and son of Nobel Prize winner Sir Francis Crick. The mobile version of Crickler was created by PlayScreen.
“It’s great to bring UberFacts to the best crossword game on the iPhone,” says Kris Sanchez, founder, UberFacts. “Now iPhone players can enjoy UberFacts and have fun solving these puzzles!”
The UberFacts agreement illustrates how Crickler serves as an innovative channel for those interested in being featured in a top-rated iPhone app. Case in point: PlayScreen has already started to run special contests that reward players who have solved UberFacts-powered puzzles with $50 iTunes gift cards. To win, players need to share their achievements on Twitter and follow UberFacts’ account – “closing the loop” and ensuring a high level of user engagement for all parties.
“UberFacts provides some of the most amazing content out there, leading to some impressive Crickler puzzles. Trivia aficionados will find these puzzles challenging and totally addictive,” says William Volk, CCO, PlayScreen. “More so, this deal opens the door to a future where TV shows rely on Crickler to deepen the connection with their audience—and where charities use Crickler puzzles to raise awareness around important social and health issues. The possibilities are endless.”
Crickler 2: Daily Word Puzzle can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Players start with 30 credits, which are used every time a new puzzle is chosen. More credits can be purchased in-game—or earned by watching Tapjoy ads or bragging about their Crickler victories on Twitter and Facebook.
About PlayScreen, LLC
From the very first iPhone game, even before the App Store was an app store, PlayScreen, LLC has been committed to creating the best in mobile, casual, and social games. The company strives to stay ahead of the curve with a single focus: its users. The PlayScreen team consists of gamers and veteran developers who combine strong design and gameplay with the elusive “fun factor.” To learn more about PlayScreen, please visit http://playscreen.com.
Created in December 2009, UberFacts has brought “the most unimportant things that you’ll never need to know” to the web! With more than 2,912,862 Twitter followers, UberFacts provides some of the best and most useless information to the masses several times a day. Learn new and surprising facts daily at http://twitter.com/UberFacts.
PlayScreen launches Crickler Bowl Contest
BALTIMORE– January 29, 2013 — Social/mobile game developer PlayScreen, LLC is launching”Crickler Bowl”, a contest in their popular crossword-like iOS game, Crickler 2:Daily Word Puzzles.? Players can win prizes by solving Super Bowl related puzzles and using the game’s“baked in” brag system to‘tweet’ their support for their favorite team.
Players can solve puzzles based on the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49’ers or the Super Bowl itself.? Five players will be randomly picked to win $20 Amazon Gift Cards, when they solve any of the three Super Bowl Puzzles and use the Crickler Twitter brag system.? The contest runs from Tuesday January 29th, through Sunday February 3rd.
PlayScreen will also be running a tally of the two teams popularity, a count of how many times players have played each team’s puzzle.? Crickler and football fans can follow the daily action at PlayScreen’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/playscreen .
In Crickler 2, clues and words sit side by side—and the challenge is“just right,” thanks to adaptive difficulty based on real-time player performance. The game not only keeps players entertained with fresh daily puzzles, but it allows them to keep up with current events through puzzles focusing on the news of the day. Crickler 2 puzzles teach effortlessly thanks to the straightforward gameplay and“knowledge-based” format of each puzzle.? With over 1 million puzzles played, Crickler is one of the most popular crossword style games on the iPhone.
“Crickler is a great way of learning about any subject, while having fun” says William Volk, Chief Creative Officer, PlayScreen.“The Crickler Bowl Contest not only gives players a chance to win prizes, it also allows football fans to vote for their Super Bowl pick.”
Crickler 2:Daily Word Puzzles can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.
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About PlayScreen, LLC
From the very first iPhone game, even before the App Store was an app store, PlayScreen, LLC has been committed to creating the best in mobile, casual, and social games. PlayScreen strives to stay ahead of the curve with a single focus: the players. The company consists of gamers and veteran developers who combine strong design and gameplay with the elusive“fun factor.” To learn more about PlayScreen, please visit http://playscreen.com