Another month and whilst we had short break over the Easter period, there was certainly no break in hyper casual games released this month. Lot’s of new tends emerging too.
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What’s New this month
With the rollout of Academy 3.0 late last month, we’ve spent a good deal of time ironing out some bugs and ensuring everything is running smoothly.
The feedback from our members has be overwhelmingly positive and we couldn’t be happier. We just wished it could’ve come sooner but finishing up an extended contract as lead game design on the new Color Switch put us back months instead of weeks.
Academy Member Signs Voodoo Deal
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce and congratulate Academy Legend Faisal for his game Sling Birds 3D smashing a publishing deal with the mighty Voodoo!
There’s no more prolific developer we know and this is on the back of winning a $20k prize in the latest Voodoo game competition.
It’s a huge testament to all his hard work, relentless drive and persistence and we couldn’t be more happy for him.
Not only that, but he kindly agreed to join us this Friday for a special Academy Live where he answered a ton of questions and guided us through his game. Very cool indeed.
Hyper Casual Game Trends
Starting with the release of High Heels back in January from Rollic, which subsequently moved over to the Zynga account on February the 4th, the trend for April certainly continues with the wave of female or feminine themed games.
This girly vibe has seen a ton of variations ranging from shoes, to nails, pole dancing and make up. There’s also Hair Challenge from Rollic and Hair Dye! from Crazy labs sitting at No1 & No.2 respectively in the overall iOS US Games Chart.
Also keep an eye out for Voodoo’s Hair rush which was a definitely a contender to play this month.
We’re seeing an emerging trend of body morphing games appear which was most likely started loosely with Giant Rush! from TapNation.
This is a natural progression from the girly themes where body parts extend and grow creating interesting gameplay and somewhat unique level design opportunities.
I guess people have hit the point where all the low hanging fruit ideas have been done already.
SayGames released Muscle Rush which we played on the show and earlier last week Lion Studios launched The Big Hit.
Whilst not directly connected, Homa Games have just released Attack on Giants! which is in the same ballpark. So now might be the time to get your thinking caps on and see what you could do to jump on this.
We also checked out a former No.1 from AI Games FZ, the team behind Stack Ball 3D from Azur, and a super satisfying game from the Voodoo’s that is a perfect game fusion of Bottle Flip 3D and AMSR Slicing, very cool indeed.
Top Hyper Casual Games List for April 2021
These were the best Hyper Casual games to hit the store this month and we hope you find some inspiration and new game ideas!
Don’t forget, you can watch all these games deconstructed in full along with dozens more inside the Academy.
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