October 28, 2008
Finland – Nokia announced the top 10 developers of its Mobile Games Innovation Challenge. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at a later date. Entries were judged on game innovation, fun, feasibility of execution, and market potential. The top three developers who best meet these requirements were invited to present their concepts at the Nokia Games Summit in Rome, Italy on 29 October. The top 10 developers and their concepts are: • Active Tecnologia e Consultoria Ltda. (Brazil) – Cinemarena – set in a movie theatre, controlling avatars on the big screen • CreatePlayShare (India) – Ball – play any ball game on a mobile device or even create new game • A Different Game (Sweden) – Ghost Wire – players use mobile devices to communicate with ghosts • Eclipse Interactive (UK) – Watchers – conspiracy adventure game that uses Nokia Maps and other real world tools to find locations • Int13 (France) – Kweekies – augmented reality virtual pet game that allows players to interact with their pet by utilising the embedded camera of their mobile device • Jadestone (Sweden) and C4M (France) – Melokey – a music game for mobile devices where players learn to master songs and play them against other in-game characters • LemonQuest (Spain) – Wave Pirates – a fun action game where players turn into a pirate navigating the seven seas, looking for gold and glory • Onur Yazilim (Turkey) – Comet Hunter – a 2-D shooting game which combines the excitement of shooting with natural sound effects made by players themselves • Simlife (China) – XDancery – a music game where players can touch the screen, draw patterns on the screen, shake the device or sing into it to hit the music tempo notes • TechnoBubble (Spain) – Fun Cam – a mixed reality game that connects a camera on players’ mobile device to the TV. Launched in April this year, The Mobile Games Innovation Challenge is designed to encourage the development of innovative game concepts and help propel mobile gaming with handheld devices into a new and exciting future. The Mobile Games Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Nokia Games Publishing, called for mobile game developers to submit concepts that will help drive mobile gaming to the next level, relying on the advanced features and functionalities of N-Gage-compatible devices, and Java- or Symbian-based Series 40 or S60 devices from Nokia.