Helsinki, Finland – June 1st , 2012 – Sulake, the parent company of Habbo Hotel, the world's largest social game and online community for teenagers at 10 million monthly unique users, has found in its 2012 poll of over 27,000 teenagers around the world a very high percentage in smartphone ownership.
Nearly half of all the poll respondents were found to own a smartphone (47%) and of these 49% use Google’s popular Android OS compared to 1/3 using Apple’s iOS. The most popular phone is still the iPhone (32%), which reigns supreme among the 13-16 year old respondents, but the survey results showed, that Samsung devices are catching up at 20% of all ownership.
Game apps were the most popular smartphone download for 85% of all the boys and girls polled, proving more popular than music apps at 75%.
Today Sulake launched an Android version of the popular mobile game Niko. The game can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
Like the successful iOS version launched earlier this year, Niko for Android is free to download and play for the first six levels. The full game, comprising of three worlds and more than 30 levels, can be unlocked for £1.59. Niko has been created by Sulake and award-winning developer, Fabrication Games. This action-packed adventure combines genius sling shot actions and amazing platform level designs.
A rare and inspiring creature, Niko needs help to rescue his friends who have been captured in a mysterious Otherworld. As Niko races through challenging game levels, he dodges traps, flips over monsters, and collects achievements on his way to saving all his friends.
Niko also includes direct tie-ins to Habbo Hotel, giving Habbo members extra benefits and value while bringing them back to the online community to share their experiences. There are exciting Niko virtual items that a player can bring back to Habbo, including special Niko Badges and a Niko Trophy. Players can also redeem a ‘Surprise Item’ if the player is able to complete all levels and rescue all of Niko's friends.
“The poll showed unequivocally that our teen audience is rapidly adopting smartphone devices and broadening how they access their favorite entertainment”, says Paul LaFontaine, CEO of Sulake. “Following the success of Niko on iOS, we’ve expanded the platform availability to include Android devices based on this usage research and will continue to explore new exciting opportunities for our fanbase.”
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About Habbo Hotel and Sulake
Habbo Hotel is the world’s largest social game and community for teens. Users join by creating a fully customized online character called a Habbo. From there, they can explore wide variety of spaces and millions of rooms created by other users in the community, play a variety of games, connect with friends, decorate their own rooms, and have fun through creativity and self expression. Currently Habbo Hotel has customers in over 150 countries and the service is available in 11 language versions. To date, over 265 million characters have been created and 10 million unique users worldwide visit Habbo Hotel each month, spending a total of 45 million hours in the service.
Habbo Hotel is operated by Finnish company Sulake. With offices in 4 countries and headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, the company currently employs some 150 employees worldwide.
About Fabrication Games
Fabrication Games award-winning team has been a leading developer of Mobile Games for the past decade with nine international awards and numerous nominations. http://www.fabricationgames.com