Nazara sets up seed stage gaming fund

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  • Nazara sets up seed stage gaming fund, to invest under $100K in 6-8 startups in 2014.

    Mumbai-based Nazara Technologies Pvt Ltd, a mobile games developer and publisher, has launched a seed stage fund focused on the gaming space. The fund will make investments in early stage game developers, as well as other companies working in the gaming space, with a bias towards mobile and Indian developers working on both global and India specific themes.

    The fund will invest between Rs 25 and Rs 50 lakh in exchange for a stake, which will be decided depending on the startup. It is looking to make six-eight investments in 2014, and the same number in the following year. The initial fund size is Rs 5 crore, with an additional Rs 5 crore to be made available once the first fund is exhausted. The company itself is providing the entire amount for the fund.

    “The Rs 5 crore is entirely Nazara’s money. However, we are also tying up with other funds who want to co-invest with us; so the collective amount can end up being upwards of Rs 20 crore,” Nitish Mittersain, founder and CEO, Nazara Group, told Techcircle.in.

    Initially, Nazara will setup an investment committee, which will comprise senior Nazara management, with inputs from participating funds as well. As the fund evolves, dedicated investment managers will also be roped in.

    Going forward, the company will also announce a roster of mentors that will include experts in the gaming space in India and abroad, in order for the investee companies to get access to/and learn from them.

    Nazara is focused on the large mobile consumer base in India, the Middle East and Africa, as well as other global markets. In addition to developing a range of original mobile games, the company also operates a ‘Games Club’ and serves as an exclusive distributor for key game developers in various regions.

    It also owns Playcaso, an iOS and Android developer/publisher brand, a work-for-hire apps studio called nzLabs and gCity, a social gaming platform. Its customers include mobile carriers, as well as handset manufacturers.

    Earlier this year, the company had partnered with Opera Commerce, a fully owned subsidiary of Opera Software, to deploy a mobile payment solution (called Opera Payment Exchange) for Opera Mini users in India, Africa, Middle East and Europe.

    Other mobile-focused funds in India

    One97 Mobility Fund: An early stage tech investment arm formed by One97 in association with its private equity investor SAIF Partners. The fund typically invests $500,000 to $5 million across seed and early stage opportunities, and has invested in 12 startups so far. While the fund had been investing in startups with niche products and was sector-agnostic; in June 2013, it moved away from being sector-agnostic and is now focusing only on the mobile space.

    M2X Fund: In September this year, India- and Singapore-based digital media firm Affle, in partnership with Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), had launched M2X Fund, a $3.3 million (Rs 20 crore) corpus fund that will be used to invest in brands, publishers, app developers, agencies and startups in the mobile sector. The entire capital has been put in by Affle and the company is planning to use the amount in a year, post which it will evaluate and decide whether to continue with more tranches of the fund or not.

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    Rohit Cricket Championship

    Published on September 22 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    Welcome to the first ever cricket gaming experience with the legendary cricket star Rohit Sharma.
    Do you love cheering when Rohit Sharma scores boundaries? India’s first original cricket game that shows just how possible it is to turn yourself into a cricket star.
    Play with the best teams across the world in the clash for the ultimate cricket championship. Get a chance to play with Rohit Sharma. Together, you get to beat the best teams in the world in the tournament mode and stand a chance to win exciting cricketing rewards.
    Train with the Indian pro cricket star, Rohit Sharma, to begin your journey of converting yourself into a Cricket Star:
    • Play like a real cricket pro
    • Hit real cricketing shots
    • Best of cricket experience
    • Compete in tournament mode with users from all over the world
    • Turn yourself into a Star

    Be prepared for insane fun!!

