Tango has added five titles to its gaming platform since it was launched in June, but this is the first time the company's introducing one created by its in-house team. The game, called Road Riot, pays homage to arcade classic Spy Hunter and involves firing cannons and dodging missiles in the midst of a race. While it's neither groundbreaking nor original, you've got to give Tango props -- the company claims it went through the process to better understand the platform and concoct updates that'll benefit developers. Similar to the other games on the messaging app, Road Riot's rife with social elements, including the ability to broadcast high scores and to invite friends to play. Only Android users can kill time while blasting 2D cars for now, however -- the iOS version won't be out until late August.
TANGO LAUNCHES NEW GAME, "ROAD RIOT FOR TANGO," FOR ITS MESSAGING & ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORM
Tango's new arcade racing game brings mobile social gaming and messaging fun to its 130M+ members
Mountain View, Calif., August 9, 2013 – Tango, the leading messaging and entertainment platform in the U.S., has launched "Road Riot for Tango." This the sixth game to launch since Tango released its new content platform with leading entertainment partners, such as Gameloft, which released "Candy Block Breaker for Tango" earlier this month.
"We created 'Road Riot for Tango' to test and improve the social and technological aspects of our gaming platform for third-party developers, and to make the best gaming experience for our 130M+ members," said Eric Setton, co-founder and CTO, Tango. "By walking a day in the developers' shoes and seeing what it's like to develop for the Tango platform, we're able to quickly evolve the service to offer the best social messaging platform for games."
"With the experience we gained by launching 'Road Riot for Tango,' we've already implemented changes in the SDK that help game developers take advantage of the unique features and benefits of our platform," said Richard Rabbat, Head of Platform, Tango. "Developers now have access to complete backend services, as well as easier ways to run leaderboards, access to game analytics, and more social features that leverage our messaging service."
"Road Riot for Tango" – the first original game developed by the Tango's game development studio in Austin, Texas – is a nod to an arcade classic, "Spy Hunter:" a free-to-play, shoot-'em-up, arcade racing game. Members that play "Road Riot for Tango" via the Tango app can also enjoy social gaming features:
Compete with Tango friends for the highest ranking on weekly leaderboards
Broadcast bragging rights via Tango messages when your friend's high score
Invite friends to play via a Tango message
"Road Riot for Tango" joins the ranks of the five existing games developed for the Tango platform:
"Roulette Live for Tango," iOS/Android
"Blackjack Live for Tango," iOS/Android
"Jetpack Jinx for Tango," iOS/Android
"Candy Block Breaker for Tango," iOS
"Dream Bakery for Tango," iOS
"Road Riot for Tango" is currently available on the Android platform and will launch on the iOS platform later this month.