LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pocket.watch, the new studio that specializes in entertaining and inspiring kids and families through digital-first content and sparking their imaginations with lifestyle products ranging from toys to toothbrushes, today announced the launch of P.W Games, the studio's new gaming division. Under the P.W Games banner, the studio will bring a series of mobile and console games to market. The first game, Tag With Ryan, a mobile, free-to-play, endless runner game featuring the likeness of mega-YouTube creator, Ryan of Ryan ToysReview launched in late December and has already been downloaded over 1 Million times. P.W Games partnered with WildWorks to develop and release Tag With Ryan and it is available in both the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices.
"At pocket.watch, our goal is to bring kids and families more of what they love from YouTube, and gaming is central to this mission," said Chris M. Williams, Founder and CEO of pocket.watch. "Over the past year, we have created books, television shows, consumer products and more based on some of today's most popular YouTube stars and formats, and gaming is the next frontier. We're thrilled to be partnering with the best of the best in the gaming industry to inspire kids and families to play with these beloved characters in an entirely new way."
To develop Tag With Ryan, pocket.watch partnered with WildWorks, the company known for creating Animal Jam, the largest virtual world for kids. The game, which features many characters from Ryan's World follows Combo Panda's antics as he hacks a new video game and modifies it to challenge Ryan to an endless ultimate game of tag. To help Ryan win, players are enlisted to see if they have what it takes to outrun Combo Panda as they attempt to find a variety of Ryan's costumes that have been hidden all over the game. Other characters from Ryan's World feature prominently in the game including the extremely popular Gus the Gummy Gator and Red Titan, Ryan's superhero alter-ego.
"The world of entertainment has changed dramatically in the last decade and the most popular kids and family personalities and characters are now coming from YouTube, mobile games and other digital-first platforms," said Clark Stacey, CEO and Co-Founder of WildWorks. "We're thrilled to partner with pocket.watch to bring Tag With Ryan to life and create a way for kids and families to engage with Ryan and his friends in an entirely new but totally organic way."
In addition to launching Tag With Ryan, P.W Games is also working alongside Superstar Games to launch P.W Putting Planet, a mobile free-to-play, augmented reality game, available later in Q1 of 2019. The game will feature different planets populated by mini-golf courses inspired by pocket.watch creators HobbyKidsTV. Players will interact with a virtual golf experience that appears in their houses, backyards, parks or anywhere they choose to play on their phones. The game also contains a fully-functional YouTube player so that players can watch their favorite HobbyKidsTV videos as they play—a first for any mobile augmented reality game.
The studio has also partnered with Outright Games to bring P.W Games first console game, Race with Ryan, to market. The studio's kart racing console game is slated to launch in Fall of 2019.
"At a very young age, Ryan has been able to captivate kids around the world with his infectious personality, allowing them to join in on his adventures," said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games. "Race with Ryan will give families the opportunity to continue their adventures, partnering with P.W Games for the first to market console game under the Ryan's World lifestyle line."
Tag with Ryan can be downloaded from the following links:
For more information about P.W games and the kids and family entertainment studio's vast array of content and products, please visit pocket.watch.
Pocket.watch is a new studio that specializes in entertaining and inspiring kids and families through digital-first content and sparking their imaginations with lifestyle products ranging from toys to toothbrushes. The company inspires kids to seamlessly move between screen time and playtime and boasts a growing portfolio of franchises that includes some of the largest kids and family YouTube brands in the world alongside original characters and talent that the company has extended into premium series, consumer products, books, games, live events and more. Pocket.watch was founded in March 2017 by Chris M. Williams and is located in Culver City, CA where it maintains an office and studio. The management team is made up of studio veterans and visionaries from traditional and digital entertainment including Albie Hecht, Stone Newman, Jon Moonves and David B. Williams. Investors include Viacom, Greycroft, Third Wave Digital and United Talent Agency (UTA), as well as notable strategic angels including Robert Downey Jr. (Team Downey) and Jon Landau.