    Our List of features include:
    – Tournament mode
    – Mini challenges to challenge your friends
    – Chase down targets in the quick play mode and earn cric coins
    – Training session with Rohit Sharma
    – Ground and Lofted cricketing shots
    – Rewind the ball feature
    – Leaderboard to compete against the best
    – Achievement unlocks as you progress the game

    Rohit Cricket Championship respects your privacy, does not store any personal information and does not allow you share this information.
    We do require a few additional Permissions to function:

    1. GET_ACCOUNTS
    This permission would use your google account name and picture to show it on the leaderboard once you sign in

    2. READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE & WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
    These permissions are needed to cache and read video content during the game play

    3. READ_PHONE_STATE
    These permissions are needed to show suitable ad content for targeted user for better ad experience

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    Baby Ganesha – Modak Run

    Published on September 16 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    The world’s most Delicious and Nectarous Dessert Rush has begun.
    Ride, Jump, Dodge and Gobble the Yummiest Delights.

    Your Favorite Lord Ganesha (also known as Lord Ganpati) is set for an Ultimate Dessert hunt.

    FEATURES and HIGHLIGHTS

    – Play as a Baby Ganesha Riding on his Favorite Vahana the Mooshak (Mouse).
    – Visually rich environment and extremely fun and addictive game play to keep players engaged for a long time!
    – Detailed HD Graphics with Charming, Adorable and Cute Characters and Sound Effects.
    – Dynamic Color Changing Himalayan Landscape with Vibrant, Pleasant, Soothing and Beautiful Environments.
    – Energetic and Fulfilled Music.
    OTHER FEATURES

    – Get Invincible by collecting a Special Power up form Lord Shiva Himself.
    – Endless Gameplay.

    Highly Recommended for ALL AGES.

    Brought to you by the makers of the Chhota Bheem game series, Chhota Bheem Jungle Run, Chhota Bheem The Hero, Chhota Bheem Talking Toy and Chhota Bheem Race especially on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi!

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    Baby Ganesha respects your privacy, does not store any personal information and does not allow you share this information.

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    May The Divine Lord Ganesh Bless You With All That’s Pure And Beautiful.

    Ganpati Bappa Morya!

    Thanks for playing with us.

    https://www.facebook.com/BabyGaneshaDessertRush/

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    Chhota Bheem Jungle Run

    Published on August 8 by Nazara Category: games Tags: , , ,

    Description –

    – Less than 7 MB – Fast game download!
    – Ranked # 20 Top Free Android Apps
    – Mega hit from Chhota Bheem and his friends
    – Fun game for kids and the kid in you!

    Chhota Bheem is far far away from Dholakpur and the road back is through a dense Jungle.
    Help Chhota Bheem in his quest to reach home.
    Guide him to overcome obstacles and avoid enemies.
    The witch Rangda and monster Leyaks will try to stop you.
    Watch out for Daku Mangal Singh and his bullets.
    Keep a watchful eye on the creatures of the Jungle.

    Collect as many laddoos as you can, laddoos give Chhota Bheem health and energy to run more.
    Also Collect Magic Potion and Giant Laddoo to get cool powers.
    So…..Get-Set-Run

    Features –
    Endless Runner with great graphics and fun animations.
    The Goal is to cover as much distance as possible.
    Collect Laddoos and Cool Powerups.
    Avoid Bad-guys and Jungle animals.

    Controls –
    Touch the Screen anywhere to Jump.
    Touch and Hold to Fly.
    Release touch to bring Chhota Bheem down.

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    Chhota Bheem Talking Toy

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    THE GREAT INDEPENDENCE DAY SALE is here
    Up to 50% OFF on select In App Purchases from 5th – 19th August 2016 as well as all Coin Packs and Laddoo Packs

    1. Dabba of Coins – Rs 15 (without discount Rs. 30)
    2. Stack of Coins – Rs 30 (without discount Rs. 60)
    3. Box of Coins – Rs 60 (without discount Rs. 120)
    4. Pile of Coins – Rs 95 (without discount Rs. 190)
    5. Pack of coins – Rs 120 (without discount Rs. 240)
    6. Small Ladoo Pack – Rs 50 (without discount Rs. 100)
    7. Thali of ladoos – Rs 150 (without discount Rs. 300)
    8. Box of ladoos – Rs 200 (without discount Rs. 400)
    *Please note that the above mentioned sale is only available in India in the “Google Play Summer Sales”
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    The ultimate Chhota Bheem Toy – Dance, Play Music & Rhymes, Talk, Play and Care

    Your Favorite Chhota Bheem is now available as a Digital Toy
    – Play with Chhota Bheem, Make Him Dance, Play Nursery Rhymes, Play Musical Instruments, Feed Chhota Bheem, Brush his teeth, Give him a bath and Put him to Sleep.
    Dress up Bheem in his many avatars.
    Travel to various destinations.

