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Pawsome! The Power of Pets in Mobile Games

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Official ‘Jigsaw Puzzle Villa’ artwork

By Dexter Woltman

Who doesn’t love snuggling on the couch with their favorite furry (or not-so-furry) friend? Pets play an important role in our lives, and most of the team at Brunette Games find ourselves fortunate enough to own one. Whether our pets are scratching at a toy, napping beside their owner, or—in my case—trying to crawl on my shoulder while I write, pets are a source of comfort and levity. When we’re designing ways to engage audiences with our games, we often translate that familiar sense of animal companionship into the stories we see onscreen.

Across Brunette Games’ 35 released titles and counting, we’ve featured a wide range of lovable pets. Some of our titles include a more traditional choice when it comes to our characters’ animal friends, such as Tiffany’s endearing-yet-sassy cat in Magic Tavern’s Machington Mansion. But whether it’s a cat, dog, or goat, each takes a unique role in their owner’s life.

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When Justine travels to Spain in ZiMAD’s Jigsaw Puzzle Villa, she’s surprised to find the owner of the villa she’s staying in hasn’t given her cat a set name. Much like in Machington Mansion, this allows players the opportunity to name the cat themselves, building a deeper connection between the player and the animal.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Villa also brings pets into the forefront of its gameplay by allowing players to solve animal-themed jigsaw puzzles. These adorable puzzles feature dogs, birds, horses, cats, and more!

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Traveling beyond Spain, Justine isn’t the only woman in our games who meets animal friends abroad. Even acclaimed actor Jane Seymour sets out on a quest to rescue exotic animals with her loyal pet companions in “Into the Islands,” a time-limited event in Playtika’s Solitaire Grand Harvest.

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Sometimes, the roles of pets in our games is even more involved. In Jam City’s Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, the family dog Brian is the (literal) voice of reason. When he’s not busy ranting about politics or his superiority complex, he’s steering the dysfunctional family out of harm’s way.

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Speaking of the “voice of reason,” when handyman Emilio’s feeling down in Jigsaw Puzzle Villa, his goat offers him valuable advice like “Bleat!” and “Bleaty! Bleat! Bleat!” Did we mention the goat is also nameable?

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But the fun doesn’t stop there. While the goat in Jigsaw Puzzle Villa helps Emilio find himself, the dog in Sparkling Society’s City Escape helps the family in the game find… their rival? City Escape follows the Filburns' move to the countryside, where the parents quickly enter into a feud with their neighbor, Owen Timmons. When the Filburn kids—Ben and Chloe—find a lost dog, they’re surprised to discover he belongs to Owen. They return the dog to his home, marking the first step in healing the relationship between the Filburns and their disgruntled neighbor.

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But not every dog who wanders feels lost. In Uken Games’ Ava’s Manor, the lead character is a mystery-seeker whose loyal dog Marlowe joins her on adventures. Marlowe’s larger-than-life presence is felt throughout the game as he points Ava in the direction of clues. Marlowe’s even voiced by our very own Andy Mack, who brings life to the dog’s many yips and barks.

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Pets bring out the best in the characters we write. In a way, they’re humanizing and allow our characters to see themselves through the animals’ eyes. Whether you’re a longtime pet owner or admire animals from a distance, our games have four-legged companions for anyone to fall in love with—and these pets don’t require vacuuming loose hair! Be sure to check our Brunette Games’ expanding catalog of titles, where we continually find new animals to add to our growing roster of beloved pets.


New Content! Explore the Tropics in ‘Solitaire Grand Harvest’

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Official 'Solitaire Grand Harvest' artwork.

 By Dexter Woltman

Brunette Games can’t refuse a trip to the tropics, and neither can acclaimed actor Jane Seymour, who joins the exciting world of Solitaire Grand Harvest! While the acclaimed solitaire game usually digs deep into the farming lifestyle, this latest time-limited My Farm event sees lead character Jane set out on an exotic quest to rescue animals across a series of tropical islands. Brunette Games helped the committed team at Playtika realize their vision for this exciting adventure, which includes exciting locales like Flamingo Coast and Volcano Reptiles!

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The tropical islands aren’t the only thing that awaits players in Solitaire Grand Harvest. Players can complete fun levels of iconic solitaire gameplay and manage a farm of adorable animal characters. With over 10,000 challenging levels, the fun never stops! Jane Seymour couldn’t resist the call to adventure, and we hope you won’t, either!

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Official Game Description

Welcome to Solitaire Grand Harvest! Play the #1 free-to-play Tripeaks solitaire game created for online card game fans and discover a new world of Solitaire!

Tripeaks Solitaire is a fun and challenging solitaire card game for all types of players. Play challenging card games online that will train your brain and keep you sharp, or kick back and relax as you enjoy Solitaire Grand Harvest’s beautiful game graphics!

With Solitaire Grand Harvest, you’ll have twice the fun as you journey through your farm, harvest crops, and earn rewards as you play. Advance solitaire levels to build and design the farm of your dreams. Discover exclusive decoration items, and personalize your farm!

Your Solitaire Grand Harvest farm is waiting for you, so come along and join in the solitaire tripeaks fun today. Download this fun and relaxing solitaire game and find out what the farming fun craze is all about!

Solitaire Grand Harvest is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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New Release! Jam City's ‘Wild Things: Animal Adventures’ Roars onto Netflix Games

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By Dexter Woltman

Brunette Games heard the call of the wild! We’re thrilled to announce the release of Wild Things: Animal Adventures, a story-driven puzzle game that’s available exclusively on Netflix Games. In this untamed adventure, Liam the Lion sets out with his animal friends to restore the jungles of the Wildlands. Lisa Brunette and Anthony Valterra worked closely with the talented team at Jam City to build an immersive world of colorful characters, and Brunette Games actors Andy Mack and Cammie Middleton voiced the scripts. When a mysterious storm ravages the Wildlands, it’s up to you—the Keeper of the Wild Things—to help Liam rescue the animals and heal the land! 

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In Wild Things: Animal Adventures, the animals have fallen out of touch, and only you can bring them back together. You wash and play with animals, build habitats, complete addicting match-3 levels, and dress up your favorite four-legged friends! The jungle holds many mysteries: What caused the storm? Is Liam hiding something? Most importantly, what are the animals’ favorite energy drinks? Whether it’s assisting an aardvark with his latest archeological dig or rescuing missing meerkat children, there’s always a funny, exciting adventure waiting for you just around the corner—or tree! 

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Official Store Description

Rescue cute animals, explore an immersive world, and build your dream habitat in this colorful match-3 adventure game.

Help best friends Liam the Lion and Emma the Elephant rebuild their homes and revive their animal friends after a terrible storm. Play challenging match-3 puzzles, design and renovate the animal habitats, take care of cute critters, and uncover the mystery behind the storm.

Solve match-3 puzzles to rescue animals and restore the environment. Unlock your animal friends’ epic powers to blast through tons of levels and bring order to the Wildlands.

  • Renovate the environment and give the habitats a complete makeover.
  • Design every building, home and town.
  • Decorate gardens, jungles, houses and other parts of the game world.
  • Rescue cute animals with big personalities.
  • Discover fun in-game interactions with the animals.
  • Use each animal's unique ability to blast through tough puzzles.
  • Customize your Wild Things with unique costumes.

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Wild Things: Animal Adventures is available exclusively through Netflix Games on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Anyone with a Netflix subscription can explore the jungles of the Wildlands without in-app purchases or advertisements.

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