Teaser Thursday Posts: Kairosoft – Mobile Gaming Gurus
Every Thursday between now & launch there will be some fresh content posted to give a taste of what’s to come when the blog goes officially live on July 27th!
So for today’s teaser post:
Kairosoft – Mobile Gaming Gurus
I am a complete iPhone addict. I pull out my beloved ‘old school’ 3GS every time I stand in a line. In the last year or so, there has been one particular game company that has occupied many hours of my line-waiting: Kairosoft. They’ve published 9 games for iPhone (with several also available for Android) including:
Game Dev Story
Epic Astro Story
And their newest release, and my personal favorite: Dungeon Village (Here’s the IGN review)
Their game “niche” would fall under simulation. The premise of each game is to take your company/school/mall/etc. and make it the best possible. A simple concept in many ways; meet target goals, upgrade facilities and buy powerups. Kariosoft does NOT follow the Farmville gospel: slap a new skin on the exact same game and repackage it as a ‘new experience’. Each game Kairosoft has released has it’s own identity, with familiar mechanics featuring their own little quirks. Each game features it’s own monetary system, upgrade style and overall objectives. Dungeon Village even has real time combat and quests! I won’t denying that Kairosoft operates off of a formula, but the games are not exact carbon copies, and I respect that.
I also get a good laugh or two out of Kairosoft game localization. The English translations of their games are filled with name puns and pop culture references. Names like Dragtoise & Donny Jepp make me smile with their silliness. While I wouldn’t hail Kairosoft as an innovative company, they continue to turn out enjoyable mobile gaming material every couple of months.
Have any of you played a Kairosoft game? If so, what did you think of your experience?
Is there another mobile game company that’s better?
– E. B.
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