Yes, another social gaming startup is getting funding. S.F.-based WonderHill has picked up $7 million from Charles River Ventures and Shasta Ventures. It raised $750,000 in seed funding from software developer Ooga Labs, before being spun off, according to VentureBeat.
WonderHill says it stands apart from competitors like Zynga and Playdom because it develops more “wholesome” social and casual games. (It’s two current titles are Dog World and Green Spot, where players rescue pets and save the rain forests, respectively. That’s a sharp contrast from games like Mob Wars).
The executive team is made up of casual gaming and social media vets: CEO James Currier founded and helmed quiz-based community Emode (which evolved into Tickle.com) back in 1999; Nick Rush, its Chief Creative Officer, previously held the same role at EA’s casual site Pogo.com, and most recently served as VP of creative at iWin. Charles River Ventures partner Saar Gur told VentureBeat that the team’s history of creating “viral web hits” was what motivated the firm to invest.