Developing state-of-the-art social games is really about aspiring for incremental innovation. This entails combining conventional features across genres and platforms. Professional pride emerges from nailing incremental improvements with good results.
With Gangs of Boomtown we are really trying to raise the bar on social games, and we’re happy to partner with Google+ as our exclusive launch platform. Here’s my five cents on why you should try the game out. They are all reasons you might think do not apply to games on social networks - however, this game is built around them:
1) Social games have high production values: It’s not only the art in Gangs of Boomtown, but there’s also a whole host of voice acting in the game. And then there is the soundtrack: Quite unparalleled in social games, with each game area having their its own theme. Headphones recommended!
2) Social games have worlds that can be explored: It’s not quite GTA, but hey, in the scope of the platform we are certainly ambitious. The early levels give you a quick taste of how the game expands, but just wait until you see the later areas!
3) Social games have depth: With the platform and in its context in mind, besides the large world we are introducing familiar RPG conventions here and there - such as skill points as perks - that give more depth to one’s experience of the wild west.
4) Social games are inspired by pop culture: Gangs of Boomtown nods respectfully to the western genre in its various incarnations across film, television, comics, and games. Gangs of Boomtown is a pop culture savvy game, which gives gameplay additional flavor.
5) Social games provide long-lasting fun: Guns are fun - in games, that is. In Gangs of Boomtown we have plenty of them, and plenty of things to shoot at. Don’t tell me that’s not fun! Yet, the fun from shooting is framed with your avatar’s progression throughout the world and its characters, and how you rebuild your Boomtown from the ashes. There’s content to play through for weeks.
If you don’t agree, give it a shot - literally! Tell your friends in either case! ;)
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