Remember when Nokia called for developers to take on its Mobile Games Innovation Challenge earlier this year? Well, the top ten participants have finally been revealed, judged on game innovation, fun, feasibility of execution, and market potential.
To quickly recap what’s at stake here, Nokia will be giving away a total of EUR 70,000 to the top three winners, divided as follows: 1st place – EUR 40,000; 2nd place – EUR 20,000; and 3rd place – EUR 10,000.
Take a good look at the names of these games because some of them might soon be made available on N-Gage gaming devices, as well as on Nokia’s other handsets.
According to Nokia, 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 your mobile device or even create your own new game
- A Different Game (Sweden) – Ghost Wire – use your mobile device 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 utilizing the embedded camera of their mobile device
- Jadestone (Sweden) and C4M (France) – Melokey – a music game for mobile devices where you learn to master songs and play them against other in-game characters to win the hearts of your fans
- 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 your camera on your mobile device to the TV
I’m personally intrigued by A Different Game’s app called “Ghost Wire,” which would supposedly let users communicate with ghosts. I’m in doubt as to whether they will be able to pull it off, since even earthly signals such as those from cellular networks still tend to be unreliable at times. What more if it was a connection to the after life?
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