PopCap Games, one of the most well-known names in casual and mobile gaming, is a company that is moving from a digital-only format into a live 3D intra-active tourist attraction for people of all ages to enjoy. The move comes as little surprise to any who have kept up-to-date with the 15-year-old company, which has continuously expanded their reach as a company that makes games for all ages.
PopCap Games was founded in 2000 by a group of radical thinkers — including Brian Fiete, Jason Kapalka, and John Vechey — that felt that arcade and casual games were a good fit for people of all ages, and could be family friendly in content as well. This line of thinking helped the company turn a profit almost immediately, which led to a nearly ten-year round of acquiring smaller development and distribution companies such as Sprout Games, SpinTop Games, Retro64, and others.
In 2011, Electronic Arts acquired PopCap Games, allowing the company to expand it’s offerings and development periods for their games. This acquisition is especially fruitful for the team’s offerings, ensuring that PopCap games are not only available on mobile and slate computers, but also on gaming consoles.
PopCap Games is unique in that they are best known for their “try before you buy” system, allowing gamers to try their games for free for a select time period before making a decision whether or not to buy the game. This has been the company’s policy since their inception, and has continued even after they entered into an agreement to sell their games on the Steam platform.
The company is best known for arcade, word, and puzzle games that are played by a variety of demographics, from young children to senior citizens. The games are based on skill and strategy, allowing for the user to use trial-and-error to achieve the best times and scores. Because of the repetitive nature of the games, they are considered to be highly addictive and rewarding, ensuring that PopCap Games always find themselves at the top of the best-reviewed paid apps on smartphones and online.
PopCap Games can be played by a single player or more than one player, online or offline, and on a variety of platforms, from Mac OX and PC to the Android and iPhone. The fluid nature of the games also ensures that you can pick up your game from one device to another, using one central account that allows you to save scores from all devices.
As of 2015, PopCap Games is moving forward with a sequel to their most popular title, Plant vs. Zombies, which is titled Plant vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. The tower defense game, which has enjoyed a large following since the release of the first game in 2009, is slated for a Spring 2016 release on both the XBOX One and PS4, along with Origin for PC, and is widely anticipated by fans of the franchise.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will feature much of the same content as the first game, giving gamers a familiarity with the world, but PopCap Games levels the playing field by giving control of Suburbia over to the zombies. This reversal from the original game will no doubt thrill original players of the game, who will also be treated to free content updates and the ability to use most of their unlocked content in the new game.
While PopCap Games has been mainly a 2D video game company, their collaboration with Carowinds, an amusement park chain in the Carolinas, aims to change that. It was announced in early October 2015 that PopCap Games would launch their first 3D digital gaming experience with the amusement park that would see Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in an intra-active complex that can be experienced by teams of people battling for dominance within the game. The gaming arena is expected to launch in early 2016 and is expected to catapult PopCap Games into the 3D gaming experience arena.
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