Last week, I have had the opportunity to meet with one of the Indie game developers Breakdesign through a blogger event. Originally from South African, now based in Singapore, it is inspiring to meet the co-founder of Breakdesign Rick and his team talking about game development with so much passion. If indeed one of their visions is to offer free mobile gaming to all parts of the world – rich and the not so rich – looking at the latest list of top countries in the battle arena, I think they have more or less achieved that.
Mobile gaming is not new. But what is special about this Indie game developer is the mobile games community they have created – “Barking Seed”. Imagine, each time the game is over, you are given the opportunity to upload your score to their website, perhaps add a little comment to shout to the world. You play to be amongst the top players. And you play to represent your country as one of the top, stand a chance to win phones and accessories. Just how additively fun this concept is? During the blogger event, as our scores were posted to the website in real time, none of us were talking. We – guys and girls – were going all out to score.
I have tried out three of their games on my touchscreen phone. These are Flash games – responsive, pretty to look at, and does not take long to play. Good soundtracks too. “Monsterilla” (featured above) is my favorite. It is a colorful puzzle game that has a strong appeal to either sexes. There is another game that you keep squishing roaches (erm … I know) until you are overwhelmed. It does get pretty intense and Cynthia got a real shock when she accidentally looked into my screen. So many crawling roaches! Looking at “That Roach Game” at a philosophical level, I agree with the co-founder Rick. You just can’t win. The third game I have tried is “Ninjani”. Guys would love this. This game tests your reaction time as well as your anticipation skill. The fact that you can get better as you play repeatedly perhaps makes “Ninjani” one of the most addictive games of the three.
I look forward to more new game releases for the community “Barking Seed”. I have high hope for them. Three years it has taken this small team to bring this innovative offering to the world. I still have no clue on how they generate revenue when the games are free and come with no advertisements. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, if you have a Nokia phone, head to OVI Store and download these free games. If you have not heard of OVI Store – surprisingly many friends of mine who use Nokia phones fall into that category – there are many free applications and games for grab. Have fun with these featured Flash games and good luck in winning! As for me, I am going to work Cynthia hard and win me some “Monsterilla” points using my login ID. Girls are supposed to be better at this sort of cute colorful puzzle games, yes?