A Round-up of Fresh Games from the Arab World
As more mobile games are developed in the region, we bring you a list of the freshest and greatest to keep you up-to-date
Developers: Maysalward Country of origin: Jordan Date of release: December 2013 Available for: Android Language: English Price: Free Players need to help Santa and his buddies free the elves from an evil gang wearing paper bags on their heads. Players run through the streets and jump over fences and water canals to collect gifts and coins to ultimately free the North Pole brethren. Some weird obstacles are on the way such as a dog on a canon and nails on the ground, and players might run into Fairytale heroes like Cinderella or find themselves lost in a magical forest. Players can purchase “power gadgets” to help them complete more levels.
Developers: Girnaas Country of origin: Qatar Date of release: March 2014 Available for: IOS, Android Language: English Price: Free Giddam is a side-scrolling, racing game with a unique Qatari spin. The characters are grumpy Ali, plump-and-round Um Althahab (Bigmama), smirky Rashid, and cutie-pie Farawla (Strawberry). They race through cartoon-qatar, passing through palm-riddle deserts and cities filled with mosques and skyscrapers. Not only are the characters inspired from local culture, but so are their weapons. Players can use Karak tea, A’qal Zanuba, or the boosting drink Eshrij to trap and get ahead of their opponents. Players can compete head-to-head against their friends and chat with other gamers. The app makes revenue from in-app purchases.
Developers: Pinehill Arab Foods Co., LTD. Indomie Date of release: January 2014 Available for: IOS Language: Arabic Price: Free Indomie Dash is very similar to worldrenowned Diamond Dash, though it comes fully in Arabic. Each game lasts for 60 seconds. Players collect points by placing at least three matching flavors next to each other, and with the speed of flavor placement increasing, the Indomie bar fills up, attracting bigger combos and more points. Players can exchange the coins they collected with magic powers that can help them save time or change the order of all flavors. They can also purchase coins to get more magic powers to see their scores soaring.
Developers: Local Aliens LLC Country of origin: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Date of release: September 2013 Available for: IOS Language: English Price: $0.99 Fluke HD is an online multiplayer board game. It is similar to the classic game of “Chutes and Ladders”. It challenges players to get their unique 4 game pieces and finish the race. It’s a casual, simple game to play with a small party of friends or family, even though it asks for a bit of strategizing. Unexpected surprises and unimagined obstacles may sometimes come in the way of players to make the game that much exciting. Although there are many similar apps, Fluke HD is superior in its visual effects.
Developer: Samer Hamandi Country of origin: Lebanon Date of release: December 2013 Available for: Android Language: Arabic Price: Free Charbaka is a multiplayer word game in Arabic. The players share the same grid of 16 letters and compete by trying to find as many words as they can in two minutes. Users can only play for a limited number of times each day. Unlike other similar Arabic games, such as Puzzle des Lettres Arabes and Play with Arabic Words, Charbaka targets players of all ages and not just children.