    Introducing Dancing Chhota Bheem
    – Tap on the Ipod in the Living Room (Home Screen) to have Bheem play his favorite tunes (5 Seconds) and Dance to them

    Introducing the Nursery Room
    – Play your favorite tunes like Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Itsy Bitsy Spider
    – Learn how to count in English

    Introducing the Music Room
    – Chhota Bheem plays his favorite tunes on his Keyboard and Xylophone, Play along with him

    Special Feature – Holi Room
    – Celebrate Holi with Chhota Bheem with the special holi room and new toys the pichkari and water balloons

    Toys in the Living Room
    Chhota Bheem enjoys his Football, His Cricket Kit , A Bubble Blower and his Party Whistle

    Food
    – Level Up and Unlock multiple food items
    – Get more food items from the Food Store

    Washroom
    – Bheem can brush his teeth and take a shower

    Bedroom
    – Bheem goes to sleep when switching off the lights

    Store
    – Added Facebook integration to get your profile pic
    – Allowing facebook also gets you a free character “Chhota Bheem – Holi costume”
    – Choose your favorite Chhota Bheem Avatar
    – Select a new Home theme A Royal Theme, A Cricket Theme or Holi

    Travel
    – Claim Mystery Boxes after visiting some special locations worldwide
    – Learn how to count in Hindi when you visit the Taj Mahal
    – Learn how to count in French when you visit the Eiffel Tower

    Other Features
    – Bheem also has the ability to take a Video Recording or a Photo of the Screen
    – A Quick Mute button is available on this Screen
    – Watch a Video to Recharge Energy

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    Chhota Bheem Toy respects your privacy, does not store any personal information and does not allow you share this information.

    We do require a few additional Permissions to function:
    1. GET_ACCOUNTS
    This permission would use your google account name and picture to show it on the leaderboard once you sign in

    2. READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE & WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
    This permission is needed to cache and read video content during the game play

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    Virat Cricket Challenge

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    Game Description –

     

    *** Ever wondered what it means to be Virat Kohli? ***

    *** Play The Best arcade Cricket experience on Mobile ***

    *** It’s time to bring Fun back into the game! ***

     

    Features

     

    EXPERIENCE VIRAT KOHLI

     

    – Virat Cricket Challenge provides a fast-paced batting experience that will get you all pumped up!

    – Play as Virat to make your mark by tackling several batting challenges in our “Massive Challenges mode!”

    – Intuitive tap controls with 2 shot types, Loft and straight drive

    – Climb the leaderboards in a No-nonsense “Endless mode” and show off your Batting prowess

    – Brilliant “Big-head” mode for all the die-hard fans world-wide!

    – Gorgeous 2D graphics to immerse you in the atmosphere of the sport!

     

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    Mighty Raju Cricket

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    Hey look who’s here… its Mighty Raju!!
    Ever wondered how a superhero plays cricket? We’ve got you covered.
    Now play your favorite sport as your favorite super hero. This cricket season Nazara presents you with Mighty Raju Cricket a fun filled, action packed, casual cricket game.
    Not a Mighty Raju fan? No worries! This cricket game is sure to entertain you and will leave you wanting more.
    Scoring runs has never been this much fun before.
    This game is packed with:
    • Emotions and expressions
    • Simple and addictive gameplay and yet hard to master
    • Exciting powers
    • Different types of balls
    • Leaderboards to outrun your competitors
    • Pleasant graphics
    • Lots of FUN

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    Cut The Rope Magic

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    ABRACADABRA! After more than 750 million downloads, the Cut the Rope series returns with a magical new sequel: Cut the Rope: Magic!
    Join Om Nom’s newest adventure and transform him into magical forms to help the lovable little monster recover candy stolen by an evil wizard!

