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Word Off (cross-platform: web, mobile)
GET IT: Released in December available for free download at toystudio.com
DEVELOPED BY: Toy Studio, the 14-person Wicker Park concern best known for its popular Hangman app for Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color tablet
PREMISE: Scrabble meets Risk as opponents take turns spelling words and conquering territory on a pop art–inspired virtual game board.
AUDIENCE: Word nerds
More Coming Soon
NetherRealm (netherrealm.com), the Chicago studio that Warner Bros. formed in 2010 after purchasing Midway’s post-bankruptcy assets, will introduce a version of Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Vita, Sony’s new hand-held device, this spring. Iron Galaxy (irongalaxystudios.com), a 30-person outfit in Lincoln Park, is working with Microsoft on a confidential Kinect for Xbox 360 release, coming this summer. My Escape (my-escape.net) will debut a new downloadable game, currently code-named Project Blue Screen, on the heels of its January release, the web-based obstacle game Krong.
Photograph: Courtesy of studio