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Zynga's Online Games Transformed into Board Games 

Hasbro(NEW YORK) -- The old-fashioned and digital game worlds might finally be coming full circle this fall. Your favorite social online games from Zynga -- Words with Friends, FarmVille, Draw Something and CityVille -- are being turned into board games by Hasbro.

"For the first time, players will be able to play Words With Friends, CityVille and FarmVille online and face-to-face," Hasbro chief marketing officer John Frascotti said.

The two companies struck a deal and have been working to translate the popular online social games to the face-to-face games we all remember.

Here are more details on all the games coming out this fall:

CityVille Monopoly ($24.99, October)

Say good-bye to Park Place and Go to Jail. This is CityVille Monopoly, where you can actually build skyscrapers with stackable buildings. The first to build four skyscrapers wins. And, as you will see with the other games, there is a digital tie-in. Each game includes 85 City Cash dollars (the in-game currency in CityVille). There's also a CityVille Skies iPad app.

Hungry Hungry Herd ($22.99, October)

Zynga and Hasbro actually have translated FarmVille into a new Hungry Hungry Hippos. Although, in this case, the Hippos are now farm animals, including a horse, pig, sheep and cow. The four-player game still works in the same way; all chop to fight for the food, or you know, marble. The $22.99 game comes with $50 of farm cash in-game currency.

Words With Friends ($19.99, October)

Here's where it really comes full circle. Instead of just buying Scrabble, Hasbro and Zynga want you to buy Words With Friends, the board game. You get tiles, a tile rack and a Word With Friends game board. Double Word and Triple Letter words are front and center. There's also a LUXE version with a large, rotating board for $39.99.

Draw Something

Zynga and Hasbro aren't revealing too much about the Draw Something game, but you can expect it to look and feel a lot like Pictionary. This one will be out in later October or early November.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Zynga‚Äôs Ruby Blast Arcade Game Hits Facebook

Zynga/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Another day, another Zynga game to keep you entertained during those boring conference calls. Zynga released Bubble Safari a few weeks ago. Now the social gaming king is announcing a new arcade-style game — Ruby Blast.

The game will remind you of Bejeweled. You match the color of the gems to each other and try to blow up or eliminate all the gems in the mine. The more you do, the higher your score. There are Power-Ups to help you along.

Like Bubble Safari, there is a fun character tie-in. Ruby Blast is an intrepid female archeologist who travels around the world and digs up treasures.

And, of course, being that you play it on Facebook (or social networking is a key part of the game. “Our twist here is that we have put your friends into the game board,” Jonathan Grant, Zynga Design Director, told ABC News. If you have friends who have played the game, they will show up in the mine to help and provide power.

Ruby Blast is the first game to come out of Zynga’s new Seattle office and is the first Zynga game to use Adobe Flash 11, which improves the game’s graphics. It will be available this week through Facebook and There is no mobile version of the game yet.

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