Popular word-game “Ruzzle” is coming to TV. Swedish game developer MAG Interactive announced an agreement with production company High Noon Interactive to adapt the mobile word game for the US television marketplace. Video Games have been making the leap to television for some time with Sonic, Mario and the Carmen San Diego children's game show just to name a few.
For mobile games however adapting games for TV is still fairly new ground. “Ruzzle” will be joining the ranks of “Angry Birds” as some of the first mobile games to make the transition to the small screen. News of the television partnership with High Noon Entertainment comes on the heels of the release of the second installment in the “Ruzzle” franchise. The new game is a single player word-puzzle adventure with the same mechanics as the first called “Ruzzle Adventure” which had a global iOS release on May 22.
Things are looking good for MAG Interactive with the success of “Ruzzle” leading to another game in the franchise and a television deal. “Ruzzle” was launched in 2012 and quickly climbed the App store download charts with little-to-no marketing. The game is now available in 13 different languages and over a hundred countries racking up 50 million downloads worldwide and is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle and Blackberry.
The game grew in popularity simply based on the merits of it’s gameplay. Players have 2 minutes to find as many words as possible in a given set of letters and compete against others. The game is easy to pick up, fast paced, challenging and cute. And now it has a sequel utilizing all those factors that made “Ruzzle” a hit.
So how does a fast-paced, word-puzzle game translate to TV? The details are yet to be released but High Noon Entertainment specializes in unscripted television so a good guess would be some sort of game show. That’s certainly what it sounds like Jim Berger, Chief Executive Officer of High Noon Entertainment is alluding to with his press release statement saying, “Ruzzle has all the perfect elements of a game format – the rules are simple, anyone can play and there's a ticking clock, . . .Combine that with high stakes, and we know the excitement and intensity of the game will translate seamlessly to TV."
Excited to know when and where you can watch “Ruzzle” on TV? Stay up-to-date with MAG Interactive’s latest news. In the mean time keep working on that “Ruzzle” high-score for the leader-boards and you may just have what it takes to be a contestant on the new show.