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iPhone: Gobang Social by Kwalee (free)

04-02-2012, 08:29 AM
#1
Gobang Social by Kwalee (free)

Kwalee are a startup in Leamington Spa, UK, founded by David Darling, who was a co-founder of Codemasters. You can read about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_D..._(entrepreneur)
I am the CMO there.

Gobang Social is a turn based connect 5 game in a 12X12 matrix, this format was arrived at after extensive play testing because it provided the best combination of fun and strategic challenge.

The Kwalee version of the game uses its own server technology which enables players to challenge their Facebook friends and which allows chat and random opponents. The game was a good test for us to develop our technology on.

Gobang Social was launched first in New Zealand at the beginning of February. As the game was improved it was rolled out to further countries. Over the last weekend, after being launched in the UK, it proved very popular with great feedback coming back to us. So now it has been opened up to the whole world. Everyone can play it.

Here is a game video:


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If you try the game please let us know (by posting here) what you think, positive or negative. We are still developing the game and welcome all feedback. Obviously any positive rating or review on the app store would be most appreciated.
04-03-2012, 04:52 AM
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Joined: Apr 2012
Location: Birmingham, UK
Posts: 17
Stumbled across Gobang the other day. Interesting to see another experienced console developer coming over to iOS. The game is a solid first go at developing for iPhone. Looking forward to seeing how you guys will build on this going forward.
04-03-2012, 08:01 AM
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05-21-2012, 07:47 AM
#4
Hi Folks,
So firstly we have been iterating the game and are now up to V1.6 with V1.7 about to be submitted. We have listened to input, pored over the metrics, worked through the features list and learned from our mistakes. So now we feel that Gobang Social could well be the best and most polished connect 5 game on the app store. Certainly the user base is pretty active.

Also we made it into 2 different games on the store, a free game with advertising and a paid for game without. If any journos want a promo code for the paid version just ask.

We are finding that some people don't want to use their Facebook account to invite friends because they think that the game will spam their wall (it doesn't). We have invite a random player already to get round this and V1.7 will have email invites.

Our second and third games are now under very active development but we will continue to develop Gobang Social for a bit longer because we are learning so much from it. Also it is a classic turn based game in that it is easy to get into then reveals layers of complexity when played, so it is worth the effort.