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React & Match with HALOS – Now Available on iOS

HALOS, the free react-and-match mobile game from Kiz Studios, is now available exclusively for iOS devices. Simple but addicting, HALOS is the ultimate reflex challenge. It seems easy at first — just guide the falling rings to their matching bases before they shatter. But as more colors are added and rings start falling faster, players will either short-circuit their brains or enter a zen-like state of hypermatching bliss.

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PlayStation Blog: 7 Weird Things About TGT, Open Beta Starts Today

Trans-Galactic Tournament (TGT) is launching its Open Beta in the Americas today, but before you head to PlayStation Store to start breaking skulls and causing mayhem, we gotta share some of the surprises you’ll find in Trans-Galactic Tournament on PS4. We’re out to change your idea of what a battle arena game can be, so mow down your jungle and pave your lanes — here’s the top 7 weird things that make TGT the fastest, wildest battle arena game in the universe.

 

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Multiplayer Battler – “Trans-Galactic Tournament” Launches Open Beta on PS4

Choose your Champion and dive headlong into the frenzied multiplayer arenas of Trans-Galactic Tournament, the PlayStation®4-exclusive battler, launching today in a free open beta across North America. Now is your chance to get an early taste of the game, which features 10 awesome champions, 100 unique power-ups and six insane…and dangerous…arenas to challenge your skills as your team battles to overwhelm the opposition across three gameplay modes.

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PlayStation Blog: TGT brings Free-to-Play MOBA action to PS4

“What if the Star Wars cantina starred in an 80’s cartoon, which suddenly broke out into a football match, which suddenly broke out into Wrestlemania?” It’s a weird start to a design document, but the Tournament’s universe is everything we love: monsters, space and sports, clenched together in a fist and ready to punch the lights out of the world of online multiplayer games.

 

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Critter Escape! Launches on Bemobi Platform

Two years after the release of the mobile hit Critter Escape!, Kiz Studios is still finding ways to get the game in front of new users. Most recently, Kiz launched the stealth puzzle game on Bemobi, a subscription-based app store that offers carriers, developers and consumers a better alternative for best-in-class Android mobile apps.

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Kiz Studios spins off Atlanta entertainment company, You42

Mobile game maker Kiz Studios launched a new Atlanta-based company You42, which will operate in the video games, music, sports and digital video market space. You42’s focus is on the struggling entertainment industry, whose sales have plummeted in the last decade due to online piracy.

 

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Charleston City Paper: Kiz Studios is quietly changing the online gaming landscape

On Maybank Highway, close to Wild Olive, sits a road called Bluebird. Although “road” may not be the appropriate word. It’s more of a gravel-covered break in the trees. It’s the kind of street where, when you turn down it, you hear roosters crowing in the not-too-terribly-far distance. It’s the kind of street where you wonder if your GPS isn’t, perhaps, leading you somewhere to kill you.

 

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Kiz Studios Releases Might & Mayhem Worldwide on iOS & Android

With shields ready and swords drawn, Kiz Studios unleashes Might & Mayhem, the first multiplayer mobile battle game built for the masses! Featuring quick turn-based combat and simple character leveling, even casual players will have fun stomping through single player quests and smashing heads in live PvP battles

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Engadget: Smashmuck Champions now on Steam Early Access

If you were intrigued by our hands-on with new MOBA Smashmuck Champions at PAX Prime last week, we’ve got good news. The title is now available via Steam’s early access program, according to a Kiz press release. The “program helps to further Kiz’s commitment to open development, bringing the fans and players into the creation process to tweak, refine, and suggest new ideas that are incorporated into the game.”

 

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Polygon: How SMC hopes to give the MOBA genre a speed boost

Kiz Studios, creators of free-to-play multiplayer battle arena SmashMuck Champions, are trying to avoid “making Dota” by speeding up gameplay and involving the community, art director Allen White told us at PAX Prime 2013. According to White, Dota continues to act as the template for the genre. When the indie developer began working on SmashMuck Champions, it sought to stray away from other titles by taking a fast-paced track.

 

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Gamezone: Kiz Studios Discusses SMC community-created champ, Platimus

Kiz Studios, the developer behind the MOBA SmashMuck Champions, takes community feedback to another level. Their newest champion is Platimus the Platicorn – a part-platypus, part-unicorn champion that charges into battle with a swarm of his vicious Puggle offspring. What makes Platimus special is that he was created and designed by the SmashMuck Champions community during a panel at PAX East.

