A team of Irish programmers is bringing a new generation of digital games to life with a puzzle game that is not only about solving puzzles but also about building a community and interacting with people.
Dublin-based software developer Dribbble has developed a game called ‘Dribbletopia’ which is about building relationships in the digital world and creating an open-ended environment.
It was created by two of the programmers who created ‘Dolltown’, a popular puzzle game from the 1980s, in a bid to bring a more interactive and social element to the industry.’
It’s about being in a virtual community where you interact with other people, create your own social networks and create an experience that is interactive, interesting and a bit of a party game,’ said Dribble co-founder and programmer Joe MacNeill.’
We want people to be able to connect with each other in a new way, and have a shared interest in solving the same problem.’
Dribble’s latest game, called ‘Ride the Rabbit’, uses a mixture of puzzle and card game elements to create an interactive world where players work together to solve puzzles.
The game’s developer, Matt Cavanaugh, said it was an attempt to take the best elements from the games of the 80s and combine them with elements of social interaction.’
I think what makes these games great is that they are all about being connected, they’re all about the feeling of being connected,’ he said.
‘They’re all great fun, but they’re also about the social aspect.’
The app also incorporates social media features, allowing users to share images of themselves and other people with the ability to see who shared the image and who didn’t.
The app allows users to interact with eachother via a ‘virtual circle’ of friends, allowing players to share their favourite images and experiences with the world.’
You’re basically making a virtual social network where people can see eachother, share their experiences and see what others have done.’
That’s how the world works, and I think that’s what Dribbler wants to be.’
There’s a bit more to it than that, but it’s all about connecting people, and that’s something that’s been missing in the past.’
This is really about a way of doing it that is a little bit different, a little more interactive, a bit closer to a real community.’
For example, the app allows you to invite other people to join a circle, so you can invite people from the world to join your circle, or you can set up your own circle, and then the circle will be able see who else is there and where they are.’
Dibbler has already attracted interest from the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment, Valve, Ubisoft and Blizzard.’
The game has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times and is the number one app on iTunes worldwide,’ Mr MacNeill said.’
So it’s obviously a great fit for our platform.’
Dublin based developer Dibbble is the latest in a long line of innovative Irish companies to embrace digital technology.
Its latest project is ‘Rider the Rabbit’ which uses an interesting mix of puzzle-and-card game elements.
Dubline-based developer Drip’s app, which has already garnered over 100,00 downloads and over $50,000 in funding, is also a nod to the 1980’s electronic games of that era.
Dubliner-based digital game developer DRIBBLES games and entertainment company is aiming to attract young people to their online platform ‘Drip’, which will allow users to ‘ride’ a rabbit through a virtual world.DRIBble has already grown to become the second largest app in Ireland with over 1,300 downloads in a year.
Dublines first app is called ‘Jaws’ and has been viewed over 200 million times on iTunes.
Dubliners first app, ‘Jaw’, has been watched over 200million times on iPhone and Apple iTunes.
Dribbling has been around for more than 20 years and has developed games like ‘Shark Island’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ in the same timeframe.
Dubling was the birthplace of Nintendo’s first handheld video game, which is now the fourth most popular video game in Ireland.
Dubbles latest project, ‘Ridge’, was created to bring the virtual world to life.
The title was developed in collaboration with a number of universities and other organisations, and the app is designed to encourage people to explore the world and create their own social communities.DUBLING’S first app has been the number-one app on iOS and number-two on Android.
Dublins first app ‘Jive’ has been shared more than 100,0000 times on the iOS App Store and more than 30 million times in the Google Play Store.
Dublings latest app, titled ‘Ridley Rides the Rabbit, is the third-most downloaded iOS game.
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