King expanding 'Papa Pear Saga' from Facebook to iOS, Android


Cross-platform social gaming company King will port its popular Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) physics puzzle game Papa Pear Saga to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android early this fall.

Papa Pear Saga gamers shoot the title character out of a cannon at the top of the device screen, aiming his trajectory at target objects like acorns and carrots and then guiding him into the designated bucket at the bottom of the screen. The mobile version will feature more than 120 levels and will synchronize leaderboards, scores and progress across all supported platforms.

"[Papa Pear Saga] will be our first mobile Saga game to have a physics element, which we think will translate very well to mobile and tablet game play," said King co-founder and CEO Riccardo Zacconi.

More than 4 million Facebook users play Papa Pear Saga each day. King now offers 150 exclusive games in 14 languages, and its titles generate a combined 1 billion daily plays across the mobile, Facebook and platforms, up from 70 million in May 2013.

King's signature title Candy Crush Saga was the top revenue-generating iOS and Android application in July 2013, according to data issued earlier this week by analytics firm Distimo. Candy Crush Saga also ranked as the second most-downloaded free application in Apple's App Store, trailing only Gameloft's Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and cracked the top five free app downloads on Google Play.

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