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31 March 2021
G!Day1: A Decade of Casual Hits & A Social Future for Casual Gaming

G!Day1, the online keynote experience for fans of Game Insight games, has just been revealed to the public. This is the annual event where we directly reaffirm our long-term commitment to you, our players, to expand and improve on your favorite games for years to come. At G!Day1, we showcased our top casual games that have been in operation for a decade or more, and unveiled our future plans for those casual hits.

We started this tradition of openly sharing our plans with our players and business partners alike at G!Day0 in 2020. This year, not only did we offer a glimpse at our plans for the next year and beyond, but we also recapped the promises we delivered on from G!Day0. This kind of unparalleled transparency, and holding ourselves to account, simply isn't seen among casual game companies, so why do we do it? For our part, we consider it vitally important. We do it for you, our players, who are real fans of our games and many of you have been with us for years. For that, we owe you a debt of gratitude. And as fans ourselves, we know that whether you’re waiting for the next season of a beloved TV series, an anticipated sequel to a favorite PC/console game, or the next update that will expand your village in The Tribez, you are always hungry to find out what’s in store for the property you’ve formed a deep connection with. Really, the question is, why wouldn't we do it?

In addition to all the updates about our games, the overarching vision for our “Social 3.0” initiative was the most important theme of our keynote event. Just like everyone, we've been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdowns have focused our attention on how important it is to cultivate our interpersonal connections, while remaining safe in our bubbles — and we realized we could do more to help. As our CEO, Anatolijs Roptovs, put it during this year’s keynote, “we understood that everything we built in the last decade has a very special meaning in building communities and connections between our players.” He went on to announce his plans to go even further by pledging to imbue our casual games with the next level of player-to-player interactions and richer social features. That means you will soon be able to do things like customize your character avatars to show off to your friends as you meet, chat, cheer, swap gifts, and trade items at new in-game locations, which will act as social hubs. The result will evoke authentic social play, as if it was game night in your own virtual living room, or interactions in MMO games, rather than the anemic take on social features from the old-guard mobile free-to-play games. The takeaway promise from this year's G!Day is that we will be adding more features to our games that will help players connect and play together by our next event in 2022.

There is more information about the Social 3.0 vision here:

Or, read on for a summary of the big announcements about the leading casual games from Game Insight!

Airport City is a simulation game where you take control of your own airport empire. Since last year, a relaxing Flyover feature was added that lets you watch landscapes slip by beneath your planes as they cruise to their destinations. And as promised, we added a 3D hangar where you can get a close-up view of your aircraft. Soon, there will even be a customization option in the hangar that will let you pick the color scheme and decals of each plane to match your vision for your fleet. More cosmetic upgrades are on the way for your flight crew as well, and, as always, the design team will continue expanding the game with more buildings and events.

The Tribez is the defining game for Game Insight and its familiar cast of characters includes Dino, our loveable mascot. In the past year, we crafted a new storyline at the opening of the game, and added plenty of new events. A new Adventure Mode was introduced, where, for the first time, you actually take control of your Tribezmen and guide them to explore the islands firsthand. A new Merge Adventure will soon be added that will invite you to visit a mysterious garden where you will merge items to discover new elements, and merge elite items for even bigger and more beautiful decors for your village – and even meet and train exotic new pets. The biggest news for The Tribez is what's coming to bolster its social features; soon you will be able to customize your own Tribezman to appear at your friends' islands, and meet new friends at a real Trade Island – the perfect place to meet and chat with other players, and trade rare items. And another exciting announcement from the keynote is a new animated miniseries, The Misadventures of the Tribez, which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the mishaps the Tribezmen face in their daily lives.

Paradise Island made its first G!Day appearance this year, but as our players already know, it debuted a decade ago as the first free city-building game on Google Play and Apple App Store. Presently, it's our most social game, letting you join a union to team up with other players as you build your own island resort. In the spotlight at G!Day1, we heard about the breadth of attractions that boost the main resort-building fun: from our match-3 and memory challenges from the company’s “Mind Fitness” line-up, to competitive squirt-gun battles, to co-operative boss fights, and much more. We also learned that Paradise Island 2 will soon be getting an enhanced chat system that will allow you to mingle on an upcoming “Social Island,” and ask friends for help when your new farms and adorable pets need some care.

Another first of its kind, Mystery Manor, the first hidden-object game on mobile, has had players on the hunt for clues for over 10 years now. It also rounded out the casual catalog at G!Day1. Building on 10 Seasons-worth of stories and an entire new floor of the Manor to explore, we will keep adding new features like Forgotten Novellas, which will put you in control of a storyline involving the Manor residents; each choice you make will affect the outcome of the novella. Recently, the Manor expanded to include a room with match-3 puzzles, but soon an entire adventure will be introduced with hundreds of new levels for you to enjoy. New ways to find clues are constantly being added to the Manor, like the Echoes mode where you spot the differences between two snapshots of a room, and it was revealed at G!Day1 that a brand-new Tri Peaks solitaire game will soon make a run at the Manor as well.

There are even more updates on what the next year holds for Game Insight's casual games in the full public presentation of G!Day1. Watch the full keynote here:

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