Just over a year after opening a studio and engineering office in Pioneer Square, social gaming giant Zynga today is revealing its first game conceived and developed in Seattle.
Called “Ruby Blast,” it’s an arcade game along the lines of “Bejeweled” in which players race against the clock to find three matching jewels. Overlaying the game is an animated story about an archeologist named Ruby exploring an ancient mine.
Players compete on Facebook, where friends’ profile pictures may appear in special jewels in the game. The game’s releasing on Facebook and Zynga.com.
“This comes down to creating a visual experience unlike anything that’s on Facebook today,” said Jonathan Grant, an Oberon veteran who is now design director at Zynga Seattle.
The San Francisco-based company now employs 58 in Seattle and plans to further expand the office.
Maybe they should have called this one “Emerald Blast”?