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Messaging app Viber’s new (and cute) social games are out now for iOS and Android

Viber, one of the most widely used messaging apps for mobile, has released a series of social games, ready to further challenge apps such as Line and WeChat. Viber initially launched three games in a selection of markets in late 2014, with a worldwide launch expected to follow in early 2015.

Updated on 02-26-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of Viber Games international launch, with links to the new apps.

On February 26, Viber pushed its new games out into the wide world. Available through Google Play and the iTunes App Store, the three launch titles are Viber Candy Mania, Viber Pop, and Wild Luck Casino.

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All are linked to your Viber account, and connect to leaderboards where scores can be shared, and friends challenged. Messages and notifications related to the games will appear in a dedicated section of the app. The games are free to play, while various items can be purchased in each one, and related virtual gifts will be sold; which is where Viber will make its money.

Viber’s games will make use of its unique characters which users will recognize from its sticker collections. For example, Violet and Legcat both feature in Candy Mania and Viber Pop. If you want to try the games out, follow the links below:

In an interview with TechCrunch, Viber’s founder, Talmon Marco, said it’s not planning to flood its users with hundreds of games in the future, but wants to keep it down to a “small, highly curated selection.” While it has partnered with just two studios at launch, it will sign up other developers in the future.

Viber was purchased by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten earlier this year, and boasts on its website it has more than 360 million users in 193 countries around the world.

Article originally published on 12-15-2014