Mass update FYI, new website roll-out, and an upcoming giveaway are all BIG NEWS topics discussed in this quarter's newsletter.
As of April 3, 2018 here's what's new and happening at Play Buddy:
BIG NEWS indeed! We've got mass update FYI, info about the new website roll-out and.... (drumroll please) a giveaway. A lot of ground to cover so let's get down to it, shall we?
The annual mass update has arrived. As some of you noticed, it was placed on the back-burner upon Pogo's bombardment of new games. But it's here now - thanks for your patience! For those who're interested, the mass update deets are:
*Registration modified for simplification via phasing out the name field ('Name' will no longer be required for new subscribers effective immediately, and for existing subscribers effective January 2019)
*Modernized and simplified the PBA installer
*Most popup alerts will now appear as embedded messages on the trial/registration window
*New skins for Cookie Buddy, Story Buddy, Sudoku Buddy, Pop Party Buddy, Phlinx 2 Buddy, Aces Up Buddy, Jet Set Solitaire Buddy, and Jewel Academy Buddy
*Fixed blocker windows (i.e. on-screen keyboard)
*Faster Buddy loading time (instant on most computers!)
*Bug reports will now indicate Buddy's last known status
*Fixed the black screen appearing on HOGs
*And - most importantly - reset all of the free trials!
Now on to the other exciting announcement. Our NEW WEBSITE is rolling out! It's complete with HTTPS which means your browsing experience will be even more secure! Expect to see changes as early as April 4th. It's been a year in the making and we hope you'll love it as much as we do.
When you notice the change: to ensure everything loads and works and appears as it should, please clear the cookies and temporary internet files from your browser(s).
IMPORTANT: We have done our best to test and work out all the kinks beforehand, but it is possible there will be intermittent down time or incomplete loading of pages. This will be temporary and should not last more than a few minutes. Be sure to clear cookies and temporary internet files a mentioned above and if you still happen across any distortion, broken links, bugs, or 'dead' pages that we missed, toss us an email or bug report and we'll make sure to fix it!
Now, as if we didn't have enough exciting news... on March 4 Play Buddy turned 17! And what is a birthday without presents? So here's the icing on the cake: a GIVEAWAY! After the new website is up and running, we will announce the giveaway. What will it be? How long will it run? It's all a surprise so stay tuned!
And that wraps up the general news. Whew!
Two brand new games were released this quarter resulting in the addition of Grub Crawl and Vanishing Trails Buddy. HTML5 game re-makes continued and associated Buddies released.
As you may have heard, Pogo announced that the new Java 10 release may render their Java games inoperable. They have begun converting some Java games to HTML5 (i.e. Aces Up, World Class Solitaire, Turbo 21, etc); we will continue to update associated Buddies accordingly.
Various HTML5 Buddies - Pogo (new) Improve existing Buddies - All Gamesites (updates)
(Bug fixes, improvements, and customer requests)
And, as always, we love to hear your feedback so feel free to let us know what you think about the annual mass update and/or website.