WASHINGTON (June 19, 2015)—MiniMega, the studio behind the popular “Bonza Word Puzzle” mobile game, and National Geographic, one of the world’s largest scientific and educational organizations, announced today the launch of “Bonza National Geographic,” for mobile devices. The new title is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store, and is free-to-play (with in-app purchases).
“Bonza National Geographic” combines word search, jigsaw and trivia knowledge to unlock puzzles that reflect the world of National Geographic: animals, travel, planet Earth, humanity and science. The mobile game also includes visual puzzles composed from stunning, National Geographic-inspired imagery. Other features of “Bonza National Geographic” are daily puzzles based on current events, puzzles designed by the Bonza community and a relaxing ambient soundtrack.
Named one of the App Store’s “Best of 2014,” “Bonza Word Puzzle” offers an intriguing twist on a conventional crossword puzzle by challenging players to rearrange puzzle fragments to form interlinked words. Will Shortz, crossword editor for The New York Times, commented, “Bonza puzzles are instantly addictive!”
“Bonza National Geographic” marks MiniMega’s first sequel to the word puzzle game and promises fun, challenging gameplay for puzzle enthusiasts and fans of the original “Bonza.” View the trailer.
“We’ve always respected and admired National Geographic, so it’s an honor to be working with them. We’re looking forward to making something magical. ‘Bonza National Geographic’ adds a fun twist that we think fans of the original game will appreciate, and will attract new fans as well,” said Ben Huxter, creative director of MiniMega.
Krista Newberry, senior vice president for Licensing, North America, for National Geographic, added, “We’re excited to work with MiniMega because they have experience in developing popular, award-winning and visually interesting games. The original ‘Bonza’ provides a compelling framework for our exceptional images and content in the mobile space.”
National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
About the National Geographic Society
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MiniMega is an Australian game development studio that publishes their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Their current focus is on creating clean, elegant games for mobile. Their latest, “Bonza Word Puzzle,” was recently recognized by Apple in the App Store Best of 2014 list. For further information, the press kit for MiniMega is available here.