    EXCITING NEW FEATURES
    – A magical world with completely new graphics, sound and gameplay elements
    – 5 ways to transform Om Nom into magical creatures along his journey
    – Complex boss levels that will challenge your candy-crunching, rope-cutting skills
    – 100 all-new puzzles, with more coming soon

    A magical mishap has accidentally teleported Om Nom to a mystical world filled with challenging puzzles for players of all ages. Can you use Om Nom’s new skills to solve an evil wizard’s tricks and traps? The latest installment of this globally popular entertainment franchise puts a fresh spin on Cut the Rope’s iconic physics-puzzle gameplay, introducing more than 100 all-new magic-themed levels across a richly imagined, colorful world.

    MAGICALLY TRANSFORM OM NOM INTO NEW FORMS
    – The Bird Form helps Om Nom fly up above obstacles and potential traps
    – The Baby Form allows Om Nom to squeeze into small, restricted spaces
    – The Fish Form can help Om Nom dive deep to snatch up all the delicious candy
    – The Mouse Form gives Om Nom a heightened sense of smell to help him sniff out the sweets he craves
    – The Spirit Form ensures that nothing gets in Om Nom’s way during his magical journey

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    Cut the Rope FULL FREE

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    750 million downloads worldwide!
    Eager to learn more about Om Nom’s adventures? Watch “Om Nom Stories” cartoons and other amazing videos on our YouTube channel!
    www.zep.tl/youtube

    A mysterious package has arrived, and the little monster inside has only one request… CANDY! Collect gold stars, discover hidden prizes and unlock exciting new levels in this addictively fun, award-winning, physics-based game!

    Game awards:
    Apple Design Award
    BAFTA Award
    Pocket Gamer Award
    GDC Award
    Best App Ever Award

    Key features:
    – 17 boxes with 425 levels
    – Innovative physics gameplay
    – Adorable character
    – Outstanding graphics
    – “Om Nom Stories” animation shorts
    – Superpowers

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    Cut the Rope 2

    Published on August 8 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    SWEET! Om Nom’s shenanigans continue in Cut the Rope 2! With new characters, fresh gameplay elements and tricky missions, candy collecting has never been so fun!
    Eager to learn more about Om Nom’s adventures? Watch “Om Nom Stories” cartoons and other amazing videos on our YouTube channel!
    www.zep.tl/youtube

    Cut the Rope 2 brings fresh challenges and unanticipated obstacles to the candy crunching, physics-based phenomenon that has delighted millions of players around the world! If you like Cut the Rope, you’ll love Cut the Rope 2!

    With new characters, fresh gameplay elements, and, of course, Om Nom, candy collecting has never been so fun! Complete tricky missions to earn medals, advance in the game and access special levels. Play with your friends to see who can get the highest score, or tackle the puzzles on your own!

    In his unexpected adventure, Om Nom breaks out of his box and travels through lush forests, busy cities, junkyards and underground tunnels, all in pursuit of one goal – CANDY! Along the way, he encounters the Nommies, the cutest candy collecting helpers a little green monster could wish for!
    ALL NEW LOCATIONS TO EXPLORE! Travel through an interactive map to discover new locations filled with candy collecting, rope cutting action.

    ALL NEW CHARACTERS TO MEET! Find 7 new characters, the Nommies, to help you on your unexpected journey.

    ALL NEW HATS TO BRAG ABOUT! Customize Om Nom, choose your favorite candy and select your finger traces.

    ALL NEW ADVENTURES FOR OM NOM! Experience completely new graphics, sound and gameplay elements, including the ability to move Om Nom.

    ALL NEW MISSIONS! Collect the perfect number of stars and strategically gather fruit to complete the mission in each level.
    MEET OM NOM’S NEW FRIENDS, THE NOMMIES!

    • Roto can carry Om Nom to the best candy catching locations
    • Lick can make small bridges with his tongue to help Om Nom reach his goal
    • Blue can lift Om Nom to new levels of candy hunting fun
    • Toss can throw objects, including candy
    • Boo can scare Om Nom to jump to new heights
    • Snailbrow bravely rolls on walls and ceilings and pushes candies around, like a boss
    • Ginger can burn away obstacles between Om Nom and the candy

    Don’t waste any time – exciting surprises await! Help Om Nom find his way home…out of the forest, through a pond and a junkyard, into the city and beyond!

    Cut the Rope 2 supports high resolution for an optimal gaming experience on both phones and tablets.

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    Chotta Bheem Maths vs Aliens

    Published on January 18 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags:

    Game description :

     

    Chhota Bheem is back, this time to save Dholakpur from an Alien Invasion

    Dholakpur has been taken over by Aliens.
    All of the villagers and Bheems Friends including Chutki, Raju, Dholu-Bholu, Kalia, Princess Indumati and Raja Indraverma have all been converted into Aliens.

    Bheem managed to save Jaggu and with Professor Dhoomketu’s help has discovered that the only way to save his friends and convert them back to Humans is to use the Power of Math Magic which the aliens are vulnerable to.

    Help Chhota Bheem use his math skills and special powers to treat infected aliens and convert them back to Humans.

    Seven Awesome Worlds with 63 Exciting levels let you sharpen your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills along with having loads of fun at the same time!

    The Chhota Bheem Math vs Aliens game contains visually rich environments and extremely fun and addictive game play to keep players engaged for a long time!

    For Parents and Teachers:
    Chhota Bheem Math vs Aliens is now aligned with Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and 4th Grade and includes a detailed Report Card section where parents and teachers can monitor progress and find patterns of learning and help practice areas of weakness.

    Highly Recommended for AGES: 5-11.

    FEATURES
    ‣ 7 detailed, extremely fun to play worlds with 9 levels each.
    ‣ Questions support addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.

    SYLLABUS COVERED
    ‣ Counting
    ‣ Addition
    ‣ Subtraction
    ‣ Multiplication
    ‣ Division
    ‣ Comparison of Numbers
    ‣ Addition and Subtraction Mixed

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    Chhota Bheem Race

    Published on November 16 by mehul.prajapati Category: games Tags: , , ,

    Description –

    Race against all your favourite characters from the world of Bheem.

    Use awesome weapons that you can collect on the way to victory and use them against your opponents.
    Jump over obstacles to overtake your favorite Bheem characters.

    Shoot Diwali Rockets, Throw Slow down ladooos, send out the Vetal Ghost to teleport players behind, use the magic hourglass to slow down time for your opponents.

    Drop deadly punch boxes in your wake to slow down your competitors.

    Equip your characters with awesome weapons like the Belan, the Danda, the cricket bat, the Mace, the Trishul and the Gadda.

    Features

    • Race against characters from the Chhota Bheem universe.
    • Collect and use awesome power ups on your enemies.
    • Race in exotic locations from all over the country.
    • Earn coins as you win races and buy new characters and weapons to race with.
    • Gain trophies by racing and try to top the leader boards.

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    Bang Bang

    Published on June 26 by Nazara Category: games Tags: , , ,

    Description –
    * Now in Top 15 free games and the #3 action game in India.

    Are you ready to Bang Bang?

    Bang Bang Game is the official Game for the Bang Bang Movie starring Hritikh Roshan and Katrina Kaif.

    Play as Rajveer (Hritik) and Harleen (Katrina) in a variety of missions that involve hand to hand combat, shooting and racing.

    Bang Boom and Bash all the goons.

    Complete 10 exciting missions. Hand to hand combat or Shoot em up or bike race all in one exciting package

    The game features –

    • Realistic 3D graphics featuring your favorite stars Hritik and Katrina
    • Various missions to complete including hand to hand combat, shooting and bike racing
    • Collect coins and power ups to upgrade your character
    • Mini games and more!

    New missions coming soon!

    Brought to you by Nazara under licence from Fox Star Studios in association with 9GAME and Xerxes Games

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    Bombay Velvet

    Published on June 26 by Nazara Category: games Tags: , , ,

    Description –

    Play as Johnny Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) in the official Bombay Velvet movie game brought to you by Nazara in association with Fox Studios.

    Your mission is to save Rosie (Anushka Sharma) from Kaizaad (Karan Johar) and it involves a lot of action, shooting and more. Rob a van full of arms and the bank, face off with rival gangs and visit the derby to make some money.

    You can also take a selfie with your favourite stars and share it with all your friends

    Game Features –

    1. Three major jobs to be completed

    2. Two mini games, Derby and Strike-a-pose

    3. Double your gold by playing derby

    4. Strike a pose with celebs and share it with friends

    5. Easy, Single touch gameplay

    6. Various guns to choose

    7. 3D graphics

    Will Johnny be able to complete the task and save Rosie? Find out now by playing the Bombay Velvet game!

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    Nazara Cricket

    Published on June 26 by Nazara Category: games Tags: , , ,

    Description –

    Watch India vs Bangladesh test match and play Nazara Cricket with tips from Virat Kohli.

    Nazara Cricket is packed with loads of awesome features like

    • Super rich artwork with detailed player characters
    • Huge collection of typical shots of individual players
    • Challenge your friends realtime
    • Play matches against real players
    • Time your shots and play with or against spin
    • Variety of bowling style to choose from
    • Third umpire feature who is very strict on NO balls
    • Dominate your opponents by improving your cricketing skills
    • Quick game mode for fast actions
    • Tournament mode with chance to win multiple prizes
    • Surprise Spin wheel for free gifts
    • Detailed statistics showing all your records
    • Heavy on features but small on file size

    Feedback is always welcome. Please leave a review or contact us at support@nazara.com if you have issues or suggestions.

    # Nazara Cricket is now ranked in the Top 50 free games in India #

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    Googly Cricket

    Published on June 25 by Nazara Category: games Tags:

    Description –

    Have you ever thought of scoring 50 runs in just 5 balls ?

    Have you ever wondered of hitting 5 balls in a single shot ?

    Live up all your cricket fantasies with brand new GOOGLY CRICKET.

    In this cricket season, Nazara presents you with GOOGLY CRICKET, a fun filled, action packed super casual game .
    It is the game where hitting is all that matters.

    Compete with your facebook friends , Score maximum and be on the top of the leaderboards.

    This AMAZING cricket game is packed with –

    • Emotions and expressions
    • Simple and addictive gameplay
    • Exciting powerups
    • Different types of balls
    • Leaderboards to outrun your competitors
    • Pleasant graphics
    • Lots of FUN

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    Seven Stars

    Published on June 24 by Nazara Category: games Tags:

    Description –
    Mission of the game is to get all the 7 stars down in minimum moves.
    This 7star game is very unique and challenging game.
    7 cute stars needs your help to get out of the bubble trap puzzle.

    Seven Stars is a never seen before game providing a lot of entertainment for puzzle aficionados. As simple as popping bubbles with remarkably well-designed and appealing visuals and sound effects.

    Seven Stars is designed to be very simple to play.
    Tap on any arrow bubble to burst it. But choose such a bubble which is pointing to another bubble and which again points to another one and so on.. Try bursting as many bubbles as you can in one pop.
    Collect points on every pop. Hitting any of the 7 stars give you extra points.
    Two way, three way, four way,plus one, plus two, x1, x2, 7×7 grid clear, surprises, bombs, row clear, column clear provides you an action packed entertainment dose in this 7 star game.
    There are few time based modes in-between to multiply the seven times fun.

    Popping bubbles was always fun and will always be and if you get a puzzle out of popping, Its real fun game.
    Its unique and never seen before game – 7 STARS.

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