 

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Mashable: 10 Best Indie Games From PAX East

SmashMuck Champions: The MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre is known for being treacherous and unwelcoming to new players. But Kiz Games hopes to remedy this with its upcoming MOBA SmashMuch Champions. SmashMuck is a colorful title that easily introduces new players to this hectic style of gameplay. Its other claim to fame is that matches take around 10 minutes, letting casual players hop in and out quickly. The game is in beta now, and available through Steam.

 

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The Creators of Critter Escape Bring You Mix-A-Muck!

Dragons! Robots! …a chicken? You’ve met your match with Mix-A-Muck, the latest mobile title from Kiz Studios (Kiz). The creators who brought you Critter Escape announce their next mobile title to launch today for iOS and coming to Android later in the week.

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Kongregate adds SmashMuck Champions to its portal

Online game portal Kongregate has expanded beyond the confines of the web browser, today announcing the launch of a free-to-play downloadable games section on its website. The first bunch of titles to take advantage of the new platform are Super Monday Night Combat from Uber Entertainment, Smashmuck Champions from Kiz Studios, and Bomb Buddies from Balanced Worlds.

 

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Johnsons Team With Kiz Studios For Seasons Final Two Races

Six-time Pro Stock world champion Warren Johnson and his likewise accomplished son, 40-time national event winner Kurt Johnson, have announced their marketing partnership with the groundbreaking online gaming company Kiz Studios for the season’s two remaining races — the Big “O” Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.

 

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Critter Escape Goes FREE on Google Play

Critter Escape, the first of many mobile titles from indie developer, Kiz Studios, goes live on Google Play FREE! Guide your critter through fully 3D rendered environments in this fast-paced Maze Chase game as you flee from the evil clutches of Welk Industries, finding hidden objects and making your escape!

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AppSpy: Critter Escape Review

Isn’t it always the way. You’re some weird anthropomorphic creature minding your own business chasing butterflies in a field, when you’re captured by scientists and probed for study, only to have to sneak and attack your way to freedom. Critter Escape is a line drawing sneak game, popularized by such titles as Spy Mouse, in which you must draw a line to move your critter around the guards and to the exit. What this title brings to the table are challenge based stars, a host of interesting power-ups, and the ability to forgo the entire stealth approach, hulk out, and smash your opposition to bits.

 

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148Apps: Critter Escape Review

When I previewed Critter Escape! a few months ago I came away fairly impressed. However I did only spend a few minutes playing it. Now that I’ve spent much, much longer hightailing it through Welk Tower I’ve developed a clearer picture of the critter’s plight and while a few cracks in the armor have been found it’s still quite sturdy.

 

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AppAdvice: Critter Escape Review

Critter Escape ($0.99) by Chillingo Ltd is a fun strategic stealth game, similar to the likes of Spy Mouse. Can you help these cute critters escape to freedom? When you first start out, the game will greet you with a mandatory cutscene of our main critter, who is in a peaceful meadow, just trying to catch a butterfly. Unfortunately, he gets captured instead, and placed into a secret research facility — who knows what things they have in store for this innocent creature! So that’s what you must do — help our little friend escape the facility before it’s too late.

 

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DeNA to Launch Kiz Studios First Mobile Title, Critter Escape

DeNA Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading mobile social gaming platform operator, and Kiz Studios (U.S.A.) Inc., an independent entertainment and gaming studio, have announced today that DeNA will launch the studio’s first mobile title, Critter Escape. The game is now available on the Google Play Store through DeNA Group’s Daum Mobage social gaming platform in South Korea.

 

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Playthings Magazine: What Works For Virtual Play?

When toy companies talk about new toy products, there’s often a lot of discussion around a toy’s play patterns. What is it about the toy that resonates with a child? What play patterns will the toy tap into? Will the play pattern extend across age and gender differences?

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Chicago Sun-Times: KizPlanet opens new worlds of possibility for kids

Virtual worlds are becoming so popular that toys now are serving as platforms to connect children to cyberspace communities, which brings a new level of toy safety into focus for toymakers — and parents. KizToys Inc. has taken a responsible role in developing a virtual world for children.

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Parry Game Preserve: Welcome to Toy Fair 2009!

Kiz Toys was founded with the goal of being a socially responsible company that makes safe, engaging products, providing kids with positive experiences and values that they carry with themselves into adulthood. The main revolution in their toy, which is a blend of physical product and online experience, is a safety abstraction layer which allows the child to go online and interact without any of their personal information needing to be exchanged.

 

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Washington Times: Digital evolution displayed at toy fair

Technology plays an ever-expanding role in a child’s life, and toy companies are responding by incorporating more of it in their product lineups. The digital evolution of the toy industry was on full display at this year’s American International Toy Fair, where buyers pored over products from more than 1,000 companies and the aisles were stuffed with toys that combined technology with traditional play patterns.

