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A World of Keflings breaks ground on Windows 8; Wii U 'later this year'


A World of Keflings has expanded its borders to Windows 8 today, providing your Avatar a passport to the PC for $6.99 starting today. The press release announcing the news past the break also mentions an impending Wii U port, due "later this year."

A World of Keflings is a city-building game from Utah-based NinjaBee that originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade in 2010. Our own review lauded its "steady dopamine drip of sweet accomplishment" but recommended short play sessions over extended hours of construction.

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A World of Keflings Comes to Win 8 Today, Wii U Later This Year

OREM, Utah – March 13, 2013 – The Keflings are spreading like rabbits. A World of Keflings, the popular city-building game that first made a splash on Xbox Live Arcade, arrived on the Windows 8 Games Store today, becoming the latest of a handful of XBLA titles to release on Microsoft's new operating system.

"With the current generation of consoles coming to an end, we saw opportunities to bring what is perhaps our studio's most well-loved game to many, many more players," said Brent Fox, Art Director at NinjaBee. "With that said, we're proud to announce that in addition to today's release on Windows 8, A World of Keflings will be coming to the Wii U later this year."

"Both of these new platforms offered us huge advantages and were ideal marketplaces for a light-hearted city-builder," Fox said. "Windows 8 gave us the chance to make the game mobile and add in very smooth, natural touch controls. The Wii U has allowed us to significantly enhance the game's visuals and, with the Wii U GamePad, explore new ways to interact with the game and its characters."

As an Xbox game on Windows 8, A World of Keflings makes use of the power of Xbox Live to enhance the gaming experience. By signing into Xbox Live, gamers can play as their individualized Xbox Avatar, compete for high scores on Xbox Live Leaderboards, and unlock 20 all-new Achievements. Even gamers who have already earned full Gamerscore from the Xbox 360 version of A World of Keflings will be able to earn an additional 200 Achievement Points when playing on Windows 8.

A World of Keflings on Windows 8 also provides intuitive touch controls and a new picture-in-picture feature allowing players to quickly explore the map while keeping an eye their avatar's progress.

The game is now available for purchase in the Windows Games Store for 6.99 USD and supports both Windows 8 and Windows RT. The DLC offerings for A World of Keflings are not yet available on Windows 8. A World of Keflings on Windows 8 does not include multiplayer or Avatar FameStar functionality.

A World of Keflings for the Wii U will release later this year.

About A World of Keflings

The sequel to the hit XBLA title A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings is a city-building game featuring tiny, obnoxiously cute characters called Keflings who need help building their kingdoms. Players play as a giant and take a journey to three kingdoms (Ice, Forest and Desert) making friends with Kefling characters along the way, helping them complete tasks, and building and customizing elaborate kingdoms for the Keflings. Players teach Keflings to harvest resources like wood, stone, magic crystals and wool, and build up a booming economy of production, resource refining and building construction. The game contains no antagonist or conflict, resulting in a pleasant, play-at-your-own-pace city-building adventure.

A World of Keflings first released in December 2010 on XBLA. Since that time the game has added three new themed kingdoms (Alien, Candy and Graveyard) as DLC titled "It Came From Outer Space," "Sugar, Spice and Not So Nice," and "The Curse of the Zombiesaurus." The XBLA version is also one of a select group of games to support Microsoft's Avatar FameStar program.

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