 

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Kiz Introduces KizSafe to Protect Children Online

Kiz®, the company that is revolutionizing the way children play both on- and offline, announces the introduction of KizSafe, a new technology that allows children to play, communicate and socialize in the digital landscape, out of harm’s way with complete anonymity.

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Dr. Benn Konsynski named to Kiz Toys Board of Advisors

Kiz Toys is working to change the way kids interact online, and to help achieve this goal the company has teamed up with Benn R. Konsynski, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading minds in technology research and implementation. Konsynski is the newest addition to Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors, and he will advise the toy company in the development of Kiz Toys’ virtual world environment and the various levels of interaction that are part of the digital experience.

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Entertainment developer Kevin Ream joins Kiz Toys Board of Advisors

Kiz Toys is currently looking into various consumer arenas that compliment the Kiz Toys brand, and the toy company has teamed up with Kevin Ream for advice in this area. Ream joins the Kiz Toys Board of Advisors to help Kiz Toys analyze different strategies and develop and implement a range of consumer entertainment products that span several venues.

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Kiz Toys Board of Advisors welcomes Gary W. Dunwoody

Gary W. Dunwoody, an accomplished leader of the Shriners organization, has joined Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors. He joins board members including hall of fame pitcher Phil Niekro, NHRA Pro Stock racing legend Warren Johnson and energy consultant Ray Johnson. In his position, Dunwoody will advise the toy company on matters concerning KizHope, the charitable wing of Kiz Toys.

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Ray Johnson named to KizEarth Board of Advisors

Ray Johnson recently became the first member of Kiz Toys’ KizEarth Board of Advisors. Johnson will consult with the company on alternative energy usage in the Kiz Toys virtual world, and his focus will be on nuclear power. The board will be comprised of industry experts from many alternative energy sectors, including solar, wind and hydroelectric, and members will be responsible for the accurate implementation of these technologies in the Kiz Toys Universe.

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Forsyth Herald: Talent draws Kiz Toys to area

Local talent in the Ga. 400 corridor helped bring Kiz Toys to the south Forsyth-Alpharetta area. “I think the main reason, we believe this to be a very attractive area for an up-and-coming company like this,” said Chris Moreau, chairman and CEO of Kiz Toys. “We believe it’s going to be a very attractive place to get a lot of good corporate type employees.”
 

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Kiz Toys opens Creative Studio in Charleston, S.C.

On Monday, July 14, Kiz Toys officially opened the doors of its Creative Studio on Johns Island, S.C., in Charleston city limits. The Creative Studio will be responsible for designing physical toys, digital avatars of the toys, and all aspects of Kiz Toys gaming and virtual environments.

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Kiz Toys opens Corporate Office in Alpharetta

Kiz Toys has a new home. The toy company recently opened the doors of its new Corporate Office in Alpharetta, Ga. The office is in the Pointe Corporate office complex in The Meadows at Bluegrass on Shiloh Road.

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Kiz Toys creates KizEarth green initiative

Kiz Toys recently announced plans to launch KizEarth, an environmentally themed initiative that will that will be featured throughout Kiz Toys’ different product lines and promotional materials.

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Warren Johnson teams up with Kiz Toys

International Motorsports Hall of Fame Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson is joining the Kiz Toys’ Board of Advisors to consult on automotive aspects of KizMoto, Kiz Toys’ initial product line. Johnson brings more than 40 years of racing experience and mechanical expertise to KizMoto.

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Phil Niekro joins Kiz Toys Board of Advisors

Kiz Toys is proud to announce that Major League Baseball legend Phil Niekro has joined the Kiz Toys team. Niekro is the first member appointed to the Kiz Toys Board of Advisors, and he will be consulting with product developers concerning the KizSport baseball line.

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Kiz Toys receives great response at SCAD Career Fair

Kiz Toys executives continued recruiting for the company’s Creative Studio in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, April 4 at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Career Fair. The company’s top executives, including CEO Chris Moreau and COO Ashley Johnson, were present at the booth to conduct onsite interviews with perspective applicants.

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Stephen Johnson named Kiz Toys Chief Creative Officer

Kiz Toys, Inc. proudly announces the hiring of Stephen Johnson to the position of Chief Creative Officer. In his new capacity, Johnson will be responsible for overseeing all graphical design aspects for Kiz Toys, ranging from the company website, to toy design and advertising.

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MoJo VC LLC. launches Kiz Toys, Inc.

Today, venture capital group Mojo VC LLC. launched its brand-new toy company, Kiz Toys Inc. This company will develop innovative toys that push the technology boundaries of toy industry while also focusing on product and Internet